Monday, March 10, 2014

one of two today


Cannibalism part 2

"The same tragic story of parents' killing and eating their children and vice versa, of wives slaying and devouring their husbands and vice versa, of the snatching of corpses from cemeteries or the gallows, of the professional ambushing, killing and eating of passers-bys---- this is monotonously repeated in connection with numerous major famines. In France, between 1030-1032, one man killed and ate 48 persons, in Germany, in 897, freshly buried corpses were exhumed and eaten: in Burgundy, in 1030-1031, human flesh was openly sold on the market"

That comes from "Man and Society in Calamity" by P.A. Sorokin.

Over and over, again and again, its the same story.

Remember the Jamestown pilgrims? They went through "The Starving Time" (1609-1610) 80% of them died. They resorted to cannibalism.

During periods of starvation, guards have been posted at cemeteries.

Maybe we don't have to worry about famines in our modern world today, right? Everything above happened in ancient times.

China 1959-1961, 45 million died from starvation. This happened during many readers lifetime. I'm sure some will point out that this was a government caused famine. Does that fact mean that we can trust our gov. not to cause a famine here?

February 21, 2014, twenty thousand are starving in Damascus. From online news sources: "According to residents, some 20,000 people in the camp are so desperate for food that many eat stray animals, and some women have resorted to prostitution.
“Many here have slaughtered and eaten cats and dogs, and even a donkey,” said Yarmuk resident Ali, who was a university student when Syria’s revolt erupted in 2011. “One man who killed a dog couldn’t find any meat to eat on its body, because even the dogs are starving,” he told AFP. “What was unimaginable a few months ago is normal now.”

All it will take is just one small event. Something that spirals and grows. Like an avalanche started by the weight of everything accumulating and building layer upon layer.

Crop failure, runaway flu, or even some FUBAR gov. food program.

Go to craigslist, search for barrels. Some guy that works at a food processing factory will be selling empties for about $10 each. Buy some. Fill them up with rice, corn or wheat.

Don't be kicking yourself later when you are using that shovel and are halfway to dinner!

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