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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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07.15 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!]
07.10 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.]
07.09 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!]
07.04 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 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]
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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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
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 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 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...]
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!]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
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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 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 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 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...]
Thinking about the Olympics of 2016
Chicago’s getting the 2016 games might have enriched a few, but all but two of the modern Olympic Games have left their hosting cities in debt for decades. Therefore instead of lobbying for the Olympics in Chicago and the like, Obama should focus more on critically important problems.
I’ve been thinking about the Olympics of 2016. Actually I’ve been thinking about Chicago, President Obama, Afghanistan, healthcare reconstitution, banking, jobs, and our economic mess(es). The media is ripe for the picking of the City of Rio as the host for the summer Olympic Games in 2016. Chicago had lost!!! Outcries of defeat and rejection are almost everywhere.
You see Chicago was a contender for being the host city, but it was ousted from the selection process on the very first vote. The second balloting ended Tokyo’s dreams for the host position. In the final voting between Rio and Madrid, Rio won. Chicago had given it a serious run, but despite having an almost nine figure presentation/proposal... and an arm twisting by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and “THE Oprah;” the Olympic site selection committee made quick work of “the City of Big Shoulders.” I had felt it would go to Rio since NO Olympic games had ever been staged/hosted in South America. I did feel that Chicago would come in a respectable second place, however.
I now live about 70 miles due west of Chicago and had earlier lived in the adjacent suburb of Oak Park for almost a decade. I still know (and keep in contact with) a number of Chicagoans. Not one of them wanted to have the Olympics come to their home town – a short seven years in the future. The one couple (who was sort of indifferent to the selection) would be pulling out of Chicago in four years to retire to Arizona. Apparently my sampling of city dwellers was not THAT uncommon as roughly 50% opposed Chicago hosting the 2016 Games. They felt Chicago (and Illinois) just could not afford it.
The Obama(s)/Oprah factors in the selection mix put a different twist of the rejection of Chicago. These are highly visible people who are both loved and hated by significant numbers of Americans. These three could not win (for losing) by taking a part in hawking “the City on the Lake” to the selection committee in Copenhagen last week. True, had Chicago been selected, they “might” have gotten some credit for sealing the deal. Selection of Rio had them flying home and experiencing the agony of defeat – and NOT the thrill of victory! I suspect the media frenzy about the choice to continue for about another week at the most. Any critic of the Obama administration would capitalize on this outcome. Then too... had Obama not gone to hype his adopted home city there would be equal criticism levied.
No President had ever made a trip to close an Olympic deal. I’m not certain it was a wise decision for President Obama given all that is presently on his plate at the moment. He is re-TH*NK*NG his plan for Afghanistan that surfaced a scant six months ago. We are getting our fannies kicked there with hardly a remote chance of a victory under any definition. Such is not the fault of our young service men and women. Such is the nature of guerilla war. 40,000 more in deployments will make little difference.
Obama’s quest to reconstitute the nation’s health care system is already on life support! There are just too many segments making big bucks on the way things are now. Lobbyists are working overtime. A Federal participation in the insurance underwriting process is dead in the water at present. I can see both good and bad points in this, but feel that a single and nationwide payer system is critical for any real success. Obama has staged a number of town meetings and guest spots on talk shows. Just what this has accomplished I have no feeling. The President is diluting the impact of his “bully” pulpit by hogging the media. He needs to work more effectively behind the scenes – thereby sharing the credit for successes.
The Olympic brouhaha has taken attention away from the ongoing banking crisis. The FDIC staged its 95th, 96th, 97th and 98th bank takeovers this past weekend for the calendar 2009 alone. None of these institutions had a presence beyond their indigenous communities! Still... these were enough to wipe out the remaining reserves of the nation’s sole banking underwriter. There are reportedly now 400 plus institutions needing bailout assistance. The FDIC’s plan to re-fund their reserves by assessing member banks their “dues” thru 2012 at one time right now, just isn’t going to cut it. Unless you follow this industry and dig on the internet – you’d never know that!
The US continues to hemorrhage a quarter million job losses a month. Uncle $ugar’s media/spokespeople claim our recession/depression is over, or is at least turning around. Chicago’s getting the 2016 games might have enriched a few, but all but two of the modern Olympic Games have left their hosting cities in debt for decades. Chicago would be NO different!
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 October 5, 2009.