Above the Law (Of One Child Policy)

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Cute Enough to Risk a Second?

At the heart of every blockbuster rests a simple question: how far would you go to save a loved one?

In China, the distances are further from here to a galaxy far, far away and the trials exceed Rocky’s worst nightmares.

Having a second child in China is not just heavily frowned upon, it is against the law.  The government is ruthless and despicable in its dark crusade against the unborn: in some regions of China infanticide is commonplace, two-child mothers are forcibly sterilized, and corpses of the unborn are tossed in ditches on the side of the road.  It is little surprise that around 500 women commit suicide every day in China

There are three major routes for the daring few to have a second child.

1) Face the Fines

Wealthy families can pay the stiffs fines to have seconds.  The costs per child range with from providence to providence and with the ferocity of the population administrators.  Many of the fines range between 200,000 yuan and 300,000 yuan, $20,000 and $30,000 American dollars, per year in a country where the household income is just over $10,000 American dollars.  The costs rise quickly with additional child.  Only the elite have two children, having three is almost unheard of , and more than that seems to be sacrilege.  This path is only open to the wealthy. The 99% must look elsewhere.

2) Bribe the Bureaucrats

For the majority of the 160,000 “out of plan” children are born into China this is the best option since  corruption is a core pillar in Chinese culture.  For a bride, officials are more than happy to legitimize the paperwork for illegal children.  Loopholes in the law are stretched to the breaking point.  The second child can be declared a member of a childless family or that of a rural family which was alloted two children.  More daring families risk simply declaring the second child a twin of the legal first-born one.  As families get poorer they go to further extremes to meet the loophole conditions; it has driven some to marry relatives to hide seconds while others hide children when inspectors arrive.  This path is dangerous, however it is the only option presented to most parents.

3) Births Abroad

Middle income parents choose to have babies abroad.  Some are born in capitalist cities like Hong Kong, where the restrictions are not in place.  Others go to great distances; some fly all the way to Japan or even the United States to birth children.  Illegal clinics host the expecting mothers, paying lucrative rates, until their children are ready.  These children are then birthed  like normal babies in conventional hospitals.  The problems arise with getting the mother and baby back to the family.  Since the babies were born on foreign soil they are technically foreigners.  This makes life difficult because parents still pay hiked rates for education and health of the children.  This is generally the cheapest legal option.

Conclusion

Out of love and passion every year tens of thousands of children are born “out of plan” every year.  This is a bold statement about the indomitable nature of mankind as the desire for having multiple children survived terrifying propaganda encompassing half a century.

This situation brings to mind a quote from chaos theorist Malcolm, of Jurassic Park, “Life will find a way.”  Another, lesser known, Jurassic Park quote comes to mind as well: ” OH-MY-GO-THE-DINOSAURS-ARE-EATING-ME-SHOT-IT-SHOT-IT-SH——*crunch, crunch*.”  With its one-child policy the Chinese government is fighting the very forces of evolution.  A hundred thousand years of primal struggle cannot be snuffed out by a few misguided politicians and a little red book.

When the Jurassic side of China’s one-child-policy emerges the country will be torn asunder.  Love of family is stronger than the logic of population parameters.  These massing illegals parents and activists indicate a revolution will happen sooner rather than later.  Change is coming to China: life will find a way.

Developing Countries Hoodwinked: Ditch (of) Free Trade

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While free trade is the optimum interdependence policies of developed countries it does not aid developing nations.

Free trade endeavors to help workers in developing countries; the problem is that it cannot succeed in our cut-throat, capitalist world.  When corporations go into developing countries they are not being philanthropic: they want to make money.  In order to succeed in our globalized world, companies purge themselves of humanity and squeeze every last cent out of their production.  This is not necessarily good or bad, it is just how the world of business works.

Growths of industries in developing countries create working class jobs.  This class of jobs is both rudimentary and menial.  Some examples are textiles, agriculture, and manufactured devices.  They do not build human capital or financial gains; they are effectively powerless to better themselves.  Karl Marx mourns them as: “that class of modern wage labourers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labour power in order to live.”

These laborers in developing countries, who have opened themselves to free trade, are arrested by wage slavery.  Their occupations pay them just enough to live, but not a cent more.  Free trade, cut-throat capitalism, and nations full of alternative workers guarantee that payrolls will be capped at the living wage.  Budding domestic industries, termed infant industries, are unable to thrive because full-fledged foreign competition steamroll over them.  Once infected by free trade developing countries are in an unfavorable position to ever become developed.

Ayn Rand, the most important philosopher on capitalism, believes that free trade is along the optimal path for economics.  However, she also knows that under free trade, “the good of some men takes precedence over the good of others, with those others consigned to the status of sacrificial animals.”  Developed countries are benefited, while developing countries are left by the wayside.

In conclusion, free trade is not the solution for developing nations because it polarizes their populations into numbed working classes, trapped in loops wage slavery and human capital erosion until a new force, perhaps protectionism, stems the drudgery.  If not, developing nations are, “consigned to the status of sacrificial animals.”

India Invades Tablet Market: $35 “Aakash” Goes Viral In India’s Education system

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Apple’s Ipad 2: $499

Amazon’s Fire: $199

India’s Aakash: $35

Connecting 220 million students with the world’s cheapest tablet: Priceless.

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India drives to connect rural students

What is The “Aakash“?

It is a low-cost, high-performance computer tablet, price at $35 per device.

It is designed to proliferate knowledge through education in India, especially in rural regions. Despite its rock bottom price it still displays a 7 inch screen, plays high-definition video, streams video chatting, hosts word processing, runs Android 2.2 operation system, possesses 32 gigabyte memory, uses GPRS for connecting to the Internet from anywhere, and uses WiFi for Youtube streaming in hot spots. The Indian government will subsidized each table down to $35.  This is ideal for university students because it allows them to build better human capital with their limited resources.  Previously, many have been cut off from the rest of the world due nonexistent infrastructure.

The English translation of Aakask is “sky.”  This tablet’s release will mark the beginning of a new dawn in education in India and the world.

What Does Aakash Mean For The Tablet Market?

Datawind, the private company manufacturing Aakash, announced that the tablet will be priced at $60 dollars for the commercial market. It will be on shelves by November.  This will encroach on the tablet war already progressing in India; currently Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7 holds just under half the market and less than one in five tablets is an Apple Ipad.  Dozens of other models struggle for niches.  The vanguard shipment of Aakash tablets numbers 100,000.  When this large-scale field test proves successful eight to ten million more will be bought by the Indian government.

Undercutting the more expensive tablets the Aakash will force innovation and a price war.  Aakash forces a technological survival of the fittest; the best and cheapest technologies will overthrow the more expensive models.  The economist term for this is creative destruction.

Unless other companies build a better tablet they very simply will be locked out of the market.  The cunning Indian government will disseminate cheaper and higher quality tablets, with internet access, by forcing the hand of the private sector.

What Does This Mean for the Future of Indian Education?

At the unveiling today Kapil Sibal, the Indian Human Resource Minister, aptly described Aakash’s historic significance,

“There are some moments in history that will be milestones recognised by future generations. This is one such milestone. Today, we see the beginning of a dream realised, a dream in which every student in every corner of this country will have access to technology that defines the 21st Century.”

By bringing the world to the fingertips of their students schools towards increasing the quality of education exponentially.  Answers to impossible questions will be just a click away.

It also forces the hand of Western education.  Already, towns and cities across the Western world have already launched similar educational initiative.  This is not enough; every statistic points to American and European students falling behind their Chinese and Indian counterparts.  Many American colleges already distribute laptops, tablets must be given to the coming classes if American schools are to stay competitive.  Otherwise, American education will fall victim to creative destruction.

Elimination of Political Race Spending in Favor of Popular Opinion Based on Public Debates

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I was awakened by fear, a fear of money.

This fear is highly questionable, who would be afraid of something that our society revolves around? Well, that very focus of wealth is what frightens me.  There was a statistic in Capitalism: A Love Story, a revealed Citigroup  memo calmly stated”Less than 1% of all Americans control 95% of the wealth … America should move to a plutocracy.”

Plutocracy: A system of government whereby wealth and the benefits that wealth accrues lead to a concentration of power in the hands of those with disproportionate access to financial resources.

This system of government would greatly benefit the very wealthy and further hurt, more so than they already are, the middle class, lower class, and those in poverty.  Even if this system of government never officially comes into effect it can still become, and already may be, the official doctrine of the United States.  After all elections in this country are not won, they are bought.

Opensecrets.com says that, “In 93 percent of House of Representatives races and 94 percent of Senate races that had been decided by mid-day Nov. 5, the candidate who spent the most money ended up winning.”

People should win based on their values, not about how much money they can gather.  So waht is the answer to my midnight fear?  Well, I’ll tell you.

We ,must outlaw political race spending.

*crickets*

Ah yes, you are looking for an explanation.  Instead of having each party running its own campaign we eliminate all separate campaigns.  All aspiring politicians have to is sign up for the office they are running for and the government takes care of the rest. Politicians only have to gather signatures, the more signatures they get the more advertisement they will receive.  Nothing flashy, not fancy slogans or bold lies.  More airtime in public government debates.  The federal government will host public debates, that everyone can come to or view over television, and it is there that the politicians will rise and fall and candidates for each party will be decided.

Debates have always been the best way for Americans to get to know their candidates, so why shouldn’t it also be the primary way?  Politicians tend to dance around controversial issues today;under the pressure of a public debate they are forced to take stances on the issues that matter most to Americans.  It will allow the voters to genuinely see who they are voting for.

How will the debates be arranged?  There are dozens if not hundreds of “candidates” who petition each year for the Office of President or a seat Congress or numerous minor offices.  Initially, those with the most signatures in each state will debate, and those with fewer signatures will also converse in separate debates.  There will be several layers of debates, based on how many thousands of signatures that can are gathered.  If those in the lower debate receive more signatures, for greater approval ratings, they will be vaulted up to the higher debates.  If those in higher debates are surpassed they get kicked down to the lower debates.  The politicians with the strongest voice and the best ideas, that match up best with the people voting for him (who represent the majority), emerge on top.

From there, the parties will have their own private votes on who they are going to support; they are by no means forced to go by these debates, but I do believe it will be high recommended.  The best politicians will be given the opportunity for success, not the politicians with the most money (as it is today).

More debates will ensue, to monitor America’s opinion on the politicians.  Statements will be made, lines will be drawn, and expectations will be set.  In the end, the voters will have an honest opinion of their each of their candidates and will be able to vote without being blinded by false advertisements.  In this manner the politician with the strongest voice and whose values best sync up with the majority of the American people will be elected into the offices that matter the most.

With the best possible politicians in every seat in government America will reach a Golden Age, full of splendor.  In addition to having the best men and women to run its government the American people and hundreds of corporations will no longer be throwing their money  at potential candidates.  Everyone will be a little richer.

That doesn’t sound too bad, despite the fact I thought it up at 3AM. Night, now that idea is written out I can finally get some sleep.

The Fantastic College Expedition: Take Advantage of Opportunities

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Straight simple, to the point. If opportunity bites you on the ass, just go with it. Today. I chilled with my best friend and my girlfriend for the afternoon. After running my energy well pass zero, I returned home wearily . I had planed to sleep, relax, and just take it easy.
I threw that plan out just now, listening to open tiny message of golden opportunity.
My church group is getting a bunch of people together and we’re all going to have a slumber party (I swear if any readers in our male audience get hard at the thought of slumber parties I will personally chop your python off with a rusty knife.) Smiles
On one hand I could stay home and sleep.
On the other I could have the might of my life; despite the fact it is a church group we have some pretty wild childs and little supervision.
Opportunity has arrived and is now whisking me away.
Lesson: Go where life takes you, NOW!

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