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As an after thought I picked up a large can (26 oz) of B. H. Bullhead Barbecue Sauce, which cost $7.99 during my grocery shopping at J Mart in Flushing. Before I hit the cashier I saw this Special display that the same brand sells for $5.99 from $7.99. Often the case, the Chinese grocers think they’re above the law or no need to obey the law, display the sale price but charge you high price. I asked the cashier specifically how much does this can coat.
“$7.99” she replied.
“But the sign says $5.99.” I showed her the picture I took.
“Oh, that’s for smaller size.” She was pretty quick.
The smaller size (8.5 oz) never retails for $7.99, at least in the grocery stores in Flushing. Although the sign doesn’t indicate the size, but the price matches the large size. She charged me $7.99. According to Consumer Reports, the NY State law says, “Businesses that intentionally post false prices or that otherwise engage in bait-and-switch pricing can be liable under federal and state consumer-protection statutes.”
On Sunday I shopped at Sky Foods @ SkyView Center on College Point/Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, one of the rices was on sale for $19.99. I casually asked which one, the cashier said, “it’s sold out.”
“May I get a rain check?”
The cashier looked at me as if I’ve double heads. The law: the Federal Retail Food Store Rule requires grocers to provide rain checks on advertised items or to substitute an equivalent product.
The Chinese grocers do this all the time: either out of stock or they don’t honor the sales prices they posted.
I grew up with the term “unequal treaty” of the Qing dynasty. Learned from schools and read from books. But as I’m getting older, I begin to question it.
Crying baby. Loser. Sour grape came to mind. And wondering:
1. If there is a treaty or contract, your either sign and to live with it or walk away from it.
2. If you feel it’s unequal, you re-negotiate it.
Called a treaty you signed ‘unequal’ sounds like very unmanly to me. A self-shaming and self-pity thing.
A British who worked in China for a long time and did well for China, had said ” … is that until she is strong she must accept dictation, palatable or unpalatable.” Get it?
If you want to have an equal treaty, put a good negotiator at the table and a strong country behind him/her. You got to get yourself in shape.
A little story from World War II. The once great Britain was being bombed by the Nazis out of her shell. Hanging on to her deal little life by a thin string. So the combative and often drunk new prime minister Churchill relentless in wheedling, pleading, and coaxing Roosevelt for more support. FDR responded, “If Britain is to survive, we must act.” sounded comforting but nothing was really happening. When finally the 50 aging American destroyers sailed for Britain, the Yankees asked for 99 year leases for the use of military bases in Newfoundland, Bermuda, and 6 British possessions in the Caribbean. That were a lot for 50 almost useless battle ships. The Brits were resentful. But they did what had to be done, and never called it unequal treaty.
As the war intensified, Britain’s treasury had to borrow money from Belgian government-in-exile in London. Oh my lord. When that was not enough to get them by, the chancellor of the exchequer suggested that every British should relinquish wedding rings and other gold jewelry. The funny thing was, the Americans won’t believe that deep pocket British empire would run out of money. They figured that Brits could just liquidate some of their holdings in the Americas. American Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau told them specifically, to sell blue-chip companies such as Shell Oil, American Viscose, Lever Brothers, and Dunlop Tires to American investors. When the British bulked at such suggestions, most likely at fire-sale prices, hence worried it would impede their country’s postwar economy. Reportedly, Morgenthau snapped, postwar? You need to win the war first. Again, the Brits obliged; did what they have to and never quibble it again. No sound of unequal treaty. Americans were unapologetic at such demands because they wanted to assure their people that they were profiting, they got better deals.
My point here is, beggars can’t be choosers. Every weak party at the table is being take advantage of, even the little Great Britain. And in this case, by their former colony, no less. Very painful indeed. So, please keep in mind that unless you’re equally strong, you don’t have any bargaining power. No matter how excellent your negotiators are. NO NEED to run around shouting I’ve just signed an unequal treaty. That’s really face losing.
The first unequal treaty was signed in Nanking in 1842. Maybe it’s time we delete the adjective. Be strong, then learn to negotiate.
“不平等条约”一词是我从小就耳闻目睹的. 学校教 书里看. 腐败的清朝和列强签了一个又一个的不平等条约. 但是随着年龄的增长, 我开始觉得这个词语是不合适的，好像在认怂. 在告诉人家俺没种. 我奇怪：
2. 如果你觉得这条约或合同是不平等的, 你重新谈判.
称你签署的条约或合同“不平等”听起来像是一个失败者或酸葡萄. 小儿科. 等于自我羞耻和自怜. 自卑情怀的极点. 一位在中国工作很长时间，为中国做了很多好事的英国人说: “直到她坚强，中国必须接受指使 … ” 道理说得再明白不过. 如果你想有一个的平等的条约，去争取.
第二次世界大战的小故事. 曾经的日不落帝国被纳粹轰炸的不清不白的, 奄奄一息. 朝夕不保. 所以 新上任经常喝醉的新任总理丘吉尔对罗斯福总统大献殷勤, 恳求加哄罗斯福, 以获得更多的支持. 罗斯福回应说: “如果英国要生存下去，我们必须采取行动.” 但是没有什么具体行动. 当美国的50艘又老又破的驱逐舰去英国时, 美国人要求在纽芬兰有九十九年的军事基地租约 ，百慕大，以及加勒比地区的6个英国财产也包括在内. 很多英国人愤怒不满 但是他们乖乖的签了. 生存紧要.
随着战争的加剧，英国的财政部不得不从比利时流亡在伦敦的政府借钱. 哦, 我的上帝. 大英帝国需要向一个流亡政府借钱. 当这还不够的时候, 英国财政大臣想建议每个英国人放弃结婚戒指捐出其它黄金首饰. 有趣的是, 老祖宗这么捉襟见肘, 美国人竟然不相信. 总觉得这个深口袋的帝国有用不完耗不尽的钱. 美国财政部长 Morgenthau 特地建议他们, 把你们的蓝筹公司 壳牌石油，美国粘胶，杠杆兄弟和邓禄普轮胎等 卖给美国投资者呀. 小英的小算盘是 我 (肯定是廉价) 卖给你, 这会阻碍俺们国家的战后经济呀. 据说，Morgenthau 问: 战后？ 你需要先赢取战争. 再次, 小英国人做了他们所需要的. 没有夸张. 没有大叫不平等条约的声音. 美国政府在谈判桌上毫不气的. 公事公办. 因为他们需要向美国人民证明这是一个好交易, 对美国有利的交易. 英国忍辱负重, 委曲求全. 他们在不平等条约上画了甲. 在美国的帮助下, 最终赢得了战争.
我的观点是, 乞丐不能选择. 谈判桌子上的每一弱势边都会被强势边占便宜/利用. 即使是日不落帝国也不过如此.请记住, 除非你同样强大, 否则你没有任何讨价还价的能力. 巧妇难为无米之炊呀. 不需要大喊大叫我刚刚签署了一个不平等的条约. 这真的很没有面子的事. 只有丢人现眼的份.
第一个不平等条约是在1842年在南京签署的. 现在是不是删除这个形容词的时候了？ 强盛，然后学习谈判.
Kale has been in vogue for a while.
Tuesday I’ve lunch at Italian restaurant Felice on Wall Street. It served up baby kale – less chewy than the mama kale. It’s first time I see the baby kale in my local supermarket. The grocer may have been selling it but just I didn’t know/see.
Almost three years to the date, the South Korean ship Sewol sunk. Passengers were mostly a secondary school kids and they called and sent text messages to their parents and loved ones. I watched the news with my heart bleeding: how did the parents of the students survive such tragedy: it happened on a clear morning and the ship was only 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) from land. As a swimmer, I thought, gosh, just jump and swim! Wikipedia has a very detailed record of the sinking of MV Sewol.
Recently, South Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached on March 10, 2017. Today a Chinese blog post links Park to the incident, claiming why Koreans hate her so much, which made me to check out the wiki article. This much is for sure:
- 476 people on board, 304 died.
- Among the 172 rescued were ship captain, 14 crew members and the vice principal of Danwon High School
As I’m reading the recount of the incident, I thought about white haired sea captain played by Bernard Hill in Titanic: as the water rushed in, he stood firm, and the band that played on as the ship was sinking. I also thought of pilot Chesley Sullenberger who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009: he was the last one to exit the Airbus.
Is this my prejudice or I’m onto something that’s real: that Asians are just sub-par?
All photos are from internet.
三年前的四月十五号，韩国船只世越號沈沒. 乘客大多是学生. 翻船的早晨天气晴，离地面只有2.7公里（1.7英里）。孩子们发出的电话和短信 … 看到这个新闻时我的心脏在滴血：学生父母们是怎么忍受这种煎熬？作为一名游泳爱好者, 我想，天哪，只要跳进水里，游泳吧！ 英文的维基百科有非常详细的记录.
最近，韩国总统朴荣惠在2017年3月10日被弹劾. 今天一个中文博客写道 304具学生尸体 … 韩国人为什么这么恨她.
我一边看一边想 … 我想到了泰坦尼克号的伯纳德·希尔（Benard Hill）所扮演的白头发的船长，当水冲进来时，他还稳稳的站在他的岗位上; 当船向下沉没时, 那个乐队还在演奏。 我还想到了机长 Chesley Sullenberger，2009年1月15日 他在美国航空1549号航班 紧急降落在哈德逊河上: 他是最后一个离开机舱的人.
这是我的偏见 还是次货 (算过分吗)？ 俺们亚洲人怎么啦？？
Talking about the love of arts! Very New York!
Herbert (1922–2012) and Dorothy Vogel (1935-) are a New York couple whose art collection is legendary, especially he was a postal worker sorting mails in the nights and she’s a librarian with the Brooklyn public library. In this interview, she praised her husband for having an incredible eyes for arts. (She’s a little defensive, very sweet). Megumi Sasaki made two documentaries about the couple, Herb and Dorothy in 2008 and 50×50 in 2013.
Feb 18 is the National Drink Wine Day in the United States!!! Don’t you just love this country?
- Only one a day, my dear, that’s my secret.
- Doctors recommend one glass of wine per day
- I limit myself to one glass of wine a day
- Oh boy
Many performances have large followings on youtube, some are over eight digits hits:
- Violin Concerto # 5 2,060,316 Mutter directs it herself
P. I. Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35:
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23.
- Alexander Malofeev – he’s only 14 years old – Brova fm George Li..
- Khatia Buniatishvili – Zubin Mehta 80th bday
A few other
- Hilary Hahn’s Mendelssohn has 8,925,905 (just garners 2,869 hits in 40 minutes)
- Swan Lake by Kirov Ballet 22,885,610
- Sibelius Violin Concerto by Vengerov/Barenboim, Chicago S.O. (CSO) 2,232,926
- Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no.2 op.18 – Anna Fedorova 9,813,962
- Anne Sophie-Mutter – Mozart Violin Concerto # 5 1,819,403 she conducts
After careful review or your academic and …
It should be an of. What a shame on SVA – School of Visual Arts in New York, a bad example.
His new book, The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, is about the psychologists Daniel Kahneman (1934-) and the late Amos Tversky (1937-1996). As the saying goes that truth is indeed stranger than fiction, one of Lewis’ favorite grad student is Tversky’s son.
Tom Wolfe refers to him as “probably the best current writer in America.” I think he rightful is. In this LA Review of books, the journalist compares Lewis to Malcolm Gladwell. Although I enjoyed Gladwell’s Blink but … wait, how ironic: Gladwell’s book is on the power of thinking without thinking, all about gut feeling directs one’s action but Lewis’ says why gut instincts are often wrong.
俺的男神又有新书出版: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds 撤消项目：改变我们的心灵的友谊 (?) 是关于二个以色列心理学家丹尼尔·卡尼曼（1934-）和已故的阿莫斯·特沃斯基的没有性的爱情故事.
卡尼曼年幼时, 从7岁开始, 有七年时间和他妈妈捣单. 14岁以后才修心养性. 他说这本书也是七年之痒的作品. 他和卡尼曼是一步之遥的邻居 – 巧合. 他开始想写这本书时 卡尼曼不同意. 觉得他的搭档已经过世 担心书会欠公平. 卡尼曼是2002诺贝尔经济学奖得主. 路易斯用了一年半的时间说服他. 然后又是二年深度了解. 路易斯还和卡尼曼去了一趟以色列, 参观军事机构: 直到今天, 军官们都是通过心理评估选择的，而这些是由卡尼曼50多年前开创的.
路易斯生长在新奥尔良. 爸爸是公司律师, 妈妈说社区活动家. 路易斯在普林斯顿主修艺术史, 1982年毕业后他先在纽约纽约艺术商工作. 然后在1985年获得伦敦经济学院的硕士学位. 在一个晚饭上坐在所罗门兄弟合伙人的太太旁边, 毕业后受雇于所罗门兄弟，他在伦敦办事处工作，担任债券销售员.
他说写作一直是他的梦想. 在所罗门兄弟任职期间他一直有投稿. 二年后他赢得四万美金的书合同. 立马辞职去完成他的第一本畅销书 Liar’s Poker (骗子的扑克)：描述了他在80年代后期作为债券交易者的经历。
我’认识’他就是从这本书开始. 一发不可收拾. 他的书都是纪实 non fictions； 笔锋幽默 思路清晰. 撤消项目是他第十六本书. 其中三本已被搬上了大银幕: The Blind Side （2009；橄榄球）, Moneyball （2011；棒球；这部电影被提名六个奥斯卡奖，包括最佳男主角皮特，和最佳影片） 和 The Big Short （2015） 后二部是 Brad Pitt 皮特演的。
路易斯经常为金融杂志写文章，纽约时报，名利场等等. 他的稿费大约是$10一个字， 一篇文章通常1万多字。很少有作家能和他平起平坐. 汤姆·沃尔夫称他为“可能是美国当前最好的作家”。我觉得他是是美国当前最好的作家。
也有人把路易斯和马尔科姆 Gladwell比较。 虽然我喜欢Gladwell的眨眼，但是觉得没有的比。 另外很有趣的是：Gladwell的眨眼是有关于直觉的指挥一个人的行动， 而路易斯的书说为什么直觉本能常常是错误的。有得争论了。 wenxue
The brash and outspoken founder of SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, has long been known for his outsize ambitions, from taking on the United States’ biggest telephone companies to creating a $100 billion fund for technology deals.
On Tuesday, Mr. Son, a Japanese mogul, struck another big pledge after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump: to invest $50 billion in the United States, a move that he said would create some 50,000 jobs.
But the $50 billion investment pledge is not an entirely new initiative that SoftBank is undertaking. Instead, the money is projected to come from the Japanese company’s previously announced Vision fund, a $100 billion vehicle for investing in technology companies worldwide.
The fund — which includes Saudi Arabia, a target of Mr. Trump’s ire during the presidential campaign, as a key partner — was always expected to strike a significant portion of its deals in the United States.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Son said the new jobs would come from investing in American start-ups. Mr. Trump later declared on Twitter, “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!”
Mr. Son’s visit to Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday was the latest outreach by global business leaders to an incoming president seen as friendlier to corporate interests. On Friday, the Trump transition team announced the formation of a business advisory group, led by Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of the private equity behemoth the Blackstone Group, that would consult monthly with the Trump White House.
The advisory group was noticeably shy of technology names; Mr. Son is perhaps the most prominent tech executive so far to have met with the president-elect.
Although it has its headquarters in Japan, SoftBank has deep roots in the United States. It is the majority owner of the wireless operator Sprint, which two years ago unsuccessfully pursued a takeover bid for T-Mobile. That effort was effectively blocked by the Obama administration on antitrust grounds.
Mr. Son was not expected to discuss specific issues with Mr. Trump during their meeting, including the prospects of renewing a Sprint bid for its rival, according to a person briefed on the matter. Shares of Sprint and T-Mobile briefly rose Tuesday afternoon, before giving up their gains.
Beyond what Mr. Trump and Mr. Son said, “we aren’t able to say more,” a SoftBank spokesman in Tokyo, Matthew Nicholson, said.
“I just came to celebrate his new job,” Mr. Son, 59, told reporters at Trump Tower. “I said: ‘This is great. The U.S. will become great again.’ ”
Such bold talk is customary from the American-educated Mr. Son, who has built one of Japan’s biggest personal fortunes through sometimes brash deal-making. SoftBank, which began life as a software distributor, became one of Japan’s biggest phone service companies through shrewd negotiations that gave the company early exclusive rights to the iPhone. It has since become a global empire with stakes in the likes of Sprint and Alibaba Group of China and in a welter of start-ups in the United States and abroad.
This year, Mr. Son struck a $32 billion takeover of ARM Holdings, a British chip designer whose products sit at the heart of devices like the iPhone.
Like the president-elect, Mr. Son has been known for sometimes impolitic remarks. As Mr. Son sought to compete against Verizon and AT&T with his investment in Sprint, he compared the quality of American wireless service to the air quality of Beijing. And he threatened to set himself on fire in the offices of Japan’s telecommunications regulator on at least one occasion.
In speaking with reporters alongside Mr. Trump on Tuesday, Mr. Son clutched what appeared to be a presentation from the meeting. One page featured the logos of both SoftBank and Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant that assembles Apple’s iPhone. On the page — and circled — was the text committing to investing $50 billion in the United States and generating 50,000 jobs over the next four years.
Below it appeared to be Mr. Son’s signature.
Foxconn said in a statement that it was in preliminary discussions about a potential American expansion, adding that the scale had not yet been decided. Foxconn has said in the past that it plans to expand its limited operations in the United States.
Any Foxconn investment is not likely to mean a major flow of jobs back to America. The company has been plowing funds into automation and has said in the past that it would invest in a plant to build robots in Pennsylvania, indicating that new American jobs would probably be higher-end and limited in number.
Foxconn employs about one million workers in China. But many of those jobs are low skilled, and as overall wages have risen in China, their pay levels have become less appealing to workers there. Maintaining enough staffing to meet production needs can be a challenge.
Jonathan Soble and Paul Mozur contributed reporting.
FaceBook has a feature or used to: poke. People poke each other for fun, for a little attention, to say hello.
The media is going wild over Trump talking a call from Taiwan.
Pls, people, get real.
- He’s NOT a president yet
- Taking a congratulating call from your good if not big customer is good business practice
- I think Trump is poking China, to say, I’m won’t bend over like Obama
- China should have more confidence (when you’re truly strong/great, I bet Taiwan would cry/knee down to beg to join … until then, make yourself great?)
Everyone is magnifying and scrutinizing Trump’s every move. Gosh, I’m sure the Donald is loving it – that’s why he ran in the first place – that everyone is talking about him.
Chinese has an idiom: 识时务者为俊杰, means servers are clever or whoever understands the times is a great man, or those who suit their actions to the time are wise. The youths in Hong Kong are misguided, who should learn this before continuing their journey. Abducting book publishers/sellers are terrible … but China is the ultimate sovereignty of Hong Kong. HK has always been a middlemen, a great one but that role is diminishing as the world becoming increasingly flat/connected.
On a personal level, I think the snobbery plays a role here. The HKers see the poor and uncouth cousins now have outearned and outspent them, that doesn’t sit well with the proud Hong Kongers. But as the title says, 识时务者为俊杰. Wise up and move on.
Chris Patten to students: Hong Kong is not a nation state, do not deceive yourself
The city’s former governor pulled no punches in rebuking youth at a university seminar also attended by pro-independence lawmaker Nathan Law and activist Edward Leung
PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 November, 2016, 11:31pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 November, 2016, 11:41pm
In a surprising move, former governor Chris Patten has waded into the debate about what qualities a “good chief executive” should possess, while also pulling no punches in rebuking students who aspire for independence.
Patten said the chief executive should be a representative of Hong Kong’s people. But when asked to assess Leung Chun-ying’s performance and discuss who should be the city’s next leader, he said: “I wouldn’t dream of interfering in the process.”
He went on to say: “I think a good chief executive in any governing system should listen to a wide group of people and be decisive … and mobilise consent.
Democracy doesn’t have to mean independence ->
“He should be able to represent Hong Kong to Beijing and the international community, and not be thought to be Beijing’s representative in Hong Kong.”
Patten was speaking to the press after a seminar with students at the University of Hong Kong on Monday.
During the two-hour talk, he took about 13 questions from students, many of whom challenged his views on Hong Kong’s independence. Among them were localist lawmaker Nathan Law Kwun-chung, and independence activist Edward Leung Tin-kei.
If you think in the next two to five years, you can overthrow the party and Hong Kong can become independent, I just think you are deceiving yourself”
Patten did not mince words, telling students: “I am going to say something which you may not want to hear: Hong Kong is a great society. It is not a nation state.”
On students’ views about independence, he added: “I just happen to think – you are wrong.”
Leung questioned why Hong Kong should not separate from China. Patten replied: “I am a huge admirer of China, Chinese culture, Chinese history, Chinese art … I am not a great fan of Leninism or the Chinese Communist Party.
“But the Communist Party is at present ruling China. If you think in the next two to five years, you can overthrow the party and Hong Kong can become independent, I just think you are deceiving yourself.”
He reinforced his support for democracy, but also reiterated views he had put forth during a speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club last week, warning against confusing universal suffrage with independence, adding pro-independence antics served only to erode support for democracy at home and worldwide.
The full-house event was jointly organised by the Project Citizens Foundation and the students’ union of HKU.
Patten, 72, was the last governor of Hong Kong, serving from 1992 until the 1997 handover.
He is now a member of the House of Lords and the chancellor of the University of Oxford.