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Food Truck - Public DomainThe basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive.  On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent.  That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate.  But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay.  Last month, it was coffee.  J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent.  And Starbucks has announced a bunch of price increases across the board on their coffee products.  Of course we could all survive without chocolate and coffee, but as you will see below just about every food category is becoming more expensive.  If this keeps up, could we eventually see armed guards in grocery stores and on food trucks?

On Wednesday, Robert Wenzel of the Economic Policy Journal shared some new data that has just been released by the federal government about food inflation over the past year.  Without a doubt, these numbers are quite startling…

According to the latest data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, year-over-year gains in some food products at the producer level have been truly spectacular.

Eggs for fresh use are up 33.9%.

Pork is up 28%.

Processed turkeys are up 20.4%.

Dairy products are up 10.7%.

Fresh and dry vegetables are up 8.4%.

Fresh fruits and melons are up 7.5%.

Unfortunately, paychecks for most American families are not going up at similar rates.

What that means is more pain when we make our trips to the grocery store.  Things have gotten so bad that even the mainstream media is running stories about this.  For example, this excerpt comes from a recent CNBC article

“I try to do all my local errands in one day and go up to the mall,” said Helon Rapfogel of New Jersey. “I used to go maybe twice or three times a week, and now I just go one day a week, if that much. And I try to consolidate things.”

Rapfogel said that higher costs for food and gas are hitting her overall budget.

“You sacrifice things. Like not doing an ice cream run during the week with the kids. [That could] hurt the local retailers, and we don’t want to do that … but we may have to,” she said.

At the grocery store, meat, dairy and fruit prices are all up substantially. People are even paying more for lattes at their local coffee shops. And it’s not just food—gas prices have jumped sharply on geopolitical unrest, and at the moment there’s no relief in sight.

So why is all of this happening?

Well, the truth is that a lot of factors have combined to produce something of a perfect storm.

First of all, we should talk about Federal Reserve money printing.  Since the last financial crisis, the Fed has been on an unprecedented money printing spree.  This has dramatically pushed up the prices of stocks, commodities and just about everything else.  It was naive to think that we wouldn’t eventually see substantial food inflation as well.  Just look at what “quantitative easing” has done to M1 since the last recession…

M1 Money Supply 2014

When you have more dollars chasing roughly the same amount of goods and services of course prices are going to go up.

It is just basic economics.

But according to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, there is absolutely no reason to be concerned.  The following is a video of her telling the press her view on inflation that I shared in a previous article

But crazy Fed money printing is not the only reason why food prices are going up.

The endless drought in the western half of the country is severely hurting food production as well.  The size of the U.S. cattle herd has shrunk for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.  And the drought is hitting the state of California particularly hard, and considering the fact that it produces nearly half of all of our fresh produce that is more than a little bit alarming.  Yes, we are more technologically advanced that we used to be, but we are not advanced enough to overcome an epic multi-year drought in half the nation.

In addition, we are also dealing with the worst pork virus to ever hit the United States right now.  Porcine epidemic diarrhea has already wiped out about 10 percent of the pig population in the U.S., and approximately 100,000 more are dying each week.  As you saw above, pork prices are already up 28 percent over the past 12 months, and if a solution is not found to this virus the price increases are going to get much worse.

Down in Florida, citrus growers are facing a horrific outbreak of citrus greening disease.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that orange production in the U.S. will be down 18 percent compared to last year, and it is expected that this will be the worst crop in close to 30 years.

Another plague known as the TR4 fungus has hit banana production.  According to CNBC, this horrible fungus may eventually completely wipe out the variety of bananas that we eat today…

Banana lovers take note: The world’s supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

“It’s a very serious situation,” said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.

“There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

While there are nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, the most popular is the Cavendish, which accounts for 45 percent of the fruit’s global crop—and the one Americans mostly find in their supermarkets.

For decades, Americans have been able to go to the grocery stores and fill up their carts with massive amounts of very inexpensive food.

But just because it has been that way for so many years does not mean that it will be that way in the future.

Right now, there are 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity, and that number will only get worse as food prices go even higher.

It is getting to the point where it is not too hard to imagine desperate people holding up food trucks and robbing grocery stores in order to feed themselves and their families.

Let us hope that we don’t see anything like that any time soon, but we are moving in that direction.

Just a few years ago, the notion that we could ever see armed guards on food trucks or in grocery stores in the United States was absolutely unthinkable.

But now, it is not so crazy.

So what do you think?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

  • ProclaimingGodsTruth

    The third seal broken revealing a Black horse prophesied in Rev 6:5-6 will deliver an economic collapse that will impact our food supplies unseen in human history. Friends, it’s coming and I think these calamities ramping up in the US are evidence of something very wrong. Why? A sinful and unrepentant America.

    • Worthless Poor Loser

      Well, I think that all of this is made on purpose. It seems like there is some sort of group behind the scenes who work very hard to make those bible prophechies to become reality.

      They create financial chaos by printing dollars too much and they create massive food shortages by spreading viruses which destroy a lot of harvest.

      • 4Peas

        I am glad to see I am not the only one who believes this; incredible that we have so many things going wrong at once unless it is on purpose.

      • K2

        Its too far fetched. Pumping/spreading money is one thing, but spreading viruses? Nope.

    • Mudpie

      I do not believe this interpretation – many civilizations have fallen and any of them could have the same applied to their situation. That said, I do believe that the behavior defined as virtuous in the Bible does tend to lead to a good and prosperous society and it is no surprise that deceit and other vices will eventually kill any nation over the long term.

    • Kent Harris

      Correct. 9/11 occurred and America for about 2 or 3 months was seeking God, but then we told God we are going back to the way we were. Actually, we have gotten worse. Since that time the unaffilated with the church has doubled. Pastors and preachers preach feel good doctrine. Today we have 19 states that have gay marriage and we have aborted over 55 million babies. God is sending one sign after another and we continue to say we will never fall. TV has become our living idol and it is so vile and disgusting what they put on it.

      I am willing to bet that California with it draining its water aquifers a major earthquake will occur. First quarter of this year we had double the amount of earthquakes. When landmasses are deprived of water so that it is able slide you create more and more tension. When the San Andre Fault goes it will be just like nuclear bombs going off. It will literally turn much of those major cities to rubble.

      • Gay Veteran

        hmmmmm, earthquakes, drought, animal disease, any of that happen during slavery? maybe god was busy back then

        • Kent Harris

          According to the State Department, 27 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide, and approximately 100,000 of those victims are in the United States.

          Slavery has not gone away.

          • Gay Veteran

            being an American, I was talking about slavery in America pre-1865

        • Ruby

          There was a complete disruption of the Southern way of life after the war.

          Families starved in the streets because of the interference of the North.

          Ridiculously high taxes, the invasion of the Carpetbaggers, the displacement of qualified landowners, and the elevation of unqualified people to being landowners without proper training…

          Do any of those things sound like a punishment to you?

          They may not have had major natural disasters, but they DID have a full economic collapse, as well as a destruction of their entire social structure.

          You are rebelliously and flippantly trying to challenge the existence of God by throwing up a narrow idea of what a punishment “should” have been for slave owners.

          Now, you tell me which is worse: watching your family starve while the people you enslaved live the high life on your ancestral land, and having everything you’ve ever held dear systematically stripped away from you until your descendants end up in monetary slavery to the descendants of the race you enslaved…or living through an earthquake or a bad crop year?

          God sees all of our sins, and He metes out justice thoroughly to the third and fourth generation. We’re still seeing the effect of the wickedness of our slave owner ancestors in the form of black on white racism and violence, and a whole host of “entitlements” that we pay as reparation for their crimes.

          Just as a side note…the Civil War was fought over POWER and MONEY, not slavery.

          They program us to accept that it was fought to free the slaves (most of whom were sold into slavery by their OWN African kinsmen, which is really where part of the blame lies) but really, the ‘Powers That Be’ just didn’t want the Southern states to leave the country.

          They were–and ARE–too monetarily valuable, so it didn’t fit into their plans.

          Contrary to what the idolatry of “President worship” would have many believe, Abraham Lincoln was just as much of a pawn as Obama, Bush, or any of them.

          If the Civil War had really been about slavery as he said it was, there would have been more fuss over the WHITE indentured servants (mainly Irish) in the Northern states…but that form of slavery continued on for many years after the war.

          I guess you could say it’s still continuing today–and has even expanded–in the form of people of every color working for McDonald’s or Walmart and not earning a living wage, extremely corrupt “child support” laws, excessive taxation, rigged voting systems, etc.

          The battle fought in the 1860’s is the SAME battle we are fighting today against a NWO and tyranny. Except now WE ARE THE SLAVES.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Ridiculously high taxes, the invasion of the Carpetbaggers, the displacement of qualified landowners, and the elevation of unqualified people to being landowners without proper training…
            Do any of those things sound like a punishment to you?…
            You are rebelliously and flippantly trying to challenge the existence of God by throwing up a narrow idea of what a punishment “should” have been for slave owners….”

            gee, slavery first appeared in Ameica in 1619. Guess god was too busy between 1619 and 1861 to do anything about it.

            “…Now, you tell me which is worse: watching your family starve while the people you enslaved live the high life on your ancestral land….”

            yeah, all those ex-slaves were living the high life. Sounds like the comments of a neo-Confederate.

            “…Just as a side note…the Civil War was fought over POWER and MONEY, not slavery….”

            you got it partly right, the Civil War was fought over power and money AND slavery.

      • ProclaimingGodsTruth

        Amen Kent!

      • aedelaossa

        Religion is nothing more than organized bigotry!

        • Kent Harris

          How is Jesus Christ a bigot? I see nothing in the way he lived his life to show that he was. In fact, he was hated for loving those that society rejected or shunned.

          • aedelaossa

            I was referring to organized religion not Jesus Christ!

          • Kent Harris

            Christ is the one who established the church. I think what you mean to say a lot of churches are not following the teachings of Jesus Christ. I agree with you on that but to say that organized religion is wrong is a mistake.

          • aedelaossa

            There have been more people killed, in the history of the world, in the name of religion than for any other reason.

          • Kent Harris

            How many of these leaders were Christians in the 21st century? None. I would argue that if Christianity were to disappear the world would literally become hell on earth.

            Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000

            Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) 12,000,000 (concentration camps and civilians deliberately killed in WWII plus 3 million Russian POWs left to die)

            Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908) 8,000,000

            Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) 7,000,000 (the gulags plus the purges plus Ukraine’s famine)

            Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44) 5,000,000 (civilians in WWII)

            Ismail Enver (Ottoman Turkey, 1915-20) 1,200,000 Armenians (1915) + 350,000 Greek Pontians and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks (1916-22) + 500,000 Assyrians (1915-20)

            Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79) 1,700,000

            Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) 1.6 million (purges and concentration camps)

          • cateye

            You could throw Castro into your list…he is kind of a piker when it comes to those you listed, but not for a lack of trying. And the tally is still climbing with the current gnome with the bad hair currently in charge of North Korea.

          • James in CT

            Of all your comments I’ve read, THIS ONE is by far the most accurate! The religion of “peace” otherwise known as Islam is now killing more people throughout the world then any other combined!!

          • Ruby

            IDK…we’re well on our way with abortion!

            What is that in the name of?

  • Ben

    Just wanted to share that silver kills fungus. Was not trying to sell anything myself.

  • Nicnack

    Grow your food, or eat insect like in Asia.
    People are still the fatest people on earth so don’t come here to complain that food is expensive

    • Tom


    • Mondobeyondo

      Deep fried grasshoppers… ick.

  • K

    People always see prepping as getting ready for emergencies. Well if food goes much higher, it may qualify as an emergency. Hopefully the majority on this site, have taken the steps necessary. Also remember that as the dollar weakens. Food brought in from outside the Country, will be a good deal higher.

    • Clark Mestas

      The Sovereign pretty soon will grant every taxpayer in the US an EBT card worth perhaps $500.00 per month and subject to be increased due to inflation…the American populace will become so addict to government’s assistance…and that’s how the brute and ignorant masses in this country will be subdued and controlled.

      • Prophercy

        Unfortunately this will come… it’s already happening in a lot of welfare countries where people see the government as taking care of them but little did they know they are merely beggars waiting for the government to feed them…. what happens when the government can’t or won’t do that anymore? Chaos will erupt for sure….

      • sharonsj

        Maybe you haven’t noticed but in most states, Republicans (with Dem help) CUT food stamps. And here in Pennsylvania, they eliminated public assistance, then they wonder why poor desperate people resort to stealing.

      • Mudpie

        The irony is that it is government action that has caused so many people to freaking need govt. assistance. If they would take their iron fist off our economic behavior we could be free to produce and create work again. But perverse tax incentives, corporate protectionism, you name it – they hate us, or worse yet, see us as their slaves from which they can milk as much money as they wish.

    • Firstgarden

      Good reminder, matey.

    • Priszilla

      prepping isnt just filling your larder with cans of spam.

      prepping is more like working on your own independence.

      reducing operating costs, reducing the need to buy energy, taking care of family and friends, learning new skills, getting a shelter that survives the weather, even if it gets extreme, getting some storage to cover shortages. developing alternatives for shortages.

      what kid today knows that sausages are covered by animal intestines?


  • Axman47

    To expand on the comments of ProclaimingGodsTruth; the observation is seriously understated. Scripture prophetically shows that things will be so dire, people will eat their own children (Deut. 28:53-57), and ultimately, after all the horsemen have ridden, 90% will have perished (Amos 5:3). Those of the NWO who want the population reduced to less than 500 million (see Georgia Guidestones), will get their wish. Unfortunately for them, they don’t get to choose who will survive. Famine, disease, and war are indiscriminate. Guards at grocery stores?…more than believable.

    • aedelaossa

      Yummy, I hear the younger the children the more tender the meat!

      • cateye

        During the siege of Lenningrad during WW II, children did in fact become victims of roving gangs of the hungry. Couldn’t happen here though.

        • aedelaossa

          Wow, that’s pretty sad.

          • cateye

            Yes it is, parents got to the point that they could not let their kids walk alone through the city streets. People ate belts, shoes, bark off of trees, it was evidently pretty brutal. After reading a few books on the subject I immediately went out and bought a bunch of Spam.

          • D A C

            And new door locks, window security bars and thousands of rounds of ammo for a rifle banned in a dozen other states and many sets of body armor and a home far away from any city, and and and….
            Compare the Norman Rockwell, Hymnal singing folks of the 1940s to American culture circa 2014, eg. Black Friday Riots, “flash Mobs, “The knock out game” etc.
            Wait till these same folks can’t get anything with their EBT card and the siege of Leningrad would look cozy.
            If Americans of 2014 are that much worse during good times than our grand parents, then our hard times will be a frightful sight

          • cateye

            You got that right D A C. I didn’t want to reveal all my preps…thought my admission of having a bountiful Spam supply would suffice. I know human nature and know what we are capable of when the SHTF. I say “when” not “if”.

          • D A C

            Roger That Cateye!, When not if. Smarter people than I have pointed out, its not conjecture, its a mathematical inevitability of the function of printing too much money and piling on too much debt.

            Not today, nor next month, but the stage is set. in Europe they are restructuring the under-preforming countries debt, with more debt that will never be repaid……eventually they have to default on the debt,OR devalue the currency.
            Hint, Except Iceland, they almost never default.
            What we are going to see is a lot of re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic while the band keeps playing, all the way until the ship goes down

          • cateye

            Speaking of the Titanic, I sometimes feel that I have woke up to find myself on that ill fated ship on April 14, 1912. I know what is going to happen later that night, but the buffet is serving gobs of food, the music is playing, good times are being had by most on board and the crew is ordering full steam ahead. Nobody wants to listen to me and my dire warnings, the ship is unsinkable after all! So I get my family extra life jackets and warm clothing, maybe some food and make sure we stay close to the life boats. The calm is soon to be shattered.

  • Syrin

    This is what happens when you elect a guy who whose first job is president of the US. This is what happens when you elect a guy who plays 181 rounds of golf in 6 years of presidency. This is what happens when you a elect a guy who admits he hates America, and whose own bio states he was born in Kenya. People are getting what they voted for, and frankly, they deserve the change they are experiencing.

    • selaretus

      If you think things would be better with Misfit Mitt, the job’s offshoring king, you are dreaming.

      • jakartaman

        Low iQ voters – sad

        • Gay Veteran

          yes, low IQ voters who voted for Obama OR Romney

          • TooLittleTooLate

            The only difference is that Romney probably doesn’t espouse the views of Lewenski or Cloward and Piven…. He’d have followed his script but, in reality, we’re past the tipping point and no one president can fix us at this point…. At least in my own opinion….. But, this president we have now has done more damage to this country than anyone in history…. If there were a way out for us, it passed us in 08 when we elected this POS.

          • Gay Veteran

            Obama is a continuation of George W. Bush

          • TooLittleTooLate

            In many, many ways… yes he is. In many others, our current president is so evil it’s almost impossible to believe how evil this man is.

            There are so many scandals now that you simply don’t have time to report them all now…. and, none of it matters in the long run… the DOJ will just either not investigate or will drag it’s heels or just say that they will or just reject out of hand that anything is wrong…. He’s only got to go to 2016 so, he can do anything at this point and nobody will get anything resolved… I’ve never seen someone so evil while he lies and smiles… his words simply have no meaning when they don’t mean the opposite, that is.

      • esqualido

        You have a point, but when it comes to balancing the budget, I would put him up against Obamaphiles any time (and the latter specifically promised to do just that during his first campaign- not add $15 trillion of inflation to us and to our children’s backs)

      • James in CT

        Let me guess, public education? Yea, thought so. Romney is many things, but one thing is for certain. He sure as hell can run a company quite well, and he did that throughout his “private” life. You run a country like running a successful company. Obama has run nothing, and as a result he sure as hell did a fine job the last 5 years running our country into the ground. So either your a paid troll or just plain stupid if you think Romney couldn’t do a better job then our current loser-in-chief running the country.

    • ExAF

      He’s just doing his job and following the script he was handed and reading much of it from the teleprompter.

    • EtherealDesire

      That is a pure lie. His bio does NOT state that he was born in Kenya. Also, his first job was not president of the united states, he was a state senator, then became a U.S. senator. If you’re going to lie, don’t do a poor job of doing it.

      • RandPaul

        In 1991 his Biography stated that he was born in Kenya…I wish you people would use google before lashing out, it is a disgrace to this site that you are so ill informed, and won’t do your own research. And he has NEVER had a “Real” job. Let’s see…I had a paper route, then worked for at Chuck E Cheese, then the Airlines, then was a dock worker, now I own 2 Companies. Those are “Real” jobs. He has never had one. I would bet that you still think planes brought down building s on 9/11…right?

        • Gay Veteran

          he had as many real jobs as George W. Bush

        • peace angel

          YOU ARE soooooo RIGHT. See my comment to this uninformed troll.

      • James in CT

        His “bio”?? LOL. Keep drinking the kool aid.

    • energizedmortal

      You know that Obama does NOT have that much power! He is just following orders. Puppets that don’t follow orders end up like JFK.

      • libbydbone

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      • monicadsmith

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        • Bill Goode

          Is she making money selling water as well?

      • michaeljashley

        before I looked at the check of $8543 , I accept …that…my neighbour
        woz like they say truley earning money parttime on their apple labtop. . there
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    • Daniel

      How many americans, US citicens, have got its own roots in America?? Only the sioux, comanches, etc… So I find very stupids such kind of arguments.

      • James In CT

        I think your post wins the “stupidest post award” of the day hands down! Thanks for the laugh. 😉

  • Bill

    Everything is fine because the government tells me so!!! Ha. Remember it is the liar in chief who is out to destroy our country.

  • Enzo

    They can just get EBT cards and stop worrying about anything.

  • Firstgarden

    Mayhap another seven years of famine maketh its dastardly visitation upon us.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Gives new meaning to the phrase “Spam alert” doesn’t it?
    A truck load of minced ham hijacked by terrorists?
    Yep we’re in trouble.

  • Firstgarden

    Eggs for fresh use are up 33.9%.
    Pork is up 28%.
    Processed turkeys are up 20.4%.
    Dairy products are up 10.7%.

    Fresh and dry vegetables are up 8.4%.
    Fresh fruits and melons are up 7.5%.

    The most costly of these
    be costly in multifarious ways.
    Haply, the least costly
    art the most healthy and lifegiving.

    • laura m.

      I quit buying eggs -am choosing priorities. Turkey is a weekly purchase (already baked in the deli) didn’t go up yet. Shop at Sams more for meats and produce to save. Pork BBQ take out went up slightly, but gd. sirloin went to 5.59 lb. Beef is up the most. Watch the sales, use coupons. Not a good time to raise kids, both spouses need to work full time and prep. for the meltdown. We sure don’t need people from any country coming across the borders, using our resources and getting on the dole burdening taxpayers even more. Community leaders need to stand up against people pouring into their communities. There is no future for the younger people if good jobs are gone elsewhere.

  • Mrs Beeper

    I love my ice cream cone. I will go crazy if I can’t have it. Hoot Hoot Hooo Hooo Oooot Hoooo Hooo My name is Mrs. Beeper.

  • Jake

    strange, a country with a per capita income of more than US $ 40,000 find it difficult to afford basic foodstuffs.

  • Ian

    Food and water security. So glad you’re talking about this Michael. Thanks

  • alan

    Train cars will be the next big target. Smaller convenience stores might get those flash mobs. Cattle wresltin will make a big come back.
    Soon the only place to get food will be the TV.

  • The Obama family is taking another multi-million dollar vacation next month.

    “Let them eat cake” continues to portray the Obama’s as most Americans live from paycheck to paycheck with no hope of any vacation.

    • sharonsj

      And yet another reminder that the president who took the most vacations was–wait for it–Bush junior.

      • Airedale

        Only if you take into account that 93% of those “vacation days” were spent at his home (Texas ranch, not the White House) and not spent at some vacation resort.

      • Chris

        Bush Junior had more than 30 meetings with foreign heads of state during his “vacations” at his ranch. Calling all of his time spent at the ranch a “vacation” is ridiculous. How many foreign heads of state has Obama met with while on vacation? Oh, I lost count at ZERO! Because Obama REALLY IS on vacation! (Actually, I think we’d be better off if he STAYED on vacation!)

        • Gay Veteran

          LOL, like we were any better off when the Chimp was meeting foreign leaders.
          Bush and Obama, 2 sides of the same coin

  • Funk

    You failed to mention transportation costs on the rise – driver shortage due to baby boom phenomenon, regulations lowering the allowable drivable hours in a shift, and fuel are all key contributors!

    • Priszilla

      one train only needs 1 driver for 50 carriages. a train should be able to cover 800km in an 8h shift.

      efficiency doesnt seem to be an american strength.

  • EtherealDesire

    The purge will commence soon.

  • Ant Eye

    Beat the Drought? …stop spraying nano-particulates in the upper atmosphere.

    • Tim

      I think chemtrails may have something to do with the drought in the western half of the country.

    • Drud

      On the surface this seems a good idea, but in reality it is a disastrous one. Using immediate solutions to long-term problems is what has gotten us into this mess. More crime –> we need more laws. Too much debt –> borrow more. Messing too much with nature leads to drought –> mess with nature some more. It may work for now, but it will only make the long-term problems worse.


    What a wonderful time to open the borders!

    • JailBanksters

      It is actually

      Trying to blame the failing economy on the War with Syria didn’t pan out.

      Trying to blame the failing economy on the War over Ukraine didn’t pan out.


      The Economy is failing because of all the Illegal Immigrants, NOT because of Private Banking Cartel masquerading as a Central Bank creating endless amount of Electronic Money.

      • MadAsHellYankee

        The illegals will be a direct death blow to the dollar. You think the fed is printing money now. Just wait when they get legalized they will have to print more just to feed them.. because no matter what your vote is later in the year (assuming there will be a vote) the EB is going to do whatever he wants, anyway. You’re not going to get the 70 votes you need to convict.

      • Priszilla

        according to wsws org Obama is stepping up deportation of immigrants. from an european perspective obama is pretty much in the right political spectrum.

        just like any other us president he is a friend of the corporations.

  • DJohn1

    We had a great crash in the stock market in 1929. It was an adjustment long coming and it was world wide.
    Many people were unemployed.
    The Democrat in office at the time made quite a few changes in how we do business as a country.
    One of those changes was to make new rules governing the farmers in this country. It pretty much guaranteed that our farmers could produce enough food to feed everybody.
    Before they were going broke by the hundreds back then.
    They were losing the farm.
    The banks were losing the bank.
    Just like today.
    Another change was to organize labor to produce an ever ending cycle of raises and contracted labor.
    Well, today about less than 11% have any control over what they make for a living and their standard of living. The work place is back to what it was in 1929.
    Thank-you government for destroying the only chance our people ever had to get ahead of the game.
    Traditionally, labor was pro-Democrat. Business was pro-Republican. All that has changed.
    Bill Clinton went against labor with international trade agreements that sold us down the river.
    Bush was not afraid to do the same thing.
    Obama got stuck with the decisions of both. But he talked a good game anyway even if it was not true. There are videos of Mr. Obama lying through his teeth through 6 years of office.
    The rich continue to get richer under the game rules we have today. The poor(meaning everyone else including the so-called middle class) get poorer. Nothing really has changed long term.
    The great experiment of the 30s is over. Between the banking industry, the government agencies, and no unions, the common person has no rights. Has very few legal rights as well. The affluent hire lawyers. The rest are at the mercy of the bureaucracies empires build into government.
    Instead of learning from history, this bunch of leaders both in the Executive Branch, the Congress, and the Court system have learned nothing.
    Big business has learned next to nothing except the next profit cycle. Nothing new there. As they have reduced the market place with bad decisions on their puppets in government, we are reaching the point where we will have the greatest inflationary depression planet wide that anyone has every seen.
    That Big Business group learned this the hard way last Christmas.
    The only way to bring it back is going to be to learn from history and reverse much of what BIg Government under Big Business has done.
    It is like turning the ruling of this country over to bunch of pigs in a pig stye and hoping they will control themselves.
    The alternative is the biggest depression the world has ever seen. The alternative is going to be all of these big businesses going broke. With all the government aid, they cannot reverse Humpty Dumpty falling. And all the law in the world will not put him back together again.
    They have to put game rules out there that allow general public people to make a small success of themselves in business and in employment.
    They have to protect the industries that feed us.
    They have to protect the shelters we have like homes.
    They have to produce cars that are cheap enough for the average person to buy.
    They have to change the entire transportation of goods to a system we can afford to use. (Change trucks to a different fuel supply like natural gas.)
    They by definition involves all three branches of government.
    They also means a complete dismantling of the current giant agencies that actually rule us.

  • jakartaman

    tick tock tick tock tick tock
    2015-2016 boom!

  • Mudpie

    I think we are in for a treat.

  • misterkel

    Homemade chocolate – much better and half the price. 1 parts – tahini, coconut oil, raw honey, butter, bit of vanilla, stir in cocoa powder till just thickens, spread out on plastic tray and freeze.
    Best at freezer temp. Way better – everybody loves this easy to make chocolate.

  • EconomyTrap

    The food prices going up is a caused form QE 1, 2, 3, infinity…Inflation doesn;t take effect immediately, there is always a lagging period before you feel it.
    The manufactured drought is planned to so as to cast blame on commodity prices going up on shortages. They can create rain from cloud seeding; China did this in 2008 for the olympics.
    The central bankers do the same thing with Oil (i.e. gas prices). They blame price increases on middle east turmoil, rather than the real cause being increase of money supply and velocity of money.
    What was REALLY keeping prices down is if the deamnd for the dollar is high. But since all the foreign nations have caught on to the scheme, and are dumping the dollar…well, demand is going down, which means what for prices???
    The only way out is WWIII for the bankers, like they did after the depressions of 1920 and 1933.

    • EconomyTrap

      In short, The ELITE cover the real causes of price increases with manufactured crisis…they can create rain to end the drought by launching silver iodide in the sky if they really wanted to. But then what would they be able to blame price increases on?
      Meanwhile, WWIII drums are pounding harder and harder…just in time to prevent hyperinflation that the ELITE caused.
      Don’t worry though, they’ll profit from funding both sides of the War, and they nor there kids will ever step foot on the battle field, just us sheeple. But that’s ok, it helps eliminate the population as well for them…

      • Gay Veteran

        do you even understand how much of CA is in severe drought???

      • D A C

        This is my thesis as well. WWIII is the playbook to cover for the dollar collapse. The petro Dollar era is ending. The BRICS are getting more serious, We are alienating our NATO Allies with NSA actions. The age of American Hegemony is about to close. the bankers who run the show will bleed the last out of us in this next large war, and reduce the USA to below a 3rd world state. They will jump on the next rising empire and ride that horse for the next century.
        If the American People would wake up and pull an Iceland move,and jail the bankers at fault, end the FED, restore the Constitution we would have a chance, but sadly, bread and circuses keep the people’s attention diverted from the big game. not enough mass to turn the tide i fear. Hunker down its going to get bumpy.

    • Gay Veteran

      The manufactured drought?
      PROOF please

      • EconomyTrap

        1) California’s water storage and transportation system designed by federal and state governments includes 1,200 miles of canals and nearly 50 reservoirs that provide water to about 22 million people and irrigate about four million acres of land throughout the state.

        2) In May 2007, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that increased amounts of water had to be re-allocated towards protecting the Delta smelt – a three-inch fish on the Endangered Species List.

        3) Because of this ruling, in 2009 and 2010 more than 300 billion gallons (or 1 million acre-feet) of water were diverted away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay – eventually going out into the Pacific Ocean.

        4) This man-made drought cost thousands of farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment in certain communities, and fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland.

        5) Geoengineering / climate engineering by spraying toxic aerosols over the Eastern Pacific and before Storm Pattern approaches, and HAARP’s manipulation of Jet Stream patterns has caused significant high pressure and heat in the West, and engineered constant cool downs in the East.

        • davidmpark

          And don’t forget that California also imports a lot of water for agriculture from neighboring states. And that water is getting cut off.

        • Gay Veteran

          and what proof do you have for Number 5?

      • davidmpark

        Why should he – you don’t listen anyway.

        • Gay Veteran

          says the pot calling the kettle black.
          actually I’m willing to accept at face value his points 1-4. Number 5? not without PROOF

      • SusieQ

        Research geoengineering and chemtrails…

  • Priszilla

    i wouldn’t say coffee and cocoa are basic necessities. coffee is affected by a fungus and cocoa plants as well.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Funny how certain people (for example, Michelle Obama) try to get people to eat healthier – more fruits, vegetables, etc. Meanwhile, the average American is quite literally being priced out of the marketplace. We can’t afford to eat healthy!

    (Off topic)
    The stakes in the Ukraine – Russian conflict have just been raised. Big time. The initial evidence seems to suggest that the Russians were complicit if not overtly responsible, for the airline tragedy. Whatever the case may be… This is not a time for weak will or weak foreign policy. Sadly, looks like that’s exactly what we have.

    • Sandbagger

      And the BRICS now have their bank.

      Watch for dollars to come flooding back to America and the government will blame those countries for our hyperinflation!

    • Gay Veteran

      “…initial evidence seems to suggest that the Russians were complicit if not overtly responsible, for the airline tragedy….”

      really? Cui bono (“to whose benefit?”)?
      it is the neo-Nazis in Kiev that benefit

      • Wide Awake

        If Ukraine is run by Nazis as you suggest, then why is the president of Ukraine a JEW?

        • Wide Awake

          Further, the Donetsk Peoples’ Republic has claimed credit for the downing of the Malaysian jetliner, and they could not have operated such a sophisticated SAM without Russian guidance or operators. Stop the lies.

        • Gay Veteran

          you mean the billionaire oligarch?
          as the old saying goes: politics makes strange bedfellows

  • MrPissonyourgrave .

    We had a burglary of a restaurant down here-all they took was the food.

  • Priszilla

    “Monday’s return of the first planeload of child and family
    deportees—17 mothers and 21 children ranging in age from 18 months to 15—to Honduras, the country with the highest murder rate in the world, was celebrated by the Obama administration as the first step in a crackdown against the child refugees.

    The deportations sent a “clear signal” that Central American children managing to reach the US border “will not be welcomed to this country with open arms,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told White House reporters Tuesday.”

    source: wsws org

  • Priszilla

    I think with the new “Auslaender raus” movement of the US, the Americans turn even more right wing to a fascist state.

  • Sooner than you think, friends, sooner than you think. Good work though, but dangerous. Sooner than you think.

  • esqualido

    As long as there is no increase in core inflation I won’t grumble

  • esqualido

    Well, there was the matter of a war that followed which destroyed a substantial portion of that day’s U.S. population

  • grumpyhillbilly

    This article explains why a gallon of chocolate milk at the store I shop was over six dollars yesterday. It also explains why the chicken house I just bought for ducks has locks on it. At the time I thought it was sad. The Amishman builder told me that many of his customers required it, so he just made it a standard feature.

  • Wyst

    Imagine walking out of the grocery store with groceries you just paid for, someone walks up to you with a weapon and tells you, “Walk away from your grocery cart”.
    When EBT cards go down, expect this to happen.

  • fluckyou

    I’ve got money

    • staycalmNOsuddenMovements

      you are an idiot

  • Bruce

    Some of you guys simply do not get it. It does NOT matter who is in office as the president. ALL of them are in there for their own good. NOT for us! They are TOLD what to do and when to do it. Nothing will change unless and until we take OUR country back from them.
    It doesn’t matter if they’re conservative, liberal, on the right or on the left, democrat or rebublican. Those are labels they effectively use to confuse and give a sense of being different when they are not!

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I’ve been reading the comments and it’s amazing how much credit some people give the guys in charge and how little they give anybody else unless they drink the same flavor cool aid. Ok, I believe BHO and friends are following an agenda. I do believe BHO and friends want to change America. I don’t believe he’s some groups puppet. BHO and his cohorts are hard core leftists, they want a European style welfare state but with not only free health care and a retribution of wealth, but a guaranteed income for everybody. They see themselves building a utopia. They are to blinded by ideology to see they will simply create another dark age. This is a dark legacy of the 1960’s and1970’s. That few people seem to understand. Look up “there’s no place like Utopia”

  • nohomehere

    It won’t seem so long time coming once it gets here now will it.I can’t Imagine how so much wealth held by regular American folks with a degree and a job that make the cost of things like a four dollar latte seem frivolous being hard up to purchase food ! But , who would have forcast microsoft giving the boot to triple the number of employee’s it had originally said. It will be that sort of surprise , your bank account is light say, overnight ! Or that fat pention promised in the overly optimistic days of state and fed employers counting on future income , that was never realized. I guess it could disapear that fast . I mean one guy doesnt pay the other guy next thing no one has the dough and all cafca breaks loose . So even the ones with cash now will be caught short and then food security will take on a new dimention . one where would you be able to run faster then the store clerk or a bullet carrying that sliced ham , and thats if there’s any of that stuff anyway! I think alot of bad stuff has to happen first before we get there but I Don;t want to imagine!

  • rb

    Pres. Obama was born in Hawaii. Christ! Get it straight!

    • Mark Caldwell

      Who cares where that lying Marxist POS was spawned?

    • susieQ

      No, He was born in Kenya, as his wife, grandmother and others have attested to….check YouTube…it’s there.

  • jane bobsky

    What.?? There is no inflation according to the FED! This talk should be illegal, just like in Argentina. Tow the gov’t line you serfs. America in the 21st century….. 3rd world hellhole. Let ALL illegals in NOW. That will fix things. Praise Saul Alinsky…bin Bama’s teacher. Marx was right. Debase the currency and create chaos…divide and conquer. Then dictatorship of the “proletariat”..oops Marxist elites. A la North Korea. Wake up folks!!! It’s happening NOW in plain sight.

  • Don’t_Doubt_Me

    Bone up on hydroponics and aquaponics. It will be a life saver… literally.

  • Silencer

    I wouldnt be so opposed to GMOs had they experimented at least a few decades with lab animals before the FDA deemed them safe for human,consumption.
    But these gene-butchers decided to put toxic genes into these common foods and now there is a mess not so easy to clean.
    Why cant we be like Switzerland where every home has a backyard garden of fruits and veggies that they exchange with the local residents in a harmonious way??

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