GLEANINGS FROM THE pASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

The week’s pickings:

Education: Oklahoma middle schools call police to arrest  frequent truants (Report) (Escaping prisoners not tolerated?)

China: School uniforms provide electronic student tracking to control truancy (Report)

Getting a real bang out of history – unexploded war munitions still abound in Europe (Article)

Education: Thousands of L.A. teachers demand more money (Report) Present salary range: $55,000 – $73,000

California: Audit report says high speed rail project is billions sized boondoggle (Report)

Sub-Saharan Africa: U.S./European military involvement update (Article)

China: Government feels threatened by Communists (Article) (!)

GermanyL Kids from right wing families must be reeducated? (Report)

Man set for world’s first head transplant cancels after falling in love (Report) (Obviously lost his head …)

The war on cash: 3 countries mapping the way? (Report)

South Africa: Has been confiscating their property and now persecutes whites? (Report) (And nobody disapproves?)

Turkey to head world Islamic union? (Article) (Another old empire on the remake?)

Chicago: To bail out underfunded pensions, each resident would owe $140,000a? (Article)

“Jarring Fedex cut suggests severe global recession” (Article)

Afghanistan: Update (Article)  (Pakistan keeps the Afghan pot boiling)

President Trump: Who’s REALLY in charge? (Article)  

Science: Dark matter revealed? (Report) (Maybe – still relying on assumptions?)

More science: Various groups of pilot whales have their own dialects (Report)

Still more science: Global quantum communication is possible (Report)

The economy: The Federal Reserve wants another market crash? (Article)

More economy: Bill Dudley admits the Fed is tightening until something breaks (Article)

The climate: “An inconvenient truth for Al Gore: The ice is still there (Article)

The culture: Federal Appellate court ruled colleges must censor, block online sources that offend someone (Article)

Corruption: New military housing plagued by construction flaws (Rport)

Russia: Update (Article)

 Democrats spent as much on fake Russian bots as Russians spent on real bot? (Report)

The forever war: Is the U.S. preparing to move its Middle East wars to Latin America? (Article) (Or will Trump prevent that?) (Another view of reality)

The culture: Amazon’s creepy  facial recognition doorbell will survey entire neighborhoods from people’s front doors? (Article)

The economy: Banks fail to sell $1.6 B in loans (Article) (SCARY, if it continues)

Europe: Is disintegrating? (Article) (The 5th Republic is dead?)

The trade war: Is less about trade, more about military tech advantage? (Article)

Chicago: 1 dead, 23 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after tearing down a neighbor’s Christmas decorations (Report)

Call 2018 “The Year Of The Naked Grinch?”

EDITORIAL: Should The U.S. Leave Syria?  (President Trump has announced that)

 Why stay? To block Iran and help rebels remove a nasty dictator.

Why leave? High cost in lives and borrowed money; desired payoff complicated by Russian and Turkish interference. Joker: Will the U.S. military withdraw at presidential order?

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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