Hello all!

I’ve decided to start sharing some of the headlines that relate to the coming times and preparedness/survival issues. The news matters no matter what you may feel about it. It’s important to pay attention to what is going on around us as that may sometimes be the only way to receive a warning of what we need to prepare for in these coming times. Today, we see a rising cost in both food and clothing, but why? We can find the answer to this question and more simply by paying attention to the news. Simply click onto the headlines and you will be taken to the story connected to that headline.

February 15, 2011 –
DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 
(PDF, 25 pages – 345 KB)

The Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report is a DHS compilation of selected news articles from around the country regarding emergency and disater news. Well worth reading, and it’s keeps you up to date on what may be happening around you.

Food Matters;

Is the World Producing Enough Food?

Food prices are zooming again for reasons besides bad weather, climate change and global growth.

Drought in China threatens wheat crop and send global prices soaring

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that a severe drought was threatening China’s wheat crop and could result in shortages of drinking water; analysts fear that wheat prices could soar even higher if China were to begin importing large quantities of food to feed more than a billion hungry mouths; wheat prices are already at record highs and have sparked food related protests around the world; surging prices are partially responsible for Egypt and Tunisia’s recent mass uprisings; China’s Shandong province, a major agricultural region, has only received fifteen percent of its normal rain levels; in dire terms Chinese state media reported that “land is drying out, and the crops are dying….

Infrastructure Matters;

Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet

A blackout during protests has mesmerized technical experts and raised concerns about other governments.

Cyberweapon could cause Internet doomsday

Researchers show that an attack by a large botnet — a network of computers infected with software that allows them to be externally controlled — could take down the Internet; the researchers reckon that 250,000 such machines would be enough to do the job; a sustained 20-minute attack by the 250,000-strong army — they will be sending waves of border gateway protocol (BGP) updates to every router in the world — would overwhelm the net, bringing Web servers down by overloading them with traffic….

Political Matters;

Michael Boldin: California – a nullifier’s paradise?

…States around the country are considering laws to reject federal laws on health care, guns, the Environmental Protection Agency regulations and more. The pundits scream “racism,” the legal experts cite the “supremacy clause,” and the entire country – left to right – just might be missing the point…. The real question, of course, is this – will gay marriage advocates in Maine, health care nullification advocates in Idaho, gun rights activists in Oklahoma, and marijuana advocates in California ever realize that they’re actually on the same side…

Secretary Napolitano Announces “If You See Something, Say Something™” Campaign Partnership with NBA
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern to announce a new partnership between the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign and the NBA.

Financial Matters;

As Austerity Cuts Bite in Portugal, Discontent Grows

Portugal’s government, pressured by outsiders to shape up fiscally, now faces growing public protests and political discord over its drastic spending cuts.

Federal deficit on track for a record this fiscal year

Government debt to exceed U.S. economy

President Obama‘s budget, released Monday, was conceived as a blueprint for future spending, but it also paints the bleakest picture yet of the current fiscal year, which is on track for a record federal deficit and will see the government’s overall debt surpass the size of the total U.S. economy….Mr. Obama’s budget projects that 2011 will see the biggest one-year debt jump in history, or nearly $2 trillion, to reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. That would be 102.6 percent of GDP — the first time since World War II that dubious figure has been reached….

Brazil Finance Chief Renews Attack on Fed

Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega renewed his attack on the Fed’s most recent program of quantitative easing, saying the policy had goosed global flows of hot capital and heightened the global problems of rising commodity prices and inflation.

Retailers set to raise apparel prices this spring
Retailers and apparel manufacturers are poised to raise clothing prices about 10% this spring, reflecting the skyrocketing cost of cotton as well as cost increases for synthetic fabrics as demand for cotton alternatives rises, said Burt Flickinger III, president of Strategic Resource Group. “We have been so used to deflation for years and years,” said David Bassuk of AlixPartners. “Customers are going to be surprised.” The Washington Times/The Associated Press

It’s Never Just the Economy, Stupid

WE ARE OFTEN TOLD that we possess the most powerful military in the world and that we will face no serious threat for some time to come. We are comforted with three reassurances aimed at deflecting any serious discussion of national security: (1) that Islam is a religion of peace; (2) that we will never go to war with China because our economic interests are intertwined; and (3) that America won the Cold War and Russia is no longer our enemy. But these reassurances are myths, propagated on the right and left alike. We believe them at our peril, because serious threats are already upon us.

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