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We just took a long trip up to Idaho and drove through Nevada, and Utah to get there. In Nevada we noticed the Hotel rooms were very cheap, they had many pot holes including some on a interstate bridge that had the rebar poking out. The Casinos we pretty bare, as were the side walks which are usually packed at this time of the year. In Utah we stopped in several smaller towns and noticed many stores going out of business. We saw a sign in one store for a western wear that said " Going out of business, we didn't get any TARP funds!" I noticed lots of empty spaces, many for rent signs. Lots of empty resteraunts. One of our favorite places in Idaho had been torn down, many places were out of business. BIGGEST RED FLAG~Stopped by a friends house in Rexburg and was told that they only had 40% of the stow that they normally have this winter and that the farmers were very worried about being able to water their crops. He said that at the dam they are holding back all but a tiny amount of water. They were letting just enough to barely sustain wildlife and we noticed that the normally very full Snake river was at barely a creeks trickle. This is bad because Idaho produces a huge amount of the grain, potatoes and sugar beets that we use. So be prepared for those items to go up drastically.

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People are truly desperate these days. We moved some wicker chairs I had in my front room to the porch (we're donating them to charity) and I've had 3 knocks on the door of people 'offering' to 'take care of them' for me. Finally, I backed my car to the sidewalk and blocked the drive so they couldn't come up on the porch.

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Does anyone know about what crops are grown in the states being flooded right now? NJ has cranberry bogs. I have no idea if RI, CT, etc. produce crops for the rest of the country.

Anyone know what items may go up in price??

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I came across something last night and I find the "logical ramifications" are VERY DISTURBING. Here's the general points:

 

1) One of the largest marine transporters in the country.

 

2) They are definitely in the "inner circle" of what's coming down the pike. (proven many times)

 

3) They have been laying up their boats and firing deckhands, tankermen, and pilots for any reason. (they knew beforehand that business was winding down)

 

4) They have been told that a big, longterm BOOM is arriving in the next 2-3 months.

 

5) They are now scrambling to recommission boats. They can't seem to find crews for these boats now. (They are having a problem finding anyone who is willing to work for them now)

 

6) They have now started calling the people that they fired over the last four months to "kiss and makeup" but so far, no one seems to be interested. (Amazing, ain't it???)

 

MY THOUGHTS AND OPINION:

My QUESTION is: what could be the source of this big, longterm BOOM? There is only one answer that I can come up with and that would involve the sandbox going full blown into WWIII going HOT!

 

What are y'all's thoughts???

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Quote from Darlene:

*REMINDER*

 

This thread was originally started with the intent of hearing things that are going on in our local communities, or in our own lives that are red flags. This was meant to give us a thumbnail sketch of what is going on across our country and beyond. Somehow, months ago, more political red flags started being introduced, and I would like to see this thread going back to what is going on around us in our own lives.

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It was in the paper this week that the diagnostic clinic where we go to the doctors was suspending all testing except for blood work. The paper said that they could not get istopes because there was a world wide shortage. :shrug: It is a good thing we got our testing done before the health care bill passed (on the suggested on of doctors).

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I came across something last night and I find the "logical ramifications" are VERY DISTURBING. Here's the general points:

 

1) One of the largest marine transporters in the country.

 

2) They are definitely in the "inner circle" of what's coming down the pike. (proven many times)

 

3) They have been laying up their boats and firing deckhands, tankermen, and pilots for any reason. (they knew beforehand that business was winding down)

 

4) They have been told that a big, longterm BOOM is arriving in the next 2-3 months.

 

5) They are now scrambling to recommission boats. They can't seem to find crews for these boats now. (They are having a problem finding anyone who is willing to work for them now)

 

6) They have now started calling the people that they fired over the last four months to "kiss and makeup" but so far, no one seems to be interested. (Amazing, ain't it???)

 

MY THOUGHTS AND OPINION:

My QUESTION is: what could be the source of this big, longterm BOOM? There is only one answer that I can come up with and that would involve the sandbox going full blown into WWIII going HOT!

 

What are y'all's thoughts???

 

Who are you talking about, here?? I'm confused! :wacko:

 

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Have any links to the info, or was it FOAF?

 

This was verbal.

 

I forgot to add: This corporation is having better luck getting their "retirees" to come back and work as "Trip Pilots".

 

That is as specific as I can get without compromising some friends.

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I now work in long term care. our patient population is dropping a lot. I think it is due to cost and the unknown effects of the health care bill. Much better to keep grandma at home than sending her to the nursing home, even if Medicare is footing the bill today.

 

My mom wants me to find her some canned pumpkin and bring it back when I go to visit. She cannot find canned pumpkin anywhere locally. I checked here - none at all in 2 stores, and only 5 cans of organic pumpkin in the third.. Price? $3.39 for a 16 oz can :o:o

 

Lots and lots of "free" horses listed on Criags list locally - people just can't afford to feed or board them.

 

Chickens are selling out at the feed store within hours of delivery. I got the last 50# bag of feed yesterday - no more shipments for a week.

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That seems odd, no canned pumpkin ? I have no idea where you live.

Later can you get pumpkins and can or freeze them for her ? I don't have any idea how far you have to travel to see her, either.

I hope you can find some pumpkin.

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Yeah, we had a temporary "no pumpkin" shortage here around Thanksgiving.

 

Moldy... most pumpkin recipes can substitute sweet potatoes/yams with usually only some minor adjustments for liquids. You might suggest that to her.

 

:shrug:

 

 

 

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Lots and lots of "free" horses listed on Criags list locally - people just can't afford to feed or board them.

 

Exact same thing going on here as well. When looking through Craigslist, you can find lots of pets being given away for free with all their accessories, along with horses for little to nothing. We sold our other computer on Craigslist, and the person who bought it negotiated with us for computer help for a limited time. I think people are being a lot more conservative with what they buy, and getting rid of things that are less essential.

 

I went to the grocery store for a special on vegetables, and it was completely sold out the first day it started. Locally it seems to be less products are carried variety-wise, and less quantity of the ones they have.

 

One promising thing I did see was the garden section of the local hardware store was really busy. Most of the trees they carried this year were fruit or nut producing. :-)

 

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Looks like it's really time to stock up.

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/21/...test=latestnews

 

 

Toilet Paper Shortage: Good Raw Material Being Wiped Out

LiveScience

 

A shortage of high-quality paper for recyling

 

could mean scratchy toilet tissue. To avoid any chafed rear ends, companies are now on a quest to find new paper supplies.A shortage of high-quality paper for recycling could mean scratchy toilet tissue. To keep consumers happy and avoid any chafed rear ends, companies are now on a quest to find new paper supplies, according to an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

 

The problem: Consumers once could fill up large bins with their recycled newspapers, magazines and print paper. But as electronic communication surges, these sources of recycled paper are becoming scarce.

 

The shortage could impact those who choose toilet paper with a bulky amount of recycled material, but most household</FONT> tissue products contain very little recycled paper, according to WWF, an international environmental organization.

 

For those who prefer the eco-brands, high-end choices are more than about status. High-quality paper contains long cellulose fibers with intact cell walls, so it can be used to make high-end products, including toilet paper. The gold standard is virgin pulp from newly harvested trees, whose fibers are long and strong. Each time that paper gets recycled, the fibers become shorter and weaker, with lower-quality brown paper producing recycled material with the shortest, weakest fibers.

 

One green-products company, Seventh Generation, is already feeling the heat. The Vermont-based company has had to extend beyond its normal paper mills to find the best recycled paper.

 

"We want a recycled paper that has certain quality," Martin Wolf, director of product and environmental technology at the company, told C&EN. "We look for the longest fiber possible for strength and absorbency, and as flexible a fiber as possible so toilet tissue is soft."

 

In addition to the paper chase, chemical companies are developing new coatings and other additives that can improve the softness, strength and performance of recycled paper.

 

Copyright © 2010 LiveScience.com. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

 

 

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John

 

 

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We could always use sticks like the Japanese did!

 

Sticks??? :blink:

 

You'll have to explain that one to me. Sounds...uncomfortable.

 

Sounds like a good idea to buy toilet paper on every outing now. :) There aren't many sticks where I live...just a lot of cactus. OUCH!!! hehehe

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I have heard of dried corn cobs, but not sticks ! Ouch !

Fresh ones are so much softer, but still a poor substitute for the annual Sears catalog. Today I guess it would have to be the telephone book. :rolleyes:

 

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