GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The U.S. economy: Reported inflation is understated significantly (Article) (Duh!)

The pandemic: Woman dragged from car, roughed up by police at COVID checkpoint (Report)

 California: Railroads overloaded by departing shippers? (Article)

The economy: City/State bailout at taxpayer expense is bad medicine (Article)

 Nigeria; Losing the North (Article)

The environment: Today’s wildfires result from President Clinton policy? (Report) (Not Trump?)

The economy: Huge lines at food bank (Article) (Wait ‘til after the election?)

 The pandemic: Pennsylvania Governor’s shutdown order ruled unconstitutional (Article)

Lancaster, PA: Rioters arrested, jailed with high bail in police shooting protest (Report)

Government: CDC  ignores presidential directive, pushes leftist race theory (Report)

More government: Mueller team possessed telephone it claimed was lst (Report)

Racism: Harvard, Yale challenged for anti-white/Asian bias? (Article)

Check status of your U.S. voter registration? (Article)

Education: Washington D.C. spends $30 k per student, 23% of 8th graders proficient in reading (Report)

The pandemic: Construction and nursing homes, not bars and restaurants breeding contagion? (Report)

Crime: Some interesting numbers from the U.S. northwest (Report)

The war on democracy: U.S. left organizing street riots for a Trump election? (Report)

Education: Compulsory public education overreaching into pupil’s homes? (Article)

The economy: Heavy, heavy Debt hangs over thy head … (Article) (Recommended)

Politics: Support for Black Lives Matter falling? (Article)

The economy: 1920 – The crash that cured itself (Article) (Recommended)

Governments Will Impose New Lockdowns If They Think They Can Get Away With It (Article) (Highly recommended)

Is the U.S. Replacing Turkey with Greece? (Article)

Chicago: 12 dead, 42 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

Naked women in the street could not be located by police (Report)

That’s all

EDITORIAL:         Replacing A Justice On The Supreme Court’s Left

                                As the Democrats and too many Republicans in the Senate wish to prevent Prez Trump from accomplishing anything, Senate approval of any appointee seems very unlikely ahead of the impending election. Reinforce that if the candidate is seen as a conservative.

                Note that the Court has been very neatly balanced for quite a while, with four liberals, four conservatives and one swing justice to weigh in on whichever side of a decision is desired by the mighty. Long attended to by Justice Kennedy, that task now appears to be in the hands of Chief Justice Roberts.

                The show will go on and a rare brawl it will be but Justice Ginsberg will not be replaced by a conservative before the election – nor likely after it, either, less a Republican Senate landslide.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Ca;ofprmoa: Expects rotating power outages om record heat wave (Report) (Being green can’t be cool)

Geopolitics: The old and new fracture lines of Europe (Article)

 Turkey: Tanks/Troops move to Greek border (Pursuing oil in Greek waters)

The Federal Reserve: Destroying the dollar in order to save it … (Article) (Recommended)

The war on elections: Surveillance camera shows huge piles of mail dumped in California parking lots (Article)

The pandemic: Lockdown is cover for greater government control? (Article)

Government: The Democrats are setting up a revolution? (Article)

Venezuela: Update (Article)

The pandemic: Were the lockdowns a mistake? (Article)

The economy: The stock market is detached from reality (Report) (Reflects the Fed instead?)

 The government: Proposes collection of more biometric information (Report)

Los Angeles: Schools to reopen after the elections? (Report)

Science: Astronomical dark matter theory misbehaves (Report)

Politicians: Ignore their own shutdown orders (Article)

U.S. budget deficit hits suicidal heights (Article)

U.S. Postal Service dumped batches of mail across Los Angeles? (Report)

California: Can’t pay its promised retirement (Article)

Mexico: Water treaty with U.S. raises unrest (Report)

The culture: University of Michigan providing racially segregated events? (Report)

Yellowstone: Earthquakes intensifying (Report) (Is the supercaldera waking up?)

Greek, Turkish ships playing chicken over Turkey’s oil grab (Report) European Union backs Greece (Article)

Australia: More police action against lockdown/mandatory vaccination protests (Article)

The climate: West’s fires not climate but bad environmental policies (Article) (The fires are routine; the accumulai9on of brush, isn’t)

Kenosha: City begs Federal aid after $50 M riot damage? (Report)

The culture: Greatest black disadvantage isn’t racism; it’s government deconstruction of black families? (Article)

China: Combining the COVID contact traces with the Social Credit citizen monitoring (Article)

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

A naked man was arrested after two shocks from a Taser (Report)

That is all

EDITORIAL: Governments Reflect Their Societies

                “I am their leader; I must follow them!” is famous more as political commentary than for its implicit humor. Societies generate governments appropriate to their behaviors, it is not the other way around. The independent, self-reliant, responsible attitude of the Post-Renaissance, Post-Reformation colonists who created the United States by their nature ceded as little to government as possible, remembering well that which they left behind.

                At the opposite extreme, a society of dependent, entitled and irresponsible citizens will naturally empower its government to expand into the resulting vacuum, supplying by force majeure the regulation otherwise lacking. And it is obviously axiomatic that individual liberty is inversely proportionate to the expansion of government. It is an eternal truth in human affairs that: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”

                The United States is more quietly, emulating the Chinese Social Credit system for monitoring and control of individual citizens, something that is inevitable under present circumstances. Normal human behavior requires it: Adults are independent; children only survive under guardians …

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The pandemic: Gaming reality for political purposes? (Report)

More pandemic: Study says lockdown endangers 10 times more lives than COVID? (Report)

The culture: Kenosha riot damage understated by media? (Article)

Still more pandemic: Forced testing, vaccinations etc. coming? (Report)

The pandemic: Among developed countries, only U.S. has not opened schools? (Report)

Politics: Black ex-franchisees sue McDonalds (Report)

The culture: Oregon official stops hearing to prevent police testimony on Antifa violence (Report)

The environment: Yellowstone super caldera is “pulsating”? (Report)

The U.S. economy: Food banks overwhelmed by pandemic unemployment? (Report)

More economy: United Airlines to cut 16,000 jobs (Report)

The culture: California legislature approved law protecting gay adults in sex with minors (Report)

Politics: A Black Lives Matter rioter arrested in Washington, DC was also at Kenosha and Portland riots? (Report)

International politics: U.S. sanctions International Court official alleging U.S. war crimes (Article)

The culture: Chicago’s gangs have agreed to shoot police who draw their weapons? (Article)

Daylight Saving Time: Experts denounce (Report) (Did it ever make sense?)

The war on elections: Voter fraud investigations under way (Article)

The Federal Reserve: Will pursue higher inflation (Article)

 Government: Taking up university style indoctrination?  (Article) (From Nobel Prizeeconomist) Trump orders halt (Report)

Serveillance: Police track cell phones at crime scenes (Report)

The riots: “You’re not allowed to film!” (Report)

Pilotless air commerce: A while yet (Article)

The economy: Pandemic shutdown costs loom (Article) (What, me worry?)

Dictionary: Updates definition of “female” with political correctness (Report)

Chicago: 10 dead, 45 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man with a syringe was arrested in a bathroom (Report)

And that’s enough.

EDITORIAL:         Politicized Racism and Reality

                                 Christian white people provided the world its industrial revolution; their descendants added the digital tech that is changing everything. Now, politicians want descendants of those white people repressed and punished because the process and its’ repercussions has not been conducted in the manner that said politicians now approve.

                In that vein, should not said politicians be punished because their predecessors did not mandate the currently demanded process?                 Of course, that is ridiculous, but no more so than black reparations, white privilege, mandatory critical race theory indoctrination or any other ex post facto racism directed against the authors of modernity while ignoring the generally more severe racist attitudes prevalent in the rest of the world.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

From a portion of the week:

The U.S. economy: American Airlines to cut 19,000 jobs in October? (Report)

More economy: The Federal Reserve will accelerate inflation? (Article) (Bienvenido a Venezuela)

The culture: Forcing progressive race theory onto government employers? (Article)

The pandemic: Austin shutdown prolonged with questionable data? (Report)

The pandemic: Testing debate continues (Report)

More pandemic: Tests are too sensitive? (Report)

The culture: Antifa rioter shoots pro-Trumper dead? (Report)

Chicago: 4 dead, over 60 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after being seen in bushes (Report)

And that is all …

EDITORIAL: A Simple Question On U.S. Racism

                                Why, if racism is an evil to be extirpated root and branch, are always whites but never blacks nor Hispanics accused? Isn’t that racist?

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From the week:

The pandemic: A successful treatment found? (Report) (But is it politically correct?)

More pandemic: Evidence now supports use of controversial drug? (Report)

Still more pandemic: Financial reality looms through short term government aid (Article) (Beyond the election is scary)

Immigration: U.S. Southern border illegals booming again (Report)

Corruption: FBI arrested Puerto Rico legislator (Report)

Politics: U.S. Postal Service filed a patent application for a voting system (Report)

The U.S. ecoomy: mortgage delinquencies ominous (Article)

More economy: Corporate debt coming loose from reality (Article)

Air Travel: Down 85% from year ago (Report)

The culture:: The war on property proceeds  into Congress(Article)

Mozambique: Malignancy sets in (Article)

North Korea: Kim Losing power to his sister? (Report)

The culture: U.S. marriage data becoming threatening (Report)

California: Uber/Lyft forced out of state by legislation (Report)

Lebanon: Beirut harbor explosion result of Hezbollah munitions from Iran? (Report)

Corruption: New Jersey judge orders repeat of election marred by fraud (Report)

More corruption: More on CIA/FBI anti-Trump election misbehavior (Article)

Chicago: 5 dead, 59 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after breakeing into a home, attempting rape (Report)

 EDITORIAL:        Ruminating Upon The Election

                                About all that we are presently allowed to consider here in the U.S. appears to be the presidency and thee pandemic, both seemingly a bit overblown. We are provided daily totals of COVID deaths that are large numbers but we never receive daily totals of all deaths for comparison. Where you have over 300 million people, daily deaths have to be a pretty impressive total. Perhaps it is not provided because it would make the COVID numbers less impressive? And if the pandemic is bad; we are encouraged to believe that the Trump presidency is worse. The U.S. news media have evolved into industrialized Chicken Littles. As for the respective campaigns, we have to wonder whether Biden will ever speak up and whether Trump will ever shut up. Neither seems any more imminent than the end of the pandemic quarantine that is putting paid to the economy.

                                All of this is capped by the idea of an election by mail, brought to us upon short notice by a Postal Service that we all know and love – and endlessly subject to curses and jokes. Who can know the identity of anyone who sends or receives a ballot? How can anyone distinguish between an authorized and a counterfeit ballot? Overseas U.S. military have been sent ballots too late or not at all; ballots have disappeared from the mail. No one with a brain sends cash in the mail but we should rely upon it to, after six weeks’ notice, select our presidente? That a major U.S. political party has even suggested such a procedure should scare the hell out of us..

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Corruption: Austin, TX metro trains run empty to secure Federal dollars? (Report)

The economy: What’s coming after the election, when the delinquent debt/credit roars back? (Article)

The culture: New York legislature asked to require 500 hours of training for a shampoo assistant (Report)

The pandemic: Swiss Policy Research presents facts? (Report)

Settle: The police have awakening friends? (Report)

San Andreas Fault: Warning – possible quake precursors (Report)

California: Bubbling bullet train boondoggle (Report) (When everything is politicized)

Virgiia: Half million absentee ballot applications sent? (Report)

Power outages massive, lengthy under northeast storm; politicians pounce (Report)

Seattle: Riots, looting continue (Report)

Chicago: Rioting, looting continue (Report)

California: Has wiped out Uber’s business model; Uber to flee? (Article)

The economy: Food and healthcare inflating (Article)

Healthcare: Continues going virtual (Report)

Government: State Dept guts Trump’s curbs n foreign workers? (Report)

The Federal Reserve: Monetizing the debt: Politicization swallows the Fed? (Article)

The government: Fed Sandia lab puts white males through course to deconstruct their white male culture? (Report)

The culture: California law to allow preferential treatment for blacks, Hispanics? (Report)

Energy: Rolling blackouts reflect California’s electrical inadequacy in heat wave (Report)

Healthcare: Some of the costly scams we fund (Article

U.S. seizes Iranian oil headed for Venezuela (Report)

Politics: Trump vs Pavlov: A social experiment (Article) (Recommended)

Chicago: 4 dead, 35 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested on burglary, battery charges (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         The Pretend Economy Dies Post Election                                 The 32 million unemployment filings triggered by the pandemic also represent much lost business income and lost government tax revenue. The cornucopia of government payments and loans showered upon the economy is borrowed money that must be repaid with interest by the recipients and their descendants. Meantime, the government must borrow more to continue operating until the borrowings are repaid. All the student loans, credit card debt, auto loans and mortgages that have been put on hold during the pandemic lockdown will come due again, too. The end of the pandemic emergency provisions that have dammed up all the delinquencies and delayed repayment until after the coming presidential election will drop into our economic punchbowl.  What should we expect from some Monday morning post election, when financial let’s pretend comes face to face with reality?

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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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