Rumen Porodzanov: Tools for Supporting Young Farmers should Become more Effective

Ensuring generational renewal in farming was the focus of the informal meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers held in Sofia on 4-5 June 2018. In the context of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020, the ministers discussed challenges related to the aging of the agricultural labour population and to rural depopulation.

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Animal Rights Activists Endanger Chickens in Massive ‘Rescue’

Animal rights activists forcibly broke into a farm supplying Whole Foods with eggs and stole chickens in broad daylight last week. Local farmers worry that in their zeal to save chickens the activists actually endangered them.

The Direct Action Everywhere “rescue,” which involved hundreds of activists transported to Petaluma, California, on seven buses on May 29, comes as the latest action targeting Whole Foods or businesses connected with the supermarket giant.

“They were bused in,” Toni Brooks, a neighbor of the targeted Sunrise Farms property, told The American Spectator of the estimated 300 to 400 activists descending on the city about an hour north of San Francisco. “They marched up the street with signs saying, ‘Funeral Procession.’”

Brooks’s husband Phil, also a local farmer, found the rhetoric confusing given that the poultry on the targeted farm produce eggs and not meat.

“All of them are for eggs,” Brooks told The American Spectator. “There are no meat birds here. They were yelling at us that we were ‘baby eaters’ because we eat eggs.”

The protesters came from Animal Liberation Conference 2018, an event hosted by the Save Movement and Direct Action Everywhere at the University of California, Berkeley. Wayne Hsiung, the cofounder of Direct Action Everywhere, laid out the group’s purpose to activists immediately before the event, cryptically labeled “Action #4” on the conference schedule. He told them that they traveled to Petaluma to rescue sick birds before leading a march up a road. The action resulted in 40 arrests.

“They got down into the chickens before the police got there,” Phil Brooks, who confronted the activists, explained to The American Spectator. “They pried the door open using crowbars. This is a steel building — brand new, million-dollar building. The employees inside tried to hold the doors closed.

“They barged their way in and there were women who were employees — they were grabbing the women and throwing them down, out of the way. The women tried to hold them back but they just kept pushing the women out of the way and they went right on in.”

In another building, the activists absconded with a dozen to several dozen chickens. They draped white cloths around the chickens they labeled sick or injured and black cloths around dead ones.

The farm houses several hundred thousand chickens. By entering the farm without a foot bath or other standard precautions, the activists, critics say, threatened with sickness the very birds they claimed to save from sickness.

“All farms in today’s world are very high biosecurity,” fifth-generation farmer Trent Loos explains to The American Spectator. “You cannot afford to let anybody to come on your farm. People can put the entire population of chickens in jeopardy.”

As they ignored farm-specific customs to protect animals, the activists dismissed civilizational ones to protect people, as well.

“The women and the guys were going in between these vans and using it as a bathroom,” Phil Brooks explains of the makeshift, open-air bathroom on the farmer’s property. “Oh, yeah. One guy, I yelled at him. I said, ‘Hey, what are you wiping yourself with?’ It was totally unsanitary and uncalled for. There was garbage all over, plastic bottles from water, and whatever they were eating.”

Brooks concedes that, after prodding from him and other locals, the protesters thoroughly policed their trash. But they drew a line, and flashed a “peace” sign, when asked to remove their excrement.

Apart from livestreaming the event, the protesters invited the local media and dispatched drones to document from the skies. But farmers say that, despite the extensive preparations to chronicle the action, the demonstrators never bothered to educate themselves on the proper hygienic protocols for close encounters with farm animals.

“In the United States and in California, cows, hogs, and chickens have received viruses from immigrants, where the people passed a virus to the animals,” Loos points out. “H1N1, for instance, was passed from the people to the animals.”

Local farmers find out in the coming weeks that if an action taken to save animals results instead in widespread animal deaths.

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De Blasio Wants to Scrap Admissions Testing for Elite High Schools

Mayor de Blasio unveiled a plan Saturday to boost black and Latino enrollment at the city’s eight specialized high schools — and he wants to scrap admissions tests outright.

In an op-ed for education-news site Chalkbeat, de Blasio announced that 20 percent of seats at those eight schools would be reserved for low-income applicants.

Kids in the Department of Education’s Discovery Program who score just below the admissions cut-off would be given one of those saved seats, according to the plan.

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“The Specialized High School Admissions Test isn’t just flawed — it’s a roadblock to justice, progress and academic excellence,” he wrote. {snip}

“With these reforms, we expect our premier public high schools to start looking like New York City,” he wrote. “Approximately 45 percent of students would be Latino or black.”

Under the current system, Asian kids predominate at the city’s top high schools. They make up 74 percent of the population at Stuyvesant, 66 percent at Bronx Science and 61 percent at Brooklyn Tech. At Queens HS for Science at York College, 82 percent are Asian.

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De Blasio has attributed racial disparities to the accessibility of test-prep classes and tutors to economically advantaged families.

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But Brooklyn Tech Alumni President Larry Cary has said, “The solution isn’t to kill the test. It’s to improve the quality of education offered in African-American and Latino communities.”

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At least 60 percent of kids at three of the specialized schools are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, according to DOE data.

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Louisiana Governor Signs Knife Law Reform, Removes Switchblade Ban

Louisiana Governor Signs Knife Law Reform, Removes Switchblade Ban
Louisiana Governor Signs Knife Law Reform, Removes Switchblade Ban

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- On 25 May, 2018, Governor Edwards of Louisiana signed HB 892 into law. The bill now becomes ACT 341, which reforms Louisiana knife law, removing a 1950’s era ban on switchblades.  From wafb.com:

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) –

On Friday, May 25, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed 79 bills into new laws.

The bills he signed are as follows:

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ACT 341 – HB 892 Provides relative to the illegal carrying of certain knives.

The wording of HB892, now ACT 341, is as shown at legiscan.   From legiscan.com:

(4)(a)
The manufacture, ownership, possession, custody or use intentional concealment on one’s person of any switchblade knife, spring knife, or other knife or similar instrument having a blade which may be automatically unfolded or extended from a handle by the manipulation of a button, switch, latch, or similar contrivance located on the handle. Section 2. R.S. 14:95(J) is hereby repealed in its entirety.


CODING:
Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored are additions.

The legislative history of R.S 14:95 indicates the switchblade ban was put into place in 1956. The banning of switchblade knives was based on a propaganda campaign initiated in New York by Congressman James J. Delaney. Congressman Delany made a name for himself by pushing emotional appeals to ban switchblade knives, claiming that they were only useful for crime. Other New York politicians joined him. The same arguments used by the knife banners are in use today by current activists pushing for a disarmed population. From 1958, arguing for a national ban on switchblade knives, Senator Frank J. Pino:

New York State Senator Frank J. Pino of Brooklyn had a glib rebuttal for the sportsman angle. He testified, “Actually, these knives are, I would say inherently dangerous, they have only one purpose. They are just deadly. They are lethal weapons, and they are suited for crime, that is all they are suited for. So that the sportsmen really have nothing substantial to complain about. But they do complain. It is an emotional thing with them, somehow.

Sound familar? It should. Substitute “assault weapons” for knives and the same paragraph would fit in perfectly with the emotional arguments being pushed today to ban semi-automatic rifles. In 1958, there were plenty of semi-automatic rifles available. They could be freely ordered through the mail. So could anti-aircraft cannon, anti-tank cannon, and ammunition. But crime was very low, and the understanding of the limits of the Commerce clause was still relatively strong.

It was understood that the federal govenment could not regulate commerce inside of state borders.  That is why federal legislation was restricted to banning importation of switchblade knives and banning interstate transportation of switchblade knives. Even the interstate transport ban was recognized by the Department of Justice as problematic, and expansive of federal power. From knife-expert.com:

Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers wrote, “The Department of Justice is unable to recommend enactment of this legislation. 

 “The committee may wish to consider whether the problem to which this legislation is addressed is one properly within the police powers of the various States. As you know, Federal law now prohibits the interstate transportation of certain inherently dangerous articles such as dynamite and nitroglycerin on carriers also transporting passengers. The instant measures would extend the doctrine upon which such prohibitions are based by prohibiting the transportation of a single item which is not inherently dangerous but requires the introduction of a wrongful human element to make it so. “Switchblade knives in the hands of criminals are, of course, potentially dangerous weapons. However, since they serve useful and even essential purposes in the hands of persons such as sportsmen, shipping clerks, and others engaged in lawful pursuits, the committee may deem it preferable that they be regulated at the State rather than the Federal level.”

In the end, the power of yellow journalism to create crises where none existed, triumphed. Congress passed the federal ban, following the example of several states. A pattern for the passage of national laws based on an emotion driven, media favored agenda, had been created.

Louisiana has joined the trend of reversing that injustice. The number of states that still ban switchblade knives is growing smaller and smaller.

It has taken six decades, likely confiscations of millions of knives from people who never harmed anyone; thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of lives ruined by arrests and convictions that served no useful purpose.

It is an object lesson in bad legislation.

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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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First Peoples: two ancient ancestries ‘reconverged’ with settling of South America

New research using ancient DNA finds that a population split after people first arrived in North America was maintained for millennia before mixing again before or during the expansion of humans into the southern continent. The lab-based science should only be a part of the research.

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London Proves Once Again How Weapons Laws Are Useless

London became something of a laughing stock when they banned the carrying of knives. It seems that while the law-abiding citizens of London were already disarmed, the criminals in the city weren’t and were using knives to wreak havoc on the defenseless population.

So, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that the carrying of knives was to be banned.

How did that work out? You tell me.

Well, isn’t that special. From the Daily Mail’s story on YouTube:

A cyclist wielding a huge ‘zombie’ knife tried to smash a motorist’s window during a terrifying rush hour road rage row in front of stunned London commuters. Dashcam footage captures the horrifying moment the young man sprinted after a Volkswagen Polo on a busy high street in Croydon before trying to break through the driver’s side window in a frenzied attack. The chilling attack comes amid a knife crime epidemic in London that has so far claimed 43 lives this year.

I’m not going to comment on the driving because, well, England is weird when it comes to cars. They’re all tiny, and they drive on the wrong side of the road and…it’s just weird.

But not quite as weird as someone whipping out a knife that Rambo would be proud of trying to attack the driver. Clearly, this isn’t possible. Carrying knives is illegal, and everyone knows that you don’t break the law, right? It’s just impossible!

Or, maybe–hear me out here–those who are inclined toward violence will disobey any law they want to and justify it however they want to. They’re simply going to act out violently with whatever weapon they can get their hands on and guess what? The innocent victim was completely defenseless. He had no recourse but to either stay and be killed or run for his life.

And these are the options many people want for us Americans. They want us to either run for our lives or to be slaughtered by maniacs wielding whatever weapons they choose, lambs to the slaughter.

This is also why so many of us refuse to budge on the issue of guns. We know that the bad guys will always have weapons. We want to make sure we have them ourselves. The difference is that I can put a gun in the hands of a 98-pound individual and they could take down someone the size of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I wouldn’t count on that happening with a knife.

Laws like these that London has embraced, and that so many Americans seem to want for us, don’t make people safer. They endanger those who most need protecting. They make them vulnerable rather than empower them. They create victims, not survivors.

When anti-weapon fanatics target a particular weapon, they’re only looking at the weapon itself. They’re failing to look at the ramifications over the long term. Maybe they don’t care. I don’t know, and I don’t care.

What I do care about is the video above. That’s our future if we’re not careful. We’re going to be that guy in the blue car, scared out of our minds because some guy with a knife striving for machete status is banging on our window and seemingly desperate to get at us.

It’s why we must fight and why we must fight smart. We can’t afford to lose.

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More At Play In Iceland’s Lack Of Murders By Gun Than Laws

Every time the media wants to push for new gun laws, they look to Europe. They find a low-crime European nation and then point out how their gun laws make everything better.

Most recently, NBC News decided to look to Iceland. The country hasn’t had anyone killed with a gun since 2007 and does allow civilian ownership of firearms. At least to a point. Of course, people there attribute that to their gun laws and apparently, so does NBC News.

Like many of his countrymen, Olaf Garðar Garðarsson is eager to get his hands on a rifle.

But he can’t just walk into a store and buy one. Instead, he is sitting through a mandatory four-hour lecture on the history and physics of the firearm.

This is Iceland — the gun-loving nation that hasn’t experienced a gun-related murder since 2007.

“For us, it would be really strange if you could get a license to buy a gun and you had no idea how to handle it,” says Garðarsson, 28, a mechanical engineer. “I would find it very odd if [a gun owner] had never even learned which is the pointy end and which is the trigger end.”

Iceland is a sparsely populated island in the northern Atlantic. Its tiny population of some 330,000 live on a landmass around the size of Kentucky.

St. Louis, Missouri, which has a population slightly smaller than Iceland’s, had 193 homicides linked to firearms last year.

Icelanders believe the rigorous gun laws on this small, remote volcanic rock can offer lessons to the United States.

And I think Icelanders don’t understand what the real difference is between the United States and Iceland.

Iceland and the United States are very different when it comes to key issues, namely those of culture. Iceland is culturally homogenous, with 94 percent of its population coming from Norse or Celtic roots and only six percent coming from some other group. Because of this, the Icelandic culture is easily dominant, making those who come from other cultures step up and adhere to the social rules of their new nation as much as the civil and criminal rules. The fact that the culture has been there, more or less, for over a thousand years solidifies that in a lot of minds. While that culture has changed over the years, it’s still there, and it drives society.

Meanwhile, the United States is culturally diverse. It’s encouraged for people of different groups to develop their own cultural identity for the most part. As a result, you have multiple sets of cultural rules that come into being within the same borders. Also, immigrants aren’t encouraged to embrace American culture and are instead permitted and even encouraged to hold onto their own culture despite living in a new nation.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does create some unique problems. This is especially true when a number of factors combine to create a criminal culture such as gangs which thrive in so many of our urban centers, including St. Louis.

Iceland has been without a firearm related homicide since 2007, but Mexico–who has much tougher gun laws than Iceland–hasn’t been able to go more than a few minutes at a time without there being a murder.

Here’s the thing, though. Iceland doesn’t have to worry about that culture seeping across its borders. We do.

Even if Iceland simply handed every citizen a gun, they’d still have a ridiculously low homicide rate. Their culture doesn’t currently have anything quite like the drug-related criminal activity that we do.

To be fair to NBC News, they don’t just present one side of things. They even admit that Iceland’s system can’t just be transposed into ours.

It would be misleading to suggest that the model in Iceland — a small country where income inequality is low — could be seamlessly transposed onto the U.S.

Most guns here are used for hunting or competitive shooting. Crime of any nature is so infrequent that few if anyone argues that they need to own a weapon for self-defense.

“The system in the U.S. is so different to the one we have here,” says Sveinbjörnsson, the police spokesman.

The truth is, while the media likes to argue that no nation in the developed world has the problems we do when it comes to violence, they also forget that the United States is the gateway to the developed world for millions. We take in all types from all different places and, frankly, we don’t do that good of a job keeping out those who may not have the American Dream in mind when they cross the border, especially since many are crossing that border illegally.

And, to be honest, that’s just one aspect of the coin.

The truth of the matter is that the whole situation is incredibly complex and few, if anyone, is willing to delve into the roots of violence in this country to try and determine just why we have these problems. NBC News suggests income inequality may be at play, and I think that plays a factor. In particular, the way income inequality is reported on and discussed, but that’s another topic for another day.

The truth is, it’s not that cut and dry, and mentioning it halfway down the story that it isn’t is just another way to try and obscure that reality.

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Wyoming Approves First Grizzly Hunt In Over 40 Years

Grizzly bears are probably the baddest of the bears, at least in most of North America. While they’re often not what some people like to think, they’re still fairly aggressive, especially when compared to black bears, and will definitely put a hurting on your weekend plans if you screw around with them. However, they’ve also been a threatened species for some time.

However, the population of grizzly bears has been rebounding. It’s rebounding so well that Wyoming will host the first legal grizzly hunt since 1975.

After exceeding recovery expectations while protected by the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials in Wyoming approved the first grizzly bear hunt to take place in the lower 48 states since 1975.

WGFD has been floating the idea around for several months, and has even hosted a number of public meetings across the state to give folks an opportunity for their opinions to be heard on the proposed 2018 Wyoming grizzly bear hunt.

In the end, the commission unanimously voted 7-0, re-wrote and implemented a final set of regulations, and approved the grizzly bear hunt for this fall.

WGFD highlighted a number of things hunters need to know about the hunt:

  • The Department shall generate grizzly bear license issuance lists for hunt areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Separate license issuance lists shall be generated based on the residency of applicants for a grizzly bear license. A computer random number selection shall be utilized to determine name placement on the grizzly bear license issuance lists. When a hunting opportunity exists for hunt areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, licenses shall be issued to individuals on the license issuance lists for a specified ten (10) day hunting period as designated and at the direction of the Department. The Department shall issue at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the available licenses to residents prior to issuing a nonresident license. Licenses shall be issued until mortality limits are reached or until the close of the season.
  • The application period for the grizzly bear license issuance lists and limited quota drawing shall be July 2, 2018 through July 16, 2018. Completed applications shall only be submitted through the Department Electronic Licensing Service.
  • After the drawings for the grizzly bear license issuance lists are completed, the Department shall contact applicants in the order of their ranking on the lists and advise them of the possible opportunity to hunt grizzly bears. The Department shall continue to contact applicants on the lists until ten (10) applicants accept the possible opportunity to hunt grizzly bears.
  • Applicants on the grizzly bear license issuance list who are offered and accept an opportunity to participate in the grizzly bear hunt shall be advised of a specified ten (10) day hunting period during which their license shall be valid. Licenses to hunt grizzly bears in hunt areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 shall be valid for a single ten (10) day hunt period as specified by the Department and shall not be subject to renewal or hunt period extension.

These are just a few of the listed regulations on the WGFD website, so please take the time to read through all of them at your convenience.

For hunters, this is good news.

Contrary to what animal rights activists like to think, this is good news for the grizzly bear as well. Hunters are typically conservationists. While they like to eat what they kill, as a general rule, they also want to hunt these species for ages to come. They want these populations to be large and healthy, but not so large they endanger humans.

It sounds like the grizzly population is doing well and, in time, will do even better.

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