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ktchong last won the day on July 6 2015

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  1. Here is a little and shortened history lesson of this whole mess between China and Taiwan, and a little tale of how Karma is truly a bitch: After Taiwan -- aka officially the "Republic of China" -- lost the civil war and retreated to the island, Taiwan was actually in the United Nations between 1945 and 1971, as the official "Re pubic of China". The "Republic of China" was -- and still is -- Taiwan's formal designation and official name. Taiwan was a member in the UN, as one of the give permanent UN Security Council, for 26 years as the "legitimate" and "official" representation of CHINA and the CHINESE PEOPLE. Taiwan regarded itself as the government of all China -- included the mainland. At the same time, Taiwan called and labeled the China mainland as the "illegitimate" and "rogue" government on the mainland. The UN accepted Taiwan as the official "China" because Taiwan insisted that it will retake the China mainland from the communist government... WHICH NEVER HAPPENED. At that time, China was actually willing to recognize Taiwan -- if only Taiwan was willing to recognize China as a separate country and allow China into the UN. BUT TAIWAN REFUSED. Yup, Taiwan had the opportunity to become a separate country, to become independent from China. All Taiwan had to do was to recognize China as a separate country, and allow China into the UN as a separate country. BUT TAIWAN REFUSED, because it wanted to isolate China; and Taiwan had the upperhand at the time, and it thought it had the upperhand forever. Of course, Taiwan used its UNSC powers to put all kinds of tough economic and political sanctions on China, which caused hundreds of millions of death, miseries and suffering happened in China under Mao. So, was it Mao's fault to millions of Chinese death, or was it Taiwan's sanctions and isolation on China? Hm... certainly an interesting point to ponder over. So, after 26 years in 1971, China petitioned to the UN to replace Taiwan as the official, legitimate representative of "China" and the Chinese people. Many nations in the UN also thought it was getting silly to wait for Taiwan to "retake China", and felt that "we really have to have a government that legitimate representation for the Chinese people on the mainland, not some little island that has not ruled China for decades and just wants to put vengeful sanctions to punish and kill Chinese people." So the UN called for a vote, on UN Resolution 2758. Taiwan was not permitted to use its UNSC veto, (the first and only time a UNSC was not allowed to use its veto.) With clever and well-planned political maneuvers, China succeeded -- and replaced Taiwan as the "China" in the UN, by 76 to 35 votes. And Taiwan was kicked out of the UN and lost its status as an "independent country". And, here we are, and here is the irony: now that the situation is reversed, Taiwan is crying and whining about it being "not" China, it being an independent and separate country. Taiwan certainly did not see things that way back when it was in the UN between 1945 and 1971. It is only crying and whining right now because it lost the upperhand over China in 1971. Ah, sweet irony. Boo-hoo, cry me a river. Oh, poor baby, Taiwan does not want to play anymore. As for China: it still remembers the 26 years when Taiwan put and used all kind of sanctions that killed and starved millions of China. Taiwan still owes China some blood debts. There is still a price to be paid.
  2. Finally, proofs that Americans — i.e., the PEOPLE, not just the government — are in fact a very evil people. Polls to confirm the wickedness of how willing Americans (BOTH Democrats and Republicans) are to use nukes:
  3. Didn't the Iraqi Parliament just voted to expel all foreign occupying military forces??!? Iraq is being occupied by Western forces. It has no self-determination. It is effectively no different from being a colony of Western powers -- notably America. We don't call it that, but that is what it really is.
  4. I've been watching a lot of videos on Iran, so now YouTube is recommending anything that's relevant to Iran to me. A bunch of Christian and Evangelical videos about Iran have just popped up in my recommendations. Oh boy are they super excited about the coming End Time.
  5. Looks like Soleimani might have been invited by Iraq to Baghdad — on US behalf — to start a peace talk. Then the US turned around and assassinated Soleimani when he arrived on what was technically a US invitation. That was some Braveheart/Red Wedding-level villainy right there, a new low for America... or maybe not.
  6. A good reminder about the differences between Sunni vs. Shia, and how the US government and media always conflate the two to create a misleading narrative:
  7. Donald Trump will win the 2020 re-election. If you recall: back in 2016, all the election polls and pundits predicted that Hillary had “90-plus percentage” chance of defeating Trump in a landslide. All of them EXCEPT TWO: Professor Helmut Norpoth and Professor Alan Lichtman. Norpoth used his “Primary Model”. Lichtman used his 13-point predictive method. Here is the peculiarity shared by both Norpoth’s model and Lichtman’s 13 method: The main focus of the model and method was not even based on the candidates themselves. The models mostly looked at the performances of the SITTING PRESIDENT, who was Obama at the time. So, in essence, they looked at the 2016 election as a referendum on Obama’s second term. It was NOT Hillary who lost the 2016 election. It was OBAMA who lost the 2016 election — because outside the Black communities and the neoliberal circles, Obama’s policies had harmed and were disliked by the average Americans. The Primary Model even predicted that: even if Bernie had defeated Hillary in the 2016 primary, Bernie would have also lost to Trump — by an even bigger margin. Hillary or Bernie had very little to do with the outcome. The 2016 election outcome had already been pre-determined by the second-term performance of then-sitting president, Obama. Which brings us to the 2020 election. On December 5 in the New York Emma Clark Memorial Library, Norpoth offered his very first tentative forecast for the 2020 result based on his Primary Model. A month before that, Lichtman also went on the MSNBC to make an early 2020 prediction based on his 13-points. BOTH professors predicted Trump will win the 2020 election, regardless who will be the Democratic candidate. It is simply because Trump’s PERFORMANCES — outside his insensitive/offensive/sexist/racist comments and his un-presidential behaviors — especially his performances on economy, have actually been objectively good. AND, he has kept most of his campaign promises (even though I disagree with almost all of his policies/promises; I have to admit: he has kept most of his promises to his supporters.) Mind you: Lichtman is a Democrat who hated Trump, and Norpoth seems to be a progressive. But that was their early prediction for 2020. I encourage you to google those professors and their forecast methods/models. So, unless the economy crashes before the 2020 election, Trump will have his second term. So Happy New Year!
  8. Not sure if this is relevant to "politics", but a few days ago I read in Chinese social media that: in East Asia, (South Korea and Beijing in particular,) Asian male-white female interracial marriages outnumbered White male-Asian female ones, for the first time. Now that I've thought of it, I've been seeing a lot of Asian male-white female (AMWF) channels popped up on YouTube in the past year, (i.e., 2019.) One of the benefits when your countries/cultures/region have "risen", I suppose.
  9. Whoa thanks. Anyway, I completed my Mass Effect trilogy DLC last week, but bought the Dragon Age 2 DLC just this week. Will ask for a refund quickly. Frankly, I've never been much of a fan of Dragon Age. I am more of a fan of the Mass Effect trilogy, and always thought the Dragon Age universe pale in comparison to many other sword-and-sorcery, elf-and-dragon fantasy competitions that have over-saturated the RPG market. Only got the first two Dragon Age to complete my "classic BioWare collections".
  10. Whoa. Anyway, I am downloading Mass Effect 2 + DLC right now, just to test them to see if they work properly. Based on what I've been reading, you need to connect to the now-defunct "Cerberus Network" to use the DLC: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Mass-Effect-2/Can-t-connect-to-Cerberus-network-in-Mass-Effect-2/td-p/5893580
  11. It was always curious to me as to why the universe does not have any other intelligent life. The odds are the universe should have other intelligence lives that are capable of spacefaring and contacting us. Now, it makes perfect sense. No other intelligence life was ever able to survive into the spacefaring age. They all went extinct for the same reason(s) we are going extinct. So, I already know how all this will end: I don't think we are gonna make it, because it is egoistical to think that we are any more special than all the other intelligent lives that had reached our stage of development (and the odds are plenty of other intelligent lives have reached our stage) and then gone extinct.
  12. I have made the decision to pretty much stop buying anything from GOG, and I am in the process of migrating to Steam. For this Winter sales, I have spent close to $100 on Steam and from other venues that sell Steam keys. I spent about $30 on Origin -- but only to buy Mass Effect trilogy and Dragon Age II DLC packs, which are Origin exclusives that are not available on Steam or elsewhere. Those DLC were the last and only things I wanted from Origin, so most likely I will NEVER spend any money on Origin ever again after this Winter sales. I am looking to spend $5 to $10 on Epic because I want to use the $10 off $15 coupon. On GOG, however, I have spent only about $3 for this Winter Sales, and only very reluctantly because those games were not discounted (at 80-percent) elsewhere. This entire year (2019), I have spend less than $20 on GOG. I currently own over 400 games on GOG, and almost all of them were bought before 2018. I will still buy games from GOG if they are not available on Steam and made by CDProjektRed. Otherwise, I will continue to stay away from GOG. Frankly, if I can find a way to get rid of my GOG account and recoup most of the money, I will do it. I will write a long article as to why I have made that decision later. A lot of reasons that have contributed to my final decisions to distance myself from GOG. Honestly, other than the cult-like mentality to support "No DRM", (which is really just a gimmick that appealed to me in the past but not anymore,) I have found very few other reasons to buy from GOG.
  13. Past its expiration date, but here it is again...
  14. He got awesome when he dumped that toxic feminist-SJW Angelina Jolie that had sucked all the awesomeness out of him.
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