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Struggling farmers are losing a huge customer to the trade war — China-but remain loyal to Trump

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U.S. farmers lost one of their biggest customers after China officially cancelled all purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a retaliatory move following President Donald Trump’s pledge to slap 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports.

China’s exit piles on to a devastating year for farmers, who have struggled through record flooding and an extreme heat wave that destroyed crop yields, and trade war escalations that have lowered prices and profits this year.

“It’s really, really getting bad out here,” said Bob Kuylen, who’s farmed for 35 years in North Dakota.

“Trump is ruining our markets. No one is buying our product no more, and we have no markets no more.”

Agriculture exports to China dropped by more than half last year. In 2017, China imported $19.5 billion in agricultural goods, making it the second-largest buyer overall for American farmers. In 2018, that dropped to $9.2 billion as the trade war escalated, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

This year, China’s agricultural imports from the U.S are down roughly 20%, and U.S. grain, dairy and livestock farmers have seen their revenue evaporate as a result. Over the last 6 years, farm income has dropped 45% from $123.4 billion in 2013 to $63 billion last year, according to the USDA.

Loyalty to Trump

Farmers are an important voting base for Trump, who is running for reelection next year. While he’s given no indication of backing off in the trade war, struggling farmers appear to remain loyal.

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New Search Launched for Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart's plane could finally be found thanks to a one-millimeter smudge on an old

A small smudge on an black and white photo taken in 1937 (circled right) is leading the man who discovered the Titanic on a mission to find the remains of Amelia Earhart's plane. The image was taken by British colonial officer Eric Bevington after his freighter ran aground on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro Island, in the Pacific Ocean three months after Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan went missing on their attempt to circumnavigate the globe. On the left is Earhart's plane after it crashed in Hawaii in 1937.



Medical Mistake Killed Neil Armstrong


  • In 2012, Armstrong, aged 82, underwent heart surgery at Mercy Health Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He died two weeks later. His two sons insisted his death was caused by medical error
  • An anonymous source leaked documents to the press showing the hospital paid the Armstrong family a $6 million malpractice settlement. The sender hoped bringing the information to light might help save lives
  • When nurses removed the wires for Armstrong’s temporary pacemaker, he began to bleed. Armstrong was brought into the catheterization lab for evaluation rather than straight to the operating room — a nonstandard decision that cost him his life
  • Armstrong’s case is a perfect example of the indiscriminate nature of lethal medical errors; 19% of elderly patients are injured by medical care in the U.S., and those injured have nearly double the death rate compared to those who receive proper treatment
  • July 20, 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In a riveting three-part documentary series, PBS explores the space race that led to American astronauts becoming the first men to set foot on the moon

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20 Most Unethical Experiments in Psychology

image from www.onlinepsychologydegree.infoHumanity often pays a high price for progress and understanding — at least, that seems to be the case in many famous psychological experiments. While some famous experiments in psychology have left test subjects temporarily distressed, others have left their participants with life-long psychological issues. In either case, it’s easy to ask the question: “What’s ethical when it comes to science?” Then there are the experiments that involve children, animals, and test subjects who are unaware they’re being experimented on. How far is too far, if the result means a better understanding of the human mind and behavior? We think we’ve found 20 answers to that question with our list of the most unethical experiments in psychology.

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Want local meat? Tell Congress to pass the PRIME Act

NOTE:  Please help small farmers and rancher survive!  This LAW NEEDS TO BE PASSED!

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image from www.lopezclt.orgAs consumer desire for local, grass-fed meat grows, it’s increasingly difficult for farmers to meet the demand due to a shortage of government-inspected slaughterhouses. 

Current federal law bans the sale of meat to consumers unless it has been processed in a USDA-inspected facility or under a state inspection program with the exact same standards as the USDA facilities.  These regulations are designed for the large, industrial-scale processors, and they are too expensive and difficult to meet for most small-scale processors who work with local farmers.

With few slaughterhouses available to small farmers, many have to haul their animals for several hours, resulting in increased expenses, higher prices for consumers, and unnecessary stress on the transported animals.

“Custom” slaughterhouses, for which states can set their own inspection standards, do exist, and many farmers already have much closer access to one of these facilities. But current federal law provides that these facilities may only process meat for the person or persons who owned the animal when the slaughter took place. This means the customer(s) must buy the whole animal while it is still alive – buying a large amount of meat all at one time, without even knowing how much meat they’ll end up with or what their price per pound will be.  This is not feasible for most farmers or consumers!

H.R. 2859/ S.1620, known as the PRIME Act, addresses this problem by repealing the federal ban on the sale of meat from custom slaughterhouses.  The bill allows states to set their own standards for the sale of meat within the state processed at a custom slaughterhouse.

The PRIME Act is a win-win-win: we can increase farmers’ incomes, increase consumer access to locally raised meat, reduce federal regulations on small businesses, cut down on fossil fuel use, and improve animal welfare.


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Christians Flee Middle East — Even After Fall of Islamic State


Iranian Christian worshippers attend the Christmas mass at the Saint Joseph Chaldean-Assyrian Catholic church, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Iranian Christians are a minority and recognized by the constitution in the Muslim country and are represented in the parliament. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Christians Flee Middle East — Even After Fall of Islamic State: ’No Nation That Protects Them Openly’

The number of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, the greater Middle East, continues to plummet months after the Islamic State, which waged a genocidal campaign against Christians, lost its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, Breitbart News learned from various experts, including an archbishop.

Legalize Milk, Real Milk

An MP3 audio file of this article, narrated by the author, is available for download.

Mark Thorton
Lew Rockwell

Got Milk?

Most Americans think they drink milk on a regular basis. In fact, virtually all these people are consuming pasteurized milk, not milk. Milk in its natural state – raw milk – is consumed by very few Americans, because it is illegal in many states and thoroughly discouraged by federal health organizations, regulators, and the Big Dairy lobby.

Raw milk is prohibited in Canada and Australia, although raw milk and raw-milk products are legal almost everywhere else. In fact, in countries with the best cuisines, such as France, raw milk and raw-milk products are considered the high-quality choice.

Corruption in the NRA

You first read this on the Plain Truth HERE:

JUNE update:

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NRA money flowed to board members amid allegedly lavish spending

Among the revelations that have burst into public view: CEO Wayne LaPierre racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique and on foreign travel, invoices show.

Oliver North, forced out as president after trying to oust LaPierre, was set to collect millions of dollars in a deal with the NRA's now-estranged public relations agency, Ackerman McQueen, according to LaPierre.



National Rifle Association Board Members Resign In Protest

Must see places to Visit in 2020

Rough Guides reveals the 100 best places on earth to visit in 2020 from America to New

Need some travel bucket list inspiration? How about taking a trip to the vast yet intricate Forbidden City in Beijing, taking to the roads that follow the rugged shore on the Pacific Coast Highway or exploring Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital? They're all locations that are listed in a brand new book by Rough Guides called The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth. It features the destinations Rough Guides' team of authors and editors believe are 'unmissable, underrated, up-and-coming or back on the tourist map'. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Queenstown, Monument Valley, Gorges du Verdon in Provence, Madagascar and (inset) the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue in Mongolia.

As Predicted bt TPT, Korean Peace talks not going anywhere

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North Korea said Saturday its leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance the country's ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there. [Full Story]

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US pulls out of landmark nuclear treaty with Russia

US pulls out of landmark nuclear treaty with Russia

President Trump (bottom right) announced that America would walk away from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty earlier this year, in a move which came into effect on Friday. The treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev (top) in 1987 and banned all-but the most powerful nuclear weapons, and was credited with putting a stop to the Cold War arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. America has accused Russia of violating the treaty by developing the 9M729 cruise missile (bottom right) and said that it needed to tear up the deal in order to counter that threat, and weapons being developed by China which was never a signatory to the treaty.

Cashless Society? Coming to Sweden

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Contrary to the Media, THIS IS NOT the most Vulgar Presidential Campaign NOT EVEN CLOSE!

When it comes to sleaze, modern presidential elections don’t measure up

By Bob Barney

image from image.slidesharecdn.comThe mass hysteria that the media uses to gin up the masses is at it again.  They portray Donald Trump as running the nastiest campaign ever. Back in 2012, Bernie Goldberg, under the headline “Obama’s Campaign One Of The Dirtiest Ever”, argued such a case.  He is doing it again now with Donald Trump.  The Plain Truth is the media are a part of the "establishment" and all of them have the same agenda as Hillary, The Republican Bigwigs and Wall Street... That is that they love the status quo, and will ruin (maybe kill) anyone that will try to break their monopoly down....

Elections of the past were far nastier and often much more obscene than anything going on today. Trump for example, probably couldn't win against Thomas Jefferson. In his bitter campaign against former friend John Adams, Jefferson said, "Adams was a "hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." Adams' Federalists carried things even further, asking voters, "Are you prepared to see your dwellings in flames... female chastity violated... children writhing on the pike? GREAT GOD OF COMPASSION AND JUSTICE, SHIELD MY COUNTRY FROM DESTRUCTION."

When Andrew Jackson ran against incumbant John Quincy Adams in 1828, it was not pretty. Adams' previous term had not been a very successful one, but he was prepared to sling a little mud anyway. He and his handlers said Jackson had the personality of a dictator, was too uneducated to be president (they claimed he spelled Europe 'Urope'), and hurled all sorts of horrible insults at his wife, Rachel. Rachel had been in an abusive marriage with a man who finally divorced her, but divorce was still quite the scandal at the time. The Federalists called her a "dirty black wench", a "convicted adulteress" and said she was prone to "open and notorious lewdness". On their end, Jackson's people said that Adams had sold his wife's maid as a concubine to the czar of Russia. Jackson won pretty handily.

Grover Cleveland was the Bill Clinton of his time? During his campaign, stories of his lecherousness were plentiful. One was verified, though - Cleveland, while still a bachelor, had fathered a child with a widow named Maria Halpin. He fully supported the child. So really, by today's standards, it probably wouldn't be that much of a scandal. No marriages ruined, no paternity tests, no child support issues. Nevertheless, the Republican party, who supported candidate James Blaine, took this and ran with it. They made up the chant, "Ma! Ma! Where's my pa?" and used it to taunt Cleveland.

In 1928, President Hoover claimed his opponent, Al Smith, a Catholic, had commissioned a secret tunnel 3,500 miles long, from the Holland Tunnel to the Vatican in Rome, and that the Pope would have say in all presidential matters should Smith be elected. It probably didn't help matters that Babe Ruth was a staunch Smith supporter. You think it would work in his favor, but the Babe would show up at events wearing only his undershirt with a mug of beer in one hand. If people opposed his viewpoint, Ruth would simply say, "The hell with you," and be done with them.


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Fed Cuts Interest Rates for First Time Since 2008 Crisis

Fed Cuts Interest Rates for First Time Since 2008 Crisis
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The Federal Reserve cut interest rates on Wednesday to shore up the economy against risks including global weakness, but the head of the U.S. central bank said he did not view the move as the start of a lengthy series of rate cuts. [Full Story]
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