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(H/T to salgak) Originally posted by: salgak. 
Dehydrated/Long-storage food is nearly impossible to get right now. WHY ?? Seems the Feds just placed a billion-dollar-plus order for long-storage food. http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/terror-threats-rising-as-fema-orders-1-billion-dehydrated-food My paranoid side says they know something that we don’t.
I usually don’t go into Doom ‘n Gloom.  Yes, my wife does stock up on non-perishable goods.  I stubbed my toe once at our bed and discovered she’d place a tray full of canned food under it.  I’m also told that it’s a standard practice for LDS and RLDS folks to keep a year’s supply of food on hand for emergencies.  I have no issue with that either.
But as I said, I don’t subscribe to all the conspiracies and TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) alarmist rants.  
Then I read this…

Terror threats rising as FEMA orders $1 Billion in dehydrated food 

February 24th, 2011 1:22 pm ET

Terror threats appear to be on the rise as FEMA has rushed a $1 Billion order of dehydrated food in the event of attacks on domestic targets in the US.
This is also coming on the heels of one of the largest terror drills performed by the US Navy on American soil, as Operation Solid Curtain is taking place this week.
In an article Tuesday from the Beaufort Observer, many of the largest suppliers of dehydrated foods in the country are dropping their distributors and customers to dedicate their resources to supplying a billion dollar FEMA request and purchase.

One of the nation’s largest suppliers of dehydrated food has cut loose 99% of their dealers and distributors. And it’s not because of the poor economy. It’s because this particular industry leader can no longer supply their regular distribution channels. Why not? Because they’re using every bit of manufacturing capacity they have to fulfill massive new government contracts. Look, the government has always been a customer of the industry to some extent. But according to our sources, this latest development doesn’t represent simply a change of vendor on the government’s part. It’s a whole new magnitude of business.
And that’s not all.

Apparently, even though they’ve cut off their regular consumer markets, the industry leader I’ve just mentioned still can’t produce enough survival food to meet the government’s vast requirements. How do we know? Earlier this month, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) put out a Request for Proposal, or RFP, for even more dehydrated food. The RFP called for a 10-day supply of meals – for 14 million people. That’s 420 million meals. Typically, FEMA maintains a stockpile of about 6 million meals. Why the sudden need to increase the stockpile by 420 million more? (And that’s in addition to whatever our aforementioned industry leader is supplying.) It almost seems like they’re trying to stock a modern day “Noah’s Ark,” doesn’t it?

Just makes you wonder doesn’t it?

Parallels between new TV Mini-series and Obamamania

Tuesday night was the first part of a remake of an 1980s TV mini-series, “V.” The Sci-Fi channel (oops! excuse me, SciFy) re-ran the old episodes all weekend in preparation to the broadcast of the remake.

For those of you unfamiliar with the mini-series, a fleet of alien spaceships arrive and hover over all the major cities of the world. A charismatic spokesman for the self-called “Visitors” say they are here to help humanity (into the stewpot, that is.) The aliens recruit some human propagandists to help people to voluntarily join the lines to the soup-kitchens.

It occurred to me that a number of parallels to our current political condition existed with this TV show. Apparently, I’m not the only one to think that. Here from Newbusters.org is a review of the show.

Parallels to Obamamania in ABC’s ‘V’ Sci-Fi Mini-Series, Plus Reporter Helps the Aliens

Photo of Brent Baker.



ABC’s ‘
V’ mini-series, which will debut tonight (Tuesday) in the first hour of prime time, is “nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity,” but “it’s also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the President’s supporters and delight his detractors,” Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin asserted in a review distributed by the McClatchy/Tribune news service and run in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune, among other papers. Garvin contended:

From the fawning reaction of the news media…to the recruiting of human supporters into an alien front group that could easily be mistaken for “community organizing,” the parallels to Obama are unmistakable.

Though the leader of the aliens, in Garvin’s words, “is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who’s come here to eat us,” the plot has a featured character, a TV journalist, aiding the effort. “Some welcome their arrival,” USA Today’s Gary Levin recounted, “but the suspicious form a resistance movement, which leads the visitors’ charismatic leader, Anna (Morena Baccarin), to enlist an ambitious TV reporter (Scott Wolf) as a propaganda tool.” Garvin, presumably citing the same character: “One simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question.”

A storyline ripped from real-life!

The top producer of the mini-series, set to air over the next four Tuesdays and then return in March, denied to USA Today’s Levin’s any parallels to Obama:

Others on both sides of the political spectrum may point to the visitors’ explicit promises of hope, change and universal health care as a pointed reference to pledges of the Obama administration. But [Executive Producer Scott] Peters says the show has been in the works since 2007. Reality was “never really a factor,” he says. “There’s no political message being shoved down anyone’s throat.”

An excerpt from Garvin’s Sunday, November 1 Miami Herald review (“’V’: The saucer-shaped bandwagon”), which the Chicago Tribune headlined “’V’ aims at Obamamania.

Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.

The news media swoons in admiration — one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: “Why don’t you show some respect?!!” The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader’s origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: “Embracing change is never easy.”

So, does that sound like anyone you know? Oh, wait — did I mention the leader is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who’s come here to eat us?

Welcome to ABC’s V, the final, the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season. Nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity, it’s also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president’s supporters and delight his detractors….

From the fawning reaction of the news media (sample press-conference question to V leader Anna: “Is there such a thing as an ugly visitor?”’) to the recruiting of human supporters into an alien front group that could easily be mistaken for “community organizing,” the parallels to Obama are unmistakable.

The anti-V underground, in its frustrated insistence that the aliens have a covert agenda, resemble nothing so much as the anti-Obama teabaggers. And even the president’s repeated attempts to suborn Republicans into making his program bipartisan get a scorching reference.

“Compromising one’s principles for the greater good is not a shameful act,” a V leader reassures an erstwhile opponent who’s just been bought off. “It’s a noble one.”

Scary, isn’t it?