GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Afghanistan: Biden Administration blocking escapes provided by private operators? (Report)

The U.S. economy: COVIDID bailouts have nothing to do with COVID (Article)

Finance: The Federal Reserve keeps printing or (until) the whole thing blows (Article) (Recommended for non-finance folk)

The pandemic: Study finds immunity of recovered patients superior to vaccination (Report)

More pandemic: CDC published study found no difference between mandatory/voluntary school mask policy results (Report)

U.S. counties taking homes without compensating homeowners (Report)

Oregon: Unvaccinated ineligible for unemployment benefits? (Report)

Australia: Building quarantine camps … (Report)

Chevy volt: General recall re battery fires (Report)

The pandemic: Israel cracks the code: the jabs don’t work… (Article) More on overhyped vaccines (Article)

Singpore: Update (Article)

Afghanistan: U.S. citizens turned away from Kabul airport by U.S. military (Report)

China: A Great Leap Backward? (Article) (See editorial below)

Saudi Arabia: Bomb laden drone injures 8 at airport (Report) (A spreading new warfare)

Newborn’s DNA samples in demand by governments and business facing judicial decisions (Report)

Pandemic vaccination: Doctor’s testimony before New York Legislature (Video) (Recommended)

Immigration: 18,000 unaccompanied minors released into U.S. interior in August (Report)

San Francisco: To begin paying people to refrain from bad behavior (Report)

Science: Human history being pushed back again? (Report)

The economy: A Realist’s View Of The Popular Narrative (Article) (Recommended for Realists)

The war on privacy: Lawsuit claims siri invades privacy (Report) (Will the snooping explosion slow?)

Biden tax hike largest since 1968 (Report) (Shut down the economy, then raise taxes..?)

Digital currencies to be test in international finance (Report)

The Pandemic: Pfizer testing daily pill for infections with failed vaccinations (Report)

U.S. Capitol riot investigation becoming political hatchet job? (Report) (Why aren’t Antifa/BLM receiving similar treatment?)

Surveillance: U.S. Federal agencies expanding use of facial recognition (Report)

Auarinm, TX school district: Will screen employee social media accounts for politically incorrect content (Report)

Afghanistan: The north resists the Taliban again with heavy fighting (Report)

Rlection fraud: Investigators have video of numerous distributors dropping bundles of ballots into drop boxes at night in Georgia (Report)

Immigration: Study finds over half of U.S. immigrants are on taxpayer funded welfare (Report)

 Piracy: Coastal Africa update (Article)

Chicago: 6 dead, 50 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

Naked man drove up, accosted 2 women (Report)

And that’s all …

EDITORIAL:         China Redux

                To avoid the economic dissolution and political collapse experienced by the Soviet Union, China’s Communist Party dropped Communism in favor of a return to capitalism, albeit under a still authoritarian state. Springing up like weeds and with a little help from stolen Western tech, Chinese entrepreneurs provided an economic miracle of development. But there are social costs accompanying such economic upheavals, e.g. America’s Civil War. Current reports suggest that the Chinese Communist Party may feel threatened by that which it has unleashed; it seems bent upon restoring a greater degree of socialism upon its economy. For the party’s longevity, that is probably good politics; most Chinese aren’t wealthy capitalists and world finance teeters over a precipice.

But China’s unbroken succession of authoritarian government has a history of overdoing things. China’s unmatched technological and economic development led the Ming Dynasty to engage the world but the resulting social and financial stresses became justification for the retreat into stasis that left China helpless before the Europeans by the time they arrived. If that weren’t costly enough, Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward cost some 20 million lives by starvation alone. Doing nothing is precluded by the very visible advances in more democratic neighbors that even the world’s largest censorship organ can’t hide from the Chinese people. Clearly, the politicians have to do something.

Historically, human progress seems inversely proportional to government intervention past a minimym point. The present economic uncertainty seems more likely to deliver stultifying repression than it does to protect progress.      

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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