Cities Are Artificial And Only Exist At The Expense Of Resources From Elsewhere

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Modern cities are not natural in that they are artificial unnatural centers of human existence. Cities rely upon energy and resources from elsewhere to enable their existence and survival. These resources come from mostly invisible and intertwined complicated ‘just-in-time’ distribution networks and systems, and life in the city wouldn’t exist without them. Systemic risk? Yes, […]

Winter Blizzard Shuts Down Truckers And Exemplifies SHTF

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I am currently on a road-trip and ‘holed up’ in eastern Pennsylvania under a Blizzard Warning while the forecast 24+ inches of the white stuff is shutting down all trucker transportation (and the rest) for tens of millions in the northeast. As I was driving today I knew of the forecast for a potential record […]

The More Complex Our Society The More Vulnerable For Catastrophe

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At a bare minimum we have become more vulnerable for ‘disruption’ as our society has become more complex. But it doesn’t stop there. Perhaps more accurately we might say that ‘catastrophe’ or ‘meltdown’ are better words to describe our vulnerability from the systemic risks that are built-in to our modern way of life. Things, life, […]

The Coming Societal Crush From Disintegration In The Global Financial System

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The coming banking collapses, and the coming failure and disintegration in the global financial system (monetary, credit, and financial asset meltdown), is going to be fast and chaotic — and will crush society and the way of life as we know it. What will be the mechanism of the societal crush? An intertwined systemic banking […]

Gasoline Pipeline Shutdown To 50 Million People On East Coast

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The Colonial Pipeline runs from Texas to New York and supplies gasoline to an estimated 50 million people a day on the East Coast. On September 9, a 36-inch pipeline was shut down near Birmingham, Alabama where a major ‘leak’ was discovered. The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline service to ‘Line 1’ which normally transports 1.3 […]

How To Become A Little More Self Sufficient

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Most all of us are very dependent upon other systems (infrastructure) to literally keep us alive. Naturally, this is a result of many technological and societal advances that have enabled a more convenient way of life, a ‘modern’ lifestyle. It’s a good thing in the sense of progress, however the thing is… the more dependent […]

3 Ways To Beat Your Normalcy Bias

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Change is something that most people are uncomfortable with. We humans live with our familiar routines and habits, and we have some difficulty with situations that are out of the ordinary and out of our ‘comfort zone’. Because we want things to be normal. This is normalcy bias. To make matters worse, when confronted with […]

When The S Hits The Fan For Real…

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image: ‘Lights Out’ by Ted Koppel Lets say it’s Friday. You switched on the TV News while going about your morning routines around the house while getting ready for work. You’re in the kitchen finishing the last sip of coffee when you hear one of the alphabet channel ‘talking heads’ report something about a cyber-attack […]

5 Nanoseconds To Lights Out

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The E1 pulse of a high altitude nuclear EMP (electromagnetic pulse) will bring modern civilization to its knees in about 5 nanoseconds. That’s 0.000000005 seconds. To put that in perspective, that’s 60 million times faster than ‘the blink of an eye’. Lights Out. The effects of an EMP will go far beyond just the the […]

Is Civilization Just A Thin Veneer?

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The veneer of civilization is in my estimation, truly thin. If (when) the thin veneer layers are peeled back like an onion, the fragility combined with today’s modern dependence’s and apparent socioeconomic frustrations – will be a recipe for disaster… Civil breakdown.   Note: I have updated this article from its original post date in […]

Systemic Risk Of The 80 Percent Who Live In Urban Centers

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We are witnessing major societal disruptions around the globe while financial and geo-political tensions are growing in all Western democracies. The Western world is essentially bankrupt and the cumulative total debt is politically and mathematically impossible to repay. The enormous systemic risks surrounding this fact alone should be enough to motivate a critical-thinking person into […]

Lights Out For A Nation Unprepared As Cyberattack Downs Power Grid

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Ted Koppel, the anchor of ‘Nightline’ from its inception in 1980 until his retirement in 2005, is now buying freeze-dried food for his family as a result of recent ominous conclusions spelled out in his book, “Lights Out”, revealing the great dangers that we are facing from a debilitating and potentially very deadly ‘grid-down’ cyberattack. […]