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從沒見過的臘腸樹 September 29, 2018

Posted by hslu in Life in Taiwan, Restaurants, Taiwan, 林口.
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讓這幾張相片告訴你這種奇怪的大樹和臘腸吧!

看到樹上掛的臘腸了吧。對面有一個大洞的樓房是林口的民視大樓。

這一排都是臘腸樹。它在文化一路上。

這些臘腸不能吃。不知道長了這麽大,這麽多給誰吃。

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Democracy = 搞不定了 July 21, 2017

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許多人以為美國的民主制度是世界上最好的政治制度。

為什麼這些人有這種想法呢?

因為美國從二次世界大戰以後就拼命的鼓吹美國版的民主政治有多好。美國動不動就把民主放在嘴上,跟其他國家談判時就自以為了不起的批評那些沒有採取民主政治治國的國家。

美國先把美金懸在對方的頭上,然後把民主和人權當做皮靴在後面踢對方的屁股,用美國錢和實行民主做籌碼逼迫其他國家就範。

一次又一次,美國搞的得心應手,在世界上到處搞政變,搞顛覆,搞推翻,搞新政府。美國自以為自己有多了不起,把個臭頭抬的高高的,自以為天下無人,只有美國可以永世稱霸於世界。

你看美國聯邦政府在川普上台以後這半年做了什麼?川普的幾個重要競選保證:共和黨說了七年的推翻歐巴馬健保,稅法改變,重建美國基礎設施,建墨西哥高牆,阻止穆斯林恐怖分子進美國,到現在沒有一個保證成為法律。要知道,美國國會上下兩院都是被共和黨控制的。共和黨裏面自己搞不定才發生的結果。如果民主黨再進來攪混一下那不更要天翻地覆了嗎?

過去六,七十年,美國橫行霸道,許多落後國家沒有其他的方法,只有向美國低頭。美國為了自己的利益,只要它對那一個國家看不順眼,或者對那一國的元首有意見,美國就暗中或公開的想辦法把能那個國家或元首搞下去,然後弄一個討好美國的人上台,給他和他的政黨許多美國錢,還派美國軍隊鎮壓任何反對分子。過了一兩年以後,美國把這個政府推上民主的舞台,搞個選舉,大搖大擺的的成立了一個親美國的政府。

可是民主政治真的那麽好嗎?50.01%的多數就能控制一個國家所有的人嗎?

美國三權分立,相互監視就真的那麽有效率嗎?共和黨要幹掉 Obamacare,在Obama在位時就搞了好多次,結果一次都沒有成功。好了,現在共和黨有了白宮,有了國會,有了最高法院,可是這個政府又爲人民做了些什麼呢?

一個大鴨蛋。

一兩個人在國會反對,不管你喜歡不喜歡,就可以把美國所有的人搞得死去活來的。

而這一兩個人也只不過代表幾萬個選民罷了。那你以為這幾個人為什麼要反對呢?是他維護正義?維護美國人民的利益?

都不是。

因為他下一任選舉就要到了。

這就是美國的民主政治。

A new world order is emerging June 11, 2017

Posted by hslu in 美國, Global Affair, Globlization, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Obama, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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A matter of fact discussion of shifting of the balance of power in the world is clearly stated in the following article. 

The end of the Anglo-American order? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40227270

American exceptionism is fading because Trump has been building a wall to isolate the U.S. from its former allies while digging a hole to bury the America alive. Of course, we can not forget Obama’s ‘appeasing’ foreign policy and the wars the U.S. have been and still are wagging against Muslim countries.

The American century will not be seen again and a new world order has already taken shape without Trump and the U.S.. 

Some highlights from the article are here:

America the hyprocrite June 5, 2017

Posted by hslu in 美國, Global Affair, Islam, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Obama, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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It’s about time that America stops being a hypricote and a snob of the world.

The reason is simple: America hasn’t followed the ‘America value’ when dealing with its own citizens and other nations in the world.

Let’s face it, America for years has violated human rights at home and at many areas in the world. It has never earned the respect from other nations for being the holder of the standard of justice. But America continues to claim moral highground and self-rightousness while criticize other nations, almost 200 nations in 2013, for human rights violations without uttering a word of its own transgressions.

Over the years America was pround of itself for having laws and hiring quotas to prevent social injustice against minorities. But what actaully happens in everyday life in the United States tells a vastly different story. Racial discriminations and mis-treatments against blacks, Latinos, Muslims and Asians at work and in public in the U.S. are everyday occurances. Police brutalities against blacks are sometimes deliberate, always troublesome and widely seen on TV by millions of people around the world. 

Source: BBC News

Source: BBC News

When appearing in front of a mic or a video camera, many white American politicians (and talk show hosts and entertainers) are die hard human right defenders. In private, they often show their true colors as racists and look down on other races. 
Remembered what B. Clinton said to T. Kennedy and what H. Reid said in private about Obama? If you don’t or choose to ignor them, let me remind you for the sake of human rights in America. Their comments sadly illustrate ‘white supremacy’ mentality ingrained in the American culture. 

First, this shows what B. Clinton said about Obama to T. Kennedy:

Source: the Gateway Pundit

This shows what H. Reid thought of Obama:

To further illustrate this point, one can clearly see ‘white supremacy’ in the following picture which shows the confirmed members of Trump’s cabinets: 13 white males (72%), 4 women (22%) and one black (6%.)

Source: Alternet.

Other actions by the U.S. government against its own citizens and other people of the world include massive cyber survaliance on emails and cellphones of common U.S. citizens and many if not all world leaders and the use of torture at Abu Ghraib.

Trump’s executive order on travel bans to the U.S. from several muslim countries and building a physical wall along the U.S. and Mexico border were blatant violations of human rights against muslims and Latinos. The real sad truth about Trump’s action was that the same sentiments are shared by millions of Americans who helped elect Trump to become the 45th preident of the U.S. in the first place.

And what has America done to secure its national interests in the world in the past? With its massive military machines, of course. The purpose of U.S. military in any conflict is to secure dominance in air, sea, land and space. To support this objective, America has deployed in more than 150 countries and has at least 662 overseas bases in 38 foreign countries plus many others in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

While banishing other countries for their poor human right records, oppressed actions against their own citizens by autocratic monarchy governments in the Middle East were conviniently and unabashedly brushed aside by the U.S. government because many of these Islamic countries are strategic partners of the U.S. in the Middle East. America often criticizes its enemies for their poor records on human right violations but dismisses equally bad actions by their friends.

Many military actions and missile and drone attacks taken by the U.S. military against other nations aren’t viewed as legitimate or morally defensible because they were carried out for American’s self interests. Most noticeable were America’s covert, but sometimes public, frequent, forceful and always deadly interventions in the Middle East over the past decades. Civilian deaths caused by American military machines have been ignored by the U.S. government because they were viewed as colleteral damages of American’s war on terror. In fact, US military forces have been responsible for thousands, possibly millions, of civilian deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and other regions around the world in the past decade. One might want to ask: ‘Has any of these countries invaded or attacked the United States?’

Over the past six or seven decades, America has done enough bad things around the world. Finally, it knew that the status quo can not continue. Obama’s leading from behind and Mr. Tillerson’s comments are proofs that America has finally realized that America’s glamour of self-righteousness is fast contracting. Its aggressive military and political interventions against many under-developed nations have created enough enemies for the most powerful nation in the world. For that, America is now paying for the consequences. 

America’s march to the bottom continues.

Anti-Trump sentiments, THAAD and Moon May 12, 2017

Posted by hslu in 美國, Economics, Global Affair, Middle East, Muslim, Obama, Russia, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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Trump believes that being the president of the most powerful nation in the world entitles him to demand other nations to do whatever he wants. 

It doesn’t work that way.

Trump wanted South Korea to pay $1 billion for the deployment of THAAD which angered South Koreans because THAAD wasn’t really designed to protect South Korea against missiles from the North. America forces THAAD on SK because it needs to monitor China and Russia as America “pivoting to the East.” In the end, the State Department quietly announced that America tax payers will pay for the deploytment. Trump ate his own words again.

In fact, 56.5% of South Koreans, according to a recent poll, want the deployment of THAAD suspended and leave the decision to the new government. 

But, after SK and the U.S. agreed in July 2016 to deploy one THAAD battery in SK, U.S. sent two mobile launchers to a U.S. military base in SK in March 2017 because America wanted to speed up the installation before a new government comes into power in May 2017. 

However, THAAD deployment has been under fire from the get-go because it was made without parliamentary approval and discussions by the public. The heavy-handed approach by the U.S. government against the will of majority of the South Korean people angered the opposition party which swept Moon Jae-in (文在寅) to the office. Of course, Park’s indictment decimated her party which also helped Moon won the election.

Trump’s bullying personality and his unorthodox foreign policy maneuvers destablized the balance of power in many countries and upset other nations’ politics because Trump’s ascent to power emboldened the populist movements worldwide.
This isn’t good for the U.S. because the strategic alliances cultivated by the U.S. over the past five decades are in danger of breaking apart. Many new governments, e.g., Phillippine and South Korea, may adapt anti-U.S. foreign policies and several pro-America royal family rulers in the Middle East might face renewed oppositions at home. 

None of that is good for the United States. America is threading dangerous water now. It will get worse and the end isn’t near at all.

Trump has no class firing Comey May 10, 2017

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Since Trump isn’t doing a good job either, should Thrump be fired too?

Trump did this to the FBI top guy: 

Fired Comey behind his back first. Said that he no longer trusted Comey. Told the world that Comey was incompetent. Stabbed Comey in the back with a stick of dynamite on national TV. Above all, accused Comey committed atrocities on the job. 

What comes next, Trump decides to resign from the WH because Comey helped Trump defeated Hillary?

What’s between Trump’s two ears? 豆腐腦袋?

Is it possible that Rod Rosenstein had told Trump that Comey has found the smoking gun on Trump’s tie to Russia?

Let’s have a special proscutor to investigate Comey’s firing and stir the Trump pot some more. The messier America gets, the better it is for other countries to get ahead.

風雨欲來霧滿樓 April 30, 2017

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氣象預報說今天大陸的冷鋒會來,中午溫度就要下降,接著就會雨。早上開始就沒有看到太陽,現在已經是下午四點多,雖然天陰陰的,可是雨還沒有下下來。我一邊走路,一邊看天,只覺得空氣裏濕答答的。沒多久霧就起了。它從高樓的屋頂開始,把薄薄的一層透明的紗布往下拉,一下子就把天空和高高的屋頂蓋起來了。

看來,林口的天氣又要作怪了。

等我們喝完了下午咖啡,霧更濃了。一,兩百尺之外的房子和車子都好像躲在白紗布的後面。昏昏暗暗的路燈,散發出不同的顏色,懶懶的照在濕濕的人行道和柏油馬路上。路上沒幾個行人,車子開著大燈,像兩個會動的大眼睛,慢慢的在路上走著。

左邊的房子是新蓋好的。十層樓高。大概三十幾戶人家。右邊是一個三層樓的透天厝。孤零零的在路當中。

左邊的高房子就是我們家的大樓。右邊的建築物是一個美國學校。全新的建築物。去年九月才第一次招生。只收有外國護照的小朋友。小學,初中和高中的學生都有。去上運動課的時候,差不多八九部小巴來接他們去附近的運動場。大概有七,八十個學生吧。

MOAB did this April 27, 2017

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If you only watch American media, you’ll think that Pentagon has defeated the IS in Afghanistan with one big MF MOAB on 4/13/17.

2003 test.

BBC’s reporter, Auliya Atrafi, went to the site to inspect the damage first hand and said this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39705128

The BBCreporter also said that the MOAB did kill many IS fighters but more IS fighters who wear 6 pairs of socks (no shoes so that they can sneak up to government soldiers) come back. Maybe the U.S. needs to drop more MOAB to scare the IS fighters into submission, otherwise, Trump may want to send in more American boys and girls to fight the IS on the ground.
In any case, read or watch BBC News to get the real scoop instead of the make-naive-Americans-feel-good fake news.

Auliya Atrafi has this to say at the end of his report:

Ghostbuster, Linkou version April 26, 2017

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It makes a hell of noises.

The guy with the smoking gun was completely covered by smoke.

Actually, the public health department of the New Taipei City was conducting twice a year mosquito termination operation in Linkou.


A four-man crew, each equipped with a mosquito smoking gun, and a supervisor were working on roadside surface drains near the Daweilai community.

I wonder how effective the operation is because the way they work the streets, only a small faction of the drainage system is covered.

When Tai Power speaks April 25, 2017

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You better listen. And listen good.

Tai Power is 台灣電力公司 in Chinese or 台電 in short. It is the one and only electric company for Taiwan. It is owned by the government and manages three nuclear power plants, multiple oil and gas fired power plants through out the island and several hydraulic power plants in the mountains. It is also responsible for providing electric power to residents, businesses and industrial clients.

About 3 weeks ago, we saw a post at our apartment building informing the residents that there would be a power outage on a Tuesday for about three hours. I didn’t pay too much attention to the note because it wouldn’t be a big deal based on our experience back in VA. At most, it would only be a minor inconvenience at most. 

Well, was I wrong about not acting on the notice.

After power came back to the building, my refrigerator quit working, two 20A circuit breaker popped and had to be replaced and a surge protector was toasted. Six other refrigerators in the building also stopped working and one family’s A/C stopped working too. We called Hitachi and a service technician came to our rescue. I told him the problem. He said that he knew what the problem was. He replaced the faulty parts (two small fuses on a circuit board got burned), charged me $500 NTD ($16 US) and did the same for 2 other Hitachi refrigerators in the building. Other families had to call their refrigerator manufactures to fix their problems. 

    Our construction company agreed to call an electrician to change out the faulty circuit breakers and foot all repair bills because it appeared that something went wrong with building’s uninterrupt power supply system. The construction company also agreed to find out what the problem was and fix it to our satisfaction.

    People also told me that when Tai Power spoke, I better listen and be prepared to unplug appliances to guard against possible power surge. I decided to install surge protectors on important electric equipments to add a level of protection no matter who was at fault. Apparently similar situations had happened to other people before and by issuing the notice before power was cut off, Tai Power in essence forewarned its customers to do the necessary to avoid damages.

    If you don’t, Tai Power will not be held responsible in any shape and form.

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