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Health Care & Environment
11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
Thinking About Transparency
I’m all for transparency, but we also need an honest and up-front quantification, prioritization, and accountability. The “Bama Transparency” is beginning to look like more and more of what we in Illinois know as a “Blago Blitz.” (I sincerely hope not!)I’ve been thinking about transparency. Actually I’ve been thinking about openness in government, the Illinois Governor, the Obama bailout putsch, how much bailout is really needed, pork/earmarks, and returns to the trough. Transparency is the hot new buzzword in the post 2008 elections. It suggests that the public has a right to watch the decision making process in the open, what options are being considered, and why they are both effective and important. This would be an admirable step in the right direction were it not for the fact that real transparency also puts forth flaws in the logic behind the “deciding” – warts and all. It is but a small step from seeing what politicians are doing, to seeing thru their ploys, games, and scams!
You see the coming week is shaping up to be a rare smorgasbord of treats for the news junkies, the political groupies, and concerned citizens of all shapes, sizes, and persuasions. The unfolding spectacle of both the Illinois and the national travails are shaping up to be quite a double feature. The commencement of an impeachment trial of any sitting Governor would be national news story, but leave it to the media one-ups-man-ship of Rod Blagojevich to grand stand it to the next level of hyperbole.
While his trial for “conduct unbecoming” as the Prairie State’s Chief Executive began in the Illinois Senate this Monday at twelve noon in the Capitol Building, Rod was a no show. He was boycotting the event and he had taken his act on the road to New York City for guest appearances on Good Morning America, The View, and Larry King Live. This was so typical “Blago.” Since he began his tenure as “the Guv,” he has refused to live in the Governor’s mansion and serve the people of Illinois in the State Capitol – choosing rather to govern from his satellite office in Chicago. He only stages media events and press conferences in the Capitol, shuttling back and forth in a private executive plane which has cost the Illinois taxpayers MILLIONS. He is known for his “great pie in the sky programs” for which he never proposes any funding. These have a have a snowflake’s chance in Hell of realization in a state that has struggled to pass a workable budget since he took office! It is so easy to watch “Guv Blago,” and cynically question political foibles/models elsewhere.
This Illinois cynicism can clearly carry over to the Obama Administration’s “transparent” efforts to get a bailout package out the door. Their urgent desire to “do something immediately regardless of cost,” causes one to seriously question both the motivation AND the methodology. Throwing money at a problem is a long standing (and very costly) Washington DC tradition. In the waning months of the prior Bush administration, a couple TRILLION of bailout remedies were channeled thru Congress, the US Treasury, and the FED; but to what success?
Has the direness of our financial, economic, and monetary situations improved? Unfortunately... not one iota! The initial $700 BILLION in bailout bucks dubbed “TARP “needed to be greased with an additional $150 BILLION of pork projects and earmarks to get it thru Congress. There was no accountability/ tracking for the first $350 BILLION and the second $350 BILLION appears headed for the same Wall Street recipients while the Main Street needy are told to be patient and keep waiting! We know that a couple of TRILLION has not been enough to stem the tide. We still don’t know if the magic number is ten TRILLION, a hundred TRILLION, or more?
Thus far, AIG, GM, Chrysler, Ford, CITI, B of A, Merrill Lynch, Fannie, Freddie, and sundry other investment (commercial and retail) banks have sought to feast at Uncle $ugar’s trough. In numerous cases, they have not received all their earmarked (or appropriated) bailouts only to now return to seek even more from the public coffers! I’m all for transparency, but we also need an honest and up-front quantification, prioritization, and accountability. The “Bama Transparency” is beginning to look like more and more of what we in Illinois know as a “Blago Blitz.” (I sincerely hope not!)
I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.
Copyright 2008 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 26, 2009.