This week’s selections:
The speed of light: Not a constant after all? Now questioned and an experiment is available. (When we can’t believe the news, why believe the physicists?)
Egypt: Archeologists announced discovery of a previously lost, 7,000 year old city. (We’ll bet the politicians were crooked then, too.)
Chicago: 9 dead, 61 shot over Thanksgiving weekend.
Significance of the E.U.’s Uber case (Article) (How to suppress economic progress with politics …)
Will California plug its leaking pensions?
California is regulating cow farts – really!
Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer demanded that the Republican governor of North Carolina stop his recount, though the margin is closer than the states where the Democrats are demanding recounts.
The culture: Two Los Angeles (black) women arguing over a parking space used their SUV’s to turn the parking lot into a demolition derby, repeatedly bashing their cars against each other. (If you’re not surprised that they were black, you’re a racist, right?)
Auto loan delinquencies are scaring some folk now at six million. (Report)
How Asians rose in America – while blacks bottomed out. ((Opinion)
Watching a virus adapt itself to new conditions in plain sight … claimed as speciation
Rats use tools too …(Critters are smarter than we wish to admit)
Univ. of Calif. President Napolitano ordered campus police not to enforce immigration law.
China: Update (Long article)
Venezuela: Hyperinflation has arrived. (Report and chart)
U.S. Treasury Bonds: Becoming harder to sell? (Is financing with debt becoming riskier?)
India: The war on cash proves troublesome? (Report)
China is imposing limits on Yuan outflows for the first time in two decades. (Rich Chinese getting scared?)
Caterpillar: Cutbacks coming; (Trump’s infrastructure construction promise doesn’t impress?)
New record 95,055,000 are not in the labor force. (Report) (Hmmm … Reinventing the housewife?)
U.S. Navy’s newest ships are a costly failure? (Report) (Politics plus corruption ain’t cheap nor useful)
U.S./German spy agencies conspire together to avoid their own governments’ controls? (Report) (Ask Snowden)
The culture: A New York City subway seat dispute cost one man part of his ear and he and another man beatings and a pepper spraying. (Well, nobody was shot … this time.)
Sex robots are being touted to allow kinky couple threesomes without jealousy….
Moslem terrorism: World Update (Article)
Fewer than 200 recent Federal regulations have added over $100 billion in regulatory costs since 2009; the bureaucracy is now more powerful than Congress. (Article) (And a lot less responsive, too)
The future of Capitalism – if it has one. (Article)
Will Italy follow Greece down, then out? (Article: Italy’s weekend referendum)
Antarctic 1901 expedition logbooks deny changes in Antarctic sea ice claimed by global warming advocates. (Report)
Hawaii Weather warning: “Icy and dangerous conditions” (Report) (Not joking)
A $6.1 B military spending bill easily passed in the House, rebuffing Obamafolk attempts to make cuts. (Report) (As usual, none worried where the money will be found)
High school students made a new, $750/pill drug for $2/pill in Australia. (Report)
New York City’s current traffic nightmare is deliberate; the city wants folk to use bikes and subways. (Report)
Indonesia: Some 200,000 Moslems protested their Christian governor’s alleged blasphemy – he criticized claims that Moslems could not have a non-Moslem leader. (Report) Well, beats beating him to death as happens in other parts of Islam.)
A naked news channel in Canada provides its reports and interviews via entirely unclothed women…. (Report)
Trump’s Carrier deal was “crony capitalism” per Sarah Palin. (Good politics, lousy economics – make the taxpayers pay for keeping U.S. jobs as a high cost producer.)
A topless driver crashed into a police car while sending selfies to her boyfriend.
And thus it was, as we saw it …