Due to another week of disturbing news on the economy I am about to produce a very Burt Gummer like blog---so hang on----survivalists are capable of mating within the self-sustainability culture without producing a mule. I will be preaching the virtues of self-sustainability....
No matter what the talking heads on CNN advise or how hard Obama and the current administration works on our problems
the overall factors that remain no matter how detailed and confusing the explanations/excuses are:
The banking industry is destroyed and corrupt.
The auto industry is destroyed and corrupt.
Wall Street is destroyed and corrupt.
The Republican Party is destroyed and corrupt.
Unemployment nation wide and world wide is rising with no end in sight causing instability from China to Iceland.
Mexico is basically involved in a Civil War at the moment which is receiving very, very little news attention in the US.
Be worried----but just don't worry---- think, plan and prepare....
I shudder to think of what the situation would be without Obama. Can you imagine either Bush still in charge or the McCain/Palin team in the white house? Considering the concept makes one rapidly approach the projectile vomit stage.
No matter what we do or fix right now---just over the horizon (according to all the experts) lies inflation, peak oil, and the forced downsizing of the US economy and overall ability to support the type and style of society we have produced....the mentally deficient refuse to admit that the United States is already a second tier country--we hide behind soundbite rhetoric to disguise the slide of this nation into a trailer park armed with nuclear weapons. Just as a reality check compare the capitol of any European Nation's airport with JFK or Dulles---ours are dirty, poorly maintained, old, trashed and on their last structural legs compared to any of the European flagship airports. This comparison actually makes it appear as if we lost WW2..I've done this in person and it is absolutely true and the process of our decline has been in progress for the past 20 years! This tiny reality check is only a very small example that can be applied across the board. We as a nation are dangerously close and possibly in an unreverisable slide into 3rd world status and the worse is yet to come...
We all need to become more Burt Gummer like---not from fear but for our own best interests to deal with our futures---how do i do this you may ask?
Invest in home solar panels---they are better than money in the bank at the moment--obtain the highest mileage vehicle you can, build gardens and learn how to plant and store the vegetables you grow, pay off any and all debt you may have as fast as you can and then stay away from banks altogether. Buy big bags of rice and red beans to have in stock--be sure to have water purification tabs on hand and 12 days of MRE's to cover short term upcoming emergencies.
Research and study authors specializing on the path the world is taking--a world where the US is in a 2nd/3rd level status in the world and how you will be forced to live and deal with what is coming culturally---plan for it. Don't be surprised by it...almost all of them advise learning an viable non-information age skill--an old timey skill...to be able to barter with to your neighbors, since the projections from many quarters are that we will become a local economy again. Buying and trading with our neighbors as it was in the 1880's because with the undeniable shut off of oil in our future it will be the 1880's again.
I'm just going to give out opinion now with no excuses---i do not believe the world will turn into some kind of cheezy survivalist movie---which is has lots of guns and guys dressed up in black leather---nahhhh it's not going to be like that---the rich will be rich and protected by a hired government---there will ups and downs in services and supply---we'll be more like the old soviet union---standing in line for hard to get items---gas---food stuffs---we will depend on locally produced/grown products and foodstuffs---sold at local open markets mostly through trading. It does not matter if you are rural or urban---getting by will not depend on any survivalist backwoods retreat sort of thing---in fact that would be the worst thing you could do---solar panels work just as well off an apartment balcony---and vegetables grown just as well on a rooftop garden---will there be a breakdown in police services---yeah---people will have to take care of there own---but no worst case scenario thing---just as hospitals will become a place of last resort if you are sick and your relatives will have to feed you there--we will in my opinion simply see intuitions we have become used to slowly disappear until one day we notice they are gone---this will primarily cause an enormous mental and physical destruction to those who are overly dependent on our current societal structure or those who refuse to recognise and understand where the world is going and refuse to adapt. I am not, repeat, I AM NOT one of those weirdo's who enjoys this concept---i am merely stating my thoughts and beliefs on our future...there will be a considerable time period where we as a nation could still be able to bomb a country 10,000 miles away into the stone age---but not be able to get a package from New York city to LA. I guess the question I am still working on is quite possibly the most important one---When all is said and done will we as a society actually be better off after we fall from the pedestal???---- I've thought about it alot---really alot--- and i just don't know --- sometimes we must chew off our own feet to get out of life's little traps and this may be one of those times---i'd like to think that the destruction of the MAC culture---MacJobs, MacMansions, MacPolitics, MacPeople, MacSkills---that turning oout the lights may help us as human beings? I really do not know us well enough any longer to answer this question yet---
but we'll find out....that i am sure of....unfortunately....