GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING WEEK … (Politically Uncorrected)

From the week:

Technology: The West is abandoning leadership (Article)

The economy: A current geopolitical risk assessment (Article)

U.S. Marines: Drop punishments for refusing COVID vaccine (Report)

Geopolitics: Russia/China will finally bring the Age of Central Asia? (Article)

U.S. Pensions: Employer plans failing retirees (Article)

The U.S. Economy: Instability, leading to collapse (Article)

Ukraine: Summarizing history (Article)

 Education: New York City continuing to fire unvaccinated teachers (Report)

U.S. Energy: Wintter heating costs expected to skyrocket (Report)

The Economy: Runaway living costs raising tensions worldwide (Report)

The Climate: What they’re not telling people about electric vehicles (Article)

U.S. National Debt: Bounding upward with Federal Reserve rate hikes (Article)

 The Climate: Air conditioning, refrigeration to be less available (Report)

The U.S. Economy: Where have all the ships gone? (Article)

Iraq: Bagdad embassies evacuating amid violence? (Report)

Russia: Rising protests against Ukraine war (Report)

Pennsylvania: County sues Dominion voting machines over election anomalies (Report)

Ukraine: An analysis of the Russian invasion so far (Article)

U.S. Government: Forcing Christian charity to hire non-Christian workers (Report)

Energy: Massachusetts electric rates up 64% in November (Report)

 The Church: U.S. Catholic conference to publicly attack Pope Francis (Report)

Space: Who’s responsible for cleaning up all the junk? (Article)

European Union: Threatens Italian voters as election looms (Report)

The U.S. Economy: The Federal Reserve is setting up a crash (Article)

Energy: Renewables are a costly, risky illusion (Article)

U.S. Heaalthcare: Inflation looms (Article)

Chicago: 1 dead, 22 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)

A naked man was arrested for burglary (Report)

Enough, already …

EDITORIAL:         Mr. Putin’s Current Nuclear Blackmail

By appearances, President-For-Life Putin expected a quick, relatively quiet annexation of Ukraine rather than a proxy war with NATO. Given other Europeans’ attitudes toward Slavs, that wasn’t unreasonable. But the vanished Soviets linger in too many minds; the reassembling of the Soviet Empire is fearful. Putin now publicly owns a blatant mistake and worse than than, so far a blatant failure. Such is a very unhealthy atmosphere for Russian autocrats; Putin’s enemies must be salivating. It seems obvious why so many important Russians are jumping out of upper story windows these days … and Putin doubtless recalls clearly that Indira Gandhi’s assassins were two of her bodyguards. Under pressure, Putin is resorting to nuclear threats. China, drooling at the prospect for invading Taiwan, watches from the wings.

NATO, also nuclear armed, obviously cannot afford to yield to nuclear blackmail; this must be aimed at Ukraine and its neighbors. Mr. Putin cannot afford to be seen bluffing; the next step seems up to his subordinates – or perhaps, his bodyguards.

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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