Odds ‘n Sods:

Central Florida leaders to vote on pay-per-mile study. – T.P.

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From the local TV news out of Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, February. 10th: Major shipping company pulls out of Portland

I’m sure you’ve all seen those shipping containers attached to semi-trucks with the words “Hanjin” written on ’em. Well, Hanjin is one of the biggest sea shipping companies in the world; cargo ships are absolutely loaded down with those shipping containers stacked high on ’em as they pull into port.

Well, Hanjin announced yesterday that they will no longer pull into port in Portland, OR. No big deal, right? WRONG!!! We get 75% of everything we use shipped into Oregon via Hanjin shipping. First off all, this means the loss of hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs in the Portland, OR area. Secondly, it will mean that almost everything we purchase will have to be brought into Oregon (and probably parts of Washington, Idaho, and N. California, too) via trucks from the Seattle, WA area, which means delays and higher prices.

So, prepare to pay a lot more for just about everything you buy. Walmart’s prices will most assuredly go up, as they get much of their stuff from China. As I said, this will probably affect not just Oregon but Idaho, Washington, and N. California as well as the entire country, since trucks will have to deliver products unloaded from Hanjin hundreds if not thousands of more miles, adding to the overall cost of things.

I’m just glad that NObama has been telling us how much better the economy is. Without him telling us, we wouldn’t know how great things are going, huh? – Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog Product Review Editor Emeritus.

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Russia Warns Military Aid To Ukraine From The U.S. Will Result In ‘All Out War’

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Brazilians hoard water, prepare for possible drastic rationing. – JBG

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From the Wranglerstar vlog: Breaking Out The Big Gun