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Health Care & Environment
07.21 Greta Thunberg: ‘They see us as a threat because we’re having an impact’ [We love a sane smarty-pants! Trump, you won't understand any of this, so just go off and tweet or chant, or whatever...]
07.20 Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here. [Trump can't be bothered as the world turns into a large cinder. His laser focus is on personal greed.]
07.20 Cargo ships are emitting boatloads of carbon, and nobody wants to take the blame [1:19 video; Governments must commission to fight deadly shipping emissions, previously omitted in climate summit agreements....]
07.20 With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' [Realtime proactive response to reality—now and threatening—doesn't get attention in this greed focused administration]
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]
07.17 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]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
07.21 A court ruled it was legal for guards to strip search female inmates and force them to remove their tampons in front of male officers for a 'training exercise' [The frequency and degree of immorality and degradation being reported in the media is very disturbing, as if society has been reprogrammed overnight to be more like the worst behavior of Nazi Germany]
07.21 THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS GETTING CRUSHED IN FUNDRAISING: “THEY NEED TO GET THEIR SHIT TOGETHER” [Since so-called moderate Democrats will prostitute themselves in many conceivable ways (offering that special quid pro quo) they have effectively become competitively ANTI-PUBLIC, like Republicans. Whereas progressive Democrats must promise not to take corporate donations at all as an effective litmus-test. The DNC refuses to raise funds for moderate and progressives separately, and thus donations fall short. Which is it to be: 1) Will the DNC change? or 2) Must progressive Democrats become corporate whores too? or 3) Maybe you don't need corporate contributions at all if your policies are fantastic?]
07.21 We're no longer in Brave New World. We're back in 1984. [1:35 video; Our despicable President is at it again]
07.21 BALTIMORE'S FILTHIEST HOODS [7:38 video. Ask your governments, why are our cities so much worse than Europe's? Why is our healthcare worse and so much more expensive? And why are our Billionaires so much richer? Ask if those results of bad government are all related, and why? Are they all caused by a power-elite with greed-obsessed immorality?]
07.20 Fact check: Trump says Puerto Rico got $92 billion. They've seen only a fraction [If he opens his mouth, Trump's lying.]
07.20 Trump Denies Being at North Carolina Rally [Not sure if Trump supporters 'get' satire, but here goes....]
High Crimes vs. Human Rights
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]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
International & Futurism
07.21 Spain set for socialist-led government after Iglesias deal [Some loaded drama going on here...]
07.20 US to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia in face of 'credible' regional threats [Working with Osama bin Laden's godfathers, Trump wants to profit like Erik Prince (for-profit education secretary Betsy DeVos' brother) of Blackwater infamy (hurriedly renamed ‘Academi’), the U.S. taxpayer to pay inflated costs while Trump siphons off long-term emolument largesse]
07.20 Iran on 'dangerous path' with seizure of Stena Impero, says UK [Which is this, a tit or a tat?]
07.20 'Dark satanic mills': Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines [Too much CO2 air pollution makes you stupid, and turns your country into an “Idiocracy” (1:36 video clip)]
07.20 Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies' [Lazy and willfully stupid whenever it serves his purpose, just like Trump. “And the rest of you can all go to hell.” Again, just like Trump. Has your country turned into an “Idiocracy”? (1:36 video clip)]
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?]
Thinking about Interventions
I didn’t realize that I was beginning to fall asleep during phone calls, had slurred speech. Had my little community of friends and neighbors not intervened, I more than likely would NOT have awakened the next morning.
I’ve been thinking about interventions. Actually I’ve been thinking about the summer that wasn’t, a second heart surgery, killer infections, my medical team, the Village of Creston, and Booster Days.
You see I really don’t have too many memories of this past summer of 2009. I was either in the hospital at Rockford,or the nursing care facility in Rochelle, Illinois. The specter of death loomed over me as I had TWO open heart surgeries in a little over a month’s time frame. I was diagnosed with a killer infection that required my team of MDs to find the correct mix of antibiotics which I would receive via intravenous infusions daily for a nine week period in Rockford and then in Rochelle - first eight times a day and then three times a day for the entire months of July and August.
I had my first surgery on June 3rd, and things “seemed” to go fairly well. I had lost forty-one pounds the week before the first surgery, my heart had returned to normal size, and I was progressing nicely on the recovery schedule – or even ahead of the schedule given me by my cardiac team. What I didn’t now was that I had a killer infection within me that was silently undoing all the good of my first surgery. I was infected between the fleshy tissue between my sin and my ribs in the area around my heart, and within the right half of my heart where my cardiac surgeon had rebuilt my mitral valve. The infection was like little “PACMEN” munching away at my heart.
I started running a fever off and on, but I thought this was no biggie as I had malaria, acquired during my trip to Guatemala in 1975. (I still don’t adjust to temperature changes well and passed off the hot flashes as that or the onset of “male menopause.”) After a little over a week of returning home I started oozing a pinkish brown goo from the top and bottom of my chest incision so I called my MD for an appointment. I had had a tube draining my incision from a kidney stone surgery incision in 1983.
What I didn’t realize was that I was beginning to fall asleep during phone calls, have slurred speech, and even began to stop speaking in complete sentences. People that had been calling to check on me noticed the deterioration of me even though I did not. On Monday July 6th several made calls to 911 on my behalf and I became the focus of an intervention. Suddenly there was an ambulance with two EMTs, a group of friends and neighbors from Creston, and almost the entire Creston Fire department to get me to go to the emergency room in Rochelle. I wasn’t very gracious and told them I was fine after dozing off a couple of times. My temperature was almost 103 and my pulse was over 120 beats per minute --- in my mind, I was fine.
Had my little community of friends and neighbors not intervened, I more than likely would NOT have awakened the next morning. That really scares me... Rochelle Hospital’s emergency room stabilized me after contacting my doctors in Rockford. It took a couple of hours in Rochelle to stabilize me before the trip to Rockford. I was kept in isolation for a couple of weeks and was receiving eight IV infusions of turbo charged antibiotics to stabilize me until my first open heart surgery could be undone and redone. I was given less than a 5% chance of survival when I arrived at Rockford and a second 5% chance of survival from the second open heart surgery.
My cardiac surgeon had to re-open my barely healed chest scar and go back into my heart removing the infected tissue and replacing my re-built valve with a titanium one. He then had to trim off any infected tissue on both sides of my chest incision to get a re-closure. I shudder to TH*NK about all that was done to save my life – it truly causes me to thank GOD and all the people who prayed for me throughout this summer of challenges.
I’m now doing surprisingly well (all things considered), but I still get very tired. I will be using a four wheeled walker for a while. I’m so glad to be back writing my weekly column and I’m really looking forward to Creston Booster Days to have a chance to thank all those locals who intervened and saved my life.
I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.
Copyright 2009 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 September 14, 2009.