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Some Of The Really Bad Things That Could Happen If You Do Not Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse

Most people just assume that since things have always been a certain way that they will always be that way in the future.  Most people just have blind faith that the people running our government and our financial system know exactly what they are doing and that they are doing their best to take care of us.  In fact, once upon a time I was fully convinced of that.  When I was a kid I quickly realized that my elementary school teachers really didn’t have the answers, but I had total faith that those running society at the highest levels were “experts” that were looking out for our best interests.  As time went on I kept progressing in my education, and by the time I was finished with law school I came to understand that none of our “experts” really know what they are doing, and they are definitely not looking out for our best interests.  The blind are leading the blind and we all need to finally admit that the emperor is not wearing any clothes.  Unfortunately, most Americans will repeat the mantra of “if that was true I would have heard about it on the news” until it is way too late.  Most people are waiting for the “authorities” to tell them what to do instead of thinking for themselves.  Sadly, time is rapidly running out and a lot of people are going to end up getting totally blindsided by what is coming.

The man in charge of our financial system, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, is not going to save our economy.  He didn’t see the last financial crisis coming, and even after things started falling apart he continued to insist that housing prices would not go down and that we would not have a recession.

Well, it turned out that we had the worst housing crash and the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

But still millions of Americans are trusting him to save us this time around.

It isn’t going to happen.

The truth is that the design of the Federal Reserve system itself is fundamentally flawed.

The biggest reason why the U.S. government is 16 trillion dollars in debt is because the system is designed to create gigantic amounts of government debt.

Yes, without a doubt the vast majority of our politicians are corrupt and/or incompetent, but even if we replaced every single one of them our economic problems would still persist until the underlying structural problems were addressed.

Most Americans are pinning their hopes for an economic turnaround on the upcoming election, but the truth is that neither Obama or Romney has a plan that will fix things.  That statement is going to upset a lot of people on both sides of the political spectrum, but it is true.

Over the past 40 years the total amount of all debt in the United States has gone from less than 2 trillion dollars to almost 55 trillion dollars.  This bubble is going to burst no matter which political party is in power.

Obama and the Democrats have tried to kick the can down the road and extend the party by spending 5.3 trillion borrowed dollars over the past 4 years, but by doing so they have made our long-term problems far worse.

The next wave of the economic crisis is fast approaching and people need to get prepared.

So what do I mean by that?

Well, “preparation” is going to look different for each family, but there are some general principles that apply to almost everyone.

For example, during an economic collapse hard assets are preferable to paper assets.

Also, during an economic collapse necessities become much more important and luxuries become much less important.

For many more tips, please see this article.

For the moment, I want to focus on some of the really bad things that could happen to you if you choose not to prepare for the coming economic collapse….

You Could Find Yourself On The Wrong End Of A Banking Crisis

During a major financial crisis the banking world can change very rapidly.

You could wake up one day and discover that the bank holding all of your money has failed.

You could wake up one day and discover that because Ben Bernanke has printed trillions upon trillions of new dollars to “fix” the financial system your life savings have been devalued by 50 percent.

You could wake up one day and discover that your bank account has been converted over to a new currency that is worth far less than the one you thought you were holding.

Such a scenario may sound unthinkable in the United States (at least for now), but this is the kind of thing that millions of Europeans are extremely worried about right now.

Just check out what is happening in Spain….

After working six years as a senior executive for a multinational payroll-processing company in Barcelona, Spain, Mr. Vildosola is cutting his professional and financial ties with his troubled homeland. He has moved his family to a village near Cambridge, England, where he will take the reins at a small software company, and he has transferred his savings from Spanish banks to British banks.

“The macro situation in Spain is getting worse and worse,” Mr. Vildosola, 38, said last week just hours before boarding a plane to London with his wife and two small children. “There is just too much risk. Spain is going to be next after Greece, and I just don’t want to end up holding devalued pesetas.”

During the month of July alone, 94 billion dollars was pulled out of the Spanish banking system.

So that means that the equivalent of 7 percent of Spain’s GDP was withdrawn from Spanish banks during July.

That is a full-blown bank run, and Spain’s problems are just getting started.

Eventually these kinds of problems will show up in the United States as well.

You Could End Up Losing All Of Your Investments

But at least U.S. bank accounts are federally insured (for whatever that is worth).

When it comes to investments, you better be very sure that the firms you have your money with are not going to collapse on you.

For example, many of you have already heard about how Gerald Celente had losses in the six figure range when MF Global went bankrupt.  He has been warning about the coming economic collapse for years and he still got victimized.  The following is what he told one interviewer about what he learned from this incident….

What’s the take away from this?  It’s to make sure you have every penny in your pocket.  Because just like MF (Global), screwed everybody else. Your also gonna get the shaft, I don’t care who it is.  What’s gonna happen when you get a message from your brokerage, from Fidelity or somebody… yeah infidelity.  Or how about Raymond James, I don’t care who they are!  You have ETFs?  Oh, there’s a little error over here, we don’t have your money.  We don’t have your positions.
I went to a meeting… and the speaker said ETFs of GLD are supposed to be held by HSBC in a vault in Hong Kong or England some place, and HSBC, this guy said, is the biggest shorter of gold.  Well you figure it out!  They are the ones that are holding it and they’re shorting it?  So the takeaway is to make sure you have every penny in your possession.

If the funds that you are relying on for your financial future are being held by a brokerage or by an insurance company the truth is that you could potentially lose every single penny during the coming collapse.

The financial institution that you are depending on could suddenly go “poof” and your money could be gone just like that.

Recent legal rulings have made brokerage accounts much more vulnerable.  Jim Willie explained why this is true in a recent article….

The critical jump might occur in account thefts from futures brokerage to stock brokerage, which began in November 2011 with MFGlobal, then appeared in July with Peregrine Financial Group (PFG-Best). All private accounts from MFG and PFG have been pilfered, with a blessing of the theft by the courts, seen in the Sentinel Mgmt Group ruling. The federal Appellate court’s August ruling (CLICK HERE) sets precedent for future private segregated account thefts, which were once considered sacred and untouchable. No more in the United States, not in the unfolding of criminality that stretches from USGovt offices to top corporate offices, with blessings sprinkled by the courts. The jump would be a major extension of the Fascist Business Model that nobody talks about. The major financial firms can rely upon this appellate court ruling as precedent, so as to protect their legal right to re-hypothecate client funds in their high risk leveraged positions and loans. It sure would be nice to use my neighbor’s house and car to firm up my casino weekends. Stay tuned to the ongoing Morgan Stanley implosion, which could force the vanishing act of 50 to  100 thousand private stock accounts. The firm is the largest stock brokerage firm in the land. The dreadful impact will be nasty and might awaken the US masses. MFGlobal and PFG-Best surely did not.

Your financial advisers will swear up and down that your investments are safe.

But look at what happened to the clients of MF Global and PFG-Best.

Their investments disappeared like dust in the wind.

This isn’t meant to scare you.  It is just important that you understand that the landscape has totally changed.

You Could Lose Your House

During the last recession, millions of Americans lost their homes.

Some of them had poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into their homes and they lost it all.

Why did this happen?

Well, the number one reason is because so many American families are living on the edge.  They purchased homes that they could not afford and they just kept living paycheck to paycheck as if nothing bad would ever happen.

But when many of those people lost their jobs, suddenly they could not make their mortgage payments and they lost their homes as well.

Sadly, we appear not to have learned much.

Today, 77 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time.

You Could Lose Access To Electricity

Why don’t more Americans have a backup source of power?

Most Americans are totally dependent on the grid, and that works well until the grid goes down.

Just look at what is happening down in Louisiana.  The hurricane that just roared through was not even that strong, and yet more than 100,000 people are still without power.

The following is from a recent Huffington Post article….

Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.

Most of those were in Louisiana, where utilities reported more than 100,000 people without power. Thousands also were without power in Mississippi and Arkansas.

So what would you do if there was a major national crisis of some sort and the grid went down for an extended period of time during the winter?

When Thieves Get Desperate They Will Steal Just About Anything

Over and over it has been proven that when people cannot feed their families they will steal to get what they need.

When things hit the fan here in the United States, we will see widespread looting and robbing.  In fact, we are already seeing it happen in Europe.  Just check out what is happening in Spain right now….

Unemployed fieldworkers and other members of the union went to two supermarkets, one in Ecija (Sevilla) and one in Arcos de la Frontera (Cadiz) and loaded up trolleys with basic necessities. They said that the people were being expropriated and they planned to “expropriate the expropriators”.

The foodstuffs, including milk, sugar, chickpeas, pasta and rice, have been given to charities to distribute, who say they are unable to cope with all the requests for help they receive. Unemployment in the Sierra de Cadiz is now 40%.

And already crime is rising in many areas of the United States.  In some communities thieves are stealing just about anything that is not bolted down.

Just recently, 49 cows that were stolen from a farm in Massachusetts were discovered at an auction in Pennsylvania.

Who would be desperate enough to steal cows?

In other areas of the country thieves are stealing air conditioning units from churches and they are stripping copper wiring out of city street lights.

Are you prepared to defend your property when desperate thieves come knocking?

Shortages Can Happen

During an economic collapse shortages can happen very rapidly.  Thanks to the popularity of the “just in time inventory” philosophy, most stores do not have much stuff sitting around in their back rooms.  When things go bad, you may not be able to get the things that you need.

Just look at what is happening in Greece.  Right now, medicine shortages have become a major problem.  The following is from a recent Bloomberg article….

Mina Mavrou, who runs a pharmacy in a middle-class Athens suburb, spends hours each day pleading with drugmakers, wholesalers and colleagues to hunt down medicines for clients. Life-saving drugs such as Sanofi (SAN)’s blood-thinner Clexane and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK)’s asthma inhaler Flixotide often appear as lines of crimson data on pharmacists’ computer screens, meaning the products aren’t in stock or that pharmacists can’t order as many units as they need.

“When we see red, we want to cry,” Mavrou said. “The situation is worsening day by day.”

The 12,000 pharmacies that dot almost every street corner in Greek cities are the damaged capillaries of a complex system for getting treatment to patients. The Panhellenic Association of Pharmacists reports shortages of almost half the country’s 500 most-used medicines. Even when drugs are available, pharmacists often must foot the bill up front, or patients simply do without.

You Could End Up Dependent On The Government

Don’t think that it can’t happen.

Today, 46.7 million Americans are on food stamps and more than half of all Americans are at least partially financially dependent on the U.S. government.

That may be hard to believe, but it is actually true.

During the month of June, the number of Americans added to the food stamp rolls was three times greater than the number of jobs added to the economy.

What a great “recovery”, eh?

If you do not work very hard to prepare for what is ahead right now, you could also end up dependent on the government.

You Could Lose Your Life

Whenever there is a major economic crisis there is a spike in suicides.

And these days Americans are more wrapped up in materialism than ever before.  When the coming crisis strikes there are going to be millions upon millions of extremely depressed people.

Suicide is about the most stupid thing that you can possibly do, but when people lose all hope of things turning around a lot of them are going to take their own lives.

It is foolish beyond belief, but a lot of people are going to make that choice.  We are already seeing a significant spike in suicides over in Europe due to the economy.  The following is from a recent CNBC article….

A growing number of global and European health bodies are warning that the introduction and intensification of austerity measures has led to a sharp rise in mental health problems with suicide rates, alcohol abuse and requests for anti-depressants increasing as people struggle with the psychological cost of living through a European-wide recession.

“No one should be surprised that factors such as unemployment, debt and relationship breakdowns can cause bouts of mental illness and may push people who are already vulnerable to take their own lives,” Richard Colwill, of the British mental health charity Sane, told CNBC.

“There does appear to be a connection between unemployment rates and suicide for example,” he said, referring to a recent study in the British Medical Journal that stated that more than 1,000 people in the U.K. may have killed themselves because of the impacts of the recession. “This research reflects other work showing similar rises in suicides across Europe.”

This is why I stress that preparation is not just about physical things like money and food.

We all need to get mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared for what is ahead.

If we understand what is happening and we come up with a plan to go through it, we will be in far, far better position to endure the coming crisis than people that are totally blindsided by it.

A recent article on shtfplan.com entitled “How Horrific Will It Be For The Non-Prepper” explored some of these ideas more fully.  I encourage people to go check it out.

For the moment, most people will just go on with their lives as if nothing is wrong because times are still quite good.

But time is running out.  In fact, we might not have much time left at all before the next major downturn.

A recent CNBC article entitled “It’s Coming: One Pro Sees Big Stock Selloff in 10 Days” detailed how some analysts are warning of a major stock market decline later this month….

An equity strategist for Goldman Sachs is predicting a September selloff that happens so rapidly he is telling clients to protect themselves before Sept. 14.

The reason: Market disappointment over key meetings of the European Central Bank and Federal Reserve—all within the next 10 days.

September may turn out to be a bad month for stocks or it might end up being just fine.

But one thing is for sure.

Time is running out.

Are you ready?

  • http://survivebeyondearth.blogspot.com Jason Reinhardt

    Mike:

    You hit many of the critical points to keep in mind, whether we see an economic collapse in the near future or not. NOW is the time to prepare.

    I also like your emphasis on survival preparation on all levels – SPIRITUAL, mental/emotional, and physical. SPIRITUAL being the most critical, followed by the latter two.

    I enjoy your posts as always!

    Regards,

    Jason

    • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

      Stop being SO NICE! See Ann BARNHARDT videos for details!
      NICE WILL GET YOU AND YOUR FAMILY KILLED!

  • Skip

    plant lots of Yucca for a great food source!

    • Gary2

      sounds yucky!

  • DieselDan

    Great, great article thank you Michael for all your hard work hopefully this will get to some people who can use it and get in gear. God bless!!

    Diesel Dan standing by in New York

    • Michael

      Diesel Dan is a very cool name.

      I never had a cool nickname like that. :(

      Michael

      • OldPhart OutIn TheDesert

        That’s because you’re a lawyer!

        As if I should talk, I’m a glorified accountant.

      • Gabriel

        Your name is Michael, thats awesomeness enough. It’s like the archangel that defeated Lucifer.

  • Bill

    Michael,

    Great article and use of current facts. Time is very short. Please convey your thoughts on the use of the military, both foreign and domestic. I feel that if the military becomes involved America will be instant trash. Sure hope Ron has some good news for Jay in a couple hours.

    • Bill

      Just found this from a posted article at beforeitsnews.com:”Cokedale Colorado is a small town 8 miles west of Trinidad Colorado. Population 132 with about 50 houses. 5 military flat beds are parked there, having brought in 3-4 dozers, 2-3 graders, a couple of front end loaders, 6-8 dump trucks, a bobcat, a handful of hum v’s, and a tanker truck, probably for fuel. They arrived about 7-14 days ago.”

      Are articles like this accurate? There seem to be many more these days.The article also showed a picture of a bunker being installed. Is this America?

      • John W.

        Most likely there for the fires.

    • Gabriel

      I can do that, create a world army.Convert them from transporting bullets to transporting food.

  • dmitry

    Michael:

    I’ve been refreshed again with this article.I hope more people will wake up.

    Thank you and more power.

    • Michael

      That is encouraging to hear.

      Thank you.

      Michael

  • Prepared Pastor

    Today my Silver Eagles are selling for twice what I paid for them in 2010 when I reached the final level of preparedness. Redundant systems are essential in preparedness. For example we have:
    Rainwater collection system if the spring goes dry.
    Wood heat and cook stove if the propane runs out.
    Solar, wind, and a gas generators to charge the battery bank.
    Kerosine lanterns in case the 12 volt LED lighting malfunctions.
    Food storage measured by the ton and heirloom seeds for later.
    Livestock for when wild game is scarce and hundreds of canning jars set aside for an immediate kill while it’s still plentiful.
    Fuel storage in case the Jeep is out of fuel.
    An old manually aspirated diesel bug out vehicle in case of EMP.
    A dual-sport motorcycle for when the road are closed and we have to use the trail system.

    I am mentally prepared having taught wilderness survival for years and already being a spiritual leader. Yet, I have blood on my hands and am ready, willing, and able defend my family.

    Be ready to drop off the planet for a few years when the Winter cycle of the Kondratiev wave arrives, but also try to preserve some wealth to rebuild when Spring returns. Our retreat community will band together for the defense and education of our children. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

    • Eisenkreutz

      Bravo. A fine job of prepping. I just got my amateur radio license and some communications equipment.

      • Prepared Pastor

        Thanks. We have FRS/GMRS radio, and mobile and base station CB radios with SSB, but will only use them sporadically in case of emergency. We have a shortwave for listening, but no HAM licenses. We did find several HAMs within a few miles of our retreat at http://www.arrl.org/fcc/search which we will connect with if we need to send outgoing transmissions.

    • 4th Strand

      Is your retreat community looking to expand? I am in the market for my next property and would like to network with like-minded individuals. Currently located in MN. I can reply with my email if you’d like to continue this discussion privately. :)

      • Prepared Pastor

        Sorry. Sold out. Most of the homes in the holler have been in the same family for generations. I got lucky because a guy who inherited the land was forced to sell it as part of his divorce. It is surrounded by mountains with only one road in that can be controlled at a bridge. Of course, we have trails that can get us out by dirt bike if necessary.

    • jayjay

      All this and no wind-up clock?? Just kidding.

      • Prepared Pastor

        I’ve had the same battery operated alarm clock with snooze alarm for a decade. It also doubles as a flashlight and uses one AA battery which I recharge every few years.

    • TooLittleTooLate

      Wow, you’re pretty prepared.

      After moving to the country, I realized just how much we depend on the, “system”.

      I’ve got a few things but, keeping things up on a farm takes a lot of fuel…. both diesel and gasoline…. I can go through 20ga of gasoline very quickly and 10ga of diesel only fills up the tractor once….

      I have some things put up for food and I have a pond and a creek that supply plenty of water for my family and plenty of security in a somewhat remote place outside the metroplex but, I’d not call myself close to prepared.

      I’m NOT one of those that secretly hope for a collapse of any sort but, I can’t sit and watch what is going on around me and do nothing to prepare for what may happen because of it.

      As I write this, Spain is about to ask for a full bailout as the Spanish banking system has a full blown run happening at this moment…. Here’s the article: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/spain-beginning-end-arrives-bank-spain-starts-using-ela

      • Prepared Pastor

        I don’t even try to farm. I only have an orchard and forest garden with perennials like berry bushes, asparagus, and garlic and a kitchen garden.

        I believe farms will be targets if people get hungry as they were in Zimbabwe and South Africa so I traded seclusion for tillable acres. If things really do get as bad as this article suggests, there will be plenty of burned out farms available after the population equalizes. My seed bank, rotor tiller and PRI-G fuel stabilized fuel will be waiting. In the long term I hope to convert a tractor to wood-gas so am collecting parts for that.

        My hope is that my children will have a good laugh one day when they inherit the place Dad used to disappear to once a month to remember the years he worked in the wilderness.

        • TooLittleTooLate

          You may be right. At my place there are like minded neighbors and only one way in or out soI will have to hope for the best. Your preps are quite impressive though!!!

        • TooLittleTooLate

          I guess the good news is that I’ve met all my neighbors and they’re all 2nd amendment fans…. they all have a feeling of what is about to happen and, we’ve all had the discussion that starts like, “you know we may all have to depend on each other one day”.

          We’re on a street in the middle of nothing but farmland about 7mi out in the middle of nowhere from a small town outside a metroplex about 60mi out of the larger town.

          Unless you know where we are, you’re not going to find us…. I have no illusions, however.

          If some group/gang of folks came to burn out my farm ( or my neighbor’s ), they’d be met with very strong resistance…. ( I’m not going to list my toys or my neighbors either ) but, there’s one way in and one out.

          I’ll have to depend on that…. at this point there’s not much other choice.

          If I have time, I’m going to see about setting up the tractor with a gasifier (sp?) and pto driven generator and battery bank asap but, I haven’t researched that yet. I still need the tractor to finish bedding and planting the fall garden.

          For me, I’ve got plenty of wood and solar/wind may be prohibitive when a tractor burning wood may be the way to go with a good 15k watt generator….. batteries are expensive though… esp. the good ones… 250ah ones I’d want for a bank.

  • jsmith

    Does this mean that gold is going up to $25,000.00 and silver to $1,000.00 per ounce Michael?

    • Michael

      LOL

      Wouldn’t that be nice?

      Michael

      • Syrin

        I know this is just a light hearted comment, but if you think this out, it would be awful, and I OWN a gold mining company in the Yukon so it would be great news for news for me personally (yes, I saw Obamugabe’s “Hunger Games” ending and decided owning a gold mine in a foreign country would be a good idea). IF gold and silver go that high then that means the US dollar has completely collapsed as will have society along with it. Perhaps you could find someone to buy your metals in China or some other nation, but no one here would be able to give you little more than Monopoly money for it. At that point, we would be trading, LITERALLY, in sugar, alcohol, cans of food, cigarettes, bullets etc. Seriously, stockpile some of the previously mentioned items as means of barter because we may just get there sooner than later. Even better, gather your stuff and move some place with better economic sense (meaning FAR FAR fewer liberals whose Keynesian welfare states are decimating nation after nation) and wait it out. ANY place would be better than here when things go bad as we are armed, uneducated, have abandoned our moral fiber (thanks again libs), and have self entitled welfare dependent pop’l with a gov’t ENCOURAGING more to get on the gov’t toll no matter what country they are from (again, thanks libs).

      • John W.

        Only if you already own a bunch.

      • OldPhart OutIn TheDesert

        No! It wouldn’t! Really!

        Price of metal is based on dollars. For prices in thousands it means that the currency is useless and we are in full-fledged third world nation status.

        During the early times of that status will be the height of hoards of hungry, desperate, nothing-left-to-lose people who will have pure survival motivation to kill you simply for your shoes, before they even know what size they are.

        They will pour out of the cities and spread outwards in waves of desperation. Your supplies of food and ammo will be depleted by defending against them.

        And the kicker is that the worst of the lot will be the most hardened killers that survived the initial onslaught within the cities and they will come last after every resource has been consumed that they could lay their hands on.

        Most of us don’t realize just how far people can walk when they have nowhere to go. People have walked across this entire nation just to see what was out there or to find a place. We’ll see the same thing, over and over and over. Each time getting increasingly more violent.

        Most of us don’t realize that a lot of them will still have vehicles, and will find fuel along the way from the cars of prior victims of accidents and violence. They will be extremely mobile.

        Our least concern will be the individual band of travelers. Our greatest concern will be the focused, unified gang that has been para-militarized by drugs or government. Yes, those gangs could wind up being a lot of really angry fire and police men.

        I live in Roy Roger’s town about 80 miles from LA. I have no doubt that this place would be overrun within a week of a meltdown. My backpedal plan is to get my, uh, butt out to my Dad’s place about 20 miles further out. It’s off the beaten path, and most are going to be headed North on the 15, or East on the 40 or 10. There’s five acres there with a well and I know the territory intimately from growing up there.

        I have no problem with firearms. But I realize that, over the last thirty years of working as an accountant that my fat-um, butt, is out of shape and in poor health. My 74 YO Dad is in way better trim than I am.

        And most of you reading this are in similar or worse condition.

        When I was in high school I used to walk home over twenty miles M-Th (no BS, no walking barefoot through snow, uphill, both ways. It’s because I was taking college classes in High School and there were no buses home. I either walked, or hitchhiked…and when no one picked me up by a certain point I made a beeline hike). Today, I might manage two miles, if a respirator and ice were available at the end of it.

        Most of you are in similar condition no matter how much you lie to yourself. Me, I pretty much figured I’d wind up a dessicated corpse along side some dirt road back in the 80’s when Congress realized that they had a serious problem with Social Security, Welfare and Medicare and decided to paper it over with scams and promises.

        If you’re blowing off Michael’s predictions you are living in a make-believe world. There is Biblical evil operating on you each and every day, and I’m not much of a christian. There are truely evil people out there and we have allowed them to come to power over the last hundred years or so by our normalcy bias.

        We are already owned. We are already slaves. We, you and me, are on the hook for every penny of debt that we, individually, and as a nation owes. We are, individually, pledged capital.

        • Prepared Pastor

          Being one of those former military turned firefighter I must respectfully disagree that we should throw up our hands and admit defeat. I further agree there are people who will feed on preppers like piranha, but the risk of failure is no excuse for not trying.

          I agree people can walk a long way and know someone who walked from the U.S. to South America, but being in a region with less than 30 people per square mile and very few farms it is less likely looters will come here in search of food.

          Our communications protocols should tell us when large groups are in the area before they reach our outer perimeter which should allow us to engage them on favorable terms. Two other advantages we have over roving bands is that we are better supplied and fighting for the lives of our children.

          Surely as an accountant you understand the difference between secured and unsecured debt. While some municipal bonds may be collateralized by whatever improvement they funded, government bonds are only secured by the word of the issuing government. If the Greek people were security for their bonds, they would not have to promise such high interest to attract buyers. The only recourse for default is war with a country that has more arms than people.

          Since you identified the problem I want to leave you with some positive action steps. Consider reading ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tsu and doing a few more situps every day until you work off that gut.

          • OldPhart OutIn TheDesert

            Thank you for your thoughts. I have read Sun Tsu and once was a Marine. I am strapped, have stuff, and a plan.

            My point is that all need to be aware of what they will be up against. There will be an extended period of lawlessness and marauders will be a constant harrassment. You cannot manage with just a Colt revolver or a .45, you’ll need something able to reach out and tap someone on the shoulder. You will need other trustworthy people that can be counted on to stand their watch and give the necessary alarm. People that you can work with easily.

            I get the impression that a lot of preppers believe they can hold off an army from their property all by themselves. A foolish notion.

            As to better supplied, not to argue, but I believe the first things fought over will be WalMart distribution centers. Those are packed with food, guns, ammo, camping supplies, etc.

        • John W.

          When you say Roy Rogers town I hope you don’t mean Victorville. If so you better get out of there as there is a serious gang problem there already. Before that it was a great place. I can remember when you could not even see the town from the 15 same with Barstow which was down on old Rt.-66.

    • Rodster

      If gold ever hit that price we are in serious trouble. The price of gold is usually priced to reflect how worthless our dollar is and the stste of our economy.

      So 25,000 an ounce is economic meltdown territory.

    • Mondobeyondo

      It’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
      If hyperinflation kicks in, gold and silver could easily reach the prices you mentioned.

      (Coming sometime in 2013… our feature presentation, “The Road to Zimbabwe”, starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour…)

  • Wilson

    Thanks for an excellent article. I’ll be forwarding the link to people who I know that are sitting on there hands waiting for regular season NFL games to start.

  • John Jackson

    If you do not see the writing on the wall by now, you must have your head in the sand. It is not a matter of IF but a matter of WHEN. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to thrive and prosper. Learn how the wealthy are investing during these unprecedented times:

    http://theelevationgroup.net/presentation/register.php?a_aid=a6affed9&a_bid=e6b01db8

  • adam

    I’m just going to move in with Gary2 and wait for the government to protect us and save the day – LALALALALAL

    • Schwarzer Peter

      Me too!!!

  • Excalibur

    Can’t say I’m quite ready yet. But thanks to sites like this, at least I can say I’m awake!

    • Michael

      And knowing is half the battle. ;)

      Michael

  • K

    Michael, let me address two of the things you mentioned. Electricity, intend to do without. Having power when most others do not, just going to make you a target. Suicides, it seems many more are considering this, than I thought possible. Some people seem to have a long list of things, they would rather die than go through. It is possible, that what is coming will kill many of us. But never by my own hand.

  • Charles

    From the story about “widespread looting and robbing” in Andalusia in Spain:

    “A handful of activists from the southern Andalusian Workers’ Union made off with nine trolleys full of food from the supermarket in the southern town of Ecija and left without paying on Tuesday. They later gave the food to poor, unemployed people.”–by The Associated Press

    So to me, that’s good news, in that people are working together. But obviously, things are just getting worse and, goodness gracious, good luck to everyone.

    FerFal writes:

    “The lesson for today my friends is, never to rejoice in the misery of others. You never know if one day you may suffer that same fate. Many of these images are carbon copies of what many Argentines had gone through and still suffer today.”

    Supermarkets being looted in Spain
    http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2012/09/supermarkets-being-looted-in-spain.html

    Spanish police arrest activists for shop ‘heist’
    http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2018887827_apeuspainfinancialcrisis.html

    Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, Spain’s ‘Robin Hood’ Mayor, Robs Supermarkets, Gives Groceries To Poor
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/juan-manuel-sanchez-gordillo-spanish-mayor-steals-food_n_1778253.html?utm_hp_ref=business

    “Robin hood” Spanish mayor becomes hero for robbing supermarkets
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/08/15/us-spain-protests-idUKBRE87E08S20120815

    “They say I’m dangerous. And the bankers who are let off for fraud? That’s not dangerous? The banks which borrow from the ECB for 1 percent then resell that debt to Spaniards for 6 percent – they’re not dangerous? There are people who don’t have enough to eat.”–by Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, mayor of a Spanish town where 1 in 3 are unemployed

    Dr. Paul Craig Roberts writing about Gerald Celente and change:

    “For anything significant to change, people must stop playing “follow the leader.” But, if people stop following the leader, then who will lead them? The answer: No one! You must lead yourself.

    But self-leadership cannot be bought, given, or imposed. It has to come from within. It begins with expecting nothing from your “leaders” and understanding that everything has to come from you. It means having the courage not to cower to power. The dignity to claim your rightful and sacred place on earth. To respect yourself, demand it of others and show respect to all who merit it … regardless of class or status. The integrity to keep and live by your word. And the passion to live a life of meaning and conviction; for your heart to feel what your mind knows.

    This is not an “every man for himself,” manifesto. Rather it is a call for a cooperative of individuals with the courage, dignity, respect, integrity and passion to chart a future that is not dictated and imposed upon them by ruling political parties and the unprincipled and oppressive systems they represent.

    There is no “We the People” until “I the Person” is willing to stand up and speak for himself or herself.

    For the future to change, the individual must change. When enough individuals change, everything changes.”

    The Next Four Years by Gerald Celente
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/08/01/the-next-four-years-gerald-celente/

    • Gary2

      “A handful of activists from the southern Andalusian Workers’ Union made off with nine trolleys full of food

      Nothing wrong with a little wealth redistribution. Hopefully the rich will wake up as this WILL for sure happen here sooner rather than later.

  • Syrin

    I started preparing three years ago. It was OBVIOUS to anyone with ANY ability to think and even a tenuous grasp of economics (that excludes you GARY) what the end game would be based on what the America hating Marxist a** bag in chief was doing. Most everyone of means I know of is preparing for something AWFUL. David Spade built an under ground bunker in rural no where. Call any bulk food supply company, in ground safe/bunker company and ask how business has been since Obamugabe took over. The ONLY thing Obamuagbe can take credit for is record gun and ammo sales as people with a connection to reality can see what’s coming (again, you’re excluded GARY).

    Frankly, this article is WAY too optimistic. The US is the least prepared nation on the planet for what’s coming. We have half the country contributing nothing but told they are entitled to everything meaning they cannot fend for themselves and have never learned to be self reliant (looking at you GARY). So what happens when good ole Uncle Handouts goes broke? Well, the GARYS of the world believe they are entitled to YOUR property and will attempt to take it by force. See, they have no moral constraints as the left has done their best to champion fisting and criminalize religion. So the gov’t encouraged the Occucrappers who literally raped, murdered and stole while telling you to fear the Tea Party who has had NO arrest to date. Imagine the Occucrappers on steroids in a post Katrina world that lasts for months or years, perhaps led by our very own GARY! THAT’S what you’ll be facing. Anarchy. Violence. Feral savages. In other words, the liberal voting base (again, looking at you GARY). Don’t believe me, look at history. Research what happened in the former Yugoslavia, Argentina when the currency collapsed, the USSR, (you know, liberal utopias). It was AWFUL, but again, largely hidden by a press who adores a “Hunger Games” type world. And those countries were at least a BIT prepared because their populace did not trust their gov’ts, rightly so, and so learned to be somewhat self reliant and prepared. We are a nation of obese cry baby welfare dependents who can’t make it a week without their gubment check. Yeah, they’ll do well.

    Read James Wesley Rawles’ “Patriots” for what things will REALLY be like. Prepare YESTERDAY. Ever pay attention to radio commercials because just this morning I heard, yet AGAIN, the generic FEMA commercial stating “Prepare for awful times”. No specifics, just be ready for something bad. Yeah, well those with cerebral cortical function knew that the day the nation “elected” the Marxist.

    • Michael

      If you are looking for “Patriots” by James Wesley Rawles you can find it right here.

      • Gary2

        Patriots was extremely BORING. Does anyone actually believe that crap? Oh yeah probably the same ones who think God has a big vacuum cleaner in the sky that he will use to suck up (rapture) believers. How disappointed you will be when the only rapture you will ever experience is the song by Blondie.

    • Jim (another Jim)

      I agree, this country is in no way prepared for what is coming. People are so spoiled here (I include myself in that category). We spend money on the stupid stuff, we waste food, most of the kids in this country wouldnt know how to cook unless they hear “would you like fries with that?”. Manual labor is a concept that 75 percent of the people are unfamiliar with. Take their xboxes and satellite systems away and there would be chaos. It is going to get very rough for all of us, just not so rough for some of us.

    • Gay Veteran

      the government did not fear the Tea Party, it DID fear OWS when is why they were beaten down

      • Gary2

        excellent insight! I had not thought of that.

    • Gary2

      Thanks for prepping for me. When the “hordes come” they will easily over run and take what you have. Thanks in advance for prepping. There are more people than you have ammo.

      • HecatesMoon

        You wouldn’t really….would you, Gary?

    • Gay Veteran

      poor Syrin, the elites use Left/Right to keep us divided

  • GSOB

    “Are you prepared to defend your property when desperate thieves come knocking?”

    Yea right………..

    KNOCK KNOCK…..

    Who’s there?

    DORIS!

    Doris who?

    Doris locked, that’s why I’m knocking.

    • Michael

      LOL

      I have never heard that one before.

      Michael

  • Traffix

    Prepared Pastor will outlive us all.

    • Prepared Pastor

      Thanks for the confidence, but a limb could fall out of one of my fifty foot trees and kill me tomorrow. Until I had children I just lived in a trailer in the woods, taught wilderness survival, and preached on Sunday.

      • Gary2

        you still married to your sister and cousin???

  • GSOB

    “Who would be desperate enough to steal cows?”

    Some ideas to prep for that……

    1. Maintain good records of the cattle you own.

    2. Make sure all of your cattle have their tags and/or have been branded with the brand of your farm or ranch.

    3. Do a regular physical count of your animals

    4. Ensure the proper location of your handling facilities or loading areas meet farm bio-security measures.

    5. Keep your possessions in a secure area. You should make sure most of your your vehicles, trailers, machinery and equipment are locked up in a secure building. Keep the keys with you in your house, and keep a set with someone you trust to keep them safe for you, especially if you have to be away from the farm for several days.

    6. Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

    7. Let neighbors, family and friends you know you can trust to watch your farm for you if you have to be absent for longer than a day or two.

    8. Join a local/rural initiative or team targeting anti-theft of cattle if there is one in your area.

    9. Keep the police or sheriff informed if you see certain suspicious activity

    10. If you believe it is important, consider buying a gun for your safety.

    11. Respond quickly if your cattle have been stolen.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Cattle-from-Rustlers

  • Shan

    I admit to being a very casual prepper. I have a bug out bag w/ bottles of water at the ready. I have 10 American Eagle gold coins. I have a Ruger Mark III w/ a ton of ammunition. Truth be told, however, there is much more that I could do to prepare. My biggest deficiency is the lack of storable food. Other deficiencies include a lack of knowledge of practical skills, such as basic farming and survival, as well as lower denominated coins for trading. Even though I believe collapse may be around the corner, I don’t know if I’ll be fully prepared. It’s worrisome.

  • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

    Here’s some honest to goodness truth to go with that hope and chance that IS going to HAPPEN whether the PEOPLE of the WORLD and AMERICAS like it or not!
    Evidence of economic sabotage from within is right in front of our faces and WAVE, after WAVE, after WAVE of the next round of HORRORS await US! (face slap) PEOPLE WAKE-UP! WAKE YOUR FAMILIES UP! TELL THEM THEY HAVE NO CHOICE! UNLESS THEY WANT TO DIE A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1B_hGSo46w&feature=related

  • bobcat

    Yes, the storm clouds are gathering. It is going to get ugly. Nothing can stop that now. Most people will not survive what is coming. Life will be hard and harsh for those who live through the coming strife. Civilization faces an epochal reset to about 1850, assuming nuclear war can be averted and only our power grid goes down. Without electric power, we can only support about 20% of the population and then only those who can do farm work.

    • http://ianwelling.com Ian

      and the more you say stuff like this, and the more it doesnt happen, the more people are going to ignore it and move on with life and then, only then, will we begin to crawl out of this recession.

  • Rafael

    As long as President Obama gets elected to a second term we will have another 4 years of low inflation and Dollar stability. I know you scare-mongers don’t like to hear that but it is the truth and you know it. Obama at least cares about the average man and is doing everything he can to help us like promoting unionization and taxing the rich. I’ll tell you one more thing, as an undocumented immigrant for the last 10 years I have always voted Democrat and I will continue to do so.

    • Jim (another Jim)

      Are you kidding me? Obummer is the worse thing that has ever happened to this country. How many high priced vacations have they taken in the last 4 years? He has tried to make himself The King by ignoring congress and doing what he wants. He has ignored what the common man wants and done what he wants. Obamacare is the biggest example of this. How about signing NDAA on a Sunday when no one is paying attention? There are so many more examples of this. I really cant understand how anyone can vote for that fraud. I didnt want to vote for his clone Romney, but was going to until what the RNC did to Ron Paul. Now I am going to write in Ron Paul’s name and am going to vote for every non incumbent out there. I know it wont make a difference, but it is the only way I can express my frustration with this government.

    • TX4Life

      “…as an undocumented immigrant for the last 10 years I have always voted Democrat and I will continue to do so.”

      No doubt, illegal aliens have and will continue to vote Democrat. The President is counting on you!

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “as an undocumented immigrant for the last 10 years I have always voted Democrat and I will continue to do so”

      Michael should report you to the FBI for voter fraud and your dumbArse should be sent to prison. The only thing you should be voting for is knees or hand and knees.

  • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

    Some have asked should we buy a house? Should we continue to have the government school our children? Should we continue to work in occupations we know willingly and knowingly break the law just to keep the image?
    Can’t speak for anyone but myself and my family.
    As we speak, my family is busting out, getting rid of everything in our house we don’t need. TOLIET PAPER, WATER, FOOD REPLACE the ping pong table, the hot tub, the stupid little deck hobbles we CAN’t EAT!. We put on Alex Jones. We talk about Michael’s articles. We keep the holocaust we are all facing in the forefront for MOTIVATION!
    We are in essence EVACUATING! EVACUATING WHERE? TO OUR HOME!
    EVerything goes in out of our HOME while we still have one.
    Replaced, focus, survival skills, survival gear, medicine, incidentals, little items we all take for granted, and then we talk, talk, talk, NIGHTLY of what the family is to do when the shtf! Then WE organize needed items, bandages, medicine, herbs. We PACK our food!
    I take a nap after work and then when the sun goes down we do all of this at night!
    AT NIGHT! WE WORK AT NIGHT! So no one sees!
    And just so you know, uh, no don’t buy a house (the mortgage titles are clouded and unsellable), we have an RV we are bailing out in, we are stocking up on everything we need because I have already quit my job and I’m getting OUT of all paper, cashing in my 401K. I am smart, educated, college degreed. You don’t need anything else to tell you what to do or how to act.
    This country HAS BEEN sold out!
    I QUIT MY F’ING JOB! LE 33 YRS PLUS! IT IS CORRUPT! THEY ARE CRIMINALS!
    EVERYONE HAD BETTER BELIEVE IT!
    BUT GUESS WHAT?
    I THINK I’M BETTER SUITED TO LEAD MY FAMILY AND THEIR FRIENDS OUT OF DANGER THAN THE NEW WORLD (DIS)F’ING ORDER IS!
    MY FAMILY IS WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
    AND I’M WILLING TO GIVE
    THEM ONE.
    ANYMORE QUESTIONS?

    • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

      And YEAH, I’m a VET!
      SO BOO YAHHH!!!!
      STOP ME!!
      Yeah, right…
      VETS, AND YES, THAT INCLUDES YOU GAY VETERAN, MY FRIEND, MY COMRADE IN ARMS(Sorry I didn’t mean to be mean to you)
      ALL I CAN SAY IS JUST LET THEM TRY AND PRY MY ARMS AND MY FAMILY OUT OF THEIR COLD, DEAD HANDS!!!
      AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN! AND IT WON’T HAPPEN WITH YOUR FAMILY IF EVERYONE HEEDS THE CALL!!!
      THIS NATION IS UNDER ATTACK!!! CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER? WHAT?
      WE ARE ALL DEAD UNLESS EVERYONE WAKES UP AND DOES THE RIGHT THING!!!
      WE THE COLLECTIVE ANTI-CRAP, ANTI-SEXUALITY, ANTI-FAMILY NEED TO STAND UP TO THE TYRANNY!
      PEOPLE OF THE WORLD AND AMERICAS STAND UP!!!
      AND JOIN US!!!

      • Gay Veteran

        never give up your guns! otherwise it will be you on the next train to the camps

  • SD Mule

    Unfortunately, it would be terrible. Most Americans do not own precious metals (much to my dismay) and those above numbers would represent the bottom falling out of the US dollar. A catastrophe for most families here in America. I own both metals, but would not want to see what those numbers would mean to the average American family.

    • Gay Veteran

      the very least you should be doing is every month buying some pre-1965 silver coins

  • http://msn.com thisonewilldo

    ***********. They are changing the way we search on the internet. Good Luck communicating! GET READY PEOPLE!
    WE HAVE AN ************** BAD ASS ENEMY TO DEAL WITH!!!~

  • the ragged trousered philanthropist

    I hope to goodness you are able to keep your website going.
    It has become essential reading for me and reading comments from others it seems like I’m not alone.
    What you write is pure gold and what many of your subscribers add adds further food for thought.
    Keep up the good work

    • Michael

      Thank you for the kind words. I spend so many hours in front of the computer and some days I think what I am writing is not very good but I just keep relying on the Lord and He has been really good in helping turn my ramblings into coherent articles. :)

      Michael

      • the ragged trousered philanthropist

        No more than you deserve.
        What you do is monumental.
        I realised years ago “the emperor had no clothes” and began writing a poor man’s survival guide, titled “Get of the Titanic Before it Sinks” a couple of years ago. This has taken me on a fantastic voyage of discovery and in the process I found your website. Having done so much of my own research I fully appreciate just what you are doing and continue to do on an almost daily basis.
        You must be an amazing man and no amount of praise would or could be enough.
        I am sure I’m not alone in fully appreciating your efforts.

        • Michael

          Thank you for the kind words, but the praise should actually go to my Boss. :)

          Michael

  • airborne71

    This is why I withdraw ALL my money when its deposited in the bank , as soon as its deposited . I have NO PLASTIC !! I will say that again : NO PLASTIC !! I pay for everything with cash , or I don’t buy it. I have “prepped” for quite a while now . and still haven’t got it all done . I have the ability to run my house with a generator BUT so much noise will bring out the folks with a hand out saying GIMMIE SOME !! Thats where I will draw the line and that may bring out the guns!! I have no desire to shoot anyone but will defend my home and my wife with my life if I have to. So the point being is that there is two sides to “Prepping” both good and bad the good is your ready the bad is you are going to have to defend what you have 24/7 or you will loose it. Somthing else to add here I have not seen anybody say anything about a vacume sealer machine like “Food Saver ” its a boon to “Prepping” take rice for example pour sone into a vacume bag suck out the air and seal it and you got long term storage of food for very little expence! Throw that in with beans , noodles, and flour and sooner than you can think about it you can have quite a stock pile, so look into a food saver or somthing like it . good luck.

    • CatNap

      We love our Food Saver.

      A trick to storing flour: Freeze a five pound bag for at least four days and then vac pac it. Stacks and stores really nicely in food-grade barrels. Best part is you don’t call attention to yourself if you pick up a few…unlike a few 50 pound bags of flour.

      Anyone notice how nosy Costco employees have become? “It’s a warehouse, people! You sell in bulk-don’t ask why someone buys in bulk.” But they do.

      Speaking of nosy…be careful who you purchase dehydrated/freeze-dried foods from. Many companies send your supplies to you in boxes blazoned on the side with their “Prepper Foods” company name. Talk about advertising!

  • chiller

    Ironic…A collapse raising the price of PM’s to the point where a holder of such metals becomes a rich man struggling to survive.

  • joe

    A year ago, we began investing in food not so much for a “doomsday” but as an investment. That investment has paid off as most of you know (we calculate that prices for our stored items are 15-35% more this year depending upon which item). Since we are both competitive shooters, we stocked up on ammo for the same reason. Ammo is now up 15-25% depending upon caliber. We are now beginning to think, however, that a doomsday scenario is more possible. Certainly many people are beginning to think so. Just recently, we were surprised (shocked) when two couples (one couple devout liberals-one a physician, the other a nurse) approached us for help in “preparing for collapse”. Only a year ago, they thought we were crazy just for stocking up food. Although we explained our goal was and remains an inflation hedge, it was obvious that these people were scared. It is something we are hearing more and more from our friends and neighbors. We will help them and anyone else who needs it. We urge each of you to buy as much food and other basic supplies as you can afford. The worse case is that you have made a profitable investment in things you can use. It is fortunate that we have the internet and sites like this which allows us to reach out to others.

  • Bill

    Ron and Jay were a big disappointment. It’s easy to over analyze but even though Ron has the desire for what has to be done he dosen’t have the punch for the knockout. Yes Michael the sky is very dark.

    Does anyone else fear the militay in the streets? By the time most people wake up to what is going on it will be too late.

  • oh snap!

    You mean mommygov won’t save me?!

  • Joseph

    Michael,

    Very interesting stuff indeed. I know investments are risky, yet understanding Accounting and Finance gives me some insight and knowledge of what institutions I should be investing with. I trust federal credit unions a lot more than banks, as banks like playing Russian Roulette with customer assets, a la Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers much? Will definitely be rocky for the next few months in investments, should be entertaining to say the least.

  • pooter57

    How much food and for how long a time period do you suggest? One month, 6 months , a year or ????

    • Michael

      I think 6 months is a good start, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. When you go to the store you can pick up some extra items that are on sale and you could rotate your food storage over time so that things don’t go bad.

      Michael

  • TooLittleTooLate

    Great article!

    Yeah, we’re going into the fall now… this is when things typically get shakey in the economic world. We all need to prepare ourselves. This was a good reminder of some of the things that could happen.

    I’d only say that it could be much worse than the things you’ve written here…. If the whole systemic balloon goes up as my buddy Jimmy says.

    Sadly, if money is devalued overnight and the trucks stopped rolling, we’d have no access to gasoline in less than three days and food in a week or less. This is the nightmare scenerio. We surely don’t know for sure it will come to that scenerio but, it could.

    What we DO know for sure is that the system as it is now can not continue much longer. From what I’m reading the ECB may attempt to monetize hundreds of billions of short term bonds for Spain and Italy. This may help short term but, it’s only going to make it worse in the long run…. when that happens, Bernake will surely fire up our printing presses for a race to the bottom…. QE to the moon… After all, we can’t let the EU devalue theirs while ours still has value too… This is theft… If you have money in the bank… it’s theft, pure and simple. Bernake has already tripled our money supply…. I suppose that just isn’t enough money in the economy when the ECB has to inject money into Spain and Italy just to roll over their current unsustainable debt by giving them yet more unsustainable debt at rates the market will not. I’m sure nothing bad will happen…. really.

    When things get bad though, the country will find a boogie man to blame it all on then as in most of history, when goods and services stop crossing the borders, the troops start crossing them. That would be the biggest nightmare of them all though.

    It’s truly a sad situation… at least here in the U.S., folks don’t know what truly bad times are like… where even the poor have a place to live and cable T.V. and enough to eat.

    Let’s hope when the big systemic balloon goes up, the reset will happen relatively quickly and not one of the nightmare, prolonged resets.

  • retired

    I have a couple of ideas that might help!
    1) People should check out herbal supplements & oldtime home remedies for their ailments If drugs & medications become scarce,as they are in Greece.These old alternate cures were used for hundreds of years before their use was suppressed by the big pharmaceutical industry!
    2)We are stuck with Romney & the Republicans weather we like it or not,they are our only way out of this mess.It may take 10-15 years but the alternative,a quick cure,would cause massive chaos & anarchy.We must remake America one brick at a time,very carefully,not quickly burn it down in a massive bonfire.

    • Gay Veteran

      “We are stuck with Romney & the Republicans weather we like it or not,they are our only way out of this mess”

      LOL, and I have some ocean front property in Kansas to sell to you

  • bobnoxy

    Good article, as usual in here, but I still don’t get the bias against the left. No, I didn’t, and will not vote for Obama, but blaming him and the left for the debt binge is way off the mark, factually.

    Congress has ”the power of the purse”, and spending is their mandate, especially in the absence of one passed Obama budget.

    The debt pile is a credit to both parties. Bush signed the first budget with a trillion dollar deficit, and who can forget Cheney saying that ”Reagan proved the deficits don’t matter”?

    Bush and Cheney turned something close to a balanced budget into the biggest deficits ever, much in the way of Reagan. A little adherence to the facts would help.

    • Michael

      George W. Bush and the Republicans ran up a tremendous amount of debt when they had control too.

      Both parties have been very foolish.

      Michael

  • jumpingjenny

    i’m late, but better late than not at all. i have my list of prep items but cannot buy until the end of this month. if SHTF before then, God save me and mine. i’ll have roughly a grand to get started. first on the list is a means of defense. can anybody suggest a good firearm or two? i’m thinking one rifle, one handgun both as automatic as possible? then comes ammo, water & food & first aid/medical supplies. thank the Lord no one in my family takes medication on a daily basis. thanks for any advice/info you might share.

    • jumpingjenny

      i’ve already gone through the house and inventoried all things useful in a life/death situation. baseball bats, old military survival manuals, next Spring’s heirloom seeds, hats, gloves, boots…one thing that surprised me when i started preparing to prepare is a simple survey of your cabinets can result in a nice starting cache of food items. one small spot of solace for me if my family is thrown into chaos before i am at least partially capable of survival.

    • uncurable wound

      Jumping Jenny
      Hands down the first purchase is a 10/22 ruger !!!
      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/92-year-old-wwii-vet-shoots-and-kills-home-intruder-as-soon-as-he-got-inside-it-was-all-over/

      I saw a show a while back where they dropped a moose with one shot from a 22.
      Im a vet,and other vets I have talked to from WW2 to Syria say a 10/22 is what they would pick for overall survival.
      They run about 225-250 with tax,and in most states you dont need a purchasers permit.I picked up 4000 rd of 40 grain 22 ammo/rimfire last week for about 200 bucks.-Anybody in your home can quickly become proficient with this weapon.
      Also the aftermarket furniture/stuff you can put on your rifle is quite extensive.It would very easy to modify this weapon to CQ/Close Quaters combat or a multitude of Hybrids!
      Humbly…Your best protection in these coming times is Christ the Lord.
      Peace to you and your Family.

    • K

      jumpingjenny, firearms have become very expensive. Without knowing your ability level, this will have to be very general. On your budget, forget the automatics. First weapon, six shot revolver in 357 magnum. You can also load 38 specials, for less recoil. A tarus brand 357 with a 4 inch barrel, is best all around. Now if you have someone who really knows firearms. You can save money buying used at a pawn shop. But only if someone knows a good bit, about firearms. As to the rifle, unless you live in an area where most your shots will be over fifty yards, I would put that on the back burner for now. Just the revolver, and the ammo. Will use up a good portion of your budget. Now on the other hand, if you have the strenght. A mossberg pump shotgun in 12 or 20 gauge, is well within your budget.

    • Gay Veteran

      9mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol and a Mossberg pump 12 gauge shotgun

  • jumpingjenny

    one last thing, and then i will shut it…i wish i would have listened to my own instincts back in 2009/2010 when i first had the idea of prepping. instead, i allowed co-workers, family and friends to lull me back into a normalcy bias. better late than never…a second spot of solace in an otherwise most discomforting position.

  • http://www.bestmetalresearch.com RedGreen

    Here’s one other important consideration. About 10% to 15% of the U.S. is on one type of SSRI’s. You know the medicine which brought us numerous shootings and stabbings. When those medicines run out, approximately 30 to 45 MILLION U.S residents are going to go crazy.
    Nos Es So Screwed

    • jumpingjenny

      yup. my husband and i talk about this fact often. people on SSRI’s, pain medications and anti-psychotics (not to mention the illegal substances i.e. meth) will initially be a bigger threat than the FEMA camps and execution squads.

    • Prepared Pastor

      Fortunately there is an all-natural mineral that completely cures those affected . . .

      Lead. It comes in several capsule sizes.

      Seriously, you make an excellent argument for getting to a low population area before their meds wear off. The castle doctrine in our state extends to the fence line so trespassers can expect to be shot whether they are crazy or not.

      • BJackson

        MR.Pastor,
        I know your areaof operation very well as I was a resident deputy in Lucerne Valley for 5 years.
        And I can’t think of a worst place to be in the coming months.
        The biggest problem is that you have 6 million people within walking distance that think food comes from Safeway, and their fellow resident of that area are obligated to pay for it.
        So either get to Montana or get yourself a ‘Road Warrior’ costume.
        Good Luck!

      • OldPhart OutIn TheDesert

        You’re in Lucerne Valley?!

        We’re neighbors. In fact I grew up there.

  • Col. Wilson

    If the electricity goes out then you also have to consider the likely possibility that the water stations will be inoperable as well. Yes facilities have back up generators but that only lasts for so long.

    If there is an extended SHTF/collapse you will see no electricity, no water, no gas, no heat, no trash removal, no resupply of grocery stores, etc. Retail stores will close because of these problems which will cause more chaos & confusion. Riots in larger cities will result & it will pour over into the small towns.

    Emergency services will be greatly hampered & as time goes on will come to a stand still. At some point a lot of public servants, law enforcement & emergency services will walk off the job so they can protect their families & loved ones. This will result in more riots, crime & SHTF scenario/s.

    If there is a protracted SHTF scenario it will peel off the thin veneer of our society. Here in the U.S. we have false sense of security; we think nothing will happen & unfortunately it will not take much for our society to collapse.

    The time to prepare is NOW! Water, Food, Meds, Guns, Ammo, redundant equipment & supplies, personal & vehicle bug out bags are a MUST! The list goes on & on.

    In the end you have to provide for your loved ones while you can. So is this a guarantee that you will survive = no. You can have hundreds of thousands of $$$ of preps & you (or you loved ones) might not wake up tomorrow, so there is a need to prepare spiritually.

    Personally I am a christian that follows the bible. Not one of those cheezy con men that get rich off of ignorant ppl but one who tries to live as God commands in His word. With that said Yeshua is the way, the truth & the life & no one comes to the Father except thru Him. If you dont believe as I do, thats ok, you have the choice to believe or not & I do not look down on those that do.

    Just remember that during times of crisis & tribulation we will all be tried & tested; our morals, ethics & even our own character will be placed in the refining fire & how we respond will have an effect on us & those around us.

    Prep now while you can.

    Shalom

  • http://www.none ARIZONA

    after traveling the south,seeing all the factories shut down by the government,everyone thrown into unemployment,there is a willful destruction of the USA taking place,AT the hands of the GOVERNMENT,this ain’t good.the USA is being forced into a CRASH,they are purposefully CRASHING the country,YOU PEOPLE THINK,NOTHING IS GOING ON?OBAMA sold AMERICA’S reserve food supply to CHINA,ITS GONE…….I SMELL FAMINE,DO YOU HEAR “FAMINE”no food .NO food, no matter how much money you have,THIS IS A PLANNED FAMINE,WAKEUP ,STOCKUP,AND GET READY,THIS IS A PLANNED FAMINE COMING………….

  • http://Www.thetaoofrusty.yolasite.com Rusty Shakelford

    http://thetaoofrusty.yolasite.com. My site is just projects done by preppers with photos and vids. I will not take ads, will not link to add, will not sell anything and will never let people register. I want my fellow Americans to prepare. And please forgive me, I am the model for the bread baking and some of the other pictorials. Photogenic, I am not!!

  • Karen

    And another cause of concern is earths disruptions natural ones of massive proportions that have been occurring just because others countries have earthquakes does not mean we will not there has been many small tremors in the US but most do not even pay heed these are per warnings this month we are to have a massive earthquake and my source is http://www.ourtransition.info you can watch the many videos of these Russian scientist who can prove this will happen

  • http://www.none ARIZONA

    I HAVE THIS AND THAT,well ain’t that great,now what are you going to do when 20 RUSSIANS show up at your door and take everything you have,they’ll take your teenage girls and anything else they want,WHO YOU GOING TO CALL FOR HELP?????HERE in colorado,the russians are driving the highway patrol cars and there are russian troops dressed in us military uniforms everywhere,they laugh and brag “THIS COUNTRY BELONGS TO THEM”………

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    ” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, is not going to save our economy. He didn’t see the last financial crisis coming”
    Bernanke is very happy making money.

  • http://www.survive2balive.com GA

    Great article as usual …a Facebook share for certain. Keep sounding the alarm and get the word out to as many as possible. People need to wake up and I believe the message is getting to many!

    • Michael

      Thank you to everyone that shares these articles on social media sites. It only takes a moment but it is a huge help.

      Michael

  • William

    If the US military backs the ************* at DHS, and wages war on Americans, as it looks like they will, ALL your “preps” will not amount to a half a cup of mule ur—.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Are you under the impression that 1.47 million people are going to disarm and strip 313 million people of their stuff? The total combined number of active and reserves is only .93% of the population so how exactly is that going to work? 300 Spartans had a better chance to defeat the Persian army.

      Total Population: 313,232,044 [2011]
      Available Manpower: 145,212,012 [2011]
      Fit for Service: 120,022,084 [2011]
      Of Military Age: 4,217,412 [2011]
      Active Military: 1,477,896 [2011]
      Active Reserve: 1,458,500 [2011]

  • Götterdämerung

    Das Bunker will withstand the fall of time. There is fresh water and a fountain of youth to withstand those pesky 650,000 year isotope half lifes. For the gold hoarders who think the best government money can buy won’t come by and confiscate it a story on das Radio the other night said the republicrats are considering bringing back the gold standard which may cause it to go to 10,000$ an ounce.

  • citezens

    Michael I would suggest some of our readers look into wood gasifiers. Very cheap to build using salvaged metal drums or water heaters. There are plans all over the net for these as well. They can be configured to provide heat and a source for fueling an internal combustion engine. I’ve managed to install solar and wind but on cloudy windless days I can fire up the genset and recharge everything in short order. This tech was used extensively in europe during wwII so its proven and wood is everywhere.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      got link?

      I’ve found one or two but they are delightfully skimpy on anything resembling actual plans or details.

  • Mike S.

    I beleive taxes will be raised first before safety nets are cut. Not just income taxes but property and sales taxes also. Simply because overtaxed citizens complain and hungry people riot.

    • TX4Life

      I believe you are right on target. Everyone’s taxes are going to go up–federal, property, state, sales, etc. That’s why it’s so important to figure out ways to get out ahead of it NOW.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “Simply because overtaxed citizens complain ”

      Tell that to our Founders and the original Tea Party

  • Mehl Carelse

    Being a Pharmacist myself for a large South African retail group namely Pick n Pay, I can also verify that there has been an increasing amount of out of stock items starting from about a year and a half ago especially critical care drugs such as for asthma sufferers, blood pressure patients, diabetics etc,etc. It is becoming very worrying and the situation seems to worsening on a monthly basis. The funny thing is that South Africa is situated relatively equidistantly between both the eastern and western major markets such as the US, Europe, Japan, China, India and S.Korea. Yet, we ourselves are experiencing sourcing problems for raw materials from all these markets.

    • Michael

      Very interesting.

      Anyone else seen things like this happening?

      Michael

  • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

    Great article, I really enjoy reading everything you post. As to the topic of losing investments, I wonder how many people are preparing for some type of SHTF but still maxing out their monthly contributions to their 401(k)?

    Just in case of course…

    I for one think tangible assets are the way to go, and even paper money under the mattress still gets you more (initially) than digits on a computer screen held in an account earning .2% APY.

  • Goldbug

    There is no free and fair market.
    The price of gold rises or falls in the interests of those who control it.
    “Is gold money?”, Rep. Paul asked.
    “No. It’s a precious metal.” Bernanke continued,”It’s an asset. Would you say Treasury bills are money? I don’t think they’re money either but they’re a financial asset.”

  • http://thelawsonpost.com/ KL

    Mike… again thanks for the good info I will share it with my readers. I also put a link to your site on mine. As I feel its important for folks to read/hear what you have to say. Did you see the video from Ron Paul warning about an economic collapse? I posted on my site… here is the link: http://thelawsonpost.com/ron-paul-warns-americans-of-coming-economic-collapse-readwatch/

    • Michael

      I hope people will check out your site.

      In addition, one of the readers of this site has just started up a new prepping site that people should go check out….

      http://www.prepper-resources.com/

      Michael

      • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

        Michael,

        Thank you and I am humbled by your referral. Thanks again for all the hard work you do keeping all of us up to date on the latest issues we face.

        Cheers

        PJ

  • Washington

    Published on Sep 4, 2012 by Ben Swann Reality Check talks one on one with President Obama and asks about the so called Presidential Kill List http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrRuNOaNYMEfeature=plcp

  • jsmith

    Didn’t anyone catch Rafael’s “I’ll tell you one more thing as an undocumented immigrant for the last ten years I have always voted Democrat and I will continue to do so.” I thought one had to be a citizen of this country in order to vote? Come on Rafael, either you are BS’ing us or you are committing a crime!

  • Kathy Smith

    Great article as usual Micheal. Thank you for the lead to SHTF a must read for preppers & non preppers. God help us all!

  • http://back2theland.com Old Timer

    My website: http://www.back2theland.com, is about life in the rural and what people need to think about before embarking on a major change. Rural living, remote living is different, tough and requires adaptation. You have to be able to make and do with out and repair what is left. Real food preservation with gardening and animnal stock requires you to be there all the time and keep doing. If you are concerned about money and investments that time needs to be used to shovel manure for the garden. Most rural people are poor and their big sweat is taxes.

    So you need an income.There are no jobs, no home spun pottery enterprises. You have to have a demand skill such as being an MD, RN,or retired and already built up your stash.

    Get out of debt.

    Pay cash-green. If you buy land make sure you have a paper title not a computer bank sign for Switzerland’s conglomerate realestate.Rent for a year and learn about the community.

    OT

  • Rodster

    REPORT: More middle class families go hungry…

    “The US Department Agriculture says 50 million people went hungry last year.

    “It confirms what we’ve been seeing, that the situation is not getting any better yet — in fact, it’s slowly decaying,” says Philabundance”

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/09/05/philadelphia-food-organization-says-hunger-is-hitting-more-middle-class-families/

    • Michael

      Rodster you always suggest great links.

      I think I am going to write about the food crisis on one of my other sites (http://thetruthwins.com/) later today.

      Michael

  • Syrin

    Okay, first of all, I apologize. For some reason my threads show up some times, and some times they don’t. Not sure if it’s your web site or my browser. Any way, keep spreading the word. People can’t get prepared fast enough.

    • Michael

      Oh no problem at all. All comments go into the moderation que, and sometimes I get to them quickly and sometimes it takes me a while. :)

      Michael

  • Washington
  • Chuck

    Michael, another great article.
    My Wife and I are both Engineers and over the last ten years or so, we have built a proverbial “Ark”, if you will.
    So we are ready for anything, which allows us to go about our day to day lives, knowing we can close the door on our “Ark” and be just fine for years.
    That being said however, one thing all Preppers must remember, is the fact that all we store and stockpile is finite in nature.
    The one thing that will become priceless in the coming collapse will be Knowledge, the
    “How Do You” as we call it. The how do you acquire the ingredients for making soap, how do you make gun powder, wood fuel and so on.
    The knowledge of how to replenish your stores will become priceless to you and others.
    The Military may come to take all you have, however what they are unable to take from you is your knowledge of how to make more!
    The best part is, all of this knowledge is available now for free everywhere on the internet and in books.
    We have a very extensive library on as many subjects as we could collect.
    We believe this will be a long-term situation and knowledge of “How To” will see you and others through it.

    • Michael

      I love books too. I know that most information can be found on the Internet these days, but there is something about books that I can’t resist. Those under the age of 30 probably have a hard time identifying with this. My library and my reading pile are overflowing but I just can’t resist getting even more. :)

      Michael

      • paul

        second hand books from the time before the internet are nice. Especially about gardening and farming.

      • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

        Michael,

        I’ve read quite a few books recently, but my favorite has been After America, Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn. Books must be preserved because with them goes the knowledge of a society if the world as we know it goes away (i.e. internet). Reminds me of Lucifer’s Hammer, and how one character (forgot his name) buried a bunch of books in a storm drain, including stuff like How Things Work.

        Cheers,

        PJ

        Prepper-Resources.com

      • Herb Chadbourne

        Dear Fellow law grad,
        You’re a terrific writer! ‘Thank you for the Great article! Being a born-again Christian in the legal profession has not been an easy “assignment” for me. I’m one exam away from being fully licensed, but I currently work with two people who are licensed. Nevertheless, law seems to be where God has placed me; ie, in the moral cesspool where there may be an almost innumerable collection of sociopaths and narcissists who are hiding their general incompetence in life behind a license to practice law. [ Please excuse me for digressing ]
        Please continue writing such insightful articles and best wishes with your future endeavors. Herb Chadbourne, law grad

        • GaryToo

          herb, I really hope you can keep up good ethics and also avoid the pit of greed. lawyers are a necessary evil, but I find that even though SOME have decency they are ALL GREEDY.
          My cousin finished law , did bar and then quit the profession because he could not stand the lack of decency in that profession. I had thought he was one of the least squeamish people in that regard.
          Good Luck and set a good example.

          Im a psych and I know all too well of incompetent pratitioners selling out, writing biased and dishonest reports for courts and insurance companies becaue they know who is footing the bill and what they want.

      • http://WRH RJ OGuillory

        The Illusion

        America shimmers, losing shape,
        lost souls, the weakest generation.
        Democracy stumbles, people awaken,
        trouble on America’s plantation.

        America stands strong and free,
        a land of life and liberty?
        Indentured servants, ever on,
        from sea to shining sea.

        Laws for this, laws for that,
        control of the air you breathe.
        Nanny State, exploding prisons,
        Stalinist tits, on which we teethe.

        House and Senate, bought and sold,
        mortgaged by corporate donations.
        Court Supremes, selling their soul,
        torture’s cool, but do it in other nations.

        Traitors act, as though elected,
        a free and fair republic?
        Lying thieves, electronic frauds,
        in office to cheat the public.

        Bankers steal, Pelosi jets,
        stimulating this and that.
        Leadership so corrupt, so brutal,
        little need to trim the fat.

        China profits, Brazil prospers,
        around us the world grows.
        Bush and Clinton, hold their power,
        JFK? Oh, no one knows?

        It’s falling apart, not so funny,
        at least I’m close to passing.
        Before the riots, the martial law,
        before Obama starts the gassing.

        Long before the troops deploy,
        during all the fucked confusion.*
        Lucky enough, simply to know,
        our lives were just an illusion.

        RJ O’Guillory
        Author-
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    • Tami

      Chuck,
      It would be really great if you could share some of the book titles. I would really appreciate it!

      T.

    • Christopher de Vidal

      The military can take your books and computers, too. Practice, practice, practice.

    • http://thelawsonpost.com KL

      Could you explain more about this ark? Bonnie you have some really good points.. Hey Mike, did you hear Libertarian Gary Johnson talking about the pending economic collapse and U.S. intervention in the Middle East. He’s just another of many who making the case like Mike. You can watch it by clicking this link. http://thelawsonpost.com/gary-johnson-on-looming-economic-collapse/

    • Cheyenne

      In theory, in aLOT of things you say are true, important, and certainly right. (Only because we have not gone through it yet to prove it 100% correct). What most preppers are failing to realize, is that this collapse, horrible as it will be, will most probably herald a one world government, currency, and order of doing things. (After all, who would want to go back to the way things were ~ it collapsed, didn’t it?) SO, in comes the one world ruler. If your name is on that roster…..You’re a dead man walking. Those who’s names are NOT on their rosters, will most likely be hunted down, arrested, FORCED, or eliminated. A great “spiritual” awakening is happening right now, as the destination of souls is at steak (sic). So, pepper (sic) you better make up your mind just how much you REALLY want to survive what is about to come upon the world. Now, I ask you this kind sir: “Are you REALLY prePARED?”

  • Barn cat

    If you don’t prepare you will starve to death, die of thirst, freeze to death, or be murdered for whatever remaining supplies you have. I firmly believe that we’re going to have a complete economic collapse in which AT LEAST 90% of the US population dies. America has 310 million people. I don’t know how even 31 million survive. There aren’t that many preppers and the Federal government wouldn’t be taking care of very many people.

    • Nobody

      Yes, I know.

      I can’t wait!!!

  • none

    Not so GOOD NEWS Micheal:

    You recent article was so heavily clicked on it would only show up as a blank page!
    Not a very good sign.

    A recent article on shtfplan.com entitled “How Horrific Will It Be For The Non-Prepper

  • SWIFT

    For those who are preppers but have no skills as farmers or rural living, I suggest purchasing the
    FoxFire books and Readers Digest “Back to Basics”. Read those and you’ll be years ahead of those who don’t.

    • jumpingjenny

      i have the Back to Basics. invaluable info.

    • NorthernCanuck

      I second “Back to Basics”, too, but I’d certainly recommend adding to it Carla Emory’s invaluable telephone book-sized steady bestseller, “The Encyclopedia Of Country Living”. It has just about everything you’ll need to know within its covers!

    • 1lostokie

      I have the RD Back to Basics. Even better is the Country Encyclopedia by Carla Emery (I have the 7th and 10 Editions). The Foxfire books are worth their weight in gold.

  • Gary2

    Paul Ryan Quietly Requested Affordable Care Act Funds

    Ha ha ha you right wing nuts are toast! your wonder boy eddie munster requested funds that Obama care made available.

    Typical right wing hypocrisy, nothing new here.

    • GaryToo

      anything on topic? where are the usual 30 odd bites to your trolling?

      Too gutless to go to a real dedicated conservative site with this? understand THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE is about the economic collapse and not politics.

      Lets get it straight you are honoured to go to concentration camp or take a few hollow points as long as they are authorised by blue not red.

    • mojo

      Is Gary really that dumb, or is it all an act? I have seen him on so many blogs and comment sections, always with the same old cookie monster avatar … and I feel dumber myself whenever I read his comments. wtf? Is he real, or is he really just a bot troll? *curious*

  • dayofreckoning

    Troop build ups in Montana underway as we speak. Potential influx of 15,000 foreign troops expected in New Mexico at the beginning of November.This is all in conjunction to the coming economic collapse and subsequent pandemonium most likely as a result of ill-preparedness i.e. non preppers. Althogh I’m not sure what to do about an invasive army bent on destructiont, it goes without saying that making yourself fully prepared is of the utmost importance.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/09/foreign-troops-coming-to-new-mexico-2462282.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&fb_source=message

    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/09/looks-like-martial-law-is-next-troops-in-kalispell-montana-columbia-falls-under-north-com-command-2461518.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&fb_source=message

  • JonQPublicMenace

    I just don’t get it. I read all the news and Michael’s columns on a regular basis, yet everywhere I go, people are driving nice cars, stores are full, cars parked outside restaurants and everything looks fine. The politicians have done a masterful job papering this thing over. You really wouldn’t know it where I live.

    • DownWithLibs

      Keep in mind, the “paper” is VERY thin. Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t stop prepping. :)

  • Washington
  • Washington

    TSA Moves On From Your Underwear to Your Starbucks BY KIM ZETTER 09.05.12

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/tsa-moves-on-from-your-underwear-to-your-starbucks/

  • uncurable wound

    Michael,watch Morgan Stanley!!!
    Something is going on with these guys.
    This could be a catalyst for the next premeditated collapse.
    http://occupycorporatism.com/morgan-stanley-is-insolvent-only-a-matter-of-time-before-total-financial-collapse/

  • http://www.surviving12-21-2012.blogspot.com Doctor Blue

    Hell on Earth is Coming
    The Perfect Storm is almost upon us!
    Get ready, it’s almost here
    indescribable pain and suffering
    Mass, wholesale murder, rape, thievery and cannibalism on a grand scale the likes of which the world has never seen before

  • hoser

    I have blind faith in Me. Only Me. The US government, err, not so much.

  • Abia The Cat

    The easiest way to garden is raised beds gardening. Easy to keep weeds out and easier to keep watered. Lasagna garden technique is a good way to learn how to garden, too, for small backyards. No tiller or tractor needed. My tomato box is 8′ long, 2′ wide, and 2′ deep. Has a trellis on the back to tie the long vines to. Grows an incredible amount of tomatoes for such a small place with a half dozen plants. In economic hard times, your garden will help stretch your food budget dollars.

    • uncurable wound

      Meow,Meow,
      Good call,this is my secound year of raised beds.Ill get about 25 quarts of juice this year.Dont forget to put wire fence underneath….Gophers,moles,they used to make my life a living hell.
      Now woodchucks on the other hand…I got one in the back garden…Lets just say,if Obama had a woodchuck it would look just like this one.
      LOL,yah it looks just like his twin brother romney…

  • Bonnie

    Michael: I believe that within a year the collapse will be the last thing on our minds. The collapse is a contrived distraction – as are Mid East tensions – designed to keep the population from paying attention to increasingly severe earth changes. Global governments know what is coming. The masses do not. So preparation is an excellent idea – and I highly encourage that you continue to urge people to prepare as you are doing. But we are quickly approaching a time in which people will soon understand that they need to prepare not only for collapse, but for the end of the world “as we know it”. Preparation is still preparation in the end, but what is coming is far beyond the decline of America.

    If you follow remote viewing at all, please check out Courtney Brown’s work. He provides a scientific basis – via quantum mechanics – as a basis for understanding what is coming and when. This is without question a cyclical event, it will be massive, and the folks at the top know it.

    http://www.farsight.org/demo/Demo2008/RV_Demo_2008_Page1.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n5CccCbvkY

    Humanity is at stake, my friend.

  • Lars

    “Over the past 40 years the total amount of all debt in the United States has gone from less than 2 trillion dollars to almost 55 trillion dollars. This bubble is going to burst…”

    Wow! The explosion will be ************** massive!. Someone have any idea how to fix that?

    • JEF

      All debt will be canceled worldwide – both governmental and personal – and the new world order and economy will be unveiled. Chips will be implanted and required to buy, sell, work. All this will follow a war in the Middle East involving Israel. The war will be brief and devastating. Then the new system and leader will emerge. He will sign a 7 year peace treaty for Israel. Don’t trust him, although most will. He will be evil.

  • Not Sure

    Wow. I do know one thing. You preppers are going to be blind sided by your arrogance about you ability to prepare for the SHTF events. You will be hunkered down in your bunkers while not realizing that it makes you a sitting duck. The best way to survive what is coming is to be mobile (as much as one can be in a situation of collapse) able to move without a lot of baggage. That has been the way of just about all historical collapses. Those that “sat it out, hunkered down” just ended up being targets and, I’ll tell you, you can’t fight everyone off. Situational awareness is impeded by immobility. Any military person will tell you that.

    So go ahead, store your crap, keep your dying paradigm of materialism. That kind of thinking will get you killed….or worse. You’re not going to be living the “Little House on the Prairie” existence with 6+ billion people in this world and a whole hell of a lotta guns. That, I can guarantee.

    GLTA

    • Nickelthrower

      You are correct in that mobility will be the key. The problem, though, is that so much of our available water is polluted that it makes it difficult to move. How, then, can the person on the move obtain clean drinking water given that any natural occurring clean body of water will have been taken over either by the military or the new up and coming local warlord? At best, a person could carry 5 days worth of water but then what?

    • Gay Veteran

      being mobile is not always the way to go, whether to stay or whether to go will depend on the situation you face

    • DownWithLibs

      What about the gas and other supplies that you will undoubtedly need “on the run”? I think you may need to retool and get back to us.

    • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

      Being mobile is indeed important, but every plan can’t be the same. I’d be interested in hearing about yours. Head for the hills? Drive around and live off the land?

      Some suggested reading:

      -One Second After
      -Lucifer’s Hammer
      -Patriots

      Good luck with your plan.

      PJ

      Prepper-Resources.com

  • Steve

    This is not the complete list; it was taken from the 45 Communist goals that found their way down the halls of our great Capitol back in 1963.

    Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Thursday, January 10, 1963 .

    3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

    15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

    17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
     
    26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.” 

    (Leviticus 20:13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.)

    27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”
    30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
    31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

    36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
     
    37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

    Luke 10:18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
    In ancient Hebrew the word for lightning is barack, the word for heaven or the
    heights is bama and to connect the words either an “a” or an “o” is used.

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” – Barack Hussein Obama – Audacity of Hope

    2 Thessalonians 2:3 (King James Version)
    3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    Political Correctness a term first seen in Mao’s Little Red Book, a communist engendered abomination that is instituting censorship little by little.

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”- George Washington

    Carl Marx, once wrote that, the goal of the Communists was to quote,. “enter into men’s minds and cast God down from his throne.”

    Matthew 12:31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

     

    In ancient Babylon their economy was based on usury.
    “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. Exodus 22:25
    Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:13
    Usury is unlawful; expressly prohibited by GOD!
     Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that only the Congress can print and coin money! 

    The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was slipped thru congress during the Christmas break with the majority of it’s members absent. 

    The Federal Reserve is self serving and privately owned in violation to the Constitution, charging interest on illegally printed money. Money printed from nothing!
    In America On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. Five months later A UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY was MURDERED BY COMMUNIST! 

    Our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. (But vetoed a raise for those on Social Security) A member of Congress only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus.  If some one in the military stays  in for 20 years (providing that they are not killed in combat before that) and gets out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $2,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm’s way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

    The debt added by the previous 43 U.S. Presidents from 1789 through 2002 combined was
       $6.3 trillion

    The debt added by Obama is
        $6.5 trillion

    “I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the properties class, and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”—Roger Baldwin, leftist, anarchist, and Communist, was born in Wellesley MA and co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

    “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. Exodus 22:25
    Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:13
    Usury is unlawful; expressly prohibited by GOD!
     
     
    In ancient Babylon their priest sacrificed babies to their gods baal, and molech.  
    In America the communist under their socialist programs have sacrificed over 50 million American babies to their god satan!
    Leviticus 20:2-5
    2Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel , Whosoever he be of the children of Israel , or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel , that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
    3And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
    4And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
    5Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
     
    Luke 22:35-36 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. 36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
     
     
    Jeremiah 50:16Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the SICKLE in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.
    Jeremiah 50:23How is the HAMMER OF THE WHOLE EARTH CUT ASUNDER AND BROKEN! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
    BABYLON = the HAMMER and SICKLE!
     
     
    Jeremiah 50:14 “ Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around, All you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, spare no arrows, For she has sinned against the LORD.

    “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”— Norman Thomas, Socialist Party Presidential Candidate in 1940, 1944 and 1948, co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
    “We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism.”—Nikita Kruschev, former Soviet Premier/dictator.

    All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. Psalm 118:10

    “The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than live on his knees!”. George Washington

      2 Timothy 2:15   Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

    Jeremiah 48: 10Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

    Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying , Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down , and shall be found no more at all.

    “NO KING BUT KING JESUS!”
            

     

    • Gay Veteran

      26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

      Leviticus 20:13

      and do YOU obey the rest of Leviticus? No? then sit down and shut up you ayatollah wannabe

      • Rick

        Dont kill the messenger!

        • Gay Veteran

          true, when it is the message that is messed up

      • A.S.

        Just because someone does not follow of G-d laws, yet, does not invalidate the Bible. It is a growing progress. The aim is to have desire to achieve being completely in accordance of G-d’s laws.

        But…if you slam just one of G-d’s laws because it is inconvenient to you, then you believe all of G-d’s Bible is wrong! In your case, you have the desire to be gay, so you hate G-d for saying homosexuality is wrong, and in the end you slam all of G-d’s laws and what He stands for! If you cannot see the difference then you need major repentance for many more sins. Stop accusing and hating others and look at yourself first if you have a sincere desire to do your best to make G-d happy!

        • A.S.

          forgot the word “all” to be placed before “of.”

        • Gay Veteran

          gee A.S., the so-called god’s laws got slavery WRONG. care to guess what else it got wrong?

          sorry, but I don’t hate that which does not exist

          you’re like some primative trying to understand thunder and lightening

          • Steve

            Psalm14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt , they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

  • Lonnie

    The recommendation to read anything on the SHTFPLAN is seriously misguided. Their total knee-jerk idiots over there, reacting to the slightest bit of hearsay and news with extreme overreaction, speculation and conjecture. Basically, they’re idiots and fools passing themselves off as “knowledgeable”, similar to the moron above “troop buildup in Montana”. All these stories are total b.s. and can be VERY easily disproved by eye-witnesses who actually live there.

    There will be NO COLLAPSE this fall. Anybody that claims there will be is making it up. We will continue to DECLINE as we have been for the past umpteen years. Stockpiling food, getting out of debt, gardening (don’t buy your seeds for these so-called “survival vault” companies, they’re about 3 – 4 times the price as others selling the same non-hybrid seeds) and learning to do all your own repairs and maintenance, pick up a few labor related skills in self-sufficiency, and you’ll be far better off them most. Absolutely FORGET gold and silver as worth buying — it’s not. Nobody needs this metal and nobody will accept it now (or then) for “trade”. What will be valuable are the things you NEED. Make a list, not that hard to do. Stop listening to the knee-jerk fools and morons, probably harder to do since American are so easily misled.

    • Gay Veteran

      yeah, keep all your wealth in paper dollars and see how well that works out

      you do understand that stock brokerages can now steal you money? MFGlobal

      you do understand that FDIC cannot guarantee all deposits in a financial meltdown?

    • Sgt shut up

      Thats what I have said on this site in the past and people dont get it. Screw gold and silver. I cant eat or build with them and why would I trade my food or ammo for something that i cant use to help me survive.
      Really think about this. I know gold has been drummed into old peoples heads for years but come on.

      • Gay Veteran

        then you need to argue with the guy running the Modern Survivalist, he survived the crisis in Argentina and he says you need some gold and silver to survive

    • Rick

      Tell that to the people of Greece!

    • tribeseeker

      Obviously Loonie is a loonie. I’m an acupuncturist and the need for my services is growing. I grow a lot of my own food. In collapse, I’m not going to want someone else’s tomatoes. I’m going to want a medium of exchange that I can use with someone else to get, say, firewood, or a propane canister. Tomatoes just don’t keep very well. Oddly enough, gold and silver do. The whole “you can’t eat metal” argument disintegrates in the face of reality. What farmer is going to trade you his produce for your produce? Really? Gold and silver store value, because they are inherently valuable. They don’t erode like copper or steal and don’t rot like any organic material. If you wanted to buy a nice tailored suit in 1910, you would have paid about an ounce of gold for it. If you wanted to buy a nice tailored suit today, you’d pay about an ounce of gold for it. It seems to me that gold is holding its value just fine.
      So what Loonie is suggesting is that I invest my $100K cash in canned food? Really? I’ll hold on to my gold and invest $10K in canned food.

      • DownWithLibs

        Not to mention that that is how we got to the point of using gold and silver as a medium of exchange, because the old-time barter system just ran out of gas (how many chickens can I get for this wagon wheel?) We always return to what God called money!

      • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

        Interesting theory, oddly enough my latest post addresses your very concerns about Gold. I suggest going down to your local suit shop and trying to pay for your new suit with one ounce of gold bullion, let me know how that works out for you. In a post collapse situation I highly doubt you would fare much better trying to exchange shiny coins with a perceived value for life supporting supplies when everyone is busy hoarding just to stay alive.

        Here’s the link to the post:

        http://www.prepper-resources.com/why-gold-is-a-bad-idea-for-most-preppers/

        Cheers

        PJ

    • Jane

      Thanks for the comforting words. So many in here are so fired up I was beginning to think I was the only one who didn’t agree….but I was still weakening.

    • Jane Smith

      I had your words still in my email, thank heavens. I read them when I got them, but still managed to get myself so entangled in the fear. I reread yours today as I was doing my email clean up. Stopped the madness immediately.
      Thanks.

  • Braindead

    Once the financial analysis is finished this article takes on the aspect of fear porn at its worst.

    I’m not saying be imprudent – don’t diversify funds, hold food in reserve, or whatever. What I am saying is don’t live in fear. This world is uncertain. Accept it and live life. Making life decisions based upon possible disaster scenarios plays right into the hands of those who wish to divide and conquer.

  • Dan

    The economy is improving. The recent numbers all show upward trends. When will the doomsayers finally get that things are okay and stop complaining and forcasting a crash. It’s not happening folks.

    • DownWithLibs

      We have a worsening economy, no jobs growth AND an up-trending stock market at the same time. How IS that possible? I’ll give you a hint. It’s called manipulation, and you appear to be drinking the koolaid.

    • NW Prepper

      How can you say the economy is getting better?? My spouse cannot find a job (like most people we know)and relies on barter to supplement the household needs, my job pays “decent” but still isn’t enough to care for a 2 person household living minimally and no luxuries! The s* already hit the fan for some of us. Enjoy your kool-aid, it will come around to your door soon enough.

  • markus wallett

    Who knows how this economic slow-death will pan out? The patient, on its knees, may be revived for another decade or two yet. It’s always wise to be prepared — hedging with silver and gold, buying some non-perishable food — but to base the rest of your days living in fear of something that may or may not happen is sheer lunacy itself. We’re all dead people walking anyway, with a time limit on this earth.

  • http://theeconomiccollpseblog Verdugo

    A great manual to acquire is Army Field Manual FM 21-76 free on the internet

  • http://n/a garrett

    Gerald Celente of Trends Forcaster, has been very accurate in his heavily studied predictions. I heard him mention that this September if Germany does not play ball with the banks in regard to buying bonds, the global financial scene may take a major bump…Peter Schiff is a good one who explains the rub, out of control fiscal cliff etc.

  • James

    The “Firefox” book series of doing things the “Old” way are great. I have the first 10 and I think they have made 10 more? Who knows if we get knocked back to Civil War Days or Colonial times?

  • miss edna

    I had lots of books and then a tornado destroyed them all and all of my prep stuff didn’t help one iota.

    • Rachael

      Oh I’m sorry Miss edna… Geez. I don’t know where you live, but I certainly hope you were surrounded by Christian help to re start again. May God bless you!

  • Harvey Hanna
  • Rachael

    Do you know what would save this nation from the bottom up? Read Deuteronomy 15:1 “At the end of every seventh year you are to cancel the debts of those who owe you money.”

    Deuteronomy 15:9
    Do not refuse to lend them something, just because the year when debts are canceled is near. Do not let such an evil thought enter your mind. If you refuse to make the loan, they will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be held guilty.

    Think about it…the common man’s bank debts are cancelled, the bank’s own debts are cancelled from the Central Banks, and the Central banks debts are cancelled. The government debts are cancelled as well. Everyone who owes everyone now owes no one. Businesses could go back to hiring, making goods, people could work and purchase goods, New businesses could be established. Taxes could be paid freely, etc. And if we would DARE learn from experience, we would lead more cautious lives, borrowing less and within our means to pay back in 7 years all in good faith lending and repaying.

    But, alas, greed has taken us over. Satan’s workshop, this world of ours. That answer is too simple and nobody gets rich and powerful that way. Tsk, tsk. I thank God that He is in control and will lead this world where HE wants it to go for HIS purpose and I’m here to be directed by him as to what He wants me to do. Meanwhile, since I can’t EAT money, I will put mine in durable goods and food that I’m gonna need for when the SHTF! :)

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  • Jane

    I’ve already spent some of my years, long ago to be sure, but living quite primtively. Outhouse, kerosene lamps, pitcher pump in the kitchen, lovely copper bathtub, fresh milk from two cows,eggs and chieken fricasee every Sunday, (Yuck) whooping cough with a honey and peppermint mix for comfort, work horses, making hay, jumping down from the loft to the bow in the barn. Who could complain? I was 6!

  • NW Prepper

    I see so much about prepping on this site, and others, but I think we are missing the point. The point of prepping is to be prepared. Having 5 years of canned chili isn’t going to save you or your family. If you cannot survive on a daily basis without depending on society, you are in a world of hurt. And you won’t be able to take the whole basement with you if you have to leave the area.
    Hunting skills, building or maintaining a shelter, physical stamina, finding wild vegetables and fruits, growing a small garden, cutting firewood to keep your family warm..these are things the prepper covers first.
    There are a lot of us that are surviving on these skills as we speak. Not because we want to, but because we HAVE to. The ccollapse is already in action, and like a wave – it is moving throughout America. If you had money before, you will be okay for a while yet. If you are/were living paycheck to paycheck..welcome to the plan..you are not alone.

  • Joe

    Wow, not one word about how the republicans went from a surplus to a deficits. How paul Ryan voted for 2 unpaid for wars and drug program. When republicons were in charge they side deficits do NOT matter, as they gave unpaid for tax cuts to the wealthy, and raised the debt ceiling 7 times in 8 years.. And what did we get after 8 years of tax cuts. Not one private sector job was created. We had negative private sector job growth total in 8 years. Tax cuts for the rich do NOT WORK, wake up the billionaires (1%) play you guys like a fiddle.

    • http://twitter.com/jimdep jimmy d

      You are an utter and complete moron!!!!!

  • xiou

    it is funny, you people have put the world in to poverty and that was kool. we chinese have suffered poverty for decades now its our turn to have fun. being white doesnot make you superior humans! watch “confessions of a economic hitman” and you’ll know why you were so rich and the rest of the world was so poor. wat goes around comes around. all men equal! US isnt collapsing the earth is balancing its self. us=bully corporation vs rest of the world=innocent people, ur dirty game back fired

    • Becky

      Dear xiou,

      I do believe you are right. I am so sorry about what your country has suffered. The U.S. will definately find out what other countries have been going through. I pray that God blesses you and just know all Americans are not bad. God help us all.

      Sincerely,

      Rebecca Swanson from Tennessee

  • http://www.johnpaine234.com John Paine

    I think the US economy will recover in a few years and people will prosper again like in the 1980s under Mitt romney. He is smart an will have ways to fix the economy. I think we are just going through hard times temporarily and I think the tea party will lead us to a better world. I think the people thinking the economy is bad are psychotic and will be wrong for sure.

    I love america. I love Walmart, Target, McDonald and KFC.

    I think the politicians and CEOs have good heart and will go out of their ways to help the poor and needy.

    I don’t think the CEOs are doing their job for the money, the money is just a fair compensation of what they have contribute to the company. I don’t think they even get fair compensation. How can you put a price on their pay when they are out there creating jobs and making sure that average americans are enjoying their living. They are NOT doing for the money, they are doing it for the people and people only. They are the true crusaders of our time. I think most will do their job if they get minimal wages. Saying “free market” is just their way of saying, ‘i want a free market to freely help the poor’

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Enrique Hui

      Don’t fool yourself. With Obama back in office, we’re going even farther into debt and since when did anyone work for the good of the people, of course everyone’s in it for the money.

  • Steve

    Mention the Federal Reserve (FED) and most people, including Americans, will think that you are talking about the financial arm of the US government.

    That assumption, however, would be well off the mark.

    The Federal Reserve is in fact a private company.

    Many Americans also believe that the FED is part of their Constitution.

    UNCONSTITUTIONAL
    However, that assumption is also far from true. In fact, Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution actually outlawed such an entity from ever existing –

    ‘only Congress shall have the power to create money and regulate the value thereof’.

    In stark contrast to this statement, the Federal Reserve Bank is owned and run by private individuals and international bankers.

    These international bankers have the power, through the United States Treasury, to print money by simply adding ink to worthless pieces of paper.

    What is more, they also control it’s value and even loan it to the US’ and other governments around the world, charging interest for the privilege.

    This ability affords the Federal Reserve huge amounts of power, despite the fact that their very existence violates the US Constitution.

    With that in mind is the Federal Reserve the greatest, and most overt, financial crime of all time?

    BRIEF HISTORY
    The Federal Reserve was originally begun with approximately 300 individuals and banks backing it.

    Each bought a number of shares at a cost of $100 each.

    As these shares are never publicly traded one can only wonder how much each is worth today!

    Collectively, the shareholders in the Federal Reserve make up the strongest financial cartel in history.

    Each year the Federal Reserve collects billions of dollars in interest payments alone, distributing the profit between it’s members.

    The Federal Reserve is allowed to print as much money as it chooses yet pays no interest, fees or charges to the US government.

    This ability to literally print as much money as it wants was bestowed upon the FED in 1913, despite it being quite illegal.

    MANIPULATION OF INFLATION AND INTEREST RATES

    The FED creates money and then lends it to individual, companies and governments throughout the world.

    Through the banking sector they then turn a huge profit by charging interest on these loans.

    The basic tenants of supply and demand dictate that the endless printing of new bank notes will cause inflationary pressures.

    This means that the FED could manipulate the money flow in order to drive up inflation and therefore interest rates.

    Any other organisation with that sort of power would be under constant surveillance in order to ensure that it wasn’t abusing it’s power in order to commit fraud.

    In stark contrast, the FED’s dealings are often concluded behind closed doors and with little to no supervision.

    THE FEDERAL RESERVE ACT

    Back in 1913 there had been many failed attempts to get the Federal Reserve Act through Congress.

    At this point in time the bankers elected to fund Woodrow Wilson’s attempt to gain the presidency of the United Sates, in return for his continuing support of the FED.

    Just before Christmas that year, when most other Senators were away on holidays, one Nelson Alrich managed to get the Federal Reserve Act through with little resistance.

    Nelson Aldrich, incidentally, was a grandfather to the Rockefellers.

    After his election to the Presidency Woodrow Wilson passed the Federal Reserve Act, only to later comment, “I have unwittingly ruined my country”.

    There are a great many commentators who believe that US presidential candidates are now carefully selected and funded by the FED, so that they can guarantee that every new president will be sympathetic to their cause.

    WHO ARE THE CURRENT OWNERS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE?

    Whilst there may still be some smaller shareholders in the FED, it is believed that the Federal Reserve is owned and controlled primarily by the following Central banks –

    1.  Rothschild Bank of London
    2.  Warburg Bank of Hamburg
    3.  Chase Manhattan Bank of New York
    4.  Warburg Bank of Amsterdam
    5.  Rothschild Bank of Berlin
    6.  Lehman Brothers of New York
    7.  Lazard Brothers of Paris
    8.  Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York
    9.  Goldman Sachs of New York
    10. Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11110

    On June the 4th 1963 one brave man attempted to remedy the situation by stripping the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest.

    President John F. Kennedy signed an Executive Order – No. 11110 – that instantly gave the U.S. government the right to issue currency without going through the Federal Reserve.

    This was achieved by granting the Treasury the power ‘to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury.’

    In other words, for every ounce of silver held in the U.S. Treasury’s vault, the government could print a certain, and limited, amount of new money.

    Under Executive Order 11110, Kennedy was responsible for introducing around $4.3 billion of notes into circulation.

    CONSEQUENCES

    Executive Order 11110 could have been a hugely significant turning point in U.S. history.

    In an instant President Kennedy almost consigned the Federal Reserve Bank to oblivion.

    If  silver certificates had continued to be issued then there would soon have been a total lack of demand for Federal Reserve notes as the former were backed by silver and the latter backed by absolutely nothing at all.

    Executive Order 11110 had the potential to slash national debt as no interest would be payable.

    Eventually the government would have repaid all it owed to the Federal Reserve and at that point the Bank would have ceased to serve any kind of useful function.

    ASSASSINATION

    Just 5 months later and President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in what many believe was a grand conspiracy.

    Could Executive Order 11110 have cost Kennedy his life?

    After all, the Executive Order has never repealed by any subsequent U.S. President and could be enacted at any time.

    Why hasn’t any President followed Kennedy’s lead in returning to a monetary system backed by silver?

    Perhaps JFK’s assassination sent out a message that was well understood by his successors?

    Your income is taxed to pay the the Federal Reserve what they charge for printing money that is illegal and unconstitutional in the first place!

    Income taxes are unconstitutional
    Originally income taxes were illegal because the Constitution required all taxes to be apportioned among the states proportional to their populations, not their incomes.
    The 16th Amendment, which permits federal income taxes, was not ratified in the same language by three fourths of the United States as required by Article V of the Constitution and is therefore invalid. The approved wording was different in different states and therefore they ratified different amendments! (“Is Income Tax Un-American and Illegal?”, July and August, 1993, pp. 14-16).
    The courts refuse to cast down the 16th Amendment even though it was not legally ratified.

    The Federal Reserve is also a monopoly–in a country where monopolies are supposed to be illegal.  The IRS deposits people’s income tax checks directly in the Federal Reserve banks–not in the united States Treasury.  Therefore, the IRS, an unconstitutional entity, is merely the collection agency for the international banksters.  Over the years the IRS has become a tool of the elite banking families to financially attack and/or imprison people who expose the Federal Reserve.  It is also a tool used by the D.C. elite to attack people who expose government corruption.

  • Bailey

    I am one of the people on government assistance I get food assistance (EBT) and medical (Quest), but I noticed I am smartmer than most of the people I see who are on EBT in the store shopping for groceries… I stockpile, use coupons w/sales and only at the end of the month if I have enough left I buy fun foods (soda, candy, chips, cookies, etc…) I do this to stockpile because I know the economic situation will be getting worse it is just a matter of time… While other EBT users just buy junk food or frozen foods for dinner I make dinner by hand and only but frozen foods when the members of my household would be coming home late that cooking dinner does not make sense, so if you are on EBT you can stockpile I usually buy 2-10 of the same item to stockpile for my emergency stash of food items…

  • Mike

    Can the government loot our bank account in a time of crises?

  • Jon

    Here we have a system that requires infinite resources to maintain past performance, but in reality has only finite resources at it’s disposal. The sustainability of the current system cannot happen, but not all of that is bad as there is a lot of bad in the current system. Put wisdom on your side. Prepare yourself mentally and spiritually. Put your trust in God, as only those who find Him will find peace during these times.

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