Saturday, April 18, 2020

fear the feeder 2


FEAR THE FEEDER 2
You've heard the excuses. “Well, you see, in this age of telephones and Inter-Webs, the contracts and legal agreements for farmers to sell to retailers, is different that those of farmers and restaurants! Why, to change those agreements, we need enough time to deliver the papers by buggy and get a lawyer to travel by clipper ship. There just isn't any way to change the system”. Even knowing absolutely nothing about this process, the excuse stinks to high heaven. Who wouldn't try to get business from BOTH? Different packaging as an excuse? Who is stopping groceries from selling fifty pound sacks of sugar? The four AND fifty pound sacks both have UPC codes.
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Restaurants are selling bulk food directly to grocery shoppers, and the warehouses selling to the closed restaurants are now opening to the public. And you try to tell me the restaurant food can't be sold to grocery stores? Maybe. But more likely, the vast MSM propaganda machine, the one that turned on a dime over Beer Virus, maybe they are lying for a reason, as usual. Because it sure doesn't pass the smell test that meat processing plants are being shut down, when they are essential, and seeds are not being allowed to be sold when no produce is available a couple of isles over.
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No, I don't ( necessarily ) see a vast conspiracy with the seeds. Somewhat likely, the produce people don't want competition. Neither do I see the Evil Chinamen lurking behind every overseas investments ( you were being tricked into bailing out JP Morgan with your corpse lying at the bottom of a trench in France, with “democracy”, and you were lured into foreign entanglements with “rape of Nanjing”. Then, “domino's” and “Tonkin”. So, what are they up to, this time? ). If controlling us through Feeders worked so well, why is the system changing this time?
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I don't necessarily buy into the Ice Age Cometh and all the food is gone, necessitating a cover-up. They don't hide the milk being dumped or the veggies being plowed back under ( with the excuse of The Wall keeping out Mexican workers ). My whole point here is not to pretend I know what is happening, but to ask the question, why? Why are they so blatantly out in the open acting as if they want to starve us all? Yes, some of this is the world trade shut-down. Weaponized or not, global trade is being halted.
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If it isn't overseas processing, it is overseas packaging that is putting somewhat of a crimp on our supply chain of domestic food. What if there is plenty of sugar, but no paper sacks to fill with it? Because they came from China. If all the refer containers are seized and held in Chinese ports, no more fish gets processed. It isn't ALL our food, but perhaps just enough to screw up the JIT system. But why is everyone in government making everything worse, rather than cutting through red tape and Getting 'Er Done?
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The first shelves being stripped, Orange Man temporarily suspending DOT semi driver driving hours caps. Back in 2013 when Nevada was in that polar vortex, the governor did that on state roads so that more propane could be shipped in after shortages ( a lot of country off grid dudes use propane as wood is very expensive and far away ). Why is there no more of that? Why is everyone actively worker AGAINST food production, processing and delivery? They already proved it doesn't have to be this way.
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My guess, at least at this time with what I know ( I know I don't know much ), is that the governments ( here in the US-most other countries have been around much longer and know better ) are trying to play “trench coats and smoke filled rooms” to scare the crap out of people over food, because Beer Virus simply is NOT working. They want us focused on food as the economy implodes. The Federal Reserve puts five trillion in the stock market, to get it up two thousand points ( on other days, just not to fall as much ).
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That is not sustainable and there is no need. When Disney loses $25 billion closing its parks and cruise lines ( this is what they made last year, so obviously that amount hasn't been reached. But it will, even after Beer Virus, with unemployment ), a few billion in bail-out money isn't going to help. And I think the stock market bail-out is just camouflage for bailing out the banks, again, anyway. The massive money printing is just to keep us vainly hoping we can return to business as usual and that there will be a recovery.
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The globe had a financial slow down, already. Now it is having a economic collapse. So everyone is pretending Beer Virus Danger to cover it up. And to have an excuse to implement controls to limit unrest. This makes much more sense than China having a economic war with the US. With most folks locked down, control is easier. With no cops responding to theft or speeding, the paramilitary forces can more easily respond to any actual civil unrest. Now we stay afraid, on three fronts. Virus. Criminals. Food. We might be trying to figure out what the government is doing, but we aren't exactly protesting in the streets. That is good enough for the government, us passively accepting control.
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It isn't like we can go buy the ammunition we need. Just TRYING to close gun shops was good enough to shutter supply by hoarding. Just TRYING to control seed sales did the same thing, wiping out inventory. Stories of mile long food lines ( I think those were false flags ) prompt another food run by hoarders ( is it me, or am I seeing a trend whereas the elite are using JIT as a weapon? ). Every news cycle of wasted food fuels the hoarders. Then it is our fault there is no food, not theirs. So the only question left is, when do shortages as control turn to famine as a weapon?
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37 comments:

  1. 10 push ups or some extra bike and walking time to reflect on your tardiness. No demerits though, since at least the blog is free cheap, and not larded up with advertisments. (Some Minions though, do stand in the closet overnight awaiting the posting time, just saying annedotally)

    These control freaks in .gov, academics, media, etc will attempt to utilize any dinky little ember of an angle to fan the flames into a conflagration for pure control and displaying smarty pants know it all badges. (((They))) dwell in another form of bubble world, and must have caught some kind of derangement virus in their Ivy schools or traveling freak circus social circles. They repeat the same verbages like sheep bleatings, not realizing citizens can easily discern their bull shitting teleprompter recitations.

    My overly breasted news anchors ping off of each other with the fake white teeth about how they only shop every two weeks and just buy for that time frame amount of groceries. All the while skype remote reporting from their dwellings akin to Pelosi's yuppie refridgerator ice cream bunker. As if the proles will take to heart their sage musings of pandemic protocols. Jeez. It is going to take just that one person revolting and saying "nope", to start the stampede, of many forms, when the systems and those in authority fail to keep the charade up past it's reality concealment abilities.

    Food is first, with a trickle of gibs, are all that has barely satiated the blood appetite of unrest. Stay fed and frosty.

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    1. It doesn't bother me so much the lying and posturing, as that there are people who actually fall for it. The great thing about Pelosi and ilk who live to 100 by bathing in virgins blood is that they always get old enough to die of horrible diseases ( like the SCOTUS ancient bitch-you'd think she'd realize God is punishing her after the fifth cancer ). Small comfort, but something

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  2. I wondered about the commercial canning biz being seasonal depending on local harvests or do they import veggies from tropical climates for year round packing? Came across Del Monte closing 2 plants..one in 2016 and one last year.

    "Opened in 1930, 69 full-time employees and 294 seasonal employees will lose their jobs at the end of the current packing season, according to a filing with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The plant, which cans peas and corn, is expected to completely wind down by June 2020."

    https://www.twincities.com/2019/08/20/del-monte-closing-minnesota-vegetable-canning-plant-costing-360-jobs/

    Food banks catering to the morbidly obese driving 50k SUVs is a joke, not to mention wasteful. It's going to be an interesting summer.

    -Robin Banks

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    1. All the beef canning went to Argentina, so perhaps the veggy canning is going to Mexico. Because we need more imported food.

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    2. Lord Bison, correction...meat canning did NOT go to Argentina. Bad info. Plenty of Wolfe Brand chili, Chef Boyardee and spaghetti meat sauces are made in USA. I doubt US has lost any canned meat production to overseas simply because we have such a huge cull cow population to manage. It doesn't pay to ship a 1200 Holstein cull overseas for canning. If anything, the overall consumption of canned/ utility grade animals has increased as more Americans eat away from home & school feed trough has expanded. This expansion of demand provided entry for foreign manufacturing beef.
      One the biggest users of cull beef in US in public school feeding programs. Seriously big $$$$. Big enough impact to move price points at local auction houses in late fall for school orders in spring for meals 4 months away.

      Lazy media doesn't delve for answers. A beef processing plant in eastern PA shut down within past week(?) because of CoronaChan among the 80% latino workforce. Kinda hard to find replacements in lock down scenario. Media focused on CoronaChan but ignored/missed the notion that a little town in E.Penn has a huge number of latinos now working in a formerly 90% white plant....
      Also, that particular plant is almost exclusively devoted to cull cow slaughter. Mostly dairy cows from upstate NY, southeast & mid Penn. That plant is for "manufactured products" (cold cuts, sausage, canned) not much meat case items (except hamburger).

      Another media miss...big slaughter plant (JBS?) fire in KS late last year took entire facility off line. Although fire restricted mostly to packaging area the smoke/water damage mandated complete shutdown due to contamination. Plant operater took opportunity to upgrade facilities/kill line. The earliest reopen date I heard was May-June. That plant had a lot of volume. So media didn't know or question why ovetall slaughter capacity is so tight. A major plant going done already tightened the procesding ability.

      And yes it us hard to shift from institutional buyers to suburban mom shopper. Suburban Suzy doesnt want a 50 lb sack of anything except dog food (nor do stores want to sell her staples like that once every 6 months)

      Don't ascribe sinister motive to underpaid, uninformed "news" reporters. Stupid will fit the bill welll enough. Sometimes a cigar is just cigar.

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    3. The canned meat I look at in the store such as hash and corned beef is all from Argentina. With their cattle ( like Burger King used to get from Central America ). If stores ONLY had fifty pound sacks of flour, sugar, rice and noodles, I submit to you people would start buying them. The bigger sacks of potatoes you could sell loose. And I imagine there has got to be a way to get the deli or bakery to re-bag smaller units of carbs-as they are already under health dept supervision/regulation. In that regard, it is lack of imagination or a refusal to make any hard decision. I do thank you for the prior year meat packing issue, which I did not know.

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    4. Here in God's Country our sweet, suntanned & svelte suburban sex goddesses won't swing a 50 lb sack of sugar or spuds onto their shoulder and stagger out to the SUV.
      No siree...no plaid lumberjack shirts and Carharts in their air conditioned 200 sq ft walk in closet. Nor any lace up Danner boots in their shoe condo...just Manolo Blahniks (if you have to ask...you cant afford).

      But don't underestimate her, she comes loaded....with two 38s (and a gun). Ba Da Boom!
      Lol!

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    5. Soy Hubby can do the heavy lifting-he ain't working either. Too bad the artillery is silicon based :(

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  3. From the And Hilarity Ensues department:

    Friday April 17th 2pm.
    Wal*Mart, Eugene Oregon.

    As I left the kosher with my purchases, I passed the Customer Service returns counter.
    Of the twelve people in line, I would say about seven were pushing shopping-carts stacked to over-flowing with toilet paper.
    The main drag at the front of the koshers was nearly blocked by processed returned carts... of toilet paper.

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    1. I would say "holy crap!", but will avoid the pun. Sounds like all the idiots getting rid of their Y2K supplies. Which would have come in real handy right about now. More proof human intelligence is usually over rated.

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    2. I got a lot of MREs phor phree a few years back, that had just gone out of date, and sold them for a couple hundy to my old survivalist compound buddy so they're probably choking 'em down now, as they're not able to store anything themselves in ways that it doesn't rot or spoil etc. We ate some mighty old C's in the Army but I've heard that MRE's don't age with the same grace.

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    3. I don't think any kind of plastic holds up like metal. The Army doesn't care, but preppers should

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  4. Seldom has ever made a good decision in his life, minion, here Jim. By sheer luck, and not intuition, I purchased some time back, one of those hermetically, long term sealed seed packets. I would have never expected to see seed sales halted, or worse, gardening halted in Michigan (I feel sorry for those minions in Michigan. It’s bad enough here in Commiefornia, but we can still garden).

    Speaking of coffee, I have as a substitute, some packs of ephedra seeds. Sometimes it’s referred to as “Mormon Tea”. One imagines, Pre-Word Of Wisdom, in which all forms of recreational substances were forbidden to the LDS. I suppose when you’re LDS, your primary form of recreation is supposed to be playing with your 10 kids, and having sex with your wife (Whom, after having 10 kids, has a cooter the size of an Oldsmobile 98 trunk. Oh well. At least you get an extra 20cu ft storage space out of the deal :D )

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    1. Ah, the Oldsmobile 98 trunk! LOL! When cars were designed for hauling wheat bags and cases of ammo.

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  5. Actually, Del Monte closed 4 plants, Kelloggs 1 last August, 2 for Norpac in November (fruit), Nestle 1 in March 2020 and Basic American in August. You'll be happy to know that Basic American is consolidating to focus on their dehydrated potato operation.

    Curious timing, no? But greatest economy evah er notsomuch for the laid off employees.

    BTW, french fries dipped in mayo is da bomb even though it adds more fat to an already greasy delight. I've converted a number of ketchup people who initially thought the idea to be gross.

    -RB

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    1. Tried the mayo thing after it was mentioned in Pulp Fiction, lo these many years ago. Yeah, makes you want to never go back to tomato paste again. But people still give you stink eye when you suggest it. Another weird one, suggested by Kurt Saxon I started using. Sale and pepper on pancakes rather than a sweet.

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    2. SALT and pepper, not "sale". Sorry

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    3. brown gravy or mustard is great for dipping your fries in.....just my opinion

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    4. Mayo on french fries is heavenly, and also a good tip is mixing things into the mayo like spices or hot sauce etc. Mayo is basically a creamy flavor amplifier.

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    5. Gravy sounds wretched. Fry Sauce, combining the two mayo and ketchup, is pretty good. Never could see chili fries. Ruin the taters.

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    6. Tarter sauce

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    7. Meh. Don't they call that Secret Sauce at McDonalds? LOL

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  6. One reason food processing plants are being shut down is because by law they need the same protective gear hospitals use. Gloves, masks and gowns. Hospitals get the press, therefore the gear.

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    1. It's just illegals working there, what's the problem? More where they came from. It was okay to kill off the Irish for cheap labor. What's good for the goose...

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    2. I agree on that point, but the gear is needed so the end product will pass FDA, not to protect the workers.

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    3. Sounds like an excuse. Even as the food supply chain breaks, mega-corps want overseas labor to increase profit.

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    4. Yep one worker gets the rona and they shut the whole place down.

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    5. And one even wonders if they test that one guy. I'd bet "symptoms" is enough.

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  7. There may be background data to the cannery closures. (Funny note: two casinos in vegas are themed and called "the cannery", ha!) Ageing plants or onerous tax, labor and location demands may have them consolidate or relocating. There is more of the plastic packed food for microwave and fast prep methods these days, since nowadays the 'Mericans have degraded culinary talents anyway. That may be a industry shift from legacy metal cans as a standard of storage for wet type foods. This collapse and inflations will not just raise prices on our asses, but there will be creative packaging gimmickery, and maybe cutting back the super size bundle types to smaller individusl units for sale, as a rationing or stretching the soup out methodology.

    At least the city of las vegas mayor (wife of mob lawyer, and the former mayor Goodman) has come down against any more shut down nonsense. Sometimes just got to listen to "Nanna", she has the best advice.

    Stay frosty.

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    1. I could be wrong, but it seems like they haven't improved on metal cans, for all their trying

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    2. They've made them worse with those pull-top rings.

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    3. I had a good-for-nothing POS uncle that "worked" at a cannery from the 60s through the 80s. It was amazing, he'd "work" until he was eligible for disability, then take off until he got the last disability check he qualified for and was suddenly much better and ready to go back to "work". Wash, rinse repeat for 30 friggin years until he retired with a pension. I'd estimate that a-hole put in less than 60 days on the job a year. Now figure maybe a dozen or more "workers" pulling this same scam all around the country, if I were Del Monte or one of the others, I'd say "Fug it" too and ship my operation out past the borders.
      One of the myriad reasons I believe labor unions have helped ring in the demise of this country. So how did this guy support his lazy Hefer wife and kids on disability all those years? Easy, all you gotta do is take in 6 foster kids, and the State will just throw money at you... I can't imagine living a life of nothing but taking advantage and scamming but a LOT of "people" seem totally fine with it. Too bad they can't invent a virus that affects no good, low life scammers! That would be a nice population adjustment right there! Although my family reunions would only have about 4 or 5 folks left to attend! 😁

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    4. 2:43-I hated buying the generic Spam because of the pull tops. But that is all I buy with them. Anything else, I refuse.
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      JL-I agree with what you are saying, BUT! Most major corporations pull scams of their own. Just think of all the tax loopholes and the quality scams. Not to mention advertising tricks. I look at it like despite the scammers, lots of former factory towns in the Rust Belt and South do actually need the disability payments to get ANY money into the employment decimated area. An economy that does not provide Make Work for the huge segment of mental midgets sets itself up for civil unrest. Disability is a lot of folks only option for one reason or another. A lot of other scams bring money into urban or rural ghetto's ( otherwise only drugs would ). It is a bad situation but could be worse.

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  8. All the White males in their 40's and 50's are laughing their asses off about what is going down. They got their lives wrecked long ago by Affirmative Action and Girl Power initiatives. They have already lived the apocalypse.

    When things recover, it will suck to be one of the perpetrators of said apocalypse.

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    1. IF things recover. Don't go all optimistic on me. Yeah, most of us old dudes already adjusted our lives in downgrade mode.

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    2. Don't forget all of us who fit your criteria and fell for the "high tech is a good career" scam. Once you hit 40 you're unemployable, and if you can get a job in "tech" it will pay min. wage.

      I don't know what the answer is because a lot of trades pay well because they're arduous and dangerous and bust your body up by the time you're in your 50s. Artsy-craftsy stuff has a ton of people in it so you've got to be REALLY good.

      My theory is, Go into what you like, assume you'll get paid shit, and at least you'll like what you do. Because if you try to guess what pays well, you'll be in for a very rude surprise. Electronics was supposed to be a really good career but the pay's just utter shit.

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    3. The system has systematically eliminated high pay, even as it raises prices to enrich itself. Not sure how anyone could have worked for the last 30-40 years and NOT called it a failing economy for all but the top tiers.

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