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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?]
News Media Matters
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 The Exits
Who will come on stage or step up to the plate to really turn these messes around? Will we see an exit to stage right? Will we see an exit to stage left? Or...will it just be a fade to black?
I’ve been thinking about exits. Actually I’ve been thinking about theatre, our current situations, governments, and corporations. Why does an entity ever what to get out? How does it leave? How does one exit and not be missed? What are implications of the departures – both the good and the bad?
You see there are moments when the time has come to go. We often find ourselves in places and situations where we are uncomfortable, we are no longer having “fun,” we feel we do not belong; or our continued presence is no longer welcome, desired, or even helping the situation. We look around for doorways, exits, hallways, or even windows which can provide a means of escape. We TH*NK to ourselves like Nancy Sinatra: “Ya ready boots, start walking.” But... if only things were that simple...
Now the analogy is like some bad play where neither the audience nor the players are comfortable with the theatrical production in progress. Literally EVERYBODY wants out... the question really becomes a matter when and how? To extricate ourselves without being noticed, or at least causing the smallest amount of commotion rests the rub. In classical Greek theatre, a comedy is when the main player accomplishes his mission/ objectives; a tragedy is when the main player fails to get the deeds done. It is always better to leave the audience laughing. Or is it? “Tragedies” can teach much needed lessons that will alter future performance, involvements and actions. Good CAN come from the bad.
We find ourselves in so many messes right now on so many fronts. “We the people...” are the patrons and the audience. The players no longer have a clue where what is clearly an “improvisation” is taking them and US/ us. They just know that it is not good. No matter what they do will produce positive reviews. Their “celebrity status” careers in the public eye could/ would/ should be destroyed. A few have already opted to not run for re-election and TH*NK: “Oh well... it was a nice run while it lasted!
Our governments – Federal, state, and local – are facing huge expenses for providing services and honoring obligations which began long in the past. Revenue is down and/or at least declining. Mammoth deficits are being generated. Debt is skyrocketing. None of this is a pretty picture. A major consideration for them is that this is an election year. The first order of politics is always to get elected, or re-elected. How can they admit they have failed, cut bate, and still be returned to office? These are hard times calling for extreme measures. How will they get out of what has become a disastrous production ---unscathed?
Illinois is in its worst situation in anyone’s memory. This “Land of Lincoln” presently has no budget, the state owes $85 BILLION in unfunded pension promises, it has borrowed $8 BILLION from Uncle $ugar to meet unemployment compensation draws, hospitals and nursing home have not been paid for services to Medicaid patients, and the state owes its universities big bucks (the Champaign Urbana campus alone is looking at a receivable of half a BILLION and tuition for Fall is being proposed at just over $10,000 per student). The grade schools and high schools are initiating major cuts, or should be, because the real estate taxes cannot be raised by 50% or 100% to fulfill the gaps left by the state. Springfield’s answer now is to consider a 6 month budget to get the state thru the election! Give me a break, where are the requisite kahunas to make the necessary spending cuts? Where is the leadership?
Uncle $ugar is in no better shape financially, physically, or fiscally. Promises of government programs are being supplemented with still more costly government programs. What have we seen to make us optimistic? Cries and whining from the general public call for more “temporary” assistance. The masses cry out: “Help me, help me, I want a government program!” (Or, so we are told.) What ever happened to the bootstrap mentality of taking responsibility for one’s self and one’s own problems? Our governments ARE the problem! Keynesian policies to fix the last go around brought about our current messes. Cheap money, running printing presses, and encouraging debt to up consumption got us to this scene. Wars are big sumps for cash and stimulus... so off to war we go whether we have any strategic interest, or not! Just what have we truly accomplished in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, or Palestine? Has any world power succeeded there in those locations in 200 or more years? The Brits? The Russians? US/us?
We presently have at least a ten year inventory of foreclosed, unoccupied, and unsold homes. Unfortunately commercial real estate will be the next shoe to drop. Unemployment keeps on growing in both real and hypothetical terms. The oil in the Gulf of Mexico keeps on gushing and is now making landfall. Who will come on stage or step up to the plate to really turn these messes around? Will we see an exit to stage right? Will we see an exit to stage left? Or...will it just be a fade to black? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on May 24, 2010.