February 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm #36416
This story and pics reminded me of the fragile network of global supply chain. In SHTF supply chains can evaporate. The pics in the story help convey the message. Modern ‘lifestyle’ is supported by very fragile network of goods and services. A lot of unprepared people will suffer even more in SHTF because of being too dependent on these unsustainable networks for survival.February 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm #36417
Agree chester, we need to grow our food now so we learn what works and what doesn’t work. Store and save all that you can’t grow. The network may come down days after the dollar collapses.February 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm #36418
try telling it to the average sheeple in the street, who believe nothing will ever go wrong, you’ll just get an incredulous look and a fast exit backwards, they will never learn, and when SHTF they all be stuffed.
British Survivalist.February 12, 2015 at 7:56 pm #36429
Interesting pictures. The West Coast ports are going to be in a world of hurt when the Panama Canal widening project is complete next year and a lot of those ship start going to Texas instead.
Back at the time of Katrina we started seeing the effects of a supply side disruption caused by so much equipment and material being diverted. Most people weren’t paying attention though.February 13, 2015 at 12:32 am #36460
We rely on trucks too much . The long haul trucker should not be an occupation in this country . More needs to move by rail . Just Sayin .February 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm #36478
This shows more than anything the inability of the system to adapt to problems. The ships just sit there unable to unload in a chokepoint. Nobody gets paid, nor should they be. The politicians are useless, the lawyers collect nothing and the business people go bankrupt. The ship captains should head for mid ocean and dump the thousands of containers overboard. Let California clean up the mess when they float onto the beaches. The first rule of business is you don’t do business with idiots. California has left the country behind. Goodbye idiots. Solve your own problems. Its like the Russians trying to transport gas thru Ukraine. The pirates want too damn much of it.February 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm #36479
The union members should be arrested for terrorism & economic blackmail. Blocking free trade and interfering with the economy should have penalties.February 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm #36480
Reagan at one point did break some unions because they were interfering with the national interest with strikes .February 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm #36485
Yes the air traffic controllers, I remember it well. It was against the law for them to strike, as it should be for longshoremen. I don’t doubt that there is an existing law that could be used now.February 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm #36489
Scott Walker would know how to deal with these thugs.February 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm #36502
The free market will deal with them sooner than they think. Next year when the Panama Canal expansion is completed, some of those West Coast ships are going to unload in Texas instead. In addition to saving money at the dock, they will discover that in TX they are much closer to where the majority of the US population lives on the East Coast, further saving them money.
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