Book Review: Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order

Stephen Mosher, Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order
2017
This book provides a historical perspective to try to explain China’s current hostile behaviour to the US, ASEAN and the world.

Intro
-While other conquerors allowed subjects independence, China rules with dominance in all aspects of life, using the mandate of heaven
-China looking to dominate the world in order to bring harmony, peace
-US idealists: work with China, find common ground, find a mutually beneficial solution
-US offensive realists: world is a perpetual competition, China wants to dominate
-China are offensive realists, for a very long time, always perpetual war, which is why they want to dominate SCS, the world
-China need for domination deeply rooted in history
-in order to maintain order, China uses nationalism, patriotism

Vintage Canadian Bicycle: Nice Lines, Dubious Quality

Vintage Canadian looper bike, no brand nor model, est circa 1950s. Photo by Don Tai

Vintage Canadian looper bike, no brand nor model, est circa 1950s. Photo by Don Tai

A neighbour here in Canada gave me this bicycle. She had started riding this when she was 8 years old, and the bicycle was well used and handed down at that time, so this bicycle could be over 70 years old.

This bicycle is a “loop bike”, for its classic swooping top bar, single speed with a coaster hub, a reverse pedal brake. The bike runs on 800c, 28×1.5″ tires. Vintage it is, with a slew of problems. Overall I do like the look, but the ride is pretty bad and somewhat scary. For cruising around in a flat are this might be Ok.

Dark Patterns: Online Shopping Tricks to Fool Shoppers

Dark patterns are everywhere. When I spot a dark pattern I immediately do not engage. For me this is instinctual. Web sites lure you in with gimmicks such as a great sale, these are the last before they sell out, limited time offers. Most of these are not really new and have comparable examples in real life.

WHAT ARE DARK PATTERNS?
Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you do things that you didn’t mean to, like buying or signing up for something.

China’s Border Control: Exit Ban or Bian Kong

China is well known for its ability to detain foreigners from exiting the country. It is often used to settle business conflict between foreigners and Chinese companies. The Chinese company contacts the police to say that a foreigner has not paid or lived up to some business dealing and Chinese border control puts a ban on the foreigner’s exit. These are called “exit bans“.

Bian kong, “边控“, short for bianjing kongzhi, “边境控制” is a system that can bar a foreigner from leaving China. We normally call it an “exit ban”

边控

边控即边境控制,它是为防止涉案的外国人或者中国公民因其借出境之机逃避司法机关追究法律责任,给境内的国家、集体或个人财产等带来重大损失,而通过法定程序在国边境口岸对之采取限制出境的一种保全措施

适用法律
编辑
目前国内关于边控的相关法律规定,主要是外国人出入境管理法、 《中华人民共和国公民出入境管理法》 (以下简称“两法”)和最高法院、最高检察院、公安部、国家安全部印发的《关于依法限制外国人和中国公民出境问题的若干规定》 (以下简称《若干规定》)以及公安部发布的一些部门规章等。总体上讲,这些规定比较原则,在适用中还需要不断地加以完善

2016 Honda Fit: Fuel Economy

One of the reasons we bought a Honda Fit was for fuel economy. The stick is fun to drive, and the car has enough power for regular driving. In three years the fuel economy has gotten a little bit worse, but still ok. We use winter tires in the winter, and change tires in the summer.

Winter driving is in snow and ice, resulting in fuel economy dropping in January-February.

Honda Fir 2016: 3 year Fuelly numbers in L/100km, almost all city driving

Honda Fir 2016: 3 year Fuelly numbers in L/100km, almost all city driving

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, on a Hope for Safety

A friend has traveled to Aylesbury, UK, and needs a bit of backup. May she not need this, but if she does, then it is here, ready to go.

Midand House, 42 Buckingham St, Aylesbury HP2 2LH, UK
GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910
Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, with hopes that she will be safe and that good luck will keep her well. GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910 Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2 Google Maps.

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, with hopes that she will be safe and that good luck will keep her well. GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910 Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2 Google Maps.

The Chinese says:
搜索”加油站”,自动取款机 sousuo jiayouzhan,zidong qukuanji: search for gas station, ATM

Delta Miter Saw 36-070c Blade Guard Repair

Delta Miter Saw 36-070c Blade Guard Repair. Photo by Don Tai

Delta Miter Saw 36-070c Blade Guard Repair. Photo by Don Tai

I bought this Delta Miter Saw model 36-070c part no. 899880 (0012) used at Goodwill for a pittance, not expecting much, but it has been going strong for the last 5 years. A couple of days ago the blade guard did not retract when the saw goes down to cut. I had to manually move the blade guard up to make a cut, which was annoying. The repair required some accurate and slow drilling with my tiniest drill bit, and 3 tiny screws. Now the blade guard goes up and out of the way when the saw goes down to make the cut.

Scroll Saw 3d Relief Cuts in Wood

I saw this scroll saw technique on the American Workshop show and would like to try it someday.

Instructions:

  1. drill a pilot hole tilted 2º to right
  2. tilt scroll saw table 2º to left
  3. cut counter-clockwise for relief outward. The cut piece will pop out of the wood surface

Here’s another set of instructions on scroll saw relief cutting.

Some day, some day.

Moral Rural Training, Yunnan Province, China

Rural training in Funing County, Yunnan, China

Rural training in Funing County, Yunnan, China

打恶除黑 da echu hei, Fight evil
强扬中华正气 qiangyang zhonghua zhengqi, Strengthening China’s righteousness
创建和谐文明社会 chuangjian hexie wenming shehui, Create a harmonious civil society

富宁县花甲乡 Fù níngxiàn huājiǎ xiāng, Huanxiang Township, Funing County
劳动力引导培训班 Láodònglì Yǐndǎo péixùn bān, Guided training course

Thanks, OOA