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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

Posted by hslu in Economics, education, Social Issues.
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Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?


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 the benefits will reduce the number of people in the program. A recent report documented this.

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

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

Posted by hslu in Economics, Health Insurance, Social Issues.
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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

Posted by hslu in China, Economics, Global Affair, Globlization, Social Issues.
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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

Posted by hslu in Economics, Social Issues.
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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. 


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

Posted by hslu in Congress, Politics, Social Issues, Trump.
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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。




Unbelievably bad February 9, 2017

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How could something like this happen in the U.S. of A?

There is more horrible news.

After all, America is the richest nation in the world with the most advanced medicines and medical instruments. 
The easy conclusion is that people work at this VA hospital have no heart. They didn’t care about those poor veterans.

America is heaven for babies but hell for senile people. Even American dogs and cats live a better life than these poor souls.

This is what’s wrong with the U.S. January 13, 2017

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Source: BBC News.

This isn’t the only one! Here is another question in the same math homework:

Source: BBC News.

No wonder that American HS students don’t do math well. With homework questions like these in Junior High, they are well prepared on sex education for HS.

Weapons of math destruction December 21, 2016

Posted by hslu in Computer, Knowledge, math, Racial Bias, Social Issues.
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If you like big data, you need to read this paper.