Anthony Schiano here, and I forget how I came across this site (what exactly I was searching for) but I did a double-take when I recognized so many handles from the late, lamented LATOC forums -- I never posted there, but I lurked and learned daily for four years or so. (Learning to unsee things as the thin veneer of civilization makes them appear can be an absorbing but sticky sorting process, one I know all the LATOCers can relate to having gone through their own version of at some point.) My own journey to preparedness (the idea always seemed commonsensical to me -- as a grade-schooler, I'd read articles about "survivalists" with bomb shelters and stored food and think, "What a great idea..." I just didn't REALLY expect until a few years ago to NEED it in my lifetime...I'd read about peak oil much longer ago (also seemed commonsensical) but early on had only seen those optimistic estimates that put the peak past even the most optimistic projections of my lifespan. When I started to put it together, I began moving fast to make changes and encourage family and friends (varying degrees of success) to do the same.
To that end, I've launched a site, www.MalthusUniversity.com, with two primary goals in mind: roadmap all the great collapse info out there with a cheat sheet for those whose eyes are just now opening at this late stage, and to provide a tool to hopefully help open eyes of friends and loved ones. To that end, I KNOW the preparatory horsepower the gang hanging out here has; please suggest any links or topics that would contribute to the site's goals.
Now let's get tinfoilly -- in general, I love it. Monsters and aliens since childhood; the way-out economic and PTB conspiracy theories with all too much reality hidden behind them more recently.
In specific, let me offer some dots I connected on a post on my site:
Breaking — Elite to hold new Bretton Woods?
Check out this upcoming conference
that begins April 8 (the date
the current temporary spending agreement to fund the U.S. government is
set to expire) at the Mount Washington Hotel (site of the 1944 Bretton
Then look at INET’s
own interactive blackboard
to understand its roots. (Scroll down to
the blackboard and click on “First Steps Toward Solution/George Soros
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Then read Soros’ 2009 op-ed titled “No Alternative to a New World Architecture,”
which he lays out his argument for “A new Bretton Woods conference.”
Note also that the attendees’ list for the April 8-11 conference
includes Dr. Barry Eichengreen, author of the March 2 Wall Street
piece titled “Why the Dollar’s Reign is Near an End.”
For more on the April 8 expiration of the temporary spending
agreement and implications for the U.S. debt ceiling, read this piece
: Debt Ceiling: Danger Ahead
Good people, I mentioned in my earlier post that for many reasons
time appears short before the endgame is reached in our current
financial crisis, but holy cow! Clarify your top priorities
and enact your most crucial remaining preparations now.
This event, taken in the context of current world events, is an
indicator that time is running short for the U.S. dollar as the world’s
dominant reserve currency. The transition away from dollar dominance
will have worldwide impacts, and in the U.S. it will likely look like
the Argentinian collapse gone nova.
I had planned to discuss in some detail in this post the recent
proliferation in mainstream media of coverage hinting at various aspects
of impending economic collapse: from Reuters
this week of Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher saying
that the U.S. debt situation is at a tipping point and on a path that
leads to insolvency; to the January/February Atlantic Monthly
cover story “The Rise of the New Ruling Class: How the Global Elite is
Leaving You Behind;” to the March 2 Wall Street Journal
section on foreign exchange that led with the aforementioned piece
titled “Why the Dollar’s Reign is Near an End,” by Berkeley professor
Dr. Barry Eichengreen.
But this conference and its goals, attendees, and timing greatly
ratchet up my concern level. Add to this Warren Buffett on CNBC
today stating that the collapse of the Euro is not unthinkable, and at
the very least we have the stage set for a complete overhaul of the
global monetary system – and all the inevitable negative impacts for the
U.S. dollar that such a change implies – in the not too distant future.
With such topics garnering mainstream media coverage, it seems that
the timing of Trends Research Institute founder Gerald Celente’s
prediction that 2010 would be the year that neo-survivalism goes
mainstream was off by no more than a mere 90 days as we approach the
close of the first quarter of calendar 2011 – but spot-on as to
Prior to this, the Japanese nuclear crisis set in motion by the
tsunami and earthquake had led that most level-headed analyst of
societal collapse, Dr. Chris Martenson, to sound his strongest warning
to date: March 16, Dr. Martenson wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I
am now issuing the highest level alert to my readers that I have to
date.” (I briefly met Dr. Martenson at one of his public speaking
engagements; in the course of our brief conversation, I mentioned that
his Crash Course had really helped me put together the pieces about
impending financial collapse, peak oil, and key resource depletion that I
had first learned about in detail by reading the work of Matt Savinar
and James Howard Kunstler. Dr. Martenson said, “Those guys are Defcon
four.” Take serious heed when Dr. Martenson chooses to move to Defcon
four!) At worst, maybe we’re sounding the alarm a bit early, but it is
looking less and less like that is the case. If you’re sitting on the
fence on any key preparatory actions for whatever reason, get going now.
Anthony Schiano, aka President Malthus
I think there's plenty of tinfoilly speculation we could run with based on the state of the global economy, energy resources, and that conference. Anyone?
I should also state in advance -- because Soros can be a polarizing figure for those of either the "left bad, right good" or "right good, left bad" persuasions -- that I'm long past those labels, and while I find value in some of the root principles traditionally associated with what both those labels long ago represented, I'm now rooted in what I call post-partisan pragmatism. That is to say the Elites have much more in common with each other, regardless of the political label they wear, than with any of the rest of us. I believe I'm paraphrasing (directly quoting) MTLouie when I say, "THEY'RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER!" So my own tin thinking on this topic is in the "elite control goals" realm.
I've gone on long enough for a first post; thanks again to the LATOCers for all I've learned, thanks for having me, and thanks in advance for any feedback that makes MalthusUniversity.com a better place.
aka "President Malthus"