Tempo: May 27, 2015

More rain in Texas. Court knocks down Obamnesty—and maybe a lot more. Israel struck back at target in Gaza after break in long peace. IMF accepts Beijing. BB King homicide? Pay extra for auto-park to avoid pedestrians—and journalists. MS Office coming to Android. Immigrants make a killing in the Valley. Facebook payments. Space is being privatized. Wal-Mart out-employs China. Japan has ‘Galapagos syndrome’. New Holiday: Texas Will Make May 26 ‘John Wayne Day’  · · · →

Tempo: May 13, 2015

The FOX responds to Russian TV’s report on the rabbit hole: lied about lying. Jeb flips on Iraq, wants Amnigration & education “high standards”Obama-Republicrat trade bill blocked by Dems. Obama wants “change” in [FOX] reporting. Establishment “junks” Chicago credit. N Korean defense chief naps, then executed. Amtrak crash, 5 dead. Cell phone companies charged for chargesFacebook to load articles quicker. Pew: Christians shrinking, Islam doubles. Heartwarming contradictions: Forget What You’ve Heard: Coffee Is (Actually) Good for You viz Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success  · · · →

Tempo: May 6, 2015

Room for a third party in British Parliament! Ferries to Cuba. Hillary doesn’t like the anti-Hillary book. Newest Republican member of Congress: Eric Garner prosecutor. Google has a new service: NoSQL. IBM marketing with Facebook. Western Union talks to buy MoneyGram. Be creative: Meet the Anti-Fashion Clothing Company That Turned Down $200,000 on ‘Shark Tank’  · · · →

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, December 22

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, December 22

China made two well-crafted blunders which Beijing likely considers a success. China called for US arms sales to Taiwan to cease, then Xi went to Macau where democracy supporters could protest him more directly at the second inauguration of Macau’s CEO. Macau’s protest was reportedly led by Jason Chao (周庭希).

Japan removed the most at-risk fuel rods from Fukushima, a preventative measure. Jack Ma (马云), the Chinese businessman with an “American dream” who founded Alibaba, gave counter-intuitive wisdom to Taiwanese—the kind of ideas one would expect from Americans, but not from old guard Mandarin-speaking business owners.

Taiwan now has approval from Obama to purchase four US Perry-class frigates, sparking China’s formal complaint. Perhaps Beijing overlooked the fact that their complaint grants the US expanded permission to file future formal complaints with China. Taiwan is also building a lighthouse on the disputed “Itu Aba” Taiping Island (太平島) adjacent to a runway which is being engineered for military air support.  · · · →