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  1. True. But if they build a new line only to have to shut it down a few months later that doesn't lead to profits. And that's what I was basically saying. Yes they are manufacturing like mad trying to stay about 100% if possible. Just are not going to be building many new lines that may wind up shutting down in a couple of months. Rick
  2. From what I can find out yes they are running at peak production without violating whatever state mandate over social distancing in the workplace rules there may be and without hiring a bunch of new people who may have to be laid off shortly. It's a tricky balancing act. I'll bet there is a ton of overtime though! Rick
  3. Read a report that says that the first time buyers seem to be the problem. Gotta have ammo to feed a gun. Most popular calibers are gone because of that. So basically they are knocking out ammo as fast as they can. But they are reluctant to add more production lines. About the time they would be up and running demand will drop to normal levels. Just a case of demand on a short term basis far exceeding production. You may want to try http://ammoseek.com . They don't sell ammo but list sellers with ammo and reloading supplies on hand. When you click on one it take you to the vendors site. Rick
  4. I haven't started working on that yet.........OH wait! I bet you meant the other God. Rick
  5. Yea problem there was the Foxbat couldn't sustain those speed for any length of time. Basically it could go really fast in short burst of speed to outrun an air to air short range missile but by the time they could vector it on onto an SR71 it would never catch up. Thing with ground based radar guided missiles was about the same. By the time they could get a lock it would be out of range. SAMS back then were not really long ranged weapons that could reach out 400-500 miles. Rick
  6. But it is a free market. The difference is if I make something I demand a certain price. Farmers take whatever someone is willing to pay. Try walking into the CaseIH dealer and offering him 20 bucks for a new combine. I'm not saying the system is fair all the time. But it is a free market system. I know dairy guys are hurting. You tell me a fix that doesn't smack of socialism and I'll be with you 100%. Rick
  7. Grand kids were here this morning and when they delivered the first load of building materials I saw this. Rick
  8. Troy I can't find it right now but I read a piece about 6 months or so ago that said that over the last 30-40 years per person milk consumption is down. They claimed that way back then the average American consumed X amount of milk a week and that the numbers were down today mostly because of other alternatives and the alleged health bennies of not consuming dairy products. If you are using data that doesn't cover as much or a time spread you may be 100% correct. Really doesn't matter. The price reflects demand and production. That's not saying that the average dairy farmer isn't getting paid enough. Just that with the way the system is set up the amount they pay per 100 is based on demand. Rick
  9. Just what is the government supposed to do in a free market system? Go back to subsidizing everything so that the average consumer pays twice for food? Impose a system like Canada and impose limits on production? You can lay the lack of demand right on the government. But not the way you think. Prior to Russia invading Afghanistan we had only used food as a weapon when at war ourselves. The American farmer was producing over 70% of the worlds food. When the grain embargo was imposed it taught the rest of the word that we could and would use food as a weapon without being at war. That encouraged countries like Russia to improve farming techniques and taught other countries like those in South America that they too could grow what the world wanted for profit. What it boils down to is supply and demand. While per person milk consumption is down overall demand is up just because of the constantly growing population. Produce more than they can sell and they will pay less. It's that simple. And the politicians have no desire to step in. Cheap food prices keep the voting population happy. Rick
  10. A lot depends on ranges. Heck the very short ranged 30.30 has killed a lot of deer. Some folks hunt with handguns in 357Mag and 44Mag. 6.5 should do fine as well as the 7MM-08. Rick
  11. Actually not true. The Germans late in WWII were making and using synthetics, both fuel and oil because most of their access to dino oil had been cut off or drastically reduced (they failed to take the fields in the Caucasus area and the Romanian fields were don't to about 20% production) . After the was dino oil and fuel was so cheap that until the SR71 there was no need for it so it was kinda put on hold until needed. Other than aircraft use it didn't hit mainstream until the oil embargo in the 70's. But the technology for synthetics is old. Historical Facts(borrowed from wayback machine since synlube website was down) 1877 C. Friedler and J.M. Crafts synthesize the first "synthetic" hydrocarbons. 1913 Friedrich Bergius in Germany develops Hydrogenation process for production of synthetic oil from coal dust 1921 Standard Oil in USA produces one barrel of synthetic oil from one ton of shale rock 1921 Friedrich Bergius in Germany develops commercial process for hydrogenation of coal to synthetic oil 1925 In Germany Franz Fisher and Hans Tropsch develop Synthetic Oil industrial production process 1926 I.G. Farben acquired the patent rights to the Bergius hydrogenation process for production of synthetic oil from coal 1927 I.G. Farben's Leuna works start synthetic oil production 1929 Standard Oil of Indiana makes the first attempt at commercial development of synthetic hydrocarbons Many gallons of synthetic oil were made by polymerization of different olefins. 1930-34 Union Carbide and Carbon Corp develop and investigate the applications of water soluble Polyalkylene Glycol (PAG) 1931 Nobel Prize for Chemistry: Friedrich Bergius & Carl Bosch Invention and development of chemical high pressure methods (used for synthetic oil production) 1932 I.G. Farben investment into synthetic fuels production from coal 1936 Adolf Hitler in Germany starts Major synthetic fuels and oil program 1937 First Polyalphaolefins were synthesized 1939 Fischer-Tropsh process that used carbon monoxide and hydrogen to make synthetic oils and fuels was commercialized in Germany 1942-45 PAG synthetic oils used in fleets and commercial vehicles 1944-1954 10% of German supply of lubricating oil is "synthetic", made by using three different processes 1944 US Army aircraft operating in Alaska and Canada use PAG engine oils 1944-45 The idea of using colloidal solids in synthetic fluids for lubrication of the first jet engines is tested and researched in Germany 1946 National Carbide Company, Inc. markets the "First" commercial PAG engine oils Prestone Motor Oil 1946 New York Power & Light Corp uses PAG engine oils in variety of their commercial vehicles. 1942-1955 Diester oils used in turbine engines because Petroleum oil simply was inadequate to meet the demands of these engines. 1962 Texaco produces Synthetic Aircraft Turbine Oil 1962-66 U.S. Army experiences significant problems in operating vehicles and equipment in Alaska with MIL-L-10295 Lubricating Oil. Rick
  12. Guys hate to tell you this but look at any publicly traded company. You have investors, some with very deep pockets who own large chucks of stocks in countries around the globe. Investors like Warren Buffet and George Soros. So if publicly traded who really owns it? Investors in Asia, India, Japan, Europe and the Americas. I don't know how to fix that. Now follow that up. If a company like Navistar isn't doing things right they either fail and go away or they get bought out. Old man McCormick has nothing to do with it. Yes a piece of history will be just that, history. It's his legacy that is dying, the history will still be there. Rick
  13. And even if they pass it they will have a difficult time enforcing it and the courts will rip it to shreds! It's this little thing called the "Bill of Rights", not the bill of permission. Agreed! It would have to be. Bet they sneak in a DNA test along with it. Rick
  14. Might want to note what party is running Houston....... Rick
  15. They want to test sewage they can. Once you flush it become the property of what ever government faction owns the system. The blood thing? Read the 4th Amendment. The one that protects citizens from unreasonable search. So they will either have to ask for permission to draw blood or someone will have them in court over this. They cannot demand squat. Rick
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