Systematic solutions is now and has been for some time an oxymoron. The same folks that deny this are the ones rooting for the Fracking Revolution and who think voting actually matters. One, I hate to be the one breaking it to you but the Fracking industry was what saved our asses LAST time. It will do nothing to pull our testicles out of the fire NEXT time. Before, all that funny money the Fed created went to propping up the financial sector, some of which was the Fracking Industry investments. They NEVER made much of a profit-it was more of a Ponzi scheme. This is what kicking the can down the road looks like, kids. Two, all these young idiots clamoring on about how our Republic is dying, about how some bloggers are meanies and only complain and never offer solutions, they are about twenty years too late and that is at a minimum. The Republic died at least 100 years ago with the Federal Reserve Bank being established, and there have been ZERO economic recoveries since the Tech Wreck. The illusion of recovery, sure, just not the actual fact.
Energy wise in a mere ten years during the Nineties net energy took a marked downturn. 2005 was the Peak Oil year for conventional petroleum. Ever since, more and more Fake Oil has been taking the place of conventional petroleum and net energy returns took an even bigger dump. All that frack oil you all are so gaga over has about a 3 to1 to a 5 to1 EROI. Only adding a bit of sweet crude to the frack and Canadian tar gets us even close to the global average EROI of 13 to 1 or so. That is a great net energy score compared to a coal or wood or water powered society, but it ain’t enough to run an Industrial Civilization that is overpopulated. Here’s a little perspective. In WWII, the US navy had 6,768 ships. Today it has 430. And we are expected to rule the world on that, plus a $20 Trillion deficit? Sure. Looking at politics, anyone can see the rapid decline in quality. As bad as Clinton was, Obama beat him by every metric. As dumbass as either Bush was ( okay, dad was pure evil, junior was just plain dumbass ), Trump has their entire terms beat in his first few months. No matter how you judge things, how you look at them, things are so far gone in just a short time it is humorously amazing.
Ten years ago, there was actually some good affordable health care out there. The quality declined long before ObamaCare came along to bail them out. If you are silly enough to step foot on a college campus today, you had best not be white. And if you stay long, good luck getting a job with your degree ( luckily my kids have networked into jobs with the college being a formality. The debt will be a heavy burden for one but at least she has a chance of paying it off on a salary higher than a Starbucks barista. I despise the free intern system but it really is your only shot nowadays ). My point is how quickly all our systems are failing. This is of course as expected, but the question you must ask yourself is what you are going to do. You can’t rely on anything as once prescribed as a solution. Voting doesn’t change anything. Coming up with daydreams of solutions doesn’t change anything ( how could it? Human nature is to fight during resource depletion. Which we ARE in. All your social safety nets-Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps-are in very real danger of not only failing within ten years, I’d wager they won’t last past the first term of Trump. Baring his impeachment, of course ).
The only solutions are personal ones, and even then you can only pick from the least worst ones. There is nothing wrong with Not Burning Your Bridges. I wouldn’t have taken such a huge pay cut if I didn’t already have enough work years in with Social Security. I could, in theory, if it is still around, retire on it. I’m living on grid now even if my B-POD is ready to go on a moments notice ( the yearly weed cutting was the last two weeks. Don’t buy the brand “Homelite” for a weed-wacker. That whore didn’t make it five hours of operation before the electric motor burned out ). There is nothing wrong with working for a corporation now, just don’t expect them to last, or your job. You can plan on conventional solutions, just don’t rely on them. Don’t rely on other people to help you. They won’t unless it benefits them ( such as the Chase Bank making oodles and gobs of money increasing the Food Stamp roles. It was never about preventing hunger and all about the elite grabbing more of the shrinking pie ). Don’t expect the warning or the resources to be available to you to postpone preparations too much longer. Get the hell out of that underwater mortgage, away from the cities descending into chaos ( even if Obama is not around to incite racial warfare, Trump can do nothing to change the new entitlement viewpoint. As in, they feel entitled to attack you for your skin color ).
The first mistake you can make is thinking there are systematic solutions instead of only personal ones. The second mistake is to try to time the collapse. The third is believing that since we have always had a surplus of energy to solve personal problems, we always will. The energy supply is radically contracting. You are looking at a closing window. Right now. Even if the collapse takes a lot longer, you will have far less time to prepare for it because you will soon join the unemployed and see your assets dwindle. Then, even my frugal solutions will be unobtainable. You must act yesterday. It really is as simple as that. ALL your preps, from firearms to food to real estate and transportation and a low tech micro-business and an underground shelter, all together cost less than a third of the price of a new least expensive automobile, if done right. You’d think nothing of buying another car, but won’t prep? They shan’t be mailing out invitations for the collapse.
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