Saturday, November 27, 2021

China May Be Incompetently (In Addition to Evilly) Lead

 "A big lesson of the past twenty years has been “actually liberal democracy isn’t necessary to reach developed-country status”, so it would be quite the twist if it turned out you needed liberal democracy to reach developed-country status. This gets pretty close to the great mystery of why some less-developed countries “catch up” and others don’t; whatever happens in China is going to be a really useful data point." - Astral Codex Ten

https://noahpinion.substack.com/p/what-if-xi-jinping-just-isnt-that

Friday, November 19, 2021

China - If You Believe Them You Are Deluded - #MeToo Not Allowed There

 Anyone who thinks that powerful Communist Party officials didn't sexually harass or assault with as much or more impunity as the powerful in America is on crack. The main difference between China and America is that while the powerful could, at least until recently, make you figuratively disappear from public view and fame, the Chinese Communist Party can LITERALLY make you disappear:

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/32665214/china-foreign-ministry-not-aware-situation-surrounding-tennis-player-peng-shuai

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/18/china/wta-ceo-peng-shuai-steve-simon-intl-hnk/index.html

UPDATE: In which I still don't believe those liars:

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/32671331/photos-missing-chinese-tennis-star-peng-shuai-posted-online

UPDATE: Still not buying it:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/23/sport/hrw-peng-shuai-china-sportswashing-spt-intl/index.html

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Your Government Sucks At Everything - And Hates Alcohol As Much As It Hates You

Seriously...

The proof that price controls fail is EVERYWHERE!

But PA and NC just ignore it and pretend they are making things better even as their citizens cross the border to states that don't fuck everything up:

https://reason.com/2021/09/17/pennsylvanias-liquor-control-board-will-ration-sales-because-it-cant-figure-out-how-prices-work/

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Your Government Hates You In Subtle And Evil Ways

From the article: "My pal, Alan Gura, can get kinda wonky at times, which leads him to parse a law as a civ pro prawf might. And in reviewing the otherwise bad, and often unconstitutional, H.R. 1, the ominously named “For the People Act of 2021,” Alan picked up on a detail that few would have noticed until it was too late.

In one neat court-picking trick, the bill would strip 93 of 94 local federal district courts, and 11 of the 12 regional appellate courts that review their decisions, of their power to hear First Amendment challenges to Congress’s regulation of political speech. All such claims—by Alaskans, Floridians or anyone in between—would be confined to the District of Columbia. Appeals would be heard only in the D.C. Circuit—the court over which Senate Democrats exercised the “nuclear option” in 2013, ramming through three judges who shifted its ideological balance. Imagine if Republicans had passed a voting-rights bill that forced Californians wishing to challenge it to sue in Louisiana, and appeal to some of the country’s most conservative judges."

https://blog.simplejustice.us/2021/05/12/short-take-h-r-1-and-the-secret-game-of-jurisdiction/ 

China Jailed Over 1000 Political Prisoners In Hong Kong

 From the Hong Kong Political Prisoners Database: “There have been 1,014 political prisoners in Hong Kong from June 9, 2019, to May 10, 2022...