Prepper News Update, October 15

Butterballs Warns of Possible Turkey Shortage for Thanksgiving

The problem is not a lack of turkeys, but a lack of people to process and ship them. One farmer who raises 60,000 turkeys per year needs 100 temporary workers to process them, but he has only seven.

Wholesale Prices Increasing Faster than CPI

Earlier in the week, we reported the CPI was up 5.4 percent. Today, we see that wholesale inflation in September was up 8.6 percent compared to last September. That means consumers will see even more inflation as manufacturers and distributors raise prices to cover their expenses.

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Prepper News Update August 7

Volcanoes and Tsunamis

Volcanoes remain a hidden threat to the global supply chain, according to this article.  Things seem to be heating up seismically around the world.

Drought Shuts Down Hydropower Plant

We warned that the drought in the western states could cause hydropower plants to cease generating electricity.  The first such shut down occurred earlier this week in Lake Oroville in California.

Threats of War Heat up Between Iran and Israel

The U.S. and others blame Iran for using a Kamikaze attack drone on an Israeli-owned tanker, killing two.  Iran denies it, of course, but no one believes them.  Adding to the mix, Hezbollah fired 19 missiles at Israel, the most since the 2006 war.  Hezbollah in Lebanon is backed by Iran, which supplies it with missiles and rockets.  Expect this conflict to heat up further.

Two Actions Today Moved the World a Step Closer to War

It’s all well and good to prepare for natural disasters and an economic collapse, but war is a constant in our history. Don’t neglect to prepare for it.

Two things moved the world closed to war today as two well-known hot spots heated up.

First, an Iranian missile hit an Israeli-owned ship in the Arabian sea.  This could exacerbate tensions between Iran and Israel and lead to a response from Israel, which is known for its punishing response to attacks. Whether Israel strikes back directly at Iran or one of the terrorist groups it sponsors remains to be seen. At the very least, I would expect Israeli air strikes on ammo dumps or missile launch sites.

The danger here is that the two countries could get embroiled in open warfare that might involve the entire region and impact oils supplies, suck in world powers like the U.S. or Russia, or even lead to the use of nuclear devices.

Second, Taiwan publicly discussed its program of designing and building land-based long-range missiles capable of striking mainland China. They said one system is currently in production (and one assumes being deployed) and three more are in development.

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Coronavirus Report July 19: Iran Comes Clean

Iran just announce that they estimate 25 million Iranians may have been infected with COVID-19. Now if only China would come clean about their actual rates.

At the same time the official count of coronavirus cases for the world surpassed 14 million, Iran blew that number away, saying that it is likely some 25 million Iranians have been infected.  That’s about a third of its citizens.  Experts have long suspected that official Iranian numbers (currently reported to be 273,788) represented a significant under count, but no one suspected they would be off by that large a factor.  The official total of about 14,000 deaths is also expected to be far below actual deaths.

It is interesting to note that the U.S. Head of the Centers for Disease Control has previously said true infection rates might be 10 times higher than reported due to asymptomatic cases and that 5 to 8 percent of the population has been infected. In contrast, Iran is saying they think their try number is 100 times higher than their testing data shows.

I have to ask: Who thought Iran would come clean about the true COVID-19 rate of infection?

Now if only China would report the true extent of their cases. Maybe they also reported only 1 percent of their illnesses?  That would certainly explain the intensity of their lockdowns and why their crematoriums were running 24-7 for so long.

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