Recent news items have focused on two concerns that may seem unconnected: First, NSA spying on citizens (ahem sorry, not spying, but collecting electronic meta-data), … and second, the possible damage from a natural EMP (solar flare burst) or a man-made EMP (a nuclear blast or EMP weapon).
I’ve discussed the causes and effects of an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) before.
What now connects these two news items is there’s a new material that may thwart one (data-collection), and reduce damage to electronics from the other (EMPs).
Are your prepping efforts slowing down, or at a standstill? Are you no longer adding to your food stocks, replenishing supplies, or investing in learning new survival skills? Are you waiting until after the Holiday’s to reignite your prepper lifestyle?
Well maybe you should reconsider.
Below are 17 very recent economic news bits that should inspire you and your family to up your prepper game.
Actually, these news items should scare the poop out of you. Each bit of news is nothing less than the clanging toll of a large alarm bell. No kidding.
Read each item carefully, and let me know if you think I’m exaggerating or just a drooling alarmist.
#1 U.S. exports are down 11 percent for the year so far. The only other times they have fallen this dramatically since the turn of the century were during the last two recessions.
#2 Since March, the amount of stuff being shipped by truck, rail and air inside the United States has been falling every single month on a year over year basis …
#3 Wholesale sales in the U.S. have fallen to the lowest level since the last recession.
#4 The inventory to sales ratio has risen to the highest level since the last recession. This means that there is a whole lot of unsold inventory that is just sitting around out there and not selling.
#5 Industrial production declined for five months in a row during the first half of 2015. That is something that has never happened outside of a recession.
#6 Don’t expect U.S. consumers to rush in and save the day. According to brand new numbers from the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
#7 And remember, there are 102.6 million working age Americans that do not even have a job of any kind.
#8 According to Challenger Gray, layoffs at major firms have risen to the highest level that we have witnessed since 2009.
#9 The number of job openings in the United States declined by 5.3 percent during the month of August. That was a huge plunge for just one month.
#10 According to British banking giant HSBC, the world is already in a “dollar recession“.
#11 In September, Chinese exports were down 3.7 percent compared to one year ago, and Chinese imports were down a staggering 20.4 percent compared to a year ago.
#12 During the month of August, we witnessed the 8th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis …
#13 At one point in September, approximately 11 trillion dollars of stock market wealth had been wiped out around the globe.
#14 At one point in September, German stocks were down about 25 percent from the peak of the market.
#15 Since the last financial crisis, the global economy has added another 50 trillion dollars to our colossal pile of debt. That means we are far more vulnerable to a crisis than we were the last time around.
#16 The list of global financial giants that are rumored to be in very serious trouble includes Deutsche Bank (the biggest bank in Germany), UBS (the biggest bank in Switzerland) and three of the largest commodity trading firms on the entire planet: Glencore, Trafigura and the Noble Group. The total collapse of any one of them would easily be another “Lehman Brothers moment” for the global financial system.
#17 Stocks are still in a massive bubble. In fact, stocks in the U.S. are going to have to fall more than 30 percent from the current levels just to get back to what is considered “normal” or “average”.
Source: Michael Snyder always provides brilliant insights on his The Economic Collapse site. His new book is The Beginning Of The End.
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Detroit police chief, James Craig, has called on citizens to arm themselves. And since then Detroit crime has plummeted, a 12% drop.
Late last month a would-be, armed bank robber met one such citizen. The result? The bad guy shot in three limbs.
You can watch the complete news report below:
A 63-year-old autoworker with a concealed weapons license shot a gunman who was robbing a Warren, Michigan, bank, according to Fox 2 Detroit
The 43-year-old gunman suffered three non-fatal gunshot wounds to each arm and a leg as he confronted the autoworker in the lobby of Citizens Bank.
Mayor Jim Fouts said the gunman pointed his weapon at the 63-year-old, who was simply defending himself.
“It’s his Second Amendment right,” Fouts said.
“I’m glad to see that more people are carrying guns,” witness Gary Guyette told Fox 2. “And the bad guys think twice before they do something bad – and take care of business.”
It is unlikely the 63-year-old will face charges for the shooting, according to police.
Source: FoxNews Insider
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Hot and Cold survival news bits in a single post.
Two topics today:
Two questions: 1) where is the government going to stockpile these burn treatments? And 2) may I finally exhale my lung-full of global warming carbon dioxide? Please?
“The detonation of an improvised nuclear device would produce intense heat, resulting in many patients with severe burns,” says a September 30 news release from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The announcement says HHS has contracted for the development of “four novel products to treat severe thermal burns.”
The four treatments … “[will] help protect people from burn injuries resulting from radiological and nuclear threats,” HHS said.
The announcement comes at a time of heightened concern about national security in general and the threat of foreign terrorist fighters in particular.
A currently available treatment called Silverlon … is described as a “long-acting, silver-impregnated nylon bandage that can be used to cover first- and second-degree thermal burns. HHS said Silverlon could help burn patients before they get surgical treatment for their injuries in the hospital.
The other three products are being developed in federally funded clinical studies.
- NexoBrid: A topical gel made of pineapple-based enzymes and designed to dissolve the damaged or dead skin tissue to create a clean wound-bed for skin grafting.
- StrataGraft: A cell-based skin made from living human cells that could reduce the need to remove healthy skin from the victim’s own body to graft over the burned skin
- ReCell: A topical spray derived from a small sample of the patient’s own skin. This topical spray may enhance skin growth, allowing burn surgeons to use smaller skin donor grafts, and stretch grafts over a larger burn wound.
Source: Susan Jones is the excellent Morning Managing Editor for CNSNews.
As world leaders get ready to head to Paris for the latest pact on cutting CO2 emissions, it has emerged that there isn’t as much urgency about the matter as had been thought.
A team of top-level atmospheric chemistry boffins from France and Germany say they have identified a new process by which vast amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere from the sea – a process which was unknown until now, meaning that existing climate models do not take account of it.
The effect of VOCs in the air is to cool the climate down, and thus climate models used today predict more warming than can actually be expected. Indeed, global temperatures have actually been stable for more than fifteen years, a circumstance which was not predicted by climate models and which climate science is still struggling to assimilate.
With the discovery of the new abiotic sea process, the idea that cutting carbon emissions may not be all that urgent is looking stronger.
The new research is published here courtesy of the learned journal Environmental Science and Technology, … the Leibniz Institute notes: “Because of the great importance this paper will be open access”. ®
Source: Lewis Page is Editor of the Register and served 11 years as a Royal Navy officer.
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