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2013-10-15 06:47:55 PM
so when nothing happens, like every other time, can we say that democrats are just playing politics and inventing crisis?  Or do we do this all over again next time until it ends up being nothing too?
 
2013-10-15 06:48:27 PM
I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?
 
2013-10-15 06:49:28 PM

Cyrus the Mediocre: Feb 23, 2014

Left the city behind, still fighting there.  Must be Republican holdouts.

Met a fellow traveler on the road.  Wanted to trade gold coins for foodstuffs.  Moron

Running low on proteins, have to go hunting, old Wal-Mart nearby.  Might be something left.

Heading east.


Mar. 17, 2014

Continued east.

Found a mule.

Met a farmer named Brown.  He has a crow for a pet.
 
2013-10-15 06:50:16 PM
www.dana-mad.ru

Thanks, Tea-tards!
 
2013-10-15 06:51:41 PM

Elegy: There's a 3D printing/fusion reactor thread that needs your attention, stat.


Yeah, I know. I'm trying to post, but really, the story is so pathetic even I can't muster any interest.
 
2013-10-15 06:52:59 PM

Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?


Because their only aim is to gut Obamacare, which ain't going to happen. You know, because it passed both houses of Congress and was upheld by the Supreme Court.
 
2013-10-15 06:53:58 PM
That isn't a realistic scenario. That there is rose-tinted optimism. The accidental default in 1979 had more severe consequences.
 
2013-10-15 06:55:08 PM

Elegy: Proof that every single one of you should have bought gold and were wrong for mocking Glenn Beck all those years.


It's quite possible to make money speculating in gold (it's just another commodity), AND mock Glenn Beck.
 
2013-10-15 06:58:08 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: actually this:

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Is what my Thursday will look like. Goin Fishin


You are Sidney Lopsides and I claim my five pounds.
 
2013-10-15 06:58:17 PM

cchris_39: In other news, the govenment will still be taking in $3.1 trillion and net interest payments are about $220 billion.

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/us_budget_pie_chart">http://www. usgovernmentspending.com/us_budget_pie_chart


I hope you're trolling.  If not, I hope you're not in charge of anything important in the financial sector beyond the spare change in your Mom's couch...
 
2013-10-15 07:00:19 PM

Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?


I'll Godwin this one :)

For the same reason Neville Chamberlain was wrong to appease Hitler...it just gives them an appetite for more.

You don't discipline screaming children who refuse to eat their vegetables by giving them the cookies they want...
 
2013-10-15 07:01:49 PM

bulldg4life: cchris_39: In other news, the govenment will still be taking in $3.1 trillion and net interest payments are about $220 billion.

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/us_budget_pie_chart">http://www. usgovernmentspending.com/us_budget_pie_chart

I'm amazed that you continue to be an idiot after all these years.


We have tax receipts coming in to fund 83% of the govenment.  Net interest is only $20B a month.  Take this idiot's word for it - there will be no default, even if there is no deal by the end of the week.  I guarantee it.
 
2013-10-15 07:04:10 PM
Get ready. Withdraw cash, get non-perishable food ...

www.xconomy.com
www.mreinfo.com
 
2013-10-15 07:04:40 PM

mikewadestr: The Republicans did the first smart thing either party has done in decades.  They offered to end the shutdown over the Obamacare fiasco by requiring everybody in Congress and the President on down to have to receive their health insurance through Obamacare.  Unfortunately, even if it passes Congressional leaders, most being a part of the 1 percent, will be able to afford Obamacare as well as a secondary insurance,


It's actually the first thing Republicans have suggested in ages that I actually agree with.

However, they DIDN'T offer it in a vacuum...they still want most of their other stuff.  That ain't negotiating, that's reducing your ransom demands when the other side calls your bluff.

In other words, it's a sign of weakness.   Typical Republicans...taking a good idea, turning it into a liability.
 
2013-10-15 07:05:21 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?

Because their only aim is to gut Obamacare, which ain't going to happen. You know, because it passed both houses of Congress and was upheld by the Supreme Court.


So what? If the Republicans are the bad guys, they'll lose the House next year, and the Democrats can restore funding.

Isn't that better than the apocalypse of default?
 
2013-10-15 07:05:35 PM
Get your serrated spoons ready!

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-10-15 07:06:30 PM

Mega Steve: [img.fark.net image 850x680]


Ah CoH, how I miss thee...

/lvl 50 controller
 
2013-10-15 07:07:29 PM
Is politics leaking again?
 
2013-10-15 07:08:49 PM

Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?


OK, let's say that Obama "negotiates" with them.  They get a bunch of stuff they want, and in exchange, Obama gets... the nation doesn't default.  In a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again, they *will* make further demands.  Obama will be the "adult" and negotiate, give the Tea Party a bunch of stuff they want, and exchange, get... the nation not defaulting.  And in a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again...

The choice is between allowing the Tea Party to dictate all the terms of governance or to draw a line.  The line has to be drawn somewhere.  It should be here.
 
2013-10-15 07:10:37 PM
This is just making me angry.

All countries before us have defaulted due to lack of funds and mismanagement of their countries. In our case, though... we are perfectly capable of paying our bills, yet we have a small fraction of one party in one portion of one house of one branch of government which is going to bring this down on our heads.

I'm just exhausted. My mom is on SSDI. She's got one leg and a bad back and hasn't been able to walk since I was 8. She relies on that money to survive. I called her last night to ask how things were going, and she went off on that "Bastard Obama". I just cannot comprehend this. Luckily, my older brother lives with her, so she won't be thrown out on the street, so I guess I have that going for me. There's a reason I moved 9 hours away from them...

I just can't fathom this. It really is reprehensible, yet we can do nothing about it.
 
2013-10-15 07:12:29 PM
i236.photobucket.com

What's say we pull out the Freedom guillotine and water the tree of liberty?
 
2013-10-15 07:12:53 PM

Ambitwistor: / the skeleton is Ted Cruz


What a comfort that would be. All of the gop gripping a fence in skeletal nuclear flame. We could use their glowing bones to keep us warm and heat our irradiated food.
 
2013-10-15 07:13:04 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: Get your serrated spoons ready!

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Hey!  I owe you a beer for the CO 11th recall.
 
2013-10-15 07:13:17 PM
so slightly less buys that Mitt Romeny's first day as President.
 
2013-10-15 07:14:34 PM

Larry Mahnken: Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?

OK, let's say that Obama "negotiates" with them.  They get a bunch of stuff they want, and in exchange, Obama gets... the nation doesn't default.  In a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again, they *will* make further demands.  Obama will be the "adult" and negotiate, give the Tea Party a bunch of stuff they want, and exchange, get... the nation not defaulting.  And in a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again...

The choice is between allowing the Tea Party to dictate all the terms of governance or to draw a line.  The line has to be drawn somewhere.  It should be here.


So the principal of standing his ground is more important than the shiatstorm from the default?

I am trying to understand -if the default is one of the worst things that could happen, wouldn't it be worth avoiding at all costs?
 
2013-10-15 07:15:10 PM
Elephans and asses, screwing the masses....
 
2013-10-15 07:18:25 PM

Wolfling: Its a bit unfashionable to have a moderate view of this stuff... but here goes.

Interest rates will go up significantly in the US, but in other countries, where only a small percentage of internationally secured loans depend on US bonds, they'll only climb a percentage point or so.  For the vast majority of people, this just means a small hike in their home loan payments.

Commodity markets will be largely unaffected.  Manufacturers will continue to acquire raw materials, and will continue to sell their goods.  Indeed any sector of the market that deals in tangibles will continue to function just fine.  The banks will hurt a bit, and one or two of them might go under.  A lot of people will lose some of their savings.  Anyone who makes their living by milking the markets (eg not actually making anything useful) will hurt a bit - though there will always be a few who will profit from the situation.

The people who will suffer the most will be the 401ks and those who are so close to the poverty line that they can't afford another $500 per month on their mortgage.And almost all of these will be US citizens.  Most of these folks won't go under on day 1.  It'll take between a month and a year for their cash reserves to dry up... and that's only the small percentage who aren't able to adapt to the new environment.

So, the property market will dip (not plunge) on a wave of defaults, and it'll take 5-7 years for it to restabilise back to current levels.  Homelessness will rise a little.  Quality of living measures will drop off by a percentage point or two.

Its not exactly rioting in the streets now, is it?




I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you don't need to be anywhere near the poverty line for a $500/month expense to wipe you out quickly. At 300% of the poverty line you are making $35K/year - maybe taking home $2500/month. You mean to tell me that most people could absorb losing 20% of their income each month and only suffer a minor 'quality of living' issue?

The ripple effects would be enormous: Do we keep our home or stop paying Suzie's college tuition? Or do we make Suzie take out tons of loans and saddle her with debt that will crush her future? Well, we could stop buying clothes or anything other than food, because that won't impact the economy at all...
 
2013-10-15 07:19:30 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: By Day 30;


Oh hell yes! I've be looking forward to some good old fashioned angry mob wielding pitchforks and torches rioting. I want to go protest, break some stuff, loot, maybe start a few fires.
 
2013-10-15 07:20:51 PM

Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?


If it actually *works* to threaten to intentionally destroy the economy unless they are allowed to make an end run around the normal political process in *this* case--countering a law duly passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court (after which the President won re-election no less)--then they can rightly expect it to work in any case, the entire governmental process will come down to an annual round of Russian roulette, and the power of a faction of one party in one House will be exaggerated to the point of breaking the separation/balance of powers. Obama has remained firm while they send us a toe of the economy here and an ear there, because ultimately the hostage's only chance of release is to not be useful as a hostage.
 
2013-10-15 07:21:28 PM
Eh, I used the poverty line for a household of 1 so there will be no Suzie in college. But I stand by my logic.
 
2013-10-15 07:22:00 PM

Overfiend: Larry Mahnken: Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?

OK, let's say that Obama "negotiates" with them.  They get a bunch of stuff they want, and in exchange, Obama gets... the nation doesn't default.  In a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again, they *will* make further demands.  Obama will be the "adult" and negotiate, give the Tea Party a bunch of stuff they want, and exchange, get... the nation not defaulting.  And in a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again...

The choice is between allowing the Tea Party to dictate all the terms of governance or to draw a line.  The line has to be drawn somewhere.  It should be here.

So the principal of standing his ground is more important than the shiatstorm from the default?

I am trying to understand -if the default is one of the worst things that could happen, wouldn't it be worth avoiding at all costs?


Because then democracy is literally dead.  The government is ruled not by the elected leaders, but by whoever is willing to blow the whole thing up in order to get their way.
 
2013-10-15 07:25:19 PM

Overfiend: So the principal of standing his ground is more important than the shiatstorm from the default?

I am trying to understand -if the default is one of the worst things that could happen, wouldn't it be worth avoiding at all costs?


No. The pricetag Republicans are demanding is the death of the Constitution. Their way gives the Speaker of the House the ability to dictate to the President.
 
2013-10-15 07:26:03 PM
So it'd probably be in America's best interest for Obama to not force a default.
 
2013-10-15 07:26:52 PM

Overfiend: Larry Mahnken: Overfiend: I get that the Tea Party Republicans are the ones being pig headed.

But why, right before we default, doesn't President Obama be the adult in the room and negotiate with them?

I mean, if defaulting is really gonna fark our country up, somebody needs to do something to stop it. Right?

OK, let's say that Obama "negotiates" with them.  They get a bunch of stuff they want, and in exchange, Obama gets... the nation doesn't default.  In a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again, they *will* make further demands.  Obama will be the "adult" and negotiate, give the Tea Party a bunch of stuff they want, and exchange, get... the nation not defaulting.  And in a few months, when we come up against the debt ceiling again...

The choice is between allowing the Tea Party to dictate all the terms of governance or to draw a line.  The line has to be drawn somewhere.  It should be here.

So the principal of standing his ground is more important than the shiatstorm from the default?

I am trying to understand -if the default is one of the worst things that could happen, wouldn't it be worth avoiding at all costs?


The GOP are counting on exactly that sort of thinking. This sort of political blackmail should not be tolerated. If you give them what they want they're just going to do it again. How many more times do we have to endure this? How long do we let them go on damaging our reputation and endangering our nation's economy and well-being? If they want to repeal ACA at this point they need to follow the legal rules and precedents that exist to handle that sort of thing. Their current tactic is NOT how it's done and it is unacceptable behavior. In no way should Obama allow them to set a precedent by permitting this sort of tactic to work.

If it comes down to the wire I'm all for Obama having them arrested for treason and cleaning house.
 
2013-10-15 07:27:35 PM

Overfiend: I am trying to understand -if the default is one of the worst things that could happen, wouldn't it be worth avoiding at all costs?


You see, it's only the worst possible outcome to those who are financially or idealistically tied to the concept of the federal government having access to ever-increasing sums of money to spend like drunken sailors.
 
2013-10-15 07:29:22 PM
Zomg the TPers are right!

static-l3.blogcritics.org
 
2013-10-15 07:32:13 PM

Cork on Fork: Wolfling: Its a bit unfashionable to have a moderate view of this stuff... but here goes.

Interest rates will go up significantly in the US, but in other countries, where only a small percentage of internationally secured loans depend on US bonds, they'll only climb a percentage point or so.  For the vast majority of people, this just means a small hike in their home loan payments.

Commodity markets will be largely unaffected.  Manufacturers will continue to acquire raw materials, and will continue to sell their goods.  Indeed any sector of the market that deals in tangibles will continue to function just fine.  The banks will hurt a bit, and one or two of them might go under.  A lot of people will lose some of their savings.  Anyone who makes their living by milking the markets (eg not actually making anything useful) will hurt a bit - though there will always be a few who will profit from the situation.

The people who will suffer the most will be the 401ks and those who are so close to the poverty line that they can't afford another $500 per month on their mortgage.And almost all of these will be US citizens.  Most of these folks won't go under on day 1.  It'll take between a month and a year for their cash reserves to dry up... and that's only the small percentage who aren't able to adapt to the new environment.

So, the property market will dip (not plunge) on a wave of defaults, and it'll take 5-7 years for it to restabilise back to current levels.  Homelessness will rise a little.  Quality of living measures will drop off by a percentage point or two.

Its not exactly rioting in the streets now, is it?

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you don't need to be anywhere near the poverty line for a $500/month expense to wipe you out quickly. At 300% of the poverty line you are making $35K/year - maybe taking home $2500/month. You mean to tell me that most people could absorb losing 20% of their income each month and only suffer a minor 'quality of liv ...


Cork on Fork: I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you don't need to be anywhere near the poverty line for a $500/month expense to wipe you out quickly. At 300% of the poverty line you are making $35K/year - maybe taking home $2500/month. You mean to tell me that most people could absorb losing 20% of their income each month and only suffer a minor 'quality of living' issue?

The ripple effects would be enormous: Do we keep our home or stop paying Suzie's college tuition? Or do we make Suzie take out tons of loans and saddle her with debt that will crush her future? Well, we could stop buying clothes or anything other than food, because that won't impact the economy at all...


Paying for your kid's college tuition is a fool's errand, so making the choice to pay the mortgage is a no brainer. You sound like an over-entitled well-to-do that does not understand lower middle class problems.

/ paid for my own tuition, still have student debt
 
2013-10-15 07:33:36 PM
So how close to the brink do we let this nation get before we start shooting these assholes for treason? Red, blue, whatever. Line the whole bunch of assholes up for utterly failing in their duties to the American public. After the third or fourth congress we have to line up and shoot, these stupid farks might start taking their job a little more seriously.
 
2013-10-15 07:33:44 PM

HAMMERTOE: Overfiend: I am trying to understand -if the default is one of the worst things that could happen, wouldn't it be worth avoiding at all costs?

You see, it's only the worst possible outcome to those who are financially or idealistically tied to the concept of the federal government having access to ever-increasing sums of money to spend like drunken sailors.


Would you please come up with something that isn't regurgitated-from-somewhere-stupid (online/radio/Fox), facially incorrect, illogical, factually, intellectually and morally bankrupt tripe?
/Perhaps something that indicates    original   thought, or even an original and creative troll?
 
2013-10-15 07:34:55 PM

coylecn: Cyrus the Mediocre: Feb 23, 2014

Left the city behind, still fighting there.  Must be Republican holdouts.

Met a fellow traveler on the road.  Wanted to trade gold coins for foodstuffs.  Moron

Running low on proteins, have to go hunting, old Wal-Mart nearby.  Might be something left.

Heading east.

Mar. 17, 2014

Continued east.

Found a mule.

Met a farmer named Brown.  He has a crow for a pet.


Mar. 20, 2014.
Found a farm run by a talking pig named Napoleon. Gonna have some nice crispy bacon for breakfast.

Mar. 29, 2014.
A group of hover round riding teatards found me. Was walking trough a small town when they spotted me. After finishing all the processed foodstuffs in town, they had resorted to cannibalism within a matter of hours. They barreled down the street on their hoverrounds, decked out in football pads, punk hairdoos, and tricorn hats. I climbed up a fire escape and ran across the rooftops. One of them, clad in a hockey mask and a "Don't Tred on Me" t-shirt, attempted to peg me with an AR, but his diabetic shakes and kuru made his aim worthless and the only thing he managed to kill was a mailbox.
As I fled, they gained on me, their hoverrounds whirring closer and closer. And then their batteries died. Cursing, they stopped. A few jumped off and tried to chase me down, but only managed to stumble a few feet before collapsing of heart failure. I ran, not looking back.
 
2013-10-15 07:35:00 PM
In the end, it's plain and simple. This is all Obama's fault. If he had not rammed this train wreck called "The Affordable Health Care Act", down our throats, none of this would be happening. You see, in the end, it's not going to be affordable at all. And it's going to cost this country dearly.
 
2013-10-15 07:37:21 PM

LordJiro: IamKaiserSoze!!!: shower_in_my_socks: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Why does Obama want to kill the economy?

The Republicans have repeatedly taken credit for shutting down the government and for forcing a debt limit crisis. And according to polls, 74% of Americans are pretty pissed about it.

Um, they offered an extension on the debt ceiling while making unreasonable, unrelated demands to delay/defund Obamacare, while offering no concessions in return,and Obama turned them down. That's pretty indisputable and easy to understand.

And no, 'Allowing the government, the national economy and the GLOBAL economy to continue functioning' is not a concession. That's a hostage.


That is incorrect. There's no condition tied to the current shutdown.

It's nice you have strong feelings. Perhaps you ought to use them to be more accurate. Your next gambit in this engagement is to claim that offering to delay the debt ceiling by a month or two isn't worth it.

foo monkey: How is the House, where all funding bills originate, deciding to not fund Obamacare different than the Executive deciding what parts of laws to enforce? It's a challenge to the House's Constitutional responsibilities, same as I see it claimed a challenge to the President's responsibilities.


Well immigration laws aren't the settled laws of the land even though they are. Nor is Obamacare employer mandates settled law except when they are. Obama's reasoning is more screwball and harder to follow than his dumb Obamacare exchange website.
 
2013-10-15 07:37:39 PM
It'll be good. Hopefully the poor people will immigrate to other countries so they can get free healthcare, welfare, etc instead of sitting around and doing nothing. Okies realized that they needed to make a living so sitting around and doing nothing in the Plains wouldn't make their lives better.

Then we'll elect a President with Wall Street connections because someone with those connections can turn a country around. Just ask FDR.
 
2013-10-15 07:38:47 PM

Pick: In the end, it's plain and simple. This is all Obama's fault. If he had not rammed this train wreck called "The Affordable Health Care Act", down our throats, none of this would be happening. You see, in the end, it's not going to be affordable at all. And it's going to cost this country dearly.


No, this is happening because a number of Congresscritters are throwing a tantrum instead of following the constitutional process for repealing a law.

We DO have a process for that. What they're doing ain't it.
 
2013-10-15 07:39:01 PM

Pick: In the end, it's plain and simple. This is all Obama's fault. If he had not rammed this train wreck called "The Affordable Health Care Act", down our throats, none of this would be happening. You see, in the end, it's not going to be affordable at all. And it's going to cost this country dearly.


So, pick one - when I ignore you, should I label you as "Troll" or "Idiot"? I'm on the fence - I'm assuming you're a troll, as I'd normally assume that there's no one that stupid out there, but, lately, I'm finding that I really tend to overestimate the average intelligence of some folks, so I could be wrong.
 
2013-10-15 07:39:47 PM
So... the dems are screaming that failing to raise the debt limit automatically means we default on our loan payments.  This is false; there is enough money to pay our interest payments.

Meanwhile, the republicans are screaming that there will be no default because we can make our interest payments.  This is false; while we will not default on loan payments, we will default on other bills.

Why must both sides assume their constituents are complete idiots?
 
2013-10-15 07:41:49 PM
Can your food and back up your hard drives.
 
2013-10-15 07:43:49 PM
Maybe this might teach those fat-cats and special interest peddlers in DC to STOP RUNNING UP DEBT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
 
2013-10-15 07:44:25 PM
10:45 am - CNBC's Jim Cramer assures investors that a deal will get done.
12:05 pm - CNBC's Jim Cramer blasts a caller who suggests shorting the market.  "Everything is fine!"
3:00 pm - CNBC's Jim Cramer, undaunted by the 1000 point drop in the Dow, proclaims, "It's a buyer's market!" and slaps a giant red button that makes a fart noise.
4:15 PM - CNBC's Jim Cramer, responding to news of the complete collapse of the money market, states, "The smart money hasn't left yet!"
10:00 PM - The Daily Show's Jon Stewart anally rapes CNBC's Jim Cramer with a didgeridoo.
 
2013-10-15 07:45:12 PM

Richard C Stanford: coylecn: Cyrus the Mediocre: Feb 23, 2014

Left the city behind, still fighting there.  Must be Republican holdouts.

Met a fellow traveler on the road.  Wanted to trade gold coins for foodstuffs.  Moron

Running low on proteins, have to go hunting, old Wal-Mart nearby.  Might be something left.

Heading east.

Mar. 17, 2014

Continued east.

Found a mule.

Met a farmer named Brown.  He has a crow for a pet.

Mar. 20, 2014.
Found a farm run by a talking pig named Napoleon. Gonna have some nice crispy bacon for breakfast.

Mar. 29, 2014.
A group of hover round riding teatards found me. Was walking trough a small town when they spotted me. After finishing all the processed foodstuffs in town, they had resorted to cannibalism within a matter of hours. They barreled down the street on their hoverrounds, decked out in football pads, punk hairdoos, and tricorn hats. I climbed up a fire escape and ran across the rooftops. One of them, clad in a hockey mask and a "Don't Tred on Me" t-shirt, attempted to peg me with an AR, but his diabetic shakes and kuru made his aim worthless and the only thing he managed to kill was a mailbox.
As I fled, they gained on me, their hoverrounds whirring closer and closer. And then their batteries died. Cursing, they stopped. A few jumped off and tried to chase me down, but only managed to stumble a few feet before collapsing of heart failure. I ran, not looking back.


April 3, 2014 Made it to the outskirts of another town after hearing gunshots all day. One of the locals in a foxhole on a rise was calmly potting the hoverround cannibals with a well-cared-for Remington 700, while they fired wildly back with cut-down AR-15s, AK knockoffs, SKSs and 9mm pistols. He'd wait until they lined up to cross the creek bridge, then take two or three out. We shared an MRE and discussed the merits of 180gr boattail rounds.
 
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