Author Archives: The Kibbitzer

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A game night?

A game changer: the video or laser tag games are coming to you, in a truck. Going to a laser tag game or video arcade are gone and instead, a truck comes to you. For this company, for a maximum … Continue reading

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Tokyo Trial 东京审判

Tokyo Trial was the military trial (imtfe) held from 1946 to 48 in Tokyo (immediately after the Nuremberg trials from 1945 to 46), to determine the fate of Japanese war criminals during WWII. I first watched the 4-part tv mini … Continue reading

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Vatican Uses Donations for the Poor to Plug Its Budget Deficit

WSJ News Exclusive 2019.12.11 Only 10% of donations to the Peter’s Pence collection go to charitable works VATICAN CITY—Every year, Catholics around the world donate tens of millions of dollars to the pope. Bishops exhort the faithful to support the … Continue reading

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Are the knights of 9/11 heroes?

Who’s he (wiki & zh wiki) and what does “spend ¥1 and come in…” mean? Like a peepshow at Amsterdams or former Times Square in New York? On top of his Weibo, are prices: ¥388, ¥688, ¥988 for various services. … and there is this … Continue reading

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When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away

2019.12.07 NYT After a bone marrow transplant, a man with leukemia found that his donor’s DNA traveled to unexpected parts of his body. A crime lab is now studying the case. Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long of … Continue reading

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A few good men – movies

In November, I saw three great movies: Midway, the Irishman & Ford vs Ferrari. They’re all historically accurate, and I enjoyed all three very much. The battle that sealed the fate of Japan in WW II. The storyline is gripping … Continue reading

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Three amigos

I bought three orchids but only two made it.  

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1966年: “文化大革命”十年内乱开始

A very unusual byline on Xinhua News (hope it is real!) even it’s anonymous, commenting on the Cultural Revolution, which Google translates: Practice has proved that the “Cultural Revolution” is not and cannot be revolutionary or social progress in any sense. … Continue reading

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Listen, Amex

Amex sent me this love note, asking if I didn’t verify my User ID or reset the password, then I call them immediately at 1-800-297-1234. I didn’t change so I called. The automated female voice is lovely but it did nothing … Continue reading

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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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