Chinese-owned company qualifies for Trump’s anti-China farm bailout

From the Washington Post

A Chinese-owned pork producer is eligible for federal payments under President Trump’s $12 billion farm bailout, a program that was established to help U.S. farmers hurt by Trump’s trade war with China.

Smithfield Foods, a Virginia-based pork producer acquired in 2013 by a Chinese conglomerate now named WH Group, can apply for federal money under the bailout program created this summer, said Agriculture Department spokesman Carl E. Purvis.

JBS, a subsidiary of a Brazilian company by the same name, is also eligible to apply for the federal money. The two companies are the biggest pork producers in the United States, according to the National Pork Board, a quasi-government agency.

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From Alternet

rade wars are a lot harder to win than Trump promised.

Donald Trump’s plan to defeat China on trade is a complete disaster. His tariffs against China have devastated the agricultural sector, killing jobs in parts of the country that voted for him, and forcing him to implement a billion-dollar bailout of American farms.

But nothing better underscores Trump’s incompetence than a new report in the Washington Post, detailing an embarrassing oversight in the eligibility for that bailout program

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Todd County– Get Out and Vote

We approach election day on November 6th with a great sense of division in our country.  Americans have grown reluctant to discuss policy and governance out of fear of alienating or offending neighbors and friends, or have instead embraced the rhetoric of division and tribalism.  For some this translates to a sense of weariness with our national experiment of democracy, or at least the way democracy is embodied in our political system.

Todd County holds one of the lowest voting rates in Minnesota, along with a cluster of other rural counties.  This matters not just for the high profile national and state races, but also for how engaged people are in their local governance.  Many have given up on voting because of our dysfunctional discourse and a sense that the individual doesn’t matter.  Those of us working toward political solutions need to earn their trust, not just in our ideas but in the value of our democratic system.

On Election Day consider voting as something that we do for each other to live in a free society, rather than a question of whether or not our single vote shifts the balance in the final tally.  Voting is both a ceremonial recognition of our patriotism as well as a system that only works when large majorities participate.

The coming months and years will surely present us with many more discouraging moments of vitriol in our national dialogue, but for those with good faith in our country let this election be a moment to adjust course toward more civil approaches.  Set an example that you would hope to see, rather than cultivating grievances over offenses from political celebrities.  Consider discussions with those who differ from you as opportunities to explain a perspective rather than to convert the person to your view, and listen to others of good faith with your own good faith.

Vote with the passion of your convictions, but also with the joy of citizenship.

Alan Perish

Our 2018 Candidates

I believe we have a good crop of candidates. The Candidate pages are updated at ENGLISH and Spanish.  As Sue Stine said in a comment:

I was taught, by my teachers in grade school, that it was my obligation, as a citizen of this country, to vote in every election, so I do. Even if I feel I have to choose between two evils, I still will vote. Voting is a way of “checking in,” of honoring our nation, our Constitution, and our military who fight for our right to vote. Yes, freedom to vote also implies freedom to not vote but for me and mine, voting is an obligation I owe my country and I make my vote an informed vote to the best of my ability.

Check out each one of them. On the English Page, there are links to each persons individual web page.

  • Learn About Them
  • Talk About Them
  • Help Them
  • Vote For Them

Each one supports the ideals we hold dear.

Holy Cow Get out and Vote (Lyrics May be inappropriate)

This anthemic get-out-the-vote video — created by Rachel Bloom and packed with fellow stars like Elizabeth Banks, Mayim Bialik, Patti LuPone, Jane Lynch, Moby, and Adam Scott — charmed us with its blunt messaging and parodic style. And yes, it’s as funny as it is urgent. Yet we hesitated to send this because the clever lyrics are a bit…nasty. Possibly NSFW! So don’t say we didn’t warn you.

OK, now click (and turn down the volume first).

Trumps Missing Emails

From The National Memo

Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump. In each instance, Trump and entities he controlled also erected numerous hurdles that made lawsuits drag on for years, forcing courtroom opponents to spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records.

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The Importance of Social Security During this election

By Mark Miller

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The future of Social Security is on the ballot this year – not that you could tell by the U.S. presidential debates, or by any other aspect of this rancorous, sensational election.

But 67 percent of registered voters rank Social Security as a “very important” part of their voting decision this year – just behind the economy, terrorism, gun policy and immigration, according to the Pew Research Center.

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