Back to the Future II: Gauging It

You’ve been hearing it for as long as you can remember - “The End is Near” - but so far, the end has been nowhere near as near as they would have had you believe, but... know, eventually, they’re gonna be right.
It's like me telling you everyday that your kitchen light bulb is going to burn out soon. One day, I will be correct.

Back when I was selling cars, I went on a test drive with a customer.  He liked the car we were riding in, except for one thing.  He didn’t want the upgraded gauge package because he said that his wife would confuse the tachometer with the speedometer.  Talk about a tongue-biting moment.  If his wife was that stupid, how could he in good conscience, allow her to get behind the wheel of an automobile?  What DMV office allowed her to slip through the cracks and get a drivers license?  She may as well have gotten the idiot lights, she wouldn’t be able to read any of the gauges anyway.

There are plenty of stupid people in the world, and the challenge for all of us is to not be included among them.  You don’t have to be an automotive engineer, or a mechanic to know that if the instruments on your car’s dashboard have readings like this...

’s time to shut it down immediately.  You’d be lucky because:

  • Your car was equipped with gauges
  • You were smart enough to understand what the readings indicated.
  • You were paying attention to the gauges.

All three of these things would have been essential in order for you to save your car some serious damage and you, a more costly repair.

“What is this?” you ask, “Some kind of half-assed car blog? I already know all that stuff.”  No, it’s just an analogy, and what fun would this blog be if I always got straight to the point?  Should I get to it right now, or should I dick around with you for a while longer?

OK, here it is.  I have a fairly negative outlook concerning the future, and I feel like I am constantly walking a line between being “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and being the squirrel who didn’t save enough nuts for winter.  There are two reasons why I’m such a pessimist. The first is this.  Just look at these headlines:

Real US Unemployment Rates Reveal True State of Economy

Largest Bank In World Announces Crash

Get Ready Something Big is About to Happen in the Financial Markets!

Former US Treasury Official – Terrifying US Collapse Ahead

An Economic Collapse Of Biblical Proportions Is Coming

Countries Repatriate Their Gold: Finland, Poland, Germany, & Venezuela – Bracing For End Of NWO Eurozone!

Man Who Predicted No Fed Tapering Now Says To Expect Chaos

Ron Paul on U.S. Fed QE: Prepare for the Destruction of the Dollar

Stunning! Stock Market, Economic Collapse Called By Wells Fargo And Goldman Sachs!

Fed Unleashes Gold

The Greatest Debt Crisis The World Has Ever Seen Is Coming

“Oh, you just stole those headlines from some wacko doomsday site!”  Maybe I did, but pick your favorite reputable news source, and you will find the same thing.  Now I realize that bad news gets more readership than good, but can you come up with enough good news to counterbalance these stories?  

You can’t just keep adding straws.  There has to be some “on the other hand” type of good news that lightens the burden.  In the past, we could count on a growing economy to ease our financial woes.  We now have a president who is doing everything in his power to make sure that doesn’t happen.  Our country is sitting on enough oil and natural gas to at least help us get going in the right direction, but Obama not only won’t let us go get it, now he’s going after coal!
Here’s the second reason for my negative outlook for the future.  I call it my “Theory of Ten Percent”.  Since all of us have been old enough to pay attention, we have been bombarded with all kinds of stories concerning the imminent “End of the World”.  The causes include:
  • disease
  • famine
  • financial collapse
  • war
  • asteroids
  • climate change
  • aliens
  • pollution
  • extinction of keystone species
  • terrorism
  • zombies
Have I forgotten any?  Now, some of these scenarios are more likely to occur than others, but all of them have been predicted to cause the end of life as we know it, all by themselves.  I doubt that any of them will do us all in, by themselves.  However, a combination of any number of them occurring simultaneously, even if each particular one was only ten percent as destructive as it needed to be to cause armageddon on its own, could easily be the cause of the end of the world as we know it.  To make things worse, in most cases, one would tend to aggravate the other.
Well that isn’t very cheery, is it?  What can we do about it?  To prevent it? - Absolutely nothing.  To prepare for it - that’s an entirely different matter altogether.  This will be the last post on this page of “The Golden Geese News”concerning prepping, ever. (Unless I decide to write another one)  I’m planning on starting a new page titled “Practical Prepping” soon, and you’ll be able to read about all of my views on prepping there. It will be a little different than the other prepping sites, just like the Golden Geese is a little different than other conservative blogs.  By the way, when it comes to me and computers, “soon” usually means “quite a long time from now”, it’s kind of like the guy holding the sign that says: The End is “Near”.
Anyway, I’ll leave you with this.  It’s the first step to Practical Prepping.  No one knows what the future holds, we can only guess.  It is each of our responsibilities to make the best guess possible.  The best way to make the best guess is to pay attention, understand what’s going on in the world, and know how to react to what happens.  That’s kind of like you having your own gauges on the world, which will give you a huge advantage over the vast majority of the world’s population.
  Most people are clueless that anything might be wrong with their car until they see something like this...

...and even then they don’t know what it means or what to do, and it probably doesn’t matter, because it’s almost certainly too late to do anything about it anyway.  Their understanding of what’s going on in the world is no better than their understanding of their vehicles.  They will be alerted only by the “idiot lights” of our government and news media and then, it will be too late for them to save themselves.

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