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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Legend

This guy gets it. The God-Emperor is beyond next level:
China just announced they would allow rice imports from the U.S. for the first time in their history.

Read that again.

Trump just sold rice to CHINA.

What a f*cking legend.
Great stuff. I can't wait until he gets around to Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

UPDATE: Fifty-three percent of Republicans said Trump was a better president than Lincoln, while 47 percent chose the Civil War-era leader.

The majority is not wrong. Trump is a MUCH better president than Lincoln.

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94 Comments:

Blogger lazarus long November 30, 2019 10:36 AM  

God bless the man

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia November 30, 2019 10:42 AM  

Next up: Ice to Eskimos.

Blogger Crave November 30, 2019 10:45 AM  

That's akin to selling ice to Eskimos. Out-freaking-standing. Tech and Unholywood soon, please. If the Chinese buy Disney I will take my family to Orlando, FL and celebrate.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 30, 2019 10:46 AM  

How much alcohol did he put into Chinese bureaucrats to get them to make this kind of drunken bet?

Blogger Iron Knight November 30, 2019 10:58 AM  

I laughed so hard. God bless the emperor!

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 11:07 AM  

Do we even grow short grain rice here? If we sell 'em long grain, they'll feed it to the Uighuyrs as additional torture.

Blogger Jose Miguel November 30, 2019 11:19 AM  

Next up cattle to Argentina, tea to India, vodka to Russia, coffee to Colombia and sugar to Brazil.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 11:23 AM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:How much alcohol did he put into Chinese bureaucrats to get them to make this kind of drunken bet?

He's not getting them drunk, he's getting them over a barrel.

China's economy is shaky; they really can't afford to have TGE undermining it. Vox said once the only way for US to lose a trade war with China was to not have a trade war with China.

Blogger Johnny November 30, 2019 11:25 AM  

There is a back story to this rice purchase stuff. It has to do with pigs. The low cost way of producing pork is to have a large scale confinement rearing pig facilities. Lots of pigs in not much space. Aside from producing a low quality of pork, these big confinement rearing pork factories have a major disease problem. Get the right disease in there and the entire pig population can die off. And the bigger the facility, the more the traffic in and out, and the greater the disease exposure problem.

Meanwhile the Chinese are currently in the process of shifting how they raise pigs. The Chinese commies are doing the usual for them thing, they are building absolutely massive new pig rearing facilities, while using their usual pushy methods to shut down the smaller scale producers. And while all this is going on, the pig population of China is dying off. Pork is a big deal in China and pork has gone up in price considerably owing to want of supply. As for why are the pigs dying? Whatever the reason, no surprise if they fail to blame government policy.

The Chinese consume so much pork that they can't buy enough pork abroad to meet traditional demand. So most likely they are importing rice to pull the price down and compensate for the rising cost of pork. Probably better then the more traditional commie method, which would be rationing.

As for Trump and the Chinese, if they want to pay the tariff to retain sales in the United States, not so bad for us. Let it happen.

Blogger grnadee November 30, 2019 11:28 AM  

OK, let's think about that a minute. Do I see a red flag on the horizon?? Why does China need to buy rice from anybody outside of the Asian continent?? Are they having a drought or other growing issues we don't know about?? What may happen in the near future concerning rice prices??

Preppers !! GOT RICE ?? if not, might want to stock up a little--just--in case. Ya know. Before the price becomes... prohibitive?

Blogger Jay Will November 30, 2019 11:28 AM  

I can see a saying in there somewhere, "like selling sand to the Arabs".

Blogger AndyT November 30, 2019 11:29 AM  

China buying Rice from the United States is not a win. The United States is "supposed" to be exporting high-value, high-complexity manufactured goods, services, intellectual property, etc.

Exporting rice means we have nothing of higher value that China wants.

In the short-term this is good for rice growers. But it suggests that Chine doesn't value any of the industries that we have a high "comparative advantage" in.

The President has domestic politics to consider, and consider that our trade adversaries are explicitly targeting the exports of States that Trump needs to win in 2020 re-election, any win will do at the moment.

Long-term we need to stop China from abusing our IP, stealing technology, obtaining technology through forced transfers, and pillaging our workers by taking advantage of the disparity in workers and environmental protections.

The Communist system behind China has a huge advantage when negotiating, and it's unclear if our system can cope.

Blogger Rick November 30, 2019 11:30 AM  

All I know is, they’re just gonna be hungry for MORE RICE in an hour.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 11:32 AM  

China's economy is changing. It looks as if the CCP is taking desperate measures to maintain control.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 30, 2019 11:32 AM  

If Trump can sell rice to China, Zuck and his crew of faggots have no chance.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 30, 2019 11:33 AM  

"He's not getting them drunk, he's getting them over a barrel.

China's economy is shaky; they really can't afford to have TGE undermining it."


"Getting them drunk" is me being optimistic. Trade war now!

Blogger Scuzzaman November 30, 2019 11:34 AM  

Trump to Saudis: oil for sand.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart November 30, 2019 11:37 AM  

Exporting rice means we have nothing of higher value that China wants.

No, it doesn't.

Blogger Vaughan Williams November 30, 2019 11:37 AM  

@10 Drought and growing issues? Why, yes. If you've been following the Grand Solar Minimum vlogs on YouTube you'd have heard about the massive flooding and crop failures world wide this year. Between the African Sine Flu reducing the pork supply, the upcoming solar minimum, the flooding and wierd short growing season this year, food will be in short supply, if not this winter, within the next 5 winters. It is already in the pipeline, if the reports I've seen are to be believed, and so far they've been months ahead of the official acknowledgement. One wierd thing I've noticed this year, salt supplies are being limited. Used to be you could buy salt in a big bag like a bag of sugar, for super cheap. Now I can only buy 5 pound cardboard boxes and for weeks at a time some of the larger grocer stores don't even have those. Since salt isn't effected by the growing season, something else is going on. Perhaps the same big players behind the scenes that are stocking up on the growable food are also salting away salt at the same time, exactly as I would do.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 11:43 AM  

grnadee wrote:OK, let's think about that a minute. Do I see a red flag on the horizon??

Growing food inside your own borders is National Security 101. Increasing food imports is definitely a second choice to increasing food production. I don't see this as a sign of Chinese strength.

The CCP can't afford to have TGE's tariffs cripple their economy. Then there is the pig epidemic someone else mentioned. Maybe they want to build a strategic rice stockpile fast without having to starve too many peasants.

I don't see any reasons for this that point to a peaceful, stable China. I do see short term gain for TGE right when he needs it.

Blogger Vaughan Williams November 30, 2019 11:43 AM  

Long story short, China has records going back thousands of years, so they know about the 400 year grand solar minimum cycle and their strategies (string of pearls, etc) appear to show such knowledge. Adapt2030 has a good video about how the Chinese government collapses every time there is a grand solar minimum. Early this year I heard that China was buying up all the grain surpluses from all the neighboring countries. That they are now buying rice from the US is a progression of that. Trump chose the ideal time for a trade war with China. Never mind the Chinese economy. Shaky as it is, the Communist Party can figure something out. But it can't create food out of thin air. So it needs USA rice, corn, and anything else. Since Trump isn't fooled by the Global Warming narrative, he probably knew this long in advance, saw an opportunity noone else did, and took it.

Blogger Dave November 30, 2019 11:43 AM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:China's economy is changing. It looks as if the CCP is taking desperate measures to maintain control.

It's a house of cards, Cowherd, and Trump is bringing it down. Also see here: https://gab.com/NeonRevolt/posts/103223997959308819

Blogger JAG November 30, 2019 11:43 AM  

The Art of the Deal in action.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 11:45 AM  

@19 water softener salt, Vaughan.

Blogger Vaughan Williams November 30, 2019 11:49 AM  

Funny story. Last week I went searching for rice varieties that would grow in Canada. Turns out rice breeders from China have been in Canada developing such a thing and it is close to commercialization. On a smaller scale, a traditional cold weather variety of rice from Japan is already growing in Canada, Japanese expats are eating it, the rest goes into Sake making. Move over breadbasket, here comes the rice bowl.

Blogger Nate November 30, 2019 11:51 AM  

no slight to trump here.. but china has no choice. they cant produce enough food to feed themselves. because starving is what shit countries like china are best at.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 11:54 AM  

Canada is pretty far south, not surprised they can grow rice. I'm a little surprised they have enough water to flood it. Most of Western Canada is drier than Interior Alaska.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 30, 2019 11:57 AM  

Yep. We were losing the trade war because we insisted we weren't in one; it was just all good healthy commerce based on free trade and the unquestioned benefit of cheap prices at Walmart.

Blogger Hammerli 280 November 30, 2019 11:59 AM  

Never underestimate the efficiency of the American farmer.

Blogger Vaughan Williams November 30, 2019 12:06 PM  

@27 can you give more hints. Why would the need for water softener have gone up dramatically in the last year?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 30, 2019 12:13 PM  

"Why would the need for water softener have gone up dramatically in the last year?"

Water softener is the salt you used to see in 25 and 50 pound bags. There's not a salt shortage. It would be almost impossible for there to be an other-than-artificial salt shortage.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 30, 2019 12:17 PM  

starving is what shit countries like china are best at.

Doesn't communism pretty much guarantee starvation, sooner or later? It did in the USSR, which went from food exporter to importer and had people standing in lines for bread. It nearly killed the Pilgrims in their first couple winters until they realized communal property was a bad idea. If your country goes commie, it's just a matter of time until you're being told your hunger is a patriotic sacrifice for the fatherland. I guess people thought China somehow had that problem licked, but precedent said that was unlikely.

Capitalism has its problems, but lack of food isn't one of them. (Before anyone sperges: I know there's a ton of socialism in US ag policy, but at least there's private property and some profit motive for the farmer in there somewhere.) We currently pay US farmers to keep 25 million acres of arable land out of production, and we turn a third of our corn into crappy fuel for political reasons. We still have extra food, so we might as well sell some of it. We sure don't need to eat any more.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 12:20 PM  

@30, sorry, Vaughan, didn't mean to be cryptic. If you want to stockpile salt, consider buying water softener salt. Still plenty of that on the shelves. Pretty sure it's not iodized, so it'll make kraut or brine.

Blogger RobertDWood November 30, 2019 12:22 PM  

How's that bow tie working for you today?

Blogger Dole November 30, 2019 12:23 PM  

Next, he will be selling sand to Sahara and snow to Eskimos.

The trade war is first war we have won in years. #Winning...

Blogger Vaughan Williams November 30, 2019 12:23 PM  

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Blogger Vaughan Williams November 30, 2019 12:26 PM  

@33 for personal supply, one could go to the warehouses that supply professional bakers. If those suppliers run low then you'll know things are really bad.

Blogger Gettimothy November 30, 2019 12:31 PM  

Rice to the Chines, sand to Sarah, snow to Eskimos, greenbacks to the (((banksters)))

Blogger Karhu November 30, 2019 12:40 PM  

@6 Ominous Cowherd:

"Do we even grow short grain rice here?"

We do in California, to the extent that hasn't been suppressed by their insane water policies, and if the Chinese don't like long grain rice at all, this would fit in with the CCP's tactic of targeting US state constituents by their politics, like soybeans.

Blogger English Tom November 30, 2019 12:41 PM  

@Azure

No alcohol. Just a sober recognition that food shortages will be arriving soon and the chinks need every single grain they can lay their hands on. The Grand Aolar Minimum and its inexorable demands are behind this. Nothing else.

Blogger Br1cht November 30, 2019 12:42 PM  

The Emperor Protects!

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 12:45 PM  

Karhu, chinks definitely don't favor long grain. It's just wrong. Cali farmers might be the only group in Cali who could be persuaded vote for Trump, so this might be more planning than luck from TGE.

Blogger tuberman November 30, 2019 12:46 PM  

Economics is the power Queen on this Chess Board.

Blogger Vaughan Williams November 30, 2019 12:46 PM  

@38 Sand to the sahara... might be possible. sand made from quarry waste and crushed rock is as good as natural sand in concrete construction, and apparently cheaper than river sand. Also, unlimited availability. Given the narratives about arctic pollution, selling snow to Eskimos could be done too. Not enough percentage in it though. Market too small.

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 30, 2019 12:56 PM  

Maybe TGE can sell spines to the bendovercan party.

Blogger Pathfinderlight November 30, 2019 1:23 PM  

Communism has already killed 60 million plus. They called it "the great leap forward". Not kidding.

Blogger Joe Smith November 30, 2019 1:26 PM  

@Doktor Jeep Even if they bought a few most of them wouldn’t know what to do with one.

Blogger Brett baker November 30, 2019 1:40 PM  

You don't really need to flood rice fields. Flooding is the easiest way to control some weeds.

Blogger Brett baker November 30, 2019 1:42 PM  

Now offer to help with their pork shortage...

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey November 30, 2019 2:09 PM  

The Chinese already had their lesson on the folly of collective farming back under Chairman Mao in the 1950s. Today family farms are the driver of Chinese agriculture, and they are efficient, too. Chinese farm output goes straight to market for sale at market prices. Mao would be shocked. China is the number one country in the world for farm output, surpassing the United States (USA is #3 behind India).

Problem is, the Chinese eat a lot of rice and there's a ton of Chinese. What was said above about pork is interesting and they having a tremendous crisis there. Up to 75% of the livestock have died off in China. They blame African swine flu. But it's playing hell in kitchens across the land because pork is gigantic staple of the Chinese diet and pork prices have taken off like a rocketship in China.

Blogger Dan in Georgia November 30, 2019 2:15 PM  

Don’t know if Razorback pigs are edible, but this could be a win-win for Arkansas.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 30, 2019 2:19 PM  

AndyT wrote:Exporting rice means we have nothing of higher value that China wants.

In the short-term this is good for rice growers. But it suggests that Chine doesn't value any of the industries that we have a high "comparative advantage" in.

This is absolute bullshit. Is it sign of Chinese inability to manufacture when they sell us garlic?

Blogger NewTunesForOldLogos November 30, 2019 2:23 PM  

Just watched that series on your recommendation. Great stuff, really thought provoking. Thanks for the tip.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 30, 2019 2:35 PM  

Once we start slaughtering Leftists, we can offer long pork to go with the long grain rice.

Blogger Glen Sprigg November 30, 2019 2:46 PM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:Maybe TGE can sell spines to the bendovercan party.
Yeah, but they'll just order too many, pay twice the going rate, charge the taxpayers for it, then warehouse them and write them off as 'campaign contributions.'

Blogger Joe Katzman November 30, 2019 3:10 PM  

You can also look at this another way: importing crops = importing water. As in, the water you would have had to use to raise the crops.

The USA has future water problems in some areas, but Chinese policy prioritizing industrial water access and its low-trust culture restrict its supplies of cleanish agricultural water right now. Weather is also doing its part. https://globalriskinsights.com/2017/08/shocks-china-growing-water-crisis/

So, not surprised. Throw in the pig collectivization idiocy and solar minimum wildcard, and this is what Xi should be doing.

GE still a legend for grabbing the opportunity when others didn’t. All this has been known to FedGov since ~2000.

Blogger dienw November 30, 2019 3:11 PM  

Brett baker wrote:Now offer to help with their pork shortage...

NO. We are entering a year or more of food shortages due to excessive cold & snow, heavy rains, and flooding during the past growing season. If we allow grabblers to export our food supply, we will suffer terribly. And I don't give a shit about "Muh capitalism" in this regard.

Blogger Dole November 30, 2019 3:11 PM  

God-Emperor having some terrific trade deals today.

Water for Vodka?

- Russian alcoholic: Deal.

Baking-soda for cocaine?

- Drug addict: Deal.

Water pistol for a .50 cal?

- Gun collector: Deal.

A grab for a handshake?

- Whore: Deal.

When the God-Emperor manages to convince leftists trade their communism for the superior Western values I will have seen it all.

Blogger Wario's Mart November 30, 2019 4:13 PM  

I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell
I am a hustler baby, I'll sell water to a well
I was born to get cake, move on and switch states
Cop the Coupe with the roof gone and switch plates

Trump is a hustler. It's great to see.

Blogger God Emperor Memes November 30, 2019 4:28 PM  

Yeah but the Chinese want protein, not soy.

Blogger infrequent November 30, 2019 4:31 PM  

The tweeter is late: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-rice/united-states-makes-first-ever-rice-sale-to-china-trade-group-idUSKCN1TY2YL

Regardless, very good progress!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 30, 2019 4:48 PM  

How many AR-15s do the Chinese consumers want? I say that because stocks for gun companies rose the other day on news of export rules relaxation.

Blogger God Emperor Memes November 30, 2019 5:50 PM  

If only we could convince the Chinese that Muslim testicles tasted like pork.

Blogger Ransom Smith November 30, 2019 7:37 PM  

Kobe beef is raised on a diet of American grown grain
This is bait right?
I'm not much of a fisherman so I can't always tell.

Blogger Lazarus November 30, 2019 7:47 PM  

More Legendary info....

Low key interview with Trump's historian with many fascinating insights :In Their Own Words: Creating An Official Record of the Trump Presidency—Doug Wead

The guy got death threats for writing an accurate history.

Blogger Azimus November 30, 2019 7:57 PM  

Odd that they would choose Lincoln, the "Union uber alles" president...

Blogger Engineer-Poet November 30, 2019 8:07 PM  

"Don’t know if Razorback pigs are edible, but this could be a win-win for Arkansas."

If you ever followed Angry White Dude, you know that all swine are edible.  Best preparation methods may vary.

FWIW, after the melamine incident I will buy nothing with a "PRODUCT OF CHINA" label on it.  There don't seem to be any smoked oysters that aren't, so I don't eat them any more.

Blogger ZhukovG November 30, 2019 8:11 PM  

Once again, a positive message and some are desperate to find darkness under a noon day sun.

Just because we are at war doesn't mean we shouldn't take a little enjoyment.

Leave black-pilling and 'Yes, but' posts to the Soros-Monkeys.

Ad Victoriam, Deo Vindice, Ave Caesar Trump!

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 30, 2019 8:29 PM  

This lines up with my experiences as an importer of Chinese steel.
Which, you have to watch carefully because they will screw you with #2 grade if you don't know what you're buying and you aren't a POS ok with ripping off your fellow countrymen.
We should be manufacturing all of our steel, but that's never gonna happen again because it's creeper to import crap.

Blogger wreckage November 30, 2019 8:32 PM  

Agricultural exports have a high multiplier, which is to say, many more dollars in GDP are supported by agriculture than directly contributed by agriculture. They are also counter-cyclical, meaning agriculture tends to be profitable during downturns across the rest of the economy.
This is an unqualified win for the USA.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 30, 2019 8:33 PM  

In addition to the fact that the Chinese have just spread themselves so very thin with too many fingers in too many pies across too many countries.
If the music stops, there may not be an extra chair.
Trump knows this.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 30, 2019 8:37 PM  

There are no salt shortages.
You can get good deals on large quantities of pure salt at co-ops and even Amazon if you're ok with buying from Bezos.
Most homesteaders do it.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 30, 2019 8:40 PM  

I had forgotten about the water issue, but this is also a great point, along with the pork crisis.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 30, 2019 8:45 PM  

Define edible, because I've had razorback hawg meat and it wasn't great. Weird gamey taste and stringy.
But, maybe there's a way to cook them right and they're great? That, I have no idea about. I'd def eat it if hungry. All day, every day.

Blogger map November 30, 2019 10:00 PM  

dienw wrote:Brett baker wrote:Now offer to help with their pork shortage...

NO. We are entering a year or more of food shortages due to excessive cold & snow, heavy rains, and flooding during the past growing season. If we allow grabblers to export our food supply, we will suffer terribly. And I don't give a shit about "Muh capitalism" in this regard.


Pay attention to the futures markets when making predictions about shortages.

https://www.barchart.com/futures/quotes/ZCZ19/technical-chart?plot=BAR&volume=contract&data=MN&density=X&pricesOn=1&asPctChange=0&logscale=0&sym=ZCZ19&grid=1&height=500&studyheight=100

Soybean prices peaked at their highest point in September of 2012. This was about the time when QE ended. Remember, commodities are very sensitive to inflation and inflation is measured by the gold price. When QE ended, the price dropped to its s lowest point in October of 2014. The price of soybeans has been moving sideways from 2014 to the present in a range between $3.00 and $4.50 a bushel. This sideways movement has been a constant before the trade war, the Maunder Minimum concern and the Chinese pork crisis.

Basically, the futures markets are not registering any shortages at all and, instead, is registering the deflation that has occurred since the end of 2012.

Blogger Shane Bradman December 01, 2019 3:09 AM  

Abraham Lincoln killed more Americans than literally everyone else in history combined. Trump avoided and prevented wars. It's an obvious choice.

Blogger Vaughan Williams December 01, 2019 3:30 AM  

@79 so you make the case that the futures markets don't show shortages because they track inflation/deflation, but we should pay attention to them as proof there are no shortages? when shortages hit, the futures market doesn't matter. Also, the US department of agriculture, and other government agencies in other countries have been lying and releasing false reports about the crop losses. The futures market goes on the information it gets. Garbage in, garbage out. Can't trust a signal based on lies.

Blogger map December 01, 2019 4:06 AM  

Vaughan Williams wrote:so you make the case that the futures markets don't show shortages because they track inflation/deflation, but we should pay attention to them as proof there are no shortages? when shortages hit, the futures market doesn't matter. Also, the US department of agriculture, and other government agencies in other countries have been lying and releasing false reports about the crop losses. The futures market goes on the information it gets. Garbage in, garbage out. Can't trust a signal based on lies.

Maybe I am unclear. I am actually addressing two things simultaneously. First, the idea that the Trump trade war is affecting, say, soybean farmers. My point is that soybean prices have been falling since the end of 2012 and they hit a low in 2014. They have gone sideways ever since. Since this happened before the trade war, this price drop is due largely to quantitative easing ending. Inflation and deflation, as measured with gold, has been trending sideways for the last 5 years. This sideways trend, and the sideways trend of soybeans, for example, has been unaffected, even though we have a trade war, flooding and unusual temperatures.

Remember, futures markets are forward thinking because farmers have to hedge their crops. You would expect to see spikes upward if flooding was a problem and spikes downward if trade was a problem...or maybe both are canceling each other out. But...the sideways trend was the same even before these events occurred. The most powerful element seems to be the movement of the gold price within a narrow range.

Blogger wreckage December 01, 2019 7:01 AM  

Generally agricultural futures tend to be very sensitive to shortages, if I remember correctly - it has been some years and I was never a marketing expert. Shortages tend to create rapid changes on the physical and forward markets, and up to the point I was no longer interested, agriculture was capable of responding to those price signals by swamping the market.

At present, and there are no guarantees for the future, our ability to produce bulk food substantially exceeds our requirements, globally. The most recent food shortage was a matter of shortfalls in preferred foods, not total calories; this was the global food crisis of 2007-2008, although it started late in 2006.

Blogger wreckage December 01, 2019 7:07 AM  

Actually just a google search for "2007 global food crisis" is a good start if you want to do some reading on food/agricultural markets and get a bit of an idea of how they act. It would form a good case study and give you a pretty decent look at expectations within the sector, which in turn is a good start towards predicting, analyzing, or deconstructing the conventional wisdom.

Blogger Andrew Jackson December 01, 2019 9:47 AM  

I'm a Grant man myself ,no wars good economy.

Blogger JRR December 01, 2019 9:55 AM  

Considering that Lincoln was the worst president this country has ever known, that number should have been much higher.

Blogger VFM #7634 December 01, 2019 10:18 AM  

If you ever followed Angry White Dude, you know that all swine are edible. Best preparation methods may vary.

Feral hogs are quite common across the South, I understand. They might taste better than razorback.

Blogger VFM #7634 December 01, 2019 10:26 AM  

Odd that they would choose Lincoln, the "Union uber alles" president...

They fantasize about us seceding again to get away from them and their Fedgov, followed by them smacking us down in a bloody fashion.

The cuckish retort of "Democrats ran the KKK, Republicans freed the slaves" can just die now.

Exporting rice means we have nothing of higher value that China wants.

No, it doesn't.


We buy fondue and muesli from Switzerland.

Blogger Tars Tarkas December 01, 2019 10:56 AM  

Lincoln was arguably the WORST US president. His picture should be on the $3 bill! FDR is probably the only other US president who can even come close.
Next survey will reveal 47% of Republicans rate king George higher than Trump.

Blogger Vaughan Williams December 01, 2019 12:06 PM  

@80 wreckage, thank you. So the key metric to watch out for is shortfall in total calories. As the deserts in the southwest get wetter, how long will it take to bring them into production. If they can be brought up in time, that should alleviate the midwest crop failures.

Blogger mike December 01, 2019 12:23 PM  

My kind of President

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein December 01, 2019 2:32 PM  

Tars Tarkas wrote:Lincoln was arguably the WORST US president. His picture should be on the $3 bill! FDR is probably the only other US president who can even come close.


You are correct about Lincoln, but Woodrow Wilson is right there with FDR. Trump may wind up being the best POTUS since George Washington.

Blogger Kiwi December 01, 2019 2:51 PM  

China has a major situation with its Pork, which is their primary meat source. Pigs reproduce extremely fast and in a small area, but eliminating the disease will be a huge financial and physical effort, and involve mass culling of pigs. I imagine they could end up halving their pig population in the next few years, and they are/were the biggest holder of pig stock in the world. It's an example of why I hate, with a passion, monocropping. When it goes down it goes down big and, due to government restrictions and regulations, it takes the small farmers with it. Here in NZ we can't grow Kiwifruit at our homes anymore because it's too much of a risk to the export industry. Kind of ironically, I noticed BB had some growing. Good time for Pork exports though.

Why the rice? My guess is their stockpile isn't at adequate levels to deal with this situation, which I'm sure is old news to Trump. China might be treading water to get their required calories. So many people to feed, such a responsibility.

Possibly not related, but it was interesting to note that Quigley, in Tragedy and Hope, mentioned a push into HK and Taiwan in a previous food shortage. Kind of like how you take your own problems out on the first family member who plays up or is milking it.

Blogger wreckage December 02, 2019 7:20 AM  

@86, it's the key if you're looking at starvation. But India for example experiences riots if it runs out of onions. They're not even a preferred staple, just an essential flavouring.

So, it sorta depends what you're looking at. But for mass starvation scenarios rather than riots, mostly just calories with a weather-eye to proteins and B vitamins. For global strategic considerations, remember a lot of Africa used to be net food exporters before what we think of as modern agriculture. There's a lot of good farming land there, as well as, as you say, re-greening, so a new colonialism is definitely a possible response as the vice tightens, especially as it tightens on total calories.

Blogger JamesB.BKK December 02, 2019 8:58 AM  

Lincoln was worst of all. People choose him because they are told so by progressive historians and media who got power due to Lincoln's illegal and inhumane war.

Blogger Rex Little December 02, 2019 11:41 AM  

Before we get too excited about this, let's keep in mind that just because the Chinese government allows its people to import rice, it doesn't mean they'll buy it from us. The cynic in me suspects that if China really needs to import rice, their Asian neighbors will sell it to them cheaper than we can.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 02, 2019 12:15 PM  

Rex Little wrote:The cynic in me suspects that if China really needs to import rice, their Asian neighbors will sell it to them cheaper than we can.

Not likely. The Asian neighbors are subsidizing their farmers to keep them in business, for national security reasons. American agribusiness would run them all out of business otherwise. A

What nation is going to be eager to export to China the rice it's already paying too much to grow.

Blogger Dire Badger December 04, 2019 12:39 AM  

This just in: Trump cuts a deal with antarctica to export American Ice to them.

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