The future’s coming over, so we should probably get up and get the kids ready.
“Bloomberg Hints at Curb on Articles About China”
- Bloomberg, the financial data and news company, relies on sales of its terminals, which are ubiquitous on bankers’ desks around the world, for about 82 percent of its $8.5 billion in revenue. But sales of those terminals in China declined after the company published an article in June 2012 on the family wealth of Xi Jinping, at that time the incoming Communist Party chief. After its publication, officials ordered state enterprises not to subscribe to the service.
“Censorship Instructions: ‘Crimea Votes to Join Russia’”
[China Digital Times link -- March 17, 2014]
- Central Propaganda Department: “All media must refrain from hyping or exaggerating the referendum in Crimea. In your coverage, you may not connect the story to our own country’s issues with Taiwan, Tibet, or Xinjiang, and you must not comment without authorization on the Foreign Ministry’s position on and handling of the Crimean issue.”
“Michelle Obama’s Visit to China Aims to Focus on Shared Values”
[Caixin link -- March 21, 2014]
- “So in my family’s experience, I hope the people of China see a reflection of the commitment we all share to leave something better for our next generation to give our children and grandchildren opportunities we never dreamed of for ourselves.”
“Michelle Obama and family staying in $8,000 suite in China”
[China News Service
link -- March 21, 2014]
- It is the hotel’s only Presidential Suite and costs 52,000 yuan ($8,350) per day.
“China to resume Canadian canola meal imports, first in a year”
- China has agreed to resume imports of Canadian canola meal from Richardson International Ltd, the first from Canada in about a year, a Richardson official said on Friday.
– see also FFC #941, #974, or #976:
“China to relax green card policy”
[Xinhua link -- March 21, 2014]
- “We’re working on adopting more flexible policies of granting Chinese green cards, with the hope of attracting more overseas Chinese back to the country.”
“Koch Brothers Are The Largest Land Owners Of Canada’s Tar Sands”
- Koch Industries has held the line that they have no financial stake in the Keystone XL Pipeline and “are not party to its design or construction,” or “a proposed shipper or customer of oil delivered by this pipeline.” Most people in the path of oil and gas development find themselves helpless in the face of the industry’s deep pockets and political affiliations.
“Rash of finance-pro suicides baffles experts”
- “The suicide-research literature doesn’t help very much with the question of why the method of these suicides is so out in the open,” she added.
Now here’s something that really would “help very much”:
“How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?”
If you think it’s scary, you haven’t heard the alternatives.
No matter who you blame—Washington, Wall Street, the Big Banks, Globalization—they all have at least one thing in common: they all get all their power from us.
Even a young child knows: when a machine goes haywire and the controls don’t work, you don’t form a committee, you don’t stockpile ammunition, you pull the plug.
When a contractor doesn’t perform as agreed—and this applies to social contracts, as well—you withhold payment until he does the job you hired him to do.
Beginning right now, I will do my part as an American citizen—and the guy you could have voted for—to enforce the American agreement of democracy and prosperity, and to prevent a possible genocide.
I’m glad you don’t like that word. For decades now, this country has been in the business of transferring existing wealth instead of producing new wealth. When the wealth has all been transferred, finally—what happens then?
Beginning right now, you can do more than just complain and feel helpless. You can pull a plug. Join me—follow me—in providing incentive by simply withholding payment:
- Not another penny in income tax—personal or corporate.
- Not another penny in payment of student loans.
- Not another penny to any Big Bank—or to any corporation that has taken American money and betrayed American interests.
I am not saying we should all become irresponsible deadbeats. I’m advocating a higher form of financial responsibility, one that considers the difference between virtue and vanity, virtue and cowardice. When our democracy is acceptable, America’s real economy acceptable, when the game is no longer rigged against us, we should be delighted to once again extend our cooperation and financial support—under conditions acceptable to the common man.
Americans in a democracy are all common men.
Every day, somebody tells me our country is doomed, our children are doomed, there’s no future, not a thing we can do about it, and we shouldn’t even try.
They say America is in her final stages of disunity, that Americans couldn’t pull together now if their lives depended on it.
I say they’re wrong.