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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
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Health Care & Environment
07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]
07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]
07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]
07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]
07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
07.04 US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]07.03 Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn
07.03 Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]
07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]
07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]
07.16 As Trump Sows Discord, Chief of Staff Mulvaney Reportedly Focused on 'Building Empire for the Right Wing' [And the South shall rise again...]
07.16 Turnstile teaching [The problem is NOT the color of students skin, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government to always do a much better job for a better future.]
07.16 Contempt [Variations of frequent loss & theft of property title by organized legal efforts against black owners]
07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
07.14 Warren vows to probe U.S. crimes on immigrants if elected [Can you imagine living in a nation with a working Justice System? How far we've fallen!]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
International & Futurism
07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]
07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]
07.17 Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It [Only psychopathic Saudi Arabia and Russia are U.S. ’allies’ now...]
07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
07.14 At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]
07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]
07.13 Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S. [Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]
07.13 Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]
Thinking About Chess—and the Global Economy
Since the Great Depression of the 1930’s, we have witnessed the evolution of a new dichotomy in the battle of the two kings. I refer to the US Dollar and oil.I’ve been thinking about chess. Actually I’ve been thinking about diversions, gambits, “the Bourse,” and, winning. A forensic accountant—or any thinking person—looks at the who, the what, the when, the how, the how much, and the how many to get to the WHY. It’s the why that’s most important. What is the real objective, and what means are necessary to get there? In America’s recent presidential campaigns, it has boiled down to: “It’s the ..., stupid!”
While the origins of chess are unknown, it is traditionally believed that the game began in Indo-Persia, or China. It is a truly complex game of strategy played on many levels. It is virtual warfare played on a game board of sixty-four squares. Every move can be critical and each move has the potential for altering the game forever—affecting the final outcome. The pieces are symbolic and the value of each piece—be it pawn, rook, bishop, knight, or queen—literally changes with each move. Chess requires intellect, vision, focus and the ability to assess/adapt.
In chess and global affairs, there is really only one king, and that king must be free to move and to dominate everything else on the board/planet. The one true king of the planet transcends individuals, nation states, or governmental collectives. Since the Great Depression of the 1930’s, we have witnessed the evolution of a new dichotomy in the battle of the two kings. I refer to the US Dollar and oil. What will be the one true “King of the World"?
You can’t fire the souls of the masses to shed the blood of their sons and daughters for the supreme interests of the central bankers versus petroleum moguls. You need the diversion of a Judas goat.
It may seem crass to reduce everything which has happened in the past three-quarters of a century to a battle between the buck and black gold for world supremacy, but think about it—and particularly think about our current crises/situations. You can’t fire the souls of the masses to shed the blood of their sons and daughters for the supreme interests of the central bankers versus petroleum moguls. You need the diversion of a Judas goat with terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear Armageddon, or the promise of free elections becoming the pawns, rooks, knights, and bishops in rallying world opinion, the troops, and their families. Chess and world domination by one true king are played/sought by a series of gambits, or games/scenarios, within the overriding ultimate game. The political and economic gambits change with each new move, the stakes keep rising, and the pace keeps accelerating. I find it particularly of interest that global attention (and action) is once again focused on the chessboard of the Middle East—one of the two perceived origins of the game of chess itself.
Sometime within the next 64 days, the Tehran Bourse will commence, and it will feature the Euro as the transactional currency of choice for the sales. This is not only a threat to the US Dollar’s monopoly status as the official currency of OPEC, but will challenge the US Dollar’s ultimate kingship as the world’s reserve currency.
Sometime within the next 64 days, the Tehran Bourse will commence. This exchange will make Iran the main hub for oil, gas, and petrochemical deals in the region. And that region is the mother-lode of the planet’s known oil/energy reserves. More importantly, “the Bourse” will feature the Euro as the transactional currency of choice for the sales. This is not only a threat to the US Dollar’s monopoly status as the official currency of OPEC, but will challenge the US Dollar’s ultimate kingship as the world’s reserve currency. It becomes the current gambit in the chess match for supremacy of the one store of value versus the other.
Now “honestly” targeting Iran to stop “the Bourse” and circling the wagons around the US Dollar just is not going to cut it as far as justification in the court of world opinion. It will not rally the troops, nor will it prepare their families for the loss and sacrifices to come. Once again, we will see the false Judas goats of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear Armageddon, or the promise of free elections on the parade banners and in the political rhetoric. Will “behind-the-words analysis” of the themes emanating from Bush’s Jan. 31 State of the Union message support my chess metaphor?
In chess, the losing king is never actually captured; the “winner” rather puts the opponent/adversary in a position whereby he cannot make a move without self- destructing. The game ends when one king finds himself effectively “amBUSHed” in whatever action he might choose to take. In this game of chess, who will succeed as “King of the World”—the US Dollar, or oil?
I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.
Copyright 2006 Questions, Inc. All rights reserved. Fred Cederholm is a CPA/CFE, a forensic accountant, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., M.A. and M.A.S.). He can be reached at email@example.com.
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This story was published on January 31, 2006.