17 Mar 2012
China News Commentary on Bo Xilai Case
2008年12月，在纪念改革开放30周年大会上，中共总书记胡锦涛在表明 中国走社会主义道路的坚定不移决心时，胡锦涛连续用了三个“不”：不动 摇、不懈怠、不折腾。其中“不折腾”一词成为海内外舆论关注热点。而在 2009年7月1日举行的庆祝中国共产党成立90周年大会上胡锦涛再强调 了“不折腾”。反观薄熙来在重庆的种种，显然有违“不折腾”的底线。
在以低调为特色的中国官场上，薄熙来是个高调的异类。主政重庆以来， 薄熙来以其一贯高调的风格吸引了众多眼球。薄熙来自2007年主政重庆后 主导推行的“唱红”，被外界解读为是“重返毛泽东时代”，甚至有人给他戴 上“复辟文革”的政治帽子。在一些观察人士看来，这是“薄熙来承担不起的 政治代价”。
The above special news commentary/story from mainland China on the sacking of Bo Xilai highlights two major grave problems in relation to Bo.
No. 1 problem is the way Bo executes his “beating corruption and triads” campaign. Bo uses his own under-the-table approach instead of more “logical norms” in dealing with officials of Zhongqin (those not his gangs). This is viewed as high-handed and it threatens the current rules of the game set by Beijing. In fact, Bo and his family were exposed to be not that clean after all… So, Bo has been playing a game of “gang catching gangs” for his personal political gains.
Next, Bo crossed the line as subordinate (to Hu’s government). Bo pushes ahead a series of cultural revolution style of city management for Zhongqin. He boasts about the “Zhongqin model” he introduced could be the model answer to China as a whole. What it means: The rest are all wrong, let’s go back to the era of cultural revolution and Maoism for China! Take Zhongqin model. This made Hu’s team of government looks stupid. If Bo’s ambition is let loose, it threatens the current plan of leadership succession.
The clear and firmed answer Bo Xilai got from his bosses in Beijing at the end of the day is, “YOU ARE FIRED!”
17 Mar 2012
Special Commentary On News Extracts
by: John Lee
(1) Down Fall of Chinese Senior Offical BO XILAI
The sacking of Zhongqin chief Bo Xilai by the Central gvernment in Beijing is a typical replay of classic Chinese wisdom: Gun the Pop-ups. (i.e. shoot the birds that pop up its head). To put it in simple phrase – kill the trouble-maker(s) fast.
Bo deserves this fateful outcome. He is one typical character who reaps political benefits by stirring up calm water. The English’s way of saying, he loves to throw shit at the (spinning) fan! In the course of doing so, and along the way many players would be sacrificed (i.e. in jail or killed), including innocent opponents of him too. Bo is a very shrew politician.
No pity for such a charactor who could bring back the “cultural revolution ver 2.0” for China!!! What have been done in Zhongqin city is a clear signal, chanting “Red” 唱红 to go back to Maoism root.
caption: “Oh is the Shit… now hits the fan!” the shit-thrower says
(2) LINsanity Faces The Conservative Coach!
The new coach of New York Knicks happens to be a conservative thinker and doer.
The scenarios available for Jeremy Lin is very limited going forward. His new coach would most probably adopt the tactic of only allowing superstar players (such as Anthony) to rule the court. Sorry Linsanity or Nosanity…
Jeremy may end up a victim of his own brilliant pop-up suddenly. When things are looking good he is the blue-eye boy but when shove comes to push in a 7 games defeat, the Pop-up (Jeremy) must take the blame. This is the case for Linsanity the Great. He’s gunned down this round.
A case of western version of “Gun the Pop-ups” 枪打出头鸟… replay on the NBA court.
16 Mar 2012
Sport News Commentary
The resignation of coach D’Antoni of New York Knicks is a turning point but not for the basketball team. It creates a crossroad for the most promissing upstart Jeremy LIN(Sanity).
Though at this juncture the NBA trade of players is over, but by next year this time all the NBA team coaches would not forget about this American born Chinese who shocked the world beyond anyone’s imagination.
The fact remains, that Jeremy would lose many chances to hold the ball on court and to direct the play after the return of Anthony the superstar. Even worse, after the departure of coach D’Antoni, Jeremy may not fit well into new play strategies going forward.
Regardless, one single glaring fact remains in everyone’s mind. That is, at the right time right place and under a right coach, Jeremy can still save the day and produces solid performance and delivers most desireable results on the court.
So, what Jeremy needs to do is NOT to fight for ball control in the team but instead, is to focus on delivering the teamwork that’s most lacking in New York Knicks as it is now.
It will be a loss for Knicks to trade off Jeremy in the next play season and a gain for whichever team to take him in. Time is on Jeremy side, apparently… for he has done it once and still, yet another big surprise to watch out for.
In life, sometimes it pays to be an “unknown” factor under certain conditions and environment. Once becomes a completely known factor/entity in competitive landscape, the element of surprise is lost and there’s no more added values being perceived. An advice for Jeremy, “Jolly well stay focused”.
by: Roadside Picker
Internet Nudity Turns Into Extortion
This is a news report picked up from the Lion City state in Southeast Asia.
A young woman with her boyfriend teamed up to extort money from men who are looking for online excitment. This young woman cons the victims one by one, persuaded them to strip in front of the online camera to show her in naked form. She herself was in nudity during the “exciting converation”. The woman’s boyfriend would quietly tapped down victims’ nudity and thereafter, the team would extort money from the affected victims. According to news report, this couple had collected a total sum of $150,000 from those who were caught on PC screen in total naked form.
As the Chinese saying goes, “one who goes into the forest often, will be eaten by tiger sooner or later”. The sexy story ends with the “smart” young couple been caught by police recently. They are awaiting for trial…
15 Mar 2012
Why NY Knicks Is Gone…
The golden rule is: Be a Force-multiplier rather than a superstar. NBA legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird are typically force-multipliers in essence yet with the superstar appearance.
This ANTHONY guy is merely a superstar package without the essence of a true force-multiplier. Hence, NY Knicks has a dim future in which such a “superstar” could not help to brighten things up.
Afternote: Latest news, it was reported the coach of NY Knicks has resigned…
13 Mar 2012
News Extracts with Commentary
by: Roadside Picker
(1) Young and Weak. This is a common syndrome in the Lion City state. Youngsters and seemingly fit adults alike are falling dead while exercising (in gym, playing sports, jogging, etc, etc,).
Is it because of the diet? Or pollution? Or coincidental?
(2) Inflation, Inflation, Inflaton. The day the inflation threat disappears will be the day when hot-money flow out from this place and, rising interest rates, falling gold and oil prices… But by then, many people may get their fingers fully burnt and charged, caused by falling property prices due to (property) market crashes.
So, which scenarios would you choose?
11th Mar 2012
Brief commentary by: Ah Seng
LION City Interesting News Extraction
News #1 – Reaching Bottle-neck Finally?
The island state in Southeast Asia has been leveraging its most critical success factors, namely Efficiency and Productivity for the past 47 years with great significance and proven track records. Though many foreign experts had been critical about whether such a long proven method would hit a hard wall in the future, the island state continues to cut through waves of economic crises. But, is the Crying-wolf really coming this time?
Can Productivity overwhelms Creativity and Innovation so that this island state continues to grow its economic pie?
News #2 – IS IT that critical or just worrying too much and too long?
The island state’s CPF (Central Provident Fund) system has served its population well for the past 50 years. Credit must be given to the agency. However, based on logical culculation and the ABCs of economics, going forward its majority of retiring population may have to live below “the waterline”.
The debates apparently is centered on what’s acceptable (basic) retirement living?
According to the press, 70% of those soon to be retired population do not come close to the “basic” yardstick. With higher GDP growth and increase in economic pie, can the problem be solved? Stagnation of net wage increase is going to be a sign of “steady state” for the forseeable future.
Just thinking aloud, what would be considered as “fair distribution” of per capita GDP among the population yet encouraging merit performance?
News #3 – Interesting Enough.
Usually at this level of job resignations (i.e. below service chiefs) would not be announced so publicly.
But the incumbent is (now was) the chairman of 2012 National Day Parade Celebration Executive Committee and this is a big deal in July this year.
Just thinking aloud, what kind of “personal reasons” in which this senior officer could take at heart to be in higher prioity than a national level assignment, and just suddenly dump it half-way and go?! Can the people of the island state trust such leadership to defense them?
AFTERNOTE: Some say that this may be a “Wild-card”! That’s to say that this senior officer might be earmarked for political career. A coincidental timing at this juncture to go in for a vacant constituency re-election polling…