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It’s Begun – Get Ready To Pay Much Higher Prices For Meat From Now On

It’s Begun – Get Ready To Pay Much Higher Prices For Meat From Now On

Authored by Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com,

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It’s Begun – Get Ready To Pay Much Higher Prices For Meat From Now On

Authored by Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com,

The era of cheap meat is over.  For those that are carnivores, that is really bad news.  For decades, Americans have been able to count on the fact that there would always be mountains of very inexpensive meat at the local grocery store, but now those days are gone and they aren’t coming back.  As I was writing this introductory paragraph, it struck me that what is happening to meat prices actually parallels what I wrote about yesterday.  Just as the left doesn’t want us to use traditional forms of energy because they believe that doing so is “bad” for the climate, so they also detest that a lot of us like to eat a lot of meat because the production of meat causes levels of certain greenhouse gases to rise. 

Sometimes we joke about the methane that comes from “cow farts”, but radicals on the left take this stuff deadly seriously.  And at the same time that gasoline prices are soaring into the stratosphere, the exact same thing is happening to meat prices.  In fact, we just learned that the price of beef in the U.S. has risen more than 20 percent since last October…

Behind unleaded gasoline, beef prices have risen the most on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since October 2020, rising 20.1% in the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An increase of over 20 percent in one year is deeply alarming.

Unfortunately, it isn’t just the price of beef that is soaring.  Tyson Foods just released some new numbers which show that beef, pork and chicken prices are all rising dramatically

The biggest meat company by sales in the United States has announced significant price rises for the fourth quarter, as the impact of the highest inflation for 30 years continues to be felt.

Tyson Foods, based in Springdale, Arkansas, announced on Monday that chicken prices rose 19 percent during its fiscal fourth quarter, while beef and pork prices jumped 33 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

During the early portion of this crisis, Tyson Foods was reluctant to pass increasing costs along to consumers, but now we are being informed that they don’t intend to make the same mistake again

Stewart Glendinning, the chief financial officer of Tyson Foods, said that they have been slow to increase their prices, in line with inflation, but are now making up for the delay.

‘We expect to take continued pricing actions to ensure that any inflationary cost increases that our business incurs are passed along,’ he said, on the company’s quarterly earnings call.

Sadly, this is just the beginning.  The price of meat is only going to go higher from here, and eventually it will get to a point where meat prices become exceedingly painful.

Of course there are many that would argue that we are already there.

As food prices continue to climb, those that help the needy are going to have a much more difficult time trying to do so.

For example, the Salvation Army is projecting that it will need 50 percent more funding than last year as it feeds more Americans than ever before…

The Salvation Army is planning to serve more meals than in 2020’s record year, and will need around 50% more funding to meet the buoyed demand, Hodder said. He expects rental and utilities assistance to lead the pack of requested aid.

“We’re fearful of what we’re calling ‘pandemic poverty,’” Hodder said.

The price of gasoline continues to shoot up as well.

On Tuesday, the average price of gasoline in California set a new record high for the third day in a row

Gas prices in California have broken a new record with an average price tag of $4.687 for a regular gallon as of Tuesday morning, according to the American Automobile Association.

It was the third day in a row the state has recorded record breaking prices as Monday’s average gas price was $4.682 and Sunday’s was $4.676 which broke the previous state record of $4.671 in October 2012.

Needless to say, the price of gasoline is quite a bit higher than that in certain urban areas.

In downtown Los Angeles, one unfortunate motorist ended up paying more than six dollars a gallon on Monday…

Brian Sproule squinted against the sun on Monday as he examined the price board at a Chevron station in downtown Los Angeles, where a regular gallon of gas was $6.05.

Sproule, 37, is a mobile notary who spends much of his time in his car. He said he’s used to spending about $40 to fill his tank, but by the time he capped off his Hyundai Elantra, the meter displayed a whopping $71.59.

Can you imagine paying that much for gasoline?

Don’t think that it can’t happen where you live.  Eventually, everyone in the entire country will be seeing such prices.

As “Bidenflation” makes headlines day after day, U.S. consumers are becoming increasingly pessimistic.  Just check out the latest consumer confidence number released by the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index fell to 66.8 in November – down sharply from the October reading of 71.7 and well below economists’ forecast for a reading of 72.4.

“Consumer sentiment fell in early November to its lowest level in a decade due to an escalating inflation rate and the growing belief among consumers that no effective policies have yet been developed to reduce the damage from surging inflation,” Richard Curtin, the survey’s chief economist, said in a statement.

Americans haven’t been this negative about the economy in a really long time.

And it is becoming increasingly clear that things are going to get even worse in the months ahead.  Our leaders continue to promise that they will make progress on the problems that we are facing, but those problems just keep on escalating.  In fact, the number of giant container ships waiting off the coast of southern California just hit another new record high

On Friday and Monday, yet another record was set for the number of container ships stuck at anchor or in holding patterns off the ports: 83. The average wait time at anchor for ships arriving in Los Angeles hit yet another fresh peak on Tuesday: 16.9 days.

That really surprises me.

Despite all of the national attention, and despite the fact that the Biden administration has gotten directly involved, the nightmare at the ports in southern California just continues to intensify.

If we can’t even figure out how to get stuff unloaded and moved across the country in a timely manner, what hope do we have of properly addressing our more complex economic problems?

As our economy is shaken by crisis after crisis, millions upon millions of families all over the nation are deeply suffering.

But of course not everyone is doing badly these days.  It turns out that the vaccine manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank

The People’s Vaccine Alliance (PVA), an international non-profit working to close the global vaccine disparity, analyzed the earnings reports of Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna and found that the companies will make a combined $34 billion in profit this year.

When broken down, that is $93.5 million a day, $65,000 a minute and more than $1,000 every second of profit.

When I look at those numbers, they literally make me want to vomit.

The greed that we are witnessing has reached a level that is absolutely breathtaking.

But this is what happens when the moral foundation of a society completely collapses.

In about a month and a half, 2021 will be over and 2022 will be here.

2021 has been bad, but I believe that 2022 will be even worse.

So I would encourage you to make preparations for a very rough year, because the days ahead are not going to be pretty.

*  *  *

It is finally here! Michael’s new book entitled “7 Year Apocalypse” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.

Tyler Durden
Wed, 11/17/2021 – 17:40

Author: Tyler Durden

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Bullish Island Reversal

You can blame Omicron or elevated valuations or call it a
Fed taper tantrum. Bottom line, the market was overbought entering the
seasonally weak beginning…

You can blame Omicron or elevated valuations or call it a
Fed taper tantrum. Bottom line, the market was overbought entering the
seasonally weak beginning of December. In a year with big gains early December
tax-loss selling, some profit taking and yearend portfolio restructuring is not
surprising.

All of the above and some geopolitical worries likely
conspired collectively to cause the recent selloff. But today’s action in DJIA
(the oldest reliable benchmark we know) as shown in the chart above created a
bullish island reversal. DJIA also bounced off the uptrend line from the June
and September lows right near the 200-day moving average and above support at 33700.
Today’s rally also closed the island gap near 35600, which is also around support/resistance
at the August high. And to top it off there was a new MACD Buy crossover and
histogram confirmation.

So, technically speaking the market likely found some solid
support here and is poised to rally to continuing new highs into yearend on the
still super accommodative monetary policy and rather robust economic and
corporate readings.

Our outlook remains bullish for the remainder of 2021 and as
long as the proverbial stuff doesn’t hit the fan, new highs are likely before
yearend and we would not be surprised to see the S&P 500 encroach upon the
big round number of 5000. 2022 will likely be a different case and we will
address that thoroughly in our 2022 Annual Forecast to subscribers next week.




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When Idiocy Becomes Hardwired

When Idiocy Becomes Hardwired

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com,

At this point, virtually all of us over the age of forty…

When Idiocy Becomes Hardwired

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com,

At this point, virtually all of us over the age of forty have encountered enough “snowflakes” (those Millennials who have a meltdown if anything they say or believe is challenged) to understand that, increasingly, young people are being systemically coddled to the point that they cannot cope with their “reality” being questioned.

The post-war baby boomers were the first “spoiled” generation, with tens of millions of children raised under the concept that, “I don’t want my children to have to experience the hardships that I faced growing up.”

Those jurisdictions that prospered most (the EU, US, Canada, etc.) were, not coincidentally, the ones where this form of childrearing became most prevalent.

The net result was the ’60s generation – young adults who could be praised for their idealism in pursuing the peace movement, the civil rights movement, and equal rights for women. But those same young adults were spoiled to the degree that many felt that it made perfect sense that they should attend expensive colleges but spend much of their study time pursuing sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Flunking out or dropping out was not seen as a major issue and very few of them felt any particular guilt about having squandered their parents’ life savings in the process.

The boomer generation then became the yuppies as they hit middle age, and not surprisingly, many coddled their own children even more than they themselves had been coddled.

As a result of ever-greater indulgence with each new generation of children, tens of millions of Millennials now display the result of parents doing all they can to remove every possible hardship from their children’s experience, no matter how small.

Many in their generation never had to do chores, have a paper route, or get good grades in order to be given an exceptional reward, such as a cell phone. They grew to adulthood without any understanding of cause and effect, effort and reward.

Theoretically, the outcome was to be a generation that was free from troubles, free from stress, who would have only happy thoughts. The trouble with this ideal was that, by the time they reached adulthood, many of the critical life’s lessons had been missing from their upbringing.

In the years during which their brains were biologically expanding and developing, they had been hardwired to expect continued indulgence throughout their lives. Any thought that they had was treated as valid, even if it was insupportable in logic.

And, today, we’re witnessing the fruits of this upbringing. Tens of millions of Millennials have never learned the concept of humility. They’re often unable to cope with their thoughts and perceptions being questioned and, in fact, often cannot think outside of themselves to understand the thoughts and perceptions of others.

They tend to be offended extremely easily and, worse, don’t know what to do when this occurs. They have such a high perception of their own self-importance that they can’t cope with being confronted, regardless of the validity of the other person’s reasoning. How they feel is far more important than logic or fact.

Hypersensitive vulnerability is a major consequence, but a greater casualty is Truth. Truth has gone from being fundamental to being something “optional” – subjective or relative and of lesser importance than someone being offended or hurt.

Of course, it would be easy to simply fob these young adults off as emotional mutants – spiteful narcissists – who cannot survive school without the school’s provision of safe spaces, cookies, puppies, and hug sessions.

Previous generations of students (my own included) were often intimidated when presented with course books that had titles like Elements of Calculus and Analytic Geometry. But such books had their purpose. They were part of what had to be dealt with in order to be prepared for the adult world of ever-expanding technology.

In addition, it was expected that any student be prepared to learn (at university, if he had not already done so at home), to consider all points of view, including those less palatable. In debating classes, he’d be expected to take any side of any argument and argue it as best he could.

In large measure, these requirements have disappeared from institutions of higher learning, and in their place, colleges provide colouring books, Play-Doh, and cry closets.

At the same time as a generation of “snowflakes” is being created, the same jurisdictions that are most prominently creating them (the above-mentioned EU, US, Canada, etc.) are facing, not just a generation of young adults who have a meltdown when challenged in some small way. They’re facing an international economic and political meltdown of epic proportions.

Several generations of business and political leaders have created the greatest “kick the can” bubble that the world has ever witnessed.

We can’t pinpoint the day on which this bubble will pop, but it would appear that we may now be quite close, as those who have been kicking the can have been running out of the means to continue.

The approach of a crisis is doubly concerning, as, historically, whenever generations of older people destroy their economy from within, it invariably falls to the younger generation to dig the country out of the resultant rubble.

Never in history has a crisis of such great proportions loomed and yet, never in history has the unfortunate generation that will inherit the damage been so unequivocally incapable of coping with that damage.

As unpleasant as it may be to accept, there’s no solution for idiocy. Any society that has hardwired a generation of its children to be unable to cope will find that that generation will be a lost one.

It will, in fact, be the following generation – the one that has grown up during the aftermath of the collapse – that will, of necessity, develop the skills needed to cope with an actual recovery.

So, does that mean that the world will be in chaos for more than a generation before the next batch of people can be raised to cope?

Well, no. Actually, that’s already happening. In Europe, where the Millennial trend exists, western Europeans have been growing up coddled and incapable, whilst eastern Europeans, who have experienced war and hardship, are growing up to be quite capable of handling whatever hardships come their way. Likewise, in Asia, the percentage of young people who are being raised to understand that they must soon shoulder the responsibility of the future is quite high.

And elsewhere in the world – outside the sphere of the EU, US, Canada, etc. – the same is largely true.

As has been forever true throughout history, civilisation does not come to a halt. It’s a “movable feast” that merely changes geographic locations from one era to another.

Always, as one star burns out, another takes its place. What’s of paramount importance is to read the tea leaves – to see the future coming and adjust for it.

*  *  *

Polls suggest that a majority of Millennials now favor socialism. And a growing number favor outright communism. Sometime this year, Millennials are expected to surpass Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation. This is one of the reasons Bernie Sanders and other socialists are soaring in popularity. And when the next crisis hits, the situation will likely reach a tipping point. That’s exactly why Doug Casey and his team just released this urgent video outlining exactly what’s going to happen… and how you can protect yourself and even profit from the situation. Click here to watch it now.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 12/07/2021 – 17:25

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Omicron Study Scare Stuns ‘Face-Ripping’ FOMO Short-Squeeze

Omicron Study Scare Stuns ‘Face-Ripping’ FOMO Short-Squeeze

Everything was awesome today…

UNTIL…

Headlines from a South African…

Omicron Study Scare Stuns ‘Face-Ripping’ FOMO Short-Squeeze

Everything was awesome today…

UNTIL…

Headlines from a South African study hit, suggesting a 40-fold reduction in neutralization capacity of the Pfizer vaccine vs Omicron... which suggest hospitals will get overwhelmed (due to its hyper-transmissibility) but it is notably less severe (especially for healthy people)…

Omicron’s ability to evade vaccine and infection-induced immunity is “robust but not complete,” said the research head of a laboratory at the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa.

…and that sent stocks lower late in the day (although still a good day overall)…

And slammed ‘recovery’ stocks relative to ‘stay at home’ stocks…

But then again… it wouldn’t be the US equity market if a last minute total buying-panic didn’t send the Nasdaq up 100 points in 4 minutes…

*  *  *

As we detailed earlier…A China RRR cut? Omicron anxiety easing? Whatever it was, bubble markets exploded higher today…

Source: Bloomberg

But before we all get excited about “what the market is saying”, let’s bear in mind that today also saw the USA, USA, USA suffer its biggest decline in worker productivity since Q2 1960 (yeah 61 years ago!!!)…

Source: Bloomberg

Which is perfect because today saw unprofitable tech company’s best 2-day swing since April 2020 (+13.5%)…

Source: Bloomberg

Today’s melt-up from the moment the US cash markets opened (until around the European close) was impressive to say the least but also note that stonks were bid as China opened… and as Europe opened…

This is The Dow’s best 2 days since Nov 2020! Nasdaq surged 3% today – its biggest daily gain since March. Bear in mind that roughly 66% of the Nasdaq is in a bear market with losses of over 20%, while 35% of the Nasdaq is down over 50%!

The surge in the majors pushed The Dow (and only The Dow) up to unchanged, very briefly, from the Omicron emergence cliff after Thanksgiving. However, everything seemed to run out of momentum at that point…

Nasdaq and The Dow exploded above their 50DMAs, the S&P extended its gains well above its 50DMA. The Dow ripped up to its 100-/200-DMA but couldn’t extend the gains…

The 2-day ‘face-ripping’ short-squeeze off yesterday’s opening lows is the largest swing since March…

Source: Bloomberg

‘Recovery’ stocks notably outperformed today relative to ‘Stay at Home’ stocks as Omicron anxiety fades. They are now well above Omicron emergence levels and starting to erase the European lockdown anxiety losses…

Source: Bloomberg

‘Retail Favorites’ had their biggest day since Jan 2021…

Source: Bloomberg

Treasury yields were higher on the day with the short-end underperforming (2Y +6bps, 30Y +3bps), but as the chart below shows, the selling was all in the US session again…

Source: Bloomberg

The 10Y Yield was higher again but did not breach 1.50%, retracing the move post-Powell hawkish hearing…

Source: Bloomberg

The yield curve flattened notably today (2s30s) as the short-end priced in rate-hikes and long-end priced in policy mistakes…

Source: Bloomberg

The dollar ended lower on the day but again traded in a narrow range…

Source: Bloomberg

WTI topped $73 today, extending the gains from the last couple of days. However, oil prices remain well down from pre-Omicron levels…

And as oil prices ripped higher, so did US Breakeven inflation rates, but remain well down from pre-Omicron anxiety levels…

Source: Bloomberg

Crypto was mixed today with Bitcoin higher (tagging $52k) and Ethereum lower (after topping $4400)…

Source: Bloomberg

Gold ended modestly higher today but still below $1800 and well below pre-Omicron levels….

Finally, despite the equity market soaring unrelentlessly the last couple of days, STIRs have shifted considerably more hawkishly now pricing in 2 rate-hikes by September and a 75% chance of a rate-hike by May 2022 – there is no way the stock market is ready for that…

Source: Bloomberg

And Powell is not about to jawbone that back down.

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Tue, 12/07/2021 – 16:01





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