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We have already witnessed the first indications of the arrival of peak oil.  Not enough is being done.  Will things be able to continue as usual in the future?

We are already witnessing the first indications of global warming.  Not enough is being done.  Will things be able to continue as usual in the future?

If things can't continue as usual, then what presently existing forms of value that I could invest in today would have a serious chance of holding their value in the future?

by Zwackus on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 09:14:28 PM EST
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Zwackus:
If things can't continue as usual, then what presently existing forms of value that I could invest in today would have a serious chance of holding their value in the future?

first of all, congratulations on grasping the nettle with regard to the imminent realities we are beginning to navigate, and second, this blockquoted question is the one i ask myself every day when i wake, and i cannot find a more practical one.

on the bright side, doom is not guaranteed by any means, though it will take extraordinary leaders who also have the courage to stare down reality and deal.

these could spring out of nowhere, indeed i expect them to, as somewhere is just recycling the same stale soup of before. to assume things are going to swing far right is presumptuous, considering history, although it's just as foolish to assume they won't!

get a basic skillset that's peak oil-proof. if i were you since you're in japan, i'd pick up some shiatzu and food preparation skills on the side, the whole science and art japan has evolved to turn the humble soybean into such a fascinatingly diverse array of super-nutritious delicacies would definitely be worth some study. in the future i expect to see tofu, tempeh, shoyu and natto shops spreading all over the world like pizzerias. indeed once we trim down our meat consumption, that will almost certainly be recognised as the most intelligent and elegant way of supplying good quality vegetable protein to the hungry.

i don't know anything about financial services, but the best investment you can make is in friends and community, followed by land and tools, practical hobbies, and whimsical interests. that way you can be as ready as possible, though the image of a straw shack in front of a tsunami does come to mind...

keep your sense of humour and try to plan where you want to land after japan, i suggest.

and keep checking in and writing smart diaries! it's great to have you there, reporting from the rising sun.

good luck, there is so much the ancient japanese culture has to offer the rest of the world, they are truly extraordinarily creative in many engaging ways. you are very fortunate to have the experience i think!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 09:41:22 PM EST
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Natto is definitely super-nutritious, but it's going to require the prospect of starvation before most Americans start to consider it edible, let alone delicious. :-)

I'm sort of natto-agnostic.  I could eat it, if I had to, but would rather not.  Most Americans I know who have been introduced to it find it disgustingly, nauseatingly foul.

Good points, though, and thanks for the comments!

by Zwackus on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 04:50:18 AM EST
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unfortunately, HTTP does not support olfactory data transmission.  yet.

Zwackus: I'm sort of natto-agnostic.  I could eat it, if I had to, but would rather not.

just keep on eating it. you will learn to love it.  i did.  even if it did take about 30 years.

La Chine dorme. Laisse la dormir. Quand la Chine s'Úveillera, le monde tremblera.

by marco on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 05:10:22 AM EST
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I believe that picture says just about everything about natto that can be said without smelling it. :-)
by Zwackus on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 07:40:32 AM EST
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well that's sure appetising!

i've never eaten it, gag, but i omitted the mother of all soyfoods, MISO!

the best edible medicinal food pound for pound in the world.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 02:20:04 PM EST
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Miso is wonderful and delicious.
by Zwackus on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 07:45:42 PM EST
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