2018 November 12 | Monday: The people of Monticello, Florida, celebrate their neighbors, family, and community with a parade on Veteran’s Day to honor those who served in the United States Armed Services. It is one of three annual parades in the seat of Jefferson County government.
Monticello is prototypical small-town American South where the Pledge and Flag are zealously and flagrantly co-mingled with Church and State as fundamentals of their Nation. Beguiled by their romantic illusions of the Flag, these citizens fiercely embrace national symbols embodying colonialism and imperialism in the chimera of patriotism.
Equating the machinery of war with parades is a failure to comprehend that veterans are people – genuine and authentic, flesh and blood. Veterans know personal sacrifice. #NeverForget
American farmers hit by the US-China trade battle are preparing to reshape the US Farm Belt by planting more corn and less soybeans next year over a land mass potentially equal to the size of Connecticut. For decades, corn was US farmers’ crop of choice, its tall stalks carpeting the Midwestern landscape. Soybeans, shorter and bushier, began decades ago as a niche crop raised on less acreage but came to rival corn in recent years because of growing demand from China. US farmers in 2018 planted more soybeans than corn for the first time in more than three decades, betting on that demand. But Chinese tariffs on US soybeans have hurt that bet: US exporters have sold less soybeans to China, typically the largest foreign buyer of the crop, in the past seven weeks than in a single week last fall.
"Prices will tell you that you would see a significant shift out of soybeans toward corn in the US," said Soren Schroder, chief executive of grain-trading giant Bunge Ltd., speaking at a Wall Street Journal conference in September. Some analysts say farmers could convert as much as four million acres from soybeans to corn next spring.1
2018 November 05 | Monday: Mayor Andrew Gillum, candidate for Governor of Florida, speaks at the Monticello Opera House in Monticello, Florida, his last campaign stop before election day. At that stop, Gillum declared victory to the enthusiastic audience.
Campaign planning documents indicated that 100 were expected to attend. Nearly three-times that many people jammed into the historic site for Gillum’s rally.
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