Is the fabric of industrialized society starting to unravel? Highly complex civilizations are more vulnerable to collapse
by Mike Adams
Thursday, December 29, 2011
This is one of the most important trends you’ll see in 2012 and beyond: Global supply lines are breaking down. The just-in-time system of deliveries on tap is deteriorating. Have you noticed how often the products or parts you need are backordered or delayed? That’s what I’m talking about.
Try to order 3TB hard drives for data storage. You’ll discover they’re all back-ordered. When you order items from Amazon.com that are shipped by third party companies, they’re often delayed due to sourcing problems. Even our own NaturalNews Store has suffered from sourcing challenges, where customer demand is much higher than the available supply, and the suppliers sometimes can’t get us products in a timely manner.
This issue is especially notable across the firearms industry, where record firearm sales have pushed gun manufacturers way beyond their normal capacities. Not only was Black Friday the top day for gun sales in the history of the USA, but I spoke with the owner of a local Austin gun shop just a couple of days ago, and he told me that on the Thursday and Friday before Christmas his shop was completely slammed with customers, and many of the products they wanted were simply out of stock or unavailable.
Something is happening across the planet with all this: Supply lines are getting thin and starting to crack. You’ve probably noticed it when you’re trying to buy car parts or appliance parts. Even many service companies are thinly staffed these days. How long does it take now to get a repair man for your furnace? Or a plumber? Remember when it used to be same-day or next-day service? Now it’s often 2-3 days (or even more) before somebody can fix the problem, and even then, they often need parts that have to be ordered.