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Friday, July 20th, 2012

Andy of the red letter type, or possibly of the white letter type (depending on his many moods), sent The Mayor a series of pictures entitled “Wal Mart Called, Your Photos Are Ready.” Andy of many colours (colours with an U – haters gonna hate, waiters gonna wait) sent this series to The Mayor 4.2 months ago, and The Mayor made a promise to himself that he would put all the pictures up immediately.

Well, after going to committee for approval, and having a troika of lawyers pour over each photo to make sure the pictures aren’t infringing on any copyright in any way, The Mayor is ready to post the first picture.

Success.

Photo number 2 will be available for your ocular delight some time in the middle of September. Thank you for your patience.

Inflation – It’s Kicking Your Door In

Friday, May 20th, 2011
Cash Prices Food Commodities
(Prices for actual physical commodiities, not futures)
  5/11/11 Year Ago Change
Grains and feeds      
Barley, top-quality Mnpls; $ per 6.2 3.15 + 96.8%
Bran, wheat middlings, Kn. City; $ per ton 178 43 +314.0%
Corn, No. 2 yellow. Cent. Ill. 6.605 3.48 +89.8%
Corn gluten feed, Midwest, ton 150.42 51.59 +191.6%
Cottonseed meal, ton 268 175 +53.1%
Hominy feed, Cent. Ill. Ton 205 77 +166.2%
Meat-bonemeal, 50% pro Mnpls ton 440 280 +57.1%
Oats, No. 2 milling, Mnpls; $ per 3.42 1.955 +74.9%
Sorghum, (Milo) No. 2 Gulf cwt 11.275 6.76 +66.8%
Soybean Meal, Cent. Ill., rail, ton 48% 335.6 291.9 +15.0%
Soybeans, No. 1 yellow Illinois 13.14 9.37 +40.2%
Wheat, Spring 14%-pro Mnpls; $ 9 4.4225 +103.5%
Wheat, No. 2 soft red, St.Louis, shel 7.72 4.81 +60.5%
Wheat, hard, KC 7.575 4.025 +88.2%
Wheat, No. 1 soft white, del Portland, Ore 12.1025 6.2825 +92.6%
       
Foods      
Beef choice 1-3,600-900 lbs. 166.68 154.05 +8.2%
Beef select 1-3,600-900 lbs. 160.27 150.17 +6.7%
Broilers, dressed ‘A’; per lb. 0.865 0.865 0.0%
Broilers, 12-city comp weighted avg 0.8458 0.8527 -0.8%
Butter, AA Chicago, lb. 2.05 1.605 +27.7%
Cheddar cheese, barrels, Chicago lb. 165.25 140.75 +17.4%
Milk, Nonfat dry, Chicago 164 130 +26.2%
Cocoa, Ivory Coast, $ per metric ton 3637 3566 +2.0%
Coffee, Brazilian, Comp. 2.7637 1.2962 +113.2%
Coffee, Colombian, NY lb. 3.0974 2.0139 +53.8%
Eggs, large white, Chicago dozen 0.885 0.595 +48.7%
Flour, hard winter Kansas City cwt 22.55 13.7 +64.6%
Hogs, Iowa-South Minnesota avg. cwt 88.04 82.49 +6.7%
Pork loins, 13-19 lbs, Mid-US lb 1.415 1.54 -8.1%
Steers, feeder, Oklahoma City, avg cwt 142.13 128.19 +10.9%
Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. fob 26.31 19.54 +34.6%
Data Source: Wall Steet Jounal Market Data Center

**Chart courtesy of The Market Oracle

If you listen to the central banks, the press, or any western government (many times the three are interchangeable), you will hear that inflation is tame and under control. Inflation poses no threat. Now go and buy an IPad. But looking at the chart above, you have to think to yourself, who am I going to believe, the gov’t/banks/msm or my empty wallet and my lying eyes?

 The chart above only conveys food inflation, but regular readers of Mitchieville will remember a few charts The Mayor put up not long ago showing the huge increases in other commodities such as cotton, gold, oil, etc. Inflation isn’t politely knocking at your door any more, it has already booted it in.

Never mind the factors contributing to inflation, anyone paying attention already knows the factors. Things aren’t going to get better any time soon, it’s just the opposite. Not all the above increases have filtered through the system yet, but they’re coming and they’re coming fast. We’ve already noticed smaller packaging, and now we’re in for a bout of rapidly increasing prices. There’s nothing anyone can do, it’s already a done deal.

It’s time to protect yourself and your family. The Mayor isn’t talking about buying guns and tons of ammo and moving to northern Manitoba (although that’s not a bad idea), he’s talking about getting a hedge on inflation. And that means stockpiling. Stockpile everything of value. Stockpile wheat, coffee, sugar, oats, flour, everything you can get your hands on. That bag of flour you saw yesterday for $9.99? Buy 10 bags of the stuff. Or 20. Put it away and shut your gob. Done.

If you had enough of the essentials to last you 2 or 3 years, you’ll be well ahead of the game.

That’s all you can really do to combat food inflation, and the same goes for clothing inflation. Get your house in order now.

Put it this way, Bill Simon, President of Walmart, said last week that a massive bout of inflation is headed our way, and Walmart’s business is in the crapper because even the po folk who shop at Wally every month have cut back dramatically. If you don’t listen and understand those words, have a nice time eating your hat, The Mayor hopes it’s delicious.

Walmart Introduces Make-Up For Children

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Fearing that too many little girls might grow up to be normal, Walmart is introducing a line of make-up directed at 8-12 year olds:

US retailer Walmart will release an all-natural, partially “anti-aging” beauty line for tweens, called GeoGirl.

Targeting 8- to 12-year-olds, the retail giant says the around 70 new GeoGirl products are eco-friendly and therefore “mother approved,” adding that the palette is for those girls who want “real cosmetics, but with natural ingredients.”

The products not only are natural, but – quite unbelievably considering the target group – also have an anti-aging effect thanks to their antioxidants.

This is the perfect product for those parents who believe their little 8 year old girl’s face is too haggard and worn.

I was saying to TLDG just the other day that the only thing that could make Clare more beautiful is if she wore eyeliner. TLDG screamed, “she’s only 2!!” And I was like, “screw you, Luddite!”

The thing is, if there wasn’t a market for this kind of stuff, no one would sell it. Supply and demand. Wally is selling it because there are idiots out there that will buy it. And we’re not talking a few idiots, but mass idiocy. And it will be popular, and in a few years no one will talk about it. And then something else will come along to one-up make-up for little girls. Like, contraception for tweens. The pill that tastes like bubble gum, or condoms that have Batman on them, or whatever. That’s the way things are going. And if you don’t believe The Mayor, look at the article again, Walmart is targeting make-up for 8 year olds.

The Emma Maersk

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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This is the Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line, chartered to Wal Mart.

What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time.
This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!!

This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012.

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These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their goods and stuff from China . They hold

an incredible 15,000 cartons and have a 207 foot deck beam!! The full crew is just 13 people on a ship
longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a crew of 5,000)

With it’s 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals ..
It is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.

The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on
a China -to- California run. 91% of Walmart products are made in China .

So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.

The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded.
The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs

that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two hours.

Additional info: Country of origin – Denmark
Length – 1,302 ft
Width – 207 ft
Net cargo – 123,200 tons
Engine – 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed – 31 knots
Cargo capacity – 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)
Crew – 13 people !
First Trip – Sept. 08, 2006
Construction cost – US $145,000,000+

Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water
resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.

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A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that
all of these containers are shipped back to China , EMPTY.

**The Marginalized Action Dinosaur emailed this to The Mayor, and I copy and pasted nearly the entire piece for your ocular pleasure.

Headline Of The Week

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Grandpa’s unique form of discipline should pretty much do away with that whole “unattended children” problem Walmart suffers from.

Walmart – Twenty bucks Will Feed 8 This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 9th, 2009

turkey

Amid the rising unemployment rates and bad financial news, Walmart is doing what it can to make this Thanksgiving a little easier for our friends south of the border:

Another deal to watch out for is the chain’s complete Thanksgiving meal for just $20.

The turkey dinner includes a 12-pound turkey, cans of vegetables and cranberry sauce, stuffing, potatoes and a pumpkin cake.

Walmart representatives say the company is dedicated to saving families money on both holiday traditions and gift items.

The store’s Thanksgiving meal deals will last through the holiday.

It feeds six to eight, and the best thing about the turkey is that it isn’t shipped from some Chinese province, but bred, slaughtered and delivered from a turkey farm somewhere in the US of A.

Mitchieville has lost more than a few readers over the years because of some of the horrible things The Mayor has said about Chinamart. I now realize what I’ve said about Wally was wrong. I remember getting an email from a reader who no longer frequents Mitchieville, and he told me that he lost his job months back and that he and his family rely on Chinamart for a whole slew of things, including groceries. And that was just one of about 5 emails I’ve received over the years telling me basically the same thing.

So I re-evaluated my position on Chinamart and came to the conclusion that what I was saying was wrong. People do indeed rely on Walmart, Wally does offer superior pricing, and if you decide to do all your shopping there, you aren’t necessarily an agent of Satan.

But I still stick to the view that Lindsay Lohan is a dirty little skank.

Now get out there to Chinamart, buy a turkey and stuff that little bad boy like its never been stuffed before.