The Quote Of A Lifetime

Courtesy of someone you should be paying very close attention to every Tuesday, while you still can, the indomitable Ol’ Remus at The WoodPile Report,

The Deep State could starve millions of people if it decided to cut supply routes. As time passes, it becomes clear how unbalanced the present situation is. Things will get worse. It doesn’t matter how exactly they will turn so. What matters is that you get prepared

He just pointed out that the most critical aspect of your future survival and it’s tenuous continuation is dependent on forces beyond your control.

It has been proposed that if the trucks stopped delivering critical food and supplies for only three days in a row that absolute pandemonium would start on the fourth day.

Prepping, as it has been called, is not some trendy fad nor the exclusive activity of mouth breathing red necks.

Not so many years ago it was a necessity practiced by virtually everyone.

Every home had some kind of pantry in it and supermarkets were the stuff of science fiction. People bought food stuffs in bulk and knew how to cook, eat and preserve them out of necessity.

Getting people to understand the fragility of our current Just In Time food supply system is nigh near impossible because it is the only system most people have ever known.

It is the result of bean counters chasing maximum profits with minimal investment and has absolutely no interest in whether you eat or don’t.

I don’t know about anyone else but I have been hungry before and it is something I have never forgotten.

It is also something that I don’t care to experience again just because some old rattle trap Freightliner never made it to the loading dock of the local Wally World.

Updated,

In case you don’t know where to start or are in a hurry to get something stashed away, here is a link to an old article over at Creekmore’s place that shows you how to do a quick and dirty all in one run at Wal Mart that will at least get you in a place to at least have something put away for emergencies.

7 thoughts on “The Quote Of A Lifetime

  1. I started getting serious when I met my wife-to-be, and she practiced “Earthquake Preparedness”. I wasn’t much of a step to get her to understand the value of that mindset, and to expand on it.

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  2. Here in Seattle, three days, three ways is giving over to three weeks, and whatever rhymes with that. Recently attended a talk about emergency preparedness at the local community council. If The Big One hits on Monday, we cannot expect to see an aid station in the area until Saturday. At best. And we are not some isolated outpost. My shed is stocked – my home may be too damaged in a quake to get into – and I rotate stuff out as needed. I worked with a woman, born in Latvia, who lived through WWII. Her family were well to do but lost everything. The stories she told! But one thing she said saved them was a stash of jewelry they used to buy stuff. Finally, read Alas Babylon, by Pat Frank.

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  3. I think the cause of the Just In Time inventory (as I call it: Just Missed It) is …wait for it… the Fed.gov.

    In the mid’80s there was a trial where the feds took a company to court over the tax rate they paid on inventory of unsold hammers. Until that time, inventory was taxed at something less than the full price it would eventually sell for. The court ruled that inventory had to be claimed at its full sale price. Despite this being about hammers, among the hardest hit were book publishers. Within a few months or a year, publishers sold off surplus to book sellers who would have “tent sales” or surplus book stores. It wasn’t uncommon back then for publishers to print a press run of books and sell them for a few years. The prices are cheaper per book to print lots more. That court ruling ended that practice and raised the price of books, especially specialized books.

    We have a technical book publisher in town. They told me that story.

    When manufacturers suddenly had to pay full price tax on parts they bought to build new products as well as the new products they built just in case they needed spares, it forced the Just In Time buying. It also put a higher dollar value on shipping things that worked right the first time and every time, which might have helped get higher quality products. As an accidentally good unintended consequence.

    Most of the unintended consequences ended up being bad. The fact that in any major city, they’ll end up eating each other in three days after the trucks stop rolling is probably the worst.

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