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(Michael Snyder) Why are companies all over the world suddenly desperate for workers? In my entire life I have never seen anything like this. When the labor shortage started in the United States, a lot of people blamed overly generous government handouts, but that doesn’t explain why the exact same thing is happening in nation after nation all over the globe. There aren’t enough factory workers, there aren’t enough truck drivers, there aren’t enough port workers, there aren’t enough employees to properly staff our stores, and the shortage of doctors and nurses is becoming a major crisis in some areas. During normal times, we were always told that the global economy was not producing nearly enough jobs for everyone, but now for the very first time we are facing an enormous worldwide labor shortage. It is almost as if millions upon millions of people suddenly disappeared from the system.
Earlier today, I was stunned to learn that a new survey has discovered that 69 percent of global companies are having a hard time finding enough people to hire…
A survey of nearly 45,000 employers across 43 countries showed 69 percent of employers reported difficulty filling roles, a 15-year high, according to employment-services provider ManpowerGroup Inc. At the same time, 15 countries — focused in Europe and North America — reported their highest hiring intentions since the survey began in 1962.
Just a few years ago, any company that was willing to pay decent wages would be absolutely flooded by job applications.
But now everyone can’t stop talking about the “shortage” of workers.
So where did all the people go?
Normally, global supply chains run as smooth as butter, but now they are in a complete and utter state of chaos.
And the biggest reason why they are in a complete and utter state of chaos is because there simply is not enough workers for them to operate as they usually would.
On a very basic level, we need people to make stuff, pack stuff, ship stuff, transport stuff, unload stuff and sell stuff.
Every step along the way, shortages of workers are causing major headaches, and now we are being told that this supply chain crisis “will last well into next year”…
A supply chain crunch that was meant to be temporary now looks like it will last well into next year as the surging delta variant upends factory production in Asia and disrupts shipping, posing more shocks to the world economy.
Manufacturers reeling from shortages of key components and higher raw material and energy costs are being forced into bidding wars to get space on vessels, pushing freight rates to records and prompting some exporters to raise prices or simply cancel shipments altogether.
But if we had enough people to do all the jobs that needed to be done, this crisis could be resolved very rapidly.
So where are they?
As inventories get tighter and tighter, that is invariably going to drive up prices.
Earlier this week, one of my readers emailed me about the shortages and price increases that she is seeing in her local area. I asked her if I could share this with all of you, and she said that I could…
You can’t find frozen turkeys, frozen hens, frozen Cornish hens…the supply chain HAS indeed been cut. There was 1…just one box of oatmeal on the shelves of our local food store that are normally stocked through the gills with food. Prices are higher…tomato sauce, in a can: what used to cost $0.99 cents last year now costs $1.50. Chicken drumsticks—we usually throw a bunch in a crockpot with some BBQ sauce and put it over rice for our kids, they love it….chicken drumsticks, last year were $0.89/pound….now they are $ 1.39 per pound. We only buy meat that has been reduced….a rump roast, for instance, was marked down from $18 dollars to $7….that’s a huge price cut, so we look for deals like that. But they are hard to find!!! Everything is higher, packaged in smaller boxes and cups and there is not much of it. We all knew this was coming….it’s going to get worse, for lots of people who don’t know what’s happening. We have goats for goat milk and meat if we need, chickens for eggs and we’ve put back lots of produce we found on sale over the summer, in the freezer to booster our garden. It’s shocking how much just is not there…the shelves are empty, moved closer together, and bare spots are everywhere in grocery stores these days.
Unfortunately, what we have experienced so far is just the beginning. Global food supplies are going to continue to get tighter, and that is going to continue to drive up food prices.
Another sector of the economy where the labor shortage is having a big impact is in the healthcare industry.
Lately, I have been coming across lots of stories about people dying because they can’t get the care that they need. Just before I started writing this article, I came across a heartbreaking story about a 70-year-old woman in Canada that dropped dead after a six hour wait in a local emergency room…
Bonnie Marie Hall was with her 70-year-old mother — Susan Tasson — when she died early Wednesday in a Kamloops, B.C., hospital emergency waiting room after a six-hour wait for care.
Hall says her Ontario-born mother had an infectious laugh and a “warrior” spirit. She had three sons and two daughters, loved her grandchildren and had lived in Kamloops since 1987.
“Nobody wants to die in a waiting room. Nobody,” said Hall.
Nobody should ever have to die that way.
But it is going to keep happening, because there is an acute shortage of healthcare workers right now.
All over the nation, the shortage of nurses has become a really big deal, and new mandates are just making things even worse…
Hospitals are struggling to comply with the state’s nurse staffing requirements as pandemic-induced burnout has exacerbated an already chronic nursing shortage nationwide.
But burnout isn’t the only thing compounding California’s nursing shortage: The state’s new vaccine mandate for health care workers is already causing headaches for understaffed hospitals before it is even implemented. Some traveling nurses — who are in high demand nationwide — are turning down California assignments because they don’t want to get vaccinated.
There is a serious shortage of doctors as well, and this is a phenomenon that we are witnessing all over the globe.
The NHS may be unable to cope this winter because of a “frightening” shortfall of more than 50,000 doctors, the head of the British Medical Association has warned.
Here in the United States, our healthcare system has never been so close to a state of collapse.
In fact, one doctor recently wrote an article in which he claimed that it has “already collapsed”…
As a resident physician who has only trained in an era of COVID—I was asked to consider graduating from school early in April 2020 to help with medical staff shortages—my time as a doctor has been defined by working in a system that has already collapsed. The American health system I work in has featured limited personal protective equipment, oxygen shortages, and the construction of field hospitals in convention centers and parking garages. Last winter, many hospitals across the country instituted crisis standards of care, forced to ration health services based on criteria that few people envisioned would be used outside of a mass casualty event, like a terrorist attack. Today, hospitals are full in much of the country, with patients requiring an ICU being airlifted thousands of miles in search of a staffed bed. These are not features of a health system that is approaching failure. These are features of a health care system that has broken down spectacularly, forcing doctors and patients to climb through the rubble looking for help.
But just like every other industry, if we had enough people to do the jobs that needed to be done, we would be fine.
In all the years that I have been writing about the economy, finding enough workers has never been a problem.
Yet here we are in the middle of 2021, and all of a sudden there are millions and millions and millions of empty jobs all over the globe.
Once again, there is a question that I must ask.
Where did all the people go?
This is a question that everyone should be asking, because the people that are currently running things are not telling you the truth.
You are informally invited to join me, to explore the ever growing world of digital currencies. Whether you are familiar with the markets or not, this article aims to cast some light on the history of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology, as well as the alt. coin market and potential mainstream adoption. With so many coins out there to invest in, trade, stake and leverage it may seem overwhelming, to know which to buy and what to do with them. Then you have the exchanges, wallets and different blockchain networks to familiarize yourself with.
In the initial phases of adopting these app and platforms it is going to be a little alien, like anything else you do for the first time. As someone who had many blocks in my life with making changes or implementing new habits, I can relate to those who have considered investing in crypto but backed out because of a lack of knowledge or confidence in something so alien.
I hope in some way, this article provides a better picture, for those who are ready to embrace the changing times.. if i can learn to speculate on these expanding markets then im sure most of you can do it too.
I will also reveal some details into one of the coins/platforms that looks to be underpinning the new financial system. There is a lot to unpack.
Now a quick acknowledgement of how all this got started…
On October 31st 2008, a link to a paper was released to a cryptography mailing list, titled – BITCOIN: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System authored by Satoshi Nakamoto. On the 3rd January 2009 the Bitcoin network was created when Nakamoto mined the starting block of the chain, known as the Genesis Block.
Hal Finney, part of the Cypherpunk collective was the first person to receive Bitcoins from Nakamoto on 12th January, after downloading the software on its released date and in 2010 the first commercial transaction was made when Laszio Hanyecz bought two Papa John’s pizzas for 10,000BTC. To give you some context, 1 BTC (Bitcoin) is currently valued around $50,000.
What has made it so valuable is the fact, there were only nineteen million BTC created to counteract the current system of printing infinite amounts of cash. Now BTC has become recognized not only as a store of value, but its also provided a financial platform for millions of people who have been frozen out of the current banking institutions. We will look at this more a bit later in relation to the current climate of BTC and the whole digital market.
Since its launch in 2009, BTC, the pioneer of crypto, soon became the go-to trading currency for illicit products on the dark web, due to its claimed encryption process and peer to peer trading. Embraced by the likes of Silk Road, bitcoin became the paypal for the criminal underworld. As far as I know, Monero is now the main token of choice on the dark web, Which has greatly increased its adoption and value due to its encryption algorithms.
Once Bitcoin had blazed its trail, many other blockchains and tokens began appearing. In recent times BTC has rolled out the Lightning Network to speed up transactions and has been adopted by El Salvador as a national currency, which may protect the asset as a recognized global currency despite potential regulations . One of the biggest arguments against Bitcoin is its scalability to be adopted as a/the global currency, not with the suggested astronomical energy consumption it is already taking for the mining process.
The most notable front-runner in the evolving space has been Ethereum. Created by Vitalik Buterin in 2013, with the network going live in 2015, Ethereum has become a serious player in the crypto currency market. It is known, as with many of the latter developed platforms, as one of the Alt Coins. Ethereum being the leading Alt coin in today’s market. Ethereum is too a decentralized, open-source blockchain with smart contract functionality. Ether (ETH) is the native token of the platform.
Ethereum has designed a platform where permanent and immutable decentralized applications can be deployed onto it, which users can interact with. It also allows for the creation and exchange of NFT’s, which are non-interchangeable tokens connected to digital works of art or other real-world items and sold as unique digital property. Furthermore, Ethereum has recently launched Ethereum 2.0, that includes proof of stake and faster transactions using sharding..
Do not be concerned if there are many technical words you do not understand. Speculating to make short term profits or trading requires little need to know much about the coin and platform, only if you’re considering investing long term is it essential to know what you’re investing in.. i.e. Use cases.
VOLATILITY PLAYING THE GAME
What makes crypto currencies so enticing is the huge volatility in the market. Whereas the DXY Dollar market may move up as little as 1% a day, the digital currencies have massive swings, anything from 1% to 100-200% potentially. In 2017 if somebody had invested in Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ripple for one year, they would have 1,318% increase in profits from BTC, Litecoin 5,046% and Ripple an astonishing 36,018% increase. In one year! Now before you jump straight in and buy up a bunch of Ripple for example, you have to consider that for however much they tend to go up, they have an equal chance to plummet 5, 10, 20, 50, 100% in a day as well (in the extremes).
What we have been witnessing is a rise of a new technology that is slowly, yet very rapidly gaining adoption throughout the world. It is said that Vietnam holds the largest percentage of a populace to hold crypto, at 40%, with India at 30% adoption. In the coming years we will see an entirely new financial system, trade and most importantly wealth shift, with the rise of these currencies.
Realistically, there are coins that have been chosen to facilitate the retail market, financial market as well as gaming industry, once full adoption is rolled out. At the moment however there are thousands of coins flooding the market, many of which have little to know use case to them. This is a very important thing to consider when investing., that is, if you are investing.
If you are trading the daily charts, it will not bother anyone in the slightest what coin they are selling at a profit. There is so much potential in these markets as an investor and trader to make huge gains.. The ones that make the most are those that are impartial to the coin they are trading in and out of or those that hold for the long term 5-10 year investment on coins with global adoptable use cases.
The thing about holding or trading is can you remove your emotional attachment to money when you lose 30-70-90% when the market goes through corrections?This game has consequences and we must take responsibility for how we play this game.I do belive the trick is to see it as something to play with.. The more you play and enjoy the experience, the more playful it can become.It is as reflective as any other experience you have in this life. I see the relativity between the cycles and waves in the markets and the cycles and waves of nature.. For me, I am learning to enjoy playing this game, having experienced a lot over these last 9 months. I’ll take this opportunity to share my journey, in cryptocurrency, with you.
MY CYRPTO JOURNEY
I’d first heard about Bitcoin in 2012-2013 and chose not to invest, it was still pretty early in its life and i was put off by the technicalities. It wasn’t until 2018 when i was living with some friends in Mexico that i got a full explanation and opportunity to watch some trading and hear about the huge volatility. Fast forward to the beginning of December 2020. Id just got back to Mexico to reconnect with my family and friends. I am highly encouraged, by the same friend, to buy into BTC “Its about to pump”. With some extra cash in the account, i bought £200 worth @ $19,990.678, i belive it’s all-time high. Within the space of 2months, I doubled my money and by March, i had x3 my investment, with my first trade!
Of course i trusted, that my friend had enough experience to act on his excitement. From that, i began pouring what money i could into BTC and other emerging tokens, like Cardano (ADA) and Ripple (XRP). Things however took a turn for the downside, as with all of these markets eventually. With Coins at all-time highs, BTC and the alt market began falling, 20, 30, 40%. Once the market had made its full correction, i was down about 60% of the new money i had invested after the initial BTC surge.
It was a painful experience. At some point i had to surrender to the situation, facing a lot of fear over security, especially as i did/don´t have a paid job or work as such here in Mexico. To compound the loss, upon selling some BTC on a BTC exchange site, that allows you to trade peer 2 peer with people directly via bank transfers. The site has a verification process and i knew it’s was a workable way to receive money from cyrpto sales into my account. So having sold as the market was dropping, a few days later i saw that two transactions had been refunded without my authorization. So ensued a month-long process of account suspensions, more verifications and hours on calls, to eventually have my bank account closed for fraudulent activity.
There can be some pitfalls one must be aware of when starting your crypto journey.. some of which are losing the secure key passwords that lock coins into wallets and sending coins to wallets that are on different blockchains and networks. Take time to secure your key codes and passwords, if you lose them, you will not be able to access your funds.
After the merciless pullback, i began to research youtube crypto analysts and news vlogs on the markets and certain coins to get a better understanding of what was going on, what i was investing in and how possible it was to make a decent profit from my trades. What fascinated me was the movements of the cycles. Without melting your brain, as a newcomer to the digital markets, i will simply share, there is a Fibonacci indicator that when used correctly, by knowing where to set the indicators, shows perfect retracement levels to these Fibonacci markers. It seems the markets, whether it be DXY, DOWJONES or Crypto the movement follows these support and resistance levels. When you acknowledge the percentages of the gaps between these fib. Levels, there is great opportunities to invest with some confidence that (given some time) the market will meet those retracement levels to sell and buy. It is not a guarantee but there are movements that look to test certain levels in the flux of differing waves. You don’t even need to be good at math, if you buy it lower and sell it higher, you will very likely make a profit. Only in very small percentage gains can you still come out at a loss due to the small transaction fees. To note, im not a financial advisor or analyst so do not buy or sell anything off the information im sharing.
DIGITAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM& XRP
The other thing that caught my attention, as i followed my intuitive nose researching the market, was the underlying stories i was hearing, that correlated to many other narratives id heard about global events, financial reset, global shift etc.
For some years now, i’ve been aware that there is a plan to replace/crash the old banking system (create a problem) with a new digital economy (present a solution). Likely by cyberattack. This switch to a fully adopted digital economy, will mark a pivotal and unique moment in history. An inevitable one. The banking system is out-dated in its functionality in relation to the speed to the internet of things these days. This alone requires a major recalibration in speed and value.
It is this specific market that Ripple (XRP) is looking to improve. Ripple is a Financial-Technology company (Fin-Tec) from the U.S that has created a decentralized leger that can facilitate international payments using a service called On Demand Liquidity (ODL). Using the XRP coin, banks can send large transactions, in the millions, billions and trillions, as they do, almost instantaneously for fractions of a percent per transaction. Again, currently, for Baron Rothschild, who reportedly owns 9% of all XRP coins, to send a few billion across to some institution, he must wait up to a week for the transaction to be completed. There are also large fees associated with international transfers that can be rather mind boggling if you’re dealing with financial giants. Ultimately, they want a faster, cheaper service for their own money. It is a catch 22 for the banks, because they do not want to lose control of their financial system which is very profitable the way it is, yet there are these emerging new technologies that are potentially bypassing the need for banks anymore. They have an old system that they are pulling down and there is a huge opportunity to cash in on this wealth shift as these digital currencies find exponential price levels. Again, i must share that i am not a financial advisor and i am writing this article out of the sheer desire to share my experience and offer a perspective that comes from a great deal of investigating, that has uncovered some astonishing clues linking XRP with a new financial system.
Take Rosie Rios, former treasurer of the Federal Reserve, who´s name is signed on the $20 bill, has been appointed on the board of directors of Ripple. The woman who´s name is on the $20 dollar bill is part of this company, who´s coin is currently valued at $1.17 at the time of writing. This is a clear indication that Ripple is positioning themselves politically to step into the arena, to provide the liquidity framework for the financial system with their leger and XRP token. I also took some time to search through 2012portal.blogspot.com, Cobra’s intel blog, for any references to XRP/Ripple and i did find a significant sentence that specifically mentions Ripple. Paraphrasing, it said something like.. There is a specific plan for Ripple at the time of The Event. Very interesting indeed.
Through my research i have heard of other coins that will support the global network, including XLM, ALGO and some notable others.. Don’t take my word for it.. do your research and see if what im sharing correlates.
Now, as i mentioned earlier, there is a great deal of rivalry and dislike for certain coins. For example, many die hard Bitcoin investors despise Ripple and XRP whilst many vocal people in the XRP community believe Bitcoin, Ethereum and many other coins will be regulated out of business. At the moment, retail are being sold BTC & ETH, which to me, suggests they are red herrings.
It seems that there are powers at play that want to control the people through the economy and im sure they are going to try to squash anything that prevents them from economic domination and manipulate the people to shake them out of markets. They are playing chess, in a sense, positioning & orchestrating events for this switch to take place, through the media, Elon Musk and other “puppets”.
So, there is definitely market manipulation and puppet-masters controlling the strings, however, do not be surprised, every major industry is dictated to, by those in positions of control and power.
The shady past of BTC and other coins, including stable coin tether, is still not clear and could potentially come under heavy scrutiny and regulations by the authorities, which would be fatal for any coin in such a competitive market.. For those who’ve made the right investments, will soon see generational wealth and begin to shift power back into the youth that have adopted these currencies, just like a computer game. There is an incredible opportunity here that we are on the cusp of. On the other side of the switch, the value of these coins that have passed regulations, will most definitely be reset to a new standard. It is something that one needs to be in prior to the chain of events that, according to Claus Schwab of the World Economic Forum, is going to make this plandemic look like a walk in the park.. Now imagine what that really means.
Now add to the mix, the current bull run (High rising cycle) the markets are in, which is predicted, will last about 30days after the leading coin reaches its top retracement, on the fib. indicators (By December?). We are in the eye of the storm. The global economy is on its knees, crops are being burnt and shipping is grinding to a halt with rising costs. What does all this mean?
I belive that those who have pure intentions to use this potential wealth shift in crypto, will, with a strategy and a bit of luck, come out of this shift, in positions to fulfill their missions, to support and awaken humanity, for the benefit of All.
To this day 25th August 2021 Satohi Nakamoto remains anonymous. There is speculation David Schwarz, the creator of the XRP leger, who patented a design for a type of blockchain back in 1988 and at some point worked for the NSA. 1988 was the year The Economist predicted the new world digital standard. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, maybe there is more going on than people are allowed to say.. soon we will find out.
If you would like to know more, email me for details of courses designed to get you up to speed with setting up a wallet, buying coins and also more technical courses being created to guide you through trading strategies and chart analysis.
Derived from the Greek word for air, aeroponic farming is similar in many ways to other soilless growing techniques like hydroponics. Yet, while this method still relies on a nutrient-rich delivery system, aeroponics is unique for its ability to grow faster, more plentifully, and using less water than many other growing methods. But what makes aeroponics so special, in the first place? And how does it actually work?
What is aeroponic farming?
In short, aeroponic farming is the growing of fruits and vegetables without necessitating the need for soil. According to Living Greens Farm, aeroponic farming was first developed for academic purposes in the 1920s. Without soil, students were able to properly examine root growth in real-time. Meanwhile, NASA saw the potential in this new growing method, and by the late ’90s, NASA had begun using it as a way for growing food in space — a locale that is notoriously bereft of soil.
Not many advances have been made since those days, mind you, but as we continue to degrade the huge swaths of previously fertile soil and attempt to feed the world’s 8 billion people, aeroponic farming is beginning to get a bit more attention.
How does aeroponic farming work?
Aeroponic farming works by delivering nutrients to plants not via soil but via a nutrient-rich mist, distributed to the roots via a pre-programmed mister. Instead of using a growing medium, as you would within a hydroponic setup, roots grown in aeroponic systems are left floating in midair. According to Modern Farmer, however, the seeds for plants grown in aeroponic systems still need to germinate and sprout in a growing medium before being transferred.
Why is aeroponic farming good for the environment?
The reason for aeroponics’ increased popularity has to do with the many ecological advantages it has over other devices or growing systems. According to Living Greens Farm, aeroponic systems take up a remarkable 98 percent less land than the rainforest-destroying farming techniques our species is currently employing. These systems also use about 98 percent less water than other standard farming and are more energy-efficient.
Because they are grown indoors, in light, temperature, and water-regulated conditions, plants grown through hydroponics are safer for human consumption. They are also free from the potential soil and pesticide compounds found in traditional produce. They might even have a higher yield than outdoor crops and grow at a rate three times faster.
Can aeroponic farming be done at home?
With the right equipment, you can absolutely build a working aeroponic system at home. Many of these systems are already commercially available and can be purchased as complete set-ups, but you can make your own with the right know-how and materials found at your local garden or hardware store.
Small Scale Gardener has instructions for building two different types of aeroponic systems in one’s home. The two systems are described as the single bucket system and the multi bucket system. The former is typically used for new gardeners or those who are looking to explore aeroponics as a hobby, the latter is a more advanced setup for small-scale farmers.
Aeroponic farming at home is versatile enough that you can grow herbs such as basil, ginger, rosemary, sage, oregano, mustard, or mint, as well as fruits and veggies like eggplant, lettuce, watermelon, broccoli, beets, onions. cucumber, cauliflower, cabbage, grapes, peas, peppers, potatoes, and radishes.
After thoughts by Rev Kat –
With today’s uncertainties about Federal owned and/or subsidized GMO farms, blockades and delivery strikes, growing your own produce or getting involved with community farms may be societies best shot for healthy, pesticide free foods that’s far more nutritional.
An added benefit to growing your own food is the positive energy you put into your home farming efforts. Your food could actually be healthier for you!
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