GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

U.S. Congress: Members and staff are exempt from vaccination mandate (Report)

U.S. Social Security pensions: – A looming, unpleasant reality? (Article)

California: Governor recall election subject to widespread vote fraud? (Report) (it began Sunday)

The U.S. Empire: End times, per this analyst (Recommended) (Article)

World’s fastest growing cities may not be where you expect (Article)

China: Adds automated conformance monitoring for businesses to match system for individuals (Report)

Anti-white racism needs acknowledgement (Article)

New York City: New pandemic “Vaccinate or starve” rules (Report)

Saudi Arabia: U.S. removing missile defenses? (Report)

The Pandemic: Rising deaths from vaccinations? (Report)

The U.S.Capitol Riot: Half of polled Americans see rioters as political prisoners (Article)

Global debt: Taking down the world financial system? (Report)

The U.S. culture: The new servant class is identified by its masks? (Article)

The U.S. economy: A Realist’s Status Report (Article) (Recommended, but you won’t like it)

Anti-pandemic vaccinations reported accompanied by impressive increase in cancer, immune issues (Report)

Pandemic U.S. hospitalizations data reportedly include some 48% mild/asymptomatic cases (Report)

India: Pandemic success in Uttar Pradesh (Over 100 M people) credited to Ivermectin use (Report)

More pandemic: Feds to ration Regeneron COVID treatment used in conservative states (Report) (Though there’s no shortage)  Cuts Florida supply in half (Report)

The economy: Where did all the people goz? (Article)

The Federal Reserve: Top officials own same securities the Fed was buying (Report)  (Corruption)

Censorship: Feds ground drones watching/reporting immigrants at border (Report)

China: Update (Article) (Long, recommended)

New /ealand: COVID vaccination causing more death than COV(D (Report)

Britain: Brexit the metric system? (Report) (not exactly) 

California: Ending single family zoning (Report)

The pandemic: “Vaccine kills more people than it helps” (Report)

The U.S. military: Another view of today’s reality (Article)

Victor Davis Hansen: The Death of Science (Article)

 Australia: New quarantine detention center (Australia’s Auschwitz”) (Photo)

Computerized military rifles – Update (Article)

The pandemic: Survivors’ long term effects (Report)

Chicago: 6 dead, 56 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after driving through 7 toll booths (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         What Have America’s Politicians Done For Us Lately?

                                A short, hopefully cogent selection of significant itemsto help form expectations:

  1. Provided a President whose minder remains unknown, whose questioned legitimacy is asserted but unproven and who is controlling citizens’ economic and personal activity by decree.
  2. Provided a Vice President whose unpopularity and apparent ineptness add value to her chronic invisibility.
  3. Provided a House Speaker whose apparently superannuated syntax seems presidential by current standards.
  4. Expanded dumping of borrowed, inflationary fiat money into an already overindebted

economy.

  • Inundated the borders with illegal, mostly unqualified migrants to be financially supported.    
  • Systematically reprogrammed public education into indoctrination.

Most interestingly, few seem to care … Yet.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

California: New police “reform” bill will just kill recruiting? (Report)

The pandemic: A useful summary of current facts and propaganda, identified as such (Article)

U.S. Presidential election: Vote fraud research project progress status (Report)

Australia: Victoria sto exclude unvaccinated from its economy? (Report)

Scotland: For sale: 22 acre private, game-filled island $70,000 (Report)

The culture: FBI official for crimes against children arrested for crimes against children (Report)

China: Chi warns China tycoons to share wealth (Report)

 The status of Google censorship? (Report)

The pandemic: Did the U.S. fund COVID research in China? (Report)

More pandemic: Will the politicized COVID vaccines prompt reevaluation of vaccinations? (Article)

Spiders: Colorado tarantula “migration” stats (Report)

The pandemic: The view from the (silenced) other side (Article)

U.S. Government: Ron Paul warns: Pandemic of authoritarianism is the real threat (Article)

 The culture: Government display of Declaration of Independence and Constitution now warn that documents contain harmful language? (Report)

Australia: High court says media liable for user’s posts on web pages (Report) (Forcing censorship)

Surveillance:   Democrats want government to see routine financial transactions? (Report)

The pandemic: Uni. Of CA research shows teen boys 6 times more likely to heart problems from vaccination than hospitalization from COVID (Report)

 Corruption: Cities rob drivers with red light cameras at intersections (Report)

The economy: Ford pulls manufacturing from India as unprofitable (Report)

War: Drone strikes don’t care who they hit (Report) (WWII bombing, individualized and soon to be privatized?)

Chicago: 6 dead, 59 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman drove a golf cart through a Florida police armed standoff (Report)

And that’s all …

EDITORIAL: A Nice, Current Conspiracy Theory

A paranoid but reasonable explanation for the government’s coercion of dangerous and somewhat ineffectual COVID vaccination while leaving smallpox et al voluntary has surfaced on the internet. And it fits well with things underway at the Federal Reserve.

  1. If only proof of inoculation provides access to necessary products and venues and
  2. Government controls access to inoculation, then

What else is needed for assertion of government control of individual behavior? Add to that the current push in Washington D.C. for the reporting to government of the details of electronic financial transactions. And then consider the Federal Reserve program exploring digital currency. By sending an email, the government could deprive a citizen of access to any normal or black market transactions at all … But the U.S. government would never do such a thing, right? It’s obviously just another conspiracy theory!

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THE END OF THE PROGRESSIVE ERA

The developing Progressive paradigm exploded with the Industrial Revolution; the congested cities, industrialized public schools and the historically bloated economic middle class are some of its products. Mass production required massed labor; that in turn required educated support and administration. The labor was pulled from the land, where it was replaced by machines and braceros. The managers, engineers, accountants, doctors etc. provided by the schools were in demand and commanded a premium for their services. Collective bargaining/politicization extended the wealth to those on the production lines while the spiraling purchasing power fueled further increases in production. Early mechanization took much of the drudgery from housework and the unemployed housewife became the symbol of America’s expanded middle class wealth. But while politicians can distort economies, they cannot repeal economics; their politically expanded price of labor invited competition.

Middle class wealth expanded upon monopoly and politicization; tge disparity with the rest of the world sucked competition from machines and lower cost foreign producers, much of it financed by capital that had supported the U.S. middle class. American housewives, emancipated when they traded their washboards for washing machines, then witnessed the replacement of the local laundry by a laundromat with a parking lot replete with foreign cars.  Persistent inflation served to evaporate the value of wage gains while production moved offshore in search of cheaper labor.

The steady rise of the middle class reversed; the ex-housewives joined the workforce in the face of declining living standards, competing with ex-factory workers to expand the low-wage service economy. The economic decline was somewhat masked by advancing technology. Most of America’s nouveau proletarians have a TV, a cell phone, a car and a payment card accompanied by card and auto debt and often enough, a mortgage and/or a student loan balance. There is a signal lack of savings and too much debt; the material goods are enjoyed via the assumption of risk and the sacrifice of future income. The percentage of students guaranteed economically productive careers has declined as dumbed-down, politicized universities have repudiated their previous meritocracy in favor of politically correct mediocrity. To delay economic implosion, the politicians have expanded the economic interventions that had fostered it, deferring while expanding its inevitable finale.

When the American voters chose the progressives and their politicized economics, the were electing a Pied Piper whose satisfaction of current desires rested upon increasing compromise of future wealth. Worse, as succeeding elections demanded ever increasing government largesse, the piper’s path was a slippery slope. Not only were politicized mass wages unsustainable, the government’s preemptive spending rose from less than 10% of GDP in 1930 to 31% of GDP in2020, most ly sucked from the middle class. Worse still, while federal debt was 17% of GDP in 1930, by 2020 it had reached 125% of GDP. That amounts to some $227,000 per federal taxpayer. From there, the 2021 Federal budget projects a $3 trillion deficit resulting from the social and military spending seen by the politicians as necessary to keep them in office. These conditions are not unique; too many of the world’s economies are at equivalent risk.

 The inevitable result will not be unexpected; plans are in progress. The progressive era has ended and the “progressive” politicians know it. Authoritarians and democracies share their economic problem; they contend with the same species. China’s government seems worried; itis promising to spread the new wealth wider while warning its officials of coming struggle. In the United States and Europe, governments are using a mild pandemic to forward the replacement of democratic lifestyles with de facto individual controls and rule by decree, supported by widespread surveillance, universal monitoring and probably digital replacement of most physical money. Social chaos accompanying financial implosion will  probably accelerate the control measures, bringing governments East and West closer to their historical similarities.

That seems unsurprising; human behavior and its need for government remain universal. Only uneven development has perpetuated the persistent politico-social gaps and that is diminishing before the onslaught of human communications technology. It seems inevitable – as does its price …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Afghanistan: Biden Administration blocking escapes provided by private operators? (Report)

The U.S. economy: COVIDID bailouts have nothing to do with COVID (Article)

Finance: The Federal Reserve keeps printing or (until) the whole thing blows (Article) (Recommended for non-finance folk)

The pandemic: Study finds immunity of recovered patients superior to vaccination (Report)

More pandemic: CDC published study found no difference between mandatory/voluntary school mask policy results (Report)

U.S. counties taking homes without compensating homeowners (Report)

Oregon: Unvaccinated ineligible for unemployment benefits? (Report)

Australia: Building quarantine camps … (Report)

Chevy volt: General recall re battery fires (Report)

The pandemic: Israel cracks the code: the jabs don’t work… (Article) More on overhyped vaccines (Article)

Singpore: Update (Article)

Afghanistan: U.S. citizens turned away from Kabul airport by U.S. military (Report)

China: A Great Leap Backward? (Article) (See editorial below)

Saudi Arabia: Bomb laden drone injures 8 at airport (Report) (A spreading new warfare)

Newborn’s DNA samples in demand by governments and business facing judicial decisions (Report)

Pandemic vaccination: Doctor’s testimony before New York Legislature (Video) (Recommended)

Immigration: 18,000 unaccompanied minors released into U.S. interior in August (Report)

San Francisco: To begin paying people to refrain from bad behavior (Report)

Science: Human history being pushed back again? (Report)

The economy: A Realist’s View Of The Popular Narrative (Article) (Recommended for Realists)

The war on privacy: Lawsuit claims siri invades privacy (Report) (Will the snooping explosion slow?)

Biden tax hike largest since 1968 (Report) (Shut down the economy, then raise taxes..?)

Digital currencies to be test in international finance (Report)

The Pandemic: Pfizer testing daily pill for infections with failed vaccinations (Report)

U.S. Capitol riot investigation becoming political hatchet job? (Report) (Why aren’t Antifa/BLM receiving similar treatment?)

Surveillance: U.S. Federal agencies expanding use of facial recognition (Report)

Auarinm, TX school district: Will screen employee social media accounts for politically incorrect content (Report)

Afghanistan: The north resists the Taliban again with heavy fighting (Report)

Rlection fraud: Investigators have video of numerous distributors dropping bundles of ballots into drop boxes at night in Georgia (Report)

Immigration: Study finds over half of U.S. immigrants are on taxpayer funded welfare (Report)

 Piracy: Coastal Africa update (Article)

Chicago: 6 dead, 50 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

Naked man drove up, accosted 2 women (Report)

And that’s all …

EDITORIAL:         China Redux

                To avoid the economic dissolution and political collapse experienced by the Soviet Union, China’s Communist Party dropped Communism in favor of a return to capitalism, albeit under a still authoritarian state. Springing up like weeds and with a little help from stolen Western tech, Chinese entrepreneurs provided an economic miracle of development. But there are social costs accompanying such economic upheavals, e.g. America’s Civil War. Current reports suggest that the Chinese Communist Party may feel threatened by that which it has unleashed; it seems bent upon restoring a greater degree of socialism upon its economy. For the party’s longevity, that is probably good politics; most Chinese aren’t wealthy capitalists and world finance teeters over a precipice.

But China’s unbroken succession of authoritarian government has a history of overdoing things. China’s unmatched technological and economic development led the Ming Dynasty to engage the world but the resulting social and financial stresses became justification for the retreat into stasis that left China helpless before the Europeans by the time they arrived. If that weren’t costly enough, Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward cost some 20 million lives by starvation alone. Doing nothing is precluded by the very visible advances in more democratic neighbors that even the world’s largest censorship organ can’t hide from the Chinese people. Clearly, the politicians have to do something.

Historically, human progress seems inversely proportional to government intervention past a minimym point. The present economic uncertainty seems more likely to deliver stultifying repression than it does to protect progress.      

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The pandemic: CDC buries study showing masks ineffective (Report)

More pandemic: Comparing deaths from COVID with deaths from the vaccine (Article) (Requires thought)

Australia: Slouching towards China (Article) (Is the U.S. close behind?)

Military aircraft morphing into drones (Article)

The climate: Senate “infrastructure” bill funds removing CO2 from the world’s atmosphere? (Report)

The Constitution: 2 New York judges ordered defendants vaccinated (Report)

China: If demographics are destiny, the future looms disquieting (Article)

New York City: Mayor mandates vaccination for all public schools (Report)

U.S. Congress: New bill would ban unvaccinated from flying (Report)

 U.S. Finance: Risk rising as Treasury manipulates? (Report)

Congo: Update SNAFU (Article)

The pandemic: Even mainstream media now questioning vaccines? (Report)

 The U.S. Congress: House passes bill taking control of elections from the states (Repo

More pandemic: Welcome to the forever pandemic (Article)

Still more pandemic: Documented vaccination exemption for Orthodox, Roman Catholic and other Christian observances (Report)

Pandemic politics: CDC counts COVID death up to two weeks after vaccination as unvaccinated (Report)

Pandemic ultimate: Newly FDA approved Pfizer vaccine is is unavailable; currently used version remains  emergency only and differs from the now approved version? (Report)

 U.S. Government: A lament for the costs of its growth (Article)

 The U.S.. Capitol riot: Maltreatment of imprisoned suspects (Report)

The pandemic: Nitric oxide spray joining Ivermectin as effective treatment? (Report)

More pandemic: In Britain, COVID is killing more vaccinated than unvaccinated (Report) More: Monoclonal antibody treatment spreading (Report)

Still more pandemic : Israeli study shows natural immunity superior to vaccines (Report)

The Capitol Riot: Ashley Babbitt shot dead for trespassing/vandalism, inquiry suppressed, why? (Article)

Harvard University appoints atheist as chief chaplain (Report) (An oxymoron?)

The pandemic: Japanese medical leader prescribes Ivermectin for treatment (Report)

The U.S. Congress: House Democrats try again to take elections control from states (Report)

U.S. judge stripped unvaccinated mother of parental rights (Report)

Chicago: 7 dead, at least 33 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested over a parking lot drug deal (Report)

Enough, already,

EDITORIAL:         From What Is Afghanistan Distracting Us?

More Americans are being shot during an average weekend in Chicago than are being shot or blown up in Afghanistan these days but the U.S. media seems not to notice that. Neither does it seem it impressed with the Congressional bills that would impose Federal power upon the states’ elections. Few are considering the ongoing U.S. financing of the Taliban that will be the price of ransoming the abandoned U.S. hostages. Fewer still are thinking of the cost of war material profits windfall awaiting those who will replace the abandoned military equipment. And the subject of Afghanistan has risen to prominence conveniently to justify reduction of attention to COVID vaccination mandates, just when inconvenient information about vaccination problems is leaking out at the fringes. Best of all, it replaces any serious attention to the unreality of current government and popular borrowing and spending, very much including the degree to which world finance is hollowed out.  With our very professional media reporting breathlessly on every thing that matters, what could possibly go wrong?

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The U.S. economy: On the road to Weimar (Article)

The pandemic: CDC downplays vaccination heart risk? (Report)

U.S. Government bulletin says opposition to COVID mandates is potential security threat (Report)

U.S. Finance: Stock/bond markets have become unreliable? (Article)

The pandemic: Do masks work? (Article)

Infantry: Steerable, flying grenades (Article)

Censorship: Riding racism in healthcare? (Article)

Healthcare: It’s racist to treat all patients equally? (Article)

Finance: The end of the gold standard: Fifty years of monetary insanity (Article) (Recommended)

The pandemic: Harmful vaccine reactions unreported? (Report)

The U.S. economy: Inflation hits food prices harder (Report)

The pandemic: Politicized mask rules defy science; most extreme in Melbourne and Los Angeles? (Article)

More pandemic: Vaccines losing effectiveness (Report)

The culture: Imposing technology increases uncertainty (Report)

The economy: Toyota cuts September output 40% (Report)

More economy: Central banks are now in the end game (Article) (Recommended)

 Chicago: Financial condition beyond belief (Articled)

The pandemic: More evidence of damage by vaccination (Report)

The culture: The war on marriage proceeds (Article)

Face masks are useless, study now shows (Report)

The U.S. economy: President Biden pushes Congress for higher taxes (Report)

Lebanon: Growing uncertainty and disorder (Report)

Energy: Iran’s huge gas find nudges the balance of power? (Article)

The pandemic: A view from another direction (Article)

Chicago: 8 dead, 48 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man floating on a log was rescued, arrested (Repprt)

The end

EDITORIAL:         The Afghan Debacle: A Few Pertinent Questions

Afghanistan, a collection of contending tribes descended from previous invaders, is not unaccustomed to invasions and the currently collapsing effort was preceded by a Russian fizzle. The hapless Afghans are also targeted by neighbors, most particularly these days by the Pakistani military, sponsor of the very Pushtun Taliban. Only opioid drug gangs really find it homey. America’s 20 year effort has wasted grossly excessive amounts of money and lives and it will continue to burden the future with care for its surviving casualties and repayment of the money borrowed o pursue it. Compounding all of this, the U.S. government yanked its military from the country, abandoning billions of dollars’ worth of advanced arms together with thousands of American civilian contractors and Afghan employees to the revenge of murderous Taliban jihadis. Government organized destruction on this scale seems worthy of a few questions:

  1. How did the U.S. expect to suppress the Taliban while holding its Pakistani sponsor untouchable? The same scenario as Viet Nam, with the same ending.
  2. With the U.S. military’s careful withdrawal plan and the strident warning from the U.S. State department, why did the U.S. government suddenly abandon its goods, people and Afghan allies to a vengeful enemy?

Given the Saudi origins of the 9/11 attack on New York and Washington, Taliban hosting of a few of its authors seems a thin excuse for invasion and thinner still for the two decade occupation. The interests of the U.S. military-industrial complex identified by President Eisenhower’s warning seem considerably more likely to explain a program initiated by Republicans and continued by Democrats for so long a time.  

And given the numbers and capacity of U.S. military and government planners with two decades for the work and the fall of Saigon as a reference, it seems that the current conditions in Afghanistan cannot be accidental. If so, President Biden is a chosen fall guy and the subsequent rearrangements of especially, the Democrat power structure will be informative for those watching.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The pandemic: CDC preparing to imprison “high risk” people? (Report)

More pandemic: Some vaccine risk updates (Report)

Still more pandemic: Angles on the reporting system (Articled)

California voters may print their own ballots for mailing in coming governor recall election? (Report)

The internet: Chinese style censorship comes west (Article)

Science: The coming future of battery tech may power aircraft (Article)

The U.S. economy: Will unfilled jobs expand the economic shrinkage already imposed under COVID? (Article) There are now more job opeings than unemployed workers (Report)

 Tenessee: Governor (R) authorizes quarantine/imprisonment by military (Report)

Portland, OR: Antifa attacked attendees of a Christian music event (Video)

Oregon no longer requires high school grads to prove ability to read, write or use arithmetic (Report)(But they still call it “education” …)

The U.S. economy: Damnation by Debt (Article)

U.S. Congress: Tax on miles driven part of “infrastructure” bill (Report)

More Congress: Senate moves on cryptocurrencies (Report)

The pandemic: New Israeli treatment seems safe, effective (Report)

Privacy: New Apple mandatory app to monitor and report child porn? (Report)

The U.S. Revolution: Vaccine passports to a cashless society and serfdom? (Article)]

The U.S. Congress: Senate passes multi-trillion spending expansion (Report)

The pandemic: CDC caught inflating the Florida numbers (Report)

President Biden extended the COVID eviction moratorium (Report) (Constitutional?)

China: Industrializing the government control of information proceeds (Article)

Ohio: Judge orders drug user to get vaccinated or be jailed? (Report)

 Los Angeles will require COVID vaccination to enter any indoor commercial spaces (Report) (Jab or starve?) No groceries without vaccination (Reportd)

Energy: Russian gas continues to be a self-inflicted European winter problem? (Report)

The pandemic: Another vaccination risk appears (Report)

The culture: New York woman arrested, jailed, fined for unleashed dogs in park (Report)

The U.S. war on cash: Central bank digital currencies are coming (Article)

U.S. Energy: Government policy hoists prices by reducing supply (Article)

Iran/Iraq: Some backstage realities usually unmentioned (Report)

Afghanistan: 20 years of war has cost U.S. taxpayers over $2 trillion? (Report) (For what?)

Inflation: U.S. Congress: House Speaker boosts max staffer pay 15% to $200 k (Report)

U.S. Army National Guard is recruiting prison guards? (Report)

The pandemic: Vaccine expert says: Stop vaccinations, expand available treatments (Article)

More pandemic: A new bill in the U.S. Congress would ban air travel by the unvaccinated (Report)

Still more pandemic: Politics block highly successful treatment (Article)

Chicago: 11 dead, 62 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested for secretly watching woman at tanning salon (Report)

That’s enough

EDITORIAL:         The Mythic “Right” To A Living Wage

                                Our universe contains but does not provide our sustenance; we must wrest it for ourselves. Blended efforts are more effective; the blending process creates markets to integrate and balance those efforts towards efficiency. The presence of government disrupts that process, replacing economic values with political goals.

                When government mandates a higher cost for low value work, the added increment is paid by the buyers of that work; their standard of living is thereby reduced to that extent. The welfare of many is slightly decreased to more considerably benefit a chosen few. But it is politically naïve to expect the chosen few to remain few in a democratic society; their inevitable multiplication raises the general decline to significance at some point.

                When that point has been reached, the alternatives presented are a return to market values or an advance to government mandated pricing generally. This latter has been the historical preference of voters. And again historically, the result has always been a smaller, wealthy elite presiding over general poverty, a politically unstable situation. China, Russia and the United States represent slightly different points on the time continuum of the process. But technological progress seems to be bringing convergence … Technology has also made the poverty less onerous, at least for the moment and in some locations. But looming financial disruption in response to massive government economic mismanagement is upon us and the U.S. military is as reported in the news items above, recruiting “internment specialists.”.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

California: New law aimed at happier pigs threatens bacon? (Report)

The pandemic: Study says recovered patients show enduring immunity, uncertain as to variants (Report)

 The U.S. economy: The Federal Reserve is holding up an illusion? (Article)

Religion: Pope bans Latin mass – now, what? (Article)

 Solar power cell manufacturers increase pollution from Chinese coal burning (Report)

U.S. Congress: Remarkable contents of “infrastructure” spending bill (Report)

 U.S. home ownership is being eliminated? (Article)

The U.S. election: Arizona county refused to provide evidence (Report)

 The U.S. economy: Terminal debt covered by inflation (Article)

North Korea: Update (Article)

The war on local police: Washington D.C. police are opening field offices in Florida and California (Report)

The U.S. culture: The pandemic used to erase the Constitution? (Article)

U.S. Congress: Pending “infrastructure” bill currently requires new cars to test for drunk drivers (Report)

U.S. government asks airports to monitor passenger alcohol use (Report)

 Women’s sports: Politicized playground for second rate men? Article)

Medicaid misspending waste grows (Report)

The U.S. dollar: Farewell to yet another failed monetary system (Article)

China’s Social Credit ddydtem has arrived in America? (Article)

The pandemic: New study shows value of Ivermectin treatment (Report)

Capitol riot: FBI swat team invasion of protester who peacefully walked through the capitol taking pictures (Repor)

U.S. Congress: New “infrastructure” bill contains sneaky attack on crypto finance ((Report)

The pandemic: “Natural immunity is effective; vaccines are not” (Report)

More pandemic: A doctor’s reaction to the U.S. response (Article)

Surveillance: Apple plans to inspect user image, report child porn to authorities (Report)

U.S. Postal Service: Growing deficits, slowing service and next, reduced standards? (Report)

Baseball: Japan’s Olympic gold predictive of the U.S. future? (Report)

The pandemic: A take on the push behind the questionable vaccines (Article)

More pandemic: The Astonishing Hubris Of An Experimental Global Vaccine (Article)

The economy: China, U.S. on the same politicized path? (Report)

Chicago: 8 dead, 43 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

An armed, naked man was arrested after a lengthy police standoff (Report)

Enough, already              

EDITORIAL:         The Perceptible Direction Of The World’s Governments

                                Communication now links governments as well as businesses, institutions and people; it is unsurprising that their commonality expands. Human social behavior guarantees that. Equally unsurprising is that the commonality increases irregularly; the individuality in human behavior guarantees that as well. Over time, human governors behave according to the perceived interests of their governments; increasing commonality makes their behavior more alike.

                China, heir to historically unbroken autocracy, restored private enterprise to save its failing economy but is now struggling to repress the resulting inequality of wealth. The same struggle engages the United States’ historically liberal government. Technological progress has provided massive new tools applicable to controlling massive numbers of individuals; both governments see the handles of this tool that lies before them; China is doing so directly while the United States (and other democratic polities) is doing it incrementally and sub rosa, presently under cover of a an overhyped pandemic. The organized Christians who naturally oppose this have declined toward vulnerability in the U.S. and are persecuted in China.

                All of this seems likely to accelerate worldwide as the misgoverned world economy struggles under its load of debt inflation. Old Professor Tyler knew what he was talking about …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The pandemic: Anti-lockdown and mask protests rising worldwide (Report)

More pandemic: A sobering analysis of the vaccines effects by impressively reputable doctors (Article/Video)

Still more pandemic: CDC revises testing to reduce false positives caused by flu virus (Report)

 Education: Excessive graduation debt and useless degrees (Article)

U.S. politics: The show trials of the January 6 protest/rioters threatens everyone (Article)

The pandemic: Reimposed behavioral restrictions meeting expanding protests (Report)

More pandemic: Vaccinations don’t work very well? (And carry risks) (Report)

Stil morel pandemic: 25% of Los Angeles new cases among vaccinated people (Report)

 Washington DC police ordered to arrest the unmasked (Report)

Australia: Army to enforce lockdown (Report)

North Carolina employees must remain masked and undergo weekly testing if not vaccinated (Report)

 Social Credit: China’s people control system is coming to the U.S?.? (Article)

Singapore: 75% of new Covid cases have been vaccinated people (Report)

Iceland, Gibralter: Seeing rising COVID infections despite 90% vaccination rate? (Report)

Education: Are schools really necessary? Remote learning not so bad? (Article)

Energy: A big step towards making clean hydrogen (Report)

Science: Significant step toward quantum computing (Report)

The pandemic: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others (Report)

 China is assembling a huge fleet for Taiwan invasion (Report)

Israeli operated tanker attacked by (probably Iranian) drones (Report)

China: The industrialization of deep sea poaching (Article)

Chicago: 10 dead, 61 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested while knocking on doors (Report)

Enough.

EDITORIAL:         Why Healthcare Economics Are Dismal

                                Those truly old among us received healthcare from professionals. Since then, they have seen that profession evolve into an capital intensive industry  in response to advances in knowledge and technology. Now, we are all seeing  healthcare, politicized like everything else by government expansion, becoming increasingly virtual. Under cover of dropping everything else to favor the current pandemic. This straightforward evolution should not surprise; it is basic economics.

                The professional was paid by his patient; he starved if too many were dissatisfied. Patient satisfaction became primary. That was diluted when the insurers replaced patients as the sources of income but the dilution was limited by the presence of competition among the insurers; sometimes, they had to sell their policies to patients. But now as government muscles farther into healthcare and its finance, patient satisfaction is replaced by management via mortality tables. The goal used to be saving Mrs. Jones’ mother; now it is becoming saving not necessarily Mrs. Jones, but a reasonable percentage of her age group so that they can work productively. A decline in U.S. life expectancy started a few years ago; its causes are currently debated.   

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GOVERNMENT AND AMERICAN RACISM

American economic freedom and personal liberty are now directly constrained by all levels of government under policies advertised as combatting the current pandemic and allegedly institutionalized racism. While the pandemic seems overstated, it is undeniable; the government’s version of racism is less straightforward. On this issue our leaders, whatever their location on the political bench, resemble physicians in need of healing.

First, racism needs recognition as an outgrowth from normal human behavior; it is not a learned imposition. And second, it has deep roots in the very institutions that now claim the authority to extinguish it.  Animals innately react to a significant unknown; that rises to apprehension if the unknown appears to represent a threat level. Learned human behavior recognizes human strangers as potentially dangerous and the more outre the appearance of a stranger, the greater the potential threat perception. We fear each other and we fear someone who is perceptibly not one of our group even more. More than that, we innately dehumanize potential threats; empathy interferes with self defense. One can only imagine the feelings that arose at the first encounter of spear carrying black and white men …

The mistaken demonization of an innocent is one of the costs of this otherwise protectively valuable reflex, without which our species might not survive. Human individuals learn where real danger lies and where it does not but new, ignorant arrivals continually replace the experienced and there are always those on hand whose agendas are served by the persistence or even the new acquisition of that particular ignorance. It may be minimized for a while but never eliminated; it is a part of the human condition and a necessary part at that. As with so many human foibles, its management by continual education is the only road toward optimization of its benefits and the continued effectiveness of that should be expected to fluctuate, at least until we revise our DNA. .   

Recognition of this reality illuminates the dangers inherent in prescribing government remedies for the social stresses resulting from racism. The arrival of government on the scene imposes politicization; an effect of that is illustrated by the current difference in the respective status of Asians and blacks in America. After the Civil War, cheap Chinese labor was imported en masse to build the railroads; these obscure aliens were isolated at the bottom of U.S. society alongside the freed slaves and subsequently excluded from immigration by law. While the Asians were excluded and ignored, the blacks became government clients. Today, educated Asians are imported under special bisas to compete for U.S. jobs and excluded from Ivy League universities via quotas, visibly competing successfully with white dominance. Unlike the former slaves, their cultures were not replaced via U.S. Government entitlement. Like the Native Americans, the blacks continue to languish. As President Reagan said: “Government is not the solution; government is the problem.” Some issues are beyond legislative solutions.

Summing up: Racism is a destructive expansion of normal human behavior; the same may be said for war. Imposed overnment seems as likely a solution for the one as for the other …

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