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Joanna Macy: On how to prepare internally for WHATEVER comes next

Yes, it looks bleak. But you are still alive now. You are alive with all the others, in this present moment. And because the truth is speaking in the work, it unlocks the heart. And there’s such a feeling and experience of adventure. It’s like a trumpet call to a great adventure. In all great adventures there comes a time when the little band of heroes feels totally outnumbered and bleak, like Frodo in Lord of the Rings or Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress. You learn to say “It looks bleak. Big deal, it looks bleak.”

via Joanna Macy: On how to prepare internally for WHATEVER comes next.


Our Current Energy Predicament

This information is not easily found and is certainly not easy to hear, but the reality is that we are in a very precarious energy predicament and the future isn’t looking very bright.  However, thanks to the great work of some leading experts on such issues you can become informed.  I would urge you to take advantage of the following media and get up yourself up to speed.  It could be the mean everything to you and your family in the years to come.

You can find this presentation in PDF form here:  Global Oil Market Forecasting: Steven Kopits

And from Gail Tverberg at Our Finite World:  Limits to Growth – At our Doorstep, but not recognized  (A commentary on the Steven Kopits presentation)

Here are a couple more offerings from Tverberg:

Reaching Limits to Growth:  What Should our Response Be?

A Forecast of Our Energy Future; Why Common Solutions Don’t Work

From Dr. Nate Hagens:


And finally, a few words on complexity and the collapse of societies from Dr. Joseph Tainter:



To all of you fantastic members of the PracTac Nation, keep up the good work.


Peak Oil and the socio-economic impact of depleting fossil fuel resources


RE-POST FROM Progressive Commentary Hour – 02/10/14

Kurt Cobb is an author, speaker, and columnist who speaks and writes frequently on peak oil, energy and the environment. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Science Monitor and has written columns for the Paris-based science news site Scitizen.

Kurt’s writings have been featured on Resilience, The Oil Drum, OilPrice.com, Investing.com, Peak Oil Review, Common Dreams, Le Monde Diplomatique, and many other sites. He is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas—USA, and he has served on the board of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions.

He is a graduate of Stanford University and his novel “Prelude: A Novel About Secrets, Treachery and the Arrival of Peak Oil” is a startling reinterpretation of contemporary events and a window onto our energy future.

Kurt’s website is ResourceInsights.blogspot.com

Dr. Nate Hagens is a well known authority on fossil fuel, peak oil and resource depletion. He is the former lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and high-respected websites for analysis and commentary on global energy supplies and the socio-economic impact of declining oil resources. His a board member of the Post Carbon Institute and currently works at the Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future, where he is also on the Board. Prior to his journalistic research and reporting, he was the president of Sanctuary Asset Management and a vice president with Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brother’s investment firms.

Nate has a masters in finance from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. He has appeared on PBS, NPR and BBC and lectured internationally.

His website and writings can be found at TheMonkeyTrap.us

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Wake Up Call

Electromagnetic Pulse. EMP.

Do you know what it is? Do you know how it could impact you? Why should you care?

All of these questions and more are answered in this wonderful video that features a brilliant panel of experts on the subject that could bring about the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI). This 53 minute video could change your life. It is worth the time. Watch it. Your life, or the life of someone you love, could some day depend on what you will learn in it.

Semper Paratus!

Joseph Tainter The Energy Crisis and the End of The Industrial Age

Dr. Joseph Tainter, American anthropologist and historian and author of “The Collapse of Complex Societies” as well as co-author of “Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma”, interviewed with LegaliseFreedom.com and discussed our (the United States and the world) inevitable coming energy crisis and the collapse of the industrial age. I found this interview to be very enlightening, interesting and invaluable. If you are interested in our way of life, economic growth and a better idea of where we may be headed in the not too distant future, I believe you will find it to be absolutely worth your time.

Things to get while the getting is good

What are some of the things you might need in a long (or short) term disaster / emergency situation? To start, here’s a list of things you might want to get while the getting is good (in no particular order). This is by no means a fully comprehensive list and I have not tried to make it one. This is merely a list I’ve thrown together quickly that hits most of the high points that I hope will serve as a nice jumping off point for the preparedness novice. Feel free add your suggestions to this list in the comments or better yet, tweet me so we can talk about your ideas. Please share and help circulate this list with the hope that we might help someone along their preparedness journey!



Water Filters/Purifiers
Portable Toilets
Five gallon plastic buckets
Seasoned Firewood (6 – 12 months to become dried)
Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (CLEAR)
Mole skin
Coleman Fuels
Guns & Ammunition
Cleaning kits (for weapons)
Pepper Spray
Knives (fighting, hunting, utility)
Machete (quality)
Slingshots & ammunition
Hand-can openers
Hand egg beaters
Potato masher
White, brown sugar
Dry Beans
Wheat (hard red)
Vegetable Oil (for cooking)
Charcoal & Lighter Fluid
Water Containers (food grade if for drinking)
Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
Large Propane Cylinders (grill cooking, other)
Hard copy resources: Build a Survival Library for reference (woodcraft, gardening techniques, first aid instruction, food procurement)
Hard copy resources: Build an entertainment library (to read for enjoyment)
Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.
Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc.
Camping stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
Bar Soap (body/washing)
Petroleum jelly
Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder
Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products
Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (honing oil)
Basic construction tools….hammers, screw drivers
Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
Gasoline Containers (Plastic)
Garbage Bags – various sizes (Impossible To Have Too Many)
Toilet Paper (you can never have enough)
Medicated body powder
Paper Towels
Milk – Powdered & Condensed
Heirloom Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
Clothes pins/line/hangers
Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
Tuna Fish (in water)
Fire Extinguishers (alt: large box of Baking Soda in every room)
First aid kits
Batteries (Stadardize gear whenever possible, but obtain all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
Baking supplies (pans)
Dog food
Matches (wooden)
Writing paper/pads/pencils
Solar calculators
Insulated ice chests
Work boots
Durable pants and shirts
Lanterns (globes)
Fishing gear: poles, reels, line, hooks, floats, nets, etc.
Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
Garbage cans – Plastic
Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc.
Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
Fishing supplies/tools
Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
Duct Tape
Plastic sheeting
Laundry Detergent (liquid)
Backpacks, Duffel Bags
Garden tools & supplies
Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
Canned Fruits
Canned Veggies
Canned Soups, stews, etc.
Bleach (plain, NOT scented)
Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
Bicycles: Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
Board Games, Cards, Dice
Rat poisons and Roach Killer
Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
Soy sauce
Bullion/gravy/soup bases
Reading glasses
Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
Boy Scout Handbook
Roll-on Window Insulation Kit
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels
Trail mix/Jerky
Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
Underwear, T-shirts, etc.
Lumber (all types and sizes)
Wagons & carts
Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
Lantern Hangers
Screen Patches
Nuts & bolts
Wine/Liquors (barter, medicinal, etc.)
Paraffin wax
Chewing gum/candies
Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
Large zip ties
Head dressing/scarves/wraps
Motor oil
All purpose grease
Chainsaw (chains/sharpeners)
2-cycle oil


Our Energy Predicament in Charts

A wonderful visualization of our energy situation. #SemperParatus

Our Energy Predicament in Charts.