America’s Going Out Of Business Sale

November 28, 2007 at 5:00 pm 7 comments

America Going Out Of Business

The recession of 2007 is in full swing, and people are calling their friends and former co-workers to line up prospective opportunities if/when they get laid off.

It’s amazing to see the networking going on right now as top level and middle managers get sweaty foreheads. I’m sure LinkedIn is active as ever and demand for Starbucks will remain steady through the beginning part of the recession. After all, people are meeting up to talk about lining up that next job.

After a while though, they will start meeting at their houses and save money by serving home-brewed coffee. Maybe dinner with the missus, and lots of ideas being traded.

That’s because no one’s job is safe anymore. The ship is crashing, and people are starting to feel it. Kinda scary, isn’t it? As John Michael Greer puts it:

“Debates about whether world petroleum production will peak before 2030 or not miss a point obvious to anybody who’s looked at the figures: world petroleum production peaked in November 2005 at some 86 million barrels of oil a day, and has been declining slowly ever since. So far the gap has been filled with tar sands, natural gas liquids, and other unconventional liquids, all of which cost more than ordinary petroleum in terms of money and energy input alike, and none of which can be produced at anything like the rate needed to supply the world’s rising energy demand. As depletion of existing oil fields accelerates, the struggle to prop up the current production plateau promises to become a losing battle against geological reality.”

Right now, people are starting to feel the big effects of peak oil and global warming. Disguised as economic hardship, it really means we are using more energy than we can drill and the cost of living will only continue to rise. Man, that just sucks.

“This is one hell of a shock to the financial system,” says Professor Tim Congdon, a leading monetarist at the London School of Economics. “A market that has taken 30 years to build has completely imploded in a matter of months. Lenders have been squeezed savagely. We’ve moved into a different era,” he said.

It will be hard work, but we can fix this place. To secure America’s safety and make sure you don’t get overwhelmed with stress, you had better listen up.

We need to work together and get smarter, pronto. We need the thinkers to come out of the woodwork and help fix this boat, because the ship is sinking fast and Americans are waking up in shock as they start to feel the cold water. Brrrrr!

If you get laid off, you should quickly learn skills in one of these areas:

– Small engine repair
– Small appliance repair
Small scale farming
Small scale alcohol fuel production
– Invention

That’s right, you need to become more inventive, right now. Think of what you offer society, or what skill you can perform. Do you have enough money to learn what you have always wanted to learn how to do? Could that new skill help you earn money in a downward economy?

There are still many opportunities to live a happy, secure life. You just need to wise up and start listening to folks who can help.

PS – If you are wealthy, consider using your wealth to improve the situation so that future generations remember your name with respect. There are some great inventions out there that can help with this mess and make you big money in the meantime.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul Mikulka  |  December 3, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Without going into great detail, and just simply wanting to exdpress my opinion, I offer these words.
    We are fast becoming a “service” society/country. We no longer lead the world in manufacturing, and even those companies that are based here in the U.S, manufacture their products overseas in order to increase profits. It all comes down to money and greed really, and those who can change our direction as a country simply don’t care, as most of the economic realities most of us face are not “their” problem.
    Thanbk You

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  • 2. Robert  |  December 3, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Check out your inventions here. http://www.callowayengines.com

    Reply
  • 3. Robin Marie Ward  |  December 3, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    “It all comes down to money and greed really, and those who can change our direction as a country simply don’t care, as most of the economic realities most of us face are not “their” problem.”

    Yet.

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  • 4. Wade  |  December 3, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    One invention that you can make some money at.

    http://www.4planetearth.com/save ongas101

    Cheers,

    Wade

    Reply
  • 5. Tom Ness  |  December 3, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I realize that I’m not big enough to make a difference in America’s implosion of manufacturing. But for 23 years I have made a decent living manufacturing my own designs in my own shop with my own hands. I have defied everything manufacturing is supposed to be: grow as fast as possible, wholesale the output of someone else’s labor, and finally move production to China.

    I believe opportunities for small-scale manufacturing will boom in the next few years as the flood of cheap Chinese goods slows to a stop. Start small, build your inventory of tools and skills. Look around, find out what your neighbors need, expose yourself to problems and come up with solutions, then make it with love and integrity to the highest standards you are capable of. Keep your overhead LOW and STAY OUT OF DEBT.

    If you have children, do them a favor: don’t give them toys or video games. I am who I am today because instead of ready-made toys, I was given access to tools and scrap materials as a child so I could make my own playthings. This is how I learned my problem-solving and materials-working skills. We will desperately need millions of children to grow up with these skills in the future.

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  • 6. peakoilboy  |  December 4, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Tom,

    We need more Americans like you. If you haven’t seen or read David Blume’s “Alcohol Can Be A Gas” yet, it is the best “How to” I can recommend for fixing America and the world.

    I think he picked the wrong title, frankly.

    It should be names “Hey America! Here’s how to fix this mess we are in while eating well, fixing global warming and overcoming Peak Oil”.

    Check it out at http://www.alcoholcanbeagas.com

    Reply
  • 7. Dave  |  November 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Very prescient.

    Reply

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