Posted On: Wednesday - April 6th 2022 7:11AM MST
In Topics:   China  Kung Flu Stupidity
Not all in China is as it appears to us outside the Middle Kingdom. We've been wondering why the Chinese are re-freaking out over their latest increase in cases of the Kung Flu. Firstly, it's not like they are large numbers, and more importantly, this is not the variant that people said was killing so many people 2 years ago. (Again, we still don't know about that either - we think it's tough getting accurate information here - that place is worse!) We'll speculate some more in another post. The first bit of speculation has more to do with Chinese national politics than any worry about a contagious disease.
There's a 95 y/o Chinaman named Jiang Zemin. One of the "3rd Generation" of modern Chinese leaders, Mr. Jiang was directed by Deng Xiaoping in the early 1990s to help open up the country economically (i.e., scrap the Communism) and was General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for 15 years and President of China for 10 (concurrently). The office of Secretary is not what you might imagine based on your time served in the Home Owners Association. You don't just take minutes and send emails. This guy was, and still is, a BIG SHOT in Chinese politics.
Current CC Party Chairman and Pres-for-Life
Something tells me they won't be testing the cats in Peking. You could probably let your kitty roam all around with no worries, well, the good areas at least, where the people are used to pork and beef.
The testing of anything and everything is just stupid. Worse is the quarantining of babies that has been going on. The story going around is that, with dozens or hundreds of babies left together without their parents, one of the little ones was not treated for some illness, not treated properly, and died there. I don't know if that's true, but I can tell you that putting dozens or hundreds of babies together to "quarantine them" has got me thinking again, Stupidity does not stop at the California coastline.
Speaking of that previous post, I didn't know how to put that video from Telegram up here. Commenter Adam Smith helpfully told us he could put it on his youtube channel. That would have sufficed, but while messing with this mp4 video file, I learned I could host it too and embed it.
This is an experiment, as this 2 minute video is ~15 MBytes in size. I am not sure it'll be OK to use all that "bandwidth"*, and that depends on whether all the data is sent up just loading up of the PS page. (I think not. It ought to download what it needs in a streaming fashion.) If this way caused problems, I'll go for the youtube channel.
I also did not figure out how to start the player at a certain time into the clip - you may want to skip to 1 minute in. Also, I can't translate any of it.
NOTE: It's not my fault that people keep holding their phones vertically when they take video! These are high-IQ individuals over there, I'm told.
* GoDaddy uses the term "bandwidth" totally wrong. It does have a real meaning, but they use it to mean the accumulated total of bits transferred. No!