Friday, January 23, 2015
Signs of Decline
I kinda make it a point to note what others are talking about each day and by a rule if I read or hear three (or more) comments about the same subject in a short period dealing with our decline I try and write about it.
I think it was just yesterday that Rob posted something more about the price of hamburger and beef, then this morning I saw Carolyn posting about it as well. Then after getting called in to work my partner I was assigned to drive with today was complaining about the high price of beef as well.
Just another sign of the decline my friends.
Many of us preppers figured out a few years after 08 that this wasn't going to be the fast slide so many doomers thought it was going to be. Nope we are in a slow grinding collapse that has been going on for damned near eight years now and hasn't shown signs of slowing down at all from my observations. The only real bright spot I have seen has been this latest drop in oil prices which has temporarily given some of us a little bit of a breather. The truth is it has been happening just as many (including myself) once called it....
A slow inevitable decrease in our living standards while the government continues to grow and gouge us with more taxes, fees and fines.
The beef prices are just another step down in our gradual decline of life quality. We will slowly, by gentle degrees, be deprived of things we used to consume or use daily. They won't suddenly stop but will ever so slowly be priced out of our range never to return.
Many will think that once oil prices decline so should the prices on beef or whatever but this long slow collapse doesn't work that way. It isn't a supply and demand economic issue as much as it is a long chain of "Just in Time" inventory issues that never reset at the same levels. Once markets reached beyond local production we left simple supply and demand behind.
Globalization is just as much a cause for high prices as oil or drought.
Increased beef prices due to drought and high oil costs caused ranchers to decrease their herds or go out of business. Trucking companies in turn declined by not replacing trucks, employees or went out of business themselves. No matter what the demand is or was it would take literally years for these middle-men to regain capital to re-invest in these endeavors. We have lost our supply chain and I doubt we will ever get it back.
That's the magic of the slow grinding collapse. Things happen at the speed of tectonic plates rubbing together but once the territory is lost it rarely comes back.
Volatility and an ever changing reality on a slow scale is the way of life we face until the final straw lands on the proverbial camel's back. Ever so slowly things will disappear from our lives due to costs or whatever reason never to return again. Today it's beef tomorrow it maybe chocolate or Bananas or Zantec or new cell phones.
We are being ground like corn under the heal of the welfare state, central bankers and their political partners, all of it sold to us under the multi-cult banner, White guilt and feminism.
The point here is to remember what you have lost as we go along. Don't forget what you have been forced to give up because the powers that be are counting on the forgetfulness of the common man to keep this train wreck going. Recognize the decline in your quality of life and call it what it is. Prepare for what may come next and begin producing on your own. A simple stash of a year's worth of food and some ammo isn't going to be enough to get you through the grinder years and into the reset. This decline is set to take decades and will easily consume regular hoard type preps.
This is an entirely different animal than most survivalist types even considered in their worst nightmares. Plan accordingly.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!