Things are looking bleak on the horizon lately, stocks crashing, layoffs, dollar becoming more and more worthless. "Global stocks plunge on US recession fears A sell-off in global stock markets on a day when Wall Street was taking a respite, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sent a chill through investors anticipating that Tuesday may bring a chaotic start to trading when U.S. markets reopen. In a grim portent, futures on the Dow Jones industrial average were off by as much as 500 points. The Dow has fallen by more than 2,000 points, or about 14 percent, from its peak reached in October." then today "Bank of America, Wachovia profits nearly wiped out NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp and Wachovia Corp, the second- and fourth-largest U.S. banks, said on Tuesday quarterly profits were nearly wiped out by more than $10 billion of write-downs and credit losses. Fourth-quarter earnings fell 95 percent at Bank of America and 98 percent at Wachovia, Bank earnings are falling as a global credit crunch leaves more consumers unable to pay their bills, and banks with mounting losses on debt they own. Fears of a U.S. economic recession this week fueled a global sell-off in stocks and an emergency interest-rate cut by the Federal Reserve" combine that with a large number of companies starting rounds of layoffs , rising fuel and corn prices and things are not looking good is anyone stocking up, growing their own food? becoming more self sufficient? thats pretty much the whole reason we bought a house on an acre in a rural area. We wanted room for chickens, gardens, solar and wind systems and anything else we can do to stop having to rely on others for things. anyone else?