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).
This is a staggering jump and it’s not looking any better. There will also be new prices this fall, sometime in September / October. Mountain House remains “gone” forever, as far as I am concerned, I’ll never see their cans again. I still carry their pouches though and they ship pretty quick. I’ve got a warehouse full of Mountain House cans, but I’m not letting any of them go. Soon to be priceless, I’m sure.
I’ve always said “it will never be any cheaper” which is proving to be resoundingly true for all things. Price increase are WAY higher then what has been reported, but that’s another ‘syndrome’ we’ve seen quite a lot of. “Underreporting” things like actual costs, the rate and speed of climate change, the rates of depletion and environmental destruction, the spiraling number of freedoms being lost, it’s an endless list, one which is only being given out in bits and pieces but is actually considerably worse then our handlers are letting on.
You’re not seeing all of this unless you do a bit of math and also connect the dots. Packages in the supermarket are smaller or offering fewer servings / ounces, and prices are somewhat higher, but in reality, you’re paying quite a bit more. We all know what fuel cost are doing, despite the recent drops in oil prices, my local stations are still in the $4.18 ranges.
The tiny bit of fuel that might be actually available (extractable) in the Arctic is going to cause a tremendous amount of ‘world jockeying’ among the industrialized nations, particularly Russia, China and the USA. In an extremely energy dependent world like today, it’s not going to change the price of anything, ever. It will only keep going up.
We will see $7 gasoline pretty soon. And $2 cups of coffee and $4 loafs of bread. Instead of weeing ourselves off of our oil-soaked agricultural production, we’re still stuck in the same rut as before. It’s going to take a LOT more then what we’ve already seen to change that fact.
We have a long ways to fall yet, but it could still happen very, very quickly (pray that it does, a slow collapse is the worst outcome of all). Kind of like the sudden “splat” for the jumpers that used to leap from the Empire State building. Free fall isn’t so bad, you might even enjoy the view, it’s the sudden stop that hurts.
So “enjoy it” while you can. Prices are up, but we’ve not seen anything yet. Stagflation is likely headed our way.
I don’t think that article even begins to really cover the real issue however. Just go look at the real numbers for yourself, toss in all the banking failures, the bailouts, the bankruptcies, the foreclosure rates, the millions of now homeless and scratch your head a time or two and connect the dots you do know about. It’s not that hard to see, our goose is already cooked, now we’re just a bunch of plucked birds frying in our own fat. And nothing can be done about it.
It’s still collapse, no matter how you slice it or dice it or (s)Elect it. Nothing has changed folks, nothing at all, which is the real reason why we cannot manage our way out of this growing disaster.