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Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

You guys are either living in the matrix or Groundhog day, take your age appropriate pick. Its the same old arguments, same calls for moderation, same back and forth about censorship vs freedom of speech, nothing new has been said that wasn't all said in the last 4 or 5 iterations.

If the web operator cares about the problem and/or have a solution, the problem would have been addressed already. The fact that its 2019 and the useful search feature hasn't even been implemented means thing probably will never change.

Give it up, this site has long outlived its purpose and usefulness. Just let it become the cesspool of ignorance it already is and allow the trolls to have their fun. If you are hanging on with the hopes that things will improve then you will be sorely disappointed.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring money into China

Funny thing about The Market, everything costs exactly what it's worth. If it wasn't worth the price then you wouldn't have paid for it and if you paid for it then obviously it was worth that much to you at that time.

I really don't know what all this fuss about pricing is all about. Just a bunch of sour grapes?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Civilized Kunming

So if someone put a plate of turd in front of you and called it a steak, you would nod in happy agreement and say smells good?

If anything this is more of a face thing, trying to show how much China has improved throughout.


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If you are not interested in their work or project, even 20 seconds is too long. If you are truly into what they are doing, you would love to hear every little nuance that would give you better insight.

From what I can gather, this event is meant to create a platform for people to showcase their work but because the audience might not be interested, you'd have to distill ideas into 20 second sound bites. So that begs the question, if they aren't interested in your project why would you bother pitching it to them? And as an audience member, why would you go to one of these presentations if you are not interested in what they are presenting? Anything worth doing is worth doing well, unless this is one of those "social" events where people can go and pretend they are more "cultured" than the rest of us. Then in that case, lets just go through the motions as quickly as possible so we can get to the drinking and socializing bit at the end.

We are now devolving into a culture of instant gratification, short attention spans and sound bites. Nothing is worth giving more than 20 seconds worth of discussion before moving on to the next topic. Ideas are now commoditized and pass around like fast food because we are no longer capable of in depth thought. Much like fast food, immediately after consumption it feel as if you are full, but in reality, nothing of real value was given. This is true of TED talks, it started well but soon became a money making scheme where anybody willing to pay the fee can give a "talk". Most talks given, however, are nothing more than filler that can be googled, nothing ground breaking. It has more value to the presenter for it adds a line to their list of "accomplishments" than the audience.

I'm sure this event is well meaning and has perceived value to those who participated but I wouldn't recommend patting yourself on the back for attending.

Please excuse the ramblings from this grumpy old geezer.

I wonder how that someone got to Chinainthe first place, certainly wasn't by walking or bicycling. nor by ship. And unless there is a secret trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific railroad, not by train either.

And what kind of renewable, non-environment harming energy he is using to fire up all those electronic gadgets he uses to go online.

Ya know, my pa had a sayin, don't shit where you eat and most certainly don't complain about The smoke if you want a BBQ rib.

@Geezer, putting aside the politicking of the Chinese government, the oversimplification of the freedoms enjoyed in the US in her speech is very problematic.

What was the point of her analogy? That freedoms blossom in the US while withers in China? Let us not forget that those freedoms were fought for and paid for by the blood of the preceding generations. While she enjoy the labors of those sacrifices, is she ready to make sacrifices of her own? The answer, sadly, is no, as evidence by her insincere non-apology and "commitment" to spread Chinese ideals and culture. Instead of of standing up and defending those freedoms, she cowers at the hint of retribution.

To discover freedom, perhaps you can speak to the minorities that face systematic discrimination everyday, speak to the Muslim communities on how much they enjoyed their freedom, give an opposing view at a MAGA rally to see the freedom of speech at work.

I find nothing at all about her speech or its synthesis to be worth defending other than her rights to make such a speech. But at the same time, I equally defend everyone elses' response to it, CSSA included, those freedom of speech are equally sacred to me.


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