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  1. No doubt... Unless he drinks imported whiskey... I'm a Jack man myself! B/A
  2. nobody is perfect, some people just have a heart. B/A
  3. U.S. whiskey exports dry up as tariffs bite (Reuters) - American whiskey exports slumped in the second half of 2018, taking a blow from higher duties by the country's trading partners following President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, an industry group said on Thursday. Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union slapped import duties ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on U.S whiskey and bourbon last year, resulting in a 11 percent drop in U.S. whiskey exports in the second half, according to a report from the Distilled Spirits Council. For the first six months of 2018, whiskey exports grew 28 percent compared to the same period in 2017, partly helped by companies like Jack Daniels maker Brown-Forman Corp, fast-tracking shipments overseas, especially to Europe, before the tariffs kicked in. Overall for the full-year 2018, whiskey exports rose 5.1 percent to $1.18 billion, a significant drop from the 16 percent rise seen in 2017. Exports to the European Union fell 13.4 percent in the second half of the year, after rising 33 percent during the first six months. The European Union, which imposed a 25 tariff on American whiskey, is the largest market for the liquor, accounting for nearly 60 percent of total exports, according to the Council. Earlier in March, Brown-Forman said absorbing the costs of tariffs in key European markets was the primary reason for the decline in its third-quarter gross profit margin. The company also said its sales would take a hit in 2019 if the tariffs were to remain in place. "The damage to American whiskey exports is now accelerating, and this is collateral damage from ongoing global trade disputes," Distilled Spirits Council Chief Executive Officer Chris Swonger said. Total U.S. spirits exports rose 9.5 percent to $1.8 billion in 2018, but also slowed from 2017, the report showed. Now that hurts... B/A
  4. True, but trust me I'm in the advertising business and large corporations look for the prime demo... 18 to 34... Us old guys really do not matter to major advertisers. Well except for those advertising walk-in tubs and death insurance. I know it sucks and most people our age that I tell, say the same thing you did... Us old people spend money.. And it is true, most in the prime demo doesn't have a pot to piss in but they buy $5 coffee, they have meals delivered, they waste money and have grown up and been brainwashed to live for today. That's why we don't matter when it comes to their research.. And FOX NEWS is seeing the monetary results of playing to grumpy old white guys... B/A
  5. True that!!! And Floridian, I might ask, who says Iraq is telling us this is the time? They've been saying SOON for the 10 years I've been here. B/A
  6. I met her once and watched her speak... She is very dynamic and an excellent speaker... But just another opportunist... Or is it that FAUX NEWS is the opportunist? Perhaps they are going to move their commentary towards the middle to keep advertisers from ditching them over their far right hosts and their shrinking audience and demographics who are not supporting sponsors. You see, news is a business and businesses need sponsors and sponsors need response to the ad dollars they spend... The grumpy old white guy watching FAUX NEWS is not the demo multinationals are looking for, thus FAUX NEWS makes a change to programming or they watch their ad dollars shrink... Simply business 101... B/A
  7. Now would be a good time for another bank story. One with a friend whose friend works at a fruit stand but has a friend who is a wealth manager at a big bank who accidentally turned their desktop screen around and showed the fruit stand operator's cousin the secret back screen with a value of $8.00 but only for those who own a blue couch and a bus ticket to Reno. B/A
  8. American Farmers Confront a Mental Health Crisis (Bloomberg) -- The worst agricultural downturn since the 1980s is taking its toll on the emotional well-being of American farmers. In Kentucky, Montana and Florida, operators at Farm Aid’s hotline have seen a doubling of contacts for everything from financial counseling to crisis assistance. In Wisconsin, Dale Meyer has started holding monthly forums in the basement of his Loganville church following the suicide of a fellow parishioner, a farmer who’d fallen on hard times. In Minnesota, rural counselor Ted Matthews says he’s getting more and more calls. “Can you imagine doing your job and having your boss say ‘well you know things are bad this year, so not only are we not going to pay you, but you owe us’,” Matthews said by telephone. “That’s what’s happened with farmers.’’ Glutted grain markets have sparked a years-long price slump made worse by a trade war with top buyer China. As their revenues decline, farmers have piled on record debt -- to the tune of $427 billion. The industry’s debt-to-income ratio is the highest since the mid 1980s, when Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert. So dire are conditions in farm country that Senator Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, and Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, pushed for mental-health provisions to be included in the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation allocated $50 million over five years to address the shortfall of such services in rural areas. Ernst said she spoke with a woman whose farmer husband died by suicide. While there’s been progress on a trade resolution, the ruckus “has been very, very hard on our farmers,” she said in a telephone interview. “We’ve had such a depressed farm economy.” Few agricultural states have been hit harder than Baldwin’s Wisconsin, whose state license plates proclaim it as “America’s Dairyland.” Wisconsin lost almost 1,200 dairy farms between 2016 and 2018, government data show. Smaller operators have been the most affected, she said by telephone. The mental-health provisions in the farm bill aren’t for a “free trip to the psychiatrist,” but rather about “community looking out for each other.” There was a similar legislative effort in 2008 during the financial crisis, but the program was never funded because prices recovered, said Jennifer Fahy, communications director for Farm Aid, which advocated for the measures. Two-thirds of the calls to Farm Aid’s hotline originated from growers who have been farming for a decade or more. They were evenly distributed among fruit and vegetable producers, livestock, grain and oilseed and dairy, the data show. In 2018, the number of calls rose 109 percent to 1,034, increasing in the last five months of the year. In November, crisis assistance accounted for 78 percent of contacts to the hotline. “The peak of the crisis was in 1986,” said Allen Featherstone, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University in Manhattan. “It is the worst since then by far.” Mike Rosmann, another of the few mental health counselors in rural America, echoed the sentiments. A partially retired fourth-generation farmer, Rosmann rents out his Iowa property and maintains land under the conservation reserve program. During the 1980s’ farm crisis, the hotlines, counseling and other services that he participated in became the template for the provisions in the farm bill that Baldwin and Ernst advocated for, he said. “The retaliatory tariffs by China have hurt soybean exports,” Rosmann said. “They’ve hurt our relations with other countries as well to a lesser extent, partly just because of the skepticism that surrounds the reliability of what the U.S. is doing.” Still, farmers support Trump, in part due to his public support for corn-based ethanol, Rosmann said. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency advanced a plan meant to expand the U.S. ethanol market, the first step in fulfilling a promise Trump made in Iowa last fall. About $8 billion in farmer aid has also taken some of the sting out of the trade war. Some of that goodwill may be eroded by a 2020 budget proposal that would cut “overly generous” Department of Agriculture subsidies. The 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year slowed implementation of the program. Farmers have accrued so much debt because by nature they are optimistic, said Scott Marlow, senior policy specialist at the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Their fierce independence and deep connection with the land can become an economic disadvantage, Marlow said. “They can be driven far further than most of us would be before they would call it quits, to the point of getting off-farm jobs to be able to continue farming, subsidizing the farming operation with off-farm income, driving themselves extremely hard.” Sue Judd in Wisconsin set up a suicide prevention group for farmers and those in the rural community after her brother, a hobby farmer, killed himself, she said. Her group’s aim is to convince farmers that it’s all right to seek help and that they’re not alone. Meyer, 71, who retired from law enforcement, was on the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church dart team with the parishioner who died by suicide. He says another parishioner who’s a farmer confided to him that he also struggled with stress. Meyer says that his aim with the groups is to “give them some hope if we can.” In the last meeting, 59 people showed up to share food, stories and hear financial advice and how to deal with stress compared with 45 in January. Farmers’ spirits may lift if U.S. negotiators can broker a favorable deal with China soon. For now though, they’re having to cope with soybean prices of about $9 a bushel, almost half of what they were getting in the heyday of 2012. Chicago corn futures have followed a similar path to be trading at about $3.70 from a peak of $8.49 in 2012. “If the corn price went up $3 a bushel and beans went up $5 my phone would ring a fourth as much as it is now,” Matthews said during a road trip. “Prices are really low and they’re waiting for what are they are going to do. Are they going to lift the tariffs? And so all of those things they’re constantly looking at.”
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  10. Politics Rick Santorum Wants Trump To Email A Therapist, Not Tweet, He Tells Anderson Cooper Mary Papenfuss,HuffPost Tue, Mar 19 4:45 AM EDT Donald Trump offered up an unhinged tweetstorm over the weekend, and a former Republican senator has some advice for the president the next time he has that urge. Rick Santorum, usually a Trump defender, said on “Anderson Cooper 360°” on Monday that he hopes the president will “send emails to a therapist” instead of tweeting. In a flurry of rants, Trump accused “Saturday Night Live” of “Russian collusion,” blasted Fox News anchors who criticize him, demanded the network “bring back” Jeanine Pirro, and railed against the late Sen. John McCain — again — for the Steele dossier. The one thing he didn’t mention was sympathy for the victims of the attack on two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 50 people. Cooper asked Santorum if someone’s dad or uncle sent out 29 tweets or retweets in one day “wouldn’t their family be a little concerned — or, like, have a “Twitter-vention?” “Yeah, there’s nothing I’m going to do to defend the president in this type of activity,” Santorum said. “This is his time just to sort of let it all out,” he added. “He sees Twitter as his outlet to do that. I wish he wouldn’t do it. I wish he’d ... send emails to ... a therapist, as opposed to sending tweets to the general public. B/A
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