The Ascent of Money Does Not Leave On a High Note

We finished our Niall Ferguson documentary on a financial history of the world. I love this show but of my lord I didn’t get so much of it. Not to ruin the ending though, but basically the US is screwed, it’ll end up in hyperinflation like Argentina or else in a world war with China, […]

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China: Just In Time For Earth Day

Telegraph – Australia to prosecute over Chinese ship’s Barrier Reef shortcut Those responsible for a Chinese ship that crashed on an illegal route at the Great Barrier Reef, leaking tonnes of oil, will be prosecuted, Australia said on Sunday. It’s a good thing a couple people turned their lightbulbs off the other day. Cuz, you […]

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As Westerners Turn Out Their Lights So They Can’t See…

…And other ironically delivered lines about environmentalist efforts these days. Globe and Mail – China denies responsibility for shrinking Mekong River Vital waterway at its lowest level in nearly 20 years; originates in Tibet and is the lifeblood for 65 million people in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam Oh hurrah! “The building and […]

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Remember the Yellow River Dolphin?

This is how they tried to save the Yellow River Dolphin: “Jiangsu province Changshu City Fluorine Chemical industry land sewage treatment plant (江苏省常熟市氟化学工业园污水处理厂) was responsible for collection and processing of the industrial sewage. However they did not, the sewage pipe was extended 1500 meters under the Yangtze River and releasing the sewage there. 2009 June […]

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American Decline, Where Neither the Second Amendment Nor the Caliphate Can Save Us

Mark Steyn – THE SEDUCTIONS OF DECLINE I don’t even know where to begin quoting this (RC2, who is probably better at hiding her straight razors than I, quoted it fairly extensively – and thoughtfully! – here, and as testament to the resilience of her state of mind, she manages to wade through a similarly-themed […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Sunday Quotations

From Tony Blair: This isn’t about a lie or a conspiracy or a deceit or a deception,” Mr. Blair said. “It’s a decision. And the decision I had to take was, given Saddam’s history, given his use of chemical weapons, given the over one million people whose deaths he had caused, given 10 years of […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Look Who Grew a Pair, or: Perhaps We Can File This Under LIFE LESSONS?

Google Blogs – A new approach to China First: Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon […]

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Western Liberal Do-Gooders Destroy a Few More Swathes of China

Lovely. The Sunday Times – Chinese pay toxic price for a green world Just outside the heavily polluted industrial city of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, surrounded by smokestacks, lies a lake with no name. At this time of year the lake bed freezes into waves of solid mud. In summer, locals say, it oozes a viscous, […]

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Fluffing Chinese Ambitions

Stephen Harper’s in China and Conrad Black has some interesting advice for him, but first: National Post – Conrad Black: Between empires In China, as in other traditionally non-Western countries, such as Russia and Japan (largely westernized as they are), there is a tension between the nativists and the Western emulators. To the minimal extent […]

Categories: History

In Which It Is Discovered – To Everyone's Astonishment – That Nations Do Not Operate Like Dizzy American Female Voters

Via Wheat & Weeds again: Der Spiegel – Obama’s Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage Barack Obama looked tired on Thursday, as he stood in the Blue House in Seoul, the official residence of the South Korean president. He also seemed irritable and even slightly forlorn. The CNN cameras had already […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Natural Progression From Chinese Popstars Born Out of Wedlock to a Massacre of Chinese in Africa

Telegraph Blogs – Tim Collard: Are the Chinese racist? Yesterday The Observer reported an alarming row over a TV talent contest in Shanghai. One of the leading contestants, a 20-year-old girl named Lou Jing (pronounced Low not Loo), has attracted enormous opprobrium from all over the country. Some of the comments in the Chinese blogosphere […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The View From Dreamy Norway

NRO – Debacle in Moscow<br/> Obama’s foreign policy is amateurishness, wrapped in naïveté, inside credulity. By Charles Krauthammer About the only thing more comical than Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was the reaction of those who deemed the award “premature,” as if the brilliance of Obama’s foreign policy is so self-evident and its success so […]

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Africa: Where Cheap Plastic Sandals and Rifle-Wielding Junta Soldiers Go Hand-in-Hand

Guess who it is again! China! The Times – China tightens grip on Africa with $4.4bn lifeline for Guinea junta While the rest of the world recoiled in horror at recent events in Guinea, where at least 150 pro-democracy supporters were killed and dozens of women publicly raped by government soldiers, China has sensed an […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

I Feel Like We're Being Mean

In all, ah, meanings of the adjective: Wheat & Weeds – Why Are We Snubbing The Poles? Three months ago Poland invited the President to its 70th anniversary commemorations of World War II. The White House didn’t bother to answer until 5 days before the ceremony, and we sent our NSA instead. Who has stood […]

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Wear Wool, Save Mongolia

China (and environs), again: The Times – Green grass of steppes falls victim to West’s stampede for cashmere The danger facing Mongolia is that its steppes may be transformed into a desert similar to the one eating away at neighbouring China. The culprit is the humble goat — and the fascination of fashionistas for cashmere. […]

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