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門不當,戶不對 November 21, 2017

Posted by hslu in Chinese Food, Culture, 美國, Social Issues.
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中國的古話還是非常有道理的。你說是不是?

一個(女生)是耶魯和哈佛的畢業生。另外一個我不知道他是幹嗎的。只聽過他的名字。不過女生的媽媽說他(男生)只喜歡看棒球,一天看十個鐘頭的電視都可以。

我只是不懂這個女生,雖然她有這麼高的學位,竟然連這麼簡單的一件事都搞不清楚?戀愛沖昏了頭?

美國人結婚,離婚跟吃$80一客的”八角排骨臺鐵便當”一樣:沒什麽大不了。家常便飯是也。

附註:八角不是滷豬耳朵的香料。裝便當的盒子是八角型的竹盒子,所以叫八角。豬排很嫰,很好吃,有一個滷蛋,土豆絲和雪裏紅。蓬萊米飯很軟,很便宜。這是閑話。見笑了。

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怎麼都是白男? November 20, 2017

Posted by hslu in Culture, 美國, Social Issues, Trump.
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是不是我遺漏了一些報導,為什麼我覺得這一連串的醜聞都跟白男有關?

這不但是美國女人大翻身的時代,也深深地顯示出美國實在是一個男女不平等的畸形社會。

目前我們看到的只是影業界,政界和新聞界男男女女的大鬥爭。其實,美國大大小小的公司裏一定有相同的事情天天發生。她們什麼時候才能翻身呢?

Up to 100 shots November 14, 2017

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5 dead in Northern California shootings that ended at elementary school

https://www.yahoo.com/newsroom/vibes/crime-justice/v-611e8982-b21b-33a7-a66a-e03bcf4392f7_c-9f443a45-3999-3017-9226-bba63d99b0c8_a-9f443a45-3999-3017-9226-bba63d99b0c8

It just never ends. 

But do you care from hundreds or thousands of miles away? For about 5 seconds and then move on to the game you are playing or the chat you are engaging with your friends on your cellphone? 

Is your response after reading the headline like: “Another one? Is the suspect a muslim?”

Do you care about gun control because you know nothing will be changed because it is constitution, stupid?

一呼百應,美國髒的很。 November 2, 2017

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你自己看,自己決定吧!

好萊塢揭發性侵的閘門一開,美國以前的齷齪事都出來了。一個接一個,有些已經四五十年前的老事了。有名的,沒名的,大明星,跑龍套,導演,製片,各式各樣多的不得了。

還有美國天主教裏面的那些不可告人的秘密,說不定還沒有搞完呢。

你覺得,一般來說,美國的女人受到男人的尊敬嗎?當然,美國的演藝界並不是很正經的一個行業,但是這一個又一個的醜聞,也有點過分了。你說是嗎?還有,美國在國外,動不動就把人權平等拿出來教訓別的國家。可是,你覺得美國有人權平等這回事嗎?你覺得美國的黑人跟白人平等嗎?


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.

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.

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