GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

Noted as the week weakly wandered by:

alfred_e-_neumannThe War on an annoyingly free Internet: China pursues tight internet control (Report) The Apple CEO agrees, Google, too

More Internet: “Safe spaces” to civilize the net? (Fine – until their use becomes mandatory …)

The culture: Los Angeles police cadets arrested for stealing police cruisers (Report)

Pope Francis added gasoline to the Catholic doctrinal bonfire with a Vatican publication explaining how adulterers may receive communion (Report) (Destroying his church in order to save it?)

Tesla: Reality looms through the hype as the smoke-induced vision fades … (Article)

Turkey: Prez Erdogan under the gun in a U.S. court; pursuit of corruption, or power politics update? (Article)

Bitcoin: The IRS is extending tax reality toward unprepared participants (Article) (Don’t say we didn’t warn you)

Corruption: Prez Trump asked why General Flymm was prosecuted for lying to the FBI after Hillary Clinton was not? (Report)

The culture: The war on U.s. home ownership (Not even ‘tiny houses’ allowable here)

More corruption: A window on U.S. east coast sexual criminal commerce (Article)

The economy: “This time is different” for the stock market (Article) (Skyrocketing stock values reflect reality, right?)

Yemen: Iran supported rebels re-took the capital, killing ex-president Saleh (Article)

Government: The Supreme Court approved President Trumps’ embattled travel ban (Report)

 Russia: Banned from 2018 Winter Olympics, for doping? (Report) (Yeah – but all the Russian athletes will still be able to compete)

U.S./Israel: Prez Trump will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem regardless of Arab dudgeon (Report) (Some day, maybe?)

U.S. Foreign Policy: The State Department will not follow President Trumps’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? (Report)

Immigration: The Feds face a deportation backlog of 550,000 cases inherited from the Obama Administration? (Report) (What are the Trumpfolk doing about it?)

California: A legislator plans introduction of a bill to ban fossil fueled cars after 2040? (Report) (Making a law for 23 years from now ..???)

More immigration: A 17 foot python was caught in Florida’s Everglades (Report) (It ain’t just people, you know)

The economy: Americans spent $409 million on preparation of their income taxes last year, per the Tax Foundation (Report) (Over 2% of GDP, wasted on an inefficient, politicized tax code)

Science: Quantum entanglement has been found between biological particles (Report) ((f “quantum” rings no bells, never mind this)

California: State’s “Cal Pers” pension obligations exceed its resources by $138 B (Report)

The climate: Rising sea level data found to be faked by “researchers” (Report)

The economy: A new inflation index from the Federal Reserve provides different results? (Article)

Corruption: Former Massachusetts Senator Brian Joyce (D) was arrested for bribery (Report)

Britain: The government is delaying the E.U. exit for several years, denying the goals of the voters who demanded the breakup. (Report) (Without much notice; apparently, it’s not newsworthy)

The Catholic Church: Has lost Ireland (Report) (Will Pope Francis craft a restoration?)

The Federal Reserve: Is Prez Trump aiming for a new gold standard or eliminating the Fed? (Article)

Chicago: 3 dead, 19 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested on an Arizona homeowner’s roof (Report)

And that was it …

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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