Friday, May 26, 2006

News of the Day (May 26)

With Russian arms, Communist Chinese military tips the balance of power: So who holds the balance of power in Eastern Asia? Fairly soon, it will be Communist China, thanks to their leading arms supplier: Russia - "At some point this fall, probably in September, China will take delivery of a state-of-the-art . . . Russian-built S-300 PMU-2 air defense system (which) will provide China with the power to challenge the United States for command of the airspace over the Taiwan straits" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times). Meanwhile, the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies calculated that the Communist regime's actual defense budget was at least 70% more than what its willing to admit, and even that "ignores a number of big spending items. These include overseas weapons procurement, defence industry subsidies and research and development spending" (Financial Times, UK).

More on Communist China and the United States: Yahoo's history of helping the Communists nail dissidents (fourteenth, fifth, lead, third, eighth, seventh, third, fifth, eighth, last, third, fourth, fourth, third, eighth and eleventh items) gets the attention of Amnesty International (C-net). William R. Hawkins, of the U.S. Business and Industry Council, scores the Enlightened Comment of the Day with his call for tight tech export restrictions to Communist China (Front Page Magazine). Don Feder, Washington Times, calls on the World Health Organization to stop dissing Taiwan; San Francisco's Taiwanese-American community celebrates Taiwanese American Heritage Week (Epoch Times).

Canada file: I have a terrific relationship with the Western Standard, as one can see from the last quote in Kevin Steel's piece on industrial espionage and the numerous blog posts on the Shotgun. However, Ric Dolphin ridiculous paean to the Communist economy ran away with the Ignorant Comment of the Day award: "No one goes hungry in China these days." Ugh!

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice President of the European Parliament (and a British Tory, for those interested) talks about the Communists with refreshing truth: "The Chinese communist regime is still a system of atrocity, despotism, and bigotry" (Epoch Times).

On the satellite regimes: Regarding the Communists' Korean colony, Jong-Heon Lee (UPI via Washington Times) examines the Stalinists' reasons for nixing the DMZ railroad crossing (fourth item). The price of rice in Stalinist North Korea skyrockets (Daily NK). Communist China builds another colonial, ahem, cooperative project with the Stalinists (Daily NK). Meanwhile, Tony Karon (Time Asia) predicts that the new American softness on SNK (second item) will be repeated on Iran.

Reporters beaten in Shenzhen: Two reporters, from Hong Kong Cable TV and Asia Television respectively, were doing a story on a medical lawsuit. They were conducting interviews at the Fuhua Plastic and Aesthetic Hospital when "were surrounded by five or six people who claimed to be hospital personnel" (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times) and beaten.

On the Falun Gong War: According to Clearwisdom, "23 cases of Dafa practitioners in Mainland China dying from the persecution were confirmed" last month. Meanwhile, Clearwisdom also reports that the cadres in Heilongjiang Province have ordered numerous classified documents to be destroyed; the relevance may be this: "During the past seven years of their persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, all orders were issued via secret channels and the persecution was carried on behind the scenes."

Did Bank of China trick outside investors into bailing it out? That's what Hong Kong Open Magazine executive editor Cai Yongmei thinks just happened during the regime-run bank's IPO (fifth and sixth items): "These banks should have been bankrupt already if the Chinese government did not support them. In China, many economic transactions are dictated by the government and these banks are kept operating with people's money. Though these banks are still operating in China, they are very risky. The purpose of IPO in the Hong Kong stock market is to transfer the risk to overseas markets" (Epoch Times).

1 comment:

James Fletcher Baxter said...

Consider:
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe.

- from The HUMAN PARADIGM