The anthropogenic extinction event will become noticeable by 2020 and peak in 2034. It won't matter to me - I am already 65.
My 80,000 gallon aquaponics farm will be built out and undergoing functional testing within a month or so if we can get a few sunny days in a row. The last six tanks are on the ground but not yet assembled and painted and the liners have arrived. We hope to be fully self-sufficient sometime in March, maybe April. It's been a long road, but now it's just assembling it.
We still need to build covers for the tanks, have another day of D4 work done and get the fence up. The chickens are fat and happy and producing eggs and fertilizer.
The government has kicked the can down the road once too often and the economy is going to tank. Gold and silver will not go up - How are you going to spend a $2500 ounce of gold? Most people under forty have never even SEEN silver or gold so they'd only take it at face value. About half the 'trade' or 'bullion' gold in the marketplace is counterfeit anyway. That little 'Certificate of Authenticity' which cost 6 cents to print has no legal standing - and you can't tell the difference without destructive testing or an x-ray machine.
People will instead barter food and hard goods and still keep using dollars as IOUs. The government is still talking about making a hundred or so 1 TRILLION dollar platinum coins. They can. It's legal. Bad idea, though.
Puna has a pretty good barter infrastructure now. You can trade what you grow for what someone else grows. We are all organic. Of course raw milk and some oils (palm, macnut) are not legal for human consumption, but they trade anyway as animal food.
It's pretty easy to distill fermented fruit to make ethanol for fuel and alcohol stoves. It can be made potable, but it's illegal and so far the fuel is more useful. The REAL locals have been making it for a hundred years.
The cost of everything will increase by 5 to 10% in 2013. Some of it because of the weather, which destroyed much of the midwest crops. Fuel costs will increase substantially. Feral pigs are taking over the island. Get used to people shooting them to keep them out of the backyard vegetables. No worries, though. One of your neighbors has a smoker. 'Smoke meat' trades very well and is delicious. I draw the line at meal worms, but chickens love them and they are easy to grow. They ARE edible. Google for 'meal worm recipes'.
At some point we are going to have to stop fighting wars on 'terror' - no one I know is the least bit terrorized - and 'drugs'. We need to take care of our citizens before we give trillions in aid to every other country in the world. Giving them all military aid (read weapons) makes no sense at all, but doing so at the expense of Americans is just wrong.
Fukushima is still poisoning the world and we will see more nuclear accidents. The plants are past their design lives. The problem though, isn;t that we don't have enough energy. It's that we have too many people. When we get MORE energy online, it does't matter how 'clean' it is - it will allow more food to be produced and that will spike the population - and then we will need more energy. That cycle is not sustainable. We are creating a 'Venus syndrome' on earth and we can't stop ourselves.
The earth will stop us, sooner rather than later.