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Social climber
Oct 11, 2018 - 05:54am PT
they do it like this

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Kemp has suspended some 53,000 voter registrations in Georgia under a draconian "exact match" policy — an amount equal to about 2 percent of the total number of votes cast in the 2014 gubernatorial race. Under this rule, registrations can be placed "on hold" if the information on file does not match anything in the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration, even a typo or a dropped hyphen in a name — and Kemp's office is not sending notifications to affected voters. Only 32 percent of the population in Georgia is black — but black people make up 70 percent of those whose registrations have been flagged in the process.

varing versions of this is all gop held states
cull so many democratic voters that they need 65% in order to get the 51% wins...

Oct 11, 2018 - 06:45am PT

Not a game Moose, Preditit is real money, not play money. It's a total "put yer money where yer mouth is" thing. Check yer emotions at the door or you won't be walking home with a wallet in your backpocket.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:09am PT
From Reuters: The U.S. farm economy is not winning in Trump's trade war with China.

Trump trade war delivers farm boom in Brazil, gloom in Iowa

LUÍS EDUARDO, Brazil/BOONE, Iowa (Reuters) - The Bella Vita luxury condominium tower rises 20 stories over the boomtown of Luís Eduardo Magalhães in northeastern Brazil. Its private movie theater and helipad are symbols of how far this dusty farming community has come since it was founded just 18 years ago.

Meanwhile, nearly 5,000 miles to the north in Boone, Iowa, farmers are hunkering down. At a recent agriculture trade show here, Iowa corn and soybean grower Steve Sheppard reflected the cautious mood.

“I’m not buying any machinery, I’m not spending any money,” Sheppard said.
Two countries. Same business. Two very different fates. The reason: China.
A growing trade war between the United States and China is re-ordering the global grains business. In response to Trump administration tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing this year imposed levies on U.S. agricultural products. Among them was a 25 percent tariff on soybeans, the single most valuable U.S. farm export. U.S. growers sold $12 billion worth to China last year alone.

The fallout has been quick. China, the world’s largest importer of soybeans, has scaled back purchases of U.S. grain to feed its massive hog herd.

It is turning instead to Brazil, which has ridden the wave of Chinese demand for two decades to become a global agricultural powerhouse. Brazilian soybean exports to the Asian country jumped 22 percent by value between January and September, compared to the same period a year ago.
Brazilian producers are not only selling more grain, their soy is fetching $2.83 more per bushel than beans from the United States, up from a premium of just $0.60 a year ago, thanks to stepped up Chinese purchases.

Prices for U.S. soybeans, meanwhile, recently sunk to decade lows that farmers say are below the cost of production. The slump has made the agricultural sector a drag on an otherwise healthy U.S. economy.

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i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 11, 2018 - 09:10am PT
they do it like this
and like this

"The law requires that North Dakota residents provide identification that includes a residential street address in order to vote. But the state is home to thousands of Native Americans and others who do not have standard addresses, which the challengers argued would effectively disenfranchise them......
The state is one of the least densely populated in the country, meaning that a couple hundred votes could decide an election. And Native Americans disproportionately vote Democrat, which could be bad news for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the state’s Democrat incumbent who is struggling to hold off her Republican opponent."

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Oct 11, 2018 - 09:17am PT
Trump is blowing the economy. Now he's blaming the Federal Reserve and particularly the Fed Chairman for the recent stock slide. It's like Trump wants a state directed economy like China or North Korea. And how does he blame one person on the Fed committee for interest rates? It's decided by the committee based on regional CPI, among other factors. It's also like Trump doesn't understand how the Federal Reserve works and doesn't know the difference between fiscal policy and monetary policy.

The tariffs are going to throw the US economy into reverse once inventory levels burn off and more cash is chasing less goods.

Trump is an idiot.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 11, 2018 - 12:16pm PT
He can spout off about the Fed all he likes, or tilt at windmills.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Oct 11, 2018 - 04:17pm PT
Hey Gunkie!
I saw your "Paterson Falls" post

Did Joey call you ?

Get back to me here or at my whole name, Gnome Ofthe Diabase, no capital letters or spaces at G-mail

(can anyone get in touch with this surfer? or supply me with an e-mail addy?)

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:06pm PT
Nobody books cruisees at retail.
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