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God help them.


Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:11 | 4144234brewing

is it looting or surviving…
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:14 | 4144243cougar_w

It is not looting when the city is flat.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:27 | 4144294the misanthrope

it is not looting, which usually means ‘goods taken from enemy’ or ‘illicit gains made by official’.

it is stealing.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:41 | 4144342ShrNfr

Uner the circumstances, salvage might be a better term.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:52 | 4144384cougar_w

No sorry salvage doesn’t carry nearly the proper level of snide self-righteousness.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:58 | 4144409Popo

Very soon, the bankers will descend playing the role of saving angels while they lock the government into decades of debt servitude. Poor bastards. They’ll jump straight out of the frying pan into the fire.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:23 | 4144510Stackers

Dont worry the government will help ………………… eventually …………. maybe
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:50 | 4145121mkkby

Those poor people are behaving pretty orderly for “looters”. Compare that to wal mart customers in the hood. I’ll take Filipino looters over wal mart xmas shoppers any day.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:15 | 4144696saltedGold

I’m sure they’ll give them an excellent interest rate, you know, out of kindness over this disaster.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:47 | 4144788Four chan

like haiti, people will donate billions to red cross and the un, and the victims will get hundreds of thousands.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 00:55 | 4145047Manthong

gee, it would be better if the eye hovered over downtown chicago for a few days.. or weeks.. or months.. or years.. or millennia..

..and the only thing better would be D.C.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:00 | 4145052walküre

Here’s the problem with bankers. They can’t help. They create money from debt but other than that, they have no trade. Money is worthless in Tacloban right now. There is nothing to buy. Good luck exchanging paper for goods when the shit hits the fan here. Don’t even get me started on virtual currency. You need food and supplies to last you a few very rough days. Stay away from crowds and live rather remote. That’s my lesson here.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:27 | 4145079Manthong

good lesson…

Maybe there are some that wll trough it out during the rough days.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:24 | 4145082NoLongerABagHolder

I might be going out on a limb here…… but gold is pretty much worthless as well there right now. You think ANYONE would take your gold coin in exchange for drinkable water right now?
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:30 | 4145093Manthong

lots of potable water in my neck of the woods..

not much tradeable Au or Ag..

hey heh…
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 23:46 | 4144932The Heart

“is it looting or surviving…”


Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:19 | 4144265cougar_w

Not to put too fine a point on it, but God just tried to destroy them. In the absence of any clear link to the science I think “act of God” is how these things are usually referred to.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:46 | 4144360hmmmstrange

How do we know which god tried to destroy them and which one wants to help them? Before I start praying I need to get this straightened out. I don’t want to do more harm.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:51 | 4144376cougar_w

It’s a lot worse than that. Around here you offend the wrong God, you get your ass junked. See all the red on my comment.

Look people, you can’t have it both ways. Either it’s all about God (pick one) or it ain’t. And if it ain’t (’tisn’t) then it’s about something else and for my purposes the something else is really really interesting. Enough so that I don’t really care what God thinks about it.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:59 | 4144407James_Cole

Warming oceans = bigger typhoons, don’t need to bring gawd into it.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:01 | 4144423JohnnyBriefcase

I’m chillin on the fence.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:02 | 4144431cougar_w

God gets blamed for everything. That way, the righteous can go about their business as usual in full knowledge that so long as they are not smitten God must approve.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 23:32 | 4144893buckethead

Prayer is an act we can all contribute, and feel better about having done nothing of substance.


It’s like the fiat currency of good and noble deeds.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 00:33 | 4145016Buckaroo Banzai

Only a fool believes he can even begin to fathom the mind of God.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 00:36 | 4145021Flakmeister

And I think I see one coming now…


Edit: Still waiting for your explanation of the “Cornerstone Speech”….
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:15 | 4145072Manthong

gee whiz..

not sure if a diety is involved ..

but pretty much knowing that ground level reality gives some certitude.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:08 | 4145064thisandthat

Oh yeah, FT – good old reliable source…
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:04 | 4144440Quus Ant

Look people, you can’t have it both ways. Either it’s all about God (pick one) or it ain’t.

So either God controls everything all the time or it/he/she does nothing? Hmmm…. I’m going to have to really think about which of the two options you’ve given me would best suit my purposes.

And I didn’t junk you.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:25 | 4144522cougar_w

Either/or, that’s right. The universe is very clear on this point.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:28 | 4144534Quus Ant

How did the universe divulge this information to you? Or do I have to just believe?
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:39 | 4144567cougar_w

All in a flash. But in this case it’s also okay just to believe.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:06 | 4144671Quus Ant

Spoken like a true man of the cloth.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:44 | 4144586DaveyJones

cougar used to be a lobbyist
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:29 | 4144735Dingleberry

How come the Japanese did not act like this after their tsunami?
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 01:04 | 4145057walküre

thanks. my sentiments exactly

so where is this god? oh, he’s killing thousands and putting thousands more through extreme misery so that we can feel pity and have a reason to come together and help others? if that’s god then it’s a pretty sick dude or a calculating bitch.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:30 | 4144306tmosley

He better, because Americans can’t, anymore. Our capital base is gone.

If the same thing happened here today, whatever city or cities were hit would probably be abandoned, despite being in better shape than New Orleans post-Katrina. There is just nothing left to fund rebuilding. The central bankers have stolen EVERYTHING.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:04 | 4144445max2205

GS would love to float those trillion new bonds and short the peso too
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:14 | 4144688The Heart

“God help them.”

Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:56 | 4144811Buck Johnson

Did you see in the video at the 1:05 mark when the guy was talking the man and woman behind him. The man to the right gestured to the woman to do something and she didn’t do it and then he grabbed her and she went running inside. Also it doesn’t help that most of the cities and towns had buildings that essentially where built with just siding and thats it. And thank you for the comparison of how big that super typhoon/hurrican was. If something like that would have hit the US it would have caused major damage also. It took up all of the country in the US.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 00:07 | 4144968Exponere Mendaces

Interesting – even if you have money (or gold) there’s no food to buy, because food has just exceeded the price of fucking shiny metals.

That doomsday scenario may play out much differently than you thought. You know, since we have such an ideal circumstance to draw upon.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:17 | 4144222Cognitive Dissonance

We are all just 3 meals away from chaos and despair. What have you done today to prepare.

<Mrs Cog says that if you do just one small thing each and every day you’ll be amazed how quickly it all adds up. Preparation is not an action, it’s a mindset.>
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:27 | 4144296DoChenRollingBearing

Mrs Cog is very wise.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:45 | 4144355oddjob

I prepared by eating just 2 meals a day, seriously.
Tue, 11/12/2013 – 00:23 | 4144995European American

Self-impossed fasting, is cheaper on the pocket book, healthier on the body and much easier on the Mind, than forced fasting, anyday.

Good practice one day out of the week.

Tame the Mind.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 20:52 | 4144382joego1

I think that the Philippines is a perfect example of how much help the government is in a disaster. I was thinking about what I would do in that case. I think you would have to have a steel boat with provisions anchored to the ground with 200′ foot of chain to get through that one.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:40 | 4144570greatbeard

>> What have you done today to prepare.

I’ve got a full batch of poblano peppers dehydrating. I’ve got 25 Brussels sprouts, 25 broccoli, 25 Chinese cabbage and 25 hybrid cabbage in the biodome sprouter ready to go into the ground after the next frost in a couple of days. Two rows of onions from bulbs in the ground, two more rows, possibly three, sprouting in a seed bed from seeds, 50′ row of rutabaga, 50′ row of turnips, 50′ row carrots and a 50′ row of beats. Strawberries are just starting to put on. Just blanched and froze 7 two cup portions of prepped bell peppers. Other than that, not much. Doing some painting and cleaning. Getting set to start canning turnip greens. I wasn’t aware you can top turnips several times before harvesting the turnip bulbs. Oh, and I played with the dogs a whole bunch.
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 21:51 | 4144610Mrs. Cog

nice 🙂
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:01 | 4144652thisandthat

Dig your avatar 😉
Mon, 11/11/2013 – 22:25 | 4144692DaveyJones

I don’t have the land, but I have taken over some common area in my development and have 100 feet (all covered) of at least twenty greens: eight different kales, red cabbage, fava bean, radish, turnip greens, red mustard, green onion, chard, leeks, pak choy, mizuna, mibuna, burnett salad, gai lan, endive, spinach, and some others. Also built an 8 X 8 greenhouse in the front yard and got the neighbors (and development) to approve. It’s amazing how much food you can produce. Even in the winter. I love winter gardening almost more now. It gets me through the season. We eat a very large salad each night with at least twenty items, usually a cut apple from the neighbors, some curry, organic honey, mustard, melted coconut oil and some toasted sesame seeds. I have about six neighbors now gardening in their yards.

I figure I can’t outspend them, so I will kill Monsanto one yard at a time.

and it hurts the bankers too


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