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Health Care & Environment
11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Importing gas to replace domestic supply could push emissions up 20%, AGL says [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 The arts have a leading role to play in tackling climate change [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
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.]
11.16 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 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.]
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...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.21 With Statement Equal Parts 'Dangerous' and 'Imbecilic,' Trump Smears Khashoggi and Vows to Back Murderous Saudis [Keeping oil prices affordable prolongs its use, its burning and our dying]
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.21 Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Jailed Women’s-Rights Activists [Trump's great friends...]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
International & Futurism
11.20 Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
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!]
Thinking About Yields
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on October 11, 2010.