If everyone thinks back a few months, before the global pandemic, there were plenty of threads on these forums about whether people were going to get tired of all the B.S. and start shooting in this country. Despite the "everything is fine and always will be" crowd, there is plenty of evidence that the strain on the fabric of our society is increasing by the day and eventually society will rip apart. Plenty of us pointed to a triggering event being needed. But when the Coronavirus hit, the general consensus was "this ain't it." But, an article today on Fox reminded me that like many events in history, usually its not just one thing. . . but sometimes a chain of events that produce a dire outcome. Today Idaho reported its biggest quake in 40 years. https://www.foxnews.com/science/ida...gnitude-6-5-states-largest-in-nearly-40-years Over the last couple years we've seen a big uptick in geological activity. Record quake swarms have been occurring with regularity on the West coast. New faults are showing activity that were previously thought dormant. Even in the Midwest there's been increased quake activity. Meanwhile, the Cascadia Subduction Zone is overdue, and "The Big One" is predicted to hit the coast sometime in the next 30 years. Maybe sooner, maybe later. If the Big One hits during the Coronavirus peak in California, that's going to be it. The major CA cities will collapse into anarchy. Once you take already scared people, and yank the rug out from under them, things will break down in a hurry. There is significant potential that as the magnitude of the disaster in CA becomes apparent, people in other hard-hit states are going to be pushed over the edge as well out of fear. The "panic buying" of toilet paper and guns will transmogrify into just "panic". As the violence increases, the fear will as well, creating a vicious cycle at a time when government resources are already stretched thin. Maybe a National Guard deployment could quell things. Or maybe it would just make it worse. If it spreads too far, there's not enough National Guard to be everywhere they would need to be. This is why the "everything is fine and will stay that way forever" crowd is so shortsighted. Sure, even when you have a populace that actively dislikes one another, everything can stay on track when the economy is excellent and things are humming along. But like a speeding freight train, a gap in those slick rails can derail the whole thing, and create a catastrophe. Maybe we'll come through this virus ok and things will settle back down to their usual simmer. Maybe the Coronavirus will even improve the situation as people realize the B.S. they were getting worked up about doesn't even matter. But until then, we're living in some fragile times. Another big shock to the system while all this is going on would be disastrous. Maybe in the 80's, 90's or early 2000's we could have handled both at once. But now things are so polarized, there's so much anger and resentment (primarily from the angry left), and things have gotten so out of control in the low-income urban areas. . . that we're on thin ice right now. Look out for yourselves and your peeps, and don't get caught in denial if things start coming apart.