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Trump lied to get votes? April 13, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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Or is he being flexible and not unlike any other politician?

The bottom line is this: do you believe what comes out of his mouth from now on?

Trump reverses course in 24 hours from Nato to China to Fed – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39591032

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.

Americans should read BBC News more often November 10, 2016

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, Economics, Global Affair, Liberal Media, Politics.
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Major news meadia outlets in the U.S., such as CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, NYT, WP and LAT are overwhelmingly liberal in their editorial commentaries and day-to-day reporting. 

They are basically mouth pieces for the Democratic Party, Hillary and liberal, or progressive agenda. Some also viciously attack GOP, Trump, and Conservatives.

It is said that people working in the news media are mostly Democrats, maybe as high as 85% by some accounts.

When it comes to reporting on matters regarding foreign countries, these media outlets are foremost American centric. In other words, they are, more often than not, biased.

BBC News reporters, on the other hand, are more objective on their reporting because they analyze American politics and American soceity as outsiders. They don’t have a personal stake on what comes out of an event such as the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Read for yourself and see if you agree.

You will never read a headline like this on any American publication.

Will Trump be any differen? We will see.

BBC News: Chinese wine-tasters scoop surprise win in France October 10, 2016

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Chinese wine-tasters scoop surprise win in France – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37601132

Definitely a ‘thunderbolt‘ event. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see so many different wines being sold at supermarkets in Shanghai. There are few wine shops at areas frequented by foreigners too. 

I am still taking a ‘wait and see’ attitude towards buying Chinese red and whites wines because I didn’t like what I have tasted so far.

Large areas dedicated for wine growing do not mean improvement in the quality of wines.

Five or ten years later may be a different story.


We are friends. Just don’t drag me to war August 31, 2013

Posted by hslu in Global Affair, Islam, Military, Muslim, Obama, Politics, Religion.
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George Osborne, the U.K. finance minister, told BBC Friday: “The relationship with the United States is a very old one, very deep and operates on many layers.”

But, Obama, please don’t drag us into your war with Syria.

Go ahead, Obama, you can do it by yourself. Assad is no match to your carriers, destroyers and cruise missiles.

We’ll watch it on our TV.

Of course, good politicians don’t say what they really want to say. They lie all the time.

George Osborne is a fine politician.

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