GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

The U.S. dollar: World hegemony slipping away (Article)

Air travel: Severe pilot shortage hits scheduled flights – no mention of vaccination refusals (Artoc;e_

U.S. Government: Threat from proposed SEC global warming disclosure rule (Report)

U.S. Dept. of Justice to provide “hate crime” hotline and reporting (Report)

U.S. Congress: Republicans joined Democrats to fund increased immigration from Ukraine (Report)

New York: Governor ordered surveillance, monitoring and blocking gun purchases for likely threatening persons (Report)

U.S. Economy: Average age of vehicles in use continues to lengthen (Report)

U.S. Diesel fuel prices up 75% since last year (Report)

California: Governor warns of water restrictions (Report)

ChibaL The end of an era (Article)

Anti-Russian economic sanctionsP Update (Article)

U.S. Finance: As Fed raises rates, interest on Federal debt becomes threat (Article)

Policy: What to do with all the useless people (Video)

The Climate: Arctic ice has risen to a 30 year high (Article)

The war on the internet: Ohio court to hear suit to make Google a regulated common carrier (Repor)

Surveillance: A face search engine anyone can use (Report)

Russia: Politicians demand retreat from Ukraine; troops refuse to fight (Report)

Air travel: Suddenly, the pilot shortage has nothing to do with the vaccination mandate? (Article)

Chicago: 1 dead, 31 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man found in a girl’s bed was arrested (Report)

That’s all …

EDITORIAL:         We Know They’re Kidding Us …

The ancients predicted current reality when they observed that “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” Or perhaps they just held a pessimistic view of human behavior. Whatever the case, most of us are following our leaders like Wiley E. Coyote used to follow the Roadrunner off the edge of the cliff in the old cartoon series. Wiley ran securely on thin air until he looked down and reality set in as he crashed while the bird flew off, laughing. Most of earth’s current leaders probably expect to escape similarly as our current political/financial reality falls around us. Their laughter, unlike that of the Roadrunner, will probably be private.

Too many governments and their citizens have accumulated unrepayable amounts of debt and continue to borrow and spend. Too many governments have debased their currencies by expanding their money supply, impoverishing their citizens with inflation.  Most of the world’s political leaders and most of the world’s information sources are publicly ignoring the economic trauma descending upon their citizens. And finally, previously democratic governments are anticipating their citizens’ coming unrest by generating authoritarian controls. Human life has lost its value and gender, its meaning. The governments pretend that everything is proceeding in good order and the citizens pretend to believe it. Unreality prevails; that is madness.                               

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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