A crisis is not coming. It is already here, and it will be as defining a moment in the history of the United States as the Great Depression and Civil War

The Factors that Led to the Great Depression of the 1930s Had a Lot in Common with Today’s Economy, but That Depression Was Very Different.

The coronavirus or COVID19 has affected all aspects of our lives and most notably has affected the stock market. While the stock market is not always an indicator of overall economic health for an one way or the other, it’s the canary in the coal mine that reflects important economic factors.

What is worth watching is the effect COVID19 has on all factors affecting the economy, not only in the U.S. but globally. Certain impacts lead to a recession, and if those impacts are long-term, economies fall into what is described as a depression.

What is a Depression?

The term “economic depression” does not have a formal definition. Traditionally, it has been described as an extended and severe recession. Not surprisingly, recessions and depressions are never announced immediately.

It’s not until some key factors continue in a certain way over a period of time that economists reluctantly declare that a recession is occurring, and much later surrender to the realities of a depression.

What is a Recession?

Unlike a depression, a recession has a formal definition: “Two consecutive quarters of shrinking GDP.”

GDP stands for gross domestic product. It represents everything we produce over a specific period. Coming out of 2019, U.S. GDP growth stood at 2.3% in the last quarter. In the first quarter of 2020, it’s currently running at 1.6%. If the second quarter of 2020 sees a reduction from 1.6% by the end of the quarter, it will fit the formal definition of a recession.

However, most economists will wait until the end of the third quarter of 2020 before they even think to declare a recession, while ignoring that a third quarter of falling GDP is the sign of a depression.

The Unemployment Factor

In addition to a consistent decline in GDP is a rise in unemployment. While job numbers have been rising as of late, the effect of COVID19 on numerous industries has already become apparent.

  • Professional sports venues across all sports have shut down their seasons and the jobs that accompany them in both stadiums and other peripheral suppliers.
  • Retailers are either closing or reducing their hours, particularly in clothing and general merchandise.
  • Restaurants and bars are closed in many parts of the U.S. for an unknown period of time.
  • Theaters, gyms, and other spaces and places where large groups of people gather in close contact are closing.
  • Cruise ship companies and many vacation resorts have shut down or closed for an unknown period of time.
  • Airlines have seen a dramatic falloff of up to 50% and will all be bankrupt by the end of May if nothing changes.
  • Tourist destinations in the U.S. are either closing or seeing a rapid decline.

As a result, 18% of U.S. workers have already lost jobs or hours since the impact of coronavirus hit about a week ago. 

As businesses and locations that combine large numbers of people for any length of time continue to close or reduce hours, the impact on employees for all of those businesses will grow. Some stopgap measures have been implemented by the federal government to cover loss of employment but for now that only averages two weeks.

What happens if the closures continue? The obvious answer is growing unemployment which was one of the primary causes of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

In a press conference on March 16th, President Trump stated that social distancing and the effects of COVID19 could extend well into the summer. He also stated that there is a possibility of a recession. That’s longer than two weeks for anyone receiving brief unemployment benefits.

What Happened in the 1930s?

Most people are unaware that the Great Depression actually consisted of two severe recessions. One lasted from 1929 to 1934 and the second lasted from 1937 to 1939. A variety of factors caused the recessions of the 1930s including poor government policies related to management of the money supply, banking, interest rates, and taxes.

Another factor was poor land management that led to the dust bowl and rampant unemployment across the farm states and foreclosures on homes and farms. To give you a point of reference, from 1929 to 1932, global GDP fell by about 15%. This was much more than the 1% decline during the Great Recession, which started in 2008.

Many policies and laws have been put into place to forestall some of the mistakes of the 1930s including better management of interest rates and the money supply by the Federal Reserve Banks, the creation of the FDIC to insure cash deposits in banks up to $250,000, lower taxes relative to the 1930s, and better land management practices.

All of these changes should forestall a depression, but the depression we may be facing will be more similar to what happened in Japan in the 1980s. It was driven by real estate and credit speculation and the deflation and falling wages that ensued have continued to this day.

The point is that there is no set formula for a recession and the driving factors can come from anywhere, including a pandemic.

A New Definition of Economic Depression

Based on the past patterns leading to recessions and eventual depressions worldwide, two factors have now been identified as indicators of a depression.

  1. GDP must shrink by at least 10% (total GDP contraction).
  2. The economic downturn must last longer than three years.

Other signals of a recessionary cycle leading to a depression include growing unemployment, foreclosures, falling wages, credit defaults, deflation, and reduced economic activity. And that last point brings us back around to COVID19.

Reduced Economic Activity

COVID19 is causing an abrupt economic shock that some economists think is more unnerving than the 2008 financial crash, which caused the worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Widespread closures and cancelations seem certain to lead to more losses and layoffs, already reflected in a stock market down 28% in less than a month. A manufacturing survey hit its lowest level since 2009 on March 16, a sign of things to come. “This feels much worse than 2008,” according to Harvard economist Jason Furman.

This all gets back to the fundamental feature of a depression: duration of the recession. If the necessary response to COVID19 continues to have the severe impacts currently indicated… a depression is inevitable.

10 Ways to Prepare for this Depression

You can, in fact, take control of the situation at least to some degree. Here are 10 things to do to prepare for an economic depression:

1. Pay off debt starting with credit cards. 

Eventually, you can move on to other debts. There’s no need to pay off your mortgage, but if you have paid all of your debts and want to make some principal payments, you can consider it, but only after you’ve taken the next step.

2. Shore up your emergency fund for at least 6 months of expenses.

In the event you are laid off, this fund can get you through. However, the standard recommendation is for a 6-month emergency fund even in the best of times. If you’re concerned, you can extend that to the time frame you’re most comfortable with.

3. Build your network, both professional and personal.

If you lose your job, your professional network can be the fastest path to new employment. Also, people need to help and support each other in desperate times, so a strong social network is a smart idea.

4. Learn to prepare food at home and how to can and store food. 

If restaurants continue to be closed for any length of time and you don’t know how to cook, now’s the time to learn. It also saves money and keeps you out of public restaurants. The ability to can and preserve foods is also a good skill and a cost saver.

5. Learn to shop wisely. Shop for sales and only buy what you need.

With many retailers closed or closing, shopping may not be the issue it once was but even then, shop wisely. If you need it, buy it. But ask yourself if you really need it.

6. Plant some food. Start a vegetable . Plant vegetables instead of flowers. 

To a large degree, we depend on imports of produce. If for any reason those imports are affected, the cost and availability of produce could increase significantly. Plant a garden and take a second look at those flower beds. You may be better off planting strawberry plants or vegetables rather than zinnias.

7. Learn to live below your means.

Again, only buy it if you need it. Here are five frugal tips that will save you some money.

8. Keep your car in good condition. Especially if it’s paid off.

A new car payment adds to the debt.

9. Buy classic style clothes, not the latest trend.

Now is the time to think functionally not fashionably.

10. Avoid aggressive investments.

The stock market is deceptive and unless you have a strong grasp of investment fundamentals, stay with the safe investments.

Monitor What’s Happening

What has been true about all past recessions and depressions is that economists and governments don’t announce them until they have become woefully obvious. At some point, they are likely to point back to March 2020 as the beginning of the depression.

Don’t allow yourself to be surprised. Consider the 10 steps listed above and keep a close eye on reports related to GDP and unemployment.

The stock market can be a fool’s game and a fool’s indicator of the underlying strengths or weaknesses in an economy. Statistics related to GDP and unemployment paint a more accurate picture. With any luck, the steps being taken worldwide will curb the pandemic.

Recent reports from Hong Kong indicate life is getting back to normal. How their economy or any other economy in the world recovers has yet to be seen.

A Pandemic That Scares The General Population Into Submission Can Act As Cover For Many Different Events. This may be the future of gun control in America and total government control?

If a pandemic were to get lose in the nation most people would look to government for answers and help but there are those that would stay as far away from the government as possible. These are the self sufficient people that government fears the most. They have the supplies and knowledge to stay alive when most others won’t and that is reason enough for the government to get them out of the way. They are potential impediments to total government control. So what might the feds do to eliminate this potential threat to their power?

The first thing needed is to identify these people and assess their potential threat to the government. That has been ongoing for several years now with doctors asking about firearms ownership and new regulations to get child protective services into homes to insure the safety of the children.

The second thing is to verify the location of the individuals home. After all, you cannot do anything to someone unless you can find them. This was done in part during the last census when workers recorded the GPS coordinates to individuals homes and it is said that the postal service now scans the front and back of letters to capture the addresses on them not only to tag your address but to see the location and identity of those you are in communication with.

Once you have the enemy identified you want to destroy, neutralize or suppress their abilities to work against you. This can be done in many ways. The ostracizing of the prepper community and the listing of preppers, veterans and Christians as domestic threats by fusion centers has forced these people to try to keep a low profile while they prepare for future events.

The final phase is to remove these people from society completely. That is where we are now. There must be some coordinated way to separate these people from their supplies and their support networks.

With a pandemic the government has the excuse to conduct wellness checks on individuals to assess their condition. This will be done under the cover of containing the virus. The reality is that once it goes nationwide, the virus cannot be contained and these wellness checks can be used to remove those that the government wants out of the way. After all, what citizen would complain about the government removing someone that can infect the community. If the government has to get violent, no one will say anything so it is a good time to remove people for other reasons as well.

The health officials will force entry into homes to check individuals and when someone with firearms and ample supplies is found they can be labeled as infected and removed to camps with the sick. In the beginning those that know what is going on will resist and probably shoot at government workers that try to break through self imposed quarantine zones around their homes. This will lead to workers being escorted by armed security that will be able to assault homes and force entry. This is the future of gun control in America. It is the only way they could hope to accomplish it.

After these well individuals are placed in sick camps they will suffer one of three fates. They will either contract the disease and die, contract the disease and survive or not get sick at all. Those that survive will likely be kept at the camp to care for the sick that continue to come in. A pandemic would require tens of thousands of workers to tend to the sick and there are not enough to do that at this time so this is a likely answer. These healthy people would become forced labor for the government. If you do not think this is a possibility you need to read some of the executive orders now in effect. The government can conscript anyone during an emergency and use them as forced labor for free. These free laborers are expendable while trained medical personnel are not.

If the government wishes to maintain some type of healthcare system in the nation they will likely divert infected persons away from hospitals so that those locations can maintain operations. It would be necessary to maintain operational hospitals for the government workers and those that serve them. If hospitals were overrun with plague victims it would decimate the medical staff and completely collapse the medical system. The medical workers that did not die would stop showing up to work in many cases as an act of self preservation. Doctors and nurses are highly trained people and you cannot replace them easily.

Those forced laborers that are left after the pandemic is over can be utilized or eliminated as the government wants and is a good way to get trouble makers out of the way. This may not be the plan but it makes some sense. Its what I might do if I were in charge and had a certain agenda in mind.

A pandemic that scares the general population into submission can act as cover for many different events. It can be cover for the economic collapse that will surely arrive one day, it can be used as a money maker for pharmaceutical companies, it can be used to consolidate power by the government or it could be used to reduce the population which is the stated goal of some in society.

This article is meant to make you ask questions, not to frighten you so here are some things to think about in the days to come. Why did Crucell develop an Ebola vaccine in 2006 and now hides the fact? Why is GSK rushing another potential vaccine into production that will likely be mandatory for the general population? Why does FEMA have contracts with foreign governments like Russia to provide manpower in the event of a disaster in America? Why do we have executive orders that can turn the population into virtual slave labor even in times of peace? Why does the CDC have thousands of coffins on hand? Why do we have UN vehicles being prepositioned around the country? Why have local police been militarized? Why are preppers, veterans and Christians being demonized by the government? Why does the FED continue to destroy the dollar knowing what it will do to the country? Why is our southern border left open? Why is the government reluctant to stop people from infected areas from coming into the U.S.?

This outbreak may fizzle out and become nothing but if this black swan lands, it could be a world changing event. If the government does come for you one day, the only thing you can do is not be there when they arrive. At this time there are more questions than answers and some of the answers are not very comforting. One thing that is certain is that we are living in interesting times. Only time will tell how this will end.


The Day the Coronavirus Came to Prison

In the days before he went into lockdown, John J. Lennon sent this dispatch from Sing Sing, on how the maximum-security prison was preparing for the inevitable arrival of COVID-19.

On the afternoon of March 14, in the conjugal compound at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, in New York, I was chilling out on the couch with my partner, coronavirus talk on the television in the background. The phone rang. It wasn’t count time, so I grew worried.

The voice on the line said to step outside, where the security superintendent was waiting. He told us that our conjugal weekend was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All visitations at prisons statewide were suspended until April 11.

Sing Sing was going into quarantine.

Our movement was limited. No gym. Hospital and commissary runs limited to groups of ten. Staggered seating in the mess hall.

Yet the measures appeared to roll out inconsistently. On Tuesday evening, I found as many as 150 guys gathered in the yard. Elbow bumps had replaced fist bumps and pound embraces, but all else appeared normal. They knew that wouldn’t last, and wondered why the corrections officers weren’t required to wear protective masks. That should be the priority, my peers reasoned, not preventing prisoners from getting a little fresh air.

We only later found out that while we’d talked in the yard, the Department of Corrections had confirmed that an employee at Sing Sing had tested positive for COVID-19. The virus had arrived.

The Hand Sanitizer

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up in my cell with a fever and chills. I was alarmed, like anyone feeling sick these days. I retraced my steps. A few days earlier, on line for the phone on our tier, I’d watched a fella who lives a few cells down from me talking and coughing, sloppy and phlegmy. He’d pulled a sock over the handset, an attempt to block his germs from coating the receiver.

I dropped a sick-call slip that night.

“Sick call leaving the block,” crackled a voice over the PA the next morning. I’d sweated out the bug overnight, but figured that I go for the walk anyway, curious to see how the medical unit was prepping for coronavirus.

As I walked through the white halls of the hospital, I passed a Corcraft hand-sanitizer dispenser. Corcraft supplies prisoner-made products to government agencies and affiliates—government offices, non-profits that receive tax dollars, prisons and jails. I’d seen the dispensers here and there around Sing Sing, mostly where civilians worked, never in the cellblocks where us prisoners live. The foam supposedly kills 99% of germs. I pressed the lever and nothing came out. The dispenser was empty.

I stood on a red line to see the sick-call nurse. A man with a kind face, in scrubs, called me into the office. I told him that I was feeling better. Then I went into reporter mode: “What was the plan?”

Inmates with serious flu-like symptoms, he told me, were being quarantined and swabbed for influenza.

Prison employees open a door to a former cell block at Sing Sing.

“But we’re concerned about coronavirus,” I told him. “Do you have those tests yet?”

“Everybody’s concerned. I have kids….” He caught himself. “But no, we don’t have the tests yet.” On my way out, he gave me a few packets of ibuprofen and a bottle of Robitussin, in case my symptoms returned, along with a few alcohol pads.

Sing Sing is on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Westchester County. Behind a thirty-foot wall, 1600 of us live in close quarters on open-tier cellblocks stacked four or five floors high. In here, there is no such thing as “social distancing.”

On March 5, a memo from the Department of Corrections was posted to the bulletin board at the front of my tier, about a few simple ways to keep safe from COVID-19: Wash your hands for twenty seconds; avoid touching your face; cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow; stay away from those who are unwell; if family or friends are sick and plan on visiting, tell them to reschedule.

I started to wonder who would unknowingly carry the virus to breach the walls of Sing Sing. A prisoner’s wife coming to visit, their kids in tow? (New York allows brief and respectable contact during visits, such as hugs and kisses.) One of the approximately nine hundred corrections officers who rotate in and out of the facility during the three shift changes each day? A teacher who sneezes on an incarcerated student’s algebra assignment before returning it? A maintenance worker, or a cook, or a commissary cashier?

On March 9, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Corcraft would ramp up the production of hand sanitizer and distribute it to communities across the state. The prisoners manufacturing it would likely be paid extra, but that wasn’t likely to amount to much. Herbert Long, who locks a few cells down from me, used to have an industrial-caustics job when he was at Great Meadow, in Upstate. “It’s like a factory job,” he told me. “Punch in, work your station. Make the quotas, punch out.” He’d made 26 cents an hour.

Now, there was even less chance that the sanitizer produced by our peers up north would end up being used to refill the empty dispensers at Sing Sing.

The Mouthpiece

Aprisoner at Sing Sing who I’ll call Pac has a patent pending on an invention to prevent the spread of germs in the joint. Prisoners come up with great ideas all the time, but few carry through. Countless times, Pac has rested his elbows on my cell bars and rambled on about his latest concepts. His thoughts come rapid-fire. Usually I nod along. This time, I’m listening.

Look down the phone line at any prison in America, and you’ll see prisoners holding socks. When it’s you’re your turn, you pull the sock over the handset. Lately, some guys have brought nasal-spray bottles filled with bleach and water, which they use to wipe everything down. A primitive form of preventative health.

Pac has designed a hypoallergenic, rubber-compound mold that fits over the handset. Prisoners could bring it with them every time they used the phone. Commissaries could sell them. Pac hopes to pitch the Department of Corrections on buying them in bulk and distributing them statewide. He knows there’s a market and he has done the math—thousands of jails and prisons, hundreds of thousands of phones between them, millions of prisoners using them.

Pac, a fifty-something Dominican dude from Washington Heights, looks like a tattooed tank. He’s been incarcerated for twenty-seven years. He grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness and then got sucked up in the life in the eighties, running with a crew who sold the crack cocaine. All of them wound up dead or in prison.

Pac filed the provisional patent on his own. It cost a few hundred bucks. Then he tapped some friends to hire InventHelp, which analyzed similar products. That cost $800. Another friend hired the law firm Holland & Knight to bring home the utility patent. That cost another $15,000. If the patent comes through, Pac should be cleared to bring the product to market.

‘The Green Shit’

Recently, a crew of porters were sent to the second floor of a building in Tappan, a decommissioned medium-security compound within the walls of Sing Sing. There, one porter told me, they received orders to “G.I.”—clean so well that the military would approve—a room with around 100 beds and a communal bathroom. The space would be used to quarantine sick prisoners.

They scrubbed the bathroom, mopped the floors, wiped the lockers and bedframes, painted the walls, and brought in new mattresses. (We are lucky, in a way—most prisons don’t have a vacant dorm conveniently available for quarantining.)

“Which cleaning agent did you use?” I asked the porter.

“You know, the green shit.”

The green shit is Germicidal Cleaner 128, also made by Corcraft. It is the go-to cleaning product in New York prisons. Barrels of the stuff are stored at Sing Sing. Lately, he said, porters have been issued twice the normal amount throughout the facility, and at a higher potency. The instructions recommend diluting 1.5 ounces with a gallon of water, but the containers going out now are 50% germicide, 50% water.

Porters assigned to the visiting room were hard at work, too. Microwave knobs, vending machine buttons, tabletops, chairs, the Legos and action figurines in the children’s area—everything was getting sprayed and wiped with Germicidal 128.

Then spray bottles of bleach were issued, the porter told me. Germicidal Cleaner 128 is powerful, but it doesn’t get rid of everything. Bleach does.

Which is why you couldn’t walk through Sing Sing in the past week without catching whiffs of germicide and bleach mixed in with body odor, cigarettes, weed.

But the virus still came. No one knows when it will go away, nor what destruction it will have left behind.

All Computer Models Show Pandemics & BioWarfare Will Produce More Deaths Than Nuclear Warheads

In doing some research about influenza, I came across the great Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919. This happened during World War I and affected everyone on both sides of the ocean as well as across the world. It affected soldiers as well as citizens. It is estimated that 50 million people died during this epidemic. That is compared to the 16 million people who died during World War I.

One of the things that was missing from this epidemic was antibiotics. They simply did not exist as a medicine during this time. Antibiotics in an usable form was discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming. However, antibiotics are rarely used for any influenza viruses. We do have some medications now that will treat influenza.

It is unlikely though that antibiotics would have been effective anyway during the epidemic of 1918. The influenza epidemic came in two phases. The first phase was less severe and most people recovered from it. It came in back a few months later and killed people within hours to a few days. Most people died from the fever and fluid filling their lungs which suffocated them. The disease affected people ages 20-40 the most.

Doctors and scientists were at a loss at how to treat this influenza. They could not control or stop the disease. Remember, there was no Center for Disease Control at the time. That was not established until 1946.

Don’t remember learning this in history class? I didn’t remember learning it either. However, what can we take away from this?

Is starting to feel like it’s every man for himself, Is possible that right now, a global crisis is upon us, Without even knowing… And the virus may not be the biggest threat, but the crisis that follows, Everyday goods that keep us alive will be gone, I’m talking, food, fresh water, medicine, clothes, fuel…


1. It was not treatable. They believe the strain during this epidemic was the H1N1. Influenza strains can be mild or develop a variant that can make them deadly. Since very little was known about influenza then, it was almost impossible to treat. Today’s influenza strains are proving harder to treat. Flu shots do not cover all strains of influenza. A strain or a variant in the strain of influenza could be strong enough to not be treatable or controllable.

2. It affected strong, healthy adults the most. The age group that was affected the most was 20-40 years old. This is a group of people who are at the peak of life in terms of health and vitality. The problem with that is this is also the group of people who would be the most social group especially in 1918. Even today, people in that age range rarely stay home. The disease would be able to spread very quickly because people are constantly going. They go to work, kids’ activities, social gatherings, and college.

3. It was not controllable. This influenza strain spread very, very quickly. People were given poor advice on how to not catch the disease and how to treat the disease. We now have the Center for Disease Control who would hopefully be on top of the disease. We also now know the best way to treat the symptoms of influenza. We also know that we need rest and to stay home to keep influenza from other people.

Do you think this could happen again? Many people do. Are you ready for the next influenza epidemic? An influenza epidemic of the proportions that occurred in 1918 would be considered a pandemic now.  We hear threats of pandemics now that could happen. How would you survive the next pandemic? What do you need to do to get ready?

1. Get a sick room ready. You should have a room, preferably a bedroom, ready to be a sick room. You should have some medical supplies ready in that room like a thermometer, ibuprofen, hot water bottle, instant cold packs, face tissues, disinfectant spray cleaner, trash bags, face masks, and disposable gloves. You may also want a pandemic flu kit in that room for the people treating the sick.

2. Have white towels, wash cloths, and white bedding ready to use. You want linens you can wash in very hot water or even put in boiling water to disinfect. You can also use bleach on white linens without issues. You want to have extra linens so you can change the sick beds quickly and wash the infected bodies without worry.

3. Have rolls of heavy plastic to cover surfaces like the bed, the floor, the windows,and the doorways. You have to think about disease control going in and out of the house. You are trying just as hard to keep the disease out as well as keeping it controlled in your home.

4. Keep some chem suits on hand. You may want to completely cover up to deal with a sick patient or having to go into infected areas. A chem suit with boots and gloves would be the ideal solution. You will also want a face mask and eye protection to keep safe.

5. Have one person who would be dedicated to taking care of the sick. The less people exposed to the sick person, the better the chances for everyone to stay healthy. Having one person designated to taking of the sick will keep everyone healthier. Having a designated respite person for the caretaker would be a good idea too.

6. Have a plan in place for death. In a pandemic, death is inevitable. What will you do if someone dies? As morbid as it seems, you may want to have a body bag on hand. You also want to have a plan for disposal of the body. Where will it be buried? Will you bury the body? Those are your decisions alone, but having a plan will make those decisions easier.

7. Do not go anywhere if you don’t have to. During a pandemic, being a homebody is your best bet for not catching the disease. Having a good food storage, water storage, and a disinfected home will be wise.

No one wants to think about getting sick much less think about a lot of people getting sick. We like to think with all the technological and medical advances we have now, another influenza pandemic will not happen again. However, new strains of diseases are being developed all the time in nature and in labs. We can not be sure this will not happen again. In fact, it is likely to happen again.

What will you do to protect yourself during a pandemic? Do you think we could have another influenza pandemic?

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What Happens When the Government Becomes Your Worst Enemy: You Can Almost Guarantee That It Will Be Accompanied By Widespread Gun Confiscation

Chile has struggled to become a thriving democracy. Once a dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet, the country has gone through considerable turmoil since his death. Capitalism has not treated everyone fairly in this country, even though Pinochet was once lauded for the dynamic free-market economy he created, once cited as the “model for the developing world.”

By no means has Chile been the only country which has struggled to become a free-market democracy. Russia is still struggling, decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iraq really hasn’t accepted democracy as a political model, even after enormous amounts of investment by the US government. Other countries have struggled as well, but not with the same results.

Much of the problem that Chile has been experiencing has been due to the vast income inequality that exists in that country. While there are portions of the population which are thriving, many others are still suffering, especially those who are dependent on retirements that were established under the Pinochet regime. Many schoolteachers are still working into their 80’s, because they can’t survive on their $300 a month pension.

For those working in non-skilled jobs, public transit to take them to and from their work costs as much as 21% of their weekly wages. Thus, when the government announced a 30 peso rise in the cost of the metro, it was met with anger. A student-led protest, called evasión swarmed the metro, jumping the turnstiles to avoid paying the increased fare. Workers took advantage of the opportunity to save a little money and joined the protest.

While protests are nothing new in Chile, these seem to have gained traction. A demonstration which started in the capital has now spread to many of the major cities, with continued evasión of fares and widespread protests in the streets.

It appears that socialist organizers and anarchists have joined in the protests, working to turn it to their political ends. As in many such cases, word coming out of Chile is a bit confused, with each side accusing the other of what they themselves are doing. Much of the reporting is tainted by the political leanings of the reporters who are on the scene. But one thing is certain, the government’s response doesn’t stand up under scrutiny.

The Government’s Response

President Sebastián Piñera has declared that his country is “at war.” But if it is, it’s a war between the government and the citizens. While some government response is required to the violent acts of the protesters, that should be a police response, arresting the worst of the offenders and those who are inciting others to commit illegal acts. Protests, as our own government has learned, are not the reason to call out military forces armed and equipped to use deadly force.

What Happens When the Government Becomes Your Worst Enemy

We’ve seen that before in this country; at Kent State University in 1970. National Guard troops were called out in response to a protest. Although the National Guard does receive some training in how to respond to a riot, they are first and foremost soldiers, equipped and trained to kill, not to arrest people. In this case, the results were four dead college students and another nine who were injured.

The soldiers on the streets of Chile reminded many of the older citizens of the years of Chilean dictatorship, when such sights were common; a parallel that was lost on the students who started the protest. For the older citizens, that sight struck fear in their hearts.

The government has admitted to eight people being killed in the protests, but information leaking out of the country claims over 20 killed. There are also widespread reports of police and military brutality against the population, including against people who were not protesting, but merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Martial law was declared by the President, early on in the protests, allowing for the use of military forces and imposing ever more restrictive curfews on the people. Interestingly enough, whenever the protesters have gotten the upper hand, troops have retreated to wealthy areas of the cities, focusing on protecting the wealth centers. It seems clear from that action alone, that the leadership of the country is only interested in protecting their financial standing, not protecting the people.

Under martial law, police and military forces have beaten hundreds or perhaps even thousands of innocent people, often plucking them off the streets in civilian clothes, in an attempt to hide their identity. Civil rights are being trampled daily, as the government attempts to regain control.

Could that Happen Here?

Regardless of where you stand politically, Americans have grown afraid of politicians on the other side, especially as the political divide has grown. Each side assumes that the other is likely to declare martial law, on the thinnest of pretexts, imprisoning those who have declared themselves aligned with the other side. Yet that sort of thing has never happened in this country. For that matter, we haven’t seen people rounded up and put in any sort of detention camps since World War II.

Those on the left decry the “oligarchy” regularly, declaring that this country is actually run by them. But I’d like to propose a different viewpoint on that. That is, every government that has ever existed has been an oligarchy of one sort or another. Even monarchies are oligarchies, as the wealth is concentrated in the hands of the royalty.

Successful merchants could buy themselves titles under such a regime, gaining political respectability. But that’s not all they bought; they bought access to the throne, the seat of power. That’s what their titles and their money did for them, just like the oligarchy we have today.

Why is this important? Because in reality it has always been the oligarchy, the elite, who have been in control. I don’t care if you’re talking about the Rothchilds, the Bilderberg group, George Soros or our own political parties, they have kept the power to themselves. Much of the reason why they hate President Trump, is that he has defied their rule and has been working to do whatever he can to overthrow it.

What Happens When the Government Becomes Your Worst Enemy

As we’ve seen in the last few years, these power-brokers will do whatever they have to, in order to keep their power. Rumors have existed for years about how the Clintons have done away with anyone who could be a whistleblower on their nefarious actions. The same sort of rumors existed about Obama when he was in office. I’m sure if we searched around the world, we would find many more examples.

The accumulation of power and money is the central focus of these people’s lives. As such, they will do whatever it takes to retain that money and power. They don’t mind if we “little people” accumulate wealth or even some local power; but they aren’t sharing theirs with us. They will use whatever they have to, in order to keep control. Whatever they have to includes military forces.

These power brokers have control of large portions of our government, just like they do in other countries. As long as things go their way, they will allow us the illusion of our freedom. But if things don’t go their way, you can be sure they will take the necessary action to retain power.

What that Means for Us

One big difference between the United States and Chile is the Second Amendment. Even though there are those who are constantly chipping away, trying to take that right, the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear arms. There is no such equivalent in Chile.

That’s not to say that the Chilean people can’t own firearms. They can; but there are huge hurdles to overcome in order to get a permit to own one. Even bigger hurdles exist to having a permit to carry that gun outside your home. On top of that, private ownership of semi-automatic arms is prohibited.

Should martial law ever be declared in the United States, you can almost guarantee that it will be accompanied by widespread gun confiscation. This happened in New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Probably the only thing that kept that from turning ugly and kept armed citizens from defending their right to keep and bear arms, was that there were so few of them still in the city; government forces had them outnumbered.

Many have declared that widespread gun confiscations would result in civil war. I tend to agree with that. While there are many gun owners who would give up their guns, albeit reluctantly, rather than fight government troops, there are enough of us who would stand up for our rights. How that war would end is anyone’s guess.

Recently, the new Democrat majority in Virginia’s state legislature passed a number of very restrictive gun control laws, without taking into account public opinion. They ended up being forced to retract those laws, when citizens got up in arms about it and law enforcement officers declared that they would not enforce those laws.

The same thing has happened in other parts of the country, as Democrat controlled state legislatures have tried over and over again to tamper with our Second Amendment rights. But in each and every case, while there have been some who have complied like good little sheeple, the majority refused.

This means that any protests against government overreach here in the United States have the potential of becoming much more violent than they do in other countries. While those of us on the right, who own most of the guns, are not the kind to take violent action, there are always a few who don’t see it that way. All it takes is one or two of them to start the ball rolling, and things could turn ugly, real quickly.

A second American Civil War would be even bloodier than the first. Not only are there more privately owned guns in the hands of citizens, than there are citizens, but the level of military technology has increased by several orders of magnitude. Hunters alone have our military grossly outnumbered. On the other side, the military has all the tanks, planes and artillery. As I said, it would be bloody.

This is probably why there are those in government service who are so bent on disarming the population. It also explains why the AR-15 is the main target of these people. You can’t win a war with pistols and even trying to win it without semi-automatic rifles would be difficult. Those who want to control us don’t want us to be able to fight back.

Throughout the last century, there have been numerous examples of what happens when the government disarms the civilian population. What we’re seeing in Chile today is nothing new; it has been done time and time again. Those who want to be despotic dictators (regardless of what political name they hide behind) know they must disarm the people first. It’s much easier to get sheep to submit, than it is to get sheep dogs too. The sheep dogs have teeth.

If anything, Chile serves as one more reminder as to why we need to defend our Second Amendment rights. Otherwise, it’s much too easy for those who would take away what remains of our liberty, the freedom to do so.

Simple Prepper Hacks To AVOID Getting The Flu: Eliminate The Risk Of Getting Sick, You Eill Have A Leg Up When It Comes To Fighting The Virus!

The season of traveling is approaching and with it, comes the exposure to germs and the possibility of getting the flu.  But there are a few simple hacks preppers have that they use to prevent the sickness.

Most preppers understand that getting sick can be a big deal with the risk of a global pandemic being a tangible threat. Here are a few hacks that will keep you healthy, and most of them won’t cost you much if anything to implement.

  1. Eat Better – most preppers understand the importance of good nutrition. Eating right and maintaining a healthy body weight while staying in shape will obviously help boost your immune system keeping it tip-top shape to fight off viruses like the flu. Try to choose nutrient-dense vegetables and healthy fats with every meal.  Keep your processed food intake to a minimum and limit sugar.  Inadequate diets that are low in protein, too low in calories (less than 1,200), or contain too many processed or fast foods will lack all the nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy immune system.
  2. Get Enough Sleep – 70% of American adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night. It’s well understood that sleep deprivation opens the door to a wide range of illnesses by weakening the body’s immune system, now and in the future. As a culture, we are becoming busier and chronically sleep-deprived and that can affect our body’s ability to fight off the flu or other viruses.  So get on a schedule and make sure you are getting enough sleep!
  3. Change Your Bedding and hand Towels Often – having clean sheets may also help you get more sleep, so this one’s doubly important! Washing your sheets and towels will prevent the spread of germs.  Use hot water to launder them, and if you have white sheets or towels, bleaching may be appropriate.  Washing your linens will keep you healthier because it kills off a good amount of the germs lingering.
  4. Sanitize Surfaces – Clean and sanitize the surfaces of your home at least once a week, and do so more often if someone in your home has been sick. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours! To make sure you’ve gotten the surface properly disinfected, use an antibacterial cleaner on key spots such as tabletops, countertops, remote controls, computer keyboards, doorknobs, sinks, light switches, faucet handles, sinks, countertop, tub and toilet (including the entire seat and the toilet handle). To disinfect a surface, wipe it so that the surface remains visibly wet for four minutes and then let it dry.”
  5. Wash Hands Frequently – To prevent from getting the flu, wash your hands frequently, especially while traveling and around crowds of people. To kill the germs that cause the flu, wash your hands all over with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.  Everyone should get in the habit of washing their hands after using the bathroom or being in contact with the sick person. You should also wash your hands before eating, and before touching the eyes, nose or mouth as that’s usually how germs enter your body and get you sick!

Hopefully, with these inexpensive hacks, you can prevent yourself and family members from coming down with the flu this year.  Even though these things won’t necessarily eliminate the risk of getting sick, you will have a leg up when it comes to fighting the virus!

The Threat Of Bio War Is Increasing – The Global Elite Have Had A Plan To Kill Off A Significant Portion Of The Worlds Population And Take Complete Control Of The Resources And People

For several years many people have had the opinion that the global elite have had a plan to kill off a significant portion of the worlds population and take complete control of the resources and people. The raping of the worlds financial assets by these people has insured that they must do something to cover their tracks in a way to avert repercussions on themselves from an irate population. A global holocaust that puts people in survival mode would lend itself nicely to the police state being erected to contain the people.

Dave Hodges has uncovered some evidence that a company named Crucell developed a fully effective Ebola vaccine in 2006. The CDC has patented the Ebola virus and can now demand to be paid royalties for any vaccine used against the virus. This means the Ebola virus is now the intellectual property of the CDC. There are reports of the government putting pressure on sectors that promote natural cures and health products that may stop or prevent this type of outbreak. Few years ago shipments of nano silver being sent to Africa have been blocked. This sounds like the elite protecting its investment.

If an enterprising group of people wanted to gain control of a country or even the world, a highly contagious and deadly virus would be a good weapon to use. When released into the population it would cause unmitigated chaos. It has the potential to collapse every major system people depend on for daily life. The healthcare system, energy, transportation, security, financial and food production of an entire country could be collapsed in a matter of months. In a previous article I noted that they war gamed a pandemic several years ago and one thing that came out was that once the economy shut down they had no idea how to start it up again.

Anyone that had the cure for this bug would be in the position to select who gets saved and who does not. That is the whole point of bio warfare. Kill the enemy while having the ability to protect your own troops. When the British had trouble with Indians in America they simply sent them small pox infected blankets and within a few weeks the Indians were ravaged with disease leaving them unable to effectively continue fighting.

There is a movie called ULTRAVIOLET that has some similar undertones to what might happen soon. The government created a virus that got out and infected some people. These people became the new enemy that allowed total government control. When these people were all but eliminated the government developed a new virus to release into the atmosphere and infect everyone else. This would force them to go to the government on a regular basis to get the necessary treatment to continue living.

Who can forget the mural at the Denver International Airport that depicts people dying at the feet of a soldier wearing a gas mask. This may be the future we have in store if this is the nefarious plan of some evil group seeking total control. If this is the plan I suspect it is only the first of a multi phase plan to wage global war and consolidate resources and land holdings for the select few. Any country infected with a deadly virus would be hard pressed to wage war or even protect its own borders against an enemy with immune soldiers.

There will no doubt be people that have natural immunity or access to natural cures that keep them healthy and these will likely be one enemy that government seeks out in the future. They cannot risk the failure to control some and prevent the control of all. The best thing that people can do at this time is to prepare for system wide failure if it should happen and educate themselves on natural remedies that are out of the control of government purveyors of ill health.

If Americans ever revolted this disease could give the government the means to control the population. Anyone who wanted the cure would have to succumb to the government healthcare system. This would leave the rebels outside the system and easier to identify.

Let us not forget that the government has promised trillions more to people than it will ever have the ability to deliver. There are only two ways to solve that problem. Either they can default on the promises in some form or they can eliminate the people that are supposed to get them. To default would cause riots and imminent danger for those in government so another way would be more palatable for them. Zbiginew Brezinski once gave a speech and said it is now easier to kill one million people than it is to control one million people. That may be part of the solution we have in store as time goes on. Obamacare will surely kill many in the years to come as healthcare is rationed and a good pandemic would help as well.

Here is another aspect of Ebola that no one has talked about. If this disease becomes rampant in America, it will most likely be picked up by other species of animals here. These animals may not die from Ebola but they can become carriers of it. With the disease spreading among the many animal species it may cause an untold number of mutations that have the capability to reinfect humans. Just like in Africa where some species now transmit the disease to humans, this could lead to Americans needing shots every year from Ebola just like they now need annual Flu shots for the prevalent strain that year.

This can also make the home production of meat almost impossible as individuals will not be able to afford the testing necessary to insure their flocks are Ebola Free. This can also put an end to hunting as we know it due to the infectious nature of this disease. This could make meat consumption in this country something only the rich and well connected will be able to afford as only government certified meat will be available for sale. The testing of this meat will raise the price considerably. That will probably make the corporations engaged in this type of activity very happy.

There are an untold number of problems this disease can cause in this country and that is the reason people should be afraid not only of the disease but of the government response to it. The government can actually make it much worse than it would otherwise be. With the lack of trust in government today the people have a great deal to be worried about. If we are entering the end game of some plot, we will most likely be inundated with multiple crises at once as time goes on. This will keep people off balance and looking to government for help. At this time people need to stay as informed as possible to keep ahead of the next planned crisis. Things will likely get worse from here so prepare yourself for that.