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GS, as you note, the slow decline I described here is happening throughout rural America. Here in Vermont it is masked from the casual tourist by the natural splendor of the landscape. They see the nice country properties and the landscape but somehow don’t notice the old trailer that is rotting away but still has a family living in it. Seen or not, the slow decline is real. However, come SHTF rural America has ample resources to get by and is less dependent upon modern infrastructure. We’re just not set up to take in lots of urban folks.