GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannOur current lot:

Syria: A spotlight on a complex reality (Article) (Recommended for those interested in Middle East)

Pakistan: Trying to be fierce when you’re broke (Article)

The economy: Negative interest rates are a destructive political illusion (Article)

Corruption: Politicized science dumps professor for clinging to climate reality (Report)

California: Electric power outages to become routine? (Report) (Living standard drops)

The culture: Biological male cyclist setting new women’s records (Report) (“Whom the gods would destroy …”)

Somalia: Update (Article) (Sinkhole for foreign aid)

California: Creeping fault may presage big quake – or not? (Article) (Uh huh …)

Connecticut: University students arrested for ridiculing speech in viral video (Report) (Free speech becoming expensive?)

The economy: U.S. gasoline prices reaching extreme regional variation (Report) (>$4 in CA)

The economy: $3.22 T Federal income transfer programs aim at new record (Report)

Money: Germany resumes buying gold after 21 years (Article) (A cloud no bigger than a man’s hand …)

The economy: Interest rates dropping everywhere but credit cards now hitting highs (Article) (Politicians swindle, not protect consumers?)

China: Seduction of the free by rich totalitarians? (Article)

Yemen: Update (Article)  (Saudis/Iran reaching stalemate?)

Naval ship design: Will a little Norwegian firm drag world navies into modern reality? (Article)

Colorado: Woman arrested after racial slurs toward students (Report)

The economy: Federal Reserve increases manufactured money injection (Report)

More economy: Americans receive more in government benefits than they pay in taxes? (Article) (For how long can that proceed?)

Iraq: Corruption vs Chaos? (Article)  More protestors killed by snipers (Report)

The culture: The worldwide push for biometrics (facial recognition, etc) (Article)

Lebanon: Shutdown by corruption protests threatens banks (Article)

Russia: Preparing to disconnect its citizens from the world internet (Report) (In China’s footsteps)

More Russia: Crackdown speeds reversion to a police state? (Report)

The culture: Punishing Wikileaks’ Assange sends warning to other western journalists (Article) (Who have mostly morphed into propagandists now …)

California: New fires explode across the state, so they turn the power off (Reports)

Technology: Automatic self-braking to be standard in 2022 vehicles? (Report) (Risky)

Corruption: A short, clear explanation of the top 4 political scandals du jour (Report)

The economy: Money folk talk getting scarier (Article) (And too many resuscitating gold?)

More economy: U.S. budget deficit rises above last year (Articles)

World of Protest: Listing of current major protest movements by country (Article)

Syria: U.S. troops and tanks have returned to protect oil fields (Article) (No shortage of excuses)

European Union finance: Towards implosion of its own contradictions? (Article)  (Everyone expects to live off Germany …)

Chicago: 4 dead, 33 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after 2 women found him in their apartment (Report)

That’s all

 

EDITORIAL:         Three Salient Observations

  1. Governments nearly everywhere are running their finances into the ground for benefit programs.
  2. Living standards nearly everywhere are increasingly displeasing lots of citizens.
  3. Massive public protests are occurring in many places.

Maybe we should be paying a bit more attention?

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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