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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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Health Care & Environment
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!]
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]
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 As Trump Sows Discord, Chief of Staff Mulvaney Reportedly Focused on 'Building Empire for the Right Wing' [And the South shall rise again...]
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.]
07.16 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...]
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
07.18 ‘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]
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 Food at Thanksgiving Time
There can be no economic recovery until we as a nation stop losing jobs. And...I don’t foresee that happening for at least another 18 months.
I’ve been thinking about food. Actually I’ve been thinking about my recent experiences, family, our current problems, giving thanks, the Rochelle Christian Food Pantries, Obama, and Uncle $ugar. The third Thursday in November we in the US observe a truly unique American celebration—a traditional time of fellowship, remembrance, and gratitude. We look back upon where we have been, we consider where we find ourselves, and we contemplate where we are headed.
This year, the looming uncertainties of what 2010 holds in store will be a part of every gathering of friends, families, and neighbors where we share a bountiful meal, fellowship, and conversation. I wish you and yours a truly wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
This year, I am so looking forward to joining my family members in Naperville for the holidays. For me, this is the Thanksgiving that shouldn’t be. My infection early last summer and my second open heart surgery, along with the nine weeks of IV’s of antibiotic cocktails, could easily have been the end of me. Monday, I saw the physician who coordinated my recovery treatment. I jokingly refer to him as my “poison” doctor. He clearly worked his magic because six months late I am still alive and kicking—well, at least I am alive and re-learning to do so many of the things that I once just took for granted. Stairs are the hardest. I lost 81 pounds during the ordeal—one-third of my weight—and have since regained 22 pounds. Food is finally actually tasting like it should taste. (I love food and have noticed the difference, trust me!)
I have so much to be thankful for in 2009. I will look forward to seeing the family and meeting the newest member who was born during my hiatus. I won’t join the guys for the annual game of touch football, but I will be there watching and cheering from the sidelines. I am just so happy to be there!
Over 15 million households are now "food insecure"—including roughly three million senior citizens and one out of two children.
Our economic situation continues to deteriorate despite the rah-rah media releases from the administration. There can be no recovery until we as a nation stop losing jobs. And...I don’t foresee that happening for at least another 18 months. In 2009, over 15 million households are now "food insecure," meaning they are “experiencing difficulty in providing the necessary level of sustenance for their household and are literally days from running out of things to eat." This includes roughly three million senior citizens and one out of two children. The worst economic times in over 70 years are clearly taking their toll. Any attempt to put faces on the growing need is a lame attempt to spin that well over 37 million people, including over 13 million children, are going to bed hungry at night. Such a situation is unconscionable in this land of abundance. Yet... it is the reality even during this week of the normal Thanksgiving feasting! America’s food pantries, our first responders to the growing need, are the primary safety net, but they are being stretched to the maximum.
Take, for example, the experience of the Rochelle Area Christian Food pantry, which was established in our small Illinois town in 1982, 27 years ago. It long ago outgrew its original location in the basement of Dr. John Prabhakar’s office basement, and it now provides food assistance to upwards of 320 families each month. This is a 33% rise in the households served over just one year. The one-third increase in Rochelle’s need is consistent with the statistics provided from virtually every food pantry across this entire land. (The numbers will keep growing.) Please make the effort to make any contribution in non-perishable food items (or cash) during this holiday season, as they are sorely needed. They can also use food, money, and volunteers.
We tend to look to the federal, state, and local governments as the panacea for our social problems, but they will not be the real solution here. Government resources too are being stretched to the maximum on almost every front. The bulk of food contributions will come from local organizations, churches, companies, and individuals. These are the real sources for relief in this critical area of need.
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 23, 2009.