Who Knew?

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There are reports that Bitcoin is down 35% in China.

There might be a tiny handful of people on China’s East Coast using Bitcoin (the Bei-Shan-Guo techies and fashion people), but I’ve never heard anyone here talk about it. And I know a lot of people, but that is not difficult in populous China.

What has caught on is the use of Alipay and WeChat pay. People often pay me for editing by transferring RMB into my social media WeChat account. Most of it remains there and I use the cellphone to pay for things. Even fruit vendors on the street and taxi drivers have bar codes. But it is possible to transfer money back into one’s home bank account, ICBC in my case.

Most major banks in China offer a rather unique service. People can keep separate checking and saving accounts (in the same master account) denominated in Hong Kong dollars, Macao’s money (the Macanese pataca), US dollars, and perhaps even Taiwan dollars, although I’m not sure about that last one. I should take a photo of the ATM screen next time.

China is actually better positioned than the US or the EU to transition – if it ever chose to do so – into a system of “multiple currencies,” which I think is the ideal state of affairs for many reasons, and I will repeat those reasons some other time.

Bitcoin is irrelevant in China, is how this post started out…

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-14/bitcoin-crashes-chinese-trading-second-largest-exchange-halt-all-trading

Under the Radar

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I remember when Stevia was first pushed into the market. It was billed as a natural alternative to the saccharine style sweeteners, you know, the ones that emerged from compounds related to chemical weapons (no kidding).

Stevia was from the Amazon or some Edenic place in South America, so the story went. The sweetener for native peoples. On one level that might be true, but many Stevia products are cut with maltodextrin:

“Outside of the aforementioned time-frames, maltodextrin is just as bad, sometimes worse, as having sugar. Easily absorbed carbs like maltodextrin and sugar get into your bloodstream fast. If there is nothing for all that blood sugar to do (i.e. repair muscle-tissue, give energy), it will get stored as fat. Contrast that with real complex carbs from whole grains, which are broken down and absorbed slowly, and maltodextrin looks more and more like sugar.”

Maltodextrine can actually register 130 on the glycemic index, higher than sugar at 100.

And yet the Stevia-Maltodextrin cocktail is being pushed as a solution for obesity and diabetes, when it only aggravates these conditions.

My contention is that this is deliberate. It has to be.

The Food-Pharma combine is part of a soft war  on humanity, to put it bluntly, and engages in a kind of biological terrorism with the slow but steady contamination of food, water, and air. It’s part of the agenda.

http://fitnessfortravel.com/is-maltodextrin-bad-for-you/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/502241-the-risks-of-maltodextrin/

 

That’s Genius

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

I’ve already made the ethical argument (higher than the legal argument) that Dreamers should be allowed to stay. They were dragged across the border when they were children for crying out loud.

But there is, actually, a legal argument supporting Dreamers – and it drives to the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra is making this case for California, and he is rightly suing the Trump administration, if it can be called that.

I quote from an article linked below:

“In the lawsuit, Becerra argues that rescinding DACA violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause due to concern that the administration will use the personal information Dreamers provided to apply for the program to find and deport them or their family members.”

“He also argues that using that information would violate the legal principle of equitable estoppel, which essentially protects against a ‘bait and switch,’ in this case giving Dreamers reason to believe their personal information wouldn’t be used against them and then doing so anyway.”

Exactly.

For all those simpletons who, on bended knee, worship at the altar of “the law,” well there is your law.

And it’s not an immigration misdemeanor that somehow morphed into a felony after 9/11: it’s the US Constitution.

 

 

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-daca-lawsuit_us_59b6c50de4b0349d072b91fc?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

 

Interesting

Here is an interesting article, quoted below from Zerohedge:

“This is all happening. And on January 1st, 2018, this trend to replace the U.S. dollar will accelerate. That’s when the global elite will implement a major change to the plumbing of our financial system.

It’s a brand-new worldwide banking system called Distributed Ledger Technology. And it will have a huge impact on seniors who are now preparing for retirement.

When this system goes live, many nations will be able to dump the U.S. dollar for SDRs.

For now, the U.S. dollar is still the world’s reserve currency. Other nations have to hold and use the U.S. dollar for international trade, instead of their own currencies.

This creates a virtually unlimited demand for U.S. dollars, which allows us to print trillions of dollars each year to pay for wars, debt and anything we want. It keeps our country operating.

Now, we can see that the global elites are working to unseat the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency.

Here are the three key pieces of information that prove this will happen.

Fact #1 — The IMF issues a globalist currency called special drawing rights, or SDRs.

Fact #2 — The IMF has confirmed they want to replace the U.S. dollar with SDRs.

Fact #3 — The IMF has confirmed Distributed Ledgers can be used for “currency substitution”… and they’ve even set up a special task force to speed up implementation.

The IMF is using this technology to create an SDR payment system, because that’s the currency they issue.”

For more, here is the link

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-10/dear-president-trump-america-rude-awakening-january

 

 

Mandela Effect?

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I always thought that Mexico City’s earthquake in 1985 was measured at 8.2 or so. But in this reality, it was measured at 8.0, making yesterday’s quake in Mexico worse, at 8.1.

Is there any residue that the 1985 Mexico quake was, actually, worse? Yes.

Yesterday, just a few dozen people died in the quake. I read that “61 people” were killed.

By contrast, the 1985 quake killed more than 10,000 people and injured 30,000 people, and those statistics are still there. That 10,000 figure is very conservative by the way.

Apart from upgrading buildings in the business district, Mexico City looks pretty much the same as it did in the 1980s, and so the lower death toll cannot be solely attributed to better construction techniques.

How much sense does it make that a 8.0 quake kills 10,000 people and an 8.1 quake kills 61?

Civil-Military Expo: Mianyang

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I was surprised to see Israel take up so much floor space in the expo (at the entrance) and the only foreign speaker at the event was Israeli, who droned on about how their high-tech industry was partly driven by the need to respond to rockets from Gaza.

It remains unclear what Israel has to do with a convention in northeast Sichuan province, or how it insinuated itself into the event and infiltrated the speakers’ list. I’d be saying the same thing if Saudi Arabia or the Vatican set up a bunch of pop-up displays.

China is a secular country, thankfully, and it confines the infection of religion and tribalism to the private sphere (as opposed to civic), again thankfully. So it was a little disappointing to see China compromise on its principles that way.

 

Photos for Tomorrow

I got back from the trip, still with laptop issues. I took it to a store. The guys will wipe my hard drive, install Windows 10 (had 7 actually) and then insert the Office package (which is in Chinese). On my part there will be trial and error involved, surely.

The trip itself was rewarding, and the best part was unanticipated: a round table lunch with about seven highly educated Chinese people, a Japanese guy from Tokyo, and my American colleague. We had time to kill, so the group dove into the topics of US versus China as global leaders, Trump, Taiwan, the Chinese economy, everything. No friction to speak of… But it was an intense conversation nonetheless.

Even though I have little to say, I need to post daily for a few people who follow. Checking in I guess.

On the Road

I’m two hours away from Chengdu in a smaller city, having laptop issues.

In any case tomorrow is a signing ceremony at a big event, a science exposition combining military and civilian technology.

Another professor and I accepted an invitation to spectate, and it seems we are the only foreigners. We each got free plush hotel rooms and buffet meals. It’s like a junket, except we don’t have any influence with which to barter.

I should have some good photos but then again, I’m struggling with my laptop. It looks like I need to swipe off the entire operating system and replace it with something bootleg, again.

Reversing the Flow

Hawaii is getting a lot of attention for considering giving all residents a “Universal Basic Income.” This would provide a floor of income, guaranteed, so that no one suffers from homelessness, malnutrition, or persistent poverty.

Naturally, the majority of libertarians and conservatives find this outrageous. Who will pay for it?

No one really pays for anything in our psudo-economy. It’s all smoke and mirrors. Vast sums of money are created out of thin air and gifted to banks and corporations. Who pays for that? No one.

But it matters not if we are 20 trillion in debt or 40 trillion in debt. Or 100 trillion in debt. No one is ever going to pay any of this back!

One of the greatest delusions in modern history – a hoax, really – is that there is something called an “economy” with relative autonomy: that an “economy” exists as a system. No. Economies are mere appendages of political regimes, which are brought into existence (from above) and which eventually undergo controlled demolitions.

There are no “economic laws” apart from those constructed for economies, from above, by political regimes.

So, as long as corporate fat cats and banksters are getting all this free money, well, so should Joe and Jane Six Pack. To say otherwise is simply to defend oligarchic hoarding.

US – China Stuff

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Back in the day, advanced economies like the US had more clout, more barganing power. These “core” countries were more autonomous than “peripheral” or “semi-peripheral” places like China.

Now that situation is reversed. In many ways China is now a core country, and the US produces very little, as trade deficits mount. The US does grow most of its staple foods, but a quick trip to Walmart reveals that the majority of household products are made in China.

Compared to the US, China is more self-sufficient. Being a much older civilization, it has built-in mechanisms for overcoming interruptions of trade.

China does not really need the US. The portion of China’s trade with the US is falling, and with other parts of the world it’s rising. I live in China and rarely see American products sold here (unless we consider Apple cell phones… that are made in…. China).

Trump tweeted this nonetheless:

“The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”

It’s probably true as Julian Assange speculated, that such a move would result in Trump being “deposed immediately.”

Of course, both a trade embargo and ousting a president are not decisions made on this level of open, formal politics. Controllers above formal government will decide, or not, to play chess in this way. So we have back-and-forth tweeting between two front men (on different teams but in the same league, so really they’re on the same team).

Meantime, it is simply delusional to think that an American economic and political regime would survive a cut-off of trade with China. China would survive it, though.