Category Archives: 美国特色 USAstyle

有趣的,或者有参考价值的,或者我认为应该记录的美国特色事物。

Corporate BS

It is no secrets that corporations write BS. Chase has sent me a couple of times notification that they are changing the credit card reward program:

We are making changes to the Ultimate RewardsSM program to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

What they really mean is that they are taking away some benefits of the reward program or make them of less value to their customers. It is the opposite of customer needs. It is 100% of their needs.

美国前奥运会运动员谈奥运会如同《饥饿游戏》

美国前冬奥会运动员Samantha Retrosi在犹他州长大。11岁的时候被Verizon赞助的无舵雪橇协会选中培训,到意大利图灵奥运会出事。同项目甚至有运动员丧生。

美国不是举国体育。美国政府不资助运动员和奥运会项目。所有的经费来自企业赞助。举国体制下,政府资助运动员,运动员待遇可能并不比一些冷门项目运动员差。而美国运动员要签约,比如Samantha,因为Verizon是奥运赞助商,协会内签约运动员就不能随便去代言其他公司,并且必须在各种场合表示是Verizon使得他们能够“圆奥运梦”,“谢谢Verizon”。今日更传因为三星赞助奥运,美国运动员被要求不能展示苹果产品logo。三星给每个运动员发了手机。

Samantha给The Nation杂志撰文,从她个人经历和对奥运会的观察,表示奥运会和热门小说/电影《饥饿游戏》非常相似。“饥饿游戏”盛大的开幕式,是为了掩饰游戏的惨无人道。而奥运会开幕式也是有类似的作用和目的。奥运会运动员入场,人群欢呼,称赞他们挑战人类的极限。他们挥舞各国国旗,是各国的骄傲,是爱国主义教育的活教材。他们代表的,远超过自己和运动本身。

我且认为,这没有什么错误。但是,正如Samantha所说,奥运会已经被环球精英劫持为一种政治经济上的投资。

《饥饿游戏》里,每个被选中的选手,都可以说是祭物。因为除了一个人意外,每个人都会死去:为的是证明“首都”的绝对权力。奥运会运动员在一定程度上也是祭品。即使是在不是举国体育的美国,很多选手也是从小训练,职业运动员大都也要牺牲很多:和亲人在一起的时间,普通人的童年,教育,换来可能的荣耀,一身的伤痛,往往最后被遗忘。就好像美国的大兵,虽然每场体育赛事都会赞扬他们,但是美国的退伍军人生活大多困苦:他们小时候也是多出身贫寒,不得不参军换取工资和军队资助的学费。话题跑远,但是美国大兵近年来自杀率不断上涨,军队里性骚扰性侵犯泛滥,是不争的事实;看着好莱坞大片的我们,又怎能想象?

回到美国奥运队伍,一个主要的争议话题,就是企业赞助劫持了体育项目。在经济问题上,国际奥委会IOC也何尝不是经常被批评?所以整个奥运会体系,可以说都已经腐败。

我们做科学的,能出人头地的,不多,但是比起运动员,成功率可能还是要高一些的。如果你拿不到奥运奖牌,你就不能真的出人头地。有多少运动员是这样的宿命?我不知道具体的数字,但是比例应该是很高的。在一定程度上,他们更是祭品。

I was not allowed near any camera without giving a visual and verbal statement of thanks to Verizon for making all of my dreams come true.

Verizon已经停止了赞助美国无舵雪橇协会。此协会因为长期“忠于”Verizon,没有能拿到其他企业赞助。不少运动员加入了美军的“世界级运动员项目”以换得资助。是否感觉似曾相识?

现在办一次奥运会都是要上百亿美元的资金。当然,也就有相当的revenue,和相当可观的利润。企业赞助商,奥委会,也都各有法宝,可以赚到相当可观的金额。企业赞助商,当然是赚的是口碑,赚的是logo商标上镜率,是广告效益。而最后,全世界的运动员就成为了被剥削的工人。奥运会,按照中国教科书的说法,就是一个资本家运作的工厂,这个工厂还和其他财团有理不清的关系。奥运会固然精彩,但是或许是时候发声,让大家看清楚这场戏背后的主角到底是谁。

Samantha和其他一些客人做客Democracy Now!访谈,也是值得一看

胡锦涛选民证填错,百度封锁消息

百度的算法真是越来越强大了。

大概有“胡锦涛”和“错”字同时出现在标题里的话,就会被过滤?不然怎么过滤这些消息呢?在Google上搜索就可以找到一堆相关报道和讨论,很多还是位于中国大陆的网站上。

我觉得也不是填错。就是不该这么填。但是中国选举就是儿戏。填什么都一样。

最近美国群众通过选举废除了一个亚利桑那州的州议员;威斯康星州试图通过投票废除州长;俄亥俄州通过选举废除了州政府和立法机构通过的取缔工会集体讨价还价权利的法律。

美国虽然腐败,但是至少民主机制是在的,多少还是可以发挥作用的。

This explains everything.

An article on Rolling Stone magazine talking about Michele Bachmann, an evangelist congresswoman who just announced here president candidacy, explained perhaps the biggest mystery about elections in American.

Snickering readers in New York or Los Angeles might be tempted by all of this to conclude that Bachmann is uniquely crazy. But in fact, such tales by Bachmann work precisely because there are a great many people in America just like Bachmann, people who believe that God tells them what condiments to put on their hamburgers, who can’t tell the difference between Soviet Communism and a Stafford loan, but can certainly tell the difference between being mocked and being taken seriously. When you laugh at Michele Bachmann for going on MSNBC and blurting out that the moon is made of red communist cheese, these people don’t learn that she is wrong. What they learn is that you’re a dick, that they hate you more than ever, and that they’re even more determined now to support anyone who promises not to laugh at their own visions and fantasies.

The complete article is here but it is very long.

当伦敦的群众唱起国际歌

伦敦的群众上街唱起国际歌,国际歌在中国因为过于敏感似乎已经在多数场合被禁。而一向就不和国际工人运动接轨的美国,自然而然不会大规模纪念1911年,整整一百年前的三角工厂火灾,虽然这场火灾是美国工人运动重要的转折点,也是国际三八妇女节的最后日期由来的原因之一。再回到中国,以及其他第三世界国家,工人权利事实上可能还不如美国至少半个世纪以前。国际资本主义发展方向自然而然当内部工人权益抗争导致利润下降之后,是把血汗工厂转移到其他国家去。

Twitter不仅是北非人民争取民主的工具,据称也在近期英国人民对抗贪婪公司的运动中发挥了作用。有趣的是,Guardian.co.uk首页上有放置显著链接,报道关于英国人抗议政府减少公共开支的新闻。而BBC.co.uk,我没找到显著的链接,搜索英文”抗议”和”砍”没有结果,可谓根红苗正。

本来好早就想写一点东西,因为最近国际风云变化很多。于是在一个周一的晚上不得不外出在外,写点东西也都非常的杂乱无章。不过我想我也没什么办法,姑且先都记录下来。

话说,英国著名的沃达丰电信公司,是美国Verizon的母公司。这个公司是典型的资本主义挟持政府和公众,因为它想方设法避免给英国政府交税。而且,不但是沃达丰向英国逃税,美国Verizon也是利用把利润转接到位于国外的沃达丰达到逃税的目的。

英国群众在这次上街抗议英国政府大砍公众开支之前,不列颠各地群众就已经自发组织起来,在周六去沃达丰店门口和店内抗议了。英国人说,你们不能这样对我们,你沃达丰赚我们的钱,利用大家交税维护起来的公众设施赚钱,接过还不交税给政府,导致我们群众福利受损,我们不同意。

在美国,民间群众也组织起来抗议Bank of America(美国银行)了。Bank of America利润其实很高,但是在金融风暴的时候拿走纳税人460亿美元,但是最近两年却是一分钱的企业所得税都没有交。Bank of America这样因为自己贪婪导致危机,然后从纳税人手里拿走巨额资金,最后还毫不对公众进行返还的行为,正是资本家贪婪无止尽的充分体现。据称,美国近年有2/3的企业没有缴纳任何企业所得税(corporate income tax),比如General Electric (通用电气)。不仅如此,有些企业不仅不交税,反而还能claim tax credit,从政府拿钱。这些赤裸裸的企业和资本家贪婪的行为,已经激发美国和英国的民间民主运动。代表之一,就是所谓Uncut运动。参见:
http://www.usuncut.org/
http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/

这次英国人在伦敦创下英国历史上第二多参与者的抗议游行。相比在美国各地相对小规模的抗议州政府对Public sector工会进行的抗议示威,显示美国公众其实被压迫更重但是反抗却明显不如。事实上,参与抗议的英国人甚至认为他们是受到中东和北非各国人民的启示,相信如果足够多的人上街游行,是可以make a difference的。他们有的学习埃及人在解放广场上那样,点起篝火,搭起帐篷。和警察的冲突也是不可避免的了。看中国,虽然有小规模“茉莉花”,但是实在是毛毛雨。总的说来,工人运动,社会主义,共产主义思潮,都是在欧洲和美国开始的。中国不仅本质上只是拾人牙慧,而且最后还搞本质上的中国特色资本主义。至少欧美资本主义在一定程度上是有较为公平的起跑线的。美国梦,实际上就是给相对公平起跑线的肯定。

其实最近的感觉是,北非人起来反抗的时候,至少很多人是有想法的,有观点的。这些国家的独裁者再强大,人民的观点还没有完全磨灭掉,统治者也还不能靠暴力手段把人民的不满镇压下去。中国人呢,感觉大部分人其实都没有多少观点和想法;观点和想法都是怎么赚钱,怎么原始积累,怎么爬上金字塔。其实中国绝对有足够的人不满现实,而且理由可以比英国人多很多,但是我们看不到多少有意义的抗争,我想背后隐藏的东西还是很值得思考的。最近听一些媒体采访北非革命领导人,感觉真的很吃惊,因为我觉得他们的觉悟,理想,勇气,都是我和我的很多同胞不可比拟的。

而在美国参加抗争的人,英国一些运动领袖,他们对现实犀利的批判,对社会残酷现实的深刻认识,也让我稍感乐观,因为正义还在,是非对错,黑与白,总是有智者能够看清的。人和社会都天性上会有一股势力会努力朝黑暗方向靠拢,但是劳动者,labor,大众,通常还是不断推进了社会的进步。美国工人权利的斗争,转折点是三八妇女节来源的纺织女工被烧死事件。几十年来争取到的工人权益,眼看就要被颠覆,实在让人捏一把汗。三角工厂火灾一百周年刚刚过去,我拭目以待是否历史将要倒退。

说到工会的话,日本,英国工会力量都比美国强多了,日本一样可以地震之后几天把某些受损高速公路修复。美国呢?最近居然看到美国人在这个新闻后面评价,说美国不能是因为工会太强大。其实就是美国人懒,和工会没关系。美国主流媒体洗脑能力真是不得了。

LAME

Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Beaten, Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech

This week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a major address calling for Internet freedom around the world. As Clinton condemned the Egyptian and Iranian governments for arresting and beating protesters, former U.S. Army and CIA officer Ray McGovern was violently ejected from the audience and arrested after he stood up and turned his back in a silent protest of America’s foreign policy. Ray McGovern joins us from Washington, D.C. [includes rush transcript]

LAME.

Dr. Andrew Weaver’s Talk on Climate Change

I went to Dr. Andrew Weaver’s talk on climate change, well, in fact about how climate change was communicated. It was an inspiring talk, and totally explained why people living in North America, especially the US, do not believe global warming or climate change.

Essentially, first, there are special interest groups. And special interest groups probably influence politics. A strategist once wrote a memo to the GOP basically saying that they need to make sure people believe that the global warming is uncertain among scientists, by somehow let scientists and engineer to say it for them.

Second. US media/journalism like to do “balanced” reports. They state some facts first. And they interview scientist who say the temperature is indeed rising. Then they interview other people who oppose global warming or deny human contribution. These people probably are totally not credible at all when examined by scientific peer review standard. About 50% and 70% reports between a studied 5 year period or so, on newspaper/magazines and TV, are these “balanced” reports. No wonder Americans are so confused! But this is not the first time nor the only case where media can sway public opinions.

Third. The special interest groups are still working. Rumors were spread ahead of Copenhagen meeting. And he expect more coming this year because of ad hoc or UN meeting in Bonn and Mexico this year. And yes people confuse more snow last winter with global warming is probably hoax.

I am not going to reproduce all of his talk and it is also impossible.

But what’s interesting to me, is that although we know US media hate global warming, the conservative party and people hate it, US media still give it 50-70% “balanced” reports which supposedly present opinions from both sides.

From my nonscientific perception, reports about China are about 20-30% “balanced”. Apparently they hate China more than global warming.

It’s the trust issue between US and China. And trust cannot be earned when there are no basis for it. Unless there are a lot of underground negotiation we are not aware of. But without both countries’ involvement, stop global warming is like… impossible.

关于Google

Mr. Schmidt made the argument he long has, according to these people, namely that it is moral to do business in China in an effort to try to open up the regime. Mr. Brin strenuously argued the other side, namely that the company had done enough trying and that it could no longer justify censoring its search results.

From WSJ via Daring Fireball.

In fact, if you dig deep enough, you may find stories about Brin how he is anti China and anti Chinese government. It is not surprising considering his “origin”.

However, I think Google has gone too far. And I would call Google a big fat liar because their chief legal officer said, years back when Google entered China, it is not for financial interest but to help making China more open. What? Who has a sane mind would actually believe that? Like I said, Google is just trying to gain moral high ground and making itself look good, just a PR strategy.

Essentially, as my previous blog has continued to show, that China has problem in freedom of speech, yes. But for US, it is also very problematic. Some Americans, as I’ve seen, are saying as long as Google filter child porn, it is ok if they don’t filter political content that Chinese government doesn’t like. But hey, you know, Child porn is filtered in the US based on US law. Who do you think Google is not to abide Chinese law to not to filter all the porn?

US has an effective control over speech. Just in a different form and way from China. Google may not block certain content in the US. But essentially it is not heaven and hell difference.

While I would be extremely happy if China stop censoring or blocking websites, I am not on the side of Google. Even less when Google is pretending to be the freedom defender. Remember, Schmidt did not even think privacy is that important on the internet because if you don’t want other people to know what you did, you better not do it. Google is totally far away from a saint company. No matter how hard you try to make you look like one.

Gran Torino再现美国亚裔stereotype

Clint Eastwood的亚裔笑话和stereotype情节逗得美国白人哈哈大笑。而且所谓亚裔男一号,也是被极度feminize。非常Passive,在家里也是姐姐掌权,缺乏父爱,没有父亲role model,最后要靠白人老头教他如何talk like a man。还反复描写亚裔男一号女生都不会泡,还必须白人老男人来教他如何追女生。

完全fit in传统好莱坞对亚裔的描写。故事主人公是Clint Eastwood扮演的参加过朝鲜战争的老兵,讲述他的心理历程。放在这个亚裔社区作为背景,不知道到底是什么用意。一号亚裔家庭也是一个没有任何成年男子当家的女性家庭:没父亲,没祖父。一号亚裔家庭里的亚裔mm和一个白人男生交往。这个白人男生也比较弱,算是稍微平衡了一下。最后亚裔mm被亲戚带头的gangsters打得破相:在白人文化里,打女人也是极恶的。

亚裔年轻人开party的时候,亚裔男一号也是nerd形象,其实从头到尾都很nerd。好莱坞是生怕亚裔男的nerd形象得不到巩固啊。

美国媒体自由的不报道美国国内示威

我们在曼哈顿的时候看到一些反对以色列入侵加沙的示威。街的对面有大约是美国人的支持以色列的反示威,有例如“从哈马斯手里解放巴勒斯坦人”之类的标语。事实上,在美国,阿拉伯人和伊斯兰信徒一般还是很内敛的,谁也不想别人把自己和恐怖主义联系起来。虽然美国同意他们示威,就像中国人反藏独示威一样,对主流思维没有任何冲击:因为主流媒体不报道。因为今天看美联社报道这个巴以冲突,有提到世界各地有一些反以色列示威,但是只字未提发生在美国的示威,好像他们从未发生,好像在美国的人都是齐心支持以色列的。

华盛顿G-20峰会

胡锦涛参加了前几天在华盛顿召开的G-20峰会。会议主题是要求参加峰会的各国领导人能够齐心协力对全球金融危机作出紧急反应。VT的中国学生还专门乘坐公车前往华盛顿DC欢送胡锦涛。

根据各国媒体的报道和各国领导的发言可以看出,由于美国和欧洲情况都很糟糕,韩国情况也很严峻,特别是美国无暇顾及韩国,而且日本股市也是狂跌了好久。因此,经济系统相对独立的中国保持自己经济增长,并且出资救市就是一个众人期待的事情。有趣的是,当美联社报道这个峰会时候,25张照片没有胡锦涛的特写。所有特写是,布什,日本首相,法国总统以及德国总理。其他都是看不清楚人的照片。全文也几乎对中国只字不提。更夸张的是,报道说危机的解决需要世界“领袖(Leaders)”美日英法德的努力,以及发展中国家“统治者(Rulers)”中印韩等国家的参与。中国现在至少是世界第四大经济体,虽然确实是发展中国家,但是至少也是世界leader之一吧?韩国最近一直以进入发达国家自居,被美联社成为发展中国家。

不过就在我写这个blog之前几十分钟,美联社又报道说,中国在峰会里得到了想要的:那就是一个发展中国家更多参与全球金融。但是,没有任何迹象表明中国有计划使用1.9万亿外汇储备的任何一部分投入到救市基金里面去。这句话基本上什标题。显示出对中国的不满。又暗示中国的力量很大。但是又不愿意承认中国是一个power。文章在提及这个相对负面的问题之后,大量篇幅则在谈相关的其他事情。

American Idiocy

Green Day has a song called American Idiot.
Not surprisingly, there are indeed a lot of American idiots. Not that I deny that there are plenty idiots in China too. But…

So I saw this news saying that two Chinese are suing Apple for patent infringement in China. Most Americans are very negative about this news. They were like, since when China has any intellectual property? Or, this is so ironic because American government has been pushing Chinese to protect IPs. That’s more or less okay coming from a normal American because yes America has more modern IPs than China. No doubt about that. But Chinese may well have invented something before Americans do, even when China is technologically much less developed.

However what’s shocking is this comment I saw:

Now here’s a lawsuit worth pursuing:
I’m a descendant of Marco Polo, and you Chinese stole the “pasta noodle” idea from him.

First of all, myth is, people thought Marco Polo learned about noodles in China and brought back to Italy then there is pasta. More convincing evidence suggest that the Arabs introduced string like food to Sicily when they took control of that area. Nevertheless, so far the oldest evidence clearly proved that Chinese were making these string like food about 2000 BC.

News like this and the comments of Americans frequently showed hostile towards China and the Chinese. Unfortunately the Chinese media have largely neglected this. It is time for the Chinese in China to know the truth. Luckily this just get started earlier this year.

Anyway, maybe the falling economy of USA and the western world would help some idiots to look at this world in a different way, soon.

Is America Really Making Progress?

Obama won. Not surprising. However, not a landslide win. I believe most people would believe Obama has a much bigger campaign and visibility. Yes, indeed. Obama spent at least twice the amount of money compared to McCain. That is, about 700 million US dollars. I believed Obama also had much more volunteers to work for him. Based on these, it is interesting that he had not won more votes.

So, about Obama. If any of the following is true: 1) he has spend half the amount of money 2) he is 100% black instead of 50% white, which possibly makes him visually more pleasing to more white people 3) G. W. Bush had not made such a big mess, I think Obama would not have won. Interesting, again.

Black population in US is about 13%. There are also hispanic Black people who may consider themselves colored or black. About 90% of Black people probably voted for Obama. Think about that. That is about over 10% of total voters. That means, out of 52% popular votes, only about 41% are from non-black voters. In fact, these data suggest that Obama is in fact not popular among non-black people, and older people.

Many people see Obama’s win as a progress of America. But I do not entirely believe that. Although he is definitely a symbol that black people are becoming more and more equal to white, it does not suggest racism is gone. In fact, Obama beating Hillary could suggest that women are still discriminated, and black people not voting fairly. If Hillary was a white man, it could be that Obama would not be able to become DEM nominee. Anyway. It seems Obama’s win is itself a symbol of racism. Because he probably would not have won if he is 100% black. His win suggest, together with the trend of popular black celebrities, that white people judge by appearance, still.

Now I also have to talk about human rights. California, Arizona, and Florida banned same-sex marriage. In fact, they wrote discrimination into state constitution. Oh yes, Obama is against same-sex marriage. And exit poll says, majority of black voters in CA vote for prop 8. And

Among the more unusual measures on this year’s ballots was one in Florida that would repeal an old clause in the state constitution that allows legislators to bar Asian immigrants from owning land. The repeal would be symbolic, as equal protection laws would prevent lawmakers from applying the ban. With 78 percent of precincts reporting just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, the vote was close, with 52 percent voting to preserve the clause.

Well I am not going to say too much more. You judge.

Black, or White? Or Both?

Whereas tomorrow we may see the birth of the first black president of U.S.A., I thought I could write something about racial issues in the USA.

Basically, the reason why I am writing this, is because that I noticed that African Americans, which I mean descendants of Africans who were traded to north America a few hundreds of years ago, look different from those recently immigrated from Africa. Well, my explanation was, food, climate, and some introduction of white European genes are responsible for these changes. These changes did not come overnight, but gradually.

But, when I look at Black celebrities, I noticed that more and more of them resemble white people. And of course, Obama is one of them. Excuse me but I think Obama is more of a celebrity than a real politician. But his 1/2 white blood seem to have appealed to many white voters. In fact, he is more white than black judging from his background, but he has “pretended” more to be black for various reasons. However I am not going into those. He simply has much more white European facial traits than most African Americans.

To name a few popular black celebrities, I can say the following possess more white traits than average black people: Halle Berry, T.I., Obama, Beyonce. In fact, Halle Berry and Obama are half white. Here is a list about racial backgrounds of some seemingly black celebrities. Most notably, Tiger Woods, is only 1/4 black. Although many people consider him black, his actual racial background is: one quarter black, one quarter Thai, one quarter Chinese, one eighth white, and one eighth American Indian. So this is actually very interesting.

So look at this Beyonce picture.

There have been many debates online about this “lighter” Beyonce picture. It is for L’Oreal commericial. I am not sure whether T.I. has background of other ethnics other than Black, but I think he looks a lot like a mixed.

Through google, I came across this article about black models on fashion magazine. Apparently this was rejected before someone called the editors racist. And this Kanyan model apparently look more black than most black American celebrities.

So what does this mean? I think it means that, white people accept black people more if their appearance resemble white more. For sure, to be real celebrities in the USA, you have to be liked by white people. Second, if some black person look more like white, they are more likely to be successful in the entertainment industry. And this could just be a beginning of this story, because I barely found any other web page that talks about this. Maybe I was not searching the right terms maybe people don’t care, or maybe black people stick together so much that even if someone is only 1/4 black, they are still black as long as they are dark skinned.

美国金融危机:政府是资产阶级专制无产阶级的工具

发信人: chinabbsboy (火星人), 信区: USANews
标 题: 八千亿救市将把美国经济致成残废
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sun Sep 21 17:45:11 2008)

八千亿救市将把美国经济致成残废

这次美帝用八千亿美元救市,无异于一场全国范围的杀贫济富,也将彻底摧毁美国
的财政平衡。其后果是美国长期的消费萎缩,剧烈的通货膨胀,更致命的则是滥发
国债导致美元信用的彻底破产,和财政萎缩导致社会失控。这是小布什在下台前给
金融贩子的一份大礼;也是美国在伊战、金融造假之后,犯的第三个灾难性错误。

美国的金融体制对美国的经济来说就如一颗毒瘤,让美国经济象吃兴奋剂一样浮肿
起来。表面上看,长胖了,长高了,但是一看里面,全是烂肉、毒液。这次金融危
机就是这颗毒瘤毒性发作。美国当前不但有金融危机,而且还有经济危机。毒瘤造
成了经济危机,然后在吸光养料之后自己也发生了危机。美国不去切除毒瘤挽救经
济,反而从经济那边抽取养料给毒瘤输血。这不是自取灭亡吗?

美国不顾大多数老百姓的死活,从老百姓身上抽救命的血,来保证金融贩子的利润,
这再一次显示了美国政府辅佐富人专制穷人的本质。而美国的学者、媒体,无一人
敢道破里面的阴谋,这也再一次显示了,所谓自由,就是媒体自由于老百姓的利益,
可以全心全意为大财阀服务。即使有人批评政府,也是批评政府干预金融贩子,不
是为老百姓说话。

这个世界上所有重要的政治基金、研究基金都是大财阀资助的。几乎所有美国总统
和很多欧洲政客,在上台前,下位后,其政治生涯都是这些基金资助的。很多学者
的研究、新闻社的项目也是基金资助的。现在是总统、教授、敢言媒体们,撕破遮
羞布,替主子赤裸裸掠夺老百姓的时候了。

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本来想自己写点这个话题。不过这个人写得很好,是她的原创。我就抄过来,拿来主义。反正她的意思和我的想法差别不是太大。

美国:有钱人的社会主义,其他人的资本主义

俄罗斯英文电视台Russia Today把美国现在的经济状况称作,“有钱人的社会主义,其他人的资本主义”。

美国最近经济进入衰退,由于次级贷款的崩溃,已经导致多米诺骨牌效应。美国联邦政府介入接管了一系列的金融类公司。而这个介入,是使用纳税者的钱来拯救资本主义的大公司。所以很显然,美国用社会主义来拯救富人。但是美国的穷人很多,他们继续生活在资本主义社会。

Gymnastic Age Controversy is Suggestive

BBC reported:

Chinese coach Lu Shanzhen said new documents were handed to the organisation on Thursday in an effort to dispel any doubts about the age of gold medallist He Kexin.
The items, including an old passport, a residency card, and her current identity card were issued by various departments of the Chinese government.

Today this issue made headline of many US media (again). NYT, for example, don’t even provide these above detailed info, apparently for their own reasons, considering how concerned they are.

Still, even if the age is not real, it is basically impossible to prove it, all the legal documents are provided by China.

And the reality of this world actually taught China to be “shameless” if you want to be world power. Like, admitting that Iraq has no MDW and that’s “false intelligence” and still will stay there for victory like they did nothing wrong. Also the rules of games are always set by the stronger party, which are often “fair” for the stronger party. Even though China is the host, IOC and such has actually decreased or restricted programs that China can win gold. No restriction on how many programs one can take part in swimming.

What we’ve seen in this year is really disappointing. It feels like US is indeed going downwards economically and also in terms of confidence. They have to keep doing all these to keep their citizens feel they are still so much more advanced than China… Unfortunately this is “ostrich policy” because their advantages have always been decreasing for the past 50 years… They just don’t want to acknowledge that…