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Reflections on Xingiang about Han Chinese

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The image below of a market in Hotan, which is in Xinjiang, shows no Han Chinese in a Western China town. Also notice the dilapidated condition of the hovels!

But the market is busy busy busy, as many ordinary markets in China, East, North, West or South.

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/13 at 11:19

This maybe why you seem to be slipping, USofA

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Published by Daily Beast!!!

Seems plausible to me! Tea Partying isn’t the way to correct the slide in the US, or it doesn’t look like it’s the way!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/28 at 11:04

Lewis Lapham is an authentic intellectual treasure

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His comments on religion are so evocative for me in my present agnostic state of mind:

I brought the same qualities into the apostate lecture halls where it was announced that God was dead. The time and cause of death were variously given in sophomore and senior surveys of western civilization—disemboweled by Machiavelli in sixteenth-century Florence, assassinated in eighteenth-century Paris by agents of the French Enlightenment, lost at sea in 1835 while on a voyage with Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands, garroted by Friedrich Nietzsche on a Swiss Alp in the autumn of 1882, disappeared into the nuclear cloud ascending from Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The assisting coroners attached to one or another of the history faculties submitted densely footnoted autopsy reports, but none of the lab work brought forth a thumbprint of the deceased.

The one thing I rue about living in China is that it seems problematic to get copies of Lapham’s Quarterly and other collections of serious writing.

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Doesn’t the face say it all, to those who hate him and support him?

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How can you not be intrigued by the look of max effort, a long record of world class achievement and overcoming testicular cancer at the beginning of his career?

To me this image is AWESOME and the guy is in more ways then one!

So the negative press campaign focused on Lance Armstrong being led by Juliet Macur in the NY Times Sports section gets my attention, big time!

I give her credit in her latest item for mentioning the pros and cons, but the negative beat can’t be ignored. I wonder what it is really about? Does she really want “the news and all that is fit to print” or is she just pursuing a chimera of her own making?

However, you see it the LANCE is AWESOME and Juliet is just a reporter seeking a negative scoop!

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But the more she writes in this vein the more she confirms to me that there is no smoking needle! To me she seems to be another version of all those “fair and balanced” reporters who don’t have much to say about all those ‘mericans who think Obama, their sitting President, is a Muslim and a secret one at that!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/21 at 13:33

Religious faith and what I believe!

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There are so many things I like about NY Times,  or maybe you haven’t noticed that it’s my main feed! This morning I found this nugget that reminds me of my non-religious beliefs and a sound reason for them.

Yes, I am an agnostic and that’s the position that most philosophers accept as the most tenable one for human bein’s. But I beg your indulgence and say that I am no philosopher, even with my agnostic thinking. Though it’s true that I like to philosophize.

Here’s the quote from this morning’s piece about philosophy:

In these popular debates about God’s existence, the winners are neither theists nor atheists, but agnostics — the neglected step-children of religious controversy, who rightly point out that neither side in the debate has made its case.   This is the position supported by the consensus of expert philosophical opinion.

So, I feel better in my conscious mind about my agnostic beliefs because the nonsense of an all powerful caring God Father in this universe of such immensity, violent beginnings and endings of star systems et al is just too obvious. I accept many of the moral teachings of Jesus, but God Incarnate, gimme a break!

Here’s the view of another agnostic who blogs at 3 Quarks:

Having recently spent two weeks in Cambridge (the one in the United Kingdom) on a Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship, being lectured to by believers and nonbelievers, I found myself feeling more than anything unconvinced by certainties on either side. And feeling the need for solidarity and identity with other doubters. Thus my call for a revivified agnosticism. Our T-shirt will read: I just don’t know.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/01 at 15:27

A perceptive review of the Hitchens memoir

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I read the whole piece in the London Review of Books after seeing the link in Ross Douthat’s NY Times column about the Hitchens memoir and persona.

Yes, I kind of like Christopher Hitchens and especially the person/journalist described by Runciman!

What’s not to like about a contrarian talker like Hitch? I like most of him and his contrarianess!

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Do homo sapiens have a religion gene?

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It seems that homo sapiens in whatever national variety there is can accept and follow the dictates of the most hoary religions, like Scientology. How crazy can humans be (like Tom Cruise for example) to say that they follow and ascribe to the Religion of Scientology?

Surely they are nutty or barmy or batty or just  plain nuts! So what about the Indians who now apparently follow the religious dictates of Hubbard? See this link!

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