Load Up the Pantry
April 21, 2008 6:47 p.m.
I don’t want to alarm anybody, but maybe it’s time for Americans to start stockpiling food.
No, this is not a drill.
You’ve seen the TV footage of food riots in parts of the developing world. Yes, they’re a long way away from the U.S. But most foodstuffs operate in a global market. When the cost of wheat soars in Asia, it will do the same here.
Reality: Food prices are already rising here much faster than the returns you are likely to get from keeping your money in a bank or money-market fund. And there are very good reasons to believe prices on the shelves are about to start rising a lot faster.
“Load up the pantry,” says Manu Daftary, one of Wall Street’s top investors and the manager of the Quaker Strategic Growth mutual fund. “I think prices are going higher. People are too complacent. They think it isn’t going to happen here. But I don’t know how the food companies can absorb higher costs.” (Full disclosure: I am an investor in Quaker Strategic)
For the past week, I’ve had my knickers full of weevils, and irritated! (guess you would be too if you had weevils in your knickers! 😉
On variuos flu forums, there is discussion on how the media can influence people to prepare for pandemic, and how the media can be a good tool to get information out to people about H5N1. We believe that if the media dealth with the issue of pandemic/H5N1 properly, people would pay attention and start to prepare. You know what I think now? WRONG! The media has shown me, once and for all, it’ll never be a tool for good use. Never. Why? Because it has, no it must play into certain hands. And ther is no way around it. They have taken this rice business way to far, and turned it into an uneccessary evil. You don’t encourage people to prepare by screaming “Load Up The Pantry.” You can not scare people into preparing. You can scare people into panic buying, and that’s what the media has accomplished. Why have they done this?
Prices have been high for quite a while now. They were high last month, and they are higher this month. Way back when, why didn’t didn’t the media start screaming then, about things to come? Why didn’t they have their headline read: “Prepare now while you still can?” “Stock your panrty now, while you can affort to.” Why hasn’t the media been preparing the people for this, and showing them how to do it?
Let’s hit them over the head with a frying pan
Out of nowhere this seems to have hit us over the head like a frying pan. Literally. We didn’t see this rice thing comming. We didn’t anticipate the media scaring the %*@# out of us. We don’t know what to think, or what to do, but mostly, we don’t know who and what to believe. Let me tell you good folks, this is not a very good set up for getting people to acknowledge H5N1. If we want the people to listen to the media, I think the chances on that happening, have just went out the window. And thisis why I’m irritated, frustrated, and basically p.oed. The media does not have the ability to warn and inform people. I don’t think they ever did. They don’t seem to care about trust, though they try to convince us they are trustworthy.
Our job is alot harder now
Indeed it is. those of us who have worked endlessly hard to inform people about H5N1 will now have to work that much harder to convince people this virus is real, deadly, and out of control, and coming to a local town near you. The fact that the media has stopped reporting anything H5N1 related tells me the media has to play into certain hands. Yes, I’ll say it again. If the people where the true focus, we would be getting the real information, the real world situations. But our news is censored beyond belief, and if you think our news will inform you about H5N1, don’t count on it. Oh they’ll give you news, when it’s too late for you to do anything. The #1 reason the people of this world do not know what is going on in Indonesia, Egypt, South Korea, India, Pakistan, is because our media doesn’t cater to things of that nature, never mind that you need to know what this vius is doing, and just how deadly itis. Never mind the fact that CFR is now over 80%. Never mind that an H5N1 pandemic would make the 1918 pandemic look like a picnic. Never mind all that. The masses don’t need to know. So we don’t know. So we don’t care. Until it’s too late. Way too late!
The media doesn’t wake people up. It only panics them. It takes them righ to the edge and dumps them, leaving them scrambling on what to think or do next.
Instead of telling us there is a rice shortage, creating panic, and dumping us, tell us how to start preparing for the future, now. Prepared people don’t panic, do they guys? 😉
Until next time
cottontop- de-weeviling herself!