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May 112012
 
Urban Drift :  A Worrying Trend

The chances are you live in a city.  Indeed, the chances are 4:1 or more that you live in or close to a city/urban center. This wasn’t always the case.  If we go back a couple of hundred years, in 1800, it is thought that only about 3% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. Skip forward to 1900, and the number had risen to 14%, although most cities were small rather than big.  […]

May 032012
 
Many Believe The End of the World is Approaching - Implications for Preppers

An international survey just released suggests that 15% of people world-wide believe the world will end during their lifetime. The least pessimistic countries were France (6% expect the world to end), Belgium (7%) and Britain (8%).  Here in the US people are the most pessimistic, with 22% of people expecting the world to end in their lifetime, the same percentage as in Turkey.  People see the world ending for a variety of reasons, including biblical […]

Apr 302012
 
Flash Mobs and Social Media - a 21st Century Threat

There’s nothing new about rioting and civil/social disruption. Indeed, it is currently the 20th anniversary of what are known as the ‘Rodney King Riots’ in Los Angeles – a five-day period of mayhem that erupted with no notice, and which saw looting, destruction, arson and murder across substantial parts of South Central Los Angeles. It is helpful to quickly review lessons from this before moving on to a look at future vulnerabilities. The Rodney King/South […]

Mar 312012
 
Fire in Obscure Small German Company Threatens World Auto Production

There was a fire in a factory in the tiny German town of Marl, in a factory belonging to Evonik Industries, on 31 March 2012. This is hardly earth shattering news – on the same day, there were probably fires in your own home town too, and countless others elsewhere in the world. But, as uninteresting as this fire in a far away place may seem, today we live in a global village.  Nowhere is […]

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