GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

The economy: “Your government-ordered depression has arrived” (Article)

More economy: Stocks don’t reflect market reality anymore (Article)

Still more economy: Over 60% of global debt now returns less than 1% (Article)

Government: From lockdown to the “Great Reset”? (Article)

The pandemic: CDC recommends opening schools this Fall (Report)

Economics: Celebrating Reality’s prophet, economist Thomas Sowell (Article)

Science: The expanding politicization of hard science (Article)

The war on science: Purging the populace of inconvenient knowledge (Article)

Turkey: Financial reality setting in? (Article) (First domin …) The lira crashes (Article)

Surveillance: Your (cell) phone is spying on you (Article)

The economy: Grocery prices inflating under pandemic (Report)

The culture: Who killed Gorge Floyd? (Article)

The Federal Reserve: Will be taken down by Trump? (Article) ‘

More culture: A millennial’s lament (Article)

The economy: The recovery – isn’t (Article)

The culture: Seattle “demonstrators” sue city over unsafe conditions (Report)

Politics: Voting fraud is real’ the system is vulnerable (Article)

The culture: Some light on Antifa (Article)

Corruption: How one House member’s political donations became personal income (Report)

Elections: New York primary mailed ballots problematic? (Report)

The pandemic: Hospitals motive for inflating death statistics (Report)

China: Territorial ambitions heating upz? (Article)

The culture: New Hasbro toy pushes parental buttons? (Article)

The pandemic: Masks don’t work? (Article)

The economy: The assumption that current mass unemployment is temporary (Article)

Chicago: 8 dead, 18 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after his discovery in a woman’s bed (Report)

That’s All …

 

EDITORIAL:         When Governors Refuse to Govern

 

Government’s monopoly on the use of force is justified by the duty to protect the governed. That is the primary justification for the very existence of human government. The mayors of Portland, Seattle and some other places seem to have forgotten their high school civics to the point that they have restrained their police from performing that function in the face of rioting mobs with which they politically sympathize. They have refused, in other words, to uphold the rule of law for their own political purposes. If these officials are reelected, that will signal that their cities have discarded the rule of law, preferring when it suits them, mob rule. History is not a good advertisement for that, which may be one reason for the mob’s vigor in trashing it.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

Geopolitics: Why America needs to address the vacuum of power in the Mediterranean (Article)

The pandemic: Police with dogs raid gym, arrest owners for ignoring lockdown (Report)

All mail election failed spectacularly, provided criminal charges in New Jersey (Report)

Capitalism: The end of interest (Article)

Corruption: Sonoma County (CA) CE) Sentenced (Report)

The mob attcks continue with unreported destruction (Article) (And local government acquiescence)

The pandemic: The actual utility of masks (Article)

The Federal Reserve: Pandemic emergency lending is extended through yearend (Article)

The economy: Gold is more illusion than answer? (Article)

North Korea: Update (Article)

Amazon attacks supermarkets by adding free food delivery in the U.K. (Report)

The pandemic: Many large retailers retreat from customer mask requirements (Report)

Yemen: Update (Article)

The economy: Congress proposes (another) big business bailout by taxpayers? (Article)

Government: Florida couple jailed after ignoring quarantine order (Report)

Corruption: Tennesee state senator charged with theft and embezzlement (Report)

The deep state: The courts continue to fight over Michael Flynn (Article)

The culture: A Quarter of U.S. household income now comes from government (Article)

Corruption: The (Unreported) ongoing cleanup (Report)

The eddonomy: Fitch downgrades U.S. credit rating to negative (Article)

Cultural suicide: America’s second chance? (Article)

New York Primary: Thousands of ballots not counted (Report)

Censorship: New Yor Times union demands “sensitivity reads” in editorial policy (Report)

Politics, not science is keeping schools closed (Article)

Thhe war on cash: Over $2 B seized from travelers mostly innocent (Report)

The war on drugs: Has become an unintended war on the Constitution? (Article)

Chicago: 3 dead, 56 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

Two naked dog walkers were arrest on multiple charges (Report)

That’s all.

EDITORIAL:         The Pandemic Response

 

A rapidly growing suspicion: The government and media response to this apparently much overhyped epidemic may be far out of proportion to its reality. The inflated spending of fiat money to prolong appreciation of the related economic damage past the election will worsen such damage. This event seems to have taken on more political than medical significance and may well leave larger political/economic than medical consequences.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

U.S. Government: New House bill would mandate temperature checks at airport security (Report)

The pandemic: Positive tests rise directly with mask conformance? (ReportS)

More pandemic: Couple in house arrest after refusing to sign self-quarantine order (Report)

The war on cash: Suddenly, there is a coin shortage? (Report)

The pandemic: Merry monkeyshines in Africa (Report)

Air travel: Pilots with unreal licenses (Report)

Portland riots: The ongoing scene from another viewpoint (Report)

The last days of a Ponzi economy (Article)

Corruption: Ececutives of failing businesses profit from bankruptcy (Article)

Libya: Update (Article)

China: Strategic update (Article) (Recommended)

The culture: Labor unions join political strike? (Article) (Everything is now politicized)

The war on culture: Anti-Catholic vandalism expands across the U.S. (Report)

Education: Can microschooling parents defeat the teachers’ unions? (Article)

Racism: BLM leader wants to “get rid” of white men (Video)

Afghanistan: Update (Article)

The economy: The nuts and bolts of retreat (Article)

Corruption: Ohio House speaker arrested in bribery case (Article)

The war on science: Politicization poisons another scientific journal (Report)

The pandemic: False positive tests (Article) (Of course – Bet on false negatives, too)

Science: All mammals share similar brain connectivity, including humans (Report)

Corruption: Ex-Congressman charged with bribery, corruption (Article)

Burma: Update (Article)

The mobs: Seattle police give up, rioters using social media for nationwide management (Article)

CORRUPTION: Huge money laundry in Brazil that no one (including U.S.) wants reported (Article)

The war on Judeo-Christianity: Supremes approve sharp restriction of church attendance (Report)

Corruption: When Federal courts take sides (Articled)

Organized youth mob attacks continue across U.S.; Seattle restrains police (Article)

Chicago: 10 dead, 60 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman was arrested standing in the road with a gun (Report)

Enough, already.

 

 

EDITORIAL:         Thoughts On The Coming Presidential Election

 

A couple of very prominent features of this contest appear:

  1. The Democrats seen to be anointing a political hack who may have to work to walk and talk at the same time, and
  2. The Republicans are probably spending as much sub rosa in the hope of defeating “their” candidate as they can expect to get away with.

Taken together, these features seem to illuminate two currently salient themes:

  1. The Democrats devoutly wish to use the pandemic to lever mail voting, and
  2. The Democratic leadership is pushing the probability that Trump will, if not reelected, refuse to relinquish power.

Considering the obvious insecurities and temptations of large scale, mail voting, are the Democrats trying to deprive Trump in advance of any ability to address electoral fraud?

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

The pandemic: When will the madness end? (Article)

The culture: Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover features transgender woman (Report)

The U.S. economy: The Wiley E. Coyote moment is imminent? (Article)

Corruption: Los Angeles City Councilman arrested on Federal racketeering charges (Report)

The pandemic: Some useful reality (Article) (Recommended)

Politics: Monday was a BIG day for Democrats? (Article)

The economy: Big banks expecting BIG Bust? (Article) (Still too optimistic)

Iraq: Update (Article)

Corruption: Union president charged with defrauding annuity fund (Report)

Social Security: Faces path toward insolvency (Article) (Pandemic worsening trend)

Education: More waiving of university entrance exams (Report) (Dumbing down continues?)

More education: Schools messing with students’ sexuality? (Report)

The world economy: The system is irreparable (Article)

The Pandemic: The CDC reports coronavirus mortality has declined below pandemic threshold (Report)

The internet: World’s digital advertising up for grabs in Google’s cookie fight? (Article)

The culture: Asheville, N.C. approves reparations for black residents (Article)

The economy: Over 50 M Americans have filed for unemployment since lockdown began (Article)

The culture: Big U.S. businesses shower bonuses on execs before filing bankruptcy (Report)

Corruption: Illinois House Speaker implicated in Federal criminal investigation (Report)

The Internet: Massive internet outage a warning? (Report) (Too many eggs in one basket)

Political Correctness: Revising history of the U.”S. Civil War (Article)

The pandemic: U.K. mandated face masks packaging states mask not protective against COVID (Article)

Surveillance: Feds to access nationwide network of U.S. license plate readers (Article)

China: Politicizing the Navy (Article)

Chicago: 13 dead, 51 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after trading shotgun fire with police (Report)

And that’s all …

EDITORIAL:         There Will Be No Recovery

 

The ultimate number of pandemic infections has not been affected by the economic paralysis imposed by governments; it has only been extended over a longer time. That has reduced the average daily patient load at medical facilities at the expense of non-pandemic patients denied access by the shutdown. It has also been at the expense of everyone involved in the general economy since it is evident that the post-pandemic level of economic activity will be substantially reduced from that which prevailed before. Whether this is the doing of politicians trying to hide their economic swindles behind the virus is becoming interesting for conspiracy theorists.

There was no recovery from the financial collapse of 2008; instead, the gross financial distortions that brought the collapse were papered over by a flood of money printing bailouts. Since then, debt and credit excesses have proliferated, topped by the recent pandemic related helicopter money for everyone. That is about to be repeated in the hope of buying off voter understanding until after the November election. This will be the final act in the recent decades of politico-economic swindles; regardless of the next U.S. President’s identity, the voters will discover that they have sowed the wind.

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POST-CHRISTIAN AMERICA

America, the industrialized culmination of the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment,   is on a birth control drug-induced high like a heretofore Catholic nun who has thrown off her habit, bummed a toke and headed for a nude beach.  The contraceptive Pill blurred the primary difference in male/female behavior and the girls forgot Judeo-Christian restraint and responsibility in a hurry, along with any prospects for future life as a housewife. That was quickly abetted by politicians eager to provide convenience abortion in exchange for votes. The heretofore restraining heavenly Lawgiver was tossed out with His laws, leaving a vacuum that ambitious proponents of the all-powerful State rushed to fill. The Post-Christian West is under way.

Western Judeo—Christian government is a product of created human nature and its legitimacy therefore rests upon its own conformance to that model; that is to say that it must be centered upon and try to empower the provisions of the Jewish Decalogue as a minimum. By definition, no post-Christian government can accept that defining premise; it must be ripped from the new society if that society is to be anything other than a continuation of its predecessor. The first stage of a new society is the destruction of the old. The new cannot be erected until the old has been buried. That proceeds first as destruction, stamping out vestiges of the old together with its supporters. This cannot be nice; too many people are always too invested in the old system. It is why so many died in the onset of Russian communism and Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward. And it is a period of madness as old restraints are tossed but new rules are not yet accepted. This may explain current and impending conditions in the United States.

The previous Judeo Christian control model is is under demolition:

  1. The basic family unit is no longer socially and legally reinforced but degenerates under a massive divorce rate, accepted unmarried cohabitation, abortion entitlement and entitlements for single parents. Compulsory public education reinforces the attitudes that promulgate these behaviors. Social and economic shifts have forced once full time housewives and mothers into full time work.
  2. Behavioral norms are demolished:: Women of child bearing ages are wasted in infantry combat, biological males legally compete in female athletics. Scholars, businessfolk and entertainers may lose their positions for disagreeing with the pronouncements of the political Left.
  3. A combination of Federal /State regulation and Federal Reserve monetization have converted once free markets into a politicized, managed (or mismanaged) economy.
  4. Public internet communication is increasingly subject to political censorship; major “news” media are little more than politicized propaganda outlets.
  5. Government has used fear filled propaganda to impose a sudden freeze upon much of the economy and many private activities in the name of a comparatively mild pandemic. It has increased the resulting economic damage from that by record-setting, debt-based “stimulus” spending. The present financial/monetary model now seems unsustainable.
  6. Massive, ongoing, well planned and financed public demonstrations are destroying property, people and demanding drastic changes in social norms, supported by left-leaning politicians and those parts of government they influence.

That a house divided against itself cannot stand has never been refuted. Whether it is predictive for the post-Christian United States and the West generally remains to be seen; it certainly fits the trend. At present however, that trend may present more the plans and efforts of societal leaders pursuing their own interests than it reflects the mood and desires of the societal masses. Two impending events seem likely to centralize and elucidate the mass response: the U.S. November presidential election and the presently undated arrival of general understanding that the economy has been mismanaged.  The current politically imposed, pandemic related economic quasi paralysis seems likely to accelerate that realization.

During the Great Depression, many felt that standing in an unemployment line was personally disgraceful; that attitude remained among older workers even in the 1950’s. Government efforts to spend the economy back into health were distinctly controversial. That produced powerful effort by individuals to recover on their own, something considerably less likely today. The indoctrinated, less experienced young appear to see the government as owing them beneficence from an attitude of conditioned dependency. Government is also programmed, both to respond to its dependents’ needs and to organize and control them so that can be efficiently maximized. New technology empowers that.

The Great Depression that ended the dissolute Roaring Twenties brought fear and misery thatrevitalized religion and cleaned up both governments and motion pictures, subjecting the latter to censorship by the Hays Office. Such a restoration of the older behavioral model seems unlikely today; The Pill is irreversible and who is ready to assume penitence for millions of aborted humans? . Political advantage has replaced the Judeo-Christian Decalogue. That leaves the most powerful actor to impose a politicized order, as the Chinese Communist Party presently does. The imposition is more gradual in the post-Christian West but it is proceeding; travel is already controlled and both finances and faces increasingly monitored. Amelioration of this trend will require development of some organization independent of government that can replace the church as a bastion of personal liberty against the interests of government. Such is not presently visible or even imaginable. However, God is not mocked, progress will  continue, though at its own pace. It is evident that politically controlled economies never maximize mass welfare; such internal contradiction renders them unstable over time. However long and unpleasant  the interregnum, something new awaits the post Christian West. It will proceed as always, from outside government.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

The media: CNN praised Mt. Rushmore during Obama’s vist; trashes it for Trump’s (Report)

Politics: Supreme Court upheld states’ power to sanction deviant presidential electors (Report)

The pandemic: Virus about to lose epidemic status, per CDC (Report)

Censorship: Tik Tok bans on U.S. Christian postings (Re[ort)

Education: Teaching under CDC guidelines is ridiculous? (Report) (Politicization tends that way)

California: Some 2 M still awaiting unemployment checks? (Article)

New York City’s Mayor approves more Left riots (Report)

The U.S. Economy: Some reality you may dislike but cannot refute (Article)

The pandemic: Sweden got it right? (Article)

U.S. local tax increases loom, to finance COVID? lockdown? (Article)

Chicago: 14 dead, 56 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after chasing woman with screwdriver (Repot)

That’s all … (Pandemic show replacing “news”?)

 

EDITORIAL: Free Markets, Free Societies and Racism

 

  1. The Federal Reserve has, by monetizing the U.S. stock and bond markets, forcibly converted them from economic to political services. Is this a “free market” economy?
  2. The COVID pandemic is now described as comparable to a severe flu season. If so, should we expect future lockdowns as various illnesses arrive? Apparently, healthcare is now fully politicized.
  3. Is all the ever-growing anti-white fuss about “white privilege” and reparations turning into anti-white racism?
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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE …(Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

The Internet: Parler (Twitter alternative) is a trap? (Report)

Corruption: Widespread fraud found in New Jersey mail-in ballots (Report)

Laser Weapons: Not quite ready for prime time (Article)

Corruption: The academic politicization of science (Article)

The pandemic: Will the politicians push another round of lockdown? (Article)

Politics: The Democrats NEED further pandemic lockdown? (Article)

Somalia: Update (Article)

Surveillance: The all too visible future is taking shape? (Article)

More Surveillance:: New Senate bill would provide government (and unintended others) to all data, communications and accounts (Article)

 Police: Who wants to be a policeman now? (Article) (And who will keep order?)

The war on cash: reinforced by the pandemic (Article)

Corruption: 4 Toledo city councilors arrested in fraud, extortion (Report)

Government: The problem with “contact tracing” (Article)

Los Angeles: City Council begins replacing police for “non-violent” calls (Report)

The economy: Storm Warning (Article) (Not optimistic)

The war on cash: Using the pandemic to accelerate? (Article

)Free speech: Becoming expensive in U.S. businesses (Article)

Corruption: Black Lives Matter raises questions (Report)

Healthcare: Black infant mortality notably worse than others (Article)

The pandemic: Lockdown proving more damaging than the virus? (Article)

The U.S. economy: Prices are going to rise – and fast (Article)

Politics: Senator politicizes military promotions (Report)

The pandemic: Positive test results inflated by new instructions? (Report)

Chicago: 18 dead, 47 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

Clothing optional crimes: apparently, none reported so far this month

And that is all …

 

EDITORIAL:         A caged U.S. economy cannot rub freee!

 

Between multiple levels of government regulation and the Federal Reserve, a once free market, capitalist and competitive U.S. economy has degenerated, substituting political goals for competitiveness. That sent the housewives out to work in the 1970’s and continues to shrink the middle class. The standard of living is now under further assault from the pandemic quarantine. Politiciation of labor costs has driven much previously domestic industry offshore. ‘the values of stocks, real estate, bonds and mortgages are more a product of central bank manipulation than of market processes. Big business and big government are now bound together by shared and corrupt interests; mercantilism abounds.

Business and politics are a marriage made in Hell; political goals too often negate good economics. That is why the soviet Union collapsed, why China de-socialized its economy and why Venezuela imploding. Nevertheless, the U.S. and too many other welfare states are proceeding merrily down this road, the road as Hayek put it, to serfdom. Given the dependent and entitled current mindset, the arriving financial reverses brought by the pandemic lockdown will likely exacerbate thethe trend. The duration of these conditions may however, provide sufficient time for revision of attitudes and a return to older, more realistic financial thinking. Or not …

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HUMAN GOVERNMENTS: DEMOCRATS vs DICTATORS

Conforming human behavior requires and so generates human government; organized groups fare much better than lone individuals. Government is distinguished from other forms of human leadership by its custody of the use of force. There exist two kinds of human government: those in which the citizens exert significant, real control upon the governors and those in which they do not. The former are considered democratic, the latter, authoritarian.  This is the only significant difference among human governments; all others cited are subsidiary. This is recorded in the founding of the United States, the founders of which encoded it with their Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

Generally it is assumed that democratic government is more desirable than dictatorship, though the modern histories of Chile, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan suggest that is not entirely the case, However, such examples are admittedly atypical and usually temporary. And as with everything in our universe, the indicated beneficiaries paid for their gains..

Authoritarian governments naturally try to limit social change, usually seen as destabilizing. Dictatorial governments simply impose and enforce desired behavior as they can, and work to head off significant change thereafter. When change is seen as necessary, they seek to control it. Any instability threatens their existence. Democratic governments are different; the inherent competition between political parties demands competing political programs advertised to improve the present by changing it somehow. Conservative parties favor improvements no less, usually just smaller ones. Sooner or later, the inevitable imperfections of any status quo become targets for opportunistic politicians.

Among political parties, it is said that liberals are about what they want, conservatives are about what they have and libertarians are about what they don’t want. That is certainly simplistic; if it is at all fair it seems to advertise a sound reason for refusing to hand power to any party for very long: constant change, constant reversal and constant obstruction seem equally undesirable, though that is still simplistic. It may help to explain the perennial gap between that which is actually done by a party in office as compared to that which the party claims as its goals.

It comes down to this: While any human politician can promise a utopia, no human governor can produce one. Reality sucks, keeping unreality alive and human governments inherently unstable.  Perceiving instability, human governors counter it with increasing force, simultaneously confining and feeding the instability, thus creating a time bomb. Democratic elections are intended to be safety valves for this. However, the interests of contending politicians are too often better served by negotiated compromise than by the costly uncertainty of elections. That underlies the U.S. two party system and explains the mutual support between contending parties elsewhere upon the formation of a new party. For a politician, the interests of other actors are generally more immediate than those of the voters, outside an impending election. .

The bottom line, if there is one, seems to amount to this: humans are conflicted and variable so human governments are conflicted and variable too. Improved environmental control and communication improve the human condition at the price of destabilizing human organization, so large scale human progress proceeds in fits and starts that challenge both societies and governments.. The human behavior that necessitates human government is also a guarantee that providing said government will always remain a struggle, both for the governed and for the government. Anyone offering us a solution, is pitching us a scam.

The scam du jour is Democratic Socialism, which is itself an oxymoron since only authoritarian government has ever been able to compel people to give up the the means of production. In the United States it is even less realistic considering that it amounts to putting all production into the hannds of those who have given us the VA healthcare system and the U.S. Postal Service as examples of their capabilities.  And provided the public education that has kept America’s youth from understanding that. But democratic politicians will remain swindlers as long as their voters are willing to bet on a free lunch.

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FLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE …(Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

The world financial system: An overinflating balloon? (Article) (Yup)

China: Economy struggling under multiple difficulties (Article)

Corruption: News polls “riddled with bias” (Report)

The war on the Internet: The only way to stop socialism is to decentralize the internet (Article) (What government will allow an unregulated internet?)

China: U.S. designates media outlets as Chinese propagandists (Report) (Correct, but why only China?)

Education: A very politically incorrect exposition of U.S. public education (Article) (And too real for confort)

Seattle: Mayor will resume control of protesters’ autonomous zone. (Report) Businesses, residents sue for damages (Article)

New cell phone app  can unlock/start your car (Article)

California state pension fund heads into unreality? (Article)

North Korea: Update (Article)

COVID reopening may not be as expected? (Article)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees accelerating world financial contraction (Article)

The economy: If you aren’t worried yet, read this (Article)

Politics: Democrats plan virtual convention (Report) (The fix is in?)

Corruption: Evidence shows Obama, Biden involved in setting up Gen. Flynn (Report)

Politics:  Well organized mob scenes now attack conservatives in smaller towns (Report)

Corruption: The ongoing politicization of U.S. industry (Article) More corruption (Report)

Iraq: Update (Article)

Politics: Study shows only 1/6 of Black Lives Matter protesters are black? (Report)

Corruption: Corporations grapple with slavery reparations (Article) (Politicization nearly total)

The economy: Biggest disconnect between prices and profits in stock market history (Article) (Federal Reserve has politicized previously free market)

Government: Tax increases coming? (Report)

Censorship: Twitter users offered free speech on Parler (Report)

More corruption: Soaring stock prices during mass unemployment? (Article) (Why public education avoids teaching meaningful history)

Still more Corruption: Black Lives Matter organizer busted for extortion by Feds (Report)

The war on the internet: Here they come again … (Article)

Science: Reality of mask wearing for the pandemic (Article) (It’s more politics than science)

The war on cash: Central bankers to control the world? (Article)

Chicago: 15 dead, 89 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after flipping off Wal Mart customers (Report)

And thus, the week

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

The Federal Reserve has has monetized all 2020 debt (Article)

The U.S. economy: July 31, the financial anesthesia wears off (Article)

U.S. labor unions: Attack on police fits teachers too? (Article)

 The Federal Reserve loans nwqly created money directly to corporations (Report)

India: Chinese troops killed 3 at invasion point (Report)

Unemployment paying better than working? (Report)

The free market is gone – swallowed by the Federal Reserve (Article)

The culture: No , We’re not all in this together (Article) (Polemical, but recommended)

Politics: N.Y. prisoners released due to pandemic risks return to crime? (Report)

Te Internet: Politicization continues (Article)

The U.S. economic recovery: Real, or fake? (Article)

Government: Cell phones are becoming a pandemic-based informer network? (Article)

Surveillance: IRS using cell phone location data? (Report)

Chicago: 2 dead, 31 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after chasing his wife and daughter down the street (Report)

That’s all … (The pandemic and the riots ate the rest …)

 

EDITORIAL:        CHAZ on STAGE

 

It may prove interesting to watch developments in Seattle’s new, six square block Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, an area the city has ceded to protesters since they burned the police station and moved into it during the recent riots. Most recently, two people have been shot there and the occupants apparently did not welcome the police. For the moment, some sort of commune seems to be taking shape.

Will the self-invited protesters who are now governing CHAZ produce a utopia that will show up the rest of the city or will they slink away some night, leaving their conquest worse than they found it? By seizing control instead of just trashing the place, they have put themselves on stage. They are taking a test: Will they succeed or fail?

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