Author Archives: The Kibbitzer

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Qin Shihuang and his books and scholars 秦始皇焚书坑儒

Turning on tv tonight, Smithsonian channel is showing China’s Dragon Emperor, which claims books/scholars burning never happened 秦始皇焚书坑儒没有发生 and he wasn’t a terrible emperor as we had taught/believed. The tv show gives credit to him as  who had unified China and language. … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day – common daisy

The cut flowers are definitely last longer now.  They used to come with a pack of power that you put into the vase, mixing in the water to fertilize. But now the pack has all but disappeared and the flowers … Continue reading

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Carnation 康乃馨

For a while I liked this kind of flower very much. Buying nothing but carnation. But then for reason unclear, I moved on, finding elegance and beauty in orchid, Tulips, and calla lily. Sometimes, I’d recall an encounter that involved … Continue reading

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The red wine of the moment

Daily Mail gossips on the $22 wine Mnuchin brought Jared Kushner: a taste for budget booze! Steve Mnuchin dresses down to visit Jared Kushner and takes along a $22 bottle of wine – despite being worth $300 million. Well, actually, the … Continue reading

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Orchid in a tank

This orchid from 2015 is blooming, the third time ..    

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My orchid corner

After visiting the orchid show at NYBG, thought of having my own …

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Photos of our children

Washington Post reports a couple took their holiday pictures to print in a store, found a detective at their door the following day, which led a social worker took their three daughters away from them, citing child abuse and pornography, in … Continue reading

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December orchid from Trader Joe’s

They both are from Trader Joe’s. The dark one @ $13, with 3 bulbs; the lighter one is from last month. The dirt looks different. I like their service. Today the young cashier checks my pack of eggs and found one … Continue reading

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The Most Influential Chinese Trump Supporter in the World

2017.12.08 Not sure why later David Wang’s face was painted over when I wanted to forward this article to friends. It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not particularly popular among minority groups — especially Asian Americans. In a 2016 survey … Continue reading

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Xmas

 

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Is this a robbery or what?

I ran a red light. Here is the notice (issued two months later …): $50 fine $45 driver responsibility fee $55 public safety fee I just need your cash??? There is something fishy – Nassau County TPVA Red Light Camera: … Continue reading

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Low end population; Amazon; RYB

I ordered Hershey chocolate on Nov 26 for a birthday boy in Beijing.  In 22 hours, it shipped out from Shanghai and arrived in Beijing (Dahongmen 丰台大红门 Big Red Door @ Fengtai district), to be delivered. However, after two days, it returned to Shanghai on … Continue reading

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The leap years

It’s also called intercalary (闰年 in Chinese) when February has 29 days. According to this website, 1600 and 2000 have 29th day but 1700, 1800 and 1900 have not. This website explains: A normal year is defined as 365 days. … Continue reading

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The Vikings, the Brits and the Chinese

I’ve been on and off watching the television series (written and created by Michael Hirst for the History channel). Ragnar Lothbrok’s first wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is very pretty -:). The British Isles were invaded a few times, from 2000 … Continue reading

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Orchid in Nov 2017

This one is from Trader Joe’s, in a white vase. 2017 – this one lost its last flower on Feb 18 2018.    

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Why China tolerates N Korea for so long?

The radio station wnyc this morning had an interviewee who’s knowledgeable on North Korea (was he the ambassador to South Korea?). He said China thinks (thought) the Kim family brings stability to the country. And it was unwise for the United … Continue reading

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Race & discrimination

I have been saying that White male Americans need some sort of affirmative action protection to survive. And I mean it. Recent the events, from the Charlottesville VA protest two weekends ago, on 08.12, to down with the statues, it’s … Continue reading

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A mean woman

Is the restaurant vegetarian friendly?” How do you define “vegetarian”?? Sorry to come off as a jerk but … is it no meat? No dairy? Eggs allowed? Do a little home work and check their menu, will you, pls?

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