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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 “IT IS”
We are deeply plagued with a corrupt and non-functioning system of (former) checks and balances which neither can be fixed, nor corrected as they are. We need real change.
I’ve been thinking about “it is.” Actually I’ve been thinking about Walter Cronkite, media “information,” unemployment, the stock markets, Korea, Gaza, the BP oil disaster, and the Obama Administration. I grew up watching the iconic Walter Cronkite deliver the evening news. It was in times of major troubles much like those of our own now. Cronkite was a real journalist (as were Jennings, and Huntley and Brinkley). You felt you were being fed real “meat” and left those newscasts with a sense of knowledge that helped you relate and really TH*NK about the problems. In a way, you felt a part of the solution; not just another victim of it. Cronkite ended each broadcast with “and that’s the way it is...”
You see the current situation leaves me wanting far more. I truly feel that unless “We the people...” are given a fair (and honest) summary of the events and facts unfolding before us now, we will be unprepared when these drama(s) play out. AND, we will see no real change. We are deeply plagued with a corrupt and non-functioning system of (former) checks and balances which neither can be fixed, nor corrected as they are. We need real change. Our government is a bloated, power and debt driven calamity where the first order of business is to get elected, to get re-elected, or to pad your nest so much that when you decide to get out of government (or are thrown out), you have a nice financial cushion and a means to continue on with a cash flow well above that of the American people you supposedly served. A perfect storm of multinational problems has developed, and it is an election year. 1,400 former elected officials now function in DC as lobbyists. And that’s the way it is... or is it?
The foundations are cracking and THAT is a good thing. Virtually everywhere you look the scummy truth is floating to the surface. We ARE in a recession/ depression!!! In recent past, such downturns were only admitted when the government could legitimately say it was over. Or, at least their fix of printing money and increasing debt had stimulated a continuity of consumption. Now what had worked, isn’t working... but the government and their corporate partners in crime continue the spin. They hope and pray that no one will notice their scam. Well, guess what? Some of the public is catching on, and are mad as hell. And, that’s the way it is... or is it?
The unemployment crisis is central to our present dilemma(s) and is the key to any recovery. The government needs a turnaround badly, but their bag of magic (fluffing) tricks and accounting games is empty. Last week we learned that in May 431,000 jobs were created. WOW!!! What Uncle $ugar didn’t tell us was that 411,000 of those “jobs” were temporary census counters soon to terminate, and that the 431,000 increase included yet another 200,000 plus due to death and retirements in the work force. We actually lost ground --- this being a further decrease in employment. And that’s the way it is... or is it?
The stock markets continue their roller coaster ride --- up and down (the Dow down 323.31 points last Friday). The financial pundits and Uncle $ugar’s talking heads have blamed this on Greece, Korea, the EURO, Gaza, and Iran. This makes no sense to me at all. These foreign calamities should (and traditionally would have) made the dollar denominated assets in the US more sought after. But NO!!! The truth is that at the core of these downturns is the fact that the backing behind US markets are as inherently unsound as the rest of the world, maybe worse. And that’s the way it is... or is it?
Developments on the Korean peninsula got zero coverage. Kim Jong-Il is a certifiable Looney Toon who has even become an embarrassment to his Chinese benefactors. Like many other world leaders he needs a war to rally his people behind him. A South Korean vessel was sunk (by the North Koreans no doubt) a month ago. “Kimmy” has a MILLION armed troops on the “demilitarized” zone waiting for the orders to march. The South is an ally of the US, meaning??? And that’s the way it is... or is it?
Conditions in Gaza rival or surpass those of the Warsaw Ghetto pre-WWII. Israel has an embargo on all that enters the strip. A flotilla of foreign aid and much needed building supplies, food, and medical items was stopped in international waters and nine civilians (including an American teenager) were killed. Israel does whatever it wants and is an ally of the US, meaning??? Now Iran has offered to escort the next convoy to Gaza. OYE!!! And that’s the way it is... or is it?
The BP oil disaster continues. The news of recent successes in curtailing the sludge flow comes from... well, BP. President Obama staged a photo op on a beach that had been cleaned by 300 plus ”volunteers” just before the filming. Meanwhile... further down the coast we see a shot of an oil caked pelican. Do we believe the President... or the pelican? (I’m going for the bird.) And that’s the way it is... or is it?
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 7, 2010.