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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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07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]

07.19 'Unprecedented' Decline of Plants and Animals as Global 'Red List' Reveals Nearly One-Third of Assessed Species Under Threat

07.17 ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades

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 Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

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.]

07.16 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

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07.19 Fox News’s star names excuse the inexcusable after Trump's latest racist attack

07.18 In Sinclair's New 'Must-Run' Segment, Former Trump Adviser Tries to Defend Racist Attacks on 'the Squad'

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07.19 Are progressives working on a climate plan for 2021? You bet.

07.19 The 51 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's repugnant North Carolina rally

07.19 The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’

07.18 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security

07.18 Deadly Delays in Jail Construction Cost Lives and Dollars Across California

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]

07.18 "Can't Change a Corrupt System by Taking Its Money": Sanders Urges All 2020 Democrats to Reject Insurance, Big Pharma Cash [49:02 video w/ lousy sound]

07.17 Why Democrats’ oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump

07.17 Here's the real reason Trump is attacking 'the squad': he's scared of their politics

07.17 'Good,' Says Elizabeth Warren, After Billionaire Right-Winger Peter Thiel Says She's 2020 Democrat He Is 'Most Scared By'

07.17 The American Right Defines Patriotism As Complacency About Racism

07.17 This is what today's America looks like. The squad is us

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07.19 UN urged to act over 'purge' of Turkey's lawyers by Erdogan

07.19 DOJ Releases Strong Evidence of Trump’s Campaign Finance Violations But No Explanation of No Charges [The statement]

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...]

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07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]

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07.18 Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how

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

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07.19 U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are 'fantastic'

07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]

07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]

07.18 Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market

07.18 There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff

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...]

07.17 Trump’s Unlawful Asylum Policy Is a Jab at Mexico

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]

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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS:

Thinking About Juggling

by Fred Cederholm
The Administration, the country, and the planet need a vacation/hiatus from the bad news. The powers-that-be need time to gather public feedback on the leaked hypotheticals of the past week and re-TH*NK their game plan.
I’ve been thinking about juggling. Actually I’ve been thinking about the unfolding recession/depression, illusions, leakings, speculations, and Limbaugh. The Obama Presidency is now beginning its eighth week. The fun stuff of the Inauguration ceremonies and festivities is but a not-so-distant memory. Everyone knew it was going to be a rough ride and a long haul, but who’d of thought the 44th President would achieve the dubious honor of officially having a “bear market” so quickly after being sworn in as the nation’s fixer-in-chief? This is on top of 45%+ declines in 2008.

You see a “bear market” is defined as a 20% decline in the major indexes. The Obama team has met such criteria in a scant two months! The response of these markets is a barometer on the Obama plan for a turnaround – not a good sign. Congress gave him his TRILLION dollar stimulus package on schedule with a gratuitous surplus of pork and earmarks to boot. 100’s of BILLIONs of earlier authorized bailouts, restructurings, infusions, and slight of hands transferring “toxic” (as in worthless) assets to the Treasury - or the Federal Reserve Banking system - have transpired since January 20th. Have we tuned the corner? Is the corner in sight? Do we even know where the corner is? Unfortunately the answer to all these questions is a resounding... NO! NO! And, NO!

The current situation will challenge not only this Administration and the nation as a whole; the entire planet is looking down the wrong end of a double barreled shotgun. Despite the near record breaking declines in the US equity markets, corporate profitability, layoffs and dis-employments, goods and services consumption, and construction/real estate; the US is looking relatively good and is postured to weather out the turmoil(s) fairly well. This relativity of the dire and dour is the only explanation why essential foreign money continues to flow into the United States. For example, the severity of the situation(s) in the UK have seen just over $ TRILLION in foreign investment capital repatriate from London to the US in the past year alone. The global cash flow to the US hurts development everywhere else with the marginal or poorest nations hit the most.

Obama and his talking heads are juggling the full spectrum of plates, balls, and knives. Being BOTH fear-leaders AND cheer-leaders is dangerous. Such duality undercuts credibility, public support, and any real progress towards a turnaround. The self fulfilling prophesies aspect cuts both ways – firing up the cheers AND accentuating the fears. Thus far, President Obama himself has enjoyed amazing public support, while the bon mots for FED Chairman Bernanke are waning, and any positives for Treasury Secretary Geithner have yet to materialize! It is too early to call the impact of Budget Director Orszag at this point. His first budgetary creation is only now being digested and evaluated. Each will be responsible for the successes (or failures) of their own illusions.

The juggling gamesmanship goes beyond those mentioned in the prior paragraphs. Test marketing of coming (possible) crises and hypothetical actions or solutions are being leaked all over the DC beltway and beyond. These come from Congressional personages, their entourage(s), media political pundits, and politco-celeb-wanabees - via their interviews and sound bytes. Be forewarned that: (1). A General Motors breakup bankruptcy is a growing possibility, (2). Further infusions to AIG for their “hedge losses” will not fly, (3). The FDIC fund will need major taxpayer infusions, (4) Too big to fail (and disappear completely) will NOT apply to at least one US mega banking/financial establishment, (5) Nationalizations – regardless of how described – will occur, and (6). A major reshuffling could occur in the neophyte Obama Administration team!!!

The Administration, the country, and the planet need a vacation/hiatus from the bad news. I don’t see that happening in any foreseeable future. I do, however, feel that the coming week will be relatively uneventful in that the powers-that-be need time to gather public feedback on the leaked hypotheticals of the past week and re-TH*NK their game plan. We WILL be treated to more leaks and focus group speculations. If nothing else, there is always Limbaugh “Rushing” to stir up the...um... juggling!

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 March 9, 2009.

 

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