GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannThe gleanings:

China: The war on Christianity heats up (Article)

Geopolitics: U.S. legislates against Russian gas pipeline to Germany (Article) (This is Russian version)

Russia: Spy vs Spy (Article)

Corruption: Former president Clinton’s daughter has been paid $9 M for a directorship (Report)

President Trump: Has demonstrated the simple removal of the leadership of opposing forces (Article)

Univ. of Calif. Going overboard re diversity hiring rules? (Article)

U.S. Foreign Policy: It’s all about oil? (Article)

The culture: Manhunt for Milwaukee driver who shot two children for throwing snowballs at car (Report)

Federal Reserve: Dumping more tons of manufactured cash into the economy (Article)

The media: Current Iraq coverage is a case study in fake news? (Article)

Atlanta, GA: Police ordered to stop chasing criminals? (Article)

China: Resistance forming against “Social Credit” expansion? (Report)

The culture: Legislatures struggle with biological males in female sports (Article)

Education: Colleges to decline under demographic, economic assaults? (Article)

Iran: Shot down Ukrainian flight killing 176 passengers after Tehran departure? (Article) (Confirmed by U.S. officials)

Navigation: GPS acquires more competition (Article)

California: The war on Uber wounding free-lance journalists? (Article)  Independent truckers find a judge (Report)

Iraq: Update incl assassination of Iranian General (Article)

The climate: U.S. Glacier National Park removing signs advertising disappearance of glaciers by 2020 (Report)

The economy: The lunatics are running the asylum  (Article)

Corruption: The Justice Department is devoid of justice (Article)

Government: U.S. to start collecting DNA at border (Article)

China: Economic stimulus is tapping out? (Article)

The economy: How to return to sound money (Article)

Chicago: 3 dead, 15 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman fled a hotel room; a man was arrested (Report)



EDITORIAL:         The Presidential Innovations of Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump is, whether or not one approves, inarguably an innovator. His predecessor recognized the opportunity offered by today’s improved communications and turned the presidency into a sort of permanent, personalized public campaign. President Trump saw that and advanced it with constant use of social media on top of his rallies. U.S. presidents have become full time demagogues.

Prez Trump has been equally innovative in foreign policy, again advancing his predecessor’s performance. In this case, Trump took Obama’s targeted drone kills and used one to solve the problem Iran created by its use of proxy rebellions in surrounding countries. Instead of sending costly and unwieldy invading counterforces like those used in Afghanistan and Iraq, the President very simply removed the head of the troublesome operation with a surgical strike. This is a simple, economic and clear response to what has hitherto been a disguised form of aggression. It is also a public political escalation of existing foreign policy; if the President is not forced to retreat, he will likely be seen to have changed the rules by which the game is played.

Creative leaders may or may not be appreciated, but they are always interesting.

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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3 Responses to GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

  1. Rawclyde! says:

    For whatever it’s worth, I’m kinda agreeable with the editorial here…

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