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Do we need a bank?

I woke up to an 5:29 email saying that I have a check to review from Fraud Protection group at Chase. I called them right away. I didn’t log in is because log in is such a big production that … Continue reading

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The perils of learning in English

The Economist: Young children should be taught in their mother tongue instead From the print edition | Feb 21, 2019 WHEN WINSTON CHURCHILL was at Harrow School, he was in the lowest stream. This did not, he wrote in “My … Continue reading

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Horror game Devotion pulled from Steam

Fresh off the press … Devotion is a horror game designed by Taiwan-based Red Candle studio. Many players agreed that it’s pretty good but, hmmmm somewhere gone wrong, bec of similarity to someone important and sensitive … Oh well…. oh … Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism has spread through the Islamic world like a cancer

WaPo | 2019.2.14 | by Fareed Zakaria In recent weeks, attention has focused on two freshman Democratic members of Congress, Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), both of whom are Muslim and have made critical statements about Israel and its … Continue reading

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Lost in the Woods with James Brown’s Ghost

Wow … a fascinating story by Thomas Lake of CNN. The three parts investigation on James Brown started by a phon call made by Jacque Hollander. Many deaths, questionable that included James Brown’s. Lake reported on the unsolved murder of Darren … Continue reading

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Ron Anejo Aniversario Pampero

Reserva Exclusiva This rum is made in Venezuela – a country is in crisis at the moment. Best wishes for the people of Venezuela and may they choose the path that’s best for them. Because of the recent news I … Continue reading

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It’s wrong …

NYT published this opinion, under the title My Mother’s Secrets, on immigration. Ms. Zia is the author of the forthcoming book “Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution.” I posted this comment: With … Continue reading

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The Hottest Hair Color of the Moment is…Gray

Oh my … says who? Says WSJ … Silver tresses, both dyed and natural, are trending among pop stars and CEOs alike. But is this a passing fad or a true revolution in our outdated notions of women’s beauty? Plus: … Continue reading

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Cheeses

Got this truffles brie from Trader Joe’s which I like a lot. Very mild and subtle, need to enjoy it slowly. Le Rustique is seasonal according to the cheese man at the store. Its wiki page states – established in Normandy in … Continue reading

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They don’t look alike

My new pair of Timerland boots – I merely asked them to repair the old one but they offered me this. Looking close, I see the different: color isn’t identical, neither the shape of the toes, one is pointy while … Continue reading

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Online shopping

In 2015 NPR has an episode Buy Low, Sell Prime: there is a cottage industry, buy from a physical store and sell it on Amazon. You may ask, why doesn’t the physical store sell on Amazon itself? Well, the physical store … Continue reading

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Michael D. Hsu

A first, full fledged Chinese heading a fortune 500? The new CEO (appointed) of Kimberly-Clark, will replace Thomas Falk on Jan. 1. Pre opening, KMB was at $106, now is trading at $104, down about 2% – amid 497 points drop … Continue reading

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Postal Union

US under President Trump, is threatening to leave the 144-year-old Universal Postal Union. The postal (stamp)  rate that was made a long time ago, puts US in disadvantage when Chinese economy began to surge. A shipper in China pays $2 … Continue reading

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Some news of the day

Lawsuit against Harvard. Wondering, what’s the percentage the petitioners want to see the Asian students in Harvard? Say 40%, 50% or 60%? If so, will Harvard still be Harvard and do they/their kids then still want to attend? Judge throws out … Continue reading

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How much do you know about Indians?

The native Americans. Recently I watched two movies about Indians living on reservoirs: Wind River and Hold the Dark. I liked the first one better, with a more coherent story. The second one’s darker and too many unknowns. Suspense is … Continue reading

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The trade war amid the mid term

“Chinese-backed newspaper insert tries to undermine Iowa farm support for Trump, trade war.”  President Trump tweeted about it, and Scott Paul who’s the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, penned an article on Des Moines Register, Americans know blatant propaganda … Continue reading

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Hold that door, please

Reading this post on holding the door for the people behind you, in 2018, makes me feeling sad. It’s such a common courtsey elsewhere but in China.    

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First They Killed My Father, the movie

First They Killed My Father (2017) is based on the same name book by Loung Ung. The screenplay was by the author and Angelina Jolie, who directed and produced. It’s such a good subject on a little talked about country … Continue reading

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