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Living in the Big Apple Without Getting Eaten Alive

New York City is congested, expensive, and difficult to navigate. When preppers think of top bug out locations, New York City is definitely at the bottom of the list. As tough as it is to live in New York City, it’s also filled with opportunity. Some say that if you can make it in Manhattan, you can make it anywhere. Whether you agree with this or not, the big apple will always be a major attraction for those that enjoy a hard and fast lifestyle. So, if you live in New York or another major metropolitan area, are you living in a prepper’s worst nightmare? Not necessarily. …


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Our Nation Has Been Torn Apart

Facebook, Twitter, and numerous other social media platforms have proven themselves capable of minting money. Both of the companies’ original CEO’s are worth over a billion dollars. While social media platforms have built money making machines using their users’ data, the machines have also torn our nation apart. Conspiracy theories, fake news, and malicious trolling have polarized populations across the globe. As the world suffers through a pandemic, protests, and financial depression, social media has only aggravated the dire situation. In this post, I describe how social media is destroying society.

Profits At All Costs

“Web 2.0” companies develop user profiles based on the many social media interactions their users engage in. Every post, like, and retweet I perform is stored in my user profile. User profiles enable Web 2.0 companies to serve their users targeted advertisements, or advertisements specific to their users’ unique interests. Simply put, social media platforms display advertisements to users most likely to click on them. These targeted advertisements result in high conversion rates, making advertisers happy. …


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Do Not Rely Solely on the Government for Help

In times of crisis, financial and medical relief can be difficult to come by. Depending on the type of crisis, national governments may not have all the resources they need to ease the population’s struggle. During the the US’s fight against the coronavirus, state governments are competing for those limited resources, resulting in price surges. Unfortunately, many people sick with the coronavirus have failed to get the medical attention they need. Moreover, the toll the economic shutdown has taken on people’s finances may be impossible to recover from. While the government is undoubtedly trying to help, the help is not enough. Individuals need to learn to be self-sufficient in good times and bad. Preppers that increase their level of independence and reduce their reliance on government will be more insulated from crises like the coronavirus pandemic. …


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This Fight Won’t Be Our Last

As the global population continues its fight against the invisible enemy, I can’t help but wonder what disease will cause the next pandemic. Yes, we are undoubtedly learning how to more effectively combat the spread of the coronavirus. We will find a way to more rapidly develop vaccines and administer them at scale. But, pandemic preparedness requires coordinated efforts between state, federal, and global government leaders. Many of these leaders have failed time and again to put their constituents’ interests first. Their failures won’t just compromise the success of this recovery. They may also result in the next disaster. …


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Governments and Corporations Were Unprepared

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the S&P 500 was hovering around all-time highs. The US government had cut corporate tax rates during a decade long bull market. The federal reserve kept interest rates low, which encouraged continued debt-fueled spending. Publicly traded companies repurchased their shares on the open market, known as stock buybacks, to send their share prices soaring. Considering corporate managers are compensated based on their companies’ stock market valuations, they were financially incentivized to inflate their share prices. With the economy roaring, government and corporate leaders alike paid no mind to risk management. Then, the pandemic brought the whole system crashing down. …


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The Coronavirus May Cause the Next Depression

The global economy is suffering significantly from the coronavirus outbreak. Businesses have closed their doors either temporarily or permanently. Governments are putting together stimulus packages and central banks are providing liquidity to the financial system. While you may remember seeing similar market effects and response measures taken during the 2008 financial crisis, the pace at which markets have tumbled during this pandemic is unprecedented. Moreover, the worst is yet to come. Coronavirus cases are still rising rapidly throughout the US and Europe. Healthcare systems are beginning to buckle. Unemployment is starting to rise. Without a vaccine, we will never move passed this. As the state of affairs continues to deteriorate, we need to learn how to prepare for the next depression. …


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The Worst is Behind China

In November of 2019, doctors in Wuhan, a city in China, began treating patients presenting with flu-like symptoms. As some patients developed respiratory issues, doctors began to suspect the spread of a coronavirus like SARS. The Chinese government initially made efforts to suppress these suspicions. They feared that raising alarm bells may hurt the economy. It turned out, though, that the doctors’ suspicions were valid. A novel coronavirus, now named COVID-19, originated in a Wuhan wet market. It has since spread across the globe and is wreaking havoc on healthcare systems and financial markets. Make no mistake. China’s failure to react quickly led to the global outbreak of the coronavirus. The government watched as the situation in Wuhan grew more dire before they decided to act. …


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The Coronavirus Won’t Go Away for Good

The coronavirus is dragging the world into a recession. Travel bans, celebrity infections, and declining stock prices are sending people into a state of panic. Efforts to contain the spread are stepping up, as more rapid tests are being developed and administered. The pharmaceutical industry is doing everything it can to develop a vaccine. That said, the process of testing and ensuring the safety of a vaccine takes months. So, the coronavirus isn’t going away any time soon.

Evidence suggests the coronavirus is seasonal. The warmer months may offer us reprieve from the chaos. South American countries like Argentina and Chile have a very low case count, since they’re at the tail end of summer. As the first wave tapers out through April and June, we should not grow complacent. The coronavirus is too easily transmitted to go away for good. If we refer to history for guidance, we’ll find that a virus’s second wave can be worse than the first. …


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Convenience Comes at a Price

When I was younger, I aspired to live in New York City. It’s home to iconic buildings, Central Park, and famous celebrities. Some of the best movies ever made were shot in New York City. Taxi Driver, When Harry Met Sally, and Home Alone are just three classics set in the greatest city in the world. The Big Apple has high paying jobs, mass transit, and corner stores on every block. Who doesn’t love the convenience of Manhattan? Well, convenience comes at a price. I’m not just talking about rent, either. Big cities are especially risky following SHTF events. …

Bunker Bob

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