If you don’t think you’d enjoy “living” under Chinese rule, now is the time to do everything humanly possible to avoid it.

If you don’t think you’d enjoy “living” under Chinese rule, now is the time to do everything humanly possible to avoid it. 

Today’s additional incentive: 

“China shuts down 31 websites temporarily as crackdown on ‘rumour mongers’ continues”

[South China Morning Post -- July 18, 2014]

  • Also shut down was the Beijing-based website for zhiqing or “sent-down youth” generations — the Cultural Revolution campaign that saw millions of young city dwellers sent to the hinterlands to be “re-educated by the peasants”.
  • The nation has the world’s most sophisticated online censorship system.
  • It blocks many social media websites, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others, along with many sites hosted in Taiwan and those of rights groups and some foreign media agencies.
  • Only yesterday, President Xi Jinping, gave a keynote speech to the Brazilian congress, during his week-long visit to Latin America, in which he called for stricter management of the internet, Xinhua reported.

Every penny we spend on Chinese goods and services supports the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Communist Party, and the People’s Liberation Army.

All treason is economic.  This is why it used to be taken seriously.

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If you don’t want to live in China, why would you buy things made in China?

Why neglect the American economy if you want to live in the United States?  Why nurture the Chinese economy if you don’t want to live in China?

If you don’t want to live in China, why would you buy things made in China?

You do not want to live in China.

It can be profitable, after reading an article like this — including, of course, its reader comments — to ask and answer whether your feelings have been changed. 

Never underestimate the subtlety of power.

“Inside a Beijing Interrogation Room”

www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/opinion/murong-xuecun-inside-a-beijing-interrogation-room.html

  • Chinese writers like me often face difficult choices.  What should we do when friends are arrested for no good reason?  Keep our mouths closed?  Should we speak out in protest and risk being dragged away to prison?  Is it fair to our families and friends to risk rotting away in jail because we refuse to shut up?
  • Two plain-clothed guobao officers showed up and took me into a small room.  Shoe prints covered the walls, and cigarette butts were scattered on the floor.
  • The officers wanted to go to my home to get the essay I had written for the Tiananmen commemoration.
  • They finally agreed to let me go home alone to get the essay for them.  But once at home I couldn’t find it: I had written it in an email message and my account was inaccessible because of the Great Firewall.
  • I returned to the police station empty handed.  The officers let me go after making a statement about the inaccessible email, signing each page and affixing a fingerprint.
  • This was the first time I was questioned by the police.  In the course of my seven-hour interrogation the guobao officers were never ferocious.  In fact, they were polite.  In this respect, the Chinese government has evolved to appear friendly, but in its heart of hearts it is still a dictatorial regime that will never accommodate someone like me who disagrees with it.
  • But I was encouraged by all the support I received.  While I was being questioned by the police, and after my release, many people — friends and strangers — voiced their support for me.  Some even vowed to surrender to the police, too.

Never underestimate the subtle power — or not — of a 3,000-year-old opponent.


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Ending Tax Inversion in a few minutes

We need to realize that the very same companies that are doing this are also the very same companies that are sending our jobs offshore, or importing visa holders to take our jobs here at home.

My preferred method would be to charge them with economic treason for destroying the sovereign state of our nation, but most probably will not want to go that far.

All we need to do is make it so that they cannot sell their products in America.

This will work because our little country of 315 million people buys more products than those countries that have four times as many people, and these corporations know that, and they are betting on your ignorance of the subject will keep you silent.

I will stand by my use of the word “idiot” to include anyone who trades in this level of deceit.

Three good pieces, and then one written by an idiot:

“Quote Of Note”


 www.manufacturingnews.com/cgi-bin/backissues/backissues.cgi?flag=show_toc&id_issue=373&id_title=1

  • “In the category of footwear, the United States imported 2.33 billion pairs of shoes in 2013, up from 2.28 billion pairs of shoes the year before.  That is 7.5 pairs of shoes imported for every American.  In 2013, foreign workers made 6,372,704 pairs of shoes per day for Americans, or 265,529 pairs of shoes per hour, 4,425 pairs of shoes per minute, and 73 pairs of shoes per second.” – From the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel

“Why Israel Needs Anti-Semitism”

www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/22/why-israel-needs-anti-semitism

  • Last December, the Israeli press announced a new three-year program designed to entice 42,000 French Jews to settle in Israel by 2017.
  • Israel has a vital need for anti-Semitism.  The more there is, or seems to be, the better for Israel as the only “safe haven” for threatened Jews.
  • It would be ironic indeed if fear of Muslim neighbors in Paris suburbs should lead French Jews to move to a country totally surrounded by millions of hostile Muslim neighbors.

“Administration Flooded with 26,000 Comments Opposing Proposal to Disguise Offshoring of U.S. Manufacturing: Broad Reclassification Plan Would Count iPhones Made in China as U.S. Exports; Data Tricks Would Artificially Inflate U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, Deflate Manufacturing Trade Deficits”

www.citizen.typepad.com/eyesontrade/2014/07/administration-flooded-with-26000-comments-opposing-proposal-to-disguise-offshoring-of-us-manufactur.html

  • “These Orwellian data rebranding proposals would hide the damage wrought by past trade pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement, greasing the way for more-of-the-same, job-killing, deficit-boosting trade deals,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

“We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does”

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/07/21/were-heading-into-a-jobless-future-no-matter-what-the-government-does

  • Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live longer and healthier lives; robots will drive our cars, manufacture our goods, and do our chores.  There won’t be much work for human beings.
  • The writing is clearly on the wall about what lies ahead.  Yet even the most brilliant economists — and futurists — don’t know what to do about it.
  • Manufacturers who want to bring production back already complain that they can’t find enough skilled workers in the U.S. for their automated factories.  Technology companies that write the software also complain about the shortages of workers with the skills that they need.
  • The only solution that I see is a shrinking work week.  We may perhaps be working for 10 to 20 hours a week instead of the 40 for which we do today.  And with the prices of necessities and of what we today consider luxury goods dropping exponentially, we may not need the entire population to be working.  There is surely a possibility for social unrest because of this; but we could also create the utopian future we have long dreamed of, with a large part of humanity focused on creativity and enlightenment.
  • Regardless, at best we have another 10 to 15 years in which there is a role for humans.  The number of available jobs will actually increase in the U.S. and Europe before it decreases.  China is out of time because it has a manufacturing-based economy, and those jobs are already disappearing.

In its own diabolical way, this article is a laugh riot.  The Washington Post notes that author Vivek Wadhwa is — better yet, look him up for yourself.

I will stand by my use of the word “idiot” to include anyone who trades in this level of deceit.

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There’s Something Wrong With Me

This essay isn’t about Nazis, but I can’t think of a better way to begin.  

If something defies logic, then maybe there’s a reason.  Nobody can solve an emotional puzzle with logic, intellect.

(Haven’t you ever loved a person you swore must be crazy?)

I’ve known lots of people who, when they were young children, and learning about themselves from old children, learned and memorized this: 

“There’s something wrong with me.”  

There you have it.  They were wrong, of course, but there you have it anyway.

The shrinks might call it “low self-esteem” but it’s our country’s biggest problem.  Every compulsion and addiction — from overeating to serial murder — is rooted in this fundamental self-hatred.

Every exploitation and vulnerability, too.  How often do we make a purchase decision — or otherwise socially conform — to avoid the feeling, deeply subconscious, that “there’s something wrong with me”?

A hundred years ago, the typical German household was not what we Americans would think of as kid-friendly.  Humiliated German children grew into adult Nazis who saw themselves — their defective and vulnerable childhood selves — in their Jewish victims.  They symbolically exterminated their childhood selves, and thus completed the work of their childhood authority figures.     

I know too many self-hating Americans — mostly good people of low self-esteem — who see themselves in their own children and grandchildren. 

They are wrong, of course, but there you have it — and the reason their behavior defies logic.



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Fightin’ Words

A nation is an economy.  We wanted our own, so we broke away from England and adopted a Constitution that (still) gives our government the power to protect American commercial interests and to discriminate against danged foreigners.  

On July 14, the World Trade Organization twice again ruled against the United States — against your family and mine — in favor of Asian state-owned industry.  Try to find some mention of this in the “American” media.  

Reuters actually printed: 

“Trade diplomats said the two cases, both under scrutiny for nearly two years by the separate panels, reflected a widespread concern in the 160-member WTO over what many see as illegal U.S. protection of its own producers.”

Fightin’ words, and you can see where all this is headed.

We don’t need it.  We don’t need the WTO.  We don’t need a global economy — or anything else that makes a living by deindustrializing and parceling out the United States of America.

We need to be self-sufficient — again.

We have the resources.  We have the reasons.

“WTO rules against US on China state companies”

www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6ae06806-0bbe-11e4-8693-00144feabdc0.html

  • The World Trade Organization has struck a blow to US efforts to challenge the role in global commerce of state-owned companies in emerging economies. . . .
  • In decisions issued on Monday, a panel of WTO judges again ruled against the US in cases brought by China and India that disputed the way Washington imposed “countervailing duties” against alleged illegal subsidies by “public bodies”.
  • The US has tried for years to build a case against Chinese state-owned enterprises, saying these SOEs benefit from both overt and hidden subsidies that unfairly lower their costs of production.  It has argued that those amount to government subsidies to China’s exports, which are banned by the WTO.
  • The US push highlights the difficulties posed by the industrial structure of China and many other developing countries for a global trading system built around the idea of corporations being clearly separated from government.
  • In the Chinese case, three judges reaffirmed a 2011 judgment that set a narrow definition for what could be considered a government entity.  According to this ruling, state-owned companies could not be simply considered “public bodies” because they were majority-owned by governments.  Instead, the panel said, the US had to prove that Chinese state-owned enterprises also performed “government functions” or exercised “government authority”.
  • In a separate case before the trade body on Indian steel, judges cast aside Washington’s argument that supplies from state-owned iron ore and coal mines allowed Indian steel exporters to be treated as public bodies.

In May alone, our goods deficit with India was $2.4 billion.  Our goods deficit with China was $28.8 billion.

Still, danged foreigners are telling us we can’t legally protect our own interests.

We’ve been here before.

And we’ve got the Constitution to show for it.    

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