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They would say this…

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China is whining that the world,  by which it means Pres. Trump,  must stop saying that  China is responsible  for North Korea.  The problem is that China has not only allowed NoKo to exist,  its has propped it up when necessary and derived great benefit from allowing the rogue state to bedevil and blackmail the West with threats of nuclear and chemical and biological warfare.

Pres. Trump has called the Chinese on it,  and Chinese officials are both furious and worried.  Most of Europe is still hiding under their desks qivering.

 

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July 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

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Why would…

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…fidget spinners be catching on fire?   Probably because  some of them are manufactured in China,  which is none too concerned with how many Americans or their pets its products harm.   The usual culprit seems to be the new lithium-ion batteries,  which are touchy at best and prone to objecting to the tight tolerances required for modern products.

 

 

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July 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Chinese Lunar New Year…

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The Chinese celebrate New Year’s a bit differently than we do,  but it’s certainly spectacular.

 

 

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January 31, 2017 at 11:36 pm

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A real gem…

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This is  the largest chunk of jade I’ve ever seen,  and the only piece larger is a carved statue in China.   One hopes the miners who discovered this huge deposit have earned a bonus,  but since it was found in Burma  —  oh, it’s called Myanmar now,  isn’t it?  —   I view that as unlikely.

Since jadeite is responsible for half the country’s GDP,  this find is certain to provide a significant boost for the economy,  though those in China who turn the discovery into jewelry will take a big cut of the profits.

 

 

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October 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm

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Terracotta warriors…

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Could the famed terracotta warriors in China have had a Western influence?   I personally find it unlikely,  but it just  might be  possible.

 

 

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October 14, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Why close it?

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If the glass bridge is perfectly safe,  why would the Chinese authorities close it less  than two weeks after its grand opening  to do  “an internal system upgrade” on the structure?

 

 

 

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September 3, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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Education at any cost…

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Would you send your child to school if he had  to negotiate  an 800 foot high cliff coming and going?   These Chinese parents do.   Life is still considered cheap in China,  at least for the peasants and the impoverished,  but the trek is considered so dangerous that these children board at the school and return home only twice a month.

Would the government have considered doing anything about the situation if the photographs were not online?   Probably not.   Communism is government by force which need not consider the sensibilities of those who suffer under it.   Of course,  that disregard for human life is one reason Chinese medicine advanced so rapidly.   They had plenty of subjects to use as guinea pigs,  and they kept detailed records of their studies.

UPDATE:  My bad  —  the cliff is 800 meters,  not feet,  meaning it’s more than 2,500 feet.   If there is any good news,  it’s that authorities are considering replacing the  bamboo ladders  with steel stairs.

 

 

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May 29, 2016 at 10:05 am

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