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https://www.npr.org/2017/09/04/547934012/trumps-nominee-to-be-usdas-chief-scientist-is-not-a-scientist

Trump's Nominee To Be USDA's Chief Scientist Is Not A Scientist

The chief scientist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is typically a low-profile job in any presidential administration. But President Trump's nomination of his former Iowa campaign manager for the post is raising concern in the scientific community and beyond about the politicization of science policy in the Trump administration.

Among the concerns: Sam Clovis isn't a scientist. He holds a doctorate, but it's in public administration and not a scientific discipline.

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https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-accuses-clinton-of-deliberately-losing-election

Trump Accuses Clinton of Deliberately Losing Election So He Could Be Impeached

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what might be his most startling allegation against his former election opponent, Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Hillary Clinton of deliberately losing the 2016 election just so that he could be impeached.

“How could one of the most experienced politicians in history lose to the most unfit candidate ever?” Trump asked reporters. “Crooked Hillary lost on purpose because she wanted me to be impeached.”

Explaining Clinton’s motives for intentionally sabotaging her quest for an office she had coveted for decades, Trump said, “Hillary Clinton is more than a nasty woman. She is an evil woman, and her sick mind is capable of anything.”

Trump said that instead of reporting the “fake story” of his campaign’s collusion with the Russians, the media should focus on Clinton’s “diabolical scheme to lose the election.”

“I don’t know if Hillary Clinton lost the election on her own,” Trump said. “Maybe she asked the Russians to help her lose. But the fact is, Hillary Clinton deliberately plotted to put me in the White House, and the American people should be very angry about that.”

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17 minutes ago, deicer said:

Trump Accuses Clinton of Deliberately Losing Election So He Could Be Impeached

I think you are starting to see how ridiculous all of this is. Not much different than efforts to brand Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian agent IMO. The quickest easiest solution to your Trump allergy is for Democrats to "do the work, earn the win." Their current efforts and machinations must be exhausting and stressful, there simply has never been a time when earning the win was more simple.

On 10/24/2019 at 10:43 AM, deicer said:

Trump's Nominee To Be USDA's Chief Scientist Is Not A Scientist

 

Were we to apply the same standard to Canadian Cabinet Ministers over the last 50 years, CBC shows like This Hour and This is That would have an unlimited supply of material. Again, I'm left with the notion that "do the work, earn the win" is easier than blaming space aliens for the rise of DJT.... on our current course, that will be the next headline.

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6 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

 Again, I'm left with the notion that "do the work, earn the win" 

That pretty much sums up why Scheer lost, campaigning on 'Trudeau Bad' instead of actually having a platform killed his chances.

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13 hours ago, deicer said:

That pretty much sums up why Scheer lost, campaigning on 'Trudeau Bad' instead of actually having a platform killed his chances.

Absolutely right.

It was his to lose and he preformed poorly on virtually all counts. He certainly did not do the work and actually got more than he deserved to win IMO. His opening statement in the english language debate was sufficient to disqualify him. The you're a racist..... no you're a white supremacist model of political discourse should not be rewarded, and yet it is. He needs to go and the sooner the better... this may have been bad enough to bring Peter Mackay out of retirement.  

The election results have similar lessons for the Liberals as well, the Toronto area votes were all that saved them....I hardly count the maritimes any more. You could dress a monkey in a Liberal T-shirt and people there would vote for it. Between Winnipeg and Vancouver though they failed badly.... despite opinions to the contrary (even right here on this forum), that is the very definition of a country divided and pretending it isn't so will lead only to further division. There needs to be some type of election reform in the future.... there is little doubt why JT chose to abandon it eh?

The single worst and most pathetic election campaign that I have ever witnessed. Kim Campbell seems to have been proven right.... she asserted that election campaigns were no time to discuss serious issues. 

I take comfort in the fact that Canada got exactly what it deserved.

Back in the US, and more inline with the thread, the House Intel Committee has not been doing the work required to earn the win either..... according to some of the members, they haven't had a proper Intel briefing in more than a month due to impeachment procedures. 

Whether you like him or not, Trump has his eye on the ball, he's getting stuff done, he's doing the work and he's earning the win....... if they don't get to work soon, Democrats will find themselves jogging in the sauna (while wearing a plastic garbage bag), just to make weight. The raid on al-Baghdadi's compound has even got CNN off the hysterical 24 hour/day impeachment clown show..... temporarily anyway. I've noticed they have become pretty quiet about his Syria policy and no longer sound quite as smart as they previously thought they maybe might possibly be.. 

 

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And the Democrats will no doubt find a way to demonize Trump . 
 

“  No matter what is said about Trump, one thing can never be denied: He gets things done! Can anyone name a single thing the Democrat-controlled Congress - Pelosi, Alexandria Occasionally Coherent, and the "Muff-Squad" - has accomplished apart from trashing trump?

It will be interesting to hear what Omar has to say.“

Congratulations President Trump for a job well done

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When they say history repeats itself.....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/26/gop-congressman-quotes-hitlers-mein-kampf-slam-trumps-adversaries-liars/

GOP congressman quotes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to slam Trump’s adversaries as liars

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the House floor on Monday to portray President Trump’s detractors as Nazis but ended up slurring them using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory drawn verbatim from Adolf Hitler’s writings.

It’s 2019, and the Führer’s magnum opus, “Mein Kampf,” has become a playbook for political combat in Congress, at the very moment that Trump is calling the Democrats “anti-Jewish. ”

Brooks, a five-term Republican, accused Democrats and members of the media of propagating a “big lie” about collusion. The expression was coined by Hitler to describe how Jews used their “unqualified capacity for falsehood” to blame a top German military commander for the country’s losses in World War I. A lie could be so big, Hitler claimed, that it perversely defied disbelief.

 

It was unclear if Brooks grasped that by leveling charges of the “big lie,” he had inverted his own analogy, making Democrats the equivalent of interwar German and Austrian Jews. He set out to compare the other side to fascists, but he was the one employing a fascist smear — one that, ironically, came to define Nazi propaganda.

 

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4 hours ago, deicer said:

“big lie”

How about using the term "huge lie" then? Was the word "humungous" invented back when Mein Kampf was being penned? That might smooth the fragile, silken fur of the easily offended who type every phrase into google to see if it qualifies as offensive. Milk is racist BTW, don't drink it! 

We can then defer the anti-Semitic rhetoric and hatred to Rep Ilhan Omar and the squad where it belongs. Maybe a bible quote would be better: "So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander."

Past time to start doing the work,  earning it is far and away the easiest path to a win these days. People respect that and they'll support it..... otherwise they will hold their nose and vote Trump. If impeachment doesn't work, and crazy doesn't resonate with the masses, what will they have left? 

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http://www.breakingburgh.com/frito-lay-changes-color-of-cheetos-to-avoid-association-with-trump/

Frito-Lay Changes Color Of Cheetos To Avoid Association With Trump

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The popular snack Cheetos will look different starting tomorrow after Frito-Lay decided to change the color from its traditional bright orange.

“Cheetos are now fluorescent green, though with the same great cheesy taste you know and love.”

The move is being made in response to consumers associating the product with President Trump.

“People who love cheetos suddenly reported feeling sick after eating them, and we finally realized it’s because they reminded them who the leader of the country was.”

 
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Focus testing suggested the new look was a vast improvement, with the product now being associated with aliens, radioactivity, and the Grinch instead of the current White House incumbent.

Orange growers will be closely watching Frito-Lay’s balance sheet, as they decide whether to genetically modify their product to be more purple.

Sadly, one victim of the Trump era appears to be the mushroom business, where sales have been steadily falling over the past year.

“People just can’t bring themselves to put a mushroom in their mouth anymore for some reason.”

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On 10/28/2019 at 8:17 PM, deicer said:

Frito-Lay Changes Color Of Cheetos To Avoid Association With Trump

Fake News

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5 hours ago, deicer said:

RUSSIA PICKED DONALD TRUMP AND RAN HIM FOR PRESIDENT, FORMER ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE OFFICER SAYS

RUSSIA PICKED TULSI GABBARD AND RAN HER FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE SAYS. 

I have previously recommended getting on with the nations business but I see that isn't going to happen. So, let us resolve to fully investigate these things.... and by that I mean investigate the investigation process as well. I think the Democrats will fare poorly on the Russian Collusion file when all is said and done though.

We will see what happens with Ukraine (a notoriously corrupt part of the world) and I'm interested in how the Biden's come out of it too. I will take bets right now that regardless of what happens in The House it will come to nothing in The Senate and all will be for not, including the money spent, the things not done, and the election loss. IMO, the Democrats have risked all on this course of action and, if nothing else, I salute their courage.

I'm a "do the work, earn the win" guy.... I'm simply too risk adverse to roll the dice as they have; I'd rather lose knowing I worked hard, was as prepared as possible and gave a good account of myself. That way, you can congratulate the victor and walk away with your head up and dignity intact. People in the parking lot might even say "good job, well fought." Should the Democrats lose in 2020, perhaps we can agree on the fact that no one will be consoling them in the parking lot. This should be easy, in fact, there was never a time when it was easier and never a time when doing the work had more potential to be converted to victory.  

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1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

 

I'm a "do the work, earn the win" guy.... 

Well, the behind the scenes work has been done, and it has shown that there is now enough to go public.

Let's watch the work continue...

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/first-public-hearings-trump-impeachment-inquiry-begin-next-week-schiff-n1077371

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17 hours ago, deicer said:

Well, the behind the scenes work has been done

It seems we are calling secretive hearings and selective leaks to supportive media outlets work now; the House Intelligence Committee hasn't had an intel briefing in over a month.... it's a choice and so be it.

In any case, you're right, we will now watch their version of work unfold, with less than a year to go, there is simply no going back, they are past PNR and have their collective backs to the sea. They are left with two options now, fight to the last man or part the waters.... full marks for having made a courageous choice.

This is likely to drag out in a long painful fashion with explosive revelations (timed for release) on the eave of the election... winner take all style and exactly the scenario I would have tried to avoid. 

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How can you deride 'secretive meetings' when the republicans did the same thing to Clinton?

And yes, it is winner take all, loser will spend two terms in federal and state prison.

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2 hours ago, deicer said:

How can you deride 'secretive meetings' when the republicans did the same thing to Clinton?

I deride the House Intelligence Committee for not attending intelligence briefings because they are preoccupied with another attempt at impeachment. Going back to the Clinton days and invoking relative privation as "sufficient cause" is simply proof that we have (collectively) learned very little. Ancient history, dead relatives and the mistakes of the past is the reason most people can't get through Christmas dinner with their relatives too. Tactically, the here and now is what's important and we should resolve not to repeat the tactical blunders of the past..... that's exactly the reason for studying them IMO. They stand as examples of what not to do and why not to do it. That is why they hold their value, using past stupidity as justification for present stupidity with the promise of more to come is not how you pave the roads of the future. 

You may be right about the eventual outcome.... I don't know, I'm just risk adverse and wouldn't want my back to the sea. Great democracies thrive on consensus, cooperation, and compromise; it allows people with diverse opinions and beliefs to live together under a frame work of laws and good governance. A winner take all approach to governing is usually short lived, messy, painful and costly.... and that's if you are lucky, it can also be dangerous and destructive if you aren't. There is an African proverb that says "better to walk than curse the road." I think it means do the work, earn the win.... but that's just me. The Federalist Papers and Politics and Poetics should be required reading for students in Hight School. Instead, we deconstruct such literary masterpieces as Day of The Triffids.

This was such an easy win, what is the motivation behind making it so hard? Set he radical left adrift, be moderate, be reasonable and just watch the magic. The "green new deal" plan is about as believable as the notion that Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian spy. So, if you are looking for a place to "start stopping," that might work.

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The longer he sticks around, more and more damaging information surfaces.  He would be wise to step down.

Judge orders Trump to pay $2m for misusing Trump Foundation funds

Trump presents a chequeImage copyright Reuters

A New York judge has ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2m (£1.6m) for misusing funds from his charity to finance his 2016 political campaign.

The Donald J Trump Foundation closed down in 2018, after prosecutors accused it of working as "little more than a chequebook" for Mr Trump's interests.

Charities such as the one Mr Trump and his three eldest children headed cannot engage in politics, the judge ruled.

She said the money must be paid by Mr Trump himself.

"I direct Mr Trump to pay the $2,000,000, which would have gone to the Foundation if it were still in existence," wrote Judge Saliann Scarpulla.

She said the money should go to eight charities Mr Trump has no relationship to.

Mr Trump "breached his fiduciary duty" by allowing funds raised for US veterans to be used for the Iowa primary election in 2016, she said in the settlement.

Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump - who were also directors of the Trump Foundation - are required to undergo mandatory training "on the duties of officers and directors of charities", New York Attorney General Letitia James said.

The payment is the final resolution of a case brought by state prosecutors.

What's the deal with the Trump Foundation?

Mr Trump and his lawyers had argued that the case was politically motivated and blamed "sleazy New York Democrats" of "doing everything they can to sue me

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In case you really wanted to know how good Trump is for the heartland...

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/08/30/amid-trump-tariffs-farm-bankruptcies-and-suicides-rise/#4eef7d2c2bc8

 

Aug 30, 2019, 11:28am

Amid Trump Tariffs, Farm Bankruptcies And Suicides Rise

 
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Pat Sheldon, a corn and soybean farmer from Percival, Iowa, who

Pat Sheldon, a corn and soybean farmer from Percival, Iowa. (Annie Gowen/The Washington Post via ... [+] Getty Images)

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Farmers are pretty much under stress all the time since many factors that affect their livelihood are outside of their control. However, over the past few years the combination of lower prices, rain that has created havoc with their ability to plant and finally China freezing the imports of U.S. grown crops due to President Trump’s tariffs has unfortunately created almost the perfect storm against them.

Corn and soybeans are the largest cash crops grown in the U.S. per NASS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In 2018 the value of corn was $51.5 billion, with soybeans second at $39 billion. The next largest crop was hay, a distant third at $17 billion. For comparison the value of apples grown in the U.S. was about $4 billion and oranges was $2 billion.

U.S. crop cash receipts

U.S. crop cash receipts

USDA, Economic Research Service, Farm Income and Wealth Statistics. March 6, 2019
 

Body blow to farmers

Today In: Money

After China made its announcement that it would stop importing U.S. agricultural products American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “China’s announcement that it will not buy any agricultural products from the United States is a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by.”

He added, “In the last 18 months alone, farm and ranch families have dealt with plunging commodity prices, awful weather and tariffs higher than we have seen in decades. Farm Bureau economists tell us exports to China were down by $1.3 billion during the first half of the year.”

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Impact of China trade war on agricultural products

Impact of China trade war on agricultural products

USDA FAS, Farm Bureau Calculations

Duvall pointed out, “Now, we stand to lose all of what was a $9.1 billion market in 2018, which was down sharply from the $19.5 billion U.S. farmers exported to China in 2017.”

U.S. ag shipments to China

U.S. ag shipments to China

USDA, Farm Bureau

China bought $9 to $10 billion in soybeans per year

China had been buying 30-35 million tons of soybeans, which is 22% to 25% of total U.S. production.

In 2018 the U.S. produced:

·     4.6 billion bushels of soybeans

·     One bushel weighs 60 pounds

·     Equaling total production of 276 billion pounds

·     Or 138 million tons

China buying 30-35 million tons:

·     Is 22% to 25% of the total U.S. production

·     Or 1 to 1.15 billion bushels

·     At a price of $8.50 per bushes this equates to

·     $8.5 to $10 billion in revenue from China to U.S. farmers

Soybean price chart

Soybean price chart

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Corn farmers are also being impacted by Trump

China had not had nearly the same effect on corn farmers. However, in early August when China announced that it would stop importing U.S. agricultural products corn prices dropped by about 10%.

Corn prices

Corn prices

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The recent decision by Trump’s EPA to exempt an additional 31 small oil refineries from incorporating ethanol, which is made from corn and accounts for 40% of total corn use per the USDA, will put even more stress on farmers.

U.S. corn production uses

US CORN PRODUCTION ETHANOL

U.S. corn production uses

Farmer loan delinquencies and bankruptcies are rising across the U.S.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, also known as the Farm Bureau, published a report in July that dove into farm loan delinquencies and bankruptcies based on Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and U.S. court data.

The information showed that, “the delinquency rates for commercial agricultural loans in both the real estate and non-real estate lending sectors are at a six-year high and … were above the historical average of 2.1%.”

Farm loans past due

Farm loans past due

FDIC Call Report Data, Farm Bureau Calculations

The Farm Bureau report showed that farmer bankruptcies had risen in every region of the U.S. for the year ending in June except for the Southwest. Wisconsin, Kansas and Minnesota led the nation in Chapter 12 filings; bankruptcy filings in Kansas and Minnesota increased so significantly in the past year that they reached the highest levels of the past decade

Farm bankruptcies by region

Farm bankruptcies by region

U.S. Courts, Farm Bureau Calculations

While Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on China and its subsequent retaliation is not the only reason for the stress farmers are under, it is a self-inflicted wound. John Newton, the Chief Economist at the Farm Bureau, summarized the farmer’s situation as, “The deteriorating financial conditions for farmers and ranchers are a direct result of several years of low farm income, a low return on farm assets, mounting debt, more natural disasters and the second year of retaliatory tariffs on many U.S. agricultural products.”

2019 farm income should be in the bottom 25% of the past 90 years

In another report from Newton, his analysis shows that while farm income in 2019 should increase by 10% from 2018, that would put it in the bottom 25% of the past 90 inflation-adjusted years. His analysis also includes direct payments from the Trump Administration’s Market Facilitation Program, and while it is not on the chart, 2018’s was even lower than 2019’s projected result.

Inflated-adjusted net farm income

Inflated-adjusted net farm income

USDA ERS, Farm Bureau Analysis

Farmers live off of thin margins

Farmers have high fixed costs including the land that they own, the equipment they must buy and the seed they need to grow their product. However, their revenue is variable and can change based on factors totally out of their control. The chart below shows farmer’s rate of return on their assets has fallen to under 2% for the past 6 years and for 2019 Newton projects it to be 1.3%.

Rate of return on farm assets

Rate of return on farm assets

USDA ERS, Farm Bureau

China will find other suppliers or grow more crops themselves

Farmers are probably the first to realize that they will have lost a lot of Chinese market share to other countries or that China will start to grow more of the crops they have been importing. It has taken decades to grow the Chinese market but a significant amount will be lost in just a few years due to Trump’s tariffs and China’s retaliation. 

A USDA study shows that Canadian shipments of wheat to China have grown over 400% in two years. The report said, “Canada’s share of total Chinese imports of wheat has rocketed above 60% in marketing year 2018/19, up from 32% in marketing year 2017/18, as U.S. wheat exports to China have plunged and Australian exportable supplies have fallen sharply.”

Top destinations for Canadian wheat exports

Top destinations for Canadian wheat exports

USDA, Global Trade Atlas

The Farm Bureau provided these facts.

 

  • From 2017 to 2018, U.S. agricultural exports to China fell more than 50 percent, dropping to $9.1 billion
  • In 2014, U.S. agricultural exports to China exceeded $24 billion
  • From 2000 to 2017, U.S. agricultural exports to China increased by 700%

 

 

U.S. agricultural exports to China

U.S. agricultural exports to China

USDA, Farm Bureau

China will also increase the amount of soybeans it grows itself. It will be difficult to almost impossible for U.S. farmers to find a market for the amount of soybeans that China won’t be buying.

Hu Xijin tweet

Hu Xijin tweet

Twitter

All of this has led to increased stress levels for farmers

The Farm Bureau and Morning Consult did a survey of rural adults and farmers to understand multiple aspects of mental health for this population. One of the findings was that 91% of farmers and farm workers think financial issues impact the mental health of farmers.

Mental health issues for farmers and farm workers

Mental health issues for farmers and farm workers

Morning Consult, Farm Bureau

Dr. Michael Rosmann has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, serves as a counselor for farmers and ranchers and spends 15 to 25 hours a week, seven days a week responding to requests for help. He wrote an article in The New Republic in April that describes the types of phone calls and situations he helps people with.

He passed along that, "When the AgriWellness Inc. board holds telephone conference calls (usually every few weeks), the state coordinators of services for farmers have a similar message—that the number of calls to their hotlines or to them personally have increased slowly and fairly consistently over the past three years. They reported more concerns about farmer bankruptcies and suicidal contemplation until about July when the farmers became busier with crops that were maturing.”

Suicide data is anecdotal but prevalent

It takes quite a while for the Centers for Disease Control to collect national violent death data, which are based on coroner reports. Municipal coroner reports are funneled to their respective states and then to the CDC. However, multiple people involved in the farming community have spoken out about increased suicides in the past few years.

National Farmers Union has seen more farmer suicides

A Newsweek article in May detailed a Fox News interview with Patty Edelburg, vice president of the Washington-based National Farmers Union, which represents about 200,000 U.S. farms. In the interview she said, "It has been insane. We've had a lot of farmers—a lot more bankruptcies going on, a lot more farmer suicides. These things are highlighting many of the news stories in our local news."

She added, "We have more commodities, more grain sitting on the ground now because we lost huge export markets. We've lost export markets that we've had for 30 years that we'll never get a chance to get back again. Farmers are hopeful to get their crops in the ground this year but really hopeful we have a place to sell it come fall."

Soybean farmer in Minnesota has seen increased suicides

In a CNN interview in May, Minnesota soybean farmer Bill Gordon said, “With these added tariffs farmers are not getting their credit lines renewed, banks are coming in and foreclosing on their farms, taking their family living away and it's too much for some of them. We have seen a definite increase in the suicide rate and depression in farmers in the U.S., especially in the Upper Midwest.”

Even a corn maze in Wisconsin is highlighting the issue

Govin’s Meats & Berries/Govin’s Farms created a corn maze this summer to highlight the concerns it has about suicides and to provide a way for someone to get help.

Corn maze

Corn maze

Govin’s Meats & Berries/Govin’s Farms Facebook page

Farm Progress hearing of more suicides

A Farm Progress article in May reported that, “those of us in the field know we’re hearing about more of them.” The reporter added, “I can think of two farmers I know who’ve committed suicide in the past year.”

Farm Aid saw a 30% increase in calls last year

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. It released a statement in June that included, “Based on a 30% increase during 2018 in calls to their farmer hotline and feedback from family farm partners around the country, Farm Aid says it will continue to prioritize farmer stress.”

It added, “Increased calls to Farm Aid’s hotline and our work with partners around the country confirm that farmers are under incredible financial, legal and emotional stress. Bankruptcies, foreclosures, depression and even suicide are some of the tragic consequences of these pressures. America’s family farmers — reduced in numbers since the Farm Crisis of the 1980s — have approached endangered status. At Farm Aid, we spend our time on the phone with anxious farm families who cannot make ends meet, and who will not be able to improve their situation simply by working harder. Confusion and lack of resolution on policies like trade, immigration and healthcare accelerate the crisis.”

This could be worse than the farm crisis of the 1980’s.

A March opinion column in SC Times noted, “Times have not been good for farmers the past several years. Many have compared it to the farm crisis of the 1980s. Others think the situation for farmers is even worse now than 30 years ago.” In the column, Jennifer Fahy, a communications director for Farm Aid observed, "The farm crisis was so bad (in the 1980s), there was a terrible outbreak of suicide and depression." But today, she said of stress and farmer suicide, "I think it's actually worse."

 

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16 hours ago, Marshall said:

The longer he sticks around, more and more damaging information surfaces.  He would be wise to step down.

Judge orders Trump to pay $2m for misusing Trump Foundation funds

Trump presents a chequeImage copyright Reuters

A New York judge has ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2m (£1.6m) for misusing funds from his charity to finance his 2016 political campaign.

The Donald J Trump Foundation closed down in 2018, after prosecutors accused it of working as "little more than a chequebook" for Mr Trump's interests.

Charities such as the one Mr Trump and his three eldest children headed cannot engage in politics, the judge ruled.

She said the money must be paid by Mr Trump himself.

"I direct Mr Trump to pay the $2,000,000, which would have gone to the Foundation if it were still in existence," wrote Judge Saliann Scarpulla.

 

She said the money should go to eight charities Mr Trump has no relationship to.

Mr Trump "breached his fiduciary duty" by allowing funds raised for US veterans to be used for the Iowa primary election in 2016, she said in the settlement.

Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump - who were also directors of the Trump Foundation - are required to undergo mandatory training "on the duties of officers and directors of charities", New York Attorney General Letitia James said.

The payment is the final resolution of a case brought by state prosecutors.

What's the deal with the Trump Foundation?

Mr Trump and his lawyers had argued that the case was politically motivated and blamed "sleazy New York Democrats" of "doing everything they can to sue me

sooooo much winning.....

 

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Quote of the day...on political correctness.

"There is a cost to depriving people of the freedom (in both the legal and social senses) to speak their mind. The presidency just went to the guy whose main qualification, according to his supporters, is that he isn't afraid to speak his."

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