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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?]
Ref. : Letters to the editor
Health Care & Environment
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?]
News Media Matters
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
International & Futurism
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 Accelerations
We are witnessing quantum changes in almost every aspect of our lives (or should be). Is this good, or bad? The logical answer to such a rhetorical question is “that depends.”
I’ve been thinking about accelerations. Actually I’ve been thinking about time and progress, Afghanistan, banking interventions, the equity (stock) markets, health care reform, and the Obama administration. We are witnessing quantum changes in almost every aspect of our lives (or should be). Is this good, or bad? The logical answer to such a rhetorical question is “that depends.” As I look at the things in our world, I am finding that the more “changes occurring,” the fewer real changes in real life.
You see last summer I basically took a hiatus from everything. With open heart surgery for valve repair, a potentially terminal infection, a 2nd “re”-re-corrective surgery, and two months of multiple IVs of antibiotics a day to terminate the “bug” which had infected me; I really don’t remember day to day details, or events. Such induced amnesia was probably a very good thing. I’d normally spend a couple of hours a day reading and on-line to follow global, national, and local events to get the news and subject matter for my weekly column. THAT did not occur for June, July, or August. In recent weeks I’ve been studying the events of the summer of 2009 to fill in the blanks. The immortal words of Shakespeare summed things up pretty well – It was a time “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth.) While much was happening, nothing was really progressing to the resolution of anything. Such a trend of speedy “nothingness” continued in September and October, and I don’t see changes on the horizon.
Afghanistan is THE current hot spot. We are floundering there. Obama identified this land of perennially warring lords and factions as the focus of his foreign policy. He was opposed to nation building and yet THAT seems our only objective/goal. We in the US define “more” as being better. The only “mores” we are seeing is in the deaths of our service men and women, and endless costs. Election fraud was so great within the first election there that Karzai’s opposition withdrew from a coming 2nd election. Obama has been asked to increase our troops there by some 40,000. All summer and fall, he has delayed such a deployment while he re-TH*NKS our policy there – whatever that policy is???
Last Friday saw 9 bank interventions (takeovers of insolvent financial institutions). Such actions were the largest number for any week in all of 2009. This brought the number of Federal assumptions to 115. We are told how the recession/depression has turned around, yet unemployment continues to rise and the FDIC resolution fund equity is negative with more and more banks going down. One institution in this most recent grouping of failures really hit me --- and it hit me hard.
FBOP (First Bank of Oak Park in Illinois) was near where I lived in the 1980s. It was a fine, stand alone, privately owned institution. It had total assets of about $125 million in the early 1990s. In less than 20 years it grew to $19.4 BILLION of total assets. This is a 155.2 fold increase! It went from a solvent stand alone community bank to an insolvent behemoth in just less than two decades. How many of its 28 bank acquisitions were pushed thru by Fed Regulators to clean up insolvent banks in Illinois, California, and Texas? Such a policy was also deployed by my former employer (the RTC) on Savings and Loans. This only accomplishes much in fanfare; but in reality, signifies nothing in permanence.
The close of the equity (stock) markets on Friday marked the end of a truly downer week for most of the global exchanges. Last Friday was also the 80th anniversary of “Black Tuesday,” the market crash in 1929. It also heralded a return to stock pricing levels of one year ago. (That is... twelve months later and the markets had not budged an inch.) Several world market exchanges even returned to levels of 18 months ago. Is this yet another case of “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”? Humm...
The (un-)insured disaster that characterizes health care in the United States has been dubbed THE major “must fix” objective of both Obama’s Administration and the 111th Congress. Last week saw the introduction of a 1,990 page bit of legislation dubbed “Affordable Health Care for America Act” by the US House of Representatives. The 1,990 page description does not do this Act justice. By converting the downloaded PDF document to MS Word; it becomes 1,593 pages, 445,214 words, and 2,596,459 keystrokes. Bulk alone makes the Act one for the record books – or if you can’t dazzle ‘em, baffle ‘em!
I’ve only started reading this gross legislation by the pound. I’m certain it was only read by the lawyers and lobbyists for the respective health care interests who actually wrote it in the first place. 10% into it and I’m not one bit impressed. This, too, fits Shakespeare’s Macbeth description: “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” The Senate will undoubtedly come up with its own version, but I don’t see much hope for any improvement.
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 November 2, 2009.