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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 Presentation
Despite all the brouhaha and positive spin, the US economy is far from fixed. The predicted economic and financial Armageddon appears not “avoided” but rather “delayed.” Presentations are at work in this critical misconception.
I’ve been thinking about presentation. Actually I’ve been thinking about 2009, Obama, the economy, jobs, bailouts, Bernanke, and St. Johns Lutheran Church. The year 2009 will always hold a special place in my memory. The two open heart surgeries and a “generally fatal” MRSA infection almost ended my stay here on planet Earth. During the ordeal, I experienced so much love, concern, and prayers from lifelong friends and from new readers of my column all around our lush little planet. Still... there were many events going on in 2009 which impacted literally everybody in the negative while much of the presentation was in the positive.
You see presentation is everything. It has been said that “truth is not based on reality... it is based upon perception.” Perception comes from presentation. One need only look to the events of 2009 to realize how true that observation was. On January 21st we installed our first African American President. With all the hoopla, bon mots (kind words), and visions of change, “we” felt optimistic that our problems were over --- or were soon going to be fixed. Barack Obama began his presidency with the highest of ratings --- on an undercurrent of change. He was even rewarded with the Nobel Peace prize for all the work and accomplishments he was yet to do. The presentation and packaging of him was incredible. Not quite twelve months later his ratings set a record for the largest decline of any US President during the first year of his administration. So... what happened? “Change” is looking more and more like “continuity.” Both are “C” words but what a difference they make to any presentation.
Despite all the brouhaha and positive spin, the US economy is far from fixed. The predicted economic and financial Armageddon appears not “avoided” but rather “delayed.” Presentations are at work in this critical misconception. Domestic net job losses are still running roughly a quarter of a million a month. If you don’t believe me, read the revised (downward) numbers which are buried in the tailings of the news media a couple of months later. The initial stories had been positioned on page one and at the top of the broadcasts. Unemployment/underemployment are acknowledged nationwide at just above 10%. Some cities and regions are showing rates in the 30%, 40% and 50% range. While our Rochelle area is actually having some growth on the jobs scene (with more local good news coming in 2010, trust me!), there are many families locally who are hurting big time.
The economy (no make that high finance, biggie banks, and Wall Street) avoided disaster in 2009. A bullet was dodged at a cost to the US citizenry of a TRILLION. (OK, make that several HUNDRED BILLION. I can play the presentation game, too.) The TARP program was aptly named, but not as the presented Troubled Asset Relief Program. A drop cloth used to cover up and protect the problems really sums up TARP quite well. Those few who truly benefited can be IDed and publicly named. Those few are paying back their bailout monies to enable their payment of CHRISTMAS and yearend bonuses. Many of these will exceed the lifelong earnings of the ordinary Joes and Johns in one “thanks for a great year” bonus to a fat cat. Meanwhile restructuring of the debt on underwater homes (where outstanding loan balances exceed the market value of the property) number in the thousands while numbers of submerged borrowers number in the tens of millions!
The naming of FED Chairman Ben Bernanke as Time magazine’s man/person of the year fits the power of presentation to a “T.” Ben did what he had too, to bailout and save the big boys; but just what has the FED done to help out the mortal masses. Interest rates for a bank’s borrowing from their regional Federal Reserve Bank stand at ZERO (OK, at .25%). Any loans made to the public reflect a “market rate” of 6%, 8%, or more. Don’t forget that some credit card rates just hit an APR of 79% to lock in a juice loan rate before the rate caps hit in January. Bernanke clearly deserves a special mention, but NOT so positively as Time magazine’s man/person of the year” to spin him ahead into 2010.
Sunday evening saw the Sunday School Christmas presentation at my home church of St. Johns in Creston. It was a fun presentation to watch. This was a Christmas that shouldn’t have been for me; and on Saturday, I actually turned 60! May GOD bless you one and all. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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 December 21, 2009.