GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannAnother week’s selections; about all we could stand …

The U.S. government: FEMA has barred Texas churches from Federal disaster relief? (Report)

The culture: Sexbots replace prostitutes; robots replace soldiers – Do we really need people, anymore? (Reports) (Well, somebody’s gotta pay for it all …)

The economy: Nordstrom is opening a smaller store, one without stock but offering a few service where goods will be ordered online.(Report) (Hmnn … we recall when Sears and Penney tried catalog stores)

Food: Now we hear that red meat/poultry may raise diabetes risk (Report) (Well, we know that NOT eating will kill us… Guess we’re all just gonna die)

The political culture: A Nobel Laureate economist writes on the substitution of propaganda for news illustrated in the “Russian election interference” nonsense. (Article)

The economy: After the hurricanes pass, America can’t afford to rebuild (Article) (We’ve already replaced our wealth with debt)

California corruption: U.S. taxpayers were stuck again for a costly state water project promised by politicians as free of taxpayer obligation (Report)

Brazil: Corruption amidst the anti-corruption? Lenient plea deals becoming odorous? (Report)

Idaho quake swarm is continuing; no mentions of possible connection to the Yellowstone caldera (Report)

Montenegro: Real, not fake Russian meddling unravels (Report)

A war on cars? Government seems to push self-driving tech fast (Report)

The economy: Simple, detailed explanation of ongoing federal financial mismanagement (Article)

Venezuela: Dactorship settles in (Article)

Satellites have been shrinking, proliferating and going up cheaper (Article)

The dulture: Sweden has begun use of implanted microchips to replace credit cards and train tickets? (Report)  (And they’re phasing out cash …)

The climate: Canadian government has been investigating climate change skeptics (Report) (First, the Inquisition, then burnings at the stake, right?)

The economy: Anaheim, CA declared an emergency to initiate a delayed reaction to its homeless burden. (Report)

Spain: Catalonia secession is heating up as a vote nears (Report)

The economy: Are more elder Americans “slipping into poverty”? (Report)

Venezuela: Russia and China are propping up the financially collapsing new dictator?  (Report)

Healthcare: The Senate is writing a bill “to stabilize the insurance market” (Report) (Actually it subsidizes insurers and sets healthcare pricing)

Politics: Is it time for a new political party? (Short article)

Science: New 3D printed structures start to fold themselves into final form as they are peeled from their printing substrate. (Report)

More science: Arrival of quantum computing seems likely to invalidate all current computer security encryption (Report)

Tech/Politics: Are the Feds pushing self-driving vehicles faster than the states wis? (Report)

The economy: Spendthrift politicians, oblivious voters and the debt threat (Article)

North Korea: Update (Article)

The government: A CIA whistleblower warns of that lurking in the shadowy depths of U.S. government (Article)

Technology: The unsolved puzzle of breathable air for high flying military pilots (Article)

Chicago: 5 dead, 31 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested at Wal-Mart riding a shopping cart  (Report)

If we ever meet aliens, will they be as silly as we?

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannThe economy: McDonald’s has automated, serve yourself burgers are rolling out (Report)

Science: Quantum entanglement has been demonstrated between a satellite and two ground stations. (Report) (A big advance for those interested in particle physics/future computing and writing sci fi)

The culture: California churches must fund abortions in employee health insurance per a Federal court. (Report)  (God may tell you what to believe; the state will tell you what to do)

The culture: The dissolution of America’s historic culture analyzed (Article)

The war on cash: India’s de-monetization of cash is proving expensive. (Article) (Who knew?)

Science: An unusual, ongoing earthquake swarm in Idaho near the Wyoming border (Report) (Hmnn … any relation to the events under the Yellowstone caldera?)

More Science: Some NASA scientists want to defang the Yellowstone supervolcano with cold water pumped down onto the rising lava bed. (Report) (Some NASA ‘scientists’ sell climate change, too.)

California culture: Will the state’s Left provide the new Luddites, turning against progress to freeze a need for human labor? (Article)

The legal culture: Federal 7th circuit judge Richard Posner sees the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights irrelevant to today’s reality. (Report)  (How does Pope Francis view the Bible?)

Chicago: 7 dead, 35 wounded over long holiday weekend’s shootings (Report)

The economy: President Trump pledged to dramatically reduce income taxes (Report) (He has also pledged increased spending … are we really that dumb?)

Hawaii legislators voted to “explore” the idea of a universal basic income (free money for all). (Report) (Where will they get the free money?)

The culture: A couple was arrested after public sex amidst families on the beach (Report) (But they don’t arrest public school sex ed teachers do they?)

The environment: A short history of U.S. nuclear weapons that have escaped (Report)

The economy: Retail closures are feeding unskilled unemployment (Report)

The economy: Kentucky government worker early retirements are booming as prospective state/city pensioners notice vastly underfunded pension plans. (Report) (Wishful thinkers …)

Afghanistan: The secret CIA war (Report) (A hidden piece of America’s perpetual wars apparatus)

More Afghanistan/Pakistan/India: Update  (Pakistan is the real enemy in Afghanistan.)

The culture: A transgender rapist was moved to a women’s jail where he began unwanted sexual advances toward the female prisoners. (Report) (Duh!)

The corruption: The Southern Poverty Law Center (A civil rights ‘nonprofit’) has $69 M parked overseas? (Report) (Poverty pays pretty well, we suppose … after the government gets involved)

The infrastructure:  “Mysterious” underground explosion cratered a Los Angeles street. (Report) (More votes spending on social goodies than on maintaining underground sewer, power, water and uh, gas)

The politics: Prez Trump finessed GOP leaders by cutting a debt limit deal with Democrats (Report) (And they were wondering how he could govern without a party behind him?)

Science: Women got around a lot more in the late stone and early bronze ages than was previously believed (Report) Hmnn … Women have always amounted to more than anyone thinks …)

More science: An engineering breakthrough in manufacturing of quantum computers (Report)

Spain: The government moved to block an upcoming Catalonia vote on independence (Article)

Obamacare: Added millions of low income beneficiaries via subsidized coverage and continues to price the unsubsidized middle class out of coverage (Report) (There can be no ‘fix’, only reduced coverage for which each party wants to blame the other)

The Internet: Democrats still want to regulate (i.e. censor) the web (Report) (What government doesn’t?)

The economy: Connecticut’s capital city threatens bankruptcy filing minus a state bailout (Report) (Hartford; what of Chicago, New Yor et al?)

Israel: Prime Minister Netanyahu’s wife is about to be indicted for fraud? (Report)

Education: “The math doesn’t work – Americans are losing faith in college” (Article) (Well, excepting math, science and engineering, right?)

Israel must repay millions in aid dollars per the U.S. State Department, though Congress disagrees (Article) (The swamp strikes back)

A naked woman was found asleep in his bed by a northern California man returning home. (Report)

And if that isn’t enough, it should be …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannThe fallout from the week that was:

The economy: Congress is maneuvering to continue spending non-existent billions at our grandchildren’s expense. (Article) (A neat, simple explanation of how it’s done)

Guatemala: U.N. investigator expelled by allegedly corrupt president (Report) (Shocking, right?)

Hurricane/politics: Texas Governor Abbott (R) first called Houston’s mayor to advise evacuation; later to offer help with recovery; the mayor never called ack. (Report)

The culture: Denmark targets big cuts to reduce world’s highest tax burden (Report) (The country often cited as proof of successful socialism is backing away from it?)

Israel: Update (Article) (Some unpleasant realities)

The culture: “Burning Man” with partygoers dancing naked and enjoying orgies in the Nevada desert. (Report) (A stage of human culture that has historically preceded calamity, right?)

Italy: As poverty surges, populists propose a free “citizens’ income” (Never mind who will pay for it?)

The economy: The Federal Reserve is politicize? (Article) (Ya think?)

More economy: 19 European countries now have negative rates (Report) (Interchangeable genders, gay marriage and now you pay the bank to take your money – the nuts are running the asylum!)

Yemen: Update (Article)

Wells Fargo bank’s tally of fraudulent accounts in its ongoing scandal has risen to over 3 M (Report)

Venezuela: Opposition broadcasts went quiet as newly dictator Maduro tightened his grip (Report)

The culture: Female guards used male juvenile inmates as sex slaves? (Report) (Feminists find equality?)

The economy: The U.S. has 1.3 M troops deployed around the world? (Report) (If correct,no wonder it’s in debt … and Prez Trump wants more?)

Government: Americans pay more for taxes than for food/clothing combined? (Report) (And there’s the national debt to repay, too)

Reality sucks: A man fled cops by swimming out to sea; was pursued by a shark? (Report)

The culture: The Southern Poverty Law Center’s impressive financial holdings and Cayman Island bank accounts aren’t breaking news? (Article) (Well, they’re a lefty outfit, so what’s to remark?)

Science: Some fossilized human footprints indicate human presence a lot earlier than thought (Report)

More science: Some blind people use clicking sounds to “see” or measure distances, just as do bats and dolphins (Report)

The California culture: Sacramento approved paying gang guys to stop violence? (Article) (And pay North Korea ot to nuke us?)

Mexico: Update (Article)

The environment: The Yellowstone supervolcano (caldera) earthquake swarm approaches record size (Report) (Is it filling with pre-eruption lava?)

Comparing the world’s competing cultures: Analysis (Superior, though long, article from U.S. War College)

The culture: A Los Angeles version of the Left’s “College for Everybody” political scam (Article)

Chicago: 7 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings. (Report)

One naked and one half naked man were arrested after breaking into Harvest church to defend their mom. (Report)

And that should be enough …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannAnother week’s worth:

The culture: Is Google working with liberal political groups to eliminate conservative web sites? (Article) Tech censorship is drawing criticism from within the industry (Report)

The war on cash: Visa and Master Card are both pushing abandonment of cash, leaving us only with government-accessible electronic payments tied to banks. Visa offers rewards to merchants who refuse cash. (Article) (We can run, but we can’t hide …)

The economy: How will millennials and gen X support all the retiring baby  boomers while repaying the government’s debts? (Article) (Economic reality made simple without political nonsense)

Iraq: Playing coy between Saudi Arabia and Iran? (Article)

The media: CNN demonizes mainstream conservatives along with Alt Right hate groups? (Report)

The (secret) economy: “It’s time to audit the Federal Reserve” – Senator Rand Paul (Report) (No, Senator – It’s way past time!)

The very quiet scandal re Democrat Congressfolk’s leakage of classified data via their chosen computer guru is still expanding, quietly (Report) (Now if it had been Trump’s data …)

Electronic Black Ops? Another U.S. Navy ship collision in    Asia  Another U.S. Predator drone crashed in Turkey  Black Sea ships report that GPS is suddenly unreliable  (Report)  Suspicion of electronic hacking appears (Article)

Science: Manufacturing and trade existed in Viet Nam 2,000 years before Christ? (Report)

The politics: Thousands of “protestors” squelch a free speech rally in Boston (Report) (Only the Left is allowed large public displays?) (Some media couldn’t differentiate between free speech and white supremacy)

That “coming cultural civil war”  is a political game; we’re being played? (Article)

Afghanistan: Prez Trump will beef up U.S. expenditure of lives and borrowed dollars for no ascertainable gain. (Report) (Just like his predecessors) More for the Afghan military at U.S. expense (Article) And there are already some 3,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than previously acknowledged. (Report)

Science: Researchers have controlled a mouse’s movements by signaling its brain (Report)

Charlottesville was a se up, scripted political theater? (Report)

 The culture: Google has been secretly monitoring/recording smartphone users when they have been near their devices? (Report) (We’re never aloe anymore)

North Korea: Update (Article)

The economy: Several Wall Street banks are predicting a downturn in the business cycle. (Report) (Predicting rain from an oncoming hurricane….)

The culture: Modern life is making everyone constipated? (Report)

Science: Medical diagnoses from handling paper? (Report)

Philippines/China: Update  (Article) (China’s muscling into the South China Sea continues)

Cuba: U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana have been subtly and not so subtly harassed and attacked? (Report)

Retail: Wal-Mart and Google have partnered to provide voice-based electronic shopping. (Report)

The economy: A simple explanation of the conflict between Trump and the globalist business/banking interests. (Article)

The economy: 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck (Per CBS News) (Report) (Wonder how they know … But we can believe that life isn’t improving for a lot of people.)

The climate: Actual temperature data graph shows cooling; then N.O.A.A. ‘adjusted’ data shows warming? (Report) (Who you gonna trust, me or your lying thermometer?)

Myanmar (Burma): Update (Article)

The culture: Canada has introduced “X” as a third sex for passports. (Report) (Politics trumps biology)

Science: Trigonometry was used by Babylonians 1,ooo years before the ancient Greeks (Report)

The economy: Capital exiting the U.S. is a “paradox”? (Article) (More a flight from inflated values toward delusional safety?)

Libya: Update and review of Africa-to-Europe migration (Article)

Turkey: Updat on President Erdogan’s rising opposition (Report)

The politics: Organized Right/Left thugs are maneuvering for advantage in San Francisco street politics. (Report) (We know who’s funding the Left; who’s funding the Right?)

Congress approved warrantless searches of private property. (Article) (Yes, that’s unconstitutional, so what)

The politics: President Trump slammed GOP leaders for the debt ceiling mess. (Report) (Trump, who wats lower taxes, greater military spending and billions spent on infrastructure, is redefining chutzpah)

Chicago:  9 deadm 54 wounded in weekend shootings. (Report)

And somehow, everybody seems to have kept their clothes on …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannBits from the weekly smorgasbord:

The economy: Department stores, restaurants and malls generally are overbuilt, face drastic shrinkage. (Article) Consumer debt is now $12.7 B (Report) (Predictions, anyone?)

The courts: Trump’s judicial appointments seem to respect the Constitution; Democrat Senators seem in no hurry to approve them. (Report) (Constitutions can be inconvenient if you want changes)

The culture: Violent crime continues to rise in big U.S. cities (Report) (Schools degrade, religion disappears, what’s not to expect?)

North Korea: China announced a ban on trade desperately needed by North Korea; that state cannot continue without them. (Report) (Such ‘bans’  to discourage the nuclear missile program have proven fake before)

Air travel: Drunken passenger arrests in Britain up 50% (Report) (Hmnn … Are there more drunks or just more arrests? Betcha it’s both)

The economy: Interesting analysis of the financial illusion pulled over the last recession to provide a fake recovery (Article)

The government: Public schools are run to deliberately dumb down U.S. citizens? (Article)

The culture: An arrest warrant was issued for a man accused of having sex with a fence. (Report)

The “Dump Trump” plot thickens? (Article)

More culture: Seattle has prohibited landlords from using criminal records to screen new tenants, excepting only sex offenders (Report)  (Will sex offenders sue against such discrimination?)

The economy: The Federal Reserve warned: Household debt hit an all time high (Article)

The new politics: Update, in one Craigslist advertisement (Today’s political scene explained in one short internet post)

Venezuela: The Bolivar’s inflation rate now channels the Weimar Republic? (Report) (Or Zimbabwe)

The culture: Billionaire Branson pushes free cash handouts, (Other peoples’, not his; New York schools will use smoking/bullying detectors, Los Angeles will pay homeowners to house the homeless  (Reports)

China: Facing a Japan 1990’s style crash? (Article)

China: Heats up its grab for a piece of India (Report) (Could there be any connection with the news above?)

Immigration: The American Bar Association wants illegal aliens to practice law in the U.S. (Report)

The economy: Why there’s no inflation but everything costs you more (Article)

More economy: How most of the income has shifted from the masses to the few (Article)

India is criminalizing contributing to anyone’s religious conversion. (Article) (Hmnn … Murderers, thieves, rapists and now missionaries?)

Self-driving cars are currently a con (Article) (Like global warming?)

Science: A blood test can now find cancer before symptoms appear (Report) (Huge, if they’re for real)

The politics: Ex House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that “reprehensible” Confederate statues be removed from Washington D.C. (Report) (Hmnn … Weren’t  most of them originally put up by Democrats?)

Religion: A cardinal attacks the Pope. Will Pope Francis save or destroy his church? (Report)

The culture: Mainstream conservatives are now on the hate map? (Report)

Iraq: Update re Iran and ISIL (Article)

The culture: A list of Confederate monuments removed/vandalized (Report) (History as an item of political fashion)

Science? Apparently NASA is exploring means for averting eruption of the Yellowstone caldera (“supervolcano”) (Report)  (Well, NASA is home to global warmers …)

Retail competition: Wal-Mart is patenting use of blimps as mobile warehouses for home delivery via drones; Amazon is building stores and buying Whole Foods (Article)

New York City Subways provide declining service to growing crowds. (Report) (City blames overuse but it’s really government neglect; use is only returning to 1940’s levels)

California: Proposed legislation puts jail behind political correctness? (Article) (Far Left or Right, it’s always by force in the end, right?)

Electric cars create more CO2 than they save? (Article) (And there are other ignored obstacles too)

Chicago: 9 dead, at least 30 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked Fremont, CA woman was arrested after ignoring a police warning to stay clothed. (Report) (But it’s so warm in Fremont, this time of year …)

And such was the week.

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Charlottesville From Under Our Tinfoil Hat

CharlottesvilleKindly don your tinfoil hat for a moment, follow us and then decide how nuts we have become:

We read that the defunct “Occupy Wall Street” rent-a-riot was a far left, Soros et al funded “uprising” and we saw that it fizzled; only the hired and bussed-in muscle was up for much violence. They played their torches onto citizens who were damp wood. Must have been disappointing.

Then “Black Lives Matter” appeared somehow and are now we see “Antifa” added to the mix. The emotional gasoline that these newer groupings add to the socio-political fire is now no longer economic status, but race. Otherwise, it’s a replay: Use hired street organizers and thugs to initiate hurting people and damaging property for political impact. Last year, Black Lives Matter and a nascent Antifa also fizzled; even in Oakland. Again, citizens wouldn’t join into mobs.

This summer was promised to be different; a conflagration was promised. And this summer is nearly done, without significant fireworks – until Charlottesville. And here, the tinfoil in our hat begins to vibrate.

The Charlottesville episode centers on a “white supremacist, neo Nazi rally” in that city, to which “counter- protesters” invited themselves. However, the rally was not about white supremacy; it was a gathering to protest the city’s intention to remove a statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee to satisfy requests by some citizens who saw it as “offensive.” Events escalated from there and in the end, the rather minor event was overtaken by additions from both Left and Right, carrying baseball bats.

This event too has fizzled, though the media continue to promote flare ups. The masses of citizens did not involve themselves this time either. Even the savage vehicular attack on some of the anti-protesters  failed to ignited a lynch mob.

We wonder what the far-left, globalist Soros minions are trying to do. They seem to be professionally organized to raise the public violence level using whatever fuel might feed political flames. Occupy tried poverty vs wealth, no go. Then Black Lives Matter tried race; nowheresville. Now, it’s Black Lives Matter (Race), Antifa (anti-facist) and if the rally organizer really is a past Soros organizer, maybe the rent-a-thugs are supplying both sides of their new rent-s-riots in hopes of finally lighting the wider political woodpile? We certainly don’t know and perhaps we’re too cynical and need to thicken the tinfoil lining our hat. You decide. If it helps, note that we have now an Alt Right mob suddenly springing up from nowhere, organized and funded where nothing existed before, at least so far as we know. And reportedly led by Jason Kessler, a former “Occupy Wall Street” activist who back then, was an Obama supporter.

Note though: If this theory isn’t nuts, the next level of this sort of effort will have to kill more people and damage more property in some other place with a Lefty Mayor to hold back the police (if we can believe reports) while the mayhem proceeds. When we see that, we’ll remove the tinfoil from our hat …

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CharlottesvilleSwinging baseball bats, chemical sprays and finally a deadly assault with a car characterized politics du jour in the Virginia city. There was an audience of rather passive riot police. The expected summer of escalating violence from the Soros wing’s totalitarian thugs, arriving a bit late on stage? Well, it would not be the first time that the rent-a-riot has been needed to provide mayhem that just didn’t happen on its own. Per the newssfolk, it seemed an invasion of right wing, club swing “white supremacist” storm troopers attacking innocents. How the “innocents” obtained their own baseball bats was evidently not investigated. We guess that a local protest was used by muscling-in outsiders from the Alt Right and the Antifa-Black Lives-Matter Left goon squads. You decide.

Comparing stories from varied sources is interesting: Details from the major media can be compared to the observations of a politically conservative but uninvolved Eyewitness. That comparison leaves us with some questions unanswered.

How is it now we wonder, that people can mass in the streets wearing hoods and yelling: “Black Lives Matter” to general approval but other people, peacefully assembled per witnesses, yelling “White Lives Matter” are immediately denigrated as nasty, racist, Nazi white supremacists? Of course, David Duke of KKK fame was prominently present, he didn’t enhance the image of those protesting removal of General Robert E. Lee’s stature from public view. But the “contra protesters” whose absence would have prevented the violence had prominent faces too, we suppose. We’ll never know, of course.

We were told that the protesters had a permit for their rally; we presume that the anti-protesters did not have a permit. But it was the permit holders who were expelled by the police when the violence occurred. And whom the media castigate. Possibly the presence of Democrats as mayor and governor contributed to the choice of venue for this performance? We can’t immediately recall recent similar brouhahas occurring permissively where more conservative politicians prevail.

We suspect that it is all a show, political theater aimed at inflaming the emotions of the citizens to bring about political goals that presently seem too extreme for many citizens. And so far, the manipulators have been throwing their violent torches onto pretty wet wood. But they persist.

And Charlottesville appears to be the first time that equivalent organization has joined in from the Right, which is troubling. One reason that the Left’s hired thugs have not caught on is that they have mostly been used against innocents, an unappealing advertisement. If the right will now provide its own army, both sides will grow cheering sections and the hitherto wet wood may flare up, delivering the chaos so long desired by the totalitarian Left.

The 20 year old driver who smashed into some of the Lefties is being presented as a “terrorist” by some, though others suppose he is a loner. Here, the hope is to equate the Right with Islamic users of suicide bombers. That driver came, as did thugs from both extremes, from out of town. Is he a militant, connected thug or a lone nutcase? Will we know?

The legitimate Right (and President Trump) have denounced their extremists amid indignant Left outrage that they don’t really mean their denunciations; they don’t denounce enough. Of course, the Left applauds rather than denounces its Antifa and Black Lives Matter, that apparently id different.

Here, we agree with the Left: The KKK, white supremacists et al must be loudly and repeatedly denounced by everyone. Then, having done that, those on the Right may turn and ask the Left about Antifa and BLM. Best not hold their breath awaiting those denunciations, though.

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