Supplement to Roses Are Red; Cup and stakes entries due Tuesday

Australian pacing mare Firebby A has quickly made a name for herself in North America and her connections have opted to take a shot at the best by supplementing to the upcoming Roses Are Red Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A 6-year-old, Firebby A arrived in North America a few months ago and has since proceeded to win four consecutive starts.

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Bayer, a German pharmaceutical and chemical company, has won approval from the US Justice Department to buy agricultural giant Monsanto

 

Part of a market is informing the public about what is going on. Here we see two big time crony companies coming together to make genetically modified crony babies. (Not human babies. At least not yet. Muhahahaha!) Monsanto, after perhaps Goldman Sachs is the cronyist non-defense company out there. (There are a bunch that challenge for this position though.)

Saying this, the gist of the attached article is that farmers (who are big time crony players themselves, just look at what gets through the Farm Bill every 2 years) are going to see higher prices. On this point we have little sympathy. This happens from time to time. Also farming is a giant ball of crony capitalism where the market is so warped it’s very difficult to see who is right and who is wrong.

We just know that taxpayer funded subsidies, cushy government defined deals, and predatory regulation are wrong and everyone’s to blame here.

(From The Business Insider)

A blockbuster deal between Bayer and Monsanto is moving ahead.

Under a proposed settlement filed on Tuesday, Bayer agreed to sell its seed and herbicide businesses to German chemical company BASF — a move the US Department of Justice required for the deal’s approval.

Bayer and Monsanto first announced the $60 billion deal in September 2016, saying the move would boost agriculture research and innovation.

“By the time 2050 rolls around, the world will have 10 billion people, and the demand for food will double,” Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s outgoing chief technology officer, told Business Insider last year. “The whole point here is that the business combination between Monsanto and Bayer will allow the companies to invest in and create more innovation, and it’s going to take a huge amount of innovation in order to double the world’s food supply.”

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City Council Faces Final Vote on Tax Rate

Memphis City Council members could start to wrap up the budget season Tuesday, June 5, with third and final-reading votes on the city property tax rate and a resolution approving the city’s capital budget. A vote on the city’s operating budget on June 19 council before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year would close out the budget season.

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This Week In Livable Streets

Tuesday is election day! There is plenty more going on all week – from Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to LURN’s conference to Legacies of the Street. Plus bike rides, and more! Monday 6/4 – The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition will host its monthly meeting tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. at PBWS Architecture at 234 E. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 700.

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Jeb Bladine: Memories from a half-century ago

Tuesday, it will have been exactly 50 years since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated at a presidential campaign appearance in California. I don’t remember where I was when I heard the news, but for me, it had an oversize influence in a year of high-impact events.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Cordray Discusses Small-Business Policy in Cleveland

The Democratic nominee for Ohio governor, Richard Cordray, toured a manufacturing site in Cleveland Tuesday. The former federal consumer watchdog talked about small-business policy.

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2 Air Force wings to re-enact D-Day on social media

CHARLESTON, S.C. - D-Day will stand for “Digital Day” this year as two Air Force wings use social media Tuesday and Wednesday as if the turning point of World War II is happening in real time, 74 years after Allied troops stormed French beaches and began to sweep toward Germany.

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