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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

Military Rolls Tanks Onto St. Louis Streets...But Why?

I have to say that this event, which is being labeled a "training exercise", makes very little sense to me.  U.S. Army troops all the way from Maryland running open exercises in armored personnel carriers on the busy streets of St. Louis?  I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops?  Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in?  And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri?  At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.

On the other hand, such an action on the part of the Department of Defense makes perfect sense if the goal is to acclimate citizens to the idea of seeing tanks and armed military acting in a policing capacity.  Just check out the two random idiots the local news affiliate picked to interview in St. Louis on the subject.  Both state that they think the exercise is a "great idea", because having the military on the streets would help to "reduce crime":

I suspect that the news affiliate did not go out of its way to get any counter-opinions, even though they admitted to being contacted by those voicing concerns over martial law.

Even so, it's sad and simultaneously terrifying that there are plenty of mindless dupes out there who do not understand the dangers of the Army crossing the Rubicon and acting in a civil law enforcement capacity, never mind that they are completely ignorant of the fact that it violates the Posse Comitatus Act.  One of the interviewees even points out that in some countries they don't use police at all; only military.  This is true.  We call those countries "tyrannies"...

Add to the mix the reality that the DOD refuses to respond to any further inquiries by the press concerning details of the training, and you get yet another suspicious instance of behavior on the part of the establishment that seems preparatory for domestic action.  I believe that the high frequency at which these activity reports have been coming in over the past year is certainly cause for alarm...


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Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:20 | 2554079 ZippyBananaPants
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It's coming.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:29 | 2554116 Skateboarder
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And it's gonna take you with it.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:54 | 2554212 veyron
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St Louis = Tiananmen?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:04 | 2554233 Bananamerican
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"armored security vehicles"


was "Freedom Delivery System™" already taken....

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:08 | 2554265 Hulk
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Green tipped cartridges for the Barrett

Its whats for dinner !!!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:21 | 2554300 economics9698
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East St. Louis is a combat zone, good training opportunity.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:53 | 2554373 Pure Evil
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Are they anticipating an outbreak of Zombies in E. St. Louis?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:29 | 2554444 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Training all night? What kind of training, son?"

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:02 | 2554501 Race Car Driver
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"Yes sir!"

"There are two enemy over there by the wall. Do you see them?"

"Got 'em."

"Okay Wally, you're my best man... now here's the plan. You go over there and fuck them - we'll stay here and masturbate."

"Yes sir!"

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:24 | 2554553 TruthInSunshine
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A chicken in every pot.

An M1-Abrams on every block.


Big Brother & Father Protectorate are here to keep you fed and safe, bitchez!


Control Through Fear



1984 by George Orwell / Nineteen Eighty-Four / Film Movie



Chapter - It's Free Swipe Yo EBT (Clean)
Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:34 | 2554570 sitenine
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Unknow author: "...It is certainly not just a small town pastor who is trying, but coming up short. It is the rest of us who have just let the body blows keep coming.

It is the hard facial slaps of government bullies every day beating us to our knees. What will it take, my friends? We have very little time left before the boot falls upon us for the last time.

This July 4th, we should hold three flags, the Christian Flag, the Gadsden Flag, and the white flag of surrender. Choose one to burn and carry the other two through the ranks of people gathered around you. Let the revolution begin on that day. Maybe the distant sounds of fife and drum will remind us that courage, truth, honor, and a commitment to moral freedom will begin the long road ahead until the bully is defeated. The alternative is unthinkable and not worth living for. I will not surrender. I will not retreat. Now is the time, the day, and the hour. As always fellow citizens, remain steady---very, very, steady."

crossposted from

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:41 | 2554578 TruthInSunshine
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One must just LOVE the newscaster's statement as to why they're there:  "Military sources have stated this is an exercise designed to teach the Military Police operators of these heavily armored vehicles how to drive on city streets and in urban areas."


Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.  The military doesn't have an extensive network of faux towns, complete with urban settings, that precisely duplicate these conditions on dozens of bases. Riiiiiiiiiight.


Rock me Posse Comitatus,
Comitatus, Comitatus, Comitatus,
Comitatus, Comitatus, Comitatus,
Oh oh oh Comitatus.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:07 | 2554594 The Big Ching-aso
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Let's seem em' try & roll into Detroit with only Abrams, armored personnels, and .50 cals.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:42 | 2554696 redpill
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It's training alright, it's just not the military that is being trained...



Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:10 | 2554811 francis_sawyer
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I love a parade...


Lawrence Welk Show

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:59 | 2555457 FEDbuster
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Probably won't see this in East Hampton this summer. 


BTW Posse Comitatus was tossed out with the NDAA, so this will be a common occurrence from now on.

"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." George Orwell
Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:18 | 2554824 Greyhat
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"It's training alright, it's just not the military that is being trained..."

Public viewing of power on a msm channel means something is brewed and they believe they need some deterrence.

Good sign, they fear you, the people. :)

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:55 | 2555050 i-dog
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'They' are not in fear (though they should be!) ... they are as cocky and brazen as all hell right now. Just look at the brazen bullshit coming out of DC on a daily basis now that is not questioned in the least by the MSM, the pollies or the people.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 07:34 | 2555351 jeff montanye
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of course it's too early to know for sure, but the constant rain of blows by the markets, albeit perverted, on the status quo is, perhaps, beginning to tell:

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 21:14 | 2554915 steelrules
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Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:51 | 2554710 mcguire
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UNIFIED QUEST 2011:  wargaming for domestic economic collapse.  

watch this:

they understand PC is at issue, and what they are war gaming is how far these rules can be bent... 

it is clear that the way that the military becomes an arm of FEMA, shows how FEMA is really a continuty of government institution..

watch this on FEMA:

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:05 | 2554729 nmewn
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1:(15) Empty wine bottles or other glass vessels.

2:(1) Gallon gasoline.

3:(1) Cheap polystyrene cooler found at convience stores (broken into pieces)

Mix two & three well, pour into bottles, stick a cloth strip in it and don't smoke while doing it ;-)

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:38 | 2554832 CompassionateFascist
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  MCs work better w 1/3 oil + 2/3 gas. Burns longer, better job of heating up an AFV crew and getting them out into the open where they can be dealt with.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:02 | 2554992 nmewn
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Can't wait for a "training exercise" to try a few

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:06 | 2555475 FEDbuster
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You gotta love "Mythbusters":

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 20:27 | 2556689 Clashfan
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But let's see them make nanothermite. Then we have WTC explosives.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:49 | 2555593 Think for yourself
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I don't know... well mixed, the polystyrene makes it really sticky. Stick-on-a-vertical surface sticky. I wouldn't want that to butter my personal armor either, I'm sure it would be impossible to remove *cough cough*. Never tried with oil.

I had a dream the other night, featuring prominently MCs and high power potato guns. I wish I had a couple to experiment with...

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:56 | 2554880 A Nanny Moose
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...momma always said i'd never amount to anything if I kept drinking.

Does this mean I can keep investing in liquor over lead/brass?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:09 | 2555003 nmewn
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I'm thinkin yes.

By now you have all the brass you'll ever need and the liquor will steady your nerves to recieve the abundance of lead coming your way in the future ;-)

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:03 | 2555398 GMadScientist
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He'll need it to cauterize the many GSWs he will receive trying to fire while "blind".

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:06 | 2555185 Prometheus418
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Point of order, nmewn, though I agree for the most part.

Don't insert the cloth strip in the mouth of the bottle.  Cap the bottle and wrap the cloth, suitably treated with the mixture, around the neck or body, then throw hard enough to break the glass.

It's like making M&Ms.  Ensure that they melt in the enemy's mouth, not in your hands.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:07 | 2555404 GMadScientist
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Next up on 21st Century Survivor: DIY Whiskey Pete and how to make a Strontium thermo generator with parts from EBay.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:50 | 2557849 I did it by Occident
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Also, I haven't tried it but I would like to test it.  Basically a "new and improved MC"  Keep the cap on the bottle.  Wrap a few sparklers onto the container with duct tape.  Maybe tape a lighter onto it is as well (BICs are cheap).  When ready to throw, light the sparklers and release hard enough to break on impact.  Assuming the sparklers don't get doused (generally hard to put out), it should work like a regular MC but without the open container of lit gasoline bottle when throwing it.  

Anybody ever test this?  Maybe with 4 July, I'll have to try a little experiment with a sparkler.  :)

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:39 | 2554828 CompassionateFascist
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  It's not the Golden Horde that the ZOG'll be looking to's the Patriot and Survival movements, esp. the leaders. I'm less concerned with the military - which will fragment after the first few thousand deaths - than the hardcore enforcers...AT&F, DHS and the like. These death squads will be pre-positioned with hit lists well before the onset of Martial Law.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:35 | 2555200 hivekiller
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They don't need tanks. They've got drones to kill them Amerikin terrorists!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:02 | 2554803 Caviar Emptor
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Over 1,700 men and women strip naked in square in Germany.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:16 | 2554819 nmewn
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Pre-screening to make the trains run on time ;-)

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:08 | 2555406 GMadScientist
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I'll need to see a histo chart of ages before I click that.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:01 | 2555178 Prometheus418
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My Gadsen flag has been flying long enough to be battered and torn.  It does not come in for wind, rain or darkness, because it does not represent a veneration for TPTB- it is a symbol of independance, and independance does not get vacation days.

I'll replace it soon, my only hope is that when that day comes, Gadsen and Culpepper will have acted on my suggestion to provide them in red, with the motto "Take back the Republic" in place of "Live free or die".  If any of you are so inclined, hit them up with the suggestion- I'd like to replace it with a flag for our times, not with another relic.

The white flag can go on the fire- even though I am not a Christian, I will happily stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone professing that faith- obscure points of theology are not important enough to allow us all to be killed or enslaved by those who are anti-human.

I am only one man, but I will never bow, and never surrender.  I live on a block where Gadsen flags now outnumber the stars and bars, and there is a vegetable garden in every backyard.  That is one block, in one town.  Maybe we're alone, and scheduled for black-bagging, but I don't think that is the case.  Everything is dark, and blurry with the fog of war, but Liberty's Sons are still here, ready to defend their mother's sacred honor with our blood and treasure.  The time is coming, and it won't be televised.  I'd like to think I've been a part of that, but the simple truth is that I am a small, small pebble in an ocean that is both vast and deep.  

For those of you who are relatively new, know that we all go through what you are feeling now.  Being faced with the realities of the failing Republic is akin to undergoing the stages of grief.  Don't allow anger to rule your actions- while it may seem satisfying to attack without thought, this is the big game, and it is for all of the marbles.  Suck that anger up, and make it to acceptance before you act.  What we need is thoughtful men engaged in the extermination of cockroaches, not berserkers blindly rage killing the neighbors with their gunz.  You know what you have to do, and do not require instructions- just allow your vision to clear before you act.

I don't post much here anymore- there's not a lot left to be said.  Those who are trying to enslave us are obviously not intending to repent, apologize or restore our Republic.  There is only one way forward, and we all know what it is.  Take every day from this one to that as a gift, and use it to prepare, because what is coming will scar every man, woman and child on the planet.  It's not something to look forward to, and for all the comments, no one will be muching on popcorn as it unfolds.  For those of you still trading, good luck and god bless- I can only hope that you turn your gains, if you have any gains, into supply lines for those of us who will be on the fronts.



Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:33 | 2555528 FEDbuster
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The Three Percent

During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King's tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. They were in turn actively supported by perhaps 10% of the population. In addition to these revolutionaries were perhaps another 20% who favored their cause but did little or nothing to support it. Another one-third of the population sided with the King (by the end of the war there were actually more Americans fighting FOR the King than there were in the field against him) and the final third took no side, blew with the wind and took what came.

Three Percenters today do not claim that we represent 3% of the American people, although we might. That theory has not yet been tested. We DO claim that we represent at least 3% of American gun owners, which is still a healthy number somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 million people. History, for good or ill, is made by determined minorities. We are one such minority. So too are the current enemies of the Founders' Republic. What remains, then, is the test of will and skill to determine who shall shape the future of our nation.

The Three Percent today are gun owners who will not disarm, will not compromise and will no longer back up at the passage of the next gun control act. Three Percenters say quite explicitly that we will not obey any further circumscription of our traditional liberties and will defend ourselves if attacked. We intend to maintain our God-given natural rights to liberty and property, and that means most especially the right to keep and bear arms. Thus, we are committed to the restoration of the Founders' Republic, and are willing to fight, die and, if forced by any would-be oppressor, to kill in the defense of ourselves and the Constitution that we all took an oath to uphold against enemies foreign and domestic.

Prometheus perhaps this would be a better flag replacement?

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 12:35 | 2555860 Founders Keeper
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[Thus, we are committed to the restoration of the Founders' Republic, and are willing to fight, die...]---FEDbuster

Copy that.

Excellent post.

Like Prometheus, I don't post often anymore.  Though I am fully engaged.  Reading zerohedge everyday.  Unexpected and grievous life changes of late.  Nevertheless, I am here.  Moving my life forward by God's grace.  Now launched a website of my own.

See you at the frontlines.

God's speed.



Mon, 06/25/2012 - 01:15 | 2556998 TruthInSunshine
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It only takes a very small % of the population refusing to allow their individual and collective inalienable rights to be trampled further, some but not all of which are officially acknowledged by, and not bestowed by government (how can government take away that which is inalienable?), to effectuate extremely large and positive change.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:06 | 2554509 post turtle saver
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It's not anticipation, it's an on-going action... nothing but zombies in E. St. Louis ever since the eskimo Mayans set up Cahokia Mounds. Illini zombies, bitchez.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:12 | 2555414 GMadScientist
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I hate Illinois Zombies. - Jake

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:54 | 2554622 Freddie
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East St. Louis needs a B-52 Arc Light raid like the end of Apocalypse Now.

This is The End

Jim Morrison was not a total fu*kwit.  That liberal f*ckwit Martin Sheen needed to be fragged.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 12:28 | 2555847 Race Car Driver
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I junked ya.

Morrison was a culture change spook just like all the other hippy rockstars of the time. Ever wonder why they never stopped playing that 40-50 year old stale-ass crap on the radio? Entire generations have now heard the 'rebel' message (lol). When the Boomers grew up - do you think they enjoyed listening to 40-50 year old music like todays kids?

See: Laurel Canyon.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 20:31 | 2556696 Clashfan
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Too true, RCD. Folks need to read Inside the LC by McGowan.

"Culture change spook" is great wording. I'm stealing it. Don't post great quips like that unless you want them pilfered, sorry.


Glad to meet someone aware.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 22:54 | 2556886 Dr. Sandi
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Actually, I tried to listen to 40-50 year old music back then. It wasn't readily available. In 1965, the 50 year old stuff wasn't really out there, being from 1915 and all. And even the 40 year old stuff from 1925 was only on a few really mangled 78s that granny had in the back of her Victrola collection.

Too bad too. Now that some of that stuff is coming online from various repositories of ancient culture, I'm realizing how much I was missing by not hearing those 40-50 year old recordings.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 22:50 | 2556879 Dr. Sandi
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Sorry Freddie. I had to junk you too for being too chicken to say fuckwit. Come on say FUCKWIT. You KNOW you WANT to.

Although, now that I've said it, I sort of wonder just what a fuckwit really is anyway.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:54 | 2554377 Normalcy Bias
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Yep, but they'll need the Abrams in Detroit...

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:56 | 2554627 Freddie
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The great thing about Detroit is it is being slowly being turned into a field.  More and more of the sh*thole is being abandonded and bulldozed.  Not fast enough for me.  Wildlife is returning which is better than the feral O voters who voted for the muslim. .

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:04 | 2554638 ljag
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Near north side STL is right up there with E.STL. After dark guns are openly carried...none of this waistband or under the hoodie stuff. Local leos won't go near that part of town...clean up duty only.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:37 | 2554687 otto skorzeny
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come up to Chi-town on the upcoming string of 90 degree days to get some "live fire" training. it's turning into 80's Beirut up here

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:14 | 2555418 GMadScientist
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Now here is a connossieur of shitholes.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:50 | 2554371 Waffen
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Reminds me of a book I read, something about Henry Bowman using a Solothurn 20mm.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:12 | 2554411 seek
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Between "that" book and Applied Cryptography it's pretty much guaranteed I'm on a "list" somewhere.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:18 | 2555421 GMadScientist
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I find randomly encrypting gigs of garbage data (my precious Lady Gaga downloads!) with a beefy Blowfish key and backing it up on discs keeps their forensic guys busy the longest. :)


Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:18 | 2554539 Abiotic Oil
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"I have to go feed my pigs."

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:21 | 2555422 GMadScientist
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Unintended Doomer Porn.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:13 | 2554282 mrgneiss
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When the New Madrid cuts loose - soon - St. Louis and Nashville will the the two hardest hit large population centers.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:44 | 2554358 I only kill chi...
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Simon's retreat in Chile looks to be a goner.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:23 | 2555423 GMadScientist
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You're not supposed to smoke Jimson Weed.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 02:11 | 2557032 mr_T
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Polish troops were also training on US soil for domestic crowd control 2 months ago.

Welcome to CLUBfema, baby hands up, hands up... Yes, that lame song will be played all day long...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 07:09 | 2557204 overmedicatedun...
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in news today: TSA will expand to all mass transit in USA, House bill passed..routine, normal, body cavity searchs for all.. now go back to sleep those with thier eyes wide shut.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:46 | 2554363 JPM Hater001
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St. Louis = downtown MogidIshu.

Seriously, visit sometIme.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:20 | 2554752 El Tuco
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Come on now aren't you being a little hard on Mogadishu.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 04:00 | 2555260 Cyrano de Bivouac
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I've heard that Memphis is really bad. I mean prepare to take cover bad.


Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:29 | 2554443 Id fight Gandhi
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They stood in front of it and fought back.

Americans took pics for da YouTube and faceplant to show them purty machines taking over.

Pass the quarter pounder.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 21:26 | 2554560 TruthInSunshine
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St. Louis Residents waved their Hecho En Mexico Walmart American flags and shouted out "oh look, an early 4th of July Parade!" with glee.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:47 | 2554472 old naughty
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Oh @vey,

What, the Chinese are coming?

Think more likely the muppets, no?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:40 | 2554572 LouisDega
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"And it's gonna take you with it".... Not him. Hes nobody. Do you know who i am? Thats right. Nobody

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 14:22 | 2556093 Andre
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Most of the oeople who ended up in the camps - German, Russian, Chinese, Cuban, Cambodian - or "disappeared" in Argentina, Chile, Central America were "Nobody"

It is an interesting fact that just about as many people were killed by their own government as died fighting in the wars during the 20th Century.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:44 | 2554603 El Oregonian
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I was in the military long enough to know a preparatory exercise when I see one. It could be as harmless as stated, BUT, as with all this horseshit our gubbermint is shoving down our throats I'd be very, very concerned and would highly suggest that everyone make preparations accordingly.

Things tend to unravel rather quickly once they commence and it is sound doctrine to prepare for all scenarios if possible. Load up as much as possible, your going to be needing it.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:41 | 2554689 ugmug
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I hate to break it to you all but doesn't St Louis have a Federal Reserve Bank?

Are they expecting some sort of public response to the coming bank crisis?????



Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:11 | 2554812 El Oregonian
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Also, the New Madrid fault line is close by.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:37 | 2554849 CompassionateFascist
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  Right. The Paulbots will take it apart brick by brick.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 03:46 | 2555256 francis_sawyer
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Yeah, it was just James Bullard's posse...

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:20 | 2555019 cranky-old-geezer
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I doubt this signals anything significant.  We're close to an election and they can keep the dollar ponzi going a few years beyond the election.

There's simply nothing to gain by declaring martial law and hauling people off to wherever.  The know a revolution will never occur, they have nothing to worry about there.

They have far more to gain by just keeping the status quo going.


Sat, 06/23/2012 - 23:04 | 2555076 centerline
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Beyond a handful of years, the status quo can't keep going.  This is the problem.

Revolution won't happen.  It will be a meltdown instead.

Martial law isn't about gaining.  It is about containing damage.  If done right, many will think it is the right thing to do.  In some areas, for some people, it might actually be the case!  At least in the short term.

There might have been a chance to "manage" a turn some time ago - but the failure to do so PROVES there is no all powerful group of people controlling shit who are "planning" a crash.  There are lots of powerful people and groups - but not all aligned.  Not by any means.

Hard to say what these exercises are about.  Is odd though.  Lots of things over the last few years seem to me signs of serious concern and uncertainty on behalf of world leaders.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:28 | 2555201 rambo1028
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Just because they don't know what to do now does not mean that there is not a powerful group controlling things... whether they wanted a crash or not... they are gonna get it anyway

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:33 | 2554135 resurger
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you mean Winter?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:47 | 2554367 Ineverslice
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Yes, of the Kondratiev kind.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:08 | 2555478 Arrowhead
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You mean Veenter iss coomink?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:42 | 2554173 Xibalba
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is that where the Nuclear plant melted down recently?  Oh wait... I mean...was shut down for 'routine maintenance'

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:52 | 2554197 Sudden Debt
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PPPFFFFt! Nothing a small evacuation zone of 5000 Miles radius can't solve!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:25 | 2554308 Beam Me Up Scotty
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We can always fall back to our lunar colony or mars colony.  Wait, we don't have those yet.  That should be good for a boost to the economy---a brand spanking new lunar base.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:03 | 2554398 Canaduh
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Maybe you should worry abut getting to the moon first.....

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:18 | 2554540 gtb
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Great link.   Thanks

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 23:27 | 2555100 Clashfan
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Canaduh, I'm not sure about McGowan's moon stuff (even he admits that his knowledge on the subject is limited), and I'm not sure why he puts it first on that site.

His piece below it, though, Inside the LC, is a terrific read and one any classic rock fan should prioritize, imo.

And he is also an excellent author on SRA. Google his name w/SRA and read some good info.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:04 | 2554507 roadhazard
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I pity the Moon, Mars... Alfa Centuri. The Loony Borg are coming.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:52 | 2554189 Sudden Debt
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Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:12 | 2554410 LULZBank
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Wait till they start carrying these kind of guns.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:56 | 2554626 Sudden Debt
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They have better tools to keep the sheep in line

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:08 | 2554736 kentmills
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Isn't this the same St. Charles County that Ron Paul folks took over the GOP? Coincidence that martial law drills happen there?

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:28 | 2555430 GMadScientist
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They'll need to go through Springfield, Gary, and Ann Arbor to get to Dearborn, MI

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:18 | 2554424 Offthebeach
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Hank Paulson was in the lead tank
wearing a crome "Patton" helmet with 6 stars.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:48 | 2554474 I am Jobe
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No it's Neal kashkari

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:06 | 2554510 rocker
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Glad to see someone else knows that Neel Kashkari was one of the engineers of the bailout.

Now he works at Pimco. His first big Job: Goldman Sachs, Second: the treasury w/ Paulson, Third: Pimco equity advisor.

This is how Goldman rules the Financial World with Web Ties in all companies, all states and all nations. 

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:40 | 2554588 unununium
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Neal Kashkari's conference call with the banks just prior to TARP


Sun, 06/24/2012 - 16:49 | 2556362 Excursionist
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Take this for whatever it's worth..  I was at a luncheon with him this past Friday across the street from PIMCO's HQ, and he exhibited candor I had not expected.  One noteworthy point re: the potential dissolution of the EMU was that politicians and their appointed advisors just don't know the sequence of dominos that could fall.  Hence the strong bias towards preserving the status quo.

Quick tangent:  the best zing'er was when he was asked about the student debt bubble.  He thinks the issue isn't so much with the debts incurred by students but rather the subjects they're studying for four years.  "We're teaching them basket weaving [rather than something practical like chemistry or computer science]," was the direct quote.  Couldn't agree more.  Good luck earning your way out of a $100k hole with that degree in poli sci.

Guys and gals of Zero Hedge - let's accept that our leaders were making up the shit as they went along in 2008, doing what they thought would avert a collapse of the global financial system.  Enough with the Monday morning quarterbacking.

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 05:47 | 2564317 boattrash
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"doing what they thought would avert a collapse"  Where was your Excursion to, a Crackhouse?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:50 | 2554595 El Oregonian
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Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:34 | 2555030 Buck Johnson
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They know that it's getting harder and harder to cover the financial issues of the US and the rest of the world.  Eventually the president and the congress will have to make hard decisions (like cutting SS, medicare etc.) and when that happens people will go crazy.  Ask yourself why Bush was so quick to get the Martial Law provisions into place before he left.  It's because it's to be used against domestic citizens in this country because of some "issue"  and I remember them saying that financial is one of the issues.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 15:14 | 2556209 corndog
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just try to take out two of them before they get you.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:22 | 2554090 valkir
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How we gonna pay our soldiers to kill us?Where the $ come from?Oh,i know one source but will have lunch now,dont want to mention it....

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:39 | 2554107 Waffen
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Just like other 3rd world countries in collapse, the freshly printed paper will go to .gov workers first. As FOFOA points out in his thesis on hyperinflation, those closest to the printing presses win.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 21:50 | 2554973 engineertheeconomy
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Currently the case in the U.S. if you haven't noticed -

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 06:03 | 2555321 BorisTheBlade
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I would say those running printing press win, those on the receiving end only win relative to each other.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:04 | 2554245 resurger
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Not all of them Valkir,

There must be few good soldiers out there who till take those tanks and start bombing JPM, GoldmanSachs, The Federal Reserve et al...

There are some things that money can't buy, ones loyalty to his own country & people ...



Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:07 | 2554514 monad
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When the soviets deployed in Afghanistan they told their troops that they were inside the USSR putting down a rebellion. If it goes down we'll get blue helmets, not our own.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:27 | 2554564 Zaydac
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In the Tiananmen Square  protests of 1989 the soldiers were told that the students were infected with contagious disease.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:48 | 2554865 CompassionateFascist
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Don't know about this, but it is a significant fact that the first (local) troops brought in refused direct orders to massacre the protesters. Reds then brought in Manchurian troops to do the deed. This is how real Civil Wars begin: the military splits.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:29 | 2555203 Freddie
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Blue helmets from where?  It won't be western Europe or Canada.   It won't be eastern Europeans either because they don't like the Democrats muslim either.  Russians?  I doubt that?

It might be Chinese.  It will be American troops, LEO's, govt agents, FEMA, TSA and prison labor.  They will cut power, water, food, you name it.    Drones, choppers, biologicqals, etc.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:30 | 2555432 GMadScientist
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I think you dropped your tether to reality back there.


Sun, 06/24/2012 - 15:16 | 2556214 tony wilson
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freddie enough with the barry muslim shit.

if he was a muslim he would not kill so many.

rest assured the depleted uranium your fucking country has been using for years s gonna kill many more.


freddie are you a girl cos your foto sure looks like the foto of someone i would like to bitch slap and make cry : )

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:35 | 2554335 Hayabusa
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Where will the $ come from?  Bernie and The Inkjets of course.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 23:20 | 2555094 Randall Cabot
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Who's Bernie

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:25 | 2554675 Offthebeach
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Mittens yesterday said free corpra-tism for
foreigners who serve in the professional military.
Paulson's been to China 200+ times. For US
corpratism and sex with a Section 8 breeder,
they could have 10 million army here in two months,.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 23:29 | 2555102 Clashfan
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Valkir, why do you assume our soldiers will even be the ones used? Why not use mercenaries, private armies, UN troops, or some combination of this? They will know beforehand which troops would be willing to fire on US citizens and which would not. Don't they even ask them those kinds of questions?

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:10 | 2555189 Cathartes Aura
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didn't the amrkn .gov sign a "reciprocal agreement" to trade troops with canada in the case of "civil unrest"?

Canadian Military Training in our Communities for Civil Unrest

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:34 | 2554097 Waffen
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We all know why, when the countries fiat paper becomes literal toilet paper the nation is going to want to break apart like a dropped piece of china.

Balkanization And decentralization is the natural answer, but the oligarchs can't have that, so they are going to try to put troops in every capital and major city to "keep" control of their oligarchy.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:02 | 2555467 GMadScientist
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Balkanization is for the countries the US invades, not the Federati.


Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:24 | 2554103 TraderTimm
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So, just to brainstorm here - what other 'exercises' would indicate staging for an 'event'?

I shudder to ask, because I think we are witnessing something here much like the green sky before a tornado.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:41 | 2554141 Waffen
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30k drones legislation

This is about as telegraphed as it gets folks. I know we naturally have normalcy bias and even we who read the corruption daily find this hard to believe, but it's reality.

Now let's just hope that the old red and blue list talk of the 90s was bs, if not we are all in for liquidation or FEMA camp re-education. :( not even a joke anymore.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:12 | 2554409 RockyRacoon
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The real "news" will be when the reporting of these sightings is done under penalty of law.  Then we'll have something to whisper about.  The magician uses slight of hand and diversion.   Look!  Nothing up my sleeve -- as all eyes go to the sleeve.  What's his other hand doing?   Aha!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:40 | 2554456 NumNutt
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Funny thing happened to me yesterday, I was in a Tractor Supply Co. (Virginia) store buying feed for our animals and spotted a wrist rocket sling shot. My kid was bugging me to get him one a couple of weeks earlier so I decided to buy it for him. They required me to produce my drivers license, and it was "registered". When I asked why it was required I was told that they consider it a dangerous weapon. I was stunned to say the least. If anyone on here has not figured it out yet, ...we are living in a police state. TPTB are really paranoid about something, I see things getting worse......

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:58 | 2554490 RockyRacoon
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I have several different very powerful slingshots.  You can find good sources on the net.  Hint: Go to Hobby Lobby and buy the glass beads that flower arrangers use, or they have nice polished stones as well.  A bag of those is cheap ammo!   I saw the other day that the local dollar store had the same stuff for $1 a bag.  Be sure to get spare bands as well.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:00 | 2554497 NumNutt
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cool thanks for the tip Rocky!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:01 | 2554499 NumNutt
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Didn't mean to post twice....

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:51 | 2554869 CompassionateFascist
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Nasty. But I'll keep my M1A NatMatch.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 21:36 | 2554949 RockyRacoon
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Did ya hear me say that a slingshot was my only weapon?   Didn't think so.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:04 | 2554730 live free
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FYI - As an engineer, I use mcmaster carr often.   You can buy ball bearings wicked cheap.


Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:47 | 2554790 El Oregonian
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Nah, I see those idiots flinging stones to really no avail. No, lead will lead the way.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:10 | 2555484 GMadScientist
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No, lead will sit in your cold dead hand as you twitch from Fentanyl gas overdose.

If they wanted you dead, you would already be so. Know this.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 23:37 | 2555112 Ivanhoe
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The Global Elite Scum are paranoid to the point of preparing for the worst - and they know it's coming.  Believe me, the least of their worries will be who's bought slingshots.  We have much bigger plans for them.  When 1000's of armed citizens take to the streets in defense of liberty, they will know their time has come.

They will submit, or they will die.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:35 | 2555546 hivekiller
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The only way to win the war is by stealth and using guerilla tactics. Show up in mass and you'll be mowed down in mass. A patriot behind every tree is my motto.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:35 | 2554145 CH1
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They locked down Chicago a month ago. That was a one such exercise.

And, of course, there are now DHS-designed and -funded "command centers" in hundreds of population centers.

Over the last ten years more or less every policeman has been trained in military tactics. Adding to that, the populace has been fed with cop worship television.

Then there's surveilling the entire Internet, plus phone calls, plus twitter, and google and Facebook, and others.

The entire Marshall Law infrastructure is pretty well in place. What happens next, I dunno.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:11 | 2554270 Crumbles
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Idiot, Fool, wasting a perfectly good post.  Doing fine until I hit "Marshall" as in Matt Dillon.

It's Martial, as in soldier, war, Marines, the whole Military Law thing.

And no, it wasn't spell check failure.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:16 | 2554290 Hulk
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Interesting that Martial and Marital are so fucking close...

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:58 | 2554383 Pure Evil
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Yet, one rarely notices the minute difference until AFTER they get married.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:36 | 2554581 Dr. Sandi
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That's why Marital Arts training is so important when you're still young.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:02 | 2554726 Hulk
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Marital arts training is a lifelong endeavor, each move being practiced 10,000 times, until your ears wear out...

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:50 | 2554794 El Oregonian
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POW!... One time...

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:11 | 2555488 GMadScientist
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Speak up, ya green lummox! :)

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:04 | 2554250 AustriAnnie
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What other exercises?

FEMA NLA (National Level Exercises) which include Cybersecurity, continuity of government, and relocation exercises.

You can read the documents for the private contractors which states in full detail what they must provide in relocation camps.


The Contractor shall provide fencing and barricades around the perimeter of the RSC as set forth in the task order. The Contractor shall also provide fencing and barricades around areas which are “off limits” to occupants. Fencing and barricades are required within 36 hours for “phased” setup timeframes, and 72 hours for the rest of the initial setup timeframe. This is to ensure the health and safety of occupants. Fences, barriers, and implemented separation mechanisms shall comply with all local, state, and applicable building codes and regulations, as well as any applicable FEMA security requirements as defined by the Joint Field Office (JFO) Security Officer. All fences or barriers shall comply as a minimum with requirements imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act or other Federal, State and local requirements."




The Contractor shall furnish identification cards for all RSC occupants and non-occupants requiring entry into the RSC. Please see Section J for the standard format that shall be used when awarded a task order. (See C.9 Item 7 Contract Data Requirement List (CDRL)).

The Occupant Identification Card will be used to access lodging, RSC facilities, meals, and laundry services. The Occupant Identification Card will be clearly distinctive from other categories of identification cards."



The good news?  The contractors have to provide "Morale" areas in the camps that are lounge areas to keep the occupants happy.  And they have to provide "snacks".  Really.  Its in the contract.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:09 | 2554262 AustriAnnie
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Link to the NLE exercises homepage with links to the various projects:

And this is just FEMA!  It doesn't even begin to get into what other gov't agencies have going.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:01 | 2554390 Pure Evil
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Sadly, they're still unable to put up any fences along the southern border to keep the Zombies out below the Rio Grande.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:06 | 2554506 RockyRacoon
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Terminator Planet: How America Became an Empire of Drones


"Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare," by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse, chronicles the rise of drone warfare. Unjustified killing: UN wants US drone attacks explained

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