GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

alfred_e-_neumannThis week’s haul:

Science: Social activities follow physical laws? (Article)

The pandemic: A more reassuring take on the facts (Article)

More pandemic: Another view (Article) (Shockingly reasonable)

A different world: After the pandemic (Article) (Recommended)

What follows the pandemic, liberty or despotism? (Article) (Recommended)

Governement: 40 k passengers from China landed after travel ban? (Report) (Reality vs propaganda)

Argentina defaults – Again (Article) (Who will follow?)

Corruption: Prez Trump accuses pandemic official of dishonest report (Report)

Syria: Update (Article)

Immigration: Big corporate lawyers sue to keep millions of foreign workers in U.S. (Report)

The political pandemic response is more damaging than the pandemic? (Article)

Satellite wars: Jamming transmissions (Article)

Chicago: Mayor orders pandemic relief paid to illegal aliens (Report)

Mayor ordered police crackdown on social distance violations … then his wife was seen at a bar? (Report)

The economy: Pandemic ending retail as we have known it? (Report)

Government: Costco, WalMart, Target and others are ordered to stop selling non-essential items in several areas (Report)

U.S. Government seizes (sort of) the means of production as the Federal Reserve “buys” the previously quasi-free market? (Article)

The economy: The world has changed more than we know (Article)

The Pandemic: Test methods may provide many false positives? (Report) 86% of New Yorkers dead by virus also suffered other illness? (Report)

Healthcare: Why are U.S. hospitals going under financially? (Article)

The pandemic: A treatment breakthrough? (Article)

More pandemic: How to protect yourself from long term shutdown (Article)

Still more pandemic: Disaster declarations now apply in 49 states (Article)

The economy: Explanation of real, ignored risks (Long article) (Recommended)

East Africa: A second wave of locusts (Article)

North Carolina sued for failure to clean up voter rolls (Report)

Telephones: Arson, sabotage spreading as new 5G tech appears (Report)

The pandemic: Elderly church members fined $500 for attending drive-in parking lot sermon (Report)

Chicago: 2 dead, 18 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

Woman arrested after beating up naked man (Report)

And that’s it …

 

EDITORiAL:          After COVID-19, What?

There is no “Return to Normal!” switch awaiting a push from our elected leaders. Normal was abandoned in 2008 when a collapsing financial system was papered over with fiat money instead of allowing the reconstruction needed. That financial quackery has provided today’s profligate, debt-ridden economy of zombies reanimated with denatured cash in a market now bubbling with illusionary values set to vanish as reality dawns.

COVID-19 is the reality chosen to cloak financial mismanagement with good works. Had our politicians waited for the financial system to collapse  naturally under its unsustainable debt, President Trump would have been channeling President Hoover’s 1929, the year that tagged him with blame for the Great Depression. The President goes blameless into the election and the Democrats can applaud his current financial nationalization of large and small U.S. business while opening the spigot of Guaranteed Universal Basic Income. Prez Trump and the Democrats have dumped Bernie Sanders but only after stealing his program …

(All right, that’s somewhat exaggerated … but only somewhat.)

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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