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What Would Happen if We Lost the Internet for a Lengthy Period of Time, I Reached a Strange but Compelling Conclusion: The Food Distribution System Would Collapse

Monday, June 18, 2018 12:49
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Currently, about 14% of the value of all U.S. purchases is cash. The other 86% is credit cards, checks, and a few other instruments (e.g. gift cards, cryptocurrency). In the current system, the authorization of credit cards and checks is done over the internet. Without the internet, stores will not be able to accept credit cards. They can’t call in for authorization. And they probably don’t have any of those plastic machines that make an imprint of the card. Even if they did, fraud will increase at any store that accepts credit cards without getting authorization for the purchase. And credit card companies might not even accept the purchase without authorization.

Can’t the company give authorization numbers by phone? No. They are not set up to do that anymore. They don’t have the personnel. Their system is not geared for phone authorizations in large numbers. And it would slow purchases too much at the stores. So that means no credit card purchases as the grocery store, if the net goes down.

A similar situation would exist with check purchases. Currently, authorization for checks is done by the internet. No net means no purchases at the grocery store with a check. If a store decides to take checks without authorization, they will be plagued by so many bad checks that they will be forced to rescind that policy.

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Quickly, grocery stores and other retail businesses will realize that they can only accept cash.

Fine. Why not just go to the ATM for cash? No can do. Those devices also work over the internet. You would have to physically go to the bank, and withdraw cash. There will be a run on the banks, and they will not have anywhere near enough cash, nationwide. There simply does not exist enough physical currency for the nation’s economy to work. You can’t increase cash purchases from 14% of total value to 100% overnight.

If the government tries to compensate by printing a massive amount of cash, the dollar will be greatly devalued. Economic catastrophe will result.

Stores will not be able to pay wholesalers and manufacturers for goods, because they will not have enough cash, and the cash they have will be difficult to transport to the seller. Nowadays, stores buy items from many different far-flung locations throughout the world. Cash-only means that many of these transactions will be impractical or impossible.

The grocery store shelves will quickly be emptied, as people spend whatever cash they have left on food. And then the shelves will not be replenished. The whole process of stores buying food and receiving shipments of food will be greatly slowed. As soon as any food arrives, it will be bought up at very high prices. The whole food distribution system will collapse without non-cash payments, which today are done mostly over the internet.

It could take months or years for the system to adapt and return to the former flow of goods to stores. The system might not recover before many people go hungry for months on end. I don’t think anyone realizes how thoroughly dependent modern commerce has become on the internet. But if the net ever goes down for an extended period of time. We will find out, to our great consternation.

How do you prep for this kind of disaster? Store food. Grow food. And keep a bunch of cash in small denominations in a home safe, (but don’t tell the wife).



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  • Man

    you don’t need internet to get food… you can actually walk into stores

    Youi didn’t live before the time of the internet, do you?

  • raburgeson

    Good point Man, Grocers know the requirements to stock their stores. A store that sells a 1000 lbs. of beef a week will continue to order a 1000 pounds of beef. Snail mail will come back. Microwave TV will be set up. Things may be rocky at first. The number of radio stations will increase and the number of programs like the one Art Bell had with flourish. Investigative journalists (the real ones) will get the word out. The younger generations will discover the importance of ham signals. The people if they have any brains what-so-ever will go after all the hidden technology.

    • Working Outdoors

      Your both so far off. Don’t you realize that once the internet is down those people who run the stores any stores these days won’t have a clue how to order anything without the internet.

      It’ll take time for them to figure out how to do things the old fashioned way. Half of them couldn’t even make change for cash without the computer.

  • LindaJoyAdams

    And when the Internet is turned back on there will be no more cash anyone has stashed as they were forced to use it.. even the jars of change will be gone > and THE CASHLESS SOCIETY WILL BE BORN FOR REAL AND THEN THE CABAL OF THE PUPPET MASTERS WILL HAVE US IN THEIR ALREADY PUT IN PLACE BEAST SYSTEM WITH NO OVERSIGHT BY GOVT AS CONTRACTORS.. since USA Congress voted it in back in 2002 and rule as contractors stealing trillions already and responsible for millions dead due to illegal acts. and why I began my blog back in 12/08 that NO GOVT IN CHARGE.. .. and you will not be able to buy or sell unless you take their mark or chip and use the replacement for the plastic card. I am just one more with special unique info and trying to warn all and few want to listen and pretend the world has no evil in it. DAILY RECAP: Linda Joy

  • Hayduke

    I actually remember shopping before Al Gore invented the internet. So there. :smile:

  • Frank

    This article is totally inaccurate. Non of the critical infrastructure connects via the internet, anything that is connected to the internet can be hacked. The internet is like the wild wild west.

    All banks uses private network for their ATM which rely on land-based phone lines and the credit card system is also based on land-based phone line automated authorizations. Thats why banks cannot launch their own credit/debit cards but have to hinge on Visa/Master/etc is because of the massive amount of investment into this private network infrastructure.

    What really happens if the internet goes down will be that people will be shut-out from news events and have to rely on MSM, lose the ability for mass communication via social networks and lightning speed mail. Bitcoin will definitely be out.

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