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Books, Films, Arts & Education
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?]
Ref. : Letters to the editor
Health Care & Environment
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!]
07.10 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.]
07.09 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!]
07.04 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 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]
06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
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.]
07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]
07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]
07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]
07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]
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!]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
International & Futurism
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 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 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 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...]
Thinking About Attention
Be forewarned about 2011 and 2012!
Are you truly aware of the financial status of your bank(s), your home community, your home county, and/ or your home state? (I am...) Have I got your attention, yet?
I’ve been thinking about attention. Actually I’ve been thinking about 2010, the American public, NEWS/ information, TWEETS, errata, our situations, the world events, and 2011. It is said that “knowledge is power.” THAT is a very valid assessment for all of us to consider; but do we really believe it, follow it, and live it. We are in the midst of some very critical times right now. A major crashing of our hallowed institutions is just outside our doors. The reaper is lurking. Are we worried? Are we listening? Are we preparing? Do we know the situations? What is being done on our behalf? Will this work? Are we paying attention? Do we even care? (I wonder if it will snow again, today?)
You see as we approach the end of 2010, I’ve been doing more TH*NKNG than usual. (I have a headache today, but I can’t take any painkillers because of my blood thinners, DAMN!) I usually try to summarize my take on where we are at this point in time in the last columns of a given year. (I feel frustrated this morning, but I can’t put my finger on it, “Hi Mac, good morning, Honey.”) The US public has a dubious attention span and this non-diagnosed chronic condition is not being treated, it is being exploited! This has been cultivated because everything we experience now is in micro bytes. Those in power, in control, and elected or appointed office want us kept in the dark so we get fed our data/ information in squirts. (“Yeah Honey, I just gave you a fresh bowl of crunchies and water.”) We rarely get enough to form our own option, much less get incensed, and act upon it. We have THEIR opinion, THEIR assessments, and share THEIR lack of concerns. (“Oh, did you come over to love me, Mac... good boy... such a handsome dog, Carmen and Dudley have such a wonderful son! Yeah, good boy...”)
TWEETS are blurbs that are posted on-line to share our lives with people we don’t even know, much less care about. They are read not because they are enlightening, but because they come from somebody famous, a famous wannabe, or somebody outrageous. They don’t have to be true. They can be fantasy, frivolous, erotic, erratic... They entertain, but rarely enlighten. They are just there. They steal our precious time, our attention, and obscure our focus. (Oh Mac, there goes a squirrel...). We have gone beyond the brainwashing of Orwell’s 1984. And we don’t even know it. (“That’s it, Honey; you tell Mr. Squirrel all about it!) TWEETS are bad enough when we see them for what they are. They are an addiction/ a distraction... unfortunately this mini- (whose car is that over at ...?) bites of what is happening is how we get our News. The evening News broadcasts are more like the scads of entertainment, and engineered reality shows. People may be watching, but they are not absorbing. (The general public has an attention span of what, six seconds???) We are only being fed enough “truth” to cover the butts of the media, and our elected official for when the day of reckoning comes, they can point to these diverse micro-bytes and say “see, we told you...” The bulk of us don’t even know this. We have lost our ability to concentrate, to TH*NK, and to act. (Are we doomed...!?!)
We may have “ah ha” moments when we get our bank notices, go to re-invest a CD, read our brokerage statement, or talk to our accountant or to our investment advisor. 22% to 24% are actually unemployed or under-employed right now --- not the “official” 9.8%. This is going to get worse in 2011 and in 2012. (I TH*NK I’ll go grocery shopping today.) Many US household are finding that there is too much month left at the end of the money. We can no longer look to our homes as a “cash stations.” Something like 60% of homes with mortgages are now under water --- more owed than the current value. (Maybe I ought to do laundry today.) 40% of those are behind a payment, or two, or are in default. Foreclosures are at a record number. The real crunch should come in 2011, and 2012. (“What do you TH*NK Mac, two loads, or three?”)
Our government maybe bought the BIG banks and the investment houses some time with bailouts in the TRILLIONS, but nothing has been done to restructure, give aid to, or to fix the household debts and mortgage messes of main street. Should this even be part of Uncle $ugar’s role in society? (Nobody put a gun to their heads to make them borrow, now did they?) Most nationwide banks are not now lending even though the FED is shoveling out electronic cash like some stevedore on steroids! Three banks were closed/ resolved in 2007. Twenty-five banks were in 2008. 140 were shuttered in 2009. To date, there are 157 in 2010. The FDIC problem list of banks “officially” stands at 860 s of now. (Yeah right... 860???) 2011 will continue this trend. Have I got your attention, yet?
2011 will be a particularly brutal year for all levels of governmental units (as will 2012). The Federal Government has a better level of propaganda, but it will be forced to face the wolves at the door. Will the death of the EURO finally pull the US DOLLAR over the edge? (I fear it will!) Which cities, counties, and states will default on their municipal and governmental debts? On which obligations owed to providers and employees will they legally renege? Which cities, counties, and will formally declare themselves bankrupt, and seek “forgiveness” and relief in the courts? (Hummm... THAT has never really happened before...) our focused attention is of the utmost importance now. Be forewarned about 2011 and 2012! Are you truly aware of the financial status of your bank(s), your home community, your home county, and/ or your home state? (I am...) Have I got your attention, yet?
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 December 20, 2010.