GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannMedical practice became industrialized healthcare

Not a newsy week, but reality proceeds into the new year …

Science: The first report of an individual use of genetic modification tools to alter his own genes (Frankenstein redux?)

Unintended consequences: Navigation apps are turning quiet neighborhoods into traffic hell? (Report) (NOTHING is free …)

Ukraine: Fighting heats up (as U.S. promises arms for Ukrainians) (Report)

The War on Bitcoin is starting (Article)

The economy: New corporate tax law repatriates overseas cash and punishes partnerships and llc’s (Report) (Punishes small business with overseas sales)

Saudi Arabia is betting on an 80% rise in oil income to balance its books? (Report) The government’s squeeze on wealthy Saudis continues to siphon their wealth into government coffers (Report)

Economics: The U.S. shale oil/gas industry is an illusion running an economic loss? (Article) (So it isn’t just Saudis wanting pricier oil?) (But that will hurt growth, right?)

Iran: Mass antigovernment demonstrations arose in the streets of several cities (Report) (Next, the beating and jailing of demonstrators?) Early stages of regime change? (Article)

Russia: Will Russians follow Iranians into the streets over their diminished economy? (Report)

Science: A mysterious astronomical filament is stretching from the Milky Way toward its central supermassive black hole (Report)

Pakistan: The army still rules and supports terrorists from behind the scenes (Article)

Norh Korea receives oil despite sanctions (Report) (China/Russia’s pit bull is fed)

The culture: Times Square militarized for New Years’ Eve, access limited (Report) (Individual freedom passes into security with social changes)

Facial recognition scans of Americans traveling abroad are to be expanded at major airports? (Article) (Legality questionable, too)

Chicago: 5 dead, 20 wounded in Christmas weekend shootings. (Report)

A naked man was arrested walking the halls of an Andover hotel (Report)

And it’s cold outside …

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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