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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...]
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on September 14, 2009.