Ukraine

Companies and Private Citizens Are Stepping Up To Help Ukrainians

Private actors often provide more efficient and localized help in times of need, and they’re doing so in full force right now.

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In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine that has already driven 1.7 million Ukrainians from their country, companies and private citizens are stepping up to provide urgent humanitarian assistance. Their efforts are a reminder that individuals and businesses are key to relief efforts, especially during crises that demand quick and localized responses.

Companies are helping to bolster evacuation efforts at the Ukrainian border and beyond. Uber is "providing unlimited free trips between the Ukrainian border and Polish cities to support refugees and their families," the company announced in a statement last week. The Hungarian airline Wizz Air is offering Ukrainian refugees 100,000 free seats aboard flights departing from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania, and it will offer "rescue fare" to Ukrainians stuck elsewhere.

Businesses big and small are also stepping up to house Ukrainians who have fled. Airbnb announced last week that it would "offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine." An official statement from the company noted that Airbnb would also "work closely with governments to best support the specific needs in each country, including by providing longer-term stays." Marketing agency Stay the Night has launched a database through which hotels and hostels can advertise available accommodations for refugees. Hotels in neighboring countries are opening their doors to thousands of fleeing Ukrainians.

For those still in Ukraine, international companies are hoping to provide important goods that are now difficult to come by. Cosmetics company L'Oreal says it will deliver 300,000 hygiene products to Ukraine in the next few weeks. Drugmaker Eli Lilly will send over $9 million of insulin and COVID-19 supplies to Ukraine, while General Electric will provide $4 million worth of critical medical equipment. Ryanair, an Irish budget airline, is filling planes to Poland with medical supplies.

Private citizens are providing a staggering amount of support as well. A couple from Apex, North Carolina, started a campaign to collect frequent flyer miles to assist fleeing Ukrainians, gathering 3.6 million miles in donations so far. "The miles are being used to send people all over the world," reported ABC 11, a Raleigh-Durham affiliate. There are already countless stories of people in Europe who are driving to the Ukrainian border to bring supplies there, help provide accommodation in neighboring countries, and transport refugees to safety.

In addition to Airbnb's humanitarian assistance being offered from above, the company is at the center of a social media campaign launched by good samaritans with spare cash and a desire to help. "On March 2 and March 3, guests from around the world booked more than 61,000 nights in Ukraine," an Airbnb spokesperson told CNN. Americans account for more than half of that total. These people have no plans to stay in the apartments they've reserved, but their financial support will help keep many Ukrainian hosts financially afloat. The bookings in Ukraine have grossed nearly $2 million so far. (Airbnb, for its part, is waiving all guest and host fees on all bookings in Ukraine.)

People are offering rides or lodging to Ukrainians arriving at train stations across central and Eastern Europe. In the Polish border town of Przemysl, BBC reports that helpers, both local and not, displayed signs to those coming from Lviv: "Hostel for eight in Gdansk"; "Can take a family - Warsaw"; "40 places available on bus to Germany." In Germany, volunteers have launched social media campaigns to facilitate transportation and translation for refugees; in the capital, "the number of Berliners offering to help has been so great that volunteers are being turned away," according to The New York Times. Berlin's nightclubs—which reopened this past weekend after COVID-related closures—devoted their relaunch to fundraising for Ukraine.

The situation in Ukraine is dire and may well become worse as the fighting continues and more Ukrainians are forced to leave home. But there is comfort in the number of individuals and companies offering to provide assistance, no matter how far-removed from the conflict they may be.

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  1. "Hooray, fascism!"

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    1. It's not fascism because fascism is bad and this is good and stuff.

      1. Did you geniuses even read the article? It's about the humanitarian assistance from ordinary people and companies. You stupid cunt mfers.

        1. Yes, it is ignoring the negative corporate actions against non warring citizens such as Visa/Mastercard/Amex.

          Not all of us are ignorant and actually know what is going on. Corporations acting on government please or morality leads to fascism.

          1. What's going on? You have nothing to say. The Russian army is murdering babies and children and your response is to attack the natural human revulsion saying "it'll lead to fascism if private companies end all relations with Russia". Russia is lucky it's only economic responses from private corporations. They belong in hell.

            1. Why don’t you go fight them?

              1. Being an imbecilic "both sides" asshole will land you here sooner or later.

            2. I actually did have something to say. You're supporting the move to corporate fascism. It is right there in my reply.

              Save your appeal to emotion for the idiot left.

            3. Didn't hear you screaming for the 8 years of HUMANS murdered in E Ukie. Just woken up?

            4. There is usually at least one war somewhere in the world were babies and children are being murdered, why is this suddenly the cause de jour? Be honest, if Biden was a Republican and this was going on, you would be the one screaming to avoid the war at all costs. It's self evident. And you were using the fascist hyperbole earlier today but decry others (more accurately BTW) using the fascist hyperbole now. Your sudden jingoism is pretty transparent hypocrisy. I wore the uniform to defend this country, my son wears it now, I'm so glad you are willing for him to die to help your party, while not joining yourself. So altruistic of you.

              1. Liars on Reason:

                " crypto is safe..." said Trolls, 2 weeks ago.

                "Coinbase says it’s currently blocking 25,000 cryptocurrency addresses linked to Russian people or entities, defending itself against claims that Russia could evade sanctions with crypto. In a blog post published yesterday, chief legal officer Paul Grewal outlined how the financial exchange is complying with new rules imposed amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. "

                https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/7/22965605/coinbase-russian-sanctions-address-blocking

                1. Not sure how that applies to my post, but not surprised either.

            5. Go git him!

            6. The Russian army is murdering babies

              Oh FFS, seriously? You're a fucking idiot.

      2. Ah! Then it must be socialism! (sarc)

  2. Sounds like potential Logan Act violations afoot here... 🙂

    1. No criminal intent.

      The Clinton defense.

      Nothing to see here....

  3. Definitely relevant

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1500918580065538053?t=aYuDeK1UmLfMf4ot75wDBQ&s=19

    JUST IN - Biden set to sign an executive order this week directing federal agencies to examine the potential regulation of cryptocurrencies like #Bitcoin, Bloomberg reports.

    1. Brandon will make a crypto supporter of me yet.

      1. LeBron James commercials will stop that conversation.

    2. Why wouldn't the regulation of cryptocurrencies require a Congressional act? Cryptocurrencies are used by citizens. Executive orders are only supposed to be applied to executive branch agencies.

      1. Because FYTW.

  4. Wonderful

    https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/1500929672141582339?t=8uwYQVTjzNsG8IiKJEYBZw&s=19

    WHITE HOUSE SAYS U.S. NEEDS TO BE PREPARED FOR LONG, DIFFICULT ROAD AHEAD

    1. Eat shit. Your boy Putin is going down. They're going after his oil or gas. The Europeans are ready to cut the cord. America is surging production. You're fucked. 17,000 anti tank and anti air missiles for the Ukrainians and they're getting more!

      1. No one is here is pro Putin. Stop being such a stupid Marxist faggot,

        1. He can't. It's like the saying goes -You suck one dick, and you're a Marxist forever.

            1. Wipe your mouth off.

            2. Go git him!

            3. Yet you senile imbecilic overlord has us buying over 600k barrels per day from them. Rendering the sanctions ineffective you Marxist faggot.

          1. It's like the saying goes -You suck one dick, and you're a Marxist forever.

            Except he's closer to sucking every dick that can portrayed as fitting through any Marxist glory hole.

          2. Well, Tony certainly reinforces that statement.

        2. Some people here tried to be early on, then they realized all the other monkeys were against them, so they stopped posting all the "Ukraine is authoritarian hell, Putin is liberating htem" shit.

          1. Cite?

        3. Mother's lament might be pro putine

          1. You mean Vladimir Poutine?

            1. Please, stop giving the gravy fries a bad name by association with a monster.

            2. Perhaps she's just Putinesque.

          2. Pro-poutine... don't give Shrike and Jeff ideas.

        4. Now listen here: All the varieties of Marxism--Leninism, Stalinism, Tratskyism and Maoism--all hated Homosexuality as "Bourgeois D3cadence" and even refused to march with Gay Liberation activists in Paris in 1968. Red China didn't declassify Homosexuality as a mental illness until 2001 and is now reconsidering that. Now, Russian Revanchism can be added to the list of these chain-rattling, bloody ideologies.

          So stop lumping LGBTQ+ people with the Butchers of Red Square, Budapest, Tiananmen Square, and now Kyiv!

      2. Eat shit. Your boy Putin is going down. They're going after his oil or gas. The Europeans are ready to cut the cord. America is surging production. You're fucked. 17,000 anti tank and anti air missiles for the Ukrainians and they're getting more!

        ^ anti-war leftist

        1. YES.

          Wtf has happened to the world?

          1. Their guy became President ...

          2. When the Russians allegedly hacked the DNC, they got on the enemies list. They’re as bad as republicans now.

            If it weren’t for that, they wouldn’t care.

            Suddenly they found a reason that we need make F-35s and invest in the military industrial complex, and all it took was Joe Podesta choosing the password “Joe Podesta”

      3. Germany sure doesn't sound like they're planning any cord cutting.
        German chancellor says he opposes barring Russian energy imports

        German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday said he is opposed to the European Union barring Russian energy imports.

        Russian oil and gas supplies are of “essential importance” to the European economy, Scholz said, adding that finding alternative suppliers “won’t happen overnight.”

        “It’s therefore a conscious decision on our part to continue the activities of business enterprises in the area of energy supply with Russia,” Scholz said on behalf of Germany.

        Bloomberg reports that Germany is reliant on Russian imports for over half of its gas and coal and over a third of its oil.

        -- CHLOE FOLMAR

        1. Not overnight but for forever. The game is up.

          1. Don't you remember the Oil for Food scandal from the 1990s? Guess whose idea that was? Hint: a US Dem POTUS.

            Iraq had no problems finding nations / groups willing to bypass the sanctions.

            Russia will have no problem selling their oil / natural gas. You just won't ever know about it until 10 - 15 years from now. In the mean time, you'll get to cheerlead for Biden for supposedly making Putin pay a stiff price for the invasion.

            1. They had a deal with China before boots ever hit Ukrainian soil. It's theater. Again.

              1. It’s more like a Michael Bay movie actually.

            2. Not to mention, how long have we been sanctioning Iranian oil, and they somehow magically still function as a oil primary economy? I think it's been since 1979, so just three less years than I've been alive. Surely any day now, it is going to destroy their economy. Probably about the same time as I am once again done to the same weight I weighed when I graduated basic, if I don't work out and diet.

          2. Yes, it’s over. Time to cleanse America of the democrat party. Then we can end all this nonsense and fix this country.

      4. Strazele, are you encouraged by the fact that you now have the exact same position and rhetoric regarding Ukraine as Ken Schultz?

      5. Take your meds. Their going after his oil and gas, so we all suffer and you consider that a win? What is up with fucking idiots today who don't fucking understand how global fucking commodities are marketed? Fucking Daveca not understanding how war in Ukraine and Russia impacts global grain availability paired with drought in South America, and the Midwest and Pacific Northwest of the USA, and LoS thinking cutting off 10% of the global oil production, when prices are already near historic highs is a win. Jesus Christ, help me, are most Americans so divorced from commodities productions that this shit actually makes sense for them? Do they not understand how this impacts inflation and decreases non-essential purchases, and when those decrease, that leads to a fucking recession? Not some bullshit transitory recession, due to stupid COVID policies but real, global, and long term recession driven by drastically increased production costs and massively decreased spending consumer spending power? The two most essential purchases for most Americans are food and fuel and the two are directly related. When these go up, our ability to purchase anything else decreases in a direct relation. It just boggles the fucking mind. And these people fucking vote, which is how we got here in the first fucking place.

  5. It must be because these corporations will profit off of helping Ukraine. After all, it is known that corporations are required by law to seek profits above all else. It is known.

    1. NGO corps.. QUANGO..

      Everybody sing!

      "There was a farmer had a dog and QUANGO was its na- me- o...

      Q-A-N-G-O.....Q-A-N-G-O.....Q-A-N-G-O.....

      and Q-A-N-G-O was its name!"

  6. It has been demonstrated that the Jewish president of Ukraine is arming and advocating for neo Nazis. Jews and Nazis working together again just like old times.

    The silence from Jews is deafening. Are you advocating that Jews arm and employ Nazis in the military using your money, weapons and sons lives? If so you lost your excuse to fuss about Nazis ever again.

    Condemnation of Nazis is the whole Jewish schtick.

    Maybe we should give Zelensky a break.After all, who’d have thunk that being a western puppet and a Jew would ever be in conflict.

    1. Fuck off, Stormtrooper.

      1. Disfigured Carnival Freaks can comment too...as they walk around dragging a wooden leg..

      2. Hey, I’m not the one advocating sending arms and money to Nazis, YOU ARE.

        You may want to join a Nazi battalion in Ukraine to back up an unconstitutional coup in 2014, but don’t ever whine about Nazis ever again.

        1. You're the one who said Hitler, Himmler and Goering were Jewish yesterday.

          "There’s a Jew inside every Nazi"

          1. You are a liar. As usual.

            Cite your proof if you aren’t. You can’t.

            1. Second line

              Fucking idiot.

              1. “There’s a Jew inside every Nazi, like peanut butter and chocolate“

                Not even an idiot could interpret that literally. What are you?

                1. Not an idiot. By your definition.

                  1. You may one day graduate to idiot.

                    I won’t hold my breath.

                    1. You won't, Nazi scum.

                2. So, you don't value literal truth? So that means you espouse lies. And since lies are a crime, that makes you a criminal.

                  To your gas chamber, go!...And fuck off, Nazi!

                  1. The concept of figurative speech eludes you and your ridiculous statement.

                    Figurative speech isn’t lying.

                    What gas chambers are you referring to?

                    1. The one you'll deny up to the moment the pill drops into the acid!

                      Fuck off, Nazi!

            2. Stupid shit forgets the lies he told yesterday.
              Fuck off and die, Nazi scum.

                1. Mimeograph.

                2. Except:
                  1) I didn't lie yesterday
                  Fuck off and die, asshole.

        2. "Hey, I’m not the one advocating sending arms and money to Nazis, YOU ARE."

          When did I fucking advocate anything to do with that, stormfag. Never.

          1. You said in reply to the first comment on this article about stepping up. “ It's not fascism because fascism is bad and this is good and stuff.”.

            Were you seriously avocating sending money, arms and your sons to fight in Nazi battalions?

            Or were you sarcastically supporting Putin.

            You’re the fuckwit who commented. What did you mean?

    2. Follow your leader, Sturmfag.

      1. You can’t refute the fact that Jews are arming Nazis in Ukraine, so who’s your leader Najewzi?

        1. Go eat shit and die, homo.

          1. Hahaha

            1. "Go eat shit and die, homo."

              Worth repeating, Nazi scum.

            2. Vulgar's absolutely right.

              1. Everybody! Please stop equating LGBTQ+ people with this fucking low-life Misek and with Nazism!

    3. Jews wanting to join Nazi battalions in Ukraine to back up an unconstitutional coup in 2014, losing the undeserved moral right ever again condemn Nazis.

      Priceless, hahaha.

  7. Footage from reporters in Russia showed a large police presence at demonstrations across the country, many clad in riot gear or driving armored trucks. Journalists with Western outlets — citing Russia’s newly-passed law restricting discussion of the invasion — spoke elliptically about the “situation” in Ukraine as they narrated protesters’ arrests.

    Some videos showed police beating demonstrators. In one, several officers wearing body armor surrounded a person who was flailing on the ground. One officer struck the person with a baton and kicked the person before another shooed away the camera filming the encounter."

    So IOW, just like police in the US.

    Both COMMUNIST.

    1. "They hate us for our freedom" seems to be losing some of its punch. When you can readily expect your own police forces to treat you exactly as Russians are treated by their police forces, I think it is safe to say that the moral arguments are off the table for good.

      1. As long as minds are free st speak on this forum, we Libertarians can rightly say "They hate freedom everywhere!" and "We hate them for their tyranny!"

        And we Libertarians can also rightly say that we hate all who go-along-to-get-along and apple-polich for tyrants anywhere.

  8. no blood for oil in the other direction is a little delicious.

  9. Fuck Joe Biden.

  10. I once managed a small group in Ukraine. Good guys, very smart. Half the group has since immigrated to US. Other half is still there.

    But I see from one's social media posts that he's busy making molotovs, plus HOWTO videos. Good for him. I wish I could send him all my empty bottles.

    1. Cite?

  11. AirBNB will "offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine."

    Which is interesting, since AirBNB owns no inventory of its own... not sure what housing they are offering.

    CB

    1. FEMA trailers.

      Theyve hired the Cajun Navy to sail them from NOLA to Ukraine.

    2. If there is anything a vacation rental owner wants is penniless refugees in his property.

      1. They may well. And it's their property.

        People stuck with time-shares they got suckered into may find a way to turn their shit to sugar too.

        1. Hey! Ukrainian refugees would be far better tenants than the habitués of the Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks.

  12. Another Reason comments sewer inhabited by slithering snapping fascist fake libertarian Republican MAGA fucks.

    1. Yes, because some loathsome people oppose nuclear WW3 and mass punishment for guilt by association, even if they're Communists.

      How unreasonable.

      1. Your reply is so allusive as to be unreasonably inscrutable.

        1. Your statement is so cluically challenged that you're lucky to get any reply at all, steaming pile of lefty shit.

        2. How the hell is Salted Nuts comment "allusive"? It seems pretty direct and unsymbolic to me.

          Is this another sarcasmic sockpuppet randomly picking words out of the dictionary again?

  13. Hey guys, let's all form a mutual defense organization and then deliberately exclude these other superpowers while we bring in their neighbors!
    Now let's all get together on crippling economic sanctions on their populace and anyone that has the letter 'R' in their name, that will drive them even closer together!
    Surely nothing bad could happen if a parralel economy between hostile Communist nations formed amid the banner of nuclear winter...

    I'm gonna make a tinfoil hat, just to commemorate 2022.

    1. Great Britain, 1939. Get ready to grab your tinfoil helmet, soldier.

      1. England and France's biggest mistake after Munich was in trusting Hitler, and therefore doing nothing to make sure he complied. No increased military readiness, no aid to Poland, nothing.

        Even after he invaded Poland, France and England didn't send troops or arms to slow his progress. They then did very little after declaring war, didn't launch a major offensive (France entered Germany, with a small number of troops and then withdrew back behind the Maginot line) they also did nothing to extend their defensive perimeter to protect against an invasion through Belgium and Luxemburg, despite Germany doing this in 1914.

        Even after Germany invaded the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, they did very little to address the invasion routes through Belgium and Luxemburg. They also didn't change their tactical doctrine, refusing to concentrate their armor and keeping it purely in a infantry support role. This despite the success of German blitzkrieg, and the fact that America had shown in WWI that armor was better utilized in a concentrated offensive role as opposed to piecemeal infantry support.

        What is even worse was England had direct knowledge of the success of German tactics from fighting in Norway, but didn't change anything. Hell, even in 1942-43, allied commanders were still mostly using infantry dispersed as infantry support during Operation Torch.

        1. And as far as I can tell our current leadership is convinced that the lesson from Munich 1938 is to act tough, rather than anything that would actually avert further aggression. It's far more like Europe in June through July 1914 than Europe 1938. Letting tough talk and jingoism to control the narrative, resulting in everyone stumbling into a war.

          1. Bidets waiting till Russia takes over then hell have a few sanctions.

            He doesnt want to halt progress.

          2. Vladimir Putin doesn't want me to be President. He doesn't want me to be our nominee."
            "If you're wondering why—it's because I'm the only person in this field who's ever gone toe-to-toe with him," the then Democratic presidential candidate said.

            We are fucked.

            1. If you think that's bad, see Daveca denying the current trends in global grain production and LoS celebrating cutting off Russian oil and gas exports to the rest of the world, and realize these people and people like them fucking vote.

              1. It's best to ignore, or mute, sqrlsy2

                1. And not quite best to mute the fascistic asshole known as Nardz.
                  Nardz has a simple solution to what ails us: Call in the government to prevent the government from doing something or other!
                  Nardz is seriously lacking in brain cells but not stupidity! Nardz has that in abundance.

    1. Nobody needs a gun that holds 10 bullets.

  14. https://twitter.com/TheLastRefuge2/status/1500950146103791627?t=fkSaXF0Z9ESkwFVY2qQ0PA&s=19

    "I can honestly say that a third of the country knows what’s coming; a third has an idea that things aren’t right; and the other third thinks the elite sh!t rainbows."

  15. Covid Circus...
    Evening news

    " not going to vaccinate kids, "

    " thats not the Science...because 42 kids died."

    I see. Pick a statistically zero number and call it Sciencing.

  16. So, Friday I heard that the US government is considering a one year suspension of planting restrictions on established CRP to address the global grain shortage this war is contributing to. Background, most of the US grain producing areas are in a multi-year drought, while many southern hemisphere grain producing countries also experienced drought this past growing season, and the planting season in Ukraine is well along, but not much planting has been done because the war is being fought in their fields.

    I suspected this wouldn't have any impact, and was reactive but little beneficial. So, I asked my friend who is the senior soil technician and 20+ year NRCS employee (plus being a farmer and rancher himself for all his life) what he thought. He said it would be a shit show, that the soil nutrient content is poor on those acreage, while residue is extremely high and it's not very many acres anyhow, as CRP has steadily been decreasing every year. Also, a one year suspension would make re-establishing those acres back into CRP next year would be extremely difficult and expensive. He is not a big fan of CRP, and believes it does more harm than good, especially as it severely restricts grazing and haying, despite the fact that grazing would be beneficial, and even looser haying regulations would be more beneficial for wildlife. So, it isn't like he is opposed to this proposal based on ideological basis. Additionally, as we discussed, those fields really should have been sprayed out last fall to prepare them for planting this spring. For many of our grain growing regions, it's still so cold that the grasses haven't broke dormancy, and therefore most herbicides that wouldn't damage subsequent crops, won't have any impact, and planting season is about a month away, so the window to do this work is very narrow. Even if you used deep tillage (which almost no one does anymore and many don't even have the equipment to do anymore as no till and minimal till are now the norm in most areas) the ground is still frozen making this not an option. Not to mention this would do nothing to address the drought conditions.

    So basically like the release of oil from the strategic reserve two weeks ago, this would have no long term impact on supply or prices. For an idea of the spiking grain prices look at this chart for wheat futures:
    https://www.nasdaq.com/market-activity/commodities/zw.
    They are more than double from the low over the past 52 weeks. Adding in the high gas prices, continued drought, likely loss of part or all of Ukraine's harvest this year, plus sanctions against Russian grains, the 300% increase in fertilizer costs from last planting season, and domestic transportation shortages, expect even more inflation in your grocery bill.

    Several finance companies have drastically raised their estimation for a recession in the next 30 months today. I say at the current rate, I am predicting a better than even chance we will be in a recession by the end of this summer. Consumer buying has been strong, though some of that is a mirage because of the increased prices, however there is signs that people are tightening their belts. The main reason that the forecasts remain at or below 50% in regards to the possibility of a recession is heavily influenced by the fact that the US is the largest petroleum producer, and the high oil prices are benefitting from the high oil price. This, however, doesn't seem to be enough in my opinion and many traders opinion, to keep the economy going strong. The markets have been really bearish, and we are no longer in correction territory.

    1. +1

      I work with a couple of volunteer organizations. As a pseudo-autistic-y euphemism, we categorize volunteers as 'hunters' and 'farmers'. The former are who you want around when SHTF. They've got lots of energy and no organization skills. Point them at a problem and they'll blast it with all the energy they've got. The latter, the ones with a season-over-season vision, who work hard enough to get things done but no so hard as to get burnt out after a year, who recognize that acting and acting RIGHT NOW! are two potential courses to be balanced, are far more prized volunteers.

      Governments worldwide tried to flip economies off and on like a lightswitch in 2019-2020 with a recklessness that would make many most hunters blush.

    2. Grain shortage where?

      Not in the US

      That grain shortage lie floated in 2012 also alomg with the inflation lie.

      " Corn shortage" the liars cried, as NOLA was backed up with 12 TRILLON excess bushels of corn.

      " People wont have bread" they lied, seeing that BREAD is made of WHEAT.

      1. Regardless, the notion that the CRP program is a switch that you can just flip off in cases of emergencies and then back on again a year later after 'crisis averted' is all kinds of dumb.

        1. He's full of shit, doesn't even understand market fundamentals of agriculture and is impressed by a normal annual phenomena. The excess in 2012 wasn't a excess in production, it was an excess in storage awaiting shipping. There is a big fucking difference. And considering how much grain is shipped through NOLA because of fucking geography, this is hardly indicative of anything other than the dangers of taking a snap shot of a global, fluctuating market, and trying to use that to make an annual prediction. 2012, grain markets were right, and corn was being overproduced, which greatly reduced planted wheat acres. The majority of the excess however, was planted to take advantage of heavy ethanol subsidies, which did nothing to reduce gasoline production. There are only so many arable acres to plant every year, and the number doesn't really grow, but long term has shrunk. If you plant a lot of corn, you have to plant a lot less wheat, as the majority of the country has a single growing season. The Southern plains, with heavy irrigation, can get two to three, and the southeast can get maybe two. In the southern plains, it's generally winter wheat, harvested in May, then corn or soybeans into the same field, and then either fallow or winter wheat planted again in the fall. They may throw in another short growing crop, or substitute a shorter season crop for corn or soybeans, but the rotation I just posted is pretty normal. Anything much further north than central Kansas, and you simply don't have the degree days to grow more than one crop a year. As those are the majority of wheat acres, most of it dry land wheat, you have to make the choice between planting wheat or corn or soybeans. Throw in other crops grown in these areas, such as sunflowers, canola, sugar beets, flax, barley, oats, triticale, peas, lentils, soybeans, chickpeas, pinto beans etc, and the difference between specialty wheats such as durham and hard red, the former used for pastas and the latter for breads (also soft wheats which are used for pastry flour), every acre dedicated to corn, decreases wheat production. So his entire post is utter rubbish. Completely devoid of any understanding of the fundamentals of the industry. It's like those military analysts who have never got closer to serving than JROTC and a weekend paintballing with other suburban yuppies.

          1. Right. I'm saying even if you're some sort of nutjob radical conservationist like Ron Bailey who wants to return all the ranch land back to nature, flipping the CRP switch of and on is self-defeating. You don't plant feed plots for deer or upland birds and the deer or birds show up, stay until you need to use the plot, and then hang out until you're done using it. No actual conservation takes place, you just destroy production. It's stupid from both perspectives.

            1. Besides, CRP doesn't provide good habitat for wildlife, they way it's currently managed. More frequent late season grazing or haying would actually improve the habitat for wildlife. It's improves grass health and improved chick survival as the parent birds can see the insects better with less residue. The best place to hunt CRP is on its borders, not in the center. I have tons of pheasant and sharp tail grouse on my managed grazed pastures, much more than on the nearby CRP fields. It's nice because my place is posted and only my family and the guy I lease from and his brother have permission to hunt it. Not that that stops some people. It really pisses me off when they leave a fucking gate open.

        2. "Regardless, the notion that the CRP program is a switch that you can just flip off in cases of emergencies and then back on again a year later after 'crisis averted' is all kinds of dumb."

          ^+ many; see below regarding SF/CA businesses.

      2. It's a global shortage, and stocks on hand will be mostly worked through by the end of summer. You are talking about something you don't understand again. Last year's harvest despite was only, after a two year long drought over most the grain producing regions, 1.6 billion bushels of wheat. Prices have doubled since last year, mostly in the past month, prices were already twice as much last November than they were the November of 2020. Unfortunately, most producers didn't have as much to sell last November as the previous year. You are talking out your ass. It's not a big conspiracy, Russia and Ukraine account for a 1/3 of global grain production. Argentina and Australia are reporting decreased harvests this year, the drought has not broken this winter over the Midwest or the Palouse (despite adequate snow the soil profile after two years of drought on the Palouse is still far from adequate). The spring forecast is calling for a cold spring across the upper Midwest, and probably not the rain needed to break the drought. The Southern plains states are projected a hot dry spring. So, you don't know shit about what you're talking about. The Southern winter wheat harvest will be starting shortly on the Southern plains, May, and most of their crops are ranked poor to very poor. That's per weekly county reporting by the producers.

        The cost of fertilizer has jumped 300% from last year, pesticides are double from last year. Grasshoppers are always worse in drought, and they were bad last year, and with no soil moisture and a mild winter that means high egg survival which means they'll be worse this year. Fuel costs are way up, transportation costs are way up. So, rather you like it or not, all the fundamentals point towards continued increasing in grain prices. Especially wheat, although Ukraine and Russia are also major corn producers, that rival our production. South American soybean production is also considerably down this year. You can put on your tinfoil hat and insist it's a conspiracy all you want, but this is literally my fucking job and my life. Google USDA drought monitor and tell me it's all a fucking conspiracy.

        Additionally, this time of year grain prices historically are dropping not raising because their tends to be a surplus, as the southern hemisphere is currently harvesting, and the Southern plains are gearing up for harvest. The prices have almost doubled in the past three weeks, instead. Cattle and hog futures are also up because of the continued drought and resulting low cattle inventory and swine flu outbreaks. Generally, when grain prices are up, cattle and hog futures are depressed. You can pretend all you want, but I know what the farmers and ranchers are doing, and they aren't making their decisions based upon a shadow conspiracy to hide high inventory.

        Finally, NOLA was backed up not with excess harvest in 2012, the excess was in comparison to available shipping, most of that corn had already been purchased and was awaiting delivery. This is fairly common in the fall, because that's when the majority of corn is harvested in the US and most of it is shipped through NOLA for foreign purchasers, because most grain growing regions are part of the Mississippi drainage, and it's cheapest to transport using the interior waterways. The upper prairies, and the Palouse ship most of their grains through the port of Portland via rail. These regions are only minor corn producers and most corn is utilized locally for feed and not grown for export. I saw earlier you talking big about ethanol, and it was obvious you didn't understand then, either, what you are talking about.

        I just love people like you, who don't understand the difference between hard wheat and soft wheat, or a Hereford and a Holstein, trying to explain it to those of us who make our livings by knowing the difference in our bones.

        1. "...Last year's harvest despite was only, after a two year long drought over most the grain producing regions, 1.6 billion bushels of wheat. Prices have doubled since last year, mostly in the past month, prices were already twice as much last November than they were the November of 2020..."

          As mentioned by others than me, having never been involved in them, politicians do not understand productive activities and do not understand that PLANNED ECONOMIES DO NOT WORK!
          Want huge numbers of empty containers where they aren’t needed? Want traffic jams of container ships off the CA coast? Want to put up with crummy meals since restaurants are closed? Want shelves empty and inflation besides? Want a range before Thanksgiving and can't get it?
          Easy: let even very smart people try to ‘plan’ the economy, let alone econ-ignoramuses like Fauci, Newsom and Cuomo and Biden.

      3. You think we're finished paying for 'planned economies' by now? Check how long it took West Germany to repair the mess left by the commies in East Germany. Hint: They're not done.
        It's not for nothing that 'reunification' is finding less favor among educated South Koreans; commies always leave messes the rest of us have to clean up

    3. "...Also, a one year suspension would make re-establishing those acres back into CRP next year would be extremely difficult and expensive. He is not a big fan of CRP, and believes it does more harm than good, especially as it severely restricts grazing and haying, despite the fact that grazing would be beneficial, and even looser haying regulations would be more beneficial for wildlife. So, it isn't like he is opposed to this proposal based on ideological basis. Additionally, as we discussed, those fields really should have been sprayed out last fall to prepare them for planting this spring..."

      In SF, we have both the mayor and Newsom pleading with the business-folk to PLEASE BRING the WORKERS BACK!!!!
      Now, neither of these idiots have any even tiny experience at running a business; their concept is that ole meme of "1. Start a business, 2, Something, 3. Bank profits!"
      They imagine that restarting a business is as simple as shutting it down; the issues regarding supply sources, labor and (re) attracting customers are as foreign to them as, oh, forming a rational thought.
      Biden leads a dismal crowd.

      1. Well most Americans seem, if Daveca's post is any indication (and I've seen a lot of others who are just as ungrounded in reality) to believe that agriculture is that you can plant whatever you want, wherever you want and it will magically show up at the supermarket. They don't realize if you are growing corn on those acres, you can't plant wheat on them at the same time (especially as they have different growing times to maturation, ones a cool season grass and the other a warm season grass, one takes 90-120 days to maturation, the other 150-60 days to maturation, it's kind of hard to harvest two crops from the same field when they ripen at different).

        1. "Well most Americans seem, if Daveca's post is any indication (and I've seen a lot of others who are just as ungrounded in reality) to believe that agriculture is that you can plant whatever you want, wherever you want and it will magically show up at the supermarket..."

          Not sure of the proportion of the general populace, but that idiocy is endemic in most (current) elected regarding any sort of productive effort.
          In SF, not a single member of the BoS, nor the mayor has ever worked for a living outside of government; meaning they've never had what most of us would consider 'a job' where they could be fired for incompetence. Further, they have no idea of what re-starting a business (including Ag) entails; in their imbecility, they assume if you can flip the switch to turn if off, well, it should be easy to get the same result flipping it the other way.
          Anecdote: We need a new range. Called and new ones are months on back order; the mfrs are lacking the chips to complete and ship them.
          To be clear, I doubt seriously that sourcing them from Taiwan is the issue, or a bad idea (comparative advantage is good and attempts at autarchy fail; the later is a 'planned economy'); the issue is (and will continue to be) turning over large portions of our economy to politicians' 'planning'.
          Want huge numbers of empty containers where they aren’t needed? Want traffic jams of container ships off the CA coast? Want to put up with crummy meals since restaurants closed? Want shelves empty and inflation besides? Want a range before Thanksgiving and can't get it?
          Easy: let even very smart people try to ‘plan’ the economy, let alone econ-ignoramuses like Fauci, Newsom and Cuomo.
          Planned economies DO NOT WORK!

          1. Our church ordered and paid for a new commercial refrigerator, because ours stopped working, last November. It still hasn't arrived. We spent money the church really didn't have as offerings have been depressed, first due to COVID restrictions, then due to decreased farm incomes due to the drought (yeah we got more for grain but we grew a lot less, calf prices were up but hay and feed prices were up even more.

            1. Planned economies DO NOT WORK!

  17. Land of the free...

    https://voiceofsandiego.org/2022/03/07/state-agency-conducted-mask-raids-interviewed-preschoolers-alone/

    During the investigation, regulators separated children and interviewed them without familiar adults present in isolated rooms. Many Aspen Leaf parents said they believed such severe tactics were only meant to be used in child abuse investigations.

  18. NBC news is reporting that delivering fighter aircraft to Ukraine is proving to be logistically very difficult, that it's much easier to deliver handheld weapons than jet fighters. Who would have thought that? Other than anyone with half a functional brain, that is.

    1. You mean you don't just get them all into your studio where you've hidden the keys to their own F-18s under the seat?

      You get an F-18! And you get an F-18! And you get an F-18!

    2. Call the Afghans and ask for droolin' Joe's leftovers from them.

  19. In other news, Fox is celebrating Ukraine shooting down to Russian fighters over Kiev. Only 730 give or take to go now.

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