GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannGuns: New  bill in Congress would require a federal license for gun ownership (Report)

Corruption: Wife of indicted political boss will hold highest judicial office (Article)

America’s young adults live with parents and reject having children? (Article)

Surveillance: 30 state database tracks everyone’s license plates in real time (Article)

The culture: High school’s high pass rate result of cheating teachers? (Report)

Illinois: Where dead people not only vote but are covered by Medicaid? (Article)

The economy: U.S. new business formation goes negative? (Article)

Healthcare : Robot surgeon to revolutionize? (Report) (Hmnn … can you sue a robot?)

China: Now bans some Americans from leaving (Report)

U.S. Navy: Results of increasing corruption (Article)

Drones: A new tool for anonymous, affordable attacks on anyone, by anyone! (Article) Drones a growing threat (Article)

Libya: Turkey joins in, against everyone else? (Article)

Surveillance is expanding worldwide (Report) (What can happen …)

The culture: Smart toilets, faucets use Alexa to listen to conversations (Report) Smart TVs sending user data to Netflix, Facebook (Artcle)

South Korea: Prickly post WWII relations canceled 3-party intelligence sharing with U.S. and Japan (Article)

The economy : U.S. interest rates will go negative (Article)

The culture: The homeless cannot be rousted by cities? (Report)

U.S. Senate committee wants more law enforcement involved in policing social media? (Report)

Why is the NY Federal Reserve pumping billions into the money market? (Report)

Immigration court backlog exceeds 1 M cases? (Report)

San Jose, CA has banned natural gas from new buildings (Report)

The economy: The Federal Reserve in the Emperor’s new clothes … (Article)

Surveillance: Secret FBI subpoenas scoop up personal data from scores of companies (Report)

India: Cutting corporate taxes, funding the resulting deficit with fiat money? (Article) (Whom the gods would destroy …)

Trump approves troops to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran? (Article)  (Didn’t he promise to exit all that?)

Switzerland: Supreme Court rules parents have no right to home school kids (Report)

Science: New plastic may replace military body armor? (Report)

China: Communist party rule threatened? (Article)

Undetectable fakes coming soon? (Report)

Egypt: Mass protests arising? (Article)

The internet: The paid and unpaid political trolls (Article)

Chicago: 9 killed, 18 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after beating up a disabled woman with her wheelchair (Report)


EDITORIAL:      The Sad State of Qualification for High Office


We are now expected to dismiss the Premier of Canada because he appeared years ago in blackface makeup. We are admonished to impeach a sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice because as a high school student he is accused of having made a drunken pass at a girl. These, as standards for accession to high office, seem ridiculous. That in turn makes those espousing such standards either (your choice) stupid, or hypocrites who believe their audience is stupid. What government anywhere at any time has ever been assembled from saints?

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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