Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) 2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNewrest ASL Plc is a multi-sector catering company in Nigeria specialising in out-of-home food services for the hospitality, aviation, mining and corporate sectors. It is the only multi-sector catering company in Nigeria. The company’s service footprint extends to 49 countries around the world. The catering operation is extensive with over 30 000 employees turning out more than a million meals a day. Newrest ASL Plc’s client base includes: airline companies, providing menu design, skills training, logistics management, picking and packing bars and dry stores and catering for airport lounges and VIP flights; railway companies, offering catering, cleaning and logistic services to railway operators through Newrest Wagons-Lit; oil, gas and mining companies, offering catering services for remote sites; and commercial and corporate entities, handling daily meal plans and catering for functions, inhouse restaurants and cafeterias. Newrest ASL supplies and markets its own inhouse brands which includes Le RDV, Daily Break, Caffé Lindo, Sky Shop and The Lunch. Newrest ASL Plc is majority-owned by its management where over 300 managers have a combined stake in the business of 88.7%. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Newrest ASL Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) 2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileP.O.L.I.C.Y Limited is an investment company that was established as a liability company. P.O.L.I.C.Y Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Roland Head Shares in GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) are falling. As I write, the GSK share price is down nearly 5% at around 1,300p. This sell-off came after the company warned shareholders to expect a dividend cut in 2022.The news appears to have surprised the market. As a shareholder, I’m a little surprised too. I’ve been taking a look at Glaxo’s 2020 results and reviewing my position on this firm. 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Some of these have lost patent protection and are now being undercut by cheaper generic alternatives.It was a similar story in vaccines, where rising sales of newer products were offset by lower sales elsewhere, as the pandemic disrupted immunisation programmes.It’s a mixed bag, but I don’t think there are many surprises here. In my view, GSK’s share price is falling for other reasons.A tough outlookI can see two pieces of bad news in today’s results. The first is that 2021 profits are now expected to fall by 5%-9%. This compares to previous City forecasts I’ve seen for a fall of around 1%. In part, this appears to be due to Covid-19, which has hit sales of vaccines — Glaxo’s most profitable business.The second problem is that, as mentioned, the company expects to cut the dividend in 2022.I’ve been aware for some time that Glaxo’s dividend was probably a little stretched. One warning sign was that the payout has been flat since 2014. Long periods without growth are often a sign that a company’s dividend is not really affordable, in my experience.However, Glaxo’s net debt fell by 20% to £20bn last year and the group’s cash generation has been improving. For these reasons, I thought CEO Emma Walmsley would be able to avoid a cut. My mistake.GSK share price: my verdictI’m optimistic about the medium-term outlook for this business. Glaxo appears to have some promising new products coming through. I also think the planned separation of the consumer healthcare business in 2022 will help boost growth, by creating two smaller, more focused businesses.Even the dividend cut could turn out to be a positive, in my view. It should free up cash for new growth opportunities, supporting longer-term returns.Ahead of today’s news, I had been planning to buy more Glaxo shares. On balance, I may still buy. At a share price of around 1,300p, GSK offers a 6% dividend yield for 2021. 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Associate Rector Columbus, GA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 13, 2019 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Anglican Consultative Council members raise their hands May 4 in a rare actual vote on a measure. Most resolutions were passed by “general consent” or “general assent,” rather than by a show of hands. Photo: Neil Vigers/Anglican Communion News Service[Episcopal News Service] During long days of reports and discussions, often at a rushed pace, the 99 members of the Anglican Consultative Council who met in Hong Kong for its 17th meeting set the Anglican Communion’s mission and ministry agenda for the coming years.Amid concerns about process and unity, the ACC spent April 28-May 5 considering work in three categories: the Five Marks of Mission; issues of unity, faith and order; and governance. In the end, they passed 24 resolutions.The members also made “public statements” about the Easter Day terror attacks in Sri Lanka; the disasters left in the wake of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in eastern Africa; and ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts in South Sudan, Pakistan and India, and the Korean peninsula.Episcopal Church Anglican Consultative Council members (from left) the Rev. Michael Barlowe, Rosalie Ballentine and Oklahoma Bishop Edward J. Konieczny pose May 4 for a formal portrait with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, second from right. Photo: Neil Vigers/Anglican Communion News ServiceThe ACC on May 4 stumbled over how to word a resolution calling for the communion’s Standing Committee to gather information about the provinces’ efforts to listen to people “who have been marginalized due to their human sexuality.” The original version of the resolution, proposed by Oklahoma Bishop Ed Konieczny, contained a preamble reaffirming “the respect and dignity of persons as Children of God who have been marginalized due to their human sexuality” and stated that “they should be fully included in the life of the Anglican Communion.”That language went too far for some. After more than two hours of frank debate and intense negotiations, the result was a completely rewritten resolution that “noted with concern” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s 2020 Lambeth Conference decision about bishops who are in same-sex relationships and requesting him to renew the communion’s 21-year-old promise to listen to the experiences of LGBTQ people. Concerns have been raised in the communion both about Welby’s refusal to invite the same-sex spouses of bishops and his decision to invite those bishops themselves. The latter is departure from the previous Lambeth Conference.“It is easy to let one disagreement dominate, but the reality is, we only care enough to disagree because Jesus has made us one,” Welby said during his closing address later that same day.“There are all kinds of things that we’ve gotten wrong this week – plenty that I’ve gotten wrong – but here we are at the end of the week and under the grace of God we are called to go out now and change the world, to go on changing the world, in the power of Jesus Christ, carrying out the mission of God, bringing in the kingdom, all of you with each other and loving one another because we are family. In a divided world, what more precious gift can we bring than one that respects diversity, loves one another and provides hope,” Welby said.“We are called to go out now and change the world, to go on changing the world,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells members of the Anglican Consultative Council during his May 4 closing address. Photo: Neil Vigers/Anglican Communion News ServiceThe ACC passed resolutions:* calling for continued support of the colleges and universities of the Anglican Communion, and affirms the emerging network of leaders responsible for Anglican School across the Communion. (A17.01);* affirming support of the International Anglican Women’s Network and women’s ministries (A17.02);* affirming that gender justice and equality are an inherent part of intentional discipleship embedded in the Gospel and rooted in the Christian values of human dignity, justice, and love; commending for use “God’s Justice: Just Relationships between Women and Men, Girls and Boys”; and requesting member churches to involve men, boys, women and girls in building mutually just and equitable relationships in families, churches and other communities and encourage shared decision-making and leadership (A17.03);* welcoming and supporting the work of the International Anglican Family Network (A17.04);* recognizing that there is a global climate emergency, encouraging member churches to make the Fifth Mark of Mission (To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth) “a living testament to our faith,” and encouraging the Lambeth Conference 2020 to be as environmentally sustainable as possible (A17.05);* celebrating the work by some member churches and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network to shift messaging and action from climate vulnerability to climate resilience and expressing regret about the ongoing impacts of climate change (A17.06);* calling for work to develop an Anglican Health Network (A17.07);* noting with concern the pattern of invitations to the Lambeth Conference 2020, requesting the archbishop of Canterbury ensure that a listening process is put in place with supportive and independent facilitation in order to hear the concerns and voices of people especially those who have felt themselves marginalized with regard to sexuality, as well as compiling all the work done in this area across the communion since Lambeth 1998, and requesting the archbishop of Canterbury look at all issues of discrimination across the communion to make recommendations to the Standing Committee and to report to ACC18 (A17.08);Archbishop of Hong Kong and Anglican Consultative Council Chair Paul Kwong preaches May 5 during ACC-17’s closing Eucharist at St. John’s Cathedral in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district. Photo: Old Dog/St. John’s Cathedral* encouraging networks to improve theological education in the Anglican Communion (A17.09);* affirming the work of the Anglican Alliance and encouraging provinces to support it (A17.10);* encouraging member churches and communion agencies to continue and extend their work to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, requesting that the secretary general reports to the Standing Committee, no later than its first meeting in 2020, on a 10-year strategy on communion engagement with the goals (A17.11);* commending the emphasis on intentional discipleship and disciple-making in the Anglican Communion Office’s Strategic Plan and asking the Mission Department to develop a resource hub “to support and equip the culture change in the communion towards intentional sharing and living a Jesus-shaped life” (A17.12);* encouraging further engagement with the Five Marks of Mission, repentance when people have fallen short of being true disciples, amending of their lives accordingly and a greater commitment of prayer for the redemption and salvation of the world and all its people (A17.13);* reiterating past statements on the development, use and impact of nuclear weapons; lamenting the lack of justice for those communities most impacted by testing of nuclear weapons; acknowledging the work of member churches and the World Council of Churches on these issues; requiring the secretary general to report on the implementation of the commitments made in past resolutions; requesting the Standing Committee to ensure that ACC18 develops a contemporary Anglican response to these issues (A17.140);* encouraging member churches to invest in pathways to education and employment for young laypeople (A17.15);* welcoming and commending for study “Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal,” the Agreed Statement of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III), along with two commentaries, one Anglican and one Roman Catholic (B17.01); the report of the Anglican–Old Catholic International Coordinating Council (B17.02) and “The Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit,” the Agreed Statement of the Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission (B17.03);Full ENS coverage of the 17th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council is available here.* approving a new Anglican Communion process for receiving ecumenical texts developed out of its dialogues with other Christian traditions (B170.4);* recognizing the failures of the past and the determination that every church in the Anglican Communion is a safe place for everyone, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults; approving the “Guidelines to enhance the safety of all persons – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults – within the provinces of the Anglican Communion”; requesting member churches and extra-provincial churches under the direct metro-political jurisdiction of the archbishop of Canterbury to take specific steps (outlined in resolution’s text) toward this end; and requesting the secretary general to reconstitute the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission (C17.01);* welcoming an outline budget structure for 2020-25 for improved financial planning and transparency by the Anglican Communion Office (ACO) and the commitment of the ACO to seek to maximize voluntary income from sources beyond member churches, reaffirming ACC resolutions calling on all member churches to contribute to the Anglican Consultative Council budget, endorsing the proposed formula for member church contributions, encouraging member churches to discuss the formula with the ACO during 2020-2022, and requiring the secretary general to report annually on implementation of the formula (C17.02);* calling on member churches to consider the appointment of a young person as one of its ACC members from ACC18 onward, encouraging the inclusion of young people in the work of Anglican Communion networks, and encouraging member churches to include youth representation in their synods (resolve to guarantee one Standing Committee place for an ACC youth representative was defeated) (C17.03); and* approving the 2019-25 Strategic Plan for the ACO serving the Anglican Communion and its member churches, requesting member churches to engage with the ACO to implement the plan, requiring the secretary general to report on the implementation to the Standing Committee at least annually, requiring periodic reviews by the Standing Committee and explaining any changes to the next ACC meeting (C17.08).The texts of some of the 24 resolutions are posted here, and the rest are due to be posted soon. Written versions of all the reports given to ACC-17 are here.Read more about itACC background is here.ENS coverage of the ACC is here.The Anglican Communion News Service covered the meeting here.Tweeting happened with #ACC17HK.The bulk of the meeting took place at the Gold Coast Hotel, about 45 minutes from central Hong Kong.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. 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The Evening Standard reports that one quarter of UK advertising agencies are at ” a high risk of failure.” Research from financial analysts Plimsoll Publishing indicates that the industry is at saturation point.Read The ponytail brigade is spinning down the tubes by Simon Worthington at the Evening Standard’s This is London. Howard Lake | 16 April 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Quarter of ad agencies “at risk of failure” Advertisement 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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March 16, 2018, is the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, when U.S. troops massacred more than 500 women, men and children in Vietnam. Note that the truth of what happened went unreported for a year and a half, not becoming widely known in the U.S. until November 1969, which is why Sam Marcy’s analysis of the historical and political significance was written in December 1969.Workers World, Vol. 11, No. 22, December 5, 1969The horrible revelations of the My Lai massacre have justly shocked all of progressive mankind and exposed more clearly than ever the brutal, bestial character of the U.S. war against the Vietnamese people. It has aroused millions of people both abroad and in this country to the necessity of conducting a struggle against the U.S. war-makers.Nothing, however, will be gained and a great, great deal will be lost if the My Lai revelations are not put in a true historical and political perspective. The unprecedented anger of millions of people who have hitherto been dormant or passive in the anti-war struggle will be dissipated if the discussion around My Lai is confined to the question of “individual responsibility” or more correctly, if the discussion is narrowed and confined to a mere incident to be condemned on a “moral” basis and divorced from the entire chain of historical events from which it flows.This incident must be seen in the light of other such incidents – like Lidice, like Hiroshima and Nagasaki, like the merciless bombing of the cities of Shanghai, Canton and Mukden by the Japanese and Tokyo by the Americans. If public opinion is not to be misled, as it has so often been during periods of great crisis in American history, we must see these incidents as social phenomena that grow organically from the social system. Every social phenomenon that springs from a social system driven by class antagonisms and dominated by a ruling exploiting class must be viewed from a class point of view.Cruelty of the ruling class Since the prevailing ideas at any time are the ideas of the ruling class, even more so are the prevailing customs, practices and conventions imposed on society by the ruling class. And this is even more true in war than in peace.Cruelty and barbarism are an invariable concomitant to every war waged by the ruling class. In the epoch of imperialism this is a thousand times more true than in the earlier era of capitalist development.Whenever the ruling class is caught red-handed, after committing a particularly shameful, odious and barbarous deed, it inevitably seeks to divest itself of responsibility as a class and shift the responsibility for its criminal deed to other shoulders, to its minions and its puppets. And it covers its own retreat with high-sounding phrases about “conscience” and “morality.”We must view the My Lai massacre in the same light as we view the destruction of Lidice and other similar acts perpetrated by the monopolist ruling class. To condemn the pilots of the plane which unloosed the A-bomb on Japan without condemning the Truman Administration and the entire U.S. ruling class is to shift the responsibility to the tools of the war-makers, rather than to the masters themselves. Of course, no one who actively participates in any commanding position in a reactionary war should be excused of responsibility for the crimes which he helps carry out. But it is another thing to entirely condemn the minor officers while absolving the real perpetrators.Whitewash at NurembergThe Nuremberg trials had one singular progressive effect, in that they made individual responsibility in the participation of a reactionary war a criminal offense, regardless as to whether the individual understood the political consequences of his own action.But the Nuremberg trials did not go far enough. What the Nuremberg trials actually did was to absolve the ruling classes on whose behalf the Nazi war criminals acted. The actual responsibility for the imperialist war should have been placed on the ruling classes in whose interest the war was carried out.But this would have also incriminated the U.S., British and French imperialists, who are no less voracious in their appetite for plunder and predatory wars of imperialist aggression than their Nazi opponents.The entire era of monopoly capitalism is a history of violence, of cruel and merciless wars carried out against all oppressed people, not only in Asia, Africa and Latin America, but also against the working classes in the Western hemisphere. To divorce the My Lain massacre from its class roots is to do violence to facts, to confuse the masses and make them amenable to a bourgeois solution of the U.S. ruling class problem in Vietnam.In assessing responsibility in the United States for the My Lai massacre we should not only consider the criminal act of the officers in immediate charge, but of the entire military camarilla that reigns in the Pentagon and its overlords in Wall Street, including all those political leaders of the bourgeoisie who have been openly for the war, or silently acquiesced in its prosecution, or double-talked their way through its seven-year prosecution.Rift in the ruling classMore significant than the revelation itself is the fact that the ruling class was either unable or unwilling to hide the massacre. This unquestionably points up what has been apparent for several years now; namely that there has been a growing division in the ruling circles of the bourgeoisie on the entire course of the war.No social class in capitalist society is altogether homogeneous. And the ruling class is always torn by innumerable inner contradictions which reflect, in a general way, differing and often irreconcilable economic interests. The factions are almost always united in the struggle against the oppressed and exploited class. But this does not for one moment wipe out the basis for their own internal antagonisms, which more often than not are papered over to put up a strong united front in their struggle against the working class and oppressed at home as well as abroad.But whenever the ruling class takes a plunge which may seriously endanger its entire existence as a ruling class, their inner antagonisms under the pressure of setbacks and defeats come to the fore, break out on the surface and often lead to acute political struggle. This usually takes the form of one of the factions in the ruling class making a sham appeal to the broad mass of the people on the basis of popular demands which are dear to the hearts of the masses and in their interests. We now have a classical example of this in the persons of the motley crew of Fulbright, McCarthy, Goodell and a great many others of the same variety, who are talking anti-war, appealing to the masses of the people, urging protests, and even participating in demonstrations.It’s an old storyWhile such a situation may appear entirely novel to a new generation that has not had the opportunity to study the world historical role of monopoly capitalism and its political practitioners, it is not a new or original phenomenon. During the First and Second World Wars and during other periods of social crisis experienced by the capitalist class, similar splits and fissures in their midst have occurred with varying degrees of acuteness. The struggle becomes particularly sharp when the destiny of the ruling class itself and its survival is, or seems to be, at stake.The continuation of the mad adventure in Vietnam along with all of the other so-called “commitments” to safeguard Wall Street’s rights of exploitation around the globe is precisely such a situation.The longer the war continues, the greater the danger of a complete collapse. It would be utterly unrealistic to expect any ruling class to remain united under these circumstances. In order to get out of its dilemma, a section of the ruling class, perhaps even the more substantial section, has, with hesitation and vacillation, with half-truth and with apologies, sought to directly appeal to the broad masses of the people in order to stop the war half-way, or even pull out altogether.It is for this reason that the My Lai massacre was brought to light.A sign of panicPerhaps it first came out accidentally, but certainly the ruling class media did not try to hide it, and in fact, judging by the combustible character of the exposure, must have designed at one point or another to bring this out into the open. It must be viewed as a sign of their near-panic. Vice President Agnew must have known that they were planning it. His speech was calculated to discredit the networks as a small clique of “Eastern establishment manipulators.” It was designed to offset the shock that would come as a result of the exposure.It should be clear that the My Lai exposure by the capitalist media is a measure of the acuteness of the inner struggle in the camp of the bourgeoisie over the course of the war and the fear for the destiny of the entire system of imperialist exploitation.What attitude should a Marxist take toward this inner struggle within the ruling class? It is first of all necessary to state clearly the relationship between the right wing, ultra-militarist, adventurist section of the bourgeoisie, and what passes for the moderate or liberal section.Will rulers stay split? For the liberal bourgeoisie to have a definite, fixed position which would sharply demarcate it from the rabidly pro-war section of the bourgeoisie (much less guarantee a real fight to the finish between the factions!), there would have to be a different economic base for one faction as opposed to another.A dispassionate appraisal of the liberal bourgeois position clearly indicates that it has no such independent base, as opposed to the other faction. The real basis for the struggle is one faction’s fear of defeat for the whole class. This fear arises from the extreme pressure exerted upon this faction by the actual defeats and by the growing revolt of the masses at home and abroad.Liberals will betray the massesAt the moment, millions upon millions of people are deeply aroused against the war. The My Lai disclosures can only intensify this. The plight of the Black people makes them ever more susceptible to rebellions and to the struggle for liberation. Any serious appeal made to the masses by the liberal bourgeoisie can generate a movement which may easily go beyond the bounds which the Fulbrights, McCarthys and Goodells have set for it.As soon as the masses begin to move further than the confines set for them, the liberals betray them. This was made plain by the recent March on Washington. These leaders were made more fearful of a show of militancy (let alone violence) than of anything else.In any serious struggle against the right wing, the liberals will show that their principal political trait is not one of firm struggle or fidelity to political slogans and speeches made in the heat of a campaign, but that of vacillation, fear and inconstancy which ultimately lead to complete capitulation. That’s the lesson of classical democratic enlightened liberalism of pre-Nazi Weimar Germany.Its American counterpart will surely play an even more ignominious role of surrender to racist reaction and unbridled militarism – especially if a real mass struggle should break out against the war. For the first concern of bourgeois liberal leaders, it must be remembered, is to save the system, not to help the masses sweep it away.A revolutionary Marxist leader who forgets this lesson, especially during a time when the ruling class is undergoing such a profound crisis, forfeits his right to lead the masses. Knowing well that the majority of the people who are opposed to the war are still under the ideological domination of this very grouping of bourgeois liberals, the duty of a revolutionary Marxist leader is first of all to find every means available to dispel the illusion of the masses regarding the capabilities of the liberal bourgeoisie, to warn them of the coming betrayals, as the struggle becomes even more acute, and to systematically explain the class character of imperialist exploitation and the need for an independent proletarian class line on the war. Without that, the masses will remain a pawn in the hands of one of the factions of the ruling class. The masses must be shown that the bourgeois liberals have exposed the My Lai massacre in an effort to fortify imperialism, not to put an end to imperialist war.No ‘lesser evil’ To understand the divergent political attitudes of factions in the ruling class is one thing. To regard one of the factions as a “lesser evil” is another. So deeply imbedded is this latter idea in the consciousness of large sections of the masses that only a herculean effort on the part of all the class-conscious revolutionary elements in the movement against militarism and racism will suffice to end them.Does this then mean that revolutionaries can never enter alliances with the liberal bourgeoisie?Every Marxist who knows his ABCs knows that joint actions with the liberal bourgeoisie are absolutely unavoidable, especially when it has the ideological hegemony over the broad masses of the people. Marching separately but striking together is the key Leninist tactic in the relation between the working class and other class groupings in the struggle against the capitalist government.It was correct to march in the same demonstration with the liberals in the November 15 March on Washington. But it was necessary for revolutionaries to have their own independent class slogans, their own speakers, their own banners. And swinging a mass of people to the Justice Department was a dramatic way for revolutionaries to illustrate their own class view of the imperialist war in Vietnam and the racist war on Black America.As the crisis deepens and the bourgeoisie shows more and more that it is incapable of disengaging itself from its adventurous, expansionist war policies, the liberal bourgeoisie seeks more and more to frighten the Administration. With dramatic exposures such as the My Lai massacre, it hopes to garner mass support as a lever to bargain with the Administration and to show that it alone knows how to win back loyalty to the imperialist establishment and to refurbish the tarnished image of Wall Street in Western Europe.A revolutionary coalitionAll the more necessary for all the political tendencies in this country that are truly anti-imperialist, who are truly opposed to the tactic of being a tail to the liberals’ kite and who have faith in the proletarian as against the bourgeois struggle against the war, to form a revolutionary coalition, the purpose of which would be to act as a counter-weight to the false leadership of most of the anti-war movement.The groups that demonstrated at the Justice Department on November 15 could serve as the core for just such a coalition, begin the work of disabusing the masses of bourgeois pacifist ideology and link them up with the struggle of the workers and more particularly, with the Black liberation movement.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
WHEAT Weather Indiana Weather Forecast 1/23/2015 By Hoosier Ag Today – Jan 23, 2015 That low still looks to take a track from Minneapolis to Chicago to just north of Indy. The best precipitation will be just to the north and west side of the low. However, we continue to keep our moisture forecast at .1”-.4” liquid equivalent, coverage at around 70%. The remaining 30% of the state will see moisture, but in the trace to few hundredths range. We also maintain that most of this precipitation will fall in liquid form, as the freezing line looks reluctant to move much into the northern part of the state. The only concern about snow we have is lingering moisture into late in the day and the overnight period. If moisture lingers there, we can see a decent coating to 1 inch over the northern half to third of the state. Farther south…no snow. Early February gets very cold. We posted a map yesterday that shows massive cold air incursions into the upper Midwest and western great lakes. Nothing is really all that different 24 hours later. We also see at least 2 clipper systems in the first 7 days of February that can bring snow, and a massive storm front pummeling the west coast around the 7th that would suggest a strong system for us around the 11th-12th, if it holds together. Cold air will be the key, and we continue to see the intermediate and extended periods well below normal over the eastern half of the nation. Better coverage of lighter moisture on the models for Argentina leads to a southern/southeastern Brazil pattern than includes some better moisture too, although a lot of it is back loaded into the extended period. Mostly dry weather settles in this weekend, and we see scattered showers for the 27th through the 29th, with the most coverage and intensity on the 29th. However, from the 1st through the 4th we can see 1-3 inch rains from RGDS up through Sao Paulo, coverage at 80%. Temps look to stay nearly normal. Some are spinning this forecast as not so good (50%-75% of normal rain in the period from the 22nd-29th)…but as long as temps do not rage out of control…we actually don’t mind this kind of forecast. Previous articleSilicon Valley Delivering Weather Data to the FarmNext articleMorning Outlook Hoosier Ag Today The hype has begun over this weekend’s weather event. You won’t hear it from here. Our forecast stays the same. Today will be a fairly calm day as will tomorrow, although clouds will likely build slowly. Biggest threat here will be temps in the next two weeks. For beef cattle production exceptionally warm temps will be back in early next week, and above normal temps through the week. For northern dairy production areas, look for cold air to start to push in early next week, and brutal cold can be in for early February. The big change from warm to eventual cold in the central and southern plains might be an issue to watch. But, for right now, we don’t look for the huge swings (40 degree swings) to happen in less than 24 hours…it will be slightly more manageable. SHARE BEYOND INDIANA: Facebook Twitter Some of the driest areas in TX got some of the best rains out of the system that exited the state yesterday. Snows were seen a bit farther north than we expected, up into SW KS…but generally we don’t mind that kind of verification. Warm air races back into the central and southern plains behind this current system that left yesterday. Temps in eastern CO may push 70 degrees up near Fort Morgan Sunday or Monday. So, while cold air digs in over the eastern third of the country, it will lead to another major warm up in HRW areas. This may be problematic, as we see cold air blasting in for February…but for now, as long as moisture stays decent, the crop still looks to be in good shape. A strong system will develop late next week in TX and NM exactly where this last one did. Models right now keep it mostly south, along a similar track as the last one…but we are keeping the door open for a swing north that might bring better precipitation to HRW areas north of I-70. February shows colder air in the plains in general, with better chances of snow especially after the 5th with better moisture coming in over the western third of the country. SOYBEAN Weather Following that system, the rest of next week looks stable, if not boring. High pressure dominates for Tuesday through Thursday. Late in the week we see another storm complex forming in west TX and eastern NM, exactly as the current southern system did yesterday and late Tuesday. Models right now want to keep that system out of here and keep our precipitation limited to a few late week flurries from a weak surface trough. I am not ready to limit it to that yet. We still look for colder air through the week next week to provide more of a pull northward of the low, especially if we can get backside flow around the midweek high to help. So, while we will not go all out and look for a major event at the turn of the moth, we think there is more potential for a good front than models are saying right now. Home News Feed Indiana Weather Forecast 1/23/2015 As we kind of anticipated, the drier solution the models went with 24 hours ago did not hold for Argentina. Now, we are not seeing a scenario where we are flush with 1-3 inch frontal passages, but we are seeing nice, timely rains in the quarter to 1 inch range on several occasions through the coming weeks. The first round of action works in Saturday into Sunday but only has about 40% coverage. From Monday through Thursday we see scattered showers that produce up to half an inch with 70% coverage. Then a front arrives next Friday the 29th and brings half to 1.5” rains with 80% coverage. Some of those rains may expand to near 3” as they get close to Paraguay and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Early February shows half to 1 inch rains around with 60% coverage for the 2nd-4th, then dry and sunny with high pressure from the 5th through the end of the period. The pattern would suggest perhaps a nice dry window through the 10th. Major rains missed the Corn Belt yesterday and overnight, with a strong system passing over the Deep South. A clipper like system in a cold air mass for the weekend looks tantalizing, but really has minimal moisture…we would be surprised to see anyone with more than .4” anywhere in the Corn Belt. Moisture coverage and the pattern gets much more active after the turn of the month. Bitter cold air is still on the docket, and we see some good shots of snow coming. Pat close attention to a system in TX Thursday into Friday of next week…right now models want to keep that system south of the region again (like this current system) but we think there is potential to lift it further north, and bring significant moisture into the southern and central corn belt just ahead of the turn of the month. Scattered mosture will c ontinue to be the rule through the next week at least…but we see much stronger rain action after the calendar turns to February. Rains from now through the 31st will combine to produce up to 1.25” with coverage at 60%,. However, from the 1st through the7th (and in particular the 3rd-6th) we see 1-3 inch rains from Matto Grosso do Sul up through the heart of the soybean belt. Keep in mind ,the window for 2nd crop corn planting is 2/2-2/25…so moisture just ahead of or right at the start of planting would be seen as great for the corn, but might elicit some complaints on the bean harvest front. Temps look normal to slightly warm over most of the soy belt, above normal still in eastern Goias, through all of Minas Gerais and Bahia, where production acres are fewer. SRW areas see are colder and wetter than their compadres. But, we see the bitter cold holding off until February. Next week will just be below normal. Depending on the track of that system out of TX late next week, southern SRW areas may be in for another strong 1-1.5” rain event, or the better moisture may lift north. That is a scenario (incase you missed it earlier) we will watch closely. We have a strong little system passing by to the south over the Deep South, triggering good rains through MS, AL, GA and up in to TN. This storm will turn into a headline maker as it sweeps up the east coast this weekend. You can bet national outlets will be talking about how bad it is. Back here, nothing really happens until our northwest clipper system arrives Saturday. CATTLE Weather FSU wheat areas look colder for the first part and last part of the forecast period. The last 5 days of the period we see well below normal temps. In the middle, we see some milder air lifting up from the south. This will be right about the same time a couple of weaker fronts toy with the area, trying to come in out of Eastern Europe. We can see precipitation totals up to .75” liquid equivalent out of those two systems, coverage at about 60%. We like most of the moisture over the Central and southern Regions, and to a lesser extent in the Volga region. This should be a mix of rain and snow, ending as more snow. SHARE Facebook Twitter Weather that Impacts CORN:
Gastronomically speaking, it is my favorite time of the year. Grilling is something I enjoy doing, and I enjoy consuming the results. Meats, vegetables, fruits, even breads are amazing when cooked over an open flame. While roasting, frying, boiling, even smoking can produce some great tasting food, there is just something about the taste and texture of food grilled outdoors. It is also good for America. Previous articleTime is Running Out for Congress to Act on GMO LabelsNext articleFarm Bureau Pleased to Support FFA State Convention Gary Truitt SHARE Grilling, It is Good For America Grilling is also a great way to support the U.S. economy. Industry estimates say that 40% of grill owners plan to purchase a new or additional grill within the next year. In addition, grilling season is a significant demand factor for the livestock sector. This represents a $1.02 trillion impact on the U.S. economy. According to a recent analysis, the livestock industry represents 5.6 percent of the gross domestic product of the U.S. The analysis, commissioned by the North American Meat Institute, found the meat and poultry industry is responsible for 5.4 million jobs and $257 billion in wages. By Gary Truitt SHARE Like just about any activity that gets people to eat meat, grilling has come under attack by anti-meat activists. PETA claims that not only does grilling contribute to global warming but the entire animal agriculture industry is a cause of climate change. Like most claims made by PETA, the facts do not back this up. Today over 60% of grills use propane gas with only 40% using charcoal and 10% using electric. Studies have also shown that, if everyone in the U.S. stopped eating meat, the climate impact would be negligible. Facebook Twitter A 2015 study conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) shows that 75 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker. Traditional summer holidays top the list of the most popular grilling holidays: the Fourth of July (68 percent), Memorial Day (52 percent), and Labor Day (51 percent). On average, Americans cook on their grills 12 times per year. Meat remains the top food item cooked on grills: hot dogs 72%, steak 71%, burgers 69%, and chicken parts 64%. Thirty-eight percent of grill owners believe food cooked on their grills rather than in their ovens is more healthful, while 57% believe it is just as healthy. Facebook Twitter So, during this Independence Day weekend, grab some animal protein and fire up the grill. Just tell your neighbors you are helping America and eating more naturally. After all, one of the first things man did when he discovered fire was cook with it. Home Commentary Grilling, It is Good For America By Gary Truitt – Jun 20, 2016
SHARE Home Commentary Commentary: What is Good About Fast Food and why Farmers Should Care By Gary TruittThis is not the column I started to write. My intention was to write about the contribution farmers make to the fast food industry and about how, as we celebrate National Agriculture Day (March 23), we should help consumers connect the dots between what farmers do and what comes out of the drive thru window at their local fast food restaurant. While doing research on this, I discovered the widespread vilification, misinformation, and fuzzy logic being promulgated by activist groups against farmers and against the fast food industry.The critics claim that that the fast food industry has corrupted farming, “The industry’s enormous purchasing power and demand for vast amounts of cheap animal products are among the principal driving forces behind factory farming, as well as the massive government subsidies for staple animal feed crops like corn and soy that sustain it.” They also slam farmers for turning out food that leads to obesity and discourages variety and diversity in food choices.In the past few decades, the fast food industry has seen tremendous growth. The McDonald’s Corporation, for example, operated about a thousand restaurants in 1968. Today the company runs about 28,000 restaurants worldwide, opening nearly two thousand new ones annually. It hires about one million employees each year, more than any other private or public organization in the United States. The reason for this continued growth is that, despite what the food police say, most consumers like what the industry offers: convenience, low cost, and consistent quality food.Likewise, the impact this growth has had on agriculture has also become significant. McDonald’s is also the nation’s single largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes and is the second largest buyer of chicken. While it is the largest fast food brand, McDonalds is not the only one by far. While the naysayers and handwringers are quick to point out the negative side of the industry, there is a very significant positive story here.While food snobs call the menu items at fast food restaurants “empty calories,” the reality is that the variety and nutrition of fast food has improved in recent years. This is the result of consumer demands and competitive pressure. Salt and fat content have been reduced, and options like salads, fruits, and fewer sugary drinks have increased. While the many dietitians and nutritionists I have spoken with will readily admit that eating 3 meals a day of fast food is not healthy, they will also say moderate consumption is okay. The industry gets blamed for obesity when science shows that the amount of food you eat is a much bigger contributor than what you eat.Another positive that does not get talked about a lot is access to food. Fast food outlets are plentiful; grocery stores are not. The pandemic brought this into stark relief. As restaurants and bars closed and as grocery stores ran short of food, the fast food industry kept its drive thru lanes open and safe. The industry was quick to respond and was able to put into practice safe, contact-free food delivery. Taco Bell was among the first to establish a no contact system where customers could order and pay for their food with their phone and grab it as they drove through, with no human contact.Farmers, large and small, organic and traditional, have a lot at stake in the fast food industry. Like it or not, the fast food industry is a major factor in the demand for what is grown on American farms. As we celebrate Ag Day, let’s not only celebrate the farmers who produce the food but those who deliver that food, even if it is wrapped in paper and delivered thru a drive thru window. SHARE Previous articleKettler Op-Ed: Food Brings Everyone to the TableNext articleNational Ag Week Connects Students With Lawmakers Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 21, 2021 Commentary: What is Good About Fast Food and why Farmers Should Care