Time to Redouble Our Efforts
At the inception of Catholic Rural Solutions this blog was the lone voice crying in the wilderness. Even much of the alternative media could not foresee the events that I was warning of, let alone the mainstream media. Like I’ve repeatedly said in various issues of CRS, I was not a supernatural seer or some sort of New Age clairvoyant but was simply able to see that binge of consumerism and greed would have to one day pay the piper for the decades long dance. Such observations and logical extrapolations based on the then current events could easily be seen by anyone not caught up in the economic and social euphoria of the times.
Initially, I was reluctant to portray in these pages any of the dire circumstances that I actually foresaw. I couched my observations and reports and tried to pull my punches as much as possible and yet alert the readership to the necessity of preparing for tough economic times. As economic and social conditions began to noticeably deteriorate I increased my tone and urgency to reflect the levels of real life conditions.
In the intervening seven years since then the situation has become quite stark and evident to even the most Pollyannaish and skeptical of casual observers. Yet, should there still be those who deny the situation here are some reports, from the mainstream media I might add, that should be a wake-up call to those who have not prepared even at this late date.
Here Comes the Catch in Home Equity Loans
Why Gas Prices Are Heading Back Up
The twin lost decades in housing and stocks
How Close Are We to New Great Depression?
America Heading Towards a Collapse Worse Than 2008 AND Europe! Says Peter Schiff
Economist Duncan: Next Depression May Be So Severe We May Not Survive
It has long been predicted that the second half of 2012 will be the turning point of what many have been calling a turn-around, (this bogus turn-around is a matter for an entire article in itself and cannot be covered at this time). This is, of course, even with all the smoke and mirrors that the current political administration is using in this election year. Like I said in my previous article on the drought situation, after the elections prices will increase dramatically as resulting relative scarcity and inflation due to the various Quantitative Easing takes its toll on the American Greenback. The second half of 2012, which we just entered, and most especially beyond the November elections will be very telling for the years of 2013, 2014, and further in the future. Meantime, now while there is relative availability at comparatively cheap prices is the time to top off your larder and stores of household commodities and family needs.
Some Thoughts on Stocking Up
Prior to WWII, it was usual for households in rural and even suburban areas to stock-up. Recall that refrigeration was a distant and futuristic means of preservation and most people had “ice-boxes” as a cutting edge means of holding foods for immediate use. For long term storage most households canned their produce from their summer gardens and many often had enough for all members of the then larger families to last through the winter well into the next spring or even summer.
Until relatively recently such “extreme” storage was thought to be anti-social hoarding by contemporary standards; that said, with the increasing occurrence of extended and frequent blackouts a revived interest in home larders and storage is making sense even to urban dwellers. In fact, today many people have a renewed and revitalized interest in pressure canning for long term storage of produce.
As an avid camper, hiker, fisherman, and sometimes hunter; and also as a child of Depression Era parents a certain amount of self-sufficiency is inherent in my being. On this basis I’ve decades of experience gardening, foraging, hunting/fishing, and preserving under my belt so for me much of what I write about is second nature. In today’s society, much of these skills are foreign and the process of learning with the inevitable learning curve of mistakes and trials must be experienced. The disadvantage to this is there may or may not be sufficient time to casually learn these skills before the onset of hard times. I urge the readership to take up some of these skills most especially food preservation techniques while things are still rather leisurely rather than when scarcity occurs and a cold winter season looms ahead.
Meantime, keep informed and abreast of what is occurring all around you in the economic and social world. These will have an impact on just how you weather the storms ahead. Of course, keep a vibrant prayer life; the most efficacious prayers are those of children so don’t neglect to offer the daily family rosary when ever possible with the intention of the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
While I’m thinking of it, please advise if you no longer wish to receive Catholic Rural Solution in either or both of its forms as a WordPress blog or as a Yahoo Group. I do not wish to force my thoughts and observations on anyone on any of the subjects be it the Faith, Current Events, the Homestead, or any other matter.
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Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.