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Share CNN Can No Longer Use the ‘Moral High Ground’ with P.R. China
tradervic 2017-7-6 07:58
CNN Can No Longer Use the ‘Moral High Ground’ with P.R. China
For those ‘old China Hands’/American Expats that have been posting on P.R. Chinese websites over the years, there has always been a bit of amusement about how Western Media Outlets, like CNN, like to take the ‘Moral High Ground’ when it attempts to address P.R. Chinese officials about affairs of state. Whether the occasion or incident, there is this attitude that the powers of Beijing are not ‘righteous’ enough when dealing with the citizens of P.R. China, to which a theme of ...
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Share Yellow Man’s Burden - The Limits of Power Projection Shown with the Belt and Ro
tradervic 2017-6-12 01:43
Yellow Man’s Burden - The Limits of Power Projection Shown with the Belt and Ro
Some time ago, in the forums of the China Daily BBS, there was a request from the management for folks like myself to take some time to talk about the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. It is a rather ambiguous project for the powers to be in Beijing, much like the ambiguous projects the old powers to be in London, Paris, and elsewhere had over the last couple of centuries – an attempt to establish a secure trade network with the world (i.e. the Suez Canal, the Transcontinental Railroad ...
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Share Follow up to My "Observation" Articles - Then a Question to the Reader
tradervic 2017-5-22 01:46
Follow up to My "Observation" Articles - Then a Question to the Reader
As you can see from the attached graphic below - the official election results for the County of Cook for the April 7, 2017 elections (http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/results/Documents/SummaryReport40417.pdf )have recordedthat the 4th position for the Hinsdale Library Board was elected with only23 Votes. While I did predict that the position would be had for less that 400 votes in my previous article - I am not too happy to see the threshold t ...
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Share Observation – the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship, Part 5
tradervic 2017-4-10 01:02
Observation – the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship, Part 5
If there are two things that can be the bane of any form of government, or two of the leading causes for its destruction, they are citizen apathy and government bureaucracy. It does not matter if the government type is a democracy, a republic, a people’s republic, an oligarchy, a monarchy, or a simply a “strongman” – if the day to day operations are too confusing, and citizens no longer fell bothered to participate/interact – then that government that is supposed to serve is go ...
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Share Possible to Nominate Gabor Fekete for an IgNoble Prize?
tradervic 2017-4-3 01:08
Possible to Nominate Gabor Fekete for an IgNoble Prize?
Working in my current position these last few years – it has been interesting to see how the see the internal processes that international science projects have to go through to achieve a goal of proving scientific theories that go to understand how the Universe works, and how we work within it. To say that it is its own community and culture is an understatement – with pop culture giving it just it brief attention in movies and television (usually to attempt justify the CGI festi ...
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Share Observation: the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship – Part Four
tradervic 2017-3-27 01:19
Observation: the 3rd Responsibility of Citizenship – Part Four
Over the last few months, I have been regaling my readers about my activities getting four candidates to run for the Hinsdale Library Board – an organization that is responsible for running the Hinsdale Library – which is open as close as it can for 365 days a year with a full time/part time staff of about 40 to 50 people (depending on time of the year). This entity operates with a budget (raised from yearly municipal property taxes) of about 3 to 4 million dollars a year. ...
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Share A Candid View of the Growing Western Emulation of the Great Firewall
tradervic 2017-3-6 01:42
For more than a few years now, there has been the ever present spectacle on the international stage about China’s “Great Firewall”. Much like the original fortification, it was set up to be a defense against the hordes of barbarians that roam the length and breath of the Internet. And much like the original, it has seen its issues with maintenance and overall effectiveness. To some around the world, it is held up in regards of being as much as “Technological Wond ...
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Share A Recommended Film – Disco and Atomic War
tradervic 2017-2-27 01:54
A Recommended Film – Disco and Atomic War
It was been a lively couple of months to the new year that is 2017 around the world. In my neck of the woods that is the U.S. – President Donald Trump has been the source of a good deal of humor and/or dread, no matter which part of the political spectrum. Europe is a buzz with the idea that the E.U. will reeling with changes in France, the Netherlands, and elsewhere that will be greater than the ‘Brexit’ of last year. P.R. China, much like Japan and Russia, are s ...
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Share May We Live in Un-Interesting Times?
tradervic 2017-1-30 01:51
May We Live in Un-Interesting Times?
It was been interesting to watch the world in the wake of Donald Trump winning the U.S. Presidential Election, from the ‘Macro’ to ‘Micro’ Level. More often than naught, I am reminded of the old Chinese Curse, “May you live in Interesting Times,” with the amount of ‘wailing and gnashing of teeth’ that has been displayed by various individuals and groups in and out of the United States. However, pose a simple question: What Qualifies as “Un-Interesting T ...
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Share Hamtramck Traditions in Action in P.R. China
tradervic 2017-1-16 01:51
Hamtramck Traditions in Action in P.R. China
Over the holiday season here in the U.S., my family and I traveled took in part in the ‘U.S. Migrant Worker’ tradition of ‘Heading Home for the Holidays’. As my wife and I have been doing for over a decade now, we traveled from Chicago, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan to celebrate Christmas at my Mother’s house. We spent time catching up with the relatives, talking about the various events of the year, watching my children and their American cousins having fun with e ...
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