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Guest Post: Preparing Accordingly II

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Submitted by TF Metals Report

Preparing Accordingly II

A frequent topic here has been the ongoing and still-building food
inflation crisis. The MSM is just now awakening and beginning to discuss
the implications. By the time the great unwashed become fully aware of
the magnitude of this problem, it will be too late. You, my dear reader,
still have time to prepare.

As you know by now, the endless money printing by our inept and foolish
"leaders" is causing prices to rise in all things dollar-denominated.
Economics 101 teaches us that more dollars chasing a static supply of
goods leads to an increase in price. Eventually, these rising input
costs are passed along to the consumer in the form of cost-push
inflation. This insidious monster is the most painful of economic
afflictions as rising costs are not met with commensurate rises in
wages. The pain to the consumer is great and often brings about social
unrest and upheaval. We will surely discuss this phenomenon in greater
detail in the days ahead. For now, I wanted to give you charts on some
items that we don't normally follow here, just so you can grasp the
dimension and scale of that which lies ahead.

First up is the primary commodity index, the C.R.B. Here is the current makeup of the index:

Energy Crude Oil, Heating Oil,
Natural Gas
17.6%
Grains Wheat, Corn, Soybeans 17.6%
Industrials Copper, Cotton 11.8%
Meats Live Cattle, Lean Hogs 11.8%
Softs Coffee, Cocoa, Sugar
Orange Juice
23.5%
Precious
Metals
Gold, Silver, Platinum 17.6%

And here is a weekly chart:

When
did the index really take off? Last July. Why then? That's when the
realization was made that QE2 was coming. Will it continue rising? As
long as QE continues? Will QE ever end? No. It can't.

First up, coffee. Coffee is a great cost-push example. For now,
companies like Starbucks are trying to absorb some of this rise in price
by slashing margins and other internal "controls". They can't can't
keep this up forever, though, so soon your latte is going up in price. A
lot. Interestingly, SBUX has risen about 30% since July. Does that add
up for you? Me, neither.

OK, now, here's where the real problem is: Corn and the other grains.
 The dispshit shills, LIESman, Krugman et al , can wax prophetic all
they want about the minimal impact these higher prices will have on the
consumer. You can draw three conclusions from this:
1) They are all profoundly stupid, almost to the point of partial retardation.
2) They are criminally negligent in their lack of basic economic education.
3) They are deliberately misleading people in the hopes of maintaining the ponzi as long as possible.

I'll let you decide which is true. I know which one I believe.

Back to corn. Look at this chart:

This near 100% move has occurred in the offseason. What happens if we get a little drought in the American midwest this summer?

What the shills fail to recognize is the interaction between
agricultural commodities. In this case, its the relationship between
corn, cattle and hogs. You see, if you're a rancher or a pig farmer,
your primary input cost is feed. (Ever heard of the term "midwest
corn-fed beef"?) When feed costs double, your first move as you attempt
to control costs is to sell some of your stock. As those cows and pigs
come to market, their presence has the same impact as any other increase
in supply...a temporary suppression of price. Yet, even in this
environment, look at a cattle chart:

And look at hogs:

The
only thing that has kept cow and pig prices from rising at the same
rate as the grains is this temporary increase in supply. Replacement
rate of a herd or barn is usually not much more than 1:1 so it follows
that all of the excess supply currently in the market will lead to a
commensurate drop in supply later this year. Add less
supply to increased demand (due to QE) and you get explosive price
increases. So, not only are the grains significantly more expensive,
protein is, too. Not good. Not good at all.

Thus the phrase: Prepare Accordingly. The time is now. We're already
seeing, in other parts of the globe, what hungry, desperate people are
willing to do. This will continue and get worse.
Prepare yourselves.
Prepare your families.
Prepare your friends.
Consider things through to their logical conclusions.
Be ready for any and all eventualities.

 


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Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:37 | Link to Comment flacon
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Love ya Turd!

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:15 | Link to Comment Bearster
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I think few would disagree that what's taught in Econ 101 is all wrong.

For example, people don't drink more coffee just because Bernanke prints more money, so it's not true that the extra money "chases" coffee necessarily.  Speculators right now are buying up all sorts of bubbles.  We shall see if they are sustained or if they crash like all the others.

The notion of "cost-push" price increases is insane.  Consumer prices are not a function of producer prices.  While keynesians and monetarists of all stripes and flavors repeat this dogma as if it were true, it's not.  Companies are not increasing their costs because they cannot.

The author is correct, this can't be sustained.  So it won't be.  My bet is that margins continue to collapse and eventually companies get squeezed into bankruptcy.  Consumers don't have the money to pay more, and so they will do without rather than pay more.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:27 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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Yes.  This is a simply function of too much liquidity chasing no sane investments.  Want to put your money in bonds, stocks, real estate?  The spill over into commodities is from newbies who don't know what it costs to carry these contracts forward.  They will get an expensive education.

Inflation will come, but not yet.  We would have to see increases in wages, real capacity constraints, investment in something other than Chinee Ghost Cities.  Anyone see any of that?  Remember what happened to oil right after $147.00?  See any banks actually lending instead of talking about it?

Inflation will come when Timmy and Ben hit the panic button.  From the way Traitor Ben looks, it won't be much longer.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:35 | Link to Comment tmosley
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I guess doubled coffee prices must be a figment of my imagination.

What else have my eyes lied to me about?

"There's no such thing as cost-push inflation".  What hogwash!  What do you think happens when margins are squeezed until businesses go bankrupt?  Those few remaining start *GASP* raising prices.  Even if demand collapses, production collapses faster.  This is what happened in Zimbabwe, and most every other nation that ever experienced hyperinflation.

But don't worry, "it can't happen here."

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:43 | Link to Comment snowball777
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Point of reference: coffee inputs may have doubled, but my Peet's is only 7% more than in 2008.

The collapse in demand may cause prices to raise faster as the 'volume' trade gives way to 'boutique prices' for the remaining customers in the top 3% of incomes.

It depends on the product.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:05 | Link to Comment duo
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Peet's canned dozens of employees and is mixing in some crappy beans to maintain margins.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:54 | Link to Comment Mach1513
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Is that why my last order included some bad sh*t?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:56 | Link to Comment Mach1513
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Is that why my last order included some bad sh*t?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:24 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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Can of Maxwell House (reg. price 10.99) was 5.99 on sale about six months ago. Two weeks ago 7.99 on sale and last week 8.99 on sale. I've switched to Chase and Sanborn reg. price 7.79 per can. Western PA.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:57 | Link to Comment thetruth
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you're proving the point in the article.  although costs have risen for the past two years, they have squeezed margins.  once there is nothing left to squeeze there is no choice but to pass higher prices to the consumer.  they can't fire everyone.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:46 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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Who you gonna believe?  Me or your lyin' eyes.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:51 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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Yeah.  I thought it was pretty basic math.  Things cost more for the manufacturers, so they eat as much as they can, trying not to scare off the consumer, or at least not send him running to the competition who can sustain slimmer margins.  Then when raw materials continue to go up, there is but one choice:  Close the doors or increase the price to the end user.  That is inflation, no? 

What am I missing?  What do Mish, and Kaiser and Bear, see that I don't?

Am I being stupid again?  DAMN!  I HATE when that happens!

 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:46 | Link to Comment tellsometruth
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shhh it can't be that simple...and to know what really is going on you need a phd

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:58 | Link to Comment Pool Shark
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Bi-Flation

 

Deflation in the things we want

Inflation in the things we need

 

While food may be expensive in Egypt right now; I'll bet luxury goods aren't going up in price...

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:07 | Link to Comment BigJim
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If this line of reasoning is stupid, where can I join the club?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 09:25 | Link to Comment Dexter Morgan
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I would not join any club that would have me as a member.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:03 | Link to Comment Dburn
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At least in the US, the reaction to squeezed margins is to fire more people. I wonder if they have much wiggle room in that area. First people got fired for lack of customers which the top of the margin squeeze or they got fired because the recession was a terrific excuse to try outsourcing expansion. The second round of lay-offs happens when there are no margins for the customers they do have.

Margin squeeze happens from the top first. No customers. Lower prices to steal some. Then input costs rise, so  substituting input happens until pissed off customers leave. Then the business takes a deep gulp of pepto and xanax mixture and raise prices.

Others who have leased everything in sight stop making payments. So a relatively uncomfortable times passes of overcapacity for a shrinking customer base until banks , who normally would repo the equipment, finally get into a liquidity trap of their own making and demand the equipment back to sell to the healthy businesses that are left or back to the manufacturers who by this time are giving their equipment away. So finally they are sold for a tiny fraction of cost to a Pawn shop or back to the original company operating under a new name as they rid themsleves of all debt and leases through bankruptcy.

Then it goes on like this with alternating closures for several rounds which is when some technological marvel appears that sinks everyone.

You know it's THAT bad when telemarketers call who gave you up for dead years and years ago.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 00:26 | Link to Comment HungrySeagull
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I finally started tapping into my two year old supply of coffee that I purchased at 4.00

The current new cans cost twice that. And I use Folgers.

 

The old supply was nearing expiration.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:51 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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This is the crux of the matter. Suppliers will allow the margins to squeeze them out of business, but those that remain will be able to raise prices, because people cannot provide their own chocolate, coffee, sugar, etc. 

Who would be in a position to ride out this margin collapse? Big corporations? We don't even need zimbabwe inflation- we only need 5-8% to effectively gut the middle class. Will they buy less? Sure. Will the world? Perhaps not. 

We are no longer the only consumer on the planet. As the dollar is debased, it will cost more for goods we import. 

Based on current weather models, the US will have a very difficult farming year- I expect decreased yields in the south and southern midwest along with terrible drought conditions in the central valley- meaning water and water costs. 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:00 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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And when the harvest comes in, does it not get shipped to the highest bidder, which may or may not be US?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:04 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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Unless we see tariffs and duties- you would be correctomundo.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:25 | Link to Comment Trichy
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When tariffs hits the ponzi is over anyway.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:06 | Link to Comment Shameful
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Was doing some digging online and little known fact, during a lot of famines the suffering nation was a net food exporter. Great Chinese Famine, Ukraine's Holodomo, Ireland's Potato Famine. All net food exporters while the locals suffered and died. And if memory serves Argentina was a food exporter though their collapse this past decade. So there is little reason to think that the US will not remain a food exporter no matter the local conditions.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:49 | Link to Comment tellsometruth
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interesting and stands to reason aswell... tell me more

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:06 | Link to Comment Shameful
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In a nutshell most of the great famines in the modern era are man made. I'm not worried about a drought, or flooding, or mold. I'm worried about an insane government causing a famine though policy decisions.

I've also marveled at the divine humor. What if a famine were to hit the US. The land of plenty, amber waves of grain, full of obese people, facing a food shortage. Would the future laugh at us or pity us?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:20 | Link to Comment Armchair Bear
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I heard an interesting theory last year - forget the source - some new-agey website probably -

It goes like this:  Humans have a gene that helps us store fat for times of famine - and it is activated psychically - so if this is true, with America being the fattest nation, we will have the worst food shortages - guess we will see what happens, no?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:58 | Link to Comment oygevalt
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Well, in two of the three (Ireland and Ukraine), another ethnicity (British and Russian, respectively) were running the show and insisting on exports to their own homelands.  And I'm not sure if the political conditions in China at the time of their famine are sufficiently like our own.  But an interesting theory.  BTW, book just came out about the holodomor... horrible, horrible stuff about children eating each other in an orphanage.  Makes you stop and think, way beyond "riots will happen."

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:37 | Link to Comment Shameful
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You're making my argument for me. Who is running the show in the US, the oligarchs. Are they any more loyal to the US then the British were to Ireland or the Soviets to Ukrainians? BTW Stalin was Georgian not Russian. Well by the actions of the oligarchs and the off shoring of jobs it's only natural they will sell food to the highest bidder. Good thing we still have small local farms...oh wait forgot the US has pushed a go big or go home attitude to farming. So the big corps hold the food supply. Who will they sell food to? The highest bidder. Works great so long as the Us can remain the highest bidder, but if the dollar goes...

As to the Holodomor, it was a nightmare, as were many of the Communist regimes of the past century, a century of murder. I'm a big proponent of people getting ready for bad time because I've read up on the horrors that governments love to inflict on their citizens.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 23:15 | Link to Comment Bobbyrib
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Exactly why people invest in PM's.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:04 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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Shameful-good research and I have some more local examples.

Wisconsin was a net dairy exporter in 1932, yet: e.g.:

http://www.jstor.org/pss/3741037

And, well, this has the bile rising in the back of my throat a bit, the hog-slaughter ('I'm thinking the H-word') in net <<weep>> hog-exporting states. e.g.:

http://www.lib.niu.edu/1993/ihy930578.html

Many more examples, all failures of central planning.

- Ned

 

 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:42 | Link to Comment Shameful
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Was it really a failure? If ones goal is to impoverish people and sow discord and death it's hardly a failure. Ones actions can be a success or failure when viewed through the proper lens. Economically for the masses central planning is an epic failure, but if the goal it destruction then it's a success from that point of view.

Love that in a depression bitching that food is to cheap. Well lucky for us we have Zimbabwe Ben so that won't be a problem. See he has already averted the real problem of the last depression. /sarc

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:42 | Link to Comment centerline
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The money is going experience inflation and our population is going is going to experience deflation.  In short, the party is over here.  Time to move the venue.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 23:00 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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kulak isn't a current word, nor do I wish it's sense to become more widespread. - Ned

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 02:19 | Link to Comment Boxed Merlot
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Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikötter... "The horrors of China's Great Leap Forward are unveiled in a masterly study of the hateful plan."..

"Dikötter's painstaking research in newly opened local archives makes all too credible his estimate that the death toll reached 45 million people."

And this in the years 1958-1962. I still can't believe 45 million. Not to be flippant but that's equivalent to the current US unemployed.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 23:13 | Link to Comment Bobbyrib
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Ireland's Potato Famine may not be the best example of countries exporting food while their people were starving. They didn't gain independence from Great Britain until the beginning of the 20th century.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:10 | Link to Comment dizzyfingers
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Thanks for the confirmation (that I'm not as stupid as I felt reading that comment)...

Cost of zucchini at Walmart today: $3.59 per pound.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:12 | Link to Comment Fish Gone Bad
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That's insane. I shop at a lot of ethnic markets.  I think zuchs were 3 pounds for $1.  The other day I saw black beans 3 pounds for $1.  Today at El Super there were white onions, 6 pounds for $1, broccoli or cauliflower 2 pounds for $1. 

 

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:28 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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Chinese markets have great prices.  You do have to look stuff over but they are way cheaper than regular US supermarkets.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:15 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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diz: location of this, 'cuz around here, well, we give zuchini away.  Arbitrage possibilities abound!

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 23:35 | Link to Comment c-rev with a twist
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Zuchinists believe in robust crops and prefer little to no government involvement in their growing.  Squashers prefer to dole out their produce to a broad number of people, including those who do not possess the means to grow for themselves.

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Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment The Rogue Economist
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+1

The high school definition of inflation is "Too many dollars chasing too few goods."

The more complex explanition is that each dollar represents a demand on the results of production at auction. Try giving just five people at any auction an amount of money that is significantly above everyone else. You'll see that those five bid everyone else up, whether they end up winning every auction or not.

This is simple and basic. Anyone who seeks to complicate it is trying to deceive you, or doesn't understand it.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:52 | Link to Comment snowball777
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What makes you think Keynesians and Monetarists don't understand 'sticky prices'?!

Are you implying prices are purely a function of demand? What business remains solvent thinking this way?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:06 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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only the Keynes team bitches about 'stick prices.'

Price is what the concern can get.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:39 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Up until now I agree.

Consumer prices are not a function of producer prices.

They are/were a function of greed, and what the market would bear.(plus when any products mfg materials rise by 25% or more, you can expect the bottom line to be affected,so price up),demand down, less sales.

Just like so many here show disdain and even contempt for Flat Screener's, I share the same with any idiot paying $4.00 for a cup of Joe.

Asinine??, hell yes IMHO

 

Bearster got it slam dunked, When the prices get too expensive, they simply will refuse to buy,mkt shares go to hell,and here comes Chap11.

Been this way all my life(a long time).

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:45 | Link to Comment razorthin
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did you just imply that a bubble might be "sustained"? can you flap your arms and fly too?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:49 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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people don't drink more coffee just because

Bernanke prints more money...

Certainly more is consumed during a time of

easy credit, coffee included.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 17:00 | Link to Comment Mr Pinnion
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So people will starve rather than pay more?

Naaaaa. they will get gov. hand-outs to buy more food.The gov will rob anybody who has money, to pay for the hand-outs.Soon everybody will be on hand outs.

Say hello to communism and its logical conclusion.Starvation.

Regards

Ozzy

 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:40 | Link to Comment bugs_
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On the other hand Bernanke's replacement could raise interest rates to 18%, break the speculative pyramids of GS, JPM, MS, et al once again.  It could happen LOL.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:15 | Link to Comment flacon
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Only in theory. In practice we would all start killing eachother. 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:44 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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True.  Inflation is much safer because Keynes is right.  Most people are stupid.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:20 | Link to Comment flacon
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That's not what I'm saying. What I am trying to say is that we have reached the point of no return - ie, no Paul Volcker will be able to save this system - it is dead. If interest rates were to rise to that of the early 80's the system would collapse. If rates are kept low like it is today with monetary injections, the system will collapse. There is no way out now. 

 

 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:38 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Flacon

When you say "there's no way out" you're talking hypothetically, for 'The System' right?

So dis-engage yourself from this fuked system and build your own system based on a good local bank and good local everything else. Fuk the system, have nothing to do with it, don't get painted into a corner with it ok

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:35 | Link to Comment margaris
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Wise words...

There is always a third solution... if you havent found it yet, you just havent thought about it long enough.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:41 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Ok 2 Options so far;

1). Get painted into a corner with the parasites and go down with them

2). Fuk the system and regain your independence from it

Now there's a 3rd option, here's my guesses;

3 a). Change the System (you are fuking joking right?)

3 b). Elope to Thailand and avoid the system all-together 

How did i do?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:41 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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It's going to be very difficult to escape at least some of the consquences of this no matter how well prepared.

Thailand isn't exactly off the grid, either, although they do grow their own food mostly.  And it's illegal for non-Thais to own land - you have to lease it or have a Thai partner.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 04:30 | Link to Comment margaris
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3 a). Wait for the system to show its weakness and use it. Bring the system down or question it and spread the message, this is how it always works. All systems have a rather short half-life period. Different systems are already waiting for their time... There will be alot of "experiments" coming in the future.

3 b). Its the same everywhere. If you cant make it here, why go somewhere else...??

3 c). Quit religion, quit consumerism. Save money to buy land and a house, become a gardener and scientist.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:45 | Link to Comment Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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No, he means exactly what he said. Moreover, your solution won't work either. The Event Horizon passed a few years ago.

Either we need a new  currency OR we do an entire re-boot.  Or its just one massive Lord of the Flies.

 

History is a bitch.

In the meantime you legally disengage as much as possible. Lets be realistic here, you're a peasant on the Titanic.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:55 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Can you put Option 3 in clear simple words please?

My suggestion is the 'Eric Cantona Solution' where you remove your assets (deposits, pensions, sell your property etc) from anything big and national and 'Go Loco' (go local). Get into cash or gold/silver whatever. Turn yourself into a flexible zero-debt untouchable Govt non-asset which is precisely what i did here in Europe last year

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 04:33 | Link to Comment margaris
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Zero-Debt is the way to go. If I can reach that goal here in europe in the next years, I will be very happy and feel great for the rest of my life!

There is way too much government in the world,... it has to shrink and it will!

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:42 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Volker only got by with that because we were the worlds largest Creditors.

Now the opposite is true.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:44 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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The price of bacon really chaps my puckered wallet; doubled in less than a year.

Of course it is a luxury item and I am lucky to have cupboards full of food.

Can you imagine L.A. if food riots hit and the trucks and trains stop bringing things in?  It will make Cairo look like a playground fight at the elementary school.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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I wonder what BLS's hedonic subsitute is for bacon, to keep the numbers down. Spam? Pork roll? Lard? 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:34 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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Purina Beggin Stripes - Dogs don't know it's not bacon.  Who let the dogs out?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:11 | Link to Comment Orly
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You can make it that turkey bacon crap.  Yuck.  Like chewing on a rubberised beef jerky.

Just awful.  Sorry, Jenny-O!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 02:15 | Link to Comment Fish Gone Bad
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I tried some of that turkey bacon.  When the F was this ever a good idea?  Even my cats won't eat it.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:54 | Link to Comment tmosley
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The next step down from there is somewhat more severe: http://www.nextag.com/mesquite-chips/products-html

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:11 | Link to Comment BigJim
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I believe the price of salted shoe leather hasn't budged much.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:32 | Link to Comment Shameful
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Bacon is one of the few things that still brings me joy in this God forsaken hell hole. No bacon, no peace.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:57 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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This:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oWsdW3Rebw

is a great link.  Trust me.  18 seconds of cool.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:16 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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At least, that's one thing increased luxury demand from the muslims won't affect the price of. At least not directly, anyway.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:02 | Link to Comment oygevalt
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EscapeKey, I want to say how much I enjoy reading your commentary.  Not just because I knew one of the spies either (not Anna), which was what initially led me to eyeball your posts several months ago.  Please keep up with the insightful comments.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:15 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Cheers, I think ZH has quite a lot of sharp people, and it's a great place for both discussion and a bit of banter.

You knew one of the spies? Who, and did you ever suspect anything?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:03 | Link to Comment oygevalt
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Rather not say, as admitting I knew one already narrows me down considerably, but I will say that I thought the accent strange, but since the person clammed up when asked questions, didn't pursue.  What a lesson that was.  Dealt with this person for years.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:36 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Amen.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 00:58 | Link to Comment Hook Line and S...
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Shameful,

I don't take bacon lightly. I was at Emeril's flagship restaurant in New Orleans not too long ago after a little jaunt out to what BP euphemistically calls 'the source'. In one of the dishes I discovered several tiny, and I mean miniscule nuggets of bacon. When I bit into it, it blew my mind with flavor and catapulted me to ecstasy. Straight down, I AM a bacon connoisseur. I asked the waiter who was the manufacturer. The name is Benton's. I ordered mass quantities on-line because I couldn't get it anywhere else. 

Warning; this bacon is not for the wuss at heart. Intensely salted, and NOT the type you eat more than one or two pieces.

http://bentonscountryhams2.com/

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 01:41 | Link to Comment Shameful
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Hmmm, might have to give that a try, thanks for the heads up. The cheap bastard in me recoils at the price but I do love bacon. Bacon chocolate bars, excellent. Bacon vodka, not as good as it sounds. Would think that two great tastes would go together...

Mostly I cook with a few slices in stews or tossed in with veggies (love it with my kraut). More as flavor then just as it's own dish. Bachelors got to know how to feed himself, and figured the Domino's and Chinese take out was slowly killing me. Now I'm that guy, shopping at ethnic stores buying only base food ingredients not processed foods.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 02:26 | Link to Comment Fish Gone Bad
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I have been dying to try some of the pata negra ham (https://jamondepatanegra.com/tienda/lang-en/index.php?language=en) but the price is freaking outrageous.  I am thinking this bacon might be worth a try.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 02:30 | Link to Comment Hook Line and S...
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Since I'm at it, and I need a reprieve from envisioning a day without bacon due to bernanke's anti-bacon bias (hickory smoked porcine products only for the bourgeoisie), let me tell you what I witnessed today at 2:30PM PST; I was in the audience at a cooking competition where one of the competitors (who strangely enough commented during his exhibition that he also teaches composting in his spare time) took thick cut bacon, dipped it in a seasoned egg batter, deep fried it, and drizzled chocolate syrup on it.

Zero hedge bacon forum!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:28 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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suhhweet!  bacon, bacon, bacon

I like the Oscar Mayer myself, and sometimes the fresh cut with pepper that the meat/deli puts out at the grocery store.

mmm...bacon...mmm

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:39 | Link to Comment tellsometruth
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Pork Bellies Now 'Nontrading Places'

this popped in my mind... Wife's Aunty pays for our subscription for the hard copy as aChristmas gift .... nice repub from az...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020468500457604603036822505...

 

please comment

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:49 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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I've been hit pretty hard by the food prices myself, and something occurred to me. 

As margins collapse on real staples, retailers are probably marking up "luxury" items to make up for the losses of selling things like rice and potatoes at acceptable levels to the affluent and working-class.

SNAP recipients who are able to prepare proper foods may well be keeping grocery stores afloat in low-income neighborhoods because they're the only customers buying bacon, prepared foods, brand-name products, etc.

That's what it looks like when I'm on line to pay cash for my flour and lard, anyway.  I only ever see Kraft cheese and frozen pizzas when someone's got their EBT card handy.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:44 | Link to Comment DosZap
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LA,

Hell it would be choppered in,or air dropped.

But it would be controlled by gangs, and we would have the Somalia West Group.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 22:16 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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If you saw how they raised the pigs

from which the bacon comes, you might

choose otherwise.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment virgilcaine
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It's Springtime 2008 all over, Inflation was springing up then too only to Cliff Dive 75% in 5 months.  Bernank has everyone running on the wheel.. this is progress. Run til you drop.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:52 | Link to Comment Tyler Durden
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Spot on. The only difference, however, is that back then central banks' existence wasn't intimately tied in with the reflation experiment: only banks were on the hook.... This time it's different.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:00 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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+ ∞

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:04 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Not only that, but now the banks are no longer on the hook.  They "paid" TARP back and they were slapped on the wrist for Abacus.  JPM is set to issue currencie to CA via the SDR after the Fed fails.  They beta tested it years ago with the JPM IOUs.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:45 | Link to Comment silvertrain
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"This time it's different"  

And thank God for that because I am a little bit better prepared this round..

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:57 | Link to Comment Shameful
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I would challenge that. To prolong their existence they need a bust. They will continue to bury the market in fiat, but they need to force a big market move to scary weak hands out of commodities and back into the "security" of Treasuries of all stripe. Even if it's just a surface move for the MSM to pick up on and keep the masses calm on their couches.

If commodities keep on this trajectory then in a few months even the most braid dead might figure out what is going on and they don't want that to happen. On the other hand anther market crash is another chance for a power grab and spread the deflation meme again. CBs won't die till their host countries do so they need to keep the ball in play a while longer for their own pillaging.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:48 | Link to Comment centerline
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Before the bust can occur, it will be necessary to have moved the blame so as to deflect the energy of what happens next.  The polticians will serve well in this capacity.  The stage is being set right now for this.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:45 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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Inflation is often followed by a war, so look for a scapegoat coming to a country far from you.  Iran is my bet.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 01:37 | Link to Comment WaterWings
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Blankfein >>> "God's work" >>> "Act of God"

Hmm...Force Manure...anyone? (spellchecker convinced me ;-))

---

Wonderful posts, as usual. Hate saying it (stating the obvious) - glad to see dburn out and about as well.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:06 | Link to Comment tellsometruth
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terriffically succinct TD...

 

http://articles.cnn.com/2008-04-14/world/world.food.crisis_1_food-aid-fo...

feel a little familiar

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:46 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Yes this time it is different, this is happening on a grand scale, yet to really take root.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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Real life: buy 2 different bags of store version of Dunkin Donuts coffee, normally a safe bet, over a 2 week period of time. The coffee we make tastes like acidified bathwater, complete crap.  Then on Marketwatch in am, hear that Smuckers, owners of Folgers and Dunkin Donuts store coffee, are forced to raise prices. Clearly, for a few weeks, shit beans were served up in an effort to hold back eroding margins, but even they recognized shit is shit and no one will buy their product. Off to the races we go. 

To recap for those like me trying to figure It All Out, QE is raising the prices of commodities, but not real estate.  How will wages rise? More productivity? Don't think so.  Stagflation, bitchez. 

 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:57 | Link to Comment Tedster
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Coffee deserves its' own column. Have known of this for a while. Folgers coffee, while not a gourmet blend or arabica, had one noticeable trait - consistency of flavor over many years. My guess is this is tougher than it sounds. It tastes "different" in any case, starting several years ago.

The "house" brand el-cheapo supermarket brands that I sometimes favor have a distinct burlap flavor, that means they are probably buying years old commodity coffee, that is coffee traded to satisfy futures contracts and not esp. intended, by god, for drinking.

One way to save money for caffeine addicts is to not only grind your own, but roast your own. The story of coffee in America is a story of reinventing the wheel. Canned, ground coffee, along with freeze-dried, were wartime expedients that stayed long after the necessity. Prior to the 1940s, virtually every town had a coffee importer, roaster, and retail outlet. It certainly wasn't an aspect of snobbery, but a vital commodity.

But roasted coffee only keeps for several days, maybe a week at most. Green coffee beans however, keep for at least a year and can be roasted at home easily with something as simple as a hot air corn popper. It actually takes a day or so to reach peak flavor after roasting - it's ready when the room is filled with that wonderful fresh coffee bean aroma! As I understand it, after oil, coffee is the number 2 import. It just cannot be grown in any quantity in the US proper.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:13 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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I'm planting Kentucky coffee trees this year. They produce a pod with beans inside that when roasted properly make a very close substitute for coffee. Will make an excellent extender as well.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:13 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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Get youself a nice cat, and you too can make coffee in to gold

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/world/asia/18civetcoffee.html

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:51 | Link to Comment Snidley Whipsnae
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Something I noticed about the 'new' Folgers... The first cup after brewing tastes about normal. Second cup about 1/2 hr after first is definitely very down hill.

A different experience from say ~ 5 yrs ago.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:48 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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I have a close friend who is in the gourmet coffee business.  He now imports directly from the farmers in central America and Africa on a fair-trade basis.Since he's cut out the middle man hopefully he won't have to raise prices as much, or as quickly.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 10:15 | Link to Comment GreenSideUp
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Thanks for this.  I thought it was just my taste buds.  

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment gwar5
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There's still deals out there. I got 60 lbs gourmet coffee @1.75 lb.

I don't think it will last very much longer.

300lbs meat during the holiday specials when they were practically giving it away.

 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:41 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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A huge freezer is the way to go.  For less than 100 bucks a year in electricity ( I think it is less than 50 but I am too lazy to look it up), you can store huge amounts of food bought in bulk, or when your neighbor grew too many tomatoes and zuchini.    Go to the slaughterhouse and buy half a pig and split it with your friends or just have a TEOTWAWKI pig roast with some home brew.  The carniceria or mexican grocery stores will have bulk meat items also.  even Sams has cheap tubes of hamburger, so buy 50 pounds at a time and freeze it.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:51 | Link to Comment Mad Mad Woman
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We bought a new chest freezer 2 months ago & filled it up. Buying meats & frozen stuff only on sale to re-stock. We even put up some shelves in basement & have stocked a bunch of canned goods we use. Bought lots of coffee and sugar. We're thinking about buying a couple of chickens in the spring, building a little pen in the one corner of the yard for them. Fresh eggs!!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 01:14 | Link to Comment hardcleareye
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Freezer's only work if you have electricity or fuel for a generator.  Learn how to can and dehydrate you food along with your freezer.

I have 23 hens and one noisy rooster, not alot of eggs right now, but that will change once the weather warms up.  Egg custard pie... suffles... fresh egg nog... I give my over production in the summer to the local food bank.

Back Yard Chicken is a good resource.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:48 | Link to Comment slingshot
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These guys aren't worried about a little inflation:

http://finviz.com/insidertrading.ashx?or=-10&tv=100000&tc=7&o=-transacti...

 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:49 | Link to Comment Xibalba
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Love me some Turd!

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:54 | Link to Comment Henry Chinaski
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FiveBucks $ixBUX $evenBUX...

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:54 | Link to Comment sabra1
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do what i've done, go to startrek.com and buy a replicator! best thing i've ever bought!

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:55 | Link to Comment cossack55
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American Preppers Network

Get some.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:56 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Stocks are pricing in expectations.  Expectations say people will pay more for there lattes.  For this reason, commodities will continue to rise.  People need to eat and they will continue to buy these products.  This leads to people spending their dollars on paper assets.

Once all currencie is spent on commodities, then people will want to move back into the dollar all at once.  Smart monie will move to gold.  The dollar will lose its grip on reality, and it will be overbought.  People will try to move into other fiat currencies, but to no avail.  The last place everyone will run will be physical precious metal bullion.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:51 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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Most Americans have a long way to go before they are spending 50% of their income on food like much of the world does.  That might be close to where we end up & it's not going to be pretty watching spoiled people facing reality.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:56 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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how about the drought in china? thats got to put pressure on just about everything.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:57 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Turd Ferguson is the man!!

Old comedy piece. Enjoy

Hitler Finds Out Turd Ferguson is Posting to His Blog.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:03 | Link to Comment Henry Chinaski
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Excerpt from my letter to the editor pubished in August 2009 when the national debt was $11.7 trillon. Now it is 21% higer, or 14.1 trillion.  I conclude that it is being done deliberately to bankrupt the country.

We are running out of money and simply cannot afford bigger government.  In the past several months, the federal deficit has ballooned completely out of proportion to the available resources, resembling a bubble.  Recent economic events have proven that this is not sustainable for individuals, businesses or financial systems.  It is not sustainable for government either.

Who will bear this tax burden created by massive government spending?  What will this tax burden do to our individual liberty, standard of living and national security?  Continued reckless deficit spending can only result in an inevitably worse crisis, with greater hardships, down the road. Government cannot create the prosperity that we so desperately need right now.  Prosperity can only be restored if our elected leaders work toward solutions that are grounded in the principles of individual liberty and responsibility. 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:56 | Link to Comment cxl9
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Prosperity can only be restored if our elected leaders work toward solutions

I think we need fewer "solutions" from our glorious leaders.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 00:39 | Link to Comment Milestones
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The solution is getting rid of our "glorious" problems.      Milestones

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:53 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Henry, just now figuring that out are we?

 I conclude that it is being done deliberately to bankrupt the country.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:56 | Link to Comment Mad Mad Woman
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I agree with you on that they are deliberately trying to bankrupt the country. But first the Bernank is not done giving away all the money to the elites. And Congress isn't done dismantling all social safety nets. But they all better keep watching over their shoulders, because when shit hits the fan a lot of the masses going to come looking for them and it won't be pretty.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 22:26 | Link to Comment cxl9
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You give the masses far too much credit. American quality of life and standards of living have been declining gradually, but choppily, for decades and the American people have not done anything to hold their leaders accountable. They rush back and forth like a frenzied animal, electing politicians who variously and cynically promise to turn back the clock and undo the inevitable economic consequences of the global tectonic shifts and bad policy that have got us here. This process will continue - a la the boiled frog - until it is far too late to do anything. The American people will not riot until the welfare checks bounce, and that's not happening anytime soon. Eventually when oil is no longer settled in dollars anymore, the currency will collapse. Then you may see riots. That day could be decades away, though.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:54 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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This is precisely Bernanke's job - to make the coming crash a long, slow ramp down rather than series of sudden catastrophic events.  

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 01:03 | Link to Comment hardcleareye
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In one of the earlier post on ZH today (or a link in a post) I noted the significant decrease in the US debt held by the banks.

Banks don't care if sovereign debt is defaulted on so long as they are not exposed to the loss and do not have to take a major hair cut. 

Perhaps the TPTB are anticipating a US sovereign debt default in the near future.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:07 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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@ Turd sez: The only thing that has kept cow and pig prices from rising at the same rate as the grains is this temporary increase in supply...

This I agree with this part, but as for QE increasing demand color me dubious. Higher feed costs which can't be passed along result in herd liquidations. That is the time to buy. This is a bubble eCONoME. Buy stuff that is cheap, stock up ahead of time. the people here saw this coming and still they bitch, bitchez! You-all should be gloating. I got me a $400 big screeen and some $4.99/lb ribeyes the other day. What did you bitchez do, whine about the price of yak cheese in mongolia? Bitchez.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:06 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Gotta hustle while you wait.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:31 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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49 cents/lb. friers at the local Lowe's Food Store. Bawk, Bawk, Baaawk!

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:46 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Well, that's more like it.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 22:24 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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I'll go vegetarian before I eat either tyson

garbage or chinese chicken.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:35 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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One bitchez per post please.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 02:28 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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What, is this some sort of tariff on posts now? :>D

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:53 | Link to Comment razorthin
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demand for the underlying speculative derivative - absolutely.  that's just money parking away from the dollar and paper assets.  the commodity itself?  probably not, save for precious metals.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 00:53 | Link to Comment hardcleareye
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Got my freezer full, making beef jerky in the dehydrator as I type and pulled out my Grandma's (circa 1900) recipe for canned stew meat (easy to make and very convenient for beef barley soup or stew). I use a 14 qt jar canning pressure cooker instead of a water bath on a wood cook stove.  Good eating to be had at my table...

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Everybodys All ...
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I want to know why we put up with guys like Ben Bernanke. Clearly this is going to lead to a revolt if this inflation continues. These guys can talk the tepid CPI horse hockey all they want because it does not compute to what we all know is going on with prices. Remove food and fuel and presto no inflation. wtf. Bernanke needs to be stopped before it is too late. This guy in days gone by would be laughed out of the room with this approach to fighting the credit crisis. It is truely etraordinary to watch unfold.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:06 | Link to Comment razorthin
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Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:59 | Link to Comment Mad Mad Woman
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Extraordinary & sickening to watch. It's feeling like we are on the Titanic and we just hit the iceberg & all life boats are filled & gone already by the elites, leaving just us poor folk on the deck.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 16:19 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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Here are some fun things to do.  I have a group of people that play rambo survivalist every once in a while and we make dinner from what we can forage from the country or the city.  The amount of free food out there is simply huge.

If you are in a city you can do yourself and everyone else a favor by buying large rat traps and baiting for pigeon.  Even on a ledge in an urban high rise you can keep yourself in protein indefinitely.  Old pigeon is pretty good.  Tenderize it, marinate it, and make a stew or a stir fry.  Pull just the breast off to simplify dressing the bird.  there isn't anything else anyway.  I am sure there is a youtube video somewhere demonstrating de-breasting a dove.  Same thing.   Takes five seconds.

 

Does anybody remember seeing the picture on cnn of the duck with an arrow in it's neck that they finally caught and took to a vet?  Everyone blamed a thrill seeking teen.  More than likely it was an urban survivalist practicing his trade.  However pistol cross bows are likely to get you fined.  A better way is to take some softened corn or some bread crumbs and tie a hook to a fishing line, then go out and feed the ducks and haul  one in!

Also check out Food Not Bombs.  For an adventure in slumming they usually announce on the internet where they are feeding people.  Go hang out under the bridge and try the fare.   The really cool thing isn't the food, but that extreme leftist chics are usually pretty loose.  Go dumpster diving with them for kicks some day.

P.S.  If you do try the large rat trap on a window ledge to catch pigeons in NYC be sure to tie the rat trap to something stable.  The pigeon is likely to fall off the ledge and take your trap if you don't!

Playing TEOTWAWKI games is a lot of fun!  In the middle of Memphis by the park near the zoo there is a swampland.  Ignore all the guys who are trying to solicit you (don't worry ladies.  they are only after other guys), and find the paw paw trees and the mushrooms that grow there (pigs ears, oyster types mostly).  I can't believe poor people in the middle of the city don't know where the paw paw trees are.

There are more raccoons in the suburbs than in the forests.  However I haven't gone that far yet.  it is an acquired taste to put it nicely, but hunger is the best sauce.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 17:18 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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If you're in memphis, I think the better advice would be to get the fuck across the river rather than dilly dallying with mushrooms.  [the smart people already left].

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:50 | Link to Comment Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Um, yeah do that faux survival stuff in Camden or Philly and see how ya make out there.

 

Godspeed, buddy.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 03:04 | Link to Comment Fish Gone Bad
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The other day I took a look in a dumpster outside of Costco.  It had a 20 pound bag of Yukon Gold potatoes that had started to sprout.  I dug the bag out and planted the potatoes around the back acreage.  Did the same with onions I found a few years ago and they keep sprouting up.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 18:42 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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LOL "I smell varmint puntang...."

Watched Anthony Bordain do a show in Egypt (pretty sure it was Egypt) about flying rats being some sort of cheap delicacy. They are plentiful, cheap, and an easy target.

Fast forward to today; The entire last 3 weeks I've envisioned some industrious people in Egypt, armed with slingshots, stalking flying rats at the closest statue/fountain, to sustain the "troops."

I am trying to imagine a similar scenario playing out in American. Beyond Ted Nugent, and some present company, I keep coming up blank. Hope I am wrong, but I think many will eat dog food, and blame others for their misery.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:28 | Link to Comment Confused
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I dont' even know where to begin. 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:57 | Link to Comment oddjob
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How the fuck did you go from calling for complete devestation in the Precious Metals Markets to that post?....that's some fucked up shit.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 00:44 | Link to Comment hardcleareye
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++

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:14 | Link to Comment Yits and the Yimrum
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+100  if you have a recipe for pigeon stir-fry, that would be a big hit

I'm into orchards, maple syrup, organic greens, and new ideas are always welcome on ZH

nice, original post! 

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:28 | Link to Comment Snidley Whipsnae
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I spread dry dog food on the patio at night for the raccoons. Some nights I have as many as 30 raccoons at once, many are mothers with off spring in tow.

They are like having a bunch of clowns for entertainment.

Funniest thing is one mother that lies on her back, puts about 1/2 dozen pieces of dry dog food on her belly, and slowly eats while looking up at the stars. Is she contemplating the meaning of existence? Is she simply glad to get a break from constantly hearding her six off spring?

They are very smart and outstanding trainers of people.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 05:29 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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I'm sure glad you don't live in my neighborhood.  People around here don't care for raccoons in their gardens.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:57 | Link to Comment DosZap
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top,

 The really cool thing isn't the food, but that extreme leftist chics are usually pretty loose. 

 

The ones with teeth, and HIV?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 21:58 | Link to Comment centerline
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Speechless... with a smile.  I'll never look at the squirrels in my back yard the same again.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 04:58 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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Urban survivalist or hungry immigrant.

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