Is just me? I get the feeling the wheels are about to come off
I don’t spend too much time reading news, as that will just depress you. But, I really feel what is going with policing, racial issues, explosion of new cases, etc. the wheels are just about ready to fly off. I sort of expect this.. It just seems all is a head of schedule. I am considering rethinking my preps. I have depleted a lot of them and have been unable to maintain many due to limited trips to store over months. and limited quantity of certain staples that you can purchase. So, I have been unable to hedge my preps over the last few months – i prepped around the first of Feb.
Moving on to issues in the recent news: More police resignations, and allegations, more racial issues, race war , black on white and white on black attacks, accelerating covid cases, FL and TX and others are losing containment and control. Markets getting more skittish. strategists trying to use EU data after opening to prove that all is ok in the US, Congress and others fighting about masks.
The masks should have never been a political issue if the “authorities” represented the disease as the truth instead of down playing it. The markets are going to run out of “fake (good ) news” to keep things propped up. I do not think it will be long before police will be afraid of the public ( more than they already are ) What is going to happen when the hospitals get filled up? it will finally happen. What will one do when they are turned away from the hospital and a loved one dies?
I expected all of this.. Just we seem to be a head of schedule. I do not see a way to save the US at the moment. Things are going to spiral down very quickly. Just wondering if anyone else is feeling this .. and rethinking preps or have depleted them without sufficient replenishment?
My bet would be bank failures, next. Too many mortgages and loans not being paid.
Trying to pay off credit card, two credit down grades since first of the year for failing to pay balance in full each month. I even sold some assets. I don’t want the loan to become suddenly callable by a failing institution. The only things on the card are pantry food and Covid-19 supplements, nothing exotic.
I have been buying as much non perishables ahead as I can. It takes work to keep up with it. I too thought the big crisis would hit in the fall, but I tend to agree, things may have speeded up. Lots of gaps in the meat department and some organic veggies not there. Trying to buy fresh while it is still available. I hate going to the market with all the mask protesters. So it’s a trade off.
I live in a wildfire area, the weird weather has promoted weed growth, so most of my activities have been involved with weed whacking, praying the firebugs in the cities don’t move to the country, but I have little hope. I actually got some seeds in the ground and in a big felt grow bag, between the freezes, winds and 90F temps, and ground squirrels green shoots are appearing.
The final crash could be in November at election time. Things will probably deteriorate till then. Like you I was shopping and stocking up in late January and February calmly and purposefully and each week took notice of other shoppers who were oblivious to Covid. I was one of the first to wear a mask …….then finally at some point the craziness started and I stopped shopping. My preps were pretty good.
I feel that it is time to get very concerned about the next stage which will most likely continue until November with serious civil unrest.
We did buy some more long term stuff like water filters and garden hoses and an extra ton of chicken shit for the garden, plus we started our chick flock and built a chicken house all during the lockdown. We also expanded our gardens.
I have noticed that overstock at Costco and homedepot is minimal. Upper shelves are empty. The supply disruption is going to get worse. People are also showing signs of mental fatigue. Job performance is suffering. Yes …the wheels are coming off ….it will be something else in a few weeks and the populace will be less able to adapt to the next crisis ….and the next…..and the next.
It’s classic end of empire for the USA. Even the pandemic (the Plague of Justinian accompanied the end of Roman rule at large) and swarms of locusts seem to not augur well.
For those who, like me, don’t have the land required to plant a survival garden, or who have land in an area where they won’t be able to guard their crops 24/7 against armed, desperate neighbors or marauders from another neighborhood, let me recommend bow-fishing (arrows with a line attached) and / or the use of fish traps. Many states and places outlaw one or the other or both, but they do so specifically because it is so easy to get fish these ways that if there were no laws against such practices the waters would be empty in no time.
Fish are a great source of protein. If and when the lawless times come, put your traps in the water quietly at night.
I have no place to grow grains, so I’ve purchased a couple of 18 kilogram sacks of rice (so far) and I’ve put them in thick Rubbermaid boxes with tight lids. Even so, I might get a cat to guard against particularly determined rodents. If so kitty can look forward to feasting on lots of fish scraps.
Those 18 kilo sacks each represent about two months of subsistence carbs & etc for one person to eat (1 cup or more of rice per day cooks up nicely). The sacks of rice are nowhere near as much fun as growing a garden, nor is the fare as tasty, and I don’t get bragging rights, but the dry rice is easy to hide and is as yet inexpensive … a lot cheaper than growing a garden.
What do you guys think of bitcoin as a hedge against the doomed dollar?
First of all, as an European, I do not envy the current state of affairs in the US. To me it seems like watching a high speed version of a tectonic shift in the US. It is bewildering and saddening. So yes, from afar I see the wheels coming off in the US; not that I’m too happy about the EU and euro btw.
As to the preps: I ordered a lot of things via many mail (supplements). In July and August I want to replenish the supplements to cover at least seven months (I try to buy everything at a reduced price). Wrt food, we have some stock, but during the lockdown I went out once in two weeks to do some shopping. I did make a list of durables for which we do not want to venture out. In August we will replenish those.
Although I do not know your financial and health situation, I think that if its in your capabilities, the coming two months are great to stock up some essentials before the herd catches on. Outdoor transmission is near impossible in warm wheather, indoor transmission can be minimized by a mask. Btw I did not experience any shortages yet.
I do not prep for a total meltdown, because in all honesty I believe it is impossible, unless you are a millionaire, or you own a reasonable sized estate. We did buy some metals years ago, we have some cash and some crypto. I do not know if this has any value at all when the wheels really come off, so be it. We will not be alone in our potential suffering.
Garden: I got this for my balcony (but it may wind up in the living room on a tarp):
A few of them would probably feed anyone nicely
Same feeling here.
We opened up the casinos a couple of weeks ago and maybe half are wearing masks. There has been a huge anti-mask swell in the past couple of days, while the ICU/Hospbed numbers keep going up. Eviction moratoriums expire next month, around the same time as the $600 bonus stop, and the temps outside will be in the 100’s. Many segmented parts of society seems to think it’s the time for them to take charge….
But for now the pawn shops are almost empty of inventory. Temp lic. plates in every other drive. Markets still run high. Store shelves are full, although some with purchase limits. Gotta remember to keep the freezer topped off with proteins, the pantry full of long term storage and the garden going with the fruits and vegs. I see supply chain difficulties within the next 4 weeks, so now is the time to do stock up. Guns and ammo are back to all time high prices and outages. Premiums still rage with PM’s. Mountain House has been able to restock….
I feel we won’t have to wait much longer for things to get……Spicy.
I had two things happen yesterday that make me think that there is some nastiness ahead. The first occurred when I was crossing a street four blocks from my home in a middle class neighborhood in Spokane. A car driving at high speed ran through a stop sign. I stepped back and gave the car — I couldn’t see the driver through the blacked out windows — a hard look. The car narrowly avoided being struck. Apparently the driver didn’t like my reaction. He stopped and lowered the rear window and said something in an extremely threatening tone. I ignored him and crossed the street. Fortunately he finally drove off. The combination of Covid-19 and the riots has emboldened those who are prone to violence anyway…
The second incident occurred just after I got home — with adrenaline coursing through me. My neighbor — in a threatening way — confronted me about the clover in his front yard. I have planted much of my front yard in clover in order to build up the soil and he claimed that the seed had blown into his front yard.
It will take a lot more pain for folks like him to accept that we all need to be more independent and grow our own food. His daughter and son-in-law live 2 blocks away. They are in such poor physical condition — morbidly obese — that they have never walked the 2 blks to visit the neighbors in the 4 years I have lived here. They always drive and are barely able to get in and out of their vehicle. Obviously they are unable to grow their own food.
The wheels have been coming off for years but we are now down to only a lug nut or two.
The question is… what % is “the silent majority”? Certainly the BLM/antifa terrorist groups with their neomarxist racial supremacist BS don’t really have the support of the majority of Americans, despite what surface appearances may suggest.
If you have any white American friends/family in universities, you may have noticed they are quite afraid and demoralized, as that’s where the mind-controlled victimhood-worshipping NPCs originate from and they have to bow to the intimidation/violence due to sheer numbers, but is it translatable to the larger population?
Weed growth and plants and crops growing like crazy from CO2 in air climbing from 350 ppm to 450 ppm