Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Trump Protesters Conspicuously Late to the Game: Where Was the Outrage When the Stage Was Being Set?

With protests against Trump actions seemingly only exploding with greater force since his election, there is a critical question that is seldom being asked. Even for one who acknowledges that there is plenty to be protesting against, you have to wonder: Where were the protests in December of 2015 when Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations […]

Trade, Currency and Military Skirmishes – Part 1

Donald Playing God After only 7 days into the Trump administration, the time it took God to create heaven and earth,  it had already become clear that skirmishes between the US and China will be inevitable. I use the word “skirmish” here, but everybody knows that it can potentially be a euphemism if the discords […]

Why Donald Trump held hands with British PM Theresa May

Knowing that British Intelligence knows “things” that the British Government would like Donald Trump to know they knew, Theresa May hurriedly went to Washington to “hold his hands” immediately after his inauguration. Physically as well as figuratively, certain matters of state must be conducted P-to-P (person to person). When it comes to transmitting highly sensitive […]

Time for a #NYexit

Time for a #NYexit Investors have a busy week ahead with the Fed statement, a ton of earnings and continued monitoring of President Trump’s Executive orders. On the economic front, we have Manufacturing PMI, the Unemployment Rate, Non-Farm Payrolls and Average Hourly Earnings. Fed Meeting: On Wednesday (2/1), the Fed will release their first statement […]

China’s “Moderate Prosperity”

At the malls and in tourist towns in China, it is very obvious that there are lots of little children all over, especially yearlings and two-year-olds, and lots of pregnant ladies carrying more to arrive. It looks like there is indeed a baby boom, judging by our part of China. The country’s two-child policy may […]

Mobilization

Over the 3-week spring holiday period, China reportedly will be handling over 3 billion passenger-journeys, 2.5 billion by its rail systems! All passengers must be ID-matched to their tickets. This can only be accomplished through its massive systems engineering and management approach. Technology is used to realize processes and projects to unprecedented scale and stability. […]

Doublewood: Roadmap for US-China Relations

Attached is a draft summary of my working paper on A Roadmap For US-China Relations. Matters On Hold At the moment, given the instability in US domestic politics, I believe that China is unlikely to rush into any major initiative with the new American administration. It will spend some time observing. There will be contacts […]

Xi Jingping’s Speech

Xi And I Philosophically and analytically, Xi and I have astonishingly congruent sensibilities. For us to simultaneously make the analogy from Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities is coincidental, but not surprising. It reinforces the notion that the world is indeed at a critical crossroad, resonating the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution and the social […]

Update: A Tale Of Two Speeches

Xi Jingping delivered his keynote speech at Davos today. He began with a paraphrase from the start of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale Of Two Cities: “This is the best of times. This is also the worst of times …” thus he began his keynote address to the annual assembly of the World Economic Forum. […]

Michael Pillsbury In Beijing

Michael Pillsbury, Donald Trump’s supposed go-to man on China, was in Beijing this past weekend. He made a speech in a seminar attended by members of Chinese think-tanks. Referring to his principal’s idea of “making America great again”, Pillsbury said: “If America were to be great again, the road must lead to Beijing.” The Chinese […]

Tesla driver stranded in the desert after smartphone app failure

The modern “running out of gas”.

Making out with your smartphone

Lonely? Kissenger simulates long-distance smooch over internet

Smartphone survives lunatic football fan

Distraught Cowboys fan runs directly into, punches the hell out of giant flatscreen TV

WOMAN DRIVES SUV INTO STORE IN ANGER OVER T-MOBILE REPLACEMENT POLICY

T-Mobile crash driver still in hospital; couldn’t appear in court Upset about cracked iPhone screen:(

NBA WILL CONSIDER SHORTENING GAMES DUE TO MILLENNIAL ATTENTION SPANS

Average person’s attention span is less than that of a goldfish

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Unprecedented Orders From Pentagon to Fire D.C. National Guard Commander Days Before Trump Inauguration

D.C. National Guard commander Errol R. Schwartz, a Major General, has been asked to step down after months of planning for president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration — an inauguration day that feels more likely than any in modern American history to break out in violence and/or social disruption. Some protest groups are vowing to disrupt road, […]

257 MINUTES: TIME ON COMPUTER BEFORE HARMING WELLBEING…

257 minutes: the time teens can spend on computers each day before harming wellbeing

A Tale Of Two Speeches

Xi Goes To Davos For the first time, China’s president will attend  the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland.  He will deliver a key-note speech there on January 17. Davos, as this forum is commonly called, has become one of the world’s most important and exclusive regular gatherings of political and business leaders […]

Trump’s No-Go Logo

Are you superstitious?  But this can only be inauspicious? When I watched CNN broadcast of the vaudeville that was Donald Trump’s first “press” conference, I could not keep my eyes away from the not-so-little, red-and-white logo in the front of Trump’s podium. It must surely be the No-Go sign, whether in China, or America, or anywhere in the world! Well, when enlarged, […]

Donald Trump Weighs In

Dysfunctional Transition After a bitterly divisive election, we now find ourselves in a series of unprecedented domestic feuds during the presidential transition.  They even spill over into foreign affairs, making us look like two nations at logger-head with ourselves.  Surreal! Being a feisty boxer, Donald Trump has been characteristically mouthing off and compulsively tweeting.  His […]

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