Closing Thought–25Sep18

Our Dear Leader has been waging his trade war for a little over 2 months…..some are happy with the events……while others are finding it difficult to earn a living with the tariffs and stuff…..

Farmers are needing help…..and another industry is finding these tariffs a bit hard to swallow……

The American lobster industry is starting to feel the pinch of China’s tariff on US seafood as exporters and dealers cope with sagging prices, new financial pressures, and difficulty sending lobsters overseas, the AP reports. China is a major buyer of lobsters, and it imposed a heavy tariff on exports from the US in early July amid trade hostilities between the two superpowers. Exporters in the US say their business in China has dried up since then. Wholesale prices for live lobsters have also dipped a bit as dealers have lost markets. Prices in July and August were both slightly less than the same month in the previous year, business publisher Urner Barry reported.

One exporter, The Lobster Co. of Arundel, Maine, resorted to laying off four people, which constituted 25% of its wholesale staff, says Stephanie Nadeau, the company’s owner. “I can cut my variable costs and tuck my head in and see if this storm passes,” she says. “What they’ve done is made it so everybody is fighting over the remaining customers. Price goes down, margins go down.” China applied the tariffs to a suite of American seafood products, including tuna and crab. It made the move at a time when many Chinese are acquiring a taste for American lobster. China’s American lobster imports grew from $108.3 million in 2016 to $142.4 million last year, and the country barely imported any American lobster a decade ago.

Lagging prices may help the consumer but does little for the struggling fisherman……

Keep that in mind when you make that trip to your local Red Lobster”….who I am kidding….Americans have NO social conscience any more…it is all me,me, me!

 

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SCOTUS Famous Rulings

SCOTUS is in the news daily these days and the American people are getting healthy dose of legal mumbo jumbo……but let us go to the court….to most Americans there are two “famous” court rulings that they are aware of……Roe v. Wade or Brown v Board of Education……..beyond those two ask about others and the sound of crickets prevail.

Because I am a helluva guy I will help my readers get to know the history of the court……

The Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage instantly will enter the pantheon of landmark Supreme Court cases, and for good reason. It settles the major civil rights issue of the early 21st century.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/26/supreme-court-cases-history/29185891/

Your history lesson is  now complete…..you now have at your finger tips the knowledge you will need for Trivial Pursuit or some Pub Game on a Wednesday Nite……

Turn The Page!

And The Count Is…….

How many times have you heard someone compare Afghanistan to Vietnam?  Well there is no more thing to add to make the comparisons.

I read an article the other day that made me return to my days in combat in Vietnam…..but before I go any further I need to explain some things.

During the Vietnam we counted the dead after each confrontation and reported it to our HQ so they could include in the reports of the day’s action…..and thus be used in reporting to the families back home through their evening news…..

Maybe this will help explain the process……..

Large maps of the area of operations (AO) covered the walls of the battalion command bunker at Landing Zone Liz where my superiors hatched out their plans to defeat the enemy. Shelves along the walls held the many radios used to communicate with the companies in the field, the artillery units, the forward air controllers and other support units. Clipboards hung on the walls to keep a record of all the information that came into the battalion command post. Tables and benches ran down one of the walls where the colonel’s staff sat and coordinated all of the battalion’s activities. The most impressive thing about the bunker, however, wasn’t all the equipment and maps, but the briefing area for the frequent visitors who wore stars on their collars.

A miniature stage had been constructed on the side of the bunker for the briefings, and it was complete with podium and seating for the visiting VIPs. Behind the podium hung a large map of the AO and a large plastic chart with many rows and columns filled with grease pencil markings. Each of the four companies of the battalion had its allotted space on the chart. There was a column for Alpha Company, one for Bravo Company, one for Charlie Company, one for Delta Company and a smaller column for the Recon Platoon. One of the staff member’s special jobs was to keep the chart updated so the colonel could brief the visiting generals on the body count.

http://www.historynet.com/body-count-in-vietnam.htm

After each action a sweep of the area was taken and the dead were counted…..all dead which included chickens, monkeys, etc…all were reported to HQs enemy killed.

Now fast forward to today……I wrote that I read an article that made me think of some long suppressed memory…..

The Pentagon’s leadership has long opposed using body counts as war propaganda, particularly in Afghanistan, fearing that it would echo he failed strategy of Vietnam, and alienating people around the world.

But in recent months, efforts to sell President Trump on the Afghan War have changed that, with officials now eager to get gaudy death tolls out to the public to prove that the US and its allies will “remove all who oppose them at every turn,” and are making progress in killing people.

Yet these same officials have long admitted this isn’t an effective way to communicate how the war is going, and that fixation on body counts comes off as terribly morbid. Whether it is something to sell President Trump on the war is another matter.

President Trump has been seen as increasingly weary of the 17-year-long war, with mounting territory losses convincing him, and many others, that the war is not winnable. That Pentagon officials are gambling on raw death tolls to reverse that pessimism is a testament to how desperate officials are getting for talking points.

(antiwar.com)

https://theantimedia.com/pentagon-body-count-afghanistan/

A couple of looks at this subject, the body count…….

https://businessmirror.com.ph/the-vietnam-body-count-syndrome/

http://articles.latimes.com/1991-02-09/news/mn-675_1_vietnam-war

Yemen, An American War

For a couple of years the Saudis have been trying to kill every Yemeni on the planet simply because they can and with the help of their butt buddies, UAE.

Before I explain the title here are a couple of short vids that will help my reader understand…..

This war has created a huge humanitarian crisis that seeks to want to ignore…..

Now that my reader is as caught as one can be in this short span of time I would like to report on America’s fingers in this war……

Mike Pompeo’s certification earlier this month that the Saudi coalition was working to reduce harm to civilians in Yemen was an obvious sham. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, Pompeo made the decision to lie for the Saudis and Emiratis because he feared it would hurt arms sales:

Mr. Pompeo overruled concerns from most of the State Department specialists involved in the debate who were worried about the rising civilian death toll in Yemen. Those who objected included specialists in the region and in military affairs. He sided with his legislative affairs team after they argued that suspending support could undercut plans to sell more than 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a classified State Department memo and people familiar with the debate.

Even with a Trump as Our DEar Leader some thin gs NEVER change…..the Neocon tools will lie their asses off to keep America fighting wars and enriching the M-IC who own the Neocons lock, stock and barrel…….

Pompeo has always been a Neocon so please take anything he says about international relations with a grain of salt for his real loyalties lie with the M-IC.

To add to the misery of being bombed into the stone age, having to deal with epidemic outbreaks now news has come out that the food supply will run out within two months……

Yemen has only enough food to sustain its population for two to three months, CARE International has warned, as fears rise that the country’s main port could close as a result of increased Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.

If Hodeidah’s port is sealed off or put out of action, CARE’s Yemen Director Johan Mooij calculates that Yemen’s food supplies will last two to three months, taking into account the World Food Programme’s (WFP) stockpiles and estimated levels of commercial foods sourced from traders.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-food-supplies-two-months-charity-warns-a8551481.html

The only good news that could come from Yemen is that the Saudis will stop killing civilians and let peace have a chance.