I hope I didn’t mislead anyone yesterday. It isn’t that I think the boonies and a small town are bad ideas, just that they aren’t viable places for during the collapse of the oil age. Just like when I warn about farming- it might be a great idea, you just need to beware the pitfalls ( retreats, small towns and farms are not talismans, in other words ). Today, I’ll pretend to know what I’m talking about for when I’m unemployed.
Our social safety net is still holding up. That will be the case as long as people still take dollars ( which are soon to be hyperinflated ). The only thing that will short circuit this slow to middlin decline other than the oil supply is a sudden derivatives market collapse. Which of course we can’t know for certain. I do know that time is running out for you to do something to prop up the paper currency insurance we all have available. Forget oil depletion this article, there are still plenty of reasons to panic. Iranian war. Widespread drought. Wheat rust. Manufactured barnyard flu being taken off its leash. The aforementioned derivatives ( at a quadrillion bucks, only a very small percentage needs to fail to collapse the whole thing ). Right now, a whole bunch of seniors are pissed about COLA cutbacks and medical increases. And guess what? They ain’t the banks so they get no bailout. If this is what they needed to do in just the first year of the Boomer retirement wave, imagine how much worse it will get. The point is that everything that used to be our insurance is unraveling. Real buying power for retirement is decreasing. Unemployment funds in almost every state are running out. Food Stamp applicants are backlogged weeks if not months rather than days.
What are you doing to get ready for unemployment? The question is not if but when. That goes for everybody, no matter your position or its historic security. We aren’t just preparing for the collapse of civilization anymore, but also the collapse of the welfare state. Total collapse consists of a staircase down and you need to prepare for every level. It isn’t just wheat and ammo but lack of debt or mortgage and a way to feed yourself. After the collapse, it will be easy. Eat wheat berries and Californians. During the collapse of the welfare state, you need to feed yourself within the confines of the law. Will Food Stamps be there for you? Will food prices triple before you are issued more? My advice would be to eliminate all expenses, if humanly possible, besides food and heat. Why else am I in Elko ( well, besides the great location away from everyone )? I assure you, it was entirely by accident. It was close at the time, it was cheap. I bought the land and then started discovering its collapse potentials. Come unemployment, I can move out to my paid for lot fifteen miles from town. Then I only have to worry about food and propane. If propane falls through, there is sagebrush. Food can always come out of the stash, but I need to protect that until after the true collapse if possible. I do have the silver stash if the black market is operating.
I won’t lie, it can really suck here. Two days ago it was colder here than Anchorage Alaska. Of course, come January it will be ten here and thirty below there so it’s not a great comparison. But it still astounds the mind at times how it can drop. But despite wishing for warm, I also know everyone else likes it too. I’ll stay here regardless, because that is where the paid for junk land is ( Texas isn’t feasible in my mind due to population ). I live in one of the areas with the lowest unemployment and have a pretty secure job ( both, again, by accident rather than design ). But I don’t count on either for more than a short reprieve. My pink slip is ready to be mailed, I just don’t know why they are waiting. Yours is too. Sure, Food Stamps will be there for you. If you are lucky. In the meantime, get secure. Get ready. Or, hey, get stuffed. I tried to help.