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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Chinese Horror-scope for the next Decade..?

Fellow blogger and all-round entertaining ranter Brewski has recently been contemplating leaving his home on 'Demented Isle', which he revealed in a feedback earlier in this blog to be Taiwan. Being apparently afeared to fly he wishes to opt for the sea-and-land route - no doubt picturesque, but will it be quick enough to escape the fate looming over the island? C'mon Brewski, get yer skates on! If the Daily Propoganda is to be believed World War III is going to kick off in your backyard!
The article I refer to is citing the book America's War With China: A Collision Course Over Taiwan by Ted Galen Carpenter which predicts that in the next 10 years America will go to war. With, err, China. Umm... over Taiwan. And that's not just a load of guff, apparently - after all, Carpenter is described in the press as 'a sober commentator on foreign policy issues' as opposed to a scare-mongering fantasist. That said, many such sober commentators predicted similar shit with China's predecessor-in-superpowerdom, the USSR, and despite a few spats all-out-war never quite reared its head. Personally I am always sceptical about believing folks described as 'sober'... I for one have always found alcohol to be a most excellent truth-laxative.
Of course the current US stance would seem to be at odds with this prediction, but the double-standard that America displays in not recognising Taiwanese independence from communist China has always been based on politics rather than 'ideology', and politics is a temperamental beast. Carpenter's argument is based on the assumptions that: a) Taiwan has become so bolshy in asserting it's sovereignty that China is being goaded into settling matters once and for all; b) China believes that the US is sincere in it's support of their claim to the island and will not intervene to defend it; and c) the US could never stand by and allow such an occurrence, despite paying lip-service to Chinese claims.
He could be right, although other 'experts' (another group I distrust) dispute the claims, making the point that a Straits War would not only fuck up Taiwan but would be a bad for the US and China too. Of course going to war is often not that good for anyone, but it's never stopped us yet.... Brewski, get swimming!
In completely unrelated news it appears that the Government of India has been panicked into patenting a couple of hundred Yoga poses (stances / positions / what-the-fuck-ever) by unscrupulous teachers in the US who are cheekily taking out patents themselves, claiming credit for practices that have been around for years. The world really is full of cunts, ain't it?
Cheers m'dears!


At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 7:37:00 pm, Blogger the anti-barney said...

I thought I dreamt that Brewski was in Taiwan and now I'm too lazy to check back.

At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 7:38:00 pm, Anonymous SexyBeauty said...

If the US take on China, they'd lose. When I was a child my mother was always on about Nostrademis (?) predictions for the future - and one was that the yellow race shall rule the world!

At Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:46:00 pm, Blogger Cinnamon Doughnut said...

I think the most important question this raises is, how the fuck does one patent a yoga pose? Presumably there's also an agency that decides whether a certain position meets the exact specifications of the 'Flying Lotus among Swans' or whatever. There been any lawsuits yet? I'd like to see that ...

Oh yeah, and Nostradamus was a self-indulgent cunt of the highest order.

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 4:57:00 am, Blogger Dr Maroon said...

Well said CD!

They have also patented dna sequences from nature that may have beneficial effects in herbal remedies. The orientals are just sick because they never thought of it first.

I have patented the Reverse Cowboy and Spitroast sexual positions.

I'll be a millionaire.

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:47:00 am, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Ahh, so that's why my partner says we can't do them.......

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 4:19:00 pm, Blogger Foot Eater said...

I wouldn't call Nostradamus a self-indulgent cunt; well, not self-indulgent anyway. I'd see him more as an L. Ron Hubbard figure, a colossal swindler who would have been laughing all the way to the bank if the royalty system had existed in his day.

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 5:40:00 pm, Blogger Dr Maroon said...

What are ye moanin’ at? The map says 120 odd, and only updates every 24 hours. You can scrub the 9th, so that means it’s only two days. I think. Patience for goodness sake.


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