peppercorn wrote: ↑Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:35 am
Clarence wrote: ↑Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:06 am
It’s insane. My friend called me today to say they found some. They took half the available supply of the decent sized hardware company and that was for a tiny building, little larger then a garden shed! Pretty grim scenario when you think how little that store has in store, this from a country of trees coming out the wazoo.
Imagine that concept when analyzing how things will look next spring, We are beyond up the creek with no paddle ( maybe Ok if made from recycled plastic)
I said to some friends don’t laugh when I say we could look like Venezuela in a few years. I know, I know extreme “eh”. Canada could conceivably run a deficit of a 1.5 trillion dollars plus in 1.5 years if things continue and we keep trying to prop up people and companies.
Not good rusty, not very good at all
I will agree with you about propping up businesses, That should have long ago stopped. In fact a full stop is in order in my province as billions have been given to oil companies ( American ones) Though I dont mind the help to individuals (Canadian ones) . If it can be targeted to them.
Agree about cutting subsidies to large and especially American companies, most CERTAINLY not because they are US based, because I love the Americans, but rather out of priorities. As this site is all about being prepared, we need to focus on survival and I am sorry, but propping up companies and people with hundreds of billions in borrowed money isn’t the way to survive. Our nation like it’s people need to really buckle down and get basics in good shape. Yes sports is in effect a business but it could disappear and life will easily roll on. Yes people will lose a job selling hotdogs, wings, beer...but they can do the same thing in another area. Athletes are like caviar in a hurricane, not necessary. However, getting back to how this effects our ability or the impact on our survival is key.
The hard truth is, people and governments are soft, living way beyond their means and are not ready for what can and to a minor extent is befalling us. People are not facing reality and yet we who are concerned about survival are. The real impact on all of us will be when the music stops and people suddenly start looking around and they start looking at those who do have stuff. First it will be the obvious rich but in short order, very short order in fact, it will be the neighbor.
Societies thin veneer of politeness can peel off very fast and yes, great examples of people coming together, kindness and compassion also pop out, but basic survival will also become evident. We have these cute images of people in previous decades helping each other, the London bombs falling during ww2....but look around and you see a much different world dynamic today.
We have terrorism and rest assured they will and likely are taking advantage of this event.
Extremely little trust or confidence in all levels of governance and that includes police, the courts..
Distrust in business.
Distrust in the rich.
Hate for the banks and other financial institutions
We are in debt to our eyeballs and the millisecond the Visa card is cut, people are screwed.
We live in congested cities versus on farms.
We import much of our food from other nations.
Our food needs refrigeration like never before.
Our dependence on medicines and worse yet, happy pills is an enormous weakness during a crisis. I may be off with numbers and can’t be bothered to research it up, but I remember some decent stats indicating close to fifty percent of population is on one form or another of mind pills! Even if it was only twenty five percent, that’s a huge dynamic.
We see governments being completely unable to even organize a very simple concept of having people be out of the elements for a simple covid test, how anyone believes they can handle a truly serious event is beyond ludicrous. The only option the government has for a serious event is emergency measures act and that will be to try and protect the crown. The people will and never have been part of the “plan”. The focus is law and order and the survival of government structure and key Crown assets and critical infrastructure until such time as things can start to come back to normal or new normal. Rationing of food.. can be expected.
There is so much more to detail but the “quick point” back to shortages is, expect a great deal more in all manner of shortages as this drags on and the financial impact of all this borrowed and pi$$ed away money becomes very evident.
Look well to what the immediate and one Or two year future can look like, I do not see sunshine and lollipops by any stretch and that is very worrisome for me and anyone I know who is well informed.