GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Oil geopolitics: An opinionated analyst’s crrent view (Report)

Air travel: Sudden pilot shortage bites (Silence re vaccination mandate) (Report)

U.S. presidential election: Who’s to blame for not reporting the fraud? (Article)

China: A slowing economy: (Article)

Somalia: U.S. enlarging Special Forces presence (Report)

Ukraije : Exploiting Russian overconfidence (Article)

U.S. Crime: Less than 8% of violent crimes involve guns? (Report)

U.S. Electric Grid has a $2 T problem (Article)

India/Pakistan: Tribal troubles escalate (Article)

Geopolitics: Russia began shooting at Israeli aircraft in Syria? (Report)

COVID Vaccination: Significant percentage of specialist’s practice report vaccine injuries (Report)

Western society is collapsing? (Article)

Sri Lanka: Financial collapse, government goes broke (Report)

 European Union to replace Russian oil with green energy via rationing, compulsory solar panels, etc. (Report)

COVID Vaccination: CDC data show excess, non-COVID deaths (Report)

 U.S. life expectancy  decline continues (Report)

U.S. Economy: Barreling toward recession per experts? (Article) (Howling understatement?)

Summer power blackouts hanging over U.S. (Article)

United States and Israel subject themselves to World Health Organization emergency powers (Report) (Objection!)

The Federal Reserve has destroyed American savings (Article)

Australia/Japan WWII enemies become allies (Article)

Poland, the Baltics and Ukraine: Update (Article)

Somalia: The past is prologue – again (Article)

COVID Vaccination: Another view of risks (Report)

U.S. Election fraud: Investigation update (Report)

Monkey pox: Unasked question (Article)

Chicago: 5 dead, 29 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested after killing, injuring people (Report)

Finis …

EDITORIAL:         Ruminating On A Spanish Proverb

Our species evidently considers members of other species edible, useful, troublesome or irrelevant and we treat them accordingly, often enough wholesale. That is a fact. We treat each other little better; ask a starving North Korean or a current Ukrainian. We do better with some other species and each other when it serves our purposes. ‘That is normal behavior in a relentless universe.

Politicians are ambitious humans pursuing power over the rest of us to further their own interests; when that is otherwise unavailable, they promise to relieve us of this reality in return for our support of their empowerment. But they have nothing to give us that they have not first taken from us; their blandishments are lies. However, doing hard time in this universe, we want desperately to believe in such possibilities. Add that it is belief in possibilities that has produced most of human progress. A very old Spanish proverb is: “Take what you want”, said God, “and pay for it”. That seems to fit our recorded past, present and probable future though naturally, we prefer to disbelieve the latter part of it …              

Christians offer the prospect of heaven to balance current reality; a direct challenge to politicians who prefer that citizens seek their rewards from government. The currently post-Christian West, increasingly absolved of Christian behavior, is naturally returning human life to the status of a commodity, with human government as its arbiter. We are reminded of the poet’s question: “what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

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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