Category Archives: Economic Crisis

What did people eat during the Great Depression? A look at the foods that helped people survive famine

Natural News
25 June 2018
Michelle Simmons

(Natural News) The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic downturn that began in 1929 and continued until about 1939. It affected North America, Europe, and other industrialized areas of the world. It was the most serious economic tragedy ever experienced by the industrialized Western world in modern history.

The full burden of the economic crisis fell squarely on the shoulders of the nation’s working class. They struggled badly for their survival during this most difficult period, which led them to find a number of ways to put food on the table. The following Great Depression foods helped them live from day to day when nothing else was available.

  1. Mock apple pie – As the name suggests, this recipe is but a mock version, which means it contains no actual apples. This recipe replaced apples with crushed crackers, cinnamon, and a flavored syrup. The most famous version is the Ritz Mock Apple Pie, which contained sugar, butter, cinnamon, lemon juice, and Ritz crackers.
  2. Prune pudding – This infamous dessert gained popularity when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt convinced the President to serve it to the White House’s guests. Roosevelt’s White House ate modestly in “an act of culinary solidarity with the people who were suffering,” according to Jane Ziegelman, the co-author of A Square Meal, in an interview with The New York Times.
  3. Mulligan stew – This is among the many stews that homeless people made during this time. The recipe had many versions as a result of tossing in the pot anything that the maker could find. Some people used scavenged or stolen onions, potatoes, corn, and all sorts of mixed vegetables. Did you know that this stew even occasionally contained a bit of lint and Bull Durham tobacco to flavor the broth?
  4. Dandelion salad – The dandelion was considered a pesky weed by gardeners, but this plant was a favorite during the Great Depression era. People would add dandelions with other greens found from any neighborhood, seasoning it with pepper, salt and vinegar if available.
  5. Peanut butter stuffed onions – This recipe combined onions and peanut butter; onions were baked and scoops of peanut butter were filled inside them, one of the most bizarre meals to have been made during the Great Depression.
  6. Vinegar cobbler – This dessert replaced fruits with vinegar, and added sugar, water, butter, nutmeg, flour, and vanilla on the baking pan. Apple cider vinegar was used to substitute real apples.
  7. Spaghetti with boiled carrots and white sauce – This is another one of the dishes that Eleanor Roosevelt introduced during the Great Depression. It was spaghetti cooked until mushy and mixed with boiled carrots. The white sauce was made from milk, flour, salt, butter or margarine, and a little bit of pepper. After mixing, pour into a tray and bake to make a casserole.
  8. Potato pancakes – Potatoes are widely available and are among the most affordable food items. During the Great Depression, people used potatoes to replace different ingredients. One of the commonly cooked dishes was a potato pancake, wherein grated potatoes were fried or cooked in a pan.
  9. Meatless loaves – Real meatloaves were scarce during the Depression era, which gave way to meatless loaves made using any item that was available, such as raisins and peanuts.
  10. Milkorno – It is a blend of cornmeal, powdered skim milk, and salt.  Upon boiling, all ingredients of Milkorno become a part of a porridge.

Today, these foods are considered some of the most abhorrent concoctions ever made. But back in the days of the great famine, these bizarre food combinations helped put food in people’s stomachs as they struggled to survive the Great Depression.

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Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

TIME
15 January 2018
Aryn Baker / Cape Town

After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs, putting it on track to be the first major city in the world to run out of water. Unless residents drastically cut down on daily use, warns Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, taps in the seaside metropolis of four million will soon run dry. On April 22, to be exact. Here’s what to know:

The date is just a scare tactic, surely?

Nope. Day Zero, as it is called, is real, and is calculated every week based on current reservoir capacity and daily consumption. On Jan. 8 Mayor De Lille revised the date down from April 29, based on a citywide uptick in daily usage. The city won’t literally run dry; in most cases, reservoirs can’t be drained to the last drop, as silt and debris make the last 10% of a dam’s water unusable. City authorities have decided that once the dams reach 13.5% capacity, municipal water supply will be turned off for all but essential services, like hospitals.

What happens when the taps are turned off?

Cape Town enters Mad Max territory (well, almost). Residents will have to go to one of some 200 municipal water points throughout the city where they can collect a maximum of 25 liters (6.6 gallons) a day. Armed guards will be standing by to keep the peace and prevent anyone from taking more than their share. Of course, the truly wealthy will be protected. The local version of Craigslist is already full of listings for companies wiling to truck in tankers full of water from less drought-prone parts of the country, for a price.

What steps are residents taking?

The city has capped household water usage at 87 liters (23 gallons) per person, per day. For most homes, that means keeping showers under 2 minutes, no watering the garden or washing the car, refraining from flushing the toilet unless absolutely necessary, recycling bathing water where possible and severely limiting dishwasher and washing machine use. Water storage tanks are already on backorder, unwashed hair is now a symbol of upright citizenship, and public restrooms are festooned with admonishments to “let it mellow.”

Are the self-imposed limits working?

Not really. According to city statistics, only 54% of residents are hitting their target, one of the reasons why Day Zero was moved forward a week earlier this year. But the city has few options for punishing individual water abusers and ensuring compliance, so everyone pays the price.

Didn’t anyone see this coming?

Yes and no. City planners have long pointed out that Cape Town’s water capacity hasn’t kept up with population growth, which has nearly doubled over the past 20 years. Still, a three-year drought on this scale is a “once a millennium” event, say climatologists, and even the best-planned water system would have taken a hit under current conditions. Now the city is playing catch up, hastily (and expensively) installing desalination plants and looking into groundwater extraction. But it’s unlikely any of those systems will be brought online before Day Zero, or even before the rainy season is due to start up again in May (if indeed it does). These systems are unlikely to go to waste, however. Climate change researchers predict more frequent dry years and fewer wet years to come. More likely, they say, Capetonians are just getting a preview of the new normal.

My Conclusion The Reservoirs that supply Capetown water is running out with less than 90 days to go. Mayor of Capetown should look to having a desalination plant and/or groundwater extraction wells to help to serve Capetown water needs and help to get the water crisis in Capetown. So let pray and hope the people living in Capetown to save as water as they can and hope the government of South Africa and the Mayor of Capetown fund the building of Desalination plant and/or groundwater extraction wells so the people can get through the water crisis.
And here video worth watching how Israel overcame their water shortage they had face in the past.

If you living in South Africa in Capetown I encourage to get this message to your mayor of Capetown and the government of South Africa so they get either the Desalination plant and/or groundwater extraction wells built to; so people in Capetown will not have go thirty.

That why Minimum Wage is a bad idea according to the economic analyst John Sneisen

Josh Sigurdson sits down with author and economic analyst John Sneisen to talk about the recent “disaster” in Seattle as the minimum wage is hiked to $13/hr following its recent hike to $11/hr.
As Josh had predicted in 2014, the minimum wage hike would lead to vast unemployment, poverty and cause businesses to look elsewhere to set up shop.
Well, the truth always prevails eventually!

According to the study,
“The numbers of hours worked by low-wage workers fell by *3.5 million hours per quarter*. This was reflected both in thousands of job losses and reductions in hours worked by those who retained their jobs.”

“The losses were so dramatic that this increase “reduced income paid to low-wage employees of single-location Seattle businesses by roughly $120 million on an annual basis.” On average, low-wage workers *lost* $125 per month.”

It’s basic economics and market principles to understand the inflation of the price of living as the wage is raised, all while employment crashes in an attempt to save the markets from total destruction. Everything the government does, the free market does better!

People have to understand the difference between the amount of money they get and actual value as value goes down as the wage is forced up.

Who benefits? McDonalds, Burger King, Walmart, the companies these “Fight for 15” activists say can afford to pay them more. Of course they can afford to pay them more, but that’s not the point. The small businesses can’t. That’s why Walmart and McDonalds support the wage hike. It leads to further monopolization and less competition in the market.
This also leads to massive job automation and will lead to vast long-term poverty rates.

Time to grasp reality folks! Just because something “sounds” good doesn’t mean it is.

The minimum wage hike begets poverty and inflation. This isn’t rocket science.

Stay tuned for more from WAM!

Video edited by Josh Sigurdson

All what Socialism ever brought is hell

Many Americans don’t think there anything wrong with socialism which that is a dangerous mindset to have because All what Socialism or Communism ever brought is hell because all mean production is controlled by the State.

In this video from Prager University show you why people in Venezuela believe that socialism had brought hell in Venezuela and why it’s a warning to USA and other countries why they should reject both socialism and communism.

Let not head down the socialist road because and hell awaits there. But let promote Capitalism where people have chance to success and survive. So let not ignore the warning from the Venezuelans because they’re learning the hard lessons after accepting socialism.

Socialism Nightmare: Venezuelans Now Eating Dogs, Cats and Pigeons to Survive

At the start of 2014, Venezuela’s GDP stood at $371.34 billion, with nearly half of that coming from oil (it accounts for almost 100% of exports). But after a year-high of $105.54 in June, crude plummeted by more than 50% to $48.51 by the end of the year. Oil has held steady in the $50-a-barrel range since, allowing the country’s socialist policies to materialize without the guise of high crude–and economic disaster has ensued.

Just this year, Venezuela has faced shortages in toilet paper, diapers and milk (and more) forcing more than 6,000 people to cross the border in Colombia to purchase necessities. The country had to ration its electricity use because of severe power shortages. It also could no longer afford to print its own money. Come 2016, the IMF forecasts Venezuela’s inflation rate to exceed 1,600%.

A Bolivarian Republic, Venezuela turned to socialism in 1998 when Hugo Chavez was elected president after two unsuccessful coup attempts to oust his predecessor. The new regime brought not only a new constitution, but higher oil prices as well. The following year Chavez passed laws redistributing land and wealth, which he followed in 2005 with a land reform decree that would eliminate larger estates to the benefit of the poor in rural areas.

In 2007 the government took control of important oil projects in the Orinoco Delta and later expropriated two U.S. oil companies, furthering Chavez’s nationalization plans.

Nationalization continued with the Bank of Venezuela and household fuels distributors and petrol stations. In 2011, with a 27% annual inflation rate, the Venezuelan government introduced price controls of some basic goods (they would extend to other products in the following years).

By the time of Chavez’s death in 2013, inflation had grown to 50% and rose to 63.4% in the following year. Towards the end of 2014, the country entered into a recession.

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Present-day Venezuela is facing a humanitarian crisis and Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s hand-picked successor, and his socialist regime is rightly shouldering the blame. The country’s emphasis on oil exports, price controls and a heavily-controlled economy are all features found in other current and former socialist countries–features that have contributed to the demise of whole economies, or brought them close to it.

Perhaps the most obvious example of economic failure is the Soviet Union (or USSR), With its highly centralized government and economy, the USSR survived for 69 years until its collapse in 1991, representing the longest time a state has been led by a Communist Party (China comes in second at 67 years).

While oil prices were high, the Soviet Union appeared to have a strong economy and could maintain its focus on increasing its military power. But when oil prices fell towards the end of the 1980s, the USSR found itself forced to borrow from Western banks. Its sluggish economic system and dependency on the West also weakened the control that it had over countries under the USSR’s control and eventually led to its demise. Venezuela now finds itself in the same difficult position.

Venezuelan officials like to blame the crisis on the United States and right wing business owners aiming to sabotage the system, it seems obvious that the heavily centralized state-run system inherited from Chavez is what is driving Maduro’s country to ruin. With a GDP percent change of -8% from 2015 to 2016 and an unemployment rate of over 17%, the only thing that can save Venezuela is ditching socialism.

The opposition has called for a referendum to oust Maduro this year, but the process is still in limbo–meaning relief for the Venezuelan people might not come until 2018, the next scheduled presidential election.

Even then, change can never be promised in the world’s 9th most corrupt country.

The Empire will strike: With an orchestrated, apocalyptic market crash to try to destroy Trump in 2017

Source: Natural News
Date: 9 November 2016
Author: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) Listen and pay attention: As you all know by now, the entire media was WRONG and Natural News was RIGHT about this election. I have been publicly predicting a Trump victory for over a year, and I purchased the Trump.news domain name 16 months ago, along with WhiteHouse.news (both are now hosting active news content which will be rapidly expanded). Continue reading The Empire will strike: With an orchestrated, apocalyptic market crash to try to destroy Trump in 2017

How To Avoid Starving To Death

Throughout history countries have been ravished by food shortages. In Venezuela, we are currently seeing the devastating affects of socialism and food emergencies. Don’t be fooled into thinking that cannot happen to you, not in America. You need to prepare yourself for the worst.

Matthew Concludes: When a nation is collapsing; there is two options leave the country or endure the extreme hardship and chaos. If you’re on a sinking ship would the smartest thing to do is to get off the sinking ship?
So do not be fool that it would not happen. It always pay to be ready for the worse and hope for the best. I don’t always have all the answers and you have answers and solutions how to survive the hard times in the oncoming economic collapse; let me know in the comments below.

Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke

Main Source:The Economic Collapse
Date: 22 August 2016
Author: Michael Snyder

In 1960, the city of Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city that the world had ever seen.  Nearly two million people lived there, and it had the highest per capita income in the United States.  That may be hard to believe, because today it actually has one of the lowest per capita incomes of all of our major cities.  Over the decades more than a million people have left the city, and thousands of abandoned homes have been torn down.  But there are still tens of thousands of abandoned dwellings that remain standing, and some have sold for as little as one dollar in recent years.  Once Detroit was the envy of the entire planet, but now it has become a global joke and in other countries they love to do news stories about “the ruins of Detroit” to show how rapidly America is rotting and decaying.  Sadly, Detroit is far from alone, because there are other formerly great manufacturing cities that have declined just as fast as Detroit has. Continue reading Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke