Sorry, it will continue to be slower than usual over here until my classes end on Saturday afternoon. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.

The Discussion: 12 Comments

hang in there – we will understand them yet…

October 2, 2008 @ 11:59 pm | Comment

Too bad you’re not in this week’s class, Whishkers. Someone from our old class (CNY of 2007!) is there, and the teacher is excellent.

October 3, 2008 @ 12:03 am | Comment


October 3, 2008 @ 12:20 am | Comment



Let’s start a discussion…

October 3, 2008 @ 1:26 am | Comment

The future is bright – the future is blue. Or possibly red (one hopes it’s bright either way).

October 3, 2008 @ 2:55 am | Comment

Richard, do tell — what kind of classes?

I’m interested what people in PKD community do for a living and for fun. Also interested in if there are any observable effects from the slowdown in the economy there. I know my manufacturing colleagues in China are hurting, but wondering about what others see.

October 3, 2008 @ 3:07 am | Comment

Did not know what that guy’s name was until I opened your link. I always switch the channel or turn the tv off after about 5 seconds of his ranting. Now I know his name is Glenn Beck. Seems to be a less interesting, less intelligent, more rabid version of Tucker Carlson. I remember when John Stewart asked the Crossfire people to stop hurting america. I think Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Hannity, Hume, O’Reilly, and to a lesser extent Obermann are hurting america with their political commentary disguised as news programs. They only stir up emotions while offering nothing really redeeming or constructive to political discourse or current events.

Americans would all be better off if CNN and Fox yanked them off the air and replaced them with programs that try to emulate the Jim Lehrer news hour or Charlie Rose.

Or failing that they should just randomly pick people off the street to host a political commentary program. Lou Dobbs, Glenn Bech, Hannity, Hume, O’Reilly, and Obermann really have no compelling reason for why what they have to say about anything is any more informed or relevant than a drunk in a bar raving about the government.

For example how much time did they spend talking to experts or people knowledgeable of the current financial crises to help raise their and the public’s understanding of the situation versus talking to political commentators and politicians about the politics of the financial crises.

October 3, 2008 @ 4:18 am | Comment

As much as America needs a new president, I think it needs a new legislative first….

Stop with the pork barrel crap! Is it any surprise that Congress has such a low approval rating? ๐Ÿ™

October 3, 2008 @ 6:01 am | Comment

Raj, you are absolutely right. The Senate, and soon the house, has proven once again that all the legislators think about is their own re-election. Public service be damned! And the American electorate is stupid enough to to go along with it.

October 3, 2008 @ 6:27 am | Comment

Matt, I’m taking Chinese classes at a school that’s across the street from my new apartment. I plan to write an update post soon about what I’m doing, what my plans are and what life is like in post-Olympic Beijing. After the classes end.

October 3, 2008 @ 7:43 am | Comment

Glenn Beck is just a representative of the average Joe. it’s just very fascinating to see that conspiracy theories are now penetrating some medias, such as CNN. People do read and pay attention to this information. Even if they won’t admit it.

Of course he’s using a funny tone, everybody does, being scared of being labeled a wacko. But as we say, in all lies, there is some truth. What is unfolding in front of our eyes right now is a very interesting episode of the US saga.

I remember years ago, discussing about the falling of the US / Roman empire. It seems almost as this is imprinted in our global consciousnesses, the rise and fall of giants.

Richard, I am still waiting for your take on this stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can label the post: All what I am about to say is pure bullshit and I don’t believe in it, but…

October 3, 2008 @ 12:31 pm | Comment

Almost forgot… Some recent news now… We all love pork…

October 3, 2008 @ 1:21 pm | Comment

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