“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
– James Baldwin
Unless you have been living in a small cave in the mountains for the last few decades (and that may still be an option) you have probably noticed that we are moving through extremely tumultuous times. Having successfully traversed the Grand Hype and misinterpretations of the 2012 Mayan Prophecy which did not say the world would end but indicate massive change – humanity is still here. Nonetheless, it seems we are in for some truly momentous events. In fact, there is a host of global indicators which, in isolation, or as a non-linear combination, could signal an epic meltdown in the fortunes of humanity whilst offering the possibility of a completely new world.
Do not take the following synopsis as inevitable and that we should all order a bulk supply of dehydrated chicken noodles and chlorinated water tablets, pack our bug bags and find our respective caves … Only that one, or several of these events have an extremely high probability of occurring over the next 2 -10 years. Our history appears to be one long bid to cover up the reality that this planet goes through cycles of catastrophic upheaval – a “reset” if you will. Those that learned to read the signs and took sensible measures to avoid unnecessary future hardship in the face of these dramatic environmental and infrastructure changes were the ones that survived. That means psychological as well as practical awareness.
In lieu of what has gone before in this series, I hope this list helps by placing the events in context, and offers an easy summary of what we are all facing. A selection of links is included under each heading which are not definitive, merely relevant sources for further reading.
Above all: DONT PANIC!
The Big Show on Planet Earth (click to enlarge)
“It seems that, in a world where the people cannot or will not, rise up against psychopathy in power, the Cosmos will do it for them, and take them out as well for their silence and their weakness. The bottom line is, nobody and no event is going to “save” anyone. It is only human beings, individually and collectively, who have the power to BE salvation.” – Laura Knight-Jadczyk
“Diverse animals across the globe are slipping away and dying as Earth enters its sixth mass extinction, a new study finds. Over the last century, species of vertebrates are dying out up to 114 times faster than they would have without human activity, said the researchers, who used the most conservative estimates to assess extinction rates.
That means the number of species that went extinct in the past 100 years would have taken 11,400 years to go extinct under natural extinction rates, the researchers said. Much of the extinction is due to human activities that lead to pollution, habitat loss, the introduction of invasive species and increased carbon emissions that drive climate change and ocean acidification, the researchers said.
“Our activities are causing a massive loss of species that has no precedent in the history of humanity and few precedents in the history of life on Earth,” said lead researcher Gerardo Ceballos, a professor of conservation ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a visiting professor at Stanford University.”
– Gerardo Ceballos, Professor of conservation ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a visiting professor at Stanford University.
From around 2015 -2025 we have the following disaster scenarios to consider, many of which are extremely high on the probability scale:
1. Nuclear Smart bomb, false flag attack on a U.S. City or on sea to create war with Iran.
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“The war on Iran was viewed as part of a succession of military operations. According to (former) NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, the Pentagon’s military road-map consisted of a sequence of countries: “[The] Five-year campaign plan [includes]… a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.” In “Winning Modern Wars” (page 130)
Clark states the following:
‘As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.’ (See Secret 2001 Pentagon Plan to Attack Lebanon, Global Research, July 23, 2006)
Israel is integrated into the “war plan for major combat operations” against Iran formulated in 2006 by US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). In the context of large scale military operations, an uncoordinated unilateral military action by one coalition partner, namely Israel, is from a military and strategic point almost an impossibility. Israel is a de facto member of NATO. Any action by Israel would require a “green light” from Washington.
An attack by Israel could, however, be used as “the trigger mechanism” which would unleash an all out war against Iran, as well retaliation by Iran directed against Israel.
In this regard, there are indications that Washington might envisage the option of an initial (US backed) attack by Israel rather than an outright US-led military operation directed against Iran. The Israeli attack –although led in close liaison with the Pentagon and NATO– would be presented to public opinion as a unilateral decision by Tel Aviv. It would then be used by Washington to justify, in the eyes of World opinion, a military intervention of the US and NATO with a view to “defending Israel”, rather than attacking Iran. Under existing military cooperation agreements, both the US and NATO would be “obligated” to “defend Israel” against Iran and Syria.”
– Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, April 23, 2014
2. large-scale cyber-attack on infrastructure from hacktivists and / or state-sponsored operatives
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“Increasing cyber threat concerns are having an impact on critical infrastructure organizations because the physical implications have the potential to be catastrophic—cybersecurity rated as the fourth highest issue for energy executives in 2014, up from sixth place in 2013.”
– Cyberterrorists Attack on Critical Infrastructure Could Be Imminent
“Public Intelligence had said, “The exercise will occur amidst a growing climate of panic in Washington regarding the state of U.S. cybersecurity.” That climate includes former FBI cybersecurity guru Shawn Henry saying American is losing the cyberwar and China has hacked every major US company. Interestingly enough, the cyberattack NLE seemed to fall in line with a previous DHS warning that hacktivists may point, click, and destroy industrial control systems. The Wall Street Journal reported even the NSA has warned that “Anonymous could have the ability within the next year or two to bring about a limited power outage through a cyberattack.” Perhaps you recall when New York City went dark from a simulated cyberattack on the power grid? This week, DHS demonstrated another cyberattack“to help sway lawmakers to pass a cyber bill.”
FEMA trains for zero day attack on US infrastructure by ‘The Void’ hacktivists
“Hacking attacks that destroy rather than steal data or that manipulate equipment are far more prevalent than widely believed, according to a survey of critical infrastructure organizations throughout North and South America.
The poll by the Organization of American States, released on Tuesday, found that 40 percent of respondents had battled attempts to shut down their computer networks, 44 percent had dealt with bids to delete files and 54 percent had encountered “attempts to manipulate” their equipment through a control system.
Those figures are all the more remarkable because only 60 percent of the 575 respondents said they had detected any attempts to steal data, long considered the predominant hacking goal.”
– Destructive hacking attempts target critical infrastructure in Americas -survey
3. Large-scale cyber network-infrastructure failure due to massive cosmic EM pulse and / or anomalous solar flare activity
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Because of the ubiquitous dependence of U.S. society on the electrical power system,its vulnerability to an EMP attack, coupledwith the EMP’s particular damage mechanisms, creates the possibility of long-term, catastrophic consequences. The implicit invitation to take advantage of this vulnerability, when coupled with increasing proliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, is a serious concern. A single EMP attack may seriously degrade or shut down a large part of the electric power grid in the geographic area of EMP exposure effectively instantaneously. There is also a possibility offunctional collapse of grids beyond the exposed area, as electrical effects propagate from one region to another.
The time required for full recovery of service would depend on both the disruption and damage to the electrical power infrastructure and to other national infrastructures. Larger affected areas and stronger EMP field strengths will prolong the time to recover. Some critical electrical power infrastructure components are no longer manufactured in the United States, and their acquisition ordinarily requires up to a year of lead time in routine circumstances. Damage to or loss of these components could leave significant parts of the electrical infrastructure out of service for periods measured in months to a year or more. […]
“Should significant parts of the electrical power infra-structure be lost for any substantial period of time, the Commission believes that the consequences are likely to be catastrophic, and many people may ultimately die for lack of the basic elements necessary to sustain life in dense urban and suburban communities. In fact, the Commission is deeply concerned that such impacts are likely in the event of an EMP attack unless practical steps are taken to provide protection for critical elements of the electric system and for rapid restoration of electric power, particularly to essential services. The recovery plans for the individual infrastructures currently in place essentially assume, at worst, limited upsets to the other infrastructures that are important to their operation. Such plans may be of little or no value in the wake of an EMP attack because of its long-duration effects on all infrastructures that rely on electricity or electronics.”
Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States From Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.
4. False flag terrorist attacks on American and / or European soil as a pretext to blame Jihadists in order to complete timeline for Middle East control and the business of war
[Source 1] | [Source 2] | [Source 3] See also: Terror Industry (1) Osama and Al-Qaeda I and: 42 ADMITTED False Flag Attacks
“The FBI is responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States. More than al Qaeda, more than al Shabaab, more than the Islamic State, more than all of them combined.”
“I’ve spent years pouring through the case files of terrorism prosecutions in the United States, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the FBI is much better at creating terrorists than it is at catching terrorists.” – Trevor Aaronson, author of Terror Factory – WATCH VIDEO
“As early as 2007, the stage was being set for the regional genocide now unfolding from Syria and Lebanon along the Mediterranean to northern Iraq. The “sudden” appearance of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, otherwise known as ISIS, betrays years of its rise and the central part it played in Western-backed violence seeking to overthrow the government of Syria starting in 2011 amid the cover of the so-called “Arab Spring.” While the “Free Syrian Army” brand was created and used to obfuscate the hardcore, sectarian extremism that pervaded mercenary forces raised against Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had warned starting in 2011 that it was neither a pro-democratic uprising, nor a moderate, secular rebellion – but rather hordes of foreign-backed terrorists with ties to Al Qaeda.” –Anthony Cartalucci, ISIS: Region-wide Genocide Portended in 2007 Now Fully Realized
“That the FBI and Australian authorities are coordinating staged security operations in tandem on opposite ends of the globe to terrify their respective populations into line behind an impending war with Syria suggests a new “Operation Northwoods” of sorts is already being executed. Staged executions on cue by ISIS in the Middle East of US and British citizens at perfectly timed junctures of the West’s attempt to sell intervention both at home and abroad also reek of staged mayhem for the sole purpose of provoking war. Could grander and ultimately more tragic mayhem be in store? As ABC News’ article on Operation Northwoods suggests, there is no line Western special interests will hesitate to cross.
With the West attempting to claim ISIS now has a “global” reach, the US and its partners’ attempts to obfuscate the very obvious state-sponsorship it is receiving will become exponentially more difficult. That the FBI is admittedly stringing along easily manipulated, malevolent patsies who at any time could be handed real weapons and sent on shooting sprees and/or bombings, Americans, Europeans, and Australians would be foolish to conclude that their real enemy resides somewhere in Syria and not right beside them at home, upon the very seats of Western power.”
– Anthony Cartalucci, Staged and Fake ISIS Attacks against the Homeland. Promoting Fear in America.
5. Massive increase in warfare in the Middle East via the US-NATO-Israel financed proxy armies of Al-Qaeda/ISIL leading to conflict with emerging super powers of Russia, China, Iran, etc.
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“Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq – and less so in neighboring Syria – is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts. […]
“Key members of ISIS, it now emerges, were trained by US CIA and Special Forces command at a secret camp in Jordan in 2012, according to informed Jordanian officials. The US, Turkish and Jordanian intelligence were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, conveniently near the borders to both Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the two Gulf monarchies most involved in funding the war against Syria’s Assad, financed the Jordan ISIS training.” […]
“According to a November, 2013 report in The Wall Street Journal, Emir Umar or Batrashvili as you prefer, has made the wars in Syria and Iraq “into a geopolitical struggle between the US and Russia.” That has been the objective of leading neo-conservatives in the CIA, Pentagon and State Department all along. The CIA transported hundreds of Mujahideen Saudis and other foreign veterans of the 1980s Afghan war against the Soviets in Afghanistan into Chechnya to disrupt the struggling Russia in the early 1990s, particularly to sabotage the Russian oil pipeline running directly from Baku on the Caspian Sea into Russia. James Baker III and his friends in Anglo-American Big Oil had other plans. It was called the BTC pipeline, owned by a BP-US oil consortium and running through Tbilisi into NATO-member Turkey, free of Russian territory.” […]
– William Engdahl; ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op
“The group that is currently grabbing gruesome headlines in Iraq – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – is ‘al-qaeda’ by another name, or ‘al-qaeda 2.0’ if you prefer. They subscribe to Wahhabism or Salafism which is the extremist Saudi version of the Muslim religion that, according to a ‘conspiracy theory’ was created by agents of the British Empire in the 18th century as a way to corrupt Islam and safeguard the region for British interests. The document that constitutes the evidence for this plot is essentially the Muslim version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Then again, when you consider the existence of fundie Christian leaders like Pat Robertson, and the phenomenon of ‘Purity Balls‘, no conspiracy is needed. And it’s not hard to see how similar specimens and ideologies could arise in Islam. Unless, of course, Pat Robertson is a CIA agent. Manufactured fundamentalism or not, Saudi Wahhibism has played a central role in safeguarding the Middle East for British and American interests.” […]
“ISIS is said to have originated (although not under that name) in 2004 with the mythical Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Zarqawi was, if you remember, one of ‘al-qaeda’s’ front men in Iraq from 2004-2006 and was accused by the US government of orchestrating much of the ‘sectarian’ killings, and the video-recorded beheadings of American citizens Nick Berg and Eugene Armstrong. I already detailed the likely truth behind the ‘sectarian’ killings in Iraq in this article (think US-sponsored death squads), and exposed the fact that even US military intelligence agents in Iraq knew that ‘al Zarqawi’, as he was portrayed, existed only in the lurid fantasies of Donald Rumsfeld:
US military intelligence agents in Iraq have revealed a series of botched and often tawdry dealings with unreliable sources who, in the words of one source, ‘told us what we wanted to hear’.
‘We were basically paying up to $10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq,’ the agent said.
‘Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one.’
– Joe Quinn, Psycho ‘Reality Creators’ open ‘gates of hell’ in Iraq with proxy Jihadis
“According to the late Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe of the University of Wales at Cardiff, viruses can be distributed throughout space by dust in the debris stream of comets. Then as Earth passes though the stream, the dust and viruses load our atmosphere, where they can stay suspended for years until gravity pulls them down. They compare numerous plagues throughout our history which coincide with cometary bodies in our skies. These researchers are certain that germs causing plagues and epidemics come from space.” […]
“There is compelling evidence that the Black Death was not an outbreak of bubonic plague, but was in fact caused by a hemorrhagic virus. This case is synthesized in the book Return of the Black Death … in which Susan Scott and Christopher Duncan from Liverpool University carefully put all the available clues together, tracking the plague from its first appearance out of nowhere and chronicling its unprecedented catastrophic effects on European civilization – death on a scale that is unimaginable, but could very well happen again, at any time.” […]
“Plague outbreaks often coincided against a background of food shortages, famines, flooding, peasant uprisings and religious wars. In certain countries, there were volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and famines. And not only did the plague outbreaks coincide with cometary impacts, but earthquakes themselves may well have been indications of cometary impacts.”
– Gabriela Segura M.D.; New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection
7. State-sponsored bio-warfare incidents
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See also: The “Z” Factor XIX: Chemical and Biological Warfare
“Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, there has been over 175 bio-terror drills in America which have conditioned first responders, law enforcement and military for an upcoming bio-terror attack and subsequent pandemic. The fact that these bio-terror drills exist in mass confirms that bio-terror attack is in the cards and may be played in a last ditch effort to regain political, economic and militarial control of society. Although there are numerous biological and chemical agents, roughly 90% of the bio-terror drills conducted were for response to an anthrax or smallpox attack.
Bio-Terror Plots & Pasties
Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, there has also been over 50 bio-terror plots that have allegedly been subverted. In most cases, individuals were been arrested for biological or chemical related crimes that never came to fruition. Despite the ever growing number of high-profile bio-terror plots and patsies, the historical record indicates that 99% of all bio-terror plots, attacks, “tests”, “accidents” and drills are conducted by the government who has the means, the motive and the opportunity for a bio-terror attack.
Bio-Terror Scares & Hoaxes
Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, there has also been over 50 bio-terror scares in America. A bio-terror scare is essentially a live bio-terror event except that the public and most of the authorities are unaware that there is no real bio-terror danger. Generally, once the incident is over, the news is broken hat there was no real threat. Bio-terror “scares” enable authorities to gage real time reactions to bio-terror and allow for better understanding of how the public, law enforcement and first responders will react in a real bio-terror emergency.
Mystery Biological Outbreaks
Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, there have been at least 19 “mystery disease” outbreaks in the world. While some of the mystery diseases may have been legitimate outbreaks, most if not all of them appear to be generated man-made outbreaks with the overall goal of convincing American and the world that it is on the precipice of a major pandemic.
Identified Biological Outbreaks
Biological outbreaks worldwide have skyrocketed since 2011 with roughly 50 outbreaks in 2012 alone. While some of the documented reports may have been legitimate biological outbreaks, most if not all appear to be generated man-made outbreaks with the overall goal of convincing America and the world that it is on the precipice of a major pandemic.
In the aftermath of man-made bio-terror generated pandemic, the government and media will be feeding the public any number of different scapegoats in a desperate attempt to shift the blame and responsibility for the deadly pandemic onto anybody or anything but themselves. Various scapegoats have been developed over the last 20 years via the government, scientific community, mainstream media, education system, medical establishment and international politics specifically for the aftermath of a global bio-terror generated pandemic.
Bio-terror scapegoats include the continent of Africa, agriculture (food and animals), airports and air travel, Al Qaeda, bio safety labs, the notion that bio-terrorism is easy, bio-hackers, the black market, bugs and insects, censorship or lack thereof, domestic terrorists, transmission of disease from exotic animals (zoonosis), government ineptitude and stupidity, mail-order DNA , the country of Mexico, missile shield failure, diseased monkeys, and genetic mutation.
Biological Lab Accidents
Totally inexcusable and unlikely lab “accidents” have been occurring recently at BSL Labs (bio-safety level labs) within the United States and around the world. It appears that a majority of these “accidents” were done on purpose with the overall goal of convincing the medical community and the public that a lab “accident” could in fact lead to a global pandemic. Should a bio-terror pandemic arise, it is possible that a lab “accident” may serve as the scapegoat and source of the deadly pathogen.
The Bio-Terror Psyop
In December of 2011, a global bio-terror psyop (psychological operation), hoax, or false-flag was executed when it was revealed that a mutated airborne form of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza was created by a Dutch team of scientists led by Ron Fouchier, of Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre. This major discovery was fabricated in a calculated attempt by the modern medical establishment to deceive the world that into believing that humanity is on the precipice of a genetically mutated pandemic. After the story made international headlines and a 60 day moratorium on flu research was called, the claim of the new deadly air-borne pathogens was all but debunked by medical researchers in Wisconsin.
Real Causes of Bio-Terror
If and when a full-scale bio-terror attack occurs, the live pathogens or agents responsible for the pandemic will likely be dispersed via chemtrails by government airplanes or drones, by the U.S. Postal Service via Tide detergent samples, by the government and medical establishment via tainted vaccines, or by clinics via the portable petri dish commonly known as a Trojan condom. Although the aforementioned causes are all a possibility, it is most likely that tainted vaccines will be the root cause of millions of deaths.
The overall goal of bio-terror propaganda is to convince America and the world that it is on the precipice of a bio-terror induced pandemic. Bio-terror propaganda is currently at an all-time high and confirms that an upcoming bio-terror attack is in the cards and may be played in a last ditch effort to regain political, economic and militarial control of society. Propaganda also has little regard for the actual reality of biological related sciences and is mostly fictitious in nature.”
– BIOTERRORBIBLE.COM: The Bio-Terror Bible is a free ebook (PDF) and website released on May 10, 2012, which was researched and written by rel=”nofollow”>David Chase Taylor of Truther.org.
8. Dollar / Euro demise and the Collapse of the Global economy
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One Last look at the real Economy Before it Implodes by Brandon Smith:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5| Part 6
“There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.”
– Ludwig von Mises
“In all major regions of the world, the economic recession is deep-seated, resulting in mass unemployment, the collapse of state social programs and the impoverishment of millions of people. The economic crisis is accompanied by a worldwide process of militarization, a “war without borders” led by the United States of America and its NATO allies. The conduct of the Pentagon’s “long war” is intimately related to the restructuring of the global economy. […]
War is inextricably linked to the impoverishment of people at home and around the world. Militarization and the economic crisis are intimately related. The provision of essential goods and services to meet basic human needs has been replaced by a profit-driven “killing machine” in support of America’s “Global War on Terror”. The poor are made to fight the poor. Yet war enriches the upper class, which controls industry, the military, oil and banking. In a war economy, death is good for business, poverty is good for society, and power is good for politics. Western nations, particularly the United States, spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year to murder innocent people in far-away impoverished nations, while the people at home suffer the disparities of poverty, class, gender and racial divides.
An outright “economic war” resulting in unemployment, poverty and disease is carried out through the free market. People’s lives are in a freefall and their purchasing power is destroyed. In a very real sense, the last twenty years of global “free market” economy have resulted, through poverty and social destitution, in the lives of millions of people.
Rather than addressing an impending social catastrophe, Western governments, which serve the interests of the economic elites, have installed a “Big Brother” police state, with a mandate to confront and repress all forms of opposition and social dissent.
The economic and social crisis has by no means reached its climax and entire countries, including Greece and Iceland, are at risk. One need only look at the escalation of the Middle East Central Asian war and the U.S.-NATO threats to China, Russia and Iran to witness how war and the economy are intimately related.”
– Michel Chossoudovsky , The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the XXI Century.
“What jumps out at you from the data concerning war is very simplistic – war does not unfold when everyone is fat and happy. Turn the economy down and war rises just as we are seeing wide-scale civil unrest. These trends go hand in hand. Government often NEEDS war because when the people get angry, they go after government. In self-defense, government ALWAYS needs to blame some other country or group.”
“Last year (2014) will likely go down in history as the ‘beginning of the end’ for the current global Central Banking system. What will follow will be a gradual unfolding of the next crisis and very likely the collapse of the Central Banking system as we know it. However, this process will not be fast by any means.
Central Banks and the political elite will fight tooth and nail to maintain the status quo, even if this means breaking the law (freezing bank accounts or funds to stop withdrawals) or closing down the markets (the Dow was closed for four and a half months during World War 1).
There will be Crashes and sharp drops in asset prices (20%-30%) here and there. However, history has shown us that when a financial system goes down, the overall process takes take several years, if not longer.”
Phoenix Capital Research
“The euro is fragile, it’s like building a castle of cards, if you take out the Greek card the others will collapse.”
Yanis Varoufakis, Greek finance minister says euro will collapse if Greece exits
“This time around, governments the world over have clearly chosen the second option. They’re cutting interest rates, boosting spending, and encouraging the use of modern financial engineering techniques to create a tidal wave of credit. And history teaches that, once in motion, this process leads to an inevitable result: Fiat (i.e., government-controlled currencies will become ever less valuable, until most of us just give up on them altogether.”
– James Turk & John Rubino, The Coming Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit from It: Make a Fortune by Investing in Gold and Other Hard Assets
“With America in serious debt and the economy on vulnerable footing, central banks around the world are increasingly wary of using a devalued U.S. dollar as their reserve currency. Should central banks and businesses eventually turn their backs on the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency, the United States will no longer be able to buy its way out of debt. The framework may already be in place. By the end of 2013, central banks held roughly 30,500 tonnes of gold, or one-fifth of all the gold ever mined. Most of these holdings are found in advanced economies in Western Europe and North America. This is odd since central banks only hold gold as a hedge against economic uncertainty.
Interestingly, and perhaps not so coincidently, central banks started to increase their gold reserves back in 2008, right on the heels of the financial crisis and the collapse of the U.S. housing market. Are central banks predicting a collapse in the U.S.dollar?” […] Unless the U.S. can get its debt under control and its economy on solid ground, the American dollar will continue to lose favor as a reserve currency.
If that happens, the U.S. will actually have to rely on its own economic output—just like every other country.”
John Whitefoot, 2015 Predictions: U.S. Dollar to Collapse?
“Everybody knows what’s going on. The only reason the equity markets are moving up to the levels they are, are the record amounts of cheap money being pumped into the system.
So, when we look at why they’re [China] buying gold… what you’re looking at is virtually every day since the New Year began, volatility has been the name of the financial market game. So you see from Shanghai to New York, to stocks, bonds and oil prices, it’s swing time, man.
So the markets are moving on fake news that means nothing. The facts remain the same. There has been no recovery. It’s a cover-up.
It was a cover-up from the beginning when they came out with too-big-to-fails and TARP. They threw a tarp over the big lie to keep the Ponzi scheme going.
One of our keynote speakers was Nomi Prins, who wrote the book All the President’s Bankers… As it would have it, two days before our conference she was a keynote speaker at the Federal Reserve.
She spoke to members of the Federal Reserve, the IMF and the World Bank.
And I said to her, ‘Nomi what was the one thing you learned?’
She said, ‘I learned that they don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t have a clue. They’re in uncharted waters and they’re faking it.’ “
– Gerald Celente,Global Trend Forecaster
Further key articles:
Top experts predict global economic disaster in 2015
Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US PART I
US Debt Soars By $100 Billion On Last Day Of 2014, Hits Record $18.14 Trillion
9. Extreme Social unrest leading to martial law and detention in the United States
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See also: Police State USA and these posts: Police State Amerika
“… the FREEDOM Act is anything but freedom much like the PATRIOT Act was anything but patriotic. The FREEDOM Act is merely another nail in the coffin of civil liberties and a comical funeral procession over the corpse of privacy.”
– Brandon Turbeville, USA Freedom Act: Another nail in the coffin of civil liberties
“Historically every totalitarian and genocidal regime first goes after its designated opposition leaders classified red on its watch list of dissenters deemed enemies of the state for simply opposing Washington’s ruthless tyranny. And it would not be the first time in US history that a group of innocent American victims were targeted as the designated homegrown enemy. Over 127,000 Japanese Americans were systematically rounded up, involuntarily relocated and unlawfully placed in prison camps during World War II. The Red Scare harassed and ruined hundreds of lives in the early 50′s. Then throughout the 1960’s and early 70’s J. Edgar’s FBI unlawfully compiled growing watch lists of antiwar student protestors, African American and Native American leaders and harassed and assassinated Malcolm X, MLK and targeted killings of members of both the Black Panther Party and American Indian Movement.
With the manufactured “war on terror,” political activists, combat veterans, constitutionalists, libertarians, progressives, anarchists, gun owners, right wing paramilitary militia group members, Tea Partiers, home school-ers and even fundamentalist Christians are but the latest victims monitored and singled out as today’s potential domestic terrorists. Thus, with Jade Helm the fear of persecution is certainly not in the least unfounded. Yet the liars and propagandists in the media and government every day are taking cheap shots at concerned patriots. Meanwhile in recent years Homeland Security documents and US Army manuals (FM 3-39.40 called Internment and Resettlement Operations) along with dozens of presidential executive orders and oppressive draconian laws (Patriot Act, 2012 NDAA) are all on the books specifying in detailed living proof how the federal government’s not-so-hidden agenda will be to force hundreds of thousands of US citizens to relocate into prison resettlement camps complete with fenced in barb wire walls, armed guard towers, tribunal and even mortuary sections. Psychological officers are designated to reprogram citizens deemed salvageable while the hardcore dissidents will simply be violently exterminated. These shocking details illustrating the feds’ sinister plan are all a matter of public record.”
– Joachim Hagopian, New World Order Martial Law Scenario? U.S. Government Pathological Lies Concerning “Jade Helm 15 Military Operation” Why Citizens Should be Concerned
Take a look at what General Wesley Clark said recently in relation to internment/detention camps:
“We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning. There is always a certain number of young people who are alienated. They don’t get a job, they lost a girlfriend, their family doesn’t feel happy here and we can watch for signs of that. And there are members of the community who can reach out to those people and bring them back in and encourage them to look at their blessings here.
But I do think on a national policy level we need to look at what self-radicalization means because we are at war with this group of terrorists. They do have an ideology. In World War II if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.
So, if these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States, as a matter of principle, that’s fine. It’s their right, and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict. And I think we’re going to have to increasingly get tough on this, not only in the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.”
See also: Fmr. NATO Commander Wesley Clark calls for internment camps ‘to deal with radicals’ in the US and Europe
10. The rapid onset of global cooling and a “New Ice Age”
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See also: http://iceagenow.info/ and also: Dark Green XVI: Climate Change: Divide and Conquer all Over Again (1) and the Dark Green series
“The fewer sunspot activities on the Sun witnessed since the last two solar cycles might lead to a “mini ice age-like situation” in coming years, Shrinivas Aundhkar, the director of Mahatma Gandhi Mission, Centre for Astronomy and Space Technology, Nanded, said here on Tuesday.
“The sunspots that can be seen on the Sun have comparatively less temperature compared to other surfaces on it (Sun),” he said while addressing a gathering for a lecture, Get Ready for Little Ice Age, held as part of the Narendra Dabholkar lecture series.
Aundhkar, who has worked with scientists across the world on Sun-Earth connection, said, “The Sun undergoes two cycles that are described as maximum and minimum. The activity alternates every 11 years, and the period is termed as one solar cycle. At present, the Sun is undergoing the minimum phase, reducing global temperatures.”
– Shrinivas Aundhkar, the director of Mahatma Gandhi Mission, Centre for Astronomy and Space Technology, Space scientist fears return of ‘mini ice age’
“‘Our new, extremely detailed data from the examination of the ice cores shows that in the transition from the ice age to our current warm, interglacial period the climate shift is so sudden that it is as if a button was pressed.’ This discovery suggests that our current climate could undergo a similar rapid change, shifting back into ice age mode in just one year.”
– Ice Ages start and end so suddenly, “it’s like a button was pressed,” say scientists
“It took just six months for a warm and sunny Europe to be engulfed in ice, according to new research. Previous studies have suggested the arrival of the last Ice Age nearly 13,000 years ago took about a decade – but now scientists believe the process was up to 20 times as fast. In scenes reminiscent of the Hollywood blockbuster The day After Tomorrow, the Northern Hemisphere was frozen by a sudden slowdown of the Gulf Stream, which allowed ice to spread hundreds of miles southwards from the Arctic. Geological sciences professor William Patterson, who led the research, said: ‘It would have been very sudden for those alive at the time. It would be the equivalent of taking Britain and moving it to the Arctic over the space of a few months.”
– Last Ice Age took just SIX months to arrive
“Britain could be on the verge of a mini Ice Age as the Sun enters a cooler phase, the Met Office warned yesterday. The last big chill was felt hundreds of years ago when Frost Fairs were held on the frozen River Thames. However the Met Office said the new freeze will not be enough to cancel out the effects of global warming. Met Office’s Hadley Centre, which looks at long term forecasts, said there was a 15-20 per cent chance that we could match the temperatures last seen in 1645-1715 – sometimes called the Little Ice Age – when the River Thames froze over”
— Colin Fernandez, Daily Mail, 24 June 2015
1) Met Office Issues Warning That Temperatures Could Plummet As Sun Enters Cooler Phase – Daily Mail, 24 June 2015
2) Climate Modellers Model “Regional Climate Impacts Of A Possible Future Grand Solar Minimum”
Nature Communications, 23 June 2015
3) Study Predicts Decades Of Global Cooling Ahead – The Daily Caller, 28 May 2015
4) The Sun Is Now Virtually Blank During The Weakest Solar Cycle In More Than A Century – Vencore, Inc. 30 April 2015
5) The Sun Has More Impact On The Climate In Cool Periods – Aarhus University, 27 February 2015
11. Global resource shortages (oil, water, minerals) escalating terror and war
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“From California to the Middle East, huge areas of the world are drying up and a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. US intelligence is warning of the dangers of shrinking resources and experts say the world is ‘standing on a precipice'”
– Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war
“The US domestic consumption of oil exceeds 20 million barrels per day, 26% of total World consumption, an amount higher than the yearly consumption for all of Europe and all of Africa combined. U.S. oil imports constitute 56% of total consumption and are expected to reach 66% by 2020.”
– Professor Eric Waddell, The Battle for Oil
“The mainstream media keeps churning out good news stories about the booming shale oil and gas industry in the United States. Apparently, the fracking industry is going to lead to America becoming the next Saudi Arabia with a hundred years of oil and natural gas. It will provide cheap energy supplies that will boost U.S. Industry and give a major boost to consumers and help the so-called economic recovery.
Yet all of the over inflated claims for shale oil and gas are based upon a fantasy. The geological evidence (See the exhaustive studies by University of Texas and by the geologist David Hughes for the Post Carbon Institute in 2014) shows quite clearly that shale gas and tight oil production is likely to peak in the next 5 years.”
– US Shale Oil and Gas Industry is a Ponzi Scheme Facing Collapse
12. Earthquakes and super-volcanoes
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“It’s pretty much undisputed that the geological record shows periodic episodes of environmental stress and cataclysms on a global scale. Less well known is that minor, but ‘world-changing’ nonetheless, episodes of global catastrophe have happened within human timescales. Can you think of any reasons why our constituted authorities would prefer people remain unaware of that fact?” – sott.net
“If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world’s super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy’s Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world’s active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.”
– The Extinction Protocol
“Is the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide increasing? Yes. During the 20th century, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions globally. That works out to approximately 35 eruptions per year. That may sound like a lot, but according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now. In other words, the number of volcanoes erupting as you read this article is greater than the 20th century’s yearly average. And all of this is part of a larger trend. In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we had ever seen in a single year, and 2015 is already threatening to be another one for the record books.
All over the planet, volcanoes that have long been dormant are beginning to wake up, and this is greatly puzzling many scientists. Fortunately, most of the eruptions in recent years have been relatively small. But scientists tell us that if we do see a VEI 7 or a VEI 8 eruption today, the amount of energy that would be released would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a million nuclear bombs going off all at once, and such an eruption would completely literally transform our civilization almost overnight.”
The Number Of Volcanoes Erupting Right Now Is Greater Than The 20th Century’s YEARLY Average
“The idea that volcanic eruption may have terminated life on earth for the dinosaur, simply wakes you up when you consider the true danger an eruption poses to civilization. It’s even more daunting when you grasp the fact that earthquakes are essentially the fuse that sets them off.
In recent weeks, worldwide earthquake data indicates an increase in the magnitude and a significant increase in the frequency (magnitude > 5.5) of earthquakes.
Current graphs clearly show an alarming worldwide trend of increasing earthquake strength and frequency. These results are in agreement with the USGS statistics page, which shows an increase in the frequency of stronger earthquakes (M > 5.0).
These trends also show that the depth of earthquakes has diminished, they occur closer to the Earth’s surface. Shallow earthquakes occur along fault lines and are due to the accumulation of stress. Earthquake waves can also propagate far enough to trigger other earthquakes; this may explain the noted increase in earthquakes. […]
There are an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes around the world, 50 to 60 erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, gas and lava. These reflectively, mild outburst don’t come close to the dangers Yellowstone present. The fact is, if it were ever to erupt, it would only take moments to end the life of everyone in close proximity. If you like in the USA, the idea of escaping its reach is borderline fantasy. In other words, it would be practically impossible. One can only hope that it doesn’t blow in our lifetime; but it is certain to erupt in someone’s lifetime.
Earthquakes, The Fuse That Ignites Volcanoes, Have Increased Worldwide
“The eruption of a ‘super volcano’ hundreds of times more powerful than conventional volcanoes – with the potential to wipe out civilisation as we know it – is more likely than previously thought, a study has found.
An analysis of the molten rock within the dormant super volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in the United States has revealed that an eruption is possible without any external trigger, scientists said. Scientists previously believed many super volcanic eruptions needed earthquakes to break open the Earth’s crust so magma could escape. But new research suggests that this can happen as a result of the build-up of pressure.
Super volcanoes represent the second most globally cataclysmic event – next to an asteroid strike – and they have been responsible in the past for mass extinctions, long-term changes to the climate and shorter-term “volcanic winters” caused by volcanic ash cutting out the sunlight.”.
– Risk of super volcano eruption big enough to ‘affect the world’ far greater than thought, say scientists
“Just over one year ago, a magnitude-9 earthquake hit the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan, triggering one of the most destructive tsunamis in a thousand years. The Japanese—the most earthquake-prepared, seismically savvy people on the planet—were caught off-guard by the Tohoku quake’s savage power. Over 15,000 people died.
Now scientists are calling attention to a dangerous area on the opposite side of the Ring of Fire, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that runs parallel to the Pacific coast of North America, from northern California to Vancouver Island. This tectonic time bomb is alarmingly similar to Tohoku, capable of generating a megathrust earthquake at or above magnitude 9, and about as close to Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver as the Tohoku fault is to Japan’s coast. Decades of geological sleuthing recently established that although it appears quiet, this fault has ripped open again and again, sending vast earthquakes throughout the Pacific Northwest and tsunamis that reach across the Pacific.
What happened in Japan will probably happen in North America. The big question is when.” […]
Read more: The Giant, Underestimated Earthquake Threat to North America
“The world geological community is warning that today’s seismic activity on our planet is nothing compared with what’s to come.
Over the past three years, Pakistan, for example, has been hit by dozens of earthquakes. In March 2005, 80,000 people died under the rubble there. On October 30, the last time nature went on the rampage, there were hundreds of victims. Tens of thousands of people drowned during an overwhelming Asian tsunami at the end of 2004. China and Afghanistan have been rocked by quakes again more recently.
These natural disasters, which have swept our planet in recent years, indicate that the world has entered an era not only of a political, but also of climatic instability. Most scientists – biologists and environmentalists – tend to blame the human race for the catastrophic climate change on the Earth. No doubt, the greenhouse effect due to industrial activity plays a considerable role in global warming, but there are other reasons worth considering.
The Earth is rotating around its own axis slower. The International Earth Rotation Service has regularly added a second or two to the length of a 24-hour day in recent years.
This is the main reason, according to Igor Kopylov, professor at Moscow Energy Institute, why the planet – a gigantic electrical machine – has had its energy balance upset. He expressed this viewpoint in 2004. Kopylov is convinced that the Earth has entered the first phase of a global change. A weakening of the Earth’s magnetic field was first registered early in the 20th century, and a consistent drop in the speed of rotation, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It has been established that when the Earth’s rotation slows by one second a year, it releases a tremendous amount of heat, hundreds of times the volume of energy released by human industrial activity.
If we accept that all processes on Earth run according to cosmic cycles, which, in turn, depend on the Solar System’s position in our Galaxy, then humankind may be facing another Great Flood.
The Solar System, including the Earth, travels through the Galaxy in spiraling elliptic paths. The cycle time for the larger spiral is 200-210 million years, and for the smaller one, which determines minor galactic cycles, 26,000 years. Correspondingly, half a cycle lasts 130 centuries. This period almost exactly coincides with the date of the last Flood, the occurrence of which was real. The myths and legends of many peoples including that of the Bible recorded the event.
The Flood has been dated rather precisely: at 11,100 BC. If we accept that the civilized society on Earth has been developing for 400,000 years, then this period saw 30 great floods, and we are witnessing the beginnings of the thirty-first flood.
The cosmic cycles are so gigantically long by human standards that they have little impact on the life of people, but the active initial phase of the galactic cycle is of vital importance for the development of civilization. In the view of Russian scientists, the Earth currently finds itself at precisely this point in the cycle.
The transitional process in the electrical machine “planet Earth” can be divided into three phases. During the first – lasting 300 to 500 years – a relatively quick change in the direction of cross current (according to the law of electric machines) will alter the Earth’s magnetic field, with the Northern magnetic pole shifting to the eastern part of the Arctic Ocean.
– Russian scientist: Slowdown in Earth’s rotation means we’re on the verge of major climatic upheaval
13. Sink-holes, Tsunamis, flash floods and mudslides
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“Bizarre reports of gaping holes in the ground continue to come in from all over the place – in cities, on the open roads, in the countryside. Many of the ‘sinkholes’ … have been individually explained away as happening due to heavy rainfall during storms, old leftover constructions from mining and subsidence caused by some nearby disturbance – either natural or man-made. The cause of others, however, remain mysterious. I think the important thing to consider is why so many of these sinkholes are appearing at once.
If you consider that the universe speaks to us in symbols, then perhaps there may be a deeper meaning behind their appearance at this evolutionary crossroads for humanity? With all the other Earth Changes going on before our very eyes, I think sinkholes provide more evidence that an old stable system — namely, Earth’s surface — is breaking up.”
– Jörg Klinger, Sott.net
“Scientists are increasingly pointing to storms as a trigger for earthquakes and mudslides. That’s raising questions about the effects that climate change might have on one of the world’s deadliest natural catastrophes, and to what extent, if any, insurers and governments could be adapting to the interplay between atmosphere and earth.
So far, those answers are as mysterious as the timing of earthquakes, a question that has baffled humans — and killed them — for generations. But recent findings suggest that some linkage exists to increasingly powerful storms.”
– Earthquakes, mudslides can be triggered by storms
14. Comets, meteors and asteroids
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“The ones we really have to worry about, the ones that will kill people on the planet in random, unforeseen disasters, probably can’t be seen and are too numerous for it to be cost effective to try to find and deal with them. In other words, the public is abandoned to their fate. Not only abandoned, but a deliberate policy of concealment of the facts is clearly in place…”
– Laura Knight-Jadczyk, THE APOCALYPSE, Comets, Asteroids and Cyclical Catastrophes
“They say the timing of the Solar System’s passage through the galactic plane – around 20 to 30 million years – closely matches spikes in the distribution of large impact craters on Earth for the past 250 million years. They conclude that comets have been responsible for most of Earth’s impact craters and may pose an unrecognised risk to our civilisation. Current NEO programs might be “monitoring a swarm of bees while standing on a railway line with an express train due,” says the study.”
– In Case You Thought We Were Safe: Earth Under Threat From Dark Comets
“I am quite certain the elites in practice currently know VERY “much LESS than they let on” and that the situation for humanity is dire. Any comfort you may draw from the opposite opinion seems to me to be entirely misplaced. Thus although the globally modest efforts to assess the NEO threat with telescopes by a few semi-enlightened national administrations (eg USA) or by a few private enterprises (eg Gates) are certainly to be commended, I look upon this aspect of the NEO threat as basically intermittent and therefore more or less symbolic so far as generally more urgent and still largely undetected low mass NEO flux (which is demonstrably climatological in its effect) is concerned. This particular threat (evidently responsible for our planet’s evolving glacial/interglacial condition during the past 3 million years) is of course _fundamentally_ ignored by the current Body Scientific and hence by most of humanity as well.”
– Victor Clube author of The Cosmic Serpent quoted from Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls
[T]he Christian, Islamic and Judaic cultures have all moved since the European Renaissance to adopt an unreasoning anti-apocalyptic stance, apparently unaware of the burgeoning science of catastrophes. History, it now seems, is repeating itself: it has taken the Space Age to revive the Platonist voice of reason but it emerges this time within a modern anti-fundamentalist, anti-apocalyptic tradition over which governments may, as before, be unable to exercise control. … Cynics (or modern sophists), in other words, would say that we do not need the celestial threat to disguise Cold War intentions; rather we need the Cold War to disguise celestial intentions!
– The Hazard to Civilization from Fireballs and Comets
15. Solar flares and Gamma Rays
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“A new study confirms the potential hazard of nearby gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), and quantifies the probability of an event on Earth and more generally in the Milky Way and other galaxies. The authors find a 50% chance that a nearby GRB powerful enough to cause a major life extinction on the planet took place during the past 500 million years (Myr). They further estimate that GRBs prevent complex life like that on Earth in 90% of the galaxies.”
– Gamma-ray bursts are a real threat to life
“Were a massive solar storm to strike Earth, the impacts could rival or exceed the worst natural disasters humans have ever faced.”
– The dangers of solar storms: That which gives power can also take it away
“In 1989, ground currents from a less intense geomagnetic storm knocked out a high-voltage transformer at a hydroelectric power plant Quebec, plunging the Canadian province into a prolonged 9-hour blackout on an icy winter night. A far more extreme geomagnetic storm washed over the Earth in May of 1921, its magnitude illustrated in world-girdling aurorae and in fires that broke out in telegraph offices, telephone stations, and railroad routing terminals — sites that sucked up geomagnetic currents traveling through nascent power grids. An even more extreme storm in September 1859 caused geomagnetic currents so strong that for days telegraph operators could disconnect their equipment from battery power and send messages solely via the “auroral current” induced in their transmission lines. The 1859 storm is known as the ‘Carrington Event,’ after a British astronomer who witnessed an associated solar flare and connected it with the subsequent earthbound disturbances.
‘The physics of the Sun and of Earth’s magnetic field have not fundamentally changed, but we have,’ … ‘We decided to build the power grids, and we’ve progressively made them more vulnerable as we’ve connected them to every aspect of our lives. Another Carrington Event is going to occur someday.’ But unlike in 1859, when the telegraph network was the sole technology endangered by space weather, or in 1921, when electrification was in its infancy, today’s vulnerable systems are legion.”
– The Looming Threat of a Solar Superstorm
16. Out-gassing (methane rise in the Arctic)
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“A major theory is that oceans can and have produced methane gas, and was responsible for the Permian Mass Extinction. This explosion killed up to 95% of life on earth during that period. A seafloor basin of methane saturated water may have a breaking point. An earthquake, underwater landslide, or even a meteor impact could have triggered this, and suddenly, like shaking a giant soda bottle, the deepest part of the ocean would have exploded in a deadly storm of methane bubbles.”
– Permian Mass Extinction: Methane gas oceanic explosion wiped out 95% of life and it can happen again!
“The research team have located new and large (~1km wide) plumes of outgassing methane, in areas not previously investigated, so this is not necessarily a recent development: at least, there are no previous data from these areas to compare the large plumes with.
That the area has seen warming over a prolonged time since the Holocene transgression and that there has been an additional, sharp recent warming event is well-documented. Whether there is increased outgassing caused by the additional recent warming is an important question that requires urgent investigation, a point indeed made in Shakhova et al’s 2010 paper in Science – PDF – see last paragraph.
Further work will better constrain known current methane emissions to the atmosphere, currently estimated to be 8 Tg (1 Tg=1 million tonnes) per year. Clearly, because new sources have been identified, the figure is greater than 8Tg but how much so remains to be discovered.
A large (multi-gigaton) abrupt release event is considered possible, but when is not known. It is important to remember that hydrocarbons, including methane, migrate upwards through the Earth’s crust from their source-rocks due to their low density. Basic oil geology tells us that recoverable oil and gas deposits occur where such upward migration has been blocked by an impermeable barrier (an oil- or gas-trap) such as a salt-dome or anticline including thick impermeable strata such as a clay-bed. In such places, the accumulation can build up to the point where the oil/gas is in an highly pressurised state – hence the “blowouts” that have been recorded over the years in some oilfields. What Shakhova is suggesting is that if buried gas hydrates destabilise, what could result is accumulations of pressurised methane capped off by permafrost, which because it is degrading might lose its effectiveness as a gas-trap. The same point would, I suggest, apply to non-hydrate derived methane i.e. gas that has remained as gas. What one would likely see in such a scenario would be a strong increase in outgassing, not in one great “burp” at one locality but via multiple pathways up through the defrosted sediment over a wide area.”
– Methane Hydrates – Extended Interview Extracts With Natalia Shakhova via climatestate.com
SOTT Earth Changes Summary – April 2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, and Meteor Fireballs
SOTT Earth Changes Summary – May 2015: Extreme Weather and Planetary Upheaval