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Have you noticed shortages?

By Patrick follow Patrick   2021 Mar 19, 10:06pm 4,675 views   331 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   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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293   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Oct 27, 8:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

richwicks says
FuckCCP89 says
Bd6r says
Booger says
Is Craigslist broken?

In Houston you go to craigslist transactions heavily armed. Nothing against that but I am too old for shootouts


Meet at a police station.


I suggest a bank.


I've read that in Argentina, houses are literally paid for with a suitcase full of cash. The transaction is done in the lobby of a bank to take advantage of bank security, no one in Argentina trusts the banks anymore after they confiscated everyone's dollar savings.
294   AmericanKulak   ignore (1)   2021 Nov 8, 4:53pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

With a supply chain crisis facing the country, Buttegg talks about directing federal dollars to make sure "Buses" carrying "Black or Puerto Rican kids" to the "Beach" aren't enocuntering "underpasses "too low" on the way, because that must have been Ray's Cyst.
https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1457794157188112388?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1457794157188112388%7Ctwgr%5Ehb_2_7%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpatriots.win%2Fp%2F13zzxu5TbE%2Fi-thought-the-quote-was-a-joke-u%2Fc%2F

Patrick says
I've read that in Argentina, houses are literally paid for with a suitcase full of cash. The transaction is done in the lobby of a bank to take advantage of bank security, no one in Argentina trusts the banks anymore after they confiscated everyone's dollar savings.





This is true. NOBODY keeps dollars in banks. It happened at least twice in the past decade or so that I can recall.
296   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2021 Dec 6, 2:49pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Yesterday I noticed a shortage of bread at Publix, their selection was very slim. And they didn't have any Publix Brand breads.
This comes at a time, I have mastered several bread techniques and have just been itching for it to become feasible for me to make bread regularly.
Hoagie Rolls, Hotdog Rolls, Kaiser Rolls, Bagels, Asian Milk or Water Roux bread, and Italian.

Finally got the good shit yeast, stay away from that crappy Fleishman's it's always expired or under performs. And don't be afraid to let the ole Kitchen Aide mixer go to town on it. Just let it go, with the dough hook, until you almost forget that it's even running, because you've tuned the noise out.
297   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2021 Dec 6, 7:19pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Tenpoundbass says
Yesterday I noticed a shortage of bread at Publix, their selection was very slim.

I presume you mean the bread aisle, where the Wonder Bread et al is, and not the in-store bakery.
Publix opened recently here in Virginia. All their bakery bread, except the Tuscan Boule, is Cuban Bread. That is, no matter whether it is French, Italian, Mountain, or round, it is just a different shape of the same Cuban bread. I call Cuban bread "balloon bread," since it is mostly air. Pick up a large "Italian" loaf and it weighs next to nothing. However, the Publix Tuscan Boule is hefty and makes great fried ham and cheese sandwiches.
298   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2021 Dec 6, 8:10pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Publix bakery bread crust is too leathery and chewy. I like a good rigid crunch baguette, and French Bread, with a fluffy pillow in the middle.

Yes as for the bread isle in question. I made fried grouper sandwiches last evening. But I wanted some nice Kaiser rolls to eat them on. The Publix bakery only had one pack on hand, and they didn't look their best So I went to get the Wonder Big buns(these were thick big chunks of beer battered fish). And they were out of those too. That's when I noticed the lack of selection, and settled on some crappy Pentridge Farms Regulation sized shitty sandwich bun.
299   PeopleUnited   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 6, 8:26pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Tenpoundbass says
Pentridge Farms Regulation sized shitty sandwich bun.

Ah yes, the Regulation SSS bun, not a crowd pleaser but gets the job done.
300   Onvacation   ignore (7)   2021 Dec 7, 5:51am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Went to Lowe's and they had three aisles of plastic storage boxes, one kind each row. They could have nested them and fit them all in half an aisle but they had empty boxes, lid on, placed on the shelves. Waste of space but at least the shelves weren't empty.
301   HunterTits   ignore (4)   2021 Dec 13, 6:07pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Just ordered the shrimp and bourbon chicken at Applebee's. Portions are sure smaller than I remember.

Which I don't mind. But they didn't lower the price accordingly.


302   PeopleUnited   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 13, 7:59pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Yeah, we fancy like Applebee's on a date night
Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake
Get some whipped cream on the top too
Two straws, one check, girl, I got you
Bougie like Natty in the styrofoam
Squeak-squeakin' in the truck bed all the way home
Some Alabama-jamma, she my Dixieland delight
Aye, that's how we do, how we do, fancy like, oh

(Fancy like an oh)
(Fancy like an oh)
Fancy like an oh

Don't need no Tesla to impress her
My girl is happy rollin' on a Vespa (There she go)
Don't need no mansion to get romancin' (No mansion, woo)
She's super fine, double wide, slow dancin' (Slow dancin')

From walker Hayes “fancy like”
305   RC2006   ignore (2)   2021 Dec 21, 6:54pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WTF, is that like when you see some item on eBay that's marked up 100000% for no reason?
306   SunnyvaleCA   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 21, 7:37pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

AmericanKulak says
The Great Reset Talking Point is that "Now everything is going to be local and organic!"
That is what Wife's Facebook Small Lib Arts College Friends are repeating as NPC hotspots.

So after the Great Reset we'll be eating food produced far less efficiently! Super.
I'll remind all that in the 1960s the food was somewhat local and mostly organic. The gloom-and-doom in the 1960s was that there would be mass world starvation within 20 years.

What happened? Paul Erlich was famously wrong and instead we had the "green revolution" (yes, THAT green revolution was exactly the opposite of what is now called by the same name). Non-organic farming practices massively increased yields while excellent long-distance transportation allowed food to be grown in more suitable conditions. World population is now 2x what is was in the 1960s and the biggest problem with people being hungry or malnourished is a matter of terrible local distribution (usually due to terrible government).

I believe Freaconomics did an evaluation of "eating local" and concluded that the total costs (money, energy, time, damage to earth, etc) of transportation are far less than the total costs of trying to produce food "locally" in places where growing that kind of food isn't efficient. For example, it's far more efficient to transport vegetables grown closer to the equator than growing locally in indoor hothouses in the winter.
307   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 22, 4:56am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

SunnyvaleCA says
For example, it's far more efficient to transport vegetables grown closer to the equator than growing locally in indoor hothouses in the winter.


Ummm... you won't be getting stuff grown in a greenhouse, you will be getting whatever is produced locally that time of the year. I.E. - your diet will change to fit the local environment.
308   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 22, 5:02am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

FuckCCP89 says
LOLWHAT?


I guess that $50,000.00 additional dealer markup wasn't enough, so they added on the nitrogen filled tires, etching, and fabric protection to bloat the price even more.
309   WookieMan   ignore (5)   2021 Dec 22, 7:21am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

zzyzzx says
FuckCCP89 says
LOLWHAT?


I guess that $50,000.00 additional dealer markup wasn't enough, so they added on the nitrogen filled tires, etching, and fabric protection to bloat the price even more.

I don't think that is real. That's why there's an MSRP for legal reasons. Plus Dodge is going to want a cut of that, which they wouldn't get if this is the dealer doing it. You can do add ons, but I don't believe you can go above MSRP as a dealer unless you have multiple people in the dealership and a bid war starts. Pretty sure this is BS.
310   SunnyvaleCA   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 24, 1:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

zzyzzx says
Ummm... you won't be getting stuff grown in a greenhouse, you will be getting whatever is produced locally that time of the year. I.E. - your diet will change to fit the local environment.
So if you live in Vermont you'll be getting snow and ice from December through April? Ha! Well, OK, you'll be getting things stored in cold storage over the winter, which is pretty dreary.
311   Robber Baron Elite Scum   ignore (0)   2021 Dec 24, 3:53pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

big corporations must pay tax

and employees must stop paying tax

this is what was written in the us constitution but it
is not being followed

everything nowadays is just backwards


corporations in US evading taxes is exactly why roads, public transports and highways are far behind in this country...

the schools are behind.

colleges too

hospitals too

and the welfare system is not like Europe. Its a con...

fuck this country - its all finished...
312   Automan Empire   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 25, 2:54pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

SunnyvaleCA says
the total costs (money, energy, time, damage to earth, etc) of transportation are far less than the total costs of trying to produce food "locally" in places where growing that kind of food isn't efficient. For example, it's far more efficient to transport vegetables grown closer to the equator than growing locally in indoor hothouses in the winter.


It's harder to reach an economy of scale growing warm loving crops at higher latitudes, but at small to medium scales, don't underestimate how much can be done with how little energy input. There's a guy in Nebraska who made geo-moderated earthen greenhouses where he actually grows decent oranges with little to no fuel burned for heat annually. Also look into the "microgreens" revolution, with urban ultra-local "farm to table" using stacked dense indoor LED-lit optimized growing systems.

SunnyvaleCA says
Paul Erlich was famously wrong and instead we had the "green revolution" (yes, THAT green revolution was exactly the opposite of what is now called by the same name). Non-organic farming practices massively increased yields while excellent long-distance transportation allowed food to be grown in more suitable conditions.


The "economy of scale" farming practices, like many other mass enterprises, thrive and derive much of their economy by massively EXTERNALIZING costs.

Falling water tables, collapsing aquifers, rivers sucked so dry they don't reach the sea, or with such diminished volume that saltwater intrusion into deltas and water tables becomes a huge issue, agricultural runoff like the Salton Sea we were just discussing which in 30 years went from a world class resort and fishing/boating destination to a fetid dead sea with all the human settlement around it abandoned, extraction and burning costs of fuel to fly bananas and oranges across the globe constantly, even fuel costs to ship them. Refrigeration costs in storage, transport, and retailing for many exotic fruits. Cattle feedlots and 25,000 bird chicken barns, whose practices outright endanger not only the local environment, but export danger into the food chain from salmonella to CJD.

I'm not saying it's unnecessary or immoral or that we need to stop these practices and return to unspoilt natual pastoral farming practices; I'm not THAT kind of hippie-dippy idealist. I'm saying, don't ignore these externalities when considering and ranking modern mass farming practices against "local" farming. Especially on the basis of one particular analysis that was probably commissioned by some special interest or another to "prove" a specific point of theirs anyway.
313   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2021 Dec 25, 8:16pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Automan Empire says
The "economy of scale" farming practices, like many other mass enterprises, thrive and derive much of their economy by massively EXTERNALIZING costs.

+1000. And that is aggravated by farm subsidies that encourage overproduction. And to reach high output for the subsidies, the farmers rape the land by ignoring contour plowing and crop rotation, plus overuse of fertilizers, soil treatment, and pesticides.
314   mell   ignore (6)   2021 Dec 25, 9:33pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

HeadSet says
Automan Empire says
The "economy of scale" farming practices, like many other mass enterprises, thrive and derive much of their economy by massively EXTERNALIZING costs.

+1000. And that is aggravated by farm subsidies that encourage overproduction. And to reach high output for the subsidies, the farmers rape the land by ignoring contour plowing and crop rotation, plus overuse of fertilizers, soil treatment, and pesticides.

Agreed.
315   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 27, 9:39am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Not as bad as the one above, but still:
316   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2021 Dec 27, 9:41am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

2022 Honda Passport Base Price Rises by $5080
The mid-size SUV drops its previous base Sport trim, and the new TrailSport off-road model starts at $43,695.

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a38438462/2022-honda-passport-price/?source=patrick.net
317   Patrick   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 3, 7:48pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10280709/Number-cargo-ships-LA-coast-time-high-despite-claims-port-officials.html?source=patrick.net


Cargo ship bottleneck off LA coast is STILL at all-time high - with nearly 100 ships waiting to berth - despite port officials claiming number had HALVED
The number of ships docked off the California coast is still at an all-time high - contradicting claims from officials the number has dwindled in recent weeks
On Tuesday, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka announced there were 46 boats stationed off the shores of Long Beach and Los Angeles
However, according to data provided by ship-tracking outfit MarineTraffic, there are currently 96 cargo ships docked near the two popular ports
The inconsistency in the number of ships stems from a new policy recently employed by shipping trade groups
The new policy encourages boats traversing the Pacific, often hailing from Asia, to sit 150 miles offshore as they wait to unload their precious cargo
Some ships have been waiting to berth since October, amid the US' continuing supply chain crisis
The policy, put into effect of November 16, encourages incoming vessels to wait out in the open ocean amid the traffic jams - rather than at the backed-up ports


What? Would Brandon lie to us?
319   Eric Holder   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 13, 10:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10280709/Number-cargo-ships-LA-coast-time-high-despite-claims-port-officials.html?source=patrick.net


Cargo ship bottleneck off LA coast is STILL at all-time high - with nearly 100 ships waiting to berth - despite port officials claiming number had HALVED
The number of ships docked off the California coast is still at an all-time high - contradicting claims from officials the number has dwindled in recent weeks
On Tuesday, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka announced there were 46 boats stationed off the shores of Long Beach and Los Angeles
However, according to data provided by ship-tracking outfit MarineTraffic, there are currently 96 cargo ships docked near the two popular ports
The inconsistency in the numb...


Same thing reported for SF Bay: all container ships idling in the bay were ordered to go fucking idle in the fucking ocean 50 miles away from the shore. "It's for the air quality!"
320   Automan Empire   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 13, 1:09pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

zzyzzx says
Not as bad as the one above, but still:
(image of RIP OFF invoice)


Man I hope everyone who saw that WALKED straight off that dealer's lot obviously in response to reading it, then never returned no matter what. The vehicle market IS crazy, but those who can hold out for a year or two won't face this bullshit.

I've been looking at Suburbans to upgrade my dead 99 for heavy towing. 2 years ago when my budget was tighter, people were GIVING the damn things away. Now I'm seeing 20yo quarter million mile trucks with disclosed rust damage and salvage/lemon law buyback titles in Philadelphia getting nationwide bids well into 5 figures.
321   WookieMan   ignore (5)   2022 Jan 13, 1:17pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Automan Empire says
Now I'm seeing 20yo quarter million mile trucks with disclosed rust damage and salvage/lemon law buyback titles in Philadelphia getting nationwide bids well into 5 figures.

There are no cars. We are now in the market again. Hopefully with $30k extra cash, but I'm not sure WTF we're going to get. Never thought we'd buy new, but it might be the only option. We can get what the dealer paid for it from the manufacturer (Toyota) with some sales commission in there, but I've never liked the idea of buying new. I do know it would be nice to have all the bells and whistles though. We're in the car a lot.
322   Eric Holder   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 13, 1:18pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Automan Empire says
zzyzzx says
Not as bad as the one above, but still:
(image of RIP OFF invoice)


Man I hope everyone who saw that WALKED straight off that dealer's lot obviously in response to reading it, then never returned no matter what. The vehicle market IS crazy, but those who can hold out for a year or two won't face this bullshit.

I've been looking at Suburbans to upgrade my dead 99 for heavy towing. 2 years ago when my budget was tighter, people were GIVING the damn things away. Now I'm seeing 20yo quarter million mile trucks with disclosed rust damage and salvage/lemon law buyback titles in Philadelphia getting nationwide bids well into 5 figures.


I'm automatically tracking KBB value of my jalopies in a financial planning app I use. Mostly for shits and giggles since I don't consider them "assets". And giggles I got plenty: over the last two years they APPRECIATED between 50% and 100%. =)) My son who was planning to buy one of them from me is sad though because it's the hooptie he wants to buy that went up 100%. Ironicallly, it's the one with the most miles on the clock (but not the oldest one).
325   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 14, 7:18am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
https://notthebee.com/article/um-is-anyone-at-all-concerned-that-grocery-stores-around-the-country-seem-to-be-running-out-of-food-at-an-alarming-rate?source=patrick.net


As fat as we are (collectively) I doubt starvation would be an effective means of wiping out significant numbers of Americans.
326   RC2006   ignore (2)   2022 Jan 14, 9:36am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Part shortages on the rise, what was once overnight is now pushing 2-3months for industrial equipment I work on. Around here stores seem stocked but prices are up, maybe inventory is moving from poorer cities to wealthier ones for maximized profit.
330   Patrick   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 18, 12:45pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

https://notthebee.com/article/heres-your-bidens-america-photo-of-the-day?source=patrick.net


That's one way to overcome #EmptyshelvesBiden's economy.

Yes, that is one entire produce section of a grocery store containing nothing but heads of iceberg lettuce, all spread out.

Let's zoom in a bit on that.



331   Eric Holder   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 18, 1:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
https://notthebee.com/article/heres-your-bidens-america-photo-of-the-day?source=patrick.net


That's one way to overcome #EmptyshelvesBiden's economy.

Yes, that is one entire produce section of a grocery store containing nothing but heads of iceberg lettuce, all spread out.

Let's zoom in a bit on that.







This is what they used to do in the USSR: spread some goods which were in low demand* over many surfaces to create an illusion that the store is not empty.


*) Some really weird stuff, like "birch juice" or canned seaweed.

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