Guest Post: How to Position Yourself for the Future: Step 1 - Financial Security

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Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:29 | 1955038 Taint Boil
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I'm long Iran's War Kitty

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:32 | 1955047 I Eat Your Dingos
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Where can I purchase or produce this new weapon?

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:42 | 1955097 Oh regional Indian
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Great advice. I can say it even more simply.

Long reality, short fiction. If you can feel it, see it, touch it, do it, make it, break it, push it...and that is true for most of what goes for your reality, you are doing all right.



Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:46 | 1955120 SHEEPFUKKER

Step 2? See step 1. 

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:34 | 1955354 Hard1
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Why does an article that talks about financial security has a picture of fiat paper with a key on it?

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:43 | 1955388 A Lunatic
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Because just as Ben Franklin discovered electricity and was rewarded with a spot on the fiat 100, there will (soon) be a Ben Franklin equivalent (perhaps even a reincarnation) who will lead us down the glorious path of deriving zero point energy from unicorn shit. Did you even look at the picture??

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 16:29 | 1955959 FEDbuster
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Better take care of the real basics first; food, water, shelter, first aid, guns and ammo to defend it.  Then get your silver and gold.  This won't be your great grandfather's Depression.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:44 | 1955393 flacon
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Read the section calld "Cash" and you will find out why:



Given the instability in Europe and elsewhere, the possibility of a banking holiday that would prevent credit and debit cards from functioning normally is no longer too remote to consider.

Because we have no idea if or when the banking system might enter a protracted shutdown due to some form of systemic failure, we recommend that everyone have some cash out of the bank equaling at least three months of living expenses.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:48 | 1955401 Hard1
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Wed, 12/07/2011 - 23:34 | 1957156 Money Squid
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There is an inter net rumor that Chris Martenson has a lot of cash and supplies on hand. If you need some........ ;)

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 01:15 | 1957378 FEDbuster
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I prefer two ply to cash, but both can be used for the same purpose.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:56 | 1955430 sgorem
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IT'S A GOLD KEY. The "Key to Survival= GOLD"

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:07 | 1955226 Henry Chinaski
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and short truth, long consequences.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:34 | 1955361 Troll Magnet
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I can't stress this enough but you all need to stock up on some strong weed to keep you entertained through these times.  Keep your pantry well-stocked with some munchies and you're good to go!  Oh yeah.  Clean your bong regularly. 

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 15:19 | 1955715 Flocking swans
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Thanks for the reminder about the was due. Also, considering this article is about 'financial security' don't forget to take advantage of the artificial black market..... whoever said money don't grow on trees....was growing the wrong trees!

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 17:45 | 1956381 ugmug
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I expect two kinds of riots. One mob going after anyone with money (and/or gold) and another mob going after anyone with 'weed'....


Fri, 12/09/2011 - 09:20 | 1962449 shanelee
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Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:59 | 1955184 Ted K
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The weapon is in the back of the kitchen where Martenson comps free lunches to Durden for allowing Martenson posting this crap on ZH. Go to the chef and whisper the PASS phrase "cooky one likes Glen Beck, End of world is near".

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:15 | 1955265 Henry Chinaski
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I appreciate your sentiment, but the kooks have been mostly right lately.  The article acknowledges that you don't go all in on doomsday.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 14:08 | 1955469 Taint Boil
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Martenson is good - notwithstanding a little bit of a nerdy flavor to his site. But that said the Crash Course is excellent and is free; the course should be a must view to everyone.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:36 | 1955043 DormRoom
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exponential growth in most natural phenomoena are course corrected by Nature, whether it be viruses, flora, fauna, and even debt.


Malthussian debt end point.  The Faustian hubris of modern man is to believe he had been able to control Nature.

Nature will course correct like she has since the Neolithic Age.  The Great Reset will this period be known.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:50 | 1955140 CORNGUY
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Well put DormRoom, Well put.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:07 | 1955229 A Lunatic
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Nothing starts a reset faster than a man-made super virus "accidentally" unleashed upon the unsuspecting masses.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 14:23 | 1955507 Smiddywesson
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exponential growth in most natural phenomoena are course corrected by Nature, whether it be viruses, flora, fauna, and even debt.

Exponential growth is like cancer, and nature corrects it by killing the host.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:34 | 1955061 SheepDog-One
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Watch zombie movies and TV shows like AMC's The Walking Dead, not to be confused with 'The Walken Dead'. Take notes of what they need and use most, machettes, axes, rifles, shotguns, plenty of ammo, food. Forget cash, thats only useful for starting fires.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:37 | 1955066 DormRoom
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Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'   essential reading for the Great Reset.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:38 | 1955077 SheepDog-One
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Less helpful is AMC's 'The Walken Dead' but its pretty funny The Walken Dead - YouTube

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:40 | 1955087 DormRoom
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"Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."


--Cormac McCarthy, The Road.


The Zombie Survival Guide is also a fun read.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:44 | 1955110 Oh regional Indian
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I'd say Dimitri Orlov is a must read also. Funny and true. A great combination.


Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:50 | 1955139 tmosley
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No, those are both stupid.  People aren't stupid like zombies, and "The Road" assumes total and permanent shutdown of al productive capacity, which is ludicrous. 

Real essential reading is Ferfal's account of the collapse of Argentina as well as the less well known Selco and his account of surviving the war in Bosnia:

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:58 | 1955180 SheepDog-One
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'People arent stupid like zombies'....I disagree people ARE stupid, and let systems fail and theyll turn into the murderous panicky pack animals that they are.

Review any 'Black Friday' video of people going bananas, pepper spraying and beating each other, and thats only over discounted towels and video games.

Let the banks and ATM's fail, and stores 2 day supply of food run out, and just see what really happens.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:07 | 1955230 LawsofPhysics
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The people you are refering to will be cut down immediately and/or incarcerated indefinitely.  Already been planned for.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:16 | 1955271 SheepDog-One
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So theyve already planned for those 250 million or so people and how theyll be 'cut down immediately'

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 14:23 | 1955508 LFMayor
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They'll stop feeding and watering them.  Then it becomes self-correcting.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:14 | 1955261 ZackAttack
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A good reason to live a little bit more than a tankful of gas away from a large population center.

Food supply chain is heavily dependent on credit.

Outside the cities, I think a lot of people will make the mistake of thinking they're just going to be able to grow everything they need to be self-sufficient on their very first try. It might behoove them to try growing a good-sized garden, learn what the pitfalls are.


Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:48 | 1955403 flacon
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Good point about growing your own food. The past two summers I grew my own vegetables. Had to research some stuff like what soil to use, how/if to fertilize, etc. Here's a thought I had. Plant ONE seed, reap an ABUNDANCE (more than a hundred fold for some). Where do you get returns like that in the stock market? Home vegetable gardens are a lot of fun. 

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:58 | 1955438 Calmyourself
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Yes indeed start growing now or you will suck at it and die.  Most importatnly forget the holistic natural crap for a few years and pile up fertilizer, insecticides and herbicides, maximize yields and minimize effort.  You will survive the chemicals for a few years you will not survive low yields.. 

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:25 | 1955311 tmosley
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I see, so you think people will be milling about in the streets, and too stupid to use a doorknob?

No, a real person might knock on your door and ask for some food, or he might shoot you in the back while you are changing the tire that he slashed before hiding in some bushes.

Keep thinking people are stupid and you'll die.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:51 | 1955412 ZippyDooDah
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People are stupid about preparing for the long run, but damned clever in a pinch when they are hungry.  If you have a stash of supplies, good.  Then watch your back like a hawk.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 17:42 | 1956372 trav7777
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Huh?  Did you even LOOK at those "Black" Friday videos and actually SEE who is on them?

The vast majority of them feature ONE type of person.  You won't like the FACTS, so stay away from your mental 3rd rail and just keep spouting bullshit.

Every flood was not Katrina; there's a reason for that.

Morons like you continue to say stupid things like our schools are a failure, our people are incarcerated, our crime rate is high...who the hell is this "OUR" you keep babbling about?

I've said over and over again there is no "OUR" and you cannot just comingle everyone like you do, but for SOME REASON, you REFUSE to face the facts!

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:49 | 1955407 blunderdog
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"The Road" assumes total and permanent shutdown of al productive capacity...

No, it just assumed plant life would no longer grow.  With Monsanto and their suicide seeds, and/or nuclear disasters and/or chemical or biological agent "escape" can you be sure the scenario is so ludicrous?

As it was in the book, it could take years, unlike the disaster in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, but it doesn't seem like it should be dismissed as impossible.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:56 | 1955428 tmosley
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It IS ludicrous.  Sure, you might have crop failures, but not everyone uses the same seeds.  The Road assumed that everything was dead forever.  Cannibalism might happen in some extreme circumstances, but it NEVER becomes a regular source of food.  The energy economics just don't make sense.

Even if all the seeds in the world suddenly became sterile, there are plenty of edible plants that don't reproduce that way.  Think "potatoes".

The end of the world only happens once, and by definition you can't live through it.  But governments and currencies collapse ALL THE TIME.  Get ready for things that make sense, not for zombies and cannibals.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 14:04 | 1955459 blunderdog
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Oh, right--yes, The Road is not a source for tips on planning survival.  It was a metaphor. 

I don't think you're right about the premise being so ridiculous.  I think we probably possess the ability to kill the planet if someone were motivated.  But agreed that in the book, the world was obviously ending, which is not the kind of problem a rational person should worry about.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 15:03 | 1955652 trav7777
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ok, I am going to chime in to set things straight.  Let mosely-claven take note- I am on his side on this one

The premise is LUDICROUS.

Fucking asteroids and precambrian rises in surface temperature DID NOT KILL THE PLANET.

We could not even SCRATCH it.  You simply do not understand how natural selection makes such a thing impossible.

We couldn't even extinct ourselves.  I have said this a dozen times- mammals' survival adaptation to disaster, plague, disease, famine, is to OUTBREED IT.  This is precisely why birth rates spike after disasters.  Women are PROGRAMMED to get horny, take sexual risks, be promiscuous in the face of danger (which is why putting them in a fast car or on back of a motorcycle is good for getting laid).  The females who whistled past the catastrophe did NOT HAVE offspring with as high a survival rate.  Those that bred like rabbits did and their genetic tendencies (behavior) predominated.  This is true of all mammals.

If you pull the head out the ass and even look at Chernobyl Dead Zone, you see the exact OPPOSITE of what you expect.  It's NOT DEAD.  In fact, it is one of the HEALTHIEST environmental regions on the planet.  It's because all the humans left.  Mutated offspring die quickly and do not reproduce and are outcompeted by better specimens.  This is what natural selection is.  All other animals besides humans and their pets die LONG before they get cancer or other old-age maladies.

We cannot kill anything.  Humans' estimation of our own abilities GREATLY exceeds what is real.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 15:14 | 1955686 A Lunatic
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We cannot kill anything.

Take Osama Bin Laden for instance........I for one am looking forward to installment 4 of the 'We got the bastard this time' series.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 16:03 | 1955856 blunderdog
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Trav (you asshole)--

Just because everything didn't die where Chernobyl melted down, it does not follow logically that NOTHING COULD EVER HAPPEN that would kill everything.

It's just a matter of opinion.  The reason I hold the opinion I do is because we've seen many sweeping and great changes grow out of what originally appeared to be small events.

I do hope you're right, though.  It'd be far better if we never develop the capability to turn the Earth into the Moon.  Heh.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 17:47 | 1956388 trav7777
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The reason you hold your opinion is because you are less intelligent and less informed of the facts than you would be if you held the CORRECT opinion.

Everything did not die when a gigantic asteroid hit the Yucatan.  You really ought to acquaint yourself with the causes of the mass extinction events on earth.  Some killed 90% of surface life (not even SCRATCHING where 90% of biomass on the planet is- underground).  These types of events are fucking cosmic in scale.

Like the sun exploding or the earth's magnetic field ceasing.  We cannot even REMOTELY compare to that.

we can't even fucking kill common farm pests.  Within a few generations, they adapt.  This is what natural selection MEANS.

Nevermind plant life.

Humans sit atop the food chain and most suffer from chronic Downing Effect. 

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 17:58 | 1956421 blunderdog
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Gee, you're like some kind of super-genius who doesn't know that you can't prove a negative?

Fuck you, again.  I did used to think you were pretty smart, but these kinds of errors make me think you're just crazy.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 14:59 | 1955644 Ag1761
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Another good practical account from someone from Argentina.

I especially like the tip for shunting abandoned vehicles off the road..most uncivilised bahavior but unless you're presented with it, next best thing is to read up as much as you can so that one day when SHTF a little light may switch on in your heid just when you may need it.


I like Chris's articles, pretty much common sense in these times but good to see it laid out for all to see. Something to build on and by the looks of it, quickly.....


Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:08 | 1955238 Ted K
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That movie never explains what vagabonds should do with their poo.

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