GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Ca;ofprmoa: Expects rotating power outages om record heat wave (Report) (Being green can’t be cool)

Geopolitics: The old and new fracture lines of Europe (Article)

 Turkey: Tanks/Troops move to Greek border (Pursuing oil in Greek waters)

The Federal Reserve: Destroying the dollar in order to save it … (Article) (Recommended)

The war on elections: Surveillance camera shows huge piles of mail dumped in California parking lots (Article)

The pandemic: Lockdown is cover for greater government control? (Article)

Government: The Democrats are setting up a revolution? (Article)

Venezuela: Update (Article)

The pandemic: Were the lockdowns a mistake? (Article)

The economy: The stock market is detached from reality (Report) (Reflects the Fed instead?)

 The government: Proposes collection of more biometric information (Report)

Los Angeles: Schools to reopen after the elections? (Report)

Science: Astronomical dark matter theory misbehaves (Report)

Politicians: Ignore their own shutdown orders (Article)

U.S. budget deficit hits suicidal heights (Article)

U.S. Postal Service dumped batches of mail across Los Angeles? (Report)

California: Can’t pay its promised retirement (Article)

Mexico: Water treaty with U.S. raises unrest (Report)

The culture: University of Michigan providing racially segregated events? (Report)

Yellowstone: Earthquakes intensifying (Report) (Is the supercaldera waking up?)

Greek, Turkish ships playing chicken over Turkey’s oil grab (Report) European Union backs Greece (Article)

Australia: More police action against lockdown/mandatory vaccination protests (Article)

The climate: West’s fires not climate but bad environmental policies (Article) (The fires are routine; the accumulai9on of brush, isn’t)

Kenosha: City begs Federal aid after $50 M riot damage? (Report)

The culture: Greatest black disadvantage isn’t racism; it’s government deconstruction of black families? (Article)

China: Combining the COVID contact traces with the Social Credit citizen monitoring (Article)

Chicago: 8 dead, 48 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after two shocks from a Taser (Report)

That is all

EDITORIAL: Governments Reflect Their Societies

                “I am their leader; I must follow them!” is famous more as political commentary than for its implicit humor. Societies generate governments appropriate to their behaviors, it is not the other way around. The independent, self-reliant, responsible attitude of the Post-Renaissance, Post-Reformation colonists who created the United States by their nature ceded as little to government as possible, remembering well that which they left behind.

                At the opposite extreme, a society of dependent, entitled and irresponsible citizens will naturally empower its government to expand into the resulting vacuum, supplying by force majeure the regulation otherwise lacking. And it is obviously axiomatic that individual liberty is inversely proportionate to the expansion of government. It is an eternal truth in human affairs that: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”

                The United States is more quietly, emulating the Chinese Social Credit system for monitoring and control of individual citizens, something that is inevitable under present circumstances. Normal human behavior requires it: Adults are independent; children only survive under guardians …

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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