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  •  plenty of $? when crops can't be grown? (4+ / 0-)
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    water polluted?  mass migrations by displaced people?  I just can't imagine where the money is in these kinds of scenarios?

    I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

    by SeaTurtle on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 04:40:56 PM PST

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    •  If you're Eric Cantor and his ilk, the money's in (8+ / 0-)

      less government spending on things that don't directly line the pockets of their corporate masters.

      Mitt Romney: Stupid enough for Grover - but not stupid enough for the GOP.

      by here4tehbeer on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 05:18:50 PM PST

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    •  The hell with that! (12+ / 0-)

      Next quarter! Next quarter! Next quarter!

      That's all that counts!

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 05:33:20 PM PST

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    •  Absolutely! (4+ / 0-)

      If you're a government contractor, those are now services you can provide on an emergency basis. Prime example, look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Most of the contracts wind up in the hands of the same old contractors like Haliburton.

    •  Sea Turtle, I think they are just as (13+ / 0-)

      sociopathic as the hedge fund managers.  There are all kinds of rumors about the CEOs who have rural property in America, South America and elsewhere that is built to provide safe haven, food, water, etc if the multiple environmental, economic and political crises materialize.

      As Jared Diamond points out in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed:, history has recorded numerous examples of the wealthy trying to protect themselves and their offspring when their civilization collapsed from stupidity. Mostly he points out, they only succeeded in being the last to die.

      The current crop is likely convinced it won't be that bad, that they can hold off the people who come after them because they probably have some pretty impressive military stuff.

      I try to keep believing the worst is preventable so I don't give up the fight. Still have an image of a family that discovers the kids can't have kids, or the kids they have are genetic freaks.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 10:29:24 PM PST

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      •  looks like a Top Comment to me (7+ / 0-)

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        "Pretty impressive military capability" requires a pretty impressive industrial and technological capability to keep it maintained and supplied with ammo or whatever. If things go sufficiently tits-up that one is relocating to remote location to escape the chaos, just where is this industrial and technological capability going to be?

        Possibly more to the point, I think the average super-rich compound will protect their elite owners until their armed security realizes that their pay is worthless because their bosses have f*cked up the world to the point where there's nothing to buy with it, and if something awful were to happen to the bosses, there would be no governmental authorities to take an interest.

        IOW, the concept is workable unless one actually uses it for its intended purpose.

        If the owners win, they can wait for their food to run out and discover that there's nobody willing or able to sell them more food based on their credit cards or even gold or silver.

        Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

        by alizard on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 02:28:21 AM PST

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      •  See the 1938 poem "Nightmare for Future Reference" (1+ / 0-)
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        … by Stephen Vincent Benet.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 11:49:57 AM PST

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