I hope your new years have all begun well and I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. I asked to be a member of this forum for one reason; it is primarily a communications emergency forum for Amateur Radio Operators. In my mind, emergency communicators should be or should want to be informed, interested persons that are aware of situations that might lead to a communications emergency. They are silly people that watch the weather for days in advance; operate personal home weather stations and tie to the national weather service; join emergency groups such as ARES; gain certifications from multiple and varying affiliates; purchase extra or backup equipment for use in communications emergencies; and on and on. One often overlooked source of communication emergency is social unrest or strife. I believe that it is overlooked because of a common American mis-claim. A mis-claim that is often heard in bars out of the real fear that someone in the crowd is incapable of hearing a philosophical opinion that is personally disturbing without reacting badly. It is the same type of feared behavior that is associated with overzealous sports fans and sports gamblers. I thought and hoped that this forum would be comprised of a group of professionals that could receive information as information and not see offered information as propaganda or as politically motivated and assaultive. Two things, please. Remember the play/movie West Side Story; in the play, Officer Krupke, the actual neighborhood peace maker, is mocked by those that claim he just doesn't understand. And then, I often post multiple 'initial' offerings just to divide my thoughts - almost as in chapters.