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Thursday, April 23. 2020
Michael Moore stumbles upon the truth about so-called 'green' energy
John Kerry: Coronavirus Is America’s ‘Great Wake-up Call With Respect’ to Climate Change
Celebrity climate activists cheer coronavirus misery in name of environment
Oklahoma joins the US states planning to reopen: Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas all prepare to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions
California Law Limiting Independent Contractors is Hindering Coronavirus Response, Experts Say 'It speaks to an absolute ignorance of expert opinion and defiance of common sense'
California Study Shows Virus Much More Pervasive "But Not Killing At Rate We Thought"
Nearly all NY coronavirus patients suffered underlying health issue, study finds
‘We’ve Never Seen This Before’: Americans’ Fear Of Losing Jobs Hits 45-Year High
Regarding China, Trump has been right every step of the way
Stop China’s predatory investments before the US becomes its next victim
13 million documents with information on Nazi victims made freely available online
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I remember thinking when I heard the Chinese were buying Smithfield that how could any one allow a communist country take control of one of the United States largest pork food suppliers. Some things need to be protected and the guy that did the deal is despicable . Even his own mother knew it was a bad move. I haven't knowingly bought any of our pork from Smithfield or their other companies. I was shocked when I would ask local store butchers if the meat came from Smithfield and they had no idea it was now own by the Chinese. Just like shipping all the drug manufacturing off to China. Really smart move to give your enemies a way to kill you.
Smithfield management is despicable indeed! That article made my blood boil.
"An accountant by training...... Nothing against accountants, but sometimes it seems like a lot of industries lose their vision and are ruined when they are over-run by bean counters: petroleum, higher education, and the medical industry come to mind.
Corrupted, chortling CEOs are bad enough, but the Senator from Kansas takes the cake. I guess he's hoping the alligator eats him last.
Pres. Trump Orders U.S. Navy To Destroy All Provocative Iranian Gunboats
About friggin' time. Good for Trump!
But... but.... but.....
He said "shoot down" boats!?!?! Doesn't that PROVE what he said is STOOPID? Chocolate is the answer! Why can't you understand that?
I am surprised that the Navy did not learn from the USS Cole. But then with what has been done to the military for the past HOW MANY years now, I am not really surprised at all!!!
re How China purchased a prime cut of America’s pork industry
I don't see the problem here. The hogs are raised here and slaughtered under Federal Inspection. If people still have a problem with it, we have choices. No one is forced to buy Smithfield products.
China owning a chunk of the nation's hogs is of little concern. The hog supply can be expanded very rapidly were there some circumstance where Smithfield's hogs not reaching the American market.
This isn't microchips or IT. it's just hogs.
80% of China's protein comes from pork. Their industry was decimated by the pork virus debacle. Large parts of their populace were relying on limited protein sources. Not enough soy out there to make up the difference.
That's why, during the trade war, they lifted tariffs on protein products like pork.
But I have no issue with foreign firms buying into our firms. If they shuttered plants and laid off workers - then, yes that would be an issue. If they ignored laws or engaged in dangerous, or illegal, activities, then we could talk.
Otherwise, just boycott the products from the firms who you disagree with.
I agree with your IT point, too. Normally I'd say it wouldn't matter what industry, but China has taken some unusual and (in some cases) illegal steps (or, for lack of a better term, unethical) to manage and control IT.
It's clear what their goal is - they are already testing it out on subjugating their population. Well, to some degree we are too....so hopefully we'll all wake up...
I don't know what percentage of Smithfield's hogs are exported, but I wouldn't be surprised if Chinese ownership gives them an edge in supplying China.
In any event, it makes economic sense to finish the hogs here and export the meat to China. The pigs eat a lot of American corn and soy that way, plus we are probably transporting 1/4 of the tonnage to China by shipping meat as opposed to grain. That reduces transportation costs. It also reduces our balance of payments with China by an iota.
It does keep jobs here, though the lion's share of those jobs are done with immigrant, not American labor. Just sayin'. I'm not making any judgements or observations about that.
We are talking about the ChiComs here. Why did they not agree to a 20-20 split? It would have worked. One word: control. The ChiComs will figure out how to game the situation to their advantage and our detriment and will employ an army of greedy lawyers to make sure they get their way.
Stargazer, I enjoy your comments, and normally we agree, but this just isn't anything to get upset about. Hogs are low tech and if the Chinese weren't feeding them here, they would be doing it in China.
It's no big deal.
Now if they were buying Boeing or one of our other defense contractors, I would be alarmed, but this hardly deserves a shrug.
Thank you for the compliment. I do think you underestimate the importance of this to the ChiComs. Time will tell. Take care.
Michael Moore urging us to consume less reminds me of the old joke about how Karen Carpenter and Mama Cass both could have survived if they'd just shared that sandwich.
The Michael Moore article names yet ANOTHER "founder" of Earth Day. How many of those people are out there taking credit for the damn thing?
China Moves to Take Over Direct Political Control of Hong Kong
I watched Michael Moore's documentary yesterday. I really recommend it. Giant red pills for anyone who bought a Inconvenient Truth and Al Gore hook line and sinker. And it matters because of who this criticism is coming from. From the left. Yes, they think there are too many humans. Great ideas that got coop'ted. But, these criticisms would get instantly written off IF not coming from Moore. It's a hour and a half, on YouTube at Michael Moore's channel.
I will definitely have to watch that — I can hardly believe it’s even real, Michael Moore doing an anti-green doc?
Say it ain’t so Mike!
He has to be driving the Greens insane with this. Tonight I believe will pop some popcorn and pour myself a tall drink and enjoy the hell out of that thing.
Just because Michael Moore has finally realized (publicly) that green energy technology will never replace conventional energy, should one conclude he is converting to conservative, or even realistic, ideas about future policy? The realization is going to drive those like him even more bonkers, e.g. proposing population reductions and so forth.
As for Al Gore and John Kerry, well, one should observe the vast gulf between their lifestyles, your own lifestyle, and what they propose yours ought to be.
And now that we have solid evidence of Gaia's healing with the economy shut down, I'm sure the Celebrity Purists will be honoring this hard evidence (not climate model projections) by selling off their luxurious estates and private jets, or even more virtuous, scrapping them to remove their potential future impact.
Michael Moore: Too soon old; too late smart.
Also, John Kerry.
U.S. Reports Largest One-Day Increase In Cases Of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Happens EVERY DAY.
California Law Limiting Independent Contractors is Hindering Coronavirus Response, Experts Say: Welllll, that's California for you. Estupido!