> re-education work must "wash brains, cleanse hearts, support the right, remove the evil (洗脑净心扶正祛邪)".
a solar-powered desalination system to bring clean, healthy water to the people in Kiunga, a rural village in Kenya https://theheartysoul.com/kenya-installs-the-first-solar-plant-that-transforms-ocean-water-into-drinking-water/
"A Cabinet Office spokesperson apologised for the error and said it had reported itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office." https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/28/government-exposes-addresses-of-new-year-honours-recipients #DataProtection #Privacy #incompetence
#China watchers should look forward to this newly published Shenzhen history:
>To grow up with technology, as my generation has, is to constantly question the self, to split into multiplicities, to try to contain our own contradictions. In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman famously said that he contradicted himself. The self, he said, is large, and contains multitudes. But what is contemporary technology if not a mechanism for the containment of multitudes?
George Monbiot: “The oligarchs have discovered the formula for persuading the poor to vote for the interests of the very rich” https://youtu.be/6I_ZhGHxnHQ
"an effort by the Chinese Communist Party to satisfy Chinese people’s search for moral guidelines by supplementing the largely irrelevant ideology of communism with a curated version of the past." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/21/opinion/sunday/chinas-religion-xi.html #China
I swear #China is using the book #1984 as a governance manual: https://www.privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3293/facial-recognition-just-use-phone-china-sets-dangerous-global-precedent #surveillance #privacy
A #China classic: "But if you stay in Beijing for a while, you will reach a kind of understanding with the old Beijingers. Once you have a richer understanding of them, there is no way to stereotype them." http://beijingcream.com/2017/07/in-beijing-20-million-people-pretend-to-live/
Mesut Özil row: China's Arsenal fans burn shirts in anger at Xinjiang post - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/16/mesut-ozil-row-chinas-arsenal-fans-burn-shirts-in-anger-at-xinjiang-post what could possibly go wrong as #china becomes even stronger and more pugnacious on the global stage?
"Human beings are lost in a cosmos they cannot account for and therefore driven toward the transcendentalisms that articulate the wonder, awe, and anxiety they encounter in approaching Being." https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20191218-During?key=mi0Bff1vaLHL09_no2Emg0XYCcsaACdszhHEjIW3NT8vqsirytXfGG5PQ4fxT1urMHZXamFhTEItN0tqaS1hQmdEdUVfd3JfZ2JWY00xVGpzdzJ6eVhrRkxiOA
TIL "the solstice, traditionally celebrated as the "shortest day of the year" in terms of hours of daylight, actually doesn't have the earliest sunset in some places" https://www.insidescience.org/news/solstice-shmolstice-%E2%80%93-why-coldest-days-are-still-come
People Are Pressuring the Olympic Committee to Help Shut Down China's Uyghur Camps
"Conservative donor gatherings...Most of the attendees are there only because they are not smart enough to recognize that the Democratic Party offers a far more effective reputation laundering service. The rest are probably too senile to know where they are at all." https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2019/11/the-real-class-war/
Fresh from the University of No Shit Sherlock: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/narcissistic-ceos-weaken-collaboration-integrity
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