Did you see Jackie Chan?
Did you see Jackie Chan?
So you gave up on this:
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Shame. Nothing encourages crime than not punishing it. You are letting them get away with it.FAIL.
+rep op thanks for the read. Be mindful of what you post and don't get accused of being some sort of anti-communist spy.
It does not require a majority to prevail,
but rather an irate, tireless minority keen
to set brush fires in peoples minds
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Another taxi driver (who also has nothing but bad things to say about the PRC) was telling us about his 20 year old son who has spent the last 10 years at the Shaolin monastery learning Kung-Fu. We will be meeting him on Thursday when we go to the train station for our trip back to Beijing. This kid has got to be good after 10 years there. The father wants to see if we can get his son immigrated to the US in some way. I don't know if we can help, but we are going to try to contact some universities to see if they want to sponsor a Kung-Fu master for their sports program. I don't know if they have any kind of martial-arts programs in the US colleges, but we will try at least.
This guy is so typical of most Chinese we know. They think that EVERYTHING in the USA is great and EVERYTHING here is bad. They don't know the kind of taxation and regulation we live under. In China there is way less of both (but it helps to have connections to get ahead). Even though this idea prevails, we know of several Chinese who have immigrated to USA only to decide after 10 years that maybe China has more opportunity and they have returned.
He also told us the reason that so many cars have appeared in the last 5 years. It seems that they have embraced "financing" for automobiles and he says that pretty much anyone can get approved for a loan for a car. Of course we know from experience that stimulating the market with loans that some will not be able to pay back is a real bad idea, but I guess they haven't learned this yet...
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Ok I am going to have to come back and read all your thoughts on China. I loved it while I was there. Xining and Guangzhou were the cities I visited. It was not at all what I expected.
Anyway, the bottom line is her father feels better than he says he can express in words and the bill came to about $10,000. Not cheap by any means, but still less than in the US. His government insurance will cover most of the bill. If we have a choice, we will have all health care done in USA...
I'm also an American living in China due to my wife. I'd like to add my comments:
Just not where public officials can hear it.They really have low regard for their own "government" and freely express it.
Chinese citizens are smarter than American citizens in that sense.One taxi driver was heaping praise on the USA and bad-mouthing the Beijing masters. When I asked him whether he believes any of the "news" in China, he was instant in his response "All Bullshit!!" He does not believe any of it.
Yep, everything is owned by the government.They are stuck in a system where the only people who "own" taxi companies are wealthy individuals with strong family ties to the biggest government officials.
Unlike the welfare state in this country. People believe in taking care of themselves rather than believe in the god of government.One thing I've learned from traveling is that it seems that all people have the same basic goals. They want to care for and advance their position and the position of their families. Families care for and nurture their children and try to make their lives better. There will always be dis-functional families of course, but those are the minority.
That's what they say, but those people also live crammed in shitty apartments. It boggles the mind.Most of the people live in the cities because that's where the opportunities are and where they can "get ahead". There are vast areas in the west of China that are almost uninhabited.
I was saying to my wife that kids who come to the big cities to "get ahead" should stay in the countryside and learn farming. She agrees with me, but farmers are looked down on in the Chinese community so much that they can't take the shame.
In a way, China is more free that the US, but like Anarchist said, as long as you lay off certain taboos like bad mouthing the government, government leaves you alone.
My thoughts exactly.Disclaimer: Whenever I point out the "advantages" of living in China vs living in USA, I'm NOT saying that it's better to live in China, but I will say that the "advantages" of living in the USA are shrinking...
I would add that my "viewpoint" is skewed by my age. I'm 60 and when I was in 8th grade I would ride the city bus (St. Paul, MN) once a week with my rifle which I brought to school for rifle club. In high school, we would sometimes put a couple of guns in the back seat and stop to shoot in a field not far from home. My how things have changed...
Really, we had a pretty large amount of freedom in the 60's. My first driver's license had no photo and was just printed card stock. Auto insurance was optional and the cops would pretty much leave you alone (kind of like the cops in China do now). We would work in the fields picking produce and get paid in cash at the end of the day. I could open a "passbook savings account" without ID and without a SSN...
I just posted this on The Daily Paul under the topic "What Does The Rest of the World Think About These Good Old U.S. of A?"
From some old Chinese...
Submitted by ChristianAnarchist on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 02:12.
Just posed the question regarding guns to my wife's parents here in Wuhan. First I asked if they see coverage of the gun issue on Chinese news and they said there's quite a lot of coverage here. I then asked what the news says should be done about it and her father said it's "controversial" (and he actually knew about the NRA). (My wife's parents have spent about 7 of the last 16 years living with us in the USA so they are familiar with guns). I then asked them what their opinion was and her father said "some gun control" and her mother said "no guns". I then asked them if they thought the "Rape of Nanking" would have happened if the peasants had firearms. Silence...
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