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So after a very long hiatus I am back on my blog.  I kind of sort of forgot what my log in name and password were.  Ha Ha funny I know.  Anyway, I took a trip to Missoula this weekend and met up with some old friends and one of them asked me why I don’t write on this blog anymore.  I didn’t really have a good answer so I thought I should get back to it.  So, this is my first post in a while.  Yay for me.

China’s Restriction on Airspace Over Disputed Islets Could Lead to War | TIME.com

China’s Restriction on Airspace Over Disputed Islets Could Lead to War | TIME.com.

War with China?  I think not.  I think that if China really wanted those islets and had the resources to get them then they would have by now.  They are just fun little areas for China to play at war and flex their muscles at the rest of the world.  The difference between being and super power and pretending to be one is your ability to take action and enforce your will outside of your borders and not care about international opinion.  If China was a real force then they would have taken Taiwan and these islands a long time ago, the rest of the world be damned!

It has been a long time…again.

Boy, I tell you, the amount of times I think that I have had that same title…well, I don’t even know.  It seems I post for a while, then I take some time off, then I come back and say, ” Boy, it’s been a while!”  Sooo…here we go again. I will try my darndest to stay current.  wish me luck.

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – The Washington Post

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – The Washington Post.

This shit just will not stop.  It is awesome!  So go ahead and store your shit on the cloud and believe that it is secure.  The only secure date is offline on actual hardware, not connected to the internet or a computer, stored in your house in a safe somewhere and only you know the combination.  That is secure.

pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my! — writing out loud — Medium

pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my! — writing out loud — Medium.

So this is the United States we now live in.  It is sad and makes me want to vomit, makes me want to rage…makes me want to…I dont know.  Problem is that it wouldn’t do any good and that is the really sad part.  We can do nothing about our country now.  Peaceful change doesn’t work.  Voting is fake and violent angry mobs get you nowhere and only hurt those you are trying to help.  So where do we go from here?  We have traded safety from Islamist Terrorism for frequent and consistent violations of privacy from the government.  Our government has now become the new terrorists of the American public.  When they have the right to come into your home and search your premises and question you for no reason at all and create fear through their systematic use of psychological violence in order to bring about their objective then they are terrorists.  The sad thing is that this is one of the best countries on this planet.  It is not perfect but it is a hell of a lot better than most places out there.  We need to do something.  American deserve better than this.

Reuters Next — Gallery: U.S. employer held captive in China factory

Reuters Next — Gallery: U.S. employer held captive in China factory.

I love these pictures and this story for so many reasons.

Anyone who has ever worked in a Chinese factory knows how crazy it can be.  Relationship with the factory workers is key to success.  They are not just some mindless drones / slash human robots.  Good workers and the ability of managment to utililize them is probably the single most important factor for the company to continue operating. My guess is this guy may not have handled things they way he should have.

It also highlights the lack of workers rights that employees have protected by the law.  On paper it looks great but these factory workers know that in practice the law will not help them get what they want or need.

This article shows that Chinese workers are not afraid to take matters in their own hands, no matter how unreasonable their actions become.

Finally, it highlights another danger of doing business in China in present times.  Higher wages and material cost equal higher production cost.  Cultural differences make relationships rocky.  And the smae lack of rule of law that does not protect the factory workers is also not protecting the rights of the managment in this position either.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.