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

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

What we care about most here is helping people adjust and adapt -- happily, profitably, and safely -- to what is likely to be a very different future.

Our framework centers on the idea that humanity is facing a set of predicaments quite unlike anything else in the history books. Because this time there are no borders to cross in search of safety; the entire world is involved. On a global basis, we've never experienced collective debt loads of this magnitude. Never before has an entire set of intertwined currency systems -- all debt-based money -- collectively been backed by nothing more than the hope of a larger future, and never before have this many people had to figure out how to move from more-concentrated to less-concentrated energy sources (from fossil fuels to sun- and wind-based alternatives). 

The convergence of exponential trends in population, energy depletion, debt accumulation, and an economic model that is hooked on growth will combine to produce quite an interesting, if not challenging and disruptive, future. The funny thing about complex systems is that they are unpredictable, and therefore preparing for what may come is a non-trivial (yet absolutely essential) task.

All of this is spelled out in the Crash Course and more recently in a succinct presentation that I gave at the Madrid Gold Conference in November.

The immediate question for most people is What should I do?  We break down the intelligent responses into three big buckets: financial, physical, and emotional. In this report, I detail the financial steps that everyone should undertake right now to manage future risks using the framework that I use to assess and understand the financial world and markets. 

My approach is founded as faithfully as possible on facts and data. But my views on how the markets operate are formed from personal experience, observation, and connecting a few dots that rely on opinions and sometimes beliefs. Therefore, this financial and investing framework is something that you should only accept if it works for you -- and reject if it does not.

The Basics

I am of the opinion that we are in a gigantic structural bear market. The role of any bear market is to get the most people to lose the most wealth. And so our first goal is to help you be among those who lose the least, as they are the ones who win the most.

This bear market, however, has more to it than the usual bust the follows a typical period of irrational exuberance. Where past bear markets could always count on the natural world helping to induce a recovery by providing more natural resources (especially energy) in whatever quantities and qualities that were necessary, it seems that this time oil will be playing a spoiler role. 

Because this bear market has the additional complicating factor of being global in nature, mauling a global financial edifice saddled with the most debt and liabilities ever recorded in addition to stubbornly high oil prices, it is my view that the economy will not respond in the same ways as it has in the past. Further, we need to be mindful of the idea that the risks are large (derivatives, anyone?), they are actively and collusively hidden from view (what are banks really holding?), and where they are concentrated is mostly unknown -- something I spell out in greater detail in Part II of this report.

Even more troubling, it is no longer unthinkable that one or more major currencies will lose some or all of their value over the next few years.

The conclusion I draw from all of this is that this is a period of time to be concerned with return OF capital instead of return ON capital. Maximum safety has its own rewards these days, not least of which is the value of having a good night’s sleep.

Our basic advice has changed little over the years.

Gold (and Silver)

The first step is to have physical gold in your possession. By this we mean bullion coins or bars stored somewhere very secure that does not place you at risk. I keep mine in vaults and safe deposit boxes, mainly because I lead a very public life and find it too risky to store it in my home. You may wish to protect yourself similarly.

Gold remains a very attractive store of wealth to me at this point because of the main tailwind factors that remain in place today, as they have for years:

  1. Negative real interest rates. Whenever the price of money set by the Federal Reserve is below the rate of inflation, you have what are called ‘negative real interest rates.’ Such periods of time are historically quite favorable to the price of gold. To understand why, just consider how much harder your choice to hold gold would be if you could get a 10% return on Treasury bonds today. When interest rates are positive, there’s a choice to be made about whether or not to hold gold. Plenty of people will decide the answer is ‘not,’ and this lack of buying pressure will keep the price of gold down.
  2. Reckless monetary policy. Since 2009, the world’s central banks have eased more than they ever have in history. They’ve done a lot of it in public and even more of it in secret, to the tune of tens of trillions of dollars. All of this money has been printed out of thin air, and there are no credible plans for how it is all going to be reeled back in someday. That’s just reckless.
  3. Reckless fiscal policy. The world’s reserve currency belongs to a government that spends 40% more than it takes in and runs a deficit in the vicinity of 10% of GDP with no end in sight -- a government that also carries enormous off-balance sheet liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars and an effectively broken political machine that assures paralysis through at least the next election cycle. Note that I didn’t put a date on that election cycle; I am confident that this statement will be true for many an election cycle to come. 

There’s a fourth reason that I really like gold, centering on the idea that there’s a possibility that gold may be remonetized someday. Not because it’s a perfect system, but because in times of crisis, the solutions that get adopted tend to be the ones that are lying around. 

We don’t have any other tried-and-true monetary systems to dust off and reuse that can do all of the things that we know gold can do, such as assure a balance of international trade and monetary flows and impose a non-evadable limit to what any given country can do in terms of overspending and consumption. 

Perhaps there are other ideas sitting on shelves somewhere in the IMF or World Bank libraries, but none have been tested, and so they will not be selected in a moment of crisis.

Like any good call option, gold remonetization will pay off for the holders of gold quite handsomely, assuming that confiscation without adequate compensation is not also part of that future scenario. My personal target for the price of remonetized gold is somewhere between $10k and $30k per ounce.

Silver is an entirely different metal to me, and I love it because of its industrial utility more than its potential monetary role. It is the most conductive and reflective element with other magical properties as a microbicide for which no substitutes currently exist. Further, it tends to be used in trace quantities, so if it goes up significantly in price, its demand does not ratchet down by an equivalent degree. 

One final thought is that a lot of silver is produced as a by-product of other base metal production, and I am of the view that as energy costs continue to rise, fewer and fewer mile-deep mining pits will be dug into the earth in pursuit of vanishing ore yields. So scarcity becomes a factor, combining nicely with the observation that a whole pile of silver is simply lost, one smidgen at a time, into the environment every year, never to be economically recovered. Once mining slows down, people will suddenly realize that there’s a lot less silver left above-ground than is perhaps commonly assumed.

I happen to hold silver as my generational play: If I ever have grandchildren, I plan to pass my silver along to them. This exposes my personal belief that we will go through a dark period economically, but that recovery from some lower level will occur, and silver will be both scarce and in demand for industrial processes in that future.

For more information on the specifics of where to buy gold and silver bullion and in what proportions, please read my free guide on buying gold and silver.


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. Similarly to gold, the fact that bank balances are earning close to zero percent makes the decision to hold cash in hand a pretty easy one.

During our most recent natural calamity here in New England, which resulted, once again, in the power being off for days on end, people discovered that cash was king, especially for the local purchase of needed goods. 

One final note to anybody reading this in one of the PIIGS countries: There’s not much reason to keep your money in either cash or deposit form in the banks there. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to remove your money from those banks and place it elsewhere, and you’d be joining tens of thousands of other former depositors who have already moved their money to safer locales.

In fact, when it comes to pulling your money from a failing banking system, you either get it out in time or you don't. It's a binary event.

Anxious Greeks Emptying Their Bank Accounts

Georgios Provopoulos, the governor of the central bank of Greece, is a man of statistics, and they speak a clear language. "In September and October, savings and time deposits fell by a further 13 to 14 billion euros. In the first 10 days of November the decline continued on a large scale," he recently told the economic affairs committee of the Greek parliament.

With disarming honesty, the central banker explained to the lawmakers why the Greek economy isn't managing to recover from a recession that has gone on for three years now: "Our banking system lacks the scope to finance growth." He means that the outflow of funds from Greek bank accounts has been accelerating rapidly.

At the start of 2010, savings and time deposits held by private households in Greece totalled €237.7 billion -- by the end of 2011, they had fallen by €49 billion. Since then, the decline has been gaining momentum. Savings fell by a further €5.4 billion in September and by an estimated €8.5 billion in October -- the biggest monthly outflow of funds since the start of the debt crisis in late 2009.


There are still more people with their savings in Greek banks than there are people who have removed their funds, and this reflects the inertia that is typically found at key moments like these. I would submit that the rational response for anyone looking at the actual data would be to get their money out of Greek banks as soon as possible, even though I know that everyone cannot do this at once because fractional reserve banking assures that those funds are not really there. It's a conundrum, but enlightened self-interest may trump civic altruism here.

Bank and Trading Accounts

Most of us need to have money in both bank and trading/brokerage accounts. Not all institutions are run equally well. Because of this, I keep my money spread across three banks and three brokerage accounts, which I regularly monitor to ensure that those monies and funds are safe.

The banks are all highly rated, are well-run by my standards, and have never appeared on any of the Federal Reserve bailout lists. While this is no guarantee of anything, I prefer to avoid companies that have already demonstrated that they cannot manage to survive without being bailed out from time to time. 

Further, the MF Global fiasco, where segregated client accounts were raided and drained to support the failed bets of John Corzine, was an enormous wake up call, or should have been to those with money in a brokerage account(s). 

What it told us was that major violations of normal operating practices and agreements will not only be tolerated by the authorities, but helpfully covered up after the fact. More on that below.

My general rule is that I only keep as much money in any one account that I could lose without being overly harmed. Sure, it would hurt, but I wouldn’t be wiped out; far from it. I keep less than 10% of my liquid net worth in any one institution precisely because I have no faith that the rule of law will protect me or that the bailouts will continue indefinitely. 

Editorially, the loss of investor faith in US institutions and the erosion of the rule of law is an incredibly important process, yet it seems to be almost entirely out of mind for US authorities -- as if US dominance in something as simple as running lucrative paper-trading and banking schemes was somehow a permanent birthright.

Having the Right Investments

Listen, if we were at the endgame stage and the situation was clear, we could just toss all of our money into gold (and silver) while we wait out the emergence of the next monetary system and that would be simple enough. We'd drain all of our accounts, buy tangible assets, and patiently wait.

But we’re not there yet, and a lot of time may yet pass before anything too dramatic happens. Life goes on, bills must be paid, savings must be stored somewhere, and cash flows must be managed. 

Here we are adamant that you need to be working with a financial advisor whom you trust to safely navigate the most perilous speculative environment that anyone has lived through. If you must have your money at work in the markets, then you must have someone you can trust managing it for you.

It is our view that the days of simply tossing your money into a diversified universe of stock and bond funds is over and that over the coming years, returns from these vehicles will be lackluster at best and destructive at worst.

You deserve to work with someone who understands the true predicament we are in, knows the risks, and can adjust your holdings to match your life stage and preferences. I have listened to hundreds of stories from people who tell me that their broker openly scoffs at the idea of holding gold and actively tries to dissuade ownership for a variety of reasons (“it’s in a bubble” being one). Or their broker just tilts their head and stares quizzically when the subject of currency risk on the portfolio, especially dollar devaluation or euro destruction, is raised.

You deserve to work with people who not only appreciate the risks, but know how to manage them, and even have a plan for profiting from some of the larger and more obvious trends -- in energy, for example.

Most importantly, you should be able to sleep well at night knowing that your money will not be absconded by some former Goldman Sachs alum, nor tossed faithfully but blindly into a failing investment strategy because that’s what worked in the past. 

To this end, we are slowly accumulating a list of firms and investments that we think offer appropriate solutions for these troubling times (contact us if you're interested in learning about them). But do not skimp on doing your own due diligence to identify wealth managers that provide you with the insights and conscientious stewardship most fitting for your needs. At the end of the day, you have to be able to trust yourself and the decisions you make with your assets -- or anxiety will keep you awake at night and likely lead to poorer decisionmaking when volatility really hits.

Putting Safety First

The basic theme here is safety. Managing risk is everything in these times when official policy is opaque, risks are actively hidden from view, and true losses on bank balance sheets are still being masked by fantasy accounting gimmicks.

For example, Bloomberg went through an exhaustive FOIA battle to get at Federal Reserve documents that would show the true extent to which banks were bailed out during the crisis. 

Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks $13 Billion 

The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy.

And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.

Saved by the bailout, bankers lobbied against government regulations, a job made easier by the Fed, which never disclosed the details of the rescue to lawmakers even as Congress doled out more money and debated new rules aimed at preventing the next collapse.


As speculated about here during the crisis, there was plenty going on behind the scenes that was never publicly disclosed about the true nature of the risks that had been discovered or the scope of the efforts to contain the damage.

How can anyone assume that we know anything about the actual condition of the banks or the true risk of a systemic crisis now? Personally, I am hopeful that the risks are low, but hope alone is a terrible strategy, especially when it comes to money and investing.

Most gallingly, even as the banks were receiving money at 0% and lending it back to the US government at 3% for the ultimate free lunch in risk-free profits (with special emphasis on the word “free”), they were doing two things: paying themselves record bonuses and continuing to make larger and larger bets on derivatives.

What can we deduce from the extra $100+ trillion in derivatives taken on over the past two years? The key thing would be that the lesson was not learned.

Making Better Decisions With Your Money

So my conclusion is simple enough: Where the chance exists to take money/wealth out of the banking system and store it elsewhere for a while until the situation clarifies a bit, it is a prudent thing to do. Gold and cash represent two obvious ways to play that game, with gold sporting the larger role in that story.  For money that remains in the system, be sure to rely on trusted institutions and advisors as much as possible. 

In Part II: The Framework for Predicting Our Financial Future, I share in detail a framework that has taken me years to refine, which I use to forecast what to expect from the financial markets, how things will most probably unfold, where the risks lie, and otherwise demystify and enable investment and wealth management decisions. The intent here is to provide a hard-won set of rules that can increase your odds of making sound decisions when facing tough choices in the increasingly volatile future we're entering.

Click here to access Part II of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access).

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I Eat Your Dingos's picture

Where can I purchase or produce this new weapon?

Oh regional Indian's picture

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.



Hard1's picture

Why does an article that talks about financial security has a picture of fiat paper with a key on it?

A Lunatic's picture

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??

FEDbuster's picture

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.

flacon's picture

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.

Money Squid's picture

There is an inter net rumor that Chris Martenson has a lot of cash and supplies on hand. If you need some........ ;)

FEDbuster's picture

I prefer two ply to cash, but both can be used for the same purpose.

sgorem's picture

IT'S A GOLD KEY. The "Key to Survival= GOLD"

Henry Chinaski's picture

and short truth, long consequences.

Troll Magnet's picture

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. 

Flocking swans's picture

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!

ugmug's picture

I expect two kinds of riots. One mob going after anyone with money (and/or gold) and another mob going after anyone with 'weed'....


shanelee's picture

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Ted K's picture

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".

Henry Chinaski's picture

I appreciate your sentiment, but the kooks have been mostly right lately.  The article acknowledges that you don't go all in on doomsday.

Taint Boil's picture



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.

DormRoom's picture

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.

CORNGUY's picture

Well put DormRoom, Well put.

A Lunatic's picture

Nothing starts a reset faster than a man-made super virus "accidentally" unleashed upon the unsuspecting masses.

Smiddywesson's picture

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.

SheepDog-One's picture

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.

DormRoom's picture

Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'   essential reading for the Great Reset.

SheepDog-One's picture

Less helpful is AMC's 'The Walken Dead' but its pretty funny The Walken Dead - YouTube

DormRoom's picture

"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.

Oh regional Indian's picture

I'd say Dimitri Orlov is a must read also. Funny and true. A great combination.


tmosley's picture

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:

SheepDog-One's picture

'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.

LawsofPhysics's picture

The people you are refering to will be cut down immediately and/or incarcerated indefinitely.  Already been planned for.

SheepDog-One's picture

So theyve already planned for those 250 million or so people and how theyll be 'cut down immediately'

LFMayor's picture

They'll stop feeding and watering them.  Then it becomes self-correcting.

ZackAttack's picture

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.


flacon's picture

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. 

Calmyourself's picture

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.. 

tmosley's picture

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.

ZippyDooDah's picture

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.

trav7777's picture

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!

blunderdog's picture

"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.

tmosley's picture

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.

blunderdog's picture

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.

trav7777's picture

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.

A Lunatic's picture

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.

blunderdog's picture

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.

trav7777's picture

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. 

blunderdog's picture

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.

Ag1761's picture

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.....


Ted K's picture

That movie never explains what vagabonds should do with their poo.