Gleanings From The Passing Scene … (Politically Uncorrected)

Alfred_E__NeumannAnother week passed; we leave you the Major Media for the Santa Barbara mass murder nutcase except to note: We’ve long had guns and nutcases; regular mass murders by same are a new wrinkle … We wonder whether the wonderful new “Let it all hang out” culture now replacing repressive old Christianity may not have something to do with it?

Buenos Aires is being overwhelmed by crime and now an outbreak of lynchings. The economy is failing under rampant inflation … As socialism fails there yet again. Slow learners repeating the course …Meanwhile, Florida Congressman Joe Garcia (D) said: “We have proved that Communism works!”

Foreign technical workers imported with special visas from the State Department now outnumber the available jobs for which they are being imported, thus reducing both the numbers of unemployed Americans’ opportunities and holding wages down. A wee bit more government help and we’re toast! Toward which, the Department of Labor wants to increase the numbers of imported foreign workers …

A Chicago High School principal told the students to leave campus quickly and not hang around after 6 shootings in the neighborhood over 48 hours.

An 85 ft, brand new yacht was launched and sank at its launching. We have no appropriate comment for this.

More than 10,000 toddlers are being medicated today for ADHD. These were just antsy kids back when their then, stay-at-home moms were caring for them …

An outdoor nerf gun fight among six teens was broken up by police arresting the players on nuisance charges after terrified neighbors called in their fears, being unable to recognize the brightly-colored, bulky plastic toy guns. We’re expecting someone to be arrested for carrying a wrapped. large salami in Chicago …

A middle School has canceled its scholastic honors night; it was seen as too divisive.

521,725 hours were spent by IRS workers on union work; that cost taxpayers $23.5 million.

While they may not catch many terrorists, airport security folk nailed a smuggler for attempting to import birds’ eggs in his underwear.  We are not sure whether or not the man was wearing the underwear at the time …

The Federal Dept of Agriculture has warned of accelerating food prices again; now, only the government claims inflation is nominal. If this sounds contradictory, it is only because you fail to appreciate that food price increases aren’t inflation; the government has so decreed. Right, and we are awaiting the scene with Prez Obama commanding the waves to stop coming to shore …

Portland (OR) warned users citywide to boil water before drinking it; the city’s water system was testing positive for E. Coli bacteria. Very interesting … Wasn’t that sort of thing once limited to Europe and Mexico and such places? Could there be a message in there somewhere?

Russia and China negotiated the use of more of their own currencies for international payments. That, for folks that ignore money games, is a declaration of war on the dollar. (You might Google: “Great Depression, Smoot-Hawley Tariff) in the declining world economy.  If you are wondering what’s coming, reprise the 1930’s for a rough indication.

If you want expertise on what’s coming, here’s Federal Reserve Philadelphia President Prosser to explain, along with economist John Williams on how the dollar will be increasingly attacked as the economy declines (and why that’s important).

A new record: 10,996,446 M Americans are now collecting disability benefits. 

There are two landmark tech breakthroughs from scientists: First, it is now proven that light can be converted into matter. Which says they are fundamentally the same, which is highly important to be sure of. Physicists are excited; you will be, later. And of more immediate interest, it is becoming possible to transmit power to small devices inside the body. This will be a Big Medical Deal.

An 8 month pregnant mother of a 20 month toddler is imprisoned with her child in Sudan, chained and condemned to death upon the birth of her child, for refusing to recant her Christian faith. The toddler is an American citizen, as is the woman’s husband.

Finally, the denouement you’ve been awaiting: A naked man dove through a sunroof into a car stopped at an intersection and attacked the female driver.

And so passes another 7-day, spread before you; we hope that you found something to your taste …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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7 Responses to Gleanings From The Passing Scene … (Politically Uncorrected)

  1. Your news highlights from around the world, ever so much better than the BBC whose news of the day’s main story is a relative of the Queen picking his/her nose (their own you irreverent b) followed by some new riveting observations about babies – reminded me of my obsession with “ALice in Wonderland” .As a small child I demanded that my Mum read it to me over and over until she got fed up and taught me to read, then the week after was reading Dostoyevsky. But I thought “Alice in Wonderland” was fantasy and wit and satire. Not for a moment did I think it was reality. Then I grew up.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Deacon Dodgson seems to me, the most underrated of his little group of sc-fi/fantasy luminaries. And everyone who has read “Alice” as a child, should read it again, along with “Through the Looking Glass” as an adult. After studying a bit of political history of England …
      I started reading at 3 and have never succeeded in growing up …

  2. Now you mention it I am not sure what “grown up” means either.

  3. I must have been reading young too. I started school at 4 and I could read then. I didn’t take to school. I figured it was a trick to get work out of children so when the teacher offered me the reading book I refused saying I would tear it up. A complete lie as I had been taught to treat books with the utmost reverence. But I had also figured the teacher didn’t know that and children were batty. I don’t know how long I got away with it but my Mum became increasingly concerned that I hadn’t brought any books home. When she asked why, I told her honestly, because they hadn’t given me any. One day at school to my horror I saw her walking up the corridor to my classroom. That wasn’t fair! Parents belonged at home and teachers belonged in school, and they were supposed to stay there. Separate. So she brought my reading book home. The next day I read it to the end, which wasn’t difficult. I think the longest sentence was “spotty dog”. And as I predicted, they gave me another. It took me 10 years to get to Dostoyevsky, but I preferred Gogol’s “Dead Souls”.

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