Sorry to hear about the flu albert
some recomend a zinc suppliment to help get rid of it -- but it is a bit hard on the stomach in my experience
My wife just got over a bout with the gastro intestinal flu version aquired from our 2 year old grandson but she is doing well today
So far so good for me -- I have been keeping the germs properly intoxicated so they seem to have forgetten how to make me ill.
I recently subscribed to GEAB published in Europe (France I think) -- damned expensive at 200 Euros for the year
They predicted the financial turmoil of the past several months back in their 2006 newsletter to the very month (September)
This got my attention.
They are now recommending getting out of the dollar (duh) and into the Euro
The report expects the anomolous current strength of the dollar to be temporary and unsustainable.
they further expect the Euro (which is partially backed by gold I think -- correct me if I am wrong on this) to be one of the best currenceies to be in right now. They recommend getting out of anything that is denominated or closely tied to the dollar (such as the Yen and Yuan)
( I am very tempted to cash my 401K now and take the 10 % hit rather than wait till december when I turn the magic 59 1/2 years old )
but then what ... where do you put what used to be a 'useful' some of money.....
In a depression you do not want to be in a city...
part of it will certainly go into the farm infrastructure -- wind mills, solar panels, batteries, inverter, diesel fuel, propane, remodeling the house -- but then what to do with the 'other half' of the 401k
I am not sure how to 'invest in Euros'
web currency exchanges I have visited cost you an arm and leg premium for the exchange -- there must be a better way
One thing that was recomended by an Argentinian man that went through their financial upheaval a few years ago was to buy things that are always in demand and can be bartered
ammo, booze, gold ( smaller sub 1 oz coins ) and I would add junk silver US coins, toilet paper (I am not kidding) more ammo, salt, food with long shelf life, tools to sell or rent, seeds gardening supplies,
I would add, get a good water filter -- if there are extended power outages from a 'terrist attack', potable water will become a valuable item ( I currently recommend the Dalton filter sold through) http://www.jmccanneyscience.com/
expensive but they are working great for us.
I also recently subscribed to peoplenomics -- George Ure publishes a news letter every sunday afternoon from his 'off the grid' ranchette in Texas -- worth the $40 per year I think
he also posts an entertaining and (I think) insightful commentary on where we are headed financially daily athttp://www.urbansurvival.com/week.htm
I'll post the highlights here
he is very pessimistic about 2009 -- but there are oportunities