The Importance of Being Ken

Ken – Earnest, sincere (pronunciation inscrutable)

Chinese crap works right up until it doesn’t. Manufactured crap, electronic crap, diplomatic crap — it’s all the same. A building fell over in China on the same day the condo collapsed in Surfside, FL. While I know this to be true, you can pretty much say that a Chinese building fell over on any day of the year, so that seeming coincidence is just an incident. In the US, it took 40 years of neglect and then a month of jackhammering to bring down a condo. In China, that’s just what buildings do.

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  1. Gavin Longmuir

    Love that expression — “Tofu-Dreg Project”!

    Clearly, the Chinese have some problems in their construction sector. Still, it is tough for us to get a sense of context. There are countries closer than China where bridges fall down — even new ones designed & built by women. And there are countries closer than China where sinkholes open up and swallow cars. What is the prevalence of problems in different countries? I have no idea.

    We should be careful not to let China’s problems become an excuse for not acting to take care of our own problems.

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  2. China and their papier-mache dictators can get bent. Them and their junk.

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  3. Gavin Longmuir

    It is OK to be anti-Chinese. It is not (yet) Racist to be so — at least from looking at the way Harvard treats American citizens of Asian ancestry. (In Harvard’s defense, it seems they do have a soft spot for full-tuition Asian Chinese citizens of Chinese descent — so Harvard can’t be Racist).

    Personal assessment — our Best & Brightest made a giant mistake, possibly a country-ending existential mistake, by offshoring so much of the former US manufacturing capability to China.

    But now we are where we are. We certainly have the liberty to dislike & distrust the Chinese Communist Party — but we should not under-estimate them. That would be compounding our Best & Brightest’s original mistake.

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  4. Earlier this week Amazon popped for four percent. Early call option buying was exceedingly heavy. Paul Pelosi had been buying calls for a week. Later in the day, the Pentagon announced it was rebidding the cloud contract called Jedi. This had been awarded to Microsoft and of course Paul had call options on Microsoft at the time.

    What does this have to do with the written piece? Well if one wants to compare China to the US, one must decide on the basis of comparison. I have trouble being anti China. Under normal conditions, I would feel the communist rule is the most repugnant. However, given the obvious corruption that is rampant within the shit show we call our government, I have trouble determining which I prefer.

    If it is Civil Engineering skill, then we want to compare the big dig to China’s building a somewhat bigger transportation project. The big dig implementation only took 16 years. The hcmb took 9.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong%E2%80%93Zhuhai%E2%80%93Macau_Bridge

    19 people died during the construction of China’s bridge. 96 died building the Hover Damn. Maybe in 70 years the Chinese citizens will be ashamed of the generation that built the country. But I doubt they will follow in the US footsteps and have multiple generations of citizens that lack any sense of gratitude.

    By the way. In my book the fact that less than one percent of the population even knows that Paul Pelosi has made money multiple times on what appears to be inside information or that other people are getting inside information and the SEC has done nothing is more important than a building collapse. That isn’t to say it isn’t tragic. It is to say we have our priorities messed up. This point relative to the piece is … China is making mistakes because the are learning/trying and have the right priorities. The US is doing nothing, living off the accomplishments of its fathers while pissing on their graves.

    P.S. I recall when something made in Japan was called Mickey Mouse.

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