Gleanngs From The Passing Scene … (Politically Uncorrected)

Alfred_E__NeumannA week’s worth of truths, trumpery and trash; you decide.

Televised sports events have become too expensive for even major advertisers. Unlike government and its police, businesses cannot compel payment of a demanded price. We think that those interested in economics, will find something of interest here …

The American Physics Society is uncomfortable with its present stance re ‘climate change.’ It has assigned a committee to consider what should be its position. To us, it seems a case of buyer’s remorse but we admit considerable cynicism where big government spending is involved.

Wisconsin’s union-bashing Governor Scott Walker is sitting on a $977 million budget surplus. He plans using that to reduce the state’s property and sales taxes. Not, (cough, cough) to increase state spending on minorities, though they will surely benefit too.

Police departments most everywhere are (quietly) acquiring Stingray. That is a suitcase-sized equivalent of a cell phone tower. Apparently (nobody is telling right now) it allows the cops to monitor your texts and phone calls. Just think, you may have your very own little NSA in your city or hamlet. We suspect that the privacy folks riding the NSA revelations are way too late for the party.

A fuss is underway re: Has China reached its “Minsky Moment?” Which is to ask, has the Chinese economy finally reached the point of collapse? Given that the Chinese Communists still run the government, though sans communism these days, the answer must be: “Yes!” All that enormous corruption and mismanagement has been accumulating for a long time. And all of China’s customers are in trouble and cutting back. Even today, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

A recent egghead study has concluded that public schools are full of inequality, racially based. Black students for instance, are three times more likely to be suspended for misbehavior. Horrors! Suggest that black students misbehave three times more often than others and you are an automatic racist. Unfortunately, that is in fact the case, and the U.S. prisons reinforce it for adults. So long as we insist on treating symptoms rather than diseases, we’ll have the diseases, seems to us.

Someone has finally notice: After the 2008 financial collapse, brought on by too many mortgages to too many with poor credit, our government took over the mortgage funders Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac … and continued providing too many mortgages to too many with poor credit. So the next crisis is predicted to repeat the last one.  Slow learners.

A public schools’ union contract provides hiring preferences to non-Christians.

A Texas middle school principal is losing her job for telling students to speak English, not Spanish, while on campus.

Ukraine’s problems are escalating wheat prices … Ukraine used to be called the “Bread basket of Europe.” We guess that it’s now: “Putins’s dipping toast.”

A full police assault team raided a home in which some curbside tree trimmers reported a gun-toting thug. Turned out, the gun was tattooed on the homeowner’s stomach.

John Podhoretz informs us that TV has been taken over by white trash. What, is the man some sort of racist?

A California board has agreed to compensat14 “sex workers” (prostitutes) for rapes. We guess that some customers ah, ‘stiffed’ them — financially, that is. So California is once more, pioneering new law: you can now rape a prostitute. Well, but the law will make you pay for it now … So is Governor Moonbeam now subsidizing prostitution at taxpayer expense?

The White House pastry chef resigned; he can’t work for someone who demonizes sugar, cream, butter and eggs. Hmnn … here, Mrs. O, have a sugarless, butterless, creamles and eggless cookie! We think we see his problem.

The rash of suicides among the world’s high-ranking financial folk continues. Funny; we recall hearing the same story with respect to the 1930’s. The favorite exit then was famously, jumping out of high-rise windows. Probably too polluting for today, though.

A creep was arrested when he became stuck under a partition in a women’s restroom at a McDonald’s.

The U.S. military reported 12,000 male sexual assaults on women … and 14,000 on men. And these folk want more openly gay and transsexual soldiers? Really?

We haven’t believed U.S. government unemployment and inflation reports for a while now; it seems that we can’t believe U.S. Treasury reports on T-Bonds, either. We guess that’s not so bad though, so long as we know we can keep our doctor …

A NASA funded study said our society is headed toward collapse, from inequality and a shortage of natural resources. The investigators appear not to have noticed overspending and environmentalists blocking use of natural resources. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, right?

A new drone can hang overhead and listen and read your cell phone or tablet. Well, we’ve told you of it …

An obviously thoughtful man walked into an emergency room waiting area to shoot himself. The hospital immediately called an ambulance to transport him to another hospital. The best-laid plans of mice and men …

And finally, there’s a hit-and-run alert out for an Amish buggy…

Thus another weeks’ accumulation of truth, trivia and trash for you to classify as you will. We hope that you find something to remember.  

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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