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世界日报奉承美国还为美国杨威打气 September 30, 2013

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世界日報在它二零一三年七月五號的社論 ”史諾登案印證強權政治和國威“ 里竭盡其能的標榜美國的強權政治,美國的霸气和美國不顾国际公法公开欺負小國的行為。

World Journal editorial, July 5, 2013.

World Journal editorial, July 5, 2013.

世界日報提到美国撒下天罗地网用美国无所不及的影响力公然拦截玻利维亚总统座机而美其名為”美國的國威。“

全文没有一句指责美国恃强凌弱的行为也没有提到美国如此乱用强权是否违犯了国际公法。社论中一再的提到美国用它外交,经济,贸易,以及强大的军事力量作后盾而做到美国 “意志无处不在,屈服他国和他人” 的效果。

世界日报還神气活现的说 “这就是国家实力。”

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我为世界日报讨好强权奉承美国的观点感到羞耻。

Bahama Breeze, Potomac Mills Outlet Mall September 30, 2013

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A few new restaurants were added to the Potomac Mills Outlet Mall about 30 miles south of my house.

Here is one of them: Bahama Breeze. Good choice and a lot better than what you can get from the food court.

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Frozen BahamaRita with a shoot of Dekuyper Cactus juice Schnapps on the side. Great! I ordered a beer. Nothing to write home about. No picture.

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Shrimp Creole

Shrimp Creole

Sand sculpture contest, Altlantic City September 30, 2013

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一个 54-stroke 怪字:Biang! September 30, 2013

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西安名吃 logo, New York

西安名吃 logo, New York

Xian Famous Food

Xian Famous Foods

A board in the restaurant describing some of their famous offerings:xiaolongbao, dumplings,hand-stretched noodles and hotpots。 All very good。

A board in the restaurant describing some of their famous offerings: xiao long bao, dumplings, hand-stretched noodles and spicy hotpots. All very good.

Biang3, this is how you pronounce this word!Biang3, this is how you pronounce this word!

I don't like the second to the last sentence.

I don’t like the second to the last sentence.

I actually don’t like the second to the last sentence “两个贼娃立在旁.”

“刂” is a radical,or 部首, and it means the the same as 刀 (dao); a knife or a blade. We usually call “刂” “立刀旁”,or “立刀;” a knife standing on its pointing end.

Instead of “两个贼娃立在旁” may be we can change it to this: “一把利刀立在旁.”

You will see this “word” or symbol at Xi’an Famous Foods restaurant or Biang! on Main Street in Flushing, New York.

They have fabulous food if you like spicy taste.

My daughter and her husband bought us to its Chinatown place (original) a while back and we we liked it a lot. It was small and busy but it has a great reputation and attracted a loyal clientele, including a few very famous ones.

Their Flushing location is bigger and newer and it was equally busy. Its “红油抄手“ or ”wontons in red pepper oil“ was the best I’ve ever tried. You have to try them yourself!

Cold weather is coming and their food is perfect for that.

BTW, may be you can come up with an alternative to that “second to the last” sentence.

China plans to move 250 million people into new cities September 30, 2013

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I would very much like to see how the Chinese government can pull this unprecedented social engineering experiment off. The new leaders of China probably want to try this out in stages starting in one or two new cities at a time so that there won;t be a huge upheaval at the same time.

Social engineering of the nth order!

Social engineering of the nth order!

I have been back to my hometown which is still a small farming village with about 20 families still living there. Many of the next generation have moved away to where the jobs are after they had a chance to finish various levels of education. There are still many who choose to stay. it is difficult to see how they will take this kind of order from the top if they are told to move. I think the younger generation will do it without government’s order because the pay is better and the opportunities are there if they try.

This kind of projects will take tons of money which China can still afford. It will take years if not decades to carry it out. If successful, by no means guaranteed, China will have a chance to move itself out of the middle income trap.

The details are coming out soon. I like to see how they plan to do it.

 

Level, small plate lounge, Annapolis, MD September 30, 2013

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For years when we came to Annapolis, we dined at restaurants along the tourist trap: the Main Street and around the yacht basin.

This was the first time we ventured out of that area and found Level along the West Street

We liked it a lot and you might want to try it someday when you are here in Annapolis.

The restaurant was quite busy and a couple of large parties kept our waiter very busy. The hostess and sommelier helped out with bringing the plates to our table. The bus boy, who was on his first day of work, helped to take the plates away. The dinning room was quiet even though we had five tables at the same time on a Sunday evening.

Our meal went through smoothly and our waiter was polite, professional and courteous.

A great experience.

Tender, juicy and right amount of seasoning. Medium rare. Great selection. I pat myself on the back.

Tender, juicy and right amount of seasoning.
Medium rare. Great selection. I pat myself on the back.

 

下酒的好菜! Great with wine!

下酒的好菜!
Great with wine!

 

 

 

Acer and HTC: 台湾的缩影 September 28, 2013

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531期的天下雜誌 (2013-9-8) 问:台灣科技品牌为何屡屡落敗?

The magazine was talking about Taiwan’s two tech companies:  宏碁 Acer and  宏達電 HTC

I own an Acer laptop since 2011 and liked it a lot. It’s cheap and performs as well as comparable products from Dell and HP. Although I have used Apple iPhone3 and have recently switched to Samsung’s Galaxy S4, I heard that HTC’s phones are equally good. 

That being said, these two companies’ stocks can only be described as 惨不忍睹。

See for yourself:

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My first answer is: 台湾的顶尖人才都跑到中国大陆去了。台湾的教授也跑到中国大陆去了。Pay there is better。Period。台湾, in a way, 被别人从上面和中间掏空了。The majority of businesses staying put in Taiwan are service oriented: restaurants, massage shops, travel related companies, night markets and taxis.

My second answer is: 爸爸(国民党)和妈妈(民进党)天天吵架,家里的小孩(台湾的人民和公司)这么能长的好呢?Both parties are fighting hard to strengthening their own party. They are not working for the people. They are working for their party instead.

My third answer is:台湾的教育失败。See for yourself:

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My fourth answer is: 台湾’s problems are structural in nature. Taiwan has been very good at putting things together for other companies. It may have slacked behind on fundamental researches which are very critical in the highly competitive technology space. The central government has been throwing money in the area of social welfare to please the voters for years. By doing so, it didn’t do what it supposed to do: helps Taiwan’s businesses compete with other companies in the world which enjoy total support from their respective governments.

Taiwan’s current leader,马英九, has over the past six years been fighting for the survivor of his political life. He lacks the vision to help companies such as Acer and THC and is powerless under the constant attack from the opposition party. He hasn’t shown any leadership quality and is mired in a dismal approval rating of low teens.

My fifth answer is:The CEO of both companies probably have squandered their respective company’s good fortune, became lazy at the top and didn’t adapt to the changing landscape. Once they starts to play catching up, their technological advantages were gone. We call this: 创业维艰守成不易。

If something is not done fast, both companies, along with hundreds of jobs, will by gone soon.

 

Gold, Renminbi and the Gold Standard September 28, 2013

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It is rumored that the Chinese government has accumulated more than 7,000 tons of gold since 2009. the central government also encourages Chinese citizens buy gold on the open market. Panda gold coins has been a popular collectors’ item since 1982. Ads like this one are very common at gold and jewelry stores in Shanghai.

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Wouldn’t you like some of those gold pieces on you?

Why the rapid pace of gold purchase on the open market? 

The Bank of China probably doesn’t like what Bernanke has been doing since 2008, I guess.

But, this is the obvious answer.  I wonder that is there a hidden agenda from the Chinese government?

Some reports speculated that the pace of gold purchase will continue and some even linked Renminbi with the gold standard as a way to fight inflation and teach America a lesson.

It is hard to know what the real game is.

Well, just so happens that Chinese has a saying for this situation:

“不知道中国的葫芦里到底卖的是什么药!”

The Bund in early morning September 28, 2013

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Looking south from The Bund, Shanghai.

Looking south from The Bund, Shanghai.

Fly kites at The Bund in early morning.

Fly kites at The Bund in early morning.

This kite illuminates in the dark with battery-powered lights on the kite itself and along the thread.
This kite illuminates in the dark with battery-powered lights on the kite itself and along the thread.

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People practice tai-chi in the morning。

Looking east From the Bund。

Looking east From the Bund。

Looking east from Nanjing East Road at the Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai government uses these to clean the promenade at The BundShanghai government uses these to clean the promenade at The Bund。

Huang Pu Tan: the name of a restaurant.

Huang Pu Tan: the name of a restaurant.

 

Garbage truck at work.

Garbage truck at work.

 

I will let you figure this out yourself. Read the Chinese characters carefully. Hint: it is the name of a restaurant near The Bund.

I will let you figure this out yourself. Read the Chinese characters carefully. Hint: it is the name of a restaurant near The Bund.

The Shanghai Consulate Office of the former Soviet Union.

The Shanghai Consulate Office of the former Soviet Union. It is a few blocks from The Bund.
A display at the near-by Russia Consulate office.

A display at the former Soviet Union Consulate office.

 

Another display at the Russia Consulate office not far from The Bund.

Another display at the former Soviet Union Consulate office not far from The Bund.

This qualifies the gardener as a Green Thumb. It is a few blocks from the Russia Consulate office.

This qualifies the gardener as a Green Thumb. It is a few blocks from the Russia Consulate office.

This area located near the former British Embassy is being developed as an up-scale shopping and business district. The Peninsula Shanghai is near by.

This area located near the former British Embassy is being developed as an up-scale shopping and business district. The Peninsula Shanghai is near by.

 

 

 

On the Border, Tysons Corner September 27, 2013

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I wonder what the real purpose is with On the Border installing this gadget on every table:

On the Border, Tysons Corner, Virginia

On the Border, Tysons Corner, Virginia

Every table has one. You can order some of your food. You can play games. You can pay your bill and get a receipt. You almost can do without your waiter or waitress.
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Great sopaplla. Almost as good as the ones we tried in Denver some 30 years ago. Great job!

Great sopaplla. Almost as good as the ones we tried in Denver some 30 years ago. Great job!

I wonder what the real reason is On the Border spends big money on this gadget. When we don’t need our waiters we don’t have to tip them as much as we used to.

When machines can do what people do without calling sick all the time, On the Border can cut down labor costs