Several years ago an anonymous email came into The Skeptic Tank which covered expectations on how one might be able to disappear in America or at minimum "drop off the grid" either to avoid abusive ex-spouses, avoid law enforcement, or for whatever reason one might have.
The email contained several good suggestions and quite a few bad ones, many of which were irresponsible or dangerous. Over the years the email has grown into a web page called "Vanishing Point: How to Disappear in America Without a Trace" and it contains suggestions which may or may not be relevant, suggestions which may or may not be factual or workable. The irresponsible suggestions were removed early and emails that came into The Skeptic Tank in response have been vetted and suggestions that were offered have been added to the text over the years.
The web page has become very popular due to the growing fascism in the United States as people attempt to research how they might avoid the consequences of an increasingly brutal fascist regime that has replaced the Constitutional Republic we used to have in the United States.
The web page underscores the fact that disappearing is a nearly futile hope and that really due to technology and people's need to eat, dropping out of society or disappearing and re-emerging under a new identity is difficult to nearly impossible -- and is becoming more difficult as the years go by.
The _desire_ of citizens of the United States to disappear or change their identities is a frequent one, growing among the populace. With Peak Oil and the consequences of that being added to the existing fascism that will itself grow worse, more and more people want to hide -- from the fascist government, from Peak Oil, from society in general.
But while the desire is there, actually dropping out is difficult, and actual re-emergence under a new identity -- a law-abiding, tax paying, legitimate member of society after re-emergence -- is extremely difficult.
I'd like to work more on this document, and I'm soliciting feedback from people on their ideas and solutions to the growing problem of disappearing, dropping out, changing identities, and basically refreshing one's freedoms under an increasingly oppressive regime.
Attached is a screen capture of the number of times the document has been downloaded by web surfers for the month of September, and then for the first three days of October. The web stats show considerable interest among the American populace and I'd like to be able to provide better suggestions and alternatives in among the document's sections.