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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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07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

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!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

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.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

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!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

07.04 On reflection: how the 'albedo effect' is melting the Antarctic

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 Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into ‘new industrial frontier’

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]

07.02 American Medical Association sues North Dakota over abortion laws

07.02 'Committed' CO2 emissions jeopardize international climate goals, study finds

07.01 New Solar + Battery Price Crushes Fossil Fuels, Buries Nuclear

07.01 Freak summer hailstorm buries cars in Mexico's Guadalajara [0:50 video]

07.01 Climate Change is Devastating India With Heat Waves and Water Shortages [13:48 video]

06.30 American farmers can't afford this administration's climate apathy

06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]

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07.16 Describing 'Future We Want to Live In' Scores of Groups Unveil New Blueprint for Reproductive Rights

07.16 'Do not take the bait': congresswomen denounce racist Trump attack [3:50 video]

07.16 Money Laundering Scandal Forces Puerto Rico’s Governor to Cut His Vacation Short — Just in Time for Another Scandal

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.]

07.15 Finding the Future in Radical Rural America

07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]

07.15 If there is an 'immigrant' who has failed to integrate in America, it's Donald Trump

07.15 Trump tells Ocasio-Cortez and other female progressives to 'go back' to 'original' countries

07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]

07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]

07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]

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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!]

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07.15 China’s Economic Growth Hits 27-Year Low as Trade War Stings

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07.16 Trump’s race fantasy is clear: the US as home for whites fleeing Europe [1:09 video]

07.15 India’s Terrifying Water Crisis

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 Kasich: The chilling effect of British ambassador's leaked memos

07.14 'Just a matter of when': the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar

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 New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

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 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning

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...]

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  Thinking About Countings

COMMENTARY:

Thinking About Countings

by Fred Cederholm

The 2010 U.S. Census zeros in on Hispanics and seeks to learn which Latin American (or South American) country was the source of their origin.

I’ve been thinking about counting(s). Actually I’ve been thinking about the 2010 U.S. Census, the questions asked, redistricting, political party affiliations, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, vacant properties, and cell phones. When I returned home last Friday evening I found a plastic bag on my side doorknob which contained my 2010 Census form and instructions. I wasn’t expecting these quite yet.

A couple of weeks back, I had received (in my snail mail) a letter telling me how I would shortly be receiving my Census materials and why it was so important that I complete and mail them timely. It seems like only yesterday that I had completed the 2000 Census. Back then, I had returned to Creston to my childhood home to be the full time caregiver for my mother after her stroke. In 1990 I lived in Lisle, Illinois, in 1980 I was in Houston, Texas, and in 1970 I was in school at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Time certainly flies...

You see Census 2010, a Snapshot of America, marks the twenty-third “nose count” in the USA since Benjamin Franklin oversaw the first one back in 1790. The total cost of the national counting then was $44,000! While the earlier (and longer) census forms with a multitude of demographic inquiries gave way to a much shorter version dealing now with only ten basic questions - including name, gender, age, date of birth, race, and homeownership status; the current version will cost US/ us somewhere in the area of $48.00 per person - if you mail in your form timely, and $100.00 per person – if you don’t and follow up is required. The 1970 count cost roughly $ 1 BILLION, the 1980 costs were $2.6 BILLION, the 1990 tallying cost us $4.1 BILLION, and the 2000 Census ran us $8.2 BILLION. The 2010 edition will be the most expensive in our history --costs are presently estimated between $14 and $15 BILLION. We have no choice in the matter as a Census every ten years is mandated by our U.S. Constitution.

The questions asked in the current go around are somewhat surprising to me. I find that it is always interesting how the focus of the inquiries is directed by the questions. Name, age, and race/ethnicity have been standard in the forms over the decades. The 2010 version zeros in on Hispanics and seeks to learn which Latin American (or South American) country was the source of their origin. The forms are not directed at any discrimination, or legal status in our country. In the past ten years, Hispanics became THE largest nationwide minority here. The country of origin questions are designed merely to give a depth of understanding into this Hispanic boom and growth. The framers of the Constitution made it clear they wanted “all inhabitants” of the country counted by a U.S. Census. Consideration is not given to legal, OR illegal status of the form filers.

Not participating in the census would hurt any community. The U.S. census inherently benefits all people who are counted, their local communities, and their states of residence. Federal dollars are distributed based on the population count for services like education, transportation, health care and job training. Every non-counted resident could cost a locality several thousands of dollars in Federal monies over the coming years. The numbers give also political representation to those who are counted. Shifts in population reward growing population states with additional Congressmen in Washington at the expense of those states which have lost residents. It is projected that Illinois will lose two Representatives in Congress due to a decline in population. Once the tallies are made and Congressional seats are re-apportioned, it is up to each state to “re-district” to reflect any gains or losses in Representatives. Here is where the partisan maneuvering and really aggressive gerrymandering begin.

Illinois is traditionally one of the LAST states to complete its redistricting after a Census count! Challenges to the boundaries and border revisions always seem to wind up in court here in the Prairie State. The League of Women Voters of Illinois is seeking to remedy this by circulating a referendum petition for inclusion on the coming Fall election ballot. This would remove the districting process from the political arena. It would establish a non-partisan entity to handle re-allocation. No one who has held political office, has personal (or family) ties to elected officials, has active political party affiliations, or has business relationships with state (or state agencies) would be allowed to serve on this entity.

Given the state of the economy, how might record vacant residential properties impact the 2010 Census? Follow up costs for non-responses will be costly. The form also asks for a phone number to use if questions arise. There is no reference made to if the number provided is a land line, or a cell phone. HUMMM...?!?!

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 asklet@rochelle.net.

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This story was published on March 9, 2010.

 

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