Wednesday, June 18, 2014

perfect storm brewing

PERFECT STORM BREWING

As has been covered too many times for minions such as yourselves with refined sensibilities, when you step into a pile of crap you had better make sure it is not actually a bottomless pit of fecal matter acting as quicksand before you take another step away from the trees lining the embankment which might if all the gods will it and you are not just a simple dog chew for them and suffering is not a mere amusement to while away their time stuck in eternity, just might act as an anchor you can quickly latch unto in an effort to save yourself. Crap seems to happen in multiples. We try to make it sound more complicated than that because Baby Jesus Himself knows there are plenty of unemployed economists and corporate lackeys out there who would like to sound pretty intelligent and give it fancy titles and write a fictionalized fishing story out of it but the simple summation is that when you step into a crap storm it is usually never really simple but multifaceted and everything hits at once. We won’t JUST see a simple EMP attack that shuts down the grid ( which Yuppie Scum Survivalists would really appreciate because then the quarter million dollar retreat and the third of a million dollar suburban house and the hundred grand in SUV’s and retreat Hummers debt would magically disappear and they could then fondly fondle their semi-auto arsenal as they eat MRE’s-all of which were bought on credit ). That would be too simple. No, you’ll see a petro-dollar collapse followed by a oil shortage that makes the 70’s OPEC embargo look like a fraction of a percentage rounding error, followed by hyperinflation with debt but not wages indexed to the true rate of rising prices followed by mass evictions from houses which the bankers sell for scrap to China followed by civil war followed by famine followed by foreign invasion after an EMP attack.

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And that will be the fun part. What I left out was that as soon as that cycle starts, the petro-dollar shutting down, it is not only underwear and shoes, vitamin C and solar panels that no longer get shipped over here, but far more importantly coffee will also cease being imported!!!! Last year, something happened to the coffee crop and the retail prices doubled. Just as they are settling down, there is once again voices raising in many circles that the crop is going to be affected again. Drought? I’m not sure. I didn’t dig too deep to find out, I just madly bought up extra several days ago when I went shopping after renting a car. I got ten cans, and I know that isn’t enough. As soon as I resolve to spend whatever it takes to buy my monthly ration, my luck will see complete unavailability such as the Great Rice Shortage of five years previous. We are even now looking at oil inflation, petro-dollar weakening and terrible weather for crops globally ( still!! ). You tell me another perfect storm to shut down a commodity or two isn’t brewing. Get it? Brewing. Coffee. Stock up.

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18 comments:

  1. "Get it? Brewing. Coffee. Stock up."

    Might be a good time to learn to identify the ephedra plant James?

    I do believe that it grows in your neck of the woods, as I'm pretty sure it does in Utah, as it's often referred to as "Mormon tea".

    The plant form is not considered dangerous as is the concentrated form that was outlawed in diet medication.

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  2. When I hear people as me when the collapse is going to happen I want to slap them aside the head. It's ongoing and the pace is picking up. My dad could afford a house, two cars, a cottage on the lake and partnership in a hunting camp on a blue collar income. Try that today and then tell me the collapse isn't happening. Just because it's been slow doesn't mean it hasn't happened. Also doesn't mean it won't speed up.

    I buy green coffee 25 - 35 pounds at a time to save on shipping. Keeps a long time. Right now I'm roasting it in a cast iron dutch oven. Great coffee for a lot less money. Maybe I could get cheaper, but damn, I'll quit coffee before I drink dirty dishwater.

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    1. Do you also perk? The crap coffee does taste oh so much better then.

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    2. Got used to perked because I camp a lot. Now perk at home because I like it. Also have a couple of French presses.

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    3. Right-on Sixbears. The collapse isnt going to "happen", it's been happening for decades. It only accelerates or slows down at differing rates. As a boy, my parents also had a house & a cabin on a lake (in partnership with my grandparents). A death or 2 in the family & it's all gone. Damn doctors. Fast forward 30 years to today. Ive never "owned" a house & likely never will. My personal collapse is more like slowly sinking into quicksand. My friends & family can see me flailing, but have their feet firmly on the shoulders of the people next to me. If im real lucky, I will crawl out of the muck & get to my own little spot of crapland between Winnemucca & Elko in time.

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    4. We all need luck- I'm the only one truely favoed by Baby Jesus. Who else here keeps falling in crap and emerges smelling like roses?

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  3. Freeze dried - lasts forever

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  4. Good post. I keep about 4 to 5 months of coffee on hand. I could double that if need be by cutting back. Perhaps I need to increase my supply. I need to get solar panels before the tax credit expires. Shoes are a must and I accumulated quite a few pairs of boots in my 22 years in the Air Farce. Underwear? Go commando...LOL. There are companies that sell vitamin c powder and it is supposed to have a good shelf life. My buddy has a bunch stocked.

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    1. I'd go crazy on solar. Who knows how much longer you can buy $1 a watt.

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    2. Good idea. Just be ready for the the delivery charges. Almost as much as the panels now.

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    3. I'm paying $3 a watt delivery free. For a 30 watt panel. Use as a comparrison

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  5. There are several local plants here in Floriduh which have caffein and grow naturally in the wild. No worries on that front.

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    1. There are a few good things about the state- there's a good one

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    2. Nothing with caffeine grows naturally in New England . . . dammit.

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  6. Jim, I mentioned that Michael Bunker book to you and in it he mentions using Mesquite to replace coffee. Got Mesquite? You must have it on that Texas property you can't get rid of, take a road trip. On second thought, that would leave the relatives alone with all of your stuff - bad idea.

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    1. The property is east of Dallas/FW. Does it grow that far east?

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  7. Spud, enlighten us. Maybe some of them grow here in coastal Mississippi.

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