GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:                               

Congress: New racist farm aid bil excludes whites (Report) (Details)

Oregon: State Senate bill would pay blacks $123,000 reparations for slavery (Report)

California cities are mandating large pay raises for grocery workers, stores closing in response (Report)

Government: Why human governments always grow large (Article)

More government: Another view of what COVID has revealed (Article) (Recommended)

U.S. elections: A review of the new election law passed by the House (Article) (Recommended)

Globalism: A view to consider (Article)

The pandemic economy: The relief checks exceed the real loss of income? (Article)

U.S. Employment: Foreigners take 2/3rds of tech jobs each year? (Report)

U.S. Congress: COVID relief exceeded $41,000 per taxpayer; how much did you receive? (Re)

Yemen: Update (Report)

 Portland: Antifa violence continues (Repoer)

 Government: A federal judge ordered release of information on purchases of aborted baby parts (Report)

China: Mutable borders (Article)

U.S. Congress: Legislation would automatically reduce paychecks, create retirement savings (Report)

 European Union: Plans vaccination travel document (Report)

 Education: Columbia University students will graduate grouped by sexual preference, race and income (Report)

U.S. Government: Extends travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico borders (Report) (Except illegal aliens?)

The Pandemic: Ivermectin treatment gaining support (Report)

The climate: The once green Arctic, without human intervention (Report)

The Federal Reserve: Rising inflation is just temporary? (Article)

Education: Reassessing the value of a college education (Article)

Judicial Watch has sued for details of police officer’s death, unreported after Capitol invasion (Report)

Canada: Father jailed after refusal to conform to transgender claim of age 14 child (Report)

U.S. Elections: A view of the Democrats’ election law revisions in Congress (Article)

Digital trails: How FBI identifies and rounds up dissidents (Article)

U.S. Government: Michigan restaurant owner arrested, jailed in predawn raid for violating pandemic restrictions (Report)

Chicago: 5 dead, 35 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested in a chair next to apartment parking (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         Texas Has Suffered; Will The Rest Of Us Heed?

Texas water and power providers shut down under unusual but not unheard of cold, inflicting freezing and thirst across the state. The widespread suffering was blessedly not protracted for most but the event deserves more attention than it has received. It advertises a systemic failure of government and a much greater impending risk.

The water and power failed because the government that empowered its providers as regulated monopolies led them to pursue populist political goals in place of customer service. Green power did not flow from frozen windmills and snow-covered solar farms obviously, nor has heating gas flowed via inadequately insulated machinery. Nor has politicized utility rate setting protected the customers’ interests. But all of these do diagnose government interests at odds with the declared responsibilities of the government; we call that corruption. Look for politicians frantically shifting blame … There is a much larger danger looming over all of us that is illuminated by the suffering of the Texans: The ever-more integrated U.S. national utility grid is not only fragile, it has become a vulnerable system now central to civilized life in the United States. Consider the result of a really wide scale, protracted U.S. power outage upon light, heat, communication and production. Note that our politicians are adding transportation to those. Then recall Murphy’s Law.

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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