“The shortening or relocalization of supply chains will be encouraged.” Page 108.
In the past year there have been two events that really showed how fragile our supply chain is, Texas and Covid-19. During the Ice storm that hit Texas in February of 2021 supply chains shut down from the farm to the supermarket when the power was shut off in certain parts of the state. Ranchers could not open the doors to some of their barns to feed their cattle. Crop farmers could not work the grain silos to move feed for the ranchers who needed it. Warehouses did not function and store were shut down unable to process purchases without electricity. Texas was a prime example of how our supply chain can be shut down with the flip of a switch.
Towards the beginning of covid-19 the public learned how much of our pharmaceutical industry is now located overseas. India and China supply the US with the majority of our generic versions and antibiotics. When the lockdowns started both of these countries refused to export any medical equipment or medications regardless of who owned the company or already paid for the product. Our healthcare supply chain was shut down by foreign countries.
Localizing supply chains is not a new concept. For the past twenty years I have heard people pushing this idea and to a greater extent I want to agree with it. But, if we are shortening supply chains, taking more hands away from the product to move it from the origin to your home, why is it costing more than something imported from China or India? I may like my farmer neighbor Bob down the street but I’m not going to pay double for his spinach compared to what the local supermarket brought in with Chile on the label. If localizing the supply chain is going to work the local producers need to start offering prices that will under bid what is coming in from the world market.
“On the left, activists and green parties that were already stigmatizing air travel and asking for a rollback against globalization will be emboldened by the positive effect the pandemic had on our environment (far fewer carbon emissions, much less air and water pollution.) Page 108.
Green parties will be pushing for more climate change restrictions on economies all over the world, however Covid-19 did them no favors with what we learned after the initial lockdowns. From march 2020 to the end of the year the earth heated up by half a degree. The air was cleaner but that also meant that more solar rays were able to hit the earth’s surface and not be reflected back by aerosols. Reducing carbon emissions and air pollution heats up the earth faster, not slower. We learned this twenty years ago after the days following 9-11. When airlines were shut down and people stayed home from the shock of what happened with the world trade center, the earth, just like during the lockdowns, heated up from the lack of air pollution. As the decades pass, we continue to relearn the same things while continuing to pass along the wrong information to future generations. I remember learning about global warming as a kid growing up in the 80s and the information that is given to kids today is almost identical regardless of everything we have learned. The earth is changing, it always has been. With the agenda to shut down carbon emissions and fossil fuels we have to learn time and time again that doing so would speed up the disaster waiting to happen with harsher consequences.
Politics: In the world of Joe Biden, it appears that doing missile strikes in Syria is okay, having the nuclear launch codes is not. Nancy Pelosi and other members of congress are asking for the president to make the launching of nuclear missiles an option not only for him but others in power. The decision has always been in the hands of the president but now there is a push to allows others to make that decision instead. Like several presidents before him one of Biden’s first acts as president was to fire missiles at a hostile target to prove that his testicles still work. These were not just ISIS positions but Iranian positions as well. Fun how the news stated they were ISIS targets even though the Iranians have been fighting ISIS since it was created. It was mostly Iranian military that kicked ISIS out of Iraq while our previous president Obama reduced troops and did little to stop the ISIS invasion, except for arming ISIS in the beginning, but that is another story.
Former French president Sarkozy was sentenced to jail for corruption, but he will be allowed to fulfill his sentence from home.
Economics: Congress is looking to spend another 1.9 trillion dollars of money the country doesn’t have towards racist policies and more control over the lives of people. Black farmers will receive a bailout while white farmers will not. The minimum wage might increase to $15 an hour nationwide. Meanwhile your dollar is devalued in your bank account while other people are able to buy stuff on Amazon instead of paying their bills. If you want to know how wealth is being transferred in this country it is taking place through inflation and handing money to those who do not know how to save, make poor life choices like going into massive debt for a degree in Russian lesbian literature, or popping out three kids before they would have dropped graduated from high school if they had stayed enrolled.
Expect $3 a gallon for gasoline after the winter storm that went through Texas. Combined with a lack of oil production coming out of Russia and Saudi Arabia. Combine these factors with Biden’s halt of land leasing to oil companies and the next four years will be painful on your pocket books at the pump.
Gold: $1,723.40 troy ounce
Silver: $26.65 troy ounce
Platinum: $1,191.00 troy ounce
Copper: $4.11 pound
US National Debt: $27,968,317,000,000
Debt per citizen: $84,701
Food: If you have been paying attention for the past few weeks you might have noticed that food prices have gone up, shelves were empty in grocery stores in Texas, and the power was shut off to farms, warehouses, and production plants where these items are made. With the grid in Texas shutting down it meant that the whole supply chain concerning food also shut down. If this doesn’t show people how fragile our food supply chain is then I don’t know what will.
Self-defense: Countries around the world are debating the start of Covid-19 internment camps to keep people locked away for quarantine. Canada currently forces their citizens to check into a hotel for three days with a charge of $2,000. To leave the hotel means the person could face a fine and/ or prison time. The food supplied is stated to be cold and un-edible, rarely close to 2,000 calories. In Australia there is talk of turning old mining camps into covid-19 camps to hold people that test positive for the disease. Over a month ago, Germany was considering the creation of camps to house people that violate quarantine and hold them against their will. In New York state a bill sits before committee to allow the governor to detain people suspected of being infected with the virus and hold them in a camp for an indefinite period of time.
Health: Hank Aaron, the legendary baseball player died two weeks after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. Authorities say there is not link between the vaccine and the death of a man deemed healthy by his doctors, before an investigation has taken place and results of an autopsy are complete. Meanwhile lawyers in Germany are building a case for worldwide fraud in the mishandling of a pandemic that has a survival rate of 99.98%.
Climate: An iceberg larger than New York City has broken off of Antarctica, again. Meanwhile former president Barack Obama bought beachfront property. Who should we trust when it comes to the science of climate change/ global warming?
Editorial: It has been a while since I have put together one of these newsletters. Working a new job that takes up 14 hours of your day for five days in a row will put a dent in your free time. I don’t get to hear the news, delivering in a rural area limits the intake of news through talk radio and maybe a country station if you’re lucky. I heard about Hank Aaron, Glenn Beck’s jokes about pronouns, and how the Dems are trying to take away Joe Biden’s ability to carry the nuclear football. Time is short. I’m about half way through The Great Reset and I don’t know when I will be able to finish it. I hate it. Starting a project and not being able to finish it. This is the same repeating story of my life. I will keep this going the best that I can but post won’t be as often as they were and I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with the news as I was before.
As a kid my parents would throw me into a dumpster to look for discarded food. There were only three of us and while we were not bad off if there was anything better than cheap it was free. I would pull out bags of oranges that had not gone bad, boxes of pasta past their shelf date, and in one instance a plastic bag filled with leavened dough from the local little Caesar’s. We spent an entire day baking loaves of bread, bread sticks, and storing away what wasn’t used in the freezer.
I learned early on that food goes to waste at an unprecedented level in this country. The store we were dumpster diving at was a Harding’s grocery store in an upscale neighborhood. This store didn’t bother with a clearance section to move old product. Anyone who bought from such a section would be judged for having financial problems, instead of looked up to for being thrifty. So these things were thrown into the dumpster and written off in their books as a loss for a bonus tax break.
Before I started a 30 day social media and news fast a story popped up regarding a Fred Meyer in Portland Oregon who called the police to stop people from jumping into their dumpster at night. A dozen cops showed up and stopped a group of people from searching through the dumpster for food to salvage. I have several issues with this. Store employees were standing guard at the dumpster to make sure nobody was able to climb into it. When the crowd became too big they called the police to protect their “trash.” A dozen police officers stood guard for an hour and a half making sure nobody went into the dumpster. As a business I have to assume that whatever they had thrown away was worth more than the pay of the police officers and what their staff was paid to watch over a dumpster instead of moving and selling product in the store to make a profit. If that is the case, why wasn’t the food in that dumpster donated to a local food pantry instead of tossing it into a dumpster? There has never been a case of a business being sued for donating food to a pantry.
Before the death of Anthony Bourdain, he produced a documentary called Wasted, it wasn’t about drug abuse but how all over the world food is wasted and what we can do about it. People were interviewed about dumpster diving, food was collected to feed to pigs at farms, composed was created for farmers, the list grew as to how this Waste could be used for a greater good.
The current situation of inflation and rising food cost is going to make life difficult for those who can not afford the cost. Solutions will need to be found and whether it is growing your own food or diving into a dumpster people will need to do something.
There are two stores in my area that sell food at a discount compared to major supermarkets. The first one we found is called Cadillac Marketplace. They not only sell food but other products that have sat on store shelves so long they are throw into a tractor trailer and sold to the store at a low fixed price. Protein bars that are usually $3 I buy for $.10 and boxes of cereal sell for $1. Bags of Starbucks and Bulletproof coffee sell for $4 when they are usually $10-$15. The first time I went to this store I walked out with two banana boxes filled with food for $75. A few weeks ago the owners of this store bought a load of food that included cases of MREs (meals ready to eat) brand new and sealed shut. With Covid-19 and the lockdowns MREs have been in short supply and they regularly sell on Amazon for $120 for a single box to $300 for two depending on what you get. The individual bags appeared on the shelves and I started to fill the cart. When the owner noticed me, he said that he had a pallet in the back and he wanted to move it out to save space. I bought six boxes for $10 each.
In a nearby town called McBain there is a small Amish store called Pineview. We had heard about it from the neighbors and decided to check it out. This place ended up being twice the size we thought it was when we pulled up. The frozen food section was massive, carrying the over stock of meat and produce usually shipped to restaurants and stores. We found everything from lunch meat ham, breakfast sausage, Greek yogurt, cheese, and bacon for $1 each. It was even cheaper if you bought it by the case. The first time we went I threw a box of Cornish hens in the cart for $10. These were Tyson brand and the last time I saw them at the local Meijer they were 2 for $8. Protein bars were mix and match 10 for $1. Pasta and Rice hovered around $1. We found large containers of Bolthouse Farms eggnog for $1, it doesn’t expire until March of 2021. At the end of the trip, we filled two carts, that turned into six banana boxes filled with food, and paid $120. For the first time since buying our freezer chest it now full.
I’m not sure how the Amish do it. I don’t know why these items are offered at one store but guarded by police at another. I remember watching a show with Andrew Zimmerman about people who go dumpster diving in Seattle then take the items they collected and cook it into a meal that was handed out to the homeless via a food truck. Even though nobody was made sick, countless people were fed at no cost to anyone other than the volunteers, the city shut it down for health code violations. It would appear that good Samaritan laws do not apply to feeding the homeless.
With the amount of food that is wasted in this country, even under mandate by the state, it is safe to say that this trend will continue. The Amish and stores like the Cadillac Marketplace won’t have a hard time filling their shelves. Food will continue to go into the landfills while people go hungry unable to pay ridiculous prices. The only way I can think to counter the cost of produce is to grow your own. To expand on that idea is to have people grow enough for themselves and more for their neighbors. If people grew produce on their property it would take a burden off of the grocery stores. We have seen this happen before after the fall of the USSR. Cuba told its people to grow food where ever they could find land. If you were growing food, the land was “yours.” People didn’t starve, they ate better than they had before, and the country moved on.
Texas is currently experiencing a food shortage. The state of abundance, vast swaths of land, cattle, and of course FREEDOM, is going through something many people in our country have never seen before. Store shelves are bear and with the power grid down the food supply chain us unable to move. Everything is literally frozen in place. This is why we should not only be filling pantries with food that have a long shelf life, but learning to preserve food that we grow. Fresh is best but food, regardless of the quality, is better than starving.
I read a story about a man who filled his bathtub during the blackout and woke up the next morning to find all of his drinking water frozen into a block of ice. I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know how people can expect something that rare to happen and prepare for it. Some of the videos I watch told me that in Texas they didn’t even know where their water main shutoff was when a pipe burst in their house. Maybe I’m lucky with where I live. I have seen 120 degrees weather in Michigan. I saw -40 degrees last winter. I’m poor enough to work on my own house and know where the circuit breaker is, the water shut off, and fire extinguishers are assorted where a fire might break out. To me these things are common sense. If I was living in Texas, I wouldn’t know what to do if I spotted a scorpion in my house, came across a rattle snake in my yard, or was charged by a wild boar. We do have bears though.
Rising food prices are here. There is no more speculation of what might happen. The Federal Reserve is printing money like it is the die off of the beanie baby bubble. The stock market is inflated from the influx of money. With a food shortage looming and the value of the dollar declining we will start to see prices we have never seen before. Kiss organic food goodbye, nobody will be able to afford it. Even with the ability to buy food becoming harder for the majority of people some governments are making it more difficult to survive. In the UK the health inspectors are cracking down on people growing and/ or preparing food in their homes and selling it to neighbors. They are now proposing that people caught doing this without a license could face 2 years in prison for feeding people. This would include your local tamale lady who is just trying to make a couple extra bucks. Could we see the closing of places like Pineview and the Cadillac Marketplace in the future? I would not be surprised if the government stepped in and said that cutting more food out of the market during the time of a shortage was for our own good. “We are the Government and we are here to help.” Cringe.
We as individuals need to be creative. We need to learn how to make the most out of the food we have and relearn tools that our ancestors had only a few decades ago. There was a time, not that long ago, when food wasn’t cheap. We have had it good for a long time now due to cheap oil. The world is changing and as a species we need to adapt to it. While the powers that be think they can implement a policy that will cover all places and cultures, they are horribly wrong. Texas is a prime example. People in local areas need to figure out the best way to make it in the new world that is coming. Where I live the land is rolling hills, the soil is filled with clay, water pools into ponds everywhere, and we have constant wind. There is a lot of cattle and livestock here. Dairy farms are a dime a dozen. Rolling hills of wheat and corn are common. Move closer to the lake and you will find grape vines and hops growing in fields. One policy will not fix a state, or a country. It is beholden of the individual to figure out the best measure to work through this. The only people that can help us in the future is ourselves.
Politics: Trump was acquitted at the end of the second impeachment trial with a total cost for the spectacle costing tax payers around $519 million dollars. While the trial was taking place, Trump was in Florida at his Mar-a-Lago resort playing golf. When asked about censoring the former President, Nancy Pelosi stated that they censor people for “using the wrong letter head, not for insurrection.” Prosecutors on a state level have considered bringing charges to Trump for anything they can come up with. Meanwhile, Trump replied with “looking forward to 2022” when asked about his future prospects. Regardless of how the Republican party wants to think of itself Trump is still the face of the party.
Economics: The federal reserve is printing more money for the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill congress is looking to pass. $1400 checks will be sent out to a selected group of individuals dependent on income. African American farmers are also receiving a bailout from their failed crops of 2020 while white farmers are left in debt since Biden overturned an executive order signed by Trump for a farmer bailout program created during the tariff war with China.
Gold: $1,819.40 troy ounce
Silver: $27.68 troy ounce
Platinum: $1,309.80 troy ounce
Copper: $3.83 pound
US National Debt: $27,914,227,000,000
Debt per citizen: $84,270
Food: John Oliver, British propagandist for the Great Reset, had a twenty-minute segment on 2-14-2021 laying out an argument against farming by talking about the next pandemic. The segment came to a close discussing the cohabitation of humans and animals and how dirty animals are. It was like a talking point straight out of the Ice Age Farmer channel on YouTube. Not only do we have a famine to look forward to but it will be man made due to a sudden interest in stopping the production of animal protein. There was also an argument made against urban sprawl and humans taking away the natural habitat of animals.
Self-defense: On Valentine’s day President Joe Biden made a statement about pursuing gun control using useless phrases like “universal background checks” “assault weapons” and “common sense gun laws.” Leave it to a politician to not know that universal background checks are already in place across the country. Assault weapons are not a style of firearm, it was literally made up by politicians to include whatever weapon they think is scary. One man’s common sense is another man’s idiot. I sure that most “hold my beer” moments started with what appeared to be common sense.
When Biden was pressed on what measures he was looking at sending to congress most of them were in line with the anti-2nd amendment bill HR 127. The banning of high-capacity magazines, registering or confiscation of “assault rifles,” making online sales of ammunition illegal, and a gun registration program.
Editorial: I know it has been a while. I believe ten days since my last installment of From the Cabin. During a two-week time span I published three books, kept up with this newsletter, and was reading The Great Reset while posing about what is in the book. Needless to say, I burned myself out and my body told me I was taking a week off. It appears I am back now and I know I didn’t touch on everything in this newsletter. There is the 117-year-old woman in the EU who survived Covid-19. Moe people continue to test positive for the virus after having both doses of the vaccine. Positive test and deaths in the UK are down 46% since the peak of the outbreak and they are still on lockdown. Biden is now saying we will have to continue lockdowns until early winter of 2021. The math for administering vaccines would say 2022 before we would reach herd immunity but it looks like the vaccine doesn’t even work. then there is the rare blood disorder that keeps coming up from people who received the vaccine. The Great Reset is in full swing through several aspects of our society. I noticed that Bitcoin is up 25% since the last time I looked at the price. Thankfully the very Jewish Ben Shapiro hired the accused anti-Semite Gina Carano to write, produce, and star in her own movie. As of this morning Texas is in a state of Emergency because of snow. The funniest part of the story is that 23% of their energy comes from windmill turbines and those are “frozen” due to the polar vortex and all solar panels are covered in snow. The state said they would have to institute rolling black outs to make sure the entire grid did not go down from the increase in electrical use to heat homes that usually don’t need winter heat. The same story is happening in Germany, a country that has regular winters and has no excuse for the lack of power in their grid other than incompetence. Texas is understandable, Germany on the other hand, I don’t know what they were thinking. This is why virtue signaling is dangerous and doing something for the sake of appearing morally good causes more damage in the end then the good they think they are accomplishing. The pursuit of pushing a vegan diet, less consumerism, and a green power grid will kill more people in the long run than they care to admit. And maybe that is the point. Wasn’t Stalin also trying to do a good thing? Look how that turned out.