by Jeff Berwick, Dollar Vigilante Recently Barack Obama urged citizens to be prepared. He broke this new ground in a May 31st speech to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center in Washington. He explained that it was up to each citizen to be prepared for disasters. This preparation should extend to “having an evacuation plan” and “having a fully stocked disaster supply kit.”

One of the things that we have learned over the course of the last seven and a half years is that government plays a vital role, but it is every citizen’s responsibility to be prepared for a disaster. -Barack Obama

Ignore the propaganda where he says the government has played a vital role. Yes, it has played a role along with the Federal Reserve, but only in causing the current sorry state of affairs.

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Obama promoting prepping is certainly a change. Both the FBI and Homeland Security have seen “prepping” as a sign of incipient terrorism – as a matter of policy. In fact, you can get investigated if the federal government notices signs of unusual prepping in your house. But now Obama appears to be warning people to prepare… for something. When the US fedgov – responsible for so much ruin in the world – begins warning of disasters, it is probably advisable to pay attention. Governments love disasters of any kind and often encourage them because of the opportunity to extend control, raise taxes and expand bureaucracy. For instance, the hurricane season just started. Is he talking about a New Orleans-type hurricane disaster?  Sadly, quite a bit of evidence has come out that the New Orleans levees were sabotaged by the feds themselves, and the FEMA response was awful. At the very least, it was a failure by the government in both installing the levees and not making them adequate to withstand a large hurricane… of the kind that commonly hits in that area. There are plenty of other kinds of disasters that the federal government might be able to take advantage of. The Seattle Times recently reported on a federal government rehearsal for a mega-quake plus a tsunami.

A massive earthquake and tsunami readiness drill… has been developed by the U.S. government, the military, and state and local emergency managers over the past few years to test their readiness for what — when it strikes — will likely be the nation’s worst natural calamity.  The June 7-10 exercise is called Cascadia Rising. It is named after the Cascadia Subduction Zone — a 600-mile-long fault just off the coast that runs from Northern California to British Columbia. “This is the largest exercise ever for a Cascadia break,” said Lt. Col. Clayton Braun of the Washington State National Guard. Braun has been a key planner of the doomsday drill, which is being overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

And the recently reported on ways US law enforcement was preparing for civil disturbances.

A new report from analysts with industry research group, Sandler Research, forecasts the Global Riot Control System Market for the next four years… Sandler predicts the market will have an annual growth of 3.5 percent… Various U.S. law enforcement agencies have been gearing up for the virtually inevitable unrest both during and following those elections. Militarized police forces have become de rigueur, even in the nation’s smallest towns.

Civil disturbances can happen many ways. Weather disasters can spark major chaos, but so can economic catastrophes. We’ve been watching for and speculating on what could set off the coming crisis and have previously suggested that Deutsche Bank might be the 2016 version of Lehman Brothers. For years the bank has flirted with bankruptcy, and reports are that fiscal insolvency is getting closer. The bank was recently downgraded by Moody’s amidst reports that its derivatives exposure was in the area of an impossible-to-comprehend $75 trillion. On Friday evening its ATMs stopped issuing money, though that was supposedly due to a technological malfunction.  As of the time of this writing, they’re still not issuing cash. Deutsche Bank says the problem will be fixed by Monday.  We’ll be watching to see if it is. What is interesting about the timing of the supposed malfunction was that it occurred on a Friday evening.  We know from past experience that when banks or central banks have problems they usually announce it on a weekend. Given that the entire German economy is less than $4 trillion, Deutsche Bank’s $75 trillion in derivative exposure is an unimaginable sum. If DB were to go under, we could see banks throughout the West seize up. It would be similar to 2008 but far worse, as the financial system would simply implode. Bank closures would lead to stock market closures. Peoples credit cards and bank cards would stop working. It would be pandemonium. In the US, EBT cards would also stop working and we’ve seen how even a few hour technical problem with EBT cards have started riots in some parts of the US (EBT Card Users Threaten Rodney King Style Riots if System Crashes Again). So what Barack Obama is referring to may involve hurricanes or earthquakes. But he could also be referring to economic disasters. Finally – and recently – there has been an upsurge of so-called Western megadrought reports. The continuation of the drought and its results has led to speculation that the federal government actually wants to step in and force migrations out of California. If one believes this scenario, the government has in mind using the results of the drought to forcefully take over the food supply in the US.  A near-term speculation is that the Obama administration has in mind distributing food through Walmart stores managed by FEMA. Jade Helm, under this theory, was part of the process for realigning resources to support government management.  And Jade Helm continues to this day and throughout the summer, branded under its new name, the Unconventional Warfare Exercise 16 (UWEX 16) where sightings of massive tank and other heavy military equipment continue. The idea being sold is that melting of the ice in the North Pole due to historical solar fluctuations is resetting temperatures across the continent. Hotter temperatures in the West and Midwest are pushing rainfall north. The government has purposefully blamed “global warming” and “climate change” for cyclical changes to solar radiation that occur regularly,  according to geological studies. Obama in his speech even mentioned “a FEMA app” that provides directions to a FEMA camp near you. The FEMA app comes in either Spanish or English. Between Jade Helm/UWEX, trains traveling around the country laden with military equipment and even caskets, and now a “FEMA app” it seems likely to us that something is being planned on a large scale. Obama hasn’t warned about a disaster in the past but he surely made up for it in this speech. Of course, as  we know, this is a Jubilee year and nothing much would surprise us regarding man-made or natural disasters. Our Shemitah Trends and Jubilee Year coverage has put us in the forefront of those who know what is going on and what to do about it. Jubilee 2016 is already everything we predicted it would be. And none of this is going on by accident. As FDR said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” It’s all about creating conditions for global government. So take your pick: natural disasters or economic ones. Or maybe both. In a recent interview, savvy gold pro Jim Rogers predicted that when sovereign debt around the world begins to cause defaults whole countries will be wiped out. Rogers has constantly preached the ownership of gold and silver. What he is saying makes good sense – and certainly he’s not the only one suggesting this sort of investment stance. On this point, we agree with him… as you  know if you are a regular reader or subscriber. In fact, our focus on gold investing for our TDV newsletters subscribers has reaped considerable rewards. Our world renowned resident Senior Analyst, Ed Bugos, has raised the value of our TDV portfolio by over 50 percent his year. TDV was designed for what’s happening now. Even our name, The Dollar Vigilante, signified our determination to exercise watchfulness on your behalf. On the other hand, we can’t help you as fully as we would like unless you are able to receive our newsletter. Whether the disasters are economic or “natural,” we’ll provide in-depth coverage and solutions you can use. Subscribe HERE. Of note: Since TDV began in 2010, I have never “prepped” very much.  But, as of last month I have begun to prep.  In our next newsletter, coming out in the next few days, I describe why I haven’t prepped until now and why I decided it is now time to do so… and give some info and tips that I learned along the way. We hope you’ll join with us and thousands of other happy subscribers like Karen. Testimonials 9 - The Dollar Vigilante And Timothy. Testimonials 10 - The Dollar Vigilante In times of disaster, which Obama is now warning of, its good to have a community of like-minded friends that you can trust to help when times get really tough.  And with thousands of subscribers from nearly every country in the world you can find people in your area who can be part of your “disaster supply kit.” They’ll help you survive and prosper during the coming disasters that Obama is warning about, even as he intends to create or deepen them.

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