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Off The Cuff: Quantifiying The Impact Of Hurricane Harvey

Likely the most costly US storm -- ever
Thursday, August 31, 2017, 7:32 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Danger Has Not Yet Passed
    • Levee spillovers and other risks are still in play
  • The Impact On The Oil/Gasoline Market
    • Will be much larger than folks were originally expecting
  • The Costs To Rebuild Will Be Massive
    • Harvey will likely be the US' most expensive storm to-date
  • How To Prepare For Similar Disasters In The Future
    • Take action early. Don't lose urgency once the sun comes out

In the midst of his hour-by-hour analysis of the situation in the Gulf in the aftermath of Harvey, Chris takes time to talk with Charles Hugh Smith about the repercussions of this mega-storm, both short and long-term.

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Harvey Is A Major Still-Unfolding Disaster

How many Texans wish they had done more in advance?
Monday, August 28, 2017, 2:27 PM

Superstorm Harvey continues to wreak epic damage to Texas, particularly Houston.

But it’s not the wind, it’s the rain. Epic, record-breaking, unbelievable amounts of rain.

It’s entirely possible that the entire region will not get back ‘to normal’ for months, if not years. » Read more

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Preparing Prudently

Specific steps towards security & self-sufficiency
Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:13 PM

Executive Summary

  • Why most of those around you will not prepare, despite the obvious risks
  • Why the risks are bigger now than most realize
  • Positioning yourself ahead of the trend
  • The steps for prudent preparation

If you have not yet read Part 1: When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

People Aren’t Rational

Unfortunately, very few people make decision based on logic and/or rational calculations.  Most go by emotion.   If their pre-existing belief system is confirmed by something they will do it (or buy it, or learn it) but if not, then forget it.  Data doesn’t matter.

I am sure you’ve all encountered this in your own lives, perhaps by trying to spread the warnings of The Crash Course to otherwise intelligent, thoughtful people who somehow just cannot even bring themselves to confront the troubling data.

Not because they are unable intellectually, or even that the data is all that troubling, but usually because their belief system cannot digest the information contained therein.  One of the more dominant belief systems out there is that “the government will take care of me/us.”

This is not at all surprising given that we are raised in a very structured and authoritarian educational system.  Most of us that is.  The repetition of believing that a right answer always exists at the front of the room subtly reinforces the idea that you can trust in the hierarchies present in your culture.

And so it’s not much of a stretch to then invest that same comfort of knowing in the hierarchy of the political structure, or government, too.  To attack or undermine the idea that there is a large, benevolent set of public institutions out there is to undermine the very basis of faith in authority.

That’s a biggie for most people, and not easily dislodged.  This is why it can be so difficult to get someone to even consider storing an extra months’ worth of food in their otherwise barren pantry.  It has nothing to do with cost or space…it has to do with the new belief system that  would have to be installed first which is something along the lines of “maybe the system I trust so completely is slightly untrustworthy, and the people operating are not really as in control of it as I like to think.”

And even then, it’s not that simple.  Dislodging a belief system and installing a new one is not an intellectual process, but an emotional one.  Those are expensive for people under even the best of circumstances but really quite difficult if one lives in a country where emotions are clamped down, not permitted, drugged away, or otherwise subjugated and not allow to flow freely.

The point of all this is to be able to rotate the cube a bit and ask what happens when a mass of people suddenly all decide that their existing belief system isn’t working out anymore?

The herd is now skittish as a result of the tensions which are, in my experience, as high as they have ever been across the social fabric.

Rich people are feeling nervous because... » Read more

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When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry

The social stigma to prepping is fast disappearing
Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:13 PM

For over 10 years now, we've been openly advocating that folks take action to become more prepared should crisis arrive. And for a long time, this advice relegated us to being labeled "tin-foil hat doomsday preppers" (and other less-polite monikers). The media just couldn't figure out any other box to put us in.

But now, the concept of taking at least some responsibility for your own future well-being by increasing your self-reliance is finally moving towards the mainstream. » Read more

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Jack Spirko: The Road To Resilience

Requires a good map. Got one?
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 1:17 PM

Continuing our focus on solutions, this week we're joined on the podcast by Jack Spirko. His daily podcast focuses on practical, actionable steps each of us can take to "live a better life, if times get tough or even if they don't" -- a mission nicely aligned with the one we pursue here at Peak Prosperity.

In this wide-ranging discussion, Jack and Chris discuss the need for spreading awareness of the Three Es, the professional challenges in doing so, and how individuals can go about pursuing both security and prosperity in the face of the likely disruptive changes to come. » Read more

What Should I Do?

How to Stack Firewood

Preparing your wood stack for seasoning and drying
Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:22 PM

Why stack firewood?

Stacking is necessary to dry out wood that is not yet seasoned. If you have green wood that was recently cut, it must be dried to burn efficiently. Ideally, it needs to be stacked outdoors and in the sun if possible. You should never store green wood indoors. This can result in mold because of the moisture coming out of the wood. Another benefit to stacking is getting the wood off the ground so it can dry out faster. It's important to get good air circulation underneath and around your stack. Another great benefit to stacking, it looks nice and orderly compared to a big heap, and is easier to deal with when taking wood to your wood stove or boiler. » Read more

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Winter Garden Tips

Taking care of your garden for winter.
Thursday, December 20, 2012, 5:17 PM

A few tasks and ideas to keep your garden and equipment in tip top shape this winter.

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Dodging A Bullet

Dodging A Bullet

After a close call, Adam cautions readers to challenge their assumptions about the dependability of their preps

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Storm Advisory: Hurricane Sandy Coming

Prepare for this incoming storm
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:42 PM

A weather advisory to be aware of for this weekend is Hurricane Sandy.  It is currently affecting Cuba,  Haiti, and the Caribbean and will be approaching the U.S. East Coast over the coming days.  Evaluate your winter storm preparations and supplies and monitor this storm over the next few days. Check your equipment and replenish your supplies now before the storm and beat the last minute rush.  Better to be 3 days early than 1 day late. 

Tropical Weather: Hurricane Sandy (North Atlantic)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/hurricane-sandy-new-york-delaware_n_2013788.html

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Hurricane Isaac thread

Hurricane Isaac thread

A support resource for those impacted by Hurricane Isaac