Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hippocrates, “Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.”

This scholarly work has our tasks cut out for us, if we hope to leave a liberal democracy to our progeny.  
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The article''s power is reduced by he likelihood or certainty that the World will reach a tipping point after which a global warming will be our bequest; will spare no one or country or part of the globe; will make a discussion of the relative benefits of one form of government or another irrelevant.
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I like this article; it points to some weakness in the US system of governance that are fixable if we have the will to fix them, and it is the sort of thing I might have written when I as younger; and still I am struck by the irony of such a effort, published in such a responsible publication, in a world with no future if we don't quickly change global focus onto the environment. What is required is all of us working together, in the time remaining. Otherwise, the likely future lies with the Extremophiles, the next dominant life form on earth.
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"Liberal democracy" is kinder to those who support its major facets than to those who don't.  See  Liberal democracy - Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy.  A caveat: The Wikipedia article is biased in favor of liberal democrats. For example, talk with any person who isn't an Anglo-Saxon Breeder.  Still, the article is useful for discussion.

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Ah well. Hippocrates, “Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.”
And, on Oahu, Spring has sprung and I have a song in may heart.
       

At the height of World War II, Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, argued that the United States had amassed such wealth and power that the twentieth century would come to be known simply as “the American…
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

PRISONERS OF WISHES: Asian movies 1

AGAINST THE TIDE.    (Chinese: 逆潮) is a psychological thriller drama produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. This drama features different crime cases. Recommended for its pretty boys and occasional bondage.

desmond tan is a Singaporean actor.


































The ingaporean gang.                                                                                                          

       










zheng ge ping is a Singaporean actor.






































The Singaporean gang of actors 
                      


zhang zhen huan is a China- born Singapore - based actor in Singapore.



























xu bin is a China -born Singapore-based actor and MediaCorp artiste.

















































Friday, September 8, 2017

Images of East Asia movie actors (part 1)

Images from East Asian action movies.  Most of them are from South Korea and I emphasize them for several reasons:  I was stationed just south of the DMV in 1953 and developed a fondness for the land and its people; it is now again threatened with destruction by the US  and I don't want that to happen. Lobby against it, please.

South Korea was a desperately-poor, backward (by Western standards) land when I was there: in contrast, South Korea, as pictured by movie directors, is now a vibrant land, women are at least equal to men socially and economically, a land whose architecture puts Hawaii to shame.  And I like the way the men look and move. (See, e.g., Man on High Heels, netflix) a daring movie since gay rights are barely permitted in South Korea).

Other images come from Singapore, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Some of the most imanatige come from Thailand.

Following posts contain more images.  The images kere are not sorted, except for Aaron Kwok.
















































































Aaron Kwok, see below












"Teen Wolf" snuck in when I wasn't looking.  Never too old for "Teen Wolf."










Aaron Kwok is an old favorite.
Other images of Aaron from "The Storm Riders"   (highly recommended) include:

































So did "Mogli", but Jason Scott Lee is always welcomed.