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Finally, something good from the Trump WH May 21, 2017

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Remember these tweets and statements from Trump on China: 

“currency manipulator,” 

“unfair trade partner,” 

“raping our nation,” 

“we have a lot of power with China,” 

“theft of American jobs,” 

“lost 60,000 factories,” 

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency?” 

“when Donald J. Trump is president, China will be on notice that America is back in the global leadership business and that their days of currency manipulation and cheating are over,” 

“I would do a tax. And the tax, let me tell you what the tax should be … the tax should be 45%,”  

And we all know what kind of person Trumo is: “he (Trump) is someone going to carry through on what he says.” 

Then of course we had these words from China:

“We hope President-elect Donald Trump, who will very soon go into (the) White House, will handle himself with respect, accountability and responsibility and become a force of peace and stability rather than making whimsical and capricious remarks aimed at surprising the world.” 

So, after a war of words, what do we have recently? A trade agreement between China and the U.S of A.

So, did Trump lie? Maybe Trump simply didn’t know what he was talking about. Well, on the other hand, maybe Trump was a smart cookie by talking tough before doing a deal.

We’ll find out what kind of person Trump is: a born liar or a smart business man.

Definitely May 14, 2017

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The more trouble America has, the better it is for the world and China.

The U.S. opposed One Belt One Road and the BRICS Bank (now the New Development Bank) when Xi Jinping first proposed this strategic alliance in 2013 and later threatened its allies not to joint this initiative. None of them except Japan took American advice.

Why?

Because the United States realized that it threatened America’s leadership in the world. 

So what America did to counter this threat? Pivot to the East.

Now the U.S. and Japan want in. 恬不知恥是也。

Just make them second or third tier observers with no right to vote.

BRI vs PE.

I for one like to see BRI took the lead not only on world trade but also on making friends in the world for decades and cennturies. What America leadership gave the world was one firthy rich and powerful bully, a few so-called allies, a poppy, a pawn and many enemies.

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.

不懂 April 22, 2017

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我的大學同學寄給同班同學的一個短信,它確定了我膚淺的觀察,也加深了我心理的困惑。

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一位台大人的留言回應,直戳愚癡!    

            
全世界被強權殖民過的國家有96個,而台灣是全世界唯一歌頌殖民統治的國家。

日本歷史承認統治台灣50年期間,殺害超過40萬台灣人,日本殖民韓國35年,殺害韓國人16萬人,韓國人恨之入骨,戰後凡有關日本人的銅像,全部摧毀,任何有關日本的圖騰,建築物都夷為平地,日本人對慰安婦事件道歉超過十次,仍得不到韓國人的諒解,反觀台灣,對慰安婦事件,為日本人塗脂抹粉,還說”是自願的”,美國哈佛的一位教授聽聞台灣的回應,以”無法理解”來表示。

漢人在台灣籌建的水利工程有七個,奠立了台灣水利工程的基礎,民進黨視若未睹,視而不見,而日本人建立了一個圳就視同”恩同再造”,感激涕零,最諷刺的是,日本人建的那個圳灌溉出來的稻米都運回日本供”上等日本人”吃,而下等人種台灣人當苦力,卻吃不到該圳帶來的任何好處。現在台灣人對曾奴化台灣,殺害台灣人的日本人卑躬屈膝,磕頭喊”皇恩浩盪”,卻對祖先所留下來的功績,隻字不提,台灣人的是非顛倒,舉世無雙,令韓國人吃驚,令國際傻眼,令人浩瀚! 是誰愚弄台灣把臺灣人教育成如此的愚痴? 

台灣在日本311地震捐了57億台幣給日本,超過另外92個國家的總和(含美國,歐盟,G7工業國,…),讓日本人受寵若驚,台南大地震時,日本人卻只捐了5000萬台幣來”回敬”台灣人的功德(台南是全台最綠最感恩日本的地方),連百分之一都不到 ! 現在菲律賓和中國友好,菲律賓人到黃岩島去捕魚,中國也不驅趕,裝沒看見,台日要是友好的話,台灣人到沖之鳥礁的國際海域(公海)去捕魚,日本人為何用軍艦來驅趕?這是日本人”感恩”台灣人的方式? 台灣人還沒看清日本人的嘴臉嗎?

韓國人強悍,所以日本人怕韓國人! 台灣人諂媚,所以日本人瞧不起台灣人! 這也是這十幾年來,台灣韓國競爭力反轉的最大原因——-在1997,台灣的GDP幾乎是南韓的2倍,過了8年,2005年,韓國GDP就超過台灣,現在更遠遠將台灣拋在後面,韓國人早就沒把台灣看在眼裡,跟日本人一樣,鄙視台灣,悲哉!

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它,並沒有告訴我為什麼台灣人有這種心態。為什麼大街小巷都是統治者的影子?為什麼台灣的語言,文字,食物,建築,擺飾,文化,店面,商場,大樓,outlet,汽車,高鐵都受到統治者的影響呢?

是中國的封閉?是人性的弱點?是慣性的懶惰?是無知的認同?是愚蠢的服從?是盲目的追隨?是政府的政策?是奸商的貪婪?是高官的鼓勵?還是井底之蛙,自以為是?要不然就是北方來的小確幸文化墮落和侵蝕了人心?

我不懂,我真的不懂。

Democrat Party: start your election engine April 18, 2017

Posted by hslu in Congress, Economics, Obama, Obamacare, Trump.
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I think Democrat has a small chance to capture the majority of the House of Representatives in 2018 because it is difficult to overcome the 44 seat advantage enjoyed by the Republican Party.

That being said, Democrat only needs to win a net of 24 seats to make Pelosi the speaker of the House. If it happens in 2018, Trump will be in deep s**t. Do you see the big “I” word on the wall?

Source: wikipedia

Republican’s has a four seat advantage over the Democrat Party in the Senate right now which means that Democrat only has to win net three seats in November 2018 to become the majority party in the Senate. However, the outcome is not certain for Democrats because Republicans have 9 seats up for grab while Democrats have 23. The independents, who caucus with Democrat, have 2 seats up for election.

Other than Obamacare, Obama actually had nothing to show of in 8 years. The Republican Party has about 19 months to overturn the Obamacare. Once Obamacare is repealed under Trump and Ryan, Obama will be wiped clean completely. 

Talent drain will sink America fast April 18, 2017

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Trump got it backwards. His order will back fire.

It will send more qualified high tech workers back to their own country.

Average: $31,644; Median:  March 31, 2017

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According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, the mean retirement saving of a family between 32  and 37 years old is $31,644.

Not good. 

Fidelity advices that if you want to have enough to retire at 67, you should have 3 times of you salary saved by 40. By the time you reach 67, you should have 10 times of your salary saved.

In Q4 2016, the median wage for an American worker is $44,158/year (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Since wages vary widely depending on worker’s occupation and age, we’ll use BLS data to calculate the amount you need to stash away for retirement: $132,474.

In other words, our average American worker has managed to accomplish 24% of his retirement goal.

Since average isn’t a good way to tell the entire story, let’s use median to see how American people are doing in their retirement saving department:

The same BLS report put the median amount for families between 32 and 37 is:

Drum roll, please!

$480.

Pathetic, isn’t it?

Let see, how much does our average family owe on its 10 (just aguess) credit cards? What’s the balance on its student loan if it is fortunate enough to have a college education? 

So, who is going to take care of our average American worker after he or she reaches retirement?

Pension? Very few companies offer it these days.

Social security benefit? Average SS benefit is about $1,341 in 2016. Definitely not enough to live on. Worse, social security may bankrupt in less than 30 years.

Food stamp? Don’t count on it because America has bankrupted for decades.

$480?

Looks real bad.

Ryan and Trump should read this March 31, 2017

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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/03/28/health-reform-road-ahead.html

The road ahead for health care reform in the U.S. is treacherous and filled with many obstacles. The process outlined by Newt Gingrich is a good one: sensible, pragmatic, comprehensive and well-thought-out. 


Unfortunately, it has a small chance of being followed by the White House, the Congress or health care reform advocates.

The reasons are simple:

  • No one in the Beltway wants to touch it with a 10-foot pole.
  • Whoever brave enough to bring this subject back will lose his seat in 2018 or 2020.
  • Republican’s margin in Senate before 2018 is too small even if a bill passes the House.
  • Trump won’t understand it because it is much more complicated than building an apartment building. 
  • Trump has no vision to see the forest. He can’t handle the details. 
  • It takes more than 140 characters to get the points cross.
  • American people don’t have the patient nor the stamina to follow it through. They care about the results only; not the process.
  • Democrats will do their darnedest to block the legislature in the Congress.
  • Republican will lose the control of Senate to a united Democrat Party in 2018.
  • People work in The Congressional Budget Office don’t like Trump. It will come up with a number that will make the bill, any health insurance reform bill, look bad.

Could but not is March 29, 2017

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If a person doesn’t have health insurance, he or she won’t live as long as people with health insurance. 

That’s not debatable.

When a person is obese, like many Americans are, his or her life will be shorter. 

Common sense.

Attribute longer life expectancy for Canadians to Canada’s universal health insurance system is a stretch to put it mildly. 

The headline is misleading. 

The article talked about Canadian patients diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant who on average lived 10 years longer than average American patients with the same disease. 

If you believe the headline, you are duped to think that the one-payer health insurance system in Canada is better than the system in the U.S. 

It is not. 

With no monetary incentives, Canada’s health-related industries wouldn’t produce life-saving medicines or medical instruments like their counterparts in the U.S. have done. Canadians benefited from the medical advances developed in America and the article totally ignored this little fact.

Canada, about 8% of the U.S. in terms of GDP, is a socialist country with very high income taxes, 5% GST (Goods and Services Tax), up to 10% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax), a separate PST (Provincial SalesTaxes) in some provinces, a weak currency, fewer fancy cars, harsher weather in the winter, short spring, beautiful summer, slow pace in their daily lives, relaxed atmosphere at offices, less stress at work, cleaner air and water, highly dependent of exports of its natural resources (primarily crude oil and oil from oil sand) and a good social welfare (unemployment benefit) system.

The bottom line is this: the average life expectancy for Canadians is almost 3 years longer than that for Americans.

Be careful about what you read on the web; even on a website as creditable as BBC.

When in doubt, check it out yourself.

The price of vanity March 28, 2017

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336%, to be exact. On diamonds from Tiffany.

For a 2 carat, round solitaire diamond ring:

Tiffany: $80,000 with a $25 blue box.

Source: Google search image.

Costco: $19,000 with a burgundy colored box.

Source: Google search image.

Source: The Daily Mail

Jewelry expert’s undercover to show Tiffany overcharges for diamonds http://dailym.ai/2ngBWtc via http://dailym.ai/android

Will you buy diamonds at Tiffany’s had you read this?

If you have money to burn, go ahead, no one is stopping you.