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    I had to GOOGLE that. I wish I hadn't.
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    More good folks maybe but Tbs is fine you can have to many members and let's be honest we don't need to leave the dick pasture door open .alot of folks there don't need to be here
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    Meet the Ford B-100. It was made in Mexico and was never imported into the US. That surprises me. They could have given the Suburban some competition.
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    And they Klingon to each other?
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    "Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago." That's how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today. The unequal economy that's emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America's food. Recent data shows just how much. Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The suicide rate in the field of farming, fishing and forestry is 84.5 per 100,000 people -- more than five times that of the population as a whole. That's even as the nation overall has seen an increase in suicide rates over the last 30 years. The CDC study comes with a few caveats. It looked at workers over 17 different states, but it left out some major agricultural states, like Iowa. And the occupational category that includes these workers includes small numbers of workers from related occupational groups, like fishing and forestry. (However, agricultural workers make up the vast majority of the "farming, fishing and forestry" occupational group.) However, the figures in the CDC study mirror other recent findings. Rates of suicide have risen fastest, and are highest, in rural areas, the CDC found in a different study released earlier this month. Other countries have seen this issue, too -- including India, where 60,000 farmer suicides have been linked to climate change. In the U.S., several longtime farm advocates say today's crisis mirrors one that happened in the 1980s, when many U.S. farmers struggled economically, with an accompanying spike in farmer suicides. "The farm crisis was so bad, there was a terrible outbreak of suicide and depression," said Jennifer Fahy, communications director with Farm Aid, a group founded in 1985 that advocates for farmers. Today, she said, "I think it's actually worse." "We're hearing from farmers on our hotline that farmer stress is extremely high," Fahy said. "Every time there's more uncertainty around issues around the farm economy is another day of phones ringing off the hook." Finances are a major reason. Since 2013, farm income has been dropping steadily, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This year, the average farm's income is projected to be 35 percent below its 2013 level. "The current incomes we've seen for the last three years ... have been about like farm incomes from early in this century," said Hurt, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University in Indiana. Farmers are also at the mercy of elements outside their direct control, from extreme weather events that threaten crops to commodity prices that offer less for farm goods than it costs to produce them. "We've spoken to dairy farmers who are losing money on every pound of milk they sell," said Alana Knudson, co-director of the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis with the University of Chicago. As America's trading partners slap tariffs on U.S. crops, those prices are set to be further undermined. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve's gradual raising of interest rates threatens the financing for many smaller farms. "A lot of our farmers take out operating loans so they can buy seed, fertilizer and spray. As we're looking at increasing interest rates, this is going to exacerbate financial vulnerability," Knudson said. Unreliable finances are a major reason why three-quarters of farmers must rely on non-farm income, often from a second job. Health insurance access is another. Health care and mental-health services can be critical, Knudson said, particularly in rural areas, where medical care may be scarce. The farm bill that passed the House last week threatens to undo that, she said, because it allows for health insurance to sell plans that exclude mental health coverage. The Senate version of the farm bill allocates $20 million to a program to connect farmers with behavioral health services. Such programs are even more crucial today, said Fahy, because many publicly-funded programs that were created in the wake of the 1980s farm crisis have been chipped away over the years. She pointed to Minnesota, where a suicide hotline closed earlier this month after a budget dispute between the legislature and the governor. "Farmer stress right now is extremely high, the farm economy is very precarious and not predicted to improve in the near future," she said. However, she added, "When there are steps in place to address the root cause, which is usually financial and legal, the stress becomes manageable." Because people can feel stigma around issues of mental health, conversation is important, said Doug Samuel, associate psychology professor at Purdue University. "When you're looking at someone who you have a concern about," Samuel advised, "don't be afraid to ask, don't be afraid to listen." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-farmers-rising-suicide-rates-plummeting-incomes/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Linked to climate change? Give me a break! Instead of dealing with a serious issue in a serious way someone has to push an agenda on climate change?!!!
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    They get to scream and moan about everyone else being all these different things, racist, facist, nazi, etc... The way it's set up is pretty much whoever makes the accusation first, makes the person making the reply accusation look like a petty child. It doesn't matter if they're lying through their teeth about it, and we aren't. Look at it from another point of view. These people surround themselves with people that are just like themselves. They see the depravity, hypocrisy, racism, fascism, and everything else constantly. Since they see it in everyone around them, they assume that everyone else must be the exact same as their small population sample that surrounds them. These people honestly think we are the same as they are, and are trying to get all these laws and rules put in place that they think will protect them from people who are just like them. They can't accept the concept that they are the ones in the wrong, that they are the cause of all the strife and discord in their own lives, and that they are responsible for their own actions. If they ever accept those concepts, it pretty well destroys everything they think of themselves and what they stand for. For many, the reality of how the world works and how the majority of people really are, is just too much for their minds to handle, so they stay in their little delusional world, and try to enforce it on everyone else so they don't have to deal with the true reality. Eventually it all falls apart, you can't keep voting for bread and circuses forever without consequences. As for the media, if they stopped covering all these events, or pointed out the hypocrisy, they would be the target of many of the things that are happening to the conservative right, being mobbed in public, riots, and so on. Plus they'd get fired, because the types of people that own the large so called "news" outlets are primarily leftists. Also for the media, I'm sure there are plenty of examples of riots, mobs, destruction of property, and even wars that have been started be the media, and done so intentionally. It's great for ratings to be the first one at the scene, or to be able to report on these things from the beginning. It boosts the egos of these so called "journalists" that they get to give these losers their 15 minutes of fame. At the end of the day they lie to themselves about it as well. It's not their fault, they're just a journalist/reporter/whatever, and just doing their job. The biggest reason I think the media is complicit in all of this? It sells advertising space. These aren't neutral or impartial organizations. Their primary goal is to make money. Everything being peaceful with sunshine and unicorns doesn't make them money, but riots and looting do, as well as screaming about Trump. Greed really is the root of all evil.
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    Oh man! Somebody wasn't thinking.
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    So, two Jews walk into a starship...
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    It's hard to take yourself too seriously when you look at that pic, ain't it?
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    Here is a Panel/Delivery version.
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    "You're gonna need a bigger wall!"
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    I admit, I once took a big of bowl of vodka infused cranberry sauce to the woman's church social, on a Sunday afternoon. Bowl came back empty.. Does that get me some points?
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