GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannFrom the week:

Stolen U.S. spyware now used by hackers in cyberattacks (Report)

Government: Obama Administration spying on the press greater than previously thought (Report)

Libya: Heavy fighting as divided government slugs it out (Report)

China: Continues to subsidize manufacturers affected by U.S. tariffs? (Report)

Corruption: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) low balls inflation (Article)

Immigration: Indian techie denied H-1 (b) visa; U.S. employer sues government (Report) ((f it is made in the U.S. with high priced labor, it can’t be sold on the world market …)

The economy: Tariffs on China do not solve lack of U.S. competitiveness (Article)

Britain: Euro elections dominated by anti-Parliament Brexit supporters (Report)

The worst roads in the U.S. by state (Article)

Climate/Corruption: New Mexico quietly set a date outlawing carbon based energy, rewarding big green interests (Report)

Facial recognition monitoring in U.S. cities? (Report)

Energy death is overtaking us? (Article) (Malthus reincarnated?)

Government: Students secretly photographed for facial recognition research (Report)

Censorship: The indictment of (Wikileaks) Assange is a blueprint for making journalists into felons (Article)

More censorship: Some of the “secrets” revealed by Assange (Article)

There’s a new underground facility near Area 51? (Report)

Pakistan: Update (Article) (Weakening finances while exporting terrorism)

Government: Presiding Judge of secret FISA court: Illegal spying and lying permeate government (Report)

More government: FBjI/Spy Agencies have conducted illegal surveillance for years? (Report) (What can happen …)

Government: Nordic welfare states facing financial reckoning, political consequences (Article)

The Obama Administration ignored subpoenas too? (Report)

Satellite warfare: Update on jamming (Article)

The culture: A competitor from men’s track (last year) won a female NCAA track title (Report)

Libya: Proxy war enlarging? (Article)

Facial recognition surveillance has been installed by Lockport City School District (Report)

The culture: MTV unveils first “sexually fluid” reality dating show (Report)

Russia: Update – Life ain’t so good now (Article)

Comparing the Soviet Union with today’s United States (Article) (Fair, or not?)

Venezuela: Nothing pays anymore, not even crime (Article)

The culture: Disney threatens to boycott anti-abortion Georgia but partners with China (Report) Major studios threaten similar boycott (Report)

Science: Multi-state transistors to extend computing beyond binary? (Report)

Government: Canada has stopped prosecuting minor crimes (Article) (Corruption metastasis?)

More Government: An internationally unified policy for taxing internet services is forming? (Report)

Los Angeles: Rats, roaches and fleas at central police facility drawing attention (Report)

Internet censorship: Facebook and Twitter shut down masses of accounts critical of the Chinese Communist Party (Report)

Chicago: 7 killed, 32 wounded in Memorial Day weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man accompanied by his dead wife was arrested (Report)





Most ordinary Federal employees are paid considerably more than are their private sector equivalents per the Congressional Budget Office. A private foundation agrees, adding that the higher earnings cover about 12% fewer hours worked. And government jobs are more secure and often provide retirement pensions that have been replaced in the private sector by contributory 401k plans. This completely reverses the relationship that existed between the government and the private sector during the bulk of the last century. Is there a message in this?

Perhaps it suggests that back then, economic productivity was more important to Americans than was controlling them and now, that has reversed?

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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