It's has become increasingly obvious to me that we are in more than just simply a recession. This isn't just a return to the 80s for a few years. - Number of job losses. The job losses are horrendous. It really is shocking how quickly these jobs are being lost. We are already at 10.4% unemployment rate. - Types of jobs being lost. We know we're in trouble when the likes of KPMG are getting rid of staff, and accountants and bankers etc applying for McDonalds jobs. - Collapse of ISEQ. It has crashed within the space of a few months. - Collapse of Banks. One has been nationalised and it doesn't look too rosy for the others. - SMEs dropping like flies. This isn't as reported as much in media, but a friend whose company deals with SMEs tells me that this month, he is getting more cancellations from bankrupt SMEs than orders. Scary stuff. - Many people are up to their eyeballs in debt and mortgages. This makes a striking difference from the 80s. So how do we prepare for the future? ----- Bad: Job loses ease a bit, massive tax increases How to prepare: Pay off all debt (if possible). Move country - but where? Any other ideas? ----- Very Bad: Social unrest, >30% unemployed How to prepare: Start stock piling food and other rations. I would suggest tinned, high protein but not very nice food. Water filtration equipment. Weapons. Horde stuff that can be bartered. Home security - beef this up a bit. Anyone have any other ideas?