“I think there is a 90% probability the great crisis will be upon us within ten years” says Richard Maybury , of the Early Warning Report newsletter. Maybury has been uncannily prescient on geopolitical and economics for many years. Thanks, to Nick, for the link
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F.M. sent us this: PEMEX Expects Oil Depletion in Seven Years 
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OSOM flagged this article: Fannie and Freddie Failure Would be Catastrophic . OSOM’s comment: “So the question is, how much of our taxpayer money, and inflationary fiat money will be used to bail them out?”
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Michael A. mentioned “The World’s Best Cane ” as a perfect ‘hidden-in-plain-sight’ defense tool. Michael notes: “They are made in the US, out of Brazilian Cherry Wood (laminated), with the handle cast out of bronze. It’s very, very tough, yet also a piece of artwork. In California, where it is so often difficult or impossible to carry something to defend yourself with, it also has a ‘dual’ function of being used as a ‘baton’ or ‘long hammer’. [Since they are classed as ambulatory aids,] TSA  won’t be able to stop you from bringing your cane onboard an aircraft! I can see how someone might want to take this cane on vacation where you cannot legally or conveniently carry another self-defense device.” JWR Adds: Don’t under-estimate the value of a cane, walking stick, or full-size umbrella in situations where you cannot carry a gun. Several times in SurvivalBlog I’ve mentioned the Barton-Wright system of walking stick self defense  that was developed more than a century ago. Be ready and able, regardless of circumstances. Even a tightly-rolled newspaper can be pressed into service as a form of baton, but of course a well-made cane with hardwood shaft is vastly superior.