Category Archives: Where to Be or Not to Be

I would guess that as oil declines, remote gas stations will close, forcing many to move to urban areas, which will become megacities. for a while food, shelter, and power can be provided to these dense urban centers, but eventually the electric grid will fail more and more often, forcing people to leave cities for the countryside, where they won’t be welcome

How to survive a nuclear winter

[ Clearly you’d want to move to Australia or New Zealand or stockpile 5 years of food.  Related posts: Nuclear winter: World-wide ozone loss from small nuclear war = 1 billion + deaths The EMP Commission estimates a nationwide blackout … Continue reading

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Escape to Mars to solve our problems? How absurd

Go to Mars?  Really?  We tried already did, and it didn’t work out.  Remember the $250 million 3.14 acre sealed Biosphere 2 complex near Tucson, Arizona back?  It was built to show how colonists could survive on Mars and other … Continue reading

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Water-borne diseases will increase as energy declines

[ Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are the main reason lifespans nearly doubled. Not medicine. Read Laurie Garrett’s  “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health” for details.  As energy declines, the ability of towns and cities to … Continue reading

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Scientists on where to be in the 21st century based on sustainability

[Note: Hall & Day recently published a book based on the ideas below. America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions: Surviving the 21st Century Megatrends (book review). The magazine Popular Science also took a stab at the best places to be … Continue reading

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Dmitry Orlov: How Russians survived the collapse of the Soviet Union

This is one of the best articles I’ve read about what collapse may be like, the best strategies to survive, and why the Russian way of life and culture prepared them far better for hard times than America.  Related posts … Continue reading

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Book list: What to do

There are plenty of survivalist websites, and I’ve certainly thought about how to survive, but I’m madly in love with my techno-optimist husband, so we’re not going to do anything, and I’ll be front row in Oakland California even though … Continue reading

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Climate change impacts on agriculture in the U.S.

[ I’ve added a senate hearing from 2013 on drought, fire, and freeze effects on agriculture below.   Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation, 2015, Springer] Notes from 25 page: Hatfield, J., … Continue reading

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Richard Duncan : Olduvai Gorge – Civilization ends when Electric Grids Permanently Fail

The Olduvai Theory – Heading into the Gorge By Richard C. Duncan, Ph.D. Volume 23, Number 2 (Winter 2013) Summary: The Olduvai Theory is defined as the ratio of world energy production and population. It states that average energy production … 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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How can you buy a farm when you’re competing with private equity?

Looks like it will be hard to buy a farm unless you’re wealth.  But in the crisis phase you don’t want to own a large farm anyhow… Half of U.S. Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity February 19th, 2014.  By … Continue reading

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