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h/t Frank


From the Days of Fighting Sail

During the Battle of Trafalgar 21- years old Lieutenant William Andrew Ram,  and close friend of William Beatty the Surgeon, on board HMS Victory, was badly wounded by vicious wooden shards splintering out with the impact of round shot from Redoutable. Bleeding severely, Ram was carried below to the cockpit, where Beatty did what he could to staunch the hemorrhage. Ram must have been driven mad with torment and tore the stitches out, either in a defiant attempt to return to duty or when he realized he had no hope of living, and bled to death. Along with other casualties, he was committed to the deep.

Several days later his body was washed up on the Spanish coast and found by some English prisoners of war who identified the corpse from Ram’s name stitched into his shirt. They obtained permission from the governor of Cadiz to give him a proper Christian burial.


According to USDA

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are currently no nationwide food shortages.

“There are currently no nationwide shortages of food, although in some cases the inventory of certain foods at your grocery store might be temporarily low before stores can restock,” the agency said on their website. “Food production and manufacturing are widely dispersed throughout the U.S. and there are currently no widespread disruptions reported in the supply chain.”

That’s good to know. You need to rely on your government for advice because who loves you more?

Below is the list of America’s 94 plants that have been destroyed, damaged or impacted by “accidental fires”, disease or general causes.

  1. 4/30/21 A fire ignited inside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Monmouth, IL
  2. 7/25/21 Three-alarm fire at Kellogg plant in Memphis, 170 emergency personnel responded to the call
  3. 7/30/21 Firefighters on Friday battled a large fire at Tyson’s River Valley Ingredients plant in Hanceville, Alabama
  4. 8/23/21 Fire crews were called to the Patak Meat Production company on Ewing Road in Austell
  5. 9/13/21 A fire at the JBS beef plant in Grand Island, Neb., on Sunday night forced a halt to slaughter and fabrication lines
  6.  10/13/21 A five-alarm fire ripped through the Darigold butter production plant in Caldwell, ID
  7. 11/15/21  A woman is in custody following a fire at the Garrard County Food Pantry
  8. 11/29/21  A fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. at the Maid-Rite Steak Company meat processing plant
  9. 12/13/21 West Side food processing plant in San Antonio left with smoke damage after a fire
  10. 1/7/22 Damage to a poultry processing plant on Hamilton’s Mountain following an overnight fire
  11. 1/11/22 A fire that destroyed 75,000-square-foot processing plant in Fayetteville
  12. 1/13/22 Firefighters worked for 12 hours to put a fire out at the Cargill-Nutrena plant in Lecompte, LA
  13. 1/31/22 a fertilizer plant with 600 tons of ammonium nitrate inside caught on fire on Cherry Street in Winston-Salem
  14. 2/3/22 A massive fire swept through Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston
  15. 2/3/22 At least 130 cows were killed in a fire at Percy Farm in Stowe
  16. 2/15/22 Bonanza Meat Company goes up in flames in El Paso, Texas
  17. 2/15/22 Nearly a week after the fire destroyed most of the Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston
  18. 2/16/22 A fire had broken at US largest soybean processing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana
  19. 2/18/22 An early morning fire tore through the milk parlor at Bess View Farm
  20. 2/19/22 Three people were injured, and one was hospitalized, after an ammonia leak at Lincoln Premium Poultry in Fremont
  21. 2/22/22 The Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston caught fire after a propane boiler exploded
  22. 2/28/22 A smoldering pile of sulfur quickly became a raging chemical fire at Nutrien Ag Solutions
  23. 2/28/22 A man was hurt after a fire broke out at the Shadow Brook Farm and Dutch Girl Creamery
  24. 3/4/22 294,800 chickens destroyed at farm in Stoddard, Missouri
  25. 3/4/22 644,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
  26. 3/8/22 243,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in New Castle, Delaware
  27. 3/10/22 663,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, MD
  28. 3/10/22 915,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Taylor, IA
  29. 3/14/22 The blaze at 244 Meadow Drive was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. by farm owner Wayne Hoover
  30. 3/14/22 2,750,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin
  31. 3/16/22 A fire at a Walmart warehouse distribution center has cast a large plume of smoke visible throughout Indianapolis.
  32. 3/16/22 Nestle Food Plant extensively damaged in fire and new production destroyed Jonesboro, Arkansas
  33. 3/17/22 5,347,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Buena Vista, Iowa
  34. 3/17/22 147,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Kent, Delaware
  35. 3/18/22 315,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
  36. 3/22/22 172,000 Turkeys destroyed on farms in South Dakota
  37. 3/22/22 570,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
  38. 3/24/22 Fire fighters from numerous towns are battling a major fire at the McCrum potato processing facility in Belfast.
  39. 3/24/22 418,500 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
  40. 3/25/22 250,300 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Franklin, Iowa
  41. 3/26/22 311,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  42. 3/27/22 126,300 Turkeys destroyed in South Dakota
  43. 3/28/22 1,460,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Guthrie, Iowa
  44. 3/29/22 A massive fire burned 40,000 pounds of food meant to feed people in a food desert near Maricopa
  45. 3/31/22 A structure fire caused significant damage to a large portion of key fresh onion packing facilities in south Texas
  46. 3/31/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Osceola, Iowa
  47. 3/31/22 5,011,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Osceola, Iowa
  48. 4/6/22 281,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
  49. 4/9/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  50. 4/9/22 208,900 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  51. 4/12/22 89,700 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
  52. 4/12/22 1,746,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Dixon, Nebraska
  53. 4/12/22 259,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Minnesota
  54. 4/13/22 Fire destroys East Conway Beef & Pork Meat Market in Conway, New Hampshire
  55. 4/13/22 Plane crashes into Gem State Processing, Idaho potato and food processing plant
  56. 4/13/22 77,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  57. 4/14/22 Taylor Farms Food Processing plant burns down Salinas, California.
  58. 4/14/22 99,600 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  59. 4/15/22 1,380,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Lancaster, Minnesota
  60. 4/19/22 Azure Standard nation’s premier independent distributor of organic and healthy food, was destroyed by fire in Dufur, Oregon
  61. 4/19/22 339,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  62. 4/19/22 58,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Montrose, Color
  63. 4/20/22 2,000,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Minnesota
  64. 4/21/22 A small plane crashed in the lot of a General Mills plant in Georgia
  65. 4/22/22 197,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  66. 4/23/22 200,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  67. 4/25/22 1,501,200 chickens destroyed at egg farm Cache, Utah
  68. 4/26/22 307,400 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
  69. 4/27/22 2,118,000 chickens destroyed at farm Knox, Nebraska
  70. 4/28/22 Egg-laying facility in Iowa kills 5.3 million chickens, fires 200-plus workers
  71. 4/28/22 Allen Harim Foods processing plant killed nearly 2M chickens in Delaware
  72. 4/2822 110,700 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  73. 4/29/22 1,366,200 chickens destroyed at farm Weld Colorado
  74. 4/30/22 13,800 chickens destroyed at farm Sequoia Oklahoma
  75. 5/3/22 58,000 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  76. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Beadle S Dakota
  77. 5/3/22 114,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  78. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Lyon Minnesota
  79. 5/7/22 20,100 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  80. 5/10/22 72,300 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
  81. 5/10/22 61,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  82. 5/10/22 35,100 Turkeys destroyed Muskegon, Michigan
  83. 5/13/22 10,500 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  84. 5/14/22 83,400 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  85. 5/17/22 79,00 chickens destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  86. 5/18/22 7,200 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  87. 5/19/22 Train carrying limestone derailed Jensen Beach FL
  88. 5/21/22 57,000 Turkeys destroyed on farm in Dakota Minnesota
  89. 5/23/22 4,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  90. 5/29/22 A Saturday night fire destroyed a poultry building at Forsman Farms
  91. 5/31/22 3,000,000 chickens destroyed by fire at Forsman facility in Stockholm Township, Minnesota
  92. 6/2/22 30,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  93. 6/7/22 A fire occurred Tuesday evening at the JBS meat packing plant in Green Bay.
  94. 6/9/22 Irrigation water was canceled in California (the #1 producer of food in the US) and storage water flushed directly out to the delta.



    • I’m sure that it’s only a coincidence that this happened on Slow Joe’s watch. Move on, nothing to see here. Oh, a squirell!!

    • That’s a good question. What sorts of accidents and disasters befell the food sector during the first two years of the last, say, five administrations? I have no context as to whether that long list is “normal”.

      In other news I’m camped out near Dulles. Apparently there was a “gun violence march” on the DC Mall today. I made a point of being far away from the festivities; my blood pressure is high enough these days. I was at another medical meeting, this one for training and mentoring young researchers. I noted with fascination that us oldsters had about a 10-15% mask compliance rate. The youngsters (2nd and 3rd year med students, so early/mid 20’s) were about 50-60% masked. But they’d sit at meals unmasked for an hour, and they shake hands. But when sitting listening to presentations, or walking around, on with the masks. It’s like a cult.

      Also at breakfast there was a spirited discussion about personal pronouns. Everyone at my table (2 leading academics, 4 students) were – or professed to be – very keen about “zhir” and “you should always ask someone’s pronouns.” /eyeroll. I kept my mouth shut on that one. This pronoun business is also a cult. Or rather a deliberate mind-virus created and spread by the usual suspects who’ve spent the last century undermining, and the last few decades openly destroying Western culture.

      • As I try to ramp up business post-plague, I have projects going on in Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Sudan. Nobody in those circles wears masks or asks about pronouns, which leads me to believe that I may be dealing with savages. I mean, how can you do business without that serious preliminary discussion of pronouns? And before a surgeon operates, should there be a discussion of patient pronouns before the first cut?

        I joined a cult once. It’s called the US Military, complete with code words, secret signs, special outfits, and call signs. There is dark money, explosives enough to rip the crust off the planet, etc. The mask and pronoun cult may be all they have but it’s simply not cool enough.

      • Mike_C…56 years ago (albeit for different reasons):

        “Paranoia strikes deep
        Into your life it will creep
        It starts when you’re always afraid…”

        For what it’s worth in this day and age. Indoctrination runs deep.

    • A faceless conspiracy? I’m sure that the FBI is investigating this large crime spree with their usual vigor and that we are only days away from arrests and the big press conferences that they love so dearly.

      • A conspiracy theorist might say “instigating” instead of “investigating” but far be it from me to suggest such a thing.

        A meme going around a while back had a sheep dog gathering up the herd whilst the farmer looked on at a distance and one sheep says, I’m telling you, the man and the dog are working together and another of the sheep says, Oh shut up with your stupid conspiracy theories again.

  1. Large scale operations provide you with economy of scale.
    Small scale operations prevent point source failures.
    Take your pick.

    • Which is why a healthy economy consists of both. Large scale to provide economy of scale and lower costs, while small scale provides variety of rather more expensive products.

      There is room in any economy for both, even for a mid-scale operation that provides a moderate variety at a mid-point of cost.

      And room for micro-operations like home or just-a-tad-more than home operations. Like small or truck gardens, or a home workshop that can take some custom work on the side.

      That’s what made the USA great at one time. Destruction of this multi-level operations system is why we are at where we are.

      Seriously, it all became radically evident when, in the middle of a ‘pandemic shutdown,’ some states shut down the ability to raise one’s own food. Almost like the powers-that-be want us to stand in lines for hours or days for our allotment of protiens, fats and calories. Hmmmml.

  2. At our local family meat packing plant last fall, a beef farmer from Iowa contacted them with 10 market ready beef he had, with no place to get them processed. When cattle are ready to butcher, you can’t just put them on hold for a few months, as they will become over conditioned. My guys came in on a Sunday after they drove them 350 some miles to deliver them. They butchered and quartered them, then the Iowa. Farmer was back the next weekend with his trailer full of deep freezes run off a generator. Strange times. I give the farmer credos for doing the leg work to find a solution.

  3. 94!?? Nothing to see here…move along folks…LOOK! a flying pig!

    I don’t believe in coincidences. FJB (Is that okay for an ordained minister to express? I say under the circumstances, yes. Jesus was no whimp…”brood of vipers” was his equivalent.)

      • Start counting the fossil fuel facilities that are being shut down by the government and/or by ‘accidents’ and it gets worse.

      • Yup. Doesn’t it strike you odd that every “conspiracy theory” from 2+ years ago was actually a prediction? Makes us prophets (small ‘p’) and the naysayers the actual nutjobs.

  4. ID tags and clothes tags are essential in warfare, if you want to know whose body you just found (that is, if enough is available for finding said id tags.) DNA has helped, but a big enough bomb will do wonders to mixing and destroying any evidence.

  5. yet the u.s. exported 500 million pounds of beef last quarter alone. no telling how much pork and chicken. but for sure there are no coincidences in criminal investigation. i’ve laid in enough food for a good spell but my soil is too poor to grow much of anything. “on a long enough time line, everyone’s probability of survival is zero.”

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