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Wild & Wacky Winter Weather

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Aired on the Doomstead Diner on February 22, 2015

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…It has sparked a simmering level of insanity already, with Darwin Award Contestants doing “snow diving” out of second story windows and people trading beer for parking spaces, and there has to be cabin fever across the whole metro area by now. On top of that the cold has been non-stop, which means many people are burning through their heating oil supplies, and getting a new delivery is tough, even if you still have money to order some more up.

You can’t even really pack up the car to GTFO of Dodge either, since the same shitty Wacky Winter Weather is hitting up and down the whole East coast, and even if you wanted to try and make the ESCAPE to FL, you’ll end up driving on icy roads the whole way and who knows where you can find a motel room on the journey? With those kind of conditions, it easily could take a full week to make the drive down to FL. Flying is possible between the snowstorms, but are there any parking spots left at Logan airport?…

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Brace for Impact: Interview with Tom Lewis-Part 2

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Aired on the Doomstead Diner on January 10, 2015

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Part 2 of the Podcast with Tom Lewis focuses on what is coming down the pipe in 2015, what is necessary to do to prepare, and what issues you need to focus on to keep from getting totally blindsided by Collapse.  For more, visit Tom on The Daily Impact or just find his work here on the Doomstead Diner.

In case you missed it, here is Part 1 of the Podcast:

Also, don’t miss our 2014-2015 Vidcast, where Tom pitches in his 2 cents with the rest of the crew. 🙂

Left to Right in the Thumbnails: Tom Lewis, Steve Ludlum, RE, Monsta, Gail Tverberg, Surly & Albert Bates

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Greek Souvlaki Redux

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http://www.bongonews.com/StoryImages/deep_throat_2005-06-03.JPG…Back in 2012 when we opened the Diner for Bizness, one of the major Collapse stories of the day was the implosion of the Greek economy, the subsequent and continuing Bailouts by the IMF, and endless discussion across the blogosphereof whether the Greeks would Default, exit or be booted out from the Euro monetary union, etcetera.

3 years later here, after any number of rounds of bailouts (I have lost count), once again the Greeks are BACK in the Newz, since it looks increasingly likely that Alex Tsipras, Head of the Greek Syriza pretty far left party will wrest control from the quisling New Democracy Partyof Antonis Samaras which has followed the diktats of the hated “memorandum” forcing what is referred to in Newzspeak as “Austerity” down the throat of the Greek Population, Linda Lovelace style…

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Ruble Run Insanity

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Run, Ruble, Run…

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…In the matter of a couple of days here, the financial INSANITY game being played has gone from senile dementia to psychotic, and instead of gradually deteriorating to the point the various players in the game can’t remember who they are, instead they are all out there on the financial markets suffering all the classic sypmtoms of schizophrenia, Delusions, Hallucinations, Disoraganized Thinking and Speech and assorted other Negative Symptoms. For example, the person appears to lack emotion, such as not making eye contact, not changing facial expressions, speaking without inflection or monotone, or not adding hand or head movements that normally provide the emotional emphasis in speech. Does this sound like Super Mario Dragon making a speech or WHAT? LOL.

The rapid Insanity escalation hasn’t occurred in the Yen Basket Case or the Euro Fruit Loops, no instead it SNAPPED with the Ruskie Rouble. In the last 24 hours or so, first all trading was halted in the Rouble, and then shortly after that the Ruskie Credit Card was cut off from virtually ALL liquidity from the Western Banking system, which essentially renders the Ruble worthless outside of Mother Russia. If you have a pile of Rubles in your Swiss Bank Account, they are about as good now as Confederate Dollars, anywhere outside of Mother Russia anyhow…

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COMETH DEFLATION!

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Von Essen Club Sandwich: The World’s Most Expensive Deli Sandwich, dropping in here in the Triple Digits at £100 ($156 USD at the latest exchange rate). Where’s the Deflation?

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…It has been patently obvious for quite some time that the Saudis cannot increase their production further, they are flatlined. Neither can they cut back, because they have a lot of folks ready to riot if they gotta cut jobz or cut subsidies. By no means did the Saudis plan for or instigate a price fall down from $90, they like high prices as much as any Oil exporter does. This does however give them an opportunity to put competitors outta biz. Issue there is who can outlast who and for how long?

One of the better theories floating around is that the price drop was instigated by the end of QE from Da Fed, and the theoretical end of EZ financing for White Elephants. As a trigger mechanism that is probably true, but the underlying problems have been building steadily since the last crash in 2008, when in order to “save” the banking system, enormous bailouts were issued to the TBTF Banks, along with assorted other companies deemed TBTF, like the auto companies, insurance companies, etc.

The means by which they were bailed out was of course, DEBT. What a bailout amounts to is taking the bad debt of a large corporation, buying it all up at par and dropping it on the balance sheet of Da Fed, with the US Taxpayer then theoretically on the hook for this. The bailed out company now has a load of fresh cash, and Da Fed has a load of dogshit on its books…

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Upcoming on the Diner, the SEQUEL to our Oil Crash Analysis, with the Usual Suspects involved.  Stay tuned to the Diner for the Air Date.  If you missed Part 1, here it is again:

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TSA Follies & Myths of Transportation Security

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…If you happen to be among the roughly 5% of the Global Population that ever flies on an Airplane, you know all about the security Kabuki Theater ongoing since some Towel Heads ostensibly hijacked some Jumbo Jets to knock down the World Trade Center and Punch a Hole in the Pentagon back on that fateful day of 9-11 in 2001. This method of terrorist attack was so successful they even managed to knock down buildings they didn’t fly planes into.

In order to combat the ever present threat of Jets being Hijacked to knock down skyscrapers, a War on Terror was launched, part of which was the establishment of the now infamous TSA, or Transportation Safety Administration here in the FsoA. The highly qualified and highly trained staff of the TSA recruited from the ranks of ex Baggage Handlers, trailer drop lot security guards and JC Penney Store Detectives has been enormously successful, effectively preventing any further Skyscapers from collapsing on their own footprint since 2001…

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Fukushima: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Fukushima-Simpson…Topic for today is the Disaster Gift that keeps on Giving, Fukushima. You may not remember this since it long ago dropped off the pages of the MSM and Faux Newz, but Fukushima was the Nip Nuke Reactors that melted down, caught on fire and began spewing radioactive material out into the environment back in 2011 in the aftermath of Sendai quake and ensuing Tsunami that hit the coast of Honshu Island smack dab in the Fukushima prefecture.. The latest newz from the Tokyo Electric Power Company, aka TEPCO is that so solly, we will need to start dumping 100 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific every day. However, we ASSURE you the radiation level of this water is perfectly safe. The reason we can assure you of that is because every time the readings go higher, we declare higher levels to be safe!

Da Goobermint here in the FsoA follows much the same path, in this case though rather than keep raising the bar on what is an acceptable level of daily Radiation Vitamins to ingest, they simply elect not to monitor it! On the theory that if you don;t know about it, it can’t hurt you. Not to mention when leukemia victims start suing, they can claim this wasn’t under their jurisdiction and therefore they are not liable. Go sue TEPCO…

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Ukraine Nazi Deja Vu

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…In the doomosphere, every once in a while a story comes up for the Doomer which is the Gift that Keeps on Giving. Ukraine/Russia/NATO and impending WWIII is just such a story. HTF can you talk about anything else with shit like this going down right in the heart of industrial civilization?

We are not talking a few Towel Heads down in Syria going Mano-a-Mano here, we’re talking a European country wedged smack between Russia and Germany. Remember them? They went Mano-a-Mano in WWII as you should recall, unless you were brain dead in history class and missed about 30 years worth of WWII movies from Hollywood.

In that era, the Ukrainian Nazis are reputed to have been actually WORSE and more virulent than the Kraut Nazis, which may or may not be true but certainly would be no surprise if it was true.

So now, with a resurgence of the same old problems of credit and energy distribution to run an industrial society back on the table, the Ugly Nazi Head is once again back out there in the Newz regarding Ukraine, with the interesting development that in this case the FSoA is backing the Nazis!…

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Interview with Steve Ludlum of Economic Undertow: Part 1

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Fundamentals of Capital Destruction and the Waste Based Economy

After many delays and some false starts, we finally got in some Podcasts with one of my favorite Econ Bloggers, Steve (from Virginia) Ludlum of Economic Undertow.

Steve and I have been hashing out Econ topics both in Undertow and Diner commentary for a few years, not always seeing eye to eye on all topics but in general agreement on the Fundamentals.

I highly recommend Economic Undertow as a source of the best analysis you’ll find for the economic mess we find ourselves in at the moment.  His series Debt-o-nomics is a must read for all Kollapsniks.

In Part 1 we look at the basics of the Industrial Economy and the Capital Destruction ongoing for the last few hundred years.  We look at many of the misconceptions people have about the nature of Capital and the Productivity of such an Economy.

Part II is a much more free-wheeling discussion, where Steve and I go Mano-a-Mano with differing perceptions of the driving force behind the Carz economy and the construction of the Eisenhower Interstate.  Don’t miss that one, it’s a HOOT!  🙂

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Chinese Toast: The Rant

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…Besides that they are making Oil deals with the Ruskies, building Nuke plants, high speed rail lines and entirely New Cities from the Ground Up. Never mind that nobody lives in those cities and at the prices they sell the apartments for nobody but Hedge funds can afford them on a typical median income for a Chinaman of $10K a year. That is compared with median income in the FSoA of around $84K. HTF are Chinese supposed to buy apartments selling at $300K on an income of $10K a year? Forgetting interest and buying food and electricity to keep the lights on, the average Chinaman would have to cough up his entire paycheck for 30 years to campout in one of these White Elephants. Reality is of course that the prices will crash, and plenty of folks who invested in the building of them will lose their shirts, not to mention their underwear and socks…

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Deflation Doom

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…What the CBs and Financial Pundits like Ambrose Evans-Pritchard are TERRIFIED by now is apparent DEFLATION through numerous of the micro economies throughout Eurotrashland. Prices are FALLING! Horrors! Even in SWEDEN prices are falling! This really gets nasty in the world of Real Estate, because falling prices put many McMansion “Owners” underwater, where they owe more than the box is worth on the market. Combine that with defaults and foreclosures (which actually are the cause of the falling prices) and banks get stuck with a lot of White Elephants they can’t sell.

To solve THAT problem, the Cbs start offering up lots of low interest money to the well connected to go buy the junk and keep the prices propped up, leading to Hedge Funds like Blackrock getting into the rental bizness, which generally is a nightmare to run….

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Podcast: The Death of Trees

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In this edition of the Collapse Cafe me (Ibrahim Nour) talks with Gail Zawacki; an activist from New Jersey about the death of trees that is occurring across the globe.Why are the trees dying and how can this disturbing piece of information go largely unreported by not only the mainstream media but scientists in general? Listen to the podcast to find out the reasons to these questions.

Podcast: Albert Bates Part II

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Albert discusses alternative means of food production, including Hydroponics and Aquaculture as means of Indoor Food production.

Also discussed is the “Zombie Apocalypse”, the scenario where many people currently dependent on Just In Time Food delivery might descend on Sustainable Communities like The Farm.

Many further topics like Transition Towns, Farmers Markets and developing relationships in the Community are explored.  Enjoy.

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Podcast: Albert Bates- Sustainable Communities and Systems

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In this Podcast, we discuss Intentional Communities, Transitional Towns and Sustainability ideas with Albert Bates, one of the original members of The Farm in Tennessee, one of the successful Back to the Land Communities which developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

http://www.sitemason.com/files/fb9yz6/bus2.jpgThe Farm still exists, has morphed over the years from its early beginnings,  but still presents a powerful Model upon which to make transition to the post-Fossil Fuel energy future that Homo Sapiens faces as we move forward into the future.  What are the issues such communities face in their development?  How do taxes, building permits and need for MONEY impact on creating such intentional communities?  What sort of WORK do you need to do as you build such a community?

http://besurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/fire-piston.jpgThe problems we face now are in many ways different from those faced by The Farm Founders in the 70s, but there are many similarities as well.  What can we LEARN from The Farm, and how can we take those lessons to create a Better Tomorrow for ourselves?  What SKILL sets do people need to develop, particularly younger members of our society?

These and many other questions are discussed in our Podcasts with Albert.  Relax in front of the Laptop, light up your Plant of Choice with your Fire Piston, and figure out with us strategies for preparing for the future.

Part II of the Podcast with Albert up next Saturday on the Doomstead Diner.

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The Defunct Politics of More

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The ‘Almost-but-not-quite Goldilocks Oil Price’: not so costly as to torpedo the world’s economies at once but costly enough to strangle them slowly (click on for big). Costly enough to assure drillers of a profit for their hard-to-gain crude, never costly enough to bring extra-cheap crude onto the marketplace as during the ‘Good Old Days’ …

Costly crude = non-costly crude: if you cannot wrap your minds around the foregoing paradox, don’t worry. None of the ‘Brand X’ analysts are able to do so, either: “”We had to destroy the village in order to save it!”

This small notice appeared in a major media outlet;

Cyprus’ energy minister says that a gas field off the country’s southern coast contains between 3.6 and 5 trillion cubic feet (0.1-0.14 trillion cubic meters) of natural gas, noticeably less than an earlier estimate.

A 2011 estimate put the size of the field -— being developed by U.S. firm Noble Energy Inc. and its Israeli partners Delek and Avner -— at 5-8 trillion cubic feet.

The initial rosy estimates of available ‘reserves’ invariably shrink; this reduction takes place before the first drops of petroleum- or the first cubic millimeters of natural gas are out of the ground. There are technical reasons behind this but real issue has to do with finance. Initial estimates are always made large enough to guarantee funding for the necessary infrastructure; everything else by necessity follows along behind.

21st century petroleum extraction has become one of the world’s most expensive industrial enterprises along with nuclear power and military. As with these others infrastructure must always be built first. This would appear to be self-evident but appearances are deceiving: the crude and other resources are presumed to spurt themselves out of the ground at our pleasure after some hand-waving and utterance of the magic words ‘fracking’, ‘deepwater’ and ‘technology’.

Petroleum cannot bootstrap itself and hasn’t been able to since the Rockefeller era. There was never enough petroleum available early on to create and support petroleum extraction, what enabled the pioneer wildcatters was the nation’s gigantic coal industry. We could extract crude oil because we had an industrial base. Inventors were ready to design- and steel mills and factories were in place to produce the inexpensive rotary rigs used to gain the crude bounty lying out of reach in the super-giant fields of Texas, Oklahoma and California. Those were indeed the good old days: the highest quality sweet crudes were to be found in porous, easy to drill free-flowing formations relatively close to the surface, on dry land with good year-round climate, near transportation, refining and ultimately customers. At the same time, the infant automobile industry was producing what looked to be unlimited fuel demand — cash flow — as fast as highways could be built and banks could provide credit.

The crude oil added to the coal energy represented a colossal surplus that had the effect of driving the price of all energy products to the cost of production. Energy became a ‘loss-leader’ for the consumption side of the economy, perpetually cheap fuels became an American entitlement that is in force today. Nevertheless, without an industrial base the crude surplus would not have been available. Oil reservoirs were well beyond the reach of hand-dug wells.

The coal industry was only partly able to bootstrap its self. Large coal deposits could be found early on near the surface. Coal mining required agriculture, firewood and human labor. Farmers created enough food to allow the surplus labor to delve deeply within the earth chasing coal seams rather than farm. With time, coal provided the necessary energy for miners to dig more ‘efficiently’: fewer farmers and more coal. Instead of claustrophobic and dangerous underground mines there were gigantic open pits made possible by explosives, steam engines and railroads.

Eventually there were diminished returns to mechanized mining; the coal seams were exhausted, greater efforts were needed to retrieve less coal: the bootstrap started running in reverse.

Fast-forward and we have painted ourselves into a technology corner. Relentlessly increasing real costs are ‘baked into’ the petroleum cake. We retrieve hard-to-get oil by wasting ever increasing amounts of oil that is slightly easier to get. Petroleum isn’t a stock, it’s a chain of increasingly expensive flows, every link dependent upon all the others.

Analysts insist peak oil isn’t about ‘running out’ and that there will always be oil available. Without relatively cheap petroleum and a high-tech industrial base there is no way to access the expensive crudes needed to replace those already depleted … any more than Welsh miners and pit ponies could possibly gain natural gas from Cyprus’ Mediterranean waters.

Deepwater gas fields require a massive up-front expenditure in dynamic positioning drillships, undersea robots and well-control hardware, gas separators, processing plants and a network of pipelines along with the factories needed to create all of these things. Drillships are nor made in garages by entrepreneurs but in a handful of gigantic specialized shipyards by companies with multi-decade experience building such things. They are not pulled out of the air ‘from nothing’; every drillship in the world today is conceptually dependent upon every one built before. Ship building is an institution rather than simply a mechanical process; the products are not just ships but the continually improved means to design and build them. This must be so otherwise there would be no deep water oil drilling at all. There are too many chances within the drilling process for company-killing failures, the greatest of these; not being able to retrieve enough oil with the newly-purchased ship to pay for it.

Every bit of infrastructure must be in place and paid for before the Cyprus gas enterprise turns its first dollar. Customer dollars in turn are dependent upon the amount of credit these customers have available to them. This in turn is dependent on how much credit is left over after the drillers have taken their share! Our new credit economy can be difficult to understand because it is in many ways paradoxical; drillers depend on their customers as a source of credit at the same time they compete with them. We don’t recognize a contest for credit because consumption is never considered to be a component of energy production. We intently focus extracting more supply in order to overcome shortages without considering why there are shortages in the first place.

Because Cyprus’ gas industry cannot bootstrap itself it must oversell and borrow. With time, the Cypriot’s necessary fuel supply will be unaffordable if it isn’t so already. Cyprus will fall further into debt even as it is already bankrupt. Its natural gas will either be exhausted for a pittance or unaffordable to end users … whereby it will remain in the ground; the drilling endeavor will be a bust.

Humans consume petroleum to gain two things: waste and empty feel-good abstractions such as ‘prosperity’, ‘freedom’, ‘growth’, ‘progress’, presumably Godliness and proper manners. Waste is self-explanatory, the rest can be hard to grasp. Growth, etc. are not things. They can only be experienced vicariously by way of television and the gloating overlordship of billionaire tycoons whose luxurious idleness is gained at the expense of everyone else. None of these abstractions can be held in the hand, they can only be inferred- or referred to relative to other empty abstractions, or to other real resources that shrink like petroleum. Prosperity has become an inventory of disposable novelties. Freedom is the sensation that occurs when sitting in a traffic jam. Growth is like a football score with an exception: there is no clear public understanding what happens when the growth wins.

Progress is war by other means …

— The flaming Tesla, an apt symbol of our vulnerable failed technological paradigm. The fiasco underway in Washington right now is a failure of government, not necessarily a failure of particular components of a particular government but rather the generalized failure of the the modern technocratic state itself. What technocrats are able to do now is manage their own bankruptcy. They are limited to do anything else because they were designed around the modern premise of continual ‘more’: more resources to gobble, more growth, more business, money and credit … more waste, more political power and influence. Theirs is the ‘Politics of More’, which has been stealthily rendered obsolete by events, by their own prior management success.

Governments are now faced with problems they are ill-equipped to solve. Questioning problems is by itself destabilizing because of the ominous implications. Discussing energy implies there is a shortage. Discussing default implies that one is underway. Policy ceases to exist because words needed to frame the policy dare not be spoken. The analog is Walter Bagehot’s observation about finance, “Every banker knows that if he has to prove that he is worthy of credit, however good may be his arguments, in fact his credit is gone …” Every effort our politicians make to prove their credibility undermines it.

That governments are unwilling to solve their self-created crises does not mean they cannot be solved, it is just that our ‘more’ economic and political solutions are inappropriate to changing times. We need solutions devised around the necessity for less in all things. We throw around the term ‘efficiency’ but the more useful approach is restraint. Americans consider themselves conservatives, our governments are filled with them. Some of these governments should start conserving. The alternative is self-solutions; indirect conservation by other means driven by events.

It’s not too hard to notice how close to the edge we really are. The triangle of doom is nothing other than the corner we have painted ourselves into. Every component of the world economy must function flawlessly, policy makers must avoid errors. Even so there is little time left before the cost of extracting fuel — driven by the necessary extent of our industrial base — runs higher than what customers can afford. This can be safely estimated to occur at the end of next year.

If the managers err, credit will likely be affected first although direct energy shortages are a possibility. Fatal management error could occur next week, uncertain customers would be unable or unwilling to borrow … fuel prices would decline. Unable to borrow, the entire industrial base — not just the petroleum segment — would be stranded like over-mortgaged house purchasers were in 2007. Oil production starting with the least productive would be shut in: the deep-water, the arctic, the tight- heavy oils and bitumen production, biofuels. When consumers have no credit they cannot bid prices higher or afford to take deliveries, whether there is a fuel shortage does not matter if fuel users have no money, falling fuel supply cannot grant more credit or make it available to consumers, neither can ‘artificial shortages’ caused by OPEC or others.

Reduced fuel supply would then strand consumption dependent firms such as real estate, auto making, trucking, airlines and tourism; business failures would reduce credit which in turn would reduce available fuel supplies in a self-reinforcing cycle. The danger that lurks behind the ongoing charade in Washington, DC, is that an inadvertent ‘technical default’ would look like the real thing and credit system would delever in a panic. Borrowing costs particularly for short-term credit would quickly escalate out of reach; there would be a rapid return of the Great Finance Crisis … with the central banks’ policy rates already at the lower bound, with them already buying securities, with governments either embracing fiscal austerity or having it forced upon them by force of events.

Painted into a corner: even full-on fiscal and monetary easing directed toward individuals would have little effect other than to kick the proverbial can, but only so far! Even now, there are visibly diminished returns to increased credit flows; the real costs of energy extraction relentlessly increase, the real returns on energy consumption remain at zero … the costs of energy added to the cost of additional credit become too burdensome to bear.

Moderns have gotten used to more, we have known nothing else. We’ve been stupendously lucky; our entire lives, our parents’ lives and generations into the past, from the beginning of the Enlightenment and the founding of the republic onward … every American has had available some measure of more. Even during the depths of the Great Depression, Americans in general lived better than their counterparts did a hundred years’ previously … even though there were far more Americans in the 1930s than in the 1830s. Now we are confronted with less, something alien to moderns as the tropics would be to a walrus. Our economy emerged to manage the costs associated with increased surpluses. Now all the surpluses are questionable, are false assumptions or claims made against phantoms. We need to embrace a new conceptual approach … and do so in a big hurry.

How do we reinvent our society? Creativity is going to save us, not repeating the same errors, making greater efforts until we exhaust ourselves …

Podcast: Gail Zawacki – Looking at Collapse

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Collapse Café: Gail Zawacki – Looking at collapse
Originally published: Saturday 28th September 2013
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Summary: In this edition of the Collapse Café Monsta and Gail Zawacki have a general collapse discussion covering a broad range of topics from environmental destruction caused by pollution to unconstrained economic growth. What are the underlying reasons for this mindless pursuit of growth even when the detrimental effects on our ecosystem our obvious to anyone who cares to look? Is growth simply a part of the current capitalist economic system or is growth and profit just an underlying trait of the human condition?

What will be the main limiting factors to growth? Will it be energy, resources, excess accumulation of pollution or a combination of factors? And once those limits are reached how will people behave in the midst these converging crisis? Will there be a smooth protracted transition to cleaner sources of energy or will people burn cheap dirty fuels? Worse yet, will there be a die-off or even a extinction level event? Find out more by tuning into the this episode of the Collapse Café!

Podcast: Graham Barnes-Currency Issues Part II

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In this second part of the Podcast with Graham Barnes, the features of Debt Based Money and Money Creation are explored in detail.  How do commercial banks create money, and are there any effective limits to this money creation?  What controls does the government have over money creation, and to who and how is the money distributed?  How does Fraction Reserve Lending work?  Can the power be wrested from the Too Big to Fail Banks and returned to the people and their governments?

Can Designer Currencies better distribute risk between Debtors and Creditors?  How does Risk Management encourage Moral Hazard in lending?

These and many other questions are explored in this podcast.  Pour a cup of your favorite beverage, and enjoy!

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Never Stop Running, Napalm Girl

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Published on The Sea Gypsy Philosopher on September 9, 2013

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The Sea was mild and soothing as I sailed alone in the western reaches of the Caribbean.  It had been four days since my last human contact.  Such exile does not disturb me – it comforts me.  The wind was light, and the waves were small and melodious – like the cello phrase in a string quartet.

          Although quite relaxed, I was also vigilant, because my position was near the busy shipping lanes between the Panama Canal and the Yucatan Channel.  Suddenly, I sensed a nearby hazard.  My first scan of the horizon revealed nothing.  On my second, more careful sweep, I saw her – a gray smudge of a ship, still half below the undulating cusp of the Earth.  I took my binoculars from their rack and focused them.  What I saw slammed me backwards – both physically and emotionally.   She was one of them – a gray, military transport vessel that was all too familiar to me.  I had served aboard one – a U.S. Navy ammunition ship in Vietnam.
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I had not willingly done so.  I had been drafted just after receiving my bachelor’s degree.  My first decision was whether to flee to Canada, as my courageous college roommate had done, or to let them take me.  My next choice was between a two year Army enlistment or the four-year Navy sentence.  Wishing to neither kill nor be killed because of anyone’s insipid “domino theory,” I chose the USN.  As someone who survived higher education with my capacity for critical thinking still intact, I already knew that war was horrible and this particular one was senseless and despicable.  I was not an ideal recruit.
          The toughest part of my service was being a closet pacifist aboard a ship full of gung-ho, pseudo-warriors.  And these were the worst kind – the swaggering, macho types, who had the luxury of never facing any real combat.  I kept my secret to myself, just as I kept my self to myself.  In fact, I do not have a single friend from that chapter of my life.  When I would go ashore and meet actual soldiers, they were not gung-ho at all.  They were beaten down and regretful and frightened – and wanted only to be away from there…to be home…to be far from all that madness.
          I never talk about this with my friends.  And it rarely enters my consciousness.  But that dark ship on the horizon, transporting munitions and mutilation to who knows which target this time, just staggered me.  To ease my anguish, I tried the comfort of my favorite classical music.  It didn’t work, and neither did dousing myself with buckets of sea water.  Although I resisted, I knew that the only way out of my agony was to burrow deeper into it.
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So I brought out her picture.  I keep it protected in an envelope hidden in one of my favorite books.  I unfolded it tenderly, and gazed one more time at all the evil, meaningless terror of war captured in a single frozen instant from 40 years ago.  I spoke to her once more as I had done many other times down the decades, when I needed solace:
“Hello again, Napalm Girl.  Keep on running!  There must be some place, somewhere, free from this horror and insanity.  You must find that place.  You deserve that place.  Never stop running!!!”
          She is crying out, “Too hot!  Too hot!” as she flees.  Grotesque flaming jelly from the sky has burned most of the little dress from her nine year old body.  The rest she ripped off herself as she kept running and screaming “I’m dying!  I’m dying!”
When the heroic photographer got to her, she was whimpering, “Water, water.”  He emptied his canteen on her.  With ferocious determination, through insane traffic, he managed to get her to a hospital in Saigon.  They said she was so badly burned that she would never live and they would not accept her.  He flashed his Associated Press photo credentials and said, “Don’t let this child die or everyone will hear about it!”  They took her in.  And they saved her.
That Vietnamese photographer, Nick Ut, deeply understood the ravages of war.  His older brother, who was his personal hero, had already died photographing the misery of combat.  When Nick answered the call of basic human decency, and rescued that terrified little girl, he had no idea that on the film in his camera was one of the most profound and powerful photographs of all time.  He was only 19 years old.
Even though the immortal Napalm Girl picture touches me in my core being, it is the one with her mother sitting beside her in the hospital that truly haunts me.  The woman’s quiet dignity as she comforts her innocent frightened child overwhelms me.  In her noble, image, I can see what an almost unbearable burden but blessing it is to be a Woman, and to be a Mother, in this world of torment.  And it sickens me to realize that it is almost always men that cause this needless anguish.
Decades later, I can still imagine their likely conversation as the child asks the mother, “What was that horrible fire that fell from the sky?”
And the mom might reply, “It was some terrible new weapon – like a bomb, but different.”
“But why did they drop it on us?” asks the little girl.  “We were just children and old people hiding in the temple from the planes.  We didn’t hurt anybody!”
My guess is that the heroic mother, overwhelmed with grief by the sight of her incinerated child, might have said something like this.  “I do not know the answer, my beautiful daughter.  But I do know that you survived this horrible thing, and your pain will go away and you will heal.  And someday, life will be sweet and sensible again.  Now, try to go to sleep, and when you awake, I will be right here beside you.”
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Kim with one of her children.

The dark gray death ship passed a few miles ahead of me, and has now disappeared beyond the horizon.  But even though it is no longer visible, its malignancy still torments me.  I stare again at little Kim’s photo in my hands, and ask myself, “How can I best honor her suffering?”  And then I realize that what makes her pain-wracked image so universal and so immortal is that it lays bare the true nature of war.  And that the best way to repay my gratitude, is to use my power as a writer, to further expose this loathsome evil.

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Tragically, as I type these words, the war drums are beating again.  The Deceiver-in-Chief has scheduled a national address in which he will knowingly lie about the need for this latest “regrettable but necessary action.”  Then the commentators will babble on about “sufficient justification” and “reprisals” and “surgical strikes.  But they will never discuss what war actually is.  And that is because, at its core, it is sick and perverted and senseless.
If someone invades your home and threatens your family, it is your right and your responsibility to protect them, even if it necessitates violence.  This type of personal duty is decent, courageous and just.  But war is the killing of human beings with whom we have no personal grievance.  War is Mass Psychotic Hypnosis.  But it is never initiated by ordinary people.  One morning at breakfast, a million Norwegians do not spontaneously decide that it would be a good idea to invade Ireland that afternoon.
No, this type of insanity can only be seeded and nurtured by certifiable sociopaths.  Unfortunately, we don’t call them lunatics, and banish them to asylums.  Instead we anoint them as political and religious leaders.  These diseased power addicts use cold-blooded manipulation to convince enormous groups of people that other groups of people are their enemies…and so they must go forth…and annihilate them.
 
Nick and Kim at the Vietnam Vets Memorial .

Here is another truth about war that the self-righteous, talking heads deliberately avoid.  Those who make the wars never have to fight the wars.  The Great Deciders will never be in a night ambush, where the fear is so overpowering that their bodily control abandons them, and they shit themselves.  And the defense contractors, engorged on obscene profits, will never have to kick open a mud hut door after strafing it with automatic weapons fire, and discover a heap of dead children beneath a wounded mother, who is so traumatized that she cannot even scream.  And the media tycoons cheerleading for more carnage, will never rush to the flag-draped coffin of a dead son or daughter and wrap themselves around it in fury as the military band tries to sound heroic.

And here is yet another profound truth that the acceptable, credentialed pundits never state:  War doesn’t work!  It never makes the world a better place.  For thousands of years, humanity has waged hundreds of wars, but they never achieve their supposedly noble ideals.  They never “end all wars” or “bring everlasting peace” or “insure self-determination” or any of the dozen other excuses that are used to incite people to massacre one another.  What it does succeed at doing is bringing misery, murder, mutilation and madness to ordinary, decent people.
So listen carefully as the highly paid military and political analysts parade across your television screens, proclaiming the need for this latest “kinetic action.”  Observe how these shrewd distorters evade the three paramount characteristics of war that I have just discussed.  None of them will address what war really is.  Nor will they mention that those who benefit from war do not suffer its horrors.  And finally, they will not admit that war never brings good into the world and is actually a plague that sickens the human project.
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Recognizing that war is Mass Psychotic Hypnosis, how do we overcome those who mesmerize us?   How do we break free from their spell?  Certainly our liberation will not come from those at the top.  War rewards them too handsomely.
We must rely on our numbers.  We are many, they are few.  When the chant from the anti-Vietnam protests, “Hell, no…we won’t go!” became a reality and not just a slogan, the war machine sputtered and died.  Refusal is our best strategy.  We must refuse to serve in their militaries or in their terror cells.  We must refuse to resolve disputes through violence.  And if they incarcerate us for our resistance, that is a better fate than killing someone who is not an enemy.  And when enough of us refuse, their prisons are not large enough to hold us.

I am perfectly mindful that such thinking is idealistic and foolhardy, but perhaps it will inspire others to come forth with better options for ending war.  Yet, even if such ideals are useless, we must try – if for no other reason than to honor Kim Phuc, the Napalm Girl.

We must sculpt a world where an innocent little girl does not have to race down a road with the flesh peeling off her body, trying to outrun her own death!

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I urge you to visit www.kimfoundation.com.  Dedicated to helping other children who are victims of war. Almost every day something utterly insipid “goes viral” on the World Wide Web.  Perhaps we can help spread this little essay at this critical time when the war drums are again thundering Inside the Beltway.  By doing so, we can all honor the Napalm Girl.

The Next 10 Billion Years: Part II

Off the keyboard of Ugo Bardi

Published on Cassandra’s Legacy on September 14, 2013

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Thou must now at last perceive of what universe thou art a part, and of what administrator of the universe thy existence is an efflux, and that a limit of time is fixed for thee, which if thou dost not use for clearing away the clouds from thy mind, it will go and thou wilt go, and it will never return. (Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”)

 

You can’t understand a man’s actions if you don’t take into account that what he does on a specific day is the result of events that took place during his whole lifetime and that will result in more events in the future. It is the same for a whole planet, although the lifespan of the Earth is much longer than that of a single human being. If we want to understand what’s happening today on our planet, we must try to understand how it has changed over the eons to become what it his now and what it may become in the future.

That of looking at the whole span of the history of a whole planet or even of the whole universe has a special flavor; even though none of us will ever witness the ultimate end of our biosphere, still the idea that we can imagine it is a source of great fascination. And it is not something new: it is a whole field of human thought that we can call “eschatology”, from the Greek world “eskhatos”, meaning “the last”.

In the history of people musing on the ultimate end of everything, we can see two lines of thought that we might dub, purely for convenience, the “Western” and the “Eastern” views. The Western view sees the universe, humans and everything, as having a finite and limited lifespan, the Eastern view sees the same concepts as an infinite series of cycles. The single cycle view is typical of thinkers steeped in the Greek-Latin tradition and of the monotheistic religions that arose around the Mediterranean area. In its basic form, the idea is that God created the world and that the world will have an end (apocalypse, from a Greek world meaning “revelation”). Human beings are supposed to live a one-time trial. You succeed or you don’t, but God doesn’t give you another chance. East-Asian thought seems to have been based on a different viewpoint: Buddhism sees the soul as forever reincarnating in new bodies. There is no end and no beginning to this endless cyucle that the wise may, however, be able to interrupt.

It is hard to say what factors created these two different schools of thought. One thing we know, however, is that today Western science can be seen as continuing the ancient tradition, that of the single cycle. For what we know, the universe appeared in a specific event called the “Big Bang” and it is destined to end, according to the most recent data, as a cold and dreary place made out of matter scattered over an immensely large volume. Back in  1956, Isaac Asimov was reasoning within this tradition when he wrote a story titled “The Last Question”, where he imagined humankind engaged in a forever quest for how to reverse the cycle and rejuvenate the universe. But Asimov was also thinking outside the Western box when he proposed at the end that the question could be answered, although not by humans themselves but by the computer they had created. As there is nobody to tell the answer to, the computer proceeds to carry on the answer in practice by creating light and restarting the universe.

I must have read this old story by Isaac Asimov when I was, maybe, 15 years old and it inspired a post that I wrote on “Cassandra’s Legacy” with the title “The Next Ten Billion Years” for which I borrowed from Asimov the same finale. This post of mine had a certain success and, recently, John Michael Greer (“The Archdruid”) commented on it and produced his own version of the next ten billion years as he sees them. It is by all means a fascinating piece but different from mine in a deep philosophical sense. True to his role of druid, Greer explicitly rejects the Christian “one-cycle” tradition and leans on the multiple cycle view of the universe, for instance saying that, ten million years from now,

No fewer than 8,639 global civilizations have risen and fallen over the last ten million years, each with its own unique sciences, technologies, arts, literatures, philosophies, and ways of thinking about the cosmos.

and then he goes on to describe several non-human civilizations arising and disappearing in the span of several hundred million years, including one derived from raccoons, one from ravens, and one from freshwater clams. There is no evidence in Greer’s vision of the entropy caused winding down of the universe. The atoms that once formed the Earth and its inhabitants are flung away in space by the last convulsion of the Sun and end up forming another star and a number of planets. The cycle restarts.

As I said, we are discussing philosophical matters and we’ll never find an agreement on what the Earth will look like – say – ten million years from now. So, I’ll just comment here on how science gives us very strong evidence for a “one-cycle” Earth. With that, I don’t mean just an apocalyptic end of our planet when it will be finally consumed by an expanding Sun. No, the Earth has changed all the time over its four billion years of existence, it keeps changing, and the changes are profound and irreversible.

What we call the “biosphere” has been part of this great, long lasting cycle. As all things that are born and are destined to die, the biosphere must peak and decline. Actually, it has peaked and it is declining. The biosphere productivity over the past 3.5 billion years looks a little like a gigantic Hubbert peak according to a paper by Franck, Bounama and Von Bloh,

In a previous post, I wrote about this graph that:

As you see, the Earth’s biosphere, Gaia, peaked with the start of the Phanerozoic age, about 500 million years ago. Afterwards, it declined. Of course, there is plenty of uncertainty in this kind of studies, but they are based on known facts about planetary homeostasis. We know that the sun’s irradiation keeps increasing with time at a rate of around 1% every 100 million years. That should have resulted in the planet warming up, gradually, but the homeostatic mechanisms of the ecosphere have maintained approximately constant temperatures by gradually lowering the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. However, there is a limit: the CO2 concentration cannot go below the minimum level that makes photosynthesis possible; otherwise Gaia “dies”.

So, at some moment in the future, planetary homeostasis will cease to be able to stabilize temperatures. When we reach that point, temperatures will start rising and, eventually, the earth will be sterilized. According to Franck et al., in about 600 million years from now the earth will have become too hot for multicellular creatures to exist.

Of course, the extinction of the biosphere is not for tomorrow or, at least, the calculations say so. But it is like estimating one’s lifespan from statistical data. Theoretically, the homeostatic mechanisms that operate your body could keep you alive until reach a respectable age; sure, but homoeostasis is never perfect. For instance, there are mechanisms in your body designed to reverse the effects of traumas. You may expect these mechanisms to work well if you are young but, if you are hit by a truck at full speed, well, you end up on the wrong side of the life expectancy statistics.

Similar considerations apply to Gaia. Theoretically, the planetary homeostatic mechanisms should keep Gaia alive for hundreds of millions of years, but what about major perturbations, some planetary equivalent of being hit by a truck? Would Gaia be able to recover from a human caused runaway greenhouse catastrophe?

We cannot say for sure. What we can say is that we are living in a period called the “sixth extinction,” similar to other major past extinctions. In most cases, these extinctions appear to have been caused by an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The sixth extinction, too, is taking place in correspondence to a rise of the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that may never have happened so fast in the history of the planet. This rapid rise is also taking place under a solar irradiation that has never been so high as it is today. We can’t rule out that the sixth extinction will be the last one.

So, as I said at the beginning, the present and the future of a single person can be understood from his or her past, and it is the same for the Earth (aka, “Gaia”). Science is telling us very, very strongly that the present moment is unique in the history of the planet: the future will not be like the past. It is true that, if we fail to survive as a civilization, there will be probably space for more human civilizations. And, if we go extinct, there may be space for the evolution of new sentient species. But all that will happen in different conditions and along a downward slope.

New human civilizations developing within the few hundred thousand years will not have the coal and the fossil hydrocarbons that we have consumed today. In a few hundred million years from now, new sentient species might find oil that has reformed in shallow anoxic seas – but they won’t have coal, the result of very special conditions occurring only once (for what we know) on this planet. And they will live in a planet with a much reduced biological productivity in comparison to ours. That doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to develop spaceflight – the future is full of opportunities, but it is never like the past.

In the end, these considerations give us just a hint of the sheer immensity of the future and of how difficult is the human attempt to conceive it. For what we know, we are a small ripple on the top of a gigantic tsunami wave that’s crashing on some remote shore. As a ripple disappears, new ones appear, but the wave keeps rolling onward to its inevitable end. And yet, we know so little: there may be other shores, other waves, the universal sea may never stop to roll, and light and darkness may exchange places in a never ending dance. So, just as Asimov concluded his story, someday, the words “Let there be light” may be said again. And there will be light again.

all-pervading,
ever moving.
So it can act as the mother
of all things.
Not knowing its real name
we only call it the Way

If it must be named, 
let its name be Great.
Greatness means going on,
going on means going far,
and going far means turning back

(Tao Te King, as reported by Ursula K. Le Guin)

Podcast: Further Thoughts of the Sea Gypsy

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ray-at-new-transmissionMy Sea Gypsy Tribe essays, which outline my unusual strategy for dealing with the possibility of a major societal Collapse, have now been orbiting the Blogosphere long enough to generate considerable discussion. These articles have been republished by at least four influential websites. The debate in the “comments” sections has been undeniably “lively.” In this article, I will address the two main objections that were raised. But before doing so, I can happily report that nobody exposed a flaw significant enough to lessen my belief in the merit and achievability of my concept.

Piracy

It was quite amusing to observe that almost all of the comments about the threat of piracy were from landsmen. Those of us out here in the cruising fleet do not even lose nanoseconds of sleep worrying about this supposed danger. This is not because we are bold, devil-may-care adventurers who laugh at fear, but because we understand how TINY this threat actually is. You have a much greater chance of being killed by a golf ball while walking your dog near a country club, than by getting fed to the sharks by buccaneers.

http://www.ubique-psr.ch/res/operational/460somalia_979174c.jpgAlmost all of modern piracy is directed towards BIG SHIPS and it is RANSOM piracy that relies on insurance companies paying up rather than hiring commandoes to recapture the vessel. There is very little piracy directed towards small, recreational sailboats. And if there IS an incident somewhere, the sailors’ radio nets light up and everyone avoids that area. Yes, there are semi-regular dinghy and outboard thefts (it is practically a sport in Cartagena!) but when one takes proper safety precautions, even this is very unlikely. But in terms of boarding the yacht, killing the crew, chucking them overboard and stealing the boat, I have been out here for over 20 years and I know of exactly ZERO incidents of this nature.

And for those who say that although it might not be a threat today, it will become a problem if there is a societal meltdown, I have a simple and short answer – FUEL. All contemporary piracy is done in motor vessels with strong engines that require lots of gasoline. Show me a single news article in the last 10 years where a SAILING SHIP full of brigands approached a container ship blasted them with a broadside from their cannons and took control of the vessel. Piracy will be LESS OF A DANGER should things get ugly.

Another advantage that the sea gypsy tribe has over pirates is RANGE. Due to the constraints of physics and naval architecture most of the vessels used by modern buccaneers are small, open boats powered by big outboards. These are the types that provide them sufficient speed. But if they try to go 50 miles away from shore they need enough fuel to return 50 miles as well. This will require large tanks full of extremely expensive fuel which will be very difficult to even find.

AVENTURA under wayContrast this with my ability to raise my anchor and sail away. In 24 hours I can be 100 miles from where I started while using absolutely NO FUEL. My strategic advantage is further increased because of the various directions I could sail. From AVENTURA’S current geographical position I can sail on a course anywhere from northwest to due east. Anyone attempting to intercept me would have to cover thousands of square miles of open water in order to locate me. The odds of them doing so before they ran out of fuel are exceedingly small.

But for the sake of this discussion, let’s assume a gang of three pirates in a 25 foot open boat are approaching me. They want my “stuff.” This means that they cannot blow me out of the water because if they sink me, my stuff goes to the bottom also. So they have to come alongside and board me. This places them in point blank range in an open boat. Any well-armed sailboat firing from portholes should have a significant tactical advantage in this encounter. Compare that to a typical land-based prepper situation where marauders can destroy the house and the people inside, and then avail themselves of the gardens, orchards, livestock, etc.

Long Term Survival

Several critics of my sea gypsy tribe concept argued that you can’t stay out at sea forever. I would not dispute that, and that is not my tribe’s intention. Our approach is to always have our fuel, water and propane supplies topped off. Then while enjoying our daily lives we would stay alert to world events with possible “sail out of Dodge” consequences. Should things start unraveling swiftly, my tribal members would only have to spend a few hours buying perishable foods and then we would cast off and head out to the open sea.

http://k0gkj.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/radio-on-board-varnish-003.jpgWe would sail out to a pre-arranged lat/long rendezvous point about 50 miles offshore. There we would gather within sight of each other and monitor our HAM and Single-sideband radios to see how the emergency is playing out. We would converse with each other on our short-range VHF radios which could not be monitored from more than a few miles away. Depending on the wind and sea conditions we would either drift or sail back and forth or heave to. Mostly, we would stay aboard our own vessels, but in calm conditions some inter-boat socializing could also be enjoyed by rafting our boats together. We would wait it out far offshore, safely removed from marauders, contagious diseases, martial law and food riots.

Our solar panels and wind generators would supply most of our electrical power. Because we would not be using our diesel engines for much propulsion, that fuel could be used to run the engines for battery charging on cloudy days with no wind. The most vital need for power is for the radios, which don’t draw a lot of current. Some tribal members might continue to run their refrigerators, which are big energy users, but most will probably go into deep survival mode and shut them down. The main function of refrigeration is to keep the perishable items like veggies, meats and dairy products fresh. Once these items have been eaten, fridges are essentially no more than glorified beer coolers.

By monitoring our long-range radios, our tribe would be able to determine when conditions have improved enough to return to the land. This would be done cautiously. It seems reasonable to assume that there would be less people there. Some would have abandoned the area voluntarily, and some would have been victims of starvation, disease or human predators.

Our tribe would then commence homesteading on the best available land, while our boats remain anchored directly offshore, in case conditions dictate that we have to swiftly escape again. We all carry many varieties of vegetable seeds in foil-wrapped long-life packets. As these crops are planted and are growing, we would survive from our remaining onboard food, combined with our communal skills as hunter/foragers. Near shore fishing and spear-fishing are obvious nutritional sources, along with easily recognizable edibles like bananas, mangoes and papayas. With the help of our guidebooks we would become skillful at gathering clams, oysters and scallops and other edible plants growing in the wild on the land. Using solar food dryers we would be able to preserve much of this bounty.

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Along with the emphasis on survival food cultivation and gathering, the next most important pursuit would probably be salvage operations. There would be lots of vacant buildings and abandoned boats to provide valuable tools and spare parts. In times of real desperation, the difference between true value and illusory worth will become sadly but comically obvious – a nice machete versus a folder full of stock certificates.

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A Tyranny of Time"“We will move to a low-carbon world because nature will force us, or because policy will guide [...]

The folks at Windward have been doing great work at living sustainably for many years now.  Part of [...]

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