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15 Potentially Massive Threats To The U.S. Economy Over The Next 12 Months
SHTF Plan ^ | 3/8/12 | The Economic Collapse

Posted on 03/08/2012 4:06:03 PM PST by Kartographer

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and the potential for an event that could cause “sudden change” to the U.S. economy is greater than ever. There are dozens of potentially massive threats that could easily push the U.S. economy over the edge during the next 12 months. A war in the Middle East, a financial collapse in Europe, a major derivatives crisis or a horrific natural disaster could all change our economic situation very rapidly. Most of the time I write about the long-term economic trends that are slowly but surely ripping the U.S. economy to pieces, but the truth is that just a single really bad “black swan event” over the next 12 months could accelerate our economic problems dramatically. If oil was cut off from the Middle East or a really bad natural disaster suddenly destroyed a major U.S. city, the U.S. economy would be thrown into a state of chaos. Considering how bad the U.S. economy is currently performing, it would be easy to see how a major “shock to the system” could push us into the “next Great Depression” very easily. Let us hope that none of these things actually happen over the next 12 months, but let us also understand that we live in a world that has become extremely chaotic and extremely unstable.

In the list below, you will find some “sudden change” events that are somewhat likely and some that are quite unlikely. I have tried to include a broad range of potential “black swan events”, but there are certainly dozens more massive threats that could potentially be listed.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: beprepared; getreadyhereitcomes; preparenow; prepperping; selfreliance; shtf; shtfplan; survivalping
#1 War With Syria
#2 War With Iran
#3 A Disorderly Greek Debt Default
#4 An Economic Collapse In Spain
#5 The Price Of Gasoline
#6 The Student Loan Debt Bubble
#7 State And Local Government Debt Crisis
#8 The Collapse Of A Major U.S. Bank
#9 A Derivatives Crisis
#10 The Fall Of The Japanese Economy
#11 A “Solar Megastorm”
#12 A Major West Coast Earthquake Or Volcanic Eruption
#13 Tornado Damage To Major U.S. Cities
#14 Severe Drought In The United States
#15 An Asteroid Strike In 2013

I don't see some of these as being 'bubbles' but as being 'dominoes', like 3 and 5. or 3,4 and 8. Many of these things are interconnected and who knows which pebble's rolling will start the landslide.
1 posted on 03/08/2012 4:06:05 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

#16 Obama’s re-election?


2 posted on 03/08/2012 4:08:06 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!


3 posted on 03/08/2012 4:08:23 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
#16 Obama get's reelected
#17 Romney gets elected
4 posted on 03/08/2012 4:08:48 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

I agree it should have been added!


5 posted on 03/08/2012 4:09:06 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

#18 Canadian civil war


6 posted on 03/08/2012 4:14:13 PM PST by null and void (Day 1143 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void

I believe we will have one before the Canucks do.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 4:15:51 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
#9 A Derivatives Crisis

Such a thing can't ever happen because:

1. Derivatives are bought and sold by the smartest guys on earth and they can be trusted to know what they are doing.

2. Whatever it is they're doing, don't dare call it speculation, you goldurn commie!

3. Even if there are some speculators (only a few, trust us) then there are an even number of them on either side of the trades so it'll all turn out OK in the wash, trust us.

4. Derivatives never ever led to a bubble. It's only when the government interferes that we have to worry.

5. And BTW, most of the derivatives are sold OTC so we don't even know how many there are out there and they say ignorance is bliss. And last time I checked bliss was a good thing.

8 posted on 03/08/2012 4:16:56 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Kartographer

hit by an asteroid. really?


9 posted on 03/08/2012 4:22:23 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Kartographer

That’s what makes a Canadian civil war a black swan event...


10 posted on 03/08/2012 4:23:28 PM PST by null and void (Day 1143 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Kartographer

Small market Pittsburgh Pirates vrs. small market Mariners in the World Series...and it only goes 4. Okay, okay so maybe it won’t be a massive threat!!


11 posted on 03/08/2012 4:28:09 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it doesn't get any better than that!)
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To: null and void

#19 Tim Tebow wins a superbowl and Media elite heads explode causing a major hazmat incident..


12 posted on 03/08/2012 4:28:14 PM PST by cherry
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Spot on.


13 posted on 03/08/2012 4:29:43 PM PST by Stentor ("All cults of personality start out as high drama and end up as low comedy.")
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To: beebuster2000

Not one that I lay awake at night over, but in the history of the world it has happened and with tremendous consequences. And it seems like every few months NASA or someone finds another big rock sharing our neighborhood.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 4:30:39 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

If there is any way the puppet masters can make one or several of the things on this list to happen so obama can declare martial law, it will happen.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 4:34:55 PM PST by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin)
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To: beebuster2000
"Hit by an asteroid. really?

I'm telling ya...

It's Always Something (IAS)

Huge Asteroid Expected To Fly Past Our Planet In 2013

A 150-foot asteroid orbiting Earth called 2012 DA14 will pass so close to Earth it will fly UNDER man-made satellites orbiting our planet.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 4:35:16 PM PST by blam
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To: Kartographer

Obama Rheichstag fire. Opps, only republican presidents are like Hitlo!


17 posted on 03/08/2012 4:38:05 PM PST by crazydad
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To: crazydad

Canceling American Idol and blaming it on Republicans=Rheichstag fire


18 posted on 03/08/2012 4:39:44 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: cherry

BRONCOS! I hope that happens.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 4:39:58 PM PST by crazydad
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To: Kartographer

major disease outbreak
power grid failure (hacked)
dogs and cats living together


20 posted on 03/08/2012 4:43:31 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: Kartographer

The consequences of delaying the needed invasion, occupation and denazification of Iran. When Iran and North Korea are ready to start launching on us, Russia and China might even join in the nuke-fest. Have fun. Enjoy the slide and following distopia.


21 posted on 03/08/2012 4:46:06 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kartographer

OHHHHH He wouldn’t that is worst then blaming us for everything wrong in america. What next he will cancel Housewives of Atlanta,New Jersey,or oh no Orange County. That would get the libs and zombies something kill over. Rheichstag fire #2


22 posted on 03/08/2012 4:46:40 PM PST by crazydad
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To: Hammerhead

Just Love that line in Ghostbusters.


23 posted on 03/08/2012 4:47:50 PM PST by crazydad
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To: Kartographer

not quite the way I would say it

1. Military strike on Iran breaks out into a regional war involing Syria, Israel, Hezzbulla, and US
2. Price of oil
3. Major West Coast earthquake
4. Drought in US
5. European debt crisis (not just Greece folks)
6. Other natural disasters in US (Hurricanes, tornados, etc)
7. Civil unrest associated with election campaign (OWS, Unions, rest of the demothugs)

The others are far outside the radar to really consider short term.


24 posted on 03/08/2012 4:51:40 PM PST by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: Hammerhead

Exactly.

And those things have happened anyway and we’re all still here and hopefully calm.

I consider myself somewhat of a prepper (in the Boy Scout sense) - but the more time goes on I see that the doomsayers will always be around despite no panic in the streets because all they have to do is keep moving the goal posts.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 5:05:40 PM PST by dk88 (Occupy=Liberalism: No solutions, no responsibility and demanding free stuff from someone else)
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To: Hammerhead; crazydad
Caught in the Act
26 posted on 03/08/2012 5:18:31 PM PST by null and void (Day 1143 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Kartographer
Not So Fast On That Whole Economic Recovery Thing
27 posted on 03/08/2012 5:34:25 PM PST by blam
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To: null and void

hehehehehe........


28 posted on 03/08/2012 5:54:14 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: blam

myeh, rocks happen. Duck.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 6:22:45 PM PST by patton (DateDiff)
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To: Kartographer

massive emergence of John Gault and his followers


30 posted on 03/08/2012 6:26:47 PM PST by rolling_stone
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To: Kartographer

New Madrid fault megaquake destroys most of several river cities (St Louis and Memphis...) and causes significant damage for hundreds of miles around (Louisville, Cincinnati, Nashville), brings down all bridges carrying traffic and rail east-west through the middle of the country, blocks barge traffic on the Mississippi and much of the Ohio.


31 posted on 03/08/2012 7:30:33 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: rolling_stone

Isn’t the point for John Gault and his follower to stay hidden until the ‘Zommbies’ do themselves in?


32 posted on 03/08/2012 7:53:48 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

It’s John Galt. Not Gault.


33 posted on 03/08/2012 8:07:13 PM PST by blam
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

#1 through #10 because America gave up her independence for “free trade”.


34 posted on 03/08/2012 8:09:04 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: Kartographer

It will always be a threat to prepare for. Key is .... Be prepared to endure all such incidents as best one can.

What if is a valid consideration to guide such. But stick to the basics an simplified preparations that can be sustained with ease.

My opinion.

Stay Safe...


35 posted on 03/09/2012 5:31:33 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty; Kartographer

My personal (purely speculative) take is that the most likely time we may see devolution is in 2013.

I think the Obama administration, with the help of the corrupt MSM, is keeping (barely) all the plates spinning until after the 2012 election. Whatever happens in November, the pressure will be off to maintain the economic and geopolitical ruses that I believe are currently being perpatrated. I think that after the presidential election the chickens will begin to come home to roost, and if Obama is reelected I guarantee he will finally drop the last remaining mask. Obama will most certainly reveal his true radical face, and if Republicans do not control one or both Houses of Congress it will be Katie-Bar-the-Door.

Additionally, if Obama is reelected he will likely get another two or more Supreme Court picks. He will pick radicals and the GOP will do nothing and then this country will all but officially be OVER. It will then simply be a matter of time, not if, but when.


36 posted on 03/09/2012 5:58:24 AM PST by Obadiah (We are all Brietbarts now.)
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To: Kartographer

Sound like a “normal day at the office”, to me, K.

We’ve been living with many of those things for years, but now all of a sudden, they’re succintly-condensed, listed and many more are paying attention to “the list”.

I’m guessing that #7 refers to America?


37 posted on 03/09/2012 6:58:59 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: blam

there was also a scary report that it was going to fly close to or possibly hit uranus as well.


38 posted on 03/09/2012 8:35:44 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Kartographer

#1 People actually try to understand what a national debt of 15 Trillion REALLY means.


39 posted on 03/09/2012 8:40:13 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: beebuster2000

LOL.


40 posted on 03/09/2012 11:09:05 AM PST by blam
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Yes, but I’d put them closer to the top of the list.


41 posted on 03/10/2012 10:03:31 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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