One of the things I pride myself on here on this blog is to ferret out the rumors behind the news, as Firesign Theater would put it. If you realized that when China bought up one third of the entire US Pork production ability several years ago, the final result of that would be food shortages here in CONUS. And guess what pork lovers, my first link says exactly that.
Americans could soon find it harder to bring home the bacon.
Virginia-based pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc., maker of bacon, ham and sausages, says the United States could face a bacon and ham shortage next year, as the spread of a pig-killing disease in China starts affecting the global market, according to reports.
The deadly hog disease that hit parts of Africa and Europe has spread across Asia infecting millions of pigs. As a result, prices of pork in China — home to half the world’s pig population — have skyrocketed.
And the U.S. could be affected next year if China is forced to increase imports as a result of the shortage, Arnold Silver, director of raw materials procurement at Smithfield, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WH Group of China, told Bloomberg. What’s more, China’s pork production will reportedly be down more than 32 million tons by next year.
Meanwhile, in the DUH Category we are told by the British Press that Erdogan the Ottoman Pretender really did know he was shelling American troops. You thunk the Turkish artillery crews knew who they were lighting up their fellow NATO members or not. I would say of course they did and here is the link.
‘The Turks KNEW we were present’: Pentagon counters Turkish claim that attack on US troops in Syria was ‘a mistake’, as it reveals American soldiers have NOT withdrawn from Syria despite Trump’s orders
American soldiers in northern Syria came under Turkish artillery fire on Friday, but none were wounded
The shelling occurred in Kobani where US Special Forces have been stationed in support of Kurdish troops
Trump ordered that they be removed earlier this week, but some remain in the area during the draw down
The Kurds have been instrumental in fighting both ISIS and the Syrian regime led by the country’s president, Bashar Assad
Turkey however deems the Kurds to be a terrorist group and they want them clear of the border
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed he wants to create a ‘safe zone’ and ‘save’ two million Syrian refugees who are in the middle of the fighting
Republicans have voiced fury at Trump over withdrawal and warned Turkish invasion will lead to atrocities against Kurds
Published: 16:38 EDT, 11 October 2019 | Updated: 23:34 EDT, 11 October 2019
The Pentagon says that Turkey knew that U.S. troops were present in the area of northern Syria that came under artillery fire from Turkish positions on Friday.
In warning Turkey on Friday following the shelling, the Department of Defense appeared to reject Ankara’s claims that its soldiers accidentally launched shells which fell just a few hundred meters from an American observation post in northern Syria.
While no American forces were wounded, the incident highlights the risks to U.S. troops as Turkey wages an offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish militia.
‘The explosion occurred within a few hundred meters of a location outside the Security Mechanism zone and in an area known by the Turks to have U.S. forces present,’ Navy Captain Brook DeWalt, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.