Shades of 1930′s Germany? “US Girl Scouts prepare for war, pestilence” as the government enlists Girl Scouts to combat hurricanes (am I the only one who read Wizard of Oz about what happens with little girls and the big winds?), pandemics, terror attacks, and other disasters.
Now, don’t get upset here, but there are a couple of different ways a student of history could ‘context’ this. Put on your thinking cap for a minute.
A student of history might flip open to the Wikipedia entry about the Hitler Youth (Hitler Jungen, or HJ) movement of the 1930′s:
“The HJ was originally Munich-based only. In 1923, the organization had a little over one thousand members. In 1925, when the Nazi Party had been refounded, the membership grew to over 5,000. Five years later, national HJ membership stood at 25,000. By the end of 1932 (a few weeks before the Nazis came to power) it was at 107,956. At the end of 1933, the HJ had 2,300,000 members. Much of these increases came from the more or less forcible merger of other youth organizations with the HJ. (The sizable Evangelische Jugend, a Lutheran youth organisation of 600,000 members, was integrated on February 18, 1934). As an example, in the class of Hans J. Massaquoi, 100% of the Aryan pupils in his class became Pimpf. However many of his classmates joined because of their parents or teachers or to be like everybody else. After several months many of the children became inactive and almost all left after one or two years.
By December 1936, HJ membership stood at just over five million. “
On the other hand, one could more positively look at the last Depression and wonder if this might not evolve into a feeder-program in the offing for a more benign mass social program. Perhaps it could feed into a new/retooled Civilian Conservation Corp 2.0 to deal with unemployment when the second leg down becomes apparent over winter of this year.
“The CCC provided conservation work in every U.S. state including the territories of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Types of work projects varied. There were 300 possible types of project, comprising ten director-approved general classifications: 1) Structural Improvements: bridges, fire towers, service buildings; 2) Transportation: truck trails, minor roads, foot trails and airport landing fields; 3) Erosion Control: check dams, terracing and vegatative covering; 4) Flood Control: irrigation, drainage dams, ditching, channel work, riprapping; 5) Forest Culture: planting trees and shrubs, timber stand improvement, seed collection, nursery work; 6) Forest Protection: fire prevention, fire presuppression, fire fighting, insect and disease control; 7) Landscape and Recreation: public camp and picnic ground development, lake and pond site clearing and development; 8) Range: stock driveways, elimination of predatory animals; 9) Wildlife: stream improvement, stocking fish, food and cover planting; 10) Miscellaneous: emergency work, surveys, mosquito control. A typical CCC enrollee was a U.S. citizen, unmarried, unemployed male, 18–25 years of age. Each enrollee volunteered, and upon passing a physical exam was enrolled for a six month term with the option to serve as much as two years. He lived in a work camp, received $30 a month (with a compulsory allotment $22–25 sent to dependents) as well as food, clothing and medical care. During a six month period an enrollee gained an average of .277 inches height and 7.23 pounds.
If you look at where vocational schools are training, the corporatization of farming, and the ever-increasing use of automation to produce basic goods, we can envision of country where workers are in rapid decline, and the professions are ascendant. To where instead of a shopkeeper economy (where the baker sells bread to the shoemaker, and so forth) we instead end up with a professional shopkeeper society, where the dentist sells orthodontia to the police, lawyers, and accountants while ‘security’ is the new flexible demand employer. Same outcome, but it will at least have a college degree in something-or-other and the ruling klassen will still have something to rule.
In a strange way, I’m mourning the loss of the US financial products industry. Oh, sure, China might not honor paper derivatives they figure was sold dishonestly, and yeah, that collapse of the derivatives market is gathering steam even now, but keeping the kids busy could be important. It’ll give us grownups time to go stand in breadlines, to get our shots, to get our coupons.
Some vision of the future, huh?
I think it’s fine for Girl Scouts to be involved in their community – just as it’s fine for Boy Scouts to be involved in community. And I think it’s by golly Jim Dandy fine that Homeland Security does ‘training’ for ministers and pastors lest free thinking break out in pandemic-like fashion.
All I’m wonder is “Where does all this lead?” “Are we on some kind of path here?” “Does anyone have a plan to reindustrialize America, or are we gonna be calling India for tech support forever?”
Two questions I won’t ask: “Was that purple finger paint made in the USA?” And I’ll keep my question about whether we’re lining up to be Gog or Magog to myself and refer you to other web sites to study of that one.
You may not know who Marc Widdowson is, but he’s got a blog – with occasional postings on “History & Society” where there are occasional snips about DAT – Dark Age Theory. This is something that sort of evolved from the site “The Coming Dark Age” which hasn’t been active lately, but which is still worth some head time.
Some of the titles on Widdowson’s site are intriguing by themselves. Example: “Issue du jour 1: War with Iran–important to containing China but delayed over two years” and “Issue du jour 2: The world economy–unbalanced, interwoven, delusional–some predict its unraveling.”
Like the www.firstmonday.org site (another one of my favorites) The Coming Dark Age, Jay Hanson’s www.dieoff.org and [killer_ape-peak_oil] distro list, there are sites on the web that do a much better job of contexting current affairs than the MSM.
That the government is cozying up to the Girl Scouts means something – but just what, I’m not clear on. But stay tuned…I’ve got this queasy kind of feeling that we’re gonna find out all too soon.
I see the Dog Poet has discovered “The 9/11 Fish Head Flu Pandemic.”
Shrinking Steel and DNA
I think we’re onto something big (or is that small?) with my discovery that ‘shrinking steel’ and ‘shrinking aluminum’ is involved in the manufacture of small aircraft like Cessna 150′s and certain kinds of imported sports cars. Here is another reader who has encountered the same phenomena:
“I’ve too, noticed this phenomenon, and really wish some Government money would get spent researching it. I haven’t been in a 150 since the mid 80s (I soloed in a 152), and did most of my flying in my 20s in my Piper Traumahawk, my pride and joy until it was stolen (long, but interesting story that ended in death and the aircraft now living in Illinois – although insurance made me whole on the deal).
The “shrinkage” I’ve noticed, is automotive. Now that I have money, I would love to replace the 1980 MGB that I had in college (parents supplied car), but anytime I get the bug and go look at one, I’m confounded by my inability to comfortably sit in the damn thing, let alone hop in and out like the 20 year old I was as a Junior at Arizona State University.
Clearly, over time, the steel used in these aircraft and automobiles shrinks considerably. I’d really like a chemical explanation for that.”
Best I can figure it, this ‘shrinking metal phenomena’ is highly DNA-selective; maybe that’s what the shape memory alloys (SMA’s) were that were ‘purportedly’ recovered from the Roswell UFO crash in 1947 were all about.
You remember reading how the ‘memory metal’ from that crash site supposedly had hieroglyphics on them that we undecipherable? What I’ve pieced together is that those glyphs actutual contained a warning that read something like this:
“Warning: Special Shape Memory Metal
This is DNA-sensitized metal that will reaction with human DNA and either shrink or expand, depending on the user’s genome sequencing.”
Seems that some DNA’s don’t react with this class of alloys. Elaine, for example, doesn’t seem to have much trouble getting in and out of small cars or flying sardine cans. Her DNA includes some northern European and a touch of Cherokee. “Memory fabrics” also react favorably to her – she’s still got some clothes from high school that fit and that was some (classified) number of decades back.
My DNA must be special – that’s all I can come up with. Not only does metal shrink in my presence, but in feats that would be the envy of Eastern Mystics, you know, the guys who ‘materialize rose petals’ out of air? That’s nothing. I can materialized 5-10 pounds by simply repeating the word “Cheese Danish” three dozen times. (Just writing materialized 6-ounces.).
What I’m working on now is tracking back to the source of expanding ink. Not the stuff that is used for writing paychecks – or more often nowadays unemployment checks. No, I’m talking about the ink used for deductions and holdbacks. That’s the magic stuff. Keeps getting bigger. It’s also used for printing up property tax forms, dental bills (especially for crowns), and I’ve caught the whiff of it at Wal-Mart, Brookshire’s, and Kroger’s checkout stands. I think the factory rep for the stuff has been through town.
Contrary to what Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control might try to convince you with the fear-mongering headlines, the real gravest threat facing America comes from this shrinking metal and expanding ink phenomena. It’s been in place several years – which is how we go to where we are today. I’m sure of it.
Already we’ve got suspects, too. For example, there’s a ring of four pitchers for double-A ball club San Antonio that combined for a no-hitter baseball game. We were tipped off by the headline “Missions Pitchers Throw Zeroes“. We want to know where they got all those zeros. Maybe it’s not the PowersThatBe we should be looking for. Maybe it’s the PrintersThatBe.
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