China News

United States Taiwan Defense Command has to be the coolest military-related website, ever.

An unclassified DIA report was released last month on the military of the Republic of China on Taiwan. In related news, the USS Nimitz visited Hong Kong, as the Google-China spat blows over.

The formula “The Republic of China on Taiwan” is back in vogue again, following the KMT’s recent election victory. The previous government preferred The Republic of China (Taiwan). Adoption of this change in formula varies by office. The Information Office is “Government Information Office, Republic of China,” while the Diplomatic Missions is “Portal of Republic of China (Taiwan) Diplomatic Missions

Whatever you call it, Taiwan is now a thriving democracy, which means embarrassing Presidential by-elections, critical election movies, and all the other fun of a modern, democratic society.

Obama’s America, the Good and the Bad

To the extent that the current American economy is in crisis, it is one with the productive forces of the economy (businessmen, scientists, engineers, and so on) have been consistently attacked by the parasitic forces (speculators and politicians). Now, given our Republican form of government, these parasitic forces play a useful role: they prevent the government from adopting the sort of coherent policies that could lead to the elimination of the productive forces. Still, the parasites make us worse off.

Our situation compares unfavorable to the People’s Republic of China, which instead of giving billions to the Oligarchs, is opting out of the worldwide recession through massive investment. This is especially bad, considering all the areas where we could invest (instead of simply spending billions rewarding those who supported Obama). We could develop complex new drugs, investigate subtle genetic associations, expand our knowledge of space, or of race, and supporting nuclear energy.

Indeed, we waste billions on banks, but arrest Americans who refuse to turn their homes over to front companies of the federal government. Obama’s policy of Lemon Socialism is turning homeowners into criminals while giving actual criminals billions.

As Judge Rakoff said, this is all half-baked justice at best.

Fortunately, we are not completely adrift under Obama. Private space exploration continues, high-tech industrial collaboration with China moves ahead . And it must be said that under Obama, Bush’s unprecedented attack on our existing public education system has only gained strength, Brookhaven National Lab is heating atoms to four trillian degrees celsius, video game weapons are in development, Western Digital is conquering quantum space so you will never need to delete an episode of LOST again, Google builds futuristic AI models, and Microsoft expands from just Office and Windows to amazing online services.

In other areas the parasites seem only able to slow down progress, as Google once again tries to digitize our literary past, record companies delete legitimate blogs, lawyers sue companies for not having a politically correct workforce, and the FDA slows down approval of generics.

Academic Badness

Amy Bishop, besides gunning down her fellow faculty, is also accused of killing her brother, not updating her research plan, has an IQ of 180, protected by her sex and class, a geek, and arrogant.

Clearly, killing your co-workers is not a way to win friends!

So far, no one has accused her of being a cheater, a plagiarist, or stupid.

She taught in the best academic environment in the world, one where the form of production is structured conversation.

And she threw that away by murder.