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Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 17 2016

Even now, America is not Safe

I believe our fear of terrorism should be held in proportion with all of the other things that may kill us in any given day. Every year just in the U.S. 500,000 die from smoking, 300,000 die from obesity, 250,000 die from medical errors, 90,000 die from abusing alcohol, 30,000 die from gun violence, and 30,000 die from car accidents. Including 9/11, cumulative U.S. deaths from terrorists represent a minuscule fraction of these other causes. Some years, we have even been more likely to be shot by a toddler or crushed by furniture. Of course losing our sense of proportion is the whole point of terrorism. However doing so following 9/11 led us to a failed war in Iraq that was justified with false information obtained using torture; a war that killed 4,491 U.S. soldiers and 500,000 Iraqi civilians, and cost over $2 trillion. Losing a sense of proportion when responding to a threat can inflict magnitudes of harm and suffering greater than the inciting incident.

I believe our fear of terrorism should be held in proportion with all of the other things that may kill us in any given day. Every year just in the U.S. 500,000 die from smoking, 300,000 die from obesity, 250,000 die from medical errors, 90,000 die from abusing alcohol, 30,000 die from gun violence,
Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 11 2016

The unprecedented aging crisis will soon hit China and India economically

Were China not to have reigned in its exponential population growth, the economic growth the world lauds is unlikely to have happened, since the Party would have had to focus on maintaining internal security in face of regular food insecurity. We cannot forget about robotics. I am not speaking of automation here, an entirely different technology, but a.i. machines. I would be willing to bet my bottom Renminbi that China is pouring money into funding this, given its realization of where things are headed. None of East Asia could be labeled as an immigrant-friendly culture with the sole exception of Singapore, which in any case was a heterogeneous society before being welcoming to migrants bringing skills. Even there, though, citizenship is a far harder road to travel than simpler residency, Finally, to equate the demographic hurdle with belligerency in the S China Sea strikes me as wishful thinking verging on the ridiculous. China has always seen itself as a regional, if not global power, and it is now keen to stretch its muscles to see what, exactly, is the opposition. That it was quiescent for the past few centuries doesnt mean it shall not be asserting regional dominance now and in the near future. The more salient question is whether such dominance is "bad" for the world order.
Were China not to have reigned in its exponential population growth, the economic growth the world lauds is unlikely to have happened, since the Party would have had to focus on maintaining internal security in face of regular food insecurity. We cannot forget about robotics. I am not speaking of au
Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 09 2016

China's relationship with UK 'at risk' over Hinkley Point delay

Britain would be unwise at the very least to permit the foreign construction by almost any country in the world of nuclear plants in the United Kingdom. This is only prudent and sensible. The international community can only have concerns about Chinas growing militarization in places like the South China Sea as well as its arresting and imprisoning of human rights lawyers who are only trying to work within the rule of law. This included a 24-year-old young Legal Assistant who is still disappeared. also at the recent anniversary parade to commemorate the end of the Pacific War it is unfortunate that China did not make it a celebration of peace and its wartime alliance with countries and friends like USA, Britain, Canada,the Philippines, India and Australia rather than make it a threatening display of might which can only have intimidated its neighbours as well as the international community.
Britain would be unwise at the very least to permit the foreign construction by almost any country in the world of nuclear plants in the United Kingdom. This is only prudent and sensible. The international community can only have concerns about Chinas growing militarization in places like the South
Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 08 2016

The Western caricature of Chinese internet firms needs a reboot

And on the subject of Chinese innovation. The Transit Elevated Bus has been released: http://jalopnik.com/everything-that-makes-chinas-new-traffic-straddling-bus-1784768447
Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 05 2016

How long can China’s economy be this Strong ?

Talking of balance should reasonably at least present the ratio of the two, searching out the data I found the 2.8%-growing private investment is the private fixed asset investment, and it takes up 61.5% of the economy, weight yet sliding,but just by 3.6% YoY, what do you mean by the economy is relying mainly on the state that is taking a lesser share? Also, 20% is the medium growing rate of state investment if you look at the data from Statiscs of China, for the highest it reaches 40% and above during 2009 and 2004. How come this become a sudden savior to the economy when its rate is not even close to its highest? Plausible argument on fragmented data is especially shading your tasteful writing.
Talking of balance should reasonably at least present the ratio of the two, searching out the data I found the 2.8%-growing private investment is the private fixed asset investment, and it takes up 61.5% of the economy, weight yet sliding,but just by 3.6% YoY, what do you mean by the economy is rely
Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 05 2016

Bring on the next bubble! Bubbles have usually been more empowerment for more people

Before 1999 and irrational exuberance how many ordinary consumers were aware of financial bubbles as a phenomenon? Now everyone knows about cyclical greed and fear, and is looking for bubbles in every story. How much does this pervasive awareness and discussion of bubbles affect the cycle itself. Can we avoid the worst excesses of bubbles through education? I am concerned that all of the infrastructure that produced 2008 is still in place, and the printing press is running as fast is it can go. Whenever I talk to a lawyer in securitisation or other structured finance field, they tell me they are busier than they ever were including at peak of 2007.
Before 1999 and irrational exuberance how many ordinary consumers were aware of financial bubbles as a phenomenon? Now everyone knows about cyclical greed and fear, and is looking for bubbles in every story. How much does this pervasive awareness and discussion of bubbles affect the cycle itself. Ca
Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 04 2016

We still have not overcome the effect of 2008 recession on our wages

Human nature being what it is people wont see the bigger picture until it actually affects them or theirs directly but its getting clearer that society in the developed-first countries, under the current unrestricted capitalist system is slowly but surely stratifying into the always will haves; the haves for the time being; the used to haves and the never will haves. To those in power operating on a risk management basis, Tories at the moment. As long as the first two categories are still in the majority, things will tick along and the fallout becomes collateral damage. 5 year term governments just kick the can down the road and hope things wont explode on their particular watch. Advancing automation, climate change and over population birth wise and longevity wise are nipping at their heels and wont let go.
Human nature being what it is people wont see the bigger picture until it actually affects them or theirs directly but its getting clearer that society in the developed-first countries, under the current unrestricted capitalist system is slowly but surely stratifying into the always will haves; the
Alice posted an opinion to a discussionAug, 02 2016

It was a win-win for both Uber and Didi as Uber quits China

Didi offers so quick responses, many wonderful services, cheap price, and much better consumer experience than Uber. Anyone ever tried Didi will dump Uber. Consumers always give their money to the best company, no matter in India or China. This is why IPhones are still the most desired smart phones. The same story for Facebook, although the internet Wall is one of the reasons, but even if Facebook gets into China now, it wont have any chance to beat Wechat, which provides much better user experience than Facebook
Didi offers so quick responses, many wonderful services, cheap price, and much better consumer experience than Uber. Anyone ever tried Didi will dump Uber. Consumers always give their money to the best company, no matter in India or China. This is why IPhones are still the most desired smart phones.
Alice agreed with an opinion onAug, 02 2016

We are shattering all the records and are observing toppling of several symbolic mileposts in heat, sea level rise

Abhinav had posted

I really wonder why we omit a serious result of warming, especially Arctic warming, that of the thousands of gigatons of methane captured in the frozen earth below and ar



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