Monday, February 28, 2011

Get your basics first! Then you can go play

You must get your basic living stuff first! My top 5 of stuff to have in your home. That will get you through any "minor" emergencies. Then you work on skills and sustaining. Most of us can't have cows or sheep or goats. Our gardens tend to small. It all helps but most of us are at the mercy of JIT deliveries and the supply train.
#1 Don't be dependent on the supply chain. It's to fragile, Buy ahead 6 months to a years worth of food. You will at least have a growing season to work with and preserve.
#2 Learn skills:  baking bread each loaf costs me about 30 cents. That's power and ingredients, but I bought when ingredient were low cost. How much are you spending at the store for bread? Artisan breads are about the same price per pound, about 30 cents. different techniques but ingredients tend to be the same, cooking time the same.
#3 Never underestimate the greed and stupidity of people.I bet this year we will see all kinds of down comforters and quilts at yard sales. Cause they aren't in fashion. I'll bet that folks hit the local hardware store and got all kinds of "snow clearing" equipment, home heaters, fuel jugs, lanterns and it will be on display at yard sales. Think ahead, get those oil lamps, candles, sleeping bags. As many folks that needed stuff since it didn't get really into hard times it won't happen to them.
#4 Learn, get books I'm anywhere from a week to 3 months ahead of the power curve. It's not cause I'm so brilliant. I'm just an amateur historian and I take in a lot of info.
#5 The American Dream is dead, and we killed it. We allowed it to happen. Admit it and move along. Just stop denying. it. We screwed up, the boomers, us and our kids. Your fault, My fault, No ones fault it doesn't matter we got to fix it.

I want folks to wake up. Bad things are happening and we are descending into a dictatorship. No president can decide what laws he will enforce. If he disagrees with a law he may fight it/repeal it or submit a new law. But not enforce it? Next is contract law. If I tear up a contract that makes it null and void. If a Mortgage holding bank shreds a note isn't it null and void? Not according to Washington states new bill.
We bailed out the bankers cause if we didn't the economy would collapse. Yet those banks got bigger and Frank Dodd bill were good with that.

Go Galt and get local is my answer. Starve the beast and the beast is the feds.Think about a co-op. You can't fight the Fed or City hall. So I won't. Co-ops worked great in the 30's-80's. It may take some tweaking but it's doable. Go barter and trade.
 Now I'll have some low level ideas for trade later this week.

Friday, February 25, 2011

I think we will see "price fixing" soon in the USA

Nixon started this in the 70's, and as much as I hate Carter, he was handed a load of crap. Economically speaking. Printing money and mandating prices is BS. Black and gray markets will find a true price point. Be it bread, gas or drugs. It's all the same, "what will the market bear?". Actually drugs work on a a more free market system than most legal product in the USA
I really expect rationing to happen again but it will be a government mandate. I think it's your money and you can spend it on a flat screen TV, an Ipad or rice or grain. It's your choice.

Excuse the light posting. But here are a couple of updates

Pauls market has Chicken Quarters (Legs&Thighs) for $.66 a lb. in a 10 lb. bag
Albertsons has "London Broil" $1.99 per lb. This is a great cut of meat that can be broiled, roasted and stewed. It is my favorite cut to use when  I'm making jerky.
Walgreens has T-shirt (Hanes and Jer-Zee) 4 for $10.00 on sale until 5 Mar. 11.  With Cotton jumping in price you need to get your undies and socks along with everything else. It's always best to get it on sale!! I buy name brands with these items because of  the quality and how long they last compared to the no-name brands.

With so much happening in the world my mind seems to be all over the place. Panic right now is a rational response, it's just not a very helpful one! I'm trying to get a few postings that give you some info and how to prioritse what you need to get and what you may want to get depending on you can afford to spend. I hope to have the posts up this weekend that will help folks just starting out and those that have been prepping for awhile.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Setting priorities

1. Why are you preparing?
This is the mental/spiritual asspect of preparing. Things will get tough, I don't think anyone can make what's coming easy, just less hard if you are ready.
2. Shelter is critical.
If you are caught in a snow storm in t-shirt and shorts with no shelter or heat you will be dead in a couple of hours. Now that is an extreme example but please take note you will need to stock extra clothing. Some good blankets, tent and sleeping bags can help protect you retain heat and are great multi-taskers. This just a start you can add to this easily if you don't already have it on hand.
3.Water is critical
I've said this before water helps your body do everything. Water is also very heavy so if you decide to go with the big drums for storing water get some smaller carriers if you need to bug out. I like soda/pop 2-3 litter bottles, camp jugs 5 gallons and under for this task  Have 14 days worth on hand for a gallon a day for each person.  Filters: Almost everyone on survival sites recommend the "Berkey" water filters as being the best and easy to use. A little high in cost for me to afford, but there are some sites on the web for making your own gravity fed water buckets using just the replacement filters. That can save you a lot of money!
Coffee filters and cheesecloth, Start with the clearest water you can get before putting it through a filter. It will make your filter last longer. If you get water from a natural source make sure fish and frogs are alive around it. If everything is dead but Algae it's probably badly contaminated/fouled and you should look for another spot. Bleach 6% solution is cheap a great sanitizer and cleaner. 1 gallon of bleach could sanitize over 3000 gallons of water. Get your eyedropper and know how much you need to sanitize water. More bleach is not better and can be dangerous.  Boiling water, clear water held at a roiling boil will kill  the bad bugs/and viruses but will have no effect on chemical/ nuclear contaminators. Harvesting your own water, Rain barrels, tarps and buckets. I love my rain barrels. I have 2, 55 gallon drums that are filled with 1 inch of rain falling on the back half of my house's roof. I have a smaller than average home at about 1200-1400 sq. ft. I don't consider this water for cooking or drinking, but for watering plants and the yard and flushing toilets. But, you can also lay out tarps and buckets and as long as the tarp is clean and the buckets are food safe, you could see how a couple of rainstorms can really extend your water supply.

This is a personal issue if you will use violence to protect yourself.  But at least make yourself a harder target at home. Alarms, security cameras, burglar bars/wrought iron, motion-detectors/lights all will help.  Situational awareness, look how you park and how you drive. Do you get as close as you can to the store or how quickly you could drive away if needed? At a stop light do you get bumper to bumper or leave a car length or two? Could your car jump the curb or does your car ride so low you scrape the undercarriage going over speed bumps and train tracks?
You will need this though I know most of us in the USA have already built in some reserves on our bodies. But when hunger/starvation really sets in all you can think about will be food. I know that beans&rice can seem like feast. But heck we are preparing so I hope not to go through that and we got some time so let's avoid "food fatigue" grow a garden, and learn to cook and preserve food. Now in my "Start Here" page I give you some basics of long lasting foods that will keep you alive. I happen to like rice and beans though Pintos are not my favorite bean. But it got me out of "Panic mode". Not a great solution, but I knew I could eat no matter what happened, and gave me time to plan. Now many sites will tell you to get whole grains. I'll admit they (whole grains) do last a long time. But I stored white unbleached flour which is good for 5 years and I make bread weekly. If the STHF and last's longer than 5 years I'm guessing I will adapt. I do store whole grains but it's stored along side my flour not instead of flour.  Go look at your produce section at your local mega-mart and look at the price of herbs and spouts. Whatever you buy that is the most expensive pick that for your garden. Or something you like to take it's place.
6. Insurance Monetary

Fiat currency is dying, I don't trust paper currency backed by the full faith of the US government. Diversify; hopefully you got 6 months worth of basic staples of all the above. Plus bit more for 1st aid, medicine, heat. You are doing good, now how to protect all you have worked for your future or something for your kids.
PM's tend to do the best when other investments go to hell. Silver is very cheap compared most PM's to buy.
I'm not market guru. I'm still learning and this is not investment advice. If you have all of the above taken care of first. You have gotten your basics for 6 months to a year. Don't get greedy look to survive the first 1-3 months. Then be flexible, I don't think most folks will be able to buy out of STHF. After 3-6 months you may get food, water or power for gold and silver. I can tell you I won't be selling my food or water cheap and it won't be for greenbacks.
Your Choice, be ready or be paying!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A couple of Updates

Walgreens is having a sale on Seeds. 5 for a $1.00.  Now theese are a small packages and are "Heirlooms"
Fred Meyers has Tuna 5oz. can 3/$1.00 both water and oil packed.
Didn't see any other sales that really blew my hair back.

It seems my city has declared my bunnies an agricultural  animal so I'll need a permit or I have to get rid of them. So I'm giving them to my aunt since she is out of the city and started raising bunnies again, I'll be working a trade of the cages for a quilt she makes. This way I'll have access to bunnies but no hassles. I'm goinng to keep a couple of the cages just in case I need to start raising them again.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Little humor

No one get's out alive so let's have a little fun.

Don't Panic!! get ready.

I do hope you bought some popcorn (Alton Brown has a recipe to make your own Microwave popcorn and your favorite beverages and are ready for the show. We are living in historic times. Somewhat comparable to the Fall of the Roman Empire but world wide in scope, and this one will be recorded and broadcast live via the Internet.
Bank runs in S. Korea, a stealth bank run in Ireland, Taiwan will prosecute "hoarders" the Middle East is on fire, and here in the good old USA, housing is getting crazy and MERS states they can't foreclose cause they  can't prove they own the note.
Google "mersinc" and check out who has supposedly owned your mortgage. You may want to check with your county assessor if those sales were recorded properly. I know I was was somewhat surprised that my note had been sold 3 times including to Deutche Bank (Germany's National bank). I'm not telling you to stop paying your mortgage. I'm telling you to get the data for your debt and ask for the "wet ink" and registered info for your mortgage to protect yourself. Make sure you have copies of all payments made. Please cover yourself, cause I think the banksters are out of control.
Commodity prices of the things you need to live and work are up 50-100% across the board. Manufacturers and stores must pass on these costs to stay in business. Anyone on a budget in the middle class is seeing more outgo and less income. Coffee up at least $1.50 per 34 oz can. Gas here in Idaho is up almost .30 cents per gallon in less than 2  weeks. I guessed this inflation was coming and adjusted my budget 3 months ago. I feel for the the folks that listened to the talking points of the MSM (Main Stream Media) and believed them and thought they were well informed. 
You must protect yourself. No one cares about your  well-being as an individual more than you. Watch folks actions and not their words. I'm sure many of us have seen folks "That are all hat, and no cattle".
Get local and know who you can trust and not trust. Build networks, be nice, help out. It really does work!

Be positive and do your best. Not a guarantee of success. I just I know you will fail without it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A few interesting sales going on.

All of my stores are having sales on Chicken. Paul's and Albertson's at $.88 per pound legs and thighs and Fred Meyer's has Whole chicken for $.79 per pound. Since Chicken move through the production cycle so quickly we will probably see them reflect the rising commodity prices first. So now is a good time to get some in the freezer or some for canning.
Cash & Carry is having a sale on pinto beans 50 # for $18.98. A great price for 500 4 oz. servings. Plus beans and rice make a complete protien.
Big Lot's flyer for Feb 20th has a big (34oz.) bottle of Racantto Extra Virgin Olive oil for $5.00. I'll be picking some up. I've got a couple of gallons of regular olive oil, but very little of the extra virgin and with spring and summer coming that means salad dressing and marinades for the BBQ. Olive oil stores well if kept in a cool, dark spot. Big Lot's has Xtra laundry detergent 77 loads for $2.50. I have used and I like this detergent. Depending on how much laundry you do a week, you could get a couple of bottles and be set for 6 months to a year.

Lastly folks you will or are seeing some News reports about fresh produce cost jumping up because of the Freeze this year. Don't freak out!!  You may have to shift from fresh to canned as they are already been priced and now you want to get some seeds anyway for the garden.
Do a salad in a "Bucket". Start with a 5 gallon bucket. Poke or drill a couple of holes in the bottom, add a layer of rocks for drainage and then potting soil or dirt. Then start filling with your favorite salad veggies. Place a cherry or grape tomato in the center, add some leaf lettuce, some root veggies like small carrots, radishes and green onions. Don't crowd your plants to much, you can have more than 1 bucket if you like and set in a sunny spot in the house. If you get a warm day you can set outside then bring it in at night, since the buckets are so easy to move. Make sure you have some thing under the bucket to catch any water drainage.
You may want to check out sprouting as well. and no sun is needed for that and tons of info on good sprouts to eat and all you really need is a jar, water and time. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Big News Coffee on sale a Fred Meyers !!

$5.99 for the Fred Meyers brand 34.5 oz can. Not a coupon and there is not a limit in the flyer.
If you are a coffee feind like me this is a good time to stock up. I like the French Roast the best, and I think we will see much higher prices this summer, in the $9.00-$10.00 range for a big can of coffee.
Just buy the latest use by date and you can get at least a year and it will taste fine.

Looking forward to the garden

I've got a couple more raised beds I'm mapping out in my mind. It is a great time to get those seeds ordered and think about the getting those starts going. Now for those who can't devote an acre of ground or 12 hours + aday for just growing vegies or are new to gardening.  I got a couple of ideas for you to try out...
  1. Grow the most expensive things at home. Herbs,  are pretty easy to grow in a  sunny window sill and do great in pots. I also bet they are some of the most expensive items you buy in the produce section.
  2. Grow what you eat, just like you store what you eat. Just cause a plant grows well and you get a great harvest means nothing if you despise it. 
  3. Know how to preserve your crop. This could be a root cellar, Pressure or hotwater bath canning or a freezer. Get what equipment you need before the harvest from vacume/ziploc bags for freezing to jars, lids for canners, to boxes or straw for root veggies. To making wines, beers, ciders and vinegers and ferment cabbages to pickleing, salting and smoking. Don't get narrow in your outlook. Both grape and cabbage leaves can make great wraps for food. I'm looking to use both leaves  frozen and pickled.
  4. Get ethnic in your cooking, the flour that makes egg noodles, makes flour tortillas, biscuits, bread and yorkshire pudding. Corn makes grits, polenta, corn mush, hush puppies not counting the breads, muffins and breading. Add masa and you have corn tortillas, sopas. Add rice into the mix evertything from stirfrys, to rice cakes and all the southern gumbos and jambalayas. That's only 3 staples and 3 cuisine types, mostly USA. Curries and Asian cooking is great. And European root cooking is faboo, and all you need is a few different spices,oils and different techniques of cooking. This will prevent food fatigue.
  5. Don't be afraid to try new stuff.. I like most vegetables even the smell of canned spinach turns my stomach. But I love it fresh in salads. Even steamed as greens I like. Something in the commercial canning process screws it for me. I know folks that put vinegar and cinnamon on the canned stuff and say it tastes better. But as far as I'm concerned on canned spinach. You could sprinkle it with Ajax and not make it taste worse. While I'll never store canned spinach.  I got no problem dedicating some garden space for the fresh stuff.
I guess what I'm saying is have a plan not only for the garden but how to preserve the harvest. Plant what you know you will eat, but be open to new menu ideas and using stuff in new ways. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Using real world events to practice your survival Part 3

Now these items are about your home and your morale. Hopefully you got your food, water, fuel a little cash on hand. This is about what you do before the storm hits.
Clean your house: Anything that takes power, dishwashers, vacume cleaners, washer and dryers use them now! Get those chores done before the storm hits.
Cook and bake ahead of the storms so all you need to do is reheat your meals. 
Get some Ice melt, or even regular salt, and salt down on side walks before the storm. It will make it easier to shovel and keep ice from forming and making them so slick.
If you use an electric blanket switch out for regular blankets at the first report of the big storm coming.
Have books, puzzles, board and card games ready to go for entertainment.
Make sure all cell phones and radios are charged up and put in new batteries in all. Plus your smoke/Carbon Monixide detectors.
Have a couple of tarps and duct tape so if you need to close off rooms to save heat.

After the storm: Stay at home if possible, I'm sure some of you will have to go to work. But if you don't have to venture out  DON'T.
Washing hands: don't skip this, Put a big pot of water on to boil and use it for all your needs. But use that picnic jug or a thermos so you have warm water for cleanups and washing. If you don't have these items Hand sanitizer and a spray bottle with a couple of tablespoons of bleach and water will sanitize surfaces.

Lastly the good news: I bet this summer folks will sell many storm items at yardsales or give them away at thrift stores. You may get some great deals on that stuff, so plan on cash to take advantage of  those bargains.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Using real world events to practice Part 2

El Paso has over 7000 resident either without water or with a boil order for all water. Might not be so bad if they had power to boil water. The entire state of N.M. is under a state of emergency due to both gas and Electricity being out or at least minimal power is being used up.
While I'm staying away from the political aspects in Egypt. ATMs ran out of money, markets closed, jobs and businesses shut down for the marches and riots. They( Egyptians) only have 2-3 days food on hand. Either because of lack of funds or lack of refrigeration. Look at your budget and see how much you spend on food? Even with prepping it's around 15%-20% of your pay per month now up that to 50% food cost for your average Egyptian. Could you pay your bills if food took 50% of your pay? I couldn't even 30% would kill my budget. Well that's not true I can survive 30% inflation on one item. Yet it's never just 1 item. Every time you go to the grocery store your dollars will not buy as much as it did 6 months ago. You go to the gas station 6 months ago you could fill up for $30.00 now it costs you $40.00 or more. It's not getting better it's getting worse on the costs of the basics.
A few ideas to make the best of a bad situation:
Be independent of the grid if possible. A camp stove, propane heater or wood fireplaces, some solar power even if it's yard lights charge them up and use them as night lights.Heck the Dollar store is carrying them now.  It'll keep you from stepping on the cat.  Kerosene heaters and lamps, candles and matches.
Have cash on hand $50-$100.00 to buy what you need. maybe a couple of 1/2 ounce silver coins. Don't think a check,debit, or credit card will be good. Best to plan ahead and have a bit of food, fuel, ammo and water before SHTF.
We have seen FEMA in action during Katrina. Heck we saw people during Katrina. And the looting mindset took hold.Same thing during Rodney King. They burned Watts yet again. Not Beverly Hills. I don't like riots and burning and attacking folks in your neighborhood. Why it's like burning my own home down to to protest the Feds. I'm not saying not protest, but be effective and don't destroy your your own neighborhoods and homes.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I've become a criminal

Yes me, I'm so Dudley doo Right I can't play GTA cause I suck at running over cops in video game. I have been declared a criminal by the state of Idaho because my 2003 kia may cause smog. Never mind I drive only 2500 miles per year, but it's okay. The first couple of weeks I was bit paranoid. Now I don't mind flaunting a stupid law. You win! I hope you are proud of your tummytickles of Fed funds. Do you think anyone will be be proud of your half ass stands for states rights or the going after nullification. Let's face it States, you suck at the government teat and you won't grow up and be independent. I'll give you the sound and fury signifying nothing. but it makes good politics.
Will you make criminals of us all?

Using Real World events to practice your preps/survival Part One

        Last week I gave you a couple of chores of getting gas and rice because of rising costs and events in the world. Here in the good ole USA we have had one hell of a snow storm and rolling blackouts in Texas. (Hospitals loss power, but not the Stadium hosting the Super Bowl). Folks in New Mexico are out of Natural Gas and Electricity is down not cause down lines because the people have exceeded capacity.  In Egypt folks couldn't afford food before the riots. Now they can't get food because shops are closed and they can't work because of the riots.
     Now this isn't about politics no matter how we got to this point. We have to deal with it. If you are in places that took a hit I bet you noticed a few gaps in your prep. You do your best, but I never thought I'd see the USA start begging Mexico for electricity! It shows how weak our power grid really is now a days.So moving forward here are a few of the things I did to get ready and practice.
     Last week I got a Mr. Heater used and tested it out for heating (Keeping a room or two at 65 degrees)and how long a little canister of propane would last at different heat settings. I turned off the furnace in the evening ( outside temp. about 15 degrees)  ran the Mr. Heater for about 3 hours on low then turned it off and went to bed. The next morning it was a brisk 59 degrees so I fired up Mr. Heater on high for 30-45 minutes to take the chill off then turned to low for 2 1/2 hours until it ran out of fuel. All in all it did a good job but a fan would be a big help. I think 6 hours was acceptable for a small canister of propane. I think having the adapter hose for a 20# tank would be wise to have on hand since it gives you more flexibility. Always turn off at the tank and let the heater go out . Your hose will last longer.
     Now to make it a more personal disaster your central heat furnace just died. It's the weekend and let's face it you are not ready for the expense of a new furnace, so what do you do? Well I went down to Big Lots and bought a little space heater with a fan for $15.00 and I had a space heater in the RV for when I have access to electric hookup. These are about 12 in.x 12 in made of plastic and both work as fans as well as heaters. Not only did both of these heater keep over 1000 sq. ft. of the house warm, the are raising the temp through out the house. While I'm happy at 68 degrees I am somewhat sensitive to cooler temps and I have always had cooler rooms in the house. I don't have that happening with these little space heaters. Now my home is very well insulated so a little heat goes a long way. I think if it doesn't turn out to be to expensive on electricity, I'll stay with these little heaters for the rest of winter.
   Alternate energy  I think having several fuel sources for cooking and heating should be a basic rule for everyone. I have a propane heater now, and a propane oven/stove that I got a couple of years back. A kerosene heater and kerosene lamps. Plus an old RV, that has a newer DC/propane fridge and the normal oven and heat that is propane. So as you can see I have several back ups of everything need for heat, cooking and light. I'm working on a Solar powered system for the RV mostly because the DC fridge gives me away to keep food longer if electricity goes out. I can power the batteries with solar panels instead of gas. Generators have to be serviced regularly and tested out otherwise all you have is a very heavy paperweight. Give your generator a good run under load a couple of times a year and keep extra oil and filters on hand. Plus if you have a car you can have a generator by adding at least a small inverter of 300 watts or less in the cigerette lighter spot, over that  wattage you will have to connect direct to the battery.You will be able to charge your phones and keep some of your smaller stuff going. If you get one of the "car coolers" and 12 volt DC items you can do okay as long as your fuel hold out. A couple of solar panels could keep your car's battery charged with out using gas. Since a good generator can cost several hundred dollars a couple of solar panels an inverter and using your existing batteries can get you a cheap start and give you something to build toward the future.
   As you can see if you start thinking out of the box and with some small purchases you can be proactive on heat, light and energy. You can always start small and build on it if you think ahead and don't get caught up in panic.I did not use charcoal as a heat sourse since many folks get dead from using unvented grills and stoves. A battery powered Carbon Monoxide detector should be a must buy for anyone. Turn off any unvented flame devices at night. Yeah being cold when you get up sucks, but I don't think it's worth dying over. The whole point of this is not to get DEAD.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Well I had my "Mad" on, now back to work.

Okay I hope I have convinced most folks to have staples of  rice, wheat, corn, canned meats, veggies and fruit on hand. Making/planning  a garden. But what about meat? Bunnies
While I live in an agricultural area, and many folks are all about self-reliance. I need a permit for chickens that costs. The city code makes for hoops to jump through, and each hoop cost money. What bust this is bunnies, they are mostly ignored in city codes and treated as pets. They are quiet, heck you can train them to use a litter box. They provide good lean meat. Great manure that is not hot and can be spread on gardens, lawns at any time. The fur and skins are great for tanning. Yes, a rabbit has enough brains to "tan it's hide" (Google it)
Now if rabbits have a fault it is a very lean meat. (Goggle "rabbit starvation") so you will need fats in your diet. If you are like me and most Americans that is not a problem. at least for the first 6 months. You got your fat stored, on your body. I bet you have "skinny" clothes in your closet.
You are probably good for clothes for awhile. But can you repair cloth and make clothes? Look at a tripling of sweats, shorts, undies and shoes. Anything that has cotton will go up in price, a t- shirt you buy today  at $2.50 will go up to $4.50 in a couple of months. A few dollars on clothes is no big deal. A few more dollars on food is no big deal. A few more dollars fuel is no big deal. A few more dollars in taxes is no big deal.  Add them together it's a big deal!
Since I live on about $18,000 per year every dollar counts. I don't get the modest income of Robert Gibbs of $172,000 per year. This is not a rant against the rich. Get all you can when you can morally. I worked in the military and on my best year I got $36,000. counting benefits the Feds want to cut.  Give me $172,000.00 for 3 years.
Gold always runs uphill, you give a poor person a bunch of money. The smart ones payoff debt and invest. The dumb ones buy toys, big cars, boats and homes. Ben stop investing in banks and give it to the people. I mean if you want to be Socialist put the money where it will do the most good. A million dollars is chump change to bankers. Sure it will cause inflation( You like that) but Main Street will clear the debt. Banks profit since they have real reserves and clear off bad debt.
What would you do if given a million dollars? I'm sure you would spend it/invest it.
TARP is looking at 1 trillion in cost and debt. 300 million citizens in the USA. The feds could have given every person in the USA 1 million dollars each and it would have been cheaper than TARP. think about that when reps talk about COLA.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Did you ever just get a "Mad" on for no specific reason? Tha's me tonight

     First off a couple important notes on where you may want to focus this month. Rice is booming on the Commodity Markets. Many countries are reducing or banning export of rice, Brazil being one of the biggest. The USA is actually reducing the number of acres of rice by about 9% this year according to the USDA. All of the nations that are having "Food protests and Riots" are buying any kind of food they can now. Which is also driving prices up. Not to mention the US policy of printing or digitizing our money is creating inflation world wide. I have seen rice creeping up in price in the last 6 months from around $12.00 per 50 # bag to $19.00. I think we could see rice go to $25.00 or more per 50# bag in the near future and limiting quantities again like the USA stores did in 2008. If you can you may want to focus on white and "parboil" rice for the next month. A hint for you who's rice gets sticky or gummy , just rinse the rice in cool water before cooking. Wow! what a difference it makes to the cooked product.
     I know, I know, I told you just a couple of days ago to get extra fuel and I'm beating the crap out of your budgets. God knows I'm getting creative on my budget because of these blow ups. I should spend about $200.00 to compensate and or get ahead of the herd and I only got $100.00 to spend. I'm not telling you to blow your budget, just maybe focus it on some different products right now if possible.

I finally get to where I can have some "Mad" money on hand and the whole bloody world goes MAD. I think that's why I'm so pissed. I'm mad at the damn system of bankers, Wall Street and despots and politicians that are crushing folks in the relentless pursuit of profits and power. Whores have better morals than these folks or at least are more forthright.

Our government won't protect our borders but want to regulate your salt intake and milk spills. You can get all kinds of crap on EBT/Foodstamps and WIC but we don't like potatoes, you must eat more arugula. The Feds want you all to get "Local" and innovate. Yet if you do and can't afford lobbyists to write the tax bills, get grants or just aren't trendy. Well sorry about that, Your business will die but don't worry we will borrow money in your name for all kinds of benefits for you.
Cattle, sheep and pigs were bred to eat what we can't (grasses) and turn it into protein we can eat. What do they eat in this country? Grains we can eat, you have to pay extra for domesticated animals to eat what they were designed by nature to eat. Hell, we burn food in our cars at huge environmental cost because Sparky the politician wants to suck up to big Agriculture.

Please stop helping us!! I don't think we can take much more of your help.