Poverty genes

Going back to the Danish system sheds light on how to improve poverty -- educational resources are distributed to the talented people rather than those whose parents can pay for the fees, and the government pays for all the diagnosis process in return for a complete health data on the citizens. Poverty is horrible because people cannot live a healthy life and are not able to get away from their physical sufferings. No one (except criminal organizations) benefits from such a situation.

If medics tend to give the limited resources to save the lives that can most probably be saved, and fight political-wise to save lives, why should limited education resources not distributed with the same logic? Professionals are respected not because of their knowledge or salary but because they fight for the people, like how the police WAS respected or how the firemen are respected. This is just like politicians who earn their respect because they fight hard for their supporters.

And yes, I admit my value system is very FAR away from the traditional Chinese one, which states that you should respect someone because of his or her post (e.g. your parents), not because of what he or she has done.

I am sorry that I have never been able to appreciate a value system that is so UNSCIENTIFIC. If there is something such as a "poverty gene", it would definitely be something that promotes acceptance to unjustified beliefs.

p.s. Updated the entries of the week.

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Why studying IT doesn't help improving poverty

Since I come from a family which cannot satisfy the children's education need without substantial help from the government, I have studied many career paths to identify possible routes through which I can improve my financial situation.

One of the surprising findings was that studying and then working in the IT career path will not help me. If you want to get hired in a good job position, you will need to compete with people who can obtain "as many certificates" as the employers deem relevant. Those are never free, time-wise and money-wise. If you try to get some innovation done, usually you are not getting any profit for years while working full-time on your project since there will be competitors in the market with the same idea. It is therefore a competition for those who are ready to invest. As a result, it is not surprising to find outstanding members (like that Taiwanese I.T. figure which has recently become famous due to her contribution to fight against COVID-19, and Bill Gates) all came from affluent families.

This is why I was never very much into programming though this is one of my "native skills". This is like music actually. You can feed yourself for sure with talent and effort, but your situation (or social class) don't really change even if you do all the hard work. If you come from a family despised by the main-stream value system of the society, you will not be able to get away from that circle because the jobs which entitles sustainable growth will never be within your grip.

This is because clients will tend to support the companies which hire people with "nice qualifications" and they will not switch unless the service provided is of obviously insufficient quality or they are not able to pay the cost.

This is why India is not thriving well although they have put many resources into culturing I.T. personnel and succeeded in producing able people. Expensive (cost-wise) labour sold cheaply(profit-wise) is not a really sustainable economic model. This is extremely fragile actually.

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Sick Buildings

I have always known very clearly when my neighbours are smoking, including those who lived on the floor below mine.

So I am 100% sure that COVID-19 can fly from your neighbours, both sideways and upwards. Cross your fingers and wish yourself luck that the wind is not blowing the wrong way.

I have to say that a long list of popular building designs WILL prove to be effective in transmitting COVID-19, and I am quite sure that the professionals will NOT admit it until the last moment.

Not until they have sold most of their properties.

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The questions to which I know the answer

I seldom comment on stocks but last month I have warned those who I know have stocks to sell them.

I might not be qualified to write responsible entries on stock prices but even people who fail Maths exam can answer some questions correctly and usually they know which they can manage to do so. This is the time I know the answer.

As everybody knows, most money are concentrated to "the few elites" in the world, and these people are usually from the older generations and in the developed countries. If you want to make a good profit, it is their money you are after. People who are younger (like me) are very concerned with things like social responsibility and environmental impact as well as human rights issues of the workers, so companies are not going to have easy money out of those who are educated and responsible (and therefore prone to have stable families into which they can and will spend a lot of money).

The COVID-19 is going to kill the "easy-money-givers" off. I won't say it is good news, but it would be a miracle if the stock market does not plunge again and again as it hits more and more developed countries as a result.

Yup. Actions like throwing off expletives such as "How dare you--!" is definitely "of no use" against the kind of economy the younger generations are going to fight against -- COVID-19 might actually be the only hope.

As a warning, I have to say I do NOT know whether COVID-19 really does kill only the elderly and sick. It might be like AIDS to which everybody has a different response. It would be too late when several years later the younger generations started dying of too and only then the medics would discover that the human immune system were unable to clear the virus completely so the lungs would be attacked several times a year for most and as a result respiratory failure is inevitable in a few yearsunless you get a vaccine every several months before your immune system "slacks off" against the virus. Expect the vaccine to cost thousands of dollars each time and are therefore only affordable to those with above-average income level.

So I really don't know who's going to be the "winner" since reality often falls somewhere between the extremes. May be people who have a reasonable workload and enjoy good air don't have the attacks so frequently and therefore only people living in places like Hong Kong where low life quality is the general case (long working hours with bad air) would get a "death sentence" from the epidemic.

Only God knows what will happen then.

p.s. There were many cases in human history where big cities just "disappeared" from the flow. I tend to believe that epidemics killed those societies where huge inequality caused a large amount of young adults who had to bear with bad life quality, which made a non-lethal pathogen lethal, so people just abandoned that sort of social system all together at the end because it is unsustainable.

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Behind Chinese' Infatuation with Wild Food

It will take the scientists some time to determine if the new corona virus is indeed naturally bred from a cohort of wild animals cramped into a crowded artificial space.

However, since young age, I have always wanted to understand why Chinese are infatuated with wild food. This is realized not only in their fantasizing with the consumption of game catch, but also indulgence with unusual plants with unclear active ingredients as herb medicine -- although every nation has some sort of herb medicine as their part of local culture, blind faith is not. The Danes have their own version, too. Indulgence means sensual faith that comes with a strong emotion when challenged.

After understanding the standard way of how a Chinese live (not mine), my conclusion is as follow: (and no, I don't think I am the first one to have come to such ideas...)

1. Chinese people do not like scientific training nor good eating habits (i.e. they know what is good but they hate to carry it out). They prefer eating something magical that would make them strong and healthy for the while. Weird looking animals and funny tasting rare plants seem to be good for such fantasies.

In fact, I have proposed the scientific alternatives to people of the older generations and they have explicitly turned down by saying "it is so much easier and time-saving just to pay and eat, you see?" and "this is cultural difference, don't try to change it".

Yeah money is all they've got and eating is all they're good at doing. That is so Chinese.

2. I like Denmark especially the way they deal with problems everybody around the globe has to face at some time point. For example, raising pigs. Pork is yummy but pigs are dirty and they eat whatever they are given such that they are easily tainted with pathogens that make people sick. The Muslims had resorted NOT to have pork on their dining tables, while Chinese had resorted to giving food residue from the human menu to them. Danish people tried to make the pigs live a healthy life with a healthy diet and thus produce top quality pork that turns into cash. Now talk about constructive thinking.
What the Chinese do with the pigs is highly reflective of what they do with food production in general -- they try to find out the cheapest way to produce the same volume of goods. As time passes by, food quality is perceptibly lowered and people would turn to wild sources for the same taste, texture and nutrition value and in fact a preference for such food source will present an edge in the process of natural selection (well, the risk can be balanced by having good cooking techniques, as most pathogens cannot survive prolonged heating)-- if an epidemic is induced, everyone is at risk actually, because everybody goes to the market to buy the ingredients, no matter what they eat.
Famous writers such as Mr. Ngai had openly complained about how food loses their original taste over the years. I have heard about the same thing from different people too.

Therefore I think setting up laws will not be effective to stop Chinese' infatuation with wild food ingredients. It would just create higher demands for criminal activities and further demolish any hope for "rule of law".

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p.s. 利申:本人沒有收取任何推廣相關的回報,本文亦非廣告文章。

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2 months into COVID19

1. I have always known a few Italians ("real" ones, not those emigrating from China) and I have heard complaints about how the Italians, including the government, are being stupid in face of the challenge of the new virus.

Well you see, Westerners are usually nice and comfy with their origin country, and such rants are rare. Really rare.

So, I am NOT going to comment on how Italy will become the next Wuhan. The world would finally see what happened in Wuhan soon, since China is famous for blatant information control and so Italy will essentially replay what happened there. Everybody is keeping the channel on now.

2. Professional advice had stated again and again how smoking is a big risk factor for COVID19 patients. I noticed that my neighbours are trying very hard to smoke less. I am praying that they can quit smoking successfully soon while I sincerely hope that the tobacco companies would humbly realize that they will not be enjoying good business environment for years coming.

3. Stocking up a bit on essentials when the price is low has proven to be a nice housekeeping habit. Being able to read Japanese helps with purchasing too and can save up to 60%.

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p.s. 所以當我看到像CC那樣的「編年史」等等的設定,不禁就知道「這個世界還是有和我世界觀一樣的人(即使可能在別國)。用CC的設定和字眼來形容,我從中學開始寫和設定的「本命作」就是主角群在「總編年史」裡不斷嘗試修正「扭曲點」;CC第三部高潮位是十多名主角群走進去「自己救自己」,然後我的那個版本就是不斷地把遺失了的「關鍵」寫回去(然後像《叮噹》那樣每次都不盡完美……有時還要TAKE 2)。最近追CC第三部看得我不斷流淚。那種感覺有點像當年《通靈王》那種的感動但是範疇不一樣。

p.s.s. 最後中文的版本和英文差很大,只有主題是共通的,所以當成兩篇文發了……也算是一種見證吧,換語言表達時連「人格表現」都不一樣OTL不過我這些從很小已經開始有意識有目標地創作同人故事的可能本來就是「多重OS」的腦迴路設定,所以學習不同語言的時候不同語言會和不同的OS系統明顯有相容性差異以致切換語言的時候會同時切換OS。怪不得我一向對外語有超高的興趣和包容性(當年大學被迫學拉丁文全班只有我一個在爽……)<-甚至曾經熱衷創作「和已知語言完全不同的表達邏輯」的文字系統<-大概某天會用在什麼科幻作品裡<-到底你還做了多少無聊的事情

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The Hero that doesn't appear in History

History is an evil story. It is evil because if someone's effort has not resulted in something written down or left to be recorded in some way afterwards, it is likely that such efforts will not be promoted in the future, and then the society would suddenly collapse due to some "catastrophe".

In my eyes, preaching history to a population without a good training in the Literature is no difference to preaching, for example, the Bible (which is not a history textbook at all).

In the past decades, people often associate reading huge amount of books and classics to attain basic knowledge of Literature. However, there are now shortcuts. Mobile game apps with a comprehensive story that do not limit itself to a particular set of value or culture but instead present the multitude of possibilities and the potential of interaction between intelligent existence is an efficient substitute.

Minute changes in details not recorded in normal history dialects will completely change the development of historical events and obliterate the potential of a history-changer. This is in fact a very common element in modern literature but sadly this understanding has never been realized in mainstream education.

History education is NEVER beneficial if people are NOT taught how to learn from those "small facts" that were critical to later historical events.

Professional music teachers are always proud to present stories of Sclartti and Bach -- the work from the former composer which had survived history was not the public ones that made him famous in the first place. Bach was an depressive organist while his work was not appreciated until 100 years after his death. What you think about your work or what the mass think of you might not become a significant part of history.

Only people who have not been recieved formal music classes will commit suicide because of thoughts like "my work is completely useless" or "I am not wanted".

If there is one Bach and one Sclartti, there are many more heros that don't exist in the so-called "history"(just like patients with COVID19, haha), and you should be proud of learning how to become a hero and also take time and care when you do "private stuff" even if you are not going to get the reward alive or anytime near your death because, as every musician knows, Sclartti and Bach are truly inspiring and formidable as composers.

So even if you think you are a small potato, it helps if you are willing to record at least a part of your life down -- history might forever be evil at the core but you can make it less so.

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One generation lost

I still remember how the thesis of "one generation lost" became famous last year.

This is now true for the global population now. There is no mistake that what happened recently from COVID-19 to drug abuse Olympic winner, China had made itself a very very bad image on the international stage.

It would take at least 20 years for people to forget the impact of such events.



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p.s. LP大人生日快樂。

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p.s. Felt a bit sorry for the Chinese-only audiences so I tried to create this little poem as an apology.

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Big countries, big problems (2/2)

It is exactly because a big country will need a lot of people who are well-educated to solve all those complicated problems to sustain development without getting much salary themselves, benefits system came into the field to ensure people who could have been the "number one"s will not be afraid of becoming "no one"s.

It is quite hard for the "smart" people to acknowledge this publicly as the reality rather than a "far-fetched story". They will always complain that highly educated people are "idealistic", always doing things that don't directly bring in money and thus assert that reduced funding to affordable education will revitalize the economy.

In this view, big countries are big problems to civilization progress. Technology might advance, but the advance of the main stream culture will lag further and further behind. This is especially obvious since the "smart people" are usually very proud of earning money at the expense of other people's life quality. They are clever at making up excuses why others should not have a good life, and framing those who had access to less resources and therefore less achievement as "inferior" to themselves.

Since every country and nation will always have quite a number of these smart people around (and they easily become rich and powerful), big countries might actually be a really bad idea because such a setup will powerfully exaggerate the pathetic crimes made by the "smart population" -- at least until the whole world has come into the consensus that smart people might actually be quite wrong at times.

p.s. Oh and these people are really smart -- they would say that it is capitalism that has wronged or communism/religion is evil, and in some cases pointing the finger to some subculture or new technology, depending on the situation. No. It is just that smart people are being smart.

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