GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannAnother week’s selections; about all we could stand …

The U.S. government: FEMA has barred Texas churches from Federal disaster relief? (Report)

The culture: Sexbots replace prostitutes; robots replace soldiers – Do we really need people, anymore? (Reports) (Well, somebody’s gotta pay for it all …)

The economy: Nordstrom is opening a smaller store, one without stock but offering a few service where goods will be ordered online.(Report) (Hmnn … we recall when Sears and Penney tried catalog stores)

Food: Now we hear that red meat/poultry may raise diabetes risk (Report) (Well, we know that NOT eating will kill us… Guess we’re all just gonna die)

The political culture: A Nobel Laureate economist writes on the substitution of propaganda for news illustrated in the “Russian election interference” nonsense. (Article)

The economy: After the hurricanes pass, America can’t afford to rebuild (Article) (We’ve already replaced our wealth with debt)

California corruption: U.S. taxpayers were stuck again for a costly state water project promised by politicians as free of taxpayer obligation (Report)

Brazil: Corruption amidst the anti-corruption? Lenient plea deals becoming odorous? (Report)

Idaho quake swarm is continuing; no mentions of possible connection to the Yellowstone caldera (Report)

Montenegro: Real, not fake Russian meddling unravels (Report)

A war on cars? Government seems to push self-driving tech fast (Report)

The economy: Simple, detailed explanation of ongoing federal financial mismanagement (Article)

Venezuela: Dactorship settles in (Article)

Satellites have been shrinking, proliferating and going up cheaper (Article)

The dulture: Sweden has begun use of implanted microchips to replace credit cards and train tickets? (Report)  (And they’re phasing out cash …)

The climate: Canadian government has been investigating climate change skeptics (Report) (First, the Inquisition, then burnings at the stake, right?)

The economy: Anaheim, CA declared an emergency to initiate a delayed reaction to its homeless burden. (Report)

Spain: Catalonia secession is heating up as a vote nears (Report)

The economy: Are more elder Americans “slipping into poverty”? (Report)

Venezuela: Russia and China are propping up the financially collapsing new dictator?  (Report)

Healthcare: The Senate is writing a bill “to stabilize the insurance market” (Report) (Actually it subsidizes insurers and sets healthcare pricing)

Politics: Is it time for a new political party? (Short article)

Science: New 3D printed structures start to fold themselves into final form as they are peeled from their printing substrate. (Report)

More science: Arrival of quantum computing seems likely to invalidate all current computer security encryption (Report)

Tech/Politics: Are the Feds pushing self-driving vehicles faster than the states wis? (Report)

The economy: Spendthrift politicians, oblivious voters and the debt threat (Article)

North Korea: Update (Article)

The government: A CIA whistleblower warns of that lurking in the shadowy depths of U.S. government (Article)

Technology: The unsolved puzzle of breathable air for high flying military pilots (Article)

Chicago: 5 dead, 31 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested at Wal-Mart riding a shopping cart  (Report)

If we ever meet aliens, will they be as silly as we?

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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