Who keeps up on these kinds of predictions? Ex Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake will openly state if the interest rate is increased 2%,this will trigger a world wide recession,and the worst ecomomic Depression the United States has ever had. Since world trade is based on the US Dollar,if our country fails,many others will follow suit. With Pres Obama wanting to increase our debt ceiling limit 7 Trilion dollars higher than last year alone,and almost double what it was for 2012,how will our country ever dig it's way out? With over 1% of the workforce being employed by the US Govt,(as we found out this week thru shutdowns) don't this tell us our Govt is too big? Why is Russia,North Korea,China,and the USA trying to buy all the gold they can at this very moment? You can't keep printing paper money and spending more than is taken in.I'm no economics major,but I remember very well all the stories my grandparents told me they endured with rationed items during World War2,and living thru the Great Depression.What they told me then I just shrugged off as a funny story.How most of the food they had they raised in the garden every year and canned most of it.How they raised chickens and other farm livestock for food themselves,and to sell to make ends meet to anyone who actually had money to buy anything. Now these funny stories they told me as I was a teenager is coming full circle 30 years later. Granted the Great Depression was partly caused by a crooked,unregulated stock market whose House of Cards took everything down with them. But there are so many parallel events and signs occuring now that all will lead to the same end result. Many other economics majors knows this is coming as well,and all say 2016 it will begin.One man who did speak his mind on this subject has been banned from many Television networks such as FOX News and MSNBC but in a candid interview a few nights ago,on a network he is not banned from he says to prepare now for the worst economic disaster our present generations will ever see. My wife has given me heck for many years for planting a large garden. She finds it strange that I like raising poultry,and have raised cattle and pigs previously.But if the writings on the wall,those of us that know what it takes to be self sufficient may be in a much better position if such a catastrophic event occurs.Living and growing up on a farm,raising your own meat and vegetables is "unknowns" to people and children in most of todays generations.Going to the store and buying everything you need will not be possible. I've been told that your life is like a roll of toilet paper.As you get older time seems to fly by much more quickly,just as a roll of tp goes faster,and gets smaller.Eventually the roll of TP is gone.This is the reference to the end of your life as well. Those stories told to me as a young kid decades ago when time was so slow,now surface daily as time flies by in a fast lane society when I watch what is happening in the world,as a whole.We can only hope this prediction is something we nor our children,and our grandchildren will never have to endure.But with the cards laying out on the table,it's clear the path we are heading in cannot be solved in a short amount of time.Enter politics and what can be gained in a few years time,can all be washed away with a new election,plunging us back in a position we are experiencing today. When I was growing up as a teen,not many in my class lived on a farm,and I live in Illinois in one of the top 3 corn-soybean producing counties in the state.We did have a small FFA chapter of about 25 kods coming from all 4 classes in High School.From what I know now,my same high school barely has enough interested kids to have a FFA Charter.We once had a Career Center that had shop classes such as ag mechanics,auto mechanics,welding,ect. That has since been closed because of no or too low of kids enrolling to take those classes.I'm glad I valued my education enough to apply what I learned then to use in everyday life today.Farming is the grass roots of living.And if tough times are ahead,I think me and my families position is much more capable of self sustaining no matter what hand we are dealt. Be thankful of the free knowledge given here and apply it well.Who knows,we may all need it much sooner than we ever thought of,with a reason we thought would never happen again.