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Dynastic bust?

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The totally unlamented death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi set me thinking about dynasties.   China and North Korea were the two nations I thought capable of establishing a family destined to rule,  but as this article so clearly points out, being worthy of consideration for marrying into a dynastic family also means you’re first in line for  being murdered  if another power wishes to achieve that goal in your place.

President Xi was probably wise to send his only daughter back to Harvard to study further.  She is much safer at that institution,  as awful as it may be,  than she would ever be in China.  If I were her,  I would not be likely to leave the United States again,  and I would certainly never set foot in China again.  China already has a war going on between entrepreneurs and the government, and no one should be under any illusion that the communist government will hesitate to aggressively attack those it perceives to be acting in their own self-interest rather than that of the government.   Communism and socialism  always have very rich and powerful people at the top, standard misery for everyone else,  and it never ends well for the common man,  does it.

 

 

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October 30, 2019 at 2:16 pm

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China harvesting…

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The Communist government of China has long been accused of harvesting the organs of unwilling donors, which it has always denied.   It still denies it,  but the survivors tell a  far different  tale,  and many of them belong to the Falun Gong,  a religious minority long persecuted for adhering to a Buddhist-centric religious philosophy grounded in meditation and compassion.

For Communists,  the only permitted religion is worship of the state,  something which the Democratic Party now shares with both communism and socialism.   China makes money off this organ harvesting,  a lot of it,  and its much vaunted economy is failing.  China is now spending its cash on food,  not basic manufacturing materials from abroad.  The county has for many years struggled to feed its citizens.   It used to shrug at thousands dying of starvation and disease,  but there are too many cell phones now for officials to easily cover up such disasters.  That is why I buy absolutely nothing made in China — I refuse to allow my hard-earned money to support such a regime.

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October 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm

China shift…

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Democrats shriek that Trump’s trade stance is hurting America, not China.   But when an economy shifts from buying manufacturing material to  buying food,  there is a big problem.   China has long had tremendous difficulty feeding its people,  and the government knows it looks bad when it offs a few thousand starving peasants.

The reality is that China’s economy has been weakened,  and it cannot withstand the hits it is taking.   Yes,  it could call due all the U.S. debt it holds,  but Pres. Trump could simply refuse to pay and accuse them of market manipulation (which China is certainly guilty of) and wait them out at the various world courts.   Meanwhile,  its people go hungry,  and hungry people can become very dangerous ones.   China already loses a handful or so of bureaucrats and Communist Party officials every month when they go traipsing into the hinterlands to lay down the law.   It does not want to have to deal with open rebellion within its borders from ethnic Chinese — bad P.R.,  ya know.   It also does not want the African nations which usually supply its nearly insatiable appetite for manufacturing materials complaining that they are closing mines and facilities because China is broke.

Does Trump understand this?   Of course he does.   Do the Democrats?  Perhaps a dozen of their congress critters can cope with the evidence before them,  but most have trouble keeping a checkbook straight,   and they don’t even bother to try when it’s my money and yours.

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August 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm

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China caving on trade….

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If Trump is so incompetent,  why has he gotten China to agree to truly meaningful trade reforms in less than two years when America has sought such reform for more than a decade?  Oh,  he must be more lucky than his predecessor who was supposed to be able to persuade anyone of anything.

It might have something  to do with  Trump’s threat to increase a 10%  tariff on $200 billion of Chinese exports to a 25% tariff on March 1.  China has long depended on selling to the world, especially America,  and stealing intellectual property from us .  I haven’t bought anything made in China for years,  but if the entire U.S. market were closed to it,  Americans would be somewhat inconvenienced,  but China would be staring at bankruptcy.

 

 

 

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February 3, 2019 at 3:29 pm

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China needs soybeans…

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If you’re going to get into a pissing contest with Donald J. Trump,  it might serve you well to be certain you can feed your people and serve your markets  without purchasing  soybeans from the USA.   It might also be useful for you to employ someone able to see that South America is suffering a shortage of the product,  so that even if china can import more from Argentina,  the latter country will likely have to import additional supplies from America.

Goodness,  this international trade stuff is really interconnected and difficult,  ain’t it?

 

 

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August 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Chinese space junk…

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The Chinese space station everyone had their panties in a wad over didn’t land in  the forecasted  ocean,  but it mostly  burned up  upon reentry,  so there were no injuries reported,  nor was there much of a celestial show.  Yawn….

 

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April 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm

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Chinese snow festival…

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Snow sculptures are beautiful to look at,  but likely brutal to execute.   This festival  in China attract millions of visitors despite temperatures near zero.

 

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February 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

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