Search Term “Survival” Approaching Long Term Highs on Google Trends
After a steep correction in 2006, the term “survival” is targeting old highs, as “survival” and related search terms are just twenty points off of eight year highs, which is as far back as Google’s public data goes. In the Fall of 2005, the term(s) reached 100 on Google Trend’s scale, before waterfalling from 83 to 52 in January 2006. The term has peaked in the first two days of June 2012 to 88, just 12 points off its 2005 high.
Google Trend expects a minor correction from here on out through the middle of the month, off eight points down to 80. This, of course, is tempered not only by past data, but by analog world events:
The United States searches “Survival” and related terms more than any other country on the planet, with nations like Canada (74), Australia (73), New Zealand (69) & Britain (61) first behind the “beacon of freedom.” It appears that the “core” nations off global empire for the past 500 years are getting a bit worried about the next 100 years. While westerns google frantically “survival,” citizens of peripheral countries have already learned to survive in artificially imposed austerity from the IMF, World Bank and keystone contributors the U.S Government and its bread-and-butter the military-industrial complex.
In the United States, the western secession is highlighted clearly by the fact that 5 of the 10 states in which the term(s) is most prevalent are western states:
The prevalence of preppers and survivalists is even making its move into the mainstream with television shows such as “Doomsday Preppers,” etc. Either innate instinct is compelling man to prepare for impending conditions that threaten survival (i.e. fiat policy gone loco) or an upswell in survival centered memes, through billboard advertising and movies like “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” which seek to exploit Mayan 2012 prophecies, has let its imprint in the modern thinking public. Either way, if the Google Trend’s futures pits were open, i’d be long survival and related asset terms.