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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

what you brought to the party 3


WHAT YOU BROUGHT TO THE PARTY 3
( post 2 today )
Sweet Jesus up to his knees in this crap tsunami ( per Aesop, the S-6 Chart. S1 crap show-the S stands for something else than “crap”-S2 crap circus, S3 crap Mardi Gra, where we are with Beer Bug, S4 crap riot, S5 crap tsunami, the 10 plagues of Egypt, and S6, crap apocalypse, Noah's Flood ), every two days whatever I just wrote is already obsolete. What can you even buy right now? This morning as I write this ( no, I STILL want to post a week in advance. What if I am down for days sick?-but, want in one hand ) yesterday's “rumor” of ammo shortages is confirmed by a visit to the SG Ammo web site.
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No Wolf or Tula ( hmm, look at that! Once again, a guardian angel always lighting a fire under my ass as I bulk bought last Fall ). The 223 isn't too bad yet, you can still buy 38 or 40 cent rounds ( again, by the time you read this, everything will have changed ), but good luck finding that price for 9mm. Yes, correct, 9mm is now in such short supply it is selling more than carbine ammo. Yeah, what about a “pistol” barreled AR upper? LOL. Okay, this is how crazy it is. All the 303 British steel cased is sold out! AFTER the war, guns started being made with better tolerances and steel case was okay.
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Guns before that needed the case to swell and seal the chamber ( which is why you get a slight gas escape in a Mosin-Nagant using steel case ammo ). I would NEVER use steel case in my precious Lee-Enfield, THE last best battle rifle. No, semi's are not in my mind as good of a design, as they all followed the Nazi manufacturing methods, sheet metal and plastic. You want a REAL rifle to survive the apocalypse, hard wood and steel are needed. And those horse cavalry calibers, because they are far more suitable for homemade reloads using not quite factory standard components.
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This is a trend I've noticed these last couple of weeks. The cheapest products all went first, and they are what is being fought after. I personally think that Costco is a huge rip off, even without factoring in the membership fees. I noticed, before Wal-Mart stopped being the Low Price Leader after 2009 or so, that Wally generic small packs were cheaper per unit than Costco huge packs. I never returned. But the perception is that they are cheap, at least to the Yuppie Scum who don't go to Wally.
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So they got hammered first. Then Wal-Mart ran out of toilet paper ( prior to the food runs ). Next, Family Dollar was out of their very cheap TP ( superior to Wally in price and quantity ), but had all other kinds of TP, the brand names. Only the cheapest disposable batteries were bought out. Returning to an old theme here, people simply don't have much cash on hand. And a LOT of people use credit cards to pay daily bills like utilities. So, with half of the population unable to come up with $400 for an emergency, and the other half with maxed out credit cards, only the cheapest products were targeted.
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What else could people do, with the resources they had? This gave us a small amount of time to go buy the more expensive items at the crappy stores almost everyone but Seniors avoid ( looking at you, Albertson's ). I imagine those are stripped bare about by now also. I guess it is a very good thing indeed a lot of us were a lot worse off financially than Make 'Murica Great Again Trump was willing to admit ( sorry, but if your greatest claim to fame is Better Than Hilary, the bar has lowered so far being President doesn't mean much anymore ), or the supplies would have disappeared weeks earlier.
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So, baring a miracle, and I simply don't see that happening but I pray I'm wrong-for all the good a prayer does from an agnostic-the retail stores are pretty close to no longer being an option. I really did NOT see Wal-Mart being completely wiped out of dry foods ( the video's I see also saw refrigerated meat gone, but on my last visit there I didn't look to see ). I thought the China Mart section would be emptying and the food section, minus a few items as normal from unexpected outages, would stay full. I really dropped the ball on that one. Which just goes to show you that no plan survives first contact with the enemy.
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I was saying, gee, wonder if Wally can stay open just selling food. Now? Now I'm wondering if Wally stays opens weeks from now, let alone months. You might think, they have volume on their side and secure the food before anyone else, or even contracts. But I see the issue now as being huge empty stores with too many people working there, and the end of the volume shopping that made that possible. Before, okay, perhaps they survive as a grocery store. Now? How? If your food is wiped out the minute the semi pulls away, customers mobbing the stocking cart before the cases are even open, what sales sustain the store the rest of the time?
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Now, granted, I'm linear thinking here. Something could happen, like the federal government freezes mortgage payments and compensates owners ( hello, even more hyperinflation than the repo market bail out is going to bring ). But at the current series of events, customers with paychecks and nothing to buy, I can't see the limited and probably rationed per store restocking having a chance of keeping up with demand. If everyone had lost their job FIRST, it might have been a different story. 
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30 comments:

  1. Right, no plan survives first contact with the enemy. That should be a Minion motto, to be mumbled repeatedly as they go about their plan-b, plan-c, etc contingency fall back options. Although a studious accolyte to Bison precepts, I have a few holes in my plans and preps. (I could not yuppie buy 100% of my needs or pay my way out of this pickle situation) let the fatigue and anxiety soften up the populations. The MSM media, and system overlords will as usual be distracted onto some other drama as society as whole adjusts. Picking through smoking ruins afterwards is better than being a player one combatant for something that is not your fight in the first instance. Be the laughing Hyenna (they are funny though) that picks up scraps judiciously without going head on with the Lions and tigers and bears oh my! That are out there. Now is the time to be frosty, literally.

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    1. We all have holes in our plans. And as the last few weeks demonstrated, it is a lot easier to have money than supplies, as the supply chain fails.

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  2. Yang bucks! I am already strategizing any impending .gov fiscal stimulas checks for the citizenry towards more preps. (Flirs, freeze dried, ammo, hhmm?) Just snarky talk, maybe, but this demonstrates how screwed we be. Stay Frosty with them .gov funds.

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    1. My biggest "Oy, Crap!" moments was when they removed the reserve requirements for the banks.

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    2. You mean fractional reserve? Banks are no longer required to have 10% on hand?

      Well, I have it on good authority that if you turn the empty chip bag inside out you can lap up a days worth of salt, so there's that. Most people just throw it away and grab another bag. Wasteful fools.

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    3. Correct on the 10% fractional reserve. Now, to be honest, I do believe prior to this there was a wink, nod for lower than ten anyway. Still, I believe it is a crap the bed moment. But then, everything worries me :)

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    4. Well then, I guess, if you're late to the Bank Run Party the only thing left is to blow the doors off the hinges and go in and start slittin' necks, huh?

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    5. Can make some. I was in the engineers, remember?

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  3. I guess 500 billion a day wasn't enough, so just make it easier to meet the new lower requirements. Move along..nothing to see here

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    1. Even with a deviated septum and AIDS, you still can't ever get enough blow or hookers

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  4. Reports from the field, melbourne australia / others as well and probably very likely. Bus tours. Buses are loaded with "urbanites" (a new derogatory term for a hated peoples) and are arriving in smaller townies and bum rushing local shopping amenities. (Just like NGOs do with rapefugee resettlement placements) Cleaning them out before (slow moving tree sloth like locals) can react.

    I think a Minion here prognosticated and mentioned something like this happening here before at Bison's blog.

    Hermitage townies though nice, are not going to be "IMMUNE".
    Staying Frosty?

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  5. A really well put together piece of work today Lord Bison. But honestly none of us can realistically expect to quarantine long. Just from practical angle. The likelihood of vaccine is 6-12-15 months away.
    Not to sound cavalier but I say take the chance of infection now if you can. We are told 80% of time is mild symptoms. Those odds are better than Vegas, right?

    What we as a society and nation need is herd immunity ASAP. We need to get back to work before Wall Street and allies use this Wuhan Flu to screw us even more. I am not to the point of licking door handles to public restrooms for exposure (or is it toilet seats? I forget) but I'm not hiding under the bed either.

    Wall Street and the bankers are running in high gear to dump their bad bets and clean their balance sheets at our expense. Wuhan Flu IS THE COVER STORY folks.

    Over at Zero Hedge they noted Sec Treas 'mentioning' 20% unemployment unless we do X,Y,Z...
    Article noted how that echoed with 2008 scare that 'tanks will be in street' unless govt does A,B,C.
    Same game, 2nd inning.....

    To Anonymous comment in reply to my opinion yesterday. Nope, I'm neither naive or sarcastic. The Real Economy was doing pretty well. I base that off my wanderings from E. New Mexico/Texas Panhandle/Oklahoma down to San Antonio and east along a 100 mile wide corridor either side of I-10 all the way to Pennsacola.
    Real buildings going up at break neck speed, houses being built, couples getting married, vacations taken and new businesses popping up like post rainstorm mushrooms.
    Is it representative of entire US? I can't say. But a heartbeat and ability to show up would get you a job in short order.

    Some folk ask, "is it real economic growth or frack oil delirium"? Personally, I don't care because real people were working and many THRIVING.
    I don't care if you pay me in gold pieces, cow hides, FedReserve Notes or 6 foot stone 'coins' like on Yap Island. 90% of US willingly shared the illusion that a little piece of paper mattered. It's why we got up every morning to go to 'work'.

    Folks get too wrapped around the axle about the Fed & the bankers and their machinations. Yes, they are scheming slavers but until bullets fly and corpses dangle from lamp posts....I say lower your gaze. Go to ground.

    Take care of those you love and build tribe. Grow a garden (even in Elko) and make some homebrew.

    Shoulder your ruck and march on (& pack a piece).

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    1. The simplest explanation is not yet another scheme to extract more wealth, but just that everything is falling apart and all desperate solutions are being tried. I don't know for sure 100%, no guarantees implicit or implied, but that is the way it smells to me.

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    2. 40 years ago Coppola had the good taste to use Die Walk├╝re when 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) lit up a village.

      With that picture in mind, the 69th Bison Minions (Pedal Pushers) need a piece of music when storming the hideout of FedRes bankers.

      https://youtu.be/zRzq7UoPA9E

      Best listened to at 2 am driving way over speed limit on highway 83 in West Texas south of Shamrock.
      If you aren't so blessed, then a dark room with tumbler of Scotch whisky (single malt) or Bourbon of your choice. Neat.

      Yeah, they used it on soundtrack of 'The Shooter'.

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    3. Input appreciated, but I simply wasn't feeling it. Something more bagpipe-ee?

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    4. Thanks Anon ()()

      Enjoyed that choice in music.

      Tomorrow will be another day.
      Will the Lord call me? Or, let me have another day.
      Guess, I'll find out in the morning.
      But, for tonight, I hope you enjoy your evening.

      From a Bison minion in the 70 division. (Always Ready)

      hillbillySC

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    5. Drink more Scotch.

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  6. Just now looked on monex metals exchange... silver is $11.97
    The last of that paper gotta run out soon. Perhaps it has to go to zero before readjusted to real physical value ?

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    1. I think the ratio of paper to physical was 300 to 1. Don't quote me, but along those lines. Might not be gone too quick. But, yeah, everything is breaking right now.

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    2. That is the spot price, but it is very hard to actually buy silver. Most vendors are not selling.

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    3. I checked E-Bay just to get an idea of mark-up, but I wouldn't necessarily trust them there

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  7. 69th BISON MINIONS(PEDAL PUSHERS)! Thanks, it was much needed, I am still laughing! Make a t-shirt out of that and I will purchase one if I live!

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    1. “69th BISON MINIONS(PEDAL PUSHERS)!”


      Yeah, but be careful, and don’t accidentally join this group:

      https://www.f150forum.com/attachments/f15/84883d1329398820-details-u-s-armys-unit-released-image001-7-.jpg

      That’s the group that Wez, the Golden Boy, and all the other post apocalyptic fags belong to. And they have a reputation as being a real pain in the ass to deal with :D

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  8. bagpipey? jesus try the drop kick murphys amazing grace for a version you'll never hear anywhere else,did a town run today up here in nowhere mid B.C. wally world was stripped of canned goods,pasta,soups,cake mixes, BUT we got 40 lbs of spuds to can asap.no beef,chicken & pork ok.no TP.even at 1 per customer,the in store big mac closed to sit down,take out only,A&W same thing,also starbucks.local casino/eatery casino closed but could still get a sit down breakfast for how long anyones guess.went across street to next grocery store & found it overflowing with stock,tons of everything was only looking for hamburger which i got 2 big packs of. same store 2 days ago had not 1 SPUD !! today full.sure is nice to have all our backups from last 30 odd years of stashing,was truly beginning to wonder if i'd live long enough to actually see the end of the world & DAMN it might be coming,MAYBE,at least we will get to see how prepped we really are. DAN

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    1. Yes, we shall see. I'm not very fond of the pass/fail grade however :)

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  9. Started stocking in earnest 3 or 4 weeks ago. Am fortunate to have an LDS food storehouse an hour's drive from me (I live in the northeast). My first trip there, plentiful selection and quantity of bulk foods (of course, I focused on wheat). Second trip, very little selection, and lesser quantities; still managed to get some wheat. Today, my third trip, got there before they opened and was a line already, as I expected. They gave me a ticket, and are having people wait in their vehicles, and staff will bring your order out to the car. They are only letting purchasers inside one at a time to pay. How quickly things evolved (devolved?). Already have two hand operated grain mills. Glad I got what I did, when I did, as there may be nothing available within another week.

    I've seen the bare shelves at a local Wallly cleaned out of canned goods and meat, never mind TP. SG ammo not taking on new orders. A local gun shop has lines out the door.

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    1. Yes, yes, I KNOW I panic early and often. Yet, I don't see an end to this, or an out. Carry on my wayward minions. Carry on.

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