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What we knew about the energy crisis back in 1977

A friend of mine found this yesterday in one of her folders from college.  If seems like even more Americans are ignorant and blindly techno-optimist today than they were 40 years ago.  The last item of how we might proceed … Continue reading

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Charles Hugh Smith: How To Find Shelter From The Coming Storms?

How To Find Shelter From The Coming Storms? by Charles Hugh Smith Some basic suggestions for those who are seeking shelter from the coming storms of global financial crisis and recession. Reader Andy recently wrote: “I look forward to your … Continue reading

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29 Things to Keep in Mind about buying Real Estate

This is an edited down version of 30 Reasons To Get Out Of Real Estate And Into REAL Assets by “Don’t Tread on Me” at businessinsider.com. The shift from paper assets to real assets is driven by money/debt creation. Since … Continue reading

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Disarray by James Howard Kunstler

Feb 21, 2008  DISARRAY  by James Howard Kunstler The dark tunnel that the U.S. economy has entered began to look more and more like a black hole recently, sucking in lives, fortunes, and prospects behind a Potemkin facade of orderly … Continue reading

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Cash is King in a deflation — but there are dangers

Risk 1: Capital controls Restrictions on bank withdrawals (no ATM withdrawals, no bill payments, etc) Restrictions on money market fund redemptions Greater restrictions on retirement fund liquidations Fixing an official exchange rate and criminalizing market rate transactions Banning the conversion … Continue reading

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Why Treasury Bills are likely to be safe for at least a few years

my comment: SHORT-TERM 4-week or 13-week treasury BILLS that is Apr 19, 2012   Ilargi at the automaticearth.com Mauldin: unproductive government debt is killing us. So we either make some big, tough collective decisions, and make them soon; or we come … Continue reading

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Have Cash by Nicole Foss July 3, 2010

Since we at The Automatic Earth generally tell people to hold cash or cash equivalents, it makes sense to expand on that a little, and to point out some of the location-specific risks of doing so. Eventually you should get … Continue reading

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The need for trust

Beyond the Trust Horizon  Oct 1, 2010  Nicole Foss   theautomatic earth Relationships of trust are the glue that holds societies together. Trust takes a long time to establish, and much less time to destroy, hence societies where trust is wide-spread, … Continue reading

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Marc Faber

‘Buy farmland and gold,’ advises Dr Doom. 2010. business.timesonline.co.uk The world’s most powerful investors have been advised to buy farmland, stock up on gold and prepare for a “dirty war” by Marc Faber, the notoriously bearish market pundit, who predicted … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Advice

oildrum comment on how to spend time & assets Based on your age, we recommend on a weekly basis: hrs/week 40  job 10  building or training around self sufficiency 4  recreation 8  local group activitives And for your assets: 25%  … Continue reading

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