Your bits and pieces of reality accumulated from the week:
Florida middle schoolers red peppered their teacher’s soda. (Will it be arsenic by high school?)
President Obama is dumping President Reagan’s restrictions on government snooping. (It’s different now, isn’t it?)
A 12 year old girl was criminally charged for emails using “threatening” enoji images. (Orwellian? Draconian? Or just nuts?)
The Wall Street Journal argued that ending the $100 bill is a bad thing; Larry Summers defended with some hysteria. (The Journal likes its readers; Larry prefers government and banks?)
Russia is massing troops in Armenia, on the Turkish border. (Silence in Washington …)
The FEC: Advancing Federal internet regulation by pretending not to do so.
The culture: An argument over a boy led to a 39 girl fight at a Pittsburg prep school. (Well, the role reversal should please the Left, shouldn’t it?)
China is now keeping its yuan at a four week low point, opening financial war after promising to avoid it.
Moscow: A woman wearing a burka walked the streets displaying the severed head of a child while screaming: “Allahu akbar!” (One of Allah’s missionaries …)
The White House is pushing an increase in refugees from Syria. (How to pay for it can wait …)
Food stamp use fails to reflect the low unemployment rate. (Seems odd, doesn’t it)
Venezuela blames a U.S. web site for its runaway inflation? (Well, it can’t be a failure of socialism, can it?)
Japan’s government is paid for borrowing money. (Negative interest rates are nuts, right?)
China will lay off 5 to 6 million workers? (Ghost jobs join the ghost cities …)
4 teens are charged with breaking into a high school, beating up a student and injuring a teacher. (Public education is Progressive … This would never have happened back when …)
Public buses eavesdrop on passengers’ private conversations.(And it’s business, not government … for now.)
Billboards are pursuing collection of data on passers-by via sensing their cellphones.
A Huntsville school is installing monitoring of student social media accounts, with punishments for disapproved posts. (Pretty soon, kids will understand obedience when they graduate.)
Movies and TV will present more nonwhites and females after the black Academy Awards show tantrum. One media company is hiring according to various minorities’ population percentages. (Competence/talent are secondary? Then so will be the product, right?)
Chicago: Poverty has risen and services are declining in black neighborhoods. (Uh, isn’t that supposed to happen first in wealthy neighborhoods, in places like Chicago?)
A family protested the presence of the wrong woman’s body in a casket viewing. (The complaint was discrimination, wasn’t it?)
Argentine beaches are awash in beetles. (Everywhere is being bugged these days.)
Credit Suisse warned that a new recession will cause collapse of the E.U. (Yeah, that seems to be what’s happening, but are we allowed to say so?)
“Hail, Caesar” is another Coen Brothers mini masterpiece, we hear. A take on the old, big studio era of Hollywood.
“Every day in every way, things are getting better and better.” Well, per the Federal Reserve. (And if you believe that …)
An American Airlines flight attendant set a plane’s bathroom afire in flight, then posed as a savior for dousing it. (The ‘hot stewardess’ goes trans)
A couple was arrested after entertaining a line of breakfast drive-through customers at a restaurant. By demonstrating sex through their car’s windows. (Hot meals …)
Migrants in Greece are to be handed envelopes of cash “to maintain their dignity.” (That should slow the flow, right?)
Brazil ‘s economy is setting a new record – for recession. (Never mind the rest of the world?)
The services industry has cut jobs for the first time in two years. (Recovery proceeds.)
Armed drones and military bots have: “limitless capacity for disaster.” (Somebody noticed?)
Cash hoarding has appeared in Japan and Switzerland in recognition of negative interest rates.
Turkey’s largest newspaper has been seized by the government, apparently for its pro-opposition stance. (Didn’t Turkey used to be a democracy?)
Canada’s Ontario is joining Finland, Switzerland and the Netherlands in considering “Basic Income” or providing all with a monthly check, no questions asked. (No, it’s never worked anywhere but ‘This Time Is Different.’)
Now, they’re pushing dumping algebra and calculus from public schools curricula. (Excellent; foreigners need jobs!)
“If voting mattered, they wouldn’t let you do it.” (Cynical, timely and thoughtworthy article in the reaction shaping up for Mr. Trump.)
And … That’s all, folks!