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    Today, 06:01 AM
    Middle man wholesale drop shipping. My first business was similar but I did have a delivery point from the jobber and I personally delivered wholesale to my retail customers. I had to handle the product because I could not let my jobber supplier meet my retail customer or they would just bypass me.
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    Today, 01:24 AM
    It might seem an unlikely time for U.S. farmers to look to China for more business but the devastating impact of African swine fever on the Chinese pork industry is trumping concerns about trade wars and tariffs.Experts estimate the disease will wipe out about a third of China's pork production this year, or 18 million tonnes. That's twice the amount of pork exported worldwide every year and enough to feed U.S. consumers for almost two years. The U.S. trade war with China initially forced U.S. pork exporters to scour the world for new markets but as the swine fever crisis deepens they're gearing up for new opportunities to supply the Chinese market later this year and next. The catch for U.S. hog farmers is that if they want to take advantage of the surge in Chinese pork demand, they can't feed their pigs with the growth drug ractopamine which is widely used in the United States but banned in China. In recent years, the European Union has provided roughly two-thirds of China's pork imports, excluding offal, with Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark the main suppliers, according to Chinese customs data. Potential demand is so huge, however, that the EU alone can't satisfy it. U.S. producers of ractopamine-free pigs could benefit, either by supplying China or making up shortfalls in other regions targeting the Chinese market. Sixth-generation Iowa hog farmer Mike Paustian would certainly like to benefit from producing pigs without ractopamine, even though it helps pigs quickly build lean muscle instead of fat. Paustian said his buyer at Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meatpacker, was considering paying a premium for pork free of ractopamine, which is also banned in the European Union, and that could push some farmers to stop using it. Rival U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods, which is owned by China's WH Group, already raises all of the hogs on its company-owned and contract farms without the drug.
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    Today, 01:23 AM
    It might seem an unlikely time for U.S. farmers to look to China for more business but the devastating impact of African swine fever on the Chinese pork industry is trumping concerns about trade wars and tariffs.Experts estimate the disease will wipe out about a third of China's pork production this year, or 18 million tonnes. That's twice the amount of pork exported worldwide every year and enough to feed U.S. consumers for almost two years. The U.S. trade war with China initially forced U.S. pork exporters to scour the world for new markets but as the swine fever crisis deepens they're gearing up for new opportunities to supply the Chinese market later this year and next. The catch for U.S. hog farmers is that if they want to take advantage of the surge in Chinese pork demand, they can't feed their pigs with the growth drug ractopamine which is widely used in the United States but banned in China. In recent years, the European Union has provided roughly two-thirds of China's pork imports, excluding offal, with Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark the main suppliers, according to Chinese customs data. Potential demand is so huge, however, that the EU alone can't satisfy it. U.S. producers of ractopamine-free pigs could benefit, either by supplying China or making up shortfalls in other regions targeting the Chinese market. Sixth-generation Iowa hog farmer Mike Paustian would certainly like to benefit from producing pigs without ractopamine, even though it helps pigs quickly build lean muscle instead of fat. Paustian said his buyer at Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meatpacker, was considering paying a premium for pork free of ractopamine, which is also banned in the European Union, and that could push some farmers to stop using it. Rival U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods, which is owned by China's WH Group, already raises all of the hogs on its company-owned and contract farms without the drug.
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    Today, 01:17 AM
    Pravda is better: What happens to countries with no borders? Consider Kosovo
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    Today, 01:14 AM
    :tears: Nobody with a brain believes your ChiCom propaganda. In addition to Nixon you have the honor of being on the same list of China sell outs as the Bushes and Clintons.
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    Today, 01:13 AM
    New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership in a law proposed Monday that emphasizes owning guns is a privilege and not a right.The new law would ban the sale of guns to overseas visitors, create a register to track all guns in the country, and require gun owners to renew their gun licenses every five years instead of every 10. It would also allow police to weigh other factors such as a person's mental health and even what they had been posting on social media to determine whether they were fit to own a gun. The government hopes lawmakers will approve the legislation by the end of the year. People with recent serious convictions are banned from owning guns. The new law would also allow police to investigate others and potentially ban them for reasons such as if they were promoting violence or extremism, had serious mental health issues, or had attempted suicide. Police Minister Stuart Nash said the legislation would allow police to monitor people's social media accounts to determine whether they were fit to own weapons. "What we do know is that the Christchurch terrorist was engaged on some sites which were promoting some pretty horrific material," Nash said. "So that's one thing police will have the ability to assess when they determine if someone is fit and proper to have a firearms license." The new legislation is expected to be introduced into the Parliament next month. It would go out for three months of public feedback before being voted on for a final time by lawmakers. The idea of a gun register is opposed by some groups including the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners and by conservative politician David Seymour. "Criminals, of course, will not register their guns, making the exercise almost worthless," Seymour said in a statement.
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    Today, 01:10 AM
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that if a planned safe zone in northern Syria is not established, and if threats continue against Turkey, Ankara would launch a military operation east of the Euphrates river.Turkey has been in talks with the United States over the establishment of a safe zone across its border in northeast Syria, where the United States supports the Kurdish YPG militia. Ankara sees the YPG as a terrorist organization. In an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber, Cavusoglu also said he hoped an agreement would be reached after talks later on Monday with the U.S. special envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, who is visiting Turkey. Cavusoglu said talks with the United States on the safe zone had recently slowed. He said Turkey had told Washington that it should not use the fighting in Syria's northwestern Idlib province as a pretext for disregarding the proposed safe zone further east. He repeated Turkish frustration that a deal with the United States for a YPG withdrawal from the town of Manbij had still not been implemented, more than a year after it was agreed. "If the safe zone is not established and threats toward our country continue, we will launch the operation in the east of the Euphrates," he told TGRT Haber. "The Americans sent Jeffrey and said there were new proposals in the talks that will start today. We hope an agreement can be reached on this. Concrete steps are needed on this now." Following talks with Jeffrey later on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said the safe zone, the political process, the formation of a constitutional committee and developments in Syria's northwestern Idlib region were discussed. Defence Minister Hulusi Akar also had talks with Jeffrey and expressed the "unease" felt over high-ranking U.S. officials meeting with leaders of the YPG in Syria, according to the Turkish Defence Ministry. It said the establishment of the safe zone was discussed and it was agreed to continue working on the issue on Tuesday.
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    Today, 01:07 AM
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese from fishing in his country’s exclusive economic zone and he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash in the disputed South China Sea. Video at: https://news.yahoo.com/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-says-031210563.html
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    Today, 01:06 AM
    A sex scandal has laid bare tensions between the likely successors to Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad -- and the victor looks set to be Mahathir himself.The 94-year-old, who said he would hand over to former rival Anwar Ibrahim only once the country is on good footing, may extend his stay in power as the ruling party struggles to contain internal rifts. The spat between Anwar -- the People’s Justice Party leader -- and his deputy Azmin Ali spilled into the open over a series of sex videos. Neither of them look good coming out of the episode. Azmin, whom analysts view as the prime minister’s favorite for the role, is beholden to Mahathir as long as he’s possibly implicated in the videos, said Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow with Singapore Institute of International Affairs. On the other hand, Anwar’s political career could be terminated if he’s found to be behind the clips. The videos, circulated in June, allegedly featured Azmin engaged in sexual acts with another man. Malaysia’s police said its analysis failed to link the people in the videos with the accused minister, and concluded that a political party leader was the mastermind behind the clips. The police, who didn’t name the leader or the party linked to the videos, remanded the political secretary to Anwar last week. No Retreat Mahathir’s response to the scandal was blunt, writing in his blog Tuesday that he will “not be used as a tool. Least of all by someone with evil intentions, using dirty politics. This is not a question of morals, it is a political problem. It will be handled as a political issue." “My religion forbids me from deliberately snooping for other peoples wrongdoings. What happened was worse than snooping,” Mahathir said in his post. Still, the prime minister stands to benefit the most. “Mahathir also has his own political interest, which is to keep the prime minister post on his own accord without having to submit to the people’s calls to retreat,” said Awang Azman Awang Pawi, a politics professor at the University of Malaya. Last week, Mahathir’s approval rating rose to its highest point since September, according to the Merdeka Center, a local opinion research institution. Support for the premier rebounded from 46% in March, an all-time low, up to 62% in June, while the approval for Pakatan Harapan remained unmoved at 41%, the report said. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/malaysia-mahathir-may-benefit-most-210000233.html
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    Today, 12:54 AM
    You are the China boot-licker, just like your fellow liberal, Nixon.
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    Today, 12:40 AM
    And that makes global government OK by you? Fortunately Brazil is turning its back on communism and will probably end up leaving BRICS. You just love commie countries and want them to prop up their economies by waging unrequited trade warfare on the US, don't you?
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    Today, 12:28 AM
    The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said.Currently, 43 U.S. states allow residents to automatically become eligible for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, if they receive benefits from another federal program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, according to the USDA. But the agency wants to require people who receive TANF benefits to pass a review of their income and assets to determine whether they are eligible for free food from SNAP, officials said. If enacted, the rule would save the federal government about $2.5 billion a year by removing people from SNAP, according to the USDA. U.S. President Donald Trump has argued that many Americans now using SNAP do not need it given the strong economy and low unemployment, and should be removed as a way to save taxpayers as much as $15 billion. "Some states are taking advantage of loopholes that allow people to receive the SNAP benefits who would otherwise not qualify and for which they are not entitled," USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters on a conference call on Monday. SNAP provides free food to some 40 million Americans, or about 12% of the total U.S. population. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in December estimated the rule could save the federal government $8.1 billion from 2019 to 2028, lower than the USDA's estimate. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/trump-administration-pursues-rule-remove-035900068.html
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    Today, 12:18 AM
    They are trying to control it. It will be used as a test case to figure out how to take control and turn it into the Mark of the Beast system.
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    Today, 12:14 AM
    From dozens of bodies: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/dozens-buried-bones-spark-mystery-210559134.html
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    And you want globalist governed trade too.
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    :sleeping: Of course you cheer for the Communist mercantilists that have been waging unilateral trade war on us for decades. Fortunately they are losing badly and going to collapse.
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    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), Abdolnaser Hemmati said that “a mechanism to mine digital coins was approved by the government’s economic commission and will later be put to discussion at a Cabinet meeting.” Initially, Iranian authorities announced that they are planning to authorize Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining earlier in July, when the CBI governor Abdol Hemmati reportedly claimed that the Iranian government had approved some parts of an executive law that would authorize mining of cryptocurrencies in Iran. At the time, Hemmati argued that digital currency miners in Iran should contribute to the country’s economy, rather than letting mined Bitcoin escape abroad. Also, at the Commission’s latest meeting, its head Elyas Hazrati said that cryptocurrency is now recognized as official by the government, adding: “We do believe that cryptocurrency industry should be recognized as an official industry in Iran to let the country take advantage of its tax and customs revenues.” Today’s news also follows yesterday's reports that The Iranian Economic Commission has reportedly finalized a tariff scheme for cryptocurrency miners, according to a report from Iranian economic daily Financial Tribune. CoinTelegraph's Aaron Wood details that Energy Minister Homayoon Ha’eri announced that while the tariff scheme has been finalized, it is awaiting approval from the Cabinet of Iran - a governmental body consisting of various ministers and other officials chosen by the president.
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    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) said that global oil demand only grew by 0.45 mb/d in the second quarter. That contributed to a surprise 0.5 mb/d supply/demand surplus in the second quarter. As recently as June the IEA anticipated the oil market would see a 0.5 mb/d deficit. The agency said that there were many reasons for tepid demand in recent months. “European demand is sluggish; growth in India vanished in April and May due to a slowdown in LPG deliveries and weakness in the aviation sector; and in the US demand for both gasoline and diesel in the first half of 2019 is lower year-on-year,” the IEA wrote in its July Oil Market Report. Nevertheless, the IEA stuck with its full-year forecast for demand growth at 1.2 mb/d, arguing that economic growth would rebound in the second half of 2019. Some of that optimism hinges on a resolution to the U.S.-China trade war, which seems a bit speculative. Reports suggest that trade negotiations are “stalled” while the Trump administration wrestles with how to handle Chinese tech giant Huawei. The Trump-Xi meeting on the sidelines of the G20 conference in June was supposed to lead to a restart in trade talks, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, no meetings have been scheduled as of yet. The WSJ also said that the Trump administration “appears to have resigned itself to a drawn-out battle.” That certainly calls into question the optimism surrounding the IEA’s demand growth figures. “Both IEA and EIA remain optimistic in assuming an economic rebound in 2H19 and see global demand growth nearly tripling from ~0.6 mb/d y/y in 1H19 to ~1.5-1.8 mb/d y/y in 2H19,” said Allyson Cutright, Senior Analyst at Rapidan Energy Group. “While we do see some pickup in 2H19, in particular in China due to macroeconomic stimulus and eased restrictions on gasoline-cars, the overall trend in agency revisions is still probably headed down.” Weak demand and rising supply are creating a perfect storm heading into 2020. The IEA said that the “call on OPEC” could fall by 0.8 mb/d next year, and even that is based on the agency’s rather optimistic demand growth figures. As a result, OPEC+ has a serious problem on its hands. On the one hand, it can continue to cut production in order to prevent oil prices from collapsing. But that would require mustering up consensus and taking on deeper sacrifice. The alternative is not much better. OPEC+ can keep the current production cuts in place (or abandon them altogether) and let prices crash. “Our balances have long assumed OPEC+ would have to extend and deepen cuts next year and project Saudi Arabia will be the brunt of the additional cuts,” Allyson Cutright of Rapidan Energy Group said. “Our most recent update sees Saudi Arabia need to cut production toward the low-9 mb/d range next year, and that's assuming decent economic growth.” Rapidan is betting that OPEC+ will opt for cutting, which might be just enough to head off a price slide. “However, if a recession develops or US sanctions on Iran are removed, then the deluge of new oil would more likely prove too large for OPEC+ to manage and oil prices would bust,” Cutright said.
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    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    The Russian government’s generous tax break to its largest oil company, Rosneft, for work on its largest oilfield, the Priobskoye, is being called into question by President Vladimir Putin, according to a document published on the Kremlin website seen by Reuters. Putin also ordered a moratorium on any new state support for developing domestic oilfields, country wide. The moratorium will remain in effect until the end of the calendar year. Rosneft had put its hand out just a couple of weeks ago for another tax break as well—this time for a large-scale Arctic venture—of $41 billion. President Putin had previously offered tax incentives to Rosneft for developing the costly Arctic area. It is unclear how the moratorium will affect the call for additional money for Arctic drilling. The government extended the tax break for to Rosneft in May for the purposes of developing Rosneft’s largest oilfield, Priobskoye, months after Rosneft had asked in February for the break to offset the extra expense of pumping oil from an aging field that is experiencing depletion. The Finance Ministry opposed the idea, but the break was granted despite the pushback. The tax breaks are expected to set the government back more than $7 billion over the next ten years. President Putin has asked the energy and finance ministries to reveal their economic justification for granting Rosneft its wishes. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Putin-Calls-For-End-To-Generous-Oil-Industry-Tax-Breaks.html
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    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    As we continue to watch the unbelievable bizarre, immature, and wholly irrational saga over whether or not we (the US) will be fortifying our borders with Mexico and constructing a more continuous and less permeable wall there, we might want to consider the disastrous consequences of open borders as they essentially existed between Yugoslavia and Albania when Josip Broz Tito ruled Yugoslavia from 1945-1981. For months, I have waited some discussion in the West relating NATO's theft of Kosovo from Serbia in 2008 with and the recent US border destabilization/problems to no avail. The corporate-controlled mainstream media so thoroughly censored/controlled discussion (and continues to do so this day) of anything related to Yugoslavia with so much fake news that few in the West see the writing on the wall and thus I write in the desperate hope of warning my fellow Americans to learn the lessons of Yugoslavia. Josip Broz Tito, the half Croat/half Slovenian communist dictator of Yugoslavia, mistrusted and feared the Serbs having fought them in WWI as an Austro-Hungarian army soldier. He sought to reduce/dilute Serbian influence and power in Yugoslavia as the nation's largest ethnic group. He reduced Serbia's territory by creating two "autonomous" provinces: Vojvodina in Serbia's North and Kosovo in Serbia's South with the eventual goal of allowing these two integral pieces of Serbia to be ultimately taken away from Serbia "National Minorities under Communism," P. Shoup, Slavic Review, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Mar., 1963), pp. 64-81]. As Tito viewed himself as the Stalin of the Balkans, he made an arrangement with Enver Hoxha, the even more brutal communist dictator of Albania to surreptitiously allow Kosovo to become "Albanian" by encouraging illegal immigration of hundreds of thousands of Albanians into Kosovo, the spiritual Jerusalem of Serbs's Orthodox Christian faith for over 1300 years. Tito also forbade the return over 100,000 Serbian civilians who had been ethnically-cleansed by Albanian pro-Nazi fascists during WWII to their ancestral homes after the war. The goal was to encourage Albanian "friendship" with Yugoslavia by giving away to the Albanians Serbian-dominated Kosovo in the hopes that Albania would join Yugoslavia. In the ensuing decades, hundreds of thousands of Albanians illegally migrated into Kosovo. Once there, many of them persecuted local Serbs and drove them away, poisoned their water wells, and desecrated their millennial-old Churches, Monasteries, and other cultural monuments just as they did during WWII but with Tito's silent blessing with the aim of eradicating any trace of their culture from the region. Kosovo also became a critical transit point for heroin coming from Asia into Europe (giving Albanian drug lords significant illicit income) similar to cocaine coming from Columbia and other South American nations into Mexico and then into the US. Tito was so eager to tilt the population of Kosovo in favor of the Albanians (who had a higher birthrate than Serbs in Kosovo as one of Europe's most impoverished ethnic groups) that he would be the godfather to the ninth child born to any family there. I personally witnessed this "silent" anti-Serb terror and pogrom in 1988 when I visited Yugoslavia/Kosovo for the first time. A Mercedes with Belgrade license plates was overturned by a Kosovo Albanian mob. Serbian Orthodox Monasteries (over 1000 years old) were routinely desecrated and sprayed with Albanian graffiti. We, as Serbian-American students, could only walk outside of the Pec monastery in Kosovo with an armed guard. And of course, Albanians in Kosovo largely spoke their Albanian language demonstrating no interest in integrating and assimilating into Yugoslavia which mostly spoke the official Serbo-Croatian language just as Tito originally...
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    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    Election Day registration Use the Voter Registration Lookup to determine if you are registered under your current name and address. You must register and vote where you live. Use the Polling Place Finder to find your polling place. In Minnesota, you can register at your polling place on Election Day. This includes registering when you go to vote if you are voting early. The list of documents voters can show as proof of residence has been expanded. Voters may register by providing any one of these proofs of residence: Valid Minnesota driver's license or learner's permit, or a receipt for either, showing current name and address in the precinct. See MN Department of Driver and Vehicle Services for additional information. Valid Minnesota identification card or receipt for one, showing current name and address in the precinct. Tribal ID containing the current name and address in the precinct, signature and picture of the individual.
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    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    That's theft by fraud, they are misrepresenting the function of the "tip" feature.
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    Yesterday, 10:43 PM
    Good, it's time we stopped letting them wage trade warfare on us.
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