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Forums > Food & Drink > Romantic dinner

Your subtle reference, dichotomous passivity of Stella caught in crossfire in A Streetcar Named Desire, did not go unnoticed.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring money into China

Peter, there's an old saying:

No man ever steps into the same river twice. For it is not the same river, nor he the same man.

Of Mice and Men is a great novel. The polarity between George and Lennie has been transpiring in these threads.

Dazzer, keep calm. Silencing Peter with your downvoting while upvoting yourself is the hallmark of a fascist.

However much you disdainfully disagree with Peter, let the man speak freely. Engaging in censorship and self-aggrandizing speak more about you than of him.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring money into China

@napav wrote:

"Homes in Sicilian villages were selling for one dollar. Perhaps for good reason. "Crumbling" comes to mind.

These days, not even the Amazon rainforest is safe from deforestation. Nor its rivers free from industrial water pollution.

Ghost-town countrysides is great for a two-week meditation retreat. May help in mindful flipping of your remote cottage.

Mega cities, particularly capital cities in emerging markets, maintain historical resiliency to housing price downturn if not steady growth rates.

Gov. infrastructural investments in hospitals, schools, and transportation, etc., (deemed important by potential buyers) may be sorely lacking deep in your rain forests.

To say nothing of career opportunities for those who need to work to make ends meet.

FYI, authentic extra virgin olive oil, even organic ones imported from Greece or Spain, can be purchased on TMall flagship stores run by said multinationals. Delivered to our "asia wife" faster than to your forest hermitage....

oh I forgot, Peter processes them fresh from his backyard olive tree garden."

Good points. May I also add Peter has neglected many foreigners are married to locals and have children. Hence, responsibilities to elders, work, and child's education. Not everyone are meant to escape the cityscape.

Forums > Living in Kunming > "One Belt One Road" and its role in Yunnan

Actually, more about growing pains of developing nations. Less so about hypocrisy. Learning curve of excrementing in own diaper before learning to flush.

In the deserts you spoke of, life is usually sparse. Short-lived when in bloom. A spectacle, yes.

Yet flora diversity by natural selection can't feed a nation. We can't rely on rare monsoons that momentarily turn barren deserts green.

Sustaining human populations requires human intervention.

Be it artificial selection such as time-tested agricultural revolution, GMO, or thwarting invasive species.

Invasive species that threaten to collapse entire ecosystems at the macro, habitat level. As well as combating invasive plaques and outbreaks at the micro, cellular level. And controversially, at the societal level by rooting out invasive ideological seeds of extremism with algorithmic plows.

Our intrinsic ability to harness nature is the reason human beings have survived. Even thrived, for better or for worse. Without which, extinction wasn't far for our ancestors.

Cultivating the environment is to seize fate in own tilling hands.

Be it harvesting lotus roots every season at Green Lake prior to accommodating arrival of Siberian seagulls. Or reaping the bilateral, economic fruits of connecting BRI rail tracks through once insurmountable land barriers with neighboring rivals. A ripe transformation from building Great Walls centuries earlier.

As mentioned, a learning curve.

Like the maturation process of the States, previous hegemonic Roman and Ottoman empires relied on slavery for growth, let alone genocides of the indigenous. Hegemonic conquests are the extensions of our internal psyche. Particularly those of de facto leaders of reign.

Only time will tell if muddy history of civil rights, which pervaded western colonialism, their slave trade ancestry, and descendants of segregation, will dissolve entirely. Or become renewed in another form.

How an aspiring hegemony like China evolve from mud to lotus pond is yet to be seen.

But one constant in the universe is impermanence and change. Flowers wither below like stars above. Fair or fascist leaders come and go. Their empires rise and fall. If you look further back and forward in scope of time.

Myanmar and Pakistan may bare fruits from mud if you give them time and nutrients to grow.

The cultivation of BRI could be the light, allowing them the opportunity to flourish as flowers. But if leaders/nations depend solely on entropy to cast the dice, dormant seeds of deserts may remain unawakened indefinitely. Or worst, become cesspools for invasive growth that spread far beyond borders.


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Assisting Cambodians is great. Pink elephant in the room is the looming BRI project through Cambodia. All said and done, BRI will increase Chinese tourism and may gradually lift their country out of poverty and help their people at a macro level.

Ishmael, are you not one of the polluting air travelers you so despise?

Correct dolphin. I believe Airbus has recently unveiled concept plane that fly on 30-50% less fuel.

Government policies that back sustainable engineering innovations will nudge markets to greener pastures.

To mind & spirit!

You ought to be.

Imagine returning to Kunming's old Wujiaba airport. Capacity to accommodate current flux of travelers is mission impossible. Not to mention the traffic congestion without the current subway lines.

My concern are the industrial operations a decade earlier. Have they been moved out?


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