Why the consumer supply chain is disrupted at present

The Last Refuge recently published an article analyzing why we’re experiencing shortages of certain goods, and why the consumer supply chain is disrupted.  It’s one of the best explanations I’ve yet read on the subject.  Here’s an excerpt. Most consumers are not aware food consumption in the U.S. is now a 50/50 proposition. Approximately 50% of all food was consumed “outside the home” (or food away from home), and 50% of all food consumed was food “inside the home” (grocery shoppers). Food ‘outside the home’ includes: restaurants, fast-food locales, schools, corporate cafeterias, university lunchrooms, manufacturing cafeterias, hotels, food trucks, park and amusement

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Important questions. Can we answer them?

I’m very impressed by Tucker Carlson’s rigorous analysis of situations and his insight into their deeper implications.  He’s one observer of our way of life to whom I’ll listen carefully and with great interest.  I’m beginning to regard him in the same light as Victor Davis Hanson and others of his ilk.  What’s even more important to me is that Carlson doesn’t appear to be an ideologue.  His analysis is based on logic and reason, and he doesn’t push either a right-wing or a left-wing agenda.  He’ll criticize both sides equally if the need arises.  That’s rare in these troubled

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Looks like the rumor mill was correct about street drugs .

Back on March 13th I wrote: I’m hearing interesting things from [my law enforcement friends] about the supply of illegal drugs in our major metropolitan areas.  Basically, that supply is being cut off at the knees by the slowdown in world trade.  I hadn’t realized how much the drug trade was dependent upon Chinese chemicals and precursor materials to process coca leaves into cocaine, or to make methamphetamine or heroin.  Also, apparently most of the synthetic marijuana (a.k.a. “spice”) on the market comes from China, or is made with ingredients supplied from there. This is apparently resulting in a severe shortage of illegal

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That’s telling them!

Received via e-mail, origin unknown: I couldn’t have put it better myself . . . “Panic buying” is distinctly different from buying what one needs to be prepared for a given period.  “Prepping” means working out meal plans, deciding what one needs for the number of people involved over the period concerned, and then buying those things according to a pre-planned shopping list.  That’s good, and healthy, and I’ve done it for years.  “Panic buying” is dashing into the store and buying anything and everything that one decides, on the spur of the moment, might be useful. Miss D. and I

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Saturday snippet: Doses of economic reality

Instead of putting up my usual Saturday snippet of an excerpt from a book, today, in the light of the coronavirus situation, I’d like to post snippets from three articles that summarize where we are today, and show a trend that’s certain to continue for at least a few months, if not considerably longer. The reason I’m doing so is that, almost unbelievably, there are still those who maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is “all in the mind”, that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, and that this whole affair is overblown fear-mongering by those seeking to manufacture a non-existent “crisis”

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For all the coronavirus doubting Thomases out there .

those who still maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is overblown, that it’s no worse than the flu, that the authorities are overreacting and using the pandemic as an excuse to take away our civil liberties . . . sorry, but you’re wrong. This is the reality of the coronavirus in full swing, in Bergamo in Italy.  Watch for yourselves. Coming soon to a hospital near you – perhaps with you and your family in starring roles – if we don’t shut down social contact and halt the spread of this disease. As John Mauldin points out: Here in the US there’s

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COVID-19: What can I, personally, do to help?

I think we’ve all read enough about the coronavirus pandemic to take it seriously.  We have no idea what the infection rate, survival rate, etc. are going to be, apart from broad parameters;  we can only go by the information available to us, and much of that information is suspect.  However, the trend is ominous.  (The statistics at the link will update daily;  the graphic below was accurate at the time of writing.) The powers that be are taking a pessimistic view, and implementing increasingly draconian measures to slow down the spread of the virus – no matter how disruptive those

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The “perfect storm” may be brewing in Europe

Europe is facing perhaps the most critical set of challenges in its modern history – and in combination, they threaten to destroy the European Union and its common currency, the Euro.  The coronavirus pandemic is merely the “cherry on top” of a set of other issues that are all coming to a head simultaneously.  What’s more, developments there are of direct and immediate concern to the United States, because they’ll have a “spillover” or “knock-on” effect that will undoubtedly affect us. First, there’s the almost irresistible rise of nationalist sentiments – “our nation” rather than “our overarching European community”.  Britain

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COVID-19: Update for March 13, 2020

Welcome to Friday the 13th, dear readers!  Here are a few useful links and tips concerning the coronavirus pandemic that I’ve gleaned over the past day or so. First, as most readers know, I was involved with law enforcement as a prison chaplain for a number of years.  I wrote a book about it a while back. In that capacity, I developed contacts with members of the FBI, US Marshals Service, and other agencies that I’ve maintained to this day.  I’m hearing interesting things from them about the supply of illegal drugs in our major metropolitan areas.  Basically, that supply is being

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COVID-19: The facts as of March 12, 2020

There are lots of things happening around the coronavirus epidemic – sorry, it’s a pandemic now – but most of them revolve around issues we’ve already addressed in earlier articles here, and others have addressed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Still, it’s good to have accurate, insightful information on which to base our own decisions and actions, and that’s what I try to present here. Let’s start with the situation in health care.  It’s looking pretty dire.  Italy has so many cases of the disease that doctors have advised medics to “stop treating the elderly and focus on those with better survival chances“.  That’s

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