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Don't have a cow, Trump! Wisconsin produces more milk than all of Canada! What difference

would it make to American milk prices and American dairy farms and jobs if Canadian milk "flooded" America...nada!

But if American milk entered Canada it would be a flood, farmers would be decimated. If aluminum is a national security issue, then so is milk and cheese. Canada must protect it's milk production for national security!

Also, the American milk production is already in massive oversupply, even with massive amounts of diafiltered milk not subject to tariffs being imported by Canada to make cheese.

"Major diafiltered milk production plants have been built in recent years along the Canada-U.S. border in states like New York and Wisconsin to service Canadian demand. Because of an ongoing oversupply of milk – and its ingredients – within the United States, the American dairy industry has been exporting the product in liquid form to Canadian processors. The Canadian Border Services Agency considers it to be a protein ingredient and therefore it is not subject to Canada’s high dairy tariffs."

In March, 2018 Canada moved to change this loophole. Enter angry wealthy major milk factory producers and you get mad Trump.

Not about farmers, it is about protecting millionaires.

Besides, will Americans get rid of their growth hormones banned in Canada?

Canadians have no problem with supply-side management and safer milk and fairly compensated family farms and will pay higher prices.

Producers are compensated fairly for their products and many dairy farms in Canada still are family farms (Producer)
Farmers’ margins and returns are predictable as dairy prices remain stable without fluctuation in the market (Producer)
Higher quality milk with less hormones and additives (Consumer)
Disadvantages:


Difficult for new entrants into the market (Producer)
Increased consumer prices due to supply quotas (Consumer)


Yes, the actual milk in Canada is different from the milk in the US, as Canada has stricter regulations on the use of hormones and additives.

"For example, rBST, a growth hormone for dairy cows to stimulate milk production, is not allowed in milk in Canada, but it has been used in the US. Also any cows that are administered antibiotics have their milk discarded until there is no longer than trace of antibiotics in the milk. All milk is tested for antibiotic residues and if there is any milk that tests positive for antibiotics, the product is not sold to the public and the farmer responsible for the contaminated milk is fined and has to cover all expenses of the discarded shipment. (In poultry and pork within Canada, antibiotics can be used, but there are no growth hormones administered. However, both are administered to Canadian beef cattle just as they are with US beef cattle.)

The US also does test for antibiotics, but the FDA allows for “safe levels”. Recently there has been controversy in that the tests for antibiotics are only testing for traditional antibiotics, like penicillin, but there are several new antibiotics that are not covered in the test that farmers are now administering to their cattle. Although Canada is ahead of the US in banning these hormones and antibiotics in milk, they are still behind Europe, where some EU countries like Denmark and Sweden ban all growth hormones and antibiotics from all human food."

Anyway, long article, but great explanation...in short, Trump lies.

Edit: links - https://americanadiangal.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/canadian-milk-expensive-but-more-safe/

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/04/22/dairy-101-the-canada-u-s-milk-spat-explained/

This is what we have become: Mass. Kindergarten Uses Lullabies For Active Shooter Lockdown!

http://time.com/5305617/massachusetts-school-lockdown-lullaby/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=time.com&utm_campaign=ideal-media-internal-recirculation&utm_term=68737&utm_content=2248702

(SOMERVILLE, Mass.) — A Massachusetts kindergarten class is drawing attention for using a lullaby to teach students about lockdown drills.

Taped to the classroom’s chalkboard is a rhyme set to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” rewritten telling students what to do if there’s a shooter.

It begins “Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more.”

Parent Georgy Cohen noticed the poster while visiting the Somerville school Wednesday. She took a photo and posted it on Twitter, writing, “This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom.”

Her post had been shared more than 18,000 times by Thursday afternoon and drew hundreds of comments. Many said it’s disturbing that children so young have to be prepared for a shooting.

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No words. The NRA has now convinced educators to terrorize infants. Meanwhile The Gun is put on a pedestal...America, is this really the solution...FEAR?




Posted by Fred Sanders | Fri Jun 8, 2018, 10:33 AM (0 replies)

Police legally seizing guns under Washington red flag laws - The Parkland Effect

And see, the second amendment has not gone up in flames:

"SEATTLE – Alexander Mckenzie, a 31-year-old Army veteran who, according to court documents, is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, recently had his gun confiscated by the Seattle Police Department even though he had committed no crime.

It’s one of 27 guns seized legally by the Seattle Police Department from 16 individuals since last July under Washington State’s new Extreme Risk Protection Order law.

McKenzie had been acting strange, glaring at customers of a pizza restaurant while carrying his handgun. He now agrees with the firearm seizure.

“I’m grateful that the police got the gun away from me,” McKenzie told Fox News.

Washington is one of six states with high risk or red flag laws. But in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, the Brady Campaign says at least 30 states are considering them."

http://www.worshipmedia.ca/2018/04/02/police-legally-seizing-guns-under-red-flag-laws/

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Seattle Police First To Seize Gun Under Washington’s New Mental Health Law

"In the wake of a recent rash of mass shootings in the United States, the Seattle Police Department became the first in the state of Washington to confiscate a citizen’s gun under a newly-enacted law. The law, called an “Extreme Risk Protection Order,” allows police officers in the state to disarm and confiscate the weapons from people deemed to be a danger to others or to themselves.

As KOMO News reports, the private citizen who had his .25 caliber gun confiscated has not been publicly named. However, he was reportedly “well known” to his neighbors for wandering the hallways of his Belltown apartment complex carrying his gun, as well as for “staring down” customers of local businesses while packing his weapon. According to Seattle police, the unidentified man had been making people uncomfortable and intimidating them for approximately a year before his gun was confiscated."

https://www.inquisitr.com/4817690/seattle-police-first-to-seize-gun-under-washingtons-new-mental-health-law/



For Many Facebook Users, a Last Straw That Led Them to Quit

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/technology/users-abandon-facebook.html

"Debates over privacy have plagued Facebook for years.

But the news that Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that worked on President Trump’s 2016 campaign, was able to gain access to private data through the social network has sparked an unusually strong reaction among its users.

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook appeared more than 10,000 times on Twitter within a two-hour period on Wednesday, according to the analytics service ExportTweet. On Tuesday, it was mentioned 40,398 times, according to the analytics service Digimind."

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There may be a lot of reasons to stay on Faceplant, social, work, personal, etc., but there is the fact they were complicit in undermining democracy around the world by going to bed with a company that they allowed, for $$$$, no doubt, to seize personal information on 50 million American users with just a pinkie swear they would not misuse it?? FB was at least willfully blind with customers personal information while at the same time they loudly proclaim to protect it. Fool me once...

Is that not a good reason enough? Also, perhaps employers, schools, businesses, institutions, workplaces, etc. maybe need to start a conversation with their stakeholders about whether supporting an usurper of democracy is good idea - no matter how useful, is it worth that price?

If you are on FB, are you planning on deleting?

Is "Russian bot" the best term to use to identify real person troll farm postings?

Not only at DU, but generally?

Voting options below. Suggestions?
Posted by Fred Sanders | Sun Mar 4, 2018, 01:58 PM (8 replies)

AFL-CIO lauds Trump's tariffs The Hill

Over the top headline, but the tariffs being approved by unions has to be news you can use.

The nation's largest federation of unions on Thursday praised President Trump's plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, even as GOP lawmakers in Congress and U.S. trade partners condemned the proposal.

"For years, we have called attention to the predatory practices of some steel exporting countries. Such practices hurt working people and cheat companies that produce in the U.S. We applaud the administration's efforts today to fix this problem," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.

"Trump also received sharp rebukes for the plan by Republicans in Congress, warning of the tax burden such tariffs might impose on working Americans."

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/376368-afl-cio-lauds-trumps-move-to-impose-tariffs

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Would tariffs on steel (25% import) and aluminum (10%) be a net positive or a net negative for the economy and blue collar workers?
Posted by Fred Sanders | Fri Mar 2, 2018, 09:49 PM (7 replies)

Republican governments are willing to impose government sanctions on domestic corporations for

exercising their first amendment rights*, while refusing to support sanctions on a hostile foreign nation attempting to interfere with those same first amendment rights? All in aid of a single tax exempt, social welfare non-profit?

Have I got that right?

*see Citizens United for the irony

Are Republican state government threats to punish corporations for exercising their first amendment rights illegal and unconstitutional?
Posted by Fred Sanders | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 10:22 AM (0 replies)

"Angel Force" to support Stoneman Douglas students at orientation - WSN 7News

PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) - A special group will be showing support for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of the voluntary orientation on campus, Sunday.

The Angel Force plan to spread their wings at the school, Sunday afternoon.

South Florida officials and community members will take part by wearing the symbolic costume, which is known for being a source of comfort and healing since 1993.

Back in 2016, the angels appeared after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The voluntary orientation is for students, parents and staff members, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.


https://wsvn.com/news/local/angel-force-to-support-stoneman-douglas-students-at-orientation/


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Full article, but also video clip

Mueller Files New Charges in Russia Probe

Source: CN

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday filed a new charge against a man they say lied to federal investigators in the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

A charging document filed in federal court in Washington accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of one charge of making false statements. Attorney Van Der Zwaan is expected to appear before a judge Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

According to the two-page indictment, Van Der Zwaan made “false fictitious and fraudulent statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States” and allegedly lied to agents at the FBI. Specifically, it notes Van Der Zwaan may have deleted emails connected to his most recent communications with Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide who was indicted last year on charges of conspiracy to launder money and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

Van Der Zwaan worked for a legal firm hired by the Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice, preparing a formal report on the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

PDF document here:

https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/van-der-swann.pdf

Read more: https://www.courthousenews.com/mueller-files-new-charge-in-russia-probe/

Rob Reiner has posted a series of gun control and anti-Trump tweets. Fox has lost it 's mind.

Posting because we do not have a How The Fox Propaganda Machine Works. Now with Putin input.

The article is actually fair and balanced:

"Following the news of a Florida school shooting, Rob Reiner attacked "GOP patriots" and called for an end to Trump's presidency.

On Sunday, the famed Hollywood filmmaker took to Twitter to accuse the government of putting the president before the lives of children and the country.

The Hollywood writer and director tweeted, "How much longer do we have to put up with a mentally ill sociopath? When the f---ed up psyche of the leader of the free world comes before the horrific deaths of innocent children, it’s time for GOP patriots to stand up and end this sickness."

And:

"There are 21,000,000 reasons why Donald Trump refuses to protect our children from being slaughtered by guns. The NRA has deep pockets. But we will show them that our hearts and our pockets are deeper than theirs," Reiner wrote."

But scroll to the comments section. Putin's anti-gun control bots have been put on hyperdrive.

Not a single positive gun control post and the level of language, not to mention disturbing and offensive, is....Russian bot level.

God forgive me for posting a Fox link here, it is for a Greater cause...so I hope I do not get alerted for violating TOS re: RW sites, given my explanation.

Was going to Ask the Administrators first but there is a bit of a wait, completely understandable.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/02/19/filmmaker-rob-reiner-calls-trump-ill-sociopath-post-florida-shooting.html

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Poll Question:

Is this a Fox/Bot operation?*

*my definitions, cause I can

EDIT: Bot attack ended at around midnight, Moscow time.

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