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The USA administration's bagman's (lady) collection trip to China has paid off well for Beijing.  
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OH JOY, OH JOY,  Oh Joy,  oh joy, .... oh wtf....


#hongkongattractions   #our_ce_is_bestest  
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Had to jump out of the way today for a car, going against the flow on the side walk whilst texting. Multitasking.
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I can't be surprised any more by American governance. We preach transparency & democracy to the world, while actively undermining it, particularly at home.
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Sen. Ludlam of Green Party Australia, gives a nice model of how to put together a public speech, which is going viral.
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Im pretty sure there will be no ticker tape parades if Tony shows up ;)
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An opening for any potential candidate.

""Goldmark said he didn’t sustain the pledge because he’s not influenced by the money."  kekeke.

h/t +joe breskin 
 
You will quite simply  LOVE this one ... 

""Goldmark said he didn’t sustain the pledge because he’s not influenced by the money."

"Goldmark pledged that he was the candidate to do away with backroom deals and restore trust to the office. “I will not accept money from the industries that I’ll be regulating,” the Democrat said at a public forum in Gig Harbor that year, during his successful campaign to unseat Republican Doug Sutherland, the incumbent commissioner of public lands."
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Obama shows his feckless nature again in Belgium, when he says our men were sent to die for freedom in the dirt of Belgium.  Someone in the party hierarchy needs to call him out on this feckless behaviour, and compare his words to the reality represented by the party platform.

Barack Obama's speech in Belgium

"The only freedom for which World War I was fought was the freedom to plunder. ‘Brave little Belgium’, though not the greatest of the colonial powers, was arguably the worst. The King Albert to whom Obie alludes, above, was the nephew and successor of vile King Leopold, the butcher of the Belgian Congo. After the hiatus of hostilities in 1918, brave little Albert continued to preside over the Belgian empire in Africa until he fell off a mountain and broke his unspeakable neck in 1934."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Leopold%27s_Ghost
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"Nice" that more people are waking up from their "Obama coma." Hahahahaha. I wish it were funny. 
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Politics is the bread of life, it's how people with differing views finally get things done. Americans just gave up baking the bread and outsourced it.  Now it is a thing we see as having come from Madison Ave.

"There are thousands of Hamptons around the country -- little cities in which the tax base has shrunk to nearly nothing, and full of people who simply have given up on politics -- and therefore self-government -- because they have decided that there is no point to it any more. And, sadly, there is an entire portion of our political class that makes a living telling those people in those places that they're right to have given up, that democracy is for suckers, and that Government is something alien to them. There no longer is a consensus that the primary job of being a citizen is to participate in governing, and that consensus was deliberately shattered over the last 30 years, mainly in the interest of shoving the nation's wealth upwards, and increasing private profits at the expense of the public good. In that climate, in which the voters have declined to participate in a government they consider alien to themselves, it's easy to see how an amoral and criminal class of politician can rise. If government is an Other, a thing to be pillaged, there will be people who involve themselves in government for the purposes of pillaging it. "
 
Thank you +Sir Shannon Roy 
But there is a lot more to this story beyond the fact that the people involved in it seem to be living in a Carl Hiassen novel.
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“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” 
― Plato
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Naked Capitalism Blog post a number of good articles which are useful to anyone considering areas to stake as political / economic priorities.
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“Poverty is expensive”

When I was young, I belonged to a community coop that purchased in bulk. The legal hassels of running them killed off the one I used. What can we do to get rid of local & federal government regulations suppressing cooperatives?

"My expenses are beginning to get the better of me and month’s end is stretching beyond my dollars. Next year is looking the same. So, yesterday I was pointedly reminded how expensive it is to be poor. Instead of buying a lot when something I use is on sale, I have to buy what I have dollars for. No savings for me! And instead of buying by unit price–I’m a ferocious unit price shopper–I have to buy whatever size I have dollars for. And now I have to make more trips because I can only buy small dollars worth at a time."

"Being poor is MUCH more expensive than being not poor. Not even wealthy, just not poor. Back in the day when there were two kids in the house, I bought detergent on sale, saved $10.00 per buy, and had detergent for months and months. Any sale of stuff I used I snarfed up a bunch. Makes a difference just in trips to the store. We tried to keep wkly shopping to the perishables and we pretty well succeeded. Sometimes went to DE for taxable items and calculated so the trip, gas and bridge toll, was worth it: loaded the car and considered a sale a small gold mine."

"Can’t do that anymore. I don’t need eight gallons of detergent anyway, but even smaller lots are beyond my cash means. Does anyone who matters in economics realize how expensive being poor is? I think some do and most don’t care. Not their problem. I do so wish it were."
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Our institutions are created to exaggerate the wealth gap. A bank will pay interest to a wealthy investor and give him free checking, while bleeding the poor depositor with fees, especially if she temporarily runs out of money.

When you buy insurance, you're essentially paying somebody for being richer than you, gambling against yourself at "the house always wins" odds. Rich people can absorb the occasional loss and don't really need insurance, unless they're speculating and hedging their bets. Then the taxpayers end up bailing out AIG.

The only way to turn it around is if we all rearrange our lives completely, simply refusing to work for the rich. General strike, broad boycott, tax refusal, and nonviolent noncompliance are the tools of our revolution. We can learn to grow our own food, pedal our own bikes, and care for our neighbors. We don't need corrupt corporations or the governments they own.
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Introduction
I sell Thoughtware, which eventually gets systematized into software, but often at the cost of decreasing the effectiveness of Thoughtware. Efficiency is often the enemy of itself. We can get so good at doing things wrong, that we find it painful to do them right.

I suggest you read below before adding me.

How will we live in this new world? Not where borders no longer exist, but where they have become, ever increasingly, the impediment to safety of our health and wealth? This is going to be one of our real challenges in the future!

Science is a cipher for projecting the real world onto a model, it take a lot of computational power & raw data, but still it's the best cipher we have.

If everything  you post is public but hardly of public interest, please consider joining Facebook. Trolling third parties on my account/my posts will get *all* of your comments removed. You get blocked if it happens twice. Be rational, back up  your argument with facts from solid sources -- Fauxnews, MSNBC, & ilk are not solid sources.


“[Money] can't create sympathy between rich and poor...Because sympathy - common feeling - the sense of  fraternity - can spring only from like experiences, like hopes, like fears. And money cannot buy these."

If you don't contact me to explain why you circled me, then chances are I won't circle you back. I'm here to converse, not win a popularity contest. That's also why frequent posts about what you ate will get you booted. That goes double for cat pictures, I'm trying to loose weight and pictures of cats only make me want to start up the charcoal grill. Think I'm joking, view the recipes and links below.

BTW: Circles you can ask to join: Bikes, China, Humanism  Hong Kong, Music.


"Recognize the phrase 'national interest' as a synonym for 'self-interest' and you will find no moral obstacle that cannot be removed from the highway of ambition."
-Lewis Lapham

Winter Bamboo Shoots Stewed Cat Meat

Ingredients: de-boned cat meat - 250 grams (about I large cat)
Winter bamboo shoot - 200 grams fresh, but canned can be used if reduce salt by 1 spoonful
dried tangerine peel - 1 teaspoon soaked overnight
grated fresh ginger - 2.5 teaspoon , 
garlic 3-6 large cloves (smashed)
dark soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger - half tablespoon each,  (mix corn starch with water until a thin paste is formed)
rice wine (or xiaoxing wine) - 5 tablespoons
salt 0.5  teaspoons
MSG 2 teaspoons (optional) , 
Black pepper fresh crushed, sesame oil, 1 teaspoon each, 
reconstituted chicken bouillon - 1 cube into 2 tablespoons of water
vegetable oil - 1 tablespoon
Potato starch - 2 teaspoons mixt into two tablespoons of water


In a well ventilated kitchen, place cat meat into boiling water for 5 minutes, carefully pour out and dispose of water, retaining the meat. repeat once more then set drained meat aside Cut bamboo shoots into cubes or diamond shapes and cook in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain and set aside.
Heat oil in wok or large frying pan until a drop of water will sputter on the surface and not sink into the oil. Then add the garlic, ginger, and tangerine peel, wait a few seconds then add the cat meat, stir until all of the meat is well coated with the seasoning and the meat is well browned. Now add the ginger wine and stir well, next stir vigorously while adding chicken bouillon, salt, MGS (optional) and cornstarch and mix well. Then slowly add soya sauce until meat reaches a dark golden color of your choice then stop, reduce to low heat, and either cover wok or transfer to a pre-warmed clay stew pot on low heat, add water and stir as necessary. After cooking for 40 minutes add bamboo shoots, and mix well, then add pepper, cover and cook for another 30 minutes..  Test with fork, and if not sufficiently tender, add a touch more water and cook for another 30 minutes.  Don’t expect the meat to fall apart, this is game and a bit of chewing is to be expected.  Serve with rice, mashed potatoes or over slices of toasted bread.


Wealth unchaperoned by Virtue is never an innocuous neighbour    .... Sapho