Threat Briefing 31 January 2020

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Weekly Briefing – 31 January 2020
This week, we analyzed 1,452 pieces of intelligence traffic to bring you the most important 91 things you need to know right now to make sure you don’t get caught out when the SHTF.

This week’s biggest headline:

China’s coronavirus continued its intractable march to catastrophe with over 10,000 infected and 200 dead across 23 countries.
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Asteroid Impact
Two significant asteroids exploded over the UK and US this week. The Peurto Rican rock incinerated while travelling over 50,000 km per hour, and a lucky photographer got a snap of the British asteroid, which came down near the Cornish seaside town of Bude.
Every day, roughly 54 tons of extra-terrestrial material reaches Earth, including interplanetary dust, meteoroids and asteroids.
Experts around the world took the oppurtunity to be very concerned about the threat, noting the Earth is a sitting duck.

In response, NASA will build and fly an observatory to look for killer asteroids.
Civil Unrest
Civil unrest continued to escalate in both Lebanon and France this week.

The slap-fighty firefighter v. police videos (see below) have got most of the attention, while French President Emmanuel Macron had to be evacuated from a packed theater by armed riot police.
Firefighters are self-immolating to make a point.
Another week, another Mexican prison riot, this time with sixteen dead.
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
It’s not new, but The Heritage Foundation’s film, 33 Minutes, is enjoying a resurgence given the breakdown in US / DPRK talks lately. The most recent missile Pyongyang tested, the Hwason-15, can reach anywhere in the US within…33 minutes.

Have a watch.
Missing a real opportunity for fantastic symmetry, the documentary is only 21 minutes long.
Epidemic Disease
Coronavirus is here, and it’s not good. It officially surpassed SARS this week as confirmed cases blew past 6,000.

As of this briefing’s publication, there are 213 deaths from 9,776 confirmed cases, and the trajectory is increasing.
The virus has now spread to 23 countries, and a number of airlines have cancelled flights in and out of the Chinese mainland, and over 7,000 cruisegoers were stuck aboard their ship when a passenger came down with flu-like symptoms. They were released last night.

Australia plans to quarantine its evacuees on Christmas island, 1,200 miles from the mainland.

Scientists are working at a record pace to find a vaccine, but it’s realistically several months away. It’s very likely thousands–mostly in China and southeast Asia–will die before it’s available.

For those in the Americas and Europemask hoarding is probably premature, but I wouldn’t go to China anytime soon. In fact, the US State Department has officially elevated China’s status to “Do Not Travel.”
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Extreme Weather
Heavy rains in South Africa have triggered a massive locust outbreak, devastating crops and livelihoods in the region.

Meanwhile, a new study found a direct cause-and-effect relationship between melting sea ice in the Arctic and the uptick in extreme weather events in California and other American pacific states.

Florida, never one to be outdone, saw a cold snap that turned unprepared iguanas into safety hazards, their freeze-stunned bodies falling from trees. Don’t worry, they thawed and shuffled off once the sun came out.
He’ll be ok.
Financial Collapse
The coronavirus will devastate the Chinese economy in 2020 as the autocratic government does everything in its power to halt the spread of the virus.

As the second-biggest economy in the world, this is sure to have second-order effects on other regional and global powers, some good, most bad.
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Global War
While the US/Iran conflict has generally simmered this week with the dual distractions of the coronavirus and President Trump’s impeachment trial, tensions in Iraq soared as the US embassy was hit by a multiple rocket strike this week.

Further, Pakistan continued its nuclear escalation with India this week, launching a nuclear-capable missile.

Looping back to China, experts are now warning that Beijing’s military build-up in the South China Sea has brought the world closer to global war than it has been in generations.
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Income Inequality
Nearly every credible study around civil unrest leads back to income inequality–the rich get richer while the poor get poorer–as the root cause of insurrection, but studies show Americans don’t care.

Income inequality is the highest it’s been in over fifty years, and lower-income workers in the US are barely keeping up with inflation in 2020; this disparity will come home to roost eventually.
Jeff Bezos makes more money than you do.
Gamma Ray Burst
A leading physicist warned us this week that the gamma-ray burst (GRB) generated by a supernova would obliterate the ozone layer of the Earth.

Although this seems bad, most stars are far enough away that only the hemisphere facing the GRB would lose its protective layer, and most species would survive.

However, if something closer went supernova, the entire ozone layer would get wiped out, and the earth’s oceans would boil in a matter of minutes. This would, obviously, leave the planet uninhabitable.
Ocean Acidification
The Pacific Ocean has got so acidic that it’s literally dissolving crabs’ shells now.

The Dungeness crab is one of the most valuable crustaceans in the Pacific Northwest, and this damage is likely to significantly impair the livelihoods of thousands of commercial fishermen.

Also, it sounds really horrible for the crabs themselves.
Going from bad to worse
Sea Level Rise
Rising seas swallowed up two Indonesian islands this week, and local scientists warn the capital’s airport will be underwater within fifteen years.

Several other pacific island nations are considering suing the first world for damages as their countries literally sink into the sea.
Watch Miami sink into the sea
As those homes submerge, their occupants are going to have to go somewhere, and these are the American cities most likely to see an influx as sea levels rise in the next couple of decades.

In addition to displacing millions, the economic impact will be enormous, a new study reveals.
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Carter Hopkins

Carter is a former US Army Ranger, US Army intelligence officer, and counterintelligence officer with the Defence Intelligence Agency. He has a BA in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown.

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