The day the lights go out and the trucks stop running

What would happen if some sort of major national emergency caused a massive transportation disruption that stopped trucks from running?  The next time you talk to a trucker, please thank them for their service, because without their hard work none of our lives would be possible.  In America today, very few of us live a truly independent lifestyle, and that means that we rely on the system to provide what we need.  Most of us take for granted that there will always be plenty of goods at Wal-Mart and at the grocery store whenever we need more “stuff”, and most of us never give a second thought to how all of that “stuff” gets there.  Well, the truth is that most of it is brought in by trucks, and if the trucks stopped running for some reason the entire country would devolve into chaos very rapidly.

Earlier today, I came across a quote from Alice Friedemann that detailed what we would be facing during a major national transportation disruption very nicely…

Within a week, in roughly this order, grocery stores would be out of dairy and other items that are delivered many times a day. And by the week, the shelves would be empty.

Hospitals, pharmacies, factories, and many other businesses also get several deliveries a day, and they’d be running out of stuff the first day.

And the second day, there’s be panic and hoarding. And restaurants, pharmacies would close. ATM’s would be out of money. Construction would stop. There’d be increasing layoffs. Increasing enormous amounts of trash not getting picked up, 685,000 tons a day. Service stations would be closed. Very few people would be working. And the livestock would start to be hungry from lack of feed deliveries.

Then within two weeks, clean water supplies would run out. Within four weeks to eight weeks, there wouldn’t be coal delivered to power plants and electricity would start shutting down. And when that happened, about a quarter of our pipelines use electricity, and so natural gas plants wouldn’t be fed natural gas and they’d start shutting down.

There is so much infrastructure that we take for granted that would suddenly become very vulnerable in this type of scenario.  There are countless numbers of workers out there that never get any glory that do the hard work of maintaining our nuclear power plants, our natural gas pipelines, our electrical grid, etc.  If they suddenly were not able to do their jobs, the consequences would be absolutely catastrophic.  The following comes from Tess Pennington

They rarely mention the dozens of nuclear power plants that litter the United States. If no one is there to operate them, how long before they melt down and bury millions of survivors under a radioactive cloud?

Then there are the 12,000 facilities around the country that store large quantities of toxic or flammable chemicals, and reside close to residential areas. 2,500 of these sites contain chemicals in quantities that, if a catastrophic accident were to occur, could affect 10,000 to 1 million people each. And let’s not forget the 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines that can be found in every state. They suffer hundreds of leaks and ruptures every year, and are much more likely to explode when they aren’t maintained. That detail seems to be conveniently forgotten by post-apocalyptic films.

And finally, most post-apocalyptic movies will forget to mention what happens when there aren’t any functional fire departments. Aside from the obvious consequences, like whole neighborhoods routinely burning to the ground, who’s going to put out landfill fires that are occasionally radioactive?

For most Americans, a major national emergency of this magnitude may seem unimaginable right now.  But the truth is that it isn’t difficult to see how this kind of scenario could happen.  The Yellowstone supervolcano is becoming increasingly active, a single large asteroid could change all of our lives in a single moment, a crippling pandemic could bring normal life in America to a complete standstill, a terror attack involving weapons of mass destruction would spread panic and fear like wildfire, and a historic earthquake along the New Madrid fault, the Cascadia Subduction zone or any of the major faults in California could literally change the geography of our entire continent.

In addition, a massive EMP burst from a nuclear weapon or from the sun could fry our power grid and send us back into the stone age in a single moment.  This is something that I have written about extensively, and those that want to minimize this threat simply don’t know what they are talking about.

And an electromagnetic pulse is not even required to cause very serious problems with our electrical grid.  For instance, just consider what happened in Ukraine toward the end of last year

On December 23rd, 2015, the Prykarpattyaoblenergo power distribution station in Ukraine was hit by a carefully coordinated cyber-attack that was months in the making. The technicians lost control of their cursors as they watched hackers open breakers and take circuit after circuit offline, plunging 230,000 residents into darkness.

The hackers took backup power of the stations offline, plunging the electrical workers into darkness too, and worse yet, they even rewrote the low-level firmware that controls the electrical transformers. The attack had come after months of careful infiltration and planning by a dedicated team of elite cyber-warfare specialists and the result was devastating.

Even months later, technicians struggled to regain full capacity in the electrical grid due to the overwriting of firmware. With Ukrainian moves to nationalize power companies, it is possible that the powerful and Putin-connected Russian oligarchs who own large parts of Ukraine’s infrastructure were sending a message: we can shut down the system anytime we want.

The truth is that we are far more vulnerable than most of us would like to admit.

So what would you do if “normal life” suddenly came to an end and you no longer had access to food, water or power?

How would you and your family respond?

Hopefully you would continue to act in a civilized manner, but history has shown that many people would not.

Desperate people do desperate things, and it would only take a matter of days for some people to become violent

Before long, getting mugged or being a victim of some type of crime is as unpredictable and as common as a car accident. You’ll realize everyone in the neighborhood has now beefed up security on their homes. All your family, friends, and coworkers have experienced a mugging, carjacking, or worse.

You’ll have no choice but to accept this new way of life and count on basic safety measures (a form of passive denial) or further learn to defend yourself and remain in a constant state of alert (a very stressful state over time). It’s difficult emotionally, mentally, and physically to remain on high alert 24/7 for any length of time. Most people will revert to a form of passive denial until the next incident happens to them or a family member.

And even though things may seem relatively stable for the moment, concern about what is coming is one of the factors that has led an increasing number of Americans to arm themselves.  According to a brand new study from the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of all American homes now have a gun.  Just two years ago, a different study found that number was sitting at just 31 percent.

The way that we are living our lives right now will not last indefinitely.

At some point a major national emergency will strike, and when that day arrives we could suddenly be facing major power grid and transportation disruptions.

Are you prepared for that?

If not, you might want to do so while you still have time.

Via Economic Collapse

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Rachel Maddow’s release of Trump’s 2005 “client copy” tax return flops

Maddow’s quest for ratings continues with release of Trump’s 2005 federal tax return

(INTELLIHUB) — Financial reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday evening after receiving a leaked “client copy” of the first two pages of President Donald Trumps 2005 federal tax return in his “mailbox.”

Both Maddow and Johnston played up the release of the partial return before and during the show in an effort to attract viewers but failed to really deliver anything. In fact, it has even been speculated by at least one outfit that President Trump himself leaked the return.

The two pages released by MSNBC show that “President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005,” according to the Associated Press.

The AP reports:

The pages from Trump’s federal tax return show the real estate mogul also reported a business loss of $103 million that year, although the documents don’t provide detail. The forms show that Trump paid an effective tax rate of 24.5 percent, a figure well above the roughly 10 percent the average American taxpayer forks over each year, but below the 27.4 percent that taxpayers earning 1 million dollars a year average were paying at the time, according to data from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

At 24%, President Trump paid a higher tax rate than Barack Obama, MSNBC Comcast, and Bernie Sanders, making him look good.

A White House spokesman released the following statement before Maddow’s show aired:

Before being elected President, Mr. Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world with a responsibility to his company, his family, and his employees, to pay no more tax than is legally required.

To that being said, Mr. Trump paid $38 million even after taking into account large-scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million, as well as paying tens-of-millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise and employment taxes and this illegally published return just proves that.

The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.

Rachel Maddow seemed somewhat threatened by the White House spokesman’s statement and responded, “For the record, the First Amendment gives us the right to publish this return — it is not illegally published.”

Johnston, the reporter who claims he received the two pages in his mailbox said, “They came over the transom.”

Johnston said:

“And by the way, one of the biggest places he [Trump] owes money to is the communist government of China’s Bank of China, which is also the biggest single tenant in Trump Tower.”

Johnston carried on and attempted to tie the President to the Russians by saying:

“The thought that the Republicans would defend a President who has been involved for 30-years with the Russians, not Russia — Russians who are around Putin — and to be borrowing money from Beijing.”

Withal, it’s evident Maddow is just on a “quest for ratings,” just as the Drudge Report headline reads.

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Marine Le Pen HAILS UK Parliament for ‘sticking to will of the people’ & delivering Brexit

MARINE Le Pen has praised the British Parliament for its “remarkable and honourable” respect for the will of the people after Theresa May was given the green light to begin Brexit negotiations.

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Russian government warns citizens to stay away from ‘evil game’ with ‘end game connections’ – Is this the biggest trojan horse in history?

The bizarre new story coming to us out of Russia from Gizmodo tells us that 22-year old video blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky has been detained for two months before trial for ‘inciting hatred’ and ‘insulting religious feelings’ by playing Pokemon Go inside of the historic Russian Cathedral seen in the photograph with Sokolovsky below. You can also hear about this story from RT in the first video below.

Still facing up to 5 years in prison for his ‘crimes’, the story of Sokolovsky is just the latest coming to us from Russia about this ‘game’ that quickly set the world on fire with record downloads but has Russian authorities and religious leaders claiming it is ‘evil’. As was reported on Kotaku, Russian officials are flipping out about Pokemon Go and believe that it will have a destabilizing effect upon their society so they are developing their own, “more patriotic” version of it. This story from Foreign Policy tells us that according to one Russian lawmaker, people hunting down ‘Jigglypuff’ and ‘Snorlax’ through Pokemon Go make him “feel like the devil has arrived and is trying to tear our mortality apart from the inside“.

While at first the bizarre story of Sokolovsky seems to some to paint the Russian nation as even more tyrannical than the West has suddenly become in its drive towards system collapse and global dictatorship, when we learn the reasons why Russia is making these moves and is so infuriated by Pokemon Go, it all makes a bit more sense. While jailing a blogger will do nothing to stop the madness behind the game, it’s clear we’re watching something sinister unfolding. As we’re told in the final video below, we now have 100% proof that Pokemon Go has an ‘end game’ connection to DARPA, the CIA, the illuminati and the New World Order. And according to one Russian user, the rules of the game are quite simple:

“Pokemon is simple and clear: you find them, you collect them and then you make them fight one another.”

Sounds like something right out of the ‘nwo’ playbook: find them, round them up and make them go to war.

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According to the Russians, Pokemon Go is one of the greatest spy tools to ever emerge from the West via Niantic, a company with links to the CIA and is being secretly used to gather intelligence on a ‘colossal’ scale.

Niantec CEO John Hanke created Keyhole in 2001 – which was later bought by Google. Most of the money used to create Keyhole came from the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency and the CIA. Pokemon GO is the pinnacle of Hanke’s intelligence gathering career thus far. He is a New World Order intelligence operative whose career has been creating ingenious ways to spy on unsuspecting citizens and siphon the information back to intelligence agencies.

The ultimate ‘sheep-in-wolves-clothing-trojan-horse’? We’re told with the launch of this monstrous game, the CIA has effectively recruited millions of unaware and distracted people to work as intelligence and surveillance operatives, gathering massive amounts of information that was previously extremely time consuming and expensive.

Just pretend you’re a govt agency that wants to be everywhere at once, to see everything going on in any place and every place. Your endless surveillance cameras on every street corner and store and drones in the sky don’t quite cut it so what better way to do so than to send an army of totally distracted and completely ignorant ‘Poke-people’ wherever you want them to go with two cameras and a microphone on nearly every phone gathering data for those ‘in control’ of the phones?

Hey Bob, we need to see inside of ABC store on West street” the order is shouted out from the ‘X’ intelligence agency operative to the other op who quickly chimes back, “you got it, Pikachu’s heading there now“…to be quickly joined by their unpayed staff of countless mindless morons following the non-existent ‘augmented-reality’ creatures wherever they go.

Players of the game can be sent on a chase for a rare Pokemon inside of almost any location such as a park, tourist attractions or almost any public building in the world, including the Kremlin where Pokemon have been found according to this story, and immediately, ‘Poke Spies’ have immediate access to whatever intelligence the phones of a countless number of ‘Poke Sheep’ are seeing and hearing and collecting for them.

Russians have already been found playing Pokemon Go in Red Square and the Kremlin has warned players to stay away from Vladimir Putin’s residence as well as from government buildings. China also fears that players of the game could unwittingly give up highly secretive information via the process of elimination or if someone is actually playing the game inside of military bases or other government buildings and also warns the game is a ‘trojan horse’ for the US and Japan. Iran has also already banned the game due to security concerns.

As we’ve previously reported on ANP, people have been hurt, killed, robbed, fallen off cliffs and crashed into cop cars in their mindless pursuits of a computer screen creature that doesn’t even exist in real life. Taking absurdity to absolutely new levels while giving spy agencies unprecendent access to huge amounts of data, officials in the state of Maryland have called the game a possible public safety hazard with private homes and private institutions also being ‘invaded’, quite literally putting those who want nothing to do with the game in the path of those trying to find a ‘rare monster’ and turning neighborhoods into nightmares.

If they’re collecting all of this data, why aren’t they using it to round up those who are true threats to US national security or do ISIS jihadists simply not play Pokemon? If they’re not using this intelligence to gather information on those who want to slaughter us, who are they gathering the information on? It might be easier for some Americans to accept such activities if they knew that jihadis were being rounded up using the information but we haven’t seen any of that yet that we’re aware of.

Is Pokemon Go the biggest trojan horse in history, giving ‘colossal access’ to ‘new world order’ spies and operatives across the globe and quite literally, ‘the devil’s arrival to tear our morality apart from the inside’ as the Russian lawmaker warned? While very disrespectful, should this Russian vlogger be getting prison time for such an offense? Do any ANP readers have family or friends or co-workers who are players of this ‘game’? If so, we’d love to hear any experiences that you’ve had or noticed with others ‘fascination’ with Pokemon Go that you think our other readers would find interesting in the comment section below.

Via All News Pipeline

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U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee investigators request total ‘preservation of Russian-tied information or communications’ with Trump Camp.

Deep State takes another whack at Trump

(INTELLIHUB) — CNN’s Manu Raju has confirmed that the Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the alleged ‘Russian interference of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election’ and any potential Russian ties to Trump campaign staffers.

Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina along with Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, are heading up the panel which has already put out requests to a number of agencies, organizations, and individuals, 12 in total, requesting that they preserve any and all information or communications that fall within the scope of the investigation.

FBI Dir. James Comey attended the classified panel behind closed doors Friday where members decided to expand their investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling with the U.S. election system.

Reporting over the phone for CNN, Raju said that the panel is very concerned with any potential contacts or conversations Trump campaign staffers or transition team members may have had with the Russians.

Ruju also said according to reports “certain [Trump] campaign officials” had “constant contact” with “Russian operatives during the campaign.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee is doing a “deep dive,” Raju said.

“What they want are records to make sure that nothing that the Trump administration or that any federal agency has relating to Russia should be destroyed. They want to preserve these documents, review them and they have the power to subpoena those as well.”

Additionally, Raju reported that several other investigations into the matter are currently underway but are slow-going.

H/T: Tabertronic/Twitter

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