SurvivalBlog reader Alfie Omega mentioned this news story: Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point. The story begins: “The world is now eating more food than farmers grow, pushing global grain stocks to their lowest level in 30 years. Rising population, water shortages, climate change, and the growing costs of fossil fuel-based fertilizers point to a calamitous shortfall in the world’s grain supplies in the near future, according to Canada’s National Farmers Union (NFU).”
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Four interesting pieces of economic analysis/commentary have recently been posted at Gold-Eagle.com: The Calm Before the Storm, by Aubie Baltin, Money and Power Lining Up at The Gold & Base Metal Window, by Ken Gerbino, The Dollar’s Survival Depends On Higher Interest Rate Policy, by Jay Taylor, and The Trend is Your Friend? Hardly, by Randolph Buss. Methinks the economic worm is about to turn. Be prepared. Invest in tangibles. Avoid debt. Pray hard.
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I just started reading a very interesting book on U.S. political demographics, titled “The Great Divide: Retro Versus Metro America“, by John Sperling. (2004, PoliPoint Press.) It studies the whole “red state/blue state” divide, in detail. (Economics, religion, gender, ethnic diversity, union membership, environmental issues, et cetera.) The book comes with a nifty CD-ROM. It is written from a liberal/progressive perspective, so I must admit that I am enjoying the raw data and at the maps more than I am the commentary. Parenthetically, a lot of what I’m seeing in the book’s data and maps squares nicely with my research for my upcoming “Rawles on Retreats and Relocation” non-fiction book. Sperling’s collected demographic data supports my selections for retreat locales.