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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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Health Care & Environment
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!]
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 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]
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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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
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 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 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...]
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!]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
International & Futurism
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 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 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 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...]
Thinking About Stooges
How much campaign money had those Congressional boys pocketed from the oil companies and the energy service providers? But... THAT issue was never raised in the media clips. We only heard THREE STOOGES testifying “nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.”
I’ve been thinking about stooges. Actually I’ve been thinking about US oil consumption, the Gulf “leak,” sensational reporting, the three executives, the blame game, Congress, and the oil business. The oil and gas just keeps on gushing from the unfortunate, yet deliberate, “accident” which occurred almost a month ago at British Petroleum’s Horizon Deepwater rig. The more we TH*NK we know, the more we realize we don’t have a clue how extensive and how bad the final outcome will be. Guesstimates of a daily leak of 5,000 barrels per day (roughly 250,000 gallons of crude per day) now appear to be a tad light. The oil slicks that are meandering across the blue waters of the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico each now exceed ten miles in length. Where will they eventually make landfall? What will be the final or long term impact on the environment? Will the most recent clean up guesstimates of roughly $14 BILLION dollars be enough? Nobody at this point knows! And... the oil keeps on gushing.
You see we as a nation are being treated to the full theatre (of the politically correct indignation and outrage) of what I’ll call a “safe” mega media event in the ongoing news coverage of politics. I’m not saying the Horizon rig explosion, sinking, the loss of 11 lives, and the ongoing gushing of the crude “leak” is not a serious matter – far from that. But... remember how this is an election year and the back room feelings presently are that we could see a major shift of political party winners come November. The balance of power in Washington DC could change, the economy is far from recovering, unemployment stats continue to rise, the American people are hurting, deficits and debt are rising, and the unknowns are all growing. US/us needs a diversion from the overriding economic realities and the gargantuan disaster that is Horizon Deepwater I fear is being milked for the wrong reasons. And... the oil keeps on gushing.
US oil consumption has been fluctuating slightly downward within a narrow range due to our economic malaise. We are still consuming way too much energy, the oil companies are making a killing, gas is hovering at around $3.00 a gallon, and we haven’t seen the usual the summer spiking of energy prices. US oil production (which would include that from the Gulf of Mexico BP rig now sunk and “leaking”) has been holding steady, still we produce less than a third of what we are consuming. That factoid tells us that we are still importing TWO/THIRDS of the energy we need to keep us operating. It should be noted that this ratio has shifted from when TWO/THIRDS of our oil needs were domestically produced some thirty years ago when Jimmy Carter was the President. Yes... “Energy Independence” became a buzz word in our political vocabulary three decades ago and we are no better off today. We now have double the dependence! And... the oil keeps on gushing.
Our media is having a field day with this Gulf nightmare. Testimony before Congress by the responsible oil company exec, the rig’s owner rep, and the rig’s service provider dude left me TH*NK*NG of Curly, Larry, and Moe. When I watched the high church righteous indignation of the elected inquisitors, I thought that we need far more than THREE STOOGES to capture the magic of this moment. How much campaign money had those Congressional boys pocketed from the oil companies and the energy service providers? But... THAT issue was never raised in the media clips. We heard THREE STOOGES testifying “nyuck, nyuck, nyuck” their responses back to the Congressional inquisition. Funny how the Obama administration making/or not making a seven year safety award to this very rig never once surfaced. Any major expansion to our offshore drilling permits never came up either. Hummm... We did, however, see high definition pictures of the orange colored blobs floating towards Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Sixty Minutes’ Sunday broadcast an interview with a rig survivor who detailed how everyone knew the emergency shut down system was falling apart and safety alert panels were not functioning. A shutdown “fix” would have cost millions to the company that netted over $3 BILLION in the first quarter of 2010! And... the oil keeps on gushing.
We have already seen several Rube Goldberg contraptions hyped to stop the oil flow end in complete and absolute failure. The latest methodology being spun as the solution is the inserting of a six inch “straw” into the broken pipe casting and sucking up the leaking oil. Wow... they are stopping an estimated 20% of the oil flow with this – meaning that 80% is still gushing out. This story is going to be with us for a long, long time. I fear the American public is being played as the stooges. And... the oil keeps on gushing.
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 May 17, 2010.