GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannThe economy: Trump’s tax reform is a pipe dream;  stocks will drop 45% – 70% (David Stockman, President Reagan’s Budget Director) (he’s right, you know – next time we see a crash)

The culture: An art festival plans to erect a 45 foot statue of a naked woman on the national mall  (Report) (Seems somehow appropriate, these days …)

Corruption: “The rise of the $5 M corporate campus” (Article) (Crony capitalists bloat as the middle class shrinks)

The culture: Advertisers are censoring right wing internet political expression (Report) (Well, it’s their money …)

More culture: A woman was beaten after asking teens to quiet in a theater. (Report)

The economy: Simple, detailed explanation of the oncoming retirement trainwreck worldwide (Article) (See? It ain’t only the debt that we need to sweat)

Saudi Arabia: Update Some behind-the-scenes reality (Article)

The economy: To increase U.S. productivity, get off your damn phone and work (Article) (Better, rip government controls off the economy, seems to us. Phone time is a symptom, not a cause)

Healthcare: How government holds back/speeds up medical progress (Article)

Government: The U.S. Senate is rushing driverless cars onto the roads? (Report) (Why?)

Corruption: Legal guardianship has evolved into an industry that is fleecing the elderly (Article)

The economy: A new Shake Shack location is replacing workers with robots (Report) 9But they still push for a $15 minimum wage, right?)

More economy: Connecticut follows Puerto Rico into financial failure (Report) (Who’s next?)

The climate: Snow records being broken in Montana (Report)

The U.K: Looking at government-disapproved internet content is being criminalized (Report) (Censorship following Murphy’s Law)

France: Legislators are expected to arm government with powers to arrest citizens, search homes and ban public gatherings without court involvement (Report) (Only to protect citizens, naturally)

Israel: Update (Article)

Social Security numbers need replacement by safer ID methods (Report)

Puerto Rico: Prez Trump said that the islands’ debt must be wiped out (Report) (Did he say who would bear the resulting losses?) (Taxpayers at risk)

The economy: A simple, lucid explanation of the ticking time bomb booby trapping America’s public pensions. (Article)

Spain: Catalonia plans to declare independence from Spain next Monday (Article) (Spanish and E.U. reactions both seem likely to disclose unpleasant realities)

Obamacare: Prices may rise up to 50% next year (Report) (Politicians versus reality …)

Politics: Anti-Trump “resistance” is funded by Soros, Kellogg and Ford among others (Report)

The economy: Over $30 B will be sent to Mexico by its emigrants working in the U.S. (Report)

Immigration: A GOP House bill would import 1 million low wage foreign food service workers. (Report)

More immigration: Democrats promote 1 million or more Puerto Rican hurricane refugees to move to Florida and other swing states. (Report) (Puerto Ricans vote Democratic)

The culture: The “knockout game” appeared in Texas as a victim was hit from behind by a stranger (Report)

The earthquake swarm at the Yellowstong supervolcano continues toward a record (Report)

Amazon is testing a new delivery service to rival Fedex and UPS (Report)

Will Trump dump the Iran nuclear deal over Iran’s refusal to allow inspections? (Article)

North Korea: Becomes Russia’s pit bull again as China backs away (Article)

The economy: Real inflation versus government-‘adjusted’ inflation reports simply explained (Article) (Real U.S. inflation seems 7% – 10$ annually)

Yemen: Update (Article)

The culture: Canadian doctors helped 2,000 people suicide in a year. (Report) A woman was arrested for stomping upon and kicking a small dog. (Report)

More culture: Failing to use a preferred gender pronoun or name can now result in up to $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail in California nursing homes (Report)

Stil more culture: The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics was caught faking reported data (Article) (Well, we know we can’t believe politicians, the media and even Pope Francis, per some of his cardinals …)

Chicago: 5 dead, 30 wounded in weekend shootings. (Report)

A naked Arizona woman was arrested for trying to stab a fire captain while she was cooking a cat (Report)

And that’s as much as we could stand this week …

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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