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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

LONG TERM TRENDS THAT SHOULD CONCERN ALL

 

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LONG TERM TRENDS THAT SHOULD CONCERN ALL AMERICANS

Ignoring long-term problems can work for a while, but eventually they catch up with you.  Over the years, I have written many articles about alarming long-term trends in our society that desperately needed to be addressed. 

[I’ve warned of the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, Government spying on its own citizens, the huge danger of Marxism taking over our nation, inflation and more.]

Of course the vast majority of those long-term trends never got much attention, because our political system tends to reward politicians that focus on short-term issues.  As a result, many of the long-term trends that I have written about previously have now gotten to a point where they have started to become very serious short-term problems.  In this article, I would like to share 9 examples of this with you.

#1 I have been warning about exploding debt levels for as long as I have been writing about the economy.  Most people know that the U.S. national debt has now crossed the 28 trillion dollar threshold, but hardly anyone is talking about the explosion of corporate debt that we have been witnessing in recent months.  According to the Federal Reserve, total corporate debt in the United States is now up to a whopping 11.2 trillion dollars

Before the pandemic, U.S. companies were borrowing heavily at low interest rates. When Covid-19 lockdowns triggered a recession, they didn’t pull back. They borrowed even more and soon paid even less.

After a brief spike, interest rates on corporate debt plummeted to their lowest level on record, bringing a surge in new bonds. Nonfinancial companies issued $1.7 trillion of bonds in the U.S. last year, nearly $600 billion more than the previous high, according to Dealogic. By the end of March, their total debt stood at $11.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, about half the size of the U.S. economy.

#2 Needless to say, this level of corporate debt is not even close to sustainable, and we are starting to see a lot of prominent names go bankrupt.  In fact, one of the largest mall owners in the entire country officially filed for bankruptcy on Sunday

Washington Prime Group, a major mall owner of more than 100 locations across the United States, filed for bankruptcy, citing pandemic-related shutdowns.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company filed for Chapter 11 late Sunday, saying Covid-19 “created significant challenges” and that the move is “necessary.” Washington Prime secured $100 million in new funding to support its day-to-day operations so it can “continue in the ordinary course without interruption.”

#3 The standard of living in the United States has been going down for a very long time.  Here in 2021, inflation is growing at a much faster rate than wages are, and this is squeezing middle class families like never before.  One of the ways that families are dealing with this is by putting off major purchases, and that is one of the reasons why the average age of the vehicles on our roads has now reached an all-time record high

The average age of vehicles on U.S. roadways rose to a record 12.1 years last year, as lofty prices and improved quality prompt owners to hold on to their cars longer.

It was the first time the average vehicle age rose above 12 years, according to data released Monday by research firm IHS Markit. While the average vehicle age has risen steadily over the last 15 years, the trend accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic partly because of a drop in new-car sales, IHS said.

#4 America’s growing homelessness crisis has accelerated greatly during the pandemic, and the big cities in California are being hit the hardest.  At this point, it is really difficult to navigate through the streets of San Francisco without stumbling over a tent or stepping in human excrement

For a city as opulent as San Francisco, it’s long been jarring to see the extreme poverty of those experiencing homelessness on its streets. If you walk around downtown, tents, makeshift cardboard beds and human excrement can be seen littering the sidewalks. Impoverished people lie on the ground as a blur of highly paid professionals whiz by.

#5 The homelessness crisis is also one of the factors that is fueling the dramatic rise in crime rates that we have been seeing all over the nation.  Once upon a time, millions of eager tourists would flock to Venice Beach, but now the phrase “like hell went to hell” is being used to describe conditions at that once pristine tourist trap…

Year-to-date numbers show that robberies have nearly tripled since the same period last year. Homeless-related robberies are up 260 percent; homeless-related assaults with a deadly weapon is up 118 percent; property crimes and area burglaries are up 85 percent; and grand theft auto is up 74 percent.

According to Embrich, felony arrests are up 68 percent, while misdemeanor arrests have grown by 355 percent. But arrests aren’t enough: Suspects are often released back onto the streets within hours.

#6 The police are the ones that are supposed to protect us from crime and restore order when things get out of control, but now they are leaving public service in record numbers.  After being endlessly demonized by leftist activists and the mainstream media, police officers are either retiring or resigning at a staggering rate….

Police retirements have risen by 45 percent in the past year, with officers opting out of forces across the country amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations that fueled anti-cop rhetoric.

The alarming statistic was revealed by the Police Executive Research Forum on Sunday, with the organization also revealing that resignations rose by 18 percent during the same twelve month period.

#7 Have you noticed that many of our cities are becoming disgustingly filthy?  When I was growing up, I often heard the phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness”, but you never hear anyone use it anymore.  These days, filth and grime are everywhere, and that has resulted in widespread infestations.  Many of our cities now have massive problems with rats and bed bugs, but Chicago is the worst of them all




The Windy City is known for quite a few things: hot dogs, deep dish, baseball. But here’s one thing you probably don’t associate with Chicago: bed bugs. Turns out these tiny hitchhiking pests are quite fond of our city, according to the latest numbers available through Atlanta-based Orkin, a company that specializes in pest control services.

In fact, Chicago ranked no. 1 on the 2021 list, according to Orkin, reclaiming the top spot for the first time since 2017, when it slipped to no. 3, just behind Baltimore and Washington. For the sixth year in a row, Orkin also ranked Chicago the “rattiest” city in America.

#8 I have been writing about the drought in the western half of the country for years, but here in 2021 it is the worst we have ever seen.  As I write this article, an astounding 88 percent of the West is officially in a state of drought…

Lakes at historically low levels, unusually early forest fires, restrictions on water use and now a potentially record heat wave: even before summer’s start the US West is suffering the effects of chronic drought made worse by climate change.

Eighty-eight percent of the West was in a state of drought this week, including the entire states of California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada, according to official data.

#9 When drought gets bad enough, it leads to water shortages, and we will want to watch developments in California very closely.  Water supplies have gotten very tight throughout the state, and officials in Santa Clara County just officially declared “a water shortage emergency”

Santa Clara County is in extreme drought. We can’t afford to wait to act as our water supplies are being threatened locally and across California. We are in an emergency and Valley Water must do everything we can to protect our groundwater resources and ensure we can provide safe, clean water to Santa Clara County residents and businesses.

To better deal with these threats and the emergency they are causing, today my fellow Board Members and I unanimously declared a water shortage emergency condition in Santa Clara County. This declaration, which is among the strongest actions we can take under law, allows Valley Water to work with our retailers, cities and the county to implement regulations and restrictions on the delivery and consumption of water. We also are urging the County of Santa Clara to proclaim a local emergency and join us in underscoring the seriousness of the threats posed by the extreme drought.

Over the past few years, America has been hit by crisis after crisis, and many are yearning for a return to the good old days.  Unfortunately, that simply is not going to happen.

The United States is never going to be like it once was.  Too many things have changed, and our culture has been radically transformed over the past several decades.

Many of the items that I have shared in this article are simply symptoms of much broader cultural problems.  We are a deeply, deeply sick society, and it is getting worse with each passing day.

***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.***

SIDEBAR

 

We’ve all heard of bugging-out, but there are times when staying put and hunkering down or “bugging in” makes more sense. Bugging in means staying home but keeping a low profile. You don’t go out, you don’t shop, you don’t interact with outsiders and you stay alert… sound familiar?

Many people have adopted this lifestyle as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but people have been doing it for thousands of years.

As with a global pandemic, there are many good reasons to step out of society for a while. Here are some of the incidents and events that have caused this lifestyle to emerge based on past precedent...

The Ultimate Guide To Bugging In

 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Steps to take after you realize preparedness is for you

 

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 Four steps to take after you realize preparedness is for you

During the Great Depression, the vast majority of American citizens were rural, farm-oriented people with survival skills far beyond the modern American.

"Prepping" in those days was ingrained in our society, rather than marginalized and labeled "fringe." Today, the numbers are reversed, with a dwindling number of farm-experienced Americans and a vast wasteland of urban and suburban citizens — many with few, if any, skill sets that would benefit them in a time of societal breakdown.

During the Great Depression, millions of people died of starvation and general poverty, despite the incredible number of people with rural survival knowledge. Today, an incredible subsection of Americans do not know how to feed themselves; they do not know how to hunt; they do not know how to grow crops; they do not know how to repair any necessary items used for subsistence; they do not know how to build anything useful; they do not know how to shoot; they do not know how to defend themselves; they don't even know how to cook a pot of rice properly.

I have often closed my letters to you with a simple reminder to store water, food, guns, ammo and gold, without mentioning the above deficiencies in society in general. Yet, inevitably, that remark will spark a rejoinder or emails pointing out the folly of preparedness.

Some people just don't get it, and apparently, no amount of "preaching" to them on the subject will get through. Boy Scouts, apparently, they aren't. For them, either normalcy bias — the belief that things will always be just like they are — or the belief that society is too "advanced" for anything to go wrong is just too tough to overcome.

Perhaps now, after the Coronavirus casedemic frenzy that locked down the entire country, they begin to understand that being a prepper does not mean you believe a "zombie apocalypse" is imminent. It just means that you are preparing for whatever might come along: be it a vehicle breakdown in a remote location, a storm that knocks out power for several days or something much more catastrophic.

I used to use the example of New Orleans after Katrina to provide an example of how quickly society can break down into anarchy once basic services are lost.

But one need look no further than the effects and panic during the coronavirus scare.

What's foolish about having a backup survival plan and enough water, food and medical supplies — and the means to protect them — to get you through at least a month in a situation in which you are on your own?

Nothing, considering the original "orders" coming from government were to lock down everything for a month.

Those in New Orleans who were unprepared for the chaos found themselves dependent on nonexistent or ineffectual government services. Many died or suffered greatly as a result.

Those among the 17 million who lost their jobs immediately following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic found themselves lining up, for miles, trying to get free food at locations around the country, from California to Pittsburgh.

I believe the immense amount of borrowing by the Federal Reserve will cause hyperinflation. It is unclear exactly how that is going to affect basic services (including those we depend upon government to provide), plus the banking system and the supply chain of food and other goods to stores. I know we have historical precedent to study; and I'm certain that when it happens, there is going to be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I believe that when that occurs, a barter system will develop in which tradable commodities along with gold and silver become the monetary system, if even for a short time. So-called "junk silver" (pre-1965 silver coins) could easily become the currency of choice. The coins look like the money we see every day but have the value of their silver content. Besides, both silver and gold have had value as "money" throughout every society in our history.

When disaster occurs, if you find yourself without the means to barter something of value, you will have to sell your labor or skill set to others or resort to scrounging or theft to survive.

So, is it foolish for me to have enough essentials stored away that your family will be well-set if (when) something catastrophic occurs? I think it's foolish not to.

So, whether you feel you already are a "prepper," or if you would like to be, or if you simply want to be prepared for anything that comes our way and you don't need a label for yourself, get started today.

The noted philosopher Winnie the Pooh once said, "Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."



Four steps

As my friend Thomas Miller once wrote, "'The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan of Financial Self-Defense,' a book that was written in 1980 by John Pugsley, outlines how the economy really works and provides an investing strategy that could be a very viable solution for the prepper as well ... it is also an ideal way to accumulate the beans, bullets, and bandages that are paramount to being prepared for an uncertain future.

"It is also conceivable that if there were to be a disaster (regardless of whether it is natural or man-made) that the traditional system of three classes; the upper, middle, and lower, could easily become a two-class system of the haves and have-nots. If this were to become the case, having invested in physical holding that will support survival will turn you into the wealthy for all intents and purposes.

"The Alpha Strategy breaks investments down into four levels. This is the real takeaway for the prepper.

  • Level one is investment in production which is essentially education, a second trade, and tools with which to produce (emphasis can be placed on skills that are especially useful in a post-collapse society).
  • Level two is to save consumables such as items to maintain your home or shelter, foods, beverages, first aid supplies, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, clothing, etc.
  • The third level of The Alpha Strategy is to save real money, this includes manufactured goods for the purpose of resale or barter, raw commodities, and precious metals.
  • The fourth and final level is to protect against theft."

I will reiterate that I always consider it prudent to grow at least some of your own food if you can and to store food and water for emergencies. We even set up a website so you can purchase food and water purification at a discount. Everyone should have at the barest minimum of three days of food and water on hand. But even better is at least three weeks of food and water and other essentials at your disposal at all times. More is better.

Gold American Eagles, Canadian Maple Leafs, African Krugerrands and Australian Kangaroos, because they are stamped in English with their weight and gold content clearly marked, are the preferred forms of gold.

Purchase a gun if you can before it's too late. Once you have one, become familiar with its use. Get trained and practice.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston

 

SIDEBAR:



Many take advantage of the natural bounty that summer has to offer and try their hands at forging and learning to trap outdoors. While fishing and snare traps for small game are popular, there are a few other food sources to consider.
 While many would turn their nose up to these 7 survival food sources, in a dire emergency, where there is no food, you have to take it where you can get it. 

 READ MORE: Live-Off-The-Land with These 7 Summer Survival Foods


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How to Make a Solar Still: The Ultimate Purification Device

A simple, non-high-tech water purifier can be a life saver in emergency situations at places where there is no means to access potable water.

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I spend more time watching Youtube than regular television. There wasn't much quality content on Youtube at first, but over the past few years some very experienced preppers have started some fantastic channels.

Since a lot of people I talk to aren't aware of this, I decided to compile a list of the 100 best prepper and survivalist Youtube channels (in my opinion). It would take days, maybe even weeks to check all these out, so I encourage you to bookmark this page.

I could have included over 100, but I decided to exclude channels that haven't been adding new videos lately (as of this writing). That means I had to leave out great channels such as Analytical Survival, P.A.W. Productions, and The Survival Doctor, to name a few. But if I had included every good survival channel the list would have been ridiculously long...

100 Best Prepper and Survivalist Youtube Channels

 



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Monday, June 21, 2021

Pentagon Report 180 Days - Deny, Rinse, Repeat

 

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The Pentagon Report 180 Days - Deny, Rinse, Repeat

 

Absolutely explosive! Will the Pentagon finally tell us something new about UFOs? It doesn't look that way. In fact, it seems to be a reworking of 70 year old denials. Join Ron James and an all-star lineup in the most important 15 minute video you'll ever watch on the subject. We are watching history repeat itself. Again. 

Ron James lays it out with the help of exclusive video...

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New Footage: UFOs swarm Navy Vessel

 

Allegedly, this video was filmed in the combat information center of the USS Omaha on July 15, 2019.

It's kinda clear but I wish they'd use higher quality film for these encounters!! What do you think?

New Footage: UFOs swarm Navy Vessel

 

Jim Marrs explains how aliens are not only visiting out planet now, but have done so throughout Earth's history (our history). He also educates viewers concerning alien influence on mankind, beginning from ancient Sumaria, right up to today. If you ever doubted whether, or not, the aliens exist, Jim Marrs meticulous research, as presented here, will make a believer out of you.

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1.     Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence ...

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Nov 10, 2020 · This is a new book lay out and corrected the older errors in scanning. Author and award-winning Journalist Jim Marrs has uncovered compelling new evidence regarding extraterrestrials-that alien life forms have not only visited our planet in the past, but are among us right now.

 

Note:  Marrs passed away in 2017

 


UFOs Have Put US Nuclear Sites Offline: Former Agency Head

 

Rep. Tim Burchett to Newsmax: UFOs Are 'Undeniable'

 

UFO Filmmaker Corbell to Newsmax: Pentagon Will Reveal 'Uncomfortable Truths'

 

Regardless Of What The Media Says The UFO Sightings By Military Pilots Are Not Of This World

Posted: 17 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT

 Media Converges On The Narrative That UFOs May Be Russian/Chinese ThreatAs many readers know I have had my own up close and personal UFO sighting. It was the driving factor that led me to create educatinghumanity.com It was not a distant light in the sky of some unknown origin. It was a triangular craft moving silently at the ultra-low speed of maybe 15-20 mph several hundred feet off the ground.






UFOs could threaten U.S. security, pols say after Capitol Hill...

Capitol Hill lawmakers said Wednesday that UFOs could pose a threat to America's security, as they emerged from a briefing with Navy and FBI officials.

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Crystal's Imagination Talk Show Episode 6: Crop Circles and UAPs with special guest Jason Charbonneau creator of

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 NOTE:  I made a nice book find this week. A copy ROBOTS Spaceships & Other Tin Toys from Taschen-great collection from Japan.


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The USPS continued to deliver mail on Saturday despite it being a brand new Federal Holiday, citing the short notice (2 days). June 19th is now a Federal Holiday - Juneteenth National Independence Day, which commemorates Emancipation…failed to honor the 600K Union soldiers who died to free slaves…

"Save the Post Office" pointed out, however, "On the same day USPS says it can't cease operations for Juneteenth because customers are relying on it to deliver essential services, it proposes slowing down First Class Mail parcels, which often contain pharmaceuticals," and pointed to the filing on the Postal Regulatory Commission website.

 

When you think about disaster preparedness, keep in mind that a lot of cheap stuff we take for granted will be extremely valuable after SHTF. This is the stuff you want to stock up on now. Not only will you need it for yourself and your family, but you may also need it for bartering.

 Here are just 50 examples of cheap items you'll want to stock up on while they're still available. I'm sure there are plenty more, so if you think of any, be sure to leave a comment below. Now on to the list...

 50 Dirt-Cheap Items That Will Be Priceless After The Collapse

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