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  • Reply to: Obama: "I Didn't Run to Help Wall Street." Yet in his last days in office that's exactly what he did (and they re-paid the favor)   2 min 11 sec ago

    But Wall Street won more than anyone during the Obama administration.

  • Reply to: Is the Time Ripe for a New Party?   4 min 46 sec ago

    @gulfgal98

    even a revolt is a realistic option anymore.

  • Reply to: Is the Time Ripe for a New Party?   6 min 57 sec ago

    @Shahryar

    Warren or Schumer would jump on board. I don't think even Sanders would.

  • Reply to: Is the Time Ripe for a New Party?   9 min 33 sec ago

    @Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

    https://caucus99percent.com/content/can-we-talk-really-talk-talk-real-dy...

    However, I'm not sure what the Democrats are like is the issue.

    Did your thread help you decide on a kitchen color or a color scheme for table and chars?

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   17 min 46 sec ago

    @PriceRip me too Tillamook. It is one of few dairy products I get to eat anymore, except yogurt when affordable. Our local creamery cheese is $7 a pound now, not worth it for the calories. A friend who farms veggies here (not this year, family health breakdown) mentioned Tilamook is now evil. I think she must have realized dairy impact on environment, will find out more today. She is from Roseburg area, lived there some time ago, still has contacts.

    I don't have any details about anything yet, so I just bought three pounds at the grocers yesterday. Stomach first, conscience second, is how poverty destroys ecology but I digress. Man, I love grilled-cheese sammies. Mm. No butter, I use California olive oil on everything, even mac and cheese. Mm, mac and cheese. lol Oh boy I do not want to give up my cheese. It's so good and salty. Puts the stroke to my heart attack Biggrin

    The other products I consume are from worker-owned Bobs RedMill, mostly grains and beans mix, and their wheat bread mix, and their steel cut oatmeal (to offset the cheese clog) I can't afford Alvarado Street bread now, so I bake my own little loaves sometimes.

    Seeking solidarity, any kind will do at this point. I'm so screwed, and not academically speaking. It's for real, no third party or talk talk is going to save me. Nuke it, why not. Yeah, I understand that psychology better now, I think. Thanks.

  • Reply to: The opposite of DemExit   51 min 37 sec ago

    @Wink @Wink It is difficult for her not to stagger on the white line in the middle of the road. Urrp!

  • Reply to: The opposite of DemExit   56 min 15 sec ago

    @CS in AZ

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   1 hour 13 min ago

    @Sunspots

    Canada’s artisan cheese industry braces for European imports
    Published Friday, Apr. 14, 2017
    ...
    In July, the government is set to more than double the amount of European cheese imported into the country as part of the new Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This will mean an additional 17,700 tonnes of European cheese – a figure that represents about 4 per cent of current Canadian cheese production.

    The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) estimates the change could result in the loss of $230-million annually to domestic producers and potentially up to 400 jobs.

    “All cheese makers will be impacted by this, whether you’re small, medium or large,” DPAC president Jacques Lefebvre said.
    ...
    “It is comical. It’s just kind of tragic,” she said. The biggest concern for local cheese makers is not just a question of quality, but price. They say that a variety of factors, including supply management and generous agricultural subsidies in the European Union, mean milk prices and other costs of production are higher in Canada.

    “My frustration with the whole thing is that the playing field isn’t even,” Ms. Klahsen said. “Why wouldn’t [customers] buy really good French cheese when it’s way cheaper than my cheese?”
    ...
    Most frustrating to the industry is that the changes will take place just as many of the country’s small cheese makers are beginning to make their mark. Until about the 1980s, Canadian cheese often simply meant white or orange. But around that time, a small group of producers in Quebec, including some European immigrants, began introducing new styles of French and Italian cheeses.

    Over time, the artisanal and farmstead varieties – the latter meaning that the cows are raised on the same farm where the cheese is produced – became popular, and the number of producers increased. So, too, did the quality.
    ...

  • Reply to: Indepth Analysis of Who Benefits from Trump's Tax Reform Proposal   1 hour 15 min ago

    social programs that so many people are relying on, such as the LIHEAP that helps poor people pay for their utilities during the winter, food stamps and especially the programs that help people get affordable public housing.
    Any cuts to those programs will see people dying because they will have to choose between paying for their medications or heating and eating.
    The congress members who think that the food stamps program is helping people to buy expensive food probably spend as much money for one of their meals that we get for a month.
    I ran out of mine yesterday and hope that I have enough food that will last until next week.
    I'd love for those people who think that way too much money for food to live on my budget for two months and see how hard it is. And too live in my body and then tell me that I have it easy because I don't work.

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   1 hour 27 min ago

    @Sunspots
    There has been a dairy and cheese oversupply for a number of years and it has little to do with Canada. Maybe the US should stop importing cheap European cheese? The US sanctions on Russia caused them to stop importing cheese and dairy products which greatly affected European production. Their domestic production increased 30% last year. Russia will be self sufficient in a few years so this business won't be coming back.

    The U.S. Is Facing a Cheese Overload
    Apr 29, 2016
    The U.S. will not be running out of cheese anytime soon, as inventories are at their highest levels in 32 years.
    ...
    The reason lies across the Atlantic Ocean. Dairy product exports from Europe have been increasing over the last two years, and cheese prices have been steadily falling in tandem. The result is a global oversupply in milk and dairy products.

    That means the U.S have taken advantage of dropping prices and the weakening euro to buy up more European-made cheese—imports of EU cheese rose 17% last year, reported Bloomberg, and combined with an overproduction of milk by America farmers to combat similarly low prices, and it has resulted in extra cheese.
    ...
    "It's been difficult for them [U.S.] to export, given the strong dollar, and they're sucking in imports," Kevin Bellamy, a global dairy market strategist at Rabobank International, told Bloomberg. “Where the U.S. has lost out on business, Europe has gained.”

    The worldwide glut in milk, however, is hitting European farms hard. Dairy farmers from Germany to Ireland are facing huge losses from low prices, and the European Milk Board has called for EU policy-makers to set up an effective program that will restrain milk production in exchange for financial compensation.
    ...


    Why Millions of Gallons of Milk Are Being Thrown Out

    Oct 12, 2016
    Got milk? If you ask America's dairy farmers, the answer is a resounding "yes," and that's a problem.

    An enormous milk glut is has prompted dairy farmers to dump 43 million gallons of milk, the Wall Street Journal said. There isn't enough spare capacity on trucks to haul the milk to processing facilities, and even when there is, the farmers can't afford to pay, since the oversupply of milk is putting a damper on how much they can sell it for. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, dairy farmers' earnings have tanked, falling by some 35% over the past two years.

    Dairy farmers' problems are two-fold: overproduction and declining interest in the beverages as a whole. After dairy prices spiked in 2014, farmers ramped up production, helped out by falling prices for commodities like corn and soybeans that are used as animal feed. What's more, Americans just aren't as into milk as they used to be: Whole milk is viewed warily by people trying to monitor their saturated fat intake, and some producers report that even skim milk sales are falling. In the meantime, dairy-free alternatives like almond milk and coconut milk have been gaining ground.

  • Reply to: Is the Time Ripe for a New Party?   2 hours 26 min ago

    @Hawkfish

    The mathematics of winner take all elections are actually what causes a two-party system to come into existence. The key feature of the resulting duopoly is that it pleases almost no one. Half the population is infuriated at any one time. And, the entire population is unrepresented most of the time. Furthermore, a duopoly, mathematically, makes the formation of any third party structurally unsustainable.

    Here's how that happens:

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   2 hours 57 min ago

    @Sunspots
    the only thing i object to is anyone vilifying the canadians over this, as if our farm policies were their problem to solve, or as if they owed our dairy farmers a damned thing.

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   3 hours 22 sec ago

    @Sunspots
    government is not responsible , and cannot be imagined to be responsible, for a "humanitarian crisis" amongst american dairy farmers, the actual basis of which is american culture and american politics. you are quite wrong in calling my argument neoliberal; to the contrary, the neoliberal argument is that it is eebil and misguided for the mean and sociamalist canadian government to protect its own constituents.

  • Reply to: Democrats Deny Their Problems Attracting Support From Ordinary Americans At Their Peril   3 hours 14 min ago

    @2andfro

    Ummmmm, the Dems have been showing all along what they stand for.

    "We are Capitalists - it's not possible for the public service to spend any of the public's money on anything the public/country actually needs" - because everything must be drained/poisoned/destroyed so that the top fraction of 1% can have (of whatever remains,) it all. And globally, we're all swirling the drain while The Parasite Class scrape the dregs away from us.

    Since the silly buggers think that they'll survive a nuclear exchange, I'm kinda wondering if they think they can exterminate all of those annoying country-owning publics by tossing nukes around the globe and have Super-Tech swoop in to save only them by replacing life with patented enrichment factors artificial replacements which everyone else but the owners must pay through the nose to lease and maintain if they want to breathe air, drink water and have anything they can term food. Actually, it appears that they do think that, at least regarding the postulated miraculous Super-Tech save for billionaires only. No wonder the enabling politicians are so greedy for extreme wealth.

    And it also apparently hasn't occurred to them that monetary wealth would actually become pretty much useless in the New World Order lifeless, airless, radioactive ''You Built That' wreckage with what? for life-determining power, air production, etc. in their luxury bunkers? Even if any large stores of fuels hooked up to their bunkers are not ignited during their 'limited' nuclear attacks.

    And they have a number of the 'disposable wealthy' conned into thinking that they'll survive radiation, 30% sunlight, freezing temperatures and no more oxygen/food production in New Zealand - On The Beach...

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053137/

    On the Beach (1959)

    After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

    They knew better than now, way back then, without even what's been gained in knowledge about how disastrous global dimming is and how much worse and longer it will last from any modern nuclear war than from volcanic emissions which caused major extinction events in the past, but which at least allowed enough small-scale life to survive to continue evolution, this known, thanks to modern tech using more and better data, despite all disinformation promoted by those not reality-based, then and now, regarding nuclear power profiteering and 'safety' claims. Ignorance, in this case, means 'blitz'.

    Kick the asses irresponsible for this good-bye, rather than all of us herniating discs trying to kiss our own asses goodbye. And those of our loved ones.

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   3 hours 24 min ago

    @Sunspots

    Which is exactly why you can't blame Canada for protecting its dairy farmers from US imports that are harming them.

    These Wisconsin farmers only heard about it a month ago? That's absurd. It wasn't a secret! It's literally their business to know. And again, it was a Wisconsin company that suddenly stopped buying from them. It's ridiculous that this all wasn't discussed farther in advance. But it's not on Canada.

    Do you worry about or care about the people in Mexico or Canada who would be personally harmed by Trump's America First attitude? What goes around comes around, as the saying goes.

  • Reply to: Don't Like Big Agriculture   3 hours 42 min ago

    Fresher and tastier than anything shipped in, and usually you can get some information about new ways to use them.

    A good coop pulls a lot of things together for you, though, and does a lot of research on its products.

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   3 hours 53 min ago

    @CS in AZ

    and they have no control over where their milk goes once the processor picks it up. Canada may have no obligation to our farmers, but we also have no obligation to let Canada sell its lumber here duty-free. And our country does have an obligation to its people. Trump should be trying to pressure Canada. Even if you hate him, separate that from hurting other people in the 99%.

    National security is a country protecting its people and small businesses, not building (and using) a huge military.

  • Reply to: Police State and the War OF Drugs in 21st Century Amerika   4 hours 9 min ago

    @lotlizard

    From the review of the book you quoted ...

    What kind of person you are is an ever-unfolding story that you strive to perfect.

    This sounds like a book that would be an interesting exploration into the relationship of spirituality, philosophy, self, and ‘religion’ (what guides one), within a framework of a creative practice, whether artistic or personal. Thank you for the reference.

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   4 hours 13 min ago

    @lizzyh7

    They haven't had much of that in a long time.

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   4 hours 20 min ago

    @UntimelyRippd

    And yes, our past policy has been very wrong. But then why would you object to Trump trying to do something to help? These are your fellow citizens. They didn't make that policy, any more than you did.

    I saw someone suggesting that farmers are well-off. Funny. Odd that they're going bankrupt and getting foreclosed on so often lately, and that farmer suicides are so high now. A neighbor of mine who has a very good day job but still also works the farm he grew up on, told me recently that when he first got that good job 30 years ago, his farm was making more money than his salary. Last year his farm cleared $4,000.

  • Reply to: Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA   4 hours 38 min ago

    @UntimelyRippd

    farmers with Industry, and citizens with lying, gerrymandering legislators. You're even assuming that the Democrats presented any alternative. The farmers don't deal with Canada, and they've objected to the extension cuts.

    You're making a neoliberal argument, that if someone gets hurt, they therefore deserved it. Isn't that Calvinism, too? If you have misfortune, you must somehow be evil. Dog eat dog, winners and losers, zero-sum games, and our country shouldn't protect its own people. Because Markets!

    As with any business, conditions change over time, and they have to be aware of the business environment and ready to adapt.

    In other words, the dummies deserved it. No, they didn't. But a country that doesn't protect the sources of its food - well, maybe we will deserve what's going to happen to us as a result of so many people letting themselves get scammed into believing something as ugly as neoliberalism.

  • Reply to: Democrats Deny Their Problems Attracting Support From Ordinary Americans At Their Peril   4 hours 39 min ago

    @Eagles92

    Indeed, Dems are shrinking rapidly and the largest voting group is still that of Indies - which is what Bernie is, despite using the public access for message-spreading which only the Dems and the corporate media (which denigrated and blacked him out when corporate owners/TPRB/Big Donors of the Dems, etc. ordered this) can provide.

    How come so few among us seem to be able to figure this out? On the other hand, the Dems don't seem to understand how Bernie strategizes to get things done for the public good, either, being so corrupt themselves, so perhaps it's not that surprising the assumption that all politicians must be corporate crooks is just that common.

  • Reply to: Democrats Deny Their Problems Attracting Support From Ordinary Americans At Their Peril   5 hours 18 min ago

    @snoopydawg

    Who funded the poll showing Obama with an 80% approval rating? (Considering the number of faked polls we've seen.)

  • Reply to: Democrats Deny Their Problems Attracting Support From Ordinary Americans At Their Peril   5 hours 25 min ago

    @snoopydawg

    Speaking from the peanut gallery, one of the (many) things I love about this place is that this is where people who can follow a train of thought hang out. Another involves the information and quality of both writing and thought displayed in essays and comments by people like yourself.

  • Reply to: The opposite of DemExit   5 hours 31 min ago

    @gjohnsit

    Voting in the Primary Election

    Being registered with a political party will make a difference when you vote in a Presidential primary election, but in California it will not make a difference when you vote in the statewide primary election for state constitutional, U.S. Congressional, and state legislative offices. The next statewide primary will be held on June 7, 2016.

    You don't have to register as a dem to vote against Pelosi. Great news! But wait, it gets better:

    Voters approved the Top Two Primary system for statewide offices in June 2010. With the Top Two Primary, all candidates running for an office are listed on one ballot, regardless of their party preference. A candidate’s party has no impact on how the election is conducted or who is allowed to advance to the General Election. Instead, candidates go on to a run-off election based solely on how many votes they receive in the Primary.

    It doesn't even matter what party you're registered as, because all candidates are on the same ballot. That's a cool system, I like it.