President Trump Confronts Multinational Big-AG, Proposes Bridge Subsidy To Break Up Controlled Markets and Exploitative Contract Farming…

There’s a lot of news this week reflecting a great deal of oppositional alignment against the presidency of Donald Trump. CTH can get down in the weeds of each specific issue to discuss the motives and intents (we will, and do), but the big picture MUST remain at the forefront of understanding. If we lose track of the big picture, the weeds are overwhelming.

…“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”

~ Niccolò Machiavelli

♦POTUS Trump is disrupting the global order of things in order to protect and preserve the shrinking interests of the U.S. He is fighting, almost single-handed, at the threshold of the abyss. Our interests, our position, is zero-sum. Our opposition seeks to repel and retain the status-quo. They were on the cusp of full economic victory over the U.S.

(Reuters Article Link)

Summary of Action: President Trump structuring a plan to break up multinational BIG-AG, and their “controlled markets.”  STOP  In the interim, to return to supply-side principles, POTUS Trump proposes a bridge-subsidy approach to wean farmers off exploitative, globalist, multinational “contract farming”.  STOP  In this endeavor President Trump and Mexican President Lopez Obrador will be brothers-in-arms.  FULLSTOP

President Trump is disrupting decades of multinational financial interests who use the U.S. as a host for their ideological endeavors. President Trump is confronting multinational corporations and the global constructs of economic systems that were put in place to the detriment of the host (USA) ie. YOU; or in this example the U.S. farmer. There are trillions at stake; it is all about the economics; all else is chaff and countermeasures.

Familiar faces, perhaps faces you previously thought were decent, are now revealing their alignment with larger entities that are our abusers. In an effort to awaken the victim to the cycle of self-destructive codependent behavior, allow me to cue a recent audio visual example from U.S. Senator John Thune. WATCH:


What South Dakota Senator John Thune is showcasing here is his full alignment with big multinational corporate agriculture (BIG AG). Big AG is not supporting local farmers. Big AG does not support “free and fair markets.” Big AG supports the interests of multinational corporations and multinational financial interests.

For those interests the U.S. is the host; from our perspective they are the parasite.

It is critical to think of BIG AG in the same way we already are familiar with multinational manufacturing of durable goods.

We are already familiar how China, Mexico and ASEAN nations export our raw materials (ore, coking coal, rare earth minerals etc.). The raw materials are used to manufacture goods overseas, the cheap durable goods are then shipped back into the U.S. for purchase.

It is within this decades-long process where we lost the manufacturing base, and the multinational economic planners (World Trade Organization) put us on a path to being a “service driven” economy.

The road to a “service-driven economy” is paved with a great disparity between financial classes. The wealth gap is directly related to the inability of the middle-class to thrive.

Elite financial interests, including those within Washington DC, gain wealth and power, the U.S. workforce is reduced to servitude, “service”, of their affluent needs.

The destruction of the U.S. industrial and manufacturing base is EXACTLY WHY the wealth gap has exploded in the past 30 years.

With that familiarity, did you think the multinationals would stop with only “DURABLE GOODS”?

They don’t.

They didn’t.

The exact same exfiltration and exploitation has been happening, with increased speed, over the past 15-20 years with “CONSUMABLE GOODS“, ie food.

Raw material foodstuff is exported to China, ASEAN nations and Mexico, processed and shipped back into the U.S. as a finished product.

Recent example: Salmonella Ritz Bits (whey); Nabisco shuts New Jersey manufacturing plant, moves food production to Mexico… the result: Salmonella crackers.  This is the same design-flow with food as previously exploited by other economic sectors, including auto manufacturing.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Monsanto, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Bunge, Potash Corp, Cargill or Wilmar, stay out of the public eye by design.  Most megafood conglomerates have roots going back a century or more, but ever-increasing consolidation means that their current corporate owners may have been established only a few years ago.  Welcome to the complex world of Big Ag:

Start with the so-called Big Six [PDF]. Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Bayer, and BASF produce roughly three-quarters of the pesticides used in the world. The first five also sell more than half the name-brand seeds that farmers plant, including varieties modified for resistance to the very pesticides they also sell. Meanwhile, if farmers want fertilizer, a list of 10 other companies, starting with PotashCorp, account for about two-thirds of the world market.

Once the plowing, planting, nurturing, and harvesting are done, around 80 percent of major crops pass through the hands of four traders: ADM, Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus. These companies aren’t just financiers, of course—Cargill, for example, produces animal feed and many other products, and it supplies more than a fifth of all meat sold in the United States.

And if you ever had any ideas about going vegetarian to avoid the conglomerates, forget about it: ADM processes about a third of all soybeans in the United States and a sixth of those grown around the globe. It also brews more than 5.6 billion liters of ethanol for gasoline and pours more than 2 million metric tons of high-fructose corn syrup every year. And it produces a sixth of the world’s chocolate.  {Continue – and go Deep}

Multinational corporations, BIG AG, are now invested in controlling the outputs of U.S. agricultural industry and farmers. This process is why food prices have risen exponentially in the past decade.

The free market is not determining price; there is no “supply and demand” influence within this modern agricultural dynamic. Food commodities are now a controlled market just like durable goods. The raw material (harvests writ large) are exploited by the financial interests of massive multinational corporations.  This is “contract farming”.

Again, if we were to pull out of NAFTA our food bill would drop 25% (or more) within the first year. Further, if U.S. supply and demand were part of the domestic market price for food, we would see the prices of aggregate food products drop by half almost immediately. Some perishable food products would predictably drop so dramatically in price it is unfathomable how far the prices would fall.

Behind this dynamic we find the international corporate and financial interests who are inherently at risk from President Trump’s “America-First” economic and trade platform. Believe it or not, President Trump is up against an entire world economic establishment.

When we understand how trade works in the modern era we understand why the agents within the system are so adamantly opposed to U.S. President Trump.

♦The biggest lie in modern economics, willingly spread and maintained by corporate media, is that a system of global markets still exists.

It doesn’t.

Every element of global economic trade is controlled and exploited by massive institutions, multinational banks and multinational corporations. Institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Bank control trillions of dollars in economic activity. Underneath that economic activity there are people who hold the reigns of power over the outcomes. These individuals and groups are the stakeholders in direct opposition to principles of America-First national economics.

The modern financial constructs of these entities have been established over the course of the past three decades. When you understand how they manipulate the economic system of individual nations you begin to understand understand why they are so fundamentally opposed to President Trump.

In the Western World, separate from communist control perspectives (ie. China), “Global markets” are a modern myth; nothing more than a talking point meant to keep people satiated with sound bites they might find familiar. Global markets have been destroyed over the past three decades by multinational corporations who control the products formerly contained within global markets.

The same is true for “Commodities Markets”. The multinational trade and economic system, run by corporations and multinational banks, now controls the product outputs of independent nations. The free market economic system has been usurped by entities who create what is best described as ‘controlled markets’.

U.S. President Trump smartly understands what has taken place. Additionally he uses economic leverage as part of a broader national security policy; and to understand who opposes President Trump specifically because of the economic leverage he creates, it becomes important to understand the objectives of the global and financial elite who run and operate the institutions. The Big Club.

Understanding how trillions of trade dollars influence geopolitical policy we begin to understand the three-decade global financial construct they seek to protect.

That is, global financial exploitation of national markets.


♦Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national outputs (harvests an raw materials), and ancillary industries, of developed industrial western nations. {example}

♦The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks. (*note* in China it is the communist government underwriting the purchase)

♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

♦With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

Against the backdrop of President Trump confronting China; and against the backdrop of NAFTA being renegotiated, likely to exit; and against the necessary need to support the key U.S. steel industry; revisiting the economic influences within the modern import/export dynamic will help conceptualize the issues at the heart of the matter.

There are a myriad of interests within each trade sector that make specific explanation very challenging; however, here’s the basic outline.

For three decades economic “globalism” has advanced, quickly. Everyone accepts this statement, yet few actually stop to ask who and what are behind this – and why?

Influential people with vested financial interests in the process have sold a narrative that global manufacturing, global sourcing, and global production was the inherent way of the future. The same voices claimed the American economy was consigned to become a “service-driven economy.”

What was always missed in these discussions is that advocates selling this global-economy message have a vested financial and ideological interest in convincing the information consumer it is all just a natural outcome of economic progress.

It’s not.

It’s not natural at all. It is a process that is entirely controlled, promoted and utilized by large conglomerates, lobbyists, purchased politicians and massive financial corporations.

Again, I’ll try to retain the larger altitude perspective without falling into the traps of the esoteric weeds. I freely admit this is tough to explain and I may not be successful.

Bulletpoint #1: ♦ Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national elements of developed industrial western nations.

This is perhaps the most challenging to understand. In essence, thanks specifically to the way the World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in 1995, national companies expanded their influence into multiple nations, across a myriad of industries and economic sectors (energy, agriculture, raw earth minerals, etc.). This is the basic underpinning of national companies becoming multinational corporations.

Think of these multinational corporations as global entities now powerful enough to reach into multiple nations -simultaneously- and purchase controlling interests in a single economic commodity.

A historic reference point might be the original multinational enterprise, energy via oil production. (Exxon, Mobil, BP, etc.)

However, in the modern global world, it’s not just oil; the resource and product procurement extends to virtually every possible commodity and industry. From the very visible (wheat/corn) to the obscure (small minerals, and even flowers).

Bulletpoint #2 ♦ The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.

During the past several decades national companies merged. The largest lemon producer company in Brazil, merges with the largest lemon company in Mexico, merges with the largest lemon company in Argentina, merges with the largest lemon company in the U.S., etc. etc. National companies, formerly of one nation, become “continental” companies with control over an entire continent of nations.

…. or it could be over several continents or even the entire world market of Lemon/Widget production. These are now multinational corporations. They hold interests in specific segments (this example lemons) across a broad variety of individual nations.

National laws on Monopoly building are not the same in all nations. Most are not as structured as the U.S.A or other more developed nations (with more laws). During the acquisition phase, when encountering a highly developed nation with monopoly laws, the process of an umbrella corporation might be needed to purchase the targeted interests within a specific nation. The example of Monsanto applies here.

Bulletpoint #3 ♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

With control of the majority of actual lemons the multinational corporation now holds a different set of financial values than a local farmer or national market. This is why commodities exchanges are essentially dead. In the aggregate the mercantile exchange is no longer a free or supply-based market; it is now a controlled market exploited by mega-sized multinational corporations.

Instead of the traditional ‘supply/demand’ equation determining prices, the corporations look to see what nations can afford what prices. The supply of the controlled product is then distributed to the country according to their ability to afford the price. This is essentially the bastardized and politicized function of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This is also how the corporations controlling WTO policy maximize profits.

Back to the lemons. A corporation might hold the rights to the majority of the lemon production in Brazil, Argentina and California/Florida. The price the U.S. consumer pays for the lemons is directed by the amount of inventory (distribution) the controlling corporation allows in the U.S.

If the U.S. lemon harvest is abundant, the controlling interests will export the product to keep the U.S. consumer spending at peak or optimal price. A U.S. customer might pay $2 for a lemon, a Mexican customer might pay .50¢, and a Canadian $1.25.

The bottom line issue is the national supply (in this example ‘harvest/yield’) is not driving the national price because the supply is now controlled by massive multinational corporations.

The mistake people often make is calling this a “global commodity” process. In the modern era this “global commodity” phrase is particularly nonsense.

A true global commodity is a process of individual nations harvesting/creating a similar product and bringing that product to a global market. Individual nations each independently engaged in creating a similar product.

Under modern globalism this process no longer takes place. It’s a complete fraud. Massive multinational corporations control the majority of production inside each nation and therefore control the global product market and price. It is a controlled system.

EXAMPLE: Part of the lobbying in the food industry is to advocate for the expansion of U.S. taxpayer benefits to underwrite the costs of the domestic food products they control. By lobbying DC these multinational corporations get congress and policy-makers to expand the basis of who can use EBT and SNAP benefits (state reimbursement rates).

Expanding the federal subsidy for food purchases is part of the corporate profit dynamic.

With increased taxpayer subsidies, the food price controllers can charge more domestically and export more of the product internationally. Taxes, via subsidies, go into their profit margins. The corporations then use a portion of those enhanced profits in contributions to the politicians. It’s a circle of money.

In highly developed nations this multinational corporate process requires the corporation to purchase the domestic political process (as above) with individual nations allowing the exploitation in varying degrees. As such, the corporate lobbyists pay hundreds of millions to politicians for changes in policies and regulations; one sector, one product, or one industry at a time. These are specialized lobbyists.

EXAMPLE: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)

CFIUS is an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person (“covered transactions”), in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.

CFIUS operates pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) (section 721) and as implemented by Executive Order 11858, as amended, and regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 800.

The CFIUS process has been the subject of significant reforms over the past several years. These include numerous improvements in internal CFIUS procedures, enactment of FINSA in July 2007, amendment of Executive Order 11858 in January 2008, revision of the CFIUS regulations in November 2008, and publication of guidance on CFIUS’s national security considerations in December 2008 (more)

Bulletpoint #4With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

The process of charging the U.S. consumer more for a product, that under normal national market conditions would cost less, is a process called exfiltration of wealth. This is the basic premise, the cornerstone, behind the catch-phrase ‘globalism’.

It is never discussed.

To control the market price some contracted product may even be secured and shipped with the intent to allow it to sit idle (or rot). It’s all about controlling the price and maximizing the profit equation. To gain the same $1 profit a widget multinational might have to sell 20 widgets in El-Salvador (.25¢ each), or two widgets in the U.S. ($2.50/each).

Think of the process like the historic reference of OPEC (Oil Producing Economic Countries). Only in the modern era massive corporations are playing the role of OPEC and it’s not oil being controlled, thanks to the WTO it’s almost everything.

Again, this is highlighted in the example of taxpayers subsidizing the food sector (EBT, SNAP etc.), the corporations can charge U.S. consumers more. Ex. more beef is exported, red meat prices remain high at the grocery store, but subsidized U.S. consumers can better afford the high prices.

Of course, if you are not receiving food payment assistance (middle-class) you can’t eat the steaks because you can’t afford them. (Not accidentally, it’s the same scheme in the ObamaCare healthcare system)

Agriculturally, multinational corporate Monsanto says: ‘all your harvests are belong to us‘. Contract with us, or you lose because we can control the market price of your end product. Downside is that once you sign that contract, you agree to terms that are entirely created by the financial interests of the larger corporation; not your farm.

The multinational agriculture lobby is massive. We willingly feed the world as part of the system; but you as a grocery customer pay more per unit at the grocery store because domestic supply no longer determines domestic price.

Within the agriculture community the (feed-the-world) production export factor also drives the need for labor. Labor is a cost. The multinational corps have a vested interest in low labor costs. Ergo, open border policies. (ie. willingly purchased republicans not supporting border wall etc.).

This corrupt economic manipulation/exploitation applies over multiple sectors, and even in the sub-sector of an industry like steel. China/India purchases the raw material, coking coal, then sells the finished good (rolled steel) back to the global market at a discount. Or it could be rubber, or concrete, or plastic, or frozen chicken parts etc.

The ‘America First’ Trump-Trade Doctrine upsets the entire construct of this multinational export/control dynamic. Team Trump focus exclusively on bilateral trade deals, with specific trade agreements targeted toward individual nations (not national corporations).

‘America-First’ is also specific policy at a granular product level looking out for the national interests of the United States, U.S. workers, U.S. companies and U.S. consumers.

Under President Trump’s Trade positions, balanced and fair trade with strong regulatory control over national assets, exfiltration of U.S. national wealth is essentially stopped.

This puts many current multinational corporations, globalists who previously took a stake-hold in the U.S. economy with intention to export the wealth, in a position of holding contracted interest of an asset they can no longer exploit.

Perhaps now we understand better how massive multi-billion multinational corporations and institutions are aligned against President Trump.




♦The Modern Third Dimension in American Economics – HERE

♦The “Fed” Can’t Figure out the New Economics – HERE

♦Proof “America-First” has disconnected Main Street from Wall Street – HERE

♦Treasury Secretary Mnuchin begins creating a Parallel Banking System – HERE

♦How Trump Economic Policy is Interacting With The Stock Market – HERE

♦How Multinationals have Exported U.S. Wealth – HERE

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394 Responses to President Trump Confronts Multinational Big-AG, Proposes Bridge Subsidy To Break Up Controlled Markets and Exploitative Contract Farming…

  1. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    “What South Dakota Senator John Thune is showcasing here is his full alignment with big multinational corporate agriculture (BIG AG). Big AG is not supporting local farmers. Big AG does not support “free and fair markets.” Big AG supports the interests of multinational corporations and multinational financial interests.”

    This underscores the deceitfulness of the globalists and their very fake news cohorts. When ever they talk about farming/farms/agriculture they always make it seem they are talking about the local farmers. They know full well their listeners/viewers will hear “American farmers” and immediately think small, local farms. That way big AG gets to hide their pernicious dealings behind the decent local family farmers.

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    • The Boss says:

      Brett B made it a point to call out tonight Thune as an example of “leadership” opposed to Trump, in addition to “the usual suspects like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake”.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      CountryclassVulgarian, I have for years that these conglomerates be allowed to remain because that takes farms, work, whatever from so many who want to have a business of their own and NOT be bought by conglomerates. Look at Google, Amazon, and so many greedies that want to own our country and other countries as well, which China is very good at doing also. I found the same problems with super large lawyer offices with more than 100 attorneys. Not a good place to be or work as more like slavery and limited growth up and real money for a few while you slave to make them money. Our country started with small businesses and profited and grew. Today, it is not growing but condensing in conglomerates not allowing real business growth here or abroad. Time to unplug them!

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    • Big Money in his pocket


  2. Nigella says:

    Once again heads are exploding… On both sides…!.

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  3. Wd says:

    Wow. You Go Sundance!

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  4. For Eyes says:

    Sundance, I am glad to see you paying attention to this issue, but there are some gaps in the explanation.

    It isn’t hard to document how seed, fertilzer, equipment and other important inputs into a harvest have been consolidated into a few corporate names. Further, any farmer can tell you it is hard to stray from the tight list even if you philosophically wish to.

    It is the crop price piece that has gaps. By what mechanism do we now have corn and soybeans trading NOW at disasterously low prices? That is priced off of futures prices. Are we saying the giants are just good traders manipulating futures prices? I honestly don’t think you are merely sinking into an “us vs them” or “little guy vs the giants” conspiracy sort of rant. But what is the mechanism?


    • starfcker says:

      Consolidation of the buyers is the mechanism. If there are only three corporate buyers of your particular product, and they are in cahoots, they kind of set the price.

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    • Questioning says:

      If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, smells like a duck, then ……

      Looks like communism to me.


      • TarsTarkas says:

        More like a cartel. This situation is nothing new. It happened in the late 19th century, which is why the Populist party and Free-silver movements got started, because the farmers were being forced to sell their crops at subsistence prices or watch it rot in the fields.

        Another thing to watch which Sundance did not mention is water projects, including the building and maintenance of reservoirs, irrigation systems, and the resultant below-cost water supplied to megafarms (most notoriously in the Imperial Valley). We the taxpayer ultimately pay for those projects which simultaneously subsidizing the crops our water nourish.

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        • Ono says:

          The Salinas and San Joaquin valley used to be owned by individual farmers. There are a few holdouts, but the corporate farmers have gobbeled them up and are draing the aquifers leaving the individual farmers with dry well straws in the arid sand.

          Most farmers have to take a loan out from a bank to get them through the growing season. No water, no crops, bank takes farm.

          Meet Stewart Resnick…

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          • Carrie2 says:

            Ono, and don’t forget the quality has gone well down and especially in packaged foods finding many are causing illness and even death. Then moonbeam takes water from our real farmers and it winds up going into the ocean. The stink of democrats, RINOS and eGOP is strong on this and we need to Drain the Swamp of Congress NOW or lose whatever reality we used to have.

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            • Ono says:

              Not that long ago if you lived in Ca. you could go to local farm stands and buy the finest produce at prices that were incredibally low. Picked daily for local consumption. Today Californians pay more than people pay in other states for crops grown here.

              I have a garden, a small orchard, and a small vineyard and a great well. The cost of growing your own food is not cheap, but the quality of the product is worth it.

              I purchased heirloom seeds up in Petaluma last year and will continue to save and replant them. Amazing fruit and vegetables. The flavor is incredible. Reminds me of my youth. Sadly my two cherry trees that were heavy with fruit were decimated by birds a few days before the fruit was ripe for picking. We only received 5 inches of rain this winter and the wild life is famished.


              • Lindenlee says:

                I lived in Petaluma before it got Marin-ized. Nice little town, and everything grew. I had raspberries, strawberries, Granny Smith apples like softballs, Asian pears, plums, apricots, all semi-dwarfs, like the old days. Nice town back then.

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                • Ono says:

                  Petaluma is still beautiful. The rainbow Social justice warriors have certainly tarnished it though. The seed bank is still one of the most important business in town,

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                • Lindenlee says:

                  Glad to hear that. I don’t think I appreciated it enough when I lived there.


          • rrick says:

            The Resnicks aren’t well liked in SLO CO either.

            I’m not at all dismissing what the corporations have done but idiot moonbeam since his first terms in the 70s has done some terrible things. And since he couldn’t get his peripheral canal now he wants to dig tunnels! Didn’t he fill up his private lake during the last (man made) drought?

            As a side note: I remember seeing docks and wharves along the valley nearly as far south as Bakersfield. I even saw a river boat sitting high and dry around Delano. That was in the 1970s. The valley once held navigable waters.

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            • Ono says:

              Let’s not forget that Jerry let the Chilean grapes rot on the docks of San Pedro, destroying their countrys economy. Next year the med fly shows up and Jerry sprays Malathion on the people of LA.

              Tulare Lake used to be larger in size than Lake Tahoe. Jerrys dad Edmond (Pat) Brown started the Ca water project…Billions over budget, yet to be completed and not doing any good unless you’re in the Big Club.

              Jerry has his bullet train from Maderia to Fresno…One out house to another. Billions over budget, behind schedule.

              Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

              Stockton and Sacramento used to be wealthy inland shipping ports.

              Ask anyone in Paso what they think of Resnick? The eastern side on the Salinas river has no water because of his turbine pumps that have lowered the aquafir level by over two hundred feet.


              • rrick says:

                Oh, I don’t have to ask around in Paso. I reckon you mean to the west of Paso too.
                Speaking of which, there are three aquifers which run mostly west to east. The deepest and largest starts around 7,000 feet below ground and runs deeper as it carries to the east towards Lost Hills. That was ‘fossil water’ (never been tapped) until everyone and his brother (multinationals included) put in wine grapes (then lost their shorts because they 1) created a glut, 2) overburden limited crush facilities, 3) had no contracts to sell). But once it was tapped it became fair game it seemed. Grrrr

                The environazis disapproved of more houses. Then they saw all the vineyards going in, cutting down trees, and screamed, ‘Monoculture!’. So they then sided with the homebuilders – anything is better than endless miles of monoculture vineyards. So, with the aquaifer tapped, the state dictating to every city and wide spot in the road that they must build more houses, more houses were built.

                As despised the Resnicks are, they are but a symptom of ill governance. They are Johnny Come Latelys too for they are but the most recent of their ilk; there have been many like them before. But the Resnicks have upped the game.

                Idiot voters approved the bonds for the train to nowhere. Idiots. buffoons, ignoramuses. Now its, what, 11x projected costs and still nothing to show. Where is the money going? I think now they have decided to forget the central valley and concentrate on the Santa Clara corridor. I suspect in order to prop up there over estimated ridership. Even the proponents are now coming around to admit its a boondoggle. Where is the money going?

                One thing about idiot’s dad, CA did have a top notch college system. One guess who turned that too into a shithole. This dolt is a gift that keeps on giving, like a contagion.

                Vote John Cox.
                Vote Diane Feinstein (spit) for to do so would send Kevin to purgatory.

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                • Ono says:

                  The Brown’s are infamous for pushing bond measures that always end up costing taxpayers more, never are completed and are never accounted for.
                  Jerry signed off on fracking (using potable water) during the worst drought in Ca. history.

                  I rember going to Paso in my youth (my father was part owner of a walnut grove). The Salinas river was wide and and ran most of the year. You are lucky to see water in it during the wettest of winters now.

                  I was looking at property in Carmel valley a year or so ago and driving out of Paso past Fort Roberts there is nothing but grapes all the way to King City and beyond. The farm houses that were once home to farmers and their workers are used for machine and tractor storage. Boasrded up covered with graphite. I was in three separate escrows in Cachauha valley and all fewll through. In order to get a building permit you need a well with a 600 foot straw and a refresh reat of 3gpm (the same as a toilet tank). The wineries have pulled all the water away.
                  Money talks and Jerry is always ready for a conversation.


        • rrick says:

          Oh man, if you’re gonna’ mention CA water that will take about a billion pages. Not only water from the Colorado but the backroom deals and all out wars of the west side in the SJV. Oy

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          • Ono says:

            China Town was a great movie based on fact. Farmers wells were poisened, land was sold for dime on a dollar. Owens Lake was massive until LA big shots siphoned all the water away. Now its a waste land.

            Moonbeams “Swan Song” is restricting personal usage of water to 55 gallons a day.

            IOW you cannot shower and do laundry on the same day.

            In Jerrys first tenure as Governor of Ca we also had a severe drought…considence?

            He came out with a save water campaign. Ready?

            If its yellow its mellow, only “Brown” goes down”.


            • rrick says:

              Don’t forget the grossly mismanaged ‘kingpin’ of the entire State Water Project (SWP); Oroville. It will likely be one Billion dollars to repair that fiasco And that does not include repairs to the forebay powerhouse. Why did it happen? Mismanagement is the answer. And still no new reservoirs. Not the Sites, nothing. Oh, so there may be state funding. Yippee. Seeing is believing. How much of that funding will actually go towards building the reservoir?

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              • Ono says:

                There are two utility companies in Ca. SDG&E and PG&E. both are sister companies. PG&E is the largest utility in America. Both are subsidized by the state and federal government. Both have Nerculear plants on the coast directly over earthquake faults (San Onfre and Diablo Canyon).

                The Oriville overflow of 2017 was almost a major Castro-he. If the dam would have broken then every dam below would have gone as well…all the was to Sacramento. That the 150 foot by 50 foot figure in the spillway went unprepared is inexcusable.
                Santa Barbara built a deal plant after the late 70’s drought. It was online for a few day before a heavy winter filled Lake Cachuma and the Gilbrator resouivors. Last year the city decided to put it on line again . Multi millon price tag.
                That’s what happens when we hire rats to guard the cheese factory
                Cox 2018


        • Clarioncaller says:

          Put these water-retention projects in the same category as NFL stadiums.


    • For Eyes says:

      US production has been high for about the last 5 years or so. Weather conditions. Grain stockpiles have been growing around the world. In the face of that, ordinary economics explains lower grain prices.

      The US dollar was high for quite a while, making US product expensive relative to Latin American, etc. The buck fell, but for the last number of weeks has spiked back up again and its no shock grain prices fell again, and trade war talk didn’t help.

      I just think that normal economic facts need to be connected to a story that has elements of low competition. We ought not get too breathless in blaming all ills on Big Business.

      Let’s see exactly what actions Trump comes up with. If indeed it is just a freebie for Big Ag then I think we’ll all be disappointed.

      But also, I know a lot of farmers, and they don’t want to become chained to a govt tit


      • Mr. Underfoot says:

        You say it yourself: “normal economic facts need to be connected to a story that has elements of low competition. We ought not get too breathless in blaming all ills on Big Business.” The article shows how Big Business CREATES the low competition via creating cartels and a facade of an open market to fool the gullible.


      • Dennis Leonard says:

        Sir,there are a few things suggesting you are a weaver of webs ” and trade war talk didn’t help.””Let’s see exactly what actions Trump comes up with. If indeed it is just a freebie for Big Ag then I think we’ll all be disappointed.

        But also, I know a lot of farmers, and they don’t want to become chained to a govt tit”

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      • Carrie2 says:

        For Eyes, then you are saying they prefer to be owned as slaves to conglomerates and more chemicals on our foods.


    • Clarioncaller says:

      It really depends on which casino you think has the better odds.


  5. Ospreyzone says:

    “Every element of global economic trade is controlled and exploited by massive institutions, multinational banks and multinational corporations.”

    In 1973, Davis Rockefeller founded the Trilateral Commission. It was the first step toward the “New World Order,” so lusted for by Soros and his ilk. The goal of the Trilateral Commission was to align the free world with the advanced communist states to organize a world government. {Massive, multi-national conglomerates controlling the governments – See Robert Ludlum’s “Matarese Circle.”}

    Their belief (they = Bilderberg Group) is that governments are archaic. They must be collapsed to allow multi-national corporations to assume the reins. International companies are not in business to lose money or forfeit profits. The ‘new society’, as they see it, would function within a competitive, non-violent, structure, because governments can no longer guarantee that. They’re on a nuclear collision course everywhere. But, the way they see it, “The Chrysler Corporation does not make war on BMW; no planes fill the skies to wipe out factories and whole towns centered around one or the other company. Their new world order would be “committed to the marketplace, to the development of resources and technology that insure the survival of mankind. There is no other way.” Starting to feel a chill yet?

    When you hear George Soros speak of “a new world order,” this is exactly what he means. The Globalist economy SD describes is a critical node along that path and PDJT is a bigly threat to their adolescent goals. MAGA.

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    • For Eyes says:

      Talk of Trilateral mirages is where conversations like these break down


    • Clarioncaller says:

      The Fed’s “Too big to fail” policy over the last 9 years turned capitalism and competition on its head. Corporate managers now have a backstop to protect against any bad decisions. And as usual, the Main Street folks pay the tab.


      • Rhoda R says:

        I suspect the first steps were taken under the Clinton Administration when he walked away for the anti-trust laws.


  6. redline says:

    Before there was Big Oil, there was the English system:

    power / opium / tea + spice
    Brittania / Near East / Far East


  7. MIKE says:

    This is why I am so glad to read here. It is an awesome feeling to have an inside line and be able to read the experts, pundits, those M. Levins, Peter Moricis, and others, and be able to laugh out loud at how they are not really getting Trumps’ plan, Trump Doctrine. Great days ahead. God bless the Treehouse.

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  8. Brave and Free says:

    I’ll try this again, I think my first post ended in the trash heap haha.
    I am quite familiar with what SD is saying. I worked in the retail food industry for over thirty years. The changes that have taken place in the last fifteen to twenty years would make your head spin. Major suppliers bought by the bigger suppliers. Like SD said there are only a few major players in this market. Lots of the sales jobs were lost also when theses company’s merged.The average consumer doesn’t know that their Oreo’s or Kisses come from Mexico now. Or that at a lot of the produce is imported. Paper products from Canada etc etc….. I could go on any keep listing categories but you get the idea. The other thing the consumer doesn’t realize is how the supply chain for this industry works now. It’s all supply on demand now. On demand inventory or days of supply all the major chains work this way. Think about that out of stock on the shelf, it’s not that it’s not available it’s that the computer ordering it said you didn’t need it today because the demand wasn’t there on that day. Why do you run out of water during a hurricane, or milk and eggs during a snow storm? The ordering system can’t predict the weather. There are adjustments you can make but they are always a day behind the demand. People don’t realize how little inventory is in the supply chain. If there were multiple natural disasters at the same time major product shortages are a possibility. Act accordingly if you live in a major city or metropolitan area. (Stock up)
    I grew up and lived in rural upstate NY. NY is actually very agricultural lots of farms in the finger lakes and southern tier of NY. The farm industry has changed from small family farms to large farms now mostly. There are lots of contributing factors for that. Kids don’t want to stay and work on the family farm, it’s hard work!! Over time lots of small farms merged into large farms and also Mennonites moved in and bought them up. That is a good thing for the local county governments, it keeps them on the tax rolls. That’s my observation anyway. That area of the state is dying because of the jobs lost from manufacturing. I.E. Kodak, Bausch + Lomb, and Delphi to name a few that have changed vastly or are gone completely.
    Oh yeah and the high taxes!!!

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  9. Echo says:

    EU agri protection by subsidy, tariff, quotas, and many confected regulations…ie. on the shape of vegetables and fruit, is massive. Let’s see if Porche wants to sacrifice its US market for 4 cow Irish farmers who should be doing something else.
    There’s your target Mr President.


    • Clarioncaller says:

      While he’s at it, the world would be a better place without chemtrail flights and HAARP emissions.


      • Echo says:

        I hear there’s a tinfoil hat design that will at least protect you from chemtrails?


        • Clarioncaller says:

          Yea, look up in the sky and tell me those are natural cloud patterns that you can play tic-tac-to by.


          • Echo says:

            More reading needed by you for a better life
            They are jet contrails, dependent on the moisture content and temperature of the air into which the burnt JetA1 fuel stream is ejected. No magic or mystery.


          • rrick says:

            Clarioncaller, when did chemtrails begin? About what year or decade? Because I have pictures which predate a date you might give. Since then air traffic has increased but engine technology has greatly advanced. Quite sincerely I suggest a course or two in meteorology.


  10. Alison says:

    I won’t pretend to understand every nuance of this, but I certainly appreciate your explanations & examples, Sundance. Realizing how many ways our country has been sold from under us, I am truly gobsmacked that President Trump was willing to take this on.

    It makes his 80’s interviews “I don’t want to run for president, but I will if I have to”, all the more meaningful. This guy has marched into a battle every bit as scary & difficult as those of the Greatest Generation. May God be with President Trump every single moment.

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    • pacnwbel says:

      Alison, like you, I found Sundance article extremely interesting and enlightening. Nice to know that ending NAFTA will lower food prices. The President’s sense of fairness is driving his policies for middle America ‘s benefit. There is so much to dislike about Big Ag and their exploitation of the small family farms. The money trail that ends up in politician’s pockets is criminal,it is no wonder that the multinationals are putting up a formidable front against our President who sees so clearly the way forward out of the abyss that they have forced on us over the years.


  11. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    Levin just came on and he is of course going on about “subsidizing farmers”. I just turned him of. What’s the use.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Publius2016 says:

    Another reason Amazon bought Whole Foods!

    Liked by 4 people

  13. scott467 says:

    “Again, if we were to pull out of NAFTA our food bill would drop 25% (or more) within the first year. Further, if U.S. supply and demand were part of the domestic market price for food, we would see the prices of aggregate food products drop by half almost immediately. ”


    Then the president has an obligation to do pull out of NAFTA, immediately.

    And the people who have done this to our country should be executed.

    The volume and intensity of evil required to purposely drive up the costs of basic life necessities — knowingly and with premeditation — is off the charts.

    They should be tried and executed for crimes against humanity.

    Liked by 2 people

    • scott467 says:

      Dox them all, let the whole world know who these criminals are, where they live, where they can be found.

      For those who are international criminals, issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and hunt them down.

      For the lower level criminals, put bounties on their heads, wanted dead or alive, so the People can profit from bringing these monsters to justice.

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  14. talker2u says:

    After reading this I am sick to my stomach.

    I cannot react to it.

    I am paralyzed by all this, and I don’t know when or if I will able to engage against this positively.

    Oh God . . .

    Liked by 1 person

    • scott467 says:

      “I am paralyzed by all this, and I don’t know when or if I will able to engage against this positively.”


      I’m smiling 🙂

      Knowledge is the key to action.

      The more people who begin to understand all this, the closer we get to correcting it.

      The more light is shown upon this great evil, the stronger we get, and the closer the forces of evil are to defeat.

      Nobody ‘goes wobbly’ now… this is just starting to get good!

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    • Luckily President Trump has your six and it isn’t news to him.


  15. scott467 says:

    “Behind this dynamic we find the international corporate and financial interests who are inherently at risk from President Trump’s “America-First” economic and trade platform. Believe it or not, President Trump is up against an entire world economic establishment.”


    He doesn’t need to engage this fight alone, and I don’t know why he does.

    Explain it to the American People. Let us help. Show the American People who these monsters are, what they are doing, and how they have gotten away with it for so long.

    Not only would the American People by the tens of millions boycott these companies and products, but once they understood, they would demand the heads of those criminal congressmen and former presidents who made it possible, and they would demand draconian laws and sanctions to make sure it never happens again.

    The American People are the president’s greatest asset.

    Teach the People what has been going on.

    Then turn us loose.

    They are the few.

    We are the many.

    If the American People are ever “awakened” in sufficient numbers, it’s game over for the global crime syndicate.

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    • Malatrope says:

      I hate to say it, but you cannot boycott everything you eat.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Mr. Underfoot says:

        No, but you can: grow your own; patronize farmer’s markets; buy a CSA share; get a deep freezer and throw in with your neighbor for a side of beef direct from the farmer/rancher. You can accomplish a boycott and live ‘high off the hog’ if you evade the middlemen.

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      • No you cannot. Depending on where you live and other circumstances, it may be very hard. I’m going to have to cut down a few trees to grow more of my own. In the meantime, I’m heading to the local farmer in the morning. There aren’t many left in my immediate area but this one has been handed down several generations..since 1700’s. I support the family as much as I can. I went to high school with the current owner and attended to his wedding years and years ago. I’m glad he didn’t sell out like so many others.

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      • scott467 says:

        “I hate to say it, but you cannot boycott everything you eat.”


        You can boycott a lot of it, especially the junk food we might like, but don’t need.

        Something like this provides the perfect opportunity and impetus to evaluate what we’re consuming and make better informed choices.

        If a hundred people do it, it will be good for them, but it won’t have any impact.

        If ten+ million people do it, we change the game.


        • V.I.G. says:

          I worked for Cargill for a decade. You wont be able to source salt,sugar, flour and just about every item you find in the baking section of any supermarket in this country.
          The spice rack at your grocery store, 95% owned by Cargill. I went to a corporate meeting up in Minneapolis about 6 years ago and their claim was that if you out on glasses, that would show you the amount of product at a store, that Cargill touches. It would equate to 87% of the items, with the produce items being the vast majority of the 13%.

          Cargill supplies our country with the vast majority of the food we buy from a store.

          I hate to burst your bubble, but unless you are homesteading, these BigAG companies have us by the heels.

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          • rf121 says:

            The only thing you mentioned worth anything is salt. The rest is garbage and we could all do with out it. All a part of the poison everyone with junk so the medical/pharmacy people can pump us full of pills.


      • rrick says:

        Malatrope, you are correct. However, that is pointing to an incorrect solution. Better is for the consumer to become more selective of what they purchase. Mr. Underfoot provides one method of how to do that.


        • Grandpa says:

          The average citizen knows very little about the REALITY of Globalism, like Sundance has explained so well. I wish a very talented film producer like Dinesh D’Souza would take up the cause of educating THE WORLD about what we ALL are facing from Globalism. Every country will be getting hosed over by Globalism; not just the USA! Now I understand why so many politicians became Never-Trumpers, but I’m still curious why the Democrats don’t seem to be aware or care about Globalism; they have the most to lose.


  16. Clarioncaller says:

    The Queen’s Privy Council wanted to maintain the colonial East India Company and keep America as an exporter of raw materials [lumber, tar, fish, pelts] which Britain and the EU would convert into finished goods to import back to the colonies at a higher cost. This Privy Council/Serco also OWNS the US Patent Office in order to control all technology applications. Trump has broken the chains and declared true American Independence when he met the Queen of Friday, July 13th.

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  17. scott467 says:

    “Underneath that economic activity there are people who hold the reigns of power over the outcomes. These individuals and groups are the stakeholders in direct opposition to principles of America-First national economics.”


    But they can only do their evil deeds by hiding behind a curtain of anonymity. All of them.

    If it was known what they are doing, and WHO they are, they couldn’t walk down the street without being chased by an angry mob.

    It is SECRECY and ANONYMITY which makes everything they do, all of their evil, possible.

    Pull the curtain back, and let the sun shine in on these cockroaches.

    Who they are, what they do, and where they live.

    The American People will take care of the rest.

    You betcha.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Clarioncaller says:

      There are a handful of Deep State players who have control over digital voting technology and software. They are Mark Malloch-Brown of Queen Elizabeth’s Privy Council, George Soros, Geo. HW Bush, and Mitt Romney. To discover more about voter fraud, go to

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      • scott467 says:

        That is reason number 14,759 why we need to go back to PAPER BALLOTS before the midterms in November.

        Electronic voting machines are no different in operational concept than Las Vegas slot machines. The House programs them so the House wins most of the time, but the players win just often enough to keep them coming back.

        Voting machines can (and certainly are) programmed according to the outcomes desired by those who sell and use them.

        Paper ballots can be manipulated too, but it requires much more personal risk.

        Electronic ballots can be manipulated with comparative ease.

        There is no reason to doubt Sundance’s conservative election predictions of a minimum of 73 million votes for Trump. The ‘official’ tally was what, 63 million votes?

        Where did the other 10+ million votes go?

        And how many millions of votes were ‘manufactured’ for Sick Hillary?

        Electronic voting machines are an INVITATION to corruption.

        It’s practically like begging to be disenfranchised.


        • rrick says:

          Scott467, I have been voting using paper ballots since forever. I strongly urge using paper ballots. As much, I urge not to mail in the paper ballot, instead walk it in to your precinct. Votes get ‘lost’, not counted, when mailed or by absentee ballot.


  18. carshop says:

    When I read these explanations it makes me realize all the more Trump’s brilliance and bravery to put himself and his family out there. His policies have many literally thousands gunning for him. Protect and keep hm safe Lord.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Malatrope says:

      Absolutely. I note that he still has his private security teams in place, but I still expect terrible headlines some morning. And then, it will really hit the fan.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Clarioncaller says:

        Trump recently lost one of his loyal SS protectors in Nole Remagen in Scotland. But then GHW Bush just lost one of his most trusted surgeons in Houston, Dr. Hausknecht. In chess, it’s called trading pawns.


        • Do you think we have gotten to that level? If so the second civil war is going to a new level.

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          • Clarioncaller says:

            Welcome to ‘Red Pill’ reality. It explains why FLOTUS was out of commission for a month.


          • Carrie2 says:

            conservativeinny, a civil war only leads to more of this garbage. We are talking about Revolution #2 where you get the results you really want. Reread history of the Civil War and the aftermath. With a revolution there is no real aftermath!


            • rrick says:

              Carrie2, I agree revolution vis-a-vis civil war. However, when speaking of revolution it would be wise to study the comparisons and contrasts between the American and the French revolutions.


  19. Robin W. says:

    Tom Vilsack was on HRC’s VP list of just three (3) names. Go deep, deep, and deeper into the USDA, most especially the CCC.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. scott467 says:

    “Additionally he uses economic leverage as part of a broader national security policy; and to understand who opposes President Trump specifically because of the economic leverage he creates, it becomes important to understand the objectives of the global and financial elite who run and operate the institutions. The Big Club.”


    It’s a little club, really.

    Teeny tiny and exclusive, by design.

    Why cede the psychological advantage to them, by calling them the ‘Big Club’, when they are a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction of the American (and world) population?

    It’s like calling a mosquito a Raging Bull. It’s silly.

    If their “club” was any smaller, it would be called a clique.

    But “The Big Clique” sounds like a bunch of goofs, not nearly as (linguistically) intimidating as ‘The Big CLUB’.

    So take the “club” away (not to mention ‘big’) and start addressing them as they really are — the tiniest minority on the planet. The one millionth of 1 percent.

    They are cockroaches, and there’s not even very many of them, certainly not compared to the number of US.

    If there is any such thing as a BIG CLUB, it’s US.

    As Lionel Nation said yesterday, there are so many of US and so few of THEM that we could ‘drown them all in our urine’.

    We have ALL the power, if we would only take it up.

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  21. 29whgf1hr29 says:

    I am still not understanding why you think people on food stamps will buy steaks that the middle class can’t afford.


    • Carrie2 says:

      29whgflhr29, because I have seen them at Walmart and supermarkets loading up on expensive steaks, wine, beer, and lots of crap. These are leeches but thank goodness our President is coming soon on welfare and we will see big changes and a lot of crying, whining and democrats again falling down and saying how horrible this is, while all the time they are ripping off their voters!

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  22. Donna in Oregon says:

    What I cannot understand is why German company Bayer bought Monsanto when GMO’s aren’t allowed in many EU countries? I don’t get that.

    The research has been buried but I read a report that stated that the GMO process introduced viruses, bacteria, and other microbes into the food supply that had not been tested. The scientists did not know what these unidentified bugs would do to human beings and their DNA.

    The testing for approval for consumers was done in house by Monsanto and when the EU put restrictions on GMO products, Obama put a Lobbyist/Vice President of Monsanto over the FDA…so end of GMO controversy and testing. Want to see the difference between President Trump’s AG plan and Obama’s? Read this, totally explains why Germany is interested in Monsanto, looks like Obama’s farm bill into Africa’s food supply is the lure.

    This incisive article by Josh Sager published one month before the November 2012 US presidential elections carefully documents how Monsanto has cornered the US political system.

    I have always believed that Monsanto has had a detrimental effect on generations of American health.

    “Between 1992 and 2002 — a period of rapid GM crop development — the USDA spent about $1.8 billion on biotech research, of which only 1 percent went to safety testing. Meanwhile, the AG industry uses its patent power to maintain tight control over who researches what, and it dominates the research agenda at U.S. agriculture universities. The French study didn’t fully illuminate the situation, but it’s a start.”

    This article discusses the issues with GMO, Monsanto and Big AG.

    The Threats From Genetically Modified Foods
    Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human and animal health, but Big Ag doesn’t want you to know that.

    Waiting for the lawsuits…..especially for the children.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Donna in Oregon, right on. In my oriental medicine studies, we also have to study what we call Western Medicine. For the class we had to come up with a great video to get A’s and I love my A’s, thank you. So, I did the research on GMO/GME and was disgusted at how this has been allowed to happen and so many using Round Up making themselves and family member super sick! Plus injecting their chemicals into our food chain has been found to #1 cause sickness, #2 continued eating/breathing these poisons can lead to cancer and miscarriages, #3, #4, #5 and #6 you will see more health problems in adults and more miscarriages but now miscarriages or births with more physical problems (have a looksee at loveShiners and you will have a true visual to see) until finally the fetus dies because each layer of time ruins our own health and then it passes to our future in the fetuses. I got that A and have ever since been warning against Monsanto and other companies doing the same. We use ONLY non-chemicals in our home and garden which is why when I returned to the USA I learned about and only use Shaklee Corp. products. To date we are 80 and 86 with very good health, don’t look nor act like most elderly with many drugs to take, shuffling instead of walking well, can’t lift anything past a certain wait, and yet continue to eat cereals, sugared items, or in plain crap foods, with pizza probably the #1 killer when you look up the ingredients and lack of truly functioning food for your body.

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    • rf121 says:

      And I bet you still eat plants and vegetables. Don’t need them. Eat meat.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Resistwemuch says:

    Hmmmmmm. Makes sense. What we need is a law limiting the size of companies, like we used to have with the auto industry. Remember Ford, Mercury, GM, Chevrolet, Buick.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Daniel says:

    Here’s a thought to share:

    This is a president who doesn’t feel the need to hold anything back for his second term the way other presidents have. He would do it all tomorrow if he could. But he’s absolutely not waiting to make anything happen.

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  25. kltk1 says:

    John Thune is NOT a viable replacement for Mitch McConnell. Whenever the heat rises on McConnell and there’s talk of him being replaced John Thune’s name is always thrown out there as the one to replace him. Bad choice. New boss, same as the old boss.

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  26. scott467 says:

    “The Big Club.”


    Imagine you’re a Boxer, and you’re next big fight is against some guy called Monster the Giant.

    Sounds pretty scary.

    So scary that nobody has ever agreed to fight him before… which is why he always wins.

    I mean, with a name like ‘Monster, the Giant’, who stands a chance?

    Pretty soon you’ve psyched yourself out, and you don’t want to fight him either.

    So he wins again. By default (again).

    But what if he’s not really a giant at all, what if it’s just some guy (and by now he’s an old guy) with a manager who understands marketing?

    But for sake of argument, suppose ‘Monster, the Giant’ really is a giant. Like Andre the Giant. Few if any could defeat Andre, one-on-one.

    But there is not an arena in the world, not even the smallest venues that hold less than a hundred people, where the audience could not have swarmed and subdued Andre in less than a minute.

    Their’s a little club.

    We the People are the BIGGEST club there is — or ever will be.

    If we get that straight in our heads, it changes the whole perspective.

    Andre the Giant isn’t intimidating anymore, when you know you can overwhelm him.

    And neither is the Little Club.

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    • scott467 says:

      And neither is the Little Club. For the same reason.


    • Carrie2 says:

      scott467, you are only beaten when you turn your back on so many wrong things or allow your brain to be overrun with garbage, beaten when you think there is no better way, and beaten when you are afraid of being beaten. What has happened to our REAL Americans who will volunteer to be in the military risking their lives for others, or those who get out and work and learn and do research and are fighting back. If you are not fighting with them, then I pity each and everyone of you asking how? why? me?

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  27. mtnforge says:

    Absolutely phenomenal piece of writing!
    Sundance you deserve the Pulitzer medal for not only investigative journalism, but a peace prize for telling the truth in s world of deceit and evil lies.


    SUPERB JOB!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • gman says:

      Wow-you are so right. SD must have a half-dozen brains operating on a distributed info platform. I used to think I was rather smart…uh, not anymore:)


  28. G. Combs says:

    From my old notes some background on this issue. It is really VERY VERY NASTY! So please read. (3 pages out of 22)

    I and others have spent years untangling the threads leading to the root cause of this major threat to American consumers. The reason is well hidden and candy-coated so the public can not pinpoint it. Unfortunately the time to act is running out, so please bear with me while I lead you through the maze to the correct answer. A simple statement will not suffice because without evidence it is unbelievable.

    The New York Times article “The Safety Gap” written by Gardiner Harris, 11/2/2008
    h t t p://

    “This year, 18.2 million shipments of food, devices, cosmetics and drugs are expected to enter more than 300 U.S. ports; the FDA. had 454 investigators in 2007 — one and a half per port — to scrutinize them..”

    “China’s leap to one of the biggest suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients in the world over the last decade [note the date], Generic drug makers in the United States, where price competition is fierce, were the first to seek cheaper drug ingredients…Over the past six years, the F.D.A. has managed to inspect annually an average of just 15 of the 714 Chinese drug plants that export to the United States. At its present pace, the FDA. would need more than 50 years to visit all Chinese plants. By contrast, the FDA. inspects domestic drug plants every 2.7 years ”

    This is the report AFTER Florida plowed under miles of tomatoes…
    Report Rips FDA Oversight Of Produce

    “FDA’s efforts to combat foodborne illness are hampered by staffing shortages, infrequent inspections and lax enforcement at fresh produce processing plants, according to congressional investigators. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report also said only 1% of produce imported into the U.S. is inspected, and the practice of mixing produce from several sources makes tracing contamination challenging…The report said inspections at produce-processing facilities are rare, and when problems are discovered, FDA relies on the industry to correct them without oversight or follow-up. Between 2000 and 2007, FDA detected food safety problems at more than 40% of the 2,002 plants inspected, yet half of those plants were inspected only once. The plants with food safety problems received only warning letters from FDA, and even those ended in 2005…Salmonella Source Found

    The Salmonella strain associated with the lastest foodborne illness outbreak has been found, in irrigation water as well as in a sample from some serrano peppers at a Mexican farm. The farm is located in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. “The agency seized no fresh produce, sought no injunctions and prosecuted no firms”
    h t tp://

    (I know John Munsell via our fight with Big Ag.)

    Meatpacking Maverick: John Munsell’s against-the-odds struggle for improved food safety — Mother Jones Magazine, December 2003 Issue By Michael Scherer Dec 29, 2003,

    “Before the tainted beef arrived — USDA-approved and vacuum-sealed – Munsell had no reason to doubt the integrity of the food-safety system. But that changed after the meat he ground for hamburger tested positive for E. coli 0157:H7. Instead of tracking the contaminated meat back to its source, the USDA launched an investigation of Munsell’s own operation. Never mind that the local federal inspector had seen the beef go straight from the package into a clean grinder — a USDA spokesman called that testimony “hearsay.” By February 2002, three more tests of meat Munsell was grinding straight from the package came back positive. This time, as he would later testify in a government hearing, he had paperwork documenting that the beef came from a single source: ConAgra:

    Munsell fired off an angry email to the district USDA manager, warning of a potential public-health emergency, and adding that if no one tracked down the rest of the bad meat, “both of us should share a cell in Alcatraz.” The agency moved immediately and aggressively — not to recall meat from Greeley, but to shut down Munsell’s grinding operation, a punishment that lasted four months.

    Despite Munsell’s continued whistleblowing — to Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), national cattle associations, and his fellow meat processors — the USDA failed to address the alleged contamination at ConAgra’s Greely Plant. Then, in July 2002, Munsell’s worst fears came true. E. coli-tainted burger from Greeley killed an Ohio woman and sickened at least 35 others. ConAgra then recalled 19 million pounds of beef, one of the largest recalls in history.”

    Unfortunately this is just one of many “incidents” handle in such a way that transnational corporations are not “inconvenienced”. Stanley Painter, Chairman of the National Food Inspection Unions, stated in his testimony at the congressional hearing on the Hallmark Dower Cows:

    “..when we see violations of FSIS regulations and we are instructed not to write non-compliance reports… Sometimes even if we write non-compliance reports, some of the larger companies use their political muscle to get those overturned….Some of my members have been intimidated by agency management in the past when they came forward and tried to enforce agency regulations and policies. I will give you a personal example:

    In December 2004, I began to receive reports that the new SRM regulations were not being uniformly enforced. I wrote a letter to the Assistant FSIS Administrator for Field Operations at the time conveying to him what I had heard…I was paid a visit at my home in Alabama by an FSIS official dispatched from the Atlanta regional office to convince me to drop the issue. I told him that I would not. Then, the agency summoned me to come here to Washington, DC where agency officials subjected me to several hours of interrogation including wanting me to identify which of my members were blowing the whistle on the SRM removal violations. I refused to do so….I was then placed on disciplinary investigation status. The agency even contacted the USDA Office of Inspector General to explore criminal charges being filed against me…

    Both my union AFGE and the consumer group Public Citizen filed separate Freedom of Information Act requests in December 2004 for any non-compliance records in the FSIS data base that would support my allegations. It was not until August 2005 that over 1000 non-compliance reports – weighing some 16 pounds — were turned over to both AFGE and Public Citizen that proved that what my members were telling me was correct – that some beef slaughter facilities were not complying with the SRM removal regulations… on the same day those records were released, I received written notification from the agency that they were dropping their disciplinary investigation – eight months after their “investigation” began…

    [SRM removal regulations concern brain and spine removal to prevent BSE]

    “Today, America has the safest food in the world.” stated Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman in 1997.(again note that date, it is significant) h t t p://

    Yet during the last few years the USDA has spent millions of dollars and hours of time bribing states, tribes and breed associations to back the implementation of “traceability”. What is “traceability”?

    Traceability has four parts, all paid for by the farmer:

    1. Premises ID removes privacy rights from land and become a permanent part of the deed. It places information about the residence into a data base and allows search without a warrant.
    2. Animal ID (NAIS) puts RFID tags on every horse, bird and livestock animal in the nation and requires the owner to have a Premise ID. (Corporate Factory Farms are exempt from tagging)
    3. Tracking is input of movement by an animal off the premises into a database within 24 hrs.
    4. Penalties of up to of $1,000,000 in fines and ten years in jail.

    A bit of research and analysis shows that this shift in focus from inspection to traceability has other consequences as well as the financial burden on farmers. Some are relatively easy to predict, other consequences, though, are hidden, and will only emerge in the course of implementation.

    Cutback in Testing
    The USDA has cut back on disease testing by up to 90%. and has shifted what testing is done to dead animals at slaughter instead of testing live animals at the farm. This allows a disease years to be passed from one farm to another before the animal is finally sent to slaughter.

    The USDA is also closing down testing labs. “USDA is moving toward supporting fewer labs nationwide, with the remaining labs serving as regional labs and supporting larger geographic areas..” h t tp://

    “Cattle crossing facilities on the U.S. side of the border are operated primarily by private firms… at Santa Teresa, NM, Chihuahuan [Mexican] cattle producers operate both sides of the cattle port-of-entry” w w

    “Free trade makes it easier for Mexico to sell us cattle,” Mr. Suppan said. “Mexico does not have in place the infrastructure to eradicate tuberculosis.”…Bovine tuberculosis is fast becoming an important reason that carcasses are being condemned as unsafe in American beef packing plants. The number of carcasses found infected is 15 times higher than in 1986. Dr. Billy Johnson, said about 80 percent of the condemned carcasses were traced back to animals raised in Mexico.” h t tp://

    To Make matters worse the USA exports 700,000 tons of quality beef while importing 1,500,000 tons from countries with: Naegleria fowler, Encephalitis, vesicular stomatitis viruses, Leptospirosis, Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), and foot and mouth disease. The US imports 2.5 million live cattle from Canada with BSE (now found in USA) and from Mexico with tuberculosis (now found in USA), brucellosis (now found in USA) cattle tick fever, (now found in USA) Trypanosoma cruz,, (now found in USA), Bluetongue (now found in USA), and Vesicular stomatitis.
    “ disease challenges are emerging. Some are domestic diseases that are increasing in significance. Others are foreign diseases that may be imported as result of the exponential increases in international importations of animals and animal products. Our industries and our economy are threatened by diseases and pests that heretofore we only read about in disease text books…”

    Transfer of Corporate Liability
    Wisconsin was the first state to make NAIS mandatory. The corporate response is quite interesting. Family farmers have feared that: “One of the big goals of NAIS is to shift liability to the farmers and off of the packers and retail chains. This is despite the fact that virtually all food contamination happens at the slaughterhouse and beyond.”
    h t t p://

    Paul-Martin:Griepentrog on September 3, 2008 reported that this was indeed the case. He attended “quality assurance training required for Badger Vac 45.” And reported “You [the farmer] will be required to cover ALL expenses in the event of contamination…The bottom line is that after 10 years [note the date] of below normal prices here in Wis because the state allowed Equity Livestock Coop to create a monopoly, our savior has now arrived to burden us with contracts shifting all liability to feeder cattle producers if they can’t prove they are innocent. “
    h t t p://

    The Ag Cartel WINS, Farmers and consumers lose… Some may even lose their lives.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Thank you for all of this truly needed information. Reading it makes me sick to my stomach on how we have allowed our Congress and evil elites do this to us and our country and no wonder they are trying to rid us of our President who has been in business for many, many years and has seen this happen and/or take place. We have to stop believing the lies/promises/etc. and set about getting our country back into our hands as the real government. We have hired/elected and allowed others to ruin us, our health, our future because we never have wanted to disbelieve any one could do this to us or are country. Hopefully, you are now waking up to reality and we can get together and take back America and MAGA with our President. If not, you will never like the end results!


      • annieoakley says:

        Pretty sure Soros has money in Monsanto and a company that used to be called DeBruce and now Gavilon. No wonder the President eats his steak ‘well done’. I do know for certain that the Con Agra meat packing plant in Greely employs many Somalis.


  29. rrick says:

    I am generally against the largesse of government but just the break-up of BIG AG has my vote. Ex: I do not know if it is still true but not too long ago PepsiCo was the largest ‘farmer’ in the San Joaquin Valley. The SJ Valley is the central valley in California and is often referred to as America’s grocery store. And guess who gets those precious farm subsidies?

    Then there are the folks like my friend in Iowa who is an egg farmer. A 5th gen farmer his competition is multinational companies. He has talked of closing up and selling off because he cannot compete.

    I know of more than a few other ranchers and farmers who tell the same tale whether in tree nut, wine grape, table grape, wheat, commercial cattle, or even forage hay segments of the industry. America’s family farmers have been on the ropes for decades.

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    • White Apple says:

      I have lived and farmed in the San Joaquin Valley all my life and today is the first day I have ever heard PepsiCo “farms” or has ever farmed in the San Joaquin Valley.

      Liked by 1 person

      • rrick says:

        White Apple, I recall reading this first in college (Cal Poly-SLO) then in some ag trade mag. That was circa late 1980s and mid 1990s. Since then, I have looked to verify and have found nothing. As the two sources where I had read I had deemed credible I have wondered if the fact is perhaps hidden, as if by shell companies under an umbrella. At this point I will say it is unsubstantiated and withdraw the assertion.


  30. Resistwemuch says: A Rupee is equal to .015 USD Compare the costs in India to US groceries.


  31. rrick says:

    I read the headline of this article and was so moved that I commented above. Then I went back to read the entire article. I read it twice to be sure I fully understood and hadn’t missed anything. This subject is so vast that this article only scratches the surface. However, I literally have tears of joy that it is being addressed. Finally.

    Under Bullet points #1 and #2, the farmer.or rancher could still be a viable stakeholder. It is under Bulletpoint #3 which is the death knell to the family farmer/rancher. After that, it is just holding on to tradition, trying to eek out a life. And our very own fedgov has been complicit. The beginnings of this was the ill gotten New Deal under that vile FDR. Perhaps that is a side note for the main interest here is the current scheme of globalism.

    I am especially delighted that ‘global commodity’ is rightly shown as the misnomer it is.

    Anyway, I am moved to tears. THANK YOU President Trump!

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  32. formerdem says:

    So in a way, even if Marx’s solutions were useless, his ideas about what would happen were not all wrong… he said production would end up being controlled by a global elite with its own class interests which they would then pursue to the detriment of everyone else. Marx was also right in saying that “liberals” are not the representatives of the people but the representatives of that class, and that their sorta-kind deeds only amount to quelling discontent with the gaps in money and power that inevitably emerge. Quite True. Certainly Marx’s solution was wrong… Seeing how Trump is fixing things, we can say, the better solution is love for those nearby, whether that is family or country, so that we are not exposed one by one to the forces of money and power. Also allowing others to do the same.


    • Jenny R. says:

      Yes, Marx did correctly identify what would happen if capitalism wasn’t kept in some sort of check — that it would eventually devolve into corporatism which would destroy a true free market capitalism. It would become a sort of economic feudalism — we see that in the agricultural sector most plainly.
      And he was right about the potential devolution of classic liberalism — that it too would devolve into a form of feudalism.
      It’s just that his remedies for this were, if anything, even worse than the disease.
      Essentially, if you want to keep classic liberalism (what our country was founded upon) and free-market capitalism, you have to rein them in under….the rule of law (hence, why we did not have a democracy, but a republic — although I’m afraid we have lost our republic as well as any vestige of free market capitalism; on a good note: we have somebody who wants to bring both back).
      I would recommend a thorough knowledge of the concepts of subsidiarity and communitarianism (but first, read for comprehension St. Thomas Aquinas)…because if you get either wrong *most do, then you will create a horrid mess. H…most people don’t even know how to define the two terms, much less judge the benefits and shortfalls, further still know how to develop and enact policy that won’t get you perdition.

      In the meantime, the tariffs could benefit individual farmers once uncoupled from being corporate sharecroppers — but this would be short to mid-range, long term they would not work as there would be the inevitable corruption and taking advantage.
      So, a flexible system in the end would be best — something to protect the producer and the consumer alike, with the advantage given to helping our countrymen first and not taking advantage of them.

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      • formerdem says:

        With you, Jenny. All the way. Except you understand it better.


      • G. Combs says:

        To add to the above. Not only were the mre recent anti-monopoly laws passed but originally corporations had a short life span and were ridgidly controlled. (Now they have been declared ‘People’ and are allowed UNLIMITED campaign contributions. 🙄
        Our Hidden History of Corporations in the United States

        […]Initially, the privilege of incorporation was granted selectively to enable activities that benefited the public, such as construction of roads or canals. Enabling shareholders to profit was seen as a means to that end. The states also imposed conditions (some of which remain on the books, though unused) like these*:

        🌟 Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time and could be revoked promptly for violating laws.[originally 20 years IIRC]

        🌟 Corporations could engage only in activities necessary to fulfill their chartered purpose.

        🌟 Corporations could not own stock in other corporations nor own any property that was not essential to fulfilling their chartered purpose.

        🌟 Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or caused public harm.

        🌟 Owners and managers were responsible for criminal acts committed on the job.

        🌟 Corporations could not make any political or charitable contributions nor spend money to influence law-making.

        For 100 years after the American Revolution, legislators maintained tight controll of the corporate chartering process. Because of widespread public opposition, early legislators granted very few corporate charters, and only after debate. Citizens governed corporations by detailing operating conditions not just in charters but also in state constitutions and state laws. Incorporated businesses were prohibited from taking any action that legislators did not specifically allow.[…]

        We really need to go back to this way of dealing with corporations. Get rid of the generational corporations WITHOUT and liability.


  33. nightmare on k st says:

    If Trump understands this, how then does allowing/changing the law for the US sale of its Crude Oil to other countries, mostly flooding Europe now, exfiltration, which harms Russia, but keeps US oil prices HIGH, help? Trump had to call out Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to bring prices under $3 here, then Trump is calling to SELL part of the US Strategic Oil Reserve

    well, the US is pumping more oil than ever, whats going on?


    • Ray Runge says:

      Oil $ /barrel is quite fungible. Everyone on planet earth wants to sell the stuff.


    • e g says:

      IIRC, the ban on exporting oil was touted by Ryan and Co. as a major victory. I cant remember if it was Sundance or Rush who correctly pointed out it would end in higher prices at home, and far from being a victory for republicans was simply pushing globalism forward. GEOTUS is using the export of oil and gas as another tool to squeeze Russia and Iran, something Sundance has explained before.


  34. railer says:

    As long as Trump keeps it simple, it’ll work out well. He needs to focus on imports and exports with each country, and make sure he’s working towards a dollar balance with each country, as he appears to understand. Getting any more complex than that is risky.


    • For Eyes says:

      Yes. I approached the same point but from a very different angle and the trolls went nuts. Hopefully this important discussion settle down into something sensible.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Ray Runge says:

      Sundance is saying the big boy and girl companies do not care about borders at all. Quite few big big companies control the raw farm material brought to market—everywhere. Financial arbitrageurs then reap their skim to move the deals from farm to market and consumer. Most importantly, nation state entities approve the legal rules and harvest a kind fee for paving the highway.


  35. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Trump had his ear to the ground on this one. He also solved a problem I never could.

    Back in the Tea Party days, there were many interesting strands being woven, and the rebellion against Big Ag / World Ag / Proprietary Ag / Non-Fertile Ag / Anti-People Ag was very obvious (“Monsanto” being akin to the name of Satan himself), but I could never really fit it into the totality of the Tea Party viewpoint. We all KNEW that we were getting chumped, but it was not obvious to me how the “final plank” – rebellion against corporate over-control of agriculture – fit into a viewpoint of popular freedom – likely because of free trade gaslighting or its agricultural equivalent.

    I think Trump saw how the Ag Rebellion integrated seamlessly into the larger rebellion of the American people against globalist processes that didn’t give a DAMN what Americans thought – and that have dogged us from our founding through EVERY era of our history.

    Here is one way to put it.

    In the same way that “free immigration” isn’t really defensive of freedom, but in fact became a cunning subversion of it –

    In the same way that “free trade” wasn’t really defensive of freedom, but in fact became a cunning subversion of it –

    In the same way that almost every position of the UniParty wasn’t actually whatever was presented to us, but in reality a crafty subversion of that very thing –

    So Big Agriculture became less and less a way for American agricultural genius to spread to the rest of the world, and more and more a way for the rest of the world to control American agriculture.

    We simply have to return to our founding principles, this time against the WORLD rather than one British, German, Russian, European or Chinese empire in it.

    All globalist processes tend toward centralization and collectivization, and those principles guarantee slavery and violence toward individuals. Freedom and peace for individuals will not survive unless strict protections of those things are forced upon the system – at gunpoint if necessary – and against the will and desire of those very globalist processes.

    This is how America returns to its founding question – DEFENSE of the individual and the freedoms of individuals from government itself – at ALL levels, even global. And beyond.

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  36. Vanityofvanities says:

    The “controlled market” that WILL bankrupt us is the Medical market. The laws are already on the books to deal with it’s price rigging BUT law enforcement (state AGs) will not act cause……Do I really need to state why?


  37. Ray Runge says:

    Whole lotta heft. Thank you for the well thought out paradigm to explain the intersection of Mega Farming, international finance and the governmental entities that take their skim at the top.

    Will reread tomorrow.


  38. TMonroe says:

    Archer Daniels Midlands is making a deal to quietly get into Eastern Europe, where non-GMO laws have been the order of the day but are facing the same supply-chain issues cited by our host. Reminiscent of the cigarette companies making new beachheads overseas…


  39. Amy2 says:

    I don’t understand the majority of this; but I knew it would be painful before it got better. What can I guy that will help American farmers?! Anyone got a list? I already buy wheat from out West. I may have to eat healthier to support them, but I’m willing to take the hit!!


  40. Esperanza says:

    T and LO hand in hand, been telling you guys, T will become a folk hero in Mexico. The global AG has been creating havoc in Mexico. Plus many Mexican farmers are indigenous.



  41. Mongoose says:

    Damn! Just DAMN! Sundance, this is OUTSTANDING! You have hit it out of the ball park my man!

    Anyone with half a brain that is working, and is observant enough to pick up on what should be and shouldn’t be, knows in the pit of their stomach that the game is rigged. I have thought about many of the things you have put together here but you did it by weaving a story that ties so much together that this should be disseminated far and wide.

    People can be too busy and for those that are simply lazy, this is a primer on what has been going on and why it is important to support our President and his Cabinet in the important work they are doing. They face tremendous opposition and the picture you paint leaves no doubt about the magnitude of the challenge. It is not just the Left in the US but global corporations around the world, and places like the EU, NATO, the IMF, the World Bank, and so many more.

    So many of our “leaders” have literally sold America down the river for their 30 pieces of silver. It takes one man to turn heads and light the candle that tells the world what is going on and to start turning the ship around. Independence, freedom, America First, while many take this as a bad thing, really means good things for the rest of the world, if only they would stop, look, and listen to what is really going on around them.


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  42. waterside4 says:

    Yes Sundance and Mongoose,
    A truly brilliant analysis of this sick world.
    Just a couple of points. The biggest scam of all is the ethanol/Palm oil scan d all.
    The ethanol one is ruining car engines and burning food, the second one is destroying the world’s forests to grow Palm oil for car fuel, not mention wiping out wild life habitats, all of which the Greenies approve of.
    Just one caveat, ‘reins’ is a thing for controlling horses (or wayward wives!), Reigns is what our Queen Elisabeth does.
    Long may she reign, and not let that twat Charlie Reign.


  43. val66 says:

    This is very true. I remember reading about a young kid (20yo) starting a lobster canning operation in Nova Scotia after they all had shut down and none existed anymore in Canada or Maine. It turns out. Lobster is fished out of the water off Maine and Nova Scotia, Then put on ships, sent to China to be shelled, cleaned, and packaged. And then sent back to the US and New England as the final food product. It made no sense to me at the time. But it’s clear now and a perfect example of moving consumable goods offshore.


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