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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 12:20:17 -0700
ANDREW NOTE:  It is interesting that we are publishing this
article by M. Snyder on a day when panic again gripped Wall
Street and Stockmarkets are tumbling worldwide - caused again
by "contagion". Michael is basically writing about America in this 
article, but I think the same points could be made about the whole
of Western Europe right now as well - with the volcano and terrible 
economic disasters, etc. It is the whole Western world.

-Michael Snyder.

At a time when the American economy is already reeling like a 
drunken sailor, the United States is being hit by what seems like 
an endless parade of horrible disasters that threaten to push the 
fragile financial system over the edge. The massive oil spill in the 
Gulf of Mexico that is now destroying not only the the entire 
economy of the Gulf Coast but also the entire way of life for
hundreds of thousands of people is getting all the headlines right 
now, but it is far from the only major crisis that has hit the United 
States recently. The old saying, "when it rains it pours", is certainly
applicable to the United States right now. 

Already faced with some of the biggest economic problems in a
generation, America is also being forced to deal with horrifying 
natural disasters, rapidly growing environmental nightmares and 
agricultural problems that could end up being absolutely unpre-
cedented. So why do so many bad things keep happening to the 
United States? Does there come a point when the economic
damage from all of these disasters just becomes too much? After 
all, how many body blows can the "biggest economy in the world" 
take and still remain standing? 

Consider just a few of the major disasters that the U.S. is having 
to deal with....

*The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

Industry experts are now saying that the oil spill in the Gulf of 
Mexico could be increasing at a rate of 25,000 barrels a day - five 
times the U.S. government's current estimate...

So how much is this disaster going to cost?

The cost to the fishing industry in Louisiana alone could top 3 billion
dollars, and it is being projected that the tourism industry in Florida 
could lose even more than that. 

This is rapidly shaping up as one of the biggest environmental 
nightmares (perhaps the biggest) that the United States has ever 
had to face. In fact, there are some who are saying that this 
incident has already eclipsed the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident as 
the worst U.S. oil disaster in history.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is warning that the oil spill in the 
Gulf threatens the very way of life of people in his state. As bad 
as Hurricane Katrina was, there are those who are already claiming 
that this disaster will be worse than Hurricane Katrina for the region, 
because it will literally take years for this mess to be cleaned up. 
In fact, there is a very real possibility that the fishing industry may 
be crippled for generations by this disaster.

*The Disappearance Of The Honeybees

For the fourth year in a row in the United States, more than a third 
of all bee colonies have failed to survive the winter.

To be more precise, according to the annual survey by the Apiary 
Inspectors of America and the U.S. government's Agricultural 
Research Service, the number of managed honeybee colonies in 
the United States fell by 33.8% last winter.

Needless to say, this is not a good trend.

In fact, it could quickly turn into an unmitigated disaster as it is 
estimated that a third of all that we eat depends upon honeybee pollination.

Are you starting to get the picture?

Most flowering plants require insects for pollination. The most 
effective insect for pollination is the honeybee.

Without honeybees, we are going to be in a world of hurt... In fact, 
Ohio State University's honeybee specialist, James Tew, recently 
told the following to the Dayton Daily News.... "The average person 
should care. Bees of all species are fundamental to the operation 
of our ecosystem."

So what happens if they all die off?

You don't even want to think about that.

But certainly our scientists can find a solution, right?

Well, the World Organization for Animal Health announced on 
Wednesday that the huge die off of bees worldwide is not due to 
any one single factor.. the truth is th.at a "solution" seems to be 
very far away right now and we are running out of time.

*The Drying Up Of The Ogallala Aquifer

Most Americans have never heard of the Ogallala Aquifer, but it is 
absolutely critical to food production in many areas of the United States.

The water from this massive underground lake is used to irrigate 
much of America's Great Plains. But it is being drained at a rate 
of approximately 800 gallons per minute and it is starting to dry up. 

So why is that a bad thing?

Well, the Ogallala Aquifer is a gigantic underground lake that 
stretches from southern South Dakota all the way through northern 
Texas, covering approximately 174,000 square miles.

If it gets depleted, the era of "pivot irrigation" in the region will be 
over. That would mean that the Great Plains could quickly turn 
into the Great American Desert. 

America could very well see a return to the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.

Are you prepared for that?

Even if agricultural production continues to grow normally, scientists 
are telling us that the world is heading for a massive global food 
shortage. So what happens if our food production does not increase 
or is even reduced?

Sadly, the United States has only enough grain stored up to give 
about a half a loaf of bread to every man, woman and child in the 
United States.

How long do you think that is going to last in the event of a major emergency?

The truth is that "the good times" we have all grown up with are not 
going to last forever. The United States is in big trouble economically, 
and all of these natural disasters and environmental problems are 
not helping things one bit. 

We are not entitled to endless wealth and prosperity just because 
we are Americans. In fact, we have recklessly squandered the 
wealth that prior generations have left for us. 

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