Mar232020

"May you live in interesting times"

There is no more important influence of prices than supply and demand. Rooted in the core of capitalistic system is this price discovery method of supply and demand.

It like seems like every time I even type the word capitalism lately some part of my brain winces in fear of the incoming flak from some readers.

However, capitalism and its pricing mechanism of supply and demand are benign in reality. Both the system of capitalism and its mechanism supply and demand is, in the simplest of terms, people buying at the price they are willing to pay from sellers selling at the price they are willing to take.

Pretty simple stuff really and whether one is a supporter of capitalism or a detractor of it, both sides of the argument practice it almost every single day of their lives.

A no-more near perfect example of supply and demand and its effect on prices is the recent 25% price thumping of West Texas crude oil on March 9th. One could say it was caused by both the Russians and the Saudis, for if either one hadn’t acted, the price of oil would have likely remained calm. But both did.

Russia, a non-member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began the party by refusing to cut oil production by half a million barrels a day, a request by the consortium of oil producers in response to the falling demand worldwide caused by consumer inactivity in response to the Corona virus.

The Saudis, angered by Russia refusal to cooperate in an orderly cut-back, retaliated by opening the spigots, signaling the first shot in a price war that comes with a double whammy. Increasing supply while demand is falling. The double and synergistic action of supplying more oil while demand is falling yanks both sides of the price curve, essentially providing twice the reason for an exaggerated and historic price collapse.

The 25% price drop was one of the steepest in history, surpassed only by the 31% trouncing oil took in 1991, when the U.S. launched “Desert Storm”, the military move designed to force Iraq from Kuwait. During that event, in an apparent relief price move, the market sold off on the news, anticipating a resolution to the previous spike in oil prices Iraq’s move into the region caused months earlier.

This time around West Texas crude, a benchmark type of oil among the many versions of sold, ended up the day at $31.13 a barrel. The good news is such a price reduction benefits the economy by an estimated one trillion dollars in savings. The markets however saw it as a sign of the times, which is a continued erosion in spending by the consumer as social interaction of all kinds grind to a halt because of contagion fears.

The Dow fell a record setting 2000 plus points by days’ end, setting a single day point drop record, shell shocking analysts and investors alike. March 10 brought a rebound both in oil prices and the Dow, with the Dow rising more than a 1000 points. Short lived, the following day the Saudis vowed even more production sending oil back to the doldrums it saw two days prior.

The lower oil prices will benefit the obvious heavy users of oil products such as the airlines and other transportation companies.  The consumer will also benefit from lower gas prices and the likely fall in prices of the myriad of products produced by petroleum and its derivatives.

For the time being however, the collapse of oil signifies just another symptom of a sick and getting sicker world economy caused by the decrease in social interaction and travel brought on by the increasing fear of the event that is the Covid-19 pandemic.

This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and should not as individual investment advice. No one can predict market movements. Investing involves risk. You can lose money. Mr. Cuniberti is an investment advisor representative through Cambridge investor research visors Inc. a registered investment advisor or can be contacted at SMC WEALTH MANAGEMENT, 164 Maple St. Number one, Auburn, CA 95603 530-559-1214 SMC and Cambridge are not affiliated. His website is MONEYMANAGEMENTRADIO.COM    California insurance license 0L34249

By Don Rae

  • * They couldn’t get Trump with impeachment. So the next Democrat gambit is Coronavirus. Remember your history. 60 million Americans were infected by the Swine Flu with 274,000 hospitalized and 12,000 deaths. No media panic. No trash talk about Obama. No travel ban. Nothing.
  • * The usual suspects in the California bureaucracy want to force us to do everything in our power to destroy the earth. The latest gambit is the law which mandates that half the vehicles sold in the State must be electric. The mileage stickers on the window are totally misleading. They don’t tell you how much lithium goes into the manufacture of the car’s battery. Were you aware that it takes half a million gallons of water to extract each ton of the mineral which is depleting Chile’s already drought-prone aquifer? That is just one component of anti-environmental cost to bring your electric car to the showroom.
  • * To go further with the craziness in Sacramento, the State requires utility companies to spend some $800 million annually to buy alternative fuel. Think of the additional safety management of facilities in fire-prone areas that could be financed with that money.
  • * Last shot at Sacramento for today. The bullet train is now estimated to cost $1.3 billion more than previously announced. Why? The so-called high-speed rail will never be high speed and the ridership will be nil.
  • * In 2018 San Francisco had more than 31,000 car break-ins.  The police only had a 1.6% arrest rate.  In fact, the police in many cities no longer investigate or arrest people for breaking into a car.  In the “City By the Bay”, the theft of items worth less than $950 is no longer a crime. It is only worth a ticket. But the cops do not bother to give out tickets. 
  • Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat, introduced AB2712, which would provide California residents over the age of 18 with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month. Of course taxes and the cost of goods and services will go up to pay for this giveaway. 
  • * Ignorant snowflakes encourage Blacks to vote Democrat because their ancestors were not allowed to vote. What the snowflakes don’t say is that it was the Democrats who kept Blacks from voting back then.
  • Utah school officials told 6th grade girls who were attending a dance event they would not be allowed to say no when a boy asked them to dance. Is this what we are teaching our girls…that they can’t say no when they are older and are asked to do something more than dance?
  • * All you have to do is study history. A single example should suffice although hundreds of similar examples are found throughout the centuries across the globe. The Little Ice Age not only affected Europe and North America centuries ago, but hit Asia as well. Between 1637 and 1641, China saw the five worst droughts in more than five centuries. * * Added to the climate impact were a series of volcanic eruptions spewing tons of matter into the atmosphere along the ring of fire off the China None of these events were the result of fossil fuel use or cow flatulence, regardless of the ignorant rantings of Greta and her puppeteers. Look back to your history and learn from it.
  • * How is it that the Fed virtually gives away money to the banks but your credit card charges you 21% interest? Unbelievable.
  • * Government can’t even count ballots competently. And you want these same incompetents to be in charge of your health care? Wake up Democrats.
  • * Why is Schumer still in office? If a Republican said of the Supreme Court what he said, the clamor would be deafening – and Coronavirus would be forgotten. Hypocrites.
  • * Have you noticed that military bases are being used to house quarantined folks. The rooms are modern, clean and neat. Why can’t the same facilities be used to house the homeless who could be assisted by all the non-profits and other services until they are ready to join decent society?
  • * In January,1890, Congress convened. The Speaker of the House (Reed, R, Maine) commented on a member which could apply equally today. “They never open their mouth without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” Take heed, Democrats.

By Boots Johnson

 

The storm has arrived and the reservoirs are receiving storage. The rivers will turn brown and the snow will fall in the mountains. All this means better fishing conditions for all of us, regardless of which species of fish you go after. It appears we will see a good fishing year after all.

 

The catfish are on the bite in the Sacramento River at this time. This time of year, especially with the rain making the water on the murky side, is an excellent time to add a delicious catfish fillet to your dinner plans. These fish can be caught on just about any type of bait and they have been known to after live bait as well. One of my favorite baits is chicken livers. It is best to offer enough to get their scent glans excited. I always tied mine onto the hook with thread. It certainly does not hurt to dip the bait in a strong mixture of whatever smells to add to the offering.

 

Rising waters also will improve the catfish success in the Sutter Bypass and all ditches and creeks which empty into them. In the old days we used to throw smelly things in gunny sacks into waters accompanied by some weight to hold it down. After a week or so we would return to the same spot and usually had a couple of catfish ready to be taken. I believe this is now illegal so before you decide to “chum” I strongly recommend you check the regulations.

Striped Bass are currently in the system and are hungry and ready to bend your pole. These fish are amazing in regard to their strength and stamina. A twenty inch fish will appear to be a big one and many of us have screamed and hollered bringing in the “Big One” only to find out it is only a couple inches over the size limit. Sometimes it can be downright embarrassing.

 

As we move into the beginning of the fishing season let us not forget to include the younger generation in our fishing plans. On this topic we recommend safety, patience and lots of help which will make the kids have a great day on the water.

 

Closing thought: “Opportunities to make things better surround us all the time…… if we would only open our eyes.”

Now we are “set” for spring: daffodils have bloomed, we have had some rain, the time has sprung forward. Not time to put in a garden yet, but maybe start some seeds to get ready. Our forsythia bloomed gloriously this week. Iris probably next. Such fun to watch redbud, then dogwood fill our woods. Keep those tomatoes under cover, though.

 

            There are several Peddler’s Fairs planned for the up coming months. Below is a list of the dates, times, locations and set up fees, if any, for each event. There will be reminders and updates as each individual event draws near. #1. April 11th, 9 am – 4 pm, Brownsville Mercantile & Books and More parking lots, Brownsville, no set up fee. #2. May 23, 9 am – 4 pm, Brownsville Mercantile & Books and More parking lots, Brownsville, no set up fee. #3. July 4, 9 am – 4 pm, Brownsville Mercantile & Books and More parking lots, Brownsville, no set up fee. #4. August 1, 9 am – 4 pm, Forbestown Community Park, Forbestown, $35.00 set up fee for support of park and community center up keep. #5. September 5, 9 am – 4 pm, Brownsville Mercantile & Books and More parking lots, Brownsville, no set up fee. If you are interested in setting up a booth at any or all of these events please contact Christine at 530-675-9225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

        Look Back in Time – in 1900 the Challenge post office building was moved with horses, cables and willing hands to a new, much more convenient location west of the hotel (that would have been a sight to see).

 

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

Featuring the voices of: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt,

Rated: PG 

Runtime: 1Hour 45 Minutes

 

         A young elf grows up without his father in a land where technology has taken over the use of magic. When the opportunity arises to bring his father back for one day, he and his brother embark on an epic quest to master the magic and finish the spell.

 

          Onward, earns four out of five, Invisible Bridge Monkeys. The story is refreshingly original and well written. The voice acting is fun to hear and the animation is  fun to watch. The steady stream of laughs and touching moments make this a fun and endearing film. It is worth a trip to see on the big screen and children of all ages should enjoy it. Be sure to bring your, +3 Face Mask of Filtering, to avoid  being out of fashion in todays virus riddled society.

New coronavirus may affect demand for farm products

 

As public health officials grapple with the impacts of the new coronavirus, farmers and agricultural marketers assess the impact on their businesses. Analysts say slower economic growth, reductions in travel and trade slowdowns caused by reactions to the virus could contribute to declining demand for certain farm products. In addition, some agricultural trade missions and conferences have been canceled or postponed. 

 

California-grown cabbage fills St. Patrick's Day market

 

Cabbage has been heading to market for St. Patrick's Day in plentiful supply. California farmers say warm, dry weather during the growing season has caused cabbage to mature rapidly. Wholesale prices have been much lower than at the same time a year ago. Farmers along the Central Coast and in the desert have been harvesting cabbage prior to the holiday. California leads the nation in cabbage production.  

 

California grape crush declined in 2019

 

Fewer grapes were crushed for wine in California last year. A report issued Tuesday says wineries crushed about 4.1 million tons of grapes in 2019, down nearly 9% from a year earlier. The average price earned by grape growers also declined, about two and a half percent. Some grapes went unharvested last year because of an oversupply. Chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon remained the most popular winegrape varieties.

 

Study says wild plants could help their domesticated cousins

 

Wild relatives of crop plants could help crops grow successfully with less fertilizer, according to new research. A professor at the University of California, Riverside, says wild plants can interact more successfully with soil microbes than their domesticated relatives that were bred for high yields. The study indicates that breeding some of those traits back into domesticated crop plants could improve plant growth.

With the market seemingly in free fall once again and for the second time in two years (the first one being fall of 2018) investors must be wringing their hands in frustration. Although the spring and summer of 2018 saw healthy market returns, the fall of 2018 may have wiped them clean. Enter spring 2019 and with a few minor hiccups, investors once again likely saw green in their portfolio balances. 2020 started normal enough. If you can all a Dow new high normal. But the markets are susceptible to what is called Black Swan events. Events that come out of the blue and are rare and unpredictable. An alien invasion would certainly qualify as a Black Swan event as would a Tsunami, 9/11 and a host of other imaginable events.

 

Enter the Corona virus, officially named Covid-19. Out of the blue and creeping stealthily unnoticed at the onset, it has exploded onto the world social and economic stage as a credible threat not only to life and limb but to the global economy as well. Not since the economic implosion of 2008/9 has the world witnessed an event that could have dire effects that span the globe.

 

Pandemics strike to the very core of human frailties and subsequently their fears. Few events can immobilize populations like the fear of catching a deadly contagion. Economically speaking, when people stop moving, so do the economies they support, which is to say every economy where the contagion exists or migrate to.

Unlike one off events that end the same day they start, like a terror attack or natural calamity, a pandemic ends is unknown, and as such, so is its economic effects. It is said markets hate uncertainty. A pandemic certainly is the anthesis of uncertainty.

 

During the historic market fall Corona has caused, investors likely fall victim to what I call the “Headi Mind Trick”. Taking a spin from the Star Wars movies on “JEDI mind trick”, the Headi mind trick can also alter a previous thought, plan or mindset like the JEDI mind trick does.

 

Although investors think they can weather losses and market falls when all is well, the mind plays tricks on investors and advisors alike. Simply put, where resolve to stay the course in market falls once was, the imagination wonders to the “what ifs” that were thought to be reasoned out in one’s mind beforehand. Although temporary market set backs are well handled, continued market falls and or sudden and wicked plunges, such as the one just witnessed, opens up the minds imagination to dark places. Thought of losing it all, what if it doesn’t stop, how much have I lost and how much of my gains did I give back occupy the recesses of the brain where once calm and reasoning once resided. No matter how prepared we are, the mind can fall victim to the trick.

 

And one could argue rightly so. Where reasoning once dwelled, the fact of the matter is although markets historically always recover, who’s to say the next time won’t be different, won’t stop and actually wipe out a good portion or even all of one’s hard earned savings?

 

Although conventional wisdom would say otherwise, and I myself doubt anyone’s entire portfolio could go to zero, there is no guarantee it won’t happen.  More likely than a complete collapse to zero which in my opinion has next to zero chance of happening, is a bad enough wipe out to severely damage portfolio balances. The word “severely” being the key here. From years of handling investor fears and in talking with them over a wide variety of stock market gyrations, few investors could neither stomach nor recover from a 60-80% wipe out. The thought of losses of that magnitude is unthinkable but who is to say it can’t happen?

 

Since the ramifications of a financial setback of that degree would be devastating to say the least, to not have a plan for it could be said to be naïve. Although we hope for the best, we can prepare for the worst, and since the worst case would be a devastating and life altering set back, at least considering a plan of action would be prudent for all investors.

 

It could be a simple as setting a certain percentage as the line in the sand. If you lose this much, you are out, period, end of story.

 

Although few investors have such a plan, considering the ramifications of this “what if” scenario of a massive wipe out, perhaps at least discussing it should be considered. After all should a massive market crash occur, you can be certain the Headi Mind Trick will certainly materialize at some point.

 

Much like a medical directive, such a discussion may be difficult and have little chance of being enacted, but it is suggested we do it none the less.

 

Do you have a plan for a possible devastating fall in the markets?

 

Although the possibility may be remote, the ramifications are simply too dire to ignore.

 

This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and should not be construed to act the part is individual investment advice. No one can predict market movements. Investing involves risk. You can’t lose money. Mr. Cuniberti is an investment advisor representative through Cambridge investor research visors Inc. a registered investment advisor or can be contacted at SMC WEALTH MANAGEMENT, 164 Maple St. Number one, Auburn, CA 95603 530-559-1214 SMC and Cambridge are not affiliated his website is WWW Money Matters Radio.com. California insurance license 0L34249

By Boots Johnson

 

We have a couple of report which are not current. Striped bass have been caught in the Sacramento River as high upstream as Colusa. Anglers are seeing more action in the vicinity of Verona, both in the Sacramento and Feather Rivers. The Sacramento River temperature was measured at above 65 degrees. With this temperature we expect the spawn to get underway at any time. As far as the Delta goes we hear the bass are plentiful on the Sacramento side. Expect this area to just get better as we move into March.

 

A couple weeks ago our weather source told us to expect rain the middle of March. The rain came on March 7th so we contacted him again. He still predicts rain in the middle of March and also continues to feel we will have snow in the mountains at that time.

 

Congratulations goes out to Yuba City angler Nancy Santana on her big limit of king salmon which were caught while fishing Lake Oroville.

 

Sturgeon are moving up the Sacramento River to spawn. Best area to fish is at Knights Landing. Best bait at this time is Eel and ghost shrimp.

 

When the weather clears up we expect the bite at Lake Almanor to improve dramatically for salmon, trout and small mouth bass.

 

The recent (and continued plant program) plant of rainbow trout at Collins Lake had smiling faces on many anglers last week. The fish were a mix of feisty trout from 12 inches up to four and five pounders.

Closing thought: “Two things define you….your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.”

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) having the largest point drop in history last week, as well as setting the record for the fastest period from new high to the official correction status which is a 10% sell off or greater in a record setting 6 days, investors still reeling from the stomach turning fall in the markets may be wondering if it’s all over.

 

Unlike a particular country having political risks or a tsunami rolling over an island nation where as the  damage would be confined to a particular region, the Corona virus scare will likely have worldwide ramifications. It is not so much the lethality of the virus itself (which has about a 3% mortality rate and far less than the SARS or MERS outbreaks) but rather the fear it instills in people in all corners of the globe.

 

Now called Covid-19, the event has gone global. Whole cities and towns are in lockdown, airlines and cruise ships are altering their schedules, supply lines are being interrupted and vast consumer markets on the demand side of things have ground to a halt. All of this translates into a worldwide slow down likely affecting many companies throughout the global stage and possibly causing serious damage to their economies.

 

Indeed, there have been earning warnings from some of the biggest companies, and one only has to look at the evening news to understand the possible scope of the paralysis. Sunday night when I penned this reveals Dow futures down another 500 points. What transpires when this goes to print is anyone’s guess.

 

CNBC states the financial conglomerates JPMorgan, Citi and Goldman Sachs all concur there hasn’t been enough pain to call a bottom yet and many analysts agree with them. There is that much uncertainty.

 

With the Dow falling back to 2019 levels and beyond, investors are likely seeing more red than they have  in years. The additional pain of “giving it all back” likely adds to the frustration. It wasn’t so long ago when the 2018 October to late December crash significantly decimated investor balances only to rebound in the stock blast off that was year of 2019.

 

Although 2020 appeared to start as more of the same up and away direction, the virus event emerged late January into the proverbial “Black Swan” market event it has turned out to be. Black Swan events can take down even the most resilient of market rallies. The term Black Swan refers to the rarity and unpredictability of the occurrence of such a creature. Black Swan events are rare and difficult if not impossible to predict. 9/11 or the Indonesian Tsunami are examples of Black Swan events. 

 

The rise of the Covid-19 virus certainly qualifies as a Black Swan.

 

The difference and uniqueness of this event is whereas 9/11 and the Tsunami occurred and concluded in the same day, the current virus event has an unknown duration and at this point in time unmeasurable consequences. We simply do not know how far and fast it will spread, when it will stop and how long lasting and widespread its effect will be.

Study predicts significant impact from water shortages

 

Water shortages could cause 1 million acres of San Joaquin Valley farmland to be idled and cost as many as 85,000 jobs, according to an analysis by University of California economists. The report considered the impact of potential groundwater and surface water restrictions resulting from laws and regulations. The group Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley commissioned the study and said a second report will discuss ways to reduce the impacts.  

 

Vineyard removal addresses grape surplus

 

More vineyards will be removed in California this year, as farmers and wineries work to correct an imbalance in supply and demand. Wine-business analysts say some grapes went unharvested last year, as wineries sought to reduce their inventories. The 2020 grape crop has just begun to develop, with vines pushing out buds. That means farmers will be monitoring for frost that might damage the emerging crop.  

 

Federal funds help fight plant pests, diseases

 

To protect California-grown crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $12.7 million to plant-health and pest-fighting projects. More than a third of the money will go toward surveys for exotic fruit flies that could damage crops. Other grants will support "detector dog" teams that search for harmful pests in packages at mail and parcel delivery facilities, plus additional projects to fight pests and plant diseases.

 

Research focuses on pistachios' healthy properties

 

Two recent studies point to health benefits derived from pistachios. The American Pistachio Growers organization announced new studies showing roasted pistachios meet the definition of a "complete protein" that provides all essential amino acids. That makes roasted pistachios one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein. A separate study indicated pistachio extract could be used to fight a variety of bacterial or viral infections.

By Don Rae

 

  • * Obama put leftie political appointees into high level government jobs, including the Department of Justice. Before leaving office, he converted many to civil service status. Any wonder it is nearly impossible to Drain the Swamp? Ever tried to fire a civil service employee?
  • * The acquittal in the Trump “Impeachment” is reminiscent of the battle fought in France in the matter of Dreyfus. The army forged documents, withheld evidence and all manner of other perfidy. The government was supported by a compliant press and the establishment. Only if Snowflakes read their history they might have insight helping them to avoid repeating history. Think of these folks as they were described in the early 1900s – flannel-mouthed blatherskites.
  • * How do we kill the earth as quickly as possible? Buy electric cars. Why? The EPA calculates something called MPGe, which means they’re figuring out how much energy in kilowatt hours it will take to power your new EV when you plug it into the wall, then converting that number to a miles per gallon equivalent to give you a “rough” idea of how energy-efficient your vehicle actually is. However that figure is totally misleading. . First, it doesn’t count the emissions involved in manufacturing the car, including its lithium-ion battery, which is particularly energy intensive to produce. The lithium in the battery alone requires miners to use 500,000 gallons of water per ton of the mineral extracted — a process that’s sucking up 65 percent of available water in drought-prone Chile Enjoy saving the earth snowflakes.
  • * It’s still around. Consider that when the Democrats voted to impose Obamacare on US citizens it provided for a fine for anyone who didn’t want to buy the fraud. Today, the Democrats want to offer Obamacare free to illegal invaders. Are these people insane, or what?
  • * In 1909, the British Government proposed taxes on land. During the ensuing debate, Gerald Balfour commented “You cannot abolish poverty by abolishing riches.” (excerpt from “The Proud Tower” by historian Barbara Tuchman). When you listen to Democratic presidential candidates, you’d think they never considered this axiom.
  • In the current TV series “How the Earth Was Made” the segment on the Great Lakes concluded that another ice age is on its way. Obviously the writers and editors didn’t get the memo on global warming.
  • * Plant-based diets and Veganism are the trends today. Homo sapiens have been meat eaters for hundreds of thousands of years and have done just fine, thank you. A balanced diet is good for you; eating only turnip greens is not.
  • * Scientists claim that aliens could be walking among us today and we are not aware of them. If we just paid close attention we could easily recognize them. They are work for the mainstream media, CNN, MSNBC etc.
  • The only valid reason to oppose voter ID is that you plan to cheat. Got that, Garamendi?
  • * The mainstream media headlines a story about the “rising seas” caused by man-made climate change. Its poster child is the town of Foster City, California. Built on fill-in marshland in San Francisco Bay, this small burg is more likely sinking. How could the experts test this hypothesis? Note that all the other cities on the west coast are not under water.
  • * According to Democrats, no one is above the law. Then why do they support Sanctuary Cities for illegal invaders?
  • * The homeless problem is primarily due to government creating a huge industry of lobbyists, non-profits and donors who love to save people. They simply build bureaucracies and agencies rather than solving the problem. If only the courts would allow the police to take drug addicts, alcoholics and the mentally ill off the streets and put them in treatments and job training centers there would not be a homeless crisis.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, and Cara Gee

Rated: PG    

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

         A happy go lucky dog is the master of his world until he is abducted by nefarious scoundrels and sold to work in the frozen north. Once in the frozen frontier he learns more about his primal self and the workings of the world around him.

 

         The Call of the Wild, earns three out of five, Club Wielding Monkeys. The story of the movie is based on the book of the same name written by Jack London. The narration by Harrison Ford, helps move the story along and the CGI animation of the dog, Buck, adds to the story. The performance of the actors is good and the production value is immersive.

 

 This is a fun safe film for all ages. It inspires an adventurous spirit and a new perspective view on the world.

By Boots Johnson

 

The Fish and Game Commission made a ruling on February 21st which could be the beginning of the end for the striped bass population in California. The commission brought up the striped bass policy, was seconded and voted on and became law without any comments from a small group of people who wanted to protest this change like the past huge meetings of people who previously attended meeting on the striped bass controversy.

The new policy amends the 1996 striped bass policy which committed the state to maintain one million striped bass in the Delta and all waterways connected to same.

 

Striped bass are not a native fish in California. The species was introduced to California, from the east coast, in 1879. They were transported by rail and were planted in the Pacific Ocean near Martinez. Not all the small minnows survived the trip across the country, but those who did survive took off quickly in their new environment growing in size and the striper population burst wide open.

 

Since their introduction in the west fish have been planted in various reservoirs in California. The fish has been a popular target for anglers due to their size, fighting ability, table fare and aggressive behavior.  In addition, these fish are regarded as a predator which controls the trach fish population of any water they live in. The predator part of these fish is one of the subjects being discussed which pertain to both salmon and steelhead smolts (small minnows) planted each spring in ln local rivers.

 

These small minnows will orientate themselves, form schools and start the long journey to the Delta and beyond. On their way downstream they will encounter many challenges which include hungry striped bass, both resident fish and those which are drawn up stream from the smell of all those little guys. It is also true  that the striped bass eat their share but other fish in the system, such as small and largemouth bass, catfish (yes, large catfish will attack and eat small fish) squawfish and other fish who show predator abilities also take a toll on the salmon and steelhead smolts.

 

Let us face one fact………..fish eat fish, even their own species. The eventual removal of striped bass in California waters will not stop the reduction of planted salmon and steelhead caused by aggressive and predator fish that remain in the system and have been a part of this state for a long, long time. Besides, the striped bass fishery is a boom to California’s economy, from the bait shops to the motel and hotels, professional guides, eatery’s and beyond. The removal or drastically reduction of the striped bass population in California would be a financial disaster to all.

 

Closing thought: “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human race.”

I am shocked by the rising support for the economic system called Socialism. Not limited to the whacko fringes of society any longer, many people I know who own businesses and friends both near and far support voting for a socialistic leaning candidate or going so far as to say they want the U.S. to adopt socialism in its entirety.

For those out there needing clarification and even those who think they know what socialism entails, here is the condensed Google description: "The term socialism refers to any system in which the production and distribution of goods and services is a shared responsibility of a group of people. Socialism is based upon economic and political theories that advocate for collectivism. In a state of socialism, there is no privately owned property."

Reread that last sentence. If the whole description wasn’t bad enough, the last sentence should rattle the teeth of those that truly understand the implication of "no privately owned property."

Democratic Socialism is another buzzword tossed around today but those two words strung together in actuality are like being a little bit pregnant. Socialism in its many versions has been tried repeatedly.  It has a dismal history.

Societies that vote it in usually end up trying to vote it out in a decade or two but like a cancer, once its established it’s hard to get rid of.

 

Thinking back to the era of McCarthyism where the word communist was almost synonymous with socialist, just mentioning you support such a thing could land you in hot water with your friends or employers. It was hated that much.

 

Boy do times change. Now 43% of Americans say socialism would be good for the country (Gallup Poll).  I knew there were some morons among us but 43%?

 

It boggles the mind.

 

In an "I told you so" sort of way, some part of me wants socialism to be adopted at the behest of all these people that support it so I can rub the egg off their faces when they find themselves complaining about mediocre services, having little spending money, and bitching about how broke they are while waiting in a long line for some basic supplies. Then I wise up and repeat the adage "it’s easy to vote yourself into socialism but hard as hell to get yourself out."

 

Supporters of socialism think almost everything they need to live will be free, no one will go hungry or without medical care and there will be no injustices in the world. Or something like that.

One only has to look at the extreme example of socialism to know it is far from the panacea it’s made out to be. In fact, even a little bit of socialism is like only having a little bit of cancer. Its bad news no matter where it is and its bound to get bigger if you allow it to exist at all.

 

There are of course many warnings and adages about socialism and they are highly warranted.

Utterances like "the problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money” and "socialism just spreads out the misery” illustrate what societies that have tried it eventually realize. It doesn’t work as promised and destroys economies with its flawed theories.

In an article entitled "why socialism always fails" by Mark J. Perry he lays out quite succinctly why this cure to all economic ills is anything but. Perry rightly identifies socialism's failure:  "because it’s a flawed system based on completely faulty principles that aren’t consistent with human behavior and can’t nurture the human spirit".

More precisely Perry nails it down to the underlying reason socialism’s "collectivism" always leads to failure:  "The failure of socialism in countries around the world can be traced to one critical defect: it is a system that ignores incentives.”

 

By failing to emphasize incentives, socialism is a theory inconsistent with human nature and is therefore doomed to fail. Socialism is based on the theory that incentives don’t matter! Yet they do, and even to most die-hard liberalists, when deprived of just payment or adequate services, they learn a harsh lesson. The dream has turned into an ever worsening nightmare.

Simply put, remove incentive and people will stop producing at their utmost capacity. The result is some work harder than others yet retain no extra earnings for that work. Some won’t work at all, and the output of a country without exception experiences a downward spiral of production.

 

Goods are rationed and the economic reality of "scarcity" raises its very noticeable and ugly head. One only needs to look at the long lines of people standing in line in socialistic countries to see the end result. Although lines for goods is usually constrained to very socialistic countries, a little bit of socialism rarely stays that way. It grows until the people finally put a stop to it and usually through the same type of protests that brought it about. Socialism is always defeated but only after many gullible societies fall victim to its lies.  For a while.

 

It is said you get the government you deserve.

 

Socialism supporters, eventually I fear you WILL eventually get your wish here in America but you will wish you hadn’t as you will get government you deserve, good and hard.

 

Marc Cuniberti hosts “Money Matters” on KVMR FM aired on 65 radio stations nationwide. He is a financial columnist for a variety of publications. Marc holds a BA in Economics from SDU with honors 1979. His website is moneymanagementradio.com and he can be reached at (530) 559-1214. Visit him on Facebook (FB) under Marc Cuniberti and also on the "Money Matters” and “Money Matters Investing in Community" FB pages. The views expressed are opinions only.

        Have you been to Stone Soup lately? It is approaching its fourth year, pretty amazing. We have

special days, like a birthday cake and a song every 4th Thursday. On the second Thursday of the month, we have a Souper Sale with lots of goodies that helps support the program. Now on the fourth Thursday we plan to have games after lunch. Colleen Jarboe will plan this and get it started. This week it will be Mexican Train; who knows what next month will bring. Of course, there is always a jigsaw puzzle to be worked on and checkers and other games available. We are glad to have friends and neighbors gather at the community center around 11:30 to visit, then eat together at noon. Come join us.

 

        The elections will be over by the time you read this: the Yuba Feather Community Services board of directors as well as Super Tuesday. Will there be any changes? What will the effect on our lives be? We hope you took the time to vote. We are pretty fortunate to be able to cast our votes.

 

            Here we go again! Time to move those clocks ahead. Daylight saving will be upon us on March 8th, so be sure to “Spring Forward” your clocks before you go to bed on the 7th.

 

            Weather permitting, there will be a Peddler’s Fair at Books and More, in Brownsville, on Saturday, March 14th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Space is free and first come first serve. Come on down, set up your booth and sell your wares. If you want more information contact Christine Mills at 530-675-9225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

           

Look Back in Time – Only the organ and the teacher's desk were saved when the Upham School burned in 1917. All students got out safely, led by teacher Mrs. Mary McMillan (I always wanted to go up the Upham road, maybe next time).

 

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

CVP announces initial water allocations

 

A reduced snowpack leads to cautious water allocations for San Joaquin Valley farmers. The federal Central Valley Project said Tuesday it expects to provide agricultural water contractors south of the delta with 15% supplies. The CVP says the allocation would have been less had it not been for new operations plans signed last week. Farm water contractors north of the delta received a 50% allocation.

 

February weather affects pastures, orchards

 

Warm, dry February weather has ranchers providing supplemental feed to their animals, and farmers checking their orchards. Pastures around the state have dried due to lack of rainfall, though a farm advisor says forage plants could recover if rains return in March. Fruit and nut trees need a certain amount of chilling to set a crop each year. So far, experts say, trees appear to have gotten enough chilly weather to go fully dormant.

 

Lower lemon prices result from increased supplies

 

Lemon prices have been lower than a year ago. Farmers say larger crops and overlapping harvests from other growing areas have put more fruit on the market. More farmers are harvesting a new, seedless variety they hope could boost lemon sales. Most demand for lemons comes from food service buyers, because the most frequent use for the fruit is as a condiment. California farms produce about three-quarters of the lemons grown in the U.S.

 

USDA reports on crop-automation investments

 

With farmers reporting ongoing trouble in hiring enough people to harvest fruits and vegetables, the U.S. Agriculture Department says it has invested nearly $300 million in research into automation and mechanization of specialty-crop production. In a report to Congress, USDA said it has funded more than 200 automation projects during the past decade. The agency says it has also worked to improve digital connectivity in rural areas.   

 
 

Starring: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, and Jim Carrey

Rated: PG 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

         A young Hedgehog with a gift for speed is forced to flee to another world when marauders try to capture him. He finds our world to be safe, so long as he keeps his presence a secret. Things change when loneliness gets the better of him and he pops up on the governments radar.

 

         Sonic the Hedgehog, earns four out of five, Quill Charging Monkeys. For turning a video game premise, into a full length feature film the story is well written and delivers a cohesive plot line and a steady stream of well crafted jokes. The actors did a great job delving into a world that has super sonic hedgehogs and golden psychic teleportation rings. The cinematography and special effects blend nicely together to pull you into the story. All in all, this is a fun film for all ages to enjoy.

By Boots Johnson

 

The sturgeon are beginning to show in the upper Sacramento River. We need rain to muddy up the water in order to increase the run. With no rain in sight it appears sturgeon will not be as plentiful as we had hoped for. As far as the striper run goes some fish are showing up, but it is a little early  according to the calendar but maybe not according to the fish. Expect tough conditions if the rives remain low, especially the Feather River. We do not anticipate any large releases from local dams due to the low water level of same. However, if one puts on his thinking cap there were many years when the water level was up and down as it was released on the Sacramento River when the striped bass were here.

 

Fishing is about the same as last week with some trout being taken in local reservoirs. Collins Lake is planting trout and will continue the program into spring. Bullard’s Bar is still on the hook for small kokanee. Lake Oroville is still slow but some are picking up a few salmon trolling the middle of the lake down deep. A few trout are still being cooperative at Englebright Reservoir. Best bet it to troll around the houseboats.

 

Look for things to bust wide open due to the warm weather ahead. Expect schools of striped bass to be available in the Sacramento River anytime soon.

Closing thought: “Sharp hooks are the name of the game for successful fishing.”

Starring: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Marie Elizebeth Winstead

Rated: R 

Runtime: 1 Hour and 49 Minutes

 

          A psychiatrist that identified a bit to much with her patient joins him in building a criminal empire. When their love sours she finds herself hunted by former rivals and law enforcement alike. Desperation and a regrowing conscience lead her to join with other female outcasts to save a young girls life and future.

 

           Birds of Prey: And the FantabulousEmancipation of one Harley Quinn, earns two out of five, Dumb Luck Monkeys. The story is forced and choppy. In an attempt to look cool and force certain ideals into the plot, the flow of the story and film suffers. The acting is actually really good, the director took them into some clunky situations and dumbed down their characters, but the actors did a fantastic job bringing the directors vision to the screen. The visual effects were great. Tapping into a comic book vibe that reminds us that the DC Universe is a dark and heartless place, full of callous desperation. I suggest you spend the money to see something else.

Legislation would enhance pest inspections

 

Efforts to keep agricultural pests and diseases out of California and the U.S. would receive a boost from legislation passed by Congress. The bill provides funding to add more agricultural inspectors and "sniffer dogs" at airports and seaports, to check for produce and animal products that might carry exotic pests. Supporters of the bill say invasive pests and diseases cost the economy and environment alike. President Trump is expected to sign the bill.

 

UC to document impact of grazing for fire prevention

 

More frequent and damaging wildfires have heightened the need for updated research on how livestock grazing helps reduce fire hazard, and the University of California Cooperative Extension says it will begin such a study. A UC livestock advisor says grazing is the most widespread practice to lessen grasses and reduce the speed and intensity of fire--but notes that some public land management agencies don't allow grazing.

 

Mushroom farmers battle rising production costs

 

Rising business costs have put the squeeze on California mushroom farmers. Growers say higher wages and other costs contribute to a decline in mushroom production. California remains the No. 2 mushroom-producing state, behind Pennsylvania. Farmers grow mushrooms inside, under strict climate control, with a growing cycle that usually takes 11 or 12 week.

 

Berry powder can delay ice cream from melting

 

To help keep ice cream from melting too fast, researchers have come up with a new, natural solution: freeze-dried strawberry powder. A scientist at a U.S. Agriculture Department lab in Albany tried powder from several different berries to act as a stabilizer in making ice cream, and determined strawberry powder worked best. The powder could be used to complement other products now being used, though ice cream makers would need to account for the added berry flavor.