GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannAnother week’s worth:

The culture: Is Google working with liberal political groups to eliminate conservative web sites? (Article) Tech censorship is drawing criticism from within the industry (Report)

The war on cash: Visa and Master Card are both pushing abandonment of cash, leaving us only with government-accessible electronic payments tied to banks. Visa offers rewards to merchants who refuse cash. (Article) (We can run, but we can’t hide …)

The economy: How will millennials and gen X support all the retiring baby  boomers while repaying the government’s debts? (Article) (Economic reality made simple without political nonsense)

Iraq: Playing coy between Saudi Arabia and Iran? (Article)

The media: CNN demonizes mainstream conservatives along with Alt Right hate groups? (Report)

The (secret) economy: “It’s time to audit the Federal Reserve” – Senator Rand Paul (Report) (No, Senator – It’s way past time!)

The very quiet scandal re Democrat Congressfolk’s leakage of classified data via their chosen computer guru is still expanding, quietly (Report) (Now if it had been Trump’s data …)

Electronic Black Ops? Another U.S. Navy ship collision in    Asia  Another U.S. Predator drone crashed in Turkey  Black Sea ships report that GPS is suddenly unreliable  (Report)  Suspicion of electronic hacking appears (Article)

Science: Manufacturing and trade existed in Viet Nam 2,000 years before Christ? (Report)

The politics: Thousands of “protestors” squelch a free speech rally in Boston (Report) (Only the Left is allowed large public displays?) (Some media couldn’t differentiate between free speech and white supremacy)

That “coming cultural civil war”  is a political game; we’re being played? (Article)

Afghanistan: Prez Trump will beef up U.S. expenditure of lives and borrowed dollars for no ascertainable gain. (Report) (Just like his predecessors) More for the Afghan military at U.S. expense (Article) And there are already some 3,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than previously acknowledged. (Report)

Science: Researchers have controlled a mouse’s movements by signaling its brain (Report)

Charlottesville was a se up, scripted political theater? (Report)

 The culture: Google has been secretly monitoring/recording smartphone users when they have been near their devices? (Report) (We’re never aloe anymore)

North Korea: Update (Article)

The economy: Several Wall Street banks are predicting a downturn in the business cycle. (Report) (Predicting rain from an oncoming hurricane….)

The culture: Modern life is making everyone constipated? (Report)

Science: Medical diagnoses from handling paper? (Report)

Philippines/China: Update  (Article) (China’s muscling into the South China Sea continues)

Cuba: U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana have been subtly and not so subtly harassed and attacked? (Report)

Retail: Wal-Mart and Google have partnered to provide voice-based electronic shopping. (Report)

The economy: A simple explanation of the conflict between Trump and the globalist business/banking interests. (Article)

The economy: 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck (Per CBS News) (Report) (Wonder how they know … But we can believe that life isn’t improving for a lot of people.)

The climate: Actual temperature data graph shows cooling; then N.O.A.A. ‘adjusted’ data shows warming? (Report) (Who you gonna trust, me or your lying thermometer?)

Myanmar (Burma): Update (Article)

The culture: Canada has introduced “X” as a third sex for passports. (Report) (Politics trumps biology)

Science: Trigonometry was used by Babylonians 1,ooo years before the ancient Greeks (Report)

The economy: Capital exiting the U.S. is a “paradox”? (Article) (More a flight from inflated values toward delusional safety?)

Libya: Update and review of Africa-to-Europe migration (Article)

Turkey: Updat on President Erdogan’s rising opposition (Report)

The politics: Organized Right/Left thugs are maneuvering for advantage in San Francisco street politics. (Report) (We know who’s funding the Left; who’s funding the Right?)

Congress approved warrantless searches of private property. (Article) (Yes, that’s unconstitutional, so what)

The politics: President Trump slammed GOP leaders for the debt ceiling mess. (Report) (Trump, who wats lower taxes, greater military spending and billions spent on infrastructure, is redefining chutzpah)

Chicago:  9 deadm 54 wounded in weekend shootings. (Report)

And somehow, everybody seems to have kept their clothes on …

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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