Signs Of The Time

Signs Of The Time, Part 114

Anyone use the popular online social media/networking service known as Facebook?

I do, but I wouldn’t call myself a “super-user.” Nor do I have a lot of “friends” either.

But among the “friends” I do have, a few have been authoring/disseminating quite a bit of material on Facebook related to last week’s U.S. presidential election.

That’s cool. If they want to use the free service in that manner, then that’s their prerogative.

However, such posts aren’t exactly sitting well with other Facebook users. From the Fox News website this past weekend:

In the wake of the 2016 election, some Facebook users are purging friends with whom they disagree politically.

On “Fox & Friends Weekend” this morning, Kurt “The Cyber Guy” Knutsson reported that the U.S. election was responsible for 10 billion likes, posts, comments and shares on the social medium from March 23, 2015, through November 1, 2016, according to Facebook.

Additionally, Knutsson reported that on Election Day alone, 115.3 million people on Facebook worldwide generated 716.3 million likes, posts, comments and shares related to the election.

He said that Facebook, however, doesn’t have any data on how many unfriendings there were during the 2016 presidential election or on Election Day, but it does appear that there is an “unfriending frenzy” occurring

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

For more information about this “unfriending frenzy,” head on over to the Fox News website here.


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By Christopher E. Hill
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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 Government, Signs Of The Time No Comments

Signs Of The Time, Part 113

Kind of ironic that the following Netflix DVD would arrive in my mailbox today

The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year

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Signs Of The Time, Part 112

Regular readers of Survival And Prosperity know that I’ve been covering “prepping” on this blog for some years now.

And recently, I’ve been curious about the specific activities “preppers” have been carrying out in the run-up to Election Day.

Apparently (and not surprisingly), acquiring (more) emergency food has been a priority for these forward-looking individuals.

Ben Popken reported on the NBC News website this past weekend:

In case of an election night Doomsday, preppers are running up sales of emergency survival food.

While sales for “long term food” typically see an increase around natural disasters and elections, “this is more intense than what we saw in 2012,” said Keith Bansemer, VP of marketing for My Patriot Supply, a manufacturer and seller of survival food. During the previous election his company saw sales double. This time it’s triple.

“We have everyone we can on the phones,” he said. “We are overwhelmed.”

Purchases at other long term food supply companies are up as well. Emergency preparedness online store TheEpicenter reports a 6 percent uptick in year over year sales.

Another company, Legacy Foods, predicts they’ll see a 1-2 week spike in sales after the election — if Hillary Clinton wins, said owner Phil Cox…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Popken pointed out what’s spurring preppers to purchase “long-term” food:

Survivalist consumers say they’re preparing for post-election unrest that could involve everything from massive riots, to power grid outages, to the total collapse of the financial system where a can of food becomes currency

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Post-election unrest”

Talk of such an event has increased in the months leading up to today, so much so that the Oath Keepers, “a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,'” (first blogged about here back on August 12, 2011) just conducted a webinar “that went over strategies for avoiding and surviving social unrest in the streets including rioting and police reaction to that possible unrest. We talked about family preparedness plans if there were God forbid be a terrorist attack on our soil. These included communications, bug out bags, medical considerations, recognition of tactics that various terrorist organizations may use in that scenario and many more topics spoken on by several expert speakers.”


“Civil Unrest Post Election Scenarios & Preparation”
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Popken’s article was an insightful read- and not a “hit piece” either- which you can view in its entirety over on the NBC News site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 111

Truly a sign for once in this long-running series of posts.

Seen in Muncie, Indiana, recently was a billboard displaying the following:

Hate Cops?
The Next Time You Need Help
Call A Crackhead.

I understand the “advice” has since been withdrawn from the billboard after some person(s) was offended.

Others are citing this “retreat” as one more example of political correctness run amok, and are gladly offering to assist said person(s) back to their “safe space”…


“South Park- Safe Space- ‘In My Safe Space’”
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Signs Of The Time, Part 110

The most sobering article I’ve read yet about the deteriorating state of affairs in Venezuela. From Hannah Dreier of the Associated Press yesterday:

Tebie Gonzalez and Ramiro Ramirez still have their sleek apartment, a fridge covered with souvenir magnets from vacations abroad, and closets full of name brand clothes. But they feel hunger drawing near.

So when the Venezuelan government opened the long-closed border with Colombia this weekend, the couple decided to drain what remained of the savings they put away before the country spun into economic crisis and stock up on food. They left their two young sons with relatives and joined more than 100,000 other Venezuelans trudging across what Colombian officials are calling a “humanitarian corridor” to buy as many basic goods as possible…

Some fear what’s taking place in the “socialist paradise” is coming to the United States. I sure as hell hope not, as the International Monetary Fund is predicting 1,600% inflation for the South American country next year.

Regrettably, I do think hyperinflation could be in the cards for us down the road.

“Signs Of A Coming Time”?

An insightful piece by Dreier, which you can read over on the ABC News website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 109

I heard about the following YouTube video the other day and had to check it out for myself. It’s reportedly a “slam poem” by a 14-year-old Atlanta student in which he apologizes for his so-called “white privilege”:


“Royce Mann, Age 14, ‘White Boy Privilege’, Slam Poem”
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Just a tad bit heavy on the generalizations?

I understand the teen won first place for the effort.

Didn’t hear if everyone else at least got participation trophies…

By Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 108

After blogging back on June 21 about the next round of property tax bills due to hit Cook County, Illinois, residents’ mailboxes in the coming days, I told my girlfriend to pay attention to the local mainstream news outlets as there would be no shortage of pissed-off Chicago homeowners (their hit an average 13 percent higher than last year) airing their grievances.

Sure enough, I was watching Chicago ABC affiliate Channel 7 Tuesday when the following segment appeared near the top of the evening news broadcast:


“Cook County Property Tax Bills Cause Outrage”
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“Higher/new fees, fines, and taxes in conjunction with reduced government services going forward”

Truly a sign of the times for Chicagoans… and an increasing number of other Americans.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 107

Personally, I believe that whoever wins the White House in November will be inheriting a “poisoned chalice” when it comes to the economy.

I strongly suspect the United States will enter into recession (if it’s not already in one) shortly.

And I fear the next (final?) stage of a U.S. financial crash I first started warning about back on Memorial Day Weekend 2007 may be helped along with the election of one particular candidate to the highest political office in the land after spotting the following this morning on the CNBC website.

John Harwood reported Monday:

One of President Barack Obama’s economic advisers will join Hillary Clinton’s campaign in another sign of close coordination between the White House and the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Jacob Leibenluft, deputy director of the National Economic Council, will become a senior policy adviser as Clinton prepares to fill out her economic agenda for the general election…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Anyone looking forward to four (eight?) more years of “Obamanomics”?

If so, it sounds like that could very well be what’s in store for the country again after November 8, based on this news and other developments I’ve been following.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Harwood, John. “Hillary Clinton to add Jacob Leibenluft, Obama’s long-time economic adviser, to campaign team.” CNBC.com. 20 June 2016. (http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/20/hillary-clinton-to-add-jacob-leibenluft-obamas-long-time-economic-adviser-to-campaign-team.html?utm_content=buffer72413&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer). 21 June 2016.

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Signs Of The Time, Part 106

From the celebrity news website TMZ this morning:

The Game believes he’s dodging real bullets in Chicago now that a judge has granted his request to postpone a court hearing.

According to legal docs, the rapper asked the judge to push a June 16 hearing for his sexual assault lawsuit in Illinois. He cited a massive outbreak of violence over Memorial Day weekend in the city … where about 70 people were shot and 6 died.

Game thinks it’s likely there will be a bunch of revenge shootings, and fears he could be caught in the crossfire…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

According to TMZ, the plaintiff didn’t oppose The Game’s request and the judge has signed-off on it as well.

You can read the entire piece on TMZ.com here.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 105

Lausanne, Switzerland-based IMD World Competitiveness Center, publisher of the World Competitiveness Yearbook, “the leading annual report on the competitiveness of countries,” has just released its 28th edition of the publication. From their website:

The USA toppled as world’s most competitive economy
IMD World Competitiveness rankings released

30 May 2016 – The USA has surrendered its status as the world’s most competitive economy after being overtaken by China Hong Kong and Switzerland, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Center.

The sheer power of the economy of the USA is no longer sufficient to keep it at the top of the prestigious World Competitiveness Ranking, which it has led for the past three years.

The IMD World Competitiveness Center, a research group within IMD business school, has published the ranking each year since 1989 and it is widely regarded as the foremost annual assessment of the competitiveness of countries.

The 2016 edition ranks China Hong Kong first, Switzerland second and the USA third, with Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Canada completing the top 10…

“USA third”

Disappointing to hear, but not altogether shocking.

You can read the entire piece on IMD’s website here.

Christopher E. Hill
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