Current Status

I’m afraid I have been much too busy to keep the blog up to date. I haven’t hardly seen the news in two weeks. I do know in part, what is happening, since I’m still receiving links and news bits and bytes via email. And I know what is happening in the hearts of men — fear. There is fear everywhere right now and it’s hitting hard.

Volume on the food site is up, something like 5000%. I’m not kidding. I can barely keep up with it. Blog traffic is way, way up too, which is a bit strange since there aren’t any real updates here. I will run out of bandwidth again sooner rather then later, but it’s only $1 per gig so it’s really negligble.

Somebody is indeed trying to hack the site, but this is only a minor annoyance. I appreciate the notice some of you gave me when the site crashed, you knew it before I did.

My ISP has still been unable to keep their commitments and get our Internet service fixed, so I’m often on dialup. This is tying up the phone all too much, but there is little I can do about it. Internet service here has always been quite poor, and now it’s really showing as volume goes up.

The canneries are all overwhelmed as predicted long ago. Please be patient, everyone. There is nothing anybody can do about it. I’m up front and honest as I can be about what’s happening and where its headed. Frankly, I don’t think we’ve seen anything yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath is the behemoth that is truly frightening.

I need to say this to all callers — please READ what is posted on the website. It’s there for your help and information and will greatly alleviate the unnecessary calls that are pouring in. I don’t mind honest and intelligent questions, but telling me you can’t find the food listings on my website just blows my mind.

Lonewolf shares:

Markets are near panic (real fear of Depression worse than 1930), Gold over $1000, Oil headed for $150, as the dollar fell and remain below 72 cents – headed for the literal toilet. Housing foreclosures still increasing, lay-offs / job loses climbing rapidly. Bush convenes PPT (ha ha ha), Fed slashes interest rates again as fictional printing presses work 24/7 to prop up a categorically fake ‘economy’. ALL newz is BAD bad bad – or GOOD good good if you’re rooting for imminent collapse. Cash, the new ass wipe. EVERY thing I read/see/hear and feel says, it’s all over except for the screaming. ’bout bushing time! Time to pinch off the loaf – no time to wipe or watch the turds swirl in the vortex. Got a hole to climb into? The fat lady has left the stage but only a handful notice. When they look up and see she is gone. the hounds of Hell will be unleashed. Praise be unto Dark Lord Beelzebush. Camp Cheney awaits.

I concur. The dominoes have all been tipped and are knocking each other down in rapid succession. A world that was propped up on cheap energy, funny money and lies is bound to fail sometime. I’m somewhat surprised it has lasted as long as it has. There’s no saving it, there’s not one chance in a million of saving it now.

What I’m personally witnessing from this position is sheer panic. Fearful, frightful sheep who reacted too little, too late and still think it’s only a temporary glitch. I disagree. There is nothing temporary about this. But I don’t how much I should say because we’re long past the point where saying anything at all is helping. It’s not. It’s making things worse.

I expect the blog to slow down quite a bit as a result. I think this is for the best for everyone in fact. TEOTWAWKI has arrived and there isn’t much we can do to lighten this burden we now carry. Now we need to shoulder the load the best we can and that is not something we can do online.

Oh, Lonewolf also suggested I sell SA for a million euro’s.  Any takers?

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15 thoughts on “Current Status

  • March 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm
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    God, the news stories are appalling today. The financial system could blow at any moment – or continue to hang by a thread.

    God help the pod-people – they have NO IDEA just how terrible their predicament is. Never was a group so unprepared for hardship as modern Americans – physically, financially, psychologically, spiritually.

    I’m half fascinated, half horrified by what may be about to happen.

    Fingers crossed that there’s a few weeks left. I need them.

    Admin, let me know if I can help you with bandwidth – I have more than I need, by a long way. If you have any large files that are eating your bandwidth, I’ll be happy to host them for you.

  • March 17, 2008 at 1:38 pm
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    for levity (via PO via TOD)

    “The new Hoovervilles are known as Shruburbs”

    Welcome to Shruburbia, you’re #1 rest stop enroute to Camp Cheney.

  • March 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm
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    Yep! the PPT did a good job of hiding the truth of the market today.
    SWAT in Florida crushing poor people hoping for subsidized housing. Tent cities springing up in CA.
    I quietly make my plans and hope things hang together just a little longer. I will have everything in place by June 1st now that I finally got what will probably be my last dollar denominated job.
    The guy wants me for the next five years. I said OH sure. OK. Can you pay in advance?

  • March 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm
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    It must be the canned, freeze-dried, grains, etc., that are in big demand, because I know intellectually where this food thing is headed, but keep noticing ads in local grocery stores don’t reflect rising prices. For example yesterday I saw an ad for cabbage for 19cents/lb! You can’t even grow it for that, so I’m assuming maybe cabbage was their “loss leader” for the week.
    Anyway, I haven’t ventured in the store, so don’t really know the prices of canned goods, dry beans, etc.
    Is anyone else seeing a huge disparity between local prices for perishables and the prices of storables?

  • March 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm
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    actually admin, I’d still ‘accept’ a million of either $ or €, but not for much longer.

    1 € = 1.57221 USD [3-17-08, 22:42 UTC]

  • March 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm
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    Yes, Lynda, there are the loss leaders and then there is the rest of the food.

    Eggs are $2 per dozen, milk is $4 per gallon, bread – the white styrofoam bread – is $1 a loaf, oatmeal is $2 for 18 oz, etc. 5 lb bag of generic flour is at $2.05 at a discount store, more for name brand. Generic flour was $1 a year ago.
    Dry beans, in most stores, are about a dollar a pound. I stocked up when it was on sale the other day, at 70 cents a pound.

    ONIONS have been $3 for 3 pounds, for crying out loud. Hard squash $1.50 a pound. Pasta, my gods! used to be 50 cents for name brand a few years back. Now a sale price is $1.40 for the same pound. Pasta sauce hasn’t gone up – instead, the bottle has shrunk from 32 ounces to 24.

  • March 18, 2008 at 4:35 am
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    It gives me (and quite a few others) little comfort in correctly predicting that Collapse (big C), when it comes, would first manifest itself primarily as an economic crisis/crash, ala Weimar Germany, the former Soviet Union, or Argentina, circa 2000. A hyperinflationary collapse at that, not a deflationary one, as was the Great Depression. Far more damaging, I might add. Rome went much the same way, after all (just much more slowly). Too many stacked up cards in this department.

    To quote from Dmitry Orlov:
    “Stage 1: Financial collapse. Faith in “business as usual” is lost. The future is no longer assumed resemble the past in any way that allows risk to be assessed and financial assets to be guaranteed. Financial institutions become insolvent; savings are wiped out, and access to capital is lost.”

    As I type this, and in a startling quick progression, we are already knocking at stage 2.
    “Stage 2: Commercial collapse. Faith that “the market shall provide” is lost. Money is devalued and/or becomes scarce, commodities are hoarded, import and retail chains break down, and widespread shortages of survival necessities become the norm.”
    Within six months, these conditions will be apparent all but the brain dead.

    News from the wage-slave front lines:
    Burger, fries, and cup of watered down corn-syrup combo (or its equivalent pretty much anywhere else) now runs a solid $6+. More for fish. Local Wal-mart was almost out of beer, and on a Sunday, as average Joes attempt to drink their problems away, just as the former Soviets did. Three apples cost $2, one loaf of whole-grain name brand bread, $2.79. The corn ethanol debacle has pushed the price of a 2 liter bottle of soda to $1.50.

  • March 18, 2008 at 8:44 am
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    Man, where are you guys from??? Here in the bay area, I would love to see 2 dollars for a dozen eggs, and a 16 oz. bottle of coke is already $1.69…Gas is $3.83 a gallon for regular and I don’t even want to look at diesel. Yesterday, I saw the biggest line at the rescue mission in my life, most everyone I know have already lost their house and are in shelters or friends houses, as there is just no work. The real problem is that they all think it is just temporary and everything will get better soon. My hope is that I get the food I ordered before the bottom falls out. But I have changed the way I look at things, now I run around yelling “The ground is rising”

  • March 18, 2008 at 9:58 am
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    Hey admin – I’d put the site up for 50 grand OBO. Get that backhoe you’ve been looking at! Seriously, if you have a salable asset that can be converted into final doom prep now is the time. Don’t wait for the collapse… gold for shovel handles now!

  • March 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm
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    Store brand cardboard/white bread around here is “on sale” for $1, and that’s only a 1 lb. loaf. I’ve started making my own again…thank heaven I bought a bunch of flour last year and put it in the freezer. Homemade is cheaper, tastes better, and I can put in whatever healthier ingredients I want into it (I’m currently munching some white bread with a touch of rye flour and honey….yum!)

    I’m also suddenly glad that I started two flats of tomatoes instead of just the one. I should probably purchase more canning jars while they’re still $10 a case…at this rate, we’ll all need our Victory gardens.

  • March 18, 2008 at 4:37 pm
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    canning jars! That’s one I forgot. Gotta get that one way high up on list.

    thanks for the reminder…

  • March 18, 2008 at 4:40 pm
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    Just got myself a second generator. A Honda EU2000i. Has inverter for charging batteries. They call it “super quiet” and they aren’t kidding. The baby just purrs. You could run it in your garage with a tiny exhaust pipe running out through the wall and you’ld have to be standing right next to it to hear it. $999 at the local farm store.

    luck all…

  • March 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm
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    Canning jars are good. It’s the infinite number of lids that I’m trying to buy that are killing me. At least the lids don’t take up much storage room. Wish I had a canner without rubber gaskets, too, but that’s not likely to show up at Goodwill/Salvation Army/garage sales.

    My first batch of veggie seeds didn’t do well. Shouldn’t have experimented with pots made of paper. Well, better it fail early in March than later – I started more seeds today, in more traditional pots.

    The peas I planted directly in the garden just started showing today. The onion sets are coming up. However, the onions have been needing LOTS of water, they are planted in the ‘holes’ of concrete blocks. I was hoping to plant beans in other blocks, after the turnips, but I fear that it will be too dry for them there.

    So much to learn, so little time. And failure = death.

  • March 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm
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    Hey Fernwise,

    I have found that raising seeds in an outside bath filled with good soil and compost gives me the best results. It is easily covered with a fly wire screen to keep off pests and is easy to keep moist.

    Transplant seedlings on a cool day or leave them in the bath to grow.

    Good luck all.

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