The great chocolate shortage and other BS

Haiku points to this bit of tosh:

As a response to the chocolate shortage, farmers are investing in new strains of cacao. One of these is a breed called CCN51, renowned both because it produces nearly seven times more beans than its traditional Ecuadorian counterpart and because it is resistant to witches’ broom. Scientists, however, still have more work to do when it comes to cultivating CCN51: Its flavors on the human palette, according to one profiler, include “weak basal cocoa with thin fruit overlay; lead and wood shavings; astringent and acidic pulp.” The bean overall is, as those references would suggest, “quite bitter.” (Or,as one chocolate consultant says, CCN51 tastes like “acidic dirt.”)

For a start, it’s in The Atlantic. We’ve covered The Atlantic before. Once a fine publication, now a repository of Global Left Establishment concerns, in accordance with the official line, e.g. on the climate scam.  Scientific American is an example of the type of publication.

And this one is pure Joseph in the land of Egypt, high keeper of the grain silos. And in modern times, Monsanto has done exactly the same – one doesn’t create enormous, inaccessible seed banks in Scandinavia without a purpose. And that purpose became apparent when frankenseeds came out, the ones which die off and need replacing by Monsanto each year, as long as the farmer is a good boy.

It’s very simple logic – corner a market in what was once readily available for anyone, bring the state in to eliminate competition, e.g. with those silver dollars in the States, and there’s another staple or pleasure gone. These people do not like us, they do not wish to leave us to our simple pleasures, they have to interfere and make themselves an obscene profit in the process.

But it’s more than that.  Look at that frankenchoc CN51 – I’m suggesting it’s deliberately”quite bitter.” Them have identified a source of necessity or pleasure and must bugger it up, excuse my French. Far from this CN51 being a ‘saviour’ for the choc lover, the UN and countries then make it economically imperative, with all sorts of subsidies and restrictions, to propagate the frankenchoc and abandon the nasty old proper choc.

The policy can be seen in whatever field you like. My old blog did a series on water years back and zeroed in on the dams at the head of the Tigris and Euphrates, right in the middle of the conflagration zone. Getting all biblical, in a war zone, where poisoning the water is a logical move, voila – there’s your river boiling with pestilence and your dried up beds over which the army from the east marches.

Quantum of Solace was about precisely such a thing – drying up Bolivia and then meting out the water at a price. and the bottom line was that an international firm could install a puppet president and control people’s daily needs.

But it’s a firm only in a very loose sense.  It’s actually a private public partnership, a monster not unlike our large energy firms in the UK, it crosses international boundaries, e.g. ATOS, G4S and is, in effect, an unholy alliance which does sweetheart deals with the people who count.

And that’s why we’re at each other’s throats.  Conservative publications insist on calling that leftwing, you might insist on calling it Capitalist – we are looking at the same phenomenon but applying our own terms to it.  I myself call it Them.  There are all sorts of words – corporatism, crony capitalism, PPP – it still comes down to monopoly and monopolies are monopolies, neither specifically socialist nor specifically corporatist in terminology.

All the terminology does is separate us.  Once we’re clear who the enemy is, then we might combine better.

On another matter, haiku points to this piece laying out some simple groundrules on how to stay safe when using WiFi.  They might be simple but I bet a lot of people don’t observe all of them:

1.  Turn off sharing.
2.  Enable your firewall …

… etcetera. and that’s the same thing. Create the WiFi and then create the blight for it. Three steps forward, two steps back.

Give you an example – my mate will only buy a vehicle before about 2002, simple car which can be repaired by himself, not requiring computer diagnostics. And he’s a techie himself! I agree – when I was out in the wilderness of Russia in winter and something happened, I knew I could repair that Lada with parts I kept in the boot. And if I couldn’t have, within a few kilometres would have been an auto-place which could have.

The day it becomes illegal for my acre of land to use normal seeds and grow one winter’s needs in produce or else needs me to arm myself to protect it is the day we cross a line. Reduce dependency, people, rely on them for nothing and then it just becomes a case of fending the b***ers off with their demands through the post.

1 comment for “The great chocolate shortage and other BS

  1. Flyinthesky
    November 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I think the botton line here is monetise everything, spare no one.
    GM, nothing to do with feed the world it’s to cartelise agribusiness.
    I read somewhere that a lot of legacy crops are no longer legal to cultivate for sale, apples, grains vegetables etc, as they don’t have modern certifications and the cost of gaining said certification is prohibitive. None of it is an accident, these certifications will have been lobbied for.
    Modern cars little to do with efficiency but to give it a finite lifespan and make sure “you” can’t mend it.
    Two of my previous cars jump out for comparison:
    1995 ford mondeo 1598cc urban average 26mpg
    1962 Austin Cambridge 1622cc, at least half a ton heavier, urban average 29mpg, you could even refil the front shock absorbers!

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