day to day rants
Just came across the funniest thing on my twitterfeed this morning. Super Bunkers. Many years ago when I was visiting Germany for romantic reasons, my future pop-in-law took me on a walkabout by the The Rhein River and showed me some of the leftovers of World War 2. He told me that all of the houses except his parents home has been turned to rubble by the shelling from across the river. He showed me a church as well with an unexploded shell stuck right through the wall and visible from the inside and outside of the building. And he showed me the bunkers in the forest. Small concrete shelters with small openings for the receiving and giving of "gifts". Interesting times.
This article: http://www.infowars.com/the-secret-mountain-our-spies-will-hide-in-when-washington-is-destroyed/ about a huge and expensive bunker on top of Peters Mountain in West Virginia, designed to accommodate the wealthy and the powerful in the event of a nuclear attack or similar reminded me of another thing I'd seen in Germany. I was of course interested in visiting one of the many castles that dotted the countryside, usually but not always positioned on the tops of the highest hills in the area. You can walk through most of them quite freely these days as many are completely vacant. I often remember the kings chambers, surrounded by racks of spears and other weaponry, his throne positioned with his back to the wall, the small passageway which surrounded the chamber and the tiny openings of the food to be delivered by the food department. You could almost smell the fear of the king and his nobles. Every thing possible was being done to protect these elite of their day. And the safety features went farther! Beyond the kings chambers lay a safety room, a last resort with heightened security which would have been almost impossible to breach.
Why the fear?
Well, lets consider how the king derived his income for a clue. When supplies ran low, it was only necessary for his men to ride out into the countryside and rob a helpless farmer somewhere. It wasnt really theft of course because the government was doing it for the good of the people.
Today we have computerization and technological advances which have made the tiresome business of taxing the work of the masses much simpler. Now virtually every transaction is taxed as it occurs. This wealth is distributed as the present day ruling elite see fit. And some of it goes into fortifying the kings bunker, just in case. The more things change...