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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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07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

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!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

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.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

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!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

07.04 On reflection: how the 'albedo effect' is melting the Antarctic

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 Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into ‘new industrial frontier’

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]

07.02 American Medical Association sues North Dakota over abortion laws

07.02 'Committed' CO2 emissions jeopardize international climate goals, study finds

07.01 New Solar + Battery Price Crushes Fossil Fuels, Buries Nuclear

07.01 Freak summer hailstorm buries cars in Mexico's Guadalajara [0:50 video]

07.01 Climate Change is Devastating India With Heat Waves and Water Shortages [13:48 video]

06.30 American farmers can't afford this administration's climate apathy

06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]

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07.16 Describing 'Future We Want to Live In' Scores of Groups Unveil New Blueprint for Reproductive Rights

07.16 'Do not take the bait': congresswomen denounce racist Trump attack [3:50 video]

07.16 Money Laundering Scandal Forces Puerto Rico’s Governor to Cut His Vacation Short — Just in Time for Another Scandal

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.]

07.15 Finding the Future in Radical Rural America

07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]

07.15 If there is an 'immigrant' who has failed to integrate in America, it's Donald Trump

07.15 Trump tells Ocasio-Cortez and other female progressives to 'go back' to 'original' countries

07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]

07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]

07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]

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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!]

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07.15 China’s Economic Growth Hits 27-Year Low as Trade War Stings

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07.16 Trump’s race fantasy is clear: the US as home for whites fleeing Europe [1:09 video]

07.15 India’s Terrifying Water Crisis

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 Kasich: The chilling effect of British ambassador's leaked memos

07.14 'Just a matter of when': the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar

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 New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

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 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning

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...]

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COMMENTARY:

Thinking About Transparency

by Fred Cederholm
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 asklet@rochelle.net. –

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This story was published on january 26, 2009.

 

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