Book One - Reality Bites
Chapter 1 - Strange Times
"If God is watching us, we might as well be interesting."
Working as a nurse in a hospital took a special kind of person. Jane Goodwin was this special type of person. She met the challenges she faced daily in her job with compassion and caring. It was hard, rewarding work that took a person from the highs of saving someone’s life to the lows of watching a child die unable to save them. In those intense moments when someone’s life hung in the balance was what it was all about. Meeting those challenges with skill and calmness was second nature to her. It was easy sometimes to forget they were people you were working on and not just bodies that required your services. She had made a conscious decision to never forget they were people with feelings and loved ones waiting and praying for them to recover. It showed in all she did. She was respected by both doctors and colleagues. Her patients loved her. She usually had a kind word for almost anyone.
She always thought of everyone’s needs and the little details that brightened even the most horrendous day for her charges and coworkers. Everyone said she was much too giving, much too kind. They seemed to forget those quick stinging rebukes she could deal out if she caught you in a mistake.
Jane understood the stress everyone was under. Especially lately with all the new biological training they were doing. Since the anthrax scare of 2001-2002, this new training was mandatory at most hospitals. They were taught the guidelines and procedures that had been set up to help lessen the impact of contamination. Containment, isolation and biological sterile procedures were for the protection of health care workers. They were being taught that using these strict guidelines it would stop the spread of a biological contaminate. Or so they said. It was all just a theory. It had not been proven yet. Still, it was better than nothing, Jane thought.
How little people truly understood was about to become painfully clear. The U. S. and the world were not ready for the devastating effects and the speed of infection a highly contagious virus would cause. Nor were they ready for the deadly results that would follow.
When people would say how good she was she always laughed and said, “You have it all wrong. I am very selfish. I do it because it makes me feel good.” They would laugh and shake their heads at her, not quite understanding her meaning. They just didn’t get it at all, she thought. The running joke on her floor was “And who takes care of you?” She would always smile and say, “Joe does.” Joe was her husband.
Jane’s husband, Joe Goodwin was a retired Army Sergeant. Joe and Jane had a small twenty acre farmstead in southern Minnesota with chickens and they raised a pig for butchering every summer. It was a good life. He was a hard working man and very good at his job. He was very down to earth and practical. Just like most folks, he had always concentrated on his job and daily living concerns. At home it seemed that there just never were enough hours in the day to complete all that needed to be done that day. Running a farmstead was not an easy thing to do and organize when the two caretakers also had full time jobs. You could make lists of what you planned on accomplishing in a day and were happy if you really had the time to do half on the list. It seemed every job that should take x amount of time ended up taking twice to three times as long as it should. He thought, ‘Just like contact with the enemy. That is how long any plan really lasts. You do the best you could.'
They loved the life they had even if at times it was pretty frustrating trying to get everything done when you wanted. The running joke between them was how long and what jobs were on the “List.” Things were running a lot smoother since Joe had retired.
In 2009, Joe went on a survivalist tangent. It started with watching a movie called 2012. It got him thinking and contemplating things out in the world. He then
foundout about the militia and what they were doing. The more he read and listened to the information, the worse he got. He started talking about the New World Order plans for mass genocide, the dollar collapsing and the H1N1 flu virus and how the vaccine was meant to kill off the earths’ population.
He always joked about the environmentalist and animal rights folks. He felt they were just a bunch of dope smoking hippies that were stoned one night and figured out a plan to make a living without working by bilking money out of women and children. They used women and children’s caring nature for animals and the environment to evoke an emotional response from them measured in how much money they could donate to the causes and to pay themselves a high salary. The hippies cried about animals being mistreated, the trees being cut down, bad water or whatever they could think up. The donations flew in from suckers all across the nation and the free loading hippies got set up in a great lifestyle. Of course, it was non-profit, but the salaries and expense accounts of these people were right up there in the six figures for most of them. How these people slept at night having school kids donating their lunch money for their fake causes was beyond Joe. What really upset him was most of the people believed them with a religious zeal. They preached it and shunned anyone who had a different view point. They often labeled those nonbelievers as evil.
Joe was now turning into a full time survivalist. He researched a lot of things on the internet. He worked on wind and solar power. He bought bulk grains and stored them in fifty-five gallon drums. Before he had become more survival minded, he used to collect some of the spilled over grain at the local grain mills to feed his chickens. He would collect a few buckets each year and now he was collecting as many fifty-five gallon drums as he could get. He stored some gas with preservatives. He switched their electric cook stove to a propane cook stove. He bought a huge propane tank to store a few years’ worth of propane. He also stored some heating oil for the diesel generator he bought. He was buying up guns and ammo like mad. His reloading room for ammo looked like he could make enough bullets for an Army. He bought up some gold and silver to store for currency when the dollar finally collapsed.
Joe’s old Army buddy, Preston Riley, had just retired in Madison, Wisconsin. They had stayed in touch with each other through emails when he couldn’t visit. Preston had been a helicopter mechanic and was now working at a small airfield. His wife had divorced him a few years ago and now he was living with a woman named, Sharon. He should have known better after his first wife not to get involved with another city woman. Sharon loved the bright lights and fancy restaurants and parties.
Preston was an outdoor person like Joe. He liked to hunt and fish. Preston had bought twenty acres of land right next to Joe and Jane when they bought their farmstead. He bought and set up a small two bedroom trailer for deer hunting on it. He came around once a month to visit and check on his property. Joe and Preston had hand dug a well. They added a few solar panels to the trailer to run the lights and radio, nothing fancy at all. Preston had found a wood burning hot water heater on the internet and installed it. It was his one luxury for hunting season. Nothing beat a hot shower. A solar panel with a twelve volt pump pressurized the house system. Joe joked it would have been easier to run three hundred-foot-long extension cords out to the trailer from his property. Preston always worried about security; he’d take down the solar panels and store everything inside the trailer out of sight when he was gone. The trailer was grounded on two ends and the metal sides and roof gave plenty of protection from the elements.
After listening to all the information Joe picked up about the things going on in the world, Preston decided to make this his SHTF (When the Shit Hits The Fan) retreat, too. Preston felt it couldn’t hurt to be prepared for a disaster or whatever. One thing the military had taught him was to cover your ass. If nothing ever happened, he had a cool hunting camp. It was a win-win situation as far as he was concerned. Another thing the military had taught him was to not trust politicians. He felt with politicians running the world, anything could happen. They didn’t always have the people’s best interest in mind.
Jane put up with these two, thinking of them as boys playing end of the world games. Kind of like a mild mid-life crisis. They weren’t city type people, so instead of flashy sports cars and fashion clothes they played ‘what if it was the end of the world.’ When Preston came up once a month to visit, most of the time it was fun. They had good times and laughed a lot. But lately the talk had gotten out of hand, she thought. Way too much about the New World Order and stuff about the powers that be trying to crash the whole financial system and releasing a biological weapon to kill off 90% of humans on the planet. This kind of talk gave her the chills. She was remembering the recent biological training she had under gone. All of this was running through her mind, giving her lightning-like glimpses of the horrible pictures and video evidence she had been shown of the horrible results of biological attacks.
That is just way too much crazy talk. She felt no one in their right mind would ever conceive or execute a plan or idea like that. Sure the world was pretty messed up but it was just human error and learning from our own mistakes. She also felt that with technology advancing at such a fast rate, terrorists around every corner of the globe causing havoc and death was just a sign of their times. People couldn’t keep up emotionally and so they had invented a bogey man they could put all their fears into. It was their way of handling way too much change in their daily lives. With all the social structures and cultural changes that have happened in the last fifty years, it was a wonder that the world wasn’t an even crazier place. The breakdown of the family unit from a mother and father and grandparents for emotional support and stability is at the heart of everything she felt. Today the norm is a single parent with no close family for any kind of mental or emotional support. They become a single digit unit to handle things that it used to take two parents and two sets of grandparents to handle with aunts and uncles thrown in the mix too. She felt so sorry for the kids of today’s generation. She felt they really didn’t stand a chance for any kind of a good life. No supervision and no one they could talk to that would understand their situations or even to know what they are talking about. Yes, the world was a very much messed up place. There is no need for a suicidal phantom New World Order to kill us all off with a bio weapon. We are doing it to ourselves without any help from them she darkly thought.
Joe had started doing deep research into the top ecology people. Those no good hippie people were on a power trip. He wasn’t sure if they were really insane or started to believe their own press or what. They were openly calling for a mass genocide of people to save the planet for the animals. How insane was that? Even some people like Patrick Geryl in his book, How to Survive 2012, had a real crazy out there stuff like that in it. In his book on page 184, a heroic battle for the wisdom cult had the legend of the rainbow warrior. Under the symbol of the rainbow all races and all religions of the world will unite. Together they will proclaim the great wisdom of living in harmony with each other and creations of the Earth. The ones who are teaching this will become know as “the rainbow warriors.” Although they are warriors, they will have loving hearts and carry the spiritual way of living and knowledge of the “Old Ones” with them. And they will do no harm to any living creature. The legend tells they will be a FORCE of peace and harmony.
On page 185 in the author’s own words, it said: ‘We will conquer. We simply have to. ONLY WE WITH A WELL ORGANIZED VISION WILL BE ABLE TO RE-ESTABLISH CIVILIZATION. And like a phoenix, we will arise from our ashes, ruling the world in an ecological way with an essential message for all future generations.’ There is a lot more of the same kind of thing, but it was clear in his writing what he was saying. The eco-cult warriors will make everyone become vegetarians or they will kill you. That was the message, loud and clear.
This is some whacked out stuff, Joe thought. You have got to be kidding if anyone really would believe this crap. He found so many more books, articles and manifestos with the same kind of theme through them. They were about death to the humans and a worshipful idealistic attitude to the animals. There were thousands of them all over the place. This was some crazy, scary stuff. He did more research and found that this stuff was being taught in colleges. It was being taught in grade schools, too. Remember the kids giving up their lunch money to save the animals? Oh boy, he thought.
Joe shared all his research with Jane and Preston. He wanted to believe this was just some ranting from a far left wing extremist, but these folks were organized, and may number in the millions. That was truly scary that these people were so far out in left field that they hate their own species. How crazy are these lunatics? How much power do they really have? Are they collecting guns, ammo, and bomb making information? Are they studying bio weapons to release on the public? These were his concerns. And how serious were they, really?
Just how far out there were these crazy people? Pathological human haters were what they truly were, and like the movie, The Body Snatchers, their madness spread around the world. How often do you hear people say that there are too many people in the world? Really? Who promoted them to God to say and judge when there are too many people? They say everything is mankind’s fault. We are in the middle of the fourth mass extinction. Well, that was a theory better known as a lie. You see, some academics with too much time on their hands and not enough brain power made up a computer model and said mankind was wiping out five thousand species a year. They were gone, completely extinct. A reporter back in the 1990s called up the “so called” experts and asked for a list of the top 100 animals that had gone extinct in the world. They said, “Sorry, we don’t have that list.” The reporter said, “Okay, how about the top ten?” They said, “Sorry, we don’t have that list.” The reporter was now getting desperate for facts to write the story. The reporter said, “Can you name one species that has gone extinct in the last year because of mankind?” They answered, “No.” The reporter asked, “Why not?” They answered, “Because it is a computer model and not based on what is really happening in the world.”
Then really crazy stuff came out later. Joe found this on the internet:
From: Keith Arnett Sent: Sunday, April 2, 2006 5:22:25 PM Subject: Dr. Pianka’s FINAL SOLUTION
While Heinrich Himmler’s “final solution” was limited to exterminating the Jews, Dr. Eric R. Pianka promotes a FINAL SOLUTION for 90% of earth’s population. In accepting the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist award, Herr Pianka was interrupted with applause and received a standing ovation.
“Soylent Green is people.” And the way cinema’s futurist society dealt with over population was through the “Renewal Ceremony,” where the inductees were secretly turned into FOOD for the remaining citizens.
AT LEAST THEY WERE TURNED INTO FOOD! Unleashing the Ebola virus on humanity, as publicly advocated by reptilian advocate Dr. Pianka, would result in billions of excruciating deaths and rotting corpses in the streets. Does such a position increase the esteem of the Texas Academy of Science? Does the Academy deem such a colleague as a visionary, exemplar, and eloquent representative?
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! For a scientific community, however provincial, to recognize Dr. Pianka sublimates wholesale genocide. His advocacy of the extermination of most human life on the earth flies in the face of natural selection, and is so patently absurd as to defy logical challenge. The Texas Academy of Science, her directors, fellows, and members, is DIMINISHED through close association with, and its elevation of, Dr. Eric R. Pianka.
If the Academy is to maintain public and professional credibility, it must censure Dr. Pianka and rescind his “Distinguished” status. Please use your personal and professional influence toward that immediate end.
Sincerely, Keith M.
Joe and Preston talked about this crazy professor a lot. Dr. Doom received a standing ovation for openly talking about a bio weapon that could wipe out 90% of the human population. He was advocating killing billions of people. How insane was that? The nutcases must surely be running the asylum in America. This comes right back to the bunny and tree hugger crowd, who openly bragged about wanting the same thing. Surely Homeland Security was watching these crazy academic communists in America, right?
No, they weren’t. The Body Snatchers have their own people in charge of Homeland Security. In a twist of irony, Homeland Security ignores the reality of real American haters. They are real people haters. They target instead the so-called right wing extremists, like Christians who homeschool their children, and our Veterans. It is like the Nazis’ final solution with America in charge instead of Germany. How crazy was that? Who would have thought this could ever happen here in America? The world had really gone truly insane.
Joe ran across this: ‘Homeland Security on guard for ‘right-wing extremists.’ Returning U.S. military veterans singled out as particular threats.
“Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists,” it said. “DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities.”
Why would DHS put out a report against our veterans? The most deadly threat known to mankind had just been made by Dr. Eric R. Pianka, who promoted a FINAL SOLUTION for 90% of earth’s population. He accepted the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist award. How in the world had this happened? A man stood up and advocated killing off 90% of the earth’s population and he gets an award? Didn’t we kill Hitler and fight against genocide in the Second World War? Now, we’re giving awards for the same thing? It reminded Joe of a Mark Twain quote, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.” Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. How in the world could this possibly be true? But, there it was in black and white, living proof before him.
Joe was now firmly in the camp that our Government was being run by imbeciles that really mean it. How far out there could these people be? Some lunatic professor wants to have a final solution, and not only that, he receives a standing ovation and awards? Any thinking American should see the writing on the wall with this one. This was the final solution for Americans? Unfortunately, with imbeciles, crazies and far left lunatics all over our Government, that outcome was becoming easy to see and believe. They wanted 90% of all people on the planet dead. They were following some type of cult thinking that was immediately apparent in their writings. These were our leaders and thinkers of solutions? What kind of crazy crap was this kind of thinking?
Jane came home from work and Joe was busy working in the garage workshop. She thought, I bet he was too busy working to make dinner again. She sighed and tried to think of what was easy and fast to cook for dinner. She realized she would have to check the freezer and pantry before she could decide what to make. To her surprise, a note was on the table. It said, ‘Check the microwave.’ She looked inside. There in front of her was one of her favorite meals: Sliced fresh garden tomatoes, steaming hot corn on the cob, baked beans and a grilled pork chop. She smiled and chuckled. What a wonderful husband I have, she thought.
As she was eating, Joe came rushing into the house. He stopped in his tracks, seeing her, and smiled. He said, “Good; you found dinner. How was your day?”
She smiled back at him. “Long day. Glad to be home. What are you working on?”
Joe smiled “A new deer stand.” The phone rang. Joe answered.
It was Preston. He said, “Did you hear about this strange flu overseas?”
Joe answered, “No, I’ve been busy with plans on the new deer stand.”
Preston continued, I just heard about this myself. There’s a serious illness in the Ukraine. They’re saying this mysterious illness is known as the ‘Ukrainian Plague.’ It has now affected approximately one million, three hundred thousand, with approximately seventy thousand hospitalized in serious to critical condition. There are reports that suggest the total deaths could be six thousand or higher.”
Had someone really gone and done it? Was this natural or man made? Could this be a test run?
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