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Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...


I have been seeing almost exactly what

you have been experiencing and I am in Southern California. The network trouble shooter/finder consistently indicate the problem is with gokuming's website. Closing the browser tab for a while seems to get it to work again but It has happened several times in the last few days.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Carrefour Giving Up On China

"Carrefour is selling an 80% stake in its China business, including more than 200 stores, to Nanjing-based retailer Suning.com Co. for about $700 million. The French company, once a dominant force in many Chinese cities, saw its sales in the market fall 5.9% to €4.1 billion ($4.67 billion) last year."

Per WSJ:

Forums > Living in Kunming > Hijacking the forums

@michael2015 Nope I don't read French. Do you?

It just seems to me that there is a bit of hypocrisy in playing hall monitor and trying to regulate the behavior of others whilst be guilty of the same major infraction. But then if one finds the need to comment or question everyone else's errant posts by assuming some sort of authority, I guess that would remain one of those slightly humorous behaviors that must endure in life.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Hijacking the forums

There was once a poster who has departed (?), who once put up an amazing, long and totally off topic post. It is a classic. I post it here to remind us of how to hijack a forum thread:

Forums > Living in Kunming > Update your locks

A somewhat philosophical view.

Paroles de Stances Au Un Cambrioleur

- Georges Brassens

Prince des monte-en-l'air et de la cambriole,
Toi qui eus le bon goût de choisir ma maison
Cependant que je colportais mes godrioles
En ton honneur j'ai compose cette chanson
Sache que j'apprécie au sa valeur le geste
Qui te fit bien fermer la porte en repartant
De peur que des rôdeurs n'emportassent le reste
Des voleurs comme il faut c'est rare de ce temps,
Tu ne m'as dérobe que le stricte nécessaire,
Délaissant dédaigneux l'exécrable portrait
Que l'on m'avait offert au mon anniversaire
Quel bon critique d'art mon salaud tu ferais!
Autre signe indiquant toute absence de tare,
Respectueux du brave travailleur tu n'as
Pas cru décent de me priver de ma guitare,
Solidarité sainte de l'artisanat.
Pour toutes ces raisons vois-tu, je te pardonne
Sans arriére pensée après mur examen
Ce que tu m'as vole, mon vieux, je te le donne,
Ça pouvait pas tomber en de meilleures mains.
D'ailleurs mi qui te parle, avec mes chansonnettes,
Si je n'avais pas du rencontrer le succès,
J'aurais tout comme toi, pu virer malhonnête,
Je serais devenu ton complice, qui sait?
En vendant ton butin, prends garde au marchandage,
Ne vas pas tout lâcher en solde au receleurs,
Tiens leur la dragée haute en évoquant l'adage
Qui dit que ces gens-la sont pis que les voleurs.
Fort de ce que je n'ai pas sonne les gendarmes,
Ne te crois pas du tout tenu de revenir,
Ta moindre récidive abolirait le charme,
Laisse moi je t'en prie, sur un bon souvenir.
Monte-en-l'air mon ami, que mon bien te profite,
Que Mercure te préserve de la prison,
Et pas trop de remors, d'ailleurs nous sommes quittes,
Après tout ne te dois-je pas une chanson?

Si le vol est l'art que tu préfères,
Ta seule vocation, ton unique talent,
Prends donc pigeon sur rue, mets-toi dans les affaires,
Et tu auras les flics même comme chalands.
Ge who is without sin....."

Forums > Living in Kunming > Relaxing the requirements?

@cloudtrapezer I think you got this wrong: “But under capitalism, the product of workers' labour, whether physical or intellectual - news articles, lesson plans etc. belongs to the employer… .” If this is explicit in an employment contract,

you are correct. However, absent an explicit contract stipulation, development of intellectual property and its subsequent ownership, often becomes a matter of litigation at least “under capitalism.”

Socialists, and Communists, generally oppose any form of private property rights, including intellectual property, which nicely eliminates the existence of Intellectual Property (IP).

As for publishing your IP, it is often the case that you are required to relinquish you IP rights in order to be published. This is not universal and depends on the publisher’s policy. I developed a new approach to determining and calculating break even for complex businesses, was published but retained the copyright. Subsequently, I agreed to allow use of my method in an accounting textbook as long as I was given attribution.

About 40 years ago I came up with the idea of building a numeric key pad into computer keyboards. Being an accountant, and the Corporate Controller, I insisted the number key be arranged like an accountants 10 key adding machine instead of like a telephone keypad. It cost more to do it that way as the keypads had to be redesigned to fit into keyboards but you, and the whole world use it.

“Copyright was invented by and for early capitalism, and its importance to that system has grown ever since. To oppose copyright is to oppose capitalism. Thus, Marxism is a natural starting point when challenging copyright.”



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The BRI is genius. Projects are brought about by China conceiving a project, engineering it, gaining local political support, financing it, building it with Chinese labor and when the debt can't be serviced takes the natural resources used to collateralize the debt. In the case of dam in close proximity, China gets the energy as well. In response to criticism of China, Xi is now saying China will curtail what many countries say is predatory tactics.

More than a half century ago the US and Russia used this approach to extend their hegemony. One of the greatest dam projects, the Aswan Dam built by Russia, turned into gigantic problems.

Many years ago in Beijing on a very cold and windy winter day, I had to go to 中关村 (zhongguancun) to buy some camera stuff to take on Spring Festival. Walking out of the campus I ran into a student who was going there as well so I invited him to join me in the taxi ride. For some reason we could not get closer than 3-4 blocks to destination and were left with a walk facing North into the biting wind. No problem as my student turned guide and led me into a building and down stairs deep underground. We walked through huge underground rooms with high ceilings. I was amazed so the student took me down another level as we walked North,

My guess, after checking a map, was the we walked about 700 meters and the voids were about 80-100 meters wide. My guide told me this was a bomb shelter.

A few years later, these spaces were, in true Chinese style, were bustling with businesses. All partitions and fixtures were movable and temporary so it wouldn't take but minutes to restore most of the empty space. In some areas, escalators descended and rose and it seemed as if the buildings above expanded downward. In other areas, the huge void spaces remained empty.

Clearly a plan was in effect. I have no idea what it was and I had no interest in asking questions.



Samoana is closed and the business is for sale. Contact numbers are posted on the door.

Good Luck Ruth and Troy and all the good folk that worked there.


Saw tigertiger's review and realized I hadn't stopped at Paul's Shop in a few months. Walked into Paul's with nothing in mind to buy. Walked out after spending 250 yuan.

Bought stuff not usually found in Kunming. I'll be checking Paul's much more often in the future.


Good for quality, but pricey, hand tools.

Be aware they will push whatever they are selling. Some of the staff have no idea about the technical side of appliances.

I went there to buy a stove. I repeatedly told them I would be using bottled gas. They sold me a stove. When I went to my local gas guy, I learned there are at least three kinds of gas sold. Luckily, B&Q did not deliver as promised. I went back to the store and discovered they had sold me a stove they needed to be hooked up to the gas main. I got my money back.

The sales lady was almost in tears, 没有问题!I don't know if it a safety or design issue, but I would think B&Q would know and care.


Last week had an 8:45am flight.

Subway starts at 9am. I have no idea where to catch an airport express bus. Eight taxis refused to go to the airport. After almost an hour standing on Beijing Lu took a black taxi, this dude drives slower than my mother, 120 yuan.

Flight back was delayed so I learned the subway stops running at 6:10pm.

Getting a taxi back was easy, more taxis than customers. Taxi was 87 yuan including 1o yuan toll, airport to Beichen area. Yes, he took a longer route than necessary.

Kunming imagines being a gateway for international travelers. New airport but hard to get to and from it.

World Class Airport, NOT!


Tonight "Peacock", a performance by Yang Liping (杨丽萍), to begin her world tour, 8pm, 100-1680 yuan at Yunna Haigeng Auditorium.

Saw this lady perform at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in California, in 1995. Quite a good and interesting show.

I'm going to try to make it.