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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
Will any sudden surge of notoriety mean more sales? I fear that appears to be the case. I say shame on them, and shame on us for making it so.
I’ve been thinking about celebrity. Actually I’ve been thinking about fame/ infamy, fifteen minutes, endorsements/ hawkings, shame/ successes/ scandals, and Hollywood/ Washington. Tis the season for celebrities—it is also the season about celebrities, those on the rise and those on the fall.
America is perhaps more keyed in on “the famous for being famous” than on those who really deserve the attention. During the holiday season, celebrity alone appears enough to close a sale.
You see, the celebrity spotlight does more than shine a light on, or focus attention to, someone who has done something truly remarkable. Celebrity status (and its media focus) upon certain personages rises and falls like the tides. Are any of us happy to be a simple being that pays their bills, is a devoted son or daughter, is a loyal friend, is a hard worker, and is a mentor/example to those around us? Or, do we secretly seek to be the one in the spotlight like some national politician or star—no, make that the superstar! We want to “be like ...,” and such a desire is used time and again to separate us from our money to buy a certain brand of hot dog, a special SUV, a pair of sneakers, etc, etc, etc. One football star in my lifetime was associated with a brand of pantyhose... HUH???
America is about marketing and selling. We buy not just what we actually need, but step up to the stores’ registers to achieve a certain fantasy image of ourselves in the process. There are goods. There are quality goods. There are designer goods. And, there are celebrity goods. We let our consumptive weaknesses define us if we follow the advertising campaigns that inundate us from dawn to dusk. Celebrities rent their names, images, reputations and superstar status to causes, candidates, and products of every genre imaginable. For this social consciousness, they are paid royally. The tolls transferred to the célèbre du jour may be in thousands, in millions, or tens (or hundreds) of millions a year. A name or a personage becomes, or enhances, a brand. All is well as long as they keep their noses clean—or does it? Fame is not infamy; infamy is not fame... or is it?
Nowadays it would not to be so much a matter of a good spotlight, or a bad spotlight. It is the spotlight itself that matters. We have no sense of shame or embarrassment any longer. It matters not that one’s celebrity comes from the impregnation of someone famous (or even borderline famous), from stashing a child in the attic while an “empty balloon” captures the cameras, or from the infidelities of a celebrity straying with some “friend” on the side—make that two, no three, no four, no seven friends on the side. Will any sudden surge of notoriety mean more sales? I fear that appears to be the case. I say shame on them, and shame on us for making it so.
Artist Andy Warhol said that eventually everyone will have the 15 minutes of fame. (I hope that my 15 minutes occurs while I'm sleeping!) For some, the clock will tick longer—lucky for them, I guess. This seems to be the case whether one is dealing with actors, musicians, sons-in-law, sports figures, or politicians. It didn’t always work that way—that is, until the estates of two well-known figures took on lives of their own and presently make more cash for their heirs after death than during life. (HINT: “Happy Birthday, Mr..... President...” and “thank you, thank you very much...”)
Initially, “being famous for being famous” applied to a special group of party-goers and party-givers. These maybe had minor careers in something and had married well, but divorced better. They made the circuit of guest spots on night time talk shows—a fame by association, if you will. Now... reality TV has created a new subspecies of celebrity. The more outrageous the behavior, the greater the celebrity desires of the celebrity wannabes. When their star begins to wane, watch out... for there will come the “tasteful” spreads in the most popular of skin mags. It is as if we don’t already have enough information about them displayed before us.
I will admit that I’ve been out of the loop for a few months because of my heart surgeries and near-fatal infection. Still... I am in awe by the number of stars, megastars, superstars, and OMG celebrities who have captured the stories on PAGE ONE. (I don’t even have a clue who they are!) I guess a lot can happen in a month or two.
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 December 7, 2009.