“I Have No Concerns About His Cognitive Ability”: Total Media FAIL As President’s Doctor Confirms Trump Has NO Signs of Dementia Or Any Other Mental Health Related Problem

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Despite repeated claims in the mainstream media by a plethora of leftist talking heads and so-called doctors that Trump is mentally unfit to hold office, a recent examination of the president has confirmed that he has absolutely no signs of early onset dementia or any other mental health related illness.

It should come as no surprise that the establishment media has once again been proven to be complete disinformation artists in their never-ending war against all things Donald Trump but it does paint yet another clear picture of a media so desperate to take out the president that they are willing to straight up lie about the mans own mental health to do so.

So far the likes of CNN and The New York Times have done everything they can to downplay the revelations about Trump’s health while refusing to acknowledge that they were completely and utterly wrong for MONTHS about the issue.

Interestingly, Trump was actually the one who ordered the “The Montreal Cognitive Assessment” on himself.

Axios reported:

The White House briefing began with a readout of President Trump’s vitals from Dr. Ronny Jackson, who conducted the routine physical examination. “The president’s overall health is excellent,” Jackson said.

The bottom line: After the examination, Trump’s doctor is confident that the president will complete his term in the Oval Office “with no serious medical issues.” How is Trump healthy despite his diet and lack of exercise? “He has incredibly good genes. It’s just the way God made him.”

Trump requested a cognitive exam during the session. Trump scored 30/30 on a test of his cognitive ability — “The Montreal Cognitive Assessment” which screened for Alzheimer’s and dementia, among other illnesses. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Jackson said.

So there you have it. Just like we thought, the entire mental illness narrative was a complete joke and simply yet another disinformation campaign by a mainstream media hellbent on destroying the president.

And this is the media that Jeff Flake is so eager to defend in his upcoming globalist backed speech?

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Thousands More Flee Philippines As Mayon Volcano Spews Lava Into Sky

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Over 21,000 villagers fled to safety early Tuesday when the Mayon Volcano, which was glowing red hot a few days ago, began spewing lava.  The eruption created a stunning visual display but prompted police to set up checkpoints to prevent tourists from getting to close to the dangerous volcano.

According to CBS News, officials in the Philippines strongly advised people not to venture into a danger zone about 3.7 to 4.3 miles around Mayon, including residents who want to check their homes, farms and animals, and tourists seeking a closer view. “They say it’s beauty juxtaposed with danger,” Office of Civil Defense regional director Claudio Yucot said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the lava flowed as much as 1.2 miles from the often cloud-shrouded crater of Mount Mayon, while ash fell on several villages in northeastern Albay province. At least 21,800 people have been displaced by Mayon’s eruption since the weekend, including more than 16,800 villagers who took shelter in 22 schools, Yucot said by telephone. Others took refuge in the homes of relatives.

“We have witnessed lava fountaining yesterday, that’s why we have additional families who evacuated due to the threat,” said Romina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the government’s main disaster-response agency. Renato Solidum, who heads the volcanology institute, said the flows cascading down the volcano were not generated by an explosion from the crater with superheated lava, molten rocks and steam, but were caused by lava fragments breaking off from the lava flow and crashing on the lower slopes.

Scientists have said that there have yet to be enough volcanic earthquakes to raise the alert level to five, meaning a violent explosive eruption is imminent.

The Philippines lies in the so-called “Ring of Fire,” a line of seismic faults surrounding the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing about 800 people.

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Drowning In The Money River

This report was originally published by Adam Taggart at PeakProsperity.com

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It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.

~ George Carlin

If you suspect society is unfair, that there’s a different set of rules the rich live by, you’re right.

I’ve had ample chance to witness first-hand evidence of this in my time working on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Simply put: our highly financialized economy is gamed to enrich those who run it, at the expense of everybody else.

The Money River

A recent experience really drove this home for me.

Having received my MBA from Stanford in the late 90s, I remain on several alumni discussion groups. Recently, a former classmate of mine, who now runs her own asset management firm, circulated her thoughts on how today’s graduating students could best access an on-ramp to the ‘money river’.

What’s the ‘money river’? Good question.

The money river is the huge tsunami of investment capital sloshing around the globe, birthed by the historically-unprecedented money printing conducted by the world’s central banks over the past decade. Since 2008, they’ve more than tripled their collective balance sheet:

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The $13+ trillion in new thin-air money issued to achieve this is truly staggering. It’s so large that the human brain really can’t wrap around it. (For those who haven’t seen it, watch our brief video How Much Is A Trillion? to better understand this.)

But suffice it to say, all that money has to go somewhere. And it first goes into the pockets of those with closest access to it, and of those who direct where it flows.

In the context of MBA graduates working in finance, accessing the ‘money river’ often follows this recipe:

  • Step 1: Get hired by a buy-side fund (asset management firm, hedge fund, etc)
  • Step 2: Make friends at other funds by investing part of your portfolio in their offerings
  • Step 3: Leave to create your own fund, which all your new buddies will invest part of their firms’ portfolios in
  • Step 4: Collect a fat annual salary of 2% of assets under management (regardless of how your fund performs), plus 20% of any gains

Let’s put a little math behind this, with real-world numbers based on another classmate of mine who followed this recipe. After graduating, he went to work for a prestigious private equity firm, spending nearly a decade there as a fund manager. He then left to start his own fund.

Since he had invested in scores of ventures and funds while working for the private equity firm, he had amassed plenty of industry insiders who knew they had to reciprocate when it came time for him to hang out his own shingle, because “that’s how the game is played”. You help me when I need it, and I’ll do the same for you.

Only a few weeks after announcing the formation of his new fund, he had raised $100 million for it. At his 2% management fee, that gave him an annual salary of $2 million no matter how the fund performed. And with the standard carried interest percentage, he had substantial additional upside of 20% of any profits the fund may take in the future.

Since forming this fund nearly ten years ago, the financial markets have been on a historic bull run, with hardly any corrections along the way. This is primarily due to the trillions in new money provided by the world’s central banks mentioned above. So, it’s little surprise that my former classmate’s fund now stands at over $1.1 billion in assets under management.

That’s now a $20 million annual management fee. Plus 20% on (conservatively estimating) hundreds of millions of gains made along the way.

Not bad work if you can get it.

No Fund For You!

But that’s a big part of my point here. The 99% don’t have a key past the velvet rope to access the money river.

Look, I don’t begrudge this guy his success. Well, maybe I do; but it’s not personal — I know him well enough to say that for certain he’s extremely smart, bold and hardworking. But he’s benefiting from being in the Big Club that George Carlin railed about. The rest of us ain’t in that club, and won’t ever be. But our futures are being determined — or more accurately put, undermined — by it.

All that liquidity being provided by the central banks? To keep that money flowing it needs to be cheap to those who want to borrow it, so the banks have concurrently driven interest rates down to the lowest levels in recorded history (going back over 5,000 years). Some extra-aggressive central banks have even pursed negative interest rates.

What this has resulted in is a tremendous transfer of wealth to the already-rich at the expense of everybody else.

Those with the means and access to borrow have been able to get essentially free money to do so; while savers and those dependent on fixed income have been starved of any yield whatsoever.

The wave of global stimulus plus the low cost of borrowing has driven capital into nearly every asset market, rocketing prices higher. So those who have held those assets have become substantially richer, while those who have not have become increasingly priced out.

Along with asset prices, prices of nearly everything else have risen, too, dramatically increasing the cost of living:

Price inflation since 2000

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But, as costs have risen, wages have not. Especially when measured in real (i.e. inflation-adjusted) terms.

Real wages are now 7% lower than they were in 1973  — and that’s calculated using the official government-reported inflation rate, which we all know vastly understates the actual inflation rate. (Read our report on The Burrito Index to understand why the true price inflation households suffer is more like 5x greater than the official reported rate).

So the rich see their assets shoot the moon, and they get access to the ‘money river’, to boot. While the rest of us see stagnant real wages and a skyrocketing cost of living.

Is it any surprise that a tremendous and still-growing wealth gap between the 1% and everyone else has resulted?

Real Wages Since 1980

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The Future Looks Dim For Those Sleepwalking Into It

As we’ve written about at length in our recent report The Great Retirement Con, the average American worker is woefully unprepared to afford his/her retirement:

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And for those counting on a pension, odds aren’t bad it may get reduced/eliminated during a future economic crisis.

Think that could never happen? Well, Governor Jerry Brown just announced this on Wednesday:

California’s Brown Raises Prospect of Pension Cuts in Downturn (Bloomberg)

California Governor Jerry Brown said legal rulings may clear the way for making cuts to public pension benefits, which would go against long-standing assumptions and potentially provide financial relief to the state and its local governments.

Brown said he has a “hunch” the courts would “modify” the so-called California rule, which holds that benefits promised to public employees can’t be rolled back.

“There is more flexibility than there is currently assumed by those who discuss the California rule,” Brown said during a briefing on the budget in Sacramento. He said that in the next recession, the governor “will have the option of considering pension cutbacks for the first time.”

That would be a major shift in California, where municipal officials have long believed they couldn’t adjust the benefits even as they struggle to cover the cost. They have raised taxes and dipped into reserves to meet rising contributions. The California Public Employees’ Retirement Systemthe nation’s largest public pension, has about 68 percent of assets needed to cover its liabilities.

Across the country, states and local governments have about $1.7 trillion less than what they need to cover retirement benefits — the result of investment losses, the failure by governments to make adequate contributions and perks granted in boom times.

“In the next downturn, when things look pretty dire, that would be one of the items on the chopping block,” Brown said.

And this is in California, one of the most pro-worker/pro-entitlement states in the Union. If California is already sending out warnings like this, you can be sure that the other 49 states are thinking of making (at least) equally-harsh cuts when the next recession hits.

Potential cuts to promised pensions is just one of the many ways in which those running the system will act to preserve their share of the pie when crisis next arises. Those concerned about what other measures might be taken would do well to read our report Upon The Next Crisis, The Rules Will Suddenly Change.

And for those who prefer their cynicism blended with hard truths and humor, watch this short video of George Carlin’s epic rant against the elite’s Big Club. I quoted Carlin at the beginning of this article for a reason, he really nailed the central point I’m trying to make (Warning: the language used gets quite graphic):

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Fighting Back

So, what can the rest of us in the 99% do about it?

Is this a lost cause? Should we just accept our fate and sink to the bottom of the money river, smothered by its high prices and low yields?

No.

The good news here is that there’s a clear set of strategies for keeping yourself afloat while the system continues to pursue these pernicious and deeply unfair policies. They take focus, effort and discipline — but anyone implementing them will have good chance to stay ahead of the rising cost curve, and have a real shot at financial prosperity.

In Part 2: Winning Against The Big Club, we examine a number of strategies for offsetting the soaring costs of everything from housing to healthcare — with particular focus on the investments and actions you can take today, inside and outside of the markets, to preserve the purchasing power of your wealth from the nefarious “stealth tax” placed on your money by the kind of inflation discussed above.

Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access)

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Peter Schiff: In The Impending Collapse ‘Everything That Can Go Wrong, Will’

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The impending economic collapse is hidden from most. People only see a rising stock market, not the negative underlying factors that will cause the whole system to crash.

The weakening of the U.S. dollar is just getting started, warned veteran market forecaster Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. “We have just begun a major, long-term bear market in the dollar,” he said, which should cause a spike in oil prices. He thinks oil will reach $80-$100 a barrel in 2018. The commodity currently trades at roughly $63 a barrel. Shiff focuses on oil as just one example of the inflation that will help collapse the dollar.

When the price of oil rises, it reverberates through the economy. Peter called it a gigantic tax hike for consumers. But the Fed is still worried prices aren’t going up fast enough and that they won’t hit the mystical 2% goal.

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“They’re going to hit that out of the park. They’re going to be looking at 2% in the rearview mirror – in the distant rearview mirror. That is going to be the big story. They’re going to way overshoot and they’re not going to be able to do anything about it.” –Peter Schiff

Schiff also warns that the dollar’s decline is just getting starting.  He also says “everything that can go wrong, will.” We are not experiencing economic growth.  We are experiencing inflation.

High inflation is not good for the dollar. By definition, high inflation means the dollar is losing purchasing power. If the dollar is losing purchasing power, that is bad for the dollar,” Shiff explains.

“If they [the public and investors] don’t think there’s going to be inflation, they’re wrong. Those expectations are totally wrong. People are ignoring what is going on in the currency market, what’s going on in the commodities markets, what’s going on in the bond markets. All of this stuff is flashing inflation – at least the way you measure it – consumer prices.” –Peter Schiff

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Shiff continues with even more dire news. “We are very close to a major breakdown in the bond market. Now, I know the bond market has dodged a lot of bullets…so you could say ‘cryin’ wolf. Look how long the bond market has held in there. But you know what? It’s gonna hold up until it doesn’t. And when it breaks…this bond market is gonna unravel. The whole thing could unravel very, very quickly. This is what is so dangerous here. You have the bond market potentially about to break down, a major 30-year bull market about to unravel, you have the dollar getting ready to go over the edge of a cliff. “

Shiff also warns to not put your trust in the government or their bonds.

“Everybody belives the fed is going to shrink it’s balance sheet. Now, I don’t believe that but the markets believe it. Now, I checked the balance sheet on Thursday again. So far, it hasn’t shrunk at all. So there’s been no tapering.

The risk of a big drop in the bond market has never been this high. And what happens if the bond market tanks? That’s it. The stock market is gonna crash…there’s a massive crash coming. And if the fed is gonna panic, they’re gonna try to stop it.”

The feds will try to fix a stock market crash by not raising rates, which will lead to the imploding of the dollar.  Everything that can go wrong, will.

“I don’t know if this is going to unravel very quickly.  But it is close,” Shiff warns.

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The Robot Dystopian Hellish Apocalypse: ‘It WILL Eventually Affect YOU!’

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As human beings continue to make enormous strides in the artificial intelligence technology, many continue to sound the alarm that it’s already gone too far. Some are warning that this imminent robot dystopian apocalypse “will eventually affect you.” But by then, it might be too late.

Pulling no punches, Joe Joseph of The Daily Sheeple says that this kind of a future is already here, and the elites “solution” to this problem (universal basic income) will result in a societal collapse of a magnitude not seen before. “This dynamic is already happening here in the United States,” says Joseph. “And it will eventually affect you and your inner circle very personally.’

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Dr. Subhash Kak, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma University, told Daily Star Online: “The beginnings of the dystopia are already there. There will be massive unemployment. People want to be useful and work provides meaning, and so the world will sink into despair. Policymakers have begun to speak of a minimum guaranteed income with everyone provided food, shelter, and a smartphone, and that will not address the heart of the problem.”

Artificial intelligence will eventually sink world into unemployed despair in hellish dystopia. Many warn of a global depression as humans realize they are useless and obsolete to the machines they themselves created.

“There’s a lot of people taking an ominous tone to this,” says Joseph. “And I too am, only because humanity does not have a great track record of rolling out new technology. We just don’t. We don’t. We rush to do it because money’s a driver. We don’t think thing through. We don’t weigh the risks involved. We don’t look at the health aspects of things. We don’t look at the important things until it’s too late. And in this case, it’s the point of no return.”

But Joseph does not believe that eventually, robots will enslave the human race, unlike Dr. Kak. Kak previously stated that killer conscious robots may “bide their time” before enslaving humans. “The current revolution is replacing the thinking human and so its impact on society will be enormous.”

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Tensions Rise As North Korea Mocks Trump’s Tweet: ‘Spasm Of A Lunatic’

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North Korea and the United States seem to be reigniting the heated rhetoric that caused tensions between the two nations to tighten immensely. After president Donald Trump tweeted about the size of his nuclear button, North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, had a reply of his own.

North Korean state media called President Trump’s boast of having a bigger nuclear button than its leader Kim Jong Un the “spasm of a lunatic” Tuesday. North Korean propaganda has also dubbed Trump as a “loser” and a “psychopath” after the US president tweeted that his nuclear button is larger than Kim Jong-un’s and it actually functions.

North Korea’s official news agency (aka, state propaganda) described Trump’s tweet as the “the spasm of a lunatic,” according to AP. “Trump’s bluff is regarded by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) as just a spasm of a lunatic frightened by the might of Juche Korea and a bark of a rabid dog,” said the report which summarized a commentary in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun. Juche is the official North Korean state ideology, often translated as “self-reliance.”

The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental state of a loser who failed to check the vigorous advance of the army and people of the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] … He is making [a] bluff only to be diagnosed as a psychopath,” it added.

Trump’s tweet came a day after Kim said in a speech: “The United States should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table,” according to the Associated Press. Kim claimed the weapons were capable of reaching the entire U.S. mainland. It followed an escalating war of words between Trump and Kim, amid global concerns that nuclear war could break out.  As we wrote in a previous report, the US military is already preparing for a war with North Korea, albeit silently.

According to the Washington Post, in their Tuesday responses to the tweet, North Korean media also appeared to address speculations over President Trump’s mental health which were raised in the controversial “Fire and Fury” book. Trump has rejected the claims made in the book, and has boasted about being “like, really smart” and a “very stable genius” in response.

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Japanese Public Broadcaster NHK Issues False Alarm Over North Korean Missile Launch

This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

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It’s deja vu, all over again.

Just four days after residents of Hawaii lived through 38 minutes of doomsday hell, after a false public broadcast alarm announced that a ballistic missile launch was headed for the island, only to reverse and announce later it was a mistake, moments ago Japan’s National broadcaster NHK’s app issued a false J-Alert to phones over a North Korean missile launch at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday evening local time.

The message, received by phone users with the NHK app installed on their devices, read: “NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground. “

It then promptly corrected the error just 5 minutes later, at around 7 p.m.

After the false alert, NHK issued an on-air apology on Tuesday evening local time, saying “the news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. No government J alert was issued.”

“Around 6:55pm earlier we reported on the NHK’s news site and NHK’s news disaster prevention application ‘Pattern of North Korean missile launch’ but this was incorrectly issued. J alert has not appeared. I must sincerely apologize,” the news outlet wrote.

The bizarre coincidence of two false alarms announcing the start of nuclear war is certainly suspicious.

The false alert came on the same day as the US and Canada planned to host talks in Vancouver over the crisis on the Korean Peninsula after a year of missile tests and threats from the North.

As a reminder, on Saturday, an emergency alert notification sent out to residents of Hawaii warning of an incoming “ballistic missile threat” turned out to be a false alarm. The error was blamed on an employee who “pushed the wrong button.” “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the emergency alert read.

The warning went out on television and radio as well as cell phones, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige, sparking panic amongst some residents. A second emergency alert was sent to phones in Hawaii 38 minutes after the initial message confirming the false alarm.

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OUTBREAK ALERT: ‘Eye Bleed Fever’ Kills 4 As Virus Sweeps Through Uganda

Panic is setting in after a nine-year-old girl died suddenly of “eye bleed fever” in Uganda. This new virus is said to be even more dangerous than the “Black Death,” killing 40 percent of those who contract the disease, and four have died already.

East Africans are fearing this will be a health crisis of epic proportions. Health officials rushed to put the body of the deceased girl in a bag and to decontaminate the home she lived in not long after the disease took her life. This particular illness, known as the “eye bleed fever” is said to be even more deadly than the horrific bubonic plague that ravaged Madagascar late last year. 

The feared outbreak comes only months after hundreds of people were killed by the plague in Madagascar in what was described as the worst bout in 50 years. The symptoms of this new disease include headaches, bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle pains, according to the Daily Star Sunday. The virus also leaves people bleeding from their eyes, mouth, and anus. Symptoms escalate when a person infected with the virus comes down with a fever, then begins vomiting blood.

This virus is thought to be spreading through South Sudan.

This viral disease was first identified in 1944 and more than 5,000 cases of the deadly bug have been reported worldwide since then. The widespread disease is caused by a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) and a total of 52 countries have reported a substantial number of cases each year. The disease has made its presence known in Russia, throughout the Mediterranean, northwestern China, central Asia, southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent.

Unlike the Black Death, which is a bacterial infection and can be effectively treated with antibiotics, “eye bleed fever” has no cure. So far, four people have died in the worsening outbreak in Uganda. Health Chiefs continue to warn that the spread of this disease could be “catastrophic.” Around 60 people have now been infected in East Africa.

The viral disease is transmitted to humans through tick bites, or through contact with the blood of infected animals, especially during slaughter. Human-to-human transmission can occur resulting from close contact with bodily fluids.

Authorities at the hospital said the body would be buried by health teams because of “sensitivity” about the disease spreading. The three victims in South Sudan, who died in late December, had no history of close contact and unlike the young girl who died, their burials were unsupervised.

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Cycling/biking is one of the most loved crazes of youth, all ages in fact. No? Yes? For most of us it was our first “wheeled” escape vehicle. So let’s take this a step further and learn more about biking and if perhaps a hybrid bike is a good vehicle to depend upon in times of need, as well as just fun.

Many people search the web asking ‘is a hybrid bike good for trails?’ In this article I’m going to answer this question. (You can check on the Best hybrid bike under $1,000 here.)

About Hybrid Bikes

A hybrid bike is the upgraded version of your newer bicycle designs – a combination of road bikes and mountain bikes. The advanced features of a hybrid bike easily suites it for gravel trails or light-off road trails. For this reasons it has become hugely popular with cyclists.

How to Buy the Best Hybrid Bike Under $1,000?

A hybrid bike is designed to perform well on both smooth and rocky roads. Anyone who has tried to ride a road bike on anything other than well, a road can attest to this, or a mountain bike on roads. Of course every hybrid bike has different specifications and features, so you need to consider some important things before buying the best hybrid bike to fit your needs, filtered through your budget.

Some important things about the best Hybrid Bike:

Tires:

The best hybrid bikes normally come with a 700 CC wheelbase and have tires that are between 1.4″ and 1.8″ wide. On the other hand a cross-country bike will have tires in the 1.9″ to 2.25″ width range, trail and all-mountain bike will have tires in the 2.25″ to 2.4″ width range, and downhill bikes, which are meant to withstand the abuse of drops and rock gardens, are equipped with tires ranging up to 2.5″ wide. These bikes are used by most ski resorts to attract a summer crowd to use the mountain and its lift systems for rides few roads can compete with for thrills and near-death experiences. IAC the standard hybrid tires allow you to quickly and smoothly pass over road cracks, road bumps and pavements abnormalities. These also help as to speed and climbing hills, dependent of course on how the bike is geared. They also support the weight of additional packs, equipment and gear should one of these be a part of your prepper planning.

Frame:

It is essential to consider the frame of the bike before buying. The frame is the bone of the bike as it connects the other parts to each other and provides the form, fit and function of this as a vehicle. Today most of the frames out on the market are made of aluminum or carbon composites. The price range can be substantial so do your homework.

While it may seem a little costly to buy a carbon frame, especially if you are on a limited budget, that reduced weight is a plus. Whichever you select, both of them are strong and rust-resistant.

Size:

Another important thing you should consider before buying a hybrid bike is “the fit”. We have all seen the wrong person on the wrong sized bike. It was either a gift or it is an accident in the making. You want to be comfortable, stable, and feel you can smoothly touch the ground while stopped or stopping. Also, ensure the bike seat can be adjusted to support your comfort and the pedals can be adjusted for that “right” riders position, even with added gear and packs.

Seats:

Where you meet the road. Most hybrid bicycles come with padded bike seats or saddles which are intended to help you to feel comfortable while crossing the unpaved roads, or other road hazards as well as making long stretches now wear less your important parts. While it is essential to test the bike before buying as a part of the whole thing as a road system, it is also the time to change the seat as needed to assure this is a vehicle you can both enjoy and depend upon.

Suspension:

If you want to enjoy a comfortable, non-wearing biking experience on any terrain then a front suspension fork is important. Suspension forks are shock absorbers and every shock they lessen makes for a better ride and a better you! Take this into consideration even if you don’t intend to use the vehicle to hall your gear and your life off-the-grid.

Most of the hybrid bikes come with front suspension forks, so before buying make sure what the fork tolerances are as a part of your overall research.

Brakes:

When you are going to buy a hybrid bike, you will find that most of them have linear braking system which are excellent, especially when you are not biking.

A better option is disc brakes if available. In fact I would make this a “no buy” decision personally. This type of braking system fits accurately in the center part of your wheel and ensures you much greater control of the bike when braking. Disc brakes perform in rain and mud and even in snow and ice and are not dependent on just how hard you can squeeze the brake handles. AND, no matter the two-wheeled vehicle, peddled or motorized, just you or an additional rider or loaded with gear, just hitting the front break hard will preform a helmet test you really don’t want to do.

Advantages of Hybrid Bikes:

Cyclists are a tough group, as are we preppers. To gain popularity a bike has to promote its advantages. So, what do hybrid bicycles bring to the table?

Raised Handlebars and a Relaxed Frame Geometry: The raised handlebars and Relax geometry are perfect for sitting up straight in a comfortable saddle, a natural position as opposed to making minimizing wind-resistance the most important consideration, as in racing. For a SHTF user this comfort outweighs speed and also facilitates supporting more gear. Additionally, raised, flat handlebars and the upright sitting position make it simple to watch where you are going and what is coming your way in either road hazards or two-legged ones.

Higher Gear Ratios: Higher gear ratios bikes are more comfortable for on-road, on trail biking. Yes, lower gears are better for hills, sandy soil, small brush/grass, but for a long ride, with the added weight of gear, on mostly flat pavement, high gears ratios are the right trade-off. They also facilitate smooth shifting and consistent pedaling. Things that are foreign to dedicated mountain cyclists, though they will never admit it.

Wider Tires: Wider tires are safer for lower speed, non-racing biking. Used at lower speeds they provide a better (bigger) contact patch greatly increasing stability while being somewhat more forgiving of mistakes. Now, you make the bike top-heavy by just being there riding. Add gear and the “advantage of the larger contact patch is mitigated. Physics applies equally everywhere (except in a vacuum.). In any case they provide a more comfortable ride on rough pavement, sandy roads or snowy tracks. They last way longer than road-bike tires and they help you not getting thrown by things like road cracks or train tracks you might have to cross, or cow barriers.

Superior Comfort: Again, many of hybrid bikes have suspension seats (hard springs) and forks on the back and front wheel. With this suspension system, riders feel much safer as they do help mitigate the bumps. Whenever a bump or obstacle comes, rather than the rider having to lift up off the seat, the seat counteracts to lesson the shock. Suspension forks also help when speed breaking as they provide a smoother compression in the down fork response. These are of value when you are carrying gear that is, but shouldn’t, really be bumping up against each other.

  

Loaded with Accessories: These bikes are specifically designed to carry “extra stuff” as opposed to road bikes where ever ounce is considered an abomination of nature. And, as preppers, we mostly like things with extra attachments. Even the little basket on the front of the bike can be of value, as long as it doesn’t have a flower designed into it.

Affordable Price: Knowing the advanced features and advantages, you may think it might be a pricey bike, and compared to what is sold over the counter at Walmart, you could defend that point. However, buying right the first time and buying for the true purpose intended is always smart. A road-bike carbon-composite frame, bare frame, can run you $3,500 and has but only two purposes – actual hard-core racing, or making you look like you do hard-core racing. The build-out of these frames can push the cost to 4 times the cost of that frame. I don’t judge. The hybrid is a better solution for cruising the hood or getting out of the hood should you chose this as a part of your survival planning.

Disadvantages of Hybrid bikes

With a lot of advantages, the hybrid bike has a few limitations or disadvantages too. I write them off to the designed purpose of the bike vs a road bike or mountain bike but I am providing them for your consideration:

  • Some hybrid frames won’t accept tires wide enough for the more serious mountain biker
  • The absence of a full range of lower gears makes them unattractive to, again, mountain bikers. If you live in a hilly area, you should make this a part of your buying decision as higher gear ratios are more for level or near level road riding
  • The upright frame geometry does increase your wind drag at higher speeds
  • The compliant frames and riding position are less efficient in the transfer of power from your body to the pedals to the rear-driving wheel, than a racing bike – again, physics
  • Slower than a street bike and less intense than a mountain bike, again know you intended use.

Now, it’s time to decide if a hybrid bike is good for trails or not? Reading this article, you should be able to make a smarter make choice. In this expert’s opinion, hybrid bikes are good for the smooth trail (typical or not), regular commuting, but not good for racing or dedicated mountain biking.

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Nickel Iron Battery For Off Grid Energy Storage

Best Nickel Iron Battery

The Nickel Iron battery from ‘Iron Edison’ is an updated version of Thomas Edison’s battery design that he considered to be nearly perfect.

For off grid energy storage and renewable energy systems, this battery will likely be the last one you’ll ever buy. Why? Because it’s nearly indestructible!

Edison’s battery recipe used iron oxide and nickel hydrate, without the corrosive acid-based electrolyte used in today’s lead acid batteries.

The result was the long life Nickel-Iron-Alkaline cell.

The Nickel Iron battery features the longest life span of any battery ever invented.
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Advantages of the Nickel Iron Battery

-Rated for 11,000 cycles, or 30 years of daily discharge!

– Completely resistant to freezing.

– Tolerant to overcharge & over-discharge.

– Supports 80% depth of discharge.

– Daily deep discharging has no impact on battery cycle life.

– Fully compatible with industry leading inverters and charge controllers like Schneider, Outback, Magnum, MidNite Solar and SMA.

– Available in 12, 24, and 48 Volt configurations.

– Retains ~ 88% of capacity at 32 °F whereas lead acid is typically significantly worse.

– Capacity is ~ 118% of rated at 68 °F whereas lead acid 100% capacity is typically at a higher temperature.

 
Iron Edison is the only company to have tested the Nickel Iron battery at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. Tests confirm that the cells over-perform at the 5, 10 and 20 hour discharge rates by nearly 20%!

 
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Nickel Iron Battery Maintenance

– They may require water every 6-8 weeks.

– Electrolyte refresh every 8-10 years to keep capacity.

– They do have some hydrogen off-gassing and require a ventilated area.

 
They are ideal for off-grid applications where they stay healthy in a constant-charging environment that would be destructive to other battery types.

Price | Cost of Iron Nickel Batteries

For those who are serious about off grid systems, a cost analysis over an extended operational time will prove that Iron Nickel batteries outperform.

The initial outlay is a good chunk higher than lead acid batteries.

Replacement Costs

Again, the will likely be the last battery you’ll every buy.

They will last ~ 30 years while lead acid batteries will be done in ~ 5-7 years.

That means your replacement cost analysis of lead acid batteries should be multiplied 4 to 6 times in comparison.

Usable Capacity

But there’s another cost factor to compare: Capacity!

The Iron Nickel battery far outperforms regarding usable capacity (80% usable) while lead acid should NOT be discharged beyond 50% and recommended to only discharge 30% for longest life. That’s a BIG difference when you’re factoring in cost (the number of batteries you’ll need to achieve a given capacity).

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So after factoring both (replacement costs and capacity needs), the Nickel Iron battery might be a good choice for your off grid energy storage.

Brandon over at IronEdision.com will gladly answer ANY of your questions about this or any other alternative energy needs. They’re located in the Denver area and will be glad to help.

They also have Lithium Iron batteries, but that will be another post…

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