GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

Alfred_E__NeumannFrom the recent week; consume at your own risk:

A Google robot reveals the future of manual labor? (Only until humans become cheaper than robots.)

TV shows are trying to stay alive by trashing standards. (Sex sells.)

The FBI has waned of a cyberattack on the U.S. electric grid. (Murphy’s Law)

A naked burglar sneaked into a home to do laundry. (Then, a clean getaway?)

A high school student  (black) arrested for a cafeteria fistfight has 102 prior disciplinary referrals.

The Feds have set up a new housing collapse similar to 2008. (Obama is blamed, but it began with Clinton and remained uncorrected under Bush.)

China: Hoping to unload industrial overcapacity upon the rest of the world. (Like Saudi oil prices?) China (financial) death watchers are gathering. (As yet, no government has ever successfully managed an economy long term.)

Oil producers are meeting Sunday in Doha to “discuss a production freeze” but predictions seem risky. (Low oil prices hurt Iran, Russia and Venezuela but the Saudis want a lid on North American fracking.)

The Saudis also want a lid on a current Congressional bill throwing light toward a possible Saudi connection with the 9/11 World Trade Center attack; they are threatening a selloff of their massive holdings of U.S. debt in reaction.

Austria announced that a failing bank’s senior creditors will see 54% of their investment confiscated. (It begins.)

The “Recovery” is an illusion. (Call it “economic warming?”)

Negative interest rates are infecting Europe like Zika is infecting the U.S.

Education:  Your money spent   vs. your kids’ results in the government’s schools.  (And it never changes.)

An American political prisoner: A man sitting silent and quiet was manhandled, arrested, charged and jailed because he had an “Anonymous” mask on top of his head.

Some Political pundits ‘ appear to be for sale. (We’re shocked.)

U.S. tax collections are setting records, but deficits continue. President Obama has collected $18 trillion in taxes and set the nation $9 trillion further into debt since his inauguration. (He spends; who pays?)

Higher wages, higher profits and steady inflation can’t coexist: Doing the math. (Article)

‘Protesters’ are ramping up the demand for a $15 hr. minimum wage and unionized workplaces. (Burger robot makes 350 burgers per hour.)

2016: The year Americans saw that their elections are rigged. (Article) Retired Congressman Ron Paul said that U.S. elections exist only to pacify the public. (Who counts the votes?)

The migrant invasion no one’s mentioning – resistant bedbugs.

Deutsche Bank admitted that it was a gold price manipulator. (Silver too, we hear.)

Microsoft has sued the Obama Administration, contesting its demands for secret access to citizens’ and businesses’ private information.

The Culture: Teachers flocked to a ‘White Privilege” conference in thousands. (Wonder how they’re doing at math, science and English conferences?)

Obamacare: Losses are unsustainable, insurers have warned.

The Climate: Al Gore joined New York’s Attorney General looking for prosecution of climate change deniers.

Uber and Lyft drivers in California are stretched between competing legal status as employees versus independent contractors….  (The first way, the employers will owe drivers withholding taxes; the second, drivers will owe cities for business licenses.)

The new recession:  New statistics reinforce the U.S. decline.

Ted Cruz predicted a stock crash and dissed the Fed for it.(If he keeps it up, he might resurrect the traditional GO)

The U.S. Army approved the first 22 women to be infantry officers. (When an enemy attacks, will the government fund their sexual harassment lawsuit?(

The majority of American public school students have been non-white since 2014.(So whites will now receive minority status and protections, right?)

A major brood of 17 year cicadas is due to hatch shortly in the Northeast, inundating the unpaved ground in millions of bugs. (No, they’re not really locusts.)

The Culture: A ‘smart vibrator’ promises improved orgasms and may advise on foreplay…. (To be sold in school supplies?)

That’s all for the week; we couldn’t stand any more …

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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2 Responses to GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

  1. “The FBI has waned of a cyberattack on the U.S. electric grid.”

    I assume you mean warned? Because the Men In Black don’t seem to have waned at all. Unless perhaps there was already a cyber attack that caused the FBI to wane?

    I’m just given you a hard time. It’s my job. Also, I really enjoy these “Gleanings” from the news.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost;” for want of an “r” the warning waned, wanly. Letters often dissolve somehow between my keyboard and screen. Ah, well …we shall persevere!

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