I think this annual pontificating is pointless – after all who knows the future except God? So my ’2012 Predictions’ are trends that should become mainstream knowledge in the next 12-24 months but again, they may not. Without further ado let the guessing begin…
#1 Mexico descends into chaos. The greatest security threat to America is Mexico’s political instability. While many are leaving Mexico, we could see a million women, children, fathers and mothers cross the border all at once, a mass exodus. Timeframe: 6-24 months.
#2 Nuclear war in the middle east or preemptive attack by Israel on Iran. The Arab Spring was a lose for democracy and Bush’s/Obama’s middle east muddling has (is) radicalized the region. The radical Muslims are sweeping into power and will act against Israel as a united force behind Iran’s nuclear power. Iran’s goal is simple: eliminate Israel. Oh, and the US is a target too. BTW, Iran nukes are not a concern, what concerns the US is that Iran is trading oil for other currencies and the dollar is losing it power as a reserve currency. While Israel’s concern is Iran is the leader whom the other Arab counties, post-Arab spring, are looking to for guidance. The theory is take out Iran and you’ll kill two birds with one stone but it’ll piss off China and Russia…
#3 So, after #2 happens a 7 year peace agreement will be brokered by someone from the Greece/Macedonia/Asia Minor area. Greece has experienced riots and this will escalate because the country is soon to be no longer in control of its budget. Germany and the EU will be approving Greece’s budget resulting in tremendous backlash against Germany…now what was that country that was at the center cause of WWI and WWII…hmmm?
#4 Market crashes after an inflationary run through 2012. Over the next 12-30 months the March 2009 SnP low of 666 is breached. Deflation ensues but that won’t last forever as a hyper-inflationary depression follows in 3-6 years. Food becomes very expensive as the dollar loses its reserve currency.
#5 Over the next 12-24 months governments around the world become more authoritarian as citizens become more fearful and willing to abdicate power to central authorities for government protection.
Dec 21st 2012 isn’t the end of the world; we’ll still be here…the political landscape may change but life on earth will continue.
Don’t be scared, be prepared. Preparation is important but knowing God’s reassuring grace gives a peace that can’t be bought.
Findings of a Consumer Reports investigation about arsenic and lead levels in apple juice and grape juice have prompted the organization to call for government standards to limit consumers’ exposure to these toxins.
The tests of 88 samples of apple juice and grape juice purchased in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by Consumer Reports staffers found that 10 percent of those samples had total arsenic levels exceeding federal drinking-water standards of 10 parts per billion (ppb) and 25 percent had lead levels higher than the 5 ppb limit for bottled water set by the Food and Drug Administration. Most of the arsenic detected in our tests was the type called inorganic, which is a human carcinogen.
I was shocked at the lack of quality control by most beverage companies. But after everything else companies are putting into our food supply, why should I be shocked anymore?
Air quality seems bad lately, at least here in Dallas, Texas. There’s a government website that tracks air quality by state, it is: http://www.airnow.gov/. On the site there’s a forecast tab and after monitoring it for a few days it seems inaccurate. The Current AQI tab is better.
The Organic Processing Industry Structure
This fascinating website link has charts showing which conventional companies own organic food brands. Three examples:
- Kraft owns Back to Nature and Boca Foods (Boca Burgers)
- Dean owns Horizon
- General Mills owns Cascadian Farms
I never expected to see so many organic brands owned by conventional companies!
A government test used to measure the radiation people absorb from their cellphones might underestimate the levels to which most adults and children are exposed, according to a group of doctors and researchers whose stated mission is to promote awareness of environmental health risks they believe may be linked to cancer.
Researchers from the Environmental Health Trust released a report this morning noting that the Federal Communications Commission test to determine radiation exposure is flawed.
The reason for the discrepancy, the group says, is that the process to determine radiation exposure from cellphones involves the use of a mannequin model that they say approximates a 6-foot-2, 220-pound person. Because the model represents only about 3 percent of the population, the authors report, the test will not accurately predict the radiation exposure of the other 97 percent of the population, including children. The group is pushing for a new testing system to measure radiation exposure in a wider range of consumers.
“The standard for cellphones has been developed based on old science and old models and old assumptions about how we use cellphones, and that’s why they need to change,” said Dr. Devra Davis, former senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration and one of the report’s authors.
A different study cited in the report says a child’s bone marrow absorbs 10 times the radiation as an adult. The authors also raise questions about long-term side effects, such as infertility in males who carry phones in their pockets, an exposure unaccounted for in the traditional certification process.
The authors suggest an alternative certification process, one that uses MRI scans to test real humans, including children and pregnant women. Such an approach would provide exposure data on a “Virtual Family,” representing all ages, the authors say.
Americans typically have a ‘shoot first, ask later’ mentality. We advise caution since the risks are unknown. Put your phone into airplane mode before your child plays a game. If you child needs to talk on your phone, use speaker mode. If you are on your phone for more than 1 hour per day, use a headset. We recommend the wired headset – yes they are not as COOL as bluetooth but bluetooth also carries unknown risks. I use Mercola’s airtube headset: http://products.mercola.com/blue-tube-headset/