United States’ Allies Think Getting Closer To China

With not a single thread of evidence to back up my logic, but I have a feeling that United States’ allies such as Japan are thinking about getting closer to China.  At first, for an example, Japan would probably pretend to be against China, and Japan wants to use China as a ploy to break free from the United States.  Thus Japan probably wants to boost its own military programs and break free from pacifying position.  Once Japan completes this step, it would want to befriend China, and United States would probably be too hesitant to aggravate a stronger Japan.

I think as China grows stronger and more influential, United States’ allies would use Beijing as a hedge against the United States in trades, deals, bargains, and etc…

What can the United States do?  Unless the United States wants to start a trade war and hot war with China, there isn’t much the United States can do to change allied countries’ trajectories.  I fear such trajectories are all about getting closer to China.  After all, China got the largest middle-class market in the world.  With hefty foreign exchange reserves in trillions of dollars and a growing military power to back China’s overall growing strength, China isn’t going to be bullied by the United States.  United States’ allies know this too, and so they would try to be nice to China just in case they are on the wrong side of the United States.

In conclusion, I don’t think the United States can be too nice to allied countries because these countries are still going to use China as a hedge.  Being too mean to allies, the United States would lose such allies.  Be too tough on China, the United States would force allied countries to choose a side, and they may choose China over the United States.  As long China is humming along in growing strength, I don’t see how easily the United States could contain China.  Of course, nothing would go as plan, and so China may face a difficult future, and that is when the United States could try to contain China.  The question is, how far the United States would want to contain China, because doing it wrong may as well starting a WWIII.

After WWIII, long live sticks and stones!

Maybe, here is a preview of how Japan is getting closer to China.  https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/c53528a3-d7ae-3e05-9851-6dc8daefac8c/ss_pm-abe-celebrates-anniversary.html

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Short Film: Dust (Beautifully Crafted Sci-fi Short Film)

Check out a very beautiful, short, science fiction film “Dust” from Ember Lab on Vimeo below.  In short, it took nine years, $100,000 crowdfunding, and now it’s available for everyone to watch for free on Vimeo.  I watched it, and the 25 minutes short film is actually enjoyable.  Unfortunately, it’s too short, and so the ending ends abruptly in my opinion.  (source:  seeing it first on Vox by Aja Romano)

The Man In The High Castle (TV Series – Season One) Review

I was so hesitated to watch “The Man in the High Castle” TV series, but boy I’m glad that I did a binge watch of it.  I got through the whole first season without missing a single minute of it.  I have to say the series is very enjoyable.  How come?  Even though the series is flipping history on its head, I must say the series is awesome in a way in which you may want to hang onto every minute of the series.

Spoiler is ahead, and so you should not read on if you think you want to watch this series for yourself.

I must admit, Juliana Crain is very pretty, but her prettiness doesn’t affect her character as if she is a weak flower that needs to be protected from the elements.  She is headstrong with a golden heart in which doesn’t destroy her feminine side as if a female wanna be male sort of things.  In the first episode, she shows that even though she is a woman, she can handle a man in a combat.  If I’m not wrong on the martial art style she has been practicing, Akido allows her to defend herself against stronger men.  Don’t let her macho side put you off if you’re one of those guys who hates to see how a female can easily beat up a male character in movies, because this side of her isn’t telling her whole story.  Besides of wanting to be loved by Frank and possibly by Joe, she is a strong woman who wants to seek out other possibilities that may present to her by chances and luck.  The world she lives in, her people are being treated as second class, because the area — she lives in — is being controlled by the imperialistic Japan; imperialistic Japan empire fought on the Nazi side and won WWII.  She reluctantly joins the resistance when she witnesses her sister got shot by the imperialistic Japanese.  Although Alexa Davalos’s performance as Juliana Crain is not Oscar worthy, but I think in season one she executes her role as Juliana Crain quite brilliantly.  Basically, she is believable in her role.

Frank Frink is Juliana Crain’s boyfriend.  The series’ trademark is about flipping history on its head, but a closer look would probably have you think that Frank Frink is rather a feminine character.  So, the series got Frank Frink as a male character who wants to live under the imperialistic regimes peacefully, because life is precious.  As the Japanese authorities seek out Juliana, they have Frank Frink in custody.  During the confinement, they torture Frank Frink.  When Frank Frink refuses to give up Juliana’s whereabout, the imperialistic Japanese authorities kill his sister and nephews.  When the Japanese authorities finally think that Juliana Crain hasn’t got what they are after anymore, they release Frank Frink.  By the time Frank Frink got his release, his sister and nephews were already being killed.  No longer a mister nice guy, Frank Frink feels the rage that he has never ever felt before from within him.  Frank Frink decides that he needs to kill the crown prince of the imperialistic Japanese empire for a payback.  Nonetheless, things don’t always go as plan for him.

Joe Blake is one handsome Nazi, but he got a heart of gold.  Although he is a Nazi who goes undercover as a resistance member, he loves Juliana Crain.  Meeting Juliana Crain helps Joe Blake changes his mind about many things.  From being devoted Nazi, Joe Blake wants to protect Juliana Crain, but his boss isn’t going to let him do anything like that.  He tries hard to protect Juliana Crain, but things can only get more insane from here.  As the story unfolds, Joe Blake is sort of a double agent, but in the end he wants to help Juliana Crain, himself, and possibly the world.  He has a heart of gold, but can he really help everyone in the end?  Season one isn’t revealing how Joe Blake will be able to save Juliana Crain, himself, and the world just yet.  It seems that he may still have to be working for both sides (i.e., Nazi and resistance) in season two.

Besides the main characters, the supporting characters are believable in their roles.  Basically, the actors and actresses in the series are believable, thus pulling you into this alternate world of theirs.  The costumes and sceneries are all very believable and nicely done.  I don’t know how much money they had poured into making the season one of this series, but the series got all these excellent qualities that make you want to watch every episode of the season one.  I’m not sure how awesome the season two will be, but I know I like the season one a lot.  As I’m writing this review/spoiler now, the season two isn’t yet available on Amazon.

In summary, I think the show is awesome, because it turns a well known, decades old historic moment into an alternate version without being dull and boring.  The show has excellent cast members, interesting storyline, great stage setups, and so on and so on.  I’ve a feeling that if you watch this series you might not be able to skip a single minute of it.

Japanese Man Who Set Himself On Fire To Protest Japan’s Prime Minister Abe From Weakening Antiwar Constitution

As time pushes our century forward (i.e., 21st century), we are witnessing more conflicts around the world.  In this moment in time, we have to wonder why are we moving forward and yet we are still facing serious conflicts as if we are still living in the 20th century.  Of course, the obvious answer is that we are not so progressive even though we like to think we are.  In fact, humanity’s innate nature might not allow us to advance our civilizations to the point of no conflicts and wars.  Perhaps, we might just as well give up?  That’s so easy to say, but do we want to really take on the action of giving up?  If we do, it means we are coward, because we don’t even try to fight back to see how can we progress to the point of no conflicts and wars.

As conflicts and wars either are lurking in the shadow or at the foreground, we’re seeing mindsets of people that are either don’t care (i.e., with their ears and eyes shut) or do care.  Nonetheless, many people who do care might not have the power to stand up to the conflicts and wars, because they’re just another regular Joe (i.e., average folks).  So, whenever I see a pacifist who risks one’s life to protest against a possible war or conflict, I really do admire such a person.  Within me I know I might not have such a courage — and seeing someone as average as such who got the courage to do the unthinkable to promote constructive progress for the world — I suddenly feel such a person is larger than life and no longer average and this makes me very humble.

Seeing a man whose view may not be played out at all into the future — because the future is very unpredictable — I still think he’s a hero since his view is a pacifist one.  A Japanese man who set himself on fire to protest against his country’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, because he didn’t want to see Mr. Abe to weaken Japan’s antiwar Constitution.  His view is a pacifist one, but his measure of protest was too extreme I must say.  Setting oneself on fire is like no going back, because the damage could be irreversible unless the medical technology/science nowadays can totally erase the burn marks.  He’s lucky one since he’s still alive after setting himself on fire, because I think one can be killed easily by setting oneself on fire.

Although his protest measure was too extreme, his view is deserving to be praised.  After all, Japan had gone through a very terrible past which it had done to itself.  Without elaborating on this much — because this is not a blog post on history — in World War 2 Japan sided with Germany’s Nazi and brought destructions to the known world at the time, and since Japan and Germany lost the war the world had placed extra measures to prevent Japan from having a strong military again.  This man who set himself on fire doesn’t want this status quo to change.  I surmise within his mind that a weakened antiwar Constitution for Japan just might allow Japan to once again repeat the past horrific mistakes.  His pacifist view might not be what Japan’s current society has in mind, but it’s a noble view indeed.  His courage to set himself on fire for something that might not even be happening in the future is foolish but brave!  Personally, I can’t say the man is a fool for setting himself on fire, because his pacifist view is too noble!

Check out the Japanese man who set himself on fire in the video right after the break!

Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/world/asia/japanese-protester-sets-himself-on-fire-in-tokyo.html?_r=0 (link)

Smells And Sounds Like A Conspiracy, But One World Government Believers Might See China As A Great Experiment, Right?

Flag of the People's Republic of China

Flag of the People’s Republic of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have been keeping record on how China is doing in terms of economics, social progress, politics, and much more, then you probably have already had some ideas of how big China has became in terms of world influences and sheer numbers in GDP, PMI, and so on.  If China doesn’t have 1.4 or so billion people, then managing China’s progress would be much easier for the who so well known as the leaders.  Unfortunately for China, she has such a huge population, therefore everything will be a challenge.  She isn’t Singapore!  Singapore only has around 5.5 million people in term of population.  And yes, I’ve heard Singapore is a rich rich country (in term of wealth per individuals or GDP per capita).  Last I checked with Wikipedia (source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita), Singapore’s GDP per capita was 60,688 dollars per year.  Anyhow, Singapore is probably a lot easier to be managed than China as her population is rather very small, and I think most people will agree with me on this!

I’ve gotten very curious about China lately as she grows very big on world stage.  Plus, her conflict against Japan over Senkaku/Diaoyu island is overwhelming the world at the moment, and especially the United States.  I don’t think the United States wants to see China and Japan go to war, because both countries matter to United States in term of economic related activities.  Here is a quick take on this, China supplies United States with almost seemingly everything that can be bought in Walmart and other major retailers.  Furthermore, China also is United State’s biggest lender (in term of buying up U.S. treasury bonds).  China surpassed Japan in 2012 in term of holding the largest amount of U.S. treasury bonds (source:  http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt). Nonetheless, Japan is also a major lender to the United States.  Japan too has nearly as much as China in term of holding U.S. treasury bonds.  Furthermore, Japan has been an important ally for the United States in Asia.  As now Asia has became the largest contributor to world’s GDP, in the time in which China and Japan are also the largest economies in Asia (i.e., at this point in time China is second in the world and Japan is third), anything other than a frequent dispute between China and Japan would do great harm for the world economy.  Furthermore, if United States does not show strong support for Japan, the United States will not be able to instill great trust for potential Asian partners.  After all, Asia is growing, and so there are lot of money to be made there.  Anyhow, I’ve somewhat digress.

My point is that if China can manage her economy very well and instill great social progress in her society, by her sheer size in everything I think China will come to some people’s mind in term of making a reference in how to run a large country.  Does this mean for whoever wishes to see one world government will like to think China progress as a great experiment of the century?  By the way, when the term one world government is being used, conspiracy will come to mind for most people.  Nonetheless, I don’t think we should just ignore the possibility that there are folks who like to think this way too.  For an example, in 1999 many European countries began to use the same currency, and this has now led to less clear who has been in charged of whose sovereignty.  After all, money is power and then much more…  My point is that a sort of throw away our sovereignty experiment has already been done by Europe!  Unfortunately, Europe contains too many countries that are not so willingly to give up their sovereignty easily, and so their confusion about power and money and responsibilities that have led to their weakening economies.  Greece is suffocating with debts.  They, the so called economic experts, think Spain, Italy, and France may also face similar situations to Greece.

Lately, I’ve heard people think China will have a real estate bubble just like in the United States in 2007, because various mainstream news organizations are reporting that China has many emptied buildings that just sit there, swaying in the wind.  I think it’s somewhat naive for us to think China doesn’t learn the real estate collapse mistake from the United States.  Of course, United States was affected by bad suprime loans and excessive risky derivatives that were bet against the real estate market in general, therefore further complications such as a weakened economy — which stressed out by high consumer debts, low productivities in numerous core market sectors that contributed to higher job losses, outsourced jobs had only exacerbated the job loss problem, and other major problems — pushed the United States economy over the edge in 2007.  So, it wasn’t just simply a real estate bubble that had collapsed the United States economy in 2007.  Instead of the general belief, I think many large problems that existed before the wreck of real estate market that had come together with the burst of the real estate that had greatly destroyed the United States economy in 2007.  With this in mind, China is probably looking at the United States and evaluating her great mistake.  China is learning that United States economy was driving growth under the influence of high debts in general.  I think China is avoiding this mistake by not wanting to have her people go into debts.  As now, I’ve heard that Chinese are buying up real estates, but they don’t buy with debts such as loans.  Instead, Chinese people either pool money together as a group of family or partners of some sorts and then they would buy real estates this way.  This means China real estate growth isn’t driving by debts.  So, I don’t see how Chinese real estate bubble burst would affect Chinese consumers much.  Instead, if Chinese real estate bubble burst, Chinese new home owners will find great bargains everywhere.  On the negative side, bad real estate investments and strategy from builders might create a burst in the commercial sectors.  After all, the building and growing of real estate rely on commodity sectors and other related market sectors such as steel for commercial buildings.  This means, when real estate bubble bursts, many other commodity sectors and related sectors will be greatly affected.  Then again, China isn’t United States, because her government has more says over her economy than how it’s in the United States.  This is why China’s real estate bubble might not be easily be bursted, if there is any bubble at all.  Then again, if her government does not know how to handle a possible real estate bubble burst in regarding to bad investments and bad real estate strategic developments, then her economy might not fair so well.  Nonetheless, we cannot foretell the future, therefore nobody will know if China is following the United State’s footstep or not.  It will just be a guess work!

In summary, I think China’s economic boom is very interesting.  Before China became so huge in the world stage, China was merely a blip in news headlines of those days.  Now, Chinese related events are making big headlines everyday.  This is why the development of China has caught my attention greatly.  I bet there are many many people who either hate or respect China, because China’s economic boom has greatly affected how the world economies behave.  In the United States, we are concerning that more jobs will be outsourced to China and India.  We sometimes wonder when those jobs will come back to the United States.  I fear our wish might just be merely that, a wish.  Even if China’s economy is growing to a point that wages and other costs are no longer world competitive, China can simply ship their unwanted jobs to Africa and poorer Asian countries.  After all, China does have great relationship with Africa continent.  Their relationship will make it easy for China to iron out deals over whatever.  Whatever?  Well, let say many countries in Africa, even with the fews that are wealthy (e.g., South Africa, Gabon, etc…), might have a lot to offer such as resources and cheap labors.  Let me simply say, whether China is a great experiment for one world government or an accident of great economic boom or whatever, China is definitely a country that will showcase a lot of achievements and challenges for some time to come.  Furthermore, the world cannot ignore China anymore as she is not only an economic powerhouse for the world, but she is also now striving hard to obtain a futuristic military might. This means, she is willing to protect her economic veins with her military might when provocations arise.  So, I guess whoever underestimates China might see their demise.  Whether one respects China or not, it doesn’t matter, but underestimating China or provoking China unwisely might not be a very wise thing to do.  Because, she is no longer a blip in a world driven agenda.

Can Nuclear Waste Be Valuable?

waste package

waste package (Photo credit: Fred Dawson)

Here is another interesting video on nuclear energy/technology.  The video right after the break suggests that nuclear waste can actually be partitioned into many other elements that have economic value.  Also, the video suggests that plutonium is one of those nuclear waste elements which will be around for a long time if it won’t be used up somehow, therefore hiding this away somewhere underneath the earth can still pose a threat to society.  How?  Some evildoers might have the ability to extract plutonium out of its hiding repository and use plutonium for a more dangerous purpose (i.e., nuclear weapon purpose).  So, as the video suggests that if plutonium can be extracted and reused as a source of nuclear energy, there will be no plutonium reserved for evildoers to go to for their evil nuclear purposes.  Anyhow, check the video out right after the break.