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Canadian Election: Deputy Returning Officer DRO Tips

Canada Election 2021 DRO kit, ballot box, ballots, lots of papers. Photo by Don Tai

Canada Election 2021 DRO kit, ballot box, ballots, lots of papers. Photo by Don Tai

In Canada’s elections, there are hundreds of polling locations. Each polling location must have one or more polls, where a Canadian citizen over the age of 18 will receive a ballot, mark their chosen political candidate on the ballot, and finally drop the ballot into the ballot box. At the end of the night after polls close, the ballots in the ballot box are counted. Results for each candidate are then phoned into the local polling office. Results are then tallied up to larger and larger geographic levels.

A Brave Scientist Says that CoVid-19 Might be Pre-Adapted for Humans – Hell Breaks Loose

Very brave, Alina Chan is. She postulates a theory that CoVid-19 might be “pre-adapted” for humans, and then gets lambasted from the for and against sides by fellow scientists and others on the internet. I am surprised that scientists would judge her work so harshly, even though she just puts out the theory and is searching for proof

Caught in the Crossfire Over Covid’s Origins: Alina Chan suggested last year that the coronavirus was “pre-adapted” to humans. Critical reaction was swift and harsh.

Rob, Replicate, Replace: One of China’s Industrial Policy

This is not new, and consistently comes up in articles about China. Is rob, replicate, replace used by China to unfairly compete on the international market?

1. Rob: The Chinese government forces foreign companies to do joint ventures with Chinese companies, thus forcing technological transfer to the Chinese side. Intellectual property rights in China are extremely weak.

2. Replicate: Chinese companies then learn how to manufacture these products for export.

3. Replace: Chinese companies then dissolve the joint venture, and start a new company to manufacture the same product.

Is it as simple as this?

Zhengzhou, China floods: Netizens vent on Foreign and Chinese Journalists

Tragedy can be heartbreaking, and the Zhengzhou floods in China’s interior Henan province on 2021 Jul 20 is no exception. Within 3 days the area received a year’s worth of rain. This massive rainfall in such a short period of time is a natural disaster. What multiplied this natural disaster were human errors that multiplied the death count. Further, after the disaster and death, to threaten and assault news reporters for reporting on the news is incomprehensible. People need to know what happened so that it does not happen again. Yes, face might be lost in the short-term, but so many people were killed, who did not have the choice to lose face, instead losing their lives. It did not need to be this way.

The CoVid-19 Pandemic Continues, even with Vaccines

It has been a long haul of 16 months in Canada, and specifically Ontario. Ontario has made some major mistakes in its pandemic response, resulting in prolonged lock down, but all that is now in the past. Now we are in a better place, with over 50% of citizens double vaccinated and near 78% single vaccinated. Lock down measures have been greatly reduced. But is the pandemic over? Not by a long shot.

China, Chaoyang District: Virtual Tourist

I‘m on yet another virtual tour, this time in China’s capital city Beijing, Chaoyang district. I would not say that it is a nice part of town, just typical of Beijing. The Chaoyang District is in the South-East corner of the city.

China, Beijing City, Chaoyang District, Jinchan South Lane #9
中国,北京市 ,朝阳区,金蝉南里-9号楼

GPS: 39.861362, 116.502227 (not useful in China)
Plus Code: 8PFRVG62+GV (even more useless in China)
As is typical with a Chinese map, there is no coordinate system points (national security)

China, Beijing City, Chaoyang District, Jinchan South Lane #9 中国,北京市 ,朝阳区,金蝉南里-9号楼, Baidu Street View

China, Beijing City, Chaoyang District, Jinchan South Lane #9 中国,北京市 ,朝阳区,金蝉南里-9号楼, Baidu Street View

Hollywood’s Change of Heart, and Story Line, of China

Doing business in China is a minefield. Even international companies that sell clothing, such as H&M, can get inadvertently caught up in Chinese politics, and then crucified by Chinese netizens. What country you are from, what you say, who you are, can be either now or in the future used against you and your company by China. It is unbelievable, really. China is on a mission to change the world to become China friendly in every way, and will pummel anyone or any country that stands in its way.

Residential Surveillance at Designated Location RSDL: China Law

The Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location (RSDL, 指定居所监视居住 zhi3ding4 ju1suo3 jian1shi4 ju1zhu4) law is arguably one of the most feared laws in China. This law allows the police to detain a person, transport them to a secret location, of ten called a “black jail” and not inform the person’s relatives and legal representation. This is the law that China uses to “disappear” people.

RSDL has been used on numerous foreigners in China, where they have disappeared for 6 months or longer. RSDL has been used against human rights lawyers, as well as Ai Weiwei 艾未未, an artist. Let’s dive into China’s Criminal Procedure Law and see what the law actually says. Links to original Chinese documents as well as Google translations are provided. Here is some commentary and case studies

China’s Constitution: Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Ethnic Rights

I am not so interested in any country’s constitution, but I make an exception for China. China has laws on its books but seemingly then acts against these laws. This is untrue. Laws in China are meant to protect the CCP and should be interpreted differently than Western laws. While there are laws on China’s books, they are loosely enforced, allowing for interpretation by local governments.

Honda Fit Car 6MT 2016: Replace Clutch Interlock Switch

My Honda Fit six speed manual transmission 6MT has been very reliable these last 5 years. It is fuel efficient, the magic seats helps hauls stuff really well, and is very reliable. Recently when I’ve tried to start the car, I’d press the clutch, turn the key and the car would not start. If I fiddled with the clutch, up and down, it would then start. I’d charge the battery and even then the problem persisted. Pressing the clutch down before starting the car is a safety feature, so that if the car does start it does not accidentally lurch forward. This is a safety feature. The clutch interlock switch is depressed by the clutch, and the car starts. This is how to replace your clutch interlock switch.