These days it’s pretty common to find a dramatic title attached to a mundane story. And even though we recognize the headline as clickbait, we clikck anyway ‘just in case’ only to be disappointed. And what’s worse is when a reporter passes on a story after reading ONLY the clickbait title. This happened the other day.
A popular economic YouTuber reported that the California snowfall had caused unprecedented drifts in which more than a dozen people were found dead after being trapped. To this he added that we were about to face drastic food shortages now due to flooding of farmer’s fields when the snow melts into the nation’s bread basket.
So I looked it up and found stories similar to this: https://ktla.com/news/local-news/more-bodies-found-amid-san-bernardino-county-mountain-snowstorm-crisis/ Sure, sensational headlines but with very different stories attached.
Of the 13 “bodies” recovered after the snow storm, only one was deemed weather related. Many were hospice patients or people with chronic medical issues who died at the hospital during the storm. Others were still under investigation. Much different from people dying in snow drifts as reported by the YouTuber who obviously hadn’t read past the screamer.
Now, about the food shortage. A quick Google search produced stories like this one: https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/california-crops-lost-floods-shortage
America’s salad bowl now a soup bowl. Farmers would have to replant. It would take longer than normal to harvest a crop. Prices would rise for produce like lettuce, broccoli and strawberries.
But I found it difficult to imagine there wouldn’t have been some planning ahead for weather situations. So I searched more. Sure enough, there were articles like this: https://www.vedp.org/industry/controlled-environment-agriculture
Young farmers across the land have developed innovative ways of producing massive amounts of food in climate controlled environments. Yes, prices are going up for now, but it’s not necessarily due to lack of ability to produce food in America.
I say all of this to encourage everyone to BE AWARE OF INDEPENDENT REPORTERS LOOKING TO CASH IN ON FEAR. We are headed for unprecedented times that may require some sort of measured action on your part, but panic is never the appropriate response. Only in extreme cases will adrenalin fueled action ever be called for — and these will occur very seldom in your lifetime.
Let me assure you: YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO NAVIGATE UNCERTAIN TIMES. Let these moments bring out the best in you.
Again, thank you for taking the time to educate yourself.
This is not the sort of walk across America where the goal is not necessarily to arrive from point A to point B. It’s a new lifetyle, for now, where walking allows time and space to meet the ground and the sky, and the people who dwell in between; and through the process, introduce America to Natural Law.