Monthly Archives: March 2018

Bits and Pieces – 20180331, Saturday

Trade Wars: Martin Armstrong has some interesting perspectives on the US moves, in this very short blog post: Protectionism & Trade Wars. The next article looks at the role of vehicles in trade wars between the EU and the US: France And Germany Clash Over US Car Tariffs. But consider this graphic from the article:

Bits and Pieces – 20180325, Sunday

Commentary: This edition of Bits and Pieces is rather long in the tooth and perhspd less coherent than usual.

Tree Fruits – Plums

This document reviews the major plum cultivars recommended for Ontario in the Plum Cultivars – European and Japanese factsheet. In it, the term cultivar is any horticulturally recognized and named type or sort that can only be maintained through vegetative propagation or the use of selected breeding lines and seed sources.

Cultivars and requirements are described below.

Bush and Fruit Tree Nurseries in Ontario

The Ontario Government provides a list of fruit tree nurseries: Fruit Tree Nurseries in Ontario. Some of the entries do not have an on-line description. Some are wholesale only and some are highly specialized or limited in selection. The following is a list of the more diverse sources with appropriate comments.

Bits and Pieces – 20180314, Wednesday

Trade  Wars: We are at the early stage of a global trade war. Whether it escalates or can be ended without too much damage remains to be seen.

Today (Wednesday) the new US trade figures came out with the deficit at an all-time high. Trump will use this to entrench his position: Fuel For The Protectionist Fire: US Trade Deficit Surges, Ex-Petroleum At All Time High. The political basis for staging a trade war is presented in the following article: Barclays: Trade Wars Are Economically Costly But “Smart Politics”.

In the meantime there’s not a lot out of our government other than to say that they are not pleased: Trudeau calls Trump’s trade war ‘unacceptable’ as Canadian officials reach out to U.S. administration. Silence on Canada’s part may in fact be a wise strategy unless the silence indicates they have no clue on how to respond.

Bits and Pieces – 20180306, Tuesday

Commentary: If Trump continues, trade wars will be the start of the end ushering in the collapse of most markets and pricking the debt bubble. This is serious stuff. Be sure to see the 19 second video of our Rime Minister in the next section.

Tree Fruits – Peaches and Nectarines

This document reviews the major peach and nectarine cultivars recommended for Ontario in the Peach and Nectarine Cultivars factsheet. In it, the term cultivar is any horticulturally recognized and named type or sort that can only be maintained through vegetative propagation or the use of selected breeding lines and seed sources.

Cultivars and requirements are described below.

Bits and Pieces – 20180302, Friday

Commentary: There’s enough material on Trump’s trade war to warrant a small release of Bits and Pieces.

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