GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannOur weekly offering:

Government: Is the Federal Reserve planning a takeover of the U.S. payments systems? (Article)

The economy: Average American owes $38,000, 25% of it on credit cards (Report)

The culture: A political battleground: Public Poop (Report)

More culture: Elderly more often scammed by relatives than strangers (Report)

The war on Religion: Churches lose right to select their teachers (Article)

Iran: Ghost ship smugglers becoming too visible (Article)

China: Hollow, propped –up banks? (Article)

More China: Some details of the governments’ “Social Credit” citizen control system (Report)

The economy: Disney whistleblower says revenue inflated for years (Report) (How much of our economic wellbeing is an illusion?)

Government: UK mother of 3 arrested, jailed for putting recycling in wrong color bag (Report)

Mercedes admits it spies on drivers with tracking devices (Report)

Corruption: Bribe got teen UCLA soccer scholarship without playing (Report)

More corruption: Man paid to keep children out of gangs charged in grisly MS 13 killing (Report)

Finance: Average non-U.S. government bond interest goes negative for the first time (Article)

Hong Kong residents fleeing to Taiwan (Article)

Syria/Turkey: Update: It’s lonely, being Turkish (Article)

Greenland: Referendum: 90% of locals voted to join U.S. (Believable …)

Homelessness: Grows in San Francisco (Report) (Why won’t they talk about the causes?)

80% of gender challenged students have mental health issues? (Article) (Gender confusion isn’t a mental health issue?)

WalMart sues Tesla over defective rooftop solar installations (Article)

The economy: Mortgage market reopens to risky borrowers (Report) (Slow learners, or corruption?)

 Surveillance: Amazon’s Ring private doorbell cameras often share recordings with police (Report)

U.S. budget deal sends deficit soaring (Report) (Spending our kids’ future wealth now)

The culture: Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy shot from apartment building by sniper (Report) Update: Sniper fabricated by deputy (Report)

More culture: Post-constitutional U.S. colleges (Article)

Venezuela: Update (Article) (Real socialism on display) (Why so little media interest?)

More wildfires burning in Angola and Congo than Brazil?  (Article)

The culture: Facial recognition systems are appearing everywhere in Britain (Article)

Viet Nam: Chinese vessels harassing coastal oil operations (Article)

Technology: Breakthrough? New electric motor design ups power and economy; reduces cost (Article)

Chicago: 3 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested saying he “was on tons of acid” (Report)

Enough, already …


EDITORIAL:   An Ancient Question Resurfaces


Facial recognition cameras are now found in streetlights, people’s front doorbells, internet hardware, telephones and eyeing airports, shopping malls and schools. Microphones, too. Our shiny new post- Christian and increasingly post – constitutional culture seems to be rapidly relegating personal privacy to historical status. Maybe we should be channeling an ancient Roman poet who asked essentially: Who will watch the watchers? We respectfully refer the uncertain to China’s new “Social Credit” system for an explanation of our concern. And to Murphy’s Law …

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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