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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Five gallon plastic buckets
Seasoned Firewood (6 – 12 months to become dried)
Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (CLEAR)
Guns & Ammunition
Cleaning kits (for weapons)
Knives (fighting, hunting, utility)
Slingshots & ammunition
Hand egg beaters
White, brown sugar
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)
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
Milk – Powdered & Condensed
Heirloom Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
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)
Insulated ice chests
Durable pants and shirts
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)
Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
Laundry Detergent (liquid)
Backpacks, Duffel Bags
Garden tools & supplies
Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
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)
Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
Boy Scout Handbook
Roll-on Window Insulation Kit
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels
Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
Underwear, T-shirts, etc.
Lumber (all types and sizes)
Wagons & carts
Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
Nuts & bolts
Wine/Liquors (barter, medicinal, etc.)
Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
Large zip ties
All purpose grease
A wonderful visualization of our energy situation. #SemperParatus