Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ten years


TEN YEARS

Well, once again on this low news week, a rehash of familiar and similar.  Ten years food storage.  But first, a word to our sponsor.  Vlad, you beautiful ancient bastard!  Got your snail mail donation, followed by heart fluttering, nipple tightening and gleeful proclamations of eternal love and gratitude.  Of course, now I have the problem of how to spend it- but a goodish problem to have.  It could go to back-up eye glasses or more wheat ( it certainly won’t be going to rimfire.  Our largest ranch store is “out until further notice” ).  Although I hate to waste a bounty on items already budgeted.  Most likely it will just go to more books, as one can never have enough of those.  Also, off topic a few more moments, another mine company in town declares a quarterly lose.  They were quoting their cost per ounce as $1300 and change, whereas the last figure I had was $900.  Perhaps their fuel costs  had jumped, or the increase is from other mines in other countries experiencing problems.  Either way, things look pretty good as far as clearing the riffraff out of town soon.  Here’s to hoping!  Okay, today’s topic- ten years of food storage.  Something we’ve talked about a lot already, but it seems to me to make more and more sense as time goes on and little worrisome dots get connected.  You see headlines “Chinese buying up more physical gold than ever” and perhaps worry why the price of gold won’t rise.  I look at them and see the following chain of logic:

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China and Russia and a few others are trading oil using barter, bypassing the PetroDollar ( around 20% of oil trade ).  This puts pressure on our global trading system ( US debt for oil, oil to feed us and ship over all our trade goods and to keep our military enforcing the system ).  Now that China is buying up all the actual gold ( our only gold reserves are futures contract derivatives ), she will soon have a trading currency much better than ours.  As the US dollar is hemmed in, our economic flexibility stagnates and our military spending declines and our fuel to run the military declines and our dollar fails further and without our military the oil supply shrinks more and on and on and at the end of the day famine comes to America.  Even without the Apocalypse, even if oil supplies stay at plateau levels longer than thought ( the plateau has actually started down the right hand side, only Fake Fuels keeping the production numbers stable, but I’m just projecting a possibility of Less Worse Than Thought ), real economies NOT run by Obammy’s Bankers will get the remaining oil, not us.  That is the problem with the end of the PetroDollar ( or is it “petrol-dollar”, with an “L” in the middle?  I might have been misusing the name ).  We won’t dictate it is we who are given the limited supply of oil ( we pump 5 million barrels a day conventional. 1 million is frack and ethanol.  The rest imported is 12 million a day.  That is a long way from energy independence ).

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These are events already happening.  This alone, if it was the only threat, warrants having a multi-year food storage.  Why ten years?  Why not?  Can you guarantee Gore Warming isn’t real?  I say the warming trend, coinciding with a seasonal extreme cold, just means our abnormal 50 years of very mild global weather is at an end.  Now it is one extreme to another, as per historically normal.  But I could be wrong.  I know it seems preposterous, but it could happen.  Can you guarantee a super volcano won’t erupt, especially in light of recent caldera activity?  Sure, the probability is low, but it isn’t an impossible event.  Europe had no summer following a distant south Pacific volcanic eruption near two hundred years ago.  Boom!  One summer gone and you only have one year’s food supply?  You are Double Dog Dry Dicked.  Better to just assume a three to five year extreme weather event in case of volcanic activity.  Have you priced freeze dried foods lately?  Emergency Essentials just had a year’s package for about $3500.  I can almost feel the rectal bleeding just looking at that number.  Ten year’s worth of wheat is HALF THAT PRICE!!!!!  I’m sorry, let me add a few more exclamation points, as per Mogambo Guru, to bring that point home.  !!!!!!!!!  Holy Mother Of All Gods!!!!!!!! 

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Okay, just wheat sucks.  So what?  Famine sucks worse.  Way worse.  It is far easier trying to scavenge up small trapped critters and wild veggies and a smidge of fat than it is to find 1500 calories a day, every day, PLUS all those.  And, no, those aren’t enough calories.  But in a pinch for short periods, if that is all you have, it will work, barely.  And for all those who find solace and guidance in religion ( I poke fun occasionally, but I truly see the benefit from religion.  Just because it isn’t for me doesn’t mean I want the rest of you to follow my lead ), look again at that Bible part about saving up for seven years of lean followed by seven years of plenty.  Even Baby Jesus says store wheat, and a lot of it.  I would almost wager if you don’t store at least seven years of wheat that you will be damned for all eternity in the lower bowels of Hell ( say “hi” to my ex-wife when you get there ) for ignoring the Bible.  And, don’t forget.  You could conceivable have uninvited guests showing up.  Mom and Da show up, somehow miraculously traveling five hundred miles on foot ( hey, maybe Mom is a MILF and they got a lift somewhere ).  You had written them off ( stupid bastards can rot in the big city ), yet here they are.  Are you going to say, sorry, I only got one year’s food storage because I believe in a balanced diet with daily variety?  You uncaring, unloving, parent killing bastard!  Bad minion!  No biscuit for you!

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19 comments:

  1. Nightshift here.....I do not know if Vlad's donation or if Jimbo the Wonderful got him some but there is alot of energy in your post today. Maybe extra caffiene. Good to see you fired up.

    Although my food storage took a hit in my divorce, I still am sitting pretty good at over 2 solid years at 2000+ calories a day plus some food production, chickens, and 32 acres of land. Gardening and fruit trees are improving. I have Some of the FD, perhaps 6 months out of the 2 years. To break up the wheat. Had a years worth....see above.

    I need to recalculate as it is likely more than 2 years. Also minions, dont just think wheat, I have put up buckets of wheat, spaghetti, beans, white rice. Break it up. A 5 gallon bucket of whatever averages up to 50k calories....average. Some is more expensive that wheat but price out 50k calories of the above and then FD. Still pretty cheap.

    Dont destroy my rough numbers just food for thought. I have about 300# of wheat alone. My next target is some solar. Small of course.

    Good post Lord James of Elko.




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    1. Thank you. Of course I can't guage how well any post will be recieved. And I'm not sure why some mornings are easy or hard to write. Today, the coffee DID work as advertised ( some mornings a pot doesn't wake me at all ), plus work donations were reasonable rather than balls-to-wall so I wasn't exhausted early.

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  2. I'll be a, partially suspect, minion and send you this for your particular consideration.

    "Two of my overseas contributors have asked to be paid not via PayPal in their local currencies *or* in U.S. dollars. Instead, they prefer to receive payment in the form of Amazon gift card credits.

    And a new global medium of exchange emerges..."

    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/mailvox-bank-of-internet.html

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    1. Amazon gift cards make kick ass donations. Hint. Throat clearing. Or just go to my Wish List and send something from there.

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  3. How many pounds of wheat per person per year, I'm guessing about a pound of wheat per day per person?

    I tried to find bulk wheat at the local farm supply store but they didn't have any plain wheat, just bags of animal mix. Ordered some 'bulk' 20 pound bags off a website years ago. Got a rubbermaid tote with 100 pounds of wheat and 200 pounds of albino mouse turds but that wont last 6 months. Haven't bought any food preps in years because I gave up on the apocalypse ever arriving in grand Hollywood fashion. It's going to be a slow miserable grind unless mother nature can pull through for me.

    Good news is I ate some 7 year old cans of beans in a botched suicide attempt. They tasted fine even if it was 4 years past their best by date, so much for botulism.

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    1. 400 lbs. One lb a day + some for sprouting. Look through history. A heck of a lot of famines without a collapse. Get more food, Obammy will glady kill you if given the choice and food is the weapon of choice.

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  4. In a rebuilding period. When my wife suddenly had to leave work and a daughter and granddaughter moved it, those stored foods were nice to have. Rounding out the storage lately with more rice and beans as I'm sick of wheat. Of course, wheat keeps longer so we eat more rice and cycle the storage. Big fan of spices and hot sauces. Makes the same handful of foods a lot more interesting.

    I keep a fair amount of food stored in the one ton van and the 19 foot sailboat. Don't want all my eggs in one basket.

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    1. Is it feasable to cache some? I love buried food- a warm and fuzzy.

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  5. Seven years was based on the Pharos dream as interpeted by a jewish prophet. The real point to us that the bible glosses over is that the already enslaved jews, and the big-wig egyptians got the warning (7 fat years followed by 7 of near starvation) the Pharo hid the knowledge, bought up lots of grain stores during the good years - " hey! look how nice I am propping up your farmers prices!" and then when the 7 years of famine came the independent farmers had to sell themselves and their families into bondage to the pharo to have a hope of surviving the famine, and afterward the jewish people were no longer economicly vital (plenty of slaves now you know) and were allowed to go with enough arm bending.

    The USA has, IMHO, had about 70 years of fat times (@ww2 to current), if history does rhyme that means about 70 years of lean...

    I cant buy enough grain for the family for 70 years, BUT I can situate to be able to last some many years (storage space and rotation being the biggest two constraints anyone should have, money should be a non-issue, after all how valuable is your LIFE) AND to be able to provide our own essentials at a survival+ level for much of that time. Energy, Food, Water, Security, Etc.

    I totally agree that more is better, and that buying the freeze dried / specialty should only be done when you have reached 90%+ of your storage capacity of grain and beans. But _some_ is good for the variety and occasional 'thing to make the drudgery of life worth living for', or if like my family you have some specific dietary needs (animal protein, and extras of certain vitamins or else their body begins breaking down).

    I dont forsee starvation of those who are usefull to TPTB, but certainly enslavement is likely, and the second one is not valuable? here is your gold colored non-functional time piece to count the minuets until you begin starving.

    The able bodied excess will be put to brute labor or war (war will have better rations, labor will be at starvation levels).

    I once had a dream of the government draft picking me and dozens of other able bodied people up and hauling us away to chop down trees and make gravel in labor camps mostly by hand as the machines would break or not have enough fuel- these raw materials were sent overseas for debt repayment/tribute/ luxury goods for TPTB. But as the fuel to even ship these got more expensive and guards and ammo harder to find the labor camps ended up just breaking down.
    By having taken with me good boots, socks, thread and needles, and otherwise dressing to work as a lumberjack I was eventually able to just walk out and home- hungry but able to eat the weeds others passed up since I knew what they were. This dream obvious stuck with me, I dont think it will really happen that way, but it could. I think we will see total tyrrany in the US becoming more obvious everyday, and most other countries as well, but I expect the end of the cheap energy to mean the end to large empires of any sort (china used to be 5/6 kingdoms, they will be so again, Russia used to end before siberia, etc.) Heck look at an old 'Risk' game map. Those used to be the nations and empires before energy got so cheap, and even those were 'maximum extent' sort of assumptions, with lots of free wilderness on the fringes and mixed in to the areas controled by the kings etc.
    Thats where we will be in 70 years, ELE excepting.

    -Grey


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    1. Right. We couldn't even subdue the indigs west of the Mississippi without a coal powered Industrial Economy. Empires need a lot of excess energy and we are busy using all of that up for a few more years of glittering palace walls for our masters. There will be a long period of down time to recover ( it took 500 years for the old Roman lands to recover from soil depletion. Do the math folks ).

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  6. Add honey to your wheat,stores forever and gives that wheat some serious taste.

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    1. I love honey. But the last three bees left on the continent aren't producing much at an affordable price. Sugar is better than nothing- I've got to set aside a few buckets.

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  7. Don't forget about the 'forever' foods. Namely, honey. Lots of calories! Plus, you can spread it over your wheat berries.

    Instructions for storing honey:

    1. You need a container. Glass and aluminum are 'forever' materials.

    2. Buy some 40 oz bottles of beer (glass bottles with an aluminum screw cap), enjoy contents. Then rinse, steam, and fill with honey.

    3. If you identify with Jim Rawles, then displace any remaining air in the bottle with nitrogen from your awesome nitrogen set-up before screwing the cap back on. If you identify with Jim Dakin, then just put the screw cap back on.

    4. Melt some wax in a pot and dip the screwed-on bottle cap into it. You now have sealed your contents 'forever'.

    5. Also remember to do this for your wheat, beans, rice, etc.

    6. Store all these bottles in your apocalypse man-cave. Have at least a dozen 'back-up' man-caves.

    7. Now you know how to make food last 'forever', Grasshopper.

    8. While emptying the hundreds and hundreds of 40 ouncers required for this important task, enjoy them but not to excess.

    9. You're welcome.

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    1. The wife has left multiple 32 ounce glass bottles in her wake. I can't see they would store well, however. A bit fragile.

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  8. page 22 Let's eat right to keep fit by Adelle Davis
    A similar study at Harvard University by Dr Thorn and co-workers who determined blood sugar levels for six hours after meals high in carbohydrates.
    A high-carbohydrate breakfast consisted of orange juice, bacon, toast, jelly, a packaged cereal and coffee, both with sugar and milk. The blood sugar rose rapidly but fell to an extremely low level, causing fatigue and inefficiency. A packaged cereal eaten only with whipping cream for the high-fat breakfast, after which the blood sugar inceased slightly, then remained at the fasting level throughout the morning.
    The high protein meal consisted of skim milk, lean ground beef, and cottage cheese; the blood sugar rose to the high level of 120 milligrams and remained there throughout the entire following six hours.
    To determine the effects of different types of food on energy production, metabolism tests were taken at frequent intervals. The metabolism, or energy production, increased only slightly after the meals high in fat or carbohydrate. After the high-protein meal, however , the metabolism rose more quickly than did the blood sugar and stayed high throughout the entire six hour study period.
    p 23 sugar, cereals, hotcakes fruit, fruit juice quickly changes to sugar during digestion . in minutes blood sugar may increase from 80 to 155 milligrams ..stimulates pancreas to pour forth insulin; the insulin in turn causes the liver and muscles to withdraw sugar and store it as a form of sugar, or glycogen or change it into fat, thus preventing it being lost in urine. The tremendous amounts of sugar defeat the purpose for which sugar is needed -- to produce enegy efficiently. Too much sugar is withdrawn due to the oversupply of insulin; the result, ironically, is fatigue
    p 24 in studies mentioned, efficiency for three hours was produced by only 22 grams or more of protein. Meals furnishing 55 grams protein sustained a high level of energy and a high metabolism for six hours afterward.
    p35 "Let's eat right to keep fit" Adelle Davis When you eat more protein than your body can use immediately, your liver withdraws amino acids from your blood and changes them temporarily into protein storage. As your cells use amino acids the supply is replenished from the breakdown of stored protein. As long as your diet is adeduate, the amount of amino acids in your blood is thereby kept relatively constant.
    If you ignore your health to the extent of eating insufficient protein, the stored protein is quickly exhausted. From that time on, the less important body tissues are destroyed to free amino acids needed to rebuild more vital structures. Such a process can go on month after month, year after year. Your body continues to function after a fashion. Useen abnormalities set in because blood proteins, hormones, enzymes, and antibodies can no longer be formed in amounts needed. Muscles lose tone, wrinkles appear, aging creeps on , and you, my dear, are going to pot.
    It is possible, though not probable, that you may eat more protein than your body needs. After the storage depots are filled, the leftover protein is changed by the liver into glucose and fat, the nitrogen being excreted in urine; the sugar and fat may be used immediately to produce energy or may be stored as fat. Proteins are also used to produce energy whenever too few other foods are eaten to produce calorie requirments.

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    1. I'm all for driving out all the useless Yuppie Scum following the collapse and stocking the place with sheep. Yummie protein from weeds. In the mean time, I'll stock grain just in case that doesn't work out.

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  9. from Calories Don't Count by Dr Herman Taller MD Drink 2 - 3 table spoons of Safflower oil before each meal. The Omega 3 acid "Linoleic Acid" in the oil eats fat. It melts it away. Safflower oil is highest in Linoleic Acid @ 14%, Walnut Oil 7%, Olive Oil 5%, Cod Liver Oil and possibly Emu Oil. Hemp/Chanvre/Marijuana Oil has the best combination of Linoleic and Linolenic acids of all the natural oils (Reference: Nature's Perfect Food by Udo Erasmus, PhD.) but it is expensive. We recommend Safflower Oil, which may be bought at the supermarket at a reasonable price, for dieting and external use as it is applied easily. Use some Hemp/Chanvre/Marijuana Oil for health and proper maintenance, mostly internally. Note: Cod Liver Oil is good for arthritis etc. and should not be overlooked.
    Watch your carbohydrate intake. Vegetables and fruit are high in starch and sugar "carbohydrates" so do not over-eat them. Safflower oil eats cholesterol as well. It is not the fat in meat and oil that makes us fat. It is in overeating sugars and starches. Reducing starch and sugar means little or no breads and baked goods. If you are worried about cholesterol in your blood then have it checked regularly When hungry we eat meat, eggs and cheese etc. and have been losing weight in doing so. One does not need to be hungry and feel famished and we do feel much better eating and digesting less or no grains at all.
    The medical profession has everyone eating less or no fats and oils and eating more fruit and vegetables and the rate of cancer is increasing? A potato weighs 11 grams of carbohydrates and an apple about 14. The average daily limit for an adult is only is 60 grams of carbohydrates. Potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates as are many other vegetables and some fruits. Find your own levels and weigh the carbs keeping them at or below 60 for weight loss. A combination of approximately 10% carbohydrates to 90 % proteins seem to be required by the body on a daily basis for fuel and energy depending on ones energy output.
    When hungry we have some bacon and eggs, or ham, turkey, beef liver or fish which are high in proteins along with some carbs of course.
    Get a book on carbohydrates and limit your intake to 60 grams per day or less for weight loss. We find that this helps reduce fat when used in conjunction with the oil. We have been told that ingesting oil also lubricates muscles, joints, the colon and arteries etc. and that it is helpful in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism and helps prevent the bones, ligaments and skin etc. from drying out and becoming brittle. It has also been confirmed that the oil reduced knee pain when taken daily.

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  10. Lovely idea. Hard to find the space for that much wheat. I'm busting at the seems with about 2.5 years worth of core calories.

    I'm still waiting for access to the 20'x20' super storage facility to fit the 16,000 lbs of wheat I would need to store to feed my family for 10 years (400# X 4 people X 10 years)... but seriously, the storage space is much more of a limiting factor than the cost of the food.

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    1. Yes, point taken. How easily I forget my many years stuffed into trailers in the city.

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