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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.)


Do you store food?

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  •  tip jar (2+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes, Oh Mary Oh


    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 05:43:22 AM PDT

  •  You know it is not a bad idea to store up some (12+ / 0-)

    hard rations, but lets be serious. OWS is not going to shut down our banking system. It just is not going to happen like that.

    Getting Democrats together and keeping them that way is like herding cats that are high on meth, through L.A., during an earthquake, in the rain -6.25, -6.10

    by Something the Dog Said on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 05:49:34 AM PDT

  •  whether or not something happens (2+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, Oh Mary Oh

    it's a very good idea to prepare for emergency situations

    e.g. the recent floods here in the northeast caused major dislocations, etc.

    and who knows what those who own the usa will do to the rest of us if they see people power is threatening their grip on our society

    we have to be ready, and expecting some kind of massive pushback

    •  Call the Fire Department (2+ / 0-)
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      isabelle hayes, MKSinSA

      (NO NOT 911) to enroll in your local (Fed Funded) Citizen's Emergency Response training. A number of week-day evenings, followed by a weekend practicum when I took it. Training for the known emergency to come: tornado, earthquake, flood. How much and where and how to store food and other emergency supplies. First aid. If you don't have the basic knowledge, how can you call yourself adult?

  •  Shutting it down is not the effort...fixing it (7+ / 0-)

    and stopping the corruption between Wall Street and DC is the focus. DC and the 1% are the biggest problem...Wall Street won't shut down anytime soon.

    There is a lot of hyperbole in the title and premise.

    Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841

    by SallyCat on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 06:00:16 AM PDT

  •  We're YEARS Early In This Process (0+ / 0-)

    even if the people are able to accomplish anything important at all. Which I obviously hope we are.

    In the past we've had cities burning, martial law in many locations, strikes and boycotts, but nothing close to Wall Street being shut down.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 06:39:34 AM PDT

  •  I do store some food, but (1+ / 0-)
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    it has more to do with saving money when something we like is on sale than to preparing for an apocalypse.

    I still go to the store more than twice a week for fresh items,  but I do keep enough on hand that I could make it through a few days of icy conditions. I'll soon be 65, and I don't like risking either breaking a bone or mangling my car.  

    I also have a small "salad garden," but I save nothing on it. In fact, it costs me a lot more than I save on the food I grow. I do it for pleasure, exercise, and to teach my grandson how it's done.  We both get a big kick out of watching things grow and then picking them for dinner, but he's six, and I admit he likes his little Nintendo thingee better.  

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 06:47:34 AM PDT

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