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« Reply #45 on: March 27, 2020, 08:48:56 PM »
balsonaro & trump, sittin' in a tree, k i s s i n g.

https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/world/bolsonaros-anti-science-response-to-coronavirus-appals-brazils-governors/ar-BB11Oq0a?li=BBr8Mkh
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« Reply #46 on: March 28, 2020, 08:45:10 AM »
New Mexico Covid-19 cases doubled over the last two days to roughly 200 cases, according to available current data -- though my guess is that the number is already much higher and has yet to be reported. News travels slowly.
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« Reply #47 on: March 28, 2020, 06:49:27 PM »
Psychological science says "trump is a four year old".

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/insight-therapy/201705/psychological-science-says-trump-is-four-year-old
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« Reply #48 on: March 29, 2020, 06:07:22 AM »
Psychological science says "trump is a four year old".

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/insight-therapy/201705/psychological-science-says-trump-is-four-year-old

Eric Hoffer (1898-1983), the "longshoreman/philosopher" who some of us are old enough to remember, discussed in his writings why people can blindly follow a corrupt and misguided individual.

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"So long as they are unified against an enemy, true believers will support their leader no matter how outrageous his behavior gets. Indeed, their loyalty will only get stronger as his behavior gets more and more extreme. Turning against him would force them to own their own part in his attacks on those former enemies they would now have to recognize as ordinary human beings like themselves."
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."

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« Reply #49 on: April 09, 2020, 07:46:02 AM »
Another sad USA milestone

https://www.quora.com/q/vjkvmloowqmytclb/Another-sad-USA-milestone-reaching-2-in-per-country-deaths
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« Reply #50 on: April 09, 2020, 04:45:36 PM »
Food rots in the fields due to a distribution problem, not a lack of hungry people.

https://www.mdjonline.com/ap/state/coronavirus-claims-an-unexpected-victim-florida-vegetables/article_d21858ea-a781-5f5e-bea8-fe47a5d948d2.html
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« Reply #51 on: April 09, 2020, 04:54:05 PM »
Food rots in the fields due to a distribution problem, not a lack of hungry people.

https://www.mdjonline.com/ap/state/coronavirus-claims-an-unexpected-victim-florida-vegetables/article_d21858ea-a781-5f5e-bea8-fe47a5d948d2.html

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« Reply #52 on: April 09, 2020, 06:41:34 PM »
Food rots in the fields due to a distribution problem, not a lack of hungry people.

https://www.mdjonline.com/ap/state/coronavirus-claims-an-unexpected-victim-florida-vegetables/article_d21858ea-a781-5f5e-bea8-fe47a5d948d2.html

Link does not work for EU countries. Care to copy and paste the contents of the link?

I'd love to, but (for technical glitchy reasons I cannot explain) I can only copy and paste links (not content) until my friend has time to repair my computer.

Will someone here please post the content for me / us?

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« Reply #53 on: April 09, 2020, 07:39:11 PM »
Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables
By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press


PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers' fields.

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can’t sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

Other states are having the same issues — agriculture officials say leafy greens in California are being hit especially hard, and dairy farmers in Vermont and Wisconsin say they have had to dump a surplus of milk intended for restaurants.

With most of its harvests in the winter months, the problem is acute in Florida. For example, a few dozen people clamored to buy 25-pound (11- kilogram) boxes of Roma tomatoes direct from a packing plant over the weekend in Palmetto, a city on the western coast.

The cost per box? Just $5.

“This is a catastrophe,” said tomato grower Tony DiMare, who owns farms in south Florida and the Tampa Bay area. “We haven’t even started to calculate it. It’s going to be in the millions of dollars. Losses mount every day.”

Florida leads the U.S. in harvesting tomatoes, green beans, cabbage and peppers this time of year. While some of the crops are meant for grocery stores, many farmers cater solely to the so-called food service market — restaurants, schools and theme parks — hit hard as cities and states have ordered people to stay home and avoid others.

The loss has created a domino effect through the farming industry, Florida’s second-largest economic driver. It yields $155 billion in revenue and supports about 2 million jobs.

Many growers have donated produce to food banks, but there’s a limit on what the charities can accept and storage is an issue for perishable fruits and vegetables. DiMare said some central Florida food banks are full after theme parks shuttered and donated massive amounts of produce.

“We gave 400,000 pounds of tomatoes to our local food banks,” DiMare said. “A million more pounds will have to be donated if we can get the food banks to take it.”

Farmers are scrambling to sell to grocery stores, but it's not easy. Large chains already have contracts with farmers who grow for retail — many from outside the U.S.

“We can’t even give our product away, and we're allowing imports to come in here,” DiMare said.

He said 80 percent of the tomatoes grown in Florida are meant for now-shuttered restaurants and theme parks.

In the past week, 20 federal lawmakers from Florida and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried sent letters urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to include Florida farmers in federal food purchase and distribution programs so the surplus crops can help feed the hungry and food insecure. Some 37 million Americans struggled with hunger before the pandemic, according to Feeding America, a nationwide network food banks.

The federal coronavirus relief act contains $9.5 billion in aid to farmers.

Some farmers have tried to branch out and sell produce boxes directly to customers, an approach taken in many places as the pandemic slams the restaurant and catering industries worldwide.

Wholesalers in London who usually sell fruit and vegetables to restaurants have pivoted to home deliveries. But large-scale farmers know selling harvest baskets won’t do much for their bottom line.

On the U.S. West Coast, farmers who grow lettuce and other leafy greens are feeling the pinch.

“The tail end of the winter vegetable season in Yuma, Arizona, was devastating for farmers who rely on food service buyers,” said Cory Lunde, spokesman for Western Growers, a group representing family farmers in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. “And now, as the production shifts back to Salinas, California, there are many farmers who have crops in the ground that will be left unharvested," particularly leafy greens.

He said a spike in demand for produce at the beginning of the outbreak has now subsided.

“People are staying home and not visiting the grocery stores as often," Lunde said. “So the dominoes are continuing to fall.”

In southern Florida, Paul Allen, president of R.C. Hatton Farms, took a video last week of row after row of vibrant green beans that were scheduled to be shipped to the restaurant industry.

“You can see this is a huge field of green beans,” he said, lifting his cellphone camera to show a tractor plowing all the healthy plants and their beans into the soil.

Allen, who farms about 12,000 acres (4,900 hectares) in Florida and Georgia, is praying that things improve by the time crops in north Florida and Georgia are ready to be harvested over the next two months.

“You just hope you can live another day,” Allen said.

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Associated Press writer Amy Taxin contributed to this report from Orange County, California.

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« Reply #54 on: April 10, 2020, 07:06:18 AM »
Thanks for that K-Dog!

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« Reply #55 on: April 10, 2020, 08:34:14 AM »
When I studied journalism in college we had this antiquated stage t'ward publishing journalism called "fact checking".  Sigh.

They still check facts....but just to make sure they don't contradict the narrative being spun by Fox News.

I've paid zero direct attention to Fox News since before the start of the Bush Administration.  No rational and sane person could take that swill seriously for a minute!

I haven't watched any network TV (at least not on purpose) since roughly 2002......I can tell how bad it is just by the lies in the internet feeds. And the level of intellect those are aimed at influencing.....about the fourth grade level...which is why it's so effective.  Bernays for Dummies.

I would not br able to watch the actual programming without endangering  myself or others.
I have not owned a tv or watched it outside of waiting rooms etc. for at least 3 decades.

I mentioned that to a friend of my wife who worked in TV advertising and she was visibly offended. She was married at the time married to an eye surgeon. Go figure.

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« Reply #56 on: April 10, 2020, 09:15:56 AM »
It's increasingly obvious that is one major reason our political discussion in the broad population has deteriorated into nothing but  us vs. them.....and a bunch of name-calling and emotionally charged rhetoric.

People in general, whether they might lean right or left, depend completely on some media source to tell them what to think about almost all issues. 

All media sources tend to be biased...Admittedly it does look to me like Republican TV has become completely happy to ignore reality...they don't give a shit at all about facts. Easier and quicker to just lie about everything. Big Lies preferred to small lies, most of the time.

Secondly, the conservative side has been more successful in getting their false narrative out in recent years, starting with Rush Limbaugh in the 90's. He was the first political commentator to be openly disrespectful to a sitting President. In the old days the President got media respect, no matter which party he was in.

Since then it's just escalated...the current Fox News network being essentially 99% spin. and aimed at influencing the average real estate agent or insurance salesman...not anybody particularly intelligent. The purpose is not to inform....it is to reinforce existing biases and to consolidate the most selfish and least ethical people in the country into a political bloc that can be wielded like a sledgehammer.

That's why the inconceivable is happening.... that a total putz like Trump can be re-elected, even though anyone capable of critical thought can see he's way out of his depth.

The medium of television is a tool of mass hypnosis....and now it is the hands of some extremely ruthless people. They used to just want to sell product. Now they want to control political thought.

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« Reply #57 on: April 10, 2020, 09:58:21 AM »
I agree Eddie. 

People need to learn HOW to think, and not be told WHAT to think. But that requires time and effort, and Americans have been trained to be extraordinarily lazy -- largely by being entertained for nearly every waking hour they don't spend working for money to buy the flat screen tv with.

Speaking of media. It's not all bad -- on the internet.  For example, I'm very much enjoying watching this.:

INHABIT -- a film about permaculture

http://inhabitfilm.com/?fbclid=IwAR3i2xLJxdzNcaU5JereC3kmgsTgNhDEGKXkkmGkE6tXlX7SHFewYVysIEA
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« Reply #58 on: April 11, 2020, 11:35:34 AM »
Fresh clean air -- one of the silver linings of a pandemic

Who would want to go back to the world as it was prior?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/its-positively-alpine-disbelief-in-big-cities-as-air-pollution-falls/ar-BB12sQtw?ocid=spartanntp
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« Reply #59 on: April 11, 2020, 11:39:51 AM »
Fresh clean air -- one of the silver linings of a pandemic

Who would want to go back to the world as it was prior?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/its-positively-alpine-disbelief-in-big-cities-as-air-pollution-falls/ar-BB12sQtw?ocid=spartanntp

People a month behind on their mortgage.

Enjoy it while you can. It should be the wake-up call you'd like to see....but that is unlikely, given our current level of programming.

They say you can see the Himalayas from India now, for the first time a long time.
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