After days of being cut from the rest of the world I have decided to purchase a VPN.
I can feel the rush of endorphins in every neurone of my brain. Welcome back YouTube and Facebook. Let’s not forget Twitter. Oh, how I have missed you.
Wechat and QQ are not the same.
Perhaps the one thing I missing the most is being able to boast about where I am to all the people I know.
Free does always mean “nothing left to lose”. I means being able to complain about it.
Anyway, as I arrived at my workplace there two students outside with red armbands. There job was to ensure that no students smuggle food into the building.
My Cup Runneth Over in China
I was given a new cup as a present. Chairman Mao.
Now I can drink from the head of Mao.
The relentless humidity is my biggest enemy. It is inescapable.
Enough about my sweaty underarms, let me inform you about life in a Chinese institute.
Students live a strange version of regimentation that only ever exists in some kind of prolonged high school environment. Classes start at 8:30, lunch at 11:30 till 1:30, and finally they end the day at 4:35pm. Every hour or so a school bell rings and they get a short rest at their desk. Sometimes the break is 5 minutes and at other times it is 10 minutes. Do I dare question the madness of having so many breaks that give no real rest at all? You betcha. I negotiated with the institute to lessen the number of nap time breaks and replace then two decent breaks. One in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Amazingly the students loved this change and can now go through a day without passing out.
I am being reminded by more experienced travelers that pride is very important and losing face is the worst thing that can happen to a person.
Thus I starting to learn the fine art of making constructive criticism look like a status symbol for the receiver.
How long I can do this is anyone’s guess.
Day 3 in Ningbo, China and I am beginning lose all sense of artificial importance. What was so urgent and real just a few days ago is now off the agenda. I can understand why some people become so fed up with the television news that want go and hide. A re we happier worrying about win the election in the USA. I our life less complete if we do not know Clinton’s latest quip or Trump’s retort. For-God-Sake enough already. Have your damn election and tell who I going to blame for the next 4 years.
That is the way that goes. The US has an election, they install a new president on awave of hope, utopia does not arrive and suddenly we all know the name of the person to blame. It is always the person that we did not vote for. Or if we did vote for them, we can actually pinpoint the exact moment when they lost our trust. Scrub all of this if you, like myself, cannot even vote in the US election. Why is everyone getting so invested in a result that they have no control over. How many angry Australians does it to keep Donald Trump from the White House?
Here in China I get the impression that no matter who wins they will not be happy. They have their own universe to worry about and the USA leadership seems to be less important than it actual existence.
I do have some thought about how the election in the US will play out. More of an outsider observation than anything.
Reputation wise, Hillary Clinton is toast. Even if she wins, her ability to command respect and drive a mandate is over. Somewhere between having a secret private email server, the Clinton Foundation scam and her smearing contempt for traditional family values she lost her moral high ground. Trump maybe an uncouth oaf with a potty mouth but he does have a air of Hommer Simpson about him. That is not a bad thing if you think about it. Hommer despite all his failings and self centred behaviour is a loveable scallywag who never fails to redeem himself. As for all accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment that are coming out just at the election? The timing of these accusations is deminishing their credibility. Why are they only coming now and not a decade ago? Or even during the primaries? Suspicion will fall upon a team of muckrakers driving this. Wikileaks on the other hand are very slowly and deliberately frying Clinton in boiling oil. Ever so slowly they are dipping Hillary in to unbearable torture until one piece of her reputation is so scolded and scorched that it falls off. No one believes lame excuse that the Russians are behind this. Even Hillary Clinton looks as she cannot even believe her own spin when blames Vladimir Putin for trying interfere with a US election.
Neither candidate for the presidential is a perfect candidate. They are both very flawed characters. Yet one has the advantage of being able to point to most of his media scandal as lacking contemporaneous evidence to support the claims. The other is facing wave after wave of her own parties emails that show a level of deep corruption. No amount of blaming Putin will ever shift the blame.
The US election with be a close contest until the last day. No one actually know what will happen but I do suspect that if Clinton wins she will not know what to do. If Trump wins then he will. That will start with selecting the new Supreme Court judges.
There you go.
Here I am in Ningbo China.
Myapologetics has managed to break through the Great Firewall of China and report that he is, in fact, safe and well.
Things are different here. It is like a very surreal version of the west. They have all the stuff we have but it just does not feel right. Something will always remind you that you are the stranger in the strange land. Once I left the Hong Kong airport I crossed the invisible where they do things differently there.
People have the latest of everything, mobile phone, cars, computers and clothes. What they don’t have has been replaced with a nationally approved doppleganger. Weechat instead of Facebook skype. There is no Google but we have the chinese equivalent. It shows a crying face cartoon when you cannot reach the forbidden sites. I do have Bing.com, which for some reason, defaults to Chinese. Does anyone on the planet actually use Bing? I am finding it to be worse than I imagined.
Oh, I can get the dibert.com website but not to the Dibert Blog. The thoughts of Scott Adams must be subversive of something.
Changing money outside the airport? Give up a full hour of red tape at the bank.
Euthanasia Instruction Book Linked to Murder-Suicide of an Entire Family
The father of a family murder-suicide had researched the infamous euthanasia book called “The Peaceful Pill”. The family with autistic children were found dead after they were subjected a poison gas release in their own home.
According to a report in The Australian news:
Dr Nitschke said from Amsterdam last night that his group “had some contact” with the Manrique-Lutz family, whose bodies were found in their northern Sydney home at Davidson after the children, who were deaf and mute, failed to turn up at their special school on Monday.
“We had some contact with them, so we know all about it,” Dr Nitschke said.
“I didn’t personally talk to them, but they had access to the book,” he said, referring to The Peaceful Pill e-handbook, which has a chapter devoted to the use of carbon monoxide as a means of suicide.
“They knew about carbon monoxide. But it wasn’t the case that they were coming to meetings.
The callous disregard for human life and the effort to avoid responsibility paints a dark picture of Nitschke’s motives.
Bearing might be a sarcastic bear with a potty mouth but even he knows when something is so perverted and dangerous that it should be stopped.
Brainwashing children is about as low as anyone can go.