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Have you noticed shortages?

By Patrick follow Patrick   2021 Mar 19, 10:06pm 6,816 views  381 comments           share      

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/things-are-out-control-there-shortage-everything-and-prices-are-soaring-what-happens-next?source=patrick.net

From a reader:


I've commented to a few others about my perceptions, exactly the same as in the article above.

This is a major reason I suspect that your "Wuhan" virus is my "Ft Detrick" virus -- that the US bioweapons people created it and released it overseas to make it look like it came from there, to cover the criminal failure and looting of our one-percenters, who have wrecked our economy with their policies of peasant labor in across the Rio Grande, skilled labor deported overseas, create a financialization economy to replace our once-unrivaled manufacturing economy, no taxes or penalties for hi-tech, banks, wall street etc.


I was interested in getting a phone with good privacy, the Librem, but they can't say when it will be available because they can't get parts.

My laptop is dying too, and I looked into the Dell XPS 13, but guess what? Six week lead time because of supply chain issues, and they won't even commit to six weeks.

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1   HunterTits   2021 Mar 20, 12:45pm  

The NSA intercepts all your communications, decides that you are a 'domestic terrorist' and then has an AI bot mess with you.

Fuck you NSA!
2   Bd6r   2021 Mar 20, 1:08pm  

Ammunition shortage, more popular handgun and shotgun shortage, etc has been going on for a year.
3   zzyzzx   2021 Mar 20, 1:51pm  

New and used car shortage... Primarily due to chip shortage and now foam (for the seats) shortage. This year and last year are a terrible time to be in the market to buy an automobile.

Lumber shortage.

And then there was that toilet paper shortage.
4   FarmersWon   2021 Mar 20, 1:52pm  

Above all "Housing shortage" .. real or imaginary.. prices going through roof.
5   just_passing_through   2021 Mar 20, 2:11pm  

zzyzzx says
And then there was that toilet paper shortage.


Noooo! Not again!!!
6   Shaman   2021 Mar 20, 2:12pm  



This may have something to do with it.
Lots of ships piled up outside the harbor. Oakland as well. Labor shortage (supposedly due to Covid).
7   HunterTits   2021 Mar 20, 5:06pm  

Shaman says


This may have something to do with it.
Lots of ships piled up outside the harbor. Oakland as well. Labor shortage (supposedly due to Covid).


That's better than any tariff.

Trump's trade war brought to you by Covid! China fucks itself!

Awesome!
8   richwicks   2021 Mar 20, 5:12pm  

HunterTits says
The NSA intercepts all your communications, decides that you are a 'domestic terrorist' and then has an AI bot mess with you.

Fuck you NSA!


As an electrical engineer in Silly Con Valley, I want to apologize to the world, for the companies I helped support and products I helped create.

Rest assured, we will tear all this shit down before we fucking die. We were abused and used, we've been betrayed as well.

I am very surprised how many sellouts there are here, how many traitors there are to the nation here.

You know what Nest is? It's a spy device. Don't buy a smart television even if it's cheaper than a "dumb" television, don't have a Amazon Echo in your home. Don't store personal or sensitive data on your phone.

Computing power is so cheap now, and so powerful, we can now turn toys into useful devices, and we will. Literally, a $35 computer (raspberry pi) is powerful enough for you, and even me and it's not considered worth infiltrating. It's $70 with a nice case, decent power supply, and 128GB of storage.
9   richwicks   2021 Mar 20, 5:14pm  

just_passing_through says
zzyzzx says
And then there was that toilet paper shortage.


Noooo! Not again!!!


How can there be a toilet paper shortage?

Look, if you take a shit, and are out of toilet paper - take a shower. Instead of smearing shit all over your ass, clean your ass instead. Takes 3 minutes to clean up, 5 if you're taking your time.
10   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2021 Mar 20, 5:15pm  

We lost to China already, because we literally suicided our economy as a nation to remove Trump. Rich fucks who did this are fucking assholes.
11   HeadSet   2021 Mar 20, 5:41pm  

richwicks says
As an electrical engineer in Silly Con Valley, I want to apologize to the world, for the companies I helped support and products I helped create.

Develop that room temperature super conductor and all will be forgiven.
12   just_passing_through   2021 Mar 20, 6:46pm  

richwicks says
How can there be a toilet paper shortage?

Look, if you take a shit, and are out of toilet paper - take a shower. Instead of smearing shit all over your ass, clean your ass instead. Takes 3 minutes to clean up, 5 if you're taking your time.


I was joking...
13   just_passing_through   2021 Mar 20, 6:48pm  

So I went to costco today. First time in a year. I did not buy TP.

I bought the same shit mostly that I would have in the past. I spent waaaay more money. I noticed some of the items were downsized as well, like the chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

I literally spent $250 more than normal. $75 on 4 prime ribeye steaks.

Yeah, we've got inflay flay...
14   richwicks   2021 Mar 20, 7:06pm  

HeadSet says
richwicks says
As an electrical engineer in Silly Con Valley, I want to apologize to the world, for the companies I helped support and products I helped create.

Develop that room temperature super conductor and all will be forgiven.


Best I can do is make an uncensorable free communication platform.

I'm enormously frustrated that we built the internet, and so few make use of it for what we intended. They were starting to do it, which is why our internet is being censored. Talk to a Libyan, a Syrian, a Russian, a Ukrainian. We all have common enemies and they aren't Libyans, Syrians, Russians, or Ukrainians - its our governments.

In time, perhaps beyond my lifetime, people will realize that their true enemies are their "leaders". This is what we (or at least I) set out to do. You can talk to anybody in the world, now we just have to make it easier. Globalism isn't necessarily evil - how it's being enforced is. If it is enforced from top down, you have a dictatorship, if it's created from down up, it's a democratic system of commonality. You'd be shocked with how much you have in common with a family in Syria, Ukraine, or China. What you will disagree over is your authoritarian dictatorship "government".

All governments, without exception (that I know of) are dictatorships. That is who makes war and misery, not you, and not the people of other nations.
15   Bd6r   2021 Mar 20, 7:19pm  

HeadSet says
Develop that room temperature super conductor and all will be forgiven.

it's almost there, but requires high pressure. My bet is in next 10-20 yrs we will have practical room T superconductors, and then hupersonity will be replaced by energy-efficient, rational robots.
16   mell   2021 Mar 20, 7:24pm  

just_passing_through says
like the chocolate covered macadamia nuts.


Haha those are good aren't they. We buy them too at times. There's definitely inflation but no hyperinflation (yet). We could go hyperinflationary, back to stagflation or even deflationary if the bond market goes on red alert.
17   richwicks   2021 Mar 20, 7:33pm  

Rb6d says
HeadSet says
Develop that room temperature super conductor and all will be forgiven.

it's almost there, but requires high pressure. My bet is in next 10-20 yrs we will have practical room T superconductors, and then hupersonity will be replaced by energy-efficient, rational robots.


I don't think room temperature superconductors are possible. At the VERY BEST, they can exist in the lab, but they will be so fragile, they will have no applicability to the real world.

I've been following this shit since the 1980s. It's just energy transport, a better solution is a localized energy production. I expect to see Mr. Fusion before I see a room temperature super conductor. For data transport, we already have fiber optics, and make the glass thin enough, it's practically lossless. Solve the energy storage solution for localized energy production, and you free the world.
18   Bd6r   2021 Mar 20, 7:38pm  

richwicks says
I don't think room temperature superconductors are possible.


https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2801-z#

I work next to people who look at this stuff
there is nothing theoretically forbidding it
might not be easy but that is OK
19   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2021 Mar 20, 7:39pm  

richwicks says
HeadSet says
richwicks says
As an electrical engineer in Silly Con Valley, I want to apologize to the world, for the companies I helped support and products I helped create.

Develop that room temperature super conductor and all will be forgiven.


Best I can do is make an uncensorable free communication platform.

I'm enormously frustrated that we built the internet, and so few make use of it for what we intended. They were starting to do it, which is why our internet is being censored. Talk to a Libyan, a Syrian, a Russian, a Ukrainian. We all have common enemies and they aren't Libyans, Syrians, Russians, or Ukrainians - its our governments.

In time, perhaps beyond my lifetime, people will realize that their true enemies are their "leaders". This is what we (or at least I) set out to do. You c...


Many of us realize it today, cancel culture keeps most people from speaking up. Because it is ran by the wealthy elites trying to keep their illegitimate power.
20   Bd6r   2021 Mar 20, 7:41pm  

richwicks says
a better solution is a localized energy production.

not necessarily, I don't think applications of this will be in electricity wires spanning 100's of miles. It will be in devices such as MRI etc
21   Patrick   2021 Mar 20, 7:52pm  

Rb6d says
hupersonity will be replaced by energy-efficient, rational robots.



What is "hupersonity"?

I see a few scattered mentions on search results, but no definition of it.
22   richwicks   2021 Mar 20, 8:06pm  

Rb6d says
richwicks says
a better solution is a localized energy production.

not necessarily, I don't think applications of this will be in electricity wires spanning 100's of miles. It will be in devices such as MRI etc


For something so localized, why is there a need for superconductors?

The ONLY point of super conductors are magnets for containment fields for fusion, and energy transmission. The first would move us toward positive energy production in fusion, the later is for transmission of this energy. I can't see the future of course, but I think these are the limitations at this time.

Are MRI's limited by the energy they consume? I don't think they are and for a superconductor, they can't give off magnetic fields, because then they lose energy. That makes them not lossless. The whole point of a super conductor is lossless transmission of energy.
23   just_passing_through   2021 Mar 20, 8:23pm  

richwicks says
How can there be a toilet paper shortage?

Look, if you take a shit, and are out of toilet paper - take a shower. Instead of smearing shit all over your ass, clean your ass instead. Takes 3 minutes to clean up, 5 if you're taking your time.


Actually, you reminded me of an 'event' early in my life. My buddy and I in early high school snuck out at night and wandered into a nearby subdivision and hooked up with a couple of chicks that had also snuck out.

Their parents were out of town and we ended up side by side 'almost' fucking them in their parents bed. But I had to take a shit.

So. I went into their bathroom and let loose.

Only to realize there was no TP.

So. I wiped my ass with their shower curtain.

We high tailed it out of there after that.

I just happened to talk to that guy a few weeks ago as we were both stuck in that snow storm in TX (after I got back) and he brought that up.

We both had another good laugh.
24   WineHorror1   2021 Mar 20, 8:30pm  

I notice a shortage in my bank account.
25   NDrLoR   2021 Mar 20, 9:11pm  

zzyzzx says
shortage
This was the 70's from start to finish--from fuel, to commodities, there were shortages of everything. The copper shortage caused houses (and my brand new apartment) in 1975 to be wired with aluminum which is a disaster. I turned my bedroom switch on one day in 1977 and smoke came out of it.
26   Bd6r   2021 Mar 20, 9:30pm  

Patrick says
What is "hupersonity"?

@Patrick,

huMANity is not PC enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so I use hupersonity in conversations with my more progressive colleagues who cringe knowing that I am being sarcastic
27   Patrick   2021 Mar 20, 9:36pm  

Lol, OK I see now.
28   Bd6r   2021 Mar 20, 9:43pm  

Patrick says
Lol, OK I see now.

try replacing "MAN" with "PERSON" in every possible word when talking to progressives, and watch the reaction. batPERSON, PERSONslaughter, PERSONatee, PERSONhole, etc
sky is limit for sarcasm here
29   NDrLoR   2021 Mar 21, 7:27am  

Rb6d says
"PERSON"
Still too gender specific. "Son" in person implies male.
30   Booger   2021 Mar 21, 5:49pm  

richwicks says
just_passing_through says
zzyzzx says
And then there was that toilet paper shortage.


Noooo! Not again!!!


How can there be a toilet paper shortage?

Look, if you take a shit, and are out of toilet paper - take a shower. Instead of smearing shit all over your ass, clean your ass instead. Takes 3 minutes to clean up, 5 if you're taking your time.


I haven't used any toilet paper at home in over a year now.
31   Booger   2021 Mar 21, 5:53pm  

Bicycle and bicycle stuff shortage.
32   Patrick   2021 Mar 21, 8:30pm  

I was unaware that much of the world does not use toilet paper at all until I went to Turkey during college. It was typical that a bathroom was a hole in the floor, a spigot with a short hose, and a small pitcher. I think you were supposed to fill the pitcher and pour it down your ass crack

I always brought toilet paper with me though.
33   Automan Empire   2021 Mar 22, 2:23pm  

Every time I've seen "just in time delivery" supply chains ballyhooed as the greatest advancement in manufacturing since interchangeable parts, I imagine the effects of ONE PART long-term absent from some process as complex as an auto assembly plant or a chip fab.

Chips are something we're hearing a lot about right now. A few years ago a problem at the world's biggest supplier of a critical component of EDPM rubber seriously backed up multiple industries. If Covid restrictions go on long enough, there might come a cascade effect of several shortages synergizing into REAL problems for large populations.
35   rocketjoe79   2021 Apr 7, 6:54pm  

Patrick says
I was unaware that much of the world does not use toilet paper at all until I went to Turkey during college. It was typical that a bathroom was a hole in the floor, a spigot with a short hose, and a small pitcher. I think you were supposed to fill the pitcher and pour it down your ass crack

I always brought toilet paper with me though.


Similar to Japan. Trough in the floor, with water running through. Most asians and many euros can easily squat. Not so for Yankee dogs. We like or "seat of ease" and the French Bidets.

I do have a Toto Washlet now at home, and it's a game changer. I don't want to shit anywhere else now.
36   Patrick   2021 Apr 7, 9:59pm  

rocketjoe79 says
Toto Washlet


That's quite an expensive shitter at over $1000:

https://bidetking.com/products/toto-s500e-washlet-sw3044-sw3046-classic-contemporary

Why is it so great?
37   Onvacation   2021 Apr 7, 10:40pm  

Spent a couple of days on the snow last week and went shopping for a good pair of waterproof ski pants.

Nothing at Big5. REI was really low on merchandise and said they were not getting any new stock. Dicks Sporting Goods had closed their entire second floor and the first floor looked pretty sparse. Sears is closing. The little malls I went to in Concord were full of empty stores.

Finally ended up at Victory army navy in Vallejo and bought some Carhart rain pants made in Cambodia.

The guy at REI said covid messed up the supply chain.
38   Hircus   2021 Apr 8, 12:26am  

There's a serious global chip shortage which is making computers tough to get.

At work, we need to constantly fight our supplier to sell us new rack servers instead of giving them to other companies. The shortage is severe.

And if you think there's a computer shortage...hoo boy, try buying a graphics card lol. Cards that are normally $350 sell for $1000-1200, and $1000 cards go for $3600, if you can find them. But, those are hard to get due to the surge in crypto prices, probably not the chip shortage. Prices fluctuate daily, rising and falling with crypto prices.

We have a terrible ammo shortage too. Walmart shelves are 100% empty. They say shipments come in but its all gone within hours. Online retailers have some limited selection of ammo, but prices are nuts, like 10x normal. $4 a round for .357 stings... I blame our self-defense hating demshit president for this.
39   Hircus   2021 Apr 8, 12:29am  

Patrick says
rocketjoe79 says
Toto Washlet


That's quite an expensive shitter at over $1000:

https://bidetking.com/products/toto-s500e-washlet-sw3044-sw3046-classic-contemporary

Why is it so great?


It sprays a soothing luxury warm water jet up your ass. Even better - other peons don't have luxury warm water jets to spray up their ass.
40   richwicks   2021 Apr 8, 2:39am  

Onvacation says
Spent a couple of days on the snow last week and went shopping for a good pair of waterproof ski pants.


I lived next to a ski area when I was growing up, I literally do not remember a time that I didn't know how to ski.

Go buy a pair of long lycra biking pants - they get wet, but because they are so thin they warm up quickly, and wear a pair of jeans over them. I used to wear that geatup and pretend to be a newbie skier and let people make fun of me when I was stationed in Colorado. I'm able to do tricks and 360 jumps and I could shred a mogul hill. I've skiied deep fresh snow too - in my experience, that's more difficult than any mogul hill because steering is a bitch.

Most people are obsessed with how they look on the slopes, just stay warm and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I enjoyed letting people think they were awesome skiers just to show off my skills. Lost interest in skiing once I tried hang gliding - I suck at it, but it's way more fun. I just boat around in the sky, but what a tremendous view. If you ever do that, remember 1/2 the people that die in that sport just forget to hook into the glider before they run off the mountain, and fall to their death. That's a sport where if you have ANY suspicion that something is wrong, check, and double check - make certain you're hooked in (always check before you go off the mountain, and be OCD about it), and if things "don't feel right" - abort your flight. You really get a sense of danger with that sport and follow your senses.

In skiing, if you screw up, you get hurt, maybe you might get seriously hurt - in hang gliding, you die.

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