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Sic transit gloria mundi...

The 90% number probably comes from Dr. Peter Pry's testimony at a 2015 congressional hearing on the EMP threat.

Living in the 1600's sounds about right if we loose 90% of our medical infrastructure. By the 1700's the U.S. was getting pretty civilized, we even had medical schools starting to pop up. In the 1600's most people were still on their own if they got sick or injured

Having electricity in the home is a very new thing. 80 years ago large parts of the U.S. still didn't have power. My wife and I are both the first generation in our families to have grid power from birth.

I think humans will thrive after a "90% event". Life will be hard, life expectancy will go down, but humans are resilient and adaptive.
 

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...is so overlooked in most of today's spoiled culture
What we call SHTF today was just the way of life for a lot of folks until after WW-II. My wife, who's still in her 50's, didn't have indoor plumbing until she was in high school. In 1970's rural Arkansas, she still had to face wild animals and freezing temperatures just to go pee by the light of a kerosene lantern because they didn't have power going out to the outhouse 馃ザ
 

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Another wildcard in the looming collapse is the homeless population. We've seen that even the weak, spoiled Gen X and Millennials can adapt to eating out of trashcans and sleeping in urine soaked cardboard boxes while shooting deadly toxins into their bodies.

If there's a huge 90% event, we're going to be dealing with shituations we never imagined. (spelling error intended)
 
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