I have just read a couple things this morning that is disturbing: 1) Because of the weather and other issues, the world is going to have food shortages: Global food chain stretched to the limit - Business - Consumer news - Food Inc. - msnbc.com This blurb supports that statement: Obama Orders Military To Prepare For Spring Food Riots | EUTimes.net 2) OPEC thinks the world can handle $100 fuel and won't meet again until summer. OPEC ministers say world can handle $100 oil - Business - Oil & energy - msnbc.com This is obviously a bad recipe as it takes fuel to get food to markets. If both are in short supply and demand is high . . . well, you get where I'm going. On top of that we're looking at hyperinflation as icing on the cake. I really wish the U.S. would use food as leverage against OPEC in situations where they play hardball. They live in a desert and have to import their food. It's a little sophomoric, but I think OPEC can afford to buy $100 loaves of bread. Maybe even barter food for oil...a loaf for a barrel. This is tongue-in-cheek, but this is worrying me. I don't have all of my stuff done (I'm very new to this "prepping" lifestyle...I finished 'One Second After back in Sept. and haven't been normal since. I've just finished Patriots and just started on my signed copy of Lights Out.).