Author Archives: The Kibbitzer

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Truth, nothing but truth

A book review (Apple News) on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers (coming out on Sept. 10). Gladwell explains why we don’t spot lies well, is because we’ve a default to truth. Our operating assumption is that the opal we are … Continue reading

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Wallace n Clinton and 9/11

Ghost Wars was published by Steve Coll in 2004, and won 2005 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. It would be an older book, kind of, in 2019. But nevertheless, I’m  glad that I began to read. 9/11 was a wake up … Continue reading

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A concubine

Oh boy… It looks so odd, especially in today’s climate. I’m not going to comment on Thailand and its king but on the Times of London. In 1979 when I first arrived in HK, learning English was one of my … Continue reading

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The presidential scholars

Since 1964 (ed.gov), each year the brightest high schoolers in the nation get to visit White House and the president, to honor their achievements. Among 161 kids in 2019, I counted 50 Asian-ish last names (36 Chinese). I think it’s … Continue reading

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Misfits Market

This is my first order – small ($19.99 + $4.50 shipping), and find their quality is so so.   They voluntarily sent a replacement yesterday (Aug 6 – left ): when I canceled my subscription, they asked why … I’ll … Continue reading

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DR orchid, II

My second orchid from Duran Reade @ Penn Station. Here is my first, the lime green.

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The size of Timberland boots

  The sizes … why is the 6.5 smaller than 6.0 – the bottom one is 6.0. I uploaded the photos for them to view – they CAN’t. I posted these photos on my blog and give them url – … Continue reading

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Timberland or Wolverine?

I’ve been a happy Timberland camper but this last order made me bewildered. First, are the insoles: are they being chopped off? Upon checking with them, I’m told it’s the design. Hmmmm… I think I much prefer the full length … Continue reading

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The 2020 census

Don’t know what the fuss is all about: I’ve received my questionair a long time ago. Then began to hear in the news that the government is fighting if to add certain questions into the census.

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Purple flower

They’re cut flowers from supermarket … very lovely. The dried ones are from July 24.  

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The Lives of Others

A wonderful film. This German movie was made in 2006, by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. It had won Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film in the same year. $2 mil budget and grossed $77 mil. Well done. In the beginning, the … Continue reading

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$11M to say they’re not racists

A black student at Oberlin College in Ohio stole from Gibson’s Bakery and got caught, in 2016. The son of the white owner chased the student out of the store but two other black students ganged up on him … … Continue reading

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Chinese soldiers are spotted loading their ships with BABY FORMULA

Daily Mail reports on 2019.6.07: “So THAT’S why they were here! Chinese soldiers are spotted loading their ships with a truckload of highly sought-after BABY FORMULA during their five-day visit to Sydney 代购 … 这就是他们为什么在这里! 在为期五天的悉尼之行中,中国士兵被发现他们的船装满了一大堆备受追捧的婴儿奶粉 Three Chinese warships, packed … Continue reading

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Frexit

This term begun perhaps two years ago following the Brexit. Here is what I’m thinking: if France is out then the EU is practically over for Germany. Has Germany over extended themselves? Being a big brother needs a lot of … Continue reading

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Cell phones

Over the years crackherry or blackberry and the new kid iPhone. Can’t find my Nokia unfortunately.

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He … 此贺非比鹤

2019.5.10 WSJ: How a Chinese Scientist Broke the Rules to Create the First Gene-Edited Babies on Dr. He Jiankui 贺建奎 (1984). The view is pretty balanced. It even questioned if Dr. He has legal assistance, and ends with “The narrative of a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

Can we trust what a politician say, or are politicians all liars? Dr. Henry Kissinger is world renowned American politician or top diplomat. In one of his memoirs (he wrote many!), he wrote that departing from a monochrome drabness, the … Continue reading

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Free Impatiens balsamina 凤仙花

I got this flower pot for free at my local supermarket. The sticker inside reads Grape.

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