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Nothing Is Stable Anymore

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The world is becoming a very unstable place, and the pace at which things are changing all around us has become absolutely mind-numbing.  In fact, change has become one of the only constants in today’s world.  Once upon a time, people in the United States could actually make 20 or 30 year plans and feel confident about achieving them.  But now, nothing is stable anymore.  The financial crisis showed us that some of the biggest corporations on the globe can collapse in a single day.  The events of the past few weeks have shown us that entire governments can be brought down in a single week.  We live in a world where there are now very few “guarantees” that you can count on.  One of the only things that is guaranteed is that technology and information will continue to grow at exponential speeds.  This year, the total amount of information produced on electronic devices around the globe is projected to be more than a zettabyte.  A zettabyte is equivalent to one sextillion bytes.  In other words, imagine a one with more than 21 zeroes following it.

Many of the things that we take for granted today didn’t even exist a few short years ago.  Facebook has only been with us since 2004.  YouTube has only been with us since 2005.  Can you imagine a world where those two websites did not exist?

We live in a world of information overload.  Once upon a time it would have been possible to go to sleep for a decade and wake up and everything would still be pretty much the same.  But today if you were to do that you would be in for a case of severe culture shock.

Do you remember when you could buy a set of encyclopedias and the information in them would still be good a decade or two later?

Well, things do not work that way anymore.

In fact, most of the articles on this website will be obsolete a month from now.

In today’s world, you really have to think twice before you say that something is “not possible”.

A few months ago, it was absolutely inconceivable that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would declare to the world that he has “spent enough time serving Egypt“.

Yet here we are.

One week the government of Tunisia seemed perfectly stable and the next week it was toppled.

Do any of you out there still think that you can make realistic “plans for the future” in today’s world?

Once upon a time in America, many of us were taught that if we worked really hard in school we could get a great job with a great company.  We were promised that if we were faithful to that company for 30 or 40 years that we would be treated fairly and given a good pension.

Well, in today’s world you might as well crumple up that plan and throw it into the wastebasket.

There is no such thing as a stable job anymore.  Businesses are coming into existence and going out of existence faster than ever before.  Today, one out of every four Americans workers has been with their empl0yer for less than a year.

Most Americans still don’t really understand that they are now part of a global economy.  They keep thinking that things were the way they used to be.  They keep thinking that the U.S. economy is invincible.

Well, those days are long gone.  The United States is being deindustrialized at lightning speed.  Tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities and millions of jobs have been sent overseas.  China, once a complete economic backwater, is now kicking the crap out of us on the global economic stage.

Our financial system is certainly on incredibly shaky ground.  Will any of us ever forget what happened in 2008?

Do any of us actually believe that it can’t happen again?

Our health care system is also incredibly unstable.  Today, 46 million Americans have absolutely no health insurance.  That means that 46 million Americans are just one major injury or illness away from financial ruin with no protection whatsoever.

Not that those that actually have health insurance are protected.  According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a major factor in more than 60 percent of the personal bankruptcies in the United States.  Of those bankruptcies that were caused by medical bills, approximately 75 percent of them involved individuals that did have health insurance.

So just because you have health insurance does not mean anything.  One bad accident or one really bad disease and you could be totally wiped out.

Isn’t that comforting?

But the truth is that our entire economy is on the verge of total collapse.

World famous investor Harry Schultz recently published the last issue of his legendary financial newsletter.  After 45 years, the following is how Schultz summed up the economic collapse that we are now facing….

“Roughly speaking, the mess we are in is the worst since 17th century financial collapse. Comparisons with the 1930’s are ludicrous. We’ve gone far beyond that. And, alas, the courage & political will to recognize the mess & act wisely to reverse gears, is absent in U.S. leadership, where the problems were hatched & where the rot is by far the deepest.”

David Stockman, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan was quoted by Schultz as saying the following about how desperate things are about to become….

“Get some gold, beans, water, anything that Bernanke can’t destroy. Ron Paul is right. We’re entering a global monetary conflagration. If a sell-off of U.S. bonds starts, it will be an Armageddon.”

Millions of Americans have become “preppers” in recent years as they have come to realize that our economy is headed down a very dark road.

But sadly, the reality is that the vast majority of Americans are not prepared for any kind of economic or natural disaster.  As this week has shown us, just the threat of a major snow storm can wipe out store shelves in a single day.

So what would this country look like if a major disaster fundamentally changed life in America and suddenly people were desperate for food and supplies?

It is a frightening thing to think about.

As the pace of change has accelerated dramatically, the U.S. government and other governments around the world have responded by trying to get a tighter grip on everyone and everything.

To get on an airplane in the United States today, you either have to allow a security goon to use a scanner to look over your completely exposed body, or you have to allow a security goon to feel up all of your private areas with the fronts of his or her hands.

Not only that, but the U.S. government has now deployed VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams to set up security checkpoints at bus terminals, subway stations and on major highways.

The America that so many of us once loved is rapidly disappearing.

But it is not just our man-made systems that are rapidly changing.  Something seems to be happening to the entire planet.  Flooding of biblical proportions has hit Australia, Brazil, China and Pakistan over the past 12 months.  Scorching heat caused massive crop failures all over Russia last summer.  Record-setting cold temperatures and snowfalls all over the northern hemisphere have scientists scratching their heads.  On top of everything else, mass deaths of birds and fish are suddenly being reported all over the globe.

Even the crust of the earth is becoming increasingly unstable.  Did you see that volcano go off in Japan the other day?  Over the past two years it seems like volcanoes have been suddenly erupting all over the world.

Not only that, but sinkholes have become an absolute epidemic all over the planet.  Some of these sinkholes have been so large that they have swallowed entire apartment buildings.

In addition, it seems like there is a magnitude 6 or magnitude 7 earthquake somewhere in the world almost every day now.  They have become so common that the mainstream media barely even takes notice of them anymore unless one happens near a very populated area.

None of us really knows what the world is going to look like ten years from now.  What will the “new” Facebooks and YouTubes be?  Will Ben Bernanke’s reckless money printing destroy our economy by then?  Will our U.S. dollars still be of any value ten years from now?  Will there even still be a U.S. dollar?

Will we still be able to feed most of the people in the world by 2011?  Will shortages of food, water and oil start driving people crazy?  Could some amazing energy discovery completely transform society?

Who will be the president of the United States?  Will there even be a president of the United States?  Will war have erupted in the Middle East by that point?  Will the United States be in another war by then?

The truth is that things are changing so fast that it is hard to even come up with the right questions to ask.  The world is going to change faster this year than it did last year.  In 2012 the pace of change will be even faster.

So buckle up and hold on tight because this is going to be one wild ride.

For much more on how incredibly fast the pace of change is in our modern society, check out the video posted below.  It is entitled “Did You Know?” and it has been viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube….

  • William

    The current instability began on 20 Jan 2001. It will end when Americans are able to distinguish between the truth and a lie. Right now, Americans still believe the lies. Just ask Philip Zelikow and Joe Lieberman.

  • Matt

    4G technology has been around forever: God, Guns, Gold, Grub.

  • Gary2

    “Politics is about choices. The Government can choose to punish millions of people for the recession that they did not cause or it can inconvenience a few of its rich friends.”

    I say we need to choose to TAX the rich HARD and spread the wealth.

    This will help stabilize things. After reading all the recent articles on this site and Micheal’s other site :

    about all the wealth inequality and seeing people revolt in other countries I am sure most people must know I am correct.

  • David

    The entire world is in serious change. however, things will get the worst possible way you all can imagine before they get better. Many will die and the only survivors are the ones who should make the better world for the next generation to come I hope. It is human nature to destroy one another———-Terminator II judgment Day!

  • Maria

    Economic instability is the name of the game right now. It’s the only environment in which a “one world currency” can be implemented. It’s the only diversion capable of taking the world’s eyes off of the final stages of “one world government” implementation. You can rest assured, the tyrants of the world are using this crisis to it’s fullest advantage.

    This morning Claus Vogt of Money and Markets wrote, “Two weeks ago, I took on the modern central bank propaganda that wants us to believe inflation is the increase in the general level of prices of goods and services in an economy over a period of time due to positive growth.

    As I wrote in that January 19 column, that’s a blatant lie — an attempt to conceal what really causes inflation.

    Inflation is simply an increase in the money supply. And rising prices are but one of three possible symptoms of money supply growth. The second is speculative bubbles. And the third is an unstable economic structure.”

    Claus is absolutely right, and you can find the rest of his article along with other great information at

  • J.C. Freak


    And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. (Matthew 24:3-8)

    But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
    (Daniel 12:4)

    It means that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming very soon!

  • impeachRonPaul

    Republicans are pushing the middle class out and creating a corporate society for the rich only. They use religion to divide us and gain support. The religous right will assist in destroying the working class with promises of a better life after death.

  • The quote sent chills down my back, because it so succinctly summarizes the crisis we face.

    “Roughly speaking, the mess we are in is the worst since 17th century financial collapse. Comparisons with the 1930’s are ludicrous. We’ve gone far beyond that. And, alas, the courage & political will to recognize the mess & act wisely to reverse gears, is absent in U.S. leadership, where the problems were hatched & where the rot is by far the deepest.”

    We have hurtled off the cliff, and are falling fast–and our current Administration says, “Keep your foot on the accelerator” I’m one of the millions you mentioned who are prepared–as a matter of fact, many out here in Utah are prepared because it is a matter of church policy. (BTW, I am not LDS, but they sure have the right idea about being prepared for the worst.} Enjoy your articles, keep on hammering.


  • mondobeyondo

    And it’s becoming more unstable by the day. It appears that the situation in Egypt is devolving rapidly. Sadly, I was afraid that would happen. No more lovey-dovey talk about how peaceful the crowd in Egypt is…

    But yeah, changes have occured so rapidly in recent years, that it’s nearly impossible to keep up. Google didn’t exist 10 years ago. Now the word is a verb. Just Google it.

    Flash back to Feb. 2, 1991. A US-led coalition was invading Kuwait and Iraq. You called your family and friends on a cell phone the size of a brick. A college education was much cheaper. Everything was much cheaper. Incredibly, there was no Internet as we know it today. A “website”? What is that, Spider-Man’s hotel? The changes in technology and society between then and now, are so great it will make your head spin.

    Is Encyclopedia Brittanica still around? Haven’t heard much about them lately. I suspect Wikipedia threw them under the bus. And who sends bills by mail anymore? What is a “pen pal”? Newspapers are going under – many people get their news online now. My first job was as a paper boy, tossing newspapers from my bike in the early morning hours back in 1980. (Yes, the typical iconic middle class American image.) Unfortunately, paper boys are pretty much extinct now.

    What does the future hold? Weeelll… there will be a lot of unemployed fortune tellers. But I still long for the “good old days”, and I’m not even 50!

  • Chatauqua

    Had the most brilliant solution to the above problems, which would have simultaneouly protected the Earth from all these sun-cycle instigated changes, as well as stop cold the imposition of the NWO fascist state being unveiled to capitalize on it. However, I forgot it all after this Reply form totally wiped it out due to a blank email field, which is not indicated to be “required”.

    Oh, well, in about 11,000 years there will be another civilization that may develop enough intelligence for website reply forms to retain data.

  • Andy

    That video was astounding.

  • Mr Carpenter

    The only entirely stable “thing” available to humanity is Jesus Christ.

    He is our only hope.

    We’re here on earth to forge a loving relationship with fellow human beings and with He, our creator; all the rest is just window dressing.

    All the rest. Just window dressing.

  • DownWithLibs

    I love this blog. You manage to take all of these interesting bits (as things are unfolding quickly and it can be hard to keep up!) and form them into cohesive articles that can be read and digested easily over the course of a day. Thanks…and keep it up!

    I have been saying since high school that it seems like from the the first day of man to the early 1900’s all was the same and the biggest invention continued to be the wheel. Then, all of the sudden, someone punched the peddle to the floor and technology exploded. You said it right. Most of technology becomes obsolete within weeks! And it doesn’t help that we are WAY too dependent on these “systems”. At work, if I simply want to write a check, I have to go through this entire complicated computer procedure. I think it is safe to say that we have completely screwed ourselves by creating a system where you have to use the latest and greatest technology or your company will go the way of the dodo bird. Now imagine an EMP, terrorist attack on a power grid or such and there is no electricity. No computers. No water. No heat. No life support in hospitals. No fuel can be pumped at service staions (so no farm equip. to harvest foods, no factories to process it to sell, and no trucks to deliver it to the people). No sanitation at all. We will only have ourselves to blame.

  • Ouida Gabriel

    You are right Sir. Nothing is stable anymore.

    “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;” Yeats

  • Stray Cat

    Read the 24th chapter of Matthew in the Bible, verses 4-14. And pay close attention to who is speaking.
    These things are no surprise. Get right with GOD or all the prepping in the world won’t help you.

  • James

    The Bible spoke of these things happening in the latter days. Read Daniel and Revelations, it is all there. The New Testament has the whole story of our present day events.

  • Rod

    Information overload is right !
    I just see so much every day it’s virtually impossible to manage all the information. All one can do is to understand root causes and consequences and skip the incidentals and dross.
    The technological age will be mankind’s undoing – how mnay people are genuinely self sufficient for power, food & water (and without fear of government control or acquisition of those)?
    How many people know how to grow food, how to preserve it, how many possess the “old time” skills that our self-sufficient grandparents had ?
    The answer – very very few.
    Man is almost totally dependant on technology and the modern economic structures to survive – remove them (or have them collapse) and man dies.The laws of nature affect man too !
    Take one massive solar storm and watch what happens when people have no power/food/water for months on end.
    Take a massive cyclone and watch economies and food production be destroyed in a day and global food prices skyrocket (as is happening worldwide).
    The worldwide crazy weather is here to stay so things WILL get worse and won’t be stopping for a l-o-n-g time(decades). Peak oil IS here right now – it’s why Egypt is going under – their oil exports are down 25% so their economy sinks, subsidies plummet, so they riot for what it’s worth…
    Learn the old time skills NOW people – we are already past the economic and environmental tipping points. Game over time.

  • PC

    MySpace isn’t even important anymore. FaceBook is.

  • Buckle your seat belts… it’s going to be a wild ride.

    To add to what David Stockman said “Get some gold, beans, water, anything that Bernanke can’t destroy.”

    Get Jesus because He’s your only hope.

    And buy silver because it’s your best hedge against inflation, it’s extremely undervalued, and it’s real money that you can use to pay for goods in the future.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    All this will come crashing down, the slow grind to the bottom has already started. Someday in the not to distant future some poor farmer will be plowing his field in sight of some abandoned city, He’ll remember the I pods, and wonders of his youth and ponder what went wrong.–How_Civilizations_Fall

  • Davidm

    So you would support taking all the money from the rich?
    What would be a reason to try and get rich if was only going to be confiscated?
    There would be zero invention and innovation!

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  • Faux Gary

    Gary2 makes more money than I do; therefore he is rich. I say I should be allowed to take a large portion of his wealth for my own benefit. If he won’t yield it, I should be allowed to take it by force or severely penalize him until he loses everything. He’s obviously an arrogant elitist (compared to me) because he has more. Who cares if he earned it? I want it, and that’s all that matters.

    • theleftmurderslife

      Socialism…the shared misery of all while the liberal/leftist elites get to rocknroll!

  • With help from the global elite, politicians can count on stable employment. The global elite need corrupt politicians to help implement their plans.

    With help from the AMA, FDA, and drug companies, doctors can count on stable employment and high incomes from the US health (disease) care system. The AMA maintains the shortage of doctors. The FDA is making nutritional supplements and home gardens illegal. The drug companies keep Americans properly diseased.

    With help from politicians (law makers), lawyers can count on stable employment and high incomes.

    With help from the democratic and republican parties, voters can count on continued corruption and incompetence from government.

    Corporate executives and politicians are using China to kick the crap out of the US middle class. Remember that we gave China our best technology and taught them everything they know about manufacturing.

    Globalization destroyed the US economy long before Ben Bernanke got in the drivers seat. In addition, our financial system has become less stable and easier to manipulate since the destruction of wealth creating industries in the US.

    The sell-off in municipal bonds has already started. The day of reckoning is here now.

  • mondobeyondo

    The world in general has never been a truly stable or secure place. Back in the olden days, that is, before 1967, life was so much simpler. There was a lot less to stress about. But even back then, there were diseases such as the Black Death, cholera outbreaks, wars, revolutions, candle light, etc. You didn’t worry about changing the oil, but whether you had enough hay to feed your horse.

    The difference between then and now, is that things have accelerated exponentially. It’s now at warp speed, and getting faster. Fine for today’s teens – they grew up under this paradigm. Home computers existed 7 or 8 years before they were even born, so it’s no big deal for them. Those of us who came of age 40 or 50 years ago, can’t keep up. It’s all so overwhelming.

  • Doomsday scenarios rarely ever come true. I think this will iron out, but houses are not going to get really cheap any time soon if at all, and currency war still boiling, plus the riots in Egypt which has an indirect effect to all and natural calamities all over the world…

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  • Homer

    The underlying tone here is, “what is going to happen next”. ICELANDIC VOLCANO’s. Sound Strange? Remember the one back in April 2010 that shut down airtraffic for ~ 1 month and there were lots of travelors stranded in No. Europe? That was Eyja….. Well then, that was just the start. Read up on Katla, Hekla and Baradarbunga. They are all showing signs of coming awake. Hekla just in the las week is showing signs it could erupt at anytime. It is fully inflated and having tremors. It is a giant volcano whose ash could wreak havoc on air traffice and crops. But it is far less threatening that Katla. Katla’s eruption could shut down air traffic for over 1 year and cause world wide crop damage and thousands if not millions of deaths. But thats only the start. Just a few days ago Bardarbunga had been having a worrisome quake swarm. Bardarbunga is a monster. One of the worlds largest and could wipe out 25% or more of Iceland and cause a catastrophic world wide food crisis and massive deaths and disrupt airtraffic throught eurasia for years. Katla could do this too. Read up on Katla and Bardarbunga. Google it. Recently, the president of Iceland warned the world about Katla. See

    Next on your list to read should be the wikipedia article on Laki which erupted in 1783. It is estimated that 6 MILLION PEOPLE DIED from that eruption either from famine or poisenous gases. Katla is very similiar to Laki, but some fear it is worse. Get the picture now? Stock up on food and provisions and get ready for the the next Icelandic eruption as Eyja was only a dress rehearsal.

  • Gary2

    Here is one thing that will always be stable: My desire to tax the rich and spread the wealth!

    • theleftmurderslife

      You are a theif and a lowlife who wants to steal the effort and risk taking profits of hard working people because you are an ugly loser who likes to live like a baby with a nannytit. Man up and and grow a pair and earn your keep. You fricken worm .

  • Killer Icelandic Volcanoes?


    I can’t wait.

  • The Video:

    “So what does it all mean?”

    It means SQUAT. Who cares how many people now have cellphones, or how many people are on Facebook. Yeah, aren’t we wonderful, and ever-changing. What a crock!

    Gee, weren’t we supposed to already have a colony on The Moon, along with a REAL space station (not an improved version of Mir)? “His and Her’s” flying cars? All the stuff they said we were going to have back in the 1950’s?

    The problem is that there are these two little things called REALITY and NATURE, as in Peak oil, climate change, and a failed economic model (a “500-year Ponzi scheme, to quote Charles Eisenstein).

    Yayee!! We can talk to each other with our little texting devices. It’s going to suck when there’s no more oil to make your cute little cell phone, or water to drink, for that matter. Or, someone sticks this little thing in your face, that hasn’t changed much in a century,..called,.. a gun, and takes your little cell phone.

    As I heard at my Peak Oil group’s meeting last night:

    “Nature bats last…and the bases are loaded.

  • Ronald Mcwhorter

    Gary 2 I hope your rich boss fires you,but you probably don’t work anyway,idiots can’t find jobs.


    lucia,all the comments has no real impact for economics collapes it is result of system which is no longer workable or inadequate,it is self destruction but I told you wolrd leader is already prepared for what will be the world is going to stay calm.if you want to know what is the reliable program of next system,I AM WILLING TO GIVE THE IDEA.

  • A global internet may help people be more aware of the instabilities that were always happening globally…

  • … but there are also exponential social trends that are growing as well, like the increase of robotics and other automation, better deisgn, the accumulation of capital infrastucture, and internet-mediated voluntary social networks that are changing the fundamental nature of our economics.

    I commented on that here:
    “On the socieconomics of cheap energy”

    And elsewhere like a knol on “Beyond a Jobless Recovery”.

    It’s also true that we’ve been fortunate the last 10,000 years of so the climate has been unusually stable and mild relative to previous ice ages. I’d agree that if the USA was serious about “defense”, it would worry more about Mother Nature like regarding supervolcanos, solar flares, asteroids, climate change, and plagues — and less about ensuring a flow of oil profits.

    Through continued technological change, PV solar should widely reach “grid parity” in the next few years, so fossil fuels and oil politics and scarcity economics will rapidly be becoming obsolete pretty soon.

    Individual preparedness always makes some sense, but rather than emphasizing preparing personal extensive lifeboats based on fears of scarcity, the bigger issue globally is more how to rethink economics to work in an age of technological abundance and a declinign value of most human labor (given robotics etc.).

  • Sergiu

    Certainly some of the information in the video is outdated today. But can anyone confirm the validity of the info? Hopefully with some reliable sources, or better than that indicate the false ones and of course the source that claims it to be false.

  • So the planet Earth is unstable and unpredictable .Whats new?

  • scarlett

    gary, taxing the crap out of the rich? spreading the wealth….. that’s called stealing..

  • peak oil

    Sorry to all the murder-suicide rapture bible crew…Japan’s triple hitter proves you guys are toast along with us. Oops, the church lied to you – so sad too bad.

    Source: Over a thousand bodies wash ashore on Japan’s coast after the earthquake. No rapture, just dead.

  • friend

    This is just the beginning. Soon there will be great tribulation as has never been seen before.This world system of human government will be swept away by the Lord Jesus Christ and he will usher in the Earthly rule of his Father(Jehovah God). There is still time for honest hearted ones to make a stand on the side of God, read the Bible and pray for God to guide you to find out what you must do to be one of the Kingdom’s subjects.

  • emet

    OKAY before the “Christ is coming back” crew start spewing their religious rhetoric, may I remind you that i’m sure your ancestors felt the same way during the industrial revolution, remember that? There were so many false prophecies during that period.
    This happens to be the internet revolution. So either get with it or shut up about things that you do not comprehend!!

    • Alex

      Not that i side with the crazy Christ lovers, but it’s wrong to compare this technological revolution to the industrial one. The concerns about the industrial revolution were mainly ones of power structure, there wasn’t a threat of societal collapse; rather predictions of innovation and production which turned out to be correct.

      This doesn’t really apply in today’s age. Our currency is constantly getting weaker, our expenses are getting bigger, and most of all our production industry is dying which is why we keep needing loans on interest which end up causing us more expenses. We have gotten ourselves into a vicious cycle, and because our economy is so complex it’s also getting harder to maintain stability.

  • gammamaster

    In today’s world no step is possible without it choking off someone’s air hose…..

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