Is it wrong to loot a corpse?

Is it wrong to loot a corpse?

 

At first glance, you might say “What kind of sick Bastard are you?! Of course, it’s not wrong to loot a corpse!” But it may not be such a cut and dry answer as you might think.

There are some serious considerations before you crack open that beautiful formerly human pinata of goodies.

It’s a trap!

Shocking, I know. Who would do such a sacrilegious thing?

It is not uncommon to place a body in an area that can easily be covered by a gunman or team waiting to spring on the unsuspecting corpse prospector.

Be especially wary of a corpse that is surrounded by buildings. It could be bait. It could also mean that a sniper has shot that person and is waiting for more unwilling victims to pass by.

If at all possible leave that corpse alone. Or clear the adjacent buildings first and then return to search the body.

The body itself is a trap

An even more common occurrence is to lay a de-pinned grenade under a corpse.

It’s almost an everyday occurrence for Isis and other terrorist groups to booby trap corpses as they flee shitting on their pants from a formerly occupied area.

How to check a corpse for Traps

So to check a body for traps first take a look around it:

1) Make sure no wires are leading from the body. This could be a trip wire attached to an improvised explosive device like a pipe bomb or connected to a grenade pin. It could be someone waiting to detonate the body, in which case your already dead.

2) If it isn’t someone you care about give it a good stab to make sure it is in fact dead. The last thing you want is to be searching a sleepy time zombie, or a would-be robber playing possum.

3) Gently check again for wires and needles. You don’t want to explode or get stuck with an infected needle.

4) Lightly check for tightly packed grenades in cargo pockets and other storage pouches.

5) Lay on top of the corpse, grab hold of it and roll over with the body. This will help mitigate the effects of a blast from a grenade or mine underneath. Hopefully, you have some type of body armor.

6) Roll that maggot farm off of yourself and with the dexterity of Oliver Twist rifle through its pockets. You are home free.

Someone you love, or kind of like.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you find the body of someone you know. Here are some tips:

1) Check for booby traps same as before.
2) Don’t stab them.
3) Make sure they are in fact dead.
4) If they are just incapacitated, give them first aid/CPR.
5) If they are in fact dead, give them a good stabbing. Today’s dead friend or loved one is tomorrows zombie eating your spleen.
6) Like an Italian Subway pickpocket, check for loot. The wasteland Provides.

Don’t feel bad.

Listen, you might feel bad for taking the belongings of your former friend or colleague. But you shouldn’t, I’m sure that they would have wanted you to have it.

Think of it as a gift for all the Birthdays and Christmases that they’ll miss now that they are feeding worms and the occasional wild dog. Besides, it’s not like they’re using it anymore.

Other Considerations before the Apocalypse.

With all this new found knowledge you might be chomping at the bit to get out there and loot that dead body lying by the railroad tracks. But you shouldn’t and here is why.

The first being, do you really want your fingerprints all over what could be a murder victim?

Listen, there is nothing worse than going to prison for life because you ate a grilled cheese sandwich before rubbing your greasy fingertips all over that rotting Hobo.

Besides, that bloody knife that you used to stab the corpse with makes you seem really guilty. Sure, you get three hots, a cot and all the penis you can handle, but is it worth your freedom?

Probably not. Unless your into that kind of thing. Who am I to judge? It is the current year after all.

Unfair treatment for soldiers.

If you are a Soldier, that old arch-nemesis of mine the Geneva Convention makes looting a corpse a war crime. Unless you’re taking something that is of strategic value or a threat to a soldier away. So unfair.

A-holes who booby trap rotting meat sacks.

First of all, you can go F@#k yourself. Second of all, don’t do it before the apocalypse because you will go to jail and it won’t be pleasant. Why?

Because it’s illegal and if there is one thing people in the American prison system hate, it’s people who f@#k with corpses.

Ask Jeffrey Dahmer if you don’t believe me. Also, because it endangers the lives of Emergency Medical Service men and women.

Here are some references if you want to learn more about the legality of looting corpses.

Reference:

The illegality of soldiers to loot corpses: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/punitive-articles-of-the-ucmj-3356834

OK for Terrorist groups, non-military to booby trap baby corpses: https://thenewsrep.com/56273/warning-graphic-isis-is-booby-trapping-corpses-as-they-retreat/

Don’t put booby traps on your dead bodies before apocalypse because you’ll get butt lovin’: /https://definitions.uslegal.com/b/booby-traps/

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Why go to Atomic Falls?

 

 

Initially, I thought why would anyone want to go to Wyandotte Oklahoma to attend a Post-Apocalypse festival? It’s in the middle of nowhere.
Then I looked at a map and realized one vital aspect of the location. It is right in the middle of the United States. A one-day road trip filled with fantastic points of interest along the way.

No matter what your starting point, the ride is filled with unique roadside attractions, Museums, and other natural and historical monuments.
You can take a photo in front of Walter White’s home from Breaking Bad or visit one of the locations the Film “Big Fish” depending on where you are coming from.

Absolutely perfect for the more adventurous travelers.

I’ve made a small list at the bottom of this article that shows some but not all of the attractions of the drive from the four corners of the Continental United States.
I could have put even more, but I just can’t dedicate a week to comb everything that you could stop and see along the way.

Sure, WW is the most extensive Post-Apo festival in the world, but not everyone can dedicate nearly a week of driving to and from the location. The other fact is not all Post-Apocalyptic settings are of the Mad Max variety. Not everyone wants to sweat half to death in the desert for several days.

Atomic Falls Venue in itself is pretty amazing. Hosted at the D-Day Adventure Park. Throughout the massive 1200 Acre Park crashed helicopters, planes, boats and other abandoned military vehicles make it look as if the shattered  shattered buildings were built upon what could have been the last battle of the Apocalypse.

 

Inside the event they have a Wasteland Fashion Show, Death Kart Races, Scavenger Hunts, Cook-Offs, Crafting Classes, DJ Booth, A Black Thumb build off. There are Stage Performances during the day and a DJ at night. 

Bartertown, Mission Booth. There is a Casino at the event which apparently is pretty essential to have in Wyandotte.

As well as lots and lots of drinking. Some of which is served at the Chug and Slug which can also be seen at WW serving up home brew and Nuka Cherry.

It is a more relaxed atmosphere, more of a gathering of friends that like to party than a full-scale riot. Don’t get me wrong, there are enough activities to keep you entertained. Although, you can just chill a little whenever the mood strikes and enjoy the scenery of an incredibly beautiful area.

Many of the founders of other Post-Apocalypse Festivals have routinely visited because it is an easy drive from the East Coast Nukelanta and Aftermath Festivals. Making the event even better with these experts of the craft of Post-Apocalypticana.

Tribes from Oklahoma, Alabama, and Kansas make the pilgrimage to the event. Most offering up their own mini-events. Like the Canadian Invasion serving up Poutine and the River Rats handling Boffer Fights.  

So it is already populated with exceptional outfits and characters. Hundreds of people are attending each year, and it is growing in attendance. Much like the way WW did in its first years.

There is even a Tank and a couple of APCs which the owner of the venue offers up for rides and photo ops. Last year, Atomic Falls was able to up the ante by running over a car with the Tank.

But probably the best bonus at the event and location is that there are 2 shower houses with working toilets. So you can enjoy the Apocalypse without smelling like it.

The event is fully immersive. One of the rules being that anyone in a public area must be attired in Wasteland clothing. Even if it is, as they call it “Wasteland Casual” (which amuses me to no end I must admit.)

It is held every year from May 29th through June 2nd, usually a reasonable time to take off from work.

So make your Post-Apo uniform if you haven’t already and go. Become the Apocalypse version of yourself for a few days and make some new friends from across the U.S. Enjoy yourself and have a Nuclear Blast at Atomic Falls.

Below is the list of some interesting points along the way from various starting points in the U.S. If you would like a list of sites from your major city email a request to Survivors@apostapocalypse.com or Join our new Facebook Page. Just don’t ask for  attractions from Schitt’s Creek, Pennsyltucky of some bullshit like that.

For more about Atomic Falls itself and to get tickets,check out their website https://www.atomicfallsusa.com/  or head on over to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/atomicfallsusa/ .

The creation of Atomic Falls has started springing up new Wastelanders all across the Midwest, and has created so many friendships with like minded individuals who wouldn’t have had the chance to meet otherwise. With the event still being small you get an intense sense of community and camaraderie.

Shannon Combs

Mayor Squirrel, Board Chairman Atomic Falls

 

Roadside Attraction to Atomic Falls From New York City :

Giant Steel Hockey player,  Crayola Store,  Lost River Canyons,  Roadside America,  Atomic Warehouse,  The Coffee Pot,  Story Land, Buffalo Bill’s House from Silence of the Lambs, Big Mac Museum Restaurant, Bellaire Toy and Plastic Brick Museum, archive of the Afterlife: a paranormal museum, Old Licking County Jail, Early Television Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright -Westcott House, Hartman Rock Garden, Frankenstein’s Castle, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary History, Gravity Hill, Worlds Largest Rocking Chair, Wooden Shoe, Coin and Pitchfork. Kaskaskia Dragon, World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, Third Degree Glass Factory, St Louis City Museum, Jesse James Wax Museum, Meramac Caverns, Route 66 Museum, Wild Animal Safari, Superman Museum, Joplin Museum Complex

Roadside attractions From Miami to Atomic Falls – Star trek Mansion, Kennedy Bunker, Wildlife Florida Airboats & Wildlife Park, Gatorland, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, The Canyons Zipline, World’s Smallest City Block, Big Rooster made of car bumpers, Town of Spectre (Big Fish filming location), Joe Minters African Village in America, Sloss Furnaces Nation Historic Landmark, Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Graceland, Gone with the Wind filming location, First Human dissection in Arkansas Monument, Esse Purse Museum, Popeye Statue, the Walmart Museum , the Museum of Native American History, Mildred b. Cooper Memorial Chapel

 

Roadside Attractions From Seattle WA to Atomic Falls – Red Wagon Riverfront Park, Miner’s Hat Realty, Oasis Bordello Museum, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Carousel for Missoula, Garnet Ghost Town, Historic Dumas Brothel Museum, Old Prison Museum, American Computer Museum, Creature Skier God sculpture, Statues for the Proletariat, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Center of the Nation Monument, LaGrand Station & Call of the Wild Museum, Dinosaur Park, Cosmos Mystery Area, Chapel in the Hills, Black Hills Maze, Bear Country U.S.A, Roberts Prarie Dog Town, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, 1880 town, Akta Lakota Museum, World’s Only Corn Palace, Mitchel Prehistoric Indian Village, Porter Sculpture Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, National Music Museum, Lewis and Clark Historical Monument, Largest Ball of Stamps, Museum of Shadows, Jesse James Last Home, Glore Psychiatric Museum, C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, United Federation of Dolls Clubs, Edge of Hell Haunted House, National Airline History Museum, Deaf Cultural Center, Big Brutus,

Roadside Attractions From San Diego CA to Atomic Falls – Coyote’s Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs, Desert View Tower Jacumba, Fossil Canyon, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Plank Road, Official Center of the World, History of Granite, Yuma Territorial Prison State Park, Fort Yuma, Dobson Museum, Dateland Travel Center, Estrella Star Tower, Phoenix Trotting Abandoned Horse Races, Phoenix internation Raceway, Arizona Capitol Museum, Release the Fear (apparently not so good), Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, Tovrea Castle, Hall of Fame, Phoenix Zoo, Mill Avenue Bridge, Center for Meteorite Studies, River of Time Museum, Desert Dog Hummer Adventures, Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co., Rainbow Rock Shop, Bronze Dinosaur Statue, Painted Desert Indian Center, Stewarts Petrified Wood, Petrified Forest National Park, Yellowhorse Trading Post, Rex Museum, Navajo Code Talker Museum, Indian Kachina Statue, Continental Divide, Bowlin’s Old Crater Trading Post, new Mexico Mining Museum, El Malpais National Monument, Acoma Curio Shop, Laguna Pueblo, Rio Puerco Bridge, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque Museum of art and history, Lodestary Astronomy Center, Rattlesnake museum, Turquoise Museum, “Old Town” Albuquerque, Explore Science Center and Children’s museum of Albuquerque, New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, Giant Red Arrow, New Mexicio Museum of Military History, Walter White’s House from Breaking Bad, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Lewis Antique Auto & Toy Museum, Blue Hole of Santa Rosa, Route 66 Auto Museum, Richardson Store, Russell’s Car Museum, Second Amendment Cowboy, Cadillac Ranch, American Quarter Horse Museum as well as the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, Texas Air & Space Museum, Amarillo Railroad Museum, VW Slug Bug Ranch, Groom Cross, Devil’s Rope Museum, Conoco tower station & U-Drop Inn, Shamrock West Museum, Texola Ghost Town, Heartland of America Museum, Stafford Air & Space Museum, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The American Pigeon Museum & Library, Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum, Museum of Pioneer History, Huge Liquid Life Bottle, Blue Whale of Catoosa, J. M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, Totem Pole Park and World’s Larget Totem Pole, World’s Largest Mcdonald’s

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Will Robots take over?

Will a robot take over the world or just my job?

Fortune Magazine states that as many as 800 million jobs could be taken by 2030.

Back in 2016, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim predicted that over 50 percent of employment in many developing countries will be taken by Robots.

Oxford University conducted a study and concluded that 47 % of Jobs in the U.S. are threatened.

Statistically, a robot probably will take your job. In the short run, this could really put some stress into your life. Long term, it’s the absolute best thing that could happen. I’ll explain why.

 

How can I be sure that this is a good thing?

Because we have already faced a robot uprising before many times before.

Technology has already replaced so many jobs in agriculture that 2 % of the population in the U.S. feeds the other 98 %. The use combines, and other forms of machinery have taken the burden of physical labor out of much of farming.

As early as the invention of the plow, technology replaced the need for a human to break his or her back tilling a field. The long days and a slower pace of life for farmers is now a choice and no longer a necessity.

In the 1800s people worked in incredibly hazardous conditions inside factories. A standard work week just to make a subsistence living was 70 hours. People would routinely lose life and limb working in these places.

Yet, somehow, people were so frightened of losing these awful jobs that they broke this new machinery. The most successful group was known as the Luddites, now a label for any technophobic person.

In the 1980s computers arrived and began to replace the hundreds of thousands of lower-level clerks in banking and business industries. As well as other industries that required people to sort through stacks of papers to collate, sort and file them. This is referred to as Office Automation and dramatically changed the landscape of business and industry in the 1970s and 80s.

 

Robots will harvest, cook, and serve our food. They will work in our factories, drive our cars, and walk our dogs. Like it or not, the age of work is coming to an end.

Gray Scott

The job that you get may not be invented yet.

A robot may be poised to take your job right this very instant. I know that there is already talk of AI replacing journalists. I use a form of AI to proofread and correct errors in grammar and spelling in these articles.

Will a robot completely replace me as well? I don’t think so. Many industries use robots alongside people not to completely replace but to enhance their performance and capabilities.

Robots perform tasks that lead to repetitive stress injuries. Preventing someone from loss of income from having to go through corrective surgery.

They work in environments that are hazardous or impossible for humans to operate in. Radioactive areas, submerged areas, and areas with a high level of toxic fumes can be worked in by robots while a person will develop a life-threatening illness.

It improves efficiency and frees up a human for other more critical tasks. These people can then pursue more creative endeavors that provide a better return on investment than some mindless or tedious work.

While it may sound harsh, the reality is that if you have a job in which you can be replaced by a robot, then you didn’t really have a, to begin with.

Why robots won’t take over the world

Plain old dirt

Probably the most significant limiting factor for robots is the fact that they are very susceptible to dirt jamming their mechanisms. Bearings deteriorate very quickly if even a small amount of dust or sand gets into them.

Take the Middle East as an example. Planes are often sold to Middle Eastern countries by western nations. They then proceed to fall right out of the sky. The reason for this is not because the pilots are worse, or they have been sold defective products but because the amount of maintenance required for them to operate in this environment is substantial.

Unless that plane has been rigorously maintained by qualified personnel, then its internal workings are quickly jammed by sand and rendered inoperable.

This simple cause and effect make it next to impossible to make a robot more robust than a human. The human body is a surprisingly efficient machine.

We are able to still maintain most of our functionality even after losing a limb. The phrase healthy as a horse is used a lot, but a horse is basically dead after injuring a leg.

We can still see and function after losing an eye.

We need only to process organic matter to produce energy and don’t necessarily need replacement parts to repair an injury.

We can fight on even after being severely damaged.

The Terminator should fear us, and this has been proven after every single Terminator movie. The Terminator just never wins completely. Even after we have dealt with nuclear annihilation, we are still kicking Skynet right in the balls.

Expense

For a human to be replaced, the amount of money that could be saved over the life of the robot must be higher than that paid to a human.

“If a machine acts as intelligently as human being, then it is as intelligent as a human being.”

Alan Turing

 

Humans are more capable of adapting to different scenarios than a robot. They are more functional in terms of manual dexterity. Humans also can flow with changes to an environment.

In an assembly line, if one robot fails to perform correctly or at all, then the entire range of robots before that point grinds to a halt. This often equates to tens of thousands of dollars lost for every second that the machine is down.

Not to mention that the Robots themselves are expensive ranging in cost from half a million to several million dollars each. Each one is only able to perform a particular task.

Couple that with having to stockpile an inventory of parts to repair and maintain the robot. Elements that are often more expensive than the completed machine itself, i.e. it is cheaper to buy a complete automated work cell than to try to build one yourself from parts.

Then add in staff that needs to maintain, repair and program these robots. Often times, but not always, these people are well paid and well trained.

You can see that it becomes costly to replace a human.

So why a robot? Because robots do not tire, call off work or need vacations. They don’t need the extra added benefits packages that human workers receive.

As an employee, you might not often think of what these extras cost a company. However, that doesn’t mean that the cost of your health care and retirement package are solely paid for by you. Often the company does this at a great expense merely to attract and keep people in roles within the company.

Like I said before if it is a job that is mindlessly repetitive and one that is done many thousands of times then it is a perfect job for a robot.

Ultimately, it must be determined whether the full value of the robot exceeds its overall cost.

Programming

As it stands now, programming a robot is still reasonably technical. There just aren’t very many people that do it well. While it may be true that the Human Machine Interface is becoming more comfortable to use and manipulate, the fact still remains that it takes a great understanding of logic gates to prevent or troubleshoot errors that effectively disable a robot.

This is true both in hardware and software.

AI

A lot is made in media about artificial intelligence, the biggest problem with real artificial intelligence is that it is code that begins to write itself. Most of what we refer to as artificial intelligence isn’t actually artificial intelligence but exceptionally well-written code that follows a hierarchy of logic flow.

You may have seen the Robot Sophia agreeing to “Destroy all Humans.” But I will tell you that this was just a pre-programmed joke and not something that Sophia came up with on the fly.

So what is really going on? Someone writes code to issue out a statement based on inputs. The program never deviates from the pre-ordained script.

You know how irritating this can be if you’ve ever had to deal with a bot on an automated customer service line or with online bots that respond to you from various businesses.

There will eventually be a point that AI is capable enough to sound and behave in an almost human way effectively. Especially since there is already such a wide range of human behavior that already exists.

But this is much farther away than most people think. In the meantime, humans will be able to adapt and change to find new roles and jobs.

Your new job doesn’t exist

The potential exists that a person’s profession doesn’t even yet exist. Just like the industrial revolution of the 1800s, new technology frees people to pursue more comfortable and more engaging work.

This is hard to believe when you are facing replacement by a robot and have bills to pay. But it is the truth.
Computer programming, repair, and sales didn’t exist 30 years ago. Along with that came the creation of other jobs related to the industry such as web developers, graphic artists that specialize in computer graphics, YouTubers, basically the entire gaming industry, PLC programmers, I&E technicians the list goes on and on.

So I believe that it is safe to say that whatever jobs are taken by robots could very well help in the creation of new and better jobs.
More Free Time

We have watched as the average workweek shrink from a median 70-80 hour work week pre-industrial revolution to a 40 hour work week. People are still able to make a living but just don’t spend every waking hour slaving at a factory.

The same could very well be correct with the Industrial Revolution 2.0 as the robotic revolution is being called by experts in the robotics industry.

People freed from the burden of mundane and dangerous jobs forcing them into roles that require more mental agility and creativity also makes it possible to earn more while doing less.

Military Robotics

There is one worry that is ever present, and that is robotics in military applications. We have seen the rise of drone bombers and even some development in mobile gun platforms. DARPA the organization that is the think tank and research and development group of the U.S. Department of Defense shows off a variety of robotic armaments in development.

Terminator style man-shaped robots and pack animals. However, it is still so early, and most of it may never come into play on an actual battlefield, at least not in this century.

Again expense comes into play. The robot “Big Dog” is a pack robot currently in development and testing with the United States Marine Corps. However, the way I see it is the military has spent several millions of dollars in developing what could easily be replaced by a horse. One that is incredibly expensive to produce and inevitably will fail in dirty environments.

It is a toy. Drone and bombers on the hand are not. They are incredibly effective at dropping ordinance on the enemy. The one factor that is handled and probably will always be handled by a human being is the decision to actually drop that bomb.

Kill orders are still verified and authorized by a person in control of the drones functions.

They are getting even better with time as well. The old “Predator” drone system is now something like twenty years old. There is a new aerial drone, X47b which also has a form of visual camouflage that is incredibly effective..

Utilizing advanced led to display video of the sky above itself on its undercarriage. This has lead to more sightings of UFOs around some of the U.S.’s high security and secretive military bases.

I have found one great post-apocalyptic short story featuring this beautiful machine here:

 

There are lots of examples of routine, middle-skilled jobs that involve relatively structured tasks, and those are the jobs that are being eliminated the fastest. Those kinds of jobs are easier for our friends in the artificial intelligence community to design robots to handle them. They could be software robots; they could be physical robots.

Erik Brynjolfsson

Professor MIT

 

What jobs are robots taking?

Robots are primarily tasked with replacing workers in boring, repetitive or dangerous situations. They also take some jobs that require extreme precision.

Those jobs that put humans at risk or positions were a person can be replaced easily with someone else. In some instances, higher cognitive jobs, like analysts, are being replaced by a form of AI.

Stolen by robot: Assembly line, Retail/customer interaction, Long haul truck drivers, Customer service and office assistants. Warehouse workers, Some healthcare

What jobs do robots do?

Stockroom/whare house, Soldier.Pharmacist, Bomb squad, Journalist, Housekeeper

Jobs soon to be hardest hit: Insurance underwriters and claims representatives, Bank tellers/ representatives and traders, Farming

Most likely positions to be taken: Telemarketers, Bookkeeping clerks, Compensation and benefits managers,
Receptionists, Courier, Proofreaders, Computer support, Market research analyst

Will AI become more intelligent than humans?

It is possible. However, it will take a long time to develop fully. Possibly a century or more regardless of the speculations. You have to keep in mind that people in the 1950s believed that we would be driving around in flying cars by now. I’m still waiting for my hover car.

Speculation over future technology is often far ahead of its time and is usually way off the mark. The internet was developed as a system to share serious academic, scientific research and now is used to share videos of cats and babies. So there is the precedence of technology going off the rails.

The only thing is that we have been discussing what to do with robots before they were even a reality. Proflific Sci-Fi writer Isaac Asimov came up with the three rules of robotics when people envisioned robots shaped like cans of Dinty Moore Beef Stew with arms like dryers hoses. We didn’t have robots or even computers.

The height of technology of the time was a propeller driven plane.

Conclusion

Don’t worry about robots taking over the world; it is too far away and is already being considered heavily by the people that can actually effect change. It takes a team of people to create one anyway, so the mad scientist scenario is one created by religious fanatics to dissuade advancement in science. But Technology is great.

If anything once the Robots take over we will be treated like a pet dog or cat. Laying around all day bored, eating food and scratching ourselves. Sign me up.

Still need a dose of Robotic uprising to make you quit your job, cash in that 401k and run to the hills to live as the last stand of humanity? Read this article: Ai Destroys Humanity.

 

Still need to know if a Robot is eyeballing your job? Find out here: https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/

 

Other Resources:
https://trid.trb.org/view/1307226

https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/6699841

 

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Pictured above- Varec and DeathKart Groupie.

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Pictured above: L-Frank R Bun-e , R-Bobby-D   

Tell us a little about yourself. What attracted you to the Post-Apocalyptic Scene?

I’ve always loved the Post-Apoc style of cobbled together outfits and vehicles which led me to the Post-Apocalyptic Scene which I’ve been in now for about three years.

I’m part of a tribe called the Rust Riders who formed because there wasn’t really anything like this in our area. We host two events, one in Alabama called Aftermath, and one in Georgia called the Nukelanta Rust Riders Post-Apocalyptic festival at the Junkyard.

We’re working on the name.

Oh, I’m terrible at describing myself.

How long have you run Death Karts?

Maybe two and a half years or so? The first year and a half were just a couple people working around with go-karts, but the last year the races have really come together and grown into a spectacle.

What gave you the idea for Death Karts?

I tore a ligament in my wrist working on my big wasteland vehicle but still wanted to torque on something.

I decided since go-karts were smaller then I could work on them.

According to my wife “that’s not how that works” and “your still going to hurt yourself”…but really…I actually can’t remember who came up with the idea or how we came up with it.

But I know I grabbed a hold of it and ran, so whomever idea I stole, sorry.

Do Death Karts travel to all the different post-apo events?

As far as races go we’ve only done them at events we run, Aftermath and the Junkyard.

We’ve taken our karts out to Atomic Falls and Wasteland Weekend but have never bothered even to try to ask the WW management about us hosting an event because they have a pretty strict “no projectiles” rule out there.

We’re still trying to butter up the Atomic Falls folks, but they don’t care for the air-soft aspect of it too much.

That’s too bad, shooting from a moving vehicle actually takes a little technique and would be perfect to learn for the Post-Apocalypse.

Can anyone drive your death karts?

Mine!?… Ha, usually if anyone asks, I hand it over…if someone can wreck it taking a joy ride, it doesn’t belong in the race anyway.

Plus it gives them a taste then they want their own…it’s like crack, first hit is free.

What kind of people drive death Karts?

I would imagine the same type of weirdos that like to play the end of the world on the weekends

How hard is it for someone to make their own death Karts?

The skill levels range the spectrum…you can buy a good running yard kart and just do your own aesthetic modification all the way to building your own frame, swapping suspensions, building your own motor, etc.

The only technical thing we ask of drivers is making the scoring device holder….which is literally just the top of a 2-liter bottle…and affixing it to their karts.

 

 

Pictured Varec.

Are there any extreme events with death Karts, e.g., do you all have two-man chariot style death races?

Ha…no…unless you count the “Drag Race” that Atomic Falls hosted last year where the drivers had to have drag makeup put on them at the end of the track then turn around and cross the finish line.

Is Death Karts is different from this activity?

 

Yeah, I read about that guy…Not sure what he was doing taking that thing on the road…what we do is very different, we’re using go-karts in a controlled environment, not a hodged together civic some guy with a harbor freight tube bender built screwing around on public roads.

What are safety measures in place at Death Kart races for drivers and spectators?

A surprising amount for an event called DeathKarts…

As far as safety goes, we will do a tech check before the race to make sure nothing is too dangerous (spikes, jagged metal, leaking fuel, rotting frames, etc.). We also make the drivers do solo laps to make sure they are aware of the track conditions and to prove they can handle their machine.

Spectators will be asked to stay a few feet away from the actual track, and we usually put them in a slower area just in case something does happen, they will all also be asked to have eye protection on or leave the viewing area.

The kart engine size is limited to 420cc right now which usually translates to under 15 horsepower, so we aren’t flying around the track at 50 mph…also, we like to make the tracks pretty turn heavy so the karts can’t gain a ton of speed.

We strongly encourage the use of roll cages and harnesses and require helmets and eye protection.

What would you tell someone that wants to come to drive a Death Kart at their local PA event?

Start checking around for a kart, build it and bring it…If you aren’t sure, it’s a sport for you then at least check out a race as a spectator and maybe bribe or barter your way into a ride.

Do you have a”Death Kart Cup”? Are there trophies and Bragging rights involved for the winners?

After each event the points are tallied from the races and trophies are awarded. The trophies are made from parts of damaged or replaced karts, usually from the last race. There is a good supply.

Is there an association of Death Kart drivers and makers?

Right now there is the public-facing Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DeathKarts-166439134060772/), That page will link to the private drivers only group which is mainly for coordination and planning for people who’ve already got a kart and are planning on attending a race.

There is also a general discussion group that isn’t run by me and doesn’t center around the races or DeathKarts in general but is a good place to learn about small engine mayhem machines (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1917645615120733/) and then both of the Post Apoc events have groups.

Aftermath (https://www.facebook.com/groups/140542513193597) and Nukelanta (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Nukelanta/).

 We forgot to ask if heavy drinking was allowed or encouraged while driving Deathkarts. frown  Perhaps we will get a chance to ask in the near future?

Or better yet, you can ask yourself at the next race down in Nukelanta or Aftermath!

Photos Courtesy of Ed Lee Photography and Donald Houston Photography.

Pictured below- L-Mayor Squirrel R-Bobby-D

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What kind of person writes a book like this?

A lunatic, mostly. I am a post-apocalyptic parody author with a penchant for the dark stuff. I was born and raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains where my only field trips as a boy were to the Donner Party’s campsite and occasionally to a casino.

I currently live in Seattle now where no one believes me that this was normal.

I have a very deep need to point out the abyss and laugh at it, and so far I am very fortunate that others find my behavior to be entertaining.

What made/influenced you to become a writer?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. Books were all around me constantly, I think we had a couple of bookshelves per room growing up.

I have always had an artistic pursuit of some kind, but ultimately writing is always what I gravitate toward the most.

 

With the enormous amount of Zombie post-apocalypse novels out there, at last count over 1000, what made you decide to go in the direction that you did?

I do love my zombie apocalypse, but in my heart-of-hearts the post-nuclear holocaust is the gold standard for wasteland fiction. I grew up watching A Boy and his Dog on VHS and played Fallout 2 until my eyes bled.

It is far more frightening to me to know that at any moment the world could end in nuclear fire because our leaders act like toddlers then it is to imagine my neighbor eating my brains.

More realistic too. Plus, the post-nuclear holocaust is just rife with a brand of madness that is singularly its own and I really wanted to play in that irradiated sandbox.

I also think that doing a zombie-less apocalypse helps the book stand out. I love my Z culture, but a lot of it sort of blends together and the last thing I wanted to do was write something forgettable.

 Tell our readers a little about your book.

A Happy Bureaucracy is Mad Max meets Hunter S. Thompson with a dash of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It takes place in a post-apocalypse where the IRS is the only government institution to survive World War III.

Imagine the nail-biting, fever-dream action of Mad Max: Furry Road coming to a sudden halt as black-tied auditors pull Furiosa aside for not doing her taxes.

It is based off of the IRS’s real-life plans to handle an apocalypse, and I love how naively optimistic that plan is in the face of our traditionally bleak views of the wasteland setting.

If I were to summarize the plot: After the world ended the least important question was immediately asked: who is going to collect all of the taxes?

Arthur McDowell is a steadfast tax auditor craving the safety of the desk job due to him. However, his dreams are put on hold as the IRS plans a census into new irradiated territory and he is forced to work with freelance Enforcer, Rabia Duke, whose diet of drugs is hand to mouth.

This will be a suicide mission, and neither is keen to see the other survive. Arthur must survive roving gangs of cannibals, radiation, and starvation. But most of all he has to survive the biggest wasteland gang of them all: the IRS!

I am counting down the days until someone locks me up in an asylum for this 😛

 What was the hardest part of the story to write for you?

The final draft. I had cut out so much and had rewritten a few chapters and it was hard for me to know when I was done—when it was appropriate to stop editing it. But in all honestly, I had a blast writing this book!

What was the most interesting experience that you’ve had since you’ve been writing? 

I’ve had a reader of mine reach out to me and mail me cash from Hawaii for a book because they were retired and did not have a bank account (don’t tell the IRS, they will KILL me).

They let me know how much Sci-Fi meant to them and how much it helped them get through hard times growing up. It struck a chord with me— being able to reach a reader and connect with them on such a level is something I would never trade for.

I still talk to that reader, and they have lived a very interesting life. I would have never met this friend if it were not for my books. I cherish it.

Your writing reminds me of  Terry Pratchett or  Piers Anthony writing a post-apocalypse novel. Have they influenced your work?

That is a pretty high complement, thank you! Yes! Terry Pratchett is a big influence on my work, as well as Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and Hunter S. Thompson.

I love how genuinely clever those authors are, and how well they walk the line of madness and genius.

I think Pratchett and Adams in particular opened my eyes on how lovingly one can make fun of their favorite genre and produce something wholly new and genuine.

What advice would you have for other writers?

Don’t filter yourself until your third draft. If you are punching the keys and you stop yourself to wonder “Is this okay? Does this cross a line?” keep going because you’ve struck gold.

Let your first couple of drafts be as raw as possible, then dress it up for others when you edit. That, and write everyday. Even if it is just a sentence, get it down on paper. The habit is the most important part of the journey.

What kind of projects are you currently working on?

I am working on the sequel to A Happy Bureaucracy and I am also constantly working on short stories which I share with members of mailing list.

Any teasers to the new book?

Oh hell yes! The next book is going to be called Fear and Loathing in the Wasteland. It will be faster, weirder, funnier and have a lot more curse words. Here’s a sample: 

“What happened to that can of dog food I gave you?” Rabia asked with eyebrows lowered and smoke pouring from her lips. No answer. Rabia took another drag on her cigarette, and with no calm asked again, “What about the dog food, Dinner?”


“You got to eat the fruit. I don’t want the dog food!” Dinner finally responded, her eyes looking sour at the fire, avoiding Rabia’s gaze.


“The canned grapefruit helps metabolize my drugs quicker. Eat your food,” said Rabia.
“Do I get to do drugs?”


“Listen, I don’t care what you do with your money, kid, but the more people doing drugs the less there is for me. Eat. Your. Food,” Rabia said between her teeth.

I think this book will be perfect for Youth Bible Study and weddings, specifically 😛

 

 When can we expect them?

The next book will be out this summer, and the short stories will be delivered right to subscribers mailboxes in the meantime.

 Where can people buy your book?

You can find the book here on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MN5K1DW where it is free for Kindle Unlimited users and less than a Big Mac for everyone else!

You can also get its free companion book and prequel, Memos from the Wasteland when you subscribe to my Bunker Dispatches here: https://revfitz.com/free-novel/ Thanks for having me, this was a blast!

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The Negan Provides

Negan supplied a safe environment for the most productive members of his group. You may have thought of Negan’s Head Quarters as a prison work camp for the people living there.

Look at it again with a more critical eye, without the emotional strain of Abraham and Glens’s deaths.

It had clean water, food, even electricity. Barter could be done without fear of being killed for the goods you were trading.. There was medical care.

And most importantly, people didn’t have to worry about attacks from the undead or other survivors.

All the basic necessities of post apoc life were available in his compound. Hell, there were even video games there.

Keeps other more dangerous people in check and is able to control their actions.

Let’s face it if it weren’t Negan it would have been someone else. It might have been the cannibals at Terminus.

It might have been Simon who is definitely a worse proposition. It might have been those psychos at the junkyard.

What Negan does is keep those other more dangerous groups or people in check.

Simon is held under the thumb of Negan throughout the show, until the end of Negan’s reign. The trash people stay in the trash.

Bonus: no one has to eat human flesh.

You might argue that he was evil because he forced Dwight’s wife to become his wife. I didn’t see Dwight’s wife arguing.

Sure he had  a harem but what powerful ruler in history hasn’t had a flock of ladies waiting in the wings?

You might say that he is worse than the kingdom or the hilltop. Perhaps that is true.

The King is a good guy, but at the same time he just made it all up. He was just trying to hold it all together and at some point that Tiger was going to eat someone.

The guy from the Hilltop is just a weasel who would sell anyone out to save his own skin. How can you trust a guy like that to lead?

He places people in positions where they will do the most good.

He doesn’t use people like Eugene to go and collect taxes. He employs the people that other people will fear.

This is a significant advantage in Post-apo. Folks won’t want to give up their goods. Goods that could possibly just go to waste.

Let’s face it, none of the other survival colonies were starving and someone had to make sure that they would hand over those items.

The people with valuable skill sets he took to his compound. Where they could be protected and utilized in the most effective ways possible.

Where resources would be available to them to produce goods that would be of value to others.

I think that had the people of Hilltop or the Kingdom asked for something that they needed, they might have been able to get it from Negan.

But they didn’t ask. Instead, the Hilltop sent assassins to try and kill the man. I would be acting a little pissy too if someone had come to kill me.

And probably would have retaliated as anyone else would have.

I believe Negan had a plan.

I almost feel as though there was a method to the way that Negan conducted his little Fiefdom.

Gathering skilled labor and resources under one roof. Solidifying a power base and centralizing authority.

If Negan had just a little more time without the distraction of Rick’s group trying to murder him, I think he would have been able to create a better world for everyone.

What he needed was technical know-how which Eugene would have provided. That is, had Eugene not betrayed him.

That engineering skill would have helped Negan to capitalize on the available resources and manpower he had already established.

They might have been able to provide power to the other colonies. Secure medical training for each area.

He is a man of his word.

At no point has Negan not done  what he said he would do. Sure it has been heavy-handed at times.

Ok, well, most of the time. But still it is better leadership than the unstructured, fly by the seat of the pants, goal lacking direction of that literal Cuckold Rick.

Rick the guy that has led his band of followers from one dangerous situation to another, starving half the time.

It is almost as if he is playing a game of musical chairs where you end up a corpse or a zombie.

At this point, it is safe to say that he has won that round of musical chairs.

Out of the original group of survivors, Rick is the absolutely only one to be still alive.

 

 

He makes spaghetti for your kids

That’s right, he makes spaghetti for your kids…Rick. Who else at the end of the world would make spaghetti for your kids but Negan?

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Why Negan is the Good Guy of The Walking Dead.

Why Negan is the Good Guy of The Walking Dead.

Sure, he has his quirks. Who wouldn’t have some kind of psychological problems after the end of the world as we know it? However, Negan shows us what leadership should be in a post-apocalypse. The Negan Provides Negan supplied a safe environment for the most...

What to do after Wasteland Weekend.

What to do after Wasteland Weekend.

Wasteland Weekend the largest Post-Apocalypse party in the world is almost upon us. People gather from all over the world to enjoy one wild week in the ashes of the old world of California City, California, U.S.A. Started in 2010 it has been home to, at last count,...

What happened to the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse?

What happened to the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse?

There is one strange thing I have noticed as I have been watching various prepper websites, youtube channels and Religious Cults. It is that during 2011 up until 2012 you couldn’t spit without seeing something about the Mayan 2012 Apocalypse. Was the 2012 Apocalypse...

APA interviews Nuclear Snail

APA interviews Nuclear Snail

Among the Post Apocalyptic LARP Community, Nuclear Snail is well known for his tutorials on how to achieve the Wastelander look. I ran across his channel several years ago and still remember his video on some kind of snake crotch thing. Hard to explain. Anyway, I...