GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Technology: The West is abandoning leadership (Article)

The economy: A current geopolitical risk assessment (Article)

U.S. Marines: Drop punishments for refusing COVID vaccine (Report)

Geopolitics: Russia/China will finally bring the Age of Central Asia? (Article)

U.S. Pensions: Employer plans failing retirees (Article)

The U.S. Economy: Instability, leading to collapse (Article)

Ukraine: Summarizing history (Article)

 Education: New York City continuing to fire unvaccinated teachers (Report)

U.S. Energy: Wintter heating costs expected to skyrocket (Report)

The Economy: Runaway living costs raising tensions worldwide (Report)

The Climate: What they’re not telling people about electric vehicles (Article)

U.S. National Debt: Bounding upward with Federal Reserve rate hikes (Article)

 The Climate: Air conditioning, refrigeration to be less available (Report)

The U.S. Economy: Where have all the ships gone? (Article)

Iraq: Bagdad embassies evacuating amid violence? (Report)

Russia: Rising protests against Ukraine war (Report)

Pennsylvania: County sues Dominion voting machines over election anomalies (Report)

Ukraine: An analysis of the Russian invasion so far (Article)

U.S. Government: Forcing Christian charity to hire non-Christian workers (Report)

Energy: Massachusetts electric rates up 64% in November (Report)

 The Church: U.S. Catholic conference to publicly attack Pope Francis (Report)

Space: Who’s responsible for cleaning up all the junk? (Article)

European Union: Threatens Italian voters as election looms (Report)

The U.S. Economy: The Federal Reserve is setting up a crash (Article)

Energy: Renewables are a costly, risky illusion (Article)

U.S. Heaalthcare: Inflation looms (Article)

Chicago: 1 dead, 22 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested for burglary (Report)

Enough, already …

EDITORIAL:         Mr. Putin’s Current Nuclear Blackmail

By appearances, President-For-Life Putin expected a quick, relatively quiet annexation of Ukraine rather than a proxy war with NATO. Given other Europeans’ attitudes toward Slavs, that wasn’t unreasonable. But the vanished Soviets linger in too many minds; the reassembling of the Soviet Empire is fearful. Putin now publicly owns a blatant mistake and worse than than, so far a blatant failure. Such is a very unhealthy atmosphere for Russian autocrats; Putin’s enemies must be salivating. It seems obvious why so many important Russians are jumping out of upper story windows these days … and Putin doubtless recalls clearly that Indira Gandhi’s assassins were two of her bodyguards. Under pressure, Putin is resorting to nuclear threats. China, drooling at the prospect for invading Taiwan, watches from the wings.

NATO, also nuclear armed, obviously cannot afford to yield to nuclear blackmail; this must be aimed at Ukraine and its neighbors. Mr. Putin cannot afford to be seen bluffing; the next step seems up to his subordinates – or perhaps, his bodyguards.

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A CURRENT VIEW OF THE PERENNIAL HUMAN LABOR CONUNDRUM   

The reader will recall that the price for human labor seems set by supply and demand, modified by political intervention. Inconveniently, supply, demand and politics are all highly variable with time and circumstances, both ambulatory. Our dismal science adds the Iron Law of Wages to the consideration: The price of labor is generally biased toward the cost of workers’ subsistence. For our competitive species, that seems no more than a restatement of supply and demand.  

During the last century, organized labor and politicians joined to raise the price of labor in response to both the expanded Income inequality of the Roaring Twenties and the privations of America’s Great Depression. The partnership strengthened by the needs of World War II and the subsequent Korean War; one result was an almost equal sharing of economic progress by all income levels, an implicit expansion of America’s middle class. But that was temporary; it could not be sustained as industrialization spread among lower cost competitors elsewhere. Concomitantly, the lion’s share of U.S. income is no longer widely shared; reverting to the pattern of the 1920’s, it again flows to the top. In a species of competitive individuals of mostly comparable abilities, it should not surprise that exceptional economic gains are acquired by a talented/fortunate few. – or that ambitious politicians seize the fact as opportunity.

Hunter-gatherers probably became farmers gradually; no jobs were lost. The replacement of farm workers by machines wasn’t as leisurely, though the labor-hunger of the manufacturers helped, as did the Civil and subsequent wars. Today’s labor market problem, a product of progress in electronics, seems to loom larger than any that have gone before. Simply, too much human labor that once created customers has been obsoleted, superseded or downgraded by advancing technology and that, together with offshore competition and inviting immigration policies, is redistributing income, collapsing a middle class no longer protected by industrial monopoly.  

 In the 1970’s, working mothers began to replace U.S. Stay-Home Mothers to maintain living standards; the now massive presence of women has reshaped the labor force. This defenestration of the once ubiquitous middle-class housewives has also reshaped the lives of their families. Children into whom proximity once transferred familial and religious cultural patterns are now acculturated by government employees at schools intended to produce compliant, dependent citizens; family and religious influences are becoming vestigial. Only increasingly authoritarian government remains to wield the previously shared authority.   

In the workplace, the reportedly plentiful jobs are increasingly menial and Part time; the U.S. Labor force participation is declining as growing numbers of workers find it necessary to hold multiple jobs or leave the recorded work force. Technological and competitive economic developments seem likely to extend the trend.  Obviously, such conditions threaten political stability. The U.S. also faces challenges to its election system and with many others, unsustainable debt and increasing inflation, all conferred by its government. This assuredly seems an ending, without indication of what, hidden underneath, may be beginning for our successors.   However it seems likely that the competitive price of human labor will continue to combine supply, demand and human politics, thereby remaining a conundrum.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Surveillance: Credit cards will provide tracking of gun, ammo purchases (Report)

Education: Church of England school fired pastor for sharing Church of England doctrine (Report)

U.S. Presidential Election: Most key counties failed to retain election records (Report)

U.S. Credit Cards: Interest rate hits new high (Report)

The Climate: Current policy is a worse threat (Article)

Armenia/Azeraijan: Shooting at each other again ((Report)

COVID Vaccine: U.S. Government (FDA) refuses to provide safety data analysis (Report)

Serbia: E.U. warns against Kosovo aspirations (Report)

The Gender Wars: Biden opening women’s facilities, activities generally to “trans” men? (Report)

U.S. Immigration: Pres. Biden’s illegals add $20 B to existing $140 B annual taxpayer burden (Article)

U.S. Navy vaccination order withdrawn but but unvaccinated remain disqualified (Report)

U.S. Rail Strike: Averted by 24% wage increase? (Report)

U,S. consumer debt rising with inflation (Report)

The pandemic: A highly qualified, objective review (Video) Recommended

The economy: Inflation striking worldwide (Report)

Food: A massive global rice shortage impending (Article)

Surveillance: Facebook spied upon conservative users, provided result to government (Report)

Electric vehicles: An affordable future? (Report)

The U.S.  war on cryptocurrencies: White House framework for regulation (Report)

Kyrgystan/Tajikistan: Shooting at each other at border (Report)

 China: Update (Article)

India: A socialism/corruption clogged government’s inept military (Article)

Food: The end of cheap food (Article)

The Cost of Living: U.K. in crisis (Article)

Vaccination mandate: Weakening U.S. military per Congressfolk (Report)

Electronic I.D. Systems: Problems proliferate with expansions (Report)

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

A naked man was arrested terrorizing women (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         The U.S. Government Is Very Confusing

                                The current “Inflation Reduction Act” just out of Congress to save the economy seems full of the deficit spending that prompted the money-printing that has been inflating us. Prez Biden is taking a victory lap for saving us from a railroad strike by means of a 24% wage hike for the railroad workers, evidently somehow combating general inflation by inflating wages? Elsewhere, mandatory replacement of internal combustion vehicles by electric ones is pursued at the same time as restriction of electric power generation. And is a time when inflation is exploding living costs the right moment to flood the country with cheap immigrant labor competition?  Isn’t it tough enough to compete with China? Trying to reconcile the stated goals of U.S. politicians with their actions has become very confusing …

From the week:

Surveillance: Credit cards will provide tracking of gun, ammo purchases (Report)

Education: Church of England school fired pastor for sharing Church of England doctrine (Report)

U.S. Presidential Election: Most key counties failed to retain election records (Report)

U.S. Credit Cards: Interest rate hits new high (Report)

The Climate: Current policy is a worse threat (Article)

Armenia/Azeraijan: Shooting at each other again ((Report)

COVID Vaccine: U.S. Government (FDA) refuses to provide safety data analysis (Report)

Serbia: E.U. warns against Kosovo aspirations (Report)

The Gender Wars: Biden opening women’s facilities, activities generally to “trans” men? (Report)

U.S. Immigration: Pres. Biden’s illegals add $20 B to existing $140 B annual taxpayer burden (Article)

U.S. Navy vaccination order withdrawn but but unvaccinated remain disqualified (Report)

U.S. Rail Strike: Averted by 24% wage increase? (Report)

U,S. consumer debt rising with inflation (Report)

The pandemic: A highly qualified, objective review (Video) Recommended

The economy: Inflation striking worldwide (Report)

Food: A massive global rice shortage impending (Article)

Surveillance: Facebook spied upon conservative users, provided result to government (Report)

Electric vehicles: An affordable future? (Report)

The U.S.  war on cryptocurrencies: White House framework for regulation (Report)

Kyrgystan/Tajikistan: Shooting at each other at border (Report)

 China: Update (Article)

India: A socialism/corruption clogged government’s inept military (Article)

Food: The end of cheap food (Article)

The Cost of Living: U.K. in crisis (Article)

Vaccination mandate: Weakening U.S. military per Congressfolk (Report)

Electronic I.D. Systems: Problems proliferate with expansions (Report)

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

A naked man was arrested terrorizing women (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         The U.S. Government Is Very Confusing

From the week:

Surveillance: Credit cards will provide tracking of gun, ammo purchases (Report)

Education: Church of England school fired pastor for sharing Church of England doctrine (Report)

U.S. Presidential Election: Most key counties failed to retain election records (Report)

U.S. Credit Cards: Interest rate hits new high (Report)

The Climate: Current policy is a worse threat (Article)

Armenia/Azeraijan: Shooting at each other again ((Report)

COVID Vaccine: U.S. Government (FDA) refuses to provide safety data analysis (Report)

Serbia: E.U. warns against Kosovo aspirations (Report)

The Gender Wars: Biden opening women’s facilities, activities generally to “trans” men? (Report)

U.S. Immigration: Pres. Biden’s illegals add $20 B to existing $140 B annual taxpayer burden (Article)

U.S. Navy vaccination order withdrawn but but unvaccinated remain disqualified (Report)

U.S. Rail Strike: Averted by 24% wage increase? (Report)

U,S. consumer debt rising with inflation (Report)

The pandemic: A highly qualified, objective review (Video) Recommended

The economy: Inflation striking worldwide (Report)

Food: A massive global rice shortage impending (Article)

Surveillance: Facebook spied upon conservative users, provided result to government (Report)

Electric vehicles: An affordable future? (Report)

The U.S.  war on cryptocurrencies: White House framework for regulation (Report)

Kyrgystan/Tajikistan: Shooting at each other at border (Report)

 China: Update (Article)

India: A socialism/corruption clogged government’s inept military (Article)

Food: The end of cheap food (Article)

The Cost of Living: U.K. in crisis (Article)

Vaccination mandate: Weakening U.S. military per Congressfolk (Report)

Electronic I.D. Systems: Problems proliferate with expansions (Report)

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

A naked man was arrested terrorizing women (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         The U.S. Government Is Very Confusing

                                The current “Inflation Reduction Act” just out of Congress to save the economy seems full of the deficit spending that prompted the money-printing that has been inflating us. Prez Biden is taking a victory lap for saving us from a railroad strike by means of a 24% wage hike for the railroad workers, evidently somehow combating general inflation by inflating wages? Elsewhere, mandatory replacement of internal combustion vehicles by electric ones is pursued at the same time as restriction of electric power generation. And is a time when inflation is exploding living costs the right moment to flood the country with cheap immigrant labor competition?  Isn’t it tough enough to compete with China? Trying to reconcile the stated goals of U.S. politicians with their actions has become very confusing …

                                The current “Inflation Reduction Act” just out of Congress to save the economy seems full of the deficit spending that prompted the money-printing that has been inflating us. Prez Biden is taking a victory lap for saving us from a railroad strike by means of a 24% wage hike for the railroad workers, evidently somehow combating general inflation by inflating wages? Elsewhere, mandatory replacement of internal combustion vehicles by electric ones is pursued at the same time as restriction of electric power generation. And is a time when inflation is exploding living costs the right moment to flood the country with cheap immigrant labor competition?  Isn’t it tough enough to compete with China? Trying to reconcile the stated goals of U.S. politicians with their actions has become very confusing …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK

From the week:

U.S. Censorship: Government, Big Tech partnership info (Article)

Water: Las Vegas, New Mexico running out (Report)

Corruption: U.S. Treasury withholds banking documents affecting Hunter Biden (Report)

Russia: Cuts gas flow to Europe (Report)

Energy: Europe’s problem results from government policy (Article)

More energy: Can the pubs stay in business? (Article)

Chile: Voters massively rejected the proposed “progressive” constitution (Report)

COVID Vaccination: One third of Americans remain unvaccinated (Report)

Money: They’re coming for your crypto (Article)

Cities: Some may no longer be viable? (Report)

California: New law raises (some) fast food restaurants’ costs 20%? (Report)

Energy: Swiss, Finns add to fountain of bailout money destabilizing European finance (Report)(More)

Energy: The British version (Report)

More energy: Californians refusing to sweat and shiver for green happiness? (Report)

The U.S. economy: 12 numbers that predict an imminent crash? (Article)

 Ireland: Teacher jailed for refusing to call a boy, a girl (Report)

Education: Universities joining procession of schools prostituting standards politics (Article)

The Internet: Another large government fine regulating social media (Report)

Governments: Remarkable confluence of policy attacks on energy, food, transportation and finance? (Article)

Sanctions: Preventing Russia’s use of Ukrainian and Western weaponry/resources (Article)

 European Union: Pursuing energy rationing and price controls (Report)

More European Union: Dutch farmer protests against fertilizer restrictions spread elsewhere (Report)

COVID Vaccination: Study finds much more likely to cause harm than to prevent it (Report)

More vaccination: Vaccine boosted British adults hospitalized at twice the rate of the unboosted (Report)

California: Diesel in demand as emergency generator users prepare for blackouts (Report)

1/6 Capitol riot: Jailed marine protester’s family benefits suspended pretrial (Report)

U.S. Censorship: The new attack on independent media (Report)

U.S. Immigration: Welfare for illegals update (Report)

Chicago: 11 dead, 44 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman was arrested in the Big Sioux River (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         God Save the King!

In the meantime, will Parliament save the United Kingdom? The new King is reportedly a devoted environmentalist bent upon saving the earth from our ravening species. Since this is proposed to be accomplished by diminishing the population and returning the remnant to a life style reminiscent of the Middle Ages, it is difficult to understand the current popularity of the idea. But there it is. It is of course, a swindle.

From the week:

U.S. Censorship: Government, Big Tech partnership info (Article)

Water: Las Vegas, New Mexico running out (Report)

Corruption: U.S. Treasury withholds banking documents affecting Hunter Biden (Report)

Russia: Cuts gas flow to Europe (Report)

Energy: Europe’s problem results from government policy (Article)

More energy: Can the pubs stay in business? (Article)

Chile: Voters massively rejected the proposed “progressive” constitution (Report)

COVID Vaccination: One third of Americans remain unvaccinated (Report)

Money: They’re coming for your crypto (Article)

Cities: Some may no longer be viable? (Report)

California: New law raises (some) fast food restaurants’ costs 20%? (Report)

Energy: Swiss, Finns add to fountain of bailout money destabilizing European finance (Report)(More)

Energy: The British version (Report)

More energy: Californians refusing to sweat and shiver for green happiness? (Report)

The U.S. economy: 12 numbers that predict an imminent crash? (Article)

 Ireland: Teacher jailed for refusing to call a boy, a girl (Report)

Education: Universities joining procession of schools prostituting standards politics (Article)

The Internet: Another large government fine regulating social media (Report)

Governments: Remarkable confluence of policy attacks on energy, food, transportation and finance? (Article)

Sanctions: Preventing Russia’s use of Ukrainian and Western weaponry/resources (Article)

 European Union: Pursuing energy rationing and price controls (Report)

More European Union: Dutch farmer protests against fertilizer restrictions spread elsewhere (Report)

COVID Vaccination: Study finds much more likely to cause harm than to prevent it (Report)

More vaccination: Vaccine boosted British adults hospitalized at twice the rate of the unboosted (Report)

California: Diesel in demand as emergency generator users prepare for blackouts (Report)

1/6 Capitol riot: Jailed marine protester’s family benefits suspended pretrial (Report)

U.S. Censorship: The new attack on independent media (Report)

U.S. Immigration: Welfare for illegals update (Report)

Chicago: 11 dead, 44 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman was arrested in the Big Sioux River (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         God Save the King!

In the meantime, will Parliament save the United Kingdom? The new King is reportedly a devoted environmentalist bent upon saving the earth from our ravening species. Since this is proposed to be accomplished by diminishing the population and returning the remnant to a life style reminiscent of the Middle Ages, it is difficult to understand the current popularity of the idea. But there it is. It is of course, a swindle.

All human politics relies upon a swindle in some degree, necessarily promising that which cannot be delivered and providing what it does deliver only after first taking it from the people. We approve this organized public swindle in order to avoid unlimited numbers of private, individual swindles with resulting chaos. However, it is a chancy bet; every South Korea has its North Korea and every Chile, its Venezuela. Everything in between seems up for grabs most of the time. Charles is receiving the reigns just as food, water, transportation, heating and cooling are contracting under oppressive government policies … We wish him extraordinary fortune.

All human politics relies upon a swindle in some degree, necessarily promising that which cannot be delivered and providing what it does deliver only after first taking it from the people. We approve this organized public swindle in order to avoid unlimited numbers of private, individual swindles with resulting chaos. However, it is a chancy bet; every South Korea has its North Korea and every Chile, its Venezuela. Everything in between seems up for grabs most of the time. Charles is receiving the reigns just as food, water, transportation, heating and cooling are contracting under oppressive government policies … We wish him extraordinary fortune.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The War on Cash: The status of central bank digital currencies (Report)

COVID booster to be authorized before testing completed (Report)

Libya: Civil war starting? (Report) Update (Article)

Poland: Coal becoming cold reality (Article)

Europe: Rising natural gas prices cutting fertilizer production, raising food prices (Article)

Lethal land mines in Ukraine and elsewhere (Article)

Electric vehicles: The U.S. consumers aren’t buying (Report)

China: Southern drought affecting farms (Article)

COVID Vaccination study finds unreported effects (Report)

Iraq:  ‘spreading unrest empties U.S. embassy (Report)

Ukraine: Update (Article) More (Article)

U.S. Education: Public school attendance shrinking as parents pursue other options (Report)

U.S. Economy: Will Supreme Court overturn state laws preventing competition? (Report)

Canada: “Unknown cause” became top diagnosis of death after COVID vaccines rollout? (Report)

Energy: France, Germany electricity cost becoming unaffordable (Report)

More energy: Britain too faces power cost surge (Report) More (Article)

The pandemic: 90% of U.K. COVID d deaths among triple vaccinated (Report)

U.S. military: Vaccination mandate giving rise to legal challenges (Report)

The Economy: A very frightened financial writer warns (Article)

Pakistan: Extraordinary flooding from record monsoon rains (Article)

California: Warns of power blackouts, discourages charging electric vehicles (Report)

U.S. Stock Market: Epic superbubble yet to burst (Article)

U.S. Education: Student math, reading scores abysmal (Report)

The war on cash: A short, simple, clear explanation of the coming central bank digital currency (CBDC) (Article) Recommended

U.S. Government censorship: Missouri lawsuit catches withheld evidence (Report)

The pandemic: An interesting sidelight on the vaccines (Report)

 China: Real estate market now in severe depression (Report)

Colorado: Electric power rationing hits homes (Report)

U.S. Employment: Full time jobs diminishing as multiple job holders increase (Article)

Yemen: Update (Article)

COVID Vaccine: A “schedule 4 poison” per Western Australia Government authorization documents? (Report)

Moe Vaccination: U.K. data show vaccinated, unvaccinated die at same rate? (Report)

More Vaccine: Studies show persistent damage to recipients’ blood (Report)

Europeean Union: Restriction of food production proceeds amid protests (Report)

Bank of America: To offer nothing down home loans in racially selected neighborhoods (Report)

Colorado: State courts refuse to hear election fraud cases (Report)

Ethiopia: Civil war update (Report)

The Economy: It’s all coming down? (Article)

Chicago: 8 dead, 27 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested asleep in back of woman’s car (Report)

Enough!

EDITORIAL:         The Real Threat in President Biden’s Speech

The President has identified his predecessor’s supporters, a large batch of U.S. voters, as fascist threats to democracy in America. Hyperbolic campaign preaching has been considered out of place for formal presidential addresses to the nation; they have been reserved for the campaign trail during elections. But then, neither have past presidents and Congressfolk used their authority to impeach, spy upon and raid the premises of political competitors.

The Democrats, supported covertly by many Republicans, seem to be flailing hysterically at Trump, enraged by his presumption in imposing himself upon his party without the invitation of its elite. Trump acted as though it was the voters’ right to select presidents, a silly notion intolerable to the entrenched wielders of U.S. political power. Making an example of him appears intended to dissuade potential imitators.

The government documents housed at Trump’s residence seem unlikely to differ much from those possessed by his predecessors but that comparison will be discouraged. The genuine threat to democracy here seems to be the application of the police power against political opponents. .    

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PAsSING WEEK …(Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Europe: Drought persists (Report)

Los Angeles: Flash mob loots open convenience store (Report)

Gender confusion is protected under U.S. disability law? (Report)

Electric cars have a winter weakness (Article)

Mail elections department setting up at U.S. Post Office (Report)

COVID Vaccines: Data analysis and warning (Report)

More Vaccination: New CDC guidance debases mandates (Article)

China Economy: Real estate problems threaten (Article)

California: Unemployment Insurance underfunding problem (Article)

United Kingdom: Inflation problem (Report)

Russia: Ukraine becoming political problem (Article)

Ukraine: Training for the offensive (Article)

Australia: Bank plans to drop all but electrics from vehicle financing (Report)

California: To ban sale of internal combustion vehicles after 2035

Chicago: Public schools reality defies belief? (Report)

The War on Cash: Aiming at government controlled electronic money (Article)

Costa Rica: Retirement haven for Americans? (Article)

U.S. Economy: 18% of homes behind on utility payments? (Report)

The pandemic: Treatment for microvascular disease (Article)

Energy: A thoughtful analysis of reality (Article)

Gun parts kits: U.S. mandates background checks for purchasers (Report)

The climate: New clean air law overrules Supreme Court? (Report)

U.S. Economy: 40% of small businesses can’t pay August rent? (Report)

U.S. Housing: Much worse than Fed admits (Article)

COVID Vaccine: Female children deaths hump post vaccination (Report)

China: Water becoming a problem (Article)

California to fine manufacturers making too few electric vehicles? (Report)

Science: New tech may replace batteries in small devices (Report)

Energy: U.S. to follow Britain into climate-saving bankruptcy? (Report)

The British government is paying compensation for vaccination related injuries/deaths (Report)

United Kingdom: Skyrocketing energy costs bite (Report)

U.S. student loan forgiveness cost a half trillion dollars (Report)

San Francisco: Spending millions to evict homeless it spent millions to house (Article)

Chicago: 4 dead, 33 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after running past a high school (Report)

End of news …

EDITORIAL:         The Delusion of Democracy

                                Human societies being agglomerations of competing individuals are unstable and so, for the same reasons, are their governments. Since the need for human government is implicit in human behavior, its resulting nature assures that democratic governments have been infrequent and are less stable than others. The mechanics of voting are a significant factor,

With enlarging numbers of citizens, simple vote counting moves out of the sight of the voters and becomes a target for intervention. Extraordinary measures and considerable manpower are needed to provide some assurance that the announced outcome represents the actual voting. When the magnitude of the process requires mechanization of the vote count,, that outcome has moved effectively out of the control necessary to maintain actual democracy. The presence of multiple contending interests in what has become a complex  process screens the result from the voters while subjecting it to those interests.  Normal human behavior assures the result.

For the post-Christian U.S. at present, it seems reasonable to assume manipulation of the results of significant elections. The loud insistence upon accepting the current results without independent investigation serve to underline that assumption. The unanimity and magnitude of the reaction against President Trump for his political success without prior political leaders’ approval underlines that.

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   SOME CURIOUS ECONOMIC DIFFERENCES AMONG U.S. CITIES

The commonality of America’s language and culture contrast with the economic and political divergence of its cities. Courtesy of NUMBEO.com and the U.S. Census, a few cities’ selected data are compared in the table below. Location and history seem an inadequate explanation of the divergences.

 New York life costs residents eighteen to forty percent more than life in the other cities. City revenue ranges from one to two thirds more of the residents median income than is taken by the other cities while the median Angeleno earns more than does the median New Yorker. And neither of those can afford to buy a median home. Chicago homes are out of reach for median earners too, but there, they can afford rent, a noteworthy difference while it lasts.

Albany, the state capitol, is only two hours or an easy 150 miles from New York and life there comes at about a third less than in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, so does the median income. It has been called “The Best Place to Live in New York”.  Life in the Illinois capitol Springfield is no cheaper than Chicago but homes are affordable. California’s capitol, Sacramento, is the second most expensive of these cities and while rent remains reasonable, home prices are not. Chicago is said to offer a better quality of life than New York or Los Angeles and Springfield life is considered among the best in the state, though the median income is not. And homes are affordable. And then, there is Wichita. Among the best places to live in the heartland and these days, perhaps in the United States, if you are prepared to give up the seashore …

Questions: Will such differences as these be reduced by our improved communications and transportation or will the increasingly politicized implosion of the current financial system expand them? Will economic reality or human politics shape U.S. cities in the coming years?

City                          Cost of       Rent                               Groceries         Restaurant       Median                     City Revenue        Median          City Rev to                             

__________         Living______________________________________ Home  ________    per capita*           Hsld Income    Hsld Inc

New York     100        100          100             100                $745,000            16,282         $67,046     24.4%

Albany           68           34            66    64              270,000                6,416            48,512     13.8

Chicago                         77           54            72               80                   320,000                8,684            62,097        14.0

Springfield     75         46              94                   –                129,500                3,808            54,154      7.0

Los Angeles   76                         71            75               78                 1,400,000             11,605           71,358     16.26

Sacramento   82         52             85                  69               522,000                9,239                64,994   14.2

 Wichita         60         28             59     52               179,000                4,484                53,466    8.4

*(2017)

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Puerto Rico: Update (Article)

The U.S. Economy: The second great depression has begun (Article)

The Internet: Social media apps now come with risks (Article)

The United States: Time to fasten our seatbelts (Article)

The U.S. Presidential Election: Update on fraud investigations (Article)

Russia/Ukraine: Update (Article)

COVID Vaccination Mandates: No longer make any sense under CDC revised procedures (Report)

The FBI Raid on Trump: An analysis (Article)

U.S. Home Sales: Record number failing to complete (Report)

U.S. Congress: The Inflation Reduction Act impressively expands the IRS and the Environmental Protection Agency (Article)

The Climate: The crisis is fake; history shows far worse? (Article)

Turkey: Central bank accelerates inflation (Report)

COVID Vaccine: U.S. Government knew 44% of pregnant women in Pfizer trial suffered miscarriages (Report)

China: Economic worries (Artile)

The 1918 Flu Virus has been recreated by scientists; why? (Report)

U.S. Voting: New York’s rigged voter rolls (Report)

The Earth: Food production threatens livability (?) (Article)

The U.S. Economy: Homeless tents are multiplying everywhere? (Article)

 Japan: Government unhappy as abstemious young shrink alcohol taxes (Report)

Nicaragua: Dictator has arrested bishop and two priests (Report)

COVID Vaccination: Another view (Report)

Mexico: Government/cartel behind busload of vanished students (Report)

U.S. Senate: Vanished GOP campaign millions (Report)

u.s. Professional Golf: PGA ladies’ tour accepts first “trans” woman (Report)

U.S. Agriculture: Amish farm under government threat for maintaining traditional farming (Report)

Chicago: 7 dead, 40 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after stealing a package (Report)

EDITORIAL:         GENDER: Politics vs Biology

                                                Human biology provides males, females and hermaphrodites, human sexuality provides heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals. Sadism, bestiality, necrophilia and much LGBT nonsense are the province of abnormal psychology and/or politics. It’s in the chromosomes! We can argue with this reality and some do, but we cannot alter it, at least not yet.

Psychiatrists are paid to help the more seriously hornswoggled while politicians prefer to lure their targets with illusion or someone else’s money while punishing the recalcitrant. They are empowered while weakening their constituents, a win – win situation for them. This explains the PGA Ladies’ golf tour’s addition of a player possessing xy chromosomes with apparently no reaction from those possessing xx’s. However, we suspect that last may change as a disproportionate share of tour income shifts toward the new addition …     

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The pandemic: Sworn expert testimony on the virus and vaccines (Report)

Abortion: Clarity re the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (Article)

Energy: Thousands to withhold payment of U.,K. electric bills as prices soar (Report)

NATO: Growing cost of increasing dependence upon Russia (Article)

North Korea: Will Biden squeeze Chinese banks to limit Pyongyang nuclear threats? (Article)

Taiwan: A U.S. vital semiconductor source? (Article)

The war on Cash: U.S. Congressfolk now push a digital dollar in public (Report)

Science: Our working model of the universe isn’t standing up to new observations (Report)

U.S. Congress: The “Inflation Reduction Act”: Winners/Losers- (Article) (More) (List of impacts)

Ukraine: Corruption swallowing scandalous portion of shipped U.S. weapons (Report)

Space: Dangerous pieces of space junk falling (Report)

 The war on cash: Australia working to launch digital currency (Report)

Somalia: Update (Article)

South China Sea: China’s illegal water grab continues (Article)

U.S. Census Report: U.S. median household income declined almost 3% in 2021 (Report) (Reminder)

Mathematics: A breakthrough for Pell equations (Report)

Mexico: Extreme northern drought threatens beer industry (Report)

Greenland: An interesting sidelight on energy politics (Article)

European Union: Western drought hits transportation and water supply (Report)

China et al: Update (Article)

Mozambique: Update (Article)

Science: We inherit more than we thought (Article)

More Science: Using DNA in microelectronics (Report)

Still More Science: Physics advancing by combining experiment with theory (Article)

U.S. Politics: An evaluation of the D.O.J.’s pursuit of Trump (Article)

Mexico: Cartel war brings tourist warnings amid public violence (Report)

Germany: Diminishing Rhine update (Report)

The U.S. Dollar: Game over, expect the worst (Article) (Recommended)

U.S. Elections: Investigators find New York voter roll tampering to provide fraud (Report)

 More U.S. Elections: Investigations find fraud in Michigan, New Mexico and Arizona (Report)

Chicago: 8 dead, 46 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after entering a woman’s home uninvited (Report)

Finis

EDITORIAL:         Politicians Reanimating A Long Dead, Failed Economist

                Thomas Malthus died in 1834; his economic theory that population growth outstrips food production died with the onset of mechanized agriculture though his Bath Abbey, U.K. grave still draws traffic. His modern, mostly unaware acolytes preach that earth is overpopulated, food production and fossil energy are poisoning the atmosphere. They want and intend with their “Great Reset” to provide a smaller population leading simper lives. Their intended resetting tool is of course, government. Europe and North America are obviously primary targets. “The United States must come down, so the rest of the world can rise” is a mantra and unfortunately, a simultaneous denial of the possibility of progress. The unstated reality is ancient: The masses must recede so that the the few may maintain their privileged presence.       These folk are the cultural heirs of China’s Ming Dynasty that froze progress in the world’s most advanced civilization, laying it supine before the arriving Europeans who caught up with and then surpassed it. They are also the current heirs of the collectivists whose failed doctrinecollapsed the Soviets and China discarded in favor of its recent advances. As did the Ming Emperor and the Communists, our current visionaries would themselves define the most desirable human behavior and use government to impose it upon the world. As human behavior arises in human DNA rather than in human governments, such attempts may produce obedient slaves but they cannot alter the behaviors of free citizens … and only free citizens have ever been reliably productive. The “Great Reset” would be more honestly named: “The Great Retreat”.

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