GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannThe current collection:

Irony: Chicago’s last Sears store closes, lost to Amazon (Report) (The retailer that made it via mail order, lost it to Amazon web order)

The economy: “The biggest bubble in the history of mankind is going to burst” (Article) (Ron Paul )

San Francisco is full of poop, Mayor says (Report) (You subsidize it; you get more of it)

Driverless airliners are more ready than passengers seem to be (Report)

Yelliwstone supervolcano : Cracking earth grabs attention (Report)

The war on the internet: E.U. fined Google $5B on antitrust charges (Report) (Who will control the net?)

Technology: How to tell you’re talking to a bot (Report)

Twitter: Suspended 58 M accounts in first quarter (Report) (Fake users proliferate)

Healthcare: A study suggests doctors listen to patients for 11 seconds (Report) (Hmnn … How long do our spouses and kids listen?)

Slavery is alive even in Europe and North America? (Report) (Definitions matter)

Education: Homework, spelling, handwriting won’t count anymore in Lafayette schools (Report) (Sounds like Los Angeles in the 1930s)

How Pope Benedict XVI predicted Brexit (Article) (Hell, even we have done that)

Bedbugs: Departing on flights out of Newark, NJ (Report) (Mostly unreported but recurring issue for public transport, hotels, etc.)

Facebook: The ultimate government surveillance tool? (Article)  (No, but we’ll bet it’s one of them …)

Las Vegas shooting victims sued by MGM so they cannot sue hotel? (Re[ort)

Brazil: Military shadow falling over frantic politics? (Report) (Generals getting ambitious again after 30 years?)

Union refunds of withholdings from nonmembers demanded after court decision outlawed forced dues from nonmembers (Report)

Ukraine will receive $200 M aid from the U.S. to help fight off Russia’s invasion (Report)

Australia: New South Wales drought is clamping down on farmers (Report) (The other side of El Nino in the Pacific)

Chicago: 5 dead, 22 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman and a naked man were arrested (separately) after poor choices of sex partners (Reports) (Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore …)

And if that’s not enough, it should be.

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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