I feel obligated to start this post by saying that I am not anti-prepping, and I do not think that 'survivalist' or 'prepper' are synonymous with 'nut job'. I'll kick things off by stating some of my own opinions, or beliefs. I absolutely respect your right to have an opinion that differs from my own. The reason that I sought out this forum is the same reason that compelled me to buy my first firearms. While I have a background that has always made me feel capable without a weapon, relatively recent events have made me step back, and take note of some possibilities that I had not previously considered. Specifically, I am referring to the London riots. As this is a Northwest forum, that may confuse some folks. I was born in 1977. In my lifetime, there have been literally hundreds of documented riots, and many associated periods of brief, explosive violence. While these types of things have typically been contained in very small geographic areas, the internet has redefined many peoples' perceptions of proximity. This is something that I have been paying attention to closely, as I have seen a situation set off smaller events, far from the original. The London riots are a prime example, and were brought up for a reason. During the London riots, I spoke to a friend who lives in the UK, in a city pretty far removed from London. Despite the geographical divide, the riots impacted him, and his loved ones. When coverage of the riots hit, it wasn't just awareness that spread. Small groups where my friend lives became... agitated. There were break-ins, and violent, undirected outbursts, even in areas far away from London. My friend saw homes and vehicles damaged, and one of his family members was assaulted. This, in a place where the locals felt very safe, and insulated from such things. Talking to him made me look hard at trends, and take note of some potential issues. The Occupy movement isn't a violent endeavor, but it absolutely shows that large numbers of people are becoming so frustrated, that they can no longer ignore it. In this day and age, unrest is fully capable of going viral. While I am not personally concerned with TEOTWAWKI scenarios becoming real, I am of the opinion that brief, possibly violent flare-ups are ridiculous to ignore. I'm not talking about extended periods of WROL. Rather, I am talking about periods where small groups challenge or ignore ROL. This is what worries me. What worries YOU? What are YOU preparing for?