Americans will get skinny
A recent news report… “Tomatoes in Italy lay rotting in the fields because of a shortage or absence of containers to package them, mainly tin cans.”
Anyone who eats Italian food knows the importance of tomatoes in Italian cuisine. The Italian tomato harvest is a disaster. Disruption of the food supply chain. No tomatoes. The same disruption happened to beef in packing plants in the United States… they shut their doors for a week because of computer systems being hacked and held for ransom. They couldn’t process a pound of beef without their computerized system.
I call the non-existence of food… “Foodabsence.” There are all sorts of nouns, adverbs, etc. that describe the various degrees of symptoms, states of being and effects that not having food has on humans, such as malnourishment or famine or starvation or hunger… but the English language has no singular word for the state that causes it. Not a shortage or scarcity of… but total absence of food. None. So, I’ve created a singular term as a word for no food… Foodabsence.
Interesting… the Ukrainians came up with a term encompassing two words, the word “Holodomor,” to describe “Murder by Starvation” that the Communists successfully engaged the Ukraine with by starving to death 12,500,000 of them in the 1932-33 period that I wrote about in my newsletter… “Store Food NOW!”
People believe in a lot of bullshytte. If you’re going to be afraid, be fearful of something that can really happen… like food shortages. Or, you can bury your head in the sand like the Proverbial Ostrich… and believe the world will go on indefinitely without these problems affecting you. You can continue to ignore the news of supply shortages and disruption of the supply chain and focus on the new society being promoted by those extreme Leftists (Communists), some who simply want power and some who believe Communism is the path to a better world.
I want a better world… but I’ve seen Communism first hand and know that their ‘utopia’ of total equality, metrosexual anything sexual is okay, feel good attitude of warm and fuzzy togetherness is an illusion. It’s not our salvation. It does create an equality… that of suffering and misery… except for those who run it.
So, when the Communists state… “Capitalism can’t provide for people… but Communism can!” don’t take their promise lightly or with a laugh. They will provide you… if you’re on their side… but doing so by measures that are barbaric. People will support anything that provides the Critical Life Supplies and Services for them, barbaric or not. Especially the solution to Foodabsence. They will use these issues and methods to get control and get in power.
Like old man Koch said… “Communism is an ideology of freezing cold, starvation, hopelessness and sheer terror.” He was a world-class mercenary opportunist, but he lived in it… so he knew. Communism. Think… just another form of dictatorship. Think… a perverted form of nepotistic royalty… forever. Think… living in terror.
I’ll bet on problems of shortages or the complete absence of food. Do I have a ‘doom and gloom’ mentality? Actually, no. I am well-prepared with a group of other well-prepared people. So, I’m relaxed about it… my NPP Group Members (CDM™ Neighborhood Protection Plan – see the chapter on our website here) are ready for just about anything and so am I. I’ll be eating enough to survive… even though my constant companions will be a shotgun or rifle and pistol.
Then why do I believe there will be problems?
Simple math and odds making. Las Vegas is like home to me because I lived there for so many years. I don’t gamble at casinos because I’m smart enough to know the house always wins. I know many of the elite there. Gamblers, casino owners, pit bosses, business and government people. Over the years I have become well versed in the probabilities of chance and odds. To a large degree… I live by those.
The odds of Foodabsence are so probable because of an axiom that ‘Jimmy the Greek’ Snyder, the famous Las Vegas oddsmaker, said. Something to this effect… “The longer since an occurrence… the more probable the reoccurrence.”
I’ll add another variable to the above statement… “The more complex and sophisticated a machine… the more probable are breakdowns.” In other words, our supply manufacturing, processing and delivery ‘machines’ (systems) are too complex and just have too many moving parts to not have breakdowns.
Not just food, but items critical to production of food. Gasoline stopped flowing through pipelines to gas stations a few months ago because of computer hacking. If employees can’t get to work, or trucks can’t deliver because of absence of fuel… the end result is Foodabsence. I could go on. But you know all this… unless you haven’t paid any attention to the news.
The food delivery system is creaking. This started before the Coronavirus ever raised its ugly deceitful head and caused panic buying. But it had started way before from another issue seldom factored into the equation. That is the computer automated and streamlined high-activity item instant-feedback driven supply system.
This is what controls all supply systems in the Industrialized World… but I concentrate on the food supply system here. Computers have allowed manufacturing and delivery systems to “lean out to the bone” raw products stored for processing, materials used in processing, system times for processing, time for delivery and stocks of food in warehouses and grocery stores. The supply chain is lean of products… it’s down to the bone for reserves.
This may be redundant… but look at the chart. It doesn’t include the Instant Feedback by computer of the supply system and its effect on how much is in the supply chain. Computers have given instant feedback from retailers as to what suppliers and manufacturers need to provide… consequently, they buy and store less of everything. This gives all involved with the food chain huge savings by inventorying much less and in some cases handling it less and reducing or eliminating time in storage.
This system, although a wet dream for military Quartermasters, bean counters and supply efficiency experts, has drastically reduced the amount of all products in the supply chain. Including products needed by processors and manufacturers to process and manufacture… such as packaging, preservatives and chemicals.
This has literally put Americans on a hand to mouth subsistence… or should I say a “Grocery Store to Mouth” existence. I don’t know how many Americans are moving to home delivered meals comprised of all the ingredients ready to cook as I see advertised constantly… but that scares me more. What prepared meals fit in your refrigerator will not feed you for very long… a much shorter time if electricity is out.
Look forward to increased hacking of computer-controlled processing, storage and delivery systems… which will be devastating. Read about the anomaly of production systems replenishing anything manufactured, processed, stored or delivered after there is panic buying and ‘runs’ on stores of the supply chain. Read “The 1978 Toilet Paper Shortage” in the Civil Defense Manual newsletters.
See this article for more information: https://civildefensemanual.com/store-food-now/
It takes months to catch up demand… and months of food shortages, or no food means many deaths from starvation after Foodabsence. That anomaly can be caused or exacerbated by pandemic/epidemic, employee shortages, trucking company driver shortages, fuel shortages, electrical outages…
It’s almost like the old joke… “There’s good news and bad news… I’ll give you the good news first!”
The good news will be obese Americans will lose all that blubber… they’ll get skinny. The bad news is… after getting skinny… many Americans will die. This will also be the fate of those people of the Industrialized World who depend on these complex food supply systems.
A report from ForwardObserver.com
SUPPLIES: Ongoing global supply-chain disruptions are expected to continue until next year at least. Not due solely to available inventory up and down the manufacturing chain; labor shortages and commodity manipulation are also being blamed. Analysts expect an impact on back-to-school shopping as many of the supplies and educational materials are manufactured overseas or rely on international midstream partners.
Jeffries’ chief economist Aneta Markowska said, “There’s a very good chance that you’re going to have severe product shortages by September.” The impact on consumers is being passed along through price-increases and decreased availability of once common products. (AC: While not directly mentioned in many outlets, recent reports from Yantian indicate several more weeks of delays in exports ultimately impacting the fall and holiday shopping seasons. – D.M.)
A recipe for an ancient Emergency Food that will keep you alive and provide you all you need to stay healthy…
From Chapter 14 of the Civil Defense Manual
“Not just your everyday pemmican”
(pemmican-the perfect survival food store and how to make it)
Pemmican will provide you with all the protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins necessary to sustain you indefinitely. It is the perfect survival food store if made from the proper ingredients. Pemmican is a combination of tallow, dried meat (sometimes dried fish and dried duck) and dried berries prepared in a manner that preserves it for long periods of time as a food.
Pemmican was an important food of Native American and Canadian Indians of North America and they still make this today. The word ‘pemmican’ comes from the North American Cree Indian tribe, native to Canada, Montana and the northern border areas of the United States.
It’s a variation of their word pimihkan, which comes from the Cree word pimi for ‘fat or grease.’ This food kept them alive during harsh winters where hunting and fishing were next to impossible to provide enough food.
Depending on the ingredients, it has a flavor of sweet and salty. Pemmican is portable, efficient and convenient food source that gives you all the protein, fats and carbohydrates necessary for sustenance. Folklore has it the North American Indian didn’t put berries in their pemmican… supposedly that was the white man’s idea. Who knows? …but the berries make it verrrrrry tasty.
European trappers, fur traders and Arctic explorers quickly adapted this high-energy food source for their own needs. In the late 19th Century, the British Army issued thousands of emergency rations containing primarily pemmican.
If you’d prefer to buy prepared pemmican rather than make it, go to https://grasslandbeef.com/pemmican …or look for pemmican ‘Tanka Bars’ and other pemmican products from Lakeside Gourmet.
How to make pemmican by hand
How to Make Pemmican: Meat or fish
- Meat (venison or beef-it’s important to use grass fed beef… lean-lean) or salmon fish
- Fat (substitute tallow if beef or venison fat trimmings are not sufficient-store bought tallow will most likely be rendered)
- Berries (blueberries, cherries, chokeberries or currant berries)
One of the best essays on pemmican was written by, in my opinion, ‘the authority on pemmican, Lex Rooker. He has quite the amazing story as to his personal journey with nutrition. Lex Rooker’s “The Pemmican Manual.” You can access it at…
Pemmican properly prepared will dry into a very hard, almost wax-like texture. You might have to cut it with a knife to eat… as gnawing a piece off, may take some teeth out. 10 pounds will provide all the nutrition requirements of an adult for about one week. No food is as nutrient and calorie dense as pemmican.
Expect that it will take 48 to 72 hours to air dry meat/fish and berries. The colder, the longer and vice versa… the hotter, the shorter time. Be patient… the meat/fish and berries must be thoroughly dry. I use the same drying process to make South African biltong (beef jerky, but waaaay better). Many more ingredients are added to biltong, but that, you don’t do in excess with pemmican.
Most herb additions are okay, but if you add untried ingredients, it may make your pemmican spoil or spoil quicker… that is, if you wander off the path of the recipe too far. So, it’s best to stick to the recipe adding a few common sense ingredients for some taste variations.
Rendering is cooking the fat over low heat until it turns to liquid. If you buy tallow from a grocery or store it will most likely be rendered. Strain the melted fat into a fire compatible container. Rendering of fat simply puts it in a more pliable state, enabling it to mix well with the other two ingredients.
Let the rendered fat cool in another container. It’s the same principle as trying to butter your toast with cold hard cut pieces of butter compared to having room temperature butter. Rendered fat spreads, works and adheres better in making pemmican.
You can use your oven and blender, but try the Grid-Down air dry and mortar and pestle pulverizing method so you know how to do this when the lights go out. Store in the dark away from moisture and pemmican will last for years. Freezing pemmican will give it an almost indefinite shelf life.
Prepare the ingredients
The basic pemmican ingredients
- Lean meat-1-pound meat/fish (grass fed beef or venison-try salmon; you won’t be disappointed)
- Dried berries… 12 ounces berries (blueberries, cherries, chokeberries or currant berries-but make certain your mixture is still mostly the first two ingredients) or use raisins
- Fat… 12 ounces of rendered fat
- 1 teaspoon of salt per pound of meat (half that much if I salt or vinegar coat the meat for drying)
Extras for a sweeter tasting pemmican
- 8 ounces of nuts (use unsalted nuts, sunflower seeds or almond flour)
- 8 ounces of raw honey (make sure there is no High Fructose Corn Syrup in it)
Dehydrate the meat or fish
Normal Civility Method: You can speed up the process of drying meat/fish in your oven if sliced very thinly. Place it on a flat tray in your oven for 8 hours at about 115o Fahrenheit. If you heat lean meat at a higher temperature, it virtually ‘cooks’ it and removes much of the nutrition, ruining your pemmican. After the oven, lay the meat/fish out on paper towel lined trays to let it finish air drying. Depending on its environment… about another 12 to 36 hours.
Grid-Down Method: You can dry meat or fish in most climates by slicing the meat/fish very thinly. You must use lean meat. Make certain it is cut very thin so the inside part will dry as well as the outside. Then, on meat, put a liberal amount of salt or lightly coat it with red wine vinegar, covering it thoroughly. Lay it in a paper towel lined cookie pan or hang it inside on wire or coat hangers, out of reach from flies, at room temperature until completely dry (48 to 72 hours).
I’ve cured meat outside in the sun from just about everything that walked or crawled in Africa (except humans) with no ill effects. I do this now when making South African Biltong. Another recipe that will be going into the Civil Defense Manual. You won’t eat American Made beef jerky again after one bite of Biltong.
With either method: When you think it’s dry, cut your thickest pieces open to ensure they have dried inside. Any moisture or areas that are not dry of meat/fish may cause the pemmican to spoil quickly, defeating the feature of long shelf life of pemmican.
Dehydrate the berries
Normal Civility Method: Spread out on a cookie pan and heat in your oven for 4 hours at 200o Fahrenheit.
Grid-Down Method: You can dry berries inside at room temperature (48 to 72 hours).
With either method: Lightly crush the berries to expose the inner moist parts to air drying. Lay the berries in a paper towel lined flat cookie pan and dry at room temperature. Again, they must be completely dry or remaining moisture may spoil your pemmican.
Render the meat or fish fat
Normal Civility Method: Heat in a pan on your oven until all fat has melted.
Grid-Down Method: Heat over a low fire until all the fat has melted.
Strain out impurities: Separate out the impurities and any pieces out of the fat with a wire mesh strainer by pouring the rendered fat through a strainer into a fire compatible container.
Pulverize the ingredients
Blend, pound, crush or hammer the dried ingredients… meat/fish, and berries into a saw-dust like consistency.
Normal Civility Method: Use your blender to make into the closest consistency of a powder you can get.
Grid-Down Method: Use a large, flat and smooth river stone as your grinding base (the mortar, so to speak) and a smaller smooth river stone that you can hold in your hand as your crushing tool (a sort of pestle. Not pounding so much, as rolling the ingredients to crush. Roll and crush the meat or fish. Let it dry while you roll and crush the berries. You want as close to a saw-dust type mixture of meat/fish and berries as you can get.
Mix the ingredients
Combine all ingredients. Wash your hands thoroughly. The more bacteria on your hands, the quicker your pemmican will spoil. Using a round bottom mixing bowl, pour your saw-dust ground ingredients into it. Heat your rendered fat back to liquid form and pour some of it over the ingredient in the mixing bowl. Squeeze the liquid fat into the other ingredients through your fingers, like when you were a kid squeezing nutty putty through your fingers, until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Form the mixture into a pan
Take a pan or whatever you want to use. I used a cupcake tray once. Press the pemmican mixture into the tray evenly. Pemmican will dry further the more it ages. Cut it into pieces the size and shape you want. Refrigeration or freezing makes pemmican last longer.
After a week or so of continued open-air drying, I wrap mine in paper towels with a rubber band around or it in sandwich baggies with a hole poked in the baggie to let any further moisture out. I don’t seal mine air tight in baggies at room temperature, because moisture accumulation in the sealed bag will actually cause pemmican to spoil.
One of my favorite English actors… Toby Jones (Dr. David Pilcher in Wayward Pines) made a quote about life threatening Catastrophes and issues in the television series “Wayward Pines” that goes something like this…
The problem is the concept of time… it seemingly goes on forever… nothing is of a demanding urgency to some and the problem isn’t real unless it affects them directly… and then it’s too late.”
The same is true of encouraging people to have stored water and Emergency Foods when disaster strikes. It isn’t real until it directly affects you… then it’s too late. Don’t live in gloom and doom… prepare.
Think of your family… you’d do anything for them…
Then live how I live as follows…
“Be prepared. Then relax, enjoy each and every moment of life… and love your family with uninhibited passion…”
– Jack Lawson
It’s interesting to note Mr. and Mrs. American… that in some of the ‘Liberal Areas’ there’s a growing movement back to localized food production. This started as producing organic food but has evolved into providing much of the food needs of people on a localized basis. People put their heads together to address a real-life issue and have come up with a transition back to the “Garden to Table” food supply system.
In these areas, local farmers are beginning to bring their produce to ‘Farmer’s Markets’ which are, along with stores that are dealing only with natural and organic produce from area farmers and suppliers, providing the primary food sources for these areas.
Many of these areas are starting community gardens out of necessity because of the ever-increasing cost of food. This is a real positive movement. Nutrient dense organic foods… without the complex, sophisticated and prone to stoppage normal grocery store supply chain.
As for this time of abundant food stocks… go to your favorite ‘Big Box’ store and buy rice, beans and bottled water. It’s just sitting there waiting for you… and it’s cheaper than taking the family out for one dinner.