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丟中國人的臉 January 19, 2015

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有些大陸到台灣和世界各地的旅客非常沒有公德心。這些醜惡的形象是大家都知道的。

這些中國大陸的觀光客實在是丟盡了中國人的臉。大陸政府應該把這些沒有公德心、沒有家教的人依照大陸的法規治他們的惡行:該關監牢的關監牢,該罰錢的就狠狠地罰他們。一定要把他們關怕了、
把他們罰怕了才有一點效用。

政府還應該把這些人惡劣的形象在電視上反復播放讓大陸的人民知道這些舉動對中國在國際上的形象有多麽嚴重和負面的影響。不論習近平到國外訪問多少次,不論李克強到國外參加多少次國際會議,只要有中國的旅客在國外如此齷蹉、如此的丟中國的臉,那中國人在國外就沒有抬頭的一天。

如果習近平不能把中國人民的形象提高;李克強不能改進中國人做人的基本禮貌,那中國夢就一天沒法在實行。中國夢也只不過是喊喊口號罷了,而中國大陸的形象還需要兩三代,也就是四、五十年,才能改變的過來。

Uber: 50,000 new jobs in Europe January 19, 2015

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That’s what Uber CEO promised if European governments will work with them.

Yeah, these new quasi taxi drivers will make probably £50,000 a year after gas and expenses, not enough to feed a family, but will take billions away from current taxi drivers this year alone.

Uber will make taxi drivers poorer but it will make Uber officials rich.

This is capitalism at its worst.

Hmmm…, my amigo friend knows the best January 13, 2015

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I know he didn’t go to school before he came to the US. But he wore this T-shirt to work the other day and seemed to know what he was doing.

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I didn’t ask him where he got the T-shirt from though.

看來又是一個鞠躬的料子 January 11, 2015

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你知道不知道:

朱立倫對臺灣的國民黨有什麼偉大的功勞,
朱立倫對臺灣的老百姓有什麼迷人的魅力,
朱立倫對臺灣的經濟有什麽獨特的見解,
朱立倫對台灣的前途有什麼高深的遠見,
朱立倫對台灣和大陸有什麼超凡的政策,
朱立倫對台灣失敗的教育有什麽改善的方法,
朱立倫對台灣貧富不均有什麼精闢的對策,
朱立倫對台灣不平衡的產業結構有什麽改進的提議,
朱立倫對台灣年輕人的怒吼有什麽壓制或平復的高見,
朱立倫對台灣環保的運動有什麽不卑不亢的政策,
朱立倫對台灣南北經濟分歧的現象有什麼解決的方法,
朱立倫對台灣超高的房價有什麽實際有效的策略?
朱立倫對台灣食品安全有什麽徹底解決的良策?

好像媒體沒有大篇文章報導過,是不是?

媒體關心的是政治上的鬥爭,暗地裏的較勁,攝影機前面的 ‘talking point’,什麽人公開支持什麽人和那個前輩又有什麼意見了而已。政見,遠見和和不合格基本上是不提的。

也不知道國民黨裏面是如何操作的:是暗地裏靠關係拉票呢,以後給你什麼好處半公開的買票呢,你以前欠我什麼好處來換票呢,私底下不記名投票呢,還是開個公開的辯論會來一決高下呢?這裏面文章可多了呢。我當然是不知道的。

反正這是國民黨裏面的事,我當然是一無所知。不過我搞不清楚的是:

一個在新北市市長競選只贏了1.32%的連任市長憑什麽能出來競選國民黨的主席?

是不是朱立倫是台灣的官二代?
是不是朱立倫是國民黨僅有的剩餘物質?
是不是朱立倫是馬英九內定的接班人,所以他才自認為他是國民黨的當然繼承人?

你看他最近南來北往,出來説這説那的,一個勁的批評中央(馬英九)這個政策不好,那個方法不對,還説國民黨低估了年輕人的影響力。把自己置之於度外好像他是國民黨的先知或是國民黨的救星一樣。其實說穿了他只不過是一個禮拜一的四分衛罷了。看來他的智囊想要給他一個新的包裝,所以把他搬過來弄過去做競選的準備吧。

有意思!

我看他學馬英九倒是學有所成,看來也是一個鞠躬道歉的料子。

台灣人民和美國人民沒差多少:任何一個官員只要能把聯邦政府或其他納稅人交來的錢拿回到自己社區來用就是一個好官員。至於錢用在那裏,有沒有浪費以及有什麽結果,以後再說吧!

哀也!

The demography omen January 9, 2015

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J.C. Penny will close 40 stores.

Macy’s will close 14.

Wet Seal will cloe 330 shops.

Deb Shops will close 300 shops.

Delia will close all its stores.

Aeropostale will close 120 stores, higher than 40 or 50 it had originally planed. It will also close 125 of its P. S. stores.

Sears will close 235 stores.

RadioShack is trying to close 1100 shops.

Target will close 11 stores.

And what about all those empy K-Marts? May of them will be closed sooner rather than later

On-line shopping is one problem.

Another factors is the senios who are retiring by the thousands everyday.

It is really simple: when you get old, you don’t buy stuff. You give them away. You moved to a smaller place. You throw away the junk you ha accumulated over the last 30 to
50 years.

It’s e demography, stupid.

敗家子沒折了 January 9, 2015

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I have said that American shale oil producers acted like 敗家子 because they tried everything they could to get shale oil out of the ground as fast as they physically can without considering the future or preserving some for the raining days.

https://hslu.wordpress.com/tag/敗家子/

https://hslu.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/saudis-weapon-of-mass-destruction/

In the process, these oil producers ran up a huge debt to fund a frantic drilling program because shale oil production rate drops like a rock once it begins production. As much as 40% annual decline, sometimes faster, forced them to drill longer and closer to each other, frack them with ever increasing pressure and prop the fractures up with more propants and chemicals.

In the mean time, they hired more roughnecks to run the rigs and hundreds of trucks to haul drilling and fracking equipment.

Oil production ramped up quickly along with company profits. CEO’s options were jacked up as company stocks ran through the roof. The happy 敗家子 saw their personal wealth blooming and everyone in the shale oil business was happy with the year end bonuses and the rising market value of their 401(k)s.

The media talks about the good time is here to stay and America will be the king of the world again. Production will surpass 10 million barrels per day and America will be the largest oil producing country in the world.

Again.

People who could only find jobs at local truck stops flipping burgers or at local 7-11 selling hot dogs, quit their $8 an hour job, drove to North Dakota, Texas and Pennsylvenia searching for $25 an hour career and a better life.

Around cities where shale oil boom started about 5 years ago, trailer homes spread out in the country side. Rent skyrocketed. Bars popping up everywhere. The oldest business was revived. Roads are crowded. Triffic lights were added at town center. Housing markets were hot and condo prices went tmup by 20, 30 or even 40% a year. Cities tried to catch up with more roads and increase civil services. Schools, hospitals and police stations were built as fast as they could.

Everyone was happy. The good time is rolling and it is here to stay as oil flows and flows while money just seemly coming down from the sky.

Then the bloom popped almost over night.

The price of WTI came down and down and down. $100. $90. $80. $70. And then $60. Analysts then stressed the psychologically important $50. Predicts come out every day on CNBC and even more on the Internet.

And boom, WTI is below $50.

Now what?

What will the 敗家子 do?

Not much but to watch the price of WTI drops futher and their stock price cut by 50, 60 and even 70%.

As for the shale oil bananza in the US, most of that will probably stay in the ground especially the marginal fields. Saudi will control the oil market and make sure shale oil will not be profitable again for at least a decade. Oil price will be kept within a range of $60 to $80 a barrel, just below the cost of most shale oil projects on a full cycle base.

Saudi will be happy with their $20/ barrel or below cost. They will see their market share bump up and OPEC will be the boss again. 

American 敗家子 will be broke. Some will bankrupt and American oil renaissance will fade into memory. Rig count will drop. Shale oil projects will be dropped. Finally pink slips will fly.

Plenty empty buildings will be standing still in the wind. Grass will grow. The good times will be a dream people talk about. Trucks will stop rolling down the street. Bars will be closed. Houses will remain half built. The roughnecks will go back to truck stops flipping burgers again. The boom will be over before people even know it had ended.

Not everything is lost though. Most of them will have a new car and a 72-month new car loan to pay off with their $8 an hour job.

自作自受 January 9, 2015

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Welcome to the real world, you liberal Harvard professors.

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Come out of the fake Ivory Towel and taste the medicine you have put every American through the so called ‘Obamacare.’

Now that the univerdity is raising your medical insurance premium and deductibles, you are eating the same medicine you have prescribed to the millions of hard working Americans.

Well, you did it to yourselves just like thousands who voted for Obama back in 2008 have done to their pockets.

In China, we call that ‘自作自受’。

以其人之道治其人之身 January 9, 2015

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Welcome to the real world, you liberal Harvard professors.

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Come out of the fake Ivory Towel and taste the medicine you have put every American through the so called ‘Obamacare.’

Now that the univerdity is raising your medical insurance premium and deductibles, you are eating the same medicine you have prescribed to the millions of hard working Americans.

Well, you did it to yourselves just like thousands who voted for Obama back in 2008 have done to their pockets.

In China, we call that ‘自作自受’。

梁祝 January 4, 2015

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我第一次聽梁祝是25年前我們一家四口在加拿大阿尔伯塔省 (Alberta) 卡尔格瑞市 (Calgary) 一間小小的廣東餐館吃飯的時候。卡尔格瑞市是加拿大西部洛基山脉東邊一個著名的石油城,许多大大小小的石油公司都在这里設有分公司,是一个很漂亮,很有活力而冬天很長很冷的城市。我那時被我的公司調到這裏做事。我們一家四口都來了。那時小孩還小我們在這住了一年半大家都很喜歡它也增長了一些見識。

這個廣東餐館小的不得了總共也只有四五張桌子個個都舊的很椅子也用了好久椅背有點毛扎油漆都掉了。每張桌上有個小醬油瓶,胡椒和鹽。 餐廳里沒有什麼擺設就只有一個大概十人份的電鍋放在一張桌子上。桌上還有一個VCR連接到牆上的一個19吋的彩色電視。老闆和老闆娘是廣東人帶了一個上小學的小男孩。他們一邊吃飯一邊看電視上的節目。我們這一家四口是餐館唯一的客人。窗外開始變黑了看來他們的生意也只有這樣了。電視上播放著一個廣東的音樂節目。看來是老闆娘先前由電視上錄下來的。我們反正也聽不懂也沒在意他們在唱些什麼。我們一面照顧小孩一面分頭吃飯。再一下就吃完要回家了。明天我還要上班小孩還得上班學呢。

要知道在那時電子產品還非常落後;電視小的很,VHS非常流行。Sony 的 Walkerman 好像也是大家喜愛的東西。要看中國節目只有在中國電視節目上錄下來看. 沒有 smartphone 沒有網路沒有百度更沒有谷歌。我們沒有中文節目也沒有跑中國城買VHS的需要。我們一心一意的照顧小孩沒什麽時間看中國節目,對臺灣和香港感到陌生,知道的中國綜藝節目還是我十幾年以前在臺灣看’群星會’時記得的那些歌。至於中國嗎,他們還剛剛開始執行私有財產和改革開放。他們還在唱紅娘子軍這一類的歌呢。

在我們準備問老闆要外賣盒打包時,我聽到電視上開始播放一條我以前從來沒有聽過的國樂交響樂。我抬頭一看,銀幕上一位眉目清秀的小姐正在拉二胡。那優雅的旋律令我著迷、美妙的音色和國樂團的伴奏令我嚮往、而那二胡特有哀怨悲傷卻又無奈淒涼的音調讓我無法忘懷。

我一直在想:怎麼這麽好聽的歌我都沒有聽過?我忍不住的問老闆娘這條歌叫什麼。她頭也不回輕描淡寫的說 ‘梁祝’ 好像她已經聽過好幾百遍了似的。我眼睛一亮然後就瞪著電視的銀幕不放仔細的聽二胡獨奏的每一個旋律欣賞國樂的伴奏,心裡想著梁祝電影裏的情節以及梁山伯和祝英台的相逢,相聚和相知。我看著看著就不想走了。我要看看這個’梁祝’是怎麼處理祝英台的戀情和梁山伯這個大笨牛是怎麽個笨法。可是演奏才開始沒多久老闆娘在張羅著要打烊了,我們兩個小的也需要回家。可是我還沒有聽完呢。怎麽辦?

我把剩下的飯菜慢慢的打包好然後鼓起勇氣跟老闆娘說:’老闆娘,我從來沒有聽過這首歌可是我非常喜歡它。我可不可以向你借來聽一聽。我明天拿來還給你.’

老闆娘一聽愣了一下好像從來沒有想到客人竟然有這種要求。老闆正好也在收拾東西,聽了我的話也覺得這個請求有些突然。可是他們馬上就答應了我的請求把VHS的帶子退出來放在套子里交給我然後說:’你拿回去聽吧。聽完了再拿回來給我.’ 我喜出望外接下了帶子謝了又謝跟他們說:’我明天就拿來還給你們.’

回家後照顧小孩洗澡睡覺然後把帶子拿出來在VCR里放了又放聽了好幾遍然後把它錄下來,又弄了一個拷貝。安心的睡覺了。第二天我上班趁著中文吃飯的時間把帶子拿回去還了也謝謝老闆和老闆娘的好意。

我第一次看電影’梁山伯和祝英台’是我剛上初中的時候。電影院在台中中正路沁園春對面。梁祝電影剛剛出來在臺灣流行的不得了許多人看了一遍又一遍。許多人為梁山伯和祝英台的愛情而悲傷、為他們生不成雙 死不分的忠誠而感動更為他們生活在封建制度下的無奈而抱不平。大家一面看戲一面哭哭啼啼傷心的不得了。很多人看了好幾遍連戲裏的黃梅調和歌詞都熟記在心。

我那時剛剛知道男女授受不親不能在一起。對愛情沒有任何瞭解也沒有親身體驗過。看完梁祝後對梁山伯與祝英台的感情沒什麽深刻的感想卻對’白髪人送黑髪人’的悲慘情節而動情。看了一遍就好像沒再去看了。

我對梁山伯和祝英台的愛情故事一直到我上了大學交了女友以後才重新有了認識。那時年輕少不更事只知道愛情第一感情至上。來了美國以後更覺得梁山伯的’萬丈情絲寸寸灰’ 以及祝英台的’碑上留名刻兩人’是多麽的感人、兩人最終的分離是多麽的無奈、而英台最後的哭靈和不能同生求同死的心願是多麽的悽慘。從此以後我就對梁祝美麗、凄慘卻又動人的愛情故事有了好感。

在我去加拿大以前,我只知道香港出的梁祝中國的改革開放是從一九七八年定案一九七九年開始執行。三十年共產黨的執政錯誤、階級鬥爭以及十年的文化大革命使得大陸元氣大傷、經濟蕭條、百廢待舉,中國的藝術文化也跟著落後了幾十年。一九八五年後,中國大陸國門漸開,引進西方技術和管理方法。資本主義開始在中國萌芽、生根。丟了幾十年的音樂藝術和傳統文化也開始抬頭。

大陸的中年知識分子開始來美國和其他先進國家留學。隨後他們的愛人孩子和家人也陸陸續續跟著來了。隨著他們的到來,鐵幕後的中國文藝開始在美國的中國人圈子裏流行。我們這些由臺灣來的留學生對這些以前沒有接觸過的音樂,戲劇,舞蹈,小說和電影也學著慢慢的接受。幾年以後,中國的留學大門大開,大批的大學生畢業後到美國念研究所,許多中國的音樂、電影和戲劇也跟著來到美國的華人街。各式各樣的梁祝協奏曲也開始被西方認識和喜愛。

家裡買了卡拉OK以後,梁祝的黃梅調更是能瑯瑯上口歌詞也是一句不差的能從頭唱到尾。連過門的音樂都記得清清

以後我就千方百計的找’梁祝’這條歌也收集了許多不同的版本。可是我始終沒法忘記那天晚上在那間小小的廣東飯店的際遇也始終沒法擺脫那二胡優美哀怨而又吸引人的旋律。

一直到現在我是喜歡一遍又一遍不厭其煩的聽’梁祝’。二胡也好,小提琴也好我都喜歡。VHS早就過時了。連VHS的機器都沒了。CD也落伍了。Youtube上有好多版本。有幾個還相當有水準。我當初錄下來的’梁祝’VHS帶子已經不知道放在那了。離開卡尔格瑞市已經25年不知道那對夫妻是不是還在開餐館。他們也已經有五十幾了吧!在此謝謝他們的好意。

人生就是如此不可捉摸。二十五年前的一個巧合給我留下了長久和美好的記憶。梁山伯與祝英台的命也是一樣:一見鍾情三載同窗英台私定終身山伯不知所云。等到山伯下山訪英台已經晚了。樓台相會卻變成生死離別。終就是棒打鴛鴦兩路飛 有情人不成眷屬。山伯和英台註定是有緣無份也只有來生再做夫妻的份了。

現今當世梁山伯與祝英臺的故事還是一直在我們的眼前上演著。父母子女間的矛盾和衝突也和以前一樣。時代可是變了啊。做父母的又能怎麽樣呢?

講好的 January 4, 2015

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據媒體報道馬英九為國民黨選舉失敗在台上鞠躬十秒鐘。不知道其他幾個人是不是也鞠躬十秒鐘。如果是,不知道他們是不是先講好的:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

或者是:
one thousand one,
one thousand two,
……….
……….
one thousand nine,
one thousand ten。

大家一起:
抬頭眼睛往前上方看
面帶嚴肅和悲傷的表情
真心認錯發誓要徹底的改革
千萬不要和任何攝影機對上眼睛
絕對不能有一絲一毫的笑容掛在臉上

要不然:
他們一個個一面鞠躬一面斜眼看著馬英九。馬英九不抬頭他們就不抬頭。馬英九腰桿子一伸,他們就依樣畫葫蘆。

我不明白的是:
這些台灣的官員是從那裏學到這個丟臉的’鞠躬道歉死而後己’的執政方法。

看來馬英九的觀念是:
如果我馬英九的下屬有錯,
那就是我馬英九的管理無方,
我馬英九理所當然就該鞠躬道歉。

馬英九的下屬有錯。他該鞠躬。我馬英九也跟著鞠躬。馬英九底下八竿子打不到的下屬有錯。他該鞠躬。我馬英九也跟著鞠躬。

啊,中國古代聖人不是説過:’鞠躬盡瘁 死而後已’嗎?我想馬英九熟讀聖人之書深深的明瞭儒家的思想和儒家的治人之道。中國的聖人要我鞠躬我我就鞠躬難道有什麼不對的地方嗎?你説是不是?

再不然:
馬英九和台灣的官員一定是從日本那學來的。日本政府的官員和公司的老板,不論大大小小大小,有錯先鞠躬先道歉然後再説。

嗯,美國的下士班長如果在營地裏操兵不小心操死了一個小兵,從來沒看到那個將軍出來鞠躬,也沒看到歐巴馬出來道歉。

怎麼台灣的馬英九就忍不住呢?台灣操死一個兵,他的班長和連長坐牢。營長和將軍下台。軍長,總司令和國防部長記過。馬英九鞠躬道歉。

八竿子打不到的事,馬英九也鞠躬。怪也!