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    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech before traveling to visit Central American allies including a U.S. transit, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taouyuan, Taiwan. Tsai pledged to bolster Taiwan's presence on the international stage on her visit four Central American allies on a trip that includes U.S. transits and looks set to raise China's ire.

    China Warns Trump: Flake on One China Policy and Beijing Will ‘Take Revenge’

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    After Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen made a stop in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, Chinese media warned US President-elect Donald Trump that Beijing would “take revenge” if he broke with its One China policy. While in Texas, Tsai met with Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz, and spoke with Senate Armed Services Committee head John McCain by phone.

    Tsai met with Republican lawmakers en route to a diplomatic trip to South America, where she will visit Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. She will also transit San Francisco on January 13, on her return trip to Taiwan. 

    She exchanged gifts with Abbott during their meeting, giving him a Taiwanese vase and receiving a clock with the Texas state seal on it. "It was an honor to meet with President Tsai and discuss how our two economies can expand upon our already prosperous trade partnership," Abbott said in a statement.

    Beijing has repeatedly asked the Washington to disallow Tsai’s visit, and tensions between the US and China have been strained since a December 2016 phone call between Trump and Tsai, which ended nearly 40 years of diplomatic custom in which Taiwan did not directly address the sitting administration of the US government. 

    As a result, Beijing has threatened economic and military pressure against Taiwan, sending it’s Liaoning aircraft carrier and a fleet of ships around the country’s southern edge in a show of force, while claiming to be conducting standard drills. 

    The One China policy holds that Taiwan and the mainland are a single entity, making Taipei ineligible to establish independent diplomatic relations as a sovereign entity. Beijing is wary that Tsai may use her time in the US to push for Taiwan’s independence.

    The Global Times, a state-owned Chinese media outlet, wrote in an editorial following the visit, "Sticking to (the one China) principle is not a capricious request by China upon US presidents, but an obligation of US presidents to maintain China-US relations and respect the existing order of the Asia-Pacific."

    "If Trump reneges on the one-China policy after taking office,” the statement reads, “the Chinese people will demand the government to take revenge. There is no room for bargaining." 

    Cruz said that the Chinese consulate sent letters to him and other members of Congress asking them not to meet with Tsai while she was in the US. Cruz said, "The People's Republic of China needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves…This is not about the PRC. This is about the US relationship with Taiwan, an ally we are legally bound to defend."

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest clarified that Cruz’s meeting with Tsai, "doesn't have any bearing whatsoever on our continued pursuit of a one-China policy."

    On Monday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, said that "relevant US officials," should handle Taiwan carefully so as not to upset Beijing’s relations with Washington. "We firmly oppose leaders of the Taiwan region, on the so-called basis of a transit visit, having any form of contact with US officials and engaging in activities that interfere with and damage China-US relations," he said.

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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, agreed, but there is, I think, something destructive about the congregation of large numbers of humans in cities, quite apart from the health aspect, changes in the ways of thinking also occur. I could go on, but it is a huge topic. :)
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Sometime in the 1980's an American laboratory, I think it was affiliated with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) if my memory serves me correctly, did an experiment to determine the effects of overcrowding on laboratory rats. The results were to say the least extraordinary. They began to duplicate human behavior when people are crowded together in large cities. Deviant sexual behavior (Homosexuality, Incest, and Rape, etc.) began to be widespread. The rats also began to display what can only be described as psychotic behavior towards each other as the whole rodent community degenerated into their version of total anarchy. The conclusion drawn from this was that a lot of human mental illness is the direct result of them being overcrowd within big cities. Within the United States these problems are vastly more common within the big cities than they are in the rural areas. I have needless to say firsthand experience of that fact.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, and the wonderful thing is that when results like that are found, that the further extensive research focussing upon applicability to the human condition are not doene for then the city planners etc to consider the nature of changes which must be instigated. In some ways we are treated like rodents - and that is in both city or country. Sad state of affairs needless to say. Thanks!
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, In the state where I live the policies of the Federal Government and the banks made it impossible for independent small farmers to survive. So those farmers had to sale out to the big corporations and move to the big cities to find work. The mining and timber companies and developers destroyed what had originally been prime farmland making it impossible for people to once again be self-sufficient. In contrast urban populations are easy to control, simply by controlling their access to food, water, and sanitation.

      The program of centralizing all power in Washington was always greatly impeded by these independent farmers in various parts of the country until they managed to drive them off of the land. Most of the land in rural areas is owned by large corporations who do nothing with the land but keep people off of it. Until they can sale it to other corporations to develop.

      Concentrating populations in large cities very much has a purpose behind it as you can see.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, that it does, even here it is the same situation, that's why we are rural based.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, I'm glad for you friend. The war on the environment, and in the US now it is very much a war taking place, is amongst other things meant to keep people from moving from the cities back to the country and becoming once again self-sufficient and independent. Many rural areas simply cannot support anything like the populations that they used to even in my lifetime. This is the result of a deliberate policy is what I am contending here. Washington and the banks have been waging an economic war against the small independent American farmers for over a hundred years. My own family was one of those driven off of the land in the process.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, it seems then that capitalists are at war with the people and the government rides on both.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, There has indeed been a three sided war going on here for some time. But we now see the culmination of a process that has ran parallel with it. That is the merger of state and corporate power into one with the corporate being dominant. The correct designation of what we have here now is Right Fascism. Left Fascism being something else altogether.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, one of the things that I find amusing is that when looking at some of the works in SF, the scenarios are already there. Tully Zetford is a case in point. A cheapish attempt at space opera but he had the corporats down pat. :)
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, What we see now going on in the world was a common theme in American SciFi from at least the late 1950's. Honestly what I am seeing is a lot of movies being rereleased into real life. The idea of a single corporation that would end up becoming the hidden, or not so hidden depending on the story, government that controls the entire world it turns out was a warning rather than just being a frightening fantasy. I don't believe we are there quiet yet, but I do believe it is a real danger that all of the nations of the world will face well before the end of this centaury, That is the danger of being absorbed by a single global corporatist state.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, Saul is on the ball. :)
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Everything is up in the air and nobody knows what is going to happen or what to do about it if they did. We in the United States are in the middle of an existential crises of identity and all sorts of things are possible. Trump isn't the problem he is a symptom. It would have been no different if Clinton had "won" the election. The problem isn't whose in charge it is the system itself.

      When people wake up to the truth, "We're going to have a hot time in the old town tonight." Woe unto any other country who tries to jump into the middle of a fight that they don't understand.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, do you believe that the people will awaken?
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, The really hardcore Pro and Anti Trump people are already committed and aren't about to change. However, I think that the vast majority that lie somewhere in the middle are in the process of waking up. In all fairness there is a great deal of confusion spread by both the Mainstream and much of the Alternative Media that the average citizen will have to penetrate threw before they can begin to see beyond "The Matrix". This will take an unknown amount of time baring some sudden wildcard being played. I have learned the hard way that you can't wake somebody up until they are ready to be woken up. But one must prepare oneself for when the time actually becomes right.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, you're right. As a corollary, one can't talk someone out of something that they haven't been talked into. :)
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Sometimes you have to let something people have passionately chosen to believe in blow up in their faces before they will be willing to open themselves up to a real alternative. I have been guilty myself in times past of such pigheaded stubbornness. Hopefully I've now learned my lesson.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, true, painful but effective. Although I must say, that in my time working with addicts, most tend to put off the explosion and go deeper into the mire rather than face that alternative.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, True. Some people will change, while most others will not. Then there are those determined to go out of their way to become even worse, seemingly just to spite other people. I had what was a good friend do that to me once.
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      michaelin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall and that I believe is the real damage that addicts leave behind. It's not the thefts, murders and so on - which are bad enough and do untold damage to society. It is the manipulation, betrayal and destruction of trust between individuals and the entire society. That is part of how our contemporary society is changing - especially in the cities.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, I spent my early years in a very rural setting where problems with illegal drugs were non-existent. However, alcoholism in contrast was sometimes a problem. But its effects tended to be concentrated within the immediate family of the alcoholic.

      In contrast, in a city setting these "sicknesses" of addiction have become particularly virulent and spread rapidly. It is impossible to envision American cities (I know that the USA isn't unique in this regard.) without also envisioning rampant addiction cutting across all races and social classes. If one is unfortunate enough to have to live in one of them one has to accept addiction as just a part of life. Even if one isn't an addict or kin to one, one has still to constantly deal with its effects. It is a collapsing civilization some are saying.
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