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Name: Pet Rock
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Standardized Republican Emergency Response Plan:

1. First, look at how Repug-friendly corporations can profit from the disaster.
2. Next, look for any and all ways of minimizing government involvement.
3. List the absolute minimum items that must be done and how to delay and minimize costs.
4. Energize the Repug/Evangelical Tots and Pears Generator and flood them into all media outlets.
5. Clothe yourself in tough-guy jackets and hats for publicly showing off your ass.
6. Energize your Repug spin machinery, then go on TeeVee and blame Democrats for the disaster.
7. Go on Faux TeeVee and blame Democrats for poor and slow government response, then brag about what a great job you've done.

Straight from a well-used play book. That's Repug emergency leadership in a nutshell.......

Thanks, Achilleaze. Good summary review from 2017 here and it's not just the Saudis.

Foreign investment in U.S. farmland on the rise
By Johnathan Hettinger and Robert Holly with additional reporting by Jelter Meers/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
June 22, 2017

Link: https://investigatemidwest.org/2017/06/22/foreign-investment-into-u-s-farmland-on-the-rise/

In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui received wide public attention when it purchased U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods for a record $4.7 billion.

In an overlooked part of the deal, Shuanghui also acquired more than 146,000 acres of farmland across the United States, worth more than $500 million, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
Indeed, over the past decade, foreign companies have been investing in agricultural land in the United States at a record pace, according to a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of USDA data. The data was compiled from 1900 to 2014 under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA).
The database shows that between 2004 and 2014, the amount of agricultural land held by foreign investors doubled from 13.7 million acres to 27.3 million acres — an area roughly the size of Tennessee.

It's not only foreign control of land that is of concern. It's also the fact that they're helping to suck our aquifers and river systems dry (along with greedy Americans).

Therefore, in summary, America is loosing precious water table and farm land so Saudis can feed their cows, horses and camels, enabled by our buying their oil. China is enabled by our buying megatons of their cheap merchandise.

Weak and for sale to the lowest bidder.....

on the international land and equipment market. Many more farms will be auctioned thanks to tRump.

Rural bankers in 10 states worry over farm loan defaults
January 17, 2019
Link: https://apnews.com/a9d6a53340864a46b44fbd0331755b04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019.

More than 4 of every 10 bankers questioned for the Rural Mainstreet survey for January said they expect farm loan defaults to be the year’s biggest challenge.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says their outlook is being negatively influenced by tariffs, trade tensions, weak commodity prices and the partial federal government shutdown.

Thanks, very informative. If only American consumers knew!

Obviously, few or none of the deplorables cheering Trump's trade war are aware of those transport "details". Some of that trade may never come back.

From your posts, I suspect you're well aware of this situation, but I was reading on Farm & Ranch/Kearney Hub that corn and soy bean harvests are setting records. What the hell are they going to do with all that product? Sales of pork to China is down, so hogs are eating less of it, LOL.

USDA survey shows record corn and soybean harvests in Nebraska
Link: https://www.kearneyhub.com/news/agriculture/usda-survey-shows-record-corn-and-soybean-harvests-in-nebraska/article_b69d13f6-2e1a-11e9-bf45-338de4c85662.html

Nebraska’s 2018 corn crop at record high (discusses other crops as well)
Link: https://www.kearneyhub.com/news/agriculture/latest/nebraska-s-corn-crop-at-record-high/article_7c2b0fec-4b69-5ec5-8235-d023621719b2.html
While Nebraska farmers face a number of problems from rising input costs, low commodity prices, high property taxes and trade barriers, the one thing they can celebrate is that can constantly grow huge crops.

I can't comprehend how today's farmers deal with the stress from so many directions, and they have to pay for their own healthcare. Used to be mainly just weather to worry about.

Economic trends turn downward for farmers

Economic trends turn downward for farmers
By Millie Munshi and Shruti Date Singh / Bloomberg
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at 3:59 PM Updated Feb 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Read more here: https://www.theledger.com/news/20190215/economic-trends-turn-downward-for-farmers

On Thursday, the farm belt’s malaise deepened after the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted soybean exports would stay below their pre-trade war levels until the 2026-2027 season. That followed a report that sales of the oilseed in early January had the worst week ever. And things didn’t end there: The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City warned that farm incomes were likely to have a weak start in 2019 and that credit was tightening at lenders.

“It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s not getting a lot worse quickly,” said Dan Kowalski, at farm lender CoBank Acb in Greenwood Village, Colorado. “It’s getting modestly worse over time.”

Some of the hurdles have been around for years. Consecutive seasons of bumper crops kept grain inventories flush. At the same time, U.S. meat production was soaring and dairies were overflowing. The supply boom meant prices stayed low for a long time, while robust demand kept things from falling off a cliff. In fact, farm income posted a 22 percent rebound in 2017.

Then came Donald Trump’s trade war.
“The bailouts did help out some,” Lynn Rohrscheib, chairwoman of the Illinois Soybean Association, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television this week. “But most farmers, they just didn’t want that. We want to be able to grow our crop and receive a fair price.”

Rohrscheib said she knows of some producers who aren’t farming this year because of the tariffs, and that her family “took a $600,000 hit to our annual income” as a result of the trade war.
Meanwhile, other Trump policies have also taken a bite of out of the farm economy.

A labor shortage , which some in the industry say is at least partly sparked by Trump’s tough stand on immigration, means employers have been forced to boost wages in the face of sluggish markets. On Thursday, U.S. poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. said it was increasing wages $50 million, year over year, to attract workers.

What will it take for farmers to finally see that Trump lies to them every time?...... ......

Just to refresh our memory.....

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Schiff

Early life, education, and career

Schiff was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, the son of Edward and Sherrill Ann (Glovsky) Schiff. He was raised in a Jewish family, and moved to Danville, California, during high school. He graduated from Monte Vista High School and received a political science degree from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

After Harvard Law School, Schiff began working as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office. While an assistant U.S. Attorney, he gained attention by prosecuting a case against Richard Miller, a former FBI agent convicted of "passing secret documents to the Soviet Union in exchange for a promised $65,000 in gold and cash." The first time Miller was tried, it resulted in a hung jury; the second time, it resulted in a conviction overturned on appeal, and the third time he was convicted.

California State Senate
Schiff was elected to the California State Senate in 1996, after two unsuccessful bids for state assembly.[8] He chaired that body's judiciary committee during his one term.

One of our many current heroes........


retirees like me on SS are trying to support local teachers through DonorsChoose, desperately sick and hungry people through local charity and GoFundMe, as well as contribute what we can to counter billionaire political funding and contribute to outfits like ACLU and Sierra Club to counter their destruction of rule of law and our environment. Whew!

It's exhausting and I suspect this situation is precisely how Rethug big-wigs planned it in their master plan to demolish the US government.


I predict tRump will say....

he's down there guarding the Florida coast from a known threat of hoards of drunken criminal Scottish gangs. You know, the ones that shoot two under par......

He's now a member of the Florida National Guard.....the National 9th Hole Guard, that is......

Tactical checklist leaked to press:

* Golf carts fully charged and loaded with...
* Coolers full of Diet Coke,
* All driver club laser sights tested for accuracy,
* Spare set of fake bone-spur pads at hand,
* Full compliment of custom Titleist paintballs loaded,
* Local McDonald's placed on 24/7 standby for emergency rations,
* Two CIA-approved golf umbrella kilt grabbers per cart, and
* Club bar fully stocked with Scottish pale ale just in case they win........

Libraries will be filled with books of scorn about this bunch of miscreant Rethugs.

It also negates the emotional connection between humans....

associated with eye-to-eye contact and is far worse than telephone calls in doing that.

That, along with the anonymity of social media and blogs has enabled far too many people to disconnect themselves from emotions and accountability associated with normal human communications - including empathy, sympathy, and humility....and even a healthy dose of fear when we insult another person.

We are slowly destroying our humanness with the coldness of the internet.......

But, it's damn good for business.......

There can be no forgiveness because.....

we can never repair the social, cultural and psychological damage the Republican party has done to America. We can fix our government in time as well as our economy, but not those three core issues.

The divisiveness now in previously close families and communities, corruption of our common dialog, the erosion of our culture and history, loss of standing on the international stage, taking our public media hostage......the list goes on forever, and it's all for the sake of greed and thirst for power.

Sorry folks, but I'm a bitter old man.......
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