Has nuclear war been on your mind lately? If so, you are definitely not alone. According to Google, searches for “nuclear war” spiked to the highest level in the entire history of their search engine after the Russians invaded Ukraine. Many believe that this invasion marked the beginning of World War 3, and I find it quite interesting that this came exactly two days after 2/22/22. Until this happened, nuclear war wasn’t something that most people in the western world thought much about, but now everything has changed. All of a sudden millions upon millions of people are deeply alarmed about the possibility of a nuclear conflict. And the other day I was quite stunned to learn that one research company in Canada is actually projecting that there is a “10% chance of a civilization-ending global nuclear war over the next 12 months”…
If Vladimir Putin comes to the conclusion that he has no future he may well decide nobody else should have a future either, BCA Research says.
“Although there is a huge margin of error around any estimate, subjectively, we would assign an uncomfortably high 10% chance of a civilization-ending global nuclear war over the next 12 months,” the Montreal-based independent research provider wrote in a note.
Fear of a nuclear war has sparked a global run on iodine pills, it has resulted in an explosion of YouTube videos instructing people how to survive a nuclear blast, and it has caused a tenfold increase in traffic to a website called NUKEMAP.
On NUKEMAP, it will tell you if your home will be destroyed if a nuclear weapon is detonated at a specific location.
I was curious, and so I went to the site and had it simulate what would happen if the largest nuclear bomb ever created exploded in a large city a few hours from my home.
I hit the red “detonate” button, and I was glad to see that me and my family would be spared.
In this day and age, this is what we do. When we are anxious about something, we turn to the Internet for answers…
Since Russian dictator Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine last week and put his nuclear deterrent forces on “high alert”, the subreddit r/preppers has been inundated with “Questions from New Preppers.” On Facebook, people are reaching out to groups like “Prepping for Beginners” or “Doomsday Preppers Worldwide” with questions about what food to stock up on, how to make sure they have a supply of drinking water, and so on.
“New here. I’m wondering if anyone has ideas for covering basement windows to help with fallout radiation,” reads one comment on Doomsday Preppers Worldwide. “Our basement is going to be our safest place if anything were to happen, but the windows worry me.”
As I noted above, concern about nuclear fallout has caused a tremendous worldwide surge in demand for iodine pills.
According to Fox News, this has particularly been true in Europe…
Consumers in Central Europe are clearing out pharmacies of iodine pills to protect against radiation after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and made veiled nuclear threats.
In Bulgaria, pharmacies actually sold as much iodine in one week as they normally do in an entire year…
“In the past six days Bulgarian pharmacies have sold as much [iodine] as they sell for a year,” said Nikolay Kostov, chair of the Pharmacies Union. “Some pharmacies are already out of stock. We have ordered new quantities, but I am afraid they will not last very long.”
I can’t remember a time when we have ever seen anything quite like this.
In Belgium, one person reportedly couldn’t find any iodine pills even after visiting five different pharmacies…
Across the world—but especially in Europe–people are stocking up on iodine tablets, believed to protect from radiation poisoning. Finland has reported a strong increase in the sale of potassium iodine pills, and nearly 30,000 Belgians rushed to the pharmacy to get free tablets offered by the government. At the time of this writing on Amazon, if you type in “IO”, it will autofill to “iodine tablets for radiation.”
“I know this sounds like absolutely surreal, crazy stuff, but there is a real sense of fear and we need to prepare,” a Brussels woman who stocked up on the pills told the Globe and Mail. “My friend went to five pharmacies to find the pills, couldn’t, and went on a waiting list for them.”
I think that stocking up on iodine pills is great, but they aren’t going to do you much good if you live in a densely-populated area that has been directly targeted by Russian nuclear missiles.
In that case, what you will really need is a very high quality nuclear shelter.
The Russians have built shelters that can house tens of millions of their citizens. In fact, they held very large drills back in 2016 that involved a whopping 40 million people…
Details for these bunkers are public knowledge, as there are documents describing the minimum specifications. All bunkers must be able to survive an airblast of up to one hundred kilopascal and have stores of food and water for two days. Air filtration systems also are standard. Power generation is also provided to run the air filtration and lighting systems.
After a period of stagnation, the government appears to be spending money on this aspect of the infrastructure again, with a program started in 2015 that builds or renovates old civil defense bunkers. Large-scale drills were undertaken in 2016, which involved over 40 million people.
Here in the United States, the government hasn’t built any shelters for us.
So if a nuclear war happens, you are on your own.
There are some private companies that do build “doomsday bunkers” for the wealthy, and needless to say their businesses are booming at this moment…
A COMPANY that sells custom-made doomsday bunkers to the rich and paranoid says business is booming amid Putin’s threats to start a nuclear war over the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Gary Lynch, the general manager of Texas-based Rising S Company, told The Sun that demand for its survival shelters has soared more than “1000%” since Thursday – the day Russian troops entered Ukraine.
The bad news is that these bunkers are not really designed to protect against a direct nuclear blast.
But even though that is the case, Lynch is being absolutely swamped with orders right now…
“Typically, I’ll sell between two and six shelters a month – and usually winter is a quiet time for us.
“But I sold five units alone on Thursday, and I’ve sold two more already today – there’s no telling how many more [orders] we will get.
“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing and we’ve been sending out so many quotes,” added Lynch.
I still remember a time when “survivalists” and “preppers” were widely mocked throughout our society.
But things have changed dramatically over the past couple of years, and now the war in Ukraine has made fear of “the end of the world” trendy again.
No, the world is not about to end, but I have been warning for a long time that we are moving into the most chaotic time in all of human history.
We are watching a slow-motion horror show unfold right in front of our eyes, and nobody seems to have a way to stop it. The vast majority of the global population did not want World War III to happen, but it has started anyway. For years I have been warning that such a conflict would erupt if we did not change course, and now here we are. I am very angry at Vladimir Putin for launching a full-blown invasion of Ukraine, because he didn’t need to do that. And I am also very angry at the Biden administration, European leaders and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for endless provoking the Russians and for refusing to negotiate an agreement which could have settled all of this peacefully. I blame both sides for the war, because in my opinion it could have been avoided so easily. But now that World War III has begun, there will be no going back.
On Thursday, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service made a statement that should be a major league wake up call for all of us.
According to Sergei Naryshkin, Russia is now engaged in a “hot war” with western powers…
Also on Thursday the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, issued a series of bombshell statements which may reveal Moscow’s broader aims in the war concerning how Russia’s sees its ultimate security aims. Naryshkin said that “for us this is no longer a Cold War with the West but a hot war,” according to Interfax. He said in the rare statement that “Russia now has a real chance to put an end to the war that has been waged in the Post-Soviet space for the past 30 years” – as also quoted in TASS.
If that is how the Russians really view things, that is extremely sobering.
Because a “hot war” between two sides armed with nuclear weapons has the potential to spiral out of control very easily.
In fact, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov just brought up the specter of nuclear war during a rant in which he directly compared the United States to Nazi Germany…
“It is clear that World War Three can only be nuclear.”
So does the Biden administration actually want to fight a nuclear war with Russia?
If it does, I hope that the Biden administration will be honest about this so that millions of us can get out of the way before it happens.
If it doesn’t, then we should try to find a peaceful way out of this mess.
Unfortunately, it appears that a peaceful solution isn’t going to happen any time soon.
After talking with Vladimir Putin for about 90 minutes on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that “the worst is yet to come”…
French President Emmanuel Macron thinks “the worst is yet to come” in Ukraine after talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
A senior French official said Macron’s warning came after the two leaders spoke for 90 minutes, which did not yield any diplomatic progress, The Washington Post reported.
The official said Putin was determined to carry out the ongoing war in Ukraine until “the end,” the paper reported.
We are being told that the Ukrainian people are “fighting for democracy”, but that isn’t exactly accurate.
Yes, the Russians are authoritarians, but so are the Ukrainians.
Before the war, there were three television stations that were saying things that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his minions didn’t like, and so Zelensky shut them down.
And Zelensky and his minions also rounded up and arrested the leadership of the main opposition political party in Ukraine.
Just imagine how we would feel if the Democrats rounded up all of the leaders of the Republican Party and put them in prison.
The Zelensky regime is an authoritarian regime, and we should never forget that.
And as I detailed yesterday, Nazis and neo-Nazis are running around all over the place in Ukraine.
But in that article I did not intend to suggest that most ordinary Ukrainians are evil. In fact, in an article that I posted earlier today I tried to make it very clear that most Ukrainians are just like you and I.
They just want to be left alone so that they can live their lives in peace and quiet.
Unfortunately, that is no longer possible.
Here in the western world, rapidly rising oil prices are going to make life more difficult for all of us.
On Thursday, U.S. crude actually reached 116 dollars a barrel at one point…
US oil prices briefly spiked on Thursday to their highest level in nearly 14 years, as concerns about disruptions to Russia’s supplies continue.
US crude jumped as much as 5.4% to $116.57 a barrel early Thursday — the highest trade since September 22, 2008. A week earlier Lehman Brothers collapsed.
Needless to say, a higher price for oil is going to mean that all Americans will soon be feeling a lot more pain at the pump.
According to USA Today, the average price of a gallon of gasoline has now hit five dollars in San Francisco…
Get ready to pay even more at the pump – perhaps as much as $5 per gallon or more.
Some consumers are already paying more than that: The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in San Francisco hit the $5 mark Thursday. That’s the first time a U.S. city has hit an average that high, said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at fuel-savings app GasBuddy.
One California resident that was interviewed by a news crew admitted that “it hurts a lot” to fill up his vehicle now.
But this is just the beginning.
In fact, JPMorgan is projecting that the price of oil could eventually go as high as 185 dollars a barrel…
Brent crude could end the year at $185 a barrel if Russian supply continues to be disrupted, JPMorgan Chase & Co. wrote in a note Thursday.
Can you imagine what our economy will look like when people have to pay seven or eight dollars (or more) for a gallon of gasoline?
Things are really starting to get crazy out there.
But of course we certainly have it much easier than the people of Ukraine.
As Russian forces encircle the major cities, supplies of food and energy will become increasingly tight.
Millions of Ukrainians will soon be extremely cold and extremely hungry as they slowly go mad from all of the Russian shelling that is constantly happening all around them.
For the citizens of Ukraine, World War III has already arrived.
For those of us in the western world, the conflict on the other side of the globe will cause inconveniences for now, but it is only a matter of time before we experience severe pain too.
World War 3 has now begun, and if leaders on both sides continue to escalate matters it is probably just a matter of time before someone uses nuclear weapons.
And once we cross that threshold, everything will change.
Do you have faith that Biden and Putin can work things out?
If not, you may want to start preparing for the worst.
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