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Health Care & Environment
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]
11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]
11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [...by revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]
11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
International & Futurism
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]
11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]
ON BEING FAT AND STUPID:
Thinking About BIG UNCLE
When the justice department came down as they did in this early stage challenge to the Arizona law, I got the impression they may want everyone to carry an ID and be required to show it to authorities on request in a multitude of situations.
I’ve been thinking about Big Uncle. Actually I’ve been thinking about immigration, Arizona, the Courts, profiling, technology, data/ information collection, and a National ID. George Orwell published his dystopian novel 1984 some 60 years ago. Since that time, we have watched so many of the horrific predictions come to be. There have been some modifications to the Orwellian premises and predictions over the years, but so many of the negative items have been welcomed into our lives --- marketed to us as positives. This slick technique where Peace is War, Love is Hate, and Truth is... well, whatever our government chooses to tell us regardless of what the reality is. Reality comes from repetition -- if we hear it enough times, it must be true, right? We accept so many of these -isms and “bon mots” from Uncle without question. Down the primrose path we go a smiling and a skipping all the way.
You see, I’ve been amazed by the rapidity of the American transition downward since I first read 1984 in Rosie Stotmeister’s English class in high school in the late 1960s. While in 1984 everything was done in the name of “THE Party,” I’ve noted that regardless of whether the Dems or the Repubes had the majority in Washington DC, we have continued to move toward the mindless stupor of Orwell’s land under both. How conveeenient!!! Neither party wants the public to have “the true” facts and understand the rationale and forces behind what transpires in our government and drives/ defines our nation in challenge to their growing power over us. To quote that great philosopher Dan Conner (from Roseanne): “they want to keep us fat and stupid.” I can’t TH*NK of two better words to describe US/ us in 2010.
It has been only rarely that the courts and our justice system demanded a time out, and defended the original thoughts, wisdom, and logic behind the US Constitution. How often have the strict constructionalists (those who believe if the Constitution doesn’t say you can... you can’t) prevailed over the loose constructionalists (those who believe if the Constitution doesn’t say you can’t... you can)? Throw in the ambiguity of the tenth amendment (from the Bill of Rights): "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people" and the stage is set for another giant leap down the Orwell road to 1984.
Last week saw the onset of “a majority” of the newly passed Arizona “immigration fix it bill.” Those who opposed it got a court injunction on only part of the act. I fully expected this, what I didn’t expect was what the judge left intact and temporarily in effect! I thought we fought the Civil War to trump state actions over the Federal Government? Protection/ preservation of our borders is one of the items specifically delegated to Uncle $ugar in the Constitution. Well, Uncle has done squat and we now have at least between 20 and 30 MILLION illegal aliens in the US. The absence of immigration enforcement has taken (and is taking) a huge toll on the entire country and particularly on the border states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Arizona took the lead in passing a new legal package that has the teeth of a school of piranhas. I knew there would be immediate court challenges to the law, but now I am not so sure that the judge’s restraints and dicta will hold up on appeal. Why only the limited actions, and not disavow the full blown state legislation in total --- which I expected?
Reading last week’s court decision and commentary you find that we have the whimpering of political correctness on steroids and vulgar whining of (gasp) “racial” profiling. This was expected, yet the right of a state to pick up the ball when Uncle is asleep on the bench really was NOT thrown out! This got me TH*NK*NG when the justice department came down as they did in this early stage challenge to the Arizona law, something is going on here that I did not fully understand, or like.
How could the Arizona law morph into an effective national policy that would categorically answer the issues of political correctness, “fairness,” and profiling? Then it hit me... if everyone had to carry an ID and were required to show it to authorities on request in a multitude of situations... humm??? Is this hot button election year issue of immigration going to get us to adopt a National ID for everyone without getting the mass screaming about 666 and the mark of the beast from the Book of Revelations? Would Uncle $ugar be THAT devious? And TH*NK*NG ahead that far? Double humm!
Technology has given “the powers that be” capabilities of tracking us within 50 to 100 feet literally anywhere on the planet. Computer memory has become dirt cheap. With a National ID there is a greatly improved means to catalogue our movements via our cell phones, our credit cards, our GPS devices, our toll road I-passes, and the locations of any RIFD chips in our clothing and shoes --- hence our locations are constantly and instantaneously known. It is sad, so very sad. In the past 30 to 40 years, we have witnessed the death of privacy, the death of outrage, and the death of individuality. Walden Pond has become such a toxic cesspool that even a "BP" can't worsen it. “Would you show me your papers, now...???”
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 August 2, 2010.