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07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]

07.19 'Unprecedented' Decline of Plants and Animals as Global 'Red List' Reveals Nearly One-Third of Assessed Species Under Threat

07.17 ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades

07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]

07.17 Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]

07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

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!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

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.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

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!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

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07.18 In Sinclair's New 'Must-Run' Segment, Former Trump Adviser Tries to Defend Racist Attacks on 'the Squad'

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07.19 Are progressives working on a climate plan for 2021? You bet.

07.19 The 51 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's repugnant North Carolina rally

07.19 The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’

07.18 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security

07.18 Deadly Delays in Jail Construction Cost Lives and Dollars Across California

07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]

07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]

07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]

07.18 "Can't Change a Corrupt System by Taking Its Money": Sanders Urges All 2020 Democrats to Reject Insurance, Big Pharma Cash [49:02 video w/ lousy sound]

07.17 Why Democrats’ oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump

07.17 Here's the real reason Trump is attacking 'the squad': he's scared of their politics

07.17 'Good,' Says Elizabeth Warren, After Billionaire Right-Winger Peter Thiel Says She's 2020 Democrat He Is 'Most Scared By'

07.17 The American Right Defines Patriotism As Complacency About Racism

07.17 This is what today's America looks like. The squad is us

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07.19 UN urged to act over 'purge' of Turkey's lawyers by Erdogan

07.19 DOJ Releases Strong Evidence of Trump’s Campaign Finance Violations But No Explanation of No Charges [The statement]

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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...]

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07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]

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07.18 Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how

07.15 China’s Economic Growth Hits 27-Year Low as Trade War Stings

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07.19 U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are 'fantastic'

07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]

07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]

07.18 Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market

07.18 There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff

07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]

07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]

07.17 Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It [Only psychopathic Saudi Arabia and Russia are U.S. ’allies’ now...]

07.17 Trump’s Unlawful Asylum Policy Is a Jab at Mexico

07.16 Trump’s race fantasy is clear: the US as home for whites fleeing Europe [1:09 video]

07.15 India’s Terrifying Water Crisis

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]

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  Print view: Thinking About BIG UNCLE
ON BEING FAT AND STUPID:

Thinking About BIG UNCLE

by Fred Cederholm
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 asklet@rochelle.net.



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This story was published on August 2, 2010.

 

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