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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
07.19 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]
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!]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
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]
07.16 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...]
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
07.19 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 ‘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...]
07.15 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]
Thinking about Signs
We need to feel an “optimism” about what will transpire in the coming months through New Years. Will what we experience (or perceive) be a real sense of progress to that desired end?
I’ve been thinking about signs. Actually I’ve been thinking about omens/precursors, our nation’s situation, the global situation, and the coming holiday season. (A Merry Pre-Christmas to one and all). We find ourselves in a strange state of affaires. We as a country need a recovery. We need it coming at us soon. There is more than just a temptation to look at the most miniscule changes to anything as signs of how things are getting better off. These fluff our hope and keep our spirits up for a recovery.
You see we need to feel an “optimism” about what will transpire in the coming months through New Years. Will what we experience (or perceive) be a real sense of progress to that desired end? This is true for me, the nation as a whole and even to our wider planet as well. Central to “any recovery” is the feeling that the cutbacks (or shortfalls) will recede – and what we had accomplished at our prime... would return. We need to be stronger, do more, consume more, sell more, and have more real purchasing power. More is definitely better... More tells us we are in recovery... More is the solution...
Last Friday’s unemployment numbers were not a good sign. They are probably not even close to being a correct evaluation. The net October decline of 190,000 jobs lost were more than the loss of 171,000 jobs which had been expected; but were less than the 219,000 jobs lost in September. These numbers will be revised with little fanfare over the coming weeks. Still the October additions brought unemployment to just over 10.2 % – THE HIGHEST SINCE 1982! We should see a continued spiking of the unemployment figures. When a person looses his/her unemployment benefits, they fall out of the count and our un-employment mess looks “better.” By extending the eligibility for benefits across the nation, we shall see a rise in the reported unemployed. Such a bigger and downward “sign” in the employment levels will NOT be a sign of recovery. There is no such thing as a jobless recovery! Trust me...
Our Gross Domestic Product has morphed from categorizing what we make, to categorizing what we consume. The consumption no longer has to be goods made in the USA. When the US consumer stops (or at least cuts back on) purchasing – the world hurts big time. While the US has cut back somewhat on its debt financed spending, in August we still bought $20.231 BILLION more from China, $ 4.337 BILLION more from Japan, $3.949 BILLION more from Mexico, $2.148 BILLION more from Germany, and $1.886 BILLION more from Venezuela than we sold to them respectively. Note that Venezuela was our fifth largest trade deficit and our third largest energy supplier.
Energy makes up our largest group of imports. This picks up both crude oil imported and petroleum distillates. Our August exports of capital goods ($30.9 billion) were the lowest since October 2005 ($30.7 billion). HUMM... Our August imports of automotive vehicles and parts ($14.6 billion) were the highest since December 2008 ($15.2 billion). DOUBLE HUMM... Selling less abroad, while buying more from abroad; is NOT a sign of recovery. Just like the continued growth of unemployment by roughly a quarter million in net lost jobs every month, these are not good things.
Health care makes up about one/seventh of our total economy. This is a huge segment of what makes the US what it is. There is a big push now to nationalize the health care services sector. While our elected officials would categorically deny any connection between an Uncle $ugar led take over of this industry to fix our ailing economy, THAT appears to be exactly what Uncle is doing. Saturday night saw passage of the 1990 page omnibus (everything including the kitchen sink) by the US House of Representative. The 220 to 215 vote was hardly a mandate. The Democrats mustered 219 Dems and one Republican to the AYE side: the Repubes garnered 176 Repubes and 39 Democrats to the NAY side. The outcome was hardly a bipartisan victory. Besides... the forthcoming battle for passage of “The Affordable Health Care for America Act” in the US Senate is a far cry from being a given at this point.
The week ahead should yield an Obama Administration decision on increasing the deployment of US troops in Afghanistan. More young men and women will be sent; but will the increase be 10,000, 20,000, 30,000, 40,000, or more. Last week’s wanton shooting at Fort Hood by an Army Doctor at the largest military base in the Continental US was clearly a pre-response to the President’s decision. The next day’s killings at an Orlando office tower (by a laid off engineer) reflects the public’s edginess as well. Will the coming holiday selling season be a sign of a coming turnaround, or will it foretell...???
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 November 9, 2009.