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  1. We have a vaccine!

    Watch the video again, carefully. You're not paying attention...
  2. Damo Mitchell? tell me what you think

    Safer for him or the recipient? Or both?
  3. We have a vaccine!

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Takes ‘Anti-Vax’ Stance in Violation of His Own Platform's New Policy
  4. Strasbourg, France:
  5. I'd love to hear it. Did you already write it in this thread? I don't remember reading it.
  6. Training your dragon

    Master Sun Si Miao is one of the Greatest. I was eating rice (cut out the rest) for some years but I stopped that too almost a year ago.
  7. Xing and Ming cultivation

    Very nice freeform, thanks. I would say a true master could lose all his money/win jackpot and his emotions would be completely unaffected, which I believe is not the same as having emotions and not be affected by them. Do you agree?
  8. About Nazism, sheep and the virus propaganda

    No, not exactly: The word quarantine comes from quarantena, meaning "forty days", used in the 14th–15th-centuries Venetian language and designating the period that all ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death plague epidemic; it followed the trentino, or thirty-day isolation period, first imposed in 1377 in the Republic of Ragusa, Dalmatia (modern Dubrovnik in Croatia). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarantine
  9. If you don't have one yet find a good acupuncturist and get regular treatments.
  10. The Year of the Metal Rat Brings Calamity to China Every 60 Years The Metal Rat brings widespread death every time it comes. https://www.esquiremag.ph/long-reads/features/year-of-the-metal-rat-calamities-a00293-20200417 By Mario Alvaro Limos | Apr 17, 2020 Before Feng Shui experts declared 2020 was going to be a prosperous year, they should have consulted China’s history with the Year of the Metal Rat. Or they could have just gone with the fact that the rat is considered a pest. In a series of historical coincidences, the Metal Rat has brought widespread death and destruction of biblical proportions whenever it came every 60 years. The following historical events happened 60 years apart, all of which coincided with the Year of the Metal Rat. The First Opium War (1839 to 1842) The First Opium War was a result of Britain’s imposition of opium trade in China. British merchants sold opium in China, which was initially marketed as a traditional medicine to treat diseases. The downside is that it also has psychoactive ingredients that are highly addictive. When abused, opium affects the minds of its users. Britain was smuggling as many as 30,000 chests of opium into China. When China attempted to halt all importation of opium, the British responded by bombarding the Chinese. The First Opium War officially began in 1839, but its real onslaught started a year later in 1840, the Year of the Metal Rat. That year, the British sent its troops and Royal Navy to bombard China’s coasts. The Qing Dynasty was overpowered by the attacks, and could not mount a successful counter when much of its population was drugged. The Opium Wars were so devastating that it led to China’s 100-year paralysis, which would later be called China’s Century of Humiliation. The Metal Rat would return to China 60 years later and would bring even more destruction. The Boxer Rebellion (1899 to 1901) Not having fully recovered from the Opium Wars, the Qing Dynasty once again welcomed the Year of the Metal Rat in 1900 when the Boxer Rebellion was raging all over China. When the eight nations, U.K., U.S., France, Italy, Japan, Russia, and Austria-Hungary, decided to take Beijing, Empress Dowager Cixi supported a group of militants called Boxers, who were against the eight nations, and declared war. The eight nations sent 20,000 troops to China, destroyed the Imperial Army, and executed anyone suspected of being a Boxer. They also forced China to pay 450 million taels of silver over the next 39 years as indemnity for the losses incurred by the eight nations during the rebellion. Another 60 years later, China would succumb to famine and lose 36 million citizens in what is now known as the Great Chinese Famine. The Great Chinese Famine (1960) During the China’s Great Leap Forward, Chairman Mao Zedong initiated the Four Pests Campaign, in which he called upon citizens to kill as many birds as they can, thinking that the birds were pests that ate the crops in the country’s farms. The four pests to be eliminated were rats, flies, mosquitoes, and sparrows. Listing sparrows was a grave mistake. Chinese around the country killed millions of Eurasian tree sparrows, destroyed their nests and eggs, and even banged metal pans to drive them away from trees so that they will die of exhaustion from flying. When most of the sparrows in China were killed, a plague occurred. As it turned out, the sparrows were responsible for keeping the pest population under control. Mosquitoes, flies, and other crop pests such as caterpillars, locusts, and grasshoppers multiplied. The ecological imbalance caused by the sparrows’ deaths was so severe that it caused a nationwide famine. Rice yields across China fell, plunging millions of people into starvation. According to the China Statistical Yearbook, crop production in China decreased from 200 million tons in 1958 to 143 million tons in 1960. When the Great Chinese Famine ended, as many as 45 million people died. COVID-19 Pandemic (2020) In the latest coming of the Year of the Metal Rat, China is once again faced with the greatest threat it has ever faced since the Opium Wars. COVID-19 was first detected in China’s Wuhan City in the province of Hubei. Worldwide, the disease has infected more than two million people as of April 17, 2020, with 543,971 recoveries and 145,533 deaths. As the ‘Year of The Metal Rat’ returns, China fears the coronavirus may trigger far more damage than anticipated Now in 2020, exactly 60 years after the great famine that killed over 36 million people, China faces another behemoth that may as well change the way their nation, and even the world functions. https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/china-coronavirus-pandemic-japan-usa-india-asean-manufacturing-2020-economy/ The coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world and experts agree that by the time the pandemic is done with us, the world as we know it today would have changed forever. As it had happened with every major calamity, be it economical, pathogenic or geo-political, major disruption in the established order are bound to follow and this coronavirus pandemic, many believe, will be no different. As the world suffers from a pandemic that many believe was originated from China, caused by China and was made worse by China’s policies, slowly, an anti-China wave is surging. Irrespective of conspiracy theories and sci-fi references, as the pandemic ravages supply chains, and brings economies to a halt, many nations have paused and taken note of how dependent they have been on China and how can they change the situation in future. A report in the Nikkei Asian Review discusses the current scenario in the context of the Chinese astrological concept of the ‘Year of The Metal Rat’ or the Gang-Zi. 2020 is the reportedly the Gang-Zi, a time period that comes every 60 years and brings calamity to China. Chinese astrologers believe that every time the ‘Metal Rat’ rolls, major history shaking incidents take place that change their nation forever. As per the Nikkei report, 1840 was a ‘Year of The Metal Rat’, a year during the rule of the Qing dynasty, that saw the Opium War break out in China, bringing almost a century of misery and poverty. 60 years later, in 1900, another ‘Year of The Metal Rat’ followed and it saw the combined forces of the UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Japan and the then Austria-Hungary moved on Beijing to counter the ‘Siege of the International Legations’, an event that was triggered by the 1899 Boxers’ Rebellion. The joined forced had marched from Tianjin to Peking (former name of Beijing) and had captured the city. The Qing empress had to flee the capital, only to be allowed entry two years later with humiliating peace terms. Eventually, the Qing dynasty was overthrown a few years later. The next arrival of the ‘Year of The Metal Rat’ in 1960 brought with it a devastating famine to China, a result of Mao Zedong’s orders and communist policies. The great famine is believed to have caused 36 million deaths, though the Chinese official figures are far lower. Now in 2020, exactly 60 years after the great famine that killed over 36 million people, China faces another behemoth that may as well change the way their nation, and even the world functions. As the coronavirus ravages through populations, nation states are already re-thinking their policies, or dependency on China. Over the years, China had captured a major chunk of the world’s manufacturing operations. Japan is one of the major nations that are keen to move their manufacturing operations out of China. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan had to be cancelled in March in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. on March 5, Japan PM Shinzo Abe chaired a meeting of the Japanese ‘Council of Investments for the Future’. That meeting, where Japan’s most powerful business houses and business lobbies were present, it was decided that they want high-value Japanese product manufacturing bases to ‘come home to Japan’. “Due to the coronavirus, fewer products are coming from China to Japan. People are worried about our supply chains of the products that rely heavily on a single country for manufacturing. We should try to relocate high added value items to Japan. And for everything else, we should diversify to countries like those in ASEAN”, said Abe. Since then, Japan has declared an economic package of over 2.2 billion USD to assist Japanese companies to shift their manufacturing base from China to Japan, or other Southeast Asian nations. China was worried. On the very next day, as per the NAR report, Jinping held a meeting of the CCP’s Politburo Standing Committee and told his party leaders to prepare for the worst, not in as many words. Jinping reportedly told that it is time for “bottom-line thinking”, which means assuming the worst, and called for “preparedness in mind and work to cope with prolonged external environment changes.” Not just Japan, the US has been very vocal against China ever since the pandemic broke, Through US President Trump has now stopped calling it a ‘Chinese Virus’, his government has made amply clear that they would like to see American companies shift their manufacturing base away from China, a call that aptly fits into their ‘America First’ policy. Recently, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow stated that like Japan, the US should also pay the moving cost for US companies seeking to move out of China. It was also reported that major Korean companies, including Hyundai and POSCO are in talks with the Indian government, keen to move their manufacturing bases out of China and away from the US-China trade war. Only last year, mobile giant Samsung had ended its production operations in China. In the same year, it had opened its largest manufacturing facility in India’s Noida. The economic ramifications are only a part of China’s woes. As per the Nikkei report, an increasing number of experts, including Dr Zhong Nanshan believe that the current pandemic is only the first wave of the virus. He says that like the second wave of the Spanish Flu killed more people than the first wave in 1918-20, the coronavirus will return in a second wave, bringing far more deaths. He has stated that the coronavirus has already mutated and the death rates have reached 20 times higher than that of influenza. The coming months will reveal a massive shift in the ways of the world as we know it. Xi fears Japan-led manufacturing exodus from China The year of the metal rat returns every 60 years -- and brings calamity with it https://asia.nikkei.com/Editor-s-Picks/China-up-close/Xi-fears-Japan-led-manufacturing-exodus-from-China TOKYO -- Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed building an economy that is less dependent on one country, China, so that the nation can better avoid supply chain disruptions. The call touched off a heated debate in the Chinese political world. In Zhongnanhai, the area in central Beijing where leaders of the Chinese Communist Party and the state government have their offices, "there are now serious concerns over foreign companies withdrawing from China," a Chinese economic source said. "What has particularly been talked about is the clause in Japan's emergency economic package that encourages (and funds) the re-establishment of supply chains." Had the pandemic not struck, Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden state visit to Japan would have been wrapped up by now with Xi proudly declaring a "new era" of Sino-Japanese relations. He would have cheered on Abe as Japan prepared for the next big event, the 2020 Olympics. Instead, both Xi's trip and the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed, and Sino-Japanese relations find themselves at a crossroads. Signals of Abe's new policy were visible as early as March 5. Japan had finally been able to put the Diamond Princess cruise ship disaster behind it but was still snowed under by the challenge of preventing the virus's further spread. On that date, coincidentally the same day the postponement of Xi's Japan visit was announced, the Japanese government held a meeting of the Council on Investments for the Future. Abe, who chairs the council, said he wanted high value-added product manufacturing bases to come home to Japan. At the table were influential business leaders such as Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, the country's biggest business lobby better known as Keidanren. "Due to the coronavirus, fewer products are coming from China to Japan," Abe said. "People are worried about our supply chains." Of the products that rely heavily on a single country for manufacturing, "we should try to relocate high added value items to Japan," the leader said. "And for everything else, we should diversify to countries like those in ASEAN." Abe's remarks were clear. They came as disruptions hit the procurement of auto parts and other products for which Japan relies on China, seriously impacting corporate Japan's activities. And they asked for something more than the traditional "China plus one" concept, in which companies add a non-China location to diversify production. Abe was forming a "shift away from China" policy. With the nation transfixed by coronavirus coverage, the proposal failed to generate big headlines in Japan. But China was watching carefully, perhaps wondering whether it was about to undergo an industrial hollowing-out like Japan once experienced. Such a trend would shake the foundation of China's long-standing growth model. In its emergency economic package adopted on April 7, the Japanese government called for the re-establishment of supply chains that have been hit by the virus's proliferation. It earmarked more than 240 billion yen (about $2.2 billion) in its supplementary budget plan for fiscal 2020 to assist domestic companies to move production back home or to diversify their production bases into Southeast Asia. It is a tidy sum of money. The next day, April 8, China's Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top decision-making body, held a meeting in Beijing. Speaking at the meeting, President Xi said that "as the pandemic continues its global spread, the world economy faces a mounting downside risk." He added, "Unstable and uncertain factors are notably increasing." Xi, who doubles as the party's general secretary, stressed the need to stick to "bottom-line thinking" -- which means assuming the worst -- and called for "preparedness in mind and work to cope with prolonged external environment changes." The seven-member Politburo Standing Committee usually meets once a week, and it is rare for the holding and content of these meetings to be reported. Xi sounded the call to prepare for "a protracted battle" while assuming the worst. There are talks in the U.S. regarding China dependency. Larry Kudlow, chairman of the White House's National Economic Council, has expressed his intention to consider shouldering the relocation costs of American companies returning home from China. It fits with President Donald Trump's "America first" agenda. If the U.S. and Japan, the world's biggest and third-biggest economies respectively, move away from China, it will have a huge impact on the world's second-biggest economy. One topic has now set tongues wagging in the world of Chinese intellectuals. According to the Chinese astrology chart, 2020 is the year of Geng-Zi, or the metal rat, which comes once every 60 years. It is said that every time the year of the metal rat rolls around a big history-shaking incident takes place. In 1840, during the Qing dynasty, the Opium War broke out, leading to China's stagnation for more than a century. Sixty years later, in 1900, toward the end of the Qing dynasty, forces from an alliance of eight nations -- the U.K., U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Japan and Austria-Hungary -- moved from Tianjin to Beijing, an incident triggered by the Boxer Rebellion, which had started in 1899. "55 Days at Peking" is an American film starring Charlton Heston and depicting the siege of the foreign legations' compounds in Peking, now known as Beijing, during the Boxer Rebellion. The metal rat's next return, in 1960, coincided with a famine caused by the Great Leap Forward led by Mao Zedong, the founding father of "a new China," or the People's Republic of China. Yang Jisheng, a former journalist for Xinhua News Agency who lost his foster father to the famine, later authored "Tombstone," a detailed reportage about the epic disaster. Based on field work and interviews, Yang revealed that as many as 36 million people died of hunger during the Great Leap Forward, far more than China once announced. What will this year's metal rat jinx be like for China? The peak of China's coronavirus outbreak has passed. But Zhang Wenhong, the head of a coronavirus clinical expert team whose profile has been on the rise, has said a second round of infections will hit in November or later. During the 1918-1920 Spanish flu pandemic, the second wave of infections was more serious than the first. No pandemic has been more deadly since then. Estimates are that 500 million people, a third of the planet's population, were infected and that 50 million died. Zhong Nanshan, an 83-year-old medical doctor, has shined since 2003, when he played a major role in the fight against severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. The new coronavirus has already mutated, and its death rate has reached levels up to 20 times higher than that for influenza, Zhong has warned. The new virus emerged in China late last year and then spread globally. China's crackdown on information and social media posts regarding the outbreak through mid-January and its delayed initial response to the public health crisis ended up contributing to a catastrophe and sparking an international uproar. Trump had been calling the coronavirus "the Chinese virus," although he has since stopped doing so. Global public opinion will greatly affect the re-establishment of a post-virus world order. As things stand now, those moving to take the initiative are the U.S. and China. In ancient China, bamboo strips were the main canvas for documents before the introduction of paper. They were called "green logs" because bamboo strips are green before they are cured and sewn into books. Bamboo strips are official documents that are kept for posterity, and it was important for an emperor to inscribe his name on them. If the scourge of the coronavirus were to drastically change the world order in the 21st century, will it be the U.S. or China that inscribes the bamboo strips? China cannot afford to lose. Much will depend on how the U.S. and China rebuild their respective virus-hit economies. If major foreign companies withdraw from China, it will become a big drag on the Middle Kingdom's economic revival.
  11. Bill Maher is right- The wet markets plus the Wuhan lab

    MANILA (Reuters) Again, not very bright... ccp troll = comedy gold
  12. Bill Maher is right- The wet markets plus the Wuhan lab

    Blow for China's virus diplomacy as friendship song leaves Filipinos furious https://www.yahoo.com/news/blow-chinas-virus-diplomacy-friendship-095655888.html "MANILA (Reuters) - A music video produced by China to promote its support for neighbours battling the coronavirus has backfired in the Philippines, attracting a flood of public criticism and an online petition that is fast attracting signatures. China's embassy released the song by diplomats, singers and an actor last week, but the lyrics and title "Iisang Dagat", or "One Sea" in the Philippine language, has not gone down well with some Filipinos, many of whom see China as a maritime aggressor in disputed waters." "By Monday afternoon, the video posted last week on YouTube with the hashtag #CNPHHealAsOne had 149,000 dislikes compared with 2,100 likes, while a Change.org petition demanding the video be taken down had more than 8,000 respondents. Social media critics vented their fury at what they saw as Chinese propaganda to conceal bullying in the South China Sea and branded Filipinos involved in the song as traitors. "We have to stop the evil of China spreading", wrote one, Leonard Anthony Arcilla. "We do not unify with China", said Elna Lynda Acuerdo, while Venus Liwanag said the video was "slapping the faces of each Filipino"." LOL