Thursday, March 31, 2005

A groundswell?

The following article says 22 million Chinese people are trying to keep Japan from joining the UN Security Council. The level to which the Japanese have absolutely ravaged and raped China is disgusting. Nonetheless, this drive doesn't seem like an overwhelming display of mass sentiment, in that the drive has been hyped on state-run television, so it's safe to say the government is likely to be "encouraging" participation. Secondly, 22 million is a lot of people. But that comprises 1.7% of the population.

At any rate...Wiley, have you heard about this? China seems to be getting a little bit more boisterous, with this scenario and the recent shot across the bow directed towards Taiwan. How's the military spending going over there?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/31/international/asia/31cnd-china.html?hp&ex=1112331600&en=8b247aaa37cf1b88&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

What Used to Be in the News

From a reading of mine on the welfare state. More timely before the news got obsessed with one woman. If you're interested in the full chapter, I can send it on per request:

Most countries operate pensions on a pay-as-you-go basis:
current workers pay ‘contributions’ that finance the previous generation’s
retirement. Once they have been in place for a long time, pay-as-you-go systems
may face incremental cutbacks and adjustments, but they are highly
resistant to radical reform. Shifting to private, funded arrangements would
place an untenable burden on current workers, requiring them to finance
the previous generation’s retirement while simultaneously saving for their own.
Even partial privatization has generally proven possible only in the relatively
few countries lacking extensive and mature pay-as-you-go systems.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Stressful Life of the NBA Player

"I was really nervous," said Rose, who spent seven-plus seasons with the Spurs. "There were a lot of emotions going on at the beginning of the game. All day, I was sitting around and couldn't really get a good nap."

Not as good as Wallace's quote, but still.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Let's all run around and wave hand guns

These people must not have jobs. Nor the opposition.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

For Wiley