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Guys hike for hours in Taiwan to save dog who lost front paws

A happy story to start your Monday (and give you a break from the demoRATS’ Alinsky ploy to destroy Kavanaugh)!

From the Animal Care Trust Facebook post:

Sandy had lost both front feet to hunters’ leg-hold traps. The sweet little dog will soon have his professionally made prosthetic legs, which our vet is ordering from the US. We can’t wait! But, for now, he’s very happy, much loved by Bob Chau, and, apart from missing two front feet, he’s very healthy.

Huge thanks to Ross Td of Taiwan Adventures hiking specialists for getting us up and down safely, and to Lazy Lease for getting us up and down safely, and to Lazy Lease for calling in the rescue when she spotted Sandy and his appalling injuries while hiking in that very remote location.

And thanks to Sandy for making a very difficult rescue much easier than it would have been if he was bigger or less friendly!”


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About That Underwater Drone Story

Tell me if you see a pattern emerging.

The drone story is showing some slippery characteristics

The incident follows a series of tense exchanges with China, including that nation’s sharp rebuke of president-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s president in a departure from decades-long policy toward the island prefecture. – Read more
New York Times:
The incident complicates already testy relations between China and the United States, ties that have been further frayed by President-elect Donald J. Trump’s phone call with the president of Taiwan. Mr. Trump angered Chinese officials by holding a phone conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, an island that Beijing deems a breakaway province of China. – Read more
[READ: The Terrifying Military Weapons at Donald Trump’s Disposal]Some experts believe the move may have been in retaliation for President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with the president of Taiwan, a breach of 40-years of protocol in how the U.S. manages its delicate diplomatic relationship with the economic powerhouse and its smaller island neighbor. – Read more
The incident has emerged as the latest thorn between China and the US, where President-elect Donald Trump has shown himself increasingly willing to confront and challenge Beijing. – Read more

Okay, here’s my take on the drone thing

Embedded a few paragraphs into each report is the comment questioning the safety of an America that has such a dangerous leader as the reckless Donald Trump. This is on the day of the last ditch effort to sway the votes of electors. It also begins years of hand wringing fear talk about the nut in the white house. If you are old enough to have voted for Ronald Reagan, you will recognize the strategy.
Donald’s response: “China can keep the drone.”
This president knows how to beat the media at their own game. After all the saber rattling, we read that the drone is about as classified as a weather balloon.


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Tony Blair sees dangerous times ahead for Western democracies

From USA Today: Former British prime minister Tony Blair warns that political upheaval from Great Britain’s Brexit vote in June to the collapse of the Italian government on Sunday signals the most dangerous time for Western democracies in decades.
“It does feel perilous, actually, because I think there are decisions that are being taken of vast moment in circumstances where systems are fragile,” he told Capital Download on Monday. “And that is troubling.”
It has been a year of unexpected victories by populist and nationalistic forces that are challenging the establishment: passage of the referendum pulling Britain from the European Union, the election of Donald Trump as president in the United States, defeat of a measure in Italy that prompted the prime minister to announce his resignation. And in the Austrian election Sunday, the candidate representing the party founded by former Nazis lost — but after commanding 46% of the vote.

Michael Bloomberg at a No Labels conference...you know he's not bipartisan.

Michael Bloomberg at a No Labels conference…you know he’s not bipartisan.

Blair, who was in Washington to address a conference sponsored by the bipartisan group No Labels, announced last week the launch of a new organization that will try to help build a more muscular policy agenda for centrists and encourage networking among them across Europe, in the United States and elsewhere. Given the rise of extreme voices on the left and right, he said, “I’m not sure we’re asking the right questions right now, never mind giving the right answers.”
Of particular concern to him is a “longing” for an authoritarian leader.
Dog eyeroll
“It’s amazing how many people you will find who will reference a style of leadership of (Russian) President Putin in a positive way,” he told USA TODAY’s weekly video newsmaker series. “I think people want their country moving and they think that if the present system is not moving it, and not making the changes that they want to see, then maybe someone who just says, ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks; I’m just going to go for it, and this is what I’m going to do’ — that has a certain attraction.
“If the center isn’t a place of strength and vitality, and it looks kind of flabby and just managing the status quo, then you’re at risk of someone coming along and doing that.”
In his speech to the No Labels conference, he faulted some centrist political leaders for failing to do enough to improve the economic prospects for workers disrupted by globalization and to ensure a sense of personal safety at a time, for instance, that Great Britain and other European countries have absorbed a wave of immigrants from Syria. “People will only put aside prejudices if they think there are rules,” he said.
Blair sees a common thread from Brexit’s passage to Trump’s election to support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a provocative figure whose anti-drug campaign is blamed for thousands of deaths.
“There is immense amount of anger at established ways of doing things,” Blair said. “There is, I think, a whole group of people who feel ignored by those in power, that is for sure true. There is more anger around in politics than for a long time.” While issues such as immigration aren’t new, there is “much greater skepticism towards globalization and the benefits of it.”
What’s more, “social media is a revolutionary phenomenon,” he went on. “It changes the way politics works. It changes the way the media works. If we’re not careful, it locks people into conversations with people who just agree with them, and who then have a general conspiracy-theory view of the rest of the world.
liberal media bias
Blair has never met Trump and didn’t criticize him. Asked about whether it was wise for Trump to accept a congratulatory telephone call from the president of Taiwan — the sort of conversation every American president since 1979 deliberately has avoided — Blair demurred. “I’m not going to get into your politics,” he began. “To be honest, in the end, I’ll tell you what I really think: Let’s see how it works out.”
“I’m less worried about America than I am about Europe; I’ll be very frank with you,” he said. “America is such a strong country and you’ve got so many checks-and-balances and you’ve got such resilience in your economy and so on; you guys will do fine, I’m sure. In Europe, we have systems that are at a point of fragility that troubles me.
Blair was just 54 years old when he moved out of 10 Downing Street after serving as prime minister from 1997 to 2007. His political appeal for a “new way” was akin to President Bill Clinton’s “third way” for Democrats here, and he was a crucial ally for President George W. Bush during the Iraq War.
Now he offers a bit of free advice for President Obama, who will move out the White House next month at age 55: Find a cause.
Don't worry Tony, Obama's found a cause. The same one he's been working on for the past eight years!

Don’t worry Tony, Obama’s found a cause…he’s been working on it for the past eight years!

“When you’ve got young political leaders and then they leave office young, you’ve got to find something that really motivates you,” he said. “The reason I spent so much time on the Middle East is that I’m deeply motivated by it. But you’ve got to find something that gets you up in the morning with the same sense of purpose and excitement as happened when you were prime minister or president.”

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McDonald’s ad featuring gay son coming out sparks controversy in Taiwan

McDonald’s joins the long list of companies going homo.
Ronald McDonald
Via Fox News: Religious groups in Taiwan are calling for a boycott of McDonald’s after the fast food giant premiered a commercial they say promotes “gay issues.”
The minute-and-a-half ad features a boy coming out to his father by writing, “I like boys” on a McCafe coffee cup and sliding it across the table. The father initially seems upset, and walks away. But he quickly returns with his own coffee cup and writes, “I accept that you like boys.” Music swells and the son cries tears of joy. The spot closes with the tag, “Let there be more warmth in conversations.”
On YouTube the ad has over 6,900 likes and has been viewed 1.6 million times. According to the Shanghaiist, the spot has received “mostly positive” feedback from local viewers.
But the Alliance of Taiwan Religious Groups for the Protection of Family is condemning the ad, saying it promotes homosexual behavior. “Because McDonald’s is frequented by many children, it is especially important to oppose the promotion of same-sex behavior,” Chang Shou-yi of the Alliance of Taiwan Religious Groups for the Protection of Family, told Taiwanese media. Chang accused McDonald’s of “openly promoting gay issues” and mis-educating children on sexual behavior. The group is calling for a nationwide boycott of the restaurant.
When the spot debuted on March 6, Brenda Kou, who heads McDonald’s marketing department in Taiwan, told Apple Daily that the brand’s intent was to show the spirit of open dialogue between family members. She also said that McDonald’s wanted to express that different voices can be accepted in society.
Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Taiwan, although seven cities currently accept household registrations of same-sex couples.
According to Shanghaiist, a poll conducted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice found that nearly 60 percent of respondents approved of same-sex marriage. The country’s president-elect Tsai Ing-wen expressed her support for the LGBT community in a campaign video saying, “In the face of love, everyone is equal. Let everyone have the freedom to love and to pursue their happiness.”
But various Christian organizations have been leading a vocal campaign to fight the legalization of same-sex unions.  McDonald’s has used a similar concept in other countries and in 2010, the fast food chain featured a similar spot in France but the son does not directly come out to his father.

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Agenda 21’s Fearless Leader Hates America

Listen to this bozo defend China’s borders and sovereignty then rant against America!  Why should any town, county or state in America tamely give up freedom and sovereignty to fall in with this maniac’s United Nations program?  ~LTG 

(frankly, his being such an a$$hat is a gift!  If you forward any single video, this is the one that should do the trick!  Make sure to note he’s is in charge of the whole Rio Declaration/Agenda 21/ICLEI boondoggle)


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US Universities Promote Propaganda & Censorship for China


Confucius on the Campus

by Glenn Anthony May – Asia Sentinel – March 4, 2011  
China buys a sympathetic view in US academe
If you are an American academician specializing in Asian affairs, you may have noticed that an organization called the “Confucius Institute” has sprung up on a nearby US college campus.
Not long ago one was launched at my own academic institution, the University of Oregon in Eugene, with much attendant fanfare, including a Kun Opera performance. Since the first institutes came into existence in the last decade, a host of questions have been raised about them. Up to now, however, the major media outlets in the United States have given relatively little attention to the development.
The institutes are “nonprofit” joint ventures – contractual arrangements between colleges (and other institutions) around the world and Hanban, an agency based in the PRC that oversees the entire operation. Hanban is staffed with Chinese government bureaucrats.
In an effort to project China’s soft power worldwide via culture and education, Beijing reportedly put up US$10 billion to establish the first 100 institutes. Xinhua, the Chinese state wire service, reported last July that 316 Confucius Institutes have now been established in 94 countries.
Their official function is to promote Mandarin language study and an appreciation of Chinese culture. Hanban provides seed money to get the institutes running (the initial amount is generally in the US$150,000- $250,000 range), ongoing financial support and a variety of perks. For example, campuses with Confucius Institutes are allocated a certain number of Chinese government scholarships – awards that cover “full tuition and living expenses for international students and scholars to study language and China-related studies at Chinese universities.”
The University of Oregon recently received word that “approximately” 10 scholarships were available to its students.
The institutes occupy offices on college campuses. They have on-site directors, typically China specialists who are already on the faculty, and paid staff, including language instructors and assistant directors from affiliated Chinese universities. They offer language classes, but not always for college credit, and sponsor or co-sponsor an array of lectures, exhibits, and other events of a cultural nature.
Much of that seems harmless enough, and some of it sounds downright appealing. So what’s the problem? Let me focus on a single issue.
They come with visible strings attached. Some of the strings can be seen in the memoranda of understanding that US universities conclude with Hanban. Among other things, they must state their support for the “one China policy” – the decades-old US policy of not recognizing the legitimacy of the Republic of China on Taiwan.
I, for one, consider that policy profoundly misguided, and I’m sure that I’m not the only American who feels that way. At universities, we normally have an opportunity to debate issues like that, allowing professors like me and students to take issue publicly with our government’s policy. Hanban, for obvious reasons, wants no such discussion to occur.
What that particular attached string means in practice is that Confucius Institutes will hardly ever provide funding for events relating to Taiwan. It also means that other academic units at Hanban-affiliated universities will not likely fund them either. Once the perks from Hanban begin to arrive, professors at universities with CIs become extremely reluctant to do anything to upset their generous benefactors.
But it’s not just Taiwan that receives special treatment. Two other “T” words are anathema to Beijing, and hence to Hanban: Tibet and Tiananmen. Don’t expect any universities with CIs to arrange a visit of the Dalai Lama anytime soon or to schedule a symposium on the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. In Canada last year, during riots in Tibet, the head of a Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo succeeded in reversing the direction of coverage and getting a major Canadian television station to apologize for its previous pro-rebel coverage.
Other issues are verboten – China’s treatment of the recent Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and other human rights activists, China’s military buildup, China’s currency manipulation, China’s appalling environmental record, China’s crackdown on the Falun Gong and so on. Hanban wants to paint a portrait of China without any unsightly wrinkles. As one scholar puts it, the People’s Republic is intent on emphasizing “happy news.”
In the academy, we have words to describe this approach to community education and public discussion. “Propagandizing” is one word; “censorship” is another. But don’t blame Hanban alone. It merely provides some money and establishes the guidelines; the academics and university administrators carry out the policies.
In my view, those university-based China scholars are most at fault. While a few of them have spoken out against the institutes, most have not, and more than a few have willingly collaborated. Personally, I applaud the outspoken ones and have no use for the collaborators. As for the silent masses, I sympathize to some extent. Many realize that to speak out is to run the risk of being denied a visa to China. The People’s Republic is not kind to its critics.
Under the circumstances, the academy cannot expect the China scholars, the supposed experts on things Chinese, to police the activities of the institutes. They are, sad to say, a hopelessly compromised lot. Nor can we expect university administrators to do so either – many of them have played key roles in establishing Confucius Institutes on their campuses.
That leaves the rest of us. If you care about free speech and believe that the university should provide an open forum for discussion and debate, you should be concerned.
Glenn Anthony May, professor of history at the University of Oregon, specializes in Southeast Asian history. For the current academic year, he is visiting professor in the Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies at Academia Sinica, Taipei.
~Posted by Eowyn (h/t Sol)

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Something Tells Me Obama Will Bow to China

Today, China’s President Hu Jintao begins a 4-day state visit of the United States. 
China is a rising power made rich since its market-based economic reforms began some 30 years ago. But China’s new wealth is not simply due to its people’s hard work, for that hard work could generate wealth only because of America’s and the West’s trade with and investments in China, which in turn, are the product of our fantasy that economic “engagement” with China inevitably would lead to its political democratization.
Now, through an aggressive policy of investing in Africa and Latin America, China is securing those continents’ natural resources — including oil. With a new blue-water navy and weapons acquisitions that include a new stealth fighter aircraft and a new anti-ship ballistic missile targeted on U.S. aircraft carriers operating in the Western Pacific, China is pursuing its territorial claims to the East China Sea (the Senkaku islets), Taiwan, and the South China Sea rich in undersea oil and natural gas deposits.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to deliver a major speech on U.S.-China relations on Friday, Jan. 14, in Washington. (Read the text of the speech HERE.) I’ve read the speech and applaud its clear-eyed view of China and the problems in our relations.
Having said that, something tells me the Fraud in the White House will not stand up to this rising power. Here’s why!

And Taiwan knows it too!

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Christmas Trees of the Future

Soon, we’ll no longer have to put up those strands of little blinking lights on our Christmas trees because the trees will already be lit!
In “Bioluminescent Christmas Trees?,” Robert Krulwich of NPR writes on November 30, 2010, that Dr. Yen-Hsun Su of the Research Center for Applied Science in Taiwan has bioengineered a way to make a tree that glows.
Dr. Su is interested in traffic lights. He was trying to come up with a more efficient light emitting diode to enhance street lighting in Taiwan. He decided to dump the phosphor powder normally used in LEDs and switch to gold nanoparticles. Then, he implanted the tiny tiny gold particles into a living plant.
The plant he chose is a common aquatic herb called Bacopa caroliniana:

When the gold went in, the leaves began to glow. The chlorophyll produced a “red emission” when exposed to ultraviolet light. The gold nanoparticles got the plant to light up the way those deep sea creatures do at the bottom of the ocean.
Taiwanese scientists now plan to apply this bioluminescent technology to bigger plants. They hope to create trees along roads that one day could replace or enhance street lights.
So someday, maybe in our lifetime, we’ll see Christmas trees in our living rooms glowing from within.

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Funny Chinese Animation of Obama Abandoning Press Conference

On December 10, there was a bizarre moment at a White House press conference. Obama had met with former President Bill Clinton on his tax compromise with Republicans, after which the two gave a statement to press. Bill was taking questions from the press when Obama abruptly left with the lame excuse he had to see Michelle, as he was keeping her waiting.

Taiwan’s NMA television has a hilarious animated account of the incident:
H/t CommieBlaster.

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