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Supply-Chain Shortages Stress Out Americans

The good news is the Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after a malware attack halted operations and compromised information systems. The breach is considered the largest successful cyber attack in American history. The culprits are believed to be a ransomware enterprise known as DarkSide. It will take several days for gas stations to get back to full capacity after 1970s-level chaos up and down the East Coast, complete with fisticuffs and panic buyers getting as much product as possible into as many containers as they could. President Biden's decision to close the Keystone Pipeline seems even worse now. Citing current data, liberal pundit Matthew Dowd took to social media to blame the situation on Americans propensity to 'hoard'. If the insanity was just limited to gasoline. Another supply chain meltdown caused prices to rise sharply at outlets such as Chick-Fil-A, Raising Cane's, Popeyes and KFC. The shortage is blamed partially on COVID, the February cold wave that paralyzed the Central U.S. and underperforming roosters. Small chickens are utilized for menu products such as the wildly popular chicken sandwiches and other items. A Milwaukee television station reported the price of chicken wings has doubled in the past 12 months, leaving restaurant operators hard-pressed to even keep items on the menu. A condiment shortage has impacted the food industry. As customers have ordered take-out during the pandemic, demand rose for single-serving size packets of ketchup and dipping sauces. Chick-Fil-A was said to have laid down the law with new restrictions this week. Just one dipping sauce per entree, two dipping sauces for combo meals and three for each 30-piece nugget order. Not exactly their pleasure. The obvious workaround is to order from the provider, pint-size containers of Chick-Fil-A sauce are available at the Wal-Mart and Target websites - although order limits could be implemented in the coming days. And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, a chlorine shortage has struck. The blame is on a home swimming pool boom, along with a disastrous explosion and fire at a Louisiana chemical plant earlier this year. This shortage has significantly raised prices and will impact those looking to fill backyard pools. It is said that public pools will be less affected so the sweet aromatherapy smell will still be available near those areas. And for those who live on the coast, there is always the ocean. Duh-dah, Duh-dah, duh-da, dud-da, dud-da, dud-da... That is either an approaching shark or just anticipating the next number to drop in 2021's Bingo card.


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