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Thread #581   Message #3868906
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
28-Jul-17 - 07:52 PM
Thread Name: Origins:Deportees-seeking original Woody recording
Subject: RE: Origins:Deportees-seeking original Woody recording
Chutzpah - "That quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan." Leo Rosten - The Joys of Yiddish

So what we're actually talking about is The Great Depression & the 1930s labor wars all over Mexico & California. The Cardenistas &c wanted the orchards for themselves, 'for the people.' Grower co-ops disagreed for the obvious reasons. Team effort suicide.

"And the smell of rot fills the country."

The crops sat wherever the striking workers, or beleaguered scabs, left them when they walked or ran off the job; or got locked out by growers.

"And the children dying of pellagra must die because a profit cannot be taken from an orange."

Cutting losses is not maximizing profits and the food safety industry does not have a double standard for botulism.

Brix & tide wait for no man, not even John Steinbeck or Woody Guthrie or a woman. If the whole crop goes past its sell-by, you hose it with kerosene and burn it before the rot takes the trees & vines too.

There were people of all races and classes on all sides of the fight. None of them cornered the market on good or evil. And they're still at it.