these are crazy times...
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Started by GunterK - May 21, 2020, 11:36 p.m.

Unempoyed people are receiving unemployment support that's almost twice as much as what they made working.

Places of worship are closed..... liquor stores and pot shops are open

Violent criminals are released from prison, in order to avoid them catching COvid19.....;people who break "social distancing" or "mask" rules  are facing jail time

Homeless Americans are sleeping in card board boxes and begging for food.... illegal aliens are given stimulus checks.

after the mosque shooting in New Zealand, their government enacted very strict gun control laws and confiscated large numbers of guns.... now gun crimes went up by 50%

hospitals were supposed to be overwhelmed by the Covid19 crisis, but many hospitals are almost empty, from a lack of customers, to the point of having to furlough their staff

Lockdowns were instituted to cut down on the spread of Covid19.... but now, many people are losing their lives because they have not been able to get the medical care they needed to address non-Copvid19 issues.

By metmike - May 22, 2020, 2 a.m.
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You aren’t kidding!

I see 3 mind boggling events playing out at the same time.

1. The coronavirus. This one is not completely unprecedented in history but it is for our lifetime. The US economy has been obliterated from the best to almost the worst in just 2 months. The Spanish flu was actually much worse. There were other even worse pandemics in history. The Bubonic/Black Plague killed half of the people in Europe, for instance. COVID has been pretty bad but people’s fear of COVID is up to 100 times greater than the risk is to them.

2. President Trump and the dynamics surrounding his presidency, including the attempted coup to take him down, mueller investigation, impeachment and The MSM morphing into a propaganda machine run by progressive activists trying to impose their belief systems on others. Trumps behavior as president is pretty shocking and he says some insane things. the next 5 months of unprecedented hate and partisan battling before the election will be sadly historic.

3. The fake climate crisis. This one is the most incredible. The hijacking of climate science by the United Nations, creating the IPCC, a governmental entity deemed as the worlds climate authority that all the governments go to for their guidance on climate. The IPCC rewrote climate history to wipe out the Medeival Warm Period, 1,000 years ago in order to make the current warming look Like it’s unprecedented. This and using speculative computer simulations of the atmosphere which have led to mostly wrong predictions for over 3 decades about the current climate optimum and convinced people that instead it’s  a climate crisis. 

The amount of mostly beneficial warming is not as unprecedented as the fact that people have been convinced to think that it’s actually bad. Most amazing is how they’ve been tricked into believing that entirely beneficial, increasing CO2, as our greening planet recovers from CO2 starvation pollution. And doing  the convincing is a teenager spewing  nonsense about people dying and ecosystems collapsing right now.....even as the climate optimum increases life expectancies and life on earth thrives.,,,,,and blaming adults for ruining her life because they did not act as she gets put on a pedistol by the MSM,  winning Time  magazine’s person of the year award, 2nd place for Nobel apeace Prize. Speaking at the UN, US House, CNN and other places to change the worlds political system to socialism with the United Nations attempting to  put itself in a position to lead all governments to tell us what we can and can’t do as they redistribute the worlds wealth.

Pretty crazy alright.

The world is changing fast and none of us will recognize it in a few years.

By wglassfo - May 22, 2020, 11:26 a.m.
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I don't know if this belongs in the crazy times list, but we face an enemy that has sworn to do battle with us by 20205

No it isn't the Muslim world

It is china

China sees itself as the single ruler of the planet, as it looks back over 5000 yrs of history, when china did rule large parts of the world and wants to correct every defeat, since that time, into a glorious single state tryanny

As of now, every Chinese citizen is sworn to spy on the USA, if possible, americian university professors have been intimidated or bought, to repeat Chinese propaganda of world racism against china when china is racist beyond belief. China has stolen any where from 150-600 billion in technology [nobody really knows] from the USA. Right now they are stealing any and all information on USA efforts for a vaccine

 We let chinese students into universities when no americian can study in a china university. These students have access to complete stocks of data that they down load and send back to china, where it is analyzed for any useful information.

So it's kind of crazy that nobody thinks of china as an enemy, preparing for battle as soon as 2025

Personaly I doubt they meet their dead line of 2025 but we need to be aware of the tech theft and take steps to protect the technology which china desparately needs

By metmike - May 22, 2020, 11:59 a.m.
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Agree Wayne,

China is the main threat. 

They want us to think that it's Russia because then they can sell the false narrative that Russia stole the 2016 election from Clinton and Russia is for Trump and Russia is evil so you have to be for whoever is running against Trump but all the facts say otherwise about China.

Nobody in the MSM batted an eyelash when China took out a 4 page add in the Des Moines newspaper bashing Trump's policy on the trade war.

China Boldly Takes Out Four Page Newspaper Ad in Iowa to Sway Farmers on Trade War

China Targets the Sweet Spot

"The choice of newspapers was no mistake by the Chinese government as Iowa is a critical state for Trump and his Republican allies as they try to maintain constituent support while the world’s two largest economies rachet up the trade war with each other"

A Tweet by Tommy Vietor, a former national security spokesman for President Barack Obama, called the move a “Pretty savvy political play being run by China,’’

I would like your opinion on this as a producer.

My opinion is that it backfired. How many patriotic farmers felt violated when they opened their hometown newspapers that Sunday morning to find that China had invaded the Des Moines advertising realm by taking out a bunch of huge adds trying to get them to support China over President Trump?

Evidence that it backfired is that China only did that one time. China assumed that gready, capitalistic farmers would put the almighty dollar ahead of their patriotism.  I believe they miscalculated. 

If something works well, you repeat it. It never happened again.

This was a pretty "in your face" tactic invading Trumps home country in the epicenter of his supporters to persuade farmers in IA to take China's side against the side of the USA.

 China is not the most ethical country around, so you can bet, if they are doing something extreme like that, they are/will do much more.

By metmike - May 22, 2020, 12:28 p.m.
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Maybe another way to put it.

Can you imagine Russia even thinking about buying adds in a US newspaper to try to influence farmers/the US on a political decision?

What would the reaction of the MSM have been in that case?

Because the MSM sees Trump as the enemy and Trump sees China as the enemy, it's the old adage:

The enemy of my enemy is my friend is an ancient proverb which suggests that two parties can or should work together against a common enemy.

By metmike - May 22, 2020, 1 p.m.
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Economic fears deepen as US escalates tensions with China

"Increased tensions between President Trump and China over the coronavirus pandemic are threatening to complicate a recovery from the worst global economic downturn in decades. 

Trump and members of his administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have repeatedly attacked China, accusing it of hiding early information about the coronavirus. Tensions have flared further as U.S. states and hospitals continue to seek personal protective equipment (PPE) from China and the global race for a coronavirus vaccine raises the prospects that some countries will be left behind. 

The Trump administration is also reconsidering the "phase one" trade deal signed in January, which sought to reduce hostility by scaling back additional import taxes alongside an agreement from China to buy $200 billion in additional U.S. goods.

The Trump campaign is also attacking presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as weak on China ahead of the November election, adding fuel to the fire, while actions related to Taiwan and Hong Kong are worsening relations even more.

“There’s always a worry when tensions hit these heightened levels that there’s a possibility of there being a spillover effect,” said Matthew P. Funaiole, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ China Power Project.

“I would certainly say that the danger is higher now than in recent history that there will be a spillover effect into the economy or another avenue.”

The U.S. is not the only country seeing worsening relations with China that threaten to spill over into the global economy. 

Australia angered China by demanding an independent inquiry into the coronavirus origin and sided with the U.S. in banning Chinese technology firm Huawei from supplying parts for its 5G network.

This week, China retaliated with an 80 percent tariff on barley from Australia, its largest barley supplier, a move that followed import suspension on some Australian meat companies.

But economists are especially worried about the relationship between Washington and Beijing after Trump pointed the finger at China for failing to stop the coronavirus from spreading globally and accused the World Health Organization of accepting what they say is Chinese misinformation on the disease — even as critics believe Trump is looking to deflect attention from the administration's response to the coronavirus. 

The breakdown in relations comes at a time when the U.S. is seeing Great Depression levels of unemployment and while the economy has contracted the most since the global financial crisis and is projected to fall further. China has also been hit hard by the pandemic, seeing its worst economic growth since 1992."

By metmike - May 22, 2020, 1:04 p.m.
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China imposes 80 percent tariffs on Australian barley imports

China imposed 80 percent tariffs on Australian barley imports, the country announced Monday, as relations between the two nations continue to sour.

The Chinese ministry of commerce announced 73.6 percent anti-dumping and 6.9 percent anti-subsidy tariffs would be put in place on all companies, including four named exporters The Uluka Trust, Kalgan Nominees Pty. Ltd, JW&JI Mcdonald & Sons and Haycroft Enterprises.

The tariffs, set to begin on Tuesday and continue for five years, are expected to effectively stop billions of dollars of trade between the nations, Reuters reported. Chinese officials implemented the tariffs after concluding an investigation, beginning in 2018, that officials said found dumping by Australia that caused damage on its domestic industry.

“We reject the basis of this decision and will be assessing the details of the findings while we consider the next steps,” Australia’s Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham said in a statement obtained by Reuters.

Australia is the biggest barley supplier to China, which pays about $980 million to $1.3 billion for barley per year, more than half of Australia’s exports. China expects to get its barley from other producers such as France, Canada, Argentina and other countries.