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Save Three Cents Here, a Dime There, No More Food For You!

April 23, 2008

This may sound like a dumb question, but it really is not. So please bare with me on this.

In today’s world when you go to the store they want you to subscribe to their store cards that they say will save you money, and some like Sam’s Club and Giant Eagle save you so much on a gallon of gas. Of course that depending on how much you spend at their store to accumulate points.

Now this is all well and good, especially on the price of gas. In the short run, but in the long run it will possibly screw you. So here is the question. Is it worth 3 to 10 cents you might save if they are monitoring what you buy and eat? Dumb question right? That would never happen in a million years, but it already is, and could get much worse.

It seems that major retailers such as Costco, and Sam’s Club are rationing items like rice, flour, and cooking oil, because the supply is far less than the demand. Some of the factors that are be playing a part in these shortages are the food riots in Haiti, Indonesia, and many African countries. India has stop all exports of it top grade rice, and Vietnam has stop the rice export contract. If it is not rethought, Bio-fuels will add to the problem greatly, if it has not already.

One of the controls the Bush administration could put into place is, export controls on wheat. However in typical Bush administration fashion, they have done nothing. Will we see a color-code, telling us when it will be ok to buy the food we need?

At a Costco’s on the west coast that caters to a large Asian population, there was no rice to be found, and many customers became irritated.

New York Sun

Shoppers grew frustrated and occasionally uttered expletives as they searched in vain for the large sacks of rice they usually buy.

“Where’s the rice?” an engineer from Palo Alto, Calif., Yajun Liu, said. “You should be able to buy something like rice. This is ridiculous.”

The bustling store in the heart of Silicon Valley usually sells four or five varieties of rice to a clientele largely of Asian immigrants, but only about half a pallet of Indian-grown Basmati rice was left in stock. A 20-pound bag was selling for $15.99.

With the diminishing supplies of these items, and the rising cost of a barrel of oil, prices are going through the roof. On top of manufactures lack of supply, there are reports of hoarding which is also playing a part in the rationing.

Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.

Now what this has to do with the store cards? They know what you buy and the quantity of the product. Thanks to the Costco cards they could set up how much you could buy according to past purchases.

Most Costco members were being allowed to buy only one bag. Moments earlier, a clerk dropped two sacks back on the stack after taking them from another customer who tried to exceed the one-bag cap.

“Due to the limited availability of rice, we are limiting rice purchases based on your prior purchasing history,” a sign above the dwindling supply said.

Shoppers said the limits had been in place for a few days, and that rice supplies had been spotty for a few weeks. A store manager referred questions to officials at Costco headquarters near Seattle, who did not return calls or e-mail messages yesterday.

There will be a second part to this blog in a day or two.

ABA

In the next part of this story,

The National ID will make it easier to control food and fuel purchases.

On a lighter note, the wealthy won’t be styling. Shortage causes rationing of designer handbags.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2008 2:45 pm

    Don, you are right. we have no industrial base to help bring us out of this. that is why they keep giving our money back. well not ours, they have to borrow it to give it back as a stimulus package.
    By the way, good site Don.

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  2. November 15, 2008 7:29 am

    I was predicting problems in May, now it’s Nov. and you are seeing 800,000 apply for unemployment in Oct. 08, it may look like gas prices are down now, but the election is over, and I bet we have $6/gal gas next April. I’m giving Obama until July 4th 09 to make major restoration in this nation, or recall him and elect “Don Cordell to save our nation”. We can’t wait another 4 years for ” Changes you can believe in”. This is more of a disaster than 1929 because industries have left America, there are no more jobs for you to go back to. You only have one choice Don Cordell for President.

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  3. May 18, 2008 7:47 pm

    After citizens elect any Democrat or Republican in 2008 you haven’t seen anything yet. As we now plan to feed the world, expect rationing in America to bring us down to third world life style. A unified United Nations where no nation has borders anymore, relocation of people to better living conditions in to your home. When we no longer have any rights, under Martial Law, and a One World Banking system, we will all be subdued to behave or else. Rationing of Rice is just the beginning, as we feed the world.
    I never thought I’d see this treason in our nation in my life time, but it’s HERE. Now what? Look at all the independent candidates for President, since this will be the last free election in the United States before we become the North American Union.

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  4. JustOrdinary permalink
    April 28, 2008 3:12 am

    Turning out like many books I’ve read….

    Scary, scary…amazing Aba what is going on and what this government and many other governments have the power to do! WTF!

    Like I’ve said many times before…you have a right, you have the right to shut the fuck up, that is about it! We’re not america anymore…we haven’t been for a long time…we’ve been sold out.

    Bush and Co. are to thank for it…along with Clinton and many others I could list…I’m sure you know the list yourself.

    Keep up the good work here Aba!

    JO

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