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Watching video on a Saturday morning .... actually much of the night

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 08:04

 

For some reason, it's been an incredibly rich week for video.

Here is some of the better short video we've either subscribed for or had sent our way.

Thanks to Somebody who sent us the Battle for Brooklyn stuff and didn't want to be identified in any way.

We figure he/she's embarrassed to associated with us.

 

Wealth disparity in China is far more profound than it is in America.

The following thought has been spreading across the length and width of China

If one percent of American people own 90% of the wealth, one ten-thousandth of the Chinese people own 90% of the wealth.

Who should be occupying what?

The phrase "Occupy ......." has been banned on all search engines across all of Communist China.

 

 

If you feel compelled to mess with the banks any way you can, this kid ... don't be offended, I've attained that age where damn near everybody's a kid to me ... has an extremely clever, nonviolent idea.

 

 

The following is an interview from the makers of and some bits of a trailer for the movie Battle of Brooklyn, a documentary on the acquisition of the land for and subsequent construction of Barclays Center and one of the more eggregious examples of the use of eminent domain for private profit you will encounter.

 

 

Unfortunately, around here Christmas comes with winter.

We're giving this one some serious thought.

 

 

One city, 22 fake Apple stores

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 08/12/2011 - 12:18

 

Fom CNN Money

Click on the photo below for the entire piece.

 

One city, 22 fake Apple stores

An official search of Kunming, China, yields a surfeit of unauthorized Apple retail shops

 

 

Three weeks after an American blogger visiting the capital of China's Yunnan province posted the first photographs of a copycat Apple Store so convincing that even some of the sales staff thought they were working for Steve Jobs, Chinese authorities have identified 22 more unauthorized Apple stores in Kunming city.

According to a Reuters report filed Thursday, the shops have been ordered to stop using the Apple (AAPL) logo. It was not clear, however, whether the goods being sold at the stores were real or counterfeit. Or whether the shops were passing themselves off as official Apple retail outlets or simply acting as unauthorized Apple resellers, of which China is replete.

 

Chinese proverbs are the same as our own

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:25

 

Very few things around here are as certain as a slew of positive emails in response to any mention of Sun Tzu.

We received enough chinese wisdom from our friends wallowing in their Sun Tzu man crushes to fill multiple posts.

What we find to be most interesting is the fact that regardless of language, culture, time or place, the identified principles for a successful life are always the same.

For example:

 

“The palest ink is better than the sharpest memory”

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself”

“Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own”

 “Hatred corrodes the vessel in which it is stored”

"The error of one moment becomes the sorrow of a whole life”

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”

“He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself”

“Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly”

“Rotten wood cannot be carved”

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher”

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion”

“Of all the stratagems, to know when to quit is the best”

“To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation”

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it”

“If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.”

“Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.”

“The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed during war.”

“When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger”

“There are only two perfectly good men, one dead, the other unborn”

“Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come”

“One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade”

“If you don't want anyone to know it, don't do it”

 

Effect and Cause

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 13:16

 

We've got good news and bad news for you today ladies and gentlemen.

As always clicking on the charts will take you someplace really, really interesting.

First the good news.

 

 

Then the bad news.

 

 

The above, as stated previously, being resultant of the following real, real bad news.

 

 

Which of course brings us to the extremely, exceptionally bad news.

Especially if you happen to be one of those people who work and save their money.

 

 

Bye the way, we're still over here trying to figure out the FED ............. seriously.

 

Geroge Soros: Soros: China Must Be Part Of The New World Order

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 17:13

 

Thankfully, or possibly not, there is no global conspiracy to keep George Soros' views about "A New World Order" under the radar.

As usual I overreacted to an easily explainable set of very ordinary circumstances, and the video in question is available for viewing.

Thanks to Carolyn P., Paul H., Teddy, and Teresa R. for the link.

 

 

Bill Bonner goes off

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/22/2010 - 13:30

 

I like Bill Bonner a lot.

I've read "The Daily Reckoning" for a long time and rarely skip his column.

But clearly, he has been spending way too much time with "The Mogambo Guru".

And that can't possibly be good for anybody's mental health.

 

“The West is doomed.

It is already second rate.

It just doesn't realize it yet.

The Chinese work harder.

They save more.

They are better organized...and probably smarter.

And there are more of them.

They are not burdened by two centuries of success ... neither by expensive social welfare programs, nor by a Goliath military-industrial complex, nor by thousands of lobbyists, lawyers, and educators.

The return on investment capital is higher.

You just have to pay off an official or two.

In America and Europe, you have to pay off the entire establishment ... the unions, the politicians (local, state and national), the hacks, the regulators, the pentagon, the meddlers, the do-gooders, the unemployed, the contractors, the public employees, the poor, the rich, the halt, the lame ...

... every leech in Christendom ....

It is just a matter of time before the Chinese take over.

Soon, they will be the richest, most advanced, most accomplished people on earth...its leading innovators, its greatest artists and architects ... its standout scientists ... and its top military power.”

 Bill Bonner

 Or, as Mogambo himself might say (WFD)

 

On the other hand

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/22/2010 - 13:28



You get Richard Maybury

 

“We have almost no way of tracking what is really happening in China.

The statistics are generated by government agencies that feel no obligation to be truthful to the western devils who overran China in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The numbers are quoted in the mainstream press as if they are reliable, but they aren’t, except in the sense that they tell us what the Chinese regime wants us to think…

It’s likely, in my opinion, that for all practical purposes, absolutely every modern Chinese company is malinvestment.

Its buildings, equipment and workers are in the wrong places doing the wrong things at the wrong prices. These businesses were erected in artificial hot spots created by the injections of fiat currency.

For the present, as long as the supply of fiat currency continues to rain down, the Chinese economy will look fine.

But when the value of the yuan begins to drop sharply, Chinese officials will be faced with a terrifying choice: continue inflating the money supply to prop up the cones, until the yuan is worthless, or stop, and watch the entire economy go belly up.

Neither choice is likely to lead to social harmony.

China’s population reportedly numbers 1.35 billion. About 60% are working age. 

Hundreds of millions live just one paycheck ahead of starvation.

They all know the elite in the cities wallow in luxury…

The fact that at least some Chinese leaders do not want the yuan to climb against the dollar is strong evidence they know what they’ve done.

If the yuan rises much — perhaps 20% or more — prices of Chinese exports will rise, sales will fall, and the shakeout will return.

Tens of thousands of businesses will go under, and mobs of unemployed will begin pouring into the streets.

So, I think some or all the Chinese leadership know they’re facing a Stephen King nightmare…

How big will the disaster be?

I think it has the potential to be the worst in human history —worse than the Black Death, the Dark Ages, the fall of the Roman Empire, you name it.

If just 4% of the population is killed, it will be the worst bloodbath ever, surpassing even the total global body count of World War II.

This kind of thing has happened before in China many times.

Atrocities there are not done halfheartedly…

China is a house of cards, and the bigger they build it, the harder it will fall.

In my opinion, the folks in the Pentagon should be thinking about that;

it is destined to become their problem…

In my opinion, the West’s outdated Keynesian economics has set China up to be the worst catastrophe in history…”

Richard Maybury, Early Warning Report, 05-10

 

OK then ... now I feel much better.


Reading on a Sunday Morning

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 06:42

 

I have no idea if the following is true, as I have been unable to find any corroboration.

China Daily makes the following claim in an article titled,

"Life Span of Buildings Creates Huge Waste"

Compared to the less than 30-year average life expectancy of China’s buildings, the average life span of a building in Britain is 132 years and in the United States it is 74 years.

 

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