GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

California: The state setting poverty records? (Article)

Losing the war on cash: Swedish central bank U-turns on cashless society (Article)

The internet: Concern over advancing political censorship (Article)

Science: smoking pot hooks women faster than men? (Report)

The TRUE U.S. deficit: Short article  (Money young folks plan to retire on is already spent)

Algeria: Update (Article)

Russia: Dwindling of the national space program (Article)

Immigration: Border  Caravan becoming mechanized? (Who’s paying?)

More immigration: Caravan now riding buses (Article)  (Political show must open on time) (But later, the buses suddenly stopped coming)

Still more Immigration: 750,000 case backlog at immigration courts (Report)

Southwestern border statistics for comparison with current media caravan hype (Gov’t Data)

Science: Strong earthquake splits tectonic plate, confounding geologists (Report)

Chicago: 5 dead, 37 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

The economy: Robots appearing in Midwestern grocery stores (Report)

More economy: Most jobs don’t support a middle class life, per a study (Report) (Which is why housewives went back to work, right?)

Corruption: Federal Judge accuses State Dept of falsehoods about Benghazi scandal (Report) (Clinton dirt surfacing under Trump?)

Science: Possible breakthrough discovery leading to non-carbon automotive fuel (Report)

U.S. Citizenship: Birth to resident non-citizens was excluded during 14th Amendment debate (Report) (Trump may have standing for exclusionary executive order? Maybe)

China: Unrepayable debt ticking time bomb nearing explosion (Article) (Another country that tried to spend itself rich …)

More China: New “Social Credit” system unrolling total government control of individuals (Article)  (Will any government be able to resist this?)

Bedbugs continue rebound after ban of DDT (Report)

San Francisco will reduce its own water use to assist San Joaquin river fish (Report)

Government: Continuing pursuit of an all-seeing eye in the sky over the U.S. (Article)

The internet: Web freedom continues decline as “digital authoritarianism” increases worldwide (Report)

The economy: A quick peek at the economists that politicians hate (And you should love) (Article)

More economy: The Federal Reserve proposed looser bank regulations (Article) (Increase loans and risk?)

New York City joins the “imminent bankruptcy” club? (Article)

Drone: Insect-sized flyer invites misuse? (Report) (Flyswatters to become fashion item?)

Most Americans aren’t financially healthy despite ‘roaring’ economy (Article) (If you believe in the ‘roar’)

The culture: Two Florida high school girls discovered teacher having sex with both, informed his wife (Report)

Science: Breakthrough in treating spinal injuries restores limited walking (Report)

The economy: Labor force participation is dropping for college grads, rising for high school dropouts? (Article) (And rising even more for robots?)

  More economy: Real estate sales are cooling off on both coasts (Article)

Still more economy: World trade shipping is decreasing (Article)

The economy graphic:: Short, clear picture of why U.S. fiscal policy is delusionary (Article)

Economic prophecy: A sardonic eye on reality  removes  comfortable illusions (Article) (He’s right, you know)

A naked woman was arrested after falling through a restaurant ceiling (Report)

And thus it was, this week.

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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