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Jul 272012
Will We See Inflation or Deflation in a Level 2/3 Scenario?

In the economic and real world as a whole, there are many factors that all contribute to the overall rate of inflation or deflation.  Fortunately, most of these different factors act in a manner that is easy to understand, and each factor can be either inflationary or deflationary. For the purpose of understanding inflation, we can say that the price of things in general go up or down (ie inflate or deflate) based primarily on […]

Jul 262012
NSA Director :  Risk of Cyber-Attack on US is Growing

Here’s a somewhat unfocused article that covers a lot of topics, but which quotes Gen Keith Alexander, the Director of the National Security Agency, and also the head of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command unit (this unit is sort of explained here) as saying The conflict is growing [and] the probability for crisis is mounting. Not only does Gen Alexander see a growing probability for a cyber attack on the US, he also worries that our […]

Jul 262012
North Korea Developing EMP Weapons

Perhaps the most terrifying threat to the US from other nations is that posed by an EMP attack.  In an earlier article we explained how an EMP attack could destroy all the electronics in the US, literally sending us back almost to the stone age, in a fraction of a second. There is no effective defense against an EMP attack; there’s nothing we can do in our homes to protect against the effects of an […]

Jul 222012
Off the Grid Internet

It seems a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it – living ‘off the grid’ but still wishing to be connected to the biggest grid of them all – the internet. But, contradiction or not, for many of us an internet connection is close to essential, and is the best way of keeping in touch with the rest of the world – for business, for personal, and for security reasons.  The problem comes when we find ourselves […]

Jul 162012
Will the Internet Survive a Level 2/3 Event?

We rely on the internet for so much these days.  Some aspects of the internet will almost surely cease to be functional in a major societal breakdown that creates a Level 2/3 event – for example, it is very unlikely that Amazon will continue to offer free two-day delivery to its Prime members of anything they might wish to order. But what about the most basic aspects of the internet – web browsing and email.  […]

Jul 162012
Mexican Drug Cartels Invade the US

We wrote, a couple of days ago, about the threat posed to post-collapse retreats and communities by organized gangs.  There are over 1.4 million members of organized gangs in the US at present, a number which is growing at an alarming rate. But our ‘own’ gangs are not the only threat we must anticipate.  Although it is difficult to know where ‘our’ gangs end and ‘foreign’ gangs start, this article reports on the spread of […]

Jul 152012
11 Million More Computer Vulnerabilities Surfacing

It isn’t just us who are warning about computer vulnerabilities.  Now the Department of Homeland Security is getting in on the act too.  On Friday it warned that more than 11 million computerized device controllers around the world are vulnerable to cyber-attack by hackers. These units control all manner of different things, from elevators to medical equipment, from security systems to other ‘sensitive operations’ at DoD facilities.  The common point of vulnerability they all share […]

Jul 142012
Gangs - Possibly Your Biggest Security Threat

You know about gangs from the movies, television, and sometimes from the newspapers, right? You probably understand them to be disaffected lawless groups of underclass urban youth, often from ethnic minorities, and while a problem for sure in the inner cities, not something you’re likely to encounter, either hopefully in your normal daily lives, or – and more to the point – if you ever need to bug out to the safety of your rural […]

Jul 132012
Why Our Electricity Grid is So Vulnerable

We regularly worry in our articles about a failure of our nation’s electricity grid – the criss-crossing network of power lines that connect the various power generating facilities around the country with the various power consuming facilities – most particularly, the major switching substations that route the highest voltage connections around the country. Think of the power grid a bit like a transportation network.  We have super-highways, regular freeways, highways, arterials, surface roads, minor roads, […]

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