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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...]
MEMORIAL DAY COMMENTARY:
Thinking About Shoulders
Most of our history we have been at war. This is a sad but true fact. Each generation looks to the sacrifices of those who have gone before. They literally rise on the pyramid of services from those who have gone before - standing on their shoulders if you will.
I’ve been thinking about shoulders. Actually I’ve been thinking about Memorial Day 2010, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bob Chadwick, the ring of conflicts, our veterans, our present service men and women, and still being alive. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. It was begun to honor the soldiers who died in the American Civil War, and after World War I - “the war to end all wars.” It was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action as well as honoring living veterans. In is widest context, it provides opportunity to honor anyone who is no longer with us.
Our little Village of Creston - like many thousands of small communities across this nation make special observances on Memorial Day. Local businessman, Lyle Headon, a US Marine and Vietnam Veteran coordinates the ceremonies and program. Woodlawn Cemetery (aka the “eternal” Creston) is a beautifully pastoral setting about a mile North of town. A stream meanders on two sides. Just to the North is Brody’s Grove where the original settlement was located before the railroad came thru and the village of “Dement” relocated to a “crest of a hill” along the iron horse tracks hence becoming Creston (nee Crest-town).
It is a Creston tradition to gather at the cemetery to participate in a program and to pay respects to those who have served this nation in the military in both times of war and in times of peace. This year’s keynote speaker was Bob Chadwick --- a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, a Vietnam Veteran, and a local attorney from nearby Rochelle. His message focused on “standing on the shoulders of others.” He related how we are still the envy of the world for the freedoms we enjoy. These freedoms have come at a heavy price paid for by the service men and women and general citizenry who gave so much during times of conflict. Most of our history we have been at war. This is a sad but true fact. Each generation looks to the sacrifices of those who have gone before. They literally rise on the pyramid of services from those who have gone before - standing on their shoulders if you will.
Every year there is a roll call of names of all the departed veterans interred there. Woodlawn is the final resting place for veterans from the War of 1812, the America Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, Word War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Each veteran’s grave displays the appropriate bronze flag holder (for the war of their service) and a small American flag. There is also a circle of the seven bronze markers (from the various conflicts) around the main flagpole. A small flag is added to each when the respective names are read. There were also patriotic songs, patriotic readings, and taps. This year we had approximately 200 people there for the program. A fellowship pot luck meal was available back in town at the restored Creston Opera House after cemetery program.
In the conversations which followed at the cemetery and around several of the tables during the communal meal, a primary focus remained about our ongoing presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and the young men and women serving there. It is an interesting factoid, that Sunday morning, our spending on these two conflicts surpassed one TRILLION dollars! We didn’t much dwell on that. Literally everyone in this little Northern Illinois community of just under 600 has at least one family member, friend, and/ or loved one (or more) presently serving abroad. My home church of St. Johns remembers the names of each such individual every Sunday in our prayer list(s). The same occurs at other congregations in the area communities as well. For us in this small rural community each name equates to a face with a family – all of whom we know and love. We are the “Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.” We miss our service men and women and wish them a safe and speedy return home. (These two conflicts are now the longest in our nation’s history and we know that there is no end in sight.) Please remember these young people (and their families) in your Memorial Day thoughts and prayers.
It was also noted that so many souls from our community have departed from us in the past year. This listing really boggles the mind. These, too, were remembered in our thoughts and conversations on this day of observances. After the community meal, I visited nine different local cemeteries to pay my respects to friends and family member who are no longer with us. I was not alone in this tradition. The caravan of the living circulating to pay respects to the dead is also a part of this commemoration holiday. I didn’t participate in last year’s observances at all as I was in the hospital beginning my three month ordeal. I shouldn’t still be alive today, but I am so glad that I am. May God continue to bless us one and all. Peace...
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 June 1, 2010.