7. Larger society learned about extensive NSA spying, but is yet to recognize the fall of constitutional government
In January 2013, Aaron Swartz, an extremely gifted kid, was forced to commit suicide by US government for the ‘horrible crime’ of trying to make old scientific papers accessible to researchers. The real mistake of Aaron Swartz was his successful effort to block the internet censorship law SOPA, which was backed by many powerful players. As a result, those powerful people pursued their next attempt to end internet freedom in complete secrecy.
Aaron Swartz’s situation seemed like a case of an aggressive prosecutor, but that perception of the government changed dramatically over the year. NSA revelations by Edward Snowden convincingly demonstrated the complete lawless nature of the government. That was not news for those of us keeping track of the financial system since 2007 collapse, but the rest of the society started to take notice only recently.
‘Post-collapse society’ is the best description of the contemporary USA, and people in such post-collapse systems display interesting behavioral patterns due to apparent conflict between the calmness of their immediate surrounding and the possible chaos related to the collapse that already began, but they do not see. A good example was those people in collapsing twin towers, who took their time to turn off monitors before running away.
Majority say they saved work, collected belongings or visited the bathroom before fleeing World Trade Centre after attacks
More than 90% of survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York delayed evacuating the buildings in order to carry out tasks such as saving their work, shutting down computers, changing shoes and visiting the bathroom, according to research released today.
Interviews with 271 survivors who worked in the twin towers found that only 8.6% fled as soon as the alarm was raised. The vast majority (91.4%) stayed behind waiting for information or carrying out at least one additional task, including phoning their family and collecting belongings.
The majority put their escape back by around eight minutes, with some delayed by half an hour. People who tried to find out what was going on took between 1.5 and 2.6 times longer to respond to the alarm than those who didn’t.
Similar post-collapse behavior was displayed by the people of Titanic, who did not want to go into the unknown of the sea leaving the comforting (but sinking) ship.
Not only were there not enough lifeboats to save everyone on board, most of the lifeboats that were launched off the Titanic were not filled to capacity. For instance, the first lifeboat to launch, Lifeboat 7 from the starboard side) only carried 24 people, despite having a capacity of 65 (two additional people later transferred to Lifeboat 7 from Lifeboat 5). However, it was Lifeboat 1 that carried the fewest people - only seven crew and five passengers (a total of 12 people) despite having a capacity for 40.
it is believed that this low number was due to passengers being reluctant to leave the ship, as initially they did not consider themselves to be in imminent danger.