GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannItems that escaped the passing week:

Government: Why are purely administrative federal departments buying so many guns? (Article)

The U.S. Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired pilots? (Article) (Why?)

Iraq: The U.S. demanded that Iranian militias leave with the defeat of ISIS (Article)

Italy: The two wealthiest regions will vote on demanding looser ties to Rome (Article) (It ain’t just Spanish Catalonia?)

Government corruption polls as U.S. citizens no. 1 fear? (Article) (Is reality settling in?)

Trump cutback on forcing oil refiners to add alcohol to gasoline seems unlikely; too much GOP money from corn farmers (Report)

Venezuela: Is not paying some of its oil production bills (Report)

Science: Successful, controlled weight loss is resulting from a new drug under development for diabetes (Report) (Finally help for obesity ..?)

More Science: New, transparent  solar energy collection films that can be layered over window glass without disturbing the view are promising a more sun powered future (Report)

Still More Science: A liquid metal/thin film breakthrough seems headed toward revising chemistry and electronics too (Report)

More Science Yet: A means for optical processing with silicon chips is on tap (Report) (Another breakthrough)

The economy: Documents the ongoing reversion of the middle class toward the historically preponderant proletariat (Article)  (But doesn’t explain government involvement)

China/U,.S: A real life international thriller set against corrupt governments (Article)

Drones: A Mexican cartel attached a bomb to a drone (Report) (Who hasn’t seen that coming?)

The internet: New malware could collapse the internet with denial of service attacks (Report) ((f a manor conflict breaks out, the internet will vanish early on, we bet)

Turkey/U.S. sniping governments continues (Article)

Syria: U.S. backed Kurds are grabbing lucrative oilfields from ISIS as Russia backed Syrian government moves closer and threatens (Report) (Who’s gonna blink?)

Science Most vitamins/supplements are total nonsense? (Report) (Who knew?)

Apple phones may record conversation and take photos without the owner’s awareness? (Report)

Government plans to spur drone development of commercial applications (Report) (Let’s hope government helps by getting out of the way)

Catalonia declared its independence from Spain (Report) (Today’s tech makes this practical; yesterday’s politics may interfere via a takeover by the Spanish government) Spain fired the Catalonian government and ordered elections in December to replace it. (Article)

The economy: 95% of income taxes are paid by the top 20 percent (Report) (That’s a record – and explains why lower taxes at the low end won’t cost much)

Government: Kennedy assassination files released are incomplete; secrets still hidden (Report) (Smells like Las Vegas …) (In Vegas, the wounded security guard is now hidden at another MGM hotel… Now, the government refuses further information (Reports) (Smell funny in Vegas?)

Venezuela: Dictator settles in as finances fail (Reports)

The culture: Public school faculty/student sex (Report) (When will public schools receive the same notice as the Catholic church on this subject?)

More culture: A Pittsburg woman on a sidewalk was randomly beaten unconscious, then robbed by passers-by who took selfies; none called for her aid. (Report) A similar “knockout” attack occurred in Brooklyn (Report)

Still more culture: A Belgian Catholic hospital group grants euthanasia to non-terminal, mentally ill patients (Report) (Getting hard to tell who’s Catholic anymore …)

Politics: Continuing backfiring from the Russia election hack attack on Trump (Article)

Healthcare: How the independent Swiss do it (Article)

Saudi Arabia: A hint of “modernizing” Islam? (Article) (Saudi financing supports most Islamic terrorists worldwide, will a new ruler change the game as an Islamic Pope Francis ?)

The climate: Oceans continue to cool … (Report) (Per the most cited data)

The Kennedy assassination: A shot from the from? (Article)

Chicago:: 2 dead, 26 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A half-naked Pennsylvania woman was arrested (Report)

And that’s a least half enough …

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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