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Monday, August 29, 2016

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 29, 2016

The battlefronts are solidifying. China has expanded into cooperation with Russia, aircraft engine manufacturing, and diplomatic arenas.

G20 is a hoped-for tool that could make China an international giant. China wants in on Syria, just as the US and Russia may be reaching something to label as an “agreement”. While China has managed to insult and be insulted by many of the G20 countries, Beijing still believes that the important G20 diplomatic moves wait on the road ahead instead of in the past.

The timing of launching its own aircraft manufacturer should raise eyebrows. Taiwan, a US customer of the market-dominant F-16, which the US has not delivered on in the last several years, held secret talks with China, which the US wasn’t even invited to. This happened under the KMT-Nationalist administration, which just saw a crippling defeat, except for recent, small election on Taiwan’s east coast. The opponent, DPP, took control of both Taiwan’s presidency and legislature over the last six months.  · · · →


Encore of Revival: America, August 29, 2016

It would seem that Trump’s success shouldn’t be surprising, shouldn’t it? It is almost as if the shock—not the disgust, mind you—is also scripted and rehearsed. Even The Simpsons foresaw him as president before 2030 back in the year 2000’s eleventh season. It’s all too easily predictable, isn’t it?

Trump pokes holes at everything everyone is fed up with. Jeb was never going to win. One of the not-so-hidden hands in politics told IHOPKC that leaders “need a miracle”. It all sets up for Trump.

Maybe you think it is a conspiracy. Maybe The Simpsons’ prediction was fiction at the time, unwittingly predicting our world today, which blurs our shrinking line between fiction and reality. It was only a matter of time before someone called out the naked emperor parading through the streets with things that people hate.

The danger we face is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we have people—either acting or seriously—in shock that Trump is winning.  · · · →


Experience Experience

The reason we need experience is for experience. It’s not just for experience itself, but to improve tomorrow’s experience.

Grandma always said, “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.” Too often, when friend or enemy says, “Try it,” we think they will just sell us snakeoil.

The invitation to try something before judging seems like a gimmick. “They want to get us,” we tell ourselves.

But, the real reason for trying is to know the truth: better or worse, what is the real reason it’s good or bad? We can’t know real reasons from inexperience.  · · · →  · · · →


Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 22, 2016

There really isn’t much news this week in the Pacific. China and Russia practice war games in the disputed South Sea while the US and South Korea practice their war games near the Korean Peninsula. Taiwan’s government continues what is expected of the new regime: Status quo, strength, and corruption crackdowns—two of which don’t exactly please China.

Status quo is exactly what China will not accept. Taiwan and the US object to the objection to status quo. No big chances are coming from the countries China opposes. China is determined to break the mood. Beijing sees the West as “already having” upset status quo and want to revert to history—well, a specific part of history anyway. So, “status quo” has become a relative term, as has “perp”. We’ll have to leave conclusions in the hands of the people.

That conclusion may be soon as much as it may be well-informed. The world slowly becomes more and more aware of what is happening in the South Sea.  · · · →


Encore of Revival: America, August 22, 2016

Today’s news is that Trump passed Hillary at the LA Times’ poll. This week could be about as evenly divided as America may ever be concerning Trump.

Liberal logic against Trump seems to be generally about as complex as, “He is ridiculous because he just is.” This does not mean that Liberal critics of Trump are not thinking or can’t formulate logical explanations of their ideas. Rather, it seems that, to them, Trump opposes all their ideologies for self-evident reasons. Of course. No one would disagree that Trump “just seems ridiculous” by all Liberal standards. Asking Liberals to provide reasons for their view of Trump would be like asking a fashion expert to deduce the rational for concluding that someone’s clothes don’t match; you either see it or you don’t. The back-and-forth between “Trumpists” and Libs isn’t unusual, though a little more entertaining this election cycle.

But, the unusual critique of Trump comes from closer to his own base: Conservatives.  · · · →