Showing posts from November, 2019

Kiss the Ring Dude

On WeChat I was sent the below post.  It is in Chinese.  However, if one has Google Translator, or what have you, it is easy enough to read in full.  It is very, very lengthy.  I mind you, even scanning it such as I did, it took a good 15-20 minutes to go through, interrupted of course by breaks. The above is a post a Chinese scholar wrote about America.  It has apparently gained some traction.  Enough to be found on WC anyway.   The Chinese culture of posting thoughts and articles is alive and well in China.  Not so much here. Still, I felt it important to bring up because it shows how one Chinese fellow went from sleeping in the library during holiday breaks to see his father, to going to both Oxford and Harvard for studies.  Very much a pull oneself up from the bootstraps type of fellow. Very impressive, and so typical of what America used to produce all the time.  He basically writes in the above post that the

My Soul for 15 minutes of fame

Trump. There is a good possibility this man will go to jail someday.  Conclusions will be written.  Judgments made.  Hearings, Commissions.  Who knows?  Perhaps even a witch hunt for his "enablers" will begin.  But we do know this: Trump did not force anyone to join him.  He may have cajoled.  Told little white lies so many poorly educated Americans wanted to hear.  And can you blame them for listening? What has "world trade" done for them?  Economists surely knew a long time ago that the "benefits" of such trade wouldn't mean a new Union Job.  Or not necessarily a raise.  I make the same fucking pay I did ten years ago, business excluded.  But what if my pay had been "stuck" at say $18,000 or $30,000, rather than 100K+ like myself?  Wouldn't you be willing to give a big middle finger to American Society, too? Trump has an innate talent, that really struck me as true while listening to a news clip of such recently; 

In Hanoi

So I finally made it to Vietnam. And Vietnam was ok.  I was in Hanoi and about half way to Haiphong to boot.  Additionally I was north of Hanoi only a few hours from the Chinese border. These are my impressions: First of all the Vietnamese, like all good Vietnamese, just love Ho Chi Minh!  He is Jesus, John Lennon, Marx and the Bee Gees all rolled into one.  So I've said before, its always great to be the one controlling the narrative! So great that the Vietnamese businessman I met in Hanoi swore up and down that Ho Chi Minh never married.  Whoops As expected, I found the Vietnamese rather nationalistic and patriotic, which was to be expected.  This goes for both people and nations right?  To be successful first believe in yourself!  If Vietnam was something more than a mere "province" in size and more in number and geographic size similar to say America, China would be terrified.  They would probably have the border armed to the teeth.   And i