Recently I wrote about the August 19, 2019 suicide of farmer/grain broker Randy Constant of Chillicothe, Missouri. Constant had been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his part in the many years-long massive fraud of marketing and selling grains reported to be “organic” when they were apparently “conventional,” non-organic grains. These corn and soybeans were then sold as cattle and chicken feeds; secondary products like meat and eggs were then sold to consumers as pricey “organic meat, eggs and etc.”
By Rich Gurka
On August 19, 2019, Randy Constant, 61, of Chillicothe, Missouri was found dead in his garage, the result of an apparent suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. On August 16, 2019, Constant was sentenced in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to 10 years in federal prison for defrauding the public by selling grains grown in Nebraska and Missouri to be certified as ‘organic’ when they were not so. Constant, along with 3 Nebraska farmers, all pleaded guilty in a long running “field of grains” scheme. Federal prosecutors described this scheme as the largest “organic food con” in American history.
Last Wednesday we took a drive to Kentucky and saw the following, all in a span of two hours.
1. On the Brownsville Road south of the school we saw a golf cart being driven south towards Rt.1. An elderly woman was “driving” the golf cart. There was a young boy, maybe 6 years old, sitting in her lap, steering the golf cart. An elderly man was seated in the passenger seat. He too had a young boy seated in his lap. As I passed by them, she gave me a look as if she was in desperate need of finding a bathroom. The golf cart then crossed Rt. 1.
By now, most of you have probably heard that the Chinese government and Google have teamed up to develop a “social credit system” for the individual Chinese citizen. This Social Credit System is expected to be fully operational by 2020. If you do or say anything that the Chinese communist government thinks is unsuitable, you will be assigned “negative” points.
In 1887, Scottish history professor Alexander Tyler wrote this about the fall of the Athenian (Greek) Republic approximately 2000 years ago:
“A Democracy is always temporary in nature; it cannot exist as a permanent form of government.