WSJ: Amazon slashing prices on grocery items

FROM WSJ

The Retail King

Amazon said it would begin slashing prices on grocery items from bananas to baby kale at its new Whole Foods Market unit right away, serving notice that the e-commerce giant plans to move quickly to shake up the supermarket industry with its $13.7 billion acquisition. The announcement Thursday, which sent stocks of traditional grocers into a fresh tailspin, said price changes for staples and more high-end foods would go into effect as soon as the deal closes on Monday. The company also said its Amazon Prime program, which analysts estimate has more than 60 million members, will become Whole Foods’s customer-rewards program. Stocks for six large food retailers, including Kroger and Wal-Mart, lost around $12 billion in value after the announcement. Grocers and investors say they are concerned that Amazon could start a price war.

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Aren’t lower prices good for ALL consumers?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Let the “free market” operate; you can’t manipulate people

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-park-services-botched-bottle-ban-1503616147?mod=djemMER

OPINION REVIEW & OUTLOOK
The Park Service’s Botched Bottle Ban
Obama’s behavioral economists must have been on vacation.
By The Editorial Board
Aug. 24, 2017 7:09 p.m. ET

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Vacationers can now buy bottled water in national parks, after the Trump Administration this month ended an Obama-era policy that sought to reduce plastic waste. Environmentalists responded with predictable outrage, but reversing the ban is healthier and greener.

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The teachable moment turns out to be a lesson in the law of unintended consequences.

Appeared in the August 25, 2017, print edition.

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The “free market” is a slippery thing. It’s like water. It finds its own level.

Argh!

Only Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats think they can “outsmart” the consumer.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Can DNA open eyes?

http://mailchi.mp/exponentialview/ev127?e=fa5da2e308

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https://www.statnews.com/2017/08/16/white-nationalists-genetic-ancestry-test/

White nationalists in America are flocking to DNA tests. They don’t always like the results.

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I thought this was a hoot.

It just goes to show you that when folks get a scientific fact they don’t like, they can quibble until they get one they do like.

My question for these … … “interesting individuals” is would you take a transfusion from a black human being to save your life? (You could ask the same question in reverse. My answer is “hell yes” and be eternally grateful to the donor.)

Perhaps, these finding could change some hearts and minds?

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TINFOILHAT: Herbert Philbrick and the Kennedy assassination

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/jacob-hornberger/figuring-jfk-murder-coup/

Figuring Out The Kennedy Assassination
By Jacob G. Hornberger
The Future of Freedom Foundation
August 18, 2017

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The official story of the Kennedy assassination is that he was killed by a former U.S. Marine, lone-nut, communist assassin named Lee Harvey Oswald.

The big problem, however, is that the official story has never comported with much of the circumstantial evidence in the case nor with common sense, reason, and logic. That’s why no one has ever been able to come up with a credible motive for Oswald to kill Kennedy.

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In the 1950s, there was a famous television series called I Led Three Lives, which is based on a book of the same name by a man named Herbert Philbrick. The series revolved around an American man who posed as a communist but who was actually a FBI agent. The man’s job was to infiltrate communist cells that were supposedly operating here in the United States and secretly report their activities to the FBI.

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Was Oswald in fact an U.S. intelligence agent whose secret portrayal as a communist was used to frame him for assassinating the president? As I show in my ebook Regime Change: The JFK Assassination, that’s the only thesis by which all the mysteries, anomalies, inconsistencies, and contradictions disappear. It’s the only thesis by which all the pieces of circumstantial evidence fall into place in the Kennedy assassination.

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I remember watching that “I Led Three Lives”. Very powerful TV propaganda.

Well, why I am not ready to say this theory makes everything problematic disappear, it certainly seem plausible.

I’m too old to think “We, The Sheeple” will ever learn the “truth”.

I’m too cynical to believe the official story.

I’m disgusted that the “facts” haven’t come out.

And, I’m annoyed that “We, The Sheeple” don’t really care.

Sigh! So sad.

This is how the American Experiment dies, from the ignorance and apathy of the citizens.

Trump’s current troubles with a “leaky” and fiercely oppositional bureaucracy is indicative of how much power the Deep State has over the levers of Gooferment.

Argh!

The remedy is secession and break it up.

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VOCABULARY: “backronym” — the word was picked first, then an acronym written to fit it

http://www.rd.com/culture/common-acronyms/

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The USA PATRIOT Act stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (seriously). Linguists call this a “backronym”—the word “Patriot” was likely picked first, then an acronym written to fit it.

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POLITICAL: Pronounced the Afghan War unwinnable

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/eric-margolis/trump-emulate-gorbachev/

US Generals Want to Extend Our Longest War
By Eric Margolis
August 5, 2017

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Trump had better come up with a better idea.  My solution to the 17-year war:  emulate the example of the courageous Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.  He pronounced his Afghan War unwinnable, told his angry generals to shut up, and ordered the Red Army out of the war in Afghanistan.

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I voted for DJT45 with zero expectations. He was “the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral”. I’d hoped that he would make peace with the Russians, revoke all the various regulations that have the American economy tied up in knots, and prevent the Congress from doing anything more stupid than they usually do.

So far, the stalemate suits me just fine. 

I would like peace and prosperity.

Ending Afghanistan would be an EXCELLENT foreign policy.

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RANT: The end of “football”?

Game Over?

It seems crazy to imagine the end of football. The game is so beloved, so profitable, and, frankly, such a cultural mirror that it feels like a permanent feature of American life. There are many franchises and schools with a deep interest in football’s continued prosperity. The game is a godsend for the entertainment industry. All of which is why if football ever vanishes, it will likely vanish from within—from the players and their parents. This past week a disturbing medical study was released showing brain damage in the brains of 110 of 111 deceased NFL players. Shortly afterward, a Ph.D.-candidate offensive lineman in Baltimore abruptly retired at age 26. Sports columnist Jason Gay explores what the report means for the future of the sport.

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Certainly can’t ask men to risk their brains for a “game”. No matter how much money it makes!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Pilot lands plane ‘blind’

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/pilot-lands-plane-blind-after-giant-hailstones-shatter-cockpit-windscreen/news-story/9ffbdc793087b28340b988f2d71b3720

Pilot lands plane ‘blind’ after giant hailstones shatter cockpit windscreen
AUGUST 1, 2017 11:31AM

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A voice on the ground is heard saying: “He won’t do it, he won’t do it.”

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Is there a “Sully Award” for the most astounding feat with an airplane?

If there is, these guys should get it. I’d like to know how they did it.

For the voice on the ground, I’m reminded of this quote.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — George Bernard Shaw

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