Do you think we're really in an "economic recovery?" I don't either, and neither, apprently, does the U.S. military. The Pentagon is planning simulated "war games" that are centered on a potential collapse of the U.S. economy, due to a variety of factors. I was reminded of this Tom Clancy book I read not too long ago, "Debt of Honor", in which a powerful Japanese busiessman, seeking revenge for the deaths of his family during WWII, comes very close to sinking the U.S. economy through various forms of corporate and stock market manuipulation. Although, from what I've been reading, this wounded U.S. economy seems more like a self-inflicted gunshot wound than anything.
Also, in the past few years, the U.S. government has been the leading buyer of freeze-dried foods. In addition, Russia is building thousands of underground bunkers, and the EU's seed depository (which is also known as the Doomsday Vault) is fully stocked, only years after coming into formation. As this collapse becomes more pronounced, it won't only be individuals hoarding whatever they can, but entire governments as well.
In addition, notice the price of gas going up? This is to be expected, but for this time of year, it's interesting. I wonder how this is going to affect the holiday shopping season, which is the most important time of year for retailers, big and small. There was a front-page story about it yesterday in my local fish rag, Newsday, in which the usual suspects were mentioned ("speculation", falling dollar) but no mention of peak oil or anything related to it. Just portrayed as being a temporary hassle for the sheeple.