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07.20 Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here. [Trump can't be bothered as the world turns into a large cinder. His laser focus is on personal greed.]

07.20 Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% More Likely to Have Congenital Heart Defects, New Study Shows

07.20 Giving 'Upper Hand to Corporate Polluters,' EPA Drops Surprise Inspections

07.20 With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' [Realtime proactive response to reality—now and threatening—doesn't get attention in this greed focused administration]

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]

07.11 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?]

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

News Media Matters

07.19 Fox News’s star names excuse the inexcusable after Trump's latest racist attack

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

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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'

07.20 Puerto Rico: top US politicians join chorus calling for governor's resignation

07.20 Fact check: Trump says Puerto Rico got $92 billion. They've seen only a fraction [If he opens his mouth, Trump's lying.]

07.20 "Trump Says Go Home, Ilhan's Community Says Welcome Home": Rep. Omar Greeted With Cheers of Love and Support in Return to Minnesota

07.20 WATCH: Amid Extreme Anti-Refugee Push, Trump Displays Neither Interest Nor Knowledge of Asylum Seekers' Plight in Oval Office Meeting

07.20 Trump Denies Being at North Carolina Rally [Not sure if Trump supporters 'get' satire, but here goes....]

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

07.19 House Democrats demand Hope Hicks clarify testimony after Cohen document dump

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]

Justice Matters

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]

High Crimes vs. Human Rights

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]

Economics & Corrupt Capitalism

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

International & Futurism

07.20 US to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia in face of 'credible' regional threats [Working with Osama bin Laden's godfathers, Trump wants to profit like Erik Prince (for-profit education secretary Betsy DeVos' brother) of Blackwater infamy (hurriedly renamed ‘Academi’), the U.S. taxpayer to pay inflated costs while Trump siphons off long-term emolument largesse]

07.20 Iran on 'dangerous path' with seizure of Stena Impero, says UK [Which is this, a tit or a tat?]

07.20 'Dark satanic mills': Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines [Too much CO2 air pollution makes you stupid, and turns your country into an “Idiocracy” (1:36 video clip)]

07.20 Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies' [Lazy and willfully stupid whenever it serves his purpose, just like Trump. “And the rest of you can all go to hell.” Again, just like Trump. Has your country turned into an “Idiocracy”? (1:36 video clip)]

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]

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BROKEN GOVERNMENT:

Thinking About Fear

by Fred Cederholm
Real solutions come from THINKING. They are NOT driven by fear. Like in the Mad Hatter fairy tale, the US public is loudly crying: “Where is OUR rabbit?” Meanwhile, our leadership and political parties are quietly asking behind closed doors “Where is the hat?”

I’ve been thinking about fear. Actually I’ve been thinking about our national situation(s), the coming elections, the major political parties, pension draw downs, unemployment, the FED, the US Treasury, and September/ October/ November surprises. Ah to live in “interesting” times... We are witnessing a noticeable change of heart in not only what is spoken/ unspoken in private, but also in the shriveled poker faces that are now before us in the media, the public appearances, and the preparatory actions of what are about to unfold. Some portents/ omens have begun to appear before us for all to see. Others are actually appearing in the information being reported to us. Some are subtle, others are not.

You see there is trouble in Mudville. The mighty Casey has come up to bat. He is talked about coming to bat. Or, it is said he has already batted. Take your pick! Regardless of what is happening, what is anticipated to happen, or what has already happened; the game has NOT turned around. No amount of spin, hype, botoxed faces, and blatant un-truths (make that lying) will change anything. The game MAY not be lost, but it will soon be if “We the People...” don’t see a quick home run.

America has experienced downturns before. These have worked there way out by a spending public opening up their wallets for credit cards, or newly printed greenbacks. Our current crisis is one of over-consumption, too much debt, governmental incompetence, and greed. What has “worked” before is now the cause of it all. Everybody knows this, but may not acknowledge it. There is nothing easy in the playbook. As usual, an overstretched public is looking to the government for some miracle pill. Problem is that governments (at the local, state, and Federal level) are even more over-stretched than the public. There is no wonder cure. The public is mad as hell. We have a midterm election, the campaigns for which will soon begin in earnest – if they haven’t already begun that is. And... it isn’t going to be pretty.

It is not unusual to see “some” turnarounds occurring in any midterm election. This time may prove “different.” The Democrats control both Houses of Congress and the White House. They sense the pulse of the public and are afraid of their losses. Will they lose control of the House of Representatives? Will they lose control of the Senate? Will they loose control of both? True leadership is lacking. President Obama may be secure in his position for two more years, but Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Reid are not. The pendulum will swing, but how far? For us in Illinois, these financial and election undercurrents are the same. It is almost an identical situation here in the land of Lincoln, if not worse?

The problem is the Republicans are putting forth no radically changing solutions. They are locked into their same old, same olds as we have heard from them for decades. While the Repubes are not quite so afraid of the Dems as the Dems are of them, they have their own worries about the Tea-Baggers who are attacking them from the right. This is NOT being openly stated, but just look at who is getting the media attention. The Dems are being trashed. The Repubes are losing the front page coverage to the Tea-Baggers on the national stage. I personally don’t see any workable solutions coming from what the Tea-Baggers or the Dems or the Repubes are saying right now. Will one come forth with workable ideas before November 2nd? They have just over 60 days. I have strong doubts.

We know that the housing market stinks. We “know” that unemployment/ underemployment is well over 20%. We know that record emergency (paying the tax penalties) draw downs of 401Ks and retirement monies occurred in 2009 --- with 2010 set to break even that record. We know that retailers are filing bankruptcies and closing storefronts at the highest levels in decades. We know that commercial real estate is facing record vacancies and in no way can cover the debt service on the existing properties financing. We know the banks are NOT lending. We know the equity markets have not come close to meeting sufficiently a much needed “correction” (downward). We know that our war costs are breaking US/ us. We know our deficits, debt, and existent borrowing is killing us from within. We know that Social Security is now in a negative cash flow situation 28 years earlier than what was projected. We know that our trade deficit cannot continue. Where are the answers and the solutions coming forth?

The FED/ Treasury are changing their tune about the unfolding recession/ depression. Bernanke and Geithner are saying they will take further action. Doing what? More of the same --- that clearly hasn’t worked? Their tacit solution now is to issue more debt and buy it themselves with their own freshly printed fiat (non- backed) money since the global $ugar Daddies are not buying! Meanwhile... they hope no one is noticing. I fully expect September/ October/ November surprises as a diversion from our fears and worries. This will not solve a thing and more than likely will only delay and make an ultimate solution much more costly for generations to come. Real solutions come from TH*NK*NG. They are NOT driven by fear. The US public is loudly crying: “Where is OUR rabbit?” Meanwhile, our leadership and political parties are quietly asking behind closed doors “Where is the hat?”

I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.


Copyright 2010 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 30, 2010.

 

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