Our weekly accumulation:
Turkey jailed 62 students 14-17 yrs for treason after failed coup. Families excluded from prison. Amnesty International claims thousands of coup prisoners are severely mistreated. Turkey canceled 50,000 passports. Democratic Turkey’s demise: Kemal Ataturk’s dream collapses back into Islamic darkness. Anti-US demonstrations have begun at Incirlik air base, used by the US Air Force as a nuke storage facility.
Kenya: Government released Barack Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate. (Report)
U.S. Army training is reported returning to traditional war combat methods while reducing emphasis on dealing with terrorists. (Hmnn …)
Iran: How military tech advances in spite of Western anti-nuke sanctions. (Duh!)
New Federal rules eliminate junk food from schools. (Why not eliminate junk educations?)
Russia joins China in belligerence against neighbors and the West. (Report) (Guess things at home aren’t doing too well …)
Japan: The central bank feels political pressure to precede the Federal Reserve into more extreme forms of “stimulus” money printing in search of inflation. (Follow the Roadrunner off the cliff….)
China has banned internet news reporting. (If that works, wanna bet on who else follows?)
The culture: A flash mob of some 25 teens stripped a convenience store’s shelves ad fled.
The culture: A dead body was found in the water where Olympic swimmers will compete.
A British judge called for an internet court without lawyers to lower costs. (Will lawyers now advertise for an assassin?)
The economy: U.S. home ownership is at the lowest rate since the 1960s. .(Ain’t recovery great?)
Why it’s too late for politics to matter. (Short, clear article)
Trump supports a $10 minimum wage. (Report) (Where’s he gonna get the $?)
A skydiver plans a high altitude jump without a parachute. (Hmnn … like US voters in November?)
Purchased consumer drones in use dropping jihadi bombs. (Best look up now and then, while watching for open manholes.))
A breakthrough solar cell captures CO2, uses sunlight to make burnable fuel. (A potential giant if it escapes the lab.)
Report: Hillary Clinton’s 2009 Senate campaign co-manager was Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Democratic National Committee boss was Tim Kaine. (The more we change …)
Venezuela will now pursue its socialist utopia via forced labor.
Water: No headlines, but no less a Middle East factor than oil. (Report)
NSA is hacking Russia; Russia and China are hacking the U.S. and actually, nearly everybody is hacking nearly everybody if they can. (The internet killed privacy, get used to it.)
Russian biowarfare troops were rushed to Siberia in response to a reported “infection” outbreak, possibly anthrax. (Oops?)
A naked man was arrested after running through a Texas neighborhood carrying a child, trying to borrow a cell phone and entering a home.
With that, we give up for now.