GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

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Healthcare: Mandated new asthma inhalers draw complaints (Report)

Corruption: Fake investigations – designed to fool you (Article)

Iran: Outline of its proxy forces throughout the Middle East (Article)

India’s giant, self-administered housing failure (Article)

Surveillance: New app provides your name/info to anyone snapping your photo? (Report)

More surveillance: U.S. Customs rolling out facial recognition at U.S. airports (Report)

The climate: Climate expert shreds apocalyptic claims in Congressional hearing (Report)

The culture: Bill to exclude biological males from female sports failed in Congress (Report)

The Federal Reserve is destroying the money supply in order to save it? (Article)

The economy: Global central banks are fueling a Ponzi market (Article)

Education: Too many costly or tax-funded college degrees are useless? (Article)

Scientists may have stumbled onto a cancer cure? (Report)

The war on the middle class: Will pods replace home ownership? (Article)

Lebanon: New government to deal with financial crisis (Article)

United Nations: Human rights ruling requires U.S. to open borders for all Central Americans (Report)

Australia: Government attacks secrecy of Catholic confession (Report)

China: Government jails Univ. of Minnesota student for unflattering tweets in U.S. (Report)

Maryland: Man shot dead by officers confiscating his gun under red flag law? (Article)

Illinois: Hundreds of noncitizens registered to vote (Report)

Syria: U.S. troops blocking Russian military access to oil fields? (Report)

The war on the internet: Secret curt orders censoring anti-vaccine sites? (Report)

France: Anti-Macron multiple city, massive street protests (Report)

Journalism: The war on anti-government reporters (Article)

America Before and After: How things have changed … (Article)

Politicization: Goldman Sachs to refuse IPO services when all customer company board members are straight white men? (Report)

Foreign relations: “Sanctions” can be war and often are? (Article)

The climate: Washington state legislators consider declaring climate emergency (Report)

Italy: Slouching toward an eventual E.U. exit? (Article)

London: Police deploy facial recognition across city (Article)

Chicago: 3 dead, 13 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after trying to board a school bus (Report)


Editorial:              THE LATE, GREAT U.S. NEWS MEDIA


In the days of independent newspapers and radio stations, competition rewarded objective and detailed reporting; if you didn’t get the story out quickly and correctly, your competition would, garnering the readers and the advertisers they attracted. But now, the remaining media outlets represent far fewer owners, too many of whom are too closely entwined with government and too much news has been replaced with what amounts to politicized propaganda. Once vaunted, America’s freedom of the press now seems to have merged with the world’s unimpressive average. And in this new surveillance age, the world average seems to be a declining standard.

That trend cannot surprise; no government has ever suffered dissemination of details f its doings happily; too many government workings fare poorly under much light. And while today’s technology boosts dissemination of information, it also increases the governmental span of control. The important thing as this tug of yes, war plays out, is to remember that the replacement of information by propaganda is always the first implementation of a newly police state.


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

  1. Good article on corruption/fake investigations. I have just finished a stunning book on corruption by Sarah Chayes “Thieves of State”. It’s focus is the Middle East but the MO seems the same everywhere, if not to the same extent.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Suspect you’re right; we’re the same species everywhere … perhaps the extent differs because cultures do?

      • It is clear in the book that culture can have aggravating features – such as an entrenched tendency to suck up to “superiors” and cultural tolerance of scapegoating. But poverty is a huge factor.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        Indeed. And isn’t poverty heavily subject to cultural factors?

      • Good point. And one we are not allowed to discuss. When people choose to have more children than they can afford, for whatever reason – religious, or political everybody is poorer – except the clever clogs at the top. More slaves, more wealth?

      • Jack Curtis says:

        More power … Perhaps government is the ultimate criminal enterprise?

      • History clearly shows that there is no reason why any government should not also be a criminal enterprise.. When you consider how criminal elements, such as Mafias are so often indistinguishable from the state – If so, what can anyone do about criminal governments? Seems Anglo-Saxon history is all about ordinary folks trying to rein in (is that a pun?) the criminal excesses of their “masters”

      • Jack Curtis says:

        While the French were more revolting … Puns remain unrewarded but also unpunished …

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