Again, this is a blog I've followed for many years: another intelligent, witty, and helpful person who is willing to share his knowledge and advice for free. He's half American, half Russian, and he witnessed first-hand the collapse of the Soviet Union. In a book entitled 'Reinventing Collapse' (which he's just re-releasing with up-dates), he tracks the similarities and differences between the USA and the USSR. The good news is this book exists, the bad news is: the population of the USSR were much, much more prepared than today's American's are.
Here's his blog:
And here is a half-hour presentation summing it all up for us, in his usual dead-pan style:
PS He lives on a boat!