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Is it okay to eat pancakes for dinner? December 13, 2017

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I am going to add syrup, butter, whipped cream and honey too. Brown sugar sprinkled on top of the pancakes was caramelized before serving. 

The restaurant is Kua Aina at Mitsui Outlet Park in Linkou. We want to try something  other than Japanese Ramen, 牛丼, 滷肉飯,牛肉麪 or dumplings and Kua Aina looks good to us. 

It is busy but there is no line at the door. The restuarant is spacious. The selections are plentiful and, based on the picture on the wall, their hamburger looks good. Besides, we haven’t had french fries for a long time. On top of all these, they have pancakes.

Waitress station.

Menu. Burgers look good.

Syrup, butter, whipped cream and honey to top it off.

1/3 lb of meat. Tender, juicy, medium well, just the way I like it. French fries are crispy too. Bacon isn’t crispy enough. It seems to me that Taiwanese likes it this way.

Salas is ordinary.

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LOL: Canada, UK and USA December 12, 2017

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Are the UK and Canada bad versions of the USA? 

by Richard Black https://www.quora.com/Are-the-UK-and-Canada-bad-versions-of-the-USA/answer/Richard-Black-31?share=7ee96cc7&srid=eBtU

Canada has a special place in my heart because I was assigned to work for MOCAN, that’s Mobil Canada, for a year and half. My condition to my manager for working up north was to send my family with me to the cold country.

He agreed and my family went with me to live in a city with 6 months of winter and 3 weeks of summer.

The oil field I worked on was called ‘Cold Lake.’ It was 3+ hours away from Edmonton. I sometimes took company’s small (seat 6) twin propeller plane to the field directly but most of the time I had to fly to Edmonton from Calgary and drove 3 hours to the field. To call it “in the middle of no where” or “鳥不生蛋的地方” is actually an understatement. 

Calgary could be very cold in the winter. Temperature dipped to -25 degrees F in the city and the coldest night that I had to out about and work around a drilling rig was -43 degrees F. That was cold indeed. Almost all cars were equipped with electric engine block heaters to keep the engine blocks warm. Without it, the engine block could be too cold and engine oil too viscous to to get car engines started in the morning or after work.  

The Canada I remembered was a slow-paced, easy going, lay back and friendly country. Tax was very high. Almost everything was more expensive than what we could buy in Dallas. Prices for things made out of cotton: socks, underwears, etc., were outrageous. Very few fancy cars on the road and houses for professionals were modest at best.

When I was there, WTI was less than $20 a barrel and oil coming out of ground of Cold Lake could only fetch $8 a barrel. It wss tough back then. MOCAN had to lay off 25% of its staff while I was up there. It was miserable. In the end, the SW SAGD project our team of engineers and geologists was working on was terminated because it cost more to produce each barrel than we could sell the oil for. Now, the SW SAGD process we pioneered has been successfully  applied in the field since late 1990’s all over Alberta. 

Well, we could have made a lot of money for Mobil and converted hundreds of millions barrels of heavy oil resources into reserves. Well, so be it because Mobil management wasn’t like Exxon’s management team. They has a long tern vision for what an oil company should be run. Mobil’s top management only cared for next quarterly results.

Exxon bought Mobil in 2000. 

It was ironic to note that Exxon’s Cold Lake operation was probably 100 times bigger than Mobil’s. They started to develop their Cold Lake field in the 1960’s and kept at it through thin and thick. Mobil shut our successful operation down because oil price was low.

一江山戰役 December 12, 2017

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https://scout.com/military/warrior/Article/In-1955-America-Threatened-China-with-Nuclear-War-112125213

這篇文章中說到的海南島失守,一江山戰役和大陳島撤退都是我在幼稚園和剛開始上小學的時候發生的。除了從課本上學到的一點事蹟,我知道的不多。六十年以後來看這一段歷史,雖然它是一個外國作家用英文來寫的摘要,依然令我驚心動魄。

人類的歷史就是用一個個殘酷無情的戰爭和殺戮與千萬個士兵和無辜的百姓的白骨堆積起來的。你看看,”一將功成萬骨枯,古來征戰幾人還”是一個對人性多麼諷刺的寫照啊!

這個世界上,有多少人因為戰爭而喪失家園,流離失所,妻離子散,埋骨沙場。一江山戰役六十年後,現在的這個世界並沒有改變多少。戰爭和殺伐仍然在世界各地積極的進行中。

好在,中國現在雖然依舊一分二裂,大陸泱泱大國,氣運昌隆,台灣獨立無望,前途堪憂。和平統一仍然是很有希望的。

Republican’s Moore justification December 5, 2017

Posted by hslu in Congress, 美國, Election, Politics, Trump, US Government, 川普.
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Two seat majority in the Senate is everything to Trump and the Republican Party at this point in the current election cycle. The stain on the Senate, thus the nation, that comes with Moore’s winning next Tuesday just isn’t that big a deal to Trump, McConnell of Kentucky, Hatch of Utah and Republican National Committee any more. 

From the righteous moral highground of ‘No Moore in the Senate’ a few weeks ago to ‘we’ll take him comes next Tuesday’ now is simple shameful. 

As for Trump, he and Moore are one of a kind, the kind of ‘He didn’t admit the crime’ in Sander’s book. Since they two are such a good match, what’s not to like of each other. Once in Washington, Moore and Trump can compare notes more easily in their spare time.

Republicans, get your red carpet out! Moore may show up next Tuesday night. Americans, have your heavy duty scouring pads and soaps ready. You will need them to wash off the stains Moore brings to the nation next week.

大陸和台灣,怎麼比? December 5, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Economics, Life in Taiwan, One Belt One Road, Taiwan, 台灣, 一帶一路, 中國.
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台南的朋友轉來的。在李敖的眼中,當年不可一世的台灣竟然淪落到現在這個地步,怎麼不讓人痛心呢?

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李敖抱病寫出的這一篇~

文:李敖

我不喜歡政治

但為台灣的同胞

以及下一代難過

請您思考下列這些事實

何以致之
大陸在上太空站對接

港澳珠跨海大橋通車

自建航母

自建五代戰機

整建南诲諸島

京廣高鐵下月通車

高鐵輸出印尼菲律賓

建設一帶一路

現在還再加一網

高鐵已通至歐洲及越南

現正研發時速六百公里

磁浮列車……

反觀台灣現況政府在做什麼好事:

致力同志婚姻合法化

倡言吸毒除罪化

一例一休

清算在野黨

打砍軍公教警消

拆故宫南院獸首

破壞孔廟古蹟

進口瘦肉精美牛

進口日本輻射產品……

連個賣蔬果的位置都要搶

島礁分不清楚

抱錯美國大腿

跪拜日本鬼神

滿口虛無口號

滿腦想著如何鬥爭

如何摧殘中國文化

咱們現今的政府何以淪落如此

台灣還有什麼前途和未來

更可怕的是

誤射了飛彈

竟然沒有一個大官下台…

死了一條狗

卻要部長三番兩次道歉

難怪找不到兵員

將帥無能累死三軍

霸凌…軍公教…

硬砍…勞工假…

弄垮…觀光業…

欺騙…空姐們…

亂鬥…反對黨…

空口…長照業…

自肥…同路人…

破壞…家庭制…

媚日…進核食…

機場…淹大水…

捷運…搞不好…

航運…撐不住…

兵源…誰要當…

當家…還鬧事…

經濟…直直落…

台電…送財團…

核電… 瞬間啟…

地價…漲不停…

台灣…沒希望…

罄竹難書啊!

等一下…

還有搞集體A錢8800億元

叫什麼前瞻基礎建設……

綁樁(債留子孫)

是要每一個人負債4萬元

為了台灣更好 

願意盡一己之力者

就廣傳出去吧!

再繼續讓這些媚日畜生亂搞

台灣人除了自求多福

真的要自作孽不可活呀!

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其實,我覺得中國做的遠不止上面所說的那些事情:

太空站的建立,登月計劃積極進行,火星計劃的推動,天體物理學的研究,超級計算機的突破,半導體芯片的製造,電子商業平台的普及,人體基因的發展,人工智能之應用,北斗衛星導航系統的成立,量子力學的基本發展,等等基礎科學和應用科學都在全面進行。

國家政治穩定,經濟欣欣向榮,國運繁榮興盛。政府按部就班爲國家和大多數的中國國民解決問題,企業創新突破努力不懈。雖然中國有許多問題,例如:環境污染,房價高漲,債臺高築,財經體系不夠健全,等等,可是政府與人民同心協力爲國家未來五年 ,十年的前途而努力。

台灣的現況卻正好相反:

台獨激進份子爲台灣獨立這個不可能實現的目標而違反民意倒行逆施。對大陸政策搖擺不定,人民意志被政客利用,國家前圖堪憂。

台灣政府和社會是民主政治的俘虜。國家政策和人民思想是電視名嘴的玩物。本末倒置,無法無天,一事無成。

環境保護團體激進的思想左右政府政策,島內公共設施無法正常實施。而卻對台灣嚴重的天氣污染現象無動於衷。

民進黨打擊國民黨,趕盡殺絕,置之於死地而無所不用其極。如今國民黨一敗塗地,一盤散沙,無財無勢,已經到山窮水盡的地步了。民進黨一黨專政,為所欲為,民主政治名存實亡已成事實了。

民進黨和國民黨的政客都爲個人的權力而鬥爭,爲黨四年以後執政而打擊對方。完全不爲國家的前途,不爲家庭的安康,不爲人民的幸福而努力。

勞工薪水停滯不前,平均薪水甚至已經回歸到15年前的水平。

大學畢業生只能領22K的薪水。年輕人對前途沒有信心。他們不敢結婚,不敢生子,以致台灣入口老化趨勢嚴重,長照問題無法解決。

當年首屈一指的工業,如今在世界上已經沒有任何競爭力。當年的盛況早已煙飛灰滅。那些工業無法轉型,回天乏術了。

新南向政策乃舊瓶裝舊酒,毫無創意,不切實際,推行至今一無是處,沒有任何成果。

島內電力不足,政府不顧夏天限電危機隨時可能發生,提倡全面停止核能發電,卻沒有解決電力不足的方法。

你說,這怎麽比?

Discrimination against Asians is ignored in the U.S. December 4, 2017

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I came upon this article while searching for “discrimination against Asians” on the web. The moment I saw the title of the article, I sensed a natural connection to the author’s observations. I later was surprised to learn that the author is an Asian (I guessed Chinese) man who was adopted as an infant boy by American white parents.

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/how-the-rules-of-racism-are-different-for-asian-americans/

Of course, his background and mine are different in many ways but the feeling of being discriminated against is probably the same. 

I knew from early on that, being an Asian in a white dominated soceity and working for a white-male dominated industry, I had to work hard just to get along and then move ahead. It fit perfectly with the unwritten rule the author said about Asians in America: pushing ourselves and our children harder to level the playing field. This was just the way it was for me back then and probably still is for many Asians in a country ruled by a white supremacist like Trump.

Fortunately, being in the field I was in, there were many foreigners with advanced degrees which made discrimination against Asians and foreigners, for that matter, less severe. 

I am very hopeful that with the dominance of America chipped away by a stronger and more determinant China, discrimination against Chinese in America will recede sooner than later. 

Discrimination in the U.S. December 3, 2017

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The fact that Trump openly made fun of Asian leaders tells everyone in the world how deep-rooted discrimination against Asians is in the U.S. 

Trump didn’t even bother to hide it. Shame on him.

All the laws against discrimination mean nothing to many white Americans. They crack jokes without censor just like Trump did openly.

MLB suspended Astro’s Yuli Gurriel 5 games for making fun of Dedger’s pitcher, Yu Darvish, a Japanese.

Maybe American people should suspend Trump 5 days for disrespecting Asian leaders too. While they are at it, keep Trump from being the president 5 days for each lie Trump has uttered.

Hello, president Mike Pence. Do you have a tweeter account too?

I used to work on South Belridge December 3, 2017

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One of the biggest US oil fields turns to an unexpected power source: solar

http://flip.it/X1Plyw

It is nice to hear these familiar names mentioned in the article seventeen years after I left Mobil.

Before bought by Exxon in 2000, Mobil owned a big chunck of South Belridge heavy oil field and sold part of the lease to Aera. I have traveled to Bakersfield so many times that I lost count long time ago.

The Bakersfield that I remembered was hot, dry, brown, dirty, hilly, sunny, noisy, sweaty, steaming and very boring. Air in the entire area smelled like the warm and smelly fume flying directly into your face from an hot asphalt truck you’ve been following for the last two and half miles. 

South Belridge oil field. Stock image.

Their Chinese restaurants sucked and one half-decent steak house served choice beef only. There was nothing to do after dinner at all. I sometimes drove to northern LA from Bakersfield after work so that I could have something good to eat. 

Massive amount of high pressure steam injection will continue for years to come and it will be hard to replace it with solar energy completely. What Aera plans to do is just the beginning. Other oil companies will look into this project a few years down the road and assess its viability for applications in other field. Without government subsidies, it is questionable whether solar energy can stand on its own feet. Not when natural gas is abundant and at such a low price. 

I’ll pay some attention on how it goes.

A bank of steam generators.

公說公有理,婆說婆有理 December 3, 2017

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This is the oroblem with economics: no one has any clue as to what’s going to happen in ten years with the new tax reform bill.

Democrats say: $500 billion, $1 trillion or $1.5 trillion deficit added to the national debt in 10 years with the rob-the-poor-and-soak-the-rich tax plan.

Republicans say: revenue neutral, beyond revenue neutral or 3+% annual GDP growth from the historical and boldest re-write of the tax code ever.

The schmos: Is there anything we can do?

Trump: Four more years! Four more years!

National Debt:

@ 2017/12/03, 20:10:28

DAMPE & WIMPs December 2, 2017

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A pprobe detected a mysterious signal that physics can’t explain

http://flip.it/DHemoA

The spaceprobe entered the orbit in December 2015. It wss launched from the Jiuquan (酒泉) Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert (戈壁沙漠), about 820 miles northwest of Xi’an (西安). 

DAMPE stands for Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) while WIMPs are known as weakly interacting massive particles. The DAMPE spaceprobe was specifically designed to look for the indirect decay signal of the dark matter, the so-called WIMPs.

I don’t know that China is into this kind of research in astrophysics, the kind of research which doesn’t yield any immediate benefits, if ever, except advacing knowledge in space, time, and possibly the meaning of life and why we are here in this world.

This project will go on for 5 years.

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