The Fan is Running at High Speed, I'm Just Waiting for the Sh**

source: CBS  boston

Computer Glitch Blamed For Nationwide

EBT System Shutdown On Saturday

BOSTON (CBS/AP) - People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.

“That’s a problem. There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. “You don’t want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity,” she said.

  • A few hours without food stamps and it causes a near panic.
  • A 17% federal government shutdown demonstrates it’s lack of ability to intelligently set priorities.
  • A $17 trillion dollar national debt and no sign of slowing its rate of increase, let alone paying it off.
  • A federal reserve buying bonds by printing money.
  • An administration hell bent on making everything worse by forcing an unwanted national healthcare system on us and increasing energy costs.
  • Half of the population is either unaware or doesn’t care about any of these items, except for the first one.

How long can this possibly go on without some major type of repercussion?  The answer is “Probably longer than you think”.  The bad news is that the longer it goes on, the worse the consequences will be.  The good news is you still have plenty of time to prepare for it, if you start soon.

It should be obvious that once SHTF, half of the population that depends upon food stamps will be wiped out within weeks.  Half of the remaining 50%  will kill the be killed by the other half within several weeks after that.  Add to that, the significant percentage of the population that will have no idea how to take care of themselves when SHTF, and you will only need enough rations to get you by until your next harvest season.
By then, the population will have been reduced significantly enough that you should be able to live a self sustaining lifestyle without too much threat from barbarians. The apocalypse (in whatever form it takes) will be a bear, but you won't have to outrun it. You'll just need to outrun the people it catches.  

The trick is going to be, getting through those first several months.  Look for more on this once I get my “Practical Prepping” page up and running.


  1. Very telling the first thing out of a lot of mouths was the word "riot".
    The shut down didn't even last ten hours.

    1. Yes, and I find it ironic that the first ones to resort to violence will be the first ones, with the largest percentage swept away, once SHTF.