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Does New York City have fewer Asian beggars? October 12, 2017

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At least this was my observation when my wife and I lived in NYC on 2nd avenue one block north of Houston street.

I do have a partial answer to my own question and it was based on another observation of mine in NYC:

Near Laffayette and Broome close to SOHO.

The answer: they rather work with their own hands instead.

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And who is at fault? September 28, 2017

Posted by hslu in 美國, Democracy, Election, Global Affair, Islam, Muslim, Politics, Religion, Russia, Social Issues, Taiwan, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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Who is responsible for the world going to hell in a handbasket? 

Who do you think is the culprit?

There can be no doubt that Trump, his advisors and his supportors are largely responsible for the current mess in the world. So, go ahead, Trump, keeps stirring up the pot with your tweets and makes America the enemy of the world.

But, China is doing fine, thank you very much. 

The U.S. was solely responsible for the Great Recession because America, including the Wall Street bankers, the Fed, the regulators, the Congress, the banks and thousands of greedy investors, created the subprime mortgage loan crisis and the subsequent financial crisis.

Now, Trump is dividing the country up into multiple classes and makes people from different classes hate each other. 

Trump didn’t stop there. Here is a list of things Trump has done and wanted to do since 1/20/2017:

  • got out of TPP, 
  • got out of the Paris Accord,
  • weakened NATO, 
  • re-negotiated NAFTA, 
  • wanted to get rid of Iran nuclear deal, 
  • asked American allies, such as Japan, Korea, Germany, France, just to name a few, to pay for protections they have received from the U.S., 
  • threatened fire and fury on Kim Jong En and total destruction to North Korea and its people,
  • sent more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, 
  • put more sanctions on Russia and Venezuela,
  • wanted to keep muslims out of the U.S. with a travel ban,
  • wanted to build a wall to keep Mexicans and latinos from entering the America, and,
  • get rid of Dreamers. 

It is obvious that Trump is distructive, un-trustworthy and is a person no one, e.g., Mercel of Germany, can do business with.

The political mess in Washington and the stalemate on Britexit in England make one wonder that democracy is probably at the end of its usefulness. I certainly do not think democracy promoted by the U.S. is a viable option to govern. It created disfranchised classes and made national policies the hostages of special interest groups, lobbyists and wealthy donators. 

So, is Trump’s government good for American people? 

I say that it is not. 

What do you think?

Is it possible that America is starring at the onset of a culture revolution American style which is instigated by Trump and encouraged by Trump’s supportors?

You tell me.

The following is some of my thoughts on the divisiveness of Trump the person and his policies. I am trying to draw parallels between the political landscapes in the U.S. and that in Taiwan. I finished my thoughts on the U.S. and I am still working on my viewpoints on Taiwan. 

It was written in Chinese.

分裂

一個分裂的社會是一個停滯不前或著逐步落後的社會。

當政客把階級之間的矛盾作為一個競選的武器,這個矛盾的心理障礙極有可能會演變成階級鬥爭,而這個政府就會被少數的極端分子而左右。這樣的社會一定會動盪不安,人心會猜疑惶恐。這個社會的經濟就會變成投資報酬低落,人才長期外流,競爭優勢下降,經濟成長衰退,薪資不漲反退的窘境。

兩百多年以來,美國一直是一個種族分裂的社會。南北戰爭以後,黑人不再為奴。雖然馬丁路德金在20世紀中爲黑人爭取了法律上平等的地位,可是黑人仍然被白人歧視,壓迫,而白人和黑人之間的直接衝突也一直沒有間斷過。這種種族分裂已經持續兩個世紀了。 雖然美國有法律保障黑人和少數民族(拉丁美洲人和東方人)的福利,可是這只是政客的表面文章。私底下,白人還是看不起黑人和其他人種,這也是黑人和少數民族繼續被歧視的主要原因。

美國黑人長期以來被白人不停的壓迫,但是這個”階級鬥爭”在白人的主流意志統治之下並沒有對整個美國經濟有太多的負面影響。原因是白人當政,黑人(東方人)的影響力太低的緣故。

不過,美國這種白人至上的情況從 2001 年以來已經受到根本的威脅,因為除了黑白衝突以外,美國還經過許多內外夾擊的改變:

。2001 的 911 事件,

。阿富汗和伊拉克戰爭,

。2005 年的房地產泡沫,

。2009 年由美國引起的世界經濟財務危機,

。歐巴馬和茜拉蕊的反蘇俄,反中國外交政策,

。歐巴馬任內將美國推向極端的自由派陣營,

。川普的’美國至上’其實是’白人至上’的偽裝。

這些事件的發生使美國成為一個嚴重分裂的社會。目前,美國有好幾個尖銳的社會衝突。這些衝突在少數政客,保守派和自由派名嘴和網路政治言論的引導之下把美國社會搞得四分五裂:

1。財富不均的分裂;1% 和 99% 的對立,

2。美國白人對黑人的歧視,

3。美國白人對穆斯林教派人的歧視,

4。美國白人對墨西哥和拉丁美洲人的歧視,

5。美國白人對中國人和印度人的歧視,

6。美國保守派和自由派意識形態的分裂。

這些衝突的直接產物就是川普的當選,美國”白人至上”意志的抬頭,也是美國保守派白人的最後掙扎。美國的經濟也在這些衝突之中受到負面的影響,導致GDP成長率下降,聯邦政府入不敷出,國家債務提升,政府政策停滯不前,美金購買力下降,美國也逐漸的喪失了它在世界上的影響力和競爭力。

Are you a man or a woman? September 28, 2017

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Life in the U.S. of A. used to be quite simple. As far as social Issues were concern, everything was pretty conservative which was fine with me. 

For instance, when It came to choose one’s gender, we had either male or female. Pretty straight forward. Nothing complicated here. You looked down and you made your choice. And that was it.

Nowadays, determining a person’s sex is so much more complicated that a judge’s ruling may be required.

Consider this multiple choices question:

Sex: choose one or more from the following:

。Male

。Female

。Non-binary (Oregan only)

。Somewhere in between (state your percentage of each. Must add to100 if you know how to add)

。Sometimes male inclined

。Sometimes female inclined

。It all depends on how I feel

。Transgender

。Don’t know

。Undetermined

。May change later in my life

。Whatever

Liberals have ways to make things more complicated than they have to.

When a society is taken over by the liberals, 怪相重生,雞犬升天。

 

The real fight has just begun July 30, 2017

Posted by hslu in Congress, Election, Liberal Media, Military, Politics, Social Issues, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy, US Government.
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Some Americans are proud of their government. They believe that it is the best there is in this world; balanced power-sharing scheme, independent-minded branches and free of corruptions. Whether that’s the case in reality is open to discussion.

There are three independent branches: the administration, the legislature and the judicial. Each has its own distinct power and each works on its own. The term Americans often cite for how their government works like a well-greased machine is “checks and balances.”

Well, the Administration has some say on domestic issues but its hands are tied because the Congress holds the string to the purse. But, in foreign policy and starting wars against other countries, Congress has little leverage on what the Administration choose to do.

Congress is where politics is being played on almost every issue regarding how tax money is distributed: defense, social welfare, education, energy, art, science and many other areas.

These two branches are well-tuned political machines and both are not shy to play dirty politics to the fullest just to gain a little advantage over the other party. 

America’s judicial system is supposed to be apolitics. The judges are supposed to interpret the law without any personal bias or political inclination. These “saints” in black robes hold tremendous power and usually have the final say on almost every issue affecting people’s lives.

That’s where politics are being played to the fullest between the liberals and conservatives.

Wow, if that happened, the defeat of Hillary by Trump will set liberals back by decades. 

We’ll see if Trump can keep his seat.

Fundamental attribution error and inequality July 6, 2017

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Do you think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? Are you biased because you have such a disparaging view on people of lower social status?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/05/us-inequality-poor-people-bad-choices-wealthy-bias?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

The article didn’t talk about public policies which are partly responsible for creating the inequality in the first place. Requring food stamp holders to work for benefits they receive from the tax payers will reduce the number of people in the program. A recent report documented this.

Unless someone is didabled, ask him/her to work for his/her benefit will help build his/her character and working experience so that he/she can return back to the workforce and make a honest living instead.

People in general are lazy by nature. Just ask those people who make new year resolution to lose weight year after year. They just couldn’t do it because they are in most cases lazy. Exercise is hard. Eating a piece of pie is so much easier.

I thought so too May 11, 2017

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Uber is a quasi taxi company and its drivers have to be regulated like any taxi driver employeed by the Yellow Cab. This was my thought about Uber from the get-go. I still do now.

Apparently other agrees with me too.

There is a difference between a regular taxi driver and someone who drives a claunker and moonlights as one after a 12-hour day job.

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 “World Order” is America’s to lose March 6, 2017

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A few years ago, the term “World Order” was something I didn’t hear much about on any major news media except on neo conservativism websites or in arcane foreign affair articles. 

Nowadays, American politicians and military personnel openly talked about it all the time because they are tired of denying its existence. 

Source: AP

More importantly, they are scared because they may see it disintegrating right in front of their eyes. The “World Order” is extremely important to the U.S. and the American’s way of life, i.e., living beyond their means, depends on it.

Considering the reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar which allows the U.S. continuously runs huge deficits on foreign trades and federal budget. If the U.S. has to buy another currency to pay for everything they import, e.g., crude oil, U.S. dollar will lose its value like a rock falling off a cliff. American will lose its purchasing power and they will forever live in a poor house simply because it can not afford the huge national debt it owes to foreign credictors.

That’s why America has to defend the “World Order.” 

When people in America’s conservative circle talk about “World Order,” they are not talking about peace in the Middle East because no one in the upper echelon of the U.S. government will lose any sleep if a few people die in the middle of the desert. If the supply of Middle East oil is in jeopardy, America has at least 100 days worth of foreign oil import stored in the strategy petroleum reserve in Louisiana. In addition, America’s aircraft carrier is nearby if a quick and precise military action is called for. 

When people in America’s conservative circle talk about “World Order,” they are not talking about the safety of Israel because Israel can take care of itself using missiles and defensive system they bought or received as gifts from the U.S. over the past 30 years.

When people in America’s conservative circle talk about “World Order,” they are not talking about keeping Iran’s nuclear weapons in check because those missiles along with their launching facilities are aimed at Israel, not at the U.S. Besides, Israel took care of the nuclear facility in the past and it certainly has the capability to take care of them now. And Israel doesn’t need America’s permission either.

Feminine in Africa? Not America’s problem. 

Missile tests by North Korea? They may be a threat to South Korea but it gives America a perfect excuse to station U.S. soldiers in South Korea. 

Monetary crisis in South America countries? Doesn’t care. The worse situation these countries are in, the less of a threat they are to the U.S.

As for Europe, the financial crisis, which originated in the U.S., sank the European countries in a shit hole so deep that they have little hope of crawling out from for decades.

Then there are China and Putin’s Russia. Soviet Union was thoroughly humiliated by the U.S. in the late 1980’s. Now Russia has come back from the dead under Putin’s reign. It is threatening American’s dominance in Europe after it annexed Crimea.

China is a clear and present danger to America’s hegemony. Although, China is no where close to challenge America’s leadership position and China is still mired in many internal problems, what China is doing, e.g., One Belt One Road, can not be tolerated by the U.S. 

What’s even more troublesome to America’s policy makers is the Russia-China alliance which has the potential to topple America’s dominance in the world. It is a matter of national security to America with deadly consequence.

But, giving America’s huge national debt, unstoppable federal deficits and a rapidly aging population, America’s decline is inevitable and a new empire is emerging no matter how many aircraft carriers America has. 

It is just a matter of time.

Four horsemen and Inequality March 6, 2017

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Walter Scheidel is a Stanford professor who in his book: “The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century” identified four indisputable and truly effective ways to reduce inequality: war, revolution, state collapse, and deadly pandemics. 


https://qz.com/924034/how-to-reduce-inequality-history-suggests-the-only-effective-ways-are-death-and-destruction/

That’s quite a powerful statement indeed. People have suggested education for the masses as a way to shrink the wealth gap. But it is not very effective.

Other than the “four horsemen identified in the book, I can think of a few other ways to reduce inequality in a nation: progressive tax on wealth in addition to income, 90% tax on the extremely rich segment of the soceity, effective redistribution system like generous welfare program and communism.

Inequality is the product of capitalism. Human is inherently un-equal in many ways: look, IQ, race, health, willingness to learn and family background, among others. 

Capitalism has a way to enhance the gap among people in a winners-take-all system. 

So, is it fair to say that America is the post child of inequality because capitalism reigns?

跟小孩吵架一樣 March 4, 2017

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不知道美國的總統和民主黨的政客會不會跟臺灣的立法委員一樣打起来。如果把他們放在一個房間裏,搞不好的時候,互相對罵下流髒話是一定會有的,像”Go f### yourself,” “Screw you” 這一類的言語。現在美國總統帶頭打電子口水戰,好戲連臺,還有的搞的。

不過,我要警告你,不要以為美國總統或政客都是文明人。他們在攝影機的燈光下,個個顯得人模人樣的。私底下,那一個不是”F###”這個來,”F###”那個去的。你不信,就看看美國”R”級的電影和電視劇,各式各樣的骯髒話,指名道姓,繼父繼母,前夫或前妻的子女到處都是。這就是美國社會真正的的寫照。

攝影機燈光下政客的表現都是裝出來的。你可以說這是美國文明社會的假象吧!

大家看戲吧!

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