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Have You Heard Of The Looming Copper Shortage?

by Anura Guruge


Do a search of Google News for ‘copper shortage‘.


When I first heard about this shortage on the financial sites (e.g., MarketWatch, CNBC, etc.) I follow, I thought were running out of copper. That was kind of scary. Got me wondering if we have ever before exhausted a naturally occurring element — one that we relied on, quite literally.

A bit more research today shows that the shortage is due to our current capacity to extract it. That is kind of a relief.

I am glad that we, in the US, no longer use copper for our plumbing. But, I had forgotten about wiring because the copper is mainly covered. We will have to start reusing, remelting old copper.


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Metamucil Shortage Seems To Be Contrived — Excuse For Price Gouging?

by Anura Guruge


I was at our local Walmart (in Rochester, NH) on Saturday to get more ‘Metamucil‘ & the shelves were EMPTY again. They only had a few of the MOST expensive options, like $24 for 144 tsps. Crazy. Got me thinking. Somebody is doing quite well from this — Walmart among them.

We are now in December. This has been going on for over 8-months. No reason why Metamucil & Walmart could not have ramped back production.

Does not sound or seem correct. Is it price gouging using COVID as a convenient but irrelevant excuse? What do YOU think?


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Metamucil Shortage: Options For Circumventing.

by Anura Guruge


Check out Amazon.com.


Click to ENLARGE. The ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ comparable.

 


I am still getting comments & messages that the Metamucil shortage still persists in some parts of the country. I am sorry about. We, in New Hampshire (at least around where I live in the central part) appear to be out of the woods. But, to be fair, I buy the ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ brand — & have done so for many, many years. Bought a 180-teaspoon bottle this Monday at Walmart — & YES, I noticed that I was taking the last one.

I checked Amazon. As you can see from the lead figure they are currently out of stock but expect to be able to ship starting November 17, 2020.

So, my recommendations:

  1. Check online: Amazon, Walmart, Target etc.
    ….
  2. Try the Walmart equivalent. I have been using it for years. In terms of the FIBER content it is identical to Metamucil. Yes, maybe the granularity is slightly different. But, it works — which is more than what I can say for the capsules. They do NOT work.
    …..
  3. See if you can get it from another part of the country. Yes, if you really are DESPERATE let me know. I will see IF I can help you out. SMILE.

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The Looming WINE SHORTAGE: Most Devastating Shortage Of Them ALL.

by Anura Guruge


Quick Google confirmed my worst FEARS.


Ye Gods!

This is BEYOND my worst nightmare.

Toilet paper shortage. Bothered me none. I always knew I could lay my hands on some kind of paper or get a bidet.

Metamucil shortage. There were alternatives.

WINE SHORTAGE! That is serious. This is no joke. Yes, NOT entirely COVID related. Californian wildfires. Yes, prices have already gone up.

Should I stock up. I should. BUT, herein lies the problem. I will just drink MORE. So, it will be gone. Then WHAT?

Then WHAT?

Maybe I could — maybe I should — now that I am officially old start drinking brandy. That is an idea. I think I could survive on brandy. What do YOU think.

Yike.

Ye Gods.


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Metamucil Shortage Appears To Be BACK; Luckily There Are Store Brands Available.

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A MONTH AGO!

WOW.


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A month ago it seemed that we were back to normal — as you can see from the 2nd picture above.

Exact same Walmart in Rochester, NH, a month apart. I think folks have started HOARDING Metamucil. That is crazy. All the Walmart ‘Equate’ comparables were gone too BUT for the poisonous ‘Real Sugar‘ variety. I am impressed, & glad, that folks now have the sense to boycott that version. It is BAD for you. So high in sugar.

Well, I had to go to ‘Market Basket‘ which is kind of ‘next door’. I looked they had a store brand which is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I was happy. But, they only had two containers — & NO, I did NOT buy both. I am good like that.

So, my latest update. I will, of course, keep you posted.


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I Think The Metamucil Shortage Is OVER.

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September 16, 2020 UPDATE — shortage CONTINUES. (click)


Went to Walmart (Rochester, NH) this past Sunday, August 16, 2020. Yes, among other things I needed FIBER. I was willing to get straight Psyllium Husk Powder (e.g., Konsyl). But, the shelves were NOT bare. Looked like we were back to normal.

They had my Walmart-brand, 114-teaspoon full ‘NO SUGAR‘ bottles. I was happy. I got 1 bottle.

Don’t ask me why — methinks it is the GRINDING — but I think Metamucil, at least with I, works better than Psyllium Husk Powder. Kind of counterintuitive. Should be no difference — or, if anything, the Psyllium should be better.

Well, Psyllium was more expensive too.

So, didn’t see the point. SMILE.

So, I think the Metamucil shortage is OVER. At least from my experience.


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Metamucil Shortage — I Have Switched To Straight Psyllium Husk Powder (Konsyl).

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Yes, I know that Metamucil is supposed to be psyllium-based, BUT, I will be honest. They, i.e., Metamucil vs psyllium, FEEL different. Not sure they act the same either! That is crazy.

Dietary fiber & soluble fiber should be dietary fiber & soluble fiber. There should be no apparent difference. But, there seems to be. They feel different as you drink it. NO, it is NOT the sugar. SMILE. I get the ‘SUGAR FREE’ Metamucil. It could be the way Metamucil is ground. I do not know. I did a quick ‘Google’. Nothing jumped out at me.

I first started getting straight — generic — psyllium husk powder from Amazon. Then I saw the Konsyl at Walmart — which is where I have habitually bought my Metamucil for 20-years. So, kind of habit.

Don’t ask me why, BUT I am sure the Konsyl is MORE expensive. That was also the case with psyllium husk powder from Amazon! Does not make sense. Just letting you know.

Well, the way I look at it, the Konsyl is better than nothing. Just wanted to share with you. OK? SMILE.


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Marked Slowdown In U.S. Google Doodles Since The Pandemic — & Makes No Sense.

by Anura Guruge


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I like ‘Google Doodles‘. There was a time when I did posts about them. I no longer have the time.

But, I still watch out for them everyday. Even check the archives, now & then, for interesting International ones.

I noticed that there has been a MARKED drop-off in new Doodles over the last 2-months.

Makes no sense. Google’s designers most likely all work from home — virus or no virus. So, the ‘stay-at-home’ should not have had any impact.

But, something is up.

Just wanted to make sure that you were aware.

Now you know.


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Latest Shortage — Metamucil — And It Can’t Be Related To Toilet Paper. (Could It?)

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Sacré bloody bleu!

Who would have reckoned?

I really am NOT sure what is worse, the shortage of TP or Metamucil? [Actually ‘Market Basket‘ had some TP — one ‘package’ (of six (I think)) per family.]

Don’t think the two shortages can be related.

Don’t give me grief about Metamucil. It is not because I am old. Well it is, BUT I have been taking it for OVER 20-years. So, it is NOT something new — unlike my old age that descended on I without much warning.

Never thought I would see a shortage of Metamucil.

They had a few assorted containers, MOSTLY those with SUGAR. That, to I, is like poison.

To be brutally honest, I can get away without the Metamucil. I eat MORE FIBRE a day than a cow. Honest. I live on fibre. SMILE.

Well, I have given you a heads up.


September 16, 2020 UPDATE — shortage CONTINUES. (click)


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Another Helium Balloon Escapes To The Heavens To Later Cause Mylar Pollution.

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Yes, I like helium balloons. I didn’t have them growing up in Ceylon, but as a father to four kids, as of 1989, I know that I have bought too many. I even used to get the helium canisters for the home. Then c. 2012 I heard about the helium shortage. I started to become responsible about wasting helium. Since 2012 I have really cut back on buying helium balloons. Yes, I know kids like them and they cheer up the sick. So, it is a compromise.

Yes, I have seen too many helium balloons go ‘bye-bye’. I even watched a 12-year, rather spoilt boy, intentionally let go of a $99 motor-driven, helium filled shark. We tried to chase that down by car!

Yes, I know some set them loose intentionally — to be symbolic of freedom. This was at Concord Hospital, today. So, it could have been either, accidental or intentional. Either way it could end up two-weeks later in a field, woods or a lake. Animals will peck at it. Not good. Sad.

But, in the scheme of things we have bigger problems.

But, PLEASE try not to buy too many helium balloons.

Tell Realtors to cut it out.


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by Anura Guruge