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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Currency War--the Start of a 21st Century Geopolitical Struggle for Resources

Assignment for today, class:

This is a VERY interesting look at the near-term future. Read it (don't skim through it) and think as you go (do you agree or disagree with the writer on each of his his assertions?).

Then listen the the podcast interview with the author linked at the end of the article.
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Thursday, October 07, 2010

"How to Respond to Terrorism Threats and Warnings"

A good reminder from our friends at STRATFOR ... click the link below to view the entire report.

Excerpt:

If people live their lives in a constant state of fear, those who seek to terrorize them have won. Terror attacks are a tactic used by a variety of militant groups for a variety of ends. As the name implies, terrorism is intended to produce a psychological impact that far outweighs the actual physical damage caused by the attack itself. Denying would-be terrorists this multiplication effect, as the British largely did after the July 2005 subway bombings, prevents them from accomplishing their greater goals. Terror can be countered when people assume the proper mindset and then take basic security measures and practice relaxed awareness. These elements work together to dispel paranoia and to prevent the fear of terrorism from robbing people of the joy of life.

How to Respond to Terrorism Threats and Warnings is republished with permission of STRATFOR.
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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Martenson: "Prediction-Things Will Unravel Faster than You Think"

Chris Martenson is a well-known economic researcher and futurist. Most know him as the creator of the video seminar, The Crash Course. (That is NOT Martenson in the image here.)

Read his article posted today at the "Business Insider."

Snippet:
By my analysis, we are not yet on the final path to recovery, and there are one or more financial 'breaks' coming in the future. Underlying structural weaknesses have not been resolved, and the kick-the-can-down-the-road plan is going to encounter a hard wall in the not-too-distant future. When the next moment of discontinuity finally arrives, events will unfold much more rapidly than most people expect.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chris-martenson-things-will-unravel-faster-than-you-think-2010-10#ixzz11JBBzdlZ
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Investment-Grade Food Storage Sale

Through September, we are running our final Mountain House cans sale of 2010.

That means:
  • The maximum-allowed discount of 25% off all MH cans.
  • It means free shipping.
  • And it means buyers club members earn up to $1000 and more in free survival gear and supplies with qualifying purchases.
Mountain House freeze dried food is the clear #1 storage food in the world. It boasts a proven shelf life of over 25 years in the #10 cans. It is the kind of food we are all used to eating and it is delicious. 25% off is BIG savings. Shipping is FREE.

This time around, club members have the potential of not only securing the best fresh storage food in the world at the maximum allowed discount pricing, but they also can earn over $1000 in free gear and supplies with qualifying purchases.

This is investment-grade food. You lock-in today's food prices for as long as you hold the food. It will be there for you whenever you need it, and chances are very strong that it will be worth a lot more then than what you paid for it originally.

Check out all the details here.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Military Study Warns of Potentially Drastic Oil Crisis

How about an unusually candid (OK--actually it was leaked) look at official Western views of "Peak Oil" and how all we know could become unraveled in just a few years due to oil shortages?

This is a Der Spiegel summary-analysis of a German military study draft. Be sure to read both pages at this link, as the second page is where the expectations of a global chain reaction are laid out.
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Saturday, September 04, 2010

What Are We Most Afraid Of?

I've seen this question pop up once or twice in preparedness-focused discussion forums. I don't believe I've seen the most bald-faced truth in reply though.

The world is widely recognized to be in a progressive state of relentless ruination today, not in any small part due to ongoing political and corporate manipulation. Few could argue that point today (at least without holding tongue firmly in cheek), though causes are still, I suppose, for some open to debate.

Regardless, when it comes right down to it, the worst possible eventuality is that nothing happens to jolt the train from its tracks and to ultimately reverse course and get us back to a world where common sense is king.

This is what keeps many of us awake at night.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Economists from Across Spectrum Now Calling it Great Depression II

The time for quibbling over semantics and political gamesmanship appears to have passed. Now many of the biggest names in economics (Laffer, Krugman, Griffiths) are calling it as they see it--the Second Great Depression.

We're in this for the long haul, folks. Can't even hope for much positive change in the forseeable future at this point. Read the article linked and excerpted below. Then if you have the wherewithal to get yourself fully squared away for the worst case you can imagine economically--do it and move quickly.

The collapse is only months away they are saying ...

"Top Economists: The Second Great Depression Has Arrived"

by Terrence Aym

... (Fred) Harrison concurs and believes that the situation has become so serious that whole nations could fail and something unseen in the West for hundreds of years could appear again: wholesale starvation of peoples in some Western countries.

Back in 2008, Spectator Business reported that "Harrison's predictions earned him the epithet 'Prophet of Doom' until his forecasts proved correct. He is now described as 'the canary in the housing mine…(his) prediction is chilling: Nostradamus...could scarcely have been more accurate."
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blurring the Lines of Common Identity

Just some quick stream of consciousness comments today ...

Think about all the crap that has taken us to where we are today. The last 20 years or so (I know--it can go back farther than that), some very significant transitions have been taking place that are rapidly at this point taking the world into a new era.

If you had to boil it all down to one idea behind all the changes, it would be that all the dividing lines and borders and stratifying layers that both divide and unify people historically are being dissolved away.

Geographic borders, economic classes, national identities, and many other groups that self identify according to religious affiliation, ethnic background, sexual orientation, etc.--these are the targets for destruction for those moving the world in a direction that apparently ends with that dreaded one-world governance (of course managed and maintained by a core group of enlightened, privileged individuals).

The old truism "divide and conquer" has been updated to the more sophisticated "homogenize and pacify."

There's still work to be done in these last stages of the effort whereby finally some push-back is being encountered from some groups who are reluctant to go quietly into the night. Of course, that would be expected and there are options for taking care of those who can't come to terms with things "as they must now be."

I've never been a one-world-government alarmist. At least not in a vocal sense. But there's no denying what we have before us now.

Seems the choice left us is to melt and blend or to exert and exit the stew pot while we still have meat on our bones.
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Friday, August 06, 2010

Economy Heading for a Systemic Collapse into Hyperinflationary Great Depression

The Market Oracle posted an absolute MUST READ yesterday--an interview with Shadowstats Economist John Williams. See the entire piece here.

Excerpt:

TER: How do we get through this, John?

JW: If there's no solution for the system—and I don't see one; I think it just has to run its course—there still is good news. We as individuals have ways of protecting ourselves, our families, our friends, our businesses—whatever is important to us. To do that we have to preserve the value of our wealth and assets in order to ride out the storm. As terrible as it will be, it will end. A time will come when things become self-righting and the people who have been able to survive will be able to do some extraordinary things.

TER: And what do you advocate in terms of individuals preserving wealth and assets?

JW: Hold some gold, silver, precious metals. I'm talking physical possession. Preferably coins because coins, sovereign coins, are recognized as such. They don't have liquidity issues. Having some assets outside the U.S., and certainly some assets outside the U.S. dollar, is a good thing. I like the Australian dollar, the Canadian dollar, the Swiss franc in particular. They won't suffer the same hyperinflation in Australia, Canada and Switzerland as we do in the U.S., so those currencies will tend to act as ways of preserving wealth. Over time real estate is a traditional store of wealth, but it's not portable and sometimes it's not liquid.

If I'm right about what's going to unfold, a significant shift in government is possible; suppose the government moved so far to the left where maybe private ownership of property was not allowed. Having a lot of assets in real estate under those circumstances might not be so good. I think generally real estate is a good bet but you also have to consider the risks. Use common sense. Think through different things that could happen.

Most importantly, build up a store of supplies, more than you would normally consume over a couple of months, particularly food and water, canned goods. Having those goods can save your life in a number of ways. You'd have food to eat, and if you have extra you can use it to barter. I met a guy who'd been through hyperinflation and found for purposes of the barter system those airline-size bottles of high-quality scotch proved quite valuable. Buy things that you would otherwise consume and rotate your inventory. Don't go out buying all sorts of things you'll never use. Keep what makes sense to you and your circumstances. Make sure you have things that are stable. Not too perishable.
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Surviving a Power Grid Crash

America's power supply is primed for an end-of-days blackout--particularly from geomagnetic storms. This evening, earth is expected to be struck broadside by two waves of solar plasma that exploded off the surface of the sun directly toward us a couple of days ago.

It may be that all we'll get is a beautiful northern-latitude light show out of the deal. But experts are concerned that this may signal the beginning of a cyclical solar period of storms, one of which could end up frying major parts of our overtaxed, interconnected electrical grid.

Last year, National Geographic Adventure ran a great series of articles on how to survive almost anything. One such scenario they looked at was grid system failure.

Have a look. It features comments by our friend Cody Lundin ...

http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/2009/08/survival/power-grid/1
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