Jul 312007
 

… stupid.  Read this and see if you don’t agree – Surveillance Cameras Win Broad Support.  Except they don’t work.

71 percent of Americans favor the increased use of surveillance cameras, while 25 percent oppose it.

Why are American so anxious to usher in the Orwellian Society?  It’s mind boggling. Don’t they realize (yet) what they’re giving up?

Jul 312007
 

This is another prediction coming true – American’s moving to Canada in record numbers. This will only increase as the fascist police state worsens and climate change makes its impact felt on everyone.

I get a lot of questions about where to live. It’s not an easy decision and even harder to give ‘long distance advice’. There are several criteria to keep in mind however.

In a nutshell, they are –

Water – Climate change will only worsen the already limited supply of fresh water in most areas. Cities that are dependent upon an influx of fresh water will be particularly vulnerable. This also requires huge amounts of electricity, a resource that will also be declining. This applies to all of the Southwest in particular.

Abundant fresh water will be a top priority for millions and millions who scramble to avoid the parched conditions to come. Some areas have natural sources of localized water, others don’t. Pick one that does.

Climate – This is a hard one to predict due to climate change, but whatever trends are already showing now can be projected into the future (to be worse). Areas that are warming on average year-to-year will heat up even more. Areas that are flooding will probably flood again. Most areas in the U.S. seem to be drying up, which partly helps explain the immigration into Canada and the desire to flee the fascist U.S. agenda.

Population – The higher the population, the more problems an area can be expected to have during the collapse. This is a simple supply and demand issue. On the one hand, cities will receive more goods then rural areas due to their higher population, at least for a time, but their ability to do for themselves (grow their own) will be highly limited or impossible. Availability could soon be a major problem and the ability to do for yourself (grow your own) will be very limited and dangerous.

The demand for essentials, such as food, water, and usable soils will be inadequate during the crash. Cities exist now because of massive imports, this is now all threatened and will be greatly reduced in the future. The likelihood that there will simply not be enough to go around anymore is very high.

The lack of suitable soil, room, safety and water, plus the expected police state controls will make cities very dangerous places to be. Gangs, already there and new ones to be, will control everything they can. Opposing this (unsuccessfully) will be a police state, which will impose controls on only the ‘lawful’ citizens (which is how it actually works now) making things worse for them. In between will be the gray zones, the cracks where vast numbers of people will try to eke out their existence. This gray zone will expand tremendously and give rise to all type of issues – a vast black market, extortion, bribery, thievery and assault.

Distancing yourself from all this will be as essential as food. If you stay, you will eventually succumb to gangs (including work gangs), the police state controls or starvation. Those that “survive the city” will have to give up more then their freedom, they will give up their autonomy, ability to travel, self-sufficiency and most of the hours of their lives as they’re inducted into the Fatherland.

I cannot in good faith recommend staying in the city for anyone. Many are making such plans, believing that they will be better off somehow. I cannot agree, these will be the worst locations of all. Cities exist now because of the sheer number of imports required to keep them alive and functioning. They do not produce the essential goods that are needed to even feed themselves. This will be very clear during the collapse as life reduces itself down to the basics.

Soils – Usable soil for growing things and the room to grow them is key for future survival. Food storage alone won’t keep you and your family alive indefinitely (although you will certainly need this), you will need to learn to grow your own food, or participate with others that are growing food.

Food health comes from soil health. Many soils can be improved over time, but it’s best to start with good soil, you may not have the time you think. Composting and natural fertilizers, such a rabbit manure will help immensely. Start now.

Resources – The need for available local resources, particularly wood will be more and more acute. Barren areas, or areas covered with asphalt and concrete will be utterly useless. Wood is renewable and will be used for almost everything.

Water is renewable but will be affected by climate change. Locating in a river drainage will help assure you a source of water. These water sources won’t go away overnight, but remote drainage areas where the rivers run for many miles might. Avoid deep wells, power will be problematic or impossible in many locations. Water that is accessible from hand pumps or the surface will be much more reliable and does not require electricity or energy to obtain.

Local food production will be essential as global crops decline. Crop production requires suitable soils, climate and adequate water, plus the need to safeguard crops. This will include damage for pests, which are sure to change (increase) due to climate change. The latter two will be the hardest to ensure, human and non-human pests. In some areas, crops will be overrun by hordes of hungry people who will have great difficulty in restraining themselves as food runs out. This will result in widespread damage and destruction and worsen an already bad food situation.

Distribution of crops is yet another issue. Transportation will be limited and distribution of crop production and essential goods will be restricted. Cities will probably receive a higher priority then rural areas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the food will actually arrive.

Local farmers will quite probably take care of their own, first and foremost. This makes sense as food shortages will be acute everywhere. There will also be ‘incentives’ from rural residents to ensure that they are not left out of the food production loop (armed gangs).

Ecovillages, self-sustaining homesteads and farmers will all be targets for masses of people who will lack adequate nutrition. This appears to be a hugely overlooked issue. It will be nearly impossible to protect and secure their food production when the trucks stop running. There is simply no way to do so without an ‘army’.

The need for individualized food production, cooperative farms and land share agreements is essential. Only by having a vested interest (personalized) in the outcome of the seasonal production of food will the food supply be sufficient, protected, and affordable. Maybe.

The mega farms will fail as soon as the government subsidies and protections stop. They will probably receive huge allotments of oil-based resources (fuel and fertilizers) but this is not expected to be sufficient to keep them going forever. They are also dependent upon the same needs everyone else has today – a functioning market place; a national infrastructure and distribution network; an agreeable climate; and a just in time delivery system to move ready-harvests from fields to market and all stops in between. None of these can be counted on in the future, making their viability very questionable.

Rural Areas – Rural areas offer the best collapse “steads” (crash-steads) of all. They offer lower populations, better soils, better climate, more water (in general), available forest (usually) and local resources and most of all – localized food production in the form of farms and ranches. There is also a lower police state presence, which will be a huge factor in the years to come as governments (city, state and federal) attempt to retain control (and failing).

They have their drawbacks too – inflexible (to outsiders), tight-knit, wary of ‘outsiders’, difficulty in integration, long distances to stores, jobs and other resources, limited employment opportunities and limited services (comparatively speaking). Despite these, collapse will still be more survivable in the rural areas then in the cities. Greater autonomy and freedom will exist their due to their sheer size, population numbers and opportunities for self-sufficiency. Plus the sheer need to keep the rural areas going to feed the cities will permit more flexibility there among the residents. They will likely get ‘first pick’ of the food production from crops and ranches too and will keep for themselves what they need, despite any “authority” attempting to dictate otherwise. Food shortages will make for self-imposed “authority” and rule.

Remote Areas – Crash will bring out the very worst in many people. As food supplies dry up, the anxiety and fear will explode into extreme violence and death. This is the die-off period when people will be forced to hardscrabble lives in a desperate attempt to stay alive. No place on earth will be entirely safe. The competition for essential resources will be “intense”. Make no mistake, violence will rule the day, period. This will occur at any time during the collapse period and can logically be thought to be the worst at the deepest point of collapse when lawlessness prevails.

This will be the time of “every man for himself” and will be the most difficult period of all to survive. Starvation will be acute and compounding this will be extremely ruthless people who will make life extremely difficult. Do not underestimate the violence anyone is capable of.

Remote areas are areas that are extremely limited in population and offer the best in security, privacy and ‘aloneness’ with the least amount of threat from your fellow citizens. These areas can be found all over the world and are located far away from major and small populations. They will remain small in population due to the sheer distance from others.

Remote forested retreats and tiny hamlets, cabins and sheltered outposts will be the best protected of all. Their drawbacks are many however despite these advantages. They offer no support (injuries and sickness will be a big factor), must be fully stockpiled and supplied prior to the crash and will probably remain isolated forever.

Post-crash means they will still be isolated, only more so. Whatever supplies they have is all they will have for the duration (forever). Outside trade will be limited, but probably not entirely impossible, once this resumes among the post-crash survivors.

They will also be the only places that will offer relatively safe self-sufficiency and crop production during the crash period. Their remoteness offers them the protection they need without a standing army to guard their production. On the other hand, their isolation means less hands to help, so it will be a hard life nonetheless.

Pre-Collapse, Collapse and Post-Collapse – As previously noted on this blog, the coming crash requires a unique response for the different stages of collapse. Pre-collapse, collapse and post-collapse have different effects and responses.

The danger is in assuming that everything will remain the same as it is today. The safety and security we’ve all come to expect is one primary area. Material abundance and availability of essential goods and supplies, including their distribution and transportation is another major area of concern. None of these should be ‘assumed’ as being available in the future, because all are integral to the availability of cheap energy, livable climate and abundant water supplies.

Since all of these are now threatened, the need to make preparations in advance is obvious. During the pre-collapse phase, they are still relatively affordable and available, although that is rapidly changing (daily). During collapse, their scarcity and price will make them difficult if not quite impossible to obtain. Post-collapse survivors will also find them to be absolutely ‘priceless’ as their production and manufacture will probably be long gone.

Preserving and protecting these assets becomes problematic. Right now, it’s legal to stockpile goods, but this could and probably will change rapidly. Hoarding will be outlawed as the world finds itself experiencing acute shortages. This won’t stop people from doing it however, it will just mean the government is trying to impose control and will be largely ignored.

It’s worthwhile to note that the wealthy are already moving their assets into gold, silver, euros and essentials goods. They’re not alone either. Anyone who is paying attention to the warning signs around the world is doing the same thing, but as noted on this blog, this is still a very tiny percentage of the population, which is going to make the crash even harder then it should be.

During the collapse stage, the problem of individual safety will be most pronounced. Finding a safe place to be where your neighbors don’t attack you or steal you blind will be pretty difficult. Building trusting relationships now will help, but not entirely prevent this problem. You will just never know when you’ve become a liability instead of an asset.

I know this sounds very pessimistic, but anyone that doubts this only needs to look around now at how neighbors treat each other. Reliance upon each other only works based upon mutual need and trust. When either of these are broken or determined no longer to be necessary, you will be at risk. An easily example is as follows:

Your neighbor’s extended family decides to come live with your neighbor, who can’t really refuse because they are after all, blood-relatives. Suddenly, your crash-stead preparations prepared in conjunction with your neighbor have increased demands by 400%. The extended family brings nothing other then hungry mouths – neither skills, experience or supplies. Despite your agreements not to do this, your neighbor relents to family pressures.

In time, the strain upon your crash preparations is unbearable and creates unresolvable tensions between all of you. Something or somebody snaps and suddenly, lives are in jeopardy (or already buried). Agreements are out the window as blood is thicker then any promises made.

Situations like this happen all the time even now. The reality is very few people in the general population are preparing and instead are relying upon others to keep them alive. Nor are they building trusting relationships. Right now, they are entirely reliant upon the supermarkets, farmers and national infrastructure and distribution system, all extremely depending upon cheap energy, fast disappearing. During the crash, it will be YOU that they will turn to (or on), remembering your previously shared warnings and preparations plans you told them about.

Saying “No” will be extremely difficult and will jeopardize the most carefully laid plans. Think this through now because you are certain to have to face it later.

The crash-stead will need to be prepared for many things, including situations like the above. This location will also need to stay out of sight, hidden and quiet during the the troubled times. This will be the time when hunger has forced people to act violently. It will be easier to avoid this then try to fight this, although you should fully expect that too. People who rob, steal, rape and kill are everyday kind of people, forced into extreme situations of personal survival because of extreme hardship and desperation. This is already happening now – see this link – The Death Mask of War for what is happening with American soldiers who will soon be coming home to America.

During the collapse of Argentina, carrying a handgun was very common place anytime you dealt with other people, especially when trying to travel or engage in any sort of trade. This was also common of course on the American frontier when lawlessness meant that dangerous people were about. Anyone not versed in various firearms had better immediately do so.

The crash-stead will need to be properly equipped and supplied to survive the duration of the crash. It will be unsafe except for remote areas to homestead and raise your own food during this time period. You and everyone else doing this will become a target. This is most unfortunate, because it creates several problems. Keeping your seeds viable will mean keeping at least some crop production in operation. Keeping your livestock alive will mean the same thing.

This means the crash-stead should be hidden and defended. I can see no other way to successfully ensure the essentials of seeds and livestock will be alive for the post-crash period. It’s very hard for people to envision the extreme hunger to come, but history does have examples of what this has been like. Jared Diamond points out in his book, “Collapse”, that Easter Island destroyed their entire ecological base and ate everything in sight before turning to cannibalism, and even that didn’t last long.

There is simply no way the future world without cheap, portable energy can even remotely feed 6.5+ billion people. Starvation and violence will be the result. We can pretend otherwise and wish it were not true, but we would only find out that we were horribly wrong. Population overshoot is a very real and extreme problem, only permitted by the abundance of cheap energy and a global distribution system. This is collapsing NOW.

Surviving Collapse

Those who are prepared to “go the distance” for the coming collapse stand the best chance of survival. Half-hearted measures will not work. Attempting to hang onto this present lifestyle will not work. A 3-day food supply will not work. Wishful thinking will not work. The world is about to experience what has happened many times before.

It’s very hard for people to realize just how incredibly stupid civilization has been. Building a modern society on finite resources and then failing to accept it’s finality or shortsightedness, let alone do anything about it has been suicidal. We’re committing speciescide of our own race. Worse, we destroyed the ecological base along the way where we obtain our sustenance.

The world is presently overpopulated by the billions. We obtained this surplus through sheer folly and shortsightedness, a.k.a “greed”. There is a valid reason why overpopulation of this magnitude never appeared in human history before. No other civilization before ours exploited the oil reserves that were tens of thousands of years in existence, predating all human life and converted them into agriculture and global transportation system.

But we did, and we built a overpopulated world that polluted, raped, destroyed it’s natural carrying capacity to such a degree that human life itself is now threatened. We became so accustomed to this temporary ‘abundance’ that we fooled ourselves into believing it would last forever. We were dead wrong.

Surviving the collapse will mean we must first stop lying to ourselves. And we must stop listening to the lies being spouted off by others. Neither the media nor the government will be honest enough to tell the truth, yet are making their own secret preparations without telling you. Ignoring the hype, false promises, “vaporware” and empty platitudes that everything is going to be ok is important. Everything is NOT OK and its past time we started acting like it was true.

You will need the right attitude, knowledge, skills, experience and supplies to survive the collapse. And you will also need a lot of luck, determination and sound judgment. Nobody will be unaffected and the majority of us do not have wads of cash to “throw at the problem” as some do. Those that do will survive right up until their protectors realize that they can have it all for themselves. Anyone who refuses to learn the skills necessary will last only as long as their money is considered valuable.

Beyond this, you will need to start making responsible decisions for your future today, as in right now. Delay only means you are one day closer to that period of irrecoverable and permanent loss. Time is no longer on our side, we cannot recover the days, months and years we pondered and pontificated wondering what we should do. We are now being forced to choose IF we should live, or whether we shall die.

Reality

If we do not choose, and the majority won’t, the choice has already been made for them and their fate is already signed, sealed and delivered. Denial, disbelief and argumentation will not change the outcome one iota. This is the bed humanity has made, now we will either sleep in it or stay up late at night, on watch, awake and alert and making ready.

I find myself unable to truly convey the reality of our future. Americans have not known suffering of this magnitude at any time. The death of entire planetary civilization will happen in just a few years. The scale and magnitude of this disaster of our own making is nearly incomprehensible to the human mind. We are not faced with a single calamity, which we could probably endure, but multiple, simultaneous calamities of global proportions.

Peak oil means peak civilization as global energy supplies collapse to pre-industrial levels. Oil, coal, natural gas and even renewables such as hydroelectric power will disappear entirely within the next century. The ability to recreate these sources of energy will disappear when the oil is gone.

Climate change is even bigger as it will force the relocation and starvation of hundreds of millions of people. Rising sea levels are already displacing nations such as Bangladesh. The forced relocations, diminishing food productions and dramatic temperature swings will have tremendous impacts on human populations and will also create many new emerging diseases.

Ecological disasters are already making their impacts felt worldwide. The destruction of the Amazon rain forest, deforestation, collapsing fisheries and the still rising levels of pollution which is quite literally off the charts has created untenable ecological conditions for future humans and all other forms of life. We will experience the catastrophic decline of our environment despite our futile and feeble attempts of “too little, too late”. This is the warning we have ignored for decades now, and we are about to experience the REALITY in the worst possible way. We have little time to prepare for it and have long been our own worst enemy in doing so.

Only those who are either incredibly resourceful (experienced) and lucky, or those who have made adequate preparations and obtained the skills, training and experience necessary can be considered “collapse survivors” at this point in time. The kumbaya future and collaboration some espouse is woefully misrepresenting the reality of 6.5 billion hungry starving humans looking for something to eat. They will quite literally, tear this world apart. Collaboration IS essential and necessary, but it will be short circuited by many converging events and situations.

Do everything you can now. The old saw that says “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” has never been more true then it is right now. Don’t delay another minute. Do what is necessary and remain focused on the tasks at hand. Kill your television (I can’t say that enough) and take your future into your own hands. Only you can make the difference (and changes) that is needed.

Jul 312007
 

Rolling Stone magazine has a great article on the ethanol scam.

The great danger of confronting peak oil and global warming isn’t that we will sit on our collective asses and do nothing while civilization collapses, but that we will plunge after “solutions” that will make our problems even worse. Like believing we can replace gasoline with ethanol, the much-hyped biofuel that we make from corn. Ethanol Scam: Ethanol Hurts the Environment And Is One of America’s Biggest Political Boondoggles

Jul 292007
 

I was going to write a “thank you” on the end of one or two of the recent blog posts to the blog commentators, but thought that this would undoubtedly miss some of you.

I want to thank those of you who have been making commentary contributions to the blog. Your commentary is much appreciated and beneficial to all. Many of you are keenly aware of specific issues, perhaps dear to your heart that I’m not so versed in. Your contributions here help others understand these issues with a deeper perspective. I hope you keep it up!

So thanks to all of you, your making this blog into something better then it was and I want you to know that I appreciate it and I’m sure everyone else does too.

Jul 282007
 

“Mexico, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) announced that oil reserves may run out in seven years.”

Oh boy. And everyone still thinks we’re not at peak yet. Maybe this is why Chrysler can offer lifetime warranties. If Mexico cannot meet their “internal needs”, does that also mean Mexico will stop importing oil to the U.S.? Dumb rhetorical question… more evidence piling up that we can now count the years on one hand until full blown collapse.

David Strahan has an interactive oil-depletion map that puts this all into sharp perspective.

Going to update this post – lots more news today:

Dow, S&P Have Worst Week in 5 Years

Oil Near All-Time High Over $77

Bush Calls For Easier Wiretapping Rules (as if it matters anymore)

U.S. Has Highest Incarceration Rate in the World, Second Only To North Korea

$20 Billion In Arms Sales To Saudis (don’t you just wish they’d start spending this money on fixing the problem instead of fighting over what’s left? Guess who they’re buying the arms from.)

Map of Universal Healthcare In The World (not a bad place to start spending those trillions in “defense” on)

Martial Law Threat Is Real

“If ordered to turn their guns and bayonets on their fellow Americans, would our “heroes” in uniform follow their consciences, and their oaths to “uphold and defend” the Constitution of the United States? Or would they follow the orders of their Commander in Chief?” [in a heartbeat]

Prices Will Stay Sky High For Years [don’t expect the media to tell the truth, prices will stay sky high forever]

*** Metals prices continue to rise – copper, lead, steel, zinc, antimony, and other metals continue to rise so almost everything that has a metal in it is also going up. since 2003, the price of copper has increased fivefold (in US dollar terms). For zinc the increase has been fourfold and for lead, sevenfold. ***

Jul 282007
 

[splitting this post since the two subject were widely apart – Admin]

By the way dear blog readers – there has been a huge upsurge in blog readership, including new members and links being found around the net. That’s great. It’s about 400% increase. But the website sales are almost zero, the worst they’ve ever been. This is at a time when I should be seeing a huge surge in sales, when money still buys something and all this extra traffic would be sending customers this way.

Or not. It’s stunning in it’s implications if this means that my sales are “post-peak”. Stunning for you and me. Not having very many people prepare for crash with supplies on hand is going to be bad, bad news for everyone.

I can’t explain why this is happening, but thought you should know. Buy more ammo I guess, you’re going to probably need it.

My personal “plan” as it were was to start a new homestead in a better location. Now, I’m thinking I’m going to wind up like everyone else, except I’ll have several tons of food to figure out how to drag around. I’m sure I’ll be “king” just long enough to reload.

I’ve considered abandoning this blog to concentrate on this problem. Frankly, it’s irresponsible of me to not have someplace of my own that is safe, supplied and ready. As recently shared, I cannot do that here due to circumstances out of my control. There is a certain sad irony to waving the warning flag but being unable to take action yourself.

Some other ironies: Those that can prepare, might, should they want to (very few). That that want to prepare, can’t (very many). Those that don’t care, probably could but are too preoccupied to notice.

The reality is the rich will jump when they are ready, able to afford any price demanded. They’ll also be gobbling up whatever is left at that time (relatively speaking) making it harder for those who can’t meet the bar. The rest of us are going to struggle with our reality far sooner, which is slipping through our fingers, faster and faster.

Jul 282007
 

Sent in by lonewolf –

Chrysler today leapfrogged every other car maker by extending its powertrain warranty on every new car and truck it sells to the life of the vehicle. The warranty will apply to the entire powertrain including the engine, transmission/transaxle, drive shafts, and axles. The new warranty goes into effect today, July 26, 2007 and applies to all new 2007s that are on the dealer lots as well as 2008 models. Lifetime Warranty

Sure, we should be glad somebody isn’t following planned obsolescence as noted only yesterday, but how could a manufacturer afford this? With oil supplies running out worldwide, just how long is a lifetime warranty good for? Signs of severe desperation?  Dumping cars in a last final push to extract money before the collapse?

Jul 282007
 

The sheer inability to keep this present world afloat on the dwindling supply of cheap energy signifies a dramatic shift in lifestyles for the majority of mankind soon to come. Primarily for Americans and other developed nations, everything is going to get very, very expensive, so much so that they will be ‘forced’ to do without.

In time, many items will simply disappear and no longer be available. It is very likely that some items will literally disappear overnight too, because they will no longer be manufactured and distributed suddenly. Their sudden disappearance will trigger panic buying for replacements and remaining inventory, and this in turn, will contribute to the overall problem of supply and demand in an oil-depleted world.

The awareness of this dependency on a wide variety of “stuff” we consume to keep us alive is worth examination. Our prior response to their disappearance or high price will dictate our future chances of survival.

Our lives are built around the consumption of goods. This creates an incredibly long chain of complexities and requirements on a global scale to maintain the modern lifestyle. The lack of cheap energy now threatens all of this – forever.

The fault, as it were, is the modern lifestyle. It’s not a lifestyle we have to live. We do so by choice, despite the enormous problems and side-effects this creates. Our self-induced energy depletion is now forcing us to consider the alternatives and what it might mean to us. Very soon now, the act of consideration will no longer be an optional activity as we are forced into a smaller and smaller world of consumable goods and limited distribution.

This will necessitate a radical rethinking on how we live. I should add, if we live, because there is a growing sense of doubt on how safe, secure and provident our future will be. I am not an optimist, I have digested too much collapse information to believe the transition to a oil-depleted future will be without severe turmoil and a massive die-off. The desperately needed and necessary steps are not being taken to ensure a secure future.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of talk, but very little action. I really hope that consuming nations will understand the gravity of the situation and put in place radical and extremely tough policies to curb oil demand growth Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency

Immediate action is required, globally, nationally, regionally and personally. Each of us can only respond to the looming crisis on an individual level. Expect and receive nothing from governmental authorities, they either remain clueless of the magnitude and severity of the problem, or remain insistent that a “fix” is forthcoming.

Worse, there is abundant evidence that they already know and still refuse to deal with the issues openly and honestly, leaving each of us on our own. In effect, they are no longer relevant to our survival.

Here are the steps that are required on an individual level –

Simply your life and survive. This is the only logical and responsible course of action that can now be taken. Choose now your “prior response” rather then later. Adjustments made now will be far easier then adjustments made later on because you have freedom of choice, time and options still available to you.

Examine all of your obligations and entanglements and cut the umbilical cords that are draining your time, money and energy. Liquidate these assets, if any and convert to the hard goods you will need.

But not just “any” hard goods. Don’t go out and buy a new truck. Start figuring out how you’re going to survive without a truck, without oil, diesel or gasoline. Break your own oil-dependency. Walk. Ride a bike. For now, car share, do something to cut down your own consumption.

Clear all of your debts by any means you can find. Do not incur any more. Cut all of your expenses of frivolous activities and expenditures. Pack your own lunch, stop buying coffee, booze, soda pop, junk food and expensive foods. Preserve as much cash as possible for stockpiling your supplies. Dump, no kill your television, cancel your video memberships and stay home each night. Start doing instead of just talking about what needs to be done.

Build a greenhouse, garden, woodshed or firewood supply. Put that body to use doing what it was already designed to do. Living self-sufficiently requires a fair bit of hard work, but the best time to do it is now.

Other hard goods needed – store some food. This is so you can buy yourself some time to learn how to grow your own food. Buy the necessary hand tools, seeds and supplies you will need. Put these to work now, learning and gaining from the experience how to do this. You will also need to learn how to preserve the food you grow.

Store essentials, stuff you actually need to live: food, medicine, water, clothing, tools, water filters and supplies. These will be the things you need when the supermarkets stop filling up with crappy food. Put all those books you bought on self-sufficiency to use and start living the life everyday.

Don’t forget the toiletries, guns, ammo, tools and essential replacement parts. Buy a mountain bike of decent quality and stockpile the parts and tools needed to keep it in good repair.

Stockpile goods for barter – food, guns, ammo, coffee, sugar, fuel, kerosene, propane, the kinds of goods that will become scarcer and scarcer. Medicine would be very good barter item too, especially the type requiring prescriptions, but not everybody can do this.

Relocate to a safer area. If you live in the city, move to a rural area with arable land, water and room. Water is about to become priceless unless you live in England. Population density will be a serious problem when the food runs out. Concerns about jobs, retirement and lifestyle became rather meaningless when compared to forfeiting your life so that you can have them a few more years.

City dwellers live complex lives due to the dependency upon complex systems to continuously function to keep them alive. This complexity is a liability and will result in the areas with the most die-off.

Fight For The World’s Food

I see collapse as being quite dramatic, widespread, deep and long lasting. It will take abundant, cheap energy to rebuild even a fraction of what we have today. This is very unlikely since the energy required to do so won’t exist. Bio-fuels are proving to be even worse for the environment and very damaging to the food supply. Future energy requirements, post-collapse will come from limited sources and will not be widely distributed like they are today.

Rebuilding will also be problematic because of infrastructure loss and degradation, climate impacts and die-off. Current megaopolis projects like Dubai will be abandoned and seen as incredible wastes. Large cites and even many smaller ones will also face the same issues. The lack of water and arable land will force their abandonment and evacuation.

The crash when fully underway will bring war, widespread destruction, shortages of food, water, medicine, electricity, rampant crime, violence, theft, millions of displaced refugees and massive die-off as the population reacts and adjust to severe food and water shortages. Along the way will be a misguided police state will make things much worse for many who are jailed, killed, harassed and interned into work camps, detention centers and prisons.

The best strategy will be defensive, but defensive preparations must be made in advance. The idea that people can retrench their personal positions after collapse has fully commenced is fatally flawed. That would be similar to building fort walls after the settlers are wiped out.

The analogy of a fort is pretty accurate. Your fort must contain everything that you’re going to be needing. Scaling down to needs .vs. wants will be paramount. Simplify and survive will require a complete re-engineering of your priorities and needs. For example, concepts such as ‘retirement planning’ and ‘investments’ take on a entire new meaning when you consider the crash and post-collapse world.

What investments should you be making now? How will you retire? Identifying what will be desirable and needed in a oil-depleted world is fairly easy. These are the things you could ‘invest’ in (should you think this step necessary). Figuring out how to retire – well, that probably won’t happen for a great many of us. Figuring out how to survive the crash will be sufficient in itself. If you can solve this, then ‘retirement’ becomes pointless anyway. Crash survivors won’t ‘retire’. They will die, just like everyone else.

The need to simplify our lives becomes more and more obvious when the complexity of our lives and all their connections and demands are fully recognized for what they are. A simple life is easier to maintain, easier to ‘feed’, easier to afford and easier to manage in numerous ways. Those living simple lives will be those who will survive the crash, those living complex lives will be those who will suffer the most in a crash and those who will not survive.

There are existing tribes still left in the world today, such as the Kogi who will survive the crash. Some will do so in grand style, remaining relatively unscathed because their cultures are simple, sustainable and disconnected from ours. The hourglass of oil won’t bother them at all. They may even flourish in the centuries to come.

Nobody really knows yet how climate change will affect humanity’s future. It may prove to be so bad that most of humankind is wiped out. I can identify several reasons why this might happen. The temperature variations alone could destroy much of the fauna and cause the release of huge quantities of methane into the atmosphere. Humans would have a very hard time surviving such a crisis.

Or the planet could recover somewhat due to the decreased human activity after die-off. Computer models still don’t accurately predict what will happen. It’s far too early to just throw up our hands and give up. We will struggle, fight and scream our way down the oil slope of depletion, and then we start throwing things at each other with increasing violence. But we still won’t give up.

Eventually, when we’ve exhausted ourselves and most of the planets available resources, we may finally realize that we’ve ‘arrived’ at that place where humans once stood for millennium. When we are battered about by the environment, in peril for our daily existence and existing entirely off the local resources, we may vaguely remember in our genes that this is not an unfamiliar place, we’ve been here before.

Jul 272007
 

Seems like a day for software griping…

Those of us who have been paying attention already know that humans have been regulated to the same status as everything else – a commodity. We’ve identified the “proofs” of this in many ways, pointing out how society really works and how society doesn’t work.

Well, look no further if you need additional proof. The Department of Defense has found a way to simulate you, your life and your culpability to influence in a computer:

Even so, the US Department of Defense (DOD) may already be creating a copy of you in an alternate reality to see how long you can go without food or water, or how you will respond to televised propaganda.

The DOD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual “nodes” to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR. Sentient World – War Games On A Grandest Scale

Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a “synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information”, according to a concept paper for the project.

“SWS provides an environment for testing Psychological Operations (PSYOP),” the paper reads, so that military leaders can “develop and test multiple courses of action to anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners”.

SWS also replicates financial institutions, utilities, media outlets, and street corner shops. By applying theories of economics and human psychology, its developers believe they can predict how individuals and mobs will respond to various stressors.

Yank a country’s water supply. Stage a military coup. SWS will tell you what happens next.

I fail to see what is so grand about this endeavor. Being regulated to a predictable computer response is uncomfortable as hell. Their agenda seems to be how far they can push us before we break, starve to death or riot. Shaping our behaviors (brainwashing) is also their goal.

Well, the good news is, like all software, it’s only as good as the designers make it. And it can only respond to the parameters it’s designed to handle. So go do something completely out of the ordinary. Start by stop buying stuff. Stop participating in this insane paradigm we call “modern living”. Step out of the bounds of the cage created for you and do something radical, like think for yourself.

No computer on earth can predict the irrational thoughts and behavior of everyone. If you unplug from the System, you’ll get to become one of those deadly little avatars that can’t be stopped.

Oh, almost forgot. Kill your television.