The Urban Prepper:
Grab a coffee…I’m on a roll.
I’m a small business owner selling to Auto & Appliance OE’s and meet regularly with Presidents of manufacturing companies, Bank Managers (not the too big types but struggling locals) and Economist and the news supports your aggressive and continued Prep efforts.
The auto news is less than stellar with the next 3-5 years production estimated at 4-6 million vehicles compared to 17-18 million just 3 years ago. Appliance sales are down 35-42% percent. Manufacturing is poised to “run or sprint” to the Mexican & Brazilian borders should Cap and Trade & Universal Health Care be passed. Banks have ceased lending and pulled revolving credit to small to medium companies which are now using cash reserves for survival. I personally know of (3) companies whose owners have forgone their retirement plans to subsidize their payroll. Attrition amongst all manufacturing is the highest in 50-60 years and remaining struggling businesses survive on transfer jobs from other plant closures, like leaches. This is the pretext to the new term “jobless recovery”. America will soon realize we lack manufacturing to pull out of this contrived depression…for the first time in our lifetime we won’t have manufacturing to pull us through …we’ll have government.
Netanyahu and Putin just met regarding negotiations over Iran and the latest from political pundits is that Israel will most likely “got it alone” in attacking Iran.
So why should you care, what do the above have in common with prepping? Here’s the potential play:
…it’s late October with cold temps just starting to chill the fall air and across North America heaters are starting to turn on at night as temps approach freezing. Some have forgotten to fill their oil reserves for their older furnaces and why not, heck oil’s been cheap. Netanyahu receives a “go ahead’ from Barry Soetoro aka Obama and Israel strikes Tehran on Halloween night in the US (while most are busy with Football and Trick or Treat)…most attacks are on weekends, evenings with absolute darkness of “no-moon” for full surprise & effect & October 31st is strategically ideal. As the world reacts the commodities and futures markets “go astro” with oil skyrocketing $800-1,000 barrel the first 24 hours then relax to $300-500 per barrel…overnight petrol prices at the pump jump to $25-50 dollars per gallon…even at those prices there’s a run and soon stations are empty and tempers flare. Immediately… “Run’s” occur at Super Markets, Big Box stores and the Banks with people in panic using half their available gas to pay for items now reflecting 500-1,000% percent increases. There’s a general malaise as the public takes 2-3 days to ascertain what the hell has happened. The average American family maintains a 3-5 day supply of food…those who prepped are finally vindicated and allow themselves a short respite as they know what comes next… their very survival and existence…at this point, from here on American history takes a new course.
…and what about the Flu?
This is from the Gaurdian:
The swine flu pandemic could kill millions and cause anarchy… says a UN report leaked to the Observer.
The disclosure will provoke concerns that health officials will not be able to stem the growth of the worldwide H1N1 pandemic in developing countries. If the virus takes hold in the poorest nations, millions could die and the economies of fragile countries could be destroyed.
Health ministers around the globe were sent the warning on Thursday in a report on the costs of averting a humanitarian disaster in the next few months. It comes as officials inside the World Health Organisation, the UN’s public health body, said they feared they would not be able to raise half that amount because of the global downturn.
Prep Now, Prep Hard, Prep likes there’s no tomorrow…our very lives depend on it!
God Bless Us All!
Animis opibusque parati – Prepared in minds and resources