GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannOur selections from the week:

Corruption: The “nonpartisan” Congressional Budget Office is now politicized (Article) (Yes – and so is the author of this article)

More corruption: The ECB (European Central Bank) has proposed an end to deposit protection, a return to depositing your money in a bank at your own risk (Article) (Logical in a zero interest rate environment … and functionally, fully integrates government with banking )

Congressional corruption: Over $15 M of taxpayer money has purchased silence from victims of Congressfolk’s sexual misbehaviors? (Report) (Details awaited)

Germany: At political paralysis? (Report) (Will the German voters trump their politicians?

Sex harassment claims produced suspension for a New York Times reporter? (Report) (Reality can  show humor, sometimes …)

Science: An ancient skull rewrites human origins … (Report)

Somalia: U.S. troop deployment quietly rose to 500 (Article) (And the national debt rose quietly to pay for them, we suppose)

The Internet: The FCC will revoke Obama rules limiting transmission speed controls by service suppliers (Report)

Corruption: Is the FBI covering up aspects of the Russian/U.S. Govt. uranium scandal? (Article)

Iraq: update – Oil, Iran and the Kurds (Article)

Congress continues to empower government’s unrestricted snooping private citizens (Article)

The economy: Homeless numbers in Los Angeles have risen to match the Great Depression? (Report) Turns out, it’s not just L.A; it’s all over the country (Article) (Don’t they know about the booming economy?)

Small earthquake swarms on theSan Andreas fault are making California nervous (Report) (Stirred, so far not shaken)

Wild turkeys are terrorizing San Francisco Bay area residents? (Report) (They can act like geese)

The culture: 4th graders mom charged with felony after recorder found in her student’s back pack in reaction to bullying; school had not responded to her complaint. (Report)

The culture: Facial recognition tech is proliferating quietly in public places? (Report) (Murphy’s law governs)

More culture: Human fertility continues to decline in North America, Europe and Asia (Report) (And related economies follow, right?)

Science: For those skeptical of “dark” matter/energy, a new explanation showing how the universe may proceed without them (Report)

India/Pakistan: Update (Article)

Syria: 1,720 U.S. troops are assigned there? (About 3 times the amount admitted previously)

Afghanistan: After 16 years of U.S. military occupation, President Trump is accelerating military activities there (Article) (We still wonder why the U.S. followed Russia’s failure there with its own and at an unaffordable price)

Elon Musk’s Tesla is stumbling over reality? (Article)

 Chicago: 5 dead, 24 wounded in Thanksgiving weekend shootings

Naked, drunken sex behind the wheel led to a crash (Report)

And so it went …

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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