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Watch out! American government wants your money January 31, 2017

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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/30/david-asman-your-social-security-checks-arent-safe-from-prying-hands-big-government.html

The big brother is doing everything they can to grab your money when you are most vulnerable and least prepared.

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What if  January 28, 2017

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What if some countries decide to ban Americans from entering their nations as an counter attack?

Source: CNBC

年夜飯,林口家裏 January 28, 2017

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第一次在臺灣過農曆年。除夕那天中午想去外面吃個便飯,誰知道,竟然沒有一個餐館開門。我們去黃昏市場買了一點青菜和一條炸好的鯽魚就回家弄個中飯,隨便吃一點。晚上五點開始做年夜饭。就我們兩個吃。許多東西都是現成的可以在菜場買得到。簡單,方便多了。

快七點就做好了:現成的滷菜,買來的烤鴨,炸年糕(紅豆),乾煎大蝦(不太新鮮),湖南臘肉(台南朋友送的)炒蒜苗,紅燒獅子頭(獅子頭是買來的),乾煎烏魚子(不好吃)和豆瓣魚(做的不錯)。酒只是淺嘗而已。買了紅酒,還沒有喝過。

打鹿岸,林口 January 28, 2017

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這是一家林口的餐館名字,不是打獵殺鹿的河岸。它離我們家只有五分鐘。餐館還算不小,座位不少,還有一個室外的 patio。我們經過許多次,沒想到要進去。前幾天,朋友來,我們在這招待她,請她吃晚飯。

餐館一共有一百個位子吧。餐廳裏還有一個小舞台,有一個兩人的樂隊表演。男生彈琴,女生唱歌。餐廳裏的服務員有男,有女,個個都穿著多彩多姿的服裝,頭上還帶著花圈,顯得非常可愛。餐館生意不好,我們剛剛來的時候,服務人員比吃飯的還要多,可能是週三的原因吧。

餐館的菜有許多種我都沒有見過,因為許多菜都跟臺灣的原住民有關。菜單上琳瑯滿目,價錢有高有低。我們不知道他們的特色所以請服務的先生給我們解釋一番。他建議的幾個菜,我們就照單全收。我另外又叫了一盤下酒的河蝦,叫了一瓶臺灣啤酒,三個人分著喝。這年頭胃不好,不能多喝,只能淺嘗而已。

竹葉飯,還不錯。

普通。

Total waste of money. $400新臺幣。

如果你在Facebook上點這個餐館的名字,廚房就送這一道鹽烤山豬肉。好肥。許多餐館都搞這一套。騙人的把戲。Bribery.

看起來就知道煮的太久了。難看,肉乾,沒肉,太鹹。

魚下巴。值得。下酒好菜。

晚上七點半,沒什麽客人。小姐,先生沒事幹,排隊聽女歌手唱歌。

台北迪化街 January 28, 2017

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四十幾年以來,今年是我們兩個第一次在臺灣過農曆新年。

我們家以前住台中。我在台南念大學。大學畢業後,在台中附近當了三個月的大頭兵,然後分派在高雄澄清湖邊上的覆鼎金當了一年九個月的運輸兵。當完兵就出國了。台北嘛,總共沒來過幾次。稍微有點印象的地方都在中華路附近:中山堂,西門町中華路樓上和遠東百貨,因為我爸爸有一陣子在這附近上班。我去過教育部兩三次辦理出國手續。在台協會也去過,可是不记得它在那裏。

我對台北的街道和許多重要的商圈和地標都沒有一點概念。許多地方更是連聽都沒聽過。當然,四十幾年前的台北跟現在的台北是完全不一樣的。但是,它對我來說,沒有任何的分別,因為台北對我來說一概是”莫宰樣”。

迪化街就是”沒聽過”而又”莫宰樣”中間的一個。

Well,前幾天我們去領教了一下。迪化街人山人海,擠的是水洩不通。大家摩肩擦踵,根本沒有辦法走快。我們只走了一半,其他一半不去了。這一次見識過了就夠了,除非有必要,我是沒有任何意願再在過年期間去了。

迪化街兩邊街上本來是沒有棚子的。新年將至,迪化街兩邊蓋起一個棚子,上面摺著膠布擋雨,棚子下搭起臨時的架子,上面擺滿了各式各樣的年貨。中間的通道只有原來的一半,大家擠來擠去,很有過年搶最便宜的年貨的味道。

棚子蓋的路當中了。擠死人。

有好幾個攤子可以買當場寫的金字對聯。

買了一塊豬蹄。很貴。十幾塊美金一個。烤箱就在後面。當場烤,當場賣。

一顆豬蹄夠了。不敢買。還蠻好吃的。

我要太太買一點蒜蓉蠶豆。她買了兩大包:一公斤。大概要吃一年。

豬盤子。只有一塊錢美金。

這位印度來的先生生意不好。我看他買不了幾張飛餅。

這個是在糖漿裏炸出來的。

除了現成的年貨,一路上有許多油鍋,烤箱,麵鍋,魚丸湯桶和做魚羹,肉羹的平扁鍋。如果你想要試吃任何東西,只管自己拿。老闆會跟你說,試吃完不買的,請繼續往前走,不要擋到後面的客人。我們發了瘋,也買了好幾樣。幾個袋子提起來還有些斤兩。好不容易擠完了一半,迪化街的另外一半就不去了。

花生湯,紅豆湯,杏仁湯,來一碗。只要美金一塊五。

香腸,臘肉,香菇,烏魚子都是必要的。

好油的香腸看起來很好吃。你敢吃嗎?

這位年過八十的老媽媽一人彎著腰,默默的拖著一個很重的箱子。臺灣有人專門靠蒐集紙板和塑膠瓶和塑膠杯過日子的。買年貨的和她形成一個鮮明的對比。

年貨還沒有買完,肚子不爭氣。沒關係,有許多選擇。

我們走到一半,還看到幾個年輕的學生抗著保護鯊魚,不要買魚翅的板子擠在大家中間。苦口婆心的勸人家。也不知道,多少人看到那些牌子,更不知道幾個人因為那幾個牌子而改變注意的。

我們不買魚翅,不過一路上有許多店家賣魚翅。

迪化街過年期間非常熱鬧。不過大家要辦年貨應該早幾天來。沒棚子,沒人潮,沒人擠你。你還可以跟店家討價還價,不是很有意思嗎?
大概人就是喜歡這種氣氛,越擠越開心,買貴了也不知道。我們其實兩個禮拜以前就來過了一次,也買了一些東西應應景。這一次來是看熱鬧的,沒想到糊里糊塗提了幾袋出來。

輸給他了。

迪化街 January 28, 2017

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四十幾年以來,今年是我們兩個第一次在臺灣過農曆新年。

我們家以前住台中。我在台南念大學。大學畢業後,在台中附近當了三個月的大頭兵,然後分派在高雄澄清湖邊上的覆鼎金當了一年九個月的運輸兵。當完兵就出國了。台北嘛,總共沒來過幾次。稍微有點印象的地方都在中華路附近:中山堂,西門町中華路樓上和遠東百貨,因為我爸爸有一陣子在這附近上班。我去過教育部兩三次辦理出國手續。在台協會也去過,可是不记得它在那裏。

我對台北的街道和許多重要的商圈和地標都沒有一點概念。許多地方更是連聽都沒聽過。當然,四十幾年前的台北跟現在的台北是完全不一樣的。但是,它對我來說,沒有任何的分別,因為台北對我來說一概是”莫宰樣”。

迪化街就是”沒聽過”而又”莫宰樣”中間的一個。

Well,前幾天我們去領教了一下。迪化街人山人海,擠的是水洩不通。大家摩肩擦踵,根本沒有辦法走快。我們只走了一半,其他一半不去了。這一次見識過了就夠了,除非有必要,我是沒有任何意願再在過年期間去了。

迪化街兩邊街上本來是沒有棚子的。新年將至,迪化街兩邊蓋起一個棚子,上面摺著膠布擋雨,棚子下搭起臨時的架子,上面擺滿了各式各樣的年貨。中間的通道只有原來的一半,大家擠來擠去,很有過年搶最便宜的年貨的味道。

棚子蓋的路當中了。擠死人。

有好幾個攤子可以買當場寫的金字對聯。

買了一塊豬蹄。很貴。十幾塊美金一個。烤箱就在後面。當場烤,當場賣。

一顆豬蹄夠了。不敢買。還蠻好吃的。

我要太太買一點蒜蓉蠶豆。她買了兩大包:一公斤。大概要吃一年。

豬盤子。只有一塊錢美金。

這位印度來的先生生意不好。我看他買不了幾張飛餅。

這個是在糖漿裏炸出來的。

除了現成的年貨,一路上有許多油鍋,烤箱,麵鍋,魚丸湯桶和做魚羹,肉羹的平扁鍋。如果你想要試吃任何東西,只管自己拿。老闆會跟你說,試吃完不買的,請繼續往前走,不要擋到後面的客人。我們發了瘋,也買了好幾樣。幾個袋子提起來還有些斤兩。好不容易擠完了一半,迪化街的另外一半就不去了。

花生湯,紅豆湯,杏仁湯,來一碗。只要美金一塊五。

香腸,臘肉,香菇,烏魚子都是必要的。

好油的香腸看起來很好吃。你敢吃嗎?

這位年過八十的老媽媽一人彎著腰,默默的拖著一個很重的箱子。臺灣有人專門靠蒐集紙板和塑膠瓶和塑膠杯過日子的。買年貨的和她形成一個鮮明的對比。

年貨還沒有買完,肚子不爭氣。沒關係,有許多選擇。


我們走到一半,還看到幾個年輕的學生抗著保護鯊魚,不要買魚翅的板子擠在大家中間。苦口婆心的勸人家。也不知道,多少人看到那些牌子,更不知道幾個人因為那幾個牌子而改變注意的。

我們不買魚翅,不過一路上有許多店家賣魚翅。

迪化街過年期間非常熱鬧。不過大家要辦年貨應該早幾天來。沒棚子,沒人潮,沒人擠你。你還可以跟店家討價還價,不是很有意思嗎?
大概人就是喜歡這種氣氛,越擠越開心,買貴了也不知道。我們其實兩個禮拜以前就來過了一次,也買了一些東西應應景。這一次來是看熱鬧的,沒想到糊里糊塗提了幾袋出來。

輸給他了。

Globlization and American Jobs January 26, 2017

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Under the false promises of “Globlization,” American corporations have ‘raped’ foreign countries for decades. Powerful U.S. international companies utilized natural resources from these poor countries, moved manufacture plants to foreign countries, exploited cheap labors overseas, sold goods big and small to customers all over the world, raised some American’s living standards, pushed up labor cost in the U.S. and made many corporate CEO’s, Trump included, filthy rich. 

The so-called “top 1%” owned Swiss and Cayman Island bank accounts, lived in expansive condos on Park Avenue in NYC and prime central locations in London and enjoyed fancy vacations at French Riviera and Morocco. They hired expansive CPAs to hide their money from tax men, passed their wealth to trusts and skipped paying taxes using every loopholes possible.

Greedy American financial institutions, the likes of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bear Sterns and Merrill Lynch, and hundreds of hedge funds made billions by ganging up the system against ordinary people.

Some Americans diligently worked long and hard, raised good families, dutifully paid their taxes, enjoyed their comfortable lives, breathed cleaner air, bought widescreen TVs from Amazon and cheap imports from Walmart, drove new SUVs made in Korea or Japan (Consumer Report consistently gives cars from GM, Ford low ratings. Worse for Chrysler or Jeep), took cruise vacations to Caribbean islands, loaded up their credit cards to the limits, paid 18% interest on the balance and piled up debts which they have no hope of ever paying it off.

Blue collar workers in the U.S. worked for factories in the rust belt, joined Unions for protection against the management and earned an honest living. Their high wages, however, put their products at a disadvantage. These companies lost millions year after year. Layoffs happened. Factories closed down because these out-dated plants couldn’t compete with more efficient factories in foreign countries. 

Millions of blue collar workers lost their jobs for months and years. These laid off American workers were gradually forgotten by the labor market. Their families lived in poverty and depended on government to survive. They hated the status quo and believed their American dreams died since the financial crisis. These were the people who rejected Hillary and the Washington establishment and ushered Trump into the WH.

Well, the fact of the matter is that “Globlization” has benefited America tremendously. However, that benefit has been overwhelmingly enjoyed by a selected few at the expense of many at the bottom.

Many Americans hated “Globlization” because they falsely believed, some no doubt have come from Trump, that “Globlization” took their jobs away. 

This wasn’t entirely true. Some American jobs no doubt went to Mexico and Asian countries because U.S. corporations chose to invest over there. 

However, many plants in the U.S. got automated to offset high labor cost so that they could tlcompete with foreign companies. Millions of robots in the factories and millions of automated machines big and small displaced human workforce. Productivity improved and some products made in the U.S. became competitive again. What’s left behind were millions of unemployed Americans because their jobs were gone forever.

Well, if Trump is really serious about his criticism of globlization, he should set an example, closes his foreign businesses, moves them back to the U.S., hires Americans, pays them handsomely, offers them a generous 401(k) package and gives them a pension too.

川普長城一日遊 January 26, 2017

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中國的萬里長城是一個偉大的建築。它是中國古代為了抵禦北方遊牧民族的侵犯而蓋的。它是保衛中國領土和人民而蓋的軍事設施。

現在還存在的長城是明朝蓋的遺址。它東從鴨綠江和黃海交匯處的虎山開始,經過北京、天津、青海、山西、內蒙等15個區域,到甘肅省的嘉峪關。全長大約5,500英里。牆本體的平均高度是20到2英尺,平均寬度是13到16英尺。另外,經過五年的研究和測量,中國歷代的長城總長度為13,250英里。

如今,萬里長城已經早就沒有任何軍事上的利用價值了,可是它的歷史價值和它的偉大是無法抹殺的。不過,搞個這麽長的長城在地上躺著,怎麽辦?用也不能用,拆也不能拆,要不就搞個八達嶺萬里長城一日遊,賣票給人參觀吧。

美國新總統川普也想蓋一個長城。他想把墨西哥和美國用一個長城隔開來。美國和墨西哥的邊界長約1,900英里。高山,峻嶺,深淵,大河,西從聖地亞哥東到德州的Brownsville。川普開出的條件是:這個長城要:穿不透,站的住,又高又大,又漂亮又有權威,讓人望而生畏,還要墨西哥買單。這個長城一定是比中國的萬里長城要壯觀,要大,要高,要厚。上面有英國的傳統城堡。城堡裏,按時有衛兵換班,來的和去的衛兵都要表演十分鐘。不妨開幾個小門供管理員巡邏。牆上放大炮,機關槍。天上飛裝了飛彈的無人飛機。這樣一來,你看誰敢動它一根寒毛?

雖然墨西哥總統說,墨西哥不會買單,不過我認為美國有很多方法要墨西哥付錢。墨西哥進口美國的關稅,降低從墨西哥進口的石油的價錢,墨西哥人進美國海關的費,美國出口墨西哥的出口稅,墨西哥申請美國旅遊申請費,等等。川普又没有說要墨西哥幾年付完,川普也沒有要墨西哥開一張五百億美金的支票。十年,二十年,三下兩下清潔溜溜。

不過,我覺得川普可以在洛杉磯,聖地亞哥,鳳凰城,土桑,阿伯克起,El Paso,聖安通尼歐,奧斯丁,休斯顿等等城市高幾個聯邦政府主辦的川普長城一日或二日遊。全程冷氣大巴士專車來回,供應兩餐公路便當:有它寇,有伯瑞透,有黑豆泥巴醬,有法西塔,有烤肉。辣椒醬無限供應。Corona一瓶US $7。Dos Equis 一瓶 US $10。不用兩年,保險兩百五十億美金($25 billion)凈賺。在主要據點,擺上川普真人大小的像拱遊客照相留念,一張收費US $50。美國民主黨同情份子,二折優待(20% off)。

你覺得我這個主意好不好?

砍你幾刀 January 26, 2017

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你敢嗎?

出奇制勝,臺灣奇景。台北地下街(Y地下街)一景。他拿著兩把刀子往人家身上砍。人家還給他錢。妙也!

台北人氣最旺,最熱鬧的Y地下街。五花八門,什麼都有。

BBC News: How much truth is there in Trump’s TPP claims? January 25, 2017

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How much truth is there in Trump’s TPP claims? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38728059


Answer: Not much at all.

I didn’t like TPP because it was an secretive deal with zero input from the Republican Party and American citizens. TPP would permit companies to sue governments if they believe these countries change their policies to favor state-provided services.

Furthermore, TPP’s primarily beneficiaried are U.S. international companies with low or zero tariff on as many as 18,000 U.S. products.

For instance, American auto exports would grow when tariffs as high as 70% in certain markets are removed.

U.S. farmers would teapthe most rewards. Certain food items exported to some countries are taxed up to 40%. For instance, soybeans are taxed at 35% and dairy, sugar, rice and seafood see taxes as high as 98%.

Without a doubt, the political undertone of TPP is to contain China’s rise. The U.S. wanted to use TPP to fence off China’s economy’s expansion, to put Chinese companies at a disadvantage. 

In essence, the U.S. wanted to use TPP as a weapon to fight an economic war against China.

Now that Trump pushed TPP off the table, Trump is waging his version of an economic war against China.

Let the fireworks begin!

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