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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Today's news

The first thing I usually do online when I get home from work is check the day's "This Just In..." stories on the State Journal-Register. Here are the titles from today's stories:

  • 6:05 PM - Samís Club, Costco limit rice purchases
  • 6:01 PM - Sixth and Hazel Dell intersection to close Thursday
  • 3:35 PM - New Channel 20 co-anchor to begin tonight
  • 3:00 PM - State appeals judge's ruling on health care expansion
  • 1:50 PM - Aftershocks continue in Midwest
  • 1:50 PM - U.S. to pursue third trial in alleged Sears Tower plot
  • 1:15 PM - Freight train derails near Pontiac, Amtrak trains canceled
  • 12:10 PM - Police need help identifying Walgreens robber
  • 12:10 PM - Boeing gives Smithsonian $5 million for black history museum
  • 12:10 PM - Somali wild ass born at Saint Louis Zoo
  • 11:21 AM - Excessive police force alleged in lawsuit
  • 11:20 AM - Ebert will skip his film festival
  • 11:20 AM - Construction begins on river research center near Alton
  • 10:24 AM - City hall to be site of emergency exercise tonight
  • 7:59 AM - High school students get Obama autographs, suspensions
  • 6:56 AM - Farmers to be paid for seized grain
  • 6:54 AM - Man pleads guilty to attacking girl

There's a lot there. A lot of people's lives are affected in those stories. This is life. Bad and good things happen. And we get used to it. We move forward and life goes on.

However, one comment. As an average Midwestern person, with admittedly no understanding of the world agriculture market or the economics thereof, it is my belief that the world has turned a corner when the sale of rice becomes limited at the retail level. I'm not saying it's a sign that we're doomed, exactly (yet). But, something has gone wrong.

Posted by Marie at April 23, 2008 8:28 PM


The limits are on the 20 pound bags of rice. I see those at Samís and wonder who ever buys THAT much rice at on time. Where do they store it? Theyíre fairly large bags.

The rationing is in response to panic buying and hedging on near-term price increases. From what I have read, there seems to be plenty of rice here in the U.S. but itís getting low in other parts of the world. Of course, we can create our own shortages here too by hording.

Posted by: Dave at April 23, 2008 10:42 PM