China232.com Blog http://china232.com/blog Learn about us and learn English! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:41:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Russia, Ukraine, and USA. Who is right? http://china232.com/blog/east-west-cultural-differences/russia-ukraine-and-usa-who-is-right?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=russia-ukraine-and-usa-who-is-right http://china232.com/blog/east-west-cultural-differences/russia-ukraine-and-usa-who-is-right#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:41:41 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=372 This is a scary situation.  I’d love hear all your opinions, especially people from both Russia and from the Ukraine.  Please share with your friends as well.  This is just so important.

Let’s start with who is NOT right.

The USA.  I am just sick and tired of their war efforts.  What the HELL are they doing?  Oh ya, just trying to make money and control the world.  Wonderful……

I should say that a lot of American people know this and agree, so I don’t blame them at all.  But their government is absolutely out of control.  Obama and John Kerry look, talk, and seem like reasonable people, but clearly, they are not.

I’m not an expert on the situation, but I have been following it closely from many different information sources, and I’ll tell you what I think is going on.

This is important for the whole world, so please pay attention to this kind of stuff.  Don’t be like most people who just bury their heads in the sand and think, “I’m not interested in world politics” or something.  You should be.  We all should be.

So what I know is this:

Russia and the Ukraine have a long history, and it’s a complicated one, and the West (USA) knows almost nothing about it and it’s none of their business.  Several years ago, Russia gave back a part of land to the Ukraine, and now Putin wants it back.  I don’t know why, and I don’t know the history.  This is just what I understand.  The point is, this is a battle between the Ukraine and Russia over this piece of land.

Imagine if the US and Mexico were fighting over some part of land between them.  Do you think the US would be ok with Russia or anyone flying across the world and helping Mexico?  HAHAHA

Obviously not.  And Russia wouldn’t do that.  No one would.

I also hear that the Ukraine is having a lot of internal political struggle.  The US helped fund a very aggressive government in the Ukraine to help take over the country.  There was some kind of internal battle.  Obviously the US will give money to any group in any country if they believe that group will help the US in some way (ultimately financially).  This is sick, but it’s what the military does all the time.  And the people in the US military often don’t agree with what they are doing, they find out later and report how bad it all is.

I will post a video from an American guy who does a lot of research on many political issues.  I think it’s at least interesting and should be shared.  Please comment, no matter where you are from, and let me know what you think is going on, what will happen (will there be a real war) and what is the purpose of all this?  Who is right, who is wrong, and what is your media saying in your country?  I hope the Russians and Ukraine writers can try to make intelligent comments, and if we don’t agree with each other, we can at least do so respectfully.  Thanks guys.  Share this and make it popular!!  Watch the video too.  Can’t wait to read what you guys think and know about this.

We will of course be discussing this and more in the VIP!!  Also, keep coming here every day because I’m writing more and more blogs to make you think and improve your English.

 

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Banning the word “Bossy” – Ridiculous! http://china232.com/blog/east-west-cultural-differences/banning-the-word-bossy-ridiculous?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=banning-the-word-bossy-ridiculous http://china232.com/blog/east-west-cultural-differences/banning-the-word-bossy-ridiculous#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:48:15 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=370 There are a group of feminists who are trying to ban the use of the word “bossy” to describe women.

High profile chicks are behind this.  People like Beyonce and Victoria Beckham (David Beckham’s wife).

Let me give you the basic “low down” (the main idea) first of what is going on.  This is insane.

“Bossy” is a word used to describe both men and women.  It means that someone is kind of “acting like a boss” of a situation in which they are not the boss.  For example, if I told you, “Hey Susan, clean my shoes”, that is incredibly “bossy” because I’m not Susan’s boss and I can’t just tell her what to do, as though I own her.

It’s always a negative word because it’s about people telling and demanding other people to do something.  Even a good real “boss” shouldn’t act so bossy.  It’s rude, and there are more polite ways to do it.

But now, these “feminists” are trying to get people to stop using this word which has been used for probably hundreds of years.  It makes me sick.  I find it quite ironic to think that they feel they should be the boss of such a huge cultural topic.  Who made them the boss of which words are right and which ones are not?  They seem pretty damn bossy to me!

I believe men and women are equal, but not the SAME.  They should have equal rights, but we shouldn’t get all men and women to act and think and do everything as one identical type of person.  I’m NOT saying women should be forced to be a certain way and men should be forced to act differently, people can and should do whatever they want, as long as it is not hurting others.

Is it unfair or wrong that women often have long hair and wear make up and earrings while men do not?  I don’t think so.  I don’t want us all trying to be the same.  Does long hair and make up make you better or worse?  No.  It just makes it easy to see who is a man and who is a woman.  (I mean, it’s pretty easy most of the time anyway, but you get my point.  We don’t all need to be the SAME, in order to have equal rights).

I think the “West” has sucked big time with this topic.  Asian, Russian, Eastern European, and MANY other cultures of modern day women are not thinking in this way.  They are honouring being feminine, and not trying to make things exactly the same.  If you make men and women think, talk, dress, and act exactly the same; it may seem “fair” in some weird sense, but it’s not making people happier. Not men, and not women either.

If some man or woman is acting bossy, I will ALWAYS keep using this word, and I don’t care what anyone thinks.  This is insane, and you can see clearly how badly the west is trying to ruin femininity with this fake idea of trying to be “equal” or trying to “empower women”.  I believe in empowering women, just not at all in this way.  This is completely ridiculous and I would love all your thoughts, from both men and women, all over the world.  Please comment below, whether or not you completely agree or completely disagree.

Add and I will be discussing this in the VIP room as well.  Will be an AWESOME one.

And here is the article I read about this nonsense.  I read about it other places too.  Might be interesting for you to check out.  :)

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What Happened to the Plane?? http://china232.com/blog/current-events/what-happened-to-the-plane?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-happened-to-the-plane http://china232.com/blog/current-events/what-happened-to-the-plane#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:02:01 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=368 I’m sure you’ve heard about the airplane which took off from Malaysia and was headed for Beijing.  It “disappeared”.

This is obviously extremely horrifying and a terrible tragedy for the victims and their loved ones.  My heart goes out to everyone who has suffered from this awful event.

Like a lot of people though, I am wondering, “what the h-ll happened??????”.  It’s 2014, and a plane just “disappears”?  Really?  A very large plane with well over 200 people on board.  I don’t know what happened, but I have a hard time believing that “no one knows”.

There are many ships in the ocean with their own radar.  All governments have their own radar.  No one has any idea where this plane went or what happened?  Maybe, I’m not an expert, but it makes no sense to me.

I find it shocking that 2 people got on the plane with “stolen passports”.  WOW.  They go insane if I try to take a little mini water bottle on a plane to drink.  How could these guys get on with the wrong passport?  It must have been in the computer system when they went through security.

And even if they did get on the plane and it was a terrorist attack, why does no one know at least WHERE the plane is?  It makes almost no sense to me and I simply don’t believe it.  I think it’s important for all of us to pay close attention to whatever happens with this story and remain very sceptical.  Don’t just believe anything that comes out.  This is very serious.

And if it was a terrorist attack, what will the governments do?  This is really sad, sick, and scary.  Will there be another war?  Will there be even more ridiculous security at airports?  What is going to happen??

I obviously don’t know the answer as to exactly what happened, but I do know that it doesn’t make a lot of sense already.  Was it a “conspiracy”?  I think yes, I just don’t know what the “conspiracy” was.

By the way, in case you didn’t know, a “conspiracy theory” is basically an explanation for an event which is different from the official story that a government says.  There are conspiracy theories for so many things.  A lot of them aren’t true, but many are.  I believe its important to keep an open mind to anything, and don’t just think, “conspiracy theories are always wrong”.  That is a terrible attitude for the public to have and it makes it easy for governments to lie.  You don’t have to believe every crazy theory, but don’t be a sheep and just believe whatever it says in the newspapers.

This is a very international audience, and I’m curious what you guys think of this event.  How is your media covering it?  (What are they saying in your newspapers and on TV?  Where are you from and where are you living?)

Please write your answers below in the comments.

By the way, Add and I flew from Bangkok to Hong Kong for a good friend’s wedding the other day, and when we were in Hong Kong we heard about this “missing flight” on the TV news on CNN.  Then we had to fly back to Shanghai the next day.  We definitely needed a few drinks to calm down before the flight (especially Add)

The lessons have been getting better and better.  Check them out here :)  New Lessons

I’m going to be trying to blog a few days per week now.  So keep coming back here to read the blog, comment, and share with friends.  If I see the traffic grow and you guys are liking it, I’ll do more and more.  I promise.  Just help “spread the word” and share your ideas below.  Love to hear your thoughts.

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Natural Supplements for Anxiety and Sleep http://china232.com/blog/health/natural-supplements-for-anxiety-and-sleep?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=natural-supplements-for-anxiety-and-sleep http://china232.com/blog/health/natural-supplements-for-anxiety-and-sleep#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:25:29 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=365 Add and I have been working on a monster secret project.  We’re still doing the 232, so don’t worry.  We’ve been going pretty wild in the VIP room as well, so you’d be very wise to check that out.  Trust me…

Anyway…

So the secret project is that we’re now teaming up with our best friend from our home town in Canada to make the world’s best brand of potent and effective herbal supplements.

Herbal supplements are kind of like a “natural medicine” from plants.  A lot of the brands on the market don’t work well because they are made from very low quality parts of the plants.

It would be like trying to make good wine, but instead of using great quality grapes, you use the dirt and the leaves, and the stems.

Ridiculous!

The first couple of products that we’re making are for sleep and anxiety.

The sleep formula we’re making is not too hard to understand.  It is designed to make you fall asleep quickly, stay asleep the whole night, and wake up in the morning feeling energized and AWESOME!  A lot of products on the market don’t do that at all, and either don’t work, or they make you wake up feeling “groggy”.  Groggy means really sleepy and sort of “out of it”.  Like the only way to get through the day is to have 3 cups of coffee.  That is “groggy”.  The product is called “Sleep X”  You can check it out here.  Herbal Sleep Supplement

I’d love to hear what you think of the concept and the page design :)

Then next product is an anti anxiety mood enhancer.  That means it makes you feel good, feel happy, feel confident, and feel less nervous.  We’re SUPER excited about this one.  We’ll we’re excited about both actually, but this one even more.

Check it out here and let us know what you think of this.  Natural Anxiety Supplement

In the near future, we plan on making some detox ones, and some weight loss ones.  The weight loss one we’re working on will make you burn fat, not feel hungry, and feel really happy, all at the same time.  No one else has made this type yet, but we’re going to do it.

The brand name is 88herbs.  We’re branding it as the “best Canadian supplements”  Well, to be honest, we’re going for the world’s best brand.  But we’re starting to sell in Canadian stores but online internationally.

I’d love to hear what you guys think, any advice you have, and if you think it would sell well in your country.  Where are you from and do people buy this kind of thing?  Trust me, these work really well.  And we have all the legal paperwork from Health Canada (the medical part of our government).

We’ll talk about some real stories (good and bad) in the business English part of our VIP lessons.  This is a really interesting time and I hope you guys follow along for the ride with us as we jump into this new thing!

Please let me know your thoughts, comments, and questions for all this!  If you have any ideas at all, please share!

Let’s let 2014 be the best year for English learning EVER, so now is not the time to be shy.

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Sorry. But I was Right :) http://china232.com/blog/business-english/sorry-but-i-was-right?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sorry-but-i-was-right http://china232.com/blog/business-english/sorry-but-i-was-right#comments Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:44:40 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=361 I thought that title would make you click :)

I’m partly kidding, but also partly serious… Read my last blog to see what I think I’m right about.

I read all the comments and I absolutely love debating with you guys (and girls).

Maybe I wasn’t clear enough in my explanation.  Maybe I’m wrong, who knows.  Let me try again to make my main point.  If you agree with me, great!  If you disagree, great!  Seriously, either way, please share in the comments below……

Here’s what I’m really saying.  I believe the internet CAN BE much more powerful than the way 99.999% of the people use it for currently.  If you aren’t great at searching, you won’t get what you need.  This is totally true.  And it’s true that most people are REALLY BAD with search and finding opportunities and information online.  They just don’t know how bad they are.

It’s not just the fact that the internet exists that is such a big deal.  It’s about what this means and what the net makes possible.

Reading articles and finding facts online is super basic.  I’m talking about what else the internet allows us to do that is so new to all of our human history.  Think about LinkedIn.com.  If you don’t already use it, you absolutely should.  It’s one of the most powerful sites ever.

Imagine you were back in 1995 and you wanted to speak with an expert in marketing at a particular large company.  How could you do it?  How would you even find the location of the company if you didn’t already know it?  It’s hard to remember life before the internet.

Now, you can go on LinkedIn.com, search for specific jobs and people in any company.  You can contact them and come up with a reason to call them, email them, or even take them out for lunch to ask them stuff (you just need to be creative to think of a reason they’d want a free lunch with you.  It’s really not that hard either)  You can meet with people all over the world in different companies and different job positions.  If you can’t meet them face to face, you can at least email them and set up a phone/Skype call.  I do this all the time.  Seriously.

This one thing is just ONE example of many things the internet allows us to do, IF we decide to take advantage of this.  Imagine how hard it would have been to even find the name of a person in the marketing department in Samsung 20 years ago.  How would you even do it back then?

This is such a game changer for sales.  You can now run an international sales department without leaving your office.  You can find corporate clients (other businesses), then call the right people on the phone or on Skype, send them your website and other documents via email, and close sales deals online.  You don’t need to meet in person.  Some people say it helps, but it’s unnecessary.

Imagine learning about sales in an MBA program that costs a ton of money.  Do you think they teach this new way of meeting clients and closing sales deals?  Do you think they recommend the option of selling huge sales orders while still in your underwear?  Of course not!  They are teaching what was true 20 years ago.  They pretend they are up to date, but they are lying.  Schools are a business, and changing what they teach takes so much effort and energy.

Ok, this school is known for being kind of a joke, but look at this.  It’s an online university.  Students pay thousands and thousands of dollars for their online business courses.   It’s super popular.  It’s INSANE.  That link was directly to their business program.  If you read it and believe it, then WOW.  I don’t know what to tell you.  I’m shocked anyone would think this is a good idea for the money. Shocked!!

The internet can change not only what articles we can read, but also who we can meet and how we can find them.  You can find a job on the other side of the world by researching companies and contacting them DIRECTLY with your ideas, even if they don’t say they are currently looking for jobs.  Then you can set up an interview.  It doesn’t always work, but it often does.  But people just insist on doing everything the old way, and getting pretty terrible results.  They go on job websites and send their resume all over the place; often for low paying jobs they won’t even get.

Even many new sales jobs will require 5 years work experience and a long list of contacts.  This made sense in the past, but why does anyone with talent need the contacts already?  If they are confident and hardworking, they can contact anyone they want in any company.  The internet makes us all have a huge network of business contacts if we are willing to use it properly.

I’m just talking about business and sales here, but this really applies to almost anything.  The internet can change everything if we are creative enough to know how to use it; and I’m really not just talking about reading articles.  I’m talking about in every way imaginable.

I hope I’m making more sense here… If not, let me know I’m a crazy madman in the comments!  I love reading it all, good or bad :)

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More Important Than You Think…… http://china232.com/blog/cool-stuff/more-important-than-you-think?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=more-important-than-you-think http://china232.com/blog/cool-stuff/more-important-than-you-think#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:15:30 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=359 I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I realized just tonight that the internet is WAY more important and useful than I thought.

It can be the biggest waste of time ever (which is how most people use it) OR, it can be used in a way to completely change your life for the better.

This is all obvious and probably sounds like its not new at all.  It seems like it was an article written in 1996, not 2013…

Just stay with me here; please.  I think you’ll see what I mean.

If you’ve read my blogs (You really should) or listened to our hundreds of podcasts (The best are here in the VIP)

then you already know I don’t have a lot of respect for formal education.  I think it’s pretty much a waste of time and money (except for the social and partying parts of it)

I just didn’t really know WHY I thought this so strongly.  I had an idea why, but it really wasn’t SUPER clear until tonight.  That’s why I’m writing this blog now.  It’s fresh in my mind and I actually want to share it with you guys.  It still amazes me that I can connect with people all over the world with an idea, and do it instantly from my bedroom in Shanghai.  Imagine doing this only 20 years ago?

…Anyway, here is my point.  I was thinking about how fast information is changing, and how being good at searching for information really makes a lot of school a complete waste of time.  With information changing so fast all the time, school often becomes a joke because they are teaching stuff that isn’t useful TODAY.  How could it be?  Even our cultural values and beliefs change because society is always so different now.  Old people have very useful advice on what things to appreciate in life, and some huge and important general wisdom they’ve learned from years of life experience.  But they often, not always, but often have really pathetic advice for what is currently possible in today’s world.  They just don’t get how easy it is to learn new stuff and how we can change our lives quickly with that new info.

It used to be such a great skill to be a lawyer.  ”WOOOO, he/she has a law degree”  It was such a big deal in the past, and people had such respect for this kind of thing.  Now, it’s really not a big deal at all; at least it shouldn’t be.

Sorry if you are a lawyer, and I’d love to read your comments if you are, but laws are not secrets.  20 years ago, or even less, if you didn’t know how some legal thing worked, then how would you find the information?  You’d have to contact a lawyer and ask them.  You’d have to pay a bunch of money as well, even just to ask them a question.

I mean, would you find some info on laws in a book you found in a library?  I highly doubt it.  It was the same with accounting, the same with medicine, the same with even cooking foreign foods.  If you didn’t know how to cook an Indian curry 20 years ago, you had no chance in learning.  Now you’d be a fool if you couldn’t find that info in 2 minutes.

In today’s world, if you know how to search the internet well, you can really find out anything.  This concept is not new, but what is new (at least to me) is what this all means……

It means that most of what we learned in school, from our parents, and from our culture is garbage.  (Well, it’s not all garbage, but a lot of it is very very wrong)

How we learn now is different.  The speed we learn is different; it’s much faster.   Each person can become so much more knowledgeable than people in the past; like 50 times more knowledgeable.  It should make us run our lives in a completely different way.  We really don’t need so much formal education.

If you want to know about marketing, you can find about it online.  If you want to know about accounting, you can find it online.  Even though many of the articles are basic, you can at least find a good book on Amazon and order it if you want something more advanced.  We should be able to do many more jobs than before, and we should be able to learn a lot about them quickly.  We should be able to do so many more things than people in previous generations did.  We can just find the information we don’t know about in a couple seconds.

I think we’re only beginning to realize how powerful the internet can be.  This is just the beginning.  The earlier you TRULY understand this concept and apply it to your life, the better your life will be.

Most people still are not taking advantage of the opportunities that lie on the internet.  Do you agree with me?  Why or why not?

How could you use it to improve your life?

Love to read your comments!

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Would One Language Stop War? http://china232.com/blog/east-west-cultural-differences/would-one-language-stop-war?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=would-one-language-stop-war http://china232.com/blog/east-west-cultural-differences/would-one-language-stop-war#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:05:11 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=357 Imagine if the whole world spoke one language.  Seriously, imagine it for a minute…

Would there be war?  Who would be fighting in it?

I believe that most people throughout the world do not want war.  They will say they want it if their country MUST fight, but they would prefer a peaceful world.

The problem is that the world is really terrible at understanding other countries and other people’s perspectives.  It’s so much easier to go to war with a culture that seems so different than it is to go to war with a country who is almost the same.

The western governments (especially US) are really effective at making other countries look like they are either filled with a horrible culture, an evil dictator as a leader, or filled with psycho terrorists.  This makes people scared, and when they are scared, most people will just believe whatever their government tells them, and whatever they see on TV and the news.

Most people are too busy paying attention to sports or the latest pop songs anyway.  They don’t know much about what is going on in the world, and they don’t really care.  It’s sad, but it’s true.

War is a huge business and that’s the main reason it continues in my belief.

It seems obvious (and totally crazy) to me that most countries in the world almost seem to “enjoy” their ignorance about other countries.  We all learn that our own history is better than it is, and that the history of other countries is worse than it is.  This pride and misunderstanding keeps the hatred alive, and it allows the possibility of war to always be present.

Could we all just learn one language and at least learn enough about one another to stop the fighting and killing?  I think so.  I just don’t think the global bankers and the government leaders in the world want that.  They prefer the fighting, killing, money, and misunderstanding.

Try to have a conversation with anyone about other countries.  Talk with them about Iran, North Korea, USA, Iraq, Syria, China, Russia, Brazil.  Listen to their opinions.  Ask them how they get their information and why they believe it so strongly.  You will see that most people feel confident they know what is going on, but when you ask them “how they know” you’ll see they are just people who easily believe what is in the news and what their governments (school system) tells them.

Love to hear your thoughts on why war keeps continuing, who really benefits from this, and would one language help to either stop it, or almost stop it.  Don’t be shy :)  Please share below.

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Get rid of Visa’s? Good idea or not? http://china232.com/blog/current-events/get-rid-of-visas-good-idea-or-not?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-rid-of-visas-good-idea-or-not http://china232.com/blog/current-events/get-rid-of-visas-good-idea-or-not#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:17:22 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=354 I don’t know about you, but I am the type of person who absolutely hates doing any “paperwork”.

Paperwork is basically when you have to spend time filling out forms and applications for anything.  I even hate the small stuff like in airports, you know, like when they give you those stupid little cards to fill out and put your name and passport number on.   I always forget my passport and Visa numbers, and it takes me an extra 15 minutes of frustration to find everything.  It almost ruins my whole trip!  (Don’t worry, I already know I’m a baby)

I wish we could just go places without making such a big deal about it.  I mean, we all share the same planet, so why can’t we just travel around whenever we want, wherever we want, and stay as long as we want?

Think of how much money we all waste in tax dollars hiring these people who look at Visas, make the laws, and deal with any parts of the whole thing.

I can “sort of” understand why we can’t just open up all the borders and let people go wherever they want, live wherever they want, and work wherever they want, but in many ways, I just think the current system is absolutely pathetic and it’s hurting all citizens.

I’d love to know where you live (Which country and city) and what your honest thoughts on this are.  Please share in the comments.  Would you be afraid that too many people would just come to your country?  Would you like this “No Visa” world?  What changes would you like to see and why, to the VISA situation and travel rules in this world?

How about this?  We set up a global system where people could pay about $5000 bucks to get a “lifelong world VISA”.  That money would go to health insurance and things like that.  It would also stop millions of super poor people from just moving into any city and totally changing the way the city works.  $5000 USD is enough money to “deter” or discourage certain people from abusing this free travel capability.

Here’s another question:  Why do you think countries will not agree with this idea?  (We know they won’t change anything!)  Who benefits from the current system of almost forcing people to stay in the country they were born in?  Why make travel, working, and even living in other countries such a pain in the ass?

Love to hear your thoughts :)

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The Police did What??? http://china232.com/blog/current-events/the-police-did-what?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-police-did-what http://china232.com/blog/current-events/the-police-did-what#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 05:53:17 +0000 Andrew http://china232.com/blog/?p=350 This is insane.

Here’s the story:  There was an 8 year old girl at home with her babysitter.  (The little girl’s parents were not home obviously)

The little girl took a knife from the kitchen and was threatening to hurt herself, or even kill herself.  The baby sitter didn’t know what to do so she decided to call the police for help.

3 police came (all men) and tried to help the situation.  Remember, this is a little girl, and this little girl is only 8.  I wasn’t there so I can’t know exactly what happened, but we can all imagine how this might have looked.  Is it possible the girl could have hurt herself seriously with the knife?  Maybe.  Is it possible she could have really hurt the adult male police officers with the knife?  I can’t imagine it.

Anyway, the police were asking the girl to put down the knife and she kept refusing.  So one complete dumb-ass cop took out a “Taser” and used that to shock the girl.  If you don’t know what a Taser is, you can look it up on Google.  It’s basically a hand held machine that police in the US use to “stun” people.  It’s supposed to be used on adults and isn’t designed for young or old people.  It’s strong enough that several hundred people have died accidentally from “being tased” by police.  This Taser shoots some kind of electricity at you and makes you shocked.  It’s obviously very powerful, but it’s still a better option than the police shooting someone with a real gun.

So what happened to this girl?  She was so hurt and “messed up” from this Taser that she had to spend 24 hours in the hospital to recover.  Shooting some little kid with electricity?  Wild.  Sick.

When I read the news story, I saw the comments from many people underneath the news article.  I was very surprised to see that MOST people were not blaming the police, and were instead saying that this little girl must have been acting so badly from poor parenting.

Maybe the parents are not great, maybe the little girl has some kind of emotional or psychological problems to be acting that way, but COME ON, is this how pathetic some police are?

That would never happen in China because the police don’t carry around weapons, and I can’t imagine a Chinese policeman thinking that was a good idea.  I think it wouldn’t happen in most countries.

My belief is that some (certainly not all) cops love the “power”.  They LOVE getting the opportunity to use their guns and other “police toys”.

This makes me sick.  Another fact is that the police who used the Taser on the little girl is still working and getting paid.  Why not fire the guy for being such a total fool.

Ok, now for your comments…  Am I being unfair?  Do you agree with my opinion or not.  How would the police handle this in your country?  How should they handle it?  Should this cop be fired?

Please share all your thoughts below.  Here is the article for you to get another perspective.

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Money – This is insane http://china232.com/blog/learning-and-improving-english/money-this-is-insane?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=money-this-is-insane http://china232.com/blog/learning-and-improving-english/money-this-is-insane#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 09:50:05 +0000 otis http://china232.com/blog/?p=342 I’ve been doing a lot of research on the history of money lately.  It’s a topic that less than 1% of people know really anything about, but it’s a really interesting and important topic.  Let me share…

Have you ever wondered why stuff gets more expensive over time?  I remember when my grandma used to tell me that she could remember when a can of Coke was a nickel (5 cents).  You could go to the store and buy 20 cans of Coke with one USD.  Hilarious.

We certainly can’t do that now.  Why not?  You would think that it would be easier to make Coke with all the advances in technology and worker productivity.  Why is it so expensive compared to the past?

And Coke is just one example.  Almost everything was super cheap before, and now it goes up and up and up.  Of course, people’s wages get higher too, but what’s the point in having a higher wage if you have to pay more money to buy everything?

Why can’t we keep prices the same and use productivity gains (the increase in worker performance) to make our stuff cheaper for us?

…OK

Now what about this question?  Why do so many countries owe so much money (huge debts) AND why do they have to pay interest on the debt they borrowed?  It makes perfect sense if they are borrowing it from another country, but often this is not the case at all.  Often countries borrow money from the central banks in their own country.  This central banks make them pay it back, and with huge interest.

And who pays the interest?  The people in the country, and they pay it all with their tax dollars.  This seems totally retarded if you think about it.  If the government is spending our own money (the people’s tax dollars) then why would we have a system where they borrow it from banks?  Why can’t they just create their own money to spend, and at least that way, they wouldn’t have to pay interest on this money.

It’s true that if the government just makes more money, then all other people’s money would become worth less than before, but that’s better than having the government (ie. the tax payers) pay it all back plus interest on the loans isn’t it?

From my research, I found out that this all has a very interesting history.  Powerful bankers are much more powerful than the people (and the government) in a country.  They “call the shots”.  ”Calling the shots” means to make the important decisions.  They are so rich and powerful, and most of this stuff is a secret to most people.  And they want to keep it that way.

It’s not a secret that banks are rich, powerful, and have a lot of money.  But it’s not at all very well known what the hell is going on “behind the scenes”.  That means “outside of public awareness”.

I’d love to hear your opinions on this topic of money.  Please answer:

A) Why does everything keep costing more and more money?  Is this a good idea?  Who is it helping and who is it hurting in your opinion?

B)  Why would a government have a system where they ‘borrow’ money from banks, instead of just making it themselves to avoid having a debt with interest that the tax payers need to pay off?  What is going on?

Even if you have no idea, don’t be shy, just take a guess and share your opinions with us.  We’d love to hear them.

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