I'm new here, found the sight while trying to read Halfast's book. By the way it is very good. I read a survival forum on Homesteading Today. I like Survival Monkey a lot. I love to read different peoples opinions. I have found that all of us have a doomsday threshold, but all have different views on what and how SHTF really is and how it will come about. I read a book series once that started with power stations being hit and the USA going down from there. Chaos ruled until everything was back to basics, then there is the Cell by King where technology goes afowl. Of course there is Red Dawn where troops land and we have WW3. I think next year we will bomb Iran (to save Bush's historical profile), Gas will go up to $5 or $6, that leads to much higher food costs, heating costs, everyday costs will rise 30 to 50 percent. Jobs will start getting harder to find as many small companies will go under. Illegals will become more of a problem in more areas. It is not everywhere that they are a problem, in many areas they're needed. The problem comes in when your in an area of high unemployment and you try to get a job that an illegal is also trying for. Our debts are being bought by other countries, many not friendly soon we will either have to go bankrupt or bow down further than we are now. The Mexican border is a perfect example, if we wanted to we could greatly cutdown on border crossing, but we would offend Mexico. Bush talks a good game, but he snuck in the corridor from Mexico to Canada with out public knowledge. I think that we are doomed but in a slow way. We have lost any chance of honest represintation, to big business and world government. I don't believe my SKS will ever be used for more than plinking targets. I think we will just continue to loose our rights and heritage.