2DH Project: A Jaundiced Look at “Savings”

The 2DH project is code for our Second Depression Handbook which is, in turn, a collection of Peoplenomics reports and outlooks on how what the world ahead may look like when the big Debtberg we have been watching melt since 2000 finally rolls over and sinks the civilized world – such as that is.

This morning’s focus – after a few headlines and chart, we will dig into planning for the brave new world which may turn out to look like a brave old world from an earlier time…

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10 thoughts on “2DH Project: A Jaundiced Look at “Savings””

  1. Good read and good points. The brief on Ecuador can mostly apply to Costa Rica where we do live well on our SS income. But, we also live way South and over the mountain from San Jose the capital and crowded areas. Farm area with lots of water here. Lots of local farms and livestock. Crash? Best to be in a farm community with local gardens and running water.

    • Crash, best to not be in a country with a predatory government run by sociopaths kept in power by psychopathic law enforcement with military grade weapons.

  2. good advice george. I have long pointed out that barter, as a system, can only exist within a certain level of control, it cannot exist in chaos. (see Bartertown in MadMax for example). I prefer silver to gold when possible because it is a dual use item (and a perpetual item used medicinally), and it is the small change of barter. You can make a bullet or knife out of silver if you had to, not so much for gold.

  3. Instead of stocking up on hypochlorite, consider a SE200 chlorine maker. Works on the same principle as the salt chlorinator that’s been used in swimming pools for 20 years. Electrically breaks down salt into chlorine. All you need is 12 volts, 5 minutes and some salt to make enough chlorine to purify 50 gallons of water.

    Hypochlorite breaks down over time. salt stores forever.

  4. Living away from major population centers in a net food producing region has its attractions. George, instead of golf cart batteries what about Edison Cells? Higher initial costs but a 25-30 year+ lifespan is attractive. Solar is marginal in central Kentucky or I might consider it. An old Volvo SB1 diesel fueled with a wood gas generator powering a generator is the alternative power system I’ve been looking at as we have no shortage of trees around here. And the SB1 will probably outlive my grandchildren and can be hand started.
    Also glad to hear your eyes are getting better.
    James Johnson, ex-nuke

  5. “but so would the directions on how to make a wild-yeast sourdough starter. People overlook the obvious.”

    what about a sweet dough starter.. I had read about doing that and tried it.. wow.. what beautiful breads and rolls.. the bad part.. you have to bake often or find someone that wants a starter.. every four days you have to bake something.. and rise.. it was totally ready for the oven in about an hour..

  6. Gorilla gardening. Planting food bearing shrubs, trees and herbs in natural areas near your home where they are less likely to be noticed by thieves. Of course you should stick with natives and non-invasive species. Also, permaculture gardening is less likely to be noticed as a food bearing garden. No straight rows and planter boxes.

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