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Food Crisis In The Making: Farm Bankruptcies Reach Horrifying Levels

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By Mac Slavo

We are amidst a food crisis.  Farms in the United States Midwest are filing for chapter 12 bankruptcy at an alarming rate.  And many are saying president Donald Trump’s trade war is taking the most blame.

We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. The trade war was a bad idea and everyday average Americans are footing the bill for this asinine policy of tariffs.  Now, the food supply could be in jeopardy because of political posturing and that will not bode well for already cash-strapped American families.

A total of 84 farms in the upper Midwest filed for bankruptcy between July 2017 and June 2018, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. That’s more than double the number of Chapter 12 filings during the same period in 2013 and 2014 in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, reported Vox.

Farms that produce corn, soybeans, milk, and beef were all suffering due to low global demand and low prices before the trade war, according to economists, but president Trump’s trade war is making the problem even worse by exacerbating the weaknesses in the American economy. China has retaliated against the tariffs by slapping billions of dollars worth of tariffs on United States agriculture exports in response to Trump’s tariffs on Chinese products. Other countries, including Canada, have also added duties to US agriculture products in response to Trump’s tariffs on all imported steel and aluminum.

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Patriot Alert! California is going down……… Don’t save us!

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 Heather Gass

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Warning to anyone outside of California……

 

This is what is happening in our state.

 

You MUST not let this happen in yours:

There is a parallel system of govt that has been stealthfully formed around us to overtake our federal/state and local system. This parallel system or shadow goverment consists of mostly state and regional boards, commission and agencies that are unelected and unaccountable to the people.

These boards/commissions and bodies have tremendous power and are now dictating policy to local counties and cities.  Many of these agencies cannot be audited and are incorporating outside of California to avoid the open meetings act.

Federal and state funding are being given to these bodies bypassing the local municipalities giving them great power to coerce local cities and counties into implementing Agenda21 land use, transportation, climate and other policies.

In addition Public/private partnerships are being formed daily to further dilute the accountability and control within our state. These partnerships allow this shadow govt to hide behind and protect private businesses from lawsuits, environment regulations giving unfair advantage to these corporations thereby killing their true private competitors.

In a few weeks California will have a carbon credit trading scheme foisted upon us that will further kill our economy. This regulation was enacted supposedly to stop the evil corporations from polluting our air and water. However, all of those corporation who are favored by the shadow system, known as Benefit Corporations, will get waivers so the real damage by these regulations will be to the middle class.

In a few short months I predict that California will lose thousands more jobs, our businesses will not be able to compete and our economy will fail.

Please DO NOT come bail this state out!

I believe the rest of the country will be asked to save California because “We are too big to fail!” Do not fall for this. California was meant to fail by design. All the Marxist policies that have been implemented in this state were designed to overrun the system so it would fail and then the govt could come in and take over.

Please do not bail us out.

Use this as a cautionary message to save your own state.

God help us…….. We really need it.

DELIBERATE SABOTAGE! THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY

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 Miss American

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The first time I heard that the Post Office was considering cutting out Saturday deliveries, my antenna went up. “Oh no! They want to wreck that too”! But I wrote it off as a normal cost cutting measure given our dismal financial state of affairs. The next warning then came as an announcement that they were 8 something billion in the red on their pension commitments, and were talking about closing hundreds of regional centers, rural post offices, and lay workers off. My anger, when I hear about the neglect and demise of something that is so basic to our country, such as our Postal Service, goes over the top. You could say I go postal.

There’s always plenty of millions/billions for the bankers bonuses, trillions for wars and killing, and the latest weapons and technology to be used against Americans, but not a penny in sight to shore up the basic foundations of our society. When it comes to anything for us, the taxpaying consumers as we are known, “we’re broke” they tell us.

What Americans need in the way of help from our loving, caring government is a drop in the bucket compared to what they decide to spend to “keep us safe”!! I’ll take the odds and keep myself safe!! Just let me keep my freedom, please!!! Anyway, I don’t appreciate how many innocent people they have to kill, and how many other countries they have to obliterate to keep me safe. Hey! Anyone want to invest in a new airline? It’s called ‘Fly At Your Own Risk Dream Trips’. More

The fleecing of America: The United States Covered Bond Act of 2011

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Marti Oakley(C) copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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Occasionally, amid the mountains of mindless legislation produced by those fools in congress, one or two really stellar examples of “what the hell were you thinking?” surfaces and leaves us wanting to bang our heads against the wall repeatedly out of frustration at the sheer stupidity of what is offered as necessary legislation.  Never has this been quite as extraordinary as it is in the Covered Bond Act of 2011, a bill that is intended to avoid the hassle and exposure of public debate over bailing out the criminals while leaving the country twisting in the wind.  Of course this will be supported by the full faith and credit (me & you) of the United States.

 Avery Goodman at www.seekingalpha.com makes this observation:

“So long as the Federal Reserve exists and/or other financial regulatory agencies continue to be run by a revolving door staff that moves in and out of industry and government, crony capitalism will be alive and well in America. No amount of Dodd-Frank or Volcker rule legislation will ever protect savers, taxpayers or the American people. Profits will continue to be privatized and losses socialized.”

This bill will just confirm the practice of privatizing profits while nationalizing the losses, as a legal response to criminal activity.

From the folks over at Patrick.net:

“The United States Covered Bond Act of 2011 is designed to allow bundling of any kind of debt including derivatives, into marketable securities guaranteed at full face value by the FDIC.”

Derivatives?  Weren’t those instruments the same ones that caused the near collapse of the system?  So what are they, exactly? More

Occupy Wall Street – Why I Must Be Stupid.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Apparently there are so many smart people out there that I’m blessed by my ignorance. The whole “non-demand demands” of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) just confuses the heck out of me. I’m thinking “What do OWS folks stand for?”, but the best I can come up with before the Union Co-Op and Prezzie support group started was here.   Let’s just take a look one-by-one:

Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Free trade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Awesome! Everyone will have more fiat money to purchase fiat imported goods which will in turn support Amerika! Oh. Not so much. Let’s move on to the next.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors. More

Lending – Not Spending – The Problem?

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

In yet another round of finger-pointing, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed last year turned up this bit of information:

Audit: Fed gave $16 trillion in emergency loans

I spent mine already – how about you? Didn’t get it? That is because it wasn’t for the “little people”. Oh no. Just like the skinny new kid on the block gives his brought from home outlawed Twinkie to the big kids at school so they’ll play with him, the Administration(s) played nice with the very people who are now being condemned as the “causation” of various bubbles, CEO raises, and “unexpected Economic downturn”. Are we seeing a pattern here? More

Why aren’t we trying to bust corporations?

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Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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I’ll make you a deal……I’ll agree to union busting if you agree to help end corporations.

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For all those out there cheering the union busting, where was your bravado, your passion, when Wall Street and the gangster banksters were robbing the American taxpayer and bringing the country to the edge of collapse with their corruption? I’ll tell you where you were…..you were sitting at home with your mouth shut. If you did speak it was to support the corporate overthrow of our government and our Republic. You are the same people who think a global economy is going to make you rich, and who parroted the neo-con mantra of “it ain’t fair to tax the rich” and how terrible it was to tax corporations who are registering the highest profits in recorded history while we foot the bill for subsidies, tax credits and the loss of wage protecting tariffs in all those unlawful trade agreements that serve to bankrupt economies around the world.

What we are witnessing is not only the wholesale deconstruction of our economy, but also the wage base that has secured a healthy middle class. Paramount to ending the middle class is to end workers rights. The right of workers to collectively bargain for benefits and wages helped maintain competitive wages across the board. Whether we belonged to a union or not, we benefited from them as businesses had to pay a fair wage in order to compete for the best workers.

Welcome to the new China! More

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