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Books, Films, Arts & Education
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 Fictions
Last week five of the nine Justices of the Supreme Court really stepped in a fresh pile. The US Supreme Court ruled that corporations, unions, and not-for-profit groups have the right to spend as much as they want supporting or opposing the election of a candidate, which gave added life to an earlier legal fiction, the corporation.
I’ve been thinking about fiction(s). Actually I’ve been thinking about corporations, the Supreme Court, the 2010 elections, barometers/pendulums, and the US economy. I love to read - books, magazines, newspapers, graffiti – you name it. If it is in print, I will more than likely give it a once (or twice) over and then TH*NK about it. I particularly enjoy histories, biographies, mysteries... – in essence I love what is created in print and is presented as being “real.” Anything written reflects a selection of what is the TRUTH from the perspective of both the author and only goes as far as the readers’ suspension of misbelieve will tolerate. (I have a high tolerance for fantasy by the way...)
You see fiction is what is made up (or conjured up) and put forth as being real. In some cases, it is actually presented as being what it is: a creation “from the mind of the author and any similarities between what is depicted and real events (or real individuals) is purely coincidental” – or so goes the cover-your-hind-portion disclaimer which is in, and of itself, a fiction! One might argue that all laws are fictions. They are the written creations coming from law makers/ legislators and the opinions of Judges in the courts. The Supreme Court of the United States pretty much has the last say here. Legal fictions evolve with the times and the whims of the courts.
Last week in their infinite wisdom, five of the nine Justices of the Supreme Court really stepped in a fresh pile. When the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations, unions, and not-for-profit groups have the right to spend as much as they want supporting or opposing the election of a candidate, they gave added life to an earlier legal fiction, the corporation. Corporations, including organized religion, were one of the earliest legal fictions. They were given almost human-like characteristics by the law. Yet unlike human beings, they are afforded limited liability and can live on forever – at least as long as they have tax returns, etc. filed on their behalf, but that is a whole different TH*NKNG for another time.
The good old US is a victim of a flawed election contribution system. Elections, even for incumbents, cost mega bunches of money. A House of Representatives race can cost MILLIONS, a Senate race can cost tens of MILLIONS, and a run for the White House now runs in excess of a BILLION! Candidates for public office begin their fund raising immediately after election. They might claim their focus is on the issues and serving the people, but they need bucks and realities suggest that it is easier to get a MILLION from one entity than it is to get that MILLION from a MILLION supporters. The quest for the BIG bucks, got much easier from last week’s ruling. Corporate and Unions players can now be free to contribute directly into a candidate’s coffers without the fiction of laundering their generosity thru a PAC, or other “non-partisan” fiction. In essence, not really much effectively changed.
The 2010 mid term elections will be something to watch. Just as Johnson’s Viet Nam gave rise to Nixon, Nixon’s Watergate got us Carter, Carter’ misquotes brought us Reagan, Papa Bush’s OOPSies got us Bubba, Bubba’s well-er-um... ushered in “W”, and “W’s delegations and faux pas” got us Obama. The coattail effects of the perceptions on the White House/President really extend down the food chain of politics to lesser candidates everywhere. This will become most evident in 2010. In Illinois our election travails have been compounded because virtually all candidates are running against former Governor George Ryan (a Republican now stewing in prison), former Governor Rod Blagojevich (a Democrat now waiting to star on Donald Trump’s Apprentice TV Show while he awaits his own trial). The Illinois primary is coming next week! I am truly looking forward to going to the polls...
Recent resignations at the governors’ level in a couple of states, BIG NAME incumbants’ announcements of not seeking re-election in November, and especially last week’s replacement of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat (you heard me “Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat”) in Massachusetts by a Republican has got the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress bracing for the worst come November. Fictions will play a major roll in what will happened this Summer and in the Fall. Trust me...
We are already seeing fallout developing in the equity markets (last week’s declines were the largest since March), the loss of jobs continues (Sam’s Club just announced 11,000 lay offs – so people can’t even afford wholesale?), big name national store will close, major national brands will shortly cease to exist, and the national real estate market is preparing for its bigger “double dip.” Even the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, announced that recovery is years away. And, he was not just talking about MicroSoft. Humm...???
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 January 25, 2010.