If the OWS shuts down Wall Street, what does that mean for you?
If the OWS shuts down Wall Street might mean some good things are about to happen. BUT, and there always seems to be a but, what sort of disruption could we expect to see? Rioting like in London? Or more likely disrupted shipping of goods?
Wal-mart and other supermarkets have three to four days of food on hand. Other goods they have about a weeks worth of normal sales stock. So a two week disruption will empty the stores.
We saw that in Egypt, banks ran out of money, food distribution was blocked or not getting directed, and with the increased check points most things were just not moving.
So, how does this affect you? Do you have more than a few days of food saved up? Could you go for 30 days without shopping for food? (and yes, going to the fast "food" store is the same a shopping)
How can you protest something if you are worried about what your kids will eat tonight, or how can you help someone protesting if you are spending all your time trying to find food to buy?
Sure it does sound all noble to protest, but that gets old on an empty stomach real quick. And since this is something you can prevent at a very low cost to yourself it makes sense to do it – store some food.
I do what is called “copy-canning”. When you go shopping, instead of buying 1 can that you will use that week, buy 2. The next week, buy 2 again. Now when you get home, you bought two cans the first time and used one, the next week you bought two again and will use one, leaving you with two cans – two weeks of what you normally would eat.
After a while you soon have plenty of cans of X, so you stop buying them except when they are on sale. (now you start saving money and keep a supply of food on hand for bad times.)
Low cost, easy to do, makes sense, so why not? In a worst case, nothing happens and you have 30 days of food that you are going to eat anyways! (or you have on hand food for a month in case you: lose your job, have a hurricane flood your city, get hit by a blizzard, relive the 1998 Ice Storm, or any other personal or local disaster.)