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  • The Fabric of Their Lives U.S. cotton subsidies make the poor poorer

    11/07/2003 4:33:19 PM PST · by RJCogburn · 11 replies · 140+ views
    Reason ^ | November 7, 2003 | Jacob Sullum
    During a cross-country drive in July 1989, my car broke down in the Arizona desert sometime around noon. My cat, Miles, who had long, black fur, was not pleased. I managed to find a phone and call a tow truck, and during the long, slow, non-air-conditioned ride to the nearest service station, with Miles panting at my side, I had plenty of time to take in the scenery: row after row of cotton. Since cotton is a water-intensive crop, the middle of a desert seemed a strange place to grow it. Similar oddities can be observed in other arid areas...
  • Cotton Losses Staggering on Texas High Plains

    06/28/2003 5:00:42 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies · 345+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 06-28-03 | Short, Mary Jane
    Cotton losses staggering on High Plains BY MARY JANE SHORT AVALANCHE-JOURNAL The amount of High Plains cotton acreage lost to adverse weather has sailed past the 1 million mark with counties north of Lubbock hit hardest by the wipeout, recent estimates from Texas Cooperative Extension and Plains Cotton Growers show. Experts say that of 3.6 million acres planted, about 1.18 million have been lost, almost a third of cotton acreage in PCG's 25-county area. Counties sustaining the big gest losses include Bailey, Coch ran, Deaf Smith, Floyd, Lamb and Parmer. All report a 70 percent or greater acreage loss. Earlier...
  • From hip-hopper to sharecropper (P. Diddy to pick Cotton)

    05/19/2003 3:01:43 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 11 replies · 305+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | May 19, 2003 | Suzanne Rozdeba and Ben Widdicombe
    From hip-hopper to sharecropper Sean Combs His hip-hop majesty Sean Combs wants to pick cotton. The Bad Boy Records boss has been cast to play Delta blues legend Robert Johnson in the HBO movie "Love in Vain." Wasting no time prepping for the part, he's learning some guitar licks. "I tried playing it when I was young," Combs tells us. He's also looking forward to heading down South - where, before he died in 1938 at the age of 27, the vagabond Johnson is said to have made a pact with the devil, who promised to make him the greatest...
  • Fearless Flyers Shut Down

    09/03/2002 4:58:19 PM PDT · by Fearless Flyers · 21 replies · 257+ views
    vanity | 9-3-02 | Matthew B. Rogers
    Fearless Flyers Kites has shut down production and needs help finding new supplyers After a life time of designing and creating custom hand painted kites Fearless Flyers Kite Company has shut down production due to an inability to find conservative supplyers. Fearless Flyers makes tie dye cotton and hand painted silk kites. This is a one man operation, that has unfortunately been acquiring materials from Dharma Trading Company. The vendor appears to be in the same district as Berkeley California and supports the same ideals, as discovered when an enquiry was made with two different sales people, during the last...