I’m On Vacation

I’m checking out for a few days for some R&R, it’s been 14 years, so I’d like to think I’ve earned it.

There are new prices on the website. Rainy Day just did another emergency price increase, so I stayed home and got these figures published. A quick check of 2006 .vs. 2008 prices shows a solid 75% price increase in less then two years (18 months actually).

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More Bank Failures And Other Doom

1st National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank, operating in Nevada, Arizona and California, were closed Friday by federal regulators.

The ‘plan’ looks like to announce these closures on Fridays. Wonder which bank is next? Wait till Friday…

>Banks Brace For More Pain Not something Advil is going to help with…

Not related, but interesting, Russia’s military conducts test flights near North Pole. Told you this was going to happen. They’re going North to battle for the oil and gas.

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It’s the End Of The World

Oh boy, what a week this has already been. Economic meltdowns are accelerating at a rapid pace.

Our idiot government bails out Fannie Mae in a desperate and incredibly stupid attempt to salvage the home mortgage swindle, err bad loans shelled out, and we are all supposed to breath a sigh of relief…

Well, don’t fall for any of it. This is the ice dam breaking, next comes the flood. Vaughn has a few things to say about all of this:

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Half Of the Amazon Rainforest To Be Lost

Lonewolf sent me this, I’ve been too busy stomping out brushfires and responding to email — Half the Amazon Rainforest to be Lost by 2030

The report, “Amazon’s Vicious Cycles: Drought and Fire,” concludes that 55 percent of the world’s largest rainforest stands to be severely damaged from agriculture, drought, fire, logging and livestock ranching in the next 22 years. Another 4 percent may be damaged by reduced rainfall caused by global warming. This is anticipated to destroy up to 80 percent of wildlife habitat in the region.

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The Current Food Situation

Since several people have kindly reminded me that Mountain House has yet another announcement, I will post this here too. I know this is on other sites, but since I stopped selling Mountain House cans in May when they cut off all new orders, I didn’t think it was necessary to fan the flames any higher.

I received a letter a couple days ago that states Mountain House has sold all of their can production through 2009. Effectively, this means that many Mountain House dealers, including myself cannot sell Mountain House can products anymore.

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Keyhole Gardening

Spotted this over on Monkeyfister, the keyhole garden.  An innovative idea that could help you grow your own food.


Some observations: I wonder if you could pry the cellphones and Ipods away from Americans and get a happy level of participation as shown in this video?  Somehow, I sort of doubt it.

The rusty cans was interesting, I’ve never seen that before.

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Energy Crisis Continues to Expand

The CIA reports that there are 266 “nations, dependent areas, and other entities” on the world today. During the last few weeks at least 90 of these are reported to be having continuing serious or very serious energy shortages. The number of countries with energy problems may be much higher as the CIA also reports that 94 of the world’s nations are islands many of which are so small they are rarely heard from but are almost certain to be suffering from $140 oil.

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Open Thread

I don’t have much to say, the banking failures are just the tip of the iceberg, signs of a civilization gone terribly wrong. More of these to come, that’s for sure.

The government proposed bailout of the mortgage lenders is ‘weird’ in my opinion, a real Catch-22 situation. The collapse continues, dominoes fall, all you can do is get out of their way (if possible).

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One-Third of Gloal Coral Reefs Facing Extinction

I really wonder what it is going to take to wake this world up from it’s apathy and slumber.

Built over millions of years, coral reefs are home to more than 25 percent of marine species, making them the most biologically diverse of marine ecosystems. Corals produce reefs in shallow tropical and sub-tropical seas and have been shown to be highly sensitive to changes in their environment.

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Nearly 50% of Pakistan Is Now ‘Food Insecure’

Pakistan is 160 million, with 77 million (48%) now ‘food insecure’, a 28% increase over this time last year.

Soaring food prices and shortages of staples mean about 77 million people of Pakistan’s 160 million population are food insecure, a 28 percent increase over the past year, according to U.N. World Food Program (WFP) estimates.  Hunger Brings Anguish for Pakistan Millions

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Bank Seized By Federal Regulators – Bank Runs By Depositors

Possibly the first of many: IndyMac Bank Seized By Federal Regulators

This is what collapse looks like, falling dominoes littering the landscape.

The federal government took control of Pasadena-based IndyMac Bank on Friday in what regulators called the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.

Citing a massive run on deposits, regulators shut its main branch three hours early, leaving customers stunned and upset. One woman leaned on the locked doors, pleading with an employee inside: “Please, please, I want to take out a portion.” All she could do was read a two-page notice taped to the door.

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Got Your Head Stuck In The Sand? Check Out The Deniers List!

A true story submitted by Lonewolf, we’ve probably all got friends like this:

Today, I received (another) email from a friend of over 30 years basically saying (again) that “Global Warming” is a crock, fraud, hoax, lie, scam – aka utter bullshit.

I used to think this person was one of if not the most intelligence people I’d ever known. Man, was I wrong. I’m having a really hard time even believing this shit – wanting to think he’s just ‘pulling my leg’, ‘jerking my chain. Yet, I know that he is not. This ‘revelation’ is felt to be highly/personally disturbing on several levels/fronts.

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How Often Do You Feel Like This?

This is going to become one of my favorite images. Not only do I very often feel like this when discussing the rampant stupidity of this world, I can fully emphasize with this fellow in so many ways.

Lonewolf shared this with me (who else?), where he found it over on Thomas Paine’s Corner, in the “Sentient Like Me” article. I stuck my comments on this article over there and won’t repeat them here.

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