Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Basically, Back To Basics:  Finding Food; Printing Rutabagas.  Happy Earth Day! (April 20, 2020)

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J          “You can print money, but you cannot print rutabagas.”

K          “They are not able to print rutabagas.  Even the Makers cannot make rutabagas.”

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K          “Seen clear-headedly and unromantically, the prospect is daunting and overwhelming.  Raising about 1 percent of what I consumed last year is not going to do it.  That will not do it.  Not a chance.”

J          “The challenge is depressing and debilitating.  About 3 percent is not near enough.  That may be 11 days.  Assume for discussion’s sake that you need 2000 calories a day.  Where do you find 730,000 calories a year?  For a family of four, that is 2,920,000 calories a year.  And then do the math for about 8 billion hungry souls.  It is smaller than the National Debt, but it is substantial.  Without corporate farming, we are doomed except for small groups of individuals.”

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K          “Future wars will be fought over water, that we know.  There will soon be many wars and battles and skirmishes and fights over water’s companion at the table of life.”

J          “You can see right now that there will be millions and millions of small and big fights.  I woke up last night and could not sleep until I gave up and got up and left for work . . . in the next room.  I realize that I cannot defend my house against more than perhaps one wave.  As we speak, I am not able presently to fulfill my first duties to my family.  Neither security nor food security.  There will be churlishness.”

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K          “Physical life is about heat creation, retention and transfer.  I must obtain enough calories to heat the inside of the body and enough B.T.U.s to heat the shell outside of the body to sustain me, my family and my community.  The shell is double layered with clothing and housing retaining heat.”

J          “2,000 calories a day, every day, day in and day out.  Along those lines, after a short discussion, everyone agreed that their last liter will be fed to the chain saw.  Cutting firewood with technology saves human calories – the inside heat – and creates the most efficient B.T.U.s. to heat the shell – the outside heat.  And when the last liter is gone, we take a two hundred year leap into the past and partake of the bow saw.  Then we will consume much more inside heat to produce stored outside heat sticks.  And keep your left elbow straight when you golf and when you operate a chain saw.”

K          “And wear hearing protection and chain saw safety chaps.”

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K          “From the absurdity of amassing toilet paper . . . full circle . . . to the desperate search for heat in all its forms.”

J          “Back to the beginning.  Back to basics.  Back to keeping the organism alive.  And add 2000 calories for Leap Year.”

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J          “Gardening requires a total commitment of mind, soul and body.  The Garden is like one of the elements on the periodic table, it is ‘Gaia’ or just the good old letter ‘G’ will suffice.  But I am not there.”

K          “If your lot in life is to tend a garden, it is a lot of work to nurture your little lot.”

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J          “Look at the collapsing price of oil today.  Food is largely reconstituted oil and gas.  Oil is free and food will soon be priceless.”

K          “Just this afternoon, they are paying others to take and store oil.  The irony and absurdity is that a barrel of oil could be $100 in a year when all the supply chains and infrastructure that goes into drilling, transporting and refining oil seizes up.”

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J          “The slaughterhouses may not recover and reopen.  If they do, the public may not participate.  Or there may be such desperation that the populace will partake of the product and eat poisoned protein.  The reality may be that the inefficient system of providing protein may be supplanted by plants and cereals that are far better for us and for the Planet.”

K          “I see it coming.  Whatever happens, I plan to follow Michael Pollan’s suggestion that one should not eat any cereal that discolors one’s milk.” 

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K          “So many commentators who do not have trouble babbling away do have trouble with the ideas of inflation and of deflation.  In the near future, the price of ‘bubble baubles / faux assets’ such as ETFs and theme parks will deflate/drop in price because they have little worth and will drop in real value.  At the same time, the price of ‘real assets’ such as grub and farm land will inflate/rise in price because they have much worth and will rise in real value.”

J          “So many answers are so easy.  A recession occurs when your neighbor loses his job; a depression occurs when you lose your job.  Ask someone if he or she has lost his or her job.  Have you?”

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K          “Oscar Wilde said:  ‘A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing’.  I know the price of just about everything and the value of just about everything.”  

J          “That’s valuable to know.  Soon everything of value will be valued in sweat not in dollars.”

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K          “The ‘Great Disconnect’ between the ‘spot price’ for ‘paper precious metals’ and the ‘real price’ for ‘physical precious metals’ as assessed and posted by SD Bullion continues to be revealing.  The ‘real price’ for Au (Gold) has increased almost weekly from $130 to $140 to $155 to $175 to $180 an ounce over the ‘spot price’ for ‘paper precious metals’.  The ‘real price’ for Ag (Silver) has increased almost weekly from $.19 to $10 and then dropped to $7 an ounce recently over the ‘spot price’ for ‘paper precious metals’.  The current real ratio between Au and Ag is 83 to 1.  A real market is emerging for precious metals in a country with no real free markets.”

J          “You need to find a forum to post these figures.  They are a harbinger of the loss of control over critical fraudulent prices and more specifically a signal of the coming global currency reset.  In the past, the government has addressed ‘illiquidity’ by printing money.  The government and the economy is ‘insolvent’ today, economically and morally, and cannot be rescued by printing more money.  But they will print.”

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J          “2,000 calories a day, every day, day in and day out.  You can print money, but you cannot print rutabagas.”

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[See the e-commentary on the insolvent criminal enterprise known as the USA at “America the Bankrupt: Economics 210 in the Land of the Freeway and the Home of the Wave (January 17, 2005)”, the coming and not at all paradoxical 1) deflation/drop in the price of “bubble baubles / faux assets” (i.e. ETFs and theme parks) and 2) inflation/rise in the price of “real assets” (i.e. grub and farm land) in “Stagflation?!?  Hands Down Or Hands Up? (January 14, 2019)”, “They Can Print Money (November 2, 2015)”, the concern over water supplies in “Drought (May 25, 2009)” and “Money ‘In The Bank’ Or ‘Under The Mattress’ (October 8, 2012)” and hundreds of other e-commentaries on the economy and society over the last 15 years.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We need to normalize the new normal, but first we need to create a better new normal

You can print money, but you cannot print rutabagas

Plant a garden?

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