Getting ready for bad times, hoping for the best.
You don't have to be an insane survivalist living in the woods to be worried about the future. Someday "mountains will tumble, empires will crumble" but we need to know how to stay happy, healthy and productive if the world starts to fall apart around us–for at least a few weeks.

Eric Drexler's New Book Radical Abundance has Big Ideas like Engines of Creation

Radical Abundance is in the style of Engines of Creation Eric Drexler is the intellectual father of the vision of molecular manufacturing - molecular nanotechnology. Eric identifies areas where molecular manufacturing or similarly powerful changes in manufacturing technology could have massive leverage.  if all agriculture was inside greenhouses then agricultural produtivity would increase by ten times   telecommunication costs can be reduced by 1000 times

...[From Eric Drexler's New Book Radical Abundance has Big Ideas like Engines of Creation ]

What will happen far sooner than others have recently predicted

NBF - Selection based on genetic makeup will occur by 2023 for pre-implantation and by 2030 for selection of the egg or sperm via non-destructive methods and genetic modification of cells and embroys. ... The genes that have a positive or negative effect on intelligence will be announced in two months. 750 genes that have an effect on height are known. Full genome sequencing of an embyro, combined with the knowledge of which genes contribute would allow Read more » [From What will happen far sooner than other's have recently predicted ]

Douglas Rushkoff: Present Shock, the Boing Boing interview

And our applications - the way so many of them take our time instead of free it, make us work round the clock instead of when we want, or convince us that we have to tend to them night and day - they exacerbate the worst sorts of time-is-money principles of industrialism. ... And all my work has really been about this - from Playing the Future, which was about the breakdown of cause and effect narrative, to Nothing Sacred, which was about Jewish continuity as less of a thread to some historical past and more about the willingness to engage with fresh eyes today. ... It's no excuse - particularly for me - but I was in a bit of present shock, myself, when I was going back and forth about it (typing on a smart phone during an NPR station break on publication day, correcting for a snafu that had delayed the piece) and I wasn't paying proper attention to how it was going to be framed.

How consumers let down their guard on web privacy

"In a series of provocative experiments, he has shown that despite how much we say we value our privacy — and we do, again and again — we tend to act inconsistently." [From How consumers let down their guard on web privacy ]

Ukrainian aircraft design expertise to the highest bidder

Ukraine exported major conventional arms worth $1.344 billion in 2012 becoming the fourth largest arms exporter in the world, according to the data published by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Three largest suppliers of major conventional weapons in 2012 were the United States ($8.760 billion), Russia ($8.003 billion), and China ($1.783 billion).

Antonov State a global leader in aircraft design

A major export is military aircraft designs. China bought the services of Antonov State to help build the Y-20 transport aircraft. The Antonov State Company, is a Ukrainian aircraft manufacturing and services company based in Kyiv. Antonov's particular expertise is in the fields of very large airplanes and airplanes insensitive to runway quality. Antonov is the most common airplane brand on the planet, with total of 22,000 aircraft built and thousands of planes currently operating in the former Soviet Union and the developing countries.

The Antonov 124 is the largest airplane that was ever mass produced and there are versions that can carry 150 tons.

Oleg Antonov died in 1984 but he left a legacy of superior aircraft design capability in the Ukrainian company.

China's Y-20 66 ton transport

Solid State Batteries will be the successor to Lithium ion Batteries

Toyota has long clung to the Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) batteries, claiming that lithium-ion batteries are too expensive. Toyota is looking to solid state and lithium-air batteries. By modifying liquefied electrolytes into solid electrolytes, it allows each cells to connect without the need for individual casing, which results in creating a more compact packaging. Solid state batteries could thus have one fifth the volume of current batteries. What makes that possible is the use of solid electrolytes. Rather than a liquid sloshing around, a solid state battery has blocks of solid material pressed together. This requires less packaging to achieve the same effect as the liquid electrolyte batteries.

Skin In The Game

Skin In The Game:
The idea that citizens might create their own local political structures, for purposes they themselves choose, and run them themselves, using the tools of democratic process, has vanished completely from our national conversation.

The Dangers of a Chinese Financial Crisis

The Dangers of a Chinese Financial Crisis:
Even the China bulls are coming to see the financial system as a risk factor.

Reinventing America

A great article from the Archdruid Report.

Reinventing America: It’s been more than a year now since my posts here on The Archdruid Report veered away from the broader theme of this blog, the decline of industrial civilization, to consider the rise and impending fall of America’s global empire.  That was a necessary detour, and the points I’ve tried to explore since last February will have no small impact on the outcome of the broader trajectory of our age.

Easily Done: PDF Army Survival Guide on your mobile gear

Without a good solar charger or battery backup for your iPhone or iPad, you won't get a whole lot of use, but if you have an emergency that requires you to figure out something that could be in the Army Survival Guide, having a PDF file of it on your mobile device could be a real life saver.

I also suggest a small PDF with all sorts of personal info you might need. That lets you print it out in a hurry, instead of having to print a bunch of separate address book entries and such. Consider including latitude and longitude of places you might want to go and other, less normal info you might need if things go seriously bad.

I'm sure there are ways to get PDFs onto an Android or Blackberry, but I'm also sure it isn't as simple as it is if you have an i-device. For those, check out these really easy instructions.

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