Guest Post: Future Chaos: There Is No "Plan B"

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Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:08 | 648861 Goldenballs
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Plan B does exist and is a top secret project run by NASA  the end result is a manned landing on Mars.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:14 | 648881 Mongo
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Well that solves the problem!... or at least redefines "diversifying risk".

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:20 | 648916 SheepDog-One
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You mean Operation Goldmember?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:25 | 648933 Vergeltung
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Thu, 10/14/2010 - 13:45 | 649882 Broken_Trades
Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:36 | 648963 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Will it be Schwarzenegger?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:39 | 648978 Sudden Debt
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Just google HAARP. There is a plan B, C, D, E, F against the global currency mess.

You just need to be willing to open your eyes.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:44 | 649192 I am a Man I am...
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Thank god for haarp, keeps those pesky hurricanes in the atlantic and away from the coast....yep.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:13 | 649262 chopper read
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HAARP is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, with individuals ascribing various hidden motives and capabilities to the project. Journalist Sharon Weinberger called HAARP "the Moby Dick of conspiracy theories" and said the popularity of conspiracy theories often overshadows the benefits HAARP may provide to the scientific community.[15][16] Skeptic computer scientist David Naiditch called HAARP "a magnet for conspiracy theorists", saying the project has been blamed for triggering catastrophes such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and devastating earthquakes in Pakistan and the Philippines aimed to "shake up" terrorists. Naiditch says HAARP has been blamed for diverse events including major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Conspiracy theorists have also suggested links between HAARP and the work of Nikola Tesla (particularly potential combinations of HAARP energy with Tesla's work on pneumatic small-scale earthquake generation) and physicist Bernard Eastlund. According to Naiditch, HAARP is an attractive target for conspiracy theorists because "its purpose seems deeply mysterious to the scientifically uninformed".[17]

Conspiracy theorists have blamed HAARP for numerous earthquakes. An opinion piece on a Venezuelan state-run television channel's website named HAARP as a cause of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. [18][19][20]

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:26 | 649549 Mariposa de Oro
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LOL.  I get a kick at the FEMA camp/Bush/Marital law meme of these stories.  Now, don't get me wrong.  I'm convinced the gov is preparing a police state in the USA.  However, Bush has been gone for almost two years.  The articles about Bush/FEMA Camps/Martial law haven't been updated to include the current regime's progress in the police state creation.  My three favorites are the airport x-rays, x-ray vans, and Czar John Holdren's plan in incorporate UAVs into the national airspace.  Why he wants drones patrolling the skies over America, I can only imagine, but judging by usage in the ME, and HSA's focus on 'right-wing extremists and domestic terrorists, I'd say its not to help out the 'little guy'.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 21:26 | 651520 chopper read
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+ 1776

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:11 | 648872 scratch_and_sniff
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There are lots of tiny little plan B's, they all add up and we live happily ever after.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:13 | 648880 Mongo
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Still waiting for peak stupidity...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:17 | 648893 bada boom
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Or the parabolic rally.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:18 | 648905 Mongo
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Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:19 | 648907 SheepDog-One
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Sept 1st to today isnt enough of a lunatic parabolic rally for ya?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:14 | 649099 Lux Fiat
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Yep.  I like potentially promising small caps, and trade in that arena frequently.  The number of near vertical lift-offs of late is amazing.  In the past, that has usually been a pretty good warning sign.  However, if BB keeps ramping liquidity, hard to say how long it could go on.  Then of course, there is always the laggard or two that keeps tap dancing right above the stop level.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:18 | 648902 kridkrid
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I'll introduce you to my mother-in-law at your request.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:17 | 648897 Steak
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algae bitchez!

There's no doubt that algae-based fuel is tantalizing -- unlike crops, trees, the sun and wind, algae starts out already half-comprised of hydrocarbons useable for bio-diesel, as Debora MacKenzie writes at New Scientist. That's why Silicon Valley, the Pentagon and serious oil companies are attempting to crack the code and scale up algae into a global transportation fuel. And if you ask the chin- and chest-out Venter, his own efforts are headed for tickertape-parade-type success: "Designing and building synthetic cells will be the basis of a new industrial revolution," he told Pollack. "The goal is to replace the entire petrochemical industry." 

<this article is pretty evenhanded in adressing algae, there is promise and limitations, but it is undoubtedly a plan B> 

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:56 | 649042 spartan117
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Seaweed, bitchez.  It's abundant, naturally occuring, and full of vitamins and nutrients.  Except for the ones floating in and around the GOM, of course.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:25 | 649129 kurt_cagle
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But the seaweed in the GOM is full of oil already!

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:03 | 649062 downrodeo
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Exactly. There are alternatives. We just have to be creative enough to discover or utilize the solutions to their full potential. I think he was right about the wake up call. Although, maybe if farmers were charging more for their crops based on higher fuel prices, it would create an incentive for us to explore other ways of fueling agriculture.



Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:17 | 649103 morkov
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meanwhile stock-up on bicycles ...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:14 | 649097 Sneeve
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Yeah, algae sounds great, but it ain't gonna happen on this planet in a useful timeframe. Someone who knows (Robert Rapier) writes about it here:

and elsewhere on his blog


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:08 | 649242 the rookie cynic
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Alternatives are pie-in-the-sky pipe dreams at this point. The EIA suggest we'll need 739 quadrillion BTUs/year by 2035. That's a hell of a lot of "alternatives." So much for Plan B.

Needless to say, I'm not holding my breath on that one.

From my blog a few days back:

"Not only are these critical raw material getting scarce, it’s also takes more and more energy to get them.

Nature, the ultimate lender of last resort has a balance sheet problem: depletion.

Eventually we will have a zero sum game; it will cost more to get the stuff out of the ground than it’s worth.

The powers-that-be are in denial; on a finite planet, exponential growth is an oxymoron.

Contrary to what they preach in Washington and Wall Street, our current economic system destroys the basic resources it depends on to survive.  We’re committing environmental, and by extension, economic suicide."

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:29 | 651168 wake the roach
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Contrary to what they preach in Washington and Wall Street, our current economic system destroys the basic resources it depends on to survive.  We’re committing environmental, and by extension, economic suicide."


Absolutely... We have created the perfect economic system (profit/competition) for the unsustainable extraction and conversion of low entropy natural resources into high entropy waste...

The universal laws of thermodynamics can not be trumped... The only solution is the global abandonment of the profit system of energy (money) allocation and thus, an end to infinite growth (consumption/waste)... I do not underestimate the scale of such a systemic change (ideologically), but it is one that we are now being forced to make... Exponential or not, any growth via consumption of finite resources is unsustainable, meaning, profit 2.0 is collective suicide... The jig is up, time to pay the bill...

But I'm absolutely certain that if global civilization does survive and prosper into the next century and beyond, this moment in time, when we made the brave and wise collective decision to accept global resource equality, will be celebrated as the birth of civilization type one... 


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:36 | 649165 Hulk
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Just what Kalifornia needs, more potheads...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:16 | 649272 chopper read
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repealing the prohibition?  ...what a rapid change in 'ethics'.  ha, ha.   

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:18 | 648900 SheepDog-One
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The future is a lot more chaotic than the Zerohedge permabull boner chart posters think. I myself know what chaos is coming, loaded up with guns beans and bullets for months now.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:37 | 648971 Mercury
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Plus, you may be able to fart your way to hydro-carbon independence...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:28 | 649134 SheepDog-One
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Hey it worked for Bartertown! Not shit, FUEL! Who run Bartertown? MasterBlaster! *toot*

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:42 | 648987 Sunshine n Lollipops
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KAOS agents to Benny:

K: 200 billion dollars by 3pm.
Benny: 200 billion dollars by 3pm?
K: You seem a bit slow, is there someone else I can talk to?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:25 | 648934 BobPaulson
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Peak oil is already hitting us. It won't land like a tonne of bricks IMO, it will look like a tonne of bricks in retrospect, but the pain it creates will be attributed to other economic issues. If there is more gas and coal for the medium term, it just makes driving more expensive, which will be good. Not sure how the effect on prices will be felt in a backdrop of rapid currency devaluation...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:36 | 648965 doolittlegeorge
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think the Saudi's are out?  Dubai collapsed less than one year ago.  Seem longer than that, doesn't it?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:42 | 649189 BobPaulson
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The 2nd and 3rd majors Cantrell and Burgan (sp?) are both past peak. They must pretend Ghewar is not peak to reduce panic - of course even past peak it continues to produce. After that our good friends in Iran, Iraq, Venezuela and Russia have good sized conventional reserves. I think the fact that prices have been so stable is evidence of how weak the U.S. economy is.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:29 | 648944 101 years and c...
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Is peak oil really a threat as the global depression takes it grip and demand drops 20-30% from current levels?

you folks can talk about peak oil....i'll talk about peak demand (already hit).


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:35 | 648962 Mako
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I agree.

We're always at oil peak. 

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:06 | 649070 Hulk
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Don't forget that demand in Asia is increasing...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:29 | 648947 espirit
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Looking forward to the continuation of your series. During the past rash of hurricanes impacting the east coast of Florida, it was interesting to know that employees / contractors of fuel oil importers of port servicable areas were not able to obtain available gasoline or diesel to fuel their trucks. So... I am inclined to believe there are contingency plans in place, but perhaps not available to the average joe.

Dig deep into the Homeland Security Plans and you will find what you seek. 

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:33 | 648957 TradingJoe
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Everyones Plan B is different, based on their personal situation. I think food, shelter and security are the main ingredients! Rest can be accomplished as we go!

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:44 | 648958 Mako
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"The hard news is that there is no "Plan B": the future is likely to be more chaotic than you probably think."

I always word it like this... there is no backup financial system.  There is no backup generator to be turned on. 

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:42 | 649184 Gully Foyle
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Of course there is a plan B, and C and Z.

Every possible action effecting the US/World/TPTB has already been modeled.

Every conceivable scenario has been planned for with acceptable amount of loss due to death and destruction.

What the fuck do "Think Tanks" due?


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:36 | 648964 ATM
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Plan B is to own a donkey and expect to never travel beyond 20 miles from home unless you have some wealth. Maybe the Amish were right afterall?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 22:58 | 651728 Sunshine n Lollipops
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I'm pretty sure I won't like donkey meat.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:36 | 648966 duo
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peak stupidity = ethanol

irreplaceable oil, water, and farmland used to create subsidies for agribusiness and kickbacks for a few senators.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:57 | 651253 wake the roach
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Although I believe biofuels do have a select role in our future energy mix, its very limited by scale... No way on gods green earth ;-) can we produce the BOE (barrels of oil equivalent) energy from biomass to save this economic model/lifestyle... And really, who wants to??? From what I can gather, the more "wealth" we accumulate, the higher the SSRI dose one needs to believe the lie... We need to re-examine what makes for a happy and productive life and in a big way...

I have posted this link before but I feel its quite an eye opener and a glimpse into our future... Note who funded one of the studies ;-)...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:37 | 648969 system failure
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WTH is going on? Why is the market not green green green!!! Are (BEN) they losing control is the last acts of desparation?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:45 | 648998 cnbcsucks
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Not to worry.  Just the usual "get the token selling out of the way" in the first 10 minutes and then we rocket higher on abysmal economic news and a crashing dollar. 

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