Your contemporary citations:
Real estate: Hackers steal money transmitted via emails (Report)
The church: Vatican deal pledges Chinese Catholic loyalty to Communist Party (Report) (And they call the U.S. divided!)
Government: A North Carolina woman was arrested for caring for pets during a hurricane without a permit. (Report)
The culture: Schools are joining a new behavior reporting system enlisting students (Report) (Making spies of kids – sound familiar?)
The economy: Average Americans spend more on taxes than on food/clothing combined? (Report)
Corruption : The IRS continues to target conservatives? (Article)
The culture: Houston mayor will fight proposed robot sex brothel (Report)
Government: West Virginia will allow cell phone voting for midterm Congressional elections? (Report) (A new era of whomever counts the votes, wins the election?)
More government: Federal debt may soon drive interest costs above military spending? (Article)
Government: Homeland Security is pushing facial recognition tech onto airlines? (Report)
India/Pakistan: Update (Article)
Immigration: Caravans of illegals continue crossing U.S. border (Report)
Syria: Russia threatens Israel with advanced air, missile and satellite defense installations (Report)
The internet: A pro-privacydata revolution offered by the inventor of the web (Report) (Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s life expectancy may now be less than Trump’s?)
North Korea: Denuclearization continues to be a bait-and-switch scam? (Article)
The economy: How Congress and the Federal Reserve have devalued it (Article)
Chicago: 2 dead, 29 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)
A naked man was arrested after trespassing (Report)
Your summed up surveillance from the week …
EDITORIAL: Political Persecution Is Becoming A U.S. Routine
Bill Cosby: Jailed black conservative – Where are all the other male celebrities who hung out with him at the Playboy Club? Why were the female “victims” there?
Brett Kavanaugh: Allegedly conservative Trump appointee – How many Congressfolk can demonstrate their own youthful sainthood? Should that outweigh decades of adult superior performance?
Numerous fired/resigned male leaders: Where are the women who enable or duplicate these sexual predations? Why are ‘victims’ appearing years after the reported events?
Not to condone bad behavior, only to note the hypocrisy of such highly selective, obviously politicized, retroactive applications of standards otherwise generally ignored. Worse, the applications take the form of media circus lynchings rather than measured governmental procedures. This sort of thing exploits a basic weakness of democratic government, the primary reason for America’s Founders choice of a republic rather than a pure democracy.
It may be that the advent of instant, mass individual communications via the internet and cell phones has replaced the U.S. constitutional republic with in practice, a functionally pure democracy subject to mob emotions. If so, its stability must be questioned. That question is underlined by current reliance upon well organized, well funded, heavily politicized street rent-a-mobs. Some of us may recall the last days of the Roman republic….