Shortages

Everyone reading this post has noticed their grocery and gas bills shoot up over the past few months.  These are not the result of the war in The Ukraine, despite the mewling protestations of the Biden Administration to the contrary.  In part, they are the result of extended lockdowns during The Age of The Virus, and the subsequent disruption to the world’s “just-in-time” production model.  Shutting everything down immediately probably didn’t do much to stop the spread of The Virus, but it definitely stopped the spread of goods, and the production thereof.

But these shortages seemed largely academic until recently.  Sure, you’d hear about them here and there, and it was impossible to buy toilet paper for awhile, but other than a few panic-induced shortages, you could pretty much get what you needed, even if you had to pay double for it.

Now, for the first time since the very early days of The Age of The Virus, I’m getting seriously concerned about looming shortages—and not just a few missing luxury items from store shelves (not that toilet paper is a luxury item, but there are always substitutes for that), but the basic necessities of life.

Attentive readers may have noticed the numerous headlines about the burning of large farms, feedlots, poultry farms, etc., that have been circulating the past few months.  Even dull, mainstream publications like Parade are highlighting all the items that will be in short supply this year.  Naturally, the destruction of all of this agricultural produce and infrastructure has only exacerbated high food prices, but I think there is more to these stories, all of which seem to be occurring in rapid succession.

Indeed, my local newspaper published a piece about a barn fire killing 1.2 million bees in Hartsville, South Carolina.  That represents a major blow to local agriculture, as I imagine those bees—constituting twenty-four hives—were probably rented out to local farmers for pollination (and, of course, were used to make honey).

On a recent visit to my town’s Piggly Wiggly—which one neighbor characterizes as a “glorified convenience store”—I noticed tons of shelves and freezers completely empty.  Keep in mind, there is no big hurricane approaching or other natural disaster looming, but the shelves looked like they do when a hurricane is about to hit.  There was still plenty of meat in the meat section, but many items simply weren’t available.

Even my local Sam’s Club has been running low on supplies.  Member’s Mark bottled water—which is usually abundant and cheap, at less then $4 for a case of forty bottles—was completely gone.  Deer Park and Aquafina were available in reduced supply.

So what is going on here?  Obviously, supply chain issues are playing a part, but I think there’s something bigger and more sinister occurring here.  I don’t think all of these barn fires are the result of a few random crazies or local goons exacting revenge on Farmer Brown.  I suspect someone or something is coordinating these attacks.

If it’s the government, it makes some sense:  use food shortages and the resulting riots as a pretext to further crush the remaining vestiges of our civil liberties.  Still, even with an administration as corrupt, venal, and wicked as the current one, I find this red pill hard to swallow.

It seems more likely to be some manner of hidden cabal of super wealthy elites.  It is well known that Bill Gates has been purchasing up vast amounts of farmland across the country.  Big corporations are buying up homes across the country, driving up home costs—particularly tough for first-time home buyers.  Mainstream sources chalk this purchasing frenzy up to diversification, which may very well be true—but that’s only part of it.  A Bill Gates or a Warren Buffet, rich in farmland at a time when food prices are skyrocketing, surely benefit.

I don’t meant to suggest that Bill Gates is walking around rural America paying local yokels to burn down barns.  That would be pretty foolish of him to do, and he’d cover his tracks better than that.  But somehow the orders are getting out.

Regardless, land and home prices are going up alongside food prices.  The net result of all of that is that settling down in an affordable home and providing for one’s family is going to become even more difficult, if not impossible.  It seems that Bill Gates, the government, et. al., are intentionally creating neo-feudal economic arrangements in which the hoi polloi become a class of permanent renters, trapped in shabby rental units and homes, their meager wages going to line the pockets of a handful of powerful oligarchs.

Near-term, food shortages are shocking.  I suspect the other prong of this attack on our food supply is to get us all to shift over to “alternative” and substitute foods.  We already eat massive quantities of processed and synthetic foods (I can personally attest to this fact), but the ruling elite’s obsession with feeding us bugs is surely part of the plan.  If beef is too expensive (even hamburger meat is outrageous at the moment), why not eat a cricket patty?

I realize I’m engaging in a great deal of conspiratorial musing here, but I don’t think I’m wrong.  If 2020-2022 have taught us anything, it’s that our rulers hate us. and want us either dead or enslaved.

And we’ve let them do it.

8 thoughts on “Shortages

  1. Great article, Port.

    I’ll link this onto TCW tomorrow. This is a piece that needs wider recognition. Got a few things to do today before we meet one of our fellow posters later on and then TCW pub meet tomorrow. Forecast isn’t great but at least it won’t be raining (touch wood)!

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  2. Outstanding article, Port.

    In 2020, we were forced to pull our heads out of the … uh, sand. Through ’21 and year to date ’22, we are forced to take our fingers out of our ears and stop singing, “La la la – I can’t hear you!”

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  3. Whatever the cause, it’s a good time to revisit the pioneer Mormon practice of stockpiling six months’ or a year’s worth of food. I’m sure Mitt would agree.

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