WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF FIGURE SKATING?   

Modern figure skating has evolved, prospered and is fading in less than a century and a half; its future is opaque. Arising from the feats of an American ballet dancer, it was added to the older sporting competition in drawing diagrams -figures- on ice using skates. The addition drew audiences, the figures were dropped and artificial refrigeration created a venue. Television put paid to the traveling ice shows but provided an enlarged audience for the skaters, resulting in an Olympic sport and reruns for Sonja Henie, an Olympic champion who became a movie star.. Today in 2022, struggling ice rinks and a fading Olympic sport are nearly all that remains along with Jason Brown, the obvious current heir of the sport’s originator who is denied gold for the lack of one more practically invisible, airborne revolution..

The sport’s future is threatened by both external circumstances and its own management. Refrigerated ice surfaces have never been numerous and are now victims of unaffordable political energy and liability policies. In an unfortunate attempt to hide the vicissitudes of its necessarily subjective judging, the sport’s managers shrank determining outcomes to essentially, counting airborne revolutions for most events, with deleterious consequences. The multiple revolution jumps are attainable for too few and damaging for too many, especially for the females. An Olympic figure skating final now almost approaches the definition of a freak show. Is this really still a sport?

Figure skating economics are compelling, if too little considered. A sport that is inherently difficult and relatively inaccessible seems unwise to so structure success that it is unreachable for almost everyone. An expensive sport seems unwise to devalue the elements that have drawn an audience that has helped to fund its operations. And it seems imprudent indeed to define superiority with attainments that have produced so many crippling injuries in young people. It seems challenging enough that the sport is structured to weed out participants in a milieu that needs more, not fewer of them.

Particularly, the sport has imprisoned itself in a demographic conundrum: it has succeeded in excluding almost all but relatively young participants, a significantly more limited market than it once enjoyed. The resulting dearth of older skaters has necessarily sucked professional coaches into judging skaters and managing skating clubs and events, once avoided as a conflict of interests.  Financing this shift from volunteer to professional services is problematic for an already expensive sport. As if these were not challenges enough, the rink operators have created competing figure skating governing organizations outside the Olympic movement, the already tiny sport is divided. 

Figure skating proceeds into the new century without a magic wand to wave at its problems but there are measures that may be taken. Up front, return to a judging system that can be understood by the audience; it needs to be engaged, not detached. Then, penalize jump revolutions of 3 or more. For teams, penalize the obviously dangerous lifts/throws. Look for opportunities to engage skaters of varying ages and abilities as ballroom dancing on skates once did. And coaches should finally stop clinging to their beloved one on one teaching model entirely. Thoughtful observers will have their own ideas and they will be needed. This very beautiful, audience-engaging sport is going to meed all the help it can find.   

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Amazon: “Invitation Only” program to eliminate orders from bots (Report)

Space: Testing anti-satellite weapons dangerously cluttering space (Article)

Military secrets: Updating the illusion (Article)

Ukraine: U.S. spending borrowed money it can’t afford (Articles)

U.S. Entertainment: Disney’s politicized new film flopping? (Report)

Germany to ration gas, return to coal for electric power (Report)

Military Aircraft: An expensive mistake for the F-35 (Article)

COVID Vaccines: A pathologist discusses the developing evidence of risks (Video)

U.S. Air travel: Still canceling flights without mentioning vaccination mandate (Report)

U.S. Education: Supreme Court approves public money for sectarian education (Report)

COVID vaccinated at greater risk than unvaccinated (Report)

Indiia/Pakistan – and China: Update (Article)

Electronic weapons: Gunfire detectors improving (Article)\

Ukraine bans largest opposition party, seizes its assets (Report)

Massachusetts: Provides driver’s licenses to illegals (Report)\

Texas Republican party officially claims Biden fraudulently elected (Report)

The U.S. Economy: Forget forecasts; the U.S. is already in recession (Article)

 More U.S. EEconomy: Some restaurants may recover insurance damages from COVID lockdown (Report) (More)

Congo: Accounting for the corruption (Article)\

U.S. Education: Baltimore raises failing grades of 12,000 children to graduate them (Report)

Air Travel: Pilot shortage reports ignore vaccination mandates (Article)

U.S. Housing market: Mortgage bankers lose jobs as market shrinks (Report)

COVID vaccines excessive risk of adverse effects – Stanford, UCLA study (Report)

Sri Lanka: Economic collapse (Report)

U.S. gun law: New York concealed carry law quashed by Supreme Court (Report)

The U.S. Economy: The price of a no onger free market (Article)

u.s. Election: Georgia primary result challenged amid evidence of voting machine failures (Report)

cDovid Vaccinations: Pfizer vaccinated more likely to be hospitalized than unvaccinated? (Report)

Capitalism: Bitcoin et al may free markets – a resurgence of bearer financial instruments (Article)

U.S. Health: 3/4s of teens lack sufficient exercise (Report)

New York Times: Laments inadequacy of internet censorship (Report)

 U.S. Home Ownership: Costs surge as prices plunge (Articles) Mortgage Lender Layoffs (Report)

North Korea: Update (Article)

Ukraine Invasion: Update (Article)

Food: California has banned raising/importing pork /poultry products from confined animals (Report)

U.S. Economy: About 15% of renters are behind in payment (Report)

The European Union is approaching meltdown? (Article)

Chicago: 4 dead, 43 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman was arrested after setting bushes on fire (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         ABORTION WITHOUT THE HYPOCRISY

So the Supremes have handed abortion back to the states. My dictionary says that “abort” means to cut short, to terminate early. In the current political power struggle, that which is cut short is a nascent human life and that annoying reality remains regardless of any assertions. Politicians to the contrary notwithstanding, biology does not respond to linguistics; reality has it the other way around.

Then the question becomes: Do we wish to claim that humans have a right to terminate the life of other humans on grounds of personal inconvenience? That is the real discussion. The U.S. Supreme Court may have considered some additional factors: The U.S. birth, mortality, abortion rate and the rising age of the population. Unlike Congressfolk, the justices have lifetime appointments …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Air travel: “One Way Fly” seems legitimate? (Article)

COVID Vaccination: U.K. data show excess deaths five months after shots (Article)

The War on the Internet: “Web Five” to offer individual control of personal data? (Article)

Space: Starlink to the rescue (Article)

The U.S. war on guns: Senate Republicans join Democrats with new anti-gun legislation (Report)

Finance: The 7 pillars supporting the Bitcoin revolution (For now….)(Article)

COVID shots causing 3 foot long blood clots (Report)

China: Rural banks becoming shaky (Report)

Japan: “Nearing systemic (financial) collapse”? (Article)”

“Western leadership has successfully turned our economies into emerging markets” (Article)

Unemployment insurance payments: About 20% paid to unqualified U.S. recipients? (Report)

Coal production in India and China surging 700 million tons annually (Report)

Water: Rationing in the U.S. west next year? (Article)

Energy: Australia suspends national market operations (Article)

Philippines: Update (Article)

Refueling warplanes: Replacing manpower with technology isn’t always easy (Article)

The war on the Internet: European Union imposition of internet censorship proceeds (Report)

U.S. Housing crash imminent?  (Article)  (More)

U.S. Helthcare: Obamacare time bomb hits this Fall unless pandemic aid extended by Congress (Report)

Four quotes that explain America’s loss of liberty (Article)

Science: A new take on the history of chickens (Article)

More science: Researchers regenerate heart muscle after heart attack (Report)

U.S. mass shootings: Vast majority result of gang violence, not single attackers (Report)

Chicago: 8 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested dancing atop a Hollywood police cruiser (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         Democracy In America: 2022

French visitor Alexis de Tocqueville was worried about democracy in America in 1835, before it survived the U.S. Civil War; what would he think today? Still worried, probably; democracy seems an inherently and historically unstable form of human government. More than that, the U.S. government has expanded into nearly every facet of citizen’s lives and no longer responds to Christian churches. Most telling, questions of the integrity of the vote are met with denial and intimidation rather than with investigation and improved security. The U.S. and most other governments are expanding surveillance and monitoring of citizens and their vehicles, travel and financial activities. Employers including the military are ordered to fire employees refusing dangerous and questionable vaccination mandates. The political Left is committed to disarming Americans. Finally, a heavily overindebted world is entering economic recession as Russia has started a destructive war  and governments have afflicted their citizens with crippling inflation – a little déjà vu for hopeful democrats – all over again?…     

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SOME (AGGRAVATING) OBSERVATIONS ON HUMAN BEHAVIOR, GOVERNMENT AND REALITY

Homo sapiens seems an intelligent, self-aware, self-replicating biological machine existing on an infinitesimal speck in an unmeasured material universe. Currently confined to that speck, we don’t amount to much on the cosmic scale, but we take ourselves very seriously. The universe does not seem to notice, no doubt having many more important things to consider. Locally, we threaten many forms of life including our own and show little respect for the inanimate either. On a larger scale, our universe remains inexplicable unless you pass the buck to God and call that an explanation. After all, it had to come from somewhere. That being somewhat vague, our inquiries continue.

We are simultaneously socially cooperative and individually competitive, which is why we convert beautiful countryside to overpopulated concrete deserts and then blow them up, together with their hapless inhabitants. After some thousands of years during which we have industrialized daily life, communication, travel and destroying each other and our property, we continue the primitive self-government that foments those actions as we tentatively reach out to nearby planets. We have enthusiastically applied our science to nearly everything except exactly why we behave as we do. That, we prefer to dance around, perhaps from fear of embarrassment.

Our reluctance to know ourselves objectively is legendary and is probably necessary but it looms as a primary obstacle to the development of significantly improved government.  Politicians, preachers, criminals and everyone else with a stake in selling services in the human behavior market are clearly threatened by too much analysis of their evanescent product. Their customers yearn for the security offered, impelled by self-preservation. That is, it is normal human behavior to pursue security without looking too closely at the details; P.T. Barnum said: “A sucker is born every minute.” But it seems obvious that better human government demands better understanding of our innate imperatives. Of course, we can only hope that our behavior will permit such improvement; the thought of current government in perpetuity is depressing, as realism so often seems.

 Our empirical sciences and mathematics (particularly, statistics) seem ready to pursue that task. It is obvious that our DNA is the source of our behavior and that, regardless of our individual variability, we can comprehend our common basic imperatives and their operations. Stochastic models of defined and classified behaviors might contribute to the objectivity of government if widely disseminated and understood. Continuing specific, objective research into the optimum size and reach of government ought to be rewarding..  There is probably much to be gained by restoration of a depoliticized, merit based civil service. Limiting Congressional bills to a single subject and limiting Congressional terms may offer rewards too. There seems much to reward expanded attention. Do we really gain enough from a government that spends some six times more of our gross national product than it did in 1930? And particularly, our degenerate, fading anti-government begs restoration.

Individualistic Western Judeo-Christian societies produced classical liberal government and the industrial revolution. Less attention is paid to their development of an anti-government, particularly in the Protestant churches. They competed with government for the prescription and control of human behavior and presumed to order that even for governors. When the American Declaration of Independence recognized the sovereignty of God, it implicitly set His human church in competition with merely human governors. That competition restrained potential excesses on both sides. In the West’s developing Post-Christian era, the authority previously wielded by the churches has been sucked up by government like water by a thirsty sponge. That is natural; we say that no man can serve two masters. But is mastery really the optimum job for government? Classical Liberals would have it otherwise, reminding us that those who serve masters are called slaves. . Human government is at best a compromised servant and always an intolerable master, though denying that serves many ambitious interests. Without legitimate, organized, external restraint, human government inevitably monopolizes power at the expense of unorganized, contending citizens.,  

Political pwer is a zero sum game; having abandoned their organized political counterweight, Western societies now see their governments turning their new technology into burgeoning surveillance and control systems constricting individual discretion. Judeo-Christian believers will see that as unsurprising results of abandoning God. For gamers and political scientists, it is the expected result of a power vacuum. Society must generate an extra-governmental power center to compete with the government for the support of the people, thereby re-dividing political power and restoring the need to compete for it. With the defenestration of our extra-governmental Sovereign, the locus for that seems problematic Diminished Western Christian churches and most elsewhere now accommodate rather than compete with governments and that appears to be escalating. The sovereignty of God seems remote, no longer sufficient to anchor the containment of government. If we will allow it, a more concrete, objective model of human behavior might help to fill the vacancy by invalidating some of the more ridiculous theories supporting governmental excesses. Given the efficacy of the political interests that have sustained the status quo, that will require uphill progress. However, that status quo is presently dissolving socially, economically and maybe ultimately politically and out of that, eventually we might get lucky. It won’t be fun, though.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSIN WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the weeka;

The church: Is the Pole retiring? (Report)

The pandemic: New study suggests masks slighty raise deaths (Report)

Ukraine: Military rebelling against commanders (Article)

U.S. baby formula shortage imposed by government was unnecessary (Article)

Food processors plants catching fire at an astonishing rate (Report)

The U.S. Economy: Price controls are coming – then digital dollars? (Article)

More U.S. economy: The Federal Reserve’s gold problem (Article)

Global food shortages: Blame governments (Article)

The war on the Internet: The StarLink threats (Article)

Science: Promising cancer drug producing impressive results in tests (Report)

Finance: Japan’s yen first major victim of modern monetary theory? (Article)

China: Adding pirates to the navy (Article)

Ukraine tries marine improvisation (Article)

COVID Vaccination: Too many heathy young people dying after shots (Article)

U.S. Social Security:  Face reality now or let it fall upon us later? (Article)

Nigeria: Road warriors and highway robbery (Article)

NATO: Doing Chamberlain, Churchill or both? (Article)

Science: Breakthrough allows molecular switches at room temperature; huge for computers, batteries (Report)

Super orm that eats plastic (Report)

 Ukraine: Summer of starvation or salvation (Article)

Chicago: 5 dead, 27 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man and woman (with a towel) were arrested while showering (Report)

And that’s all …

EDITORIAL:         Who Dunnit In The U.S.?

In 1937, a new Chevrolet could be had for $750 and fueled with gasoline that cost about 11cents per gallon in Los Angeles. A ten room, 3 bath house could be custom built then for some $10,000 in a nice part of the city. And a skilled workman expected to support a housewife and kids. Few seem interested in explaining how that has disappeared in favor of today’s reality.

It is a simple explanation: President Wilson (D) approved the Federal Reserve Act, President Roosevelt (D) approved devaluation of the dollar and its divorce from the gold standard and President Nixon (R) approved the gold standard’s final abandonment. The U.S. dollar has gone from good as gold to a politician’s confidence game.  And irrespective of party, it is the Congressional politicians whose profligate borrowing, spending and inflating of the currency have deprived us of all of that value.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Human genetics: Gene editing turns fluffy hamsters into attack dogs (Report)

U.S. President: Claims (emergency) power to detain, seize, censor etc. at will? (Article)

COVID: Study shows masking increases risk (Report)

Flight cancellations: Continue without mentioning pilots refusing vaccination (Report)

Turkey: Failing currency, rising inflation  impoverish (Report)

California cuts water to rice farmers to serve minnows (Report)

Pakistan is inflating toward collapse (Report)

Germany is inflating too (Report)

Finance: More European countries increasing gold holdings (Report)

Science: Chimps communication more complex than expected (Article)

More science: Quantum network progress (Report)

Los Angeles lifeguards: spectacularly overpaid? (Report)

Syracuse University raises tuition as it pursues new anti-racism program (Report)

U.S. electricity: Another nuclear plant closed; blackouts in prospect (Article)

The war on cash: A disaster for savers (Video)

Mali: Degenerating again (Article)

Political swindles: Replacing blacks with Latino immigrants? (Article)

Cyberwarfare: U.S. attacking Russia for Ukraine (Report)

The pandemic: New York Times reports masks don’t reduce infection rate (Report)

U.S. Social Security, Medicare approach insolvency, trustees report (Article)

Submarines: A robotic naval arms race (Article)

Yemen: Update (Article)

U.S. military: Punishing the unvaccinated (Interview)

U.S. Capitol riot: Former Trump aide sues Congressional committee, is arrested (Report)

Uvalde school shootings raise questions (Article)

Chicago: 6 dead, 32 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested running through a business (Report)

And that is all …

EDITORIAL:         America’s President Problem

President Obama may or may not be a true black American but seemed indubitably an erstwhile political lightweight who led the way toward remodeling the presidency into a large scale, regular public presence. President Trump, a political neophyte, grabbed the internet and expanded himself into a kind of U.S. Ringmaster. The U.S. presidency will never be as it was; it has been remodeled  by the social media. President Biden and V.P. Harris seem sufficient evidence that whatever else they may be, future  top politicians will be competent actors with an impressive public presence when they read their lines. Who will be writing those lines may be less public. Republicans and Democrats are both showing remorse over their most recent candidate selections so that is likely to be a more scripted process, Consonant with governing generally. Government has become a show; we may want to remember that the purpose of shows is to divert us from reality.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The U.S. dollar: World hegemony slipping away (Article)

Air travel: Severe pilot shortage hits scheduled flights – no mention of vaccination refusals (Artoc;e_

U.S. Government: Threat from proposed SEC global warming disclosure rule (Report)

U.S. Dept. of Justice to provide “hate crime” hotline and reporting (Report)

U.S. Congress: Republicans joined Democrats to fund increased immigration from Ukraine (Report)

New York: Governor ordered surveillance, monitoring and blocking gun purchases for likely threatening persons (Report)

U.S. Economy: Average age of vehicles in use continues to lengthen (Report)

U.S. Diesel fuel prices up 75% since last year (Report)

California: Governor warns of water restrictions (Report)

ChibaL The end of an era (Article)

Anti-Russian economic sanctionsP Update (Article)

U.S. Finance: As Fed raises rates, interest on Federal debt becomes threat (Article)

Policy: What to do with all the useless people (Video)

The Climate: Arctic ice has risen to a 30 year high (Article)

The war on the internet: Ohio court to hear suit to make Google a regulated common carrier (Repor)

Surveillance: A face search engine anyone can use (Report)

Russia: Politicians demand retreat from Ukraine; troops refuse to fight (Report)

Air travel: Suddenly, the pilot shortage has nothing to do with the vaccination mandate? (Article)

Chicago: 1 dead, 31 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man found in a girl’s bed was arrested (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         We Know They’re Kidding Us …

The ancients predicted current reality when they observed that “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” Or perhaps they just held a pessimistic view of human behavior. Whatever the case, most of us are following our leaders like Wiley E. Coyote used to follow the Roadrunner off the edge of the cliff in the old cartoon series. Wiley ran securely on thin air until he looked down and reality set in as he crashed while the bird flew off, laughing. Most of earth’s current leaders probably expect to escape similarly as our current political/financial reality falls around us. Their laughter, unlike that of the Roadrunner, will probably be private.

Too many governments and their citizens have accumulated unrepayable amounts of debt and continue to borrow and spend. Too many governments have debased their currencies by expanding their money supply, impoverishing their citizens with inflation.  Most of the world’s political leaders and most of the world’s information sources are publicly ignoring the economic trauma descending upon their citizens. And finally, previously democratic governments are anticipating their citizens’ coming unrest by generating authoritarian controls. Human life has lost its value and gender, its meaning. The governments pretend that everything is proceeding in good order and the citizens pretend to believe it. Unreality prevails; that is madness.                               

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Oil geopolitics: An opinionated analyst’s crrent view (Report)

Air travel: Sudden pilot shortage bites (Silence re vaccination mandate) (Report)

U.S. presidential election: Who’s to blame for not reporting the fraud? (Article)

China: A slowing economy: (Article)

Somalia: U.S. enlarging Special Forces presence (Report)

Ukraije : Exploiting Russian overconfidence (Article)

U.S. Crime: Less than 8% of violent crimes involve guns? (Report)

U.S. Electric Grid has a $2 T problem (Article)

India/Pakistan: Tribal troubles escalate (Article)

Geopolitics: Russia began shooting at Israeli aircraft in Syria? (Report)

COVID Vaccination: Significant percentage of specialist’s practice report vaccine injuries (Report)

Western society is collapsing? (Article)

Sri Lanka: Financial collapse, government goes broke (Report)

 European Union to replace Russian oil with green energy via rationing, compulsory solar panels, etc. (Report)

COVID Vaccination: CDC data show excess, non-COVID deaths (Report)

 U.S. life expectancy  decline continues (Report)

U.S. Economy: Barreling toward recession per experts? (Article) (Howling understatement?)

Summer power blackouts hanging over U.S. (Article)

United States and Israel subject themselves to World Health Organization emergency powers (Report) (Objection!)

The Federal Reserve has destroyed American savings (Article)

Australia/Japan WWII enemies become allies (Article)

Poland, the Baltics and Ukraine: Update (Article)

Somalia: The past is prologue – again (Article)

COVID Vaccination: Another view of risks (Report)

U.S. Election fraud: Investigation update (Report)

Monkey pox: Unasked question (Article)

Chicago: 5 dead, 29 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after killing, injuring people (Report)

Finis …

EDITORIAL:         Ruminating On A Spanish Proverb

Our species evidently considers members of other species edible, useful, troublesome or irrelevant and we treat them accordingly, often enough wholesale. That is a fact. We treat each other little better; ask a starving North Korean or a current Ukrainian. We do better with some other species and each other when it serves our purposes. ‘That is normal behavior in a relentless universe.

Politicians are ambitious humans pursuing power over the rest of us to further their own interests; when that is otherwise unavailable, they promise to relieve us of this reality in return for our support of their empowerment. But they have nothing to give us that they have not first taken from us; their blandishments are lies. However, doing hard time in this universe, we want desperately to believe in such possibilities. Add that it is belief in possibilities that has produced most of human progress. A very old Spanish proverb is: “Take what you want”, said God, “and pay for it”. That seems to fit our recorded past, present and probable future though naturally, we prefer to disbelieve the latter part of it …              

Christians offer the prospect of heaven to balance current reality; a direct challenge to politicians who prefer that citizens seek their rewards from government. The currently post-Christian West, increasingly absolved of Christian behavior, is naturally returning human life to the status of a commodity, with human government as its arbiter. We are reminded of the poet’s question: “what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

U.S. Mail: Postmaster General warns of rising postal rates (Report)

U.S. used car prices are dropping (Report)

U.S. Presidential election: New movie reports research full of surprises (Report)

 Afghanistan: Women ordered to cover faces in public (Report)

The U.S. Economy: COVID-boosted federal benefits contributing to unfilled jobs (Article)

Surveillance: Does anyone anywhere believe governments aren’t tracking everyone at will? (Report)

Ukraine: NATO support update (Article)

U.S. presidential election: State takes down voter list upon release of vote fraud documentary (Report)

COVID Vaccination: 3 countries’ data point to AIDS disorder resulting from shots (Report)

More COVID vaccination: Significant increase in serious heart problems (Report)

U.S. Power Grid: Fossil/Nuclear sources being abandoned faster than alternatives provided (Report) (Hot summers, cold winters ahead)

Conspiracy: An interesting current theory (Report)

U.S. Government medical scientists unnoted external payments (Report)

Electric Vehicles: 25% of San Francisco’s charging stations don’t work (Report)

Russia: Current update (Article)

The Internet: About to become free for some low-income Americans (Report)

The U.S. Economy: 2/3s of Americans now live paycheck to paycheck (Report)

U.S. Surveillance caeras adding A.I. threat detection (Article)

U.S. baby formula shortage is intentional?  (Report)

North Korea: Update (Article)

AP “Factcheck” of U.S. presidential election fraud movie rebutted (Report)

 COVID Vaccines: Meet the doctors who have suffered for questioning them (Report)

China: Joins Europe and North America with its slowing economy (Article)

California: Becoming serious about drought? (Report)

China: Tighter capital controls? (Article)

U.S. Finance: The mother of all crashes begins..? (Article)

More U.S. Finance: Credit card borrowing rising with inflation (Report)

Manhattan: Study finds only 8% of office workers have returned full time? (Report)

COVID Vaccination: U.S. military doctors say adverse result data scrubbed (Report)

Gender bias asserted in naming too few parasitic worms after female scientists (Report)

He pandemic money/power struggle proceeding in the U.S. Congress (Report)

U.S. Transportation: Government control of private as well as public transportation? (Article)

The Eco: Cryptocurrencies melt down in panic (Report) (It begins?)

 The U.S. stock market: Compared to 1929 … (Article)

U.S. Army: Reducing physical standards to admit more women (Report)

U.S. baby formula shortage: Traceable to government? (Article)

The U.S.. presidential election: New movie “2000 Mules”  documents massive vote fraud (Report)

Inflation: Is now general, producing food riots in some countries (Report)

Weapons: Cheap bombs to drop on ships/cities from many miles distance (Article)(Anonymously?)

Science: Restoring lost hearing (Report)

Chicago: 6 dead, 18 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

 A naked man was arrested after invading a business (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         A Changing Role for U.S. Presidents?

                George Bush, the U.S. president who initiated government permission for use of most public transport, seemed to do as his party wished while maintaining a relatively unimpressive presence. President Obama, recognizing advancing technology, increased presidential public presence. President Trump expanded his presidency into a nearly daily show, which he has tried with considerable difficulty to maintain after leaving office. And President Biden has been entertaining us with regularly misread scripts and awkward ad libs to the extent that it may be assumed that his assistants pull the levers of power for him. America’s presidency has become performance art. Adding the necessary rehearsals and applying makeup, some might begin to wonder how much time our Leaders of the Free World actually devote to that work in these days?  

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

 Philadelphia: Unvaccinated city workers facing involuntary leave, then termination (Report)

Google Chrome browser has been hacked (Report)

Social control: Chin’s “Social Credit” citizen controls developing worldwide (Report) (More)

Fatburgs: The growing menace under our streets (Article)

Energy: Analysis of Russia’s gas ultimatum on Europe (Article)

U.S. Government agencies suppressed COVID information under political pressure per Government Accountability Office (Report)

U.S. police can now track cell phones without a warrant (Report)

Southern California drought: Water boards imposing rationing with fines (Report)(More)

The advertised U.S. food crisis: Accidental or planned? (Article) (Or largely propaganda?)

Education: U.S. charter schools eclipse the rest of the failing system (Article)

COVID vaccination: The many ways it can harm your health (Report)

More COVID vaccination: Study finds resulting complications 40X greater than reported (Report)

The Rules Have Changed: You (and I) no longer own anything (Report)

Surveillance: U.S. tracked phones to analyze COVID lockdown (Report)

U.S. bonds that deliver 9.62% interest for the next 6 months (Report)

COVID Vaccination: Pfizer VP arrested after publishing troubling vaccine test results (Report)

 Student loan forgiveness: Who pays?

Why Ukraine resists the Russians (Article)

Oregon: New law to install tampon dispensers in public school boys’ restrooms (Report)

The U.S. Economy: 34% of small retailers could not pay April rents? (Report)

Life Expectancy: Falling in Europe too (Report)

Chicago: 8 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman was arrested after damaging a pickup with a club (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         America’s New Ministry of Truth?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is adding a Disinformation Governance Board to a combination of heavily politicized cheers and jeers; what is reality here? The establishments’ Washington Post seems little disturbed; others more so. Let’s try some objective analysis:

The entity’s title announces that it governs disinformation. That says it is in charge of falsehoods. It does not indicate whether it opposes or disseminates them, or does both. Neither does it inform us of whose falsehoods it governs. Since the board is part of the Department of Homeland Security, it seems reasonable to assume that it is responsible for any falsehoods significantly affecting public security favorably or otherwise. As its department operates as a police agency, and the Board’ is named to govern lies, it does not appear unreasonable to compare it to Orwell’s Ministry of Truth. However, the Board’s legal charter remains unavailable at present so far as we know; we have only its title to inform us. The most pertinent fact here is probably the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. With that, the new Board’s titular function seems de jure, unconstitutional.  

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