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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

07.17 ‘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

07.04 On reflection: how the 'albedo effect' is melting the Antarctic

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 Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into ‘new industrial frontier’

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]

News Media Matters

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

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07.18 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 [48:58 video]

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

07.16 As Trump Sows Discord, Chief of Staff Mulvaney Reportedly Focused on 'Building Empire for the Right Wing' [And the South shall rise again...]

07.16 George Will's startling assessment of Donald Trump

07.16 Describing 'Future We Want to Live In' Scores of Groups Unveil New Blueprint for Reproductive Rights

07.16 'Do not take the bait': congresswomen denounce racist Trump attack [3:50 video]

07.16 Money Laundering Scandal Forces Puerto Rico’s Governor to Cut His Vacation Short — Just in Time for Another Scandal

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.]

Justice Matters

07.16 Contempt [Variations of frequent loss & theft of property title by organized legal efforts against black owners]

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!]

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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

07.18 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]

07.14 Kasich: The chilling effect of British ambassador's leaked memos

07.14 'Just a matter of when': the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar

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 New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

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 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning

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...]

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  Print view: Thinking About Yields
COMMENTARY:

Thinking About Yields

by Fred Cederholm
Republican Governor Candidate Brady was a powerful speaker, but when he stated he would have a balanced budget for Illinois in his first year as governor, the crowd laughed!!!

I’ve been thinking about yields. Actually I’ve been thinking about St. Johns, corn, soybeans, moisture, real estate assessments, property taxes, Kishwaukee College, campaign signs, Illinois Governor Candidate Brady, and Christopher Columbus. This was quite a past week and weekend. I was inundated with so much information, even more than usual. Most of it was good news for a change. Some was not so good, but the subjects were diverse. Some of the items were completely unexpected, then again, we do live in “interesting” times.

You see after church on Sunday a group from St. Johns went out to eat at a Chinese restaurant in nearby DeKalb. We started talking about what we needed to do to get some new members. There were several ideas which were good because this is a truly great congregation. It was as ye sow, so ye reap. The subject soon shifted to the current harvest as several of the members were farmers. I was amazed, but I should not have been. This was a near perfect summer for growing in our area. The crops got in on time, there was ample rain, then it turned hot and sunny when that was what was needed, things grew (and grew, and grew), the crops developed to near perfection, the corn and soybeans began to dry naturally, and the harvest began a couple of weeks earlier than usual. Field activity has been 24/7.

In recent days, field by field began to be transferred to trucks and hauled to the grain elevators for sale or storage. The results were staggering --- staggeringly good, that is. Most farmers got at least 30 to 40% bigger harvests per acre, several got 50 to 60% bigger harvests per acre, and some even got 70 to 80% more output per acre. This is shaping up to be a record setting year. We live in one the richest farmland areas in the world. This was great news! As the crops were hauled in for sale (or storage), and were tested, the moisture content has run about 15%. This means that a minimal amount of drying would be necessary. What a difference over last year! The energy cost of drying can run $1 to a $1.50 a bushel (or more) when the crops are picked “wet” and natural gas is expensive. News on the local farming front could literally not get any better!

Last week the Rochelle News Leader published the property re- assessments for the local townships. There were across-the-board reductions by at least TEN PER CENT. This was unheard of in my lifetime. The assessed valuations traditionally went up and your property tax bills increased year after year after year. The downward adjustment was made to reflect the drop housing prices and glut of properties up for sale. Creston now has a record 26 properties on the market, add to this 4 more in foreclosure, and six sitting empty and offered for rental and you have 36 parcels out of a total inventory of 195 properties. WHOA!!! If the local taxing bodies do not raise their % taxing rates, this will equate to an across-the-board 10% reduction yield in real estate taxes payable in 2011.

On a related matter, Kishwaukee College is seeking an expansion referendum which would INCREASE the taxes paid for the community college by roughly $200, or $6,000 over the thirty year life! I have not heard one person who favors this even though I’ve seen several “Vote YES for Kish...” yard signs in nearby Malta. It will be interesting to learn the outcome since our area normally supports all education referendums. This one, however, I don’t see it passing.

The campaigning for the coming November elections has stepped up in pace. Yard signs are popping up everywhere. Sunday afternoon, I drove into Chicago to visit friends and took the Lincoln Highway (Route #38) through the intervening communities instead of breezing along on the toll road (Route #88). I was amazed by all the campaigning being done at the local, county, and state level. There were literally THOUSANDS of signs and TV and radio ads are almost crowding out the regular programming now This is shaping up to be the most costly election in US history, and we are not even electing a president!

A week ago Monday, I drove to Dixon to attend a rally for Republican Governor Candidate Brady. It was a beautiful day and the crowd was large in park along the Rock River by the statue of favorite son, Ronald Reagan. Brady was a powerful speaker, but when he stated he would have a balanced budget for Illinois in his first year as governor, the crowd laughed!!! You have to realize that this state basically stopped paying almost all bills a year ago. Brady surprised everyone by getting mad at the crowd for their reaction. He said: “This is SERIOUS for all of us, we HAVE to do this right NOW... I am not kidding... this has to be DONE!!!” Will he be able to deliver on this promise?

518 years ago on October 12th, 1492, Christopher Columbus knew where he wanted to go, but he didn’t know how to get there. He defied consensus by sailing West to reach the East. When he got there, he didn’t know he was in the wrong place. When he returned home, didn’t know where he had been. He told people the complete opposite about what had happened, and they believed him. Finally, he did it all with borrowed money!!! I have a feeling that ALL candidates from both major political parties (and the Tea Party Patriots as well) have more than a little Christopher Columbus in them today in 2010.

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 October 11, 2010.

 

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