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Forums > Living in Kunming > Street Stabbings

yep - gnats definitely difficult to hit - but I couldn't think of something innocuous that most people wouldn't mind missing, that would still be somewhat constructive in nature...so it was gnats...

On that note - it was one shot - probably a double-action trigger pull - tough shot especially with the typically huge gawker crowds surrounding the situation.

I'm guessing this was a somewhat pre-approved response.

In the USA - nobody is trained to do "leg or arm or hand" shots - it's always center of mass (body). If you actually manage a wing shot - well just dumb luck for the perpetrator and maybe back to the firing range for the shooter, because he/she missed the body mass.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Street Stabbings

A firearm, by definition, is lethal force. I sincerely doubt the officer was aiming for his leg. Just a lucky shot for the crazy guy.

US cops seem to enjoy going cowboy, when they have the opportunity to use their firearms. We regularly hear of groups of cops unleashing firestorms on armed or dangerous criminals - mostly missing the criminal and hitting the gawkers in the background.

If he really was aiming at the leg of a moving target - this guy is a seriously well-trained expert marksman.

To understand the difficulty - try shooting a fixed target with rubber bands - once you become proficient - then try hitting flying gnats with those same rubber bands, and you'll quickly understand the gist of the difference.

Forums > Living in Kunming > We're going to be ranked and categorized.

I was under the impression professional expats in China have always been ranked and categorized. This system is merely a much needed evolution from an earlier archaic and somewhat subjective system.

Whether the evolution is an improvement remains to be seen, but it definitely appears more "scientific" than its predecessor. As with all evolutionary systems, we should expect some growing pains on the road to sustainability and stability.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Health Certificate

Entire process (new process, of which Yunnan is one of the pilot provinces), took 6 months. Apparently, I was one of the first guinea pigs for Yunnan, so the process had quite a few kinks, red herrings, and frustrations for all. Hopefully, your experience will definitely be infinitely less frustrating.

Once I returned to Kunming, converting the temporary work visa to the annual visa - infinitely less troublesome.

On a positive note - I renewed my driver's license, so now I can apply for a local license here (aka written driving test). Astoundingly, my driver's license in the USA had expired 11 years ago, but as I was still in their system - I only needed to take the written exam again (piece of cake). Sometimes, computers are actually beneficial.

I also noticed that California's bureaucracy works INFINITELY better than the US State Department, which I can only disparage disdainfully.


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I seem to see quite few people, including kids, using the various systems, so in that regard, assuming it's economically sustainable, I personally think it's a great idea, with tremendous social value.

As for the very valid issues raised above, the system will have some growing pains as the operators and the cities learn to coexist with this new emerging social and business model.

Great article and introduction to Keats. I noticed the article did NOT touch on employee loyalty and retention programs (at the cost of profit). Keats may wish to address this kind of core infrastructure in the future, at the appropriate time.


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