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The East Asia Thread

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Glassfan, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. ReindeerThistle

    ReindeerThistle Zimmerwald Left

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    Put this on a visitor message, not the east Asia thread.

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    What!? Sure, US ranks high in dollar amounts but also DEBT. US has 1.46 million HOUSEHOLDS living on $2 or less per person per day and a population of 5.8 million between the ages of 16 and 24 with NO job, and who are not in school.

    And still over 40 million folks without medical coverage in spite of $3 trillion a year spent as a nation on health care.

    But we have 442 billionaires, so that makes us better.

    :rolleyes:

    Back to the news...
    China Urges Japanese Leaders to Listen

     
  2. bugwar

    bugwar Emperor

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    So your point is that Red China is a better place to live in than 'Murica? :eek:
     
  3. ReindeerThistle

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    Nah... Though I am in line to teach English in China by 2015.

    US is great... but hardly the land of milk and honey to go pointing fingers about "human rights" or "carbon footprint." I work with the poorest workers, whose ranks are joined daily by those who used to be safe... now no worker is, really.
     
  4. bugwar

    bugwar Emperor

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    Um, yea.
    I think that is a feature, not a bug. :goodjob:

    'Murica!
    Land of Opportunity, not Entitlement.

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  5. ReindeerThistle

    ReindeerThistle Zimmerwald Left

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    Wrong... "opportunity" for the worker; "entitlement" for the wealthy.

    Plenty of stats to show it... government works for the .01%... but this is the East Asia thread...

    Over 30,000 punished for violating bureaucracy-busting rules

    Shyah! CPC still in charge... :goodjob:
     
  6. Glassfan

    Glassfan Mostly harmless

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    South Korea scientists develop cancer-treating nanobots



    South Korean scientists say it will soon be possible to treat cancer with nanorobots as a more efficient, less harmful alternative to chemotherapy – with the help of salmonella bacteria, of all things.

    At this stage the only ones who stand to be cured are sick mice, but the scientists are hopeful human testing can start soon.

    The story actually starts with the germs, which are normally associated with gastrointestinal disease. But these bugs are engineered to lose their deadly payload, as it were, and to locate tumors in the body instead.

    Once the cancerous tissue is found, the bacteria are engineered to release cancer-fighting drugs.

    "This is the world’s first nanorobot for active medical treatment,” stated the South Korean Ministry of Science.
     
  7. bugwar

    bugwar Emperor

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    From the article:

    France and Japan vowed Thursday to strengthen their military ties, as Tokyo seeks French support in its long-running spat with Beijing over disputed islands that has raised fresh tensions.
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    French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the two nations planned to cooperate in areas such as the latest generation helicopters, drones and submarines.
    ...
    Japan has increasingly been dispatching peacekeepers on UN missions, and has beefed up its military presence in Africa by establishing a base in Djibouti to help combat piracy.


    Source: http://www.defensenews.com/article/...n-Vow-Strengthen-Defense-Ties-Amid-China-Spat
     
  8. carmen510

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    Chinese Navy Preparing to Seize Pag-asa Island from the Philippines

     
  9. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    Good, good. They'll spread democracy, the 'Merican way.
     
  10. bugwar

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    One of the 80 new Chinese Z-19 helicopter gunships in service was recently seen equipped with a mast mounted radar, as in the American AH-64D.
    Actually the Z-19 is a heavily armed scout helicopter, a 4.5 ton, two seater armed with a 23mm autocannon and up to half a ton of munitions (missiles, usually).

    Source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairfo/articles/20140114.aspx
     
  11. Terxpahseyton

    Terxpahseyton One. And many.

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    @ The Korean Cancer treatment

    Interesting to say the least. But I tend to not trust medical publications. Exaggeration / simplification is just too tempting it seems to me.
    Still - I am looking forward to our nanobot overlords curing any alignment we have!
     
  12. bugwar

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    From the article:

    A top Chinese military officer has been exposed as owning dozens of homes, gold statues and crates of luxury liquor, reports said Thursday, in rare revelations of corruption in the country’s armed forces.

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    A corruption probe has not been officially acknowledged, and was only obliquely referred to when National Defence University professor Gong Fangbin referred to corruption by Gu and his predecessor in an interview last August.
    But widespread coverage of this week’s revelations in China’s strictly controlled media indicated that authorities were willing to have news of Gu’s alleged misdeeds publicized.



    Source: http://www.defensenews.com/article/...fficer-s-Gold-Liquor-Haul-Seized-Graft-Expos-
     
  13. Azale

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    All this defense news is making me fall asleep :p

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/pr...-fail-by-daron-acemoglu-and-james-a--robinson

    There are alot of things to argue about in this small piece. It's also a good example of an economist thinking they're experts in every field, they throw solid bait for historians in there.
     
  14. bugwar

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    Any system that relies on human opinions of value makes a pretty poor excuse for claims of expertise. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    The US and UK are piss-poor examples of 'free markets'. Explicitly so in the post Reagan-Thatcher era. The hardcore move towards crony capitalism, which is the Reagan-Thatcher model, is not in any sense free, and not in any sense something that can be expected to deliver strong results.
     
  16. ReindeerThistle

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    QFT... and don't forget Clinton, who got rid of Glass-Steagall... paving the way for the 2008 collapse.
     
  17. bugwar

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    From the article:

    Some Taiwanese politicians, desperate to find volunteers for the military have proposed that the descendants of Chinese soldiers who fled to northern Burma and Thailand after the communists won the Chinese Civil War in 1949, be granted Taiwanese citizenship if they join the Taiwanese Army.
    This is not a unique situation. Russia, also seeking military volunteers has offered to allow people to emigrate to Russia is they serve in the military first.
    The American military has always had a high percentage of immigrants.


    Source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/articles/20140118.aspx
     
  18. dido

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    Apparently China and South Korea have teamed up and built their own version of Yasukuni shrine:rolleyes:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25808437
     
  19. bugwar

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    From the article:

    In 2013 over 2,100 Christians were killed for their beliefs.
    While most of the deaths were due to Islamic terrorists, at least ten percent were committed by non-Moslems.
    The biggest offender here was North Korea, where the militantly atheist government considers possession of a bible a major crime and has over 50,000 local Christians in prison camps.
    The death rate in those camps is high and North Korean Christians who have fled the country report many fellow Christians simply disappearing.


    Source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20140120.aspx
     
  20. Glassfan

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    New NHK boss ignites a firestorm

    The new chairman of NHK expressed regret Monday for his earlier comments that seemed to defend the nation’s wartime use of sex slaves, calling his words “extremely inappropriate.”

    Katsuto Momii’s comments at a press conference Saturday to mark the start of his three-year term at the helm of the public broadcaster have drawn fire from opposition parties and riled the South Korean media.

    Asked about the thousands of young females, mostly Asian, forcibly recruited to provide sex for Imperial Japanese soldiers during the war and euphemistically called “comfort women,” Momii said such an institution existed in “every country” and that it is only considered wrong by “today’s morality.”




    Criticism from the South Korean government and the media poured in Monday, with the Foreign Ministry in Seoul stating that it is deplorable that even the chairman of Japan’s public broadcaster, who is supposed to be fair and politically neutral, distorted history and presented wrong arguments.

    The daily Seoul Shinmun said Abe was strongly behind the selection of Momii as NHK chairman. The Korea Times, in an editorial, criticized Momii’s remarks as absurd, undignified and lacking a recognition of history or a verification of the facts.

    Momii faced a backlash in Japan as well, with opposition parties saying they would raise the matter in the Diet.
     

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