By John Galt
August 31, 2009
I don’t like Mondays.
Not only is that a fact of life, it is a great song by the Boomtown Rats which just happened to be blaring from my clock radio this morning as everything seemed as normal as can be, at least for 5:01 a.m. on a hot, sweaty Monday morning in my little apartment just outside of Orlando. The morning show had the usual cast of characters I enjoyed but the news guy started the show right after the intro speaking about some sort of “Breaking News” on the economy and at that point in time, I hit the snooze button because I was broke despite working two jobs and couldn’t give a crap. Seven minutes later the alarm went off again and the music was cranking out and with that, I dragged myself out of bed and hit the power button on my computer and stumbled into the kitchen. I figured that by the time Vista crashed twice I would get my morning constitutional in and have the coffee started before proceeding to my job at one of the few banks that did not participate in the insanity we had witnessed for the last four years.
As the coffee finished the cycle and my bleary eyes stumbled back into the kitchen with my mega jug of Five O’Clock still steaming, I noticed that the alarm clock went off again, as dopey me I hit the snooze instead of the off button. Here it was 5:15 a.m. on a Monday morning and I was no closer to getting motivated to “Produce, Provide, Protect” as the administration’s new motto blared every ten minutes it seemed on any radio station you tuned to. The “3 for America” ads had been running for a week and to be honest, I did no give a crap if they were from the Democrats or Republicans, the ads were just plain out annoying. I knew it as I head into work and had to deal with the aggravation of government regulations and the banking system as I tried to help little old ladies refinance their mortgages and keep unemployed people from losing it all that this job just did not pay enough, even though it was better than the alternative.
I clicked on my IE icon on my desktop and the default home page should have appeared but instead, this weird screen appeared:
To say that I was stunned was one thing, shocked was another. Why in the world would TheTreeofLiberty.com get a “FORBIDDEN” error message? I thought to myself “this is going to be one of those Mondays, I can tell already” and with a sip of coffee clicked on my bookmarks for FrugalSquirrels. Boom, same screen, same error message, and now a very weird feeling coming over me. With that sudden shock, I decided to try the old mainstay of the Internet, The Drudge Report to see what the news was if any that might be impacting the Internet in the U.S. Instead of using IE, I figured maybe it was a new problem with Microsoft so I opened up Mozilla’s Firefox browser, clicked on the Drudge bookmark and got a message with a weirder screen:
Now, I was spooked. Why was I getting a weird line from hsa.gov and who in the world is attacking the Internet. With that disturbing start to my morning, I elected to turn on my long ignored cable television and get the news of the world. I flipped the channel over to one of our local stations, WESH, and there was a government official from the state reading a series of instructions about shopping, buying gas and other mundane everyday things. I know that I had not enjoyed much coffee yet and was still half asleep, but when I went to bed last night there was not a hurricane within two thousand miles of Orlando, so that could not be it. I turned the volume up and just as the reporter was getting ready to cover the Internet story, my phone rang. I muted the television and much to my surprise it was the bank manager asking if I could be at the bank within the hour. “Sure, barring traffic problems, no big deal” I stammered and now hurried to get ready for work.
I had my favorite music station on in the background but the flow of very heavy traffic for Orlando at 6:30 a.m. caught me off guard and I did not pay attention to much of anything on the radio. Usually it wasn’t this bad until I went into the office around 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. When I pulled into the parking lot, there were two Florida State Patrol cars, a Brinks security car and my boss, the non-smoking bank manager shaking and smoking a Camel in the parking lot. “What is going on Mr. Bevins?” I asked with that innocence of being a twenty something who had no clue as to what was going on in the big world, even though I knew better. He stammered out “We are open for two hours daily until further notice, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and that’s it. We are only allowed to give out $20 per day per customer and worse, any safety deposit box access requires the Brinks agent and a State Patrol officer to be present and the Brinks guard to conduct an inventory with the customer in the back office. This is going to be bad, I’m telling, you, the President is making a speech at 8 a.m. Eastern time and people will be very upset.”
I had to ask at that point in time after hearing this, “Is that why the Internet is down?” Mr. Bevins looked at me with a shocked look and said only “It is?” Then the Brinks plainclothes guy interrupted and said “Sirs, the Internet was taken down to prevent any unauthorized information or financial transactions from occurring. This plan was established in 2008 to prevent problems should the banking crisis worsen. Homeland Security is in charge now and any access attempts to unauthorized websites will probably result in a phone call or a visit from a Domestic Electronic Security Division officer.”
At that point in time I felt a little pale but figured they would be too busy with other problems. I thanked the Brinks guard, looked at my boss and asked for a smoke. “I didn’t know you smoked?”, Mr. Bevins said as his shaky hand handed me the filter-less Camel. “I don’t”, I replied, “but it appears to be a good time to start.”
As with all of my prior Prepetorials, the above is obviously purely fiction. Recent events dictate that fiction seems to be turning into reality on an almost daily basis. The headline that blared on Drudge last week sent a chill down my spine and has been updated today:
As I struggled all weekend to try to save my old blog from the hack attack this story really bothered me and gave me pause to start asking questions and to start doing a little basic math.
Q: Why would the President or any government official seek these powers?
A: Because future events dictate that these powers WILL be needed to maintain control of the population.
Q: What events would dictate such a drastic course of action?
A: Who knows; we can speculate however, a bank holiday would require it; a domestic terror attack would require it; a foreign war shouldn’t cause it but might create an excuse to do it. Or worse, an economic calamity which triggers a drastic restriction on freedoms as yet unforeseen.
Q: Who will have the ultimate control of the Internet inside our borders?
A: The same people who have attacked Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck for their radio and television programs; the same people who have worked to silence the LPFM programs in communities nationwide; the same people that view non-compliant citizens with “their” programs or opponents of “their” ideals as a threat to their perceived perverted version of America.
Thus in our world of logic, 1+1+1 still equals 3 but in their world they determine the answers and the threat to the flow of information and interaction between citizens will be shut down. That is why you have to be prepared for this morning. Do not just type information in chat rooms and giggle like a school girl with “LOL’s” in their conversations about idle subjects; YOU MUST BEGIN DOWNLOADING ANY AND ALL INFORMATION CRUCIAL TO YOUR FAMILY’S SURVIVAL NOW. I have made a series of notebooks with waterproof plastic covers on subjects as diverse as creating a crystal radio from an oatmeal can, to tuning a 80mb low power transmitter and matching it to an antenna, or even nuclear war survival strategies (Thank you Shane at www.ki4u.com ) that might seem mundane but you never know when you will need it!
Use the resources at the various blogs and message boards and get what you need NOW. If you honestly believe that this administration (or Bush’s for that matter) want you dependent on anyone but their omnipotent government agencies, you are sadly mistaken. If you think that for one minute they are not more than happy to have total control of a population by lining them up behind a FEMA trailer for food and water, money and gasoline, or medicine and Doctor’s care, you are grossly in error. In the long run they would love to have the power over every one’s freedoms not because of the power itself, but because there is a lot of money to be made in this. If you don’t believe me, look at the other dictators in history and how well they lived off of the labor of their people.
I must stress that time is very, very short now. The open and bold declarations of intent from Washington, D.C. indicate that there are very few limits that will be placed on their powers and little the American people can do other than protest and set up meetings, soon to be under direct control of the whims of local diversity administrators which will eliminate opposition ideals as needed using whatever methods they deem necessary. You do not want to turn your computer on to check on your bank account or seek treatment for a poisonous snake or spider bite only to see the 403 Forbidden message on your screen. Take the time, download what you need and prepare the books now.
Tomorrow is one less day to prepare and one more day too late.