So I was grabbing a couple of steaks last Friday…

And I saw that everything (everything) seemed to have increased in price almost over night.

$1700 an ounce. Oh my.

Comments are as usual, priceless – especially the SPAM recipes.

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Collapse: November Travel Canceled

One of the great things about being in a leadership position is that I get to control my own time. If you have ever worked in the tech industry (or almost any other American business sector) time is without a doubt your most precious commodity. That being said, I’m throwing this out there because after many exhaustive sessions online and conversations with friends, colleagues, as well as prayerful contemplation, I have decided to cancel any and all business travel I had planned until after the first of the year.

There are simply too many indicators for large scale trouble out there as of today.

Preparedness as a lifestyle and practice has gone way beyond the fringe and is now being openly discussed in the mainstream. Talking heads are getting more and more anxious, and dotgov seems to be shifting resources into various places around CONUS (based upon personal conversations – YMMV) in anticipation of impending events.

This is the first time in my almost 40 years that I have allowed myself to change something of this magnitude based upon chatter and intuition.

My plans for my immediate family and tribe are to fortify positions, and prepare to repel borders – meaning that we are shoring up mid to long terms preps like beans, bullets, boots & band-aids. We will be caching more supplies at several fall back positions and rally points in and out of our primary AO. Extended family is essentially being put on “ready alert” and being prepped for a go code. A proverbial loose circling of the wagons in anticipation of impending events.

With this of course comes the risk being wrong. Honestly, I probably am. This will likely lead to a future time when I sit back and ask, “Really? Really… What the hell was I thinking.” This will be shortly followed by Mrs. Matson hitting me squarely on the back of the head. She’s an athlete and it will hurt.

However, with the exception of putting off a few reviews, some quality time with a few of my engineers, and a couple of Vegas steaks, life will go on as it does day by day. Sure, we will spend an extra $100 at the grocery every week on prep items, but in the end, this gets used up and is a good investment. PT will likely get a bit more intense and so will the training. This should happen regardless, but the motivation (and pucker) factor are at an all time high.

For those of you who follow me (all three of you), let me stress that I have no concrete knowledge of impending doom. I merely have a fairly accurate ability to see complex systems and their inherent weaknesses. Right now, or at least, now +, looks to be a good indication for the culmination of variables into something prolific. A black swan to rival black swans if you will.

It is NOT time for panic. It is time to prepare. Remember, even in times of trouble, lots of things will still work as intended. Rules shift. Resources change, but life will go on. It may look radically different from what it does today, but that DOES NOT mean you cannot thrive.

YMMV.

Keep your wits about you and your powder dry.

 

Always Something Left to Remind Me

Boom!

Go read Vox Day’s book and you will have a better understanding of where we actually are. Karl is awesome, but Vox puts these tickers into a broader perspective and allows you to see what is going on from a macro perspective.

There are rough (very rough) waters ahead.

The theater happening on the national and international level is just a show. The following will happen:

  • The US’s credit rating will take a hit.
  • Interest rates and credit availability will rise and contract respectively.
  • You will lose ever more of your personal liberties.
  • The dollar’s value will fall even further, reducing your purchasing power.
  • Commodities like food, energy, and fuel will rise in price accordingly.

Times are going to get a lot worse and the mask of the last four years will be lifted in the short term.

Readers, 2012 and beyond will look nothing like the last 30 years…

More On Resiliance

Comments on this post are pretty good. I like the idea of AUS or France, but family ties would not allow the Matson house to do something that drastic.

And while this is true:

A six month stockpile of canned/freeze dried goods and two dozen boxes of ammo won’t get you through it.  You need a real game plan.

Being prepared enough to thrive during and post the initial system shock will go a long way. Not being hungry or completely defenseless will help you think clearly. I propose that you have 12 months + worth of supplies. It is cheap, an excellent investment against all kinds of systemic vulnerabilities, and will give you the ability to render direct aid to those around you, further building your tribe in times of crisis.

The ability to defend the above seems only logical.

The winds just shifted

Read Karl’s latest.

But this much is certain: The world is changing, and our control over the actions of OPEC via Saudi Arabia is waning, if it hasn’t completely collapsed this morning.  And if the latter is the case the implications go far beyond the price of a barrel of oil, as Saudi Arabia is a brutally repressive nation that has utterly depended on the United States for much of its technology and political stability.

A storm is coming my friends…… and it’s a bad one.

Based on this information, what are you doing different? Everything, nothing?

Big macro shifts in the global landscape cannot be helped or even influenced at the local level – usually.

Our world is without a doubt based on petroleum. Everything from food production to the cheap plastic crap that is in Chinamart is chocked full of dead plants and dinos.

Keep the above in mind when you review your preps tonight.

I maintain my previous statements that making it into Christmas of 2011 without some major black swan or like tipping point will be an outright miracle.

 

the other hand

In light of the recent news, I’m having  a case of the, “watch what the other hand is doing” syndrome attack me today.

  • The Dollar is way down, within a few points of the 2008 levels just before the crash.
  • In turn, commodities are soaring – gas is at $3.80+ in my immediate AO.
  • Silver is at $47! Forty, bloody, seven!
  • Gold is shockingly unrealistic.
  • Food is moving through the roof as well.

There is no doubt we are at a tipping point. To what, I have no idea, but there is something lurking just beyond the shadows waiting to pounce. I’ve stood by for a long, long time now just waiting for the hammer to fall. It seems as though that time is immanently at hand…