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Chinese Soft Power
This has been a huge story in NZ and Oz over the past few years, mainly driven by China's buy-out of both countries and the funding of Chinese spies into our universities. China denies everything, of course.

I went to Twitter for the first time in some while yesterday, and it's a well-hidden Twitter account, not relatable to me unless I tell you. The only information Twitter has on me is that the account is based in NZ and follows two people: Miss Piggy and George Foreman.

When I opened my page, I was shown the usual "people you might like" shit at the top, and there's a sponsored link that caught my eye immediately:

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The People's Daily, from China.

The Chinese government is paying Twatter to advertise, no doubt to show how progressive and wonderful China is.
Love is... that one person whose freshly-warm toilet seat you don't find disgusting.
Get used to it TA, they own the Planet now.

Gawd forbid Deputy Donny doesn't get his goddamned border wall. Just imagine all those drug dealing baby raping disease carriers entering our beloved United Fucking Snakes of Umerca!

Of course, some of them are OK. Like the ones who fold his fucking socks for him.
You can lead 'em to knowledge, but you can't make 'em think.
I've got a bogus Facebook account that I haven't posted on for 5 years but I still get loads of "friends" from China just busting to get to know me. AZIF. Bit of a nuisance dumping them all and deleting all the bloody emails telling me they're there but I don't know how to 'unsubscribe' from Facebook. It's handy when a link is posted to something on there I suppose but what a snake pit it is!!
Chinese American Heritage Foundation Float Disabled by Small Fire, Disrupting Rose Parade Route
"when you think you've lost everything... you find out you can always lose a little bit more." - President Bush
It had to be a 'train wreck' didn't it?  Sad
I accidentally caught some of that Rose parade on Telly,  unfortunately only 20 minutes towards the end. (Of the transmission, not of the parade.)
Those floats just blew me away!!  Fantastic.  Puts our little ones to shame, even the Rainbows can't turn them out that good.

They wouldn't work in the Sydney CBD, the roads are too narrow and corners too tight, we can only do shorter ones.
But the work and design in those in LA (?)  was fantastic.
China is more interesting than Australia.
Ask not what is the problem but, rather, where is the lesion.
so many people; such a long history. So much patience.

A problem i've tried to elucidate in the past, universally hated, is that we have a population issue...exacerbated by the new longevity.

In japan, for instance, there's more people over 75 than there is children.

What to do?

In China, it's now cool to have two kids.

This is the # one issue we can't address.
It exceeds climate change denial.

What to do with all these old fucks?

Funny, it's just a math problem...with an absurd degree of sentiment attached to it.
(01-01-2019, 07:45 PM)President Bush Wrote:  China is more interesting than Australia.

We're counting on that Pres! [Image: yellow-laughing-smiley-emoticon.gif]
(01-02-2019, 12:54 AM)stanky Wrote:  What to do with all these old fucks?

That, I can answer.

With employment running at record levels across the world, and a severe skill shortage across all industries, the future of ageing in dead simple.

Rich people will have care, by highly-paid professionals combined with robotic carers.

Poor people will die in the own shit-soaked beds.

Sweet dreams!
Love is... that one person whose freshly-warm toilet seat you don't find disgusting.
Highly paid?? Not here. The problem lies in finding enough people who want to work in the aged care industry, it's not making any of it's workers rich, only the people employing them. ... sounds familiar?

And don't go thinking that only 'rich' people will get care, you'd need to be mega rich! I've been put on a 12 month waiting list to go onto the next 12 month waiting list for the much government advertised "Home Care"... it's been so long waiting that I don't bloody need it now but have to stay on the list in case I go down in a heap again.

So, I enquired about getting private cleaning help in ... none of them available either. All the cleaners are employed by companies who firmly attach themselves to the government funded systems which has a never ending supply of 'clients' for them to claim funding for. They don't even bother with private clients, easier to just send in the bills to the government than do the paperwork for private clients.

There are probably highly expensive home 'carers' to be found in the cities but not in the regional areas. All of them around here are well and truly locked onto servicing the government funded gravy train which is already well and truly full!

"Rich" and poor alike are growing old the hard way in the rural areas, growing old and feeble is becoming the new equalizer. If you're not on the government's books you get left behind.

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