GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

 Philadelphia: Unvaccinated city workers facing involuntary leave, then termination (Report)

Google Chrome browser has been hacked (Report)

Social control: Chin’s “Social Credit” citizen controls developing worldwide (Report) (More)

Fatburgs: The growing menace under our streets (Article)

Energy: Analysis of Russia’s gas ultimatum on Europe (Article)

U.S. Government agencies suppressed COVID information under political pressure per Government Accountability Office (Report)

U.S. police can now track cell phones without a warrant (Report)

Southern California drought: Water boards imposing rationing with fines (Report)(More)

The advertised U.S. food crisis: Accidental or planned? (Article) (Or largely propaganda?)

Education: U.S. charter schools eclipse the rest of the failing system (Article)

COVID vaccination: The many ways it can harm your health (Report)

More COVID vaccination: Study finds resulting complications 40X greater than reported (Report)

The Rules Have Changed: You (and I) no longer own anything (Report)

Surveillance: U.S. tracked phones to analyze COVID lockdown (Report)

U.S. bonds that deliver 9.62% interest for the next 6 months (Report)

COVID Vaccination: Pfizer VP arrested after publishing troubling vaccine test results (Report)

 Student loan forgiveness: Who pays?

Why Ukraine resists the Russians (Article)

Oregon: New law to install tampon dispensers in public school boys’ restrooms (Report)

The U.S. Economy: 34% of small retailers could not pay April rents? (Report)

Life Expectancy: Falling in Europe too (Report)

Chicago: 8 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked woman was arrested after damaging a pickup with a club (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         America’s New Ministry of Truth?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is adding a Disinformation Governance Board to a combination of heavily politicized cheers and jeers; what is reality here? The establishments’ Washington Post seems little disturbed; others more so. Let’s try some objective analysis:

The entity’s title announces that it governs disinformation. That says it is in charge of falsehoods. It does not indicate whether it opposes or disseminates them, or does both. Neither does it inform us of whose falsehoods it governs. Since the board is part of the Department of Homeland Security, it seems reasonable to assume that it is responsible for any falsehoods significantly affecting public security favorably or otherwise. As its department operates as a police agency, and the Board’ is named to govern lies, it does not appear unreasonable to compare it to Orwell’s Ministry of Truth. However, the Board’s legal charter remains unavailable at present so far as we know; we have only its title to inform us. The most pertinent fact here is probably the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. With that, the new Board’s titular function seems de jure, unconstitutional.  

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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