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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #60 on: February 22, 2018, 02:38:47 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfJ2y7M-bXg

Px researcher Igor from Croatia reports disturbing news from that location:

All firewood is sold out in the area with a blizzard in progress, posing a potentially life-threatening dilemma for anyone dependent upon wood heat who may find their supplies running short in the wake of this unusually cold season.  Officials there are advising citizens not to leave home unless absolutely necessary. 

Additionally, New Zealand just received 50 cm (a half meter) of snow in the middle of its summer season.  :-X

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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #61 on: February 22, 2018, 02:57:17 PM »
UK and Europe to be plunged into it's coldest period for years as a dominant high-pressure system brings in frigid Arctic air from Syberia

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2018/02/uk-and-europe-to-be-plunged-into-its.html

A dominant high-pressure system is developing over northwestern Europe and is set to plunge the area into Arctic type conditions for the next ten days at least.
Western Europe and the UK will suffer their coldest period of the winter with many countries having to endure their coldest spell in years.

According to the Met Office, cold air will spread from Syberia carried from the jet stream towards the UK and western Europe.
Normally the jet stream this time of the year meanders across the Atlantic bringing cloudy, rain and mild weather, however later in the week the jet stream will take on an unusual path coming in from the northeast bringing in Arctic temperatures

By Monday it will turn very cold more widely and this will probably be the start of the coldest spell of the winter.

Many places will remain dry into the start of next week, but snow showers are expected to develop in some places, particularly across eastern and southern England.

The cold easterly wind will persist bringing a significant wind chill which will make it feel several degrees colder than thermometers indicate.

The high pressure over Scandinavia bringing the cold easterly flow is expected to remain in place for several days and there are signs that the cold spell in the UK and parts of Europe is likely to last well into next week and perhaps into the following week.
Indeed, there is potential for this cold spell to be the coldest for several years in parts of the UK and Europe”.

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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #62 on: February 22, 2018, 06:43:57 PM »
That might be the same system affecting Croatia then.  Thanks for the info Max!

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Re: A Look Into Our Future: more shortages
« Reply #63 on: March 05, 2018, 02:17:56 PM »
Am still reluctantly shopping for certain items at Walmart that are difficult to source anywhere else, though I've pledged to wean myself off of them.

Anyway, a large number of candles, in a popular well-priced but generous size, have been recalled by the manufacturer and pulled from the shelves to be sent back.  One of the store managers said there is nothing wrong with the candles, but there is a clause in their contract with the manufacturer which allows them to repossess the merchandise at-will.  Strange clause if you ask me...

Am trying to think of reasons why the manufacturer would cause Walmart to lose out on sales of this popular item, and the only reason that I can imagine is that someone else offered them a better price for a huge bulk supply...which leads me to suspect PTB may be getting ready to go into their hidey holes and want their hoards there ahead of them.  ::)


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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #64 on: March 10, 2018, 05:52:58 AM »
We Never Could Have Imagined (or Prepped For) What Actually Happened in Venezuela

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/we-never-could-have-imagined-or-prepped-for-what-actually-happened-in-venezuela_03092018

Can we prepare for everything?

We never could have imagined…or prepped for…what happened in Venezuela.

In this article, I wanted to analyze my preps, and the nature of the apocalypse we have been forced to face. I don’t know about you, but anything that kicks you out of your place, of your warm bed, your pets, kids, wife, and the rest of your family, for me does not have another better word to describe it.

My comfort bubble was destroyed, my work of an entire life was thrown out by the window, my family insurance full coverage policy is gone with the wind (although with no medications to be had and doctors running away to Argentina and Colombia, it’s not like it was very useful though), and the few preps I had for 4 or 5 months are history now. Of course, they worked pretty well, and we stretched it a little bit, but once the system collapsed, there is nothing else we can do but close the place and bug out to some other place where we can at least buy food.

What happened was something entirely different from what we had prepared for.

I guess that what I mean is, that, within our means, we prepared more or less adequately, but what really happened was something entirely different that we had not prepared for.

We prepared for some of the consequences of turmoil, unrest, riots, crime. We were able to hunker down for a while and able to defend ourselves silently and seriously, without having to leave our haven. The scarcity problems started back there around 2013-2014. Those years were the last time I remember we could buy large amounts of wheat flour, corn flour for arepas (yes, those yellow packages you see people fist fighting each other for on the web), pasta, powdered and UHT packaged milk, rice, and other staples.

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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #65 on: March 10, 2018, 07:46:53 AM »
Max, with so many agricultural disruptions recently and on the horizon, I'm guessing that we can expect the price of food to continue rising beyond anything we've known even here at home, until supplies potentially run out completely.  Perhaps there will be spotty agricultural production, in which some crops succeed part of the time in certain locations - that has always been a dilemma for farmers in the past, but worsening now.  We may need to be prepared for dietary changes to suit the changing reality, and of course any buffer that we may have made for ourselves in terms of our own supplies laid-in ahead of time may make a huge difference in how we weather this, as you have so often counseled us to do.
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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #66 on: March 10, 2018, 11:22:06 AM »
Remember last year when images appeared of the melted mailbox and fence in Arizona?  Here is a new patio chair cushion melted by the sun in winter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8zseIYGb2Q

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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #67 on: April 13, 2018, 05:11:48 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMDUUNkltCc

@ 9:19

and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nul7oG0auLg  @ 10:45

New climate map of Canada shows that a drastically reduced amount of acreage will now need to support the entire nation, due to mismatch between late freezes and crop planting window.  They may no longer have a surplus for export to other nations.

Up until now, Canada has been ranked as the fifth largest agricultural product exporter in the world: http://cafta.org/agri-food-exports/

Another video on the same subject stated that 80% of this year's winter wheat crop in the U.S. has already been lost, and that we should begin noticing pronounced shortages and inflation by 2019 at the latest.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsycbTURh7o
around 9:10.
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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #68 on: April 13, 2018, 05:45:10 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn0gnrTm2pM

around 3:10, a chart of projected diversion from climatic norms across sunspot cycles, as the Grand Solar Minimum (or a false one created by Px?) has begun -

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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #69 on: April 13, 2018, 05:53:43 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn0gnrTm2pM

Around 29:00, a list of what the U.S. federal government is preparing to confiscate in an emergency (conversation topic begins around 28:49 with different graphic):


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Re: A Look Into Our Future: Civil Unrest
« Reply #70 on: April 13, 2018, 12:22:47 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBspImkdNXk

Rioting continues in the streets of Athens, Greece due to the in-progress financial collapse of that country.  A previous riot had taken place there on the Spring Equinox, while this one occurred on the Greek Orthodox Easter holiday this past Sunday.  The specific trigger was an auction of homes that had been foreclosed upon:


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Re: A Look Into Our Future: Damaging Winds
« Reply #71 on: April 13, 2018, 12:33:42 PM »
https://youtu.be/iVGg6HCEcMQ?t=3

Wind ripped roof off of elementary school in Kansas on a clear day last week while school was in session:



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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #72 on: April 14, 2018, 12:25:03 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn0gnrTm2pM

Around 29:00, a list of what the U.S. federal government is preparing to confiscate in an emergency (conversation topic begins around 28:49 with different graphic):
Yikes and double yikes.  Makes one want to revert to hunter-gathering.  Nothing anyone can steal.

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Re: A Look Into Our Future: Food Inflation
« Reply #73 on: April 14, 2018, 12:30:44 PM »
https://www.barrons.com/articles/corn-prices-could-double-1523019600

A Barron's report dated last week predicts that corn prices may be about to double due to foul weather, harvest decline, and increase in Chinese demand for corn for ethanol fuel production.  When China recently ceased subsidizing corn crops, Chinese farmers began withdrawing from the marketplace in favor of reserving crops to feed their own livestock, more in keeping with subsistence farming practices.

The author advises buying corn futures now while prices are low, if one invests in that  market, as the doubled cost should show up in the futures marketplace by 2019, echoing sources quoted a few posts ago in this Town Hall thread.  As a side note: Preppers might want to consider laying in a good supply of dry corn products such as popcorn and non-GMO grits and cornmeal.  Bob's Red Mill produces both of the latter products, but read the labels carefully, as they produce both GMO and non-GMO versions of each item. 

Expiration dates usually go out at least a couple of years on these products, and shelf life can be extended by mixing handfuls of diatomaceous earth, French clay, non-GMO corn starch or other desiccant into loose unpackaged supplies, or by using oxygen absorber packets.  Popcorn can be ground with a hand mill to make meal, which is a slightly finer grind than grits.  Popcorn that has been in storage a long time can be soaked briefly in water in order to re-hydrate kernels enough to pop.

The Barron's article continued, saying that the U.S., which is the largest corn exporter, requires about 111 million tons of corn annually just for domestic fuel, not even taking food into consideration.  However, American farmers are switching from corn to soy production, while other corn-exporting nations such as Brazil, the EU, Argentina and the Ukraine are following suit in their reduction of corn planting.  In addition, long-range weather forecasts are calling for unfavorable growing conditions, including low temperatures during the growing season, as well as pronounced drought.

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Re: A Look Into Our Future
« Reply #74 on: April 14, 2018, 01:15:44 PM »
From Ilinda:
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Makes one want to revert to hunter-gathering.  Nothing anyone can steal.

That's quite a thought.  It leads me to ponder, though, that a lot of our preps are probably things that the lazy and avaricious (gov't or otherwise) might not recognize the purpose of, or possess the skills to use to their advantage.

Examples:
Would the average thief know what to do with silver wire, a hive of bees, or medicinal herbs?

Or a scythe, bung wrench, or pail of baking soda?

A primitive stove, whetstone, or pressure canner?

That might make an interesting sitcom... :)


 

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