GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannA new week’s worth:

War against the internet: Demonstrators demand government regulation (Report)

The culture: After 100 years, the largest Catholic church in North America is complete (Report)

More culture: More Americans turning to witchcraft; traditional religions decline (Report)

Immigration/Government: A U.S. deportation flight to Africa returned with all 92 deportees still on board (Report)

Science: Two 3,500 year old Egyptian tombs were found near Luxor (Report

The economy: Dissecting the glowing hype with cold reality: the con job explained (Article)

More economy: Retiree spending now covers their kids’ needs too? (Article)

Still more economy: Rising minimum wages are raising restaurant prices but reducing sales? (Article)

Government: The Pentagon will accept certain transgender enlistments despite President Trump’s opposition? (Report)

U.S. Education is mostly a boondoggle, per one professor, published in a very liberal magazine  (Report)

Congress: Minority leader Senator Chuck Shumer (D) had an affair with a high school cheeroeader? (Report)

The economy: The process by which the first central bank goes bust, has begun (Article)

Further economy: How reality sucks at an unwinding Federal Reserve (Letting air out of the Fed’s funny money will collapse the credit tent)

Bitcoin: Congress is putting out a contract with a new bill: Cryptocurrency Fairness Act) (Article)

Israel: New bombardments by missiles from Gaza

The Catholic Church: A discussion of the spreading internal cleavage (Interview)

Drones of most sizes in large quantities are now sold by China to anyone with the money.  (Article) (They’ll be turning up in more places in more hands for more purposes …)

Columbia/Venezuela: Update (Article)

Iran/No. Korea: Big time counterfeiters beat imposed sanctions with funny money (Article)

The Internet: Governments continue the search for more revenue and control, targeting Facebook, Google and other successful internet giants (Report)

The war on FM radio: Norway is the first country to outlaw FM broadcasting in favor of digital sources; several others plan to follow. (Report)

The recent Las Vegas mass shooting remains a mystery; officials refuse information (Report) (The media don’t seem to be digging too hard either from our view)

Turkey: President Erdogen’s regime is arming Turkish criminals in Germany? (Report)

Illegal immigration is back to Obama levels? (Report)

The economy: A prophecy that the Federal Reserve will (unwittingly) restore some economic reality in 2018 with accompanying pain (Article)

The European Union will sanction Poland over its court reforms? (Report) (How long will the union hold?)

Corruption: A “prominent lawyer sought donor cash for Trump accusers (Report)

More corruption: Government Nevada Bundy Ranch standoff case dissolving into a bad smell (Report)

NLRB policy holding franchisors liable for labor issues at franchised outlets has been reversed (Report)

The economy: A short, clear explanation for the Trumpfolk’s repeal of misnamed “net neutrality” (Report)

Chicago: 5 dead, 14 wounded in  weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after causing a car crash (Report)

Which ought to be 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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