I’ve probably said this before, but one of my favorite conspiracy bumper stickers of all time says “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after me.”
I find that there is a dangerous and debilitating stigma in our international society. If a proposed theory has anything to do with the fact that a person or group of persons has actually conspired, plotted, and planned to bring about the demise of another person, then the proposal is discounted as audacious and mentally deficient. “Conspiracy!” they cry—as if
calling something a conspiracy eliminates the validity of any proposed belief of supposition. Can I just ask a perfectly blunt question? Why is that? Why, when we have such an abundance of proven conspiracies is it considered a social and mental faux pas to propose that something is a conspiracy to do harm to others? I firmly believe that in doing so we are discounting the reality of danger. We are exposing ourselves as vulnerable as a fresh animal wound at night in the land of South Africa. We are playing into the designs of bloodthirsty predators as their willing prey. To be naïve of the scope and determination of conspiracies, we make ourselves far too vulnerable and dependent, thus negating the maximum effects of our preparedness efforts. Let me share with you why such a negative stigma against the reality of conspiracy is so illogical.
Al Qaida is an admitted conspiracy group. I doubt that most of us would dispute that. But can I just say that the reason why we don’t dispute it is because it’s socially and politically acceptable for us to view them as crafty conspirators? Whether you look into their conspiratorial designs on the surface or in depth, they make no secret of the fact that they have truly conspired to do irreparable harm to all Christian nations. Fortunately for us, the mainstream media feels that painting them as the bad guy is beneficial for their own designs of conspiracy and as such we are able to easily see them as “the bad guys.” As such, we are better able to swallow that they regularly engage in “conspiracy.” But what if the conspirators are those who we otherwise rely on or trust?
Now, let’s talk about the USDA. No upstanding American would portray them as conspirators, right? Oh, how I hope that we’re not really that naïve. The USDA told us for months and months that we could expect a bumper crop this year. (Bumper crop, as in at least a 20% excess of what we need.) The USDA continued to post such information on their official website even well after the abysmal destruction of crops such as corn and soy beans commenced. If you look hard for it, you will also find a report which concurs (finally) with the fact that as early as November of last year, the USDA granted special emergency fund approvals to various Midwestern and Eastern states due to “widespread crop damage.” Just so you know, “widespread crop damage” is defined by the USDA as at LEAST 30 percent damage to a particular group of crops. 30 percent damage to our corn, soybean, and even wheat crops. This, when we already have exported ALL of our wheat reserves from our nation. In spite of this, the “bumper crop prediction” still stands front and center on the USDA website.
So the question is, WHY would the USDA and the mainstream media not be forthright in bringing this information to its proper light? Let’s continue to explore this.
Conspiracy in Food Packaging?
Are you aware of all of the food items which rely on corn, soy and wheat? If you ever eat out or if you ever purchase something prepackaged, then you have most likely ingested ALL of the above. Every cake mix, loaf of bread, syrup, peanut butter, pasta mix, etc. is affected by these ingredients in some way or another. As such, we can expect the kind of financial increase in such goods as we shortly experienced in wheat and rice in 2007. The problem is also that since wheat, corn and soybeans are affected, we can also expect the price of rice to go up, as demand for it as a substitution will rise as well. We are currently looking at rising fuel prices, a diminishing dollar, tanking residential and commercial markets and oh, by the way, your food bill is about to double or quadruple. Yup. We’re not hearing that. Why?
Well, to put it plainly, it’s because the Wall Street markets can’t handle a hit like that right now and if there is a run on the grocery stores of only a 20% increase, then such a run and panic would trigger a domino effect that would impact Wall Street. Regardless of what end Wall Street is at on such a panic, they would crash. Our administration can’t take the heat of such a crash right now. The USDA is a government run entity. Our wheat, rice, corn, and soy commodities are some of the main backbones of the Market right now.
Let’s put the 20% run on the grocery stores in perspective for a moment. When a coupon comes out for a particular product, that product is cleared off of the shelves within the first day by eager couponers, in spite of the store attempting to anticipate higher demand for the product. Just so you know, couponing accounts for only 14% of all sales in a grocery store. Whereas if you perpetuated the idea that there would be an astronomical increase in wheat, soy, or corn based products, that could also trigger a demand…not a coupon euphoria either. A bona fide panic demand. Even at only 14%, it would clear off of the shelves, and the panic would lead to a domino effect of most other products carried by the grocers as well. The domino effect of a panic on food would be just as fast to disrupt and destroy your way of life as a police car simply pulled over to the side of the highway—complete stand still.
The bottom line is that the prevalent antagonistic programming that so successfully skewers anyone who has the audacity to claim “conspiracy” is effective. Many normal persons have hung their head in shame and embarrassment simply for asking a simple question. But keep in mind that it’s counter-intuitive to believe that conspiracies aren’t rampant and real in our everyday world. Where there is virtue, there is selfishness. Where there is charity, there is thievery. We simply can’t believe in people who have beautiful motivations and not believe that there are also people who are motivated strictly by greed and control. Yes, I agree that conspiracy theories can be taken to the extreme. I’m just not sure we are fully aware of what that “extreme” is. After all, the private banking industry taking over our nation’s entire currency flow was pretty extreme if you ask me. Yet nearly a hundred years later, many still are in the dark about it, ashamed of being labeled as a crazy conspiracy theorist.
The point of me writing my article is to attempt to have more people shed the stigma of questioning what is going on around us so that they can see the real state of things--so they can be properly prepared. The use of the word “conspiracy” has been, by design, altered to portray a stigma of the mentally deranged, paranoid, or irresponsible. When in fact, the reality of those who would conspire to harm or destroy is truly abundant. I think that questioning and researching and verifying the research is one of the smartest things one can do to properly protect their family. I think newly discovering such conspirators is alarming, whereas understanding their presence and motives and planning on how I’m going to counter such plans gives me a great deal of peace.
As a parting, but somewhat disjointed comment, I just wanted to express the following. Forgive my somewhat ornery rant. What I don’t understand is this: why is it ok for the mainstream media to pummel us with a litany of meaningless murder, rape and robbery statistics, 95% incorrect weather predictions, the “five year anniversary of the floods in St. George”, Islamic New Year celebrations, and the latest string of lies and insincerity from political officials and yet they can’t share with us the kind of critical information that would actually HELP us to wake up and better prepare? I don’t really like being manipulated. And I loathe selfish panic control. Et tu?
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Well put. Do you happen to know where or when the actual harvest is reported? I know there has to be a way to track prior years. I suppose it won't be till next harvest..
It is my understanding that the official report for 2009's harvest isnt' due out until the end of this month.
Well said, Kellene. And that's not to mention the citrus crops in Florida, or the huge shortages in California for vegetqable, and fruit crops.
Maceys is having their case lot and preparedness sale right now. At the store in Provo, they had the Morning Moo breakfast and dinner packs that you told us about a few months ago, as well as other Morning Moo products. They have 50 lb. bags of wheat for $11.99.
Well said Kellene. My hubby just told me that it should be out in the next week. It is impossible to believe almost anyone any more in government, the media etc. And why or why do we have "reality shows". We need a serious overhaul in a lot of areas. Maybe if people were to be accountable for their actions it would be a start.
ok, now. Let's leave the sacred reality shows alone :-) *cries the woman who watches The Apprentice with as much guilt as when eating a 1/2 pint of Haggen Dazs.* ROFL!
Thank you for your honesty!! It's almost painful for me to admit that I'm watching The Batchelor this season! (Shhh!) My hubby is ashamed of me. :( LOL!
Shhh....ditto...it's a secret. But when I have to take muscle relaxers, I can't read very well...the words get blurry...so instead I'll watch TV. Last night was a muscle relaxer night. :-)
Now that I've finally (amazingly) convinced my hubby that "stocking up" on the necessities is a smart thing to do, I'm about ready to start buying, using, and storing some of the things we haven't traditionally used - like whole grain wheat, . I just don't know where to get it.
Any pointers? Thanks!
First of all WOOHOO about getting the hubby on board
Secondly, start with the warehouse stores and an LDS Cannery in your area.
How to not be classified as a crazy conspiracy theorist: Be calm, cool and collected. Don't rant. Back up your claims with with verifiable facts. Don't try to convince the world, your own circle of friends and family will be plenty. Be an example to all who know you of being PREPARED. Thanks for being all those things to us Kellene.
That's got to be one of the nicest things anyone has said to me, Pope. Thanks!
Again, I am going to post this over at my site, The Prepared Household. I have repeated told the people in my family and in my ward that there is going to be a food shortage this year and it falls on deaf ears!!! I hope this will wake up some of them. Thanks Kellene.
Thanks for taking the time to share your words of wisdom. Love your sight and all the great stuff you share.
Looked at your earlier post on storing eggs. Is there something missing. Says you can also use vegetable oil. In place of what????
You would really help me if you posted your question as a comment on the article in question. Thanks. That way I can help you better.
I noticed somewhere in one of the blogs that they talked about a LD Cannery.
Is there one in the DFW area and can anyone go there and make purchases?
Ron, here's the one in Dallas area. Just call them up and ask under what circumstances are you able to purchase there. TX - Carrollton (Dallas)
Phone (972) 242-8595
Address 1100 West Jackson Road
Carrollton , Texas 75006
Sorry to say I have repeatedly told ppl to stock up. They do not pay any attention....This is what I get from the 2 ppl that know what I have stocked....( Oh wow if anything happens, I know where to come to eat) my answer is you have been warned.....stock up....Fortunatly Kellene I did listen to you and do not tell anyone about what I have stocked....made the mistake of telling best friends.....they do not believe but will not get off their butts to help themselves....Sad for them!....lTomorrow is another 100 mile trip to town for more....but I still purchase freeze dried as my budget allows....next a Berkley light water filter....then a solar oven...Todd suggested that I go to Lemans and buy a well bucket....but if I had the strength to "pull" a 125 foot well pump for the water bucket....would not need the bucket!!!....but there are things that I can do....I do have a sistern (never used in my lifetime) the well guy and I are going to try it.....by the way....he is one of your fans....you are getting a lot of people to "think" I thank you and pray for you everyday....if not for you I would be a deer in the headlights.....Thank You so much my friend....ps from stocking...to breadmaking....now next step pressure canning..,...life is great!!!!
Wow! Well one thing's for sure this certainly is a time of "high adventure" as prophesied! Just glad we have you out there on the front lines...keep up the good work!
With all the unusual winter weather we've had in the UK, I pasted a news story about Germany's weather woes on a forum to which I contribute. The story I posted reported that the German government had advised its citizens to try to have at least 3 to 4 days' provisions on hand. With the posted story, I also posed the question, "Can everyone here truly say they are prepared?"
I went on to explain how easy it is to stock up (pick up an extra item or 2 during your weekly supermarket visit), and gave a quick lesson on how to preserve and store drinking water.
The responses I got were unbelievable (or maybe, not so)! "Oh, my freezer is full, enough to last until next Christmas." With that, I asked if their fridge is solar-powered. The majority of the respondents were confident that once the snow has melted, it would be a non-issue until next winter. With that, I posted a line from the movie, 'Zulu', "The savages have retreated - we're safe now!"
I won't attempt to convince those people of the importance of being prepared any further, for fear that it would tell the wrong ones that I am stocking up.
Yeah, the computer geeks may be the ones who end up sitting in the corner at the party, but they are the ones who show up later having invented a way to save the world later. *heavy sigh*
You should see the movie FOOD INC. It talks about the food industry and products that contain corn possibility of food shortage and so on.
Unfortunatly there are too many people that the media focuses on like the alien abductions and tin foil hat people. I think the the general population of people in the US find it easier to lump everyone together regardless of weather they should be or not, like; Tin foil hat people and perparadness proponants, Al Quada and Muslim population, Abortion clinic bombers and Christians. I don't see this changing until our education system changes and I don't see that happening because it is easier to control the ignorant.
As for the media, they won't do stories on the "real dangers" because they are controlled by the corporate sponsors and they might lose thier sponsors if they did a story on the soy bean monopoly and the patenting of life ie.Genetically Modified Seed.
Just put the movie in my Netflix queue. Thanks for the heads up.
I think most people over estimate the amount of food they have. It wasn't until I started keeping track that I realize just how quickly 30 boxes of spaghetti will go. Do you have the 60 jars of sauce that normally goes with it? it is a bit of a wake up call. The people you referred to probably do think they have enough. It is kind of funny to me to recomend to have 3 days worth of food on hand. How do you NOT!!
Excellent article Kellene - thanks! Sounds like 'immediately' is the time to start supercharging the larder. Sadly, nobody I've mentioned this topic to pays it any mind. Makes me want to finally leave the suburbs and move to the country. Perhaps there would be fewer neighbors coming by looking for food. I still wonder what I will do if my next-door neighbors, very nice people with two young children, start going door to door. I have some charity built up, but what then? What's the 'right' thing to do? Turn them away or cut my lifespan down to an equal length as theirs?
Scott, I address that question in the article, A Crisis of Choice. Just put it in the search button on here and you'll find it.
I found most info about the coming food shortage by going to each agricultural state's website. Most of the sites have the data that things are bad harvest wise.
Found out a lot for instance, did you know the USA has a chickpea policy and subsidies? Just floored me.
For Scott, So much depends on your situation. If you can move to the country do it as soon as possible or you will be seen as an outsider. I've done both small towns and country folk can have disdain for "City Folk". Heck I was one of them. LOL
My problem is my extended family,most don't want to prepare. So I keep building up prep items and hope and pray for the best. Have you talked about prep with them? Bringing up the "Cold front" winter this year or how the Dakotas handled the Flood. Weather and Natural disasters seem a little easier to bring up. Rather than food shortages or "Man-caused disasters" LOL
How FEMA wasn't there to help, Starting to breakdown some of the out right rejection of prepping.
I just went over to the USDA site. I check a couple of the grains that had some data, funny I never thought of cotton as a grain. On most of the reports it's like you said it's all rainbows and unicorns. But, The USDA is forecasting a price increase of 2.5% as well as increasing imports in 2010. I'm not sure I read all the reports correctly. I always thought if you have a surplus of something the price generally went down and you wouldn't need imports. That is also counting on lower demand due to the "Financial Crisis".
I felt like I was reading something written by Sybil or a few multiple personalities. Once the USDA report comes out I will need some enlightenment.
I just pray D.C does not redo FDR's policy of paying farmer's not to plant while folks starved during the 30's.
I just went to Costco. In one month, the price on a 25 lb. bag of sugar has gone up 20%. My husband no longer thinks I'm wacky for stocking up on sugar!
Oops - 25% - even worse!
How much is your sugar? I was just there and the 50 pound bag is still $.40/lb, rice was actually down a bit to $.30/lb. I have not seen any price increase yet which has me wondering what on earth is going on. In fact prices are down at walmart as well, dry navy beans were $.88/lb down from $.99 a few months ago.
I'm wondering if it is regional?
Todd, it does depend on what part of the region these large stores are buying their supplies--initially. However, soon they all will have a lower amount to buy as stores from other regions will have to buy from the few "watering holes" that still have product.
Usually it's .40-.41 cents per pound. Yesterday, it was just under .52 cents per pound.
Don't forget about the "Loss Leaders" Stores advertise or get you into the store at a loss. Figuring you will buy something else as well.
Plus This cold front/stormy winter woke a few folks up and the stores figure the can jack up the price a little and get away with it.
I've notice what Todd talked about that is why I look at the sales 1st, then go shopping for what's on sale.
Last month White rice and Coffee, this month meat, pasta and flour.
I understand, but Costco is not one of those places. They buy huge amounts, in bulk, and I'm talking about 25 and 50 pound bags of sugar here, not the kind you get at the grocery store.
Sorry MZ I don't shop at Costco. but I know the warehouse/restaurant supplier has huge sales differences. Coffee that was $4.95 a can last month is now $7.17 a can.
I just assumed Costco was like the store where I shop.
I do understand on some prices I get lucky. I like to think it's cause I'm a ggod shopper, but quite a lot is luck. Some of it is hitting a good sale/coupons and I get to survive for the next sale.
I almost always buy sale items or Loss Leaders. With kellene and you all's help I have learned to shop and build menu/meals on what's on hand.
I do see some price spikes and drops. I buy the drops, I have enough on hand to wait for the drops.
I really think I got lucky on the timing for prep, I started buying in bulk and with a purpose before many others did. I got lucky, I have the basics now when something goes on sale I buy, not because I need it right then but I may/will need it in the future. I no longer shop for what I need this week or this month. But what I need for the year. Of course I go get some snacks, But I have reach a whole new way of looking at shopping. I really do look at what I need for next year, instead of a week a month out. Shucks I never realised how much my shopping ideas changed till now. I truly think about 6 months or ayear down the road. It's not that I never shop but it's all been built toward stockpiling a years worth of food. I have that and lived off it for 2 months. and it's still there. Wow a a totally different way of thinking just hit me. I have built now I can maintain. Oh my gosh,what do need? nothing. I have hit a tipping point. I do have all I need for a year +. Water, food, sanitation, need some more ammo and I do have my eye on a nice little conncealed carry auto. But I'm there and then some on food and water, shelter. Still some work to be done but I did it and have realised I have a years plus of food and water. Thanks Kellene and all you that helped me.
I can maintain and shop for what I want, I'm there. Wow what an indescrible felling. I am marching downhill, I have a swing in my step. I am over the "hump"
I think it will take me some time to get a handle on this feeling. what great feeling. is it perfect? no but I did finish the 1st of many marathons.
I've always said that if I can anyone can. I do beleive that, but I really understand now, I don't want to get all "metaphysical" on folks but I'm over the hump, I have broken the wall.Dang I just realized it right here right now I am good and ready for the next challenge.