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Feds shakedown blueberry farmers, Chicago-style

In late July, investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor visited three blueberry farms in Marion County and announced finding "widespread" record-keeping and minimum wage violations at each.

Farm labor law investigations are often contentious, especially involving fruit pickers working on a "piece rate" basis rather than an hourly wage. But these cases took an unusual turn as the labor department's Wage and Hour Division staff in Portland dropped the hammer.

In a move Oregon's congressional delegation and the Oregon Farm Bureau say was unprecedented and deeply unfair, the department invoked a "hot goods" provision of labor law that prohibited shipment of the berries. Labor officials also notified wholesalers that berries from the farms would be subject to the order and should not be processed or shipped.

It gets worse...read on: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/08/farm_bu...

Personal experience: My wife and I were on a cross-country trip from New York to Montana and stayed a night in Chicago. We were eating in the restaurant at the hotel; which was a 5-star restaurant for the city. It was morning on a weekday so it was relatively empty.

All of a sudden, a fire truck drives through the parking lot and parks out of sight from our window. Two men in plainclothes walk out and enter the restaurant and then tell the maitre d' that they are here for a fire inspection and to get the manager. The maitre d' tells the restaurant manager and she audibly exclaimed "shit!"

She walked in the back while the "fire inspectors" waited at the front, then came back with an envelope, handed it to them, they checked it and then left to go shakedown the next place. All of this was done in front of the eyes of a dozen restaurant patrons. I feel inclined to never visit Chicago again.



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Chicago sucks.

The mayor is RAHM EMANUEL.

I dont know why anyone should be surprised about what goes on in Chicago.

There are a few cool things about Chicago but mostly it is cold and windy and dirty and expensive and corrupt.

Watch "Freedom to Fascism".

This was an attack against a non-FED RES member.

Labor Laws are the cover to imply injustice committed. This will rouse the DNC Base.

The worker's sin was wanting to work for something instead of starve on nothing.

The government abused farmer is to imply injustice committed. This will rouse the GOP base.

The farmers' actual "sin" was competing with the Federal Reserve family of Companies. The Government profits when Federal Reserve Members profit.

Government gets ALL profits that exceed 6% after expenses.

It's part of the 'greater good' promised by the Business community, the Federalists and the Wilson progressives.

The Business community wanted favored government status for a moneyed few, The Federalists wanted Hamilton's American System and the Progressives wantrd the socialism 'promised' by the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto.

The 1912 and 1914 Congresses held a slave auction for "We the People" while promising that it was in for the General Welfare and a public good.

Liberty is the only public good. Only liberty brings prosperity.

Free includes debt-free!

Ya gettin hungry yet?

This isn't just about putting our farmers out of business, it's about:

1) Nation building, that is building up other "selected" nations at US tax payer expense. Other nations have been buying many of our defunct business for pennies-on-the-dollar and in some cases, the "actual buildings" along with equiptment gets shipped to theirs. Yes there will be some "protected" areas when the shtf.

2) Depopulation

3) Building up the corporations.

All of this can be understood by reviewing Michael Coffman's "Wild lands project" map.

See:
http://www.dailypaul.com/50683/a-special-report-proofs-of-co...

http://www.discerningtoday.org/globalize-grizzlies.htm

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Poor blueberry farmers, first not enough honeybees to

pollinate their crops, now hit with record-keeping violations by the feds (as Thunderheart's Walter Crowhorse put it): the Federal Bureau of Intimidation. Yes, that article DID GET WORSE! "The labor department offered a way out: Pay a fine and back wages and sign a consent judgment admitting wrong and agreeing not to contest the order EVEN IF SUBSEQUENT INFORMATION EXONERATED THE FARMS."

First they came for the chicken man. https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQCqZewC...
Then they came for the hog farmer. https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTVGj1jV...
Then they came for the sheep farmer. https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR4nz4Ii... (Hear 3-minute clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLg5SxsS6sY)
Then they came for the dairy farmer. https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQbBIMJ2...
Then they came for blueberry farmer. https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTkEi49I...

Anyone see A PATTERN here? As a Dylan says, "It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves." Hello, it looks as if that is the federal government's goal - so we'll have no choice BUT to IMPORT OUR FOOD FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. (My local market only carries GARLIC from CHINA.) Less fresh food, unemployed farmers, in the name of helping to globally redistribute the wealth. (Actually, with the Georgia chicken man, it was about global plans for where people will be allowed to live; his house was in a "green zone" as per the town's Agenda 21/ICLEI-inspired "Imagine Roswell 2030" planning report. After being continually intimidated, including jail time, literally wasting away from the stress, he commit suicide. 53-year old Wordes BEFORE https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTgBqKDE... and AFTER https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTJfNoSA... Nice work, Roswell!) FARMAGEDDON http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uah8LBUbfc

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

If people are willing to work below minimum wage

The we should let them. Everybody wins in that scenario, except the government, it seems. They just had to have their cut.

I am so lucky to live walking distance from a Whole Foods Market. It's a lifesaver, literally, in an urban area far away from farms.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

bumping--

don't have an answer; others seem to--

I'm supporting local small farmers--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Jury nullifacation is the answer to this kind of problem

Once people learn of and understand their rights to a fair trial and a fair verdict things will changing on a local, county, state and national level. I t won't happen from the top down but from the bottom up.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

Been there

Used to be a bartender in downtown Chicago and would tip the local cop a beer to overlook my car in the alley every night. Once a month I would have to move it for the fire inspector. A waitress there was married to a cop who would confiscate drugs all the time for personal use. The list goes on. This was a long time ago. I'M sure if anything it has gotten worse.

This was in broad daylight

I think it has become some endemic to the culture of the city that it seems to them to be not a big deal to do this in front of anyone. I mean, we were tourists and a shakedown became our most prominent memory of our visit to Chicago. There's something seriously wrong with that.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

I'd like to see them

Pull that crap at Ditkas. Da Bears

To my Liberal Trolls:
"Really Don't mind if you sit this one out. Your words but a whisper, your deafness a shout. I may make you feel, but I can't make you think."
Ian Anderson 1972

off subject but...

I saw a bumber sticker " Da Bears, Da Bulls, Da vorse!"

Aaron Russo, Nikola Tesla, Ron Paul, I'm jus' sayin'

Bob Swerski...

wouldn't even give them a Polish sausage.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

The waitress says to Bob

And his pals, did you order the nachos or the beers. They say da beers.

To my Liberal Trolls:
"Really Don't mind if you sit this one out. Your words but a whisper, your deafness a shout. I may make you feel, but I can't make you think."
Ian Anderson 1972