Some mornings, I want to comment on every news item. When Peter Sellers died, a huge chunk of the world went with him. Now, we see these utterly HUMORLESS Chinese People, making threats, and putting the Free World in it’s place. You can not accuse me of targetting Asian People because for thousands of years they worked at getting rid of the Court Jester. Some people’s don’t take CRITISISM well. In looking for a MOTIVE as to why China wants to take over the world, I always START with HATRED OF THE FOOL – the – CLOWN PRANJSTER! This was one of the reasons I had to bury the TWO KENS. They lost their sense of humor in regards to the Pendleton Roundup. They killed the Rodeo Clown, sometimes called Bullfighters. Royal Rosamond had a story of a bullfight in Montana that appeared in Out West, that I have misplaced. Roy wrote a series of small books titled ‘Humor In The United States’. He was a member of the Mark Twain Society.
On this day I found the ‘China – Steal Our Jokes – Please’ movement. Blinken accused China of stealing billions of dollars of our copyrighted ideas. In dealing with bullies, you have to attack their weaknesses.
“You can’t hang with us, because you are humorless. You never make – anyone laugh – not even your own people! Oh sure, your minions look good doing that ol Prussian goosestep, but the Kaiser enjoyed a good joke now an then, especially from his royal cousins!”
I just saw the end of my life like Billy Pilgrim did. I am in a D.C. theatre five years from now watching ‘Zardoz The Musical’ while sitting in the Presidential box. A assassin creeps up behind me. You know how these things go.
To determine how the United States will deal with China’s growing influence, Mr. Biden has chosen one of his closest aides as secretary of state. It falls to Antony Blinken to rebuild a depleted and demoralized State Department, repair U.S. alliances and champion what diplomats call “the rules-based international order” — the written and unwritten code that governs how nations deal with one another. Rules that, he says, are now threatened by China.
Antony Blinken: It is the one country in the world that has the military, economic, diplomatic capacity to undermine or challenge the rules-based order that we– we care so much about and are determined to defend. But I want to be very clear about something. And this is important. Our purpose is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it down. It is to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a challenge to. Anyone who poses a challenge to that order, we’re going to stand up and– and defend it.
Norah O’Donnell: I know you say the goal is not to contain China, but have you ever seen China be so assertive or aggressive militarily?
Antony Blinken: No, we haven’t. I think what we– what we’ve witnessed over the last– several years is China acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad. That is a fact.
Norah O’Donnell: What’s China’s goal?
Antony Blinken: I think that over time, China believes that it– it– it can be and should be and will be the dominant– country in the world.
Some carried semi-automatic pistols or rifles and “closed” the public park to media, though they had no authority to do so. The armed attendees threatened reporters, forcing them to leave the immediate area and report from a distance.
- Veteran statesman Henry Kissinger warned of the dangers of worsening US-China relations.
- “For the first time in human history, humanity has the capacity to extinguish itself in a finite period of time,” Kissinger said.
- The Biden administration has taken a hawkish approach towards China.
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Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has offered a stark warning of the apocalyptic dangers facing the world if conflict erupted between the US and China.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
Kissinger told the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum on global issues Friday that strained relations with China are “the biggest problem for America, the biggest problem for the world,” reported the AFP.
“Because if we can’t solve that, then the risk is that all over the world, a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States.”
He told the forum that while nuclear weapons during the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union had had the capacity to inflict vast damage, that capacity for destruction was exceeded by nuclear technology and artificial intelligence capabilities the US and China now have at their disposal.
“For the first time in human history, humanity has the capacity to extinguish itself in a finite period of time,” Kissinger said.
“We have developed the technology of a power that is beyond what anybody imagined even 70 years ago.”
“And now, to the nuclear issue is added the high tech issue, which in the field of artificial intelligence, in its essence is based on the fact that man becomes a partner of machines and that machines can develop their own judgement,” he said.
“So in a military conflict between high-tech powers, it’s of colossal significance.”
He said that while the Soviet Union had vast military might during the Cold War, China had greater economic strength and technological expertise.
“The Soviet Union had no economic capacity. They had military technological capacity,” he said.
“(They) didn’t have developmental technological capacity as China does. China is a huge economic power in addition to being a significant military power.”
Kissinger served as secretary of state to President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford between 1973 and 1977. He was the architect of the strategy that saw the US improve its relations with China as part of a bid to drive a wedge between the country and its erstwhile Communist ally, Russia.
The 97 year-old is regarded as one of the most influential figures in foreign policy in the last 50 years, though is reviled for some over US military policy during the Vietnam War and its support of right-wing dictatorships in South America during the 1970s.
‘Western face’ is a more self-oriented and individualistic pride or ego, and is more about how one is viewed by others. ‘Japanese face’ is about how one treats others not about the self, and can be given or earned. It can be also taken away or lost.
As a general sociological statement, Western cultures tend to focus on the individual as an independent, self-reliant being. In raising children, the focus is on helping them develop a strong sense of personal integrity and individuality where misbehaviour is often blamed on lack of self-esteem.
In contrast, Japanese culture has downplayed the concept of the individual, instead emphasizing the supremacy of the family and group. It was all about bringing honour to your clan. With the emphasis on the collective, the sense of self blurred so much that it practically didn’t exist. In fact individualism was seen as immoral.
Fifteen minutes ago I discovered there was a movie made in 1997 called
It is being watched again because it appears prophetic. I never saw it- but lived it – when I went to that OCCUPY meeting dressed as Uncle Samaclaus The Postman from the North Pole.
Here is the writer of The Postman saying Trump is a threat. He is acting like a Prophet. Haffner and her Hog Women, Jenny Hemphill, Belle Burch, and Rena were asked by me to be a part of True Prophecy. The chose to attack me.
The Postman author warns Donald Trump’s attack on the mail service could take us back to the Middle Ages
David Brin says the mail is one of the things that “knits us together.”By Clark CollisIn David Brin’s 1985 novel The Postman a survivor in post-apocalyptic America pretends to be a mail carrier, initially as a way of acquiring food and shelter. Ultimately, his lie about representing a national government encourages fellow survivors to band together and defeat an army of militarized survivalists. Kevin Costner directed and starred in a 1997 big screen adaptation, which became a notorious box office bomb. But Brin believes that President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the mail service ahead of the election in November — one which will utilize the U.S. Postal Service like none before — represent a step towards a literal, real-life disaster and return to a feudal state.
“We are in the middle right now of an attempted worldwide oligarchic push to reinstall feudalism, the dismally-failed governance model that dominated 99 percent of societies on six continents for 6,000 years,” says Brin. “The Postman, both the movie and the book, talk about how essential it is for us to remember the things that knit us together. Small town America is especially coming to realize that really the post office is the center of town, but will they realize it in time to make a difference? I don’t think Trump cares any more if the Republican party is torched in November. I think chaos is the goal.”
Below, Brin talks about how people can support the mail service, what Costner got right and wrong with the movie version of his book, and the importance of dental fillings to creativity.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you come up with the idea for The Postman?
DAVID BRIN: Back in the ’80s, there were a lot of post-apocalyptic stories. And one of them, I don’t even remember what it was, grabbed me and got me ruminating. I thought, what would I do? And I realized, I’d be willing to lie to survive. I wouldn’t be willing to hurt people, but I’d be willing to tell a harmless lie. Then I thought there are harmless lies that might do vast amounts of good under the right conditions.
But how did you hit on the specific idea of someone pretending to be a postman?
I don’t honestly know. I believe I probably get half my ideas through the metal fillings that I got when I as a kid. My own children have no fillings at all because dentistry has advanced so far. Me, I pick up radio stations from the Twilight Dimension. That’s probably the simplest answer for where I get my ideas.
To be honest, I have no idea whether you’re being serious.
[Laughs] And that is the response that a science fiction author most relishes!
What did you think about the movie version of the book?
Well, for one thing, I think, musically and visually, it’s one of the most beautiful films ever made. So, that alone is enough reason to appreciate it. And Costner was faithful to the heart-message of my book. The heart-message was, a Mad Max solitary hero was not going to make much difference, but a storyteller who manages to remind survivors that they were once mighty beings called citizens might really matter. That’s what we’re trying to do right now, remind folks amid a deliberately-incited culture war, that we have a common project, and the things that knit us together, that allow us to continue the conversation, even the arguments, based on fact, these are things that are of value. Costner captured that.
The point about the Postman flick is that it was gorgeous, it was big-hearted, but it was also rather dumb, especially the last twenty minutes. So, gorgeous, big-hearted, and dumb I can relate to, because that’s what my wife married. Had Kevin Costner taken the original author to dinner even once, perhaps the ending would have been more cohesive and we’d all be better off.
I rewatched the film yesterday and was struck by its contemporary resonance, particularly with Will Patton’s character. You’ve got this white guy with ginger hair describing a woman as a “first-rate piece of ass,” saying he’s going to make the country “strong again,” and ordering a town’s post office be set on fire.
Self-preventing prophecy is by far the most important subgenre of science fiction. We may owe all our lives to Dr. Strangelove, On the Beach, and Fail Safe. We may owe saving the planet to the number of environmentalists who were recruited by films like Soylent Green and Silent Running. And, of course, the granddaddy of all self-preventing prophecies, 1984.