Here in North America, we're unlikely to face the full effects of the worldwide famine that appears to be developing, and that we've discussed in these pages on several previous occasions. However, it's biting hard in several regions and countries, and getting worse. For example, see these articles (selected at random from many others I could have linked):
- Higher food prices from Ukraine war will push up to 47 million people into acute hunger, UN says
- Food Shortages In Six Months – The Globalists Are Telling Us What Happens Next
- From Pakistan to Peru, soaring food and fuel prices are tipping countries over the edge
- Food Shortages Surge to Record High, Food Price Inflation 2nd Highest Ever
Even though I think we'll probably still have food on US supermarket shelves, there are almost certain to be local and regional shortages of various products; greatly increased prices; and disruptions in normal consumption patterns, as people are forced to buy what's available rather than what they really want. It's not going to be easy for anybody.
A few days ago, Michael Yon stuck his neck out with a more dire warning than he's ever issued before on this subject. I hope he's wrong . . . but given his very extensive background in reporting around the world, I'm sure he absolutely believes what he's saying. Given my respect for his track record, I'm taking him seriously.
Sounded pretty crazy in January 2020 when I began warning about potential power outtages, major war, and famines…didn’t it? PanFaWar [Pandemic, Famine, War].
The idea was a mile outside the Overton Window. I was reluctant to publicly express the depth of my concern due to being dismissed as a quack. You know…like when I warned about Iraq civil war in 2005, that we were losing the Afghanistan war in 2006, and that CCP might soon take Hong Kong in 2019 — those were mostly outside the Overton Window. Today they are common knowledge.
Time to take a leap out the Overton Window on the 1,000th floor.
If you have not stockpiled at least two years of supplies, just stop what you are doing and get on it. Plant a garden if possible. Get chickens. Learn to fish. Notice I have never sold any of the supplies, and rarely even mention models of products other than a few like Katadyn water filters, or Berkey, but I make no money from that and have no relationships any companies. People often say that I should set up an online store. But that would undermine the message. If I tell you to stock up and then provide a link, the message is undermined.
Most folks smart enough to read my pages have been preparing for a long time. Comparing notes with each other. Searching for holes in their strategies. Some folks even make dry runs by turning off their water and electricity for varying periods in order to find more weaknesses in their plans.
Self defense is vital. We’ve seen 911 is a joke. We are our keeper. A grandmother with a little training can throw some serious self defense downrange.
Later this year we likely will see various governments within the Unites States starting with price controls and increased subsidies. Governments always do this when they are losing control. These policies will exacerbate situations. OGUS will push to make rationing electronic to gain even more control of every aspect of our existence. All the indicators are there.
Stock up thick. The clock is ticking. Conditions are set: 2022 will become serious. 2023 will be a year of starvation in many countries. I do not even see a way out of this. Too much inertia and sabotage. Serious famine creates real pandemic, more war, and HOP — Human Osmotic Pressure — which leads to migrations.
PanFaWar with it’s recursive variables can be like an indoor fire. Heat cannot quickly escape, causing more fuel to burn, heat-feedback, FLASHOVER.
War creates famine creates pandemic creates war creates famine creates migration creates war creates famine creates pandemic until enough fuel and energy is expended and it goes away and people say, “Boy the people that did this sure were stupid. We’d never do that again.” And then they do.
There's more at the link.
Yesterday, Mr. Yon expanded on his views.
I noticed in my earlier days of world travel that my world view greatly expanded after I had been to about five countries that were very different. Like China, India, Poland, Italy, and California. (Yes, California. I was there when it was still great, and also many other times watching it fall such as last year.)
The paradigm change is profound.
You learn much of what you learned is flat wrong. You see many of your teachers should be students. Like the mice experiments with overcrowding. Folks who read my work probably were taught the mice-thing and the wild extrapolation to humans. The extrapolation is flat wrong. Wrong in the way it was used, anyway.
I spent months in Mongkok, Hong Kong, the most densely populated area in the world. Very orderly.
Inverse, I spent years in sparsely populated 3rd World… zoo-ville.
If you put 200 3rd-worlders into 200 square miles, there will be **** everywhere and voodoo galore.
Put two million Japanese in a tiny city and it will be clean, quiet, peaceful, orderly. Hong Kongers can stack even thicker and still maintain order. (Well, CCP is crushing that.)
But that’s not the point.
The point is that after you read about five books on Pandemic, or five on Famine, or travel to about five very different countries, your mind starts to boost that experience to something greater than the sum. Like 5 = 9
How did I so accurately predict global famine (famine starting in earnest later this year, in 2022) well over two years ago? I’ve never been in a famine. Or any serious pandemic. Still haven’t been in a serious pandemic. Just a seriously-weaponized-minor-humanmade-‘pandemic.
It’s all written down. Old people wrote it down. I read it.
To make the best of your time, do Reading Recon with strategy. Why read five books [on the] Irish potato famine? Spread it out ... One book on [the] Potato Famine ... A book on Mao’s famines. Huge. And amazingly still sort of hidden ... Holodomor — incredible and unfolding again ... India [or] Bangladesh ... A specific recommendation is THREE FAMINES by T. Keneally. I recommend this because he also compares/contrasts.
Again, more at the link.
To begin your search for reading material, look at open-source libraries and similar resources. For example, Project Gutenberg has several free e-books on famines. Take a look and decide whether one or more would be of interest.
Now that the kitchen remodel is done, it is time to be more serious about the food storage. I simply can not stick all my dry goods in glass jars and afford to have 2 years stock up for a couple people. I need to get food grade 5 gallon buckets ASAP.
My pantry as it is now, has enough space to handle a bunch of 5 gallon buckets. So I guess bulk rice, beans, etc will be the menu. Plus a ****load of spices.
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I hate living like this. This situation forced upon my life for the last couple years. But this is the hand we are dealt on May 1, 2022.
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Weighed this random chicken from latest batch. This is 30 days exactly. Zero hormones, zero antibiotics. Just a feed with pro-biotics, lots of mangoes and maybe 10 pounds of sunflower seed from the garden. 2.1 kilos or 4.6 pounds. 6 week wonders indeed. 7 or 8 weeks and they turkey sized.
Planning on canning most of them.
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I ordered 20 kilos of TVP this morning. Price went from 60 to 100 [Philippine pesos] per kilo since the covid **** started. I ate it but it makes one gain weight at a alarming rate. So all the 2 year old stuff is used in the dog food. With the price of dog food and cat food now exceeding 150-180 per kilo almost double in 2 years, I best get something put aside, and in a pinch I can eat it myself. Unlike dry dog food at 2x the costs.
I can also use it to boost chicken feeds.
Now that the coffee motivation has kicked in, I will go over to the meat market and get some stuff to can. I will see what is cheaper costing or what looks good when I get there.
My malabar spinach is growing like crazy. I best harvest and eat some today too. I suddenly find a lot of surplus in the garden foods. I went from starving for anything fresh to a excess, gradually, then suddenly too much.
I gave my Norwegian neighbor a kilo of shelled lima beans yesterday. I could have canned but he sent over some fresh whole wheat bread last week, so returning the favor.
He's taking Mr. Yon's warnings seriously. We should follow his example.