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This just out of China.

LeBron James and his fellow Black NBA players who fearlessly attack their fellow Americans as racist over the smallest things, are silent on this.

That’s expected of course since one does not speak up on the new plantation, especially when it pays. But slavery is not just about money but the soul.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm

We can ignore their criticisms of Communist China

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Australia and Holland that is, given how they’ve reacted to the Chinese Lung Snot virus in 2021 and now. Australia has perhaps been the most visible example, with numerous viral videos showing police viciously beating people for transgressions as small as not wearing a mask in public. Then there are the COVID concentration camps where people are forced into multi-week confinement — even if they aren’t positive for the virus.

But Holland’s not far behind:

You’d think it was filmed in mid-’30s Germany or perhaps Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. It comes from Amsterdam, and involves police assaulting people and attacking them with dogs. All because they’re protesting new government lockdowns as Holland’s C-19 case numbers exploded again with the arrival of the terrifying Omicron variant. Never mind the vaccination rates or the medical evidence from these cases around the world showing that it’s barely able to get people sick, let alone being kill them. Such things do not matter to “democratic” authorities who have the authoritarian bit between their teeth.

Sweden by the way has none of this.

There was some good news from the benighted nation of dikes and windmills:

Plus this news about the Dutch protests:

The demonstration came on the same day Dutch police said they would take action to protest the increasing demands of their work. Union representatives have said riot police would continue to work, if necessary.

Heh. Just wear down the cops. I’ve long thought that the way to really do civil disobedience is just to overwhelm the system with numbers. No fighting, just force the cops into 24/7 arrests, fill the jails and courts to the brim.

There’s always voting of course, but as in China, it appears to make no difference.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm

China is asshole

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Let’s hope that the end product of the 3 Waters plan, some four huge SOE water authorities across New Zealand, don’t borrow any money from China…

Uganda loses its only international airport to China for failing to repay loan.

Uganda has lost its only international airport, the Entebbe International Airport, to China for failing to repay a loan, African media reported.

The government has failed to reverse a loan agreement with China which had repayment conditions for attaching its only airport.

In 2015, China’s Export-Import (EXIM) Bank lent Uganda $207 million at two per cent upon disbursement. The loan, meant for the expansion of Entebbe airport, came with a maturity period of 20 years including a seven-year grace period, News X reported.

China has pulled this stunt many times now in Africa and in the Pacific. Loan a nation money to build or upgrade some piece of infrastructure, then foreclose on the loan to get ownership of the asset.

They’re not making themselves popular with this approach but obviously don’t care, since feelz are less important than ownership.

Always remember:

Written by Tom Hunter

December 1, 2021 at 2:13 pm

Layers and layers of fact checkers

Every day I find myself greatly bemused and also appalled at people who continue to refer to the MSM for news, opinion, “facts” and so forth.

My bemusement continues when people who really should know better express surprise about how they’ve been lied to – but then refuse to extend that new knowledge into other areas.

One such person is Uber Lefty Andrew Sullivan, an Englishmen who immigrated to America decades ago and is best known for his unflagging promotion of gay marriage in the USA, with a now much-regretted sidebar into supporting the invasion of Iraq. That last caused him to support GW Bush for a while, but he managed to clean his blotted copybook by going all in on Obama in 2008 and 2012, and then becoming one of the slightly less unhinged members of the NeverTrump brigade. Less well known was his definitely unhinged hatred of the Mini-Me Trump, Sarah Palin, a decade earlier; he was convinced that her last baby was actually the child of one of her daughters and he pursued that conspiracy theory relentlessly.

Never has any gay man been so obsessed with a woman’s vagina!

So, like all of us, he has flaws. But he’s been involved with the MSM for decades now and so knows of what he speaks when he says, When All The Media Narratives Collapse:

The news is a perilous business. It’s perilous because the first draft of history is almost always somewhat wrong, and needs a second draft, and a third, and so on, over time, until the historian can investigate with more perspective and calm. The job of journalists is to do as best they can, day by day, and respond swiftly when they screw up, correct the record, and move forward. I’ve learned this the hard way, not least in the combination of credulousness and trauma I harbored in the wake of 9/11.

But when the sources of news keep getting things wrong, and all the errors lie in the exact same direction, and they are reluctant to acknowledge error, we have a problem. If you look back at the last few years, the record of errors, small and large, about major stories, is hard to deny. It’s as if the more Donald Trump accused the MSM of being “fake news” the more assiduously they tried to prove him right.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the “narratives” that have proven wrong – and they all go in one direction, so we’re not talking about mistakes:

  • The Rittenhouse case
  • The Antifa/BLM riots
  • The Steele dossier
  • The Covington boys
  • The Covid lab-leak theory
  • The Jussie Smollett case
  • The fake rape allegations at University of Virginia
  • The Pulse mass shooting motivation
  • The Atlanta spa shooting motivation
  • Responsibility for the increased attacks on Asian-Americans
  • The Wi Spa exposure
  • The source of the Hunter Biden e-mails
  • Officer Sicknick’s death
  • Reporting on border crossings
  • The denial of critical race theory being taught, when it permeates everywhere
  • Vaccines and Covid-19

Just a quick note on that link about the BLM/Antifa riots: it’s a specific one about the Kenosha riots that led to the Rittenhouse case and it details a story that has just emerged from a former NYT reporter who was sent to the town, but whose story was pulled:

A note on Kenosha in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial: until quite recently, the mainstream liberal argument was that burning down businesses for racial justice was both good and healthy. Burnings allowed for the expression of righteous rage, and the businesses all had insurance to rebuild.

When I was at the New York Times, I went to Kenosha to see about this, and it turned out to be not true. The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district, full of small, underinsured cell phone shops and car lots. It was very sad to see and to hear from people who had suffered. Beyond the financial loss, small storefronts are quite meaningful to their owners and communities, which continuously baffles the Zoom-class.

Of course they pulled the story – until after the election. The reporter does not say why, she treats the refusal to run the piece as a bit of a mystery, but to anyone who is not a Democrat the reason is pretty obvious: it would have hurt Biden and the Democrats to see the sort of people they were implicitly defending by attacking Rittenhouse as a White Supremacist and vigilante.

But here’s the thing: knowing what he now knows about the lies and deceit of the MSM, Sullivan is still not willing to explore the “Narrative” behind the reporting of the 2020 US election and the January 6 “Insurrection”.

Those are his narratives, and that’s not a Rubicon he’s willing to cross.

Yet.

Oh, and this…

Written by Tom Hunter

November 24, 2021 at 9:23 am

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Dodging bullets

You might think it difficult to dodge a bullet that’s traveling at 18,000 mph!

But it’s a lot easier when you’re also traveling at that speed.

The International Space Station (ISS) has had to change its orbit quite a few times over the last twenty years to avoid a collision with some piece of space junk, and it did so again a few days ago:

Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneuver out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit on November 11.

Over the station’s 23-year orbital lifetime, there have been about 30 close encounters with orbital debris requiring evasive action. Three of these near-misses occurred in 2020.

That last is a key point. As the article points out, things are getting more crowded in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and it’s not helped by what the Chinese did a few years ago:

This week’s incident involved a piece of debris from the defunct Fengyun-1C weather satellite, destroyed in 2007 by a Chinese anti-satellite missile test. The satellite exploded into more than 3,500 pieces of debris, most of which are still orbiting. Many have now fallen into the ISS’s orbital region.

At these speeds even tiny particles can be lethal (Energy = Mass x Velocity2). In May this year the ISS was hit: a tiny piece of space junk punched a 5mm hole in the ISS’s Canadian-built robot arm, the junk was probably less than 1mm in size.

ISS over New Zealand

You would think people would learn. Even Hollywood has. In the 2013 SF thriller movie Gravity, the Space Shuttle, while servicing the Hubble Space Telescope, gets hit by debris created by the Russians testing an anti-satellite weapon against one of their own satellites, leaving Sandra Bullock’s astronaut character as the sole survivor who has to try and get back to Earth. It’s a 90 minute thrill ride of a movie, so long as you ignore things like orbital mechanics which would make it impossible to get from the Hubble orbit to the ISS with just a jetpack device!

Which brings us to the latest news, Russian anti-satellite missile test endangers space station crew:

An anti-satellite missile test Russia conducted on Monday generated a debris field in low-Earth orbit that endangered the International Space Station and will pose a hazard to space activities for years, U.S. officials said.

The seven-member space station crew – four U.S. astronauts, a German astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts – were directed to take shelter in their docked spaceship capsules for two hours after the test as a precaution to allow for a quick getaway had it been necessary, NASA said.

I would think the two Russian cosmonauts may have a few choice words for their military compatriots when they return to Earth at the end of their mission.

It seems like a crazy thing for Russia to do, which has lead people to wonder if it’s connected with dodging bullets on Earth:

Satellite images released Nov. 8 showed an estimated 90,000 Russian troops gathered at the Ukrainian border, prompting House Republicans to petition President Biden to deploy troops to the region.

Belarus has been bringing illegal immigrants to Minsk and then sending them to the borders of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. Turkey has shut down their airports for travelers from three Middle Eastern countries who want to travel to Belarus. NATO has condemned the situation.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm

A Scholar of the Cultural Revolution on the USA

I have not watched the whole interview, but clearly in this section the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) interviewer was fishing for a desired response from the interviewee.

She got something very unexpected from Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist and political activist who is a scholar on authoritarianism, specifically dealing with Mao’s cultural revolution.

A “CUT THE MIKE” moment.

He points out that to be authoritarian requires more than sounding off on Twitter and saying stuff that sounds authoritarian. You need to be supported by a system, and that system – specifically the Federal Administrative State – rejected Trump’s demands but fully accepts Biden’s.

Yet that is also supported by too many ordinary people, such as David Farrar over at Kiwiblog, who thumped the table and loudly denounced Trump’s demands for some of his enemies to be investigated, yet is completely silent about things like the FBI and DOJ going after the parents of school kids as “domestic terrorists”.

But it’s what Weiwei goes to say next that should be getting the attention of a lot of people. He claims that the United States is actually in an authoritarian moment, just not in the way the Left believes. Instead, he brings up the fact that people unifying around certain “political correct” ideas denotes a “dangerous” trend.

Those on the left desperately want everything they oppose to be “authoritarian.” That’s why you get constant, irrational claims about their need to “save democracy.” Yet the left’s attempts to erase history and suppress “improper” speech are actually the hallmarks of authoritarianism as evidenced by Mao’s Cultural Revolution, something Weiwei is very familiar with.

What brings about tyranny is a societal shift that tears down the past and viciously dictates the future via threats of financial ruin and violence. It is not the Right that wants to destroy statues of Thomas Jefferson and put in place “hate speech” laws. Instead, it is the left that forces people from their jobs for wrong-think while insisting that it’s acceptable to “punch” Nazis. And surprise, everyone they don’t like is a Nazi.

Between this guy and the comments about US universities made by North Korean defector, Yeonmi Park, after graduating from Columbia University – “Even North Korea is not this nuts” – you’d think the Left would pause.

But they won’t. They can’t.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

I’m sure this is nothing to worry about.

Courtesy of Reuters Business news,

Australia’s central bank loses yield control as bonds melt down:

Australia’s central bank on Friday lost all control of the yield target key to its stimulus policy as bonds suffered their biggest shellacking in decades and markets howled for rate hikes as soon as April.

An already torrid week for debt got even worse when the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) again declined to defend its 0.1% target for the key April 2024 bond , even though its yield was all the way up at 0.58%.

Basically a fight between the Australian central bank – who want/need to keep interest rates low so as to not further cripple an economy already badly hurt by their Civid-19 response – and the private sector who can see inflation coming up fast globally.

Interest rate hikes coming to you soon as that inflation arrives, spurred by fantastic amounts of Covid-19 response compensation spending and now supply chain problems across the world.

Thank goodness that New Zealand’s other big trading partner, China, is in great shape like in 2008/9.

Oh:

Many failing debt-overloaded businesses are being subsidized by a deficit spending government, so bankruptcies are still few and far between, but the day of financial reckoning is rapidly coming.

That’s been the case for years, but as with almost all economic recessions the problems are actually often out in the open and just looking for the trigger. Between rising tensions with other nations due to its military, diplomatic and economic actions, and it’s population pressures (declining population that is), there are any number of triggers:

Already only about 10% of China’s young population is getting married, which implies an even more precipitous drop in population in the future.

it is no wonder that the CCP had to suppress a lying flat movement on the internet, which tried to popularize minimum work, no marriage, living single, and not doing much of anything. This movement sprang up as a passive revolt over the oppressive working conditions in the nation. It is no wonder that with slave labor–like working conditions, Chinese youths have little time to socialize and, with low, wages don’t have enough money to comfortably support a family with offspring.

Luckily New Zealand still has a low debt/GDP ratio even after all the Covid-19 borrowing of the last two years, so we should be able to keep going as we have been.

Right?

I forgot this gem piece of news:

Recipients of Social Security benefits are getting a raise next year. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits are set for their largest increase since the 1980s, according to a Social Security Administration announcement… This Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA, will increase payments by 5.9%.

The 5.9 percent increase for 2022 is the largest since 1982. So yeah, inflation is coming. What I love about that news is that a couple of friends of mine first heard about it when they got emails from their local Democrat Party:

President Biden has long called Social Security benefits “the bedrock of American retirement,” and now, recipients are poised to get the biggest cost-of-living increase in DECADES!

Given the definition of IQ at 100 as the middle of the bell curve of population intelligence I guess there will be plenty of people in the USA aged 65+ who get the news and do the full Homer Simpson, “Woo Hoo”.

Then it will take a year or so before they start noticing that even with such an increase all the things they buy, especially food, have increased in price by more than 5.9%

I have very little time for politicians but there are times when I sympathise with those few who desperately battle against the literal stupidity of so many voters.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 1, 2021 at 1:52 pm

I’m with China

US intelligence agencies have released a declassified report that apparently provides more evidence that the Coronavirus emanated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Here is the key extract from the Herald article, with key words highlighted.

According to the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) report, analysts at an unnamed intelligence agency believe the “dangerous nature” of the science being carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), coupled with a lack of safety precautions, led to the coronavirus first jumping from animals to humans.

“Although the [intelligence community] has no indications that WIV research involved SARS-CoV-2 [the virus that causes Covid-19] or a close progenitor virus, these analysts note that it is plausible that researchers may have unwittingly exposed themselves to the virus without sequencing it during experiments or sampling activities, possibly resulting in asymptomatic or mild infection,” the report said.

These are the same intelligence agencies that completely missed the 9/11 terrorists entering the USA, conducting flight training at a Florida flight school, and then planning the greatest attack on US soil in history.

This report is about as reliable as the global warming models, including the hockey stick. In short, it’s just bullshit. It’s little wonder China is so reluctant to have the WHO or other western agencies access to its records. The CIA will have to do better than this if it intends to promote its “China Virus” rhetoric, the same rhetoric it got Trump to promote during his failed election campaign.

Written by Nick K

October 30, 2021 at 6:17 pm

The Shipping News

I’ve been seeing comments from several New Zealand importers, in public and on Social Media, talking about the disruptions in global supply chains caused by the Xi Snot Virus.

The JP Morgan website has an interesting article on the subject, complete with graphs showing the dramatic changes in various ways. Here are just two:

But it’s even worse on the other side of the Pacific:The number of container ships anchored off Shanghai and Ningbo has surged over recent weeks. There are now 242 container ships waiting for berths countrywide. Whether it’s due to heavy export volumes, Typhoon Chanthu or COVID, rising congestion in China is yet another wild card for the trans-Pacific trade.

The inevitable result:

Whatever the reasons for this you would think the ports would be going gangbusters to try and clear these backlogs, but you would be wrong; they’re one of the reasons:

Despite the backlog, the busiest U.S. port still shuts down for hours on most days and is closed on Sundays, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Tens of thousands” of containers remain stuck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. More than 60 ships are lined up to dock, the report says.

More than 25% of all American imports pass through one of the two ports. LA and Long Beach collectively manage 13 private container terminals. Long Beach officials finally said last week they would try operating 24 hours a day between Monday and Thursday. LA says it’s going to keep existing hours and wait for the rest of the supply chain to extend their hours first.

The JP Morgan article argues that there are two fundamental reasons at play here, neither of which is a surprise:

COVID has disrupted supply chains in two major ways: surging demand for imported consumer goods in the West due to pandemic work from home trends and other home improvement spending, and a decline in workers required to maintain and operate these supply chains.

But the result of that first factor was a surprise to me, even though I’d posted on one aspect of it with automobiles (No Chips, No Motion):

Semiconductors are the world’s 4th most traded good after crude oil, refined oil and cars. Strong demand existed before COVID and reflected the chip-intensity of 5G, AI, electric vehicles (3-5x the chip content of ICE cars) and the internet of things. Current chip shortages are mostly related to older and simpler 200-nm silicon wafers used in cars, computers, monitors, laptops, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines. Demand for many of these items soared during the pandemic as people built out home offices and related projects

If you’re wondering what “older and simpler” chips means, the latest ones going into laptops and such are ones with 3nm (nanometres) thick “wiring”. The 200nm jobs are perfectly fine for non-IT devices or some functions within a computer. Being older of course they’re also more common, cheaper and less profitable, which means it’s tough to expand factory manufacturing of them.

One of the strange aspects of these supply chain problems with containers is that it’s not a two-way street across the Pacific, even though the backlogged ports in China and the USA might make it seem that way:

Same with Shanghai to Rotterdam.

The surge in US import demand has led to a sharp rise in eastbound freight rates (see charts for Shanghai->LA and Shanghai->Rotterdam). However, westbound freight rates have not risen nearly as much, leading to an odd and problematic phenomenon: incentives for container owners to move them back to China empty to accelerate receipt of eastbound freight rates, instead of waiting for containers to be refilled to earn westbound freight rates as well. 

What that means in practice is that US export goods are left sitting in warehouses while these empty (or mostly empty) containers rush back across the Pacific, which in turn means that they’re taking up storage space for imported goods, leading to more import supply problems from all the stuff heading from China to the USA.

Markets eh? What a bloody mess. The good news is that it will sort itself out. The bad news is that it might take a year to do so as the problems and their fixes move through the whole chain. Read the whole JP Morgan article as it analyses other supply chain problems, like a lack of workers due to Covid-19 vax issues and US government Covid-19 subsidies for the “unemployed” in terms of both income and housing.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 10, 2021 at 3:07 pm

“There is providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America”

That famous quote is from the creator of the German nation, Bismarck, and it was uttered back in the 19th century.

Since then there have been more than a few situations which have proved that the USA does seem like a lucky country.

The disasters that have hit the nation in the last twenty years, starting with the 9/11 attacks, passing through the GFC and now the Covid mess, have certainly been damaging to the fabric of America. But perhaps worse has been the incredible decline in the quality of education at all levels, with the metastatic spread of hideous ideas like Critical Theory (and all its mutations) into the non-academic world: even sport has been politicised as the 1960’s Counter Culture New Left’s motto of “everything is political” has become an everyday truth.

As Abraham Lincoln once opined:

“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years.

No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.”

Leaving aside that last point for another post and looking instead at the “approach of danger” from the outside world the obvious threat is the rising power of China. A decade ago it was an economic threat, but China’s behaviour in the last few years has turned it into a geo-political / military one. There has also been increased trumpeting by the Chinese themselves about “The Chinese 21st Century” and so forth. Clearly they’re feeling their oats.

This feeling in China was much bolstered by Biden’s recent rout in Afghanistan. Former WSJ Brett Stephens (and committed Never-Trumper) summed it up well in a superb essay, The Post-Pax-Americana World:

Our incompetence matched our fecklessness, and our fecklessness matched our untrustworthiness. To say this is how great powers fall would be an insult to the great powers of the past, which fell under greater strain, for weightier reasons

First, our Afghan fiasco is forcing traditional American allies to reassess the wisdom of their reliance on Washington. This is not just a matter of our tattered credibility (more about which below). It’s also one of capability and competence. It’s difficult to think of any aspect of the Afghan withdrawal, beginning with Biden’s judgment, predictions, and execution, that might inspire a geopolitical opponent to respect, much less fear, the American president as a canny global statesman.

Second, the fiasco is an invitation to our adversaries to view the remainder of the Biden administration as neither a nuisance nor a threat, but rather as a possibly unique three-year window of strategic opportunity. . . .

The real goal is to dislodge America, firmly and for good, as the dominant power in global affairs.

Others were more harsh, with Mark Steyn headlining one column as Dead Superpower Walking. Again, there are internal US issues that may play a larger role than the foreign policy issues that Stephens and others are writing about.

Even before recent events the USA had – typical of its history – been slow to respond to China. President Obama talked of a “pivot” to the Pacific but it never amounted to much. President Trump went active on things like military posture and readiness with a peer in mind, plus pressure on economic, diplomatic and other pressure points:

In late 2020, then-President Donald Trump signed a law that bans the trading of securities in foreign companies whose audit working papers can’t be inspected by U.S. regulators for three years in a row. 

U.S. securities regulators have started a countdown that will force many Chinese companies to leave American stock exchanges, after a long impasse between Washington and Beijing over access to the companies’ audit records.

The action will accelerate the decoupling of the world’s two largest economies and affect investors that own securities in more than 200 U.S.-listed Chinese companies with a combined market value of roughly $2 trillion.

Under President Biden there has been the dramatic announcement of the new AUKUS pact, complete with Australia getting nuclear submarines as part of the deal.

But there have also been a series of recent events inside China that give hope to those of us who prefer a Pax Americana in the 21st century, and unlike the hopes and dreams of the last thirty years, these changes have decidedly not been in a more liberal direction. It began with large companies and their CEO’s:

With market-trembling new rules and investigations, Beijing’s crackdown on its most prominent companies has seeped into nearly every aspect of modern life, wiping billions of dollars from Chinese and Hong Kong-listed stocks and bamboozling investment sages.

From after-school tutoring to music streaming apps, and shopping to bike-sharing, stellar firms have been hit as Beijing tightens the leash on corporations, citing national security and antitrust concerns.

In 2020 Jake Ma, the founder and multi-billionaire founder of online trading giant Alibaba, was basically sent to a golfing gulag, forced out of public life. At the same time the CCP suspended the blockbuster IPO of China’s Ant Group ($36 billion wiped). But this has also begun to spread into other aspects of Chinese life, with the once famous actress Zhao Wei (also a director and billionaire businesswoman) basically wiped from the Chinese Internet, just one of a number of crackdowns to bring the entertainment industry in check and curb the influence of celebrities and the ‘fandom culture’”.

But it was this news reported by the China Media Project (H/T Instapundit), that really caught my attention. A random Red Chinese blogging peon, Li Guangman, put up his reaction to all this:

This change will wash away all the dust, and the capital market will no longer be a paradise for capitalists to grow rich overnight,” he writes. “The cultural market will no longer be a paradise for effeminate stars, and the press will no longer be a place for the worship of Western culture.” The author’s next line reeks of Maoist nostalgia: “The red has returned, the heroes have returned, and the grit and valor have returned.”

Well big whoop you might say. In itself, the “intellectual” orgasms of an obscure Maoist diehard blogger mean nothing more than a blazing-eyed Chris Trotter eruption or a over-vigorous Martyn Bradbury wank here in NZ. Even in China, a Maoist dickhead like Li is in the minority. We’ve got them here in the West as well.

What does mean something is how the Xi regime reacted to this little blog, which suddenly went viral:

But this post, though attributed to Li’s own public account, “Li Guangman Freezing Point Commentary”, was shared on the websites of eight major Party-state media on August 29, and on scores of commercial sites, all with the same headline: “Everyone Can Sense That a Profound Change is Underway!”

In the social media comment sections this week, the concern has been palpable. “A movement has begun,” one user commented underneath a Weibo post on the Li Guangman article. “They’re blowing a wind to see what fish they can stir up,” said another. A third comment was more portentous: “History is being repeated,” it said

It certainly is. One of the critical triggers of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution was the publication of dazibao (“big character poster”) on May 25, 1966, by Nie Yuanzi, a student at Beijing University. The poster denounced professors, administrators and others for their supposed embrace of Western bourgeois values and lack of revolutionary spirit. The actual revolution was started by Mao just three months later.

The last few years of Xi Jinping’s rule have shown increasingly Maoist tendencies across a range of areas, of which all this is merely the latest. Welcome to Xi’s Cultural Revolution 2.0.

Now – Thucydides Trap’s aside – this is actually good news for the USA and the West in general. If the Chinese Communist imbeciles want to reverse the flow of history back to the good old days of Mao, that actually means a reversal of prosperity and eventually economic power, followed by military power. Not to mention the loss of free-thinking minds in all areas of Chinese life, which may result in a military that looks a lot like the Japanese circa 1931-1945; powerful, dangerous, but ultimately doomed.

America may once again luck out, thanks – once again – to the fanatical stupidity of its enemies.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 3, 2021 at 1:24 pm