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Health Care & Environment
07.20 Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here. [Trump can't be bothered as the world turns into a large cinder. His laser focus is on personal greed.]
07.20 With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' [Realtime proactive response to reality—now and threatening—doesn't get attention in this greed focused administration]
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!]
07.11 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?]
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'
07.20 Fact check: Trump says Puerto Rico got $92 billion. They've seen only a fraction [If he opens his mouth, Trump's lying.]
07.20 Trump Denies Being at North Carolina Rally [Not sure if Trump supporters 'get' satire, but here goes....]
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]
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
07.20 US to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia in face of 'credible' regional threats [Working with Osama bin Laden's godfathers, Trump wants to profit like Erik Prince (for-profit education secretary Betsy DeVos' brother) of Blackwater infamy (hurriedly renamed ‘Academi’), the U.S. taxpayer to pay inflated costs while Trump siphons off long-term emolument largesse]
07.20 Iran on 'dangerous path' with seizure of Stena Impero, says UK [Which is this, a tit or a tat?]
07.20 'Dark satanic mills': Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines [Too much CO2 air pollution makes you stupid, and turns your country into an “Idiocracy” (1:36 video clip)]
07.20 Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies' [Lazy and willfully stupid whenever it serves his purpose, just like Trump. “And the rest of you can all go to hell.” Again, just like Trump. Has your country turned into an “Idiocracy”? (1:36 video clip)]
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]
Thinking About Recovery In The New Year
A turn-around isn’t going to happen until we see a resurgence of domestic jobs that pay a living wage and offer a full smorgasbord of benefits.
I’ve been thinking about Advent. Actually I’ve been thinking about beginnings, the US economy, Black Friday, Computer Monday, sales, jobs, Afghanistan, health care, hope and expectations. At my home church of St. Johns Lutheran in Creston, we just celebrated the first Sunday in Advent. The first of four holiday candles was lit, and the church year officially began.
As I listened to Pastor Larson’s sermon I couldn’t help but think about a much wider meaning to the holiday season this year. Advent means “coming” (as in second coming) and beginnings. Personally I look forward to 2010 as a year of beginning life with a newly constructed heart. The MRSA infection took me off my feet for a full two months. My body atrophied. I am reprogramming my body to do all the things I had taken for granted, and progress is measured month by month and week by week—NOT in terms of day by day. I’ll get there, but it is going to take awhile.
I wish I could tell you that the US and world economies would be fully recovered in 6 to 9 months. That just isn’t going to happen despite all the smiles and spin we are hearing from our political leaders in Washington D.C. and from Statehouses across America. Our systems are broken (or are breaking down) before our eyes, and the quick fixes of historical “solutions” to past recessions and depressions just aren’t going to cut it this time. In the past we have spent our way to recovery. People then had jobs, or got jobs, that paid a living wage; debt levels were considerable lower; and stimulating the economy was a matter of getting the people out to spend and to consume. This time it is different.
We are now “nose deep” in a “get out there and spend” campaign for Christmas 2009. Last Friday began the make-or-break holiday shopping frenzy. One fifth of a year's sales are made between that Friday and New Year's Day. The figures from Friday are only now coming in—meaning the business community did not get what it desired in terms of shoppers, or spending. This could be terminal for many local shops after the first of next year. Not to worry... the wunderkinds of advertising and marketing have conjured up a new day for redemption if Black Friday didn’t generate the necessary sales. This is “Computer Monday,” which this year falls on November 30th. On this latest addition to the holiday shopping season, gaggles of shoppers stay home and huddle around the family computer(s) to make the “all-salvation” purchases. I will be on-line most of the day, but to research—not to shop. Besides... I like to visit stores. I may use a credit card, but I pay off the balance in full every month.
A turn-around isn’t going to happen until we see a resurgence of domestic jobs that pay a living wage and offer a full smorgasbord of benefits. Every item I‘ve seen (or picked up) was made elsewhere. Such purchases may help China, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, or Korea; but they will do squat in helping the American worker. We have been losing a net 250,000 full time jobs a month since early in the summer of 2008. I predict that such losses will continue for at least 18 more months before we start to see the beginnings of any turnaround. Unless US households are earning decent money, Uncle $ugar cannot expect shoppers to execute a spending recovery. (The next jobs report is due out this coming Friday. The figures should prove quite interesting.)
Any good news we've seen on the jobs front has come from our expanded warfare or the healthcare industry. Many high school graduates have joined the military because they just can’t find a local job, or can’t afford to go to college. Tuesday night we will get the Obama decision on Afghanistan. Expect him to authorize an additional 30,000 to the land of poppies and heroin. This will bring our troops there to just over 100,000 young service men and women. Each will cost US/us a reported ONE MILLION DOLLARS per year. The costs of related support contracts in the private sector are astronomical and will make up a significant chunk of our GDP in 2009 and 2010. I mean, Uncle $ugar is paying an estimated $600 a gallon for fuel there. War may be good for select segments of our economy, but it is killing US/us with a burden of debt which defies all logic and will never be repaid!
Pastor Larson talked of Advent as a time of hope and expectations. I hope and expect to regain my faculties and use thereof in 2010. I wish and pray for the same for the US and world economies. Most especially, I wish us all Peace.
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 30, 2009.