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Monday, September 29, 2014

Chinatown Bus Update

Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy - Reason Magazine
The company has burned through $3 million, as regulators spend a year and a half deliberating its fate.

And some history on what happened:
Why the Government Was Wrong to Shutdown Fung Wah Bus Company - Reason Magazine

My guesses:

  1. High profile traffic accidents made for great copy by journalists, and created a perceived emergency where the government had to act.
  2. It's easier in the government, and less risk, to do nothing, than make a decision. Think what would happen if an agency approved Fung Wah operating again, and there was a big accident.
  3. The large competitors, Grey Hound, etc. are politically connected and are helping regulators to reduce competition.
  4. The ethnic Chinese owned companies due not understand how the political game is played. Campaign contributions, when done legally and to the right people, seem to help the process in government.

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Don't Let Your Kids Play Outside

As a parent, scary...

Child Services to Mom Who Did Nothing Wrong: 'Just Don't Let Your Kids Play Outside' - Reason Magazine

And this was in Texas! OK, it was Austin.


iPhone Aftermarket China Pricing

The Daily Mail in the UK is reporting a huge drop in prices of smuggled iPhone in China and saying it's a flop.

Or may be users are waiting for Apple to launch the iPhone in China? Per Macrumors, the rumored release date is October 10th...

Of perhaps there is too much supply, and not enough demand?

Is the iPhone 6 a flop? Smugglers forced to slash prices by more than HALF after supply outweighs demand in China - Daily Mail

Street Price Beijing:$1,060 and $1,436
Initial Street Price:  $1,960 and $2,450
Retailers Price: $649 and  $499


Thursday, September 11, 2014

China E-Commerce Opportunities

Good read, the part I would be very careful about is the local partner. I have seen so many stories of messy divorces with local partners.

E-commerce expansion in China: A balancing act for retailers - Internet Retailer

This chart from the article is excellent.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crazy Book Author Plagiarism

I am a keen observer of the Book Industry, and the rise of Indy Authors who publish their works directly without using a publisher. The amount of changes in the book industry is amazing. The positive is many more authors can now write full time, where before it was not possible. They are selling their books as eBooks, and getting a higher amount of the price of a book. The current Amazon vs Hachette is all about allocating money. The part that gets forgotten in the feud is the authors. Tip for 99% of authors - Publishers are not looking out for your best interest (yes, Baen is an exception).

Back to topic. In this example, it seems a person took another Author's Christian Book,  and added some sex scenes, and claimed it as her own. When the original author, Rachel Ann Nunes, found out, the plagiarist then attempted using fake screen names to cyber bully the other person with strange claims and negative reviews on their book. Rachel Ann Nunes then set up a gofundme to fund the needed legal costs to protect her books.

 It's a soap opera, that needs to e read to be believed.

And the person who is accused of plagiarism is a school teacher in Utah!






Crazy School Attendance Rules


Because Avery Gagliano, a 13 year old Piano Prodigy missed 10 days of school due to performances, she was considered a truant by the Washington DC school district. Avery Gagliano was a straight A student, and one of  Lang Lang's Music Foundations music ambassadors.

Avery is now being home schooled because of the threats from the School District of being considered a truant.

Avery Gagliano's mother from the name, appears to be ethnic Chinese (Ying Lam) and may be a bit of a Tiger Mom.

In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student - The Washington Post

And what is amusing, is now the Washington DC School district is calling the reporter and the Mother liars, excuse me the term is "false representation"

And during the summer, the family got a letter informing them their child was truant, and "along with a helpful brochure that outlines the possible police and Child and Family Services intervention for students who are truant."

Petula Dvorak: No misrepresentation of piano prodigy’s treatment by D.C. schools - Washington Post

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Amicable divorce 'is just as damaging for children'

I view parenting as a tag team sport. Where you can tag the other parent when your exhausted, to continue working with your child.

Amicable divorce 'is just as damaging for children' - Daily News

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Did you know the USPS can Time Travel?

Did you know the USPS can time travel?

The delivery date for an item being sent to Canada was 5 days behind the current date.

After a case was opened up with the USPS, the item finally got delivered.

I have shipped over 40,000 packages with the USPS with only a few problems, but this one was new. I wonder if the USPS delivery quality is going down due to their cutbacks?

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Bilingual Babies often have higher IQ's

My daughter is bilingual being fluent in Mandarin and English. I have seen a lot of Chinese parents who are afraid their child will do poorer in English, if they also speak Chinese. This study shows that learning two languages may increase their IQ.

My view is learning a second language, at any age, exercises additional areas of the brain. As you learn a new skill, or language, new neural pathways are being formed due to the theory of neuroplacity.

For raising a bilingual child, what my wife and I did, was I spoke English to my daughter, while my wife spoke Mandarin Chinese. And my daughter decided to improve her Taiwanese in high school, so she is now fluent in three languages.

Want your child to be clever? Teach them two languages: Study finds bilingual babies often show signs of having a higher IQ - Daily Mail

A series I like for Babies, that is basically a Video Flash Card, is:

Baby Learns Chinese, DVD Level 4,5,6 & Flashcards
Baby Learns Chinese, DVD, Level 4,5,6 & Flashcards Bundle (Green Box)
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Baby Learns Chinese DVDs # 4-6
Exposes Baby to
140+  Chinese words about
  • Sports
  • What to Wear and About the House
  • Transportation and Professions
This series uses the Doman method to teach babies to read.

Babies can learn to read because Chinese characters are just like pictures!

Baby Learns Chinese, DVD, Level 1,2,3 & Flashcards Bundle Blue
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(14 reviews)

This DVD set teaches 140+ Chinese words

DVD1- Body, Counting, Shapes and Colors

DVD2- Fruits and Food
DVD3- Farm Animals and Wild Animals
Flashcards I
  • The Doman method, used in the DVD, has proven countless times, yes, babies can learn to read!
  • Babies can read because Chinese characters are just like pictures!
See sample video clip inside

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Comparing the US and China Military

Excellent article that compares the US and China Military. The above picture is one of the Chinese aircraft carriers.

$600 Billion Ain’t What It Used to Be - The American Interest

Key Points:

1. US has more Military focuses / areas of interest than China. Major areas include Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

2. The US has higher costs, so the US spending usually gets less for the same dollar spent than China. An example of this is payroll and health benefits.

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