Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in both of these articles. At this point, anything is possible. They are certainly not telling us why they are making all these gigantic global moves in secret. Our economic situation is becoming more dire by the hour.
I’ve spent a few hours watching videos up on YouTube and am APPALLED at the advice being offered there. We are all in severe trouble, but this is NOT the time to be trying to ‘make investments’. What I saw there scares me, because of the nonsensical, non-intelligent responses I’m seeing promoted.
First off, be VERY careful of advice you’re being given, including HERE. Family, friends and complete strangers are quick to give advice that they themselves either do not follow, or fully understand. Most are still dealing in the old paradigm of growth, consumption and market demand.
Navigating collapse is not going to be easy. The business as usual scenario for the average Joe is definitely over, but it is not over yet for corporate America as we have all seen. There will be many thousands of business failures, but the government is going to buy up a lot of these these toxic assets (in secret) and keep up the “business as usual” appearances for as long as possible.
This is a definite brain-washing effect in action, they do NOT want the public to know just how terrifying our economic situation has already become.
Therefore, a trainload of bad advice is being given out by people who still fail to appreciate the gravity of our situation. Collapse happens to YOU and the domino-effect of affected millions is hitting all across the nation. Your efforts to save yourself will be fraught with MANY false starts and wrong choices, oftentimes because of BAD ADVICE by well-wishers and ‘experts’.
You should have gotten started on your preparations at least two years ago (minimum), but if you are one of those that are contacting me now, read this blog entry and pay close attention to the points I’m going to raise.
Forget corporate America and the bailouts, when collapse happens to you, all that is going to matter is how prepared you have become. What our government now does is immaterial. You are not going to be rescued. Obama is promising gigantic sweeping reforms, but I’ll bet that you’re not going to like it.
The main reason is Americans are still too stupid to realize that America is over. Anything that threatens this illogical viewpoint will be vehemently attacked by the left and the right. I have no doubt that Socialism is in the cards, along with martial law. A tactical response is going to be deployed on us all, which is why the linked articles above are not that entirely far-fetched (I don’t recommend either Jone’s site or Pravda).
Now, to counteract some really bad advice I’m watching / reading:
a) FORGET buying gold, silver or non-consumable ‘investments’. The people queuing up to buy this non-essential glitter stuff will also be trying to queue up later for essential items (food, fuel, medicine, guns, shelter) which they will have usually failed to buy. The old paradigm of buy low – sell high in terms of ‘profits’ is DEAD.
b) Buy as much storable food as you can get your hands on (not canned food, shelf life is far too limited). Ten years is not too much. A while back, I wrote a blog entry on a “lifetime food supply”, but did not publish it. It is perfectly possible to do this if you can afford it, and if you can defend it. Barring that (true for most of us), buy storable food that won’t go bad in just a few months or few years. Frankly, I could care less where you buy it, just get some, now.
c) Align your ENTIRE LIFE around the idea that you’re present way of life is OVER. Start thinking survival and staying out of work camps, prison cells and detention centers. Conscription is probably on the way, Obama is promising at least 100,000 more ground troops. God only knows what for, undoubtedly more war.
d) Earnestly start working with your immediate neighbors. Long distance communications and efforts at cooperation are useless, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’m ‘invited’ or ‘requested’ to participate in some plan / effort / community. Let me be honest — I don’t live there and therefore, its a waste of my time to even consider these things. It is a waste of your time too.
e) Get LOCAL on everything you do, as much as you can. Community survival is now at stake. There are hurting, hungry people everywhere, but we’ve not seen anything yet. ’09 will be much worse. Allies are better then enemies (or thieves). Help those that you can, and they in turn can help you.
This means abandon the big box stores (who are also now lining up for ‘rescue’ handouts from the federal government). Support your local businesses. The closed-up shops and stores are definitely going to wind up hurting us all, but corporate Big Box America collapse isn’t going to really hurt us.
f) Plan your ’09 garden NOW. Get going on this ASAP. Buy your supplies, seeds and materials if you haven’t got them already.
I’ve been interrupted here and will add more later. I’m still dealing with huge snowfalls everyday and am nearly snowed in.
Back…. Sorry about the interruption, this winter is proving to be a killer. The snow has been near-constant, after 48″, I lost track and just keep shoveling and pushing. It’s only December, usually a lot of now falls in February and March, so I’m not planning on doing much of anything else this winter.
Returning to the above:
g) Liquidate your unnecessary ‘assets’ NOW. 2009 will be worse for any “markets”. Ideally, you’d have done this already, but in case you haven’t, start dumping these things now. Prices are falling constantly on stuff that is considered non-essential (most of what we all own), so don’t be expecting much.
h) Relocate (if you haven’t already done so) NOW. Occupy your crash-steads, homesteads, retreats and patriot headquarters…. Make sure they are properly supplied and well-stocked. Conserve the essential supplies that you have, don’t needlessly consume what you cannot easily replace.
i) It’s good time as any to buy fuel and store whatever you can. Prices probably won’t go much lower (especially on gasoline). Diesel may come down more, as it still too expensive. Propane is probably too high too, next year during mid-summer, you might see these prices farther down. But I’m guessing here — it’s unlikely gasoline will fall much further. I also don’t think price depression will last very long.
j) I forgot to mention fertilizers — they are in short supply so if you’re going to need much, get it while you can. Better yet, compost and / or get to know your neighbors and share compost and / or animal byproducts. My neighbors don’t garden much, but have several livestock animals, I’ll be “making hay” with them to get my hands on this fertilizer.
k) Stockpile if you can the other essentials you’re going to be needing. Tools, building materials, even things like rocks, sand, gravel and of course, firewood. If you haven’t got the space, make the space (rent, buy, borrow, lease, loan or work out some kind of deal). These kinds of things are really essential for any projects you need to accomplish or finish.
l) Start thinking hard about next summer when just the opposite of this winter is going to strike us all. Hot weather, no rain and drought conditions in much of the United States and other parts of the world. Cisterns, secure water sources and rain catchment systems will be very useful. These all require careful planning and their essential supplies of materials.
m) Root cellars are great for many reasons. That garden bounty you’re planning to harvest and winter water storage (to prevent freezing). My cellar is nearly full, already wishing it was bigger. They are low cost, but labor intensive and will last a fairly long time even when using “cheap” materials.