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Edge 2018-06-25 07:00:07

Edge

I am on the edge
Try hard to hedge
I stand on the ledge
Get ready to fledge







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On the wisdom of wisdom teeth 2018-06-24 16:56:51

On the wisdom of  wisdom teeth 

It is the wisdom 
Of nature 
To grow wisdom teeth
To support other teeth

It is the wisdom
Of dentists 
To remove clients’ wisdom teeth 
To support their own businesses

Where is the wisdom
Of the public 
To allow their wisdom teeth removed
To support dentists 


















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Forget and For Get 2018-06-23 15:49:36

Forget and For Get

We forget
The tragedies and suffering 
Of our forebears
For get along with 
The successors
Of the slaughters

We forget
The repeated patterns
Of our history 
For get ahead in
The promotions
Of our careers 

We forget
The heavy pollution
From battery manufacturing
For get
Electric cars
With shining morality






















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Lax and relax 2018-06-17 17:41:23

Lax and Relax


We don’t like being lax. 

We all enjoy relax. 

But without being lax, 

How can we re-lax? 

To relax, 

Let us be lax 

To ourselves, and to each other






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腿脚和退却 2018-06-17 06:35:03

腿脚和退却


腿脚主要是往前走的,但古人造字的时候,腿脚两个字却建立在退却之上。这似乎很难理解,可仔细想想,也很有道理。


我们平常,总想着进步,对生活水平的要求越来越高。可生活水平高的社会,负担也重,最终出生率都下降到替换率以下,导致了社会的衰亡。


我们的腿脚,可以用来进步,也可以用来退步,如果腿脚源于退却,也许我们应该更经常地退却。






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Stalin Rap to Hitler and Mao 2018-06-11 22:29:52

Stalin Rap to Hitler and Mao


老三的历史课作业


Hey Hitler 

I got some words for ya


You thought that I wouldn't get along with Britain 

But we splittin up your regiments like long division

I hate to say it, but you made the wrong decision

Stepping up to the eminem of communism


I put the lit in politburo, all my boys are in there so 

-After Lenin died, I took out every foe 

-I be acting like the kids on their insta post

Start a fight with me and I’ll delete you from my pictures bro


war in the winter? You a dumb nazi

Or maybe you're just blind, maybe you can not see

Maybe you're just jealous cuz

All the hotties want me

Pickin up the chicks like I picked up Trotsky


--Your army is a marching disaster

Are those your soldiers they look more like dancers

I'll show no mercy though you broke our pact first

when I send them back, they'll look more like bratwurst


--I got Russia to it’s first A bomb

US ain’t the only with nukes now, game on

Running with an iron fist call me man of steel son

-Funny how I own the banks I used to steal from


Tryna take Stalingrad, you must be delirious

Get your soldiers home before I send you to Siberia

I was just playing scorched earth, now I’m serious

Call yourselves Germany  you're nothing but bacteria




Hey Mao

I got some words for ya as well


My power don’t stop at the soviet bloc now. 

I’ll hold onto Asia I won’t let them opt out

-No more vodka but I'm still taking shots now

This Georgian in Moscow makes Georgie say wocao


--yall are looking at the man who carved a

superpower outta nothing but a land of farmers

--You promised land to your peasant partners

But you gave them peanuts, Yeah call you Carter


-your great leap forward was probably

The greatest leap backward in all of your policies

Copying my five year plan, well honestly

Mao, you’re nothin but a little Stalin wannabe

















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The earth is a gigantic battery 2018-06-06 22:56:16

Why geothermal spring has low ph, or high concentration of H+? I guess the internal part of the earth has high concentration of H, as H is the most abundant element in the universe. When the earth was young, the surface of the earth has high concentration of H. Water is highly acidic. Air is full of hydrogen and its compounds, such as CH4. 

Why there is little hydrogen on the surface of the earth today? The earth is exposed to sunlight, whose energy splits molecules. When molecules containing hydrogen ions are split, hydrogen, with low density, rise up in the atmosphere. Over time, more and more hydrogen escaped the earth. Today, there is much less hydrogen on the surface of the earth than billions of years ago. When hydrogen ions left the water, they are replaced by sodium, potassium ions and other ions. Overtime, sea water turns from acidic into alkaline. 

When photosynthetic bacteria spit out oxygen as a byproduct, the escape of hydrogen from the earth slowed down greatly. Oxygen reacts with hydrogen to form water, which is heavy and falls back to the earth again. But the rise of hydrogen ions still forms a great electric potential from the sea water to upper atmosphere. Sea water is alkaline, which is electron donating. Oxygen is electron absorbing. So there is an electric potential between sea water and air from negative to positive. In the atmosphere, higher up has more hydrogen ions. Higher in the space, higher the electric potential. So the whole earth is a gigantic battery.

How does this gigantic battery influence other aspects of the earth? This gigantic electric field is moving along the earth. Moving electric field generates magnetic field. Does the earth’s magnetic field have anything to do with this electric field?

This gigantic electric field also produces nitrogen nutrients for plants. Lightenings are short circuits of the gigantic battery. Lightening generate chemical reactions, turning largely inert nitrogen gas into nitrogen compounds that can be absorbed  by plants. 

Does this gigantic electric field affect life in other ways? My guess is yes. But I don’t know any specific examples.

 



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Reading James Galbraith’s The End of Normal 2018-06-03 09:38:41

Reading James Galbraith’s The End of Normal 


The idea and ideology of equilibrium has a long tradition in human history. In Bible, God created the world in six days. After that, God only intervened occasionally, such as in Noah’s time, to restore equilibrium. The concept of equilibrium permeates in today’s social sciences. Communism and capitalism may may be deadly rivals. But they are united by their common belief of equilibrium state. In communism, it is the optimality of the communist system. In capitalism, it is the optimality of free market system.  They are all equilibrium systems.

In a world dominated by equilibrium theory. Galbraith’s book, The End of Normal, is a wake up call to the troubled time ahead and the need for a new theory to understand and cope with the more difficult time. It is written by a prominent economist and great writer who are trained in and familiar with the traditional economic theory. The book is a great pleasure to read. The following are some quotes from the book.


Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. (Title page)

While the omnipresent real-world situations of “diminishing returns “ (in farming) and “increasing returns “ (in industry) lived on and could still be captured in the mathematics, most economists presented them as special cases and, for the most part, more trouble than they worth. (p. 30)

But not only were wages fixed. So were American oil prices, which were set to a good first approximation in Austin, Texas, by the Texas Railroad Commission, which could impose a quota (as a percent of capacity) on all wells in Texas. These measures ensured against a sudden, price collapsing glut. This simple and effective system, supported by the depletion allowance in the tax code, gave America a robust oil industry that could and did reinvest at home. ... And since the price of oil was under control, all prices that incorporated oil as a cost had an element of control and stability built in. (p. 31)

“Environmental economists “ do exist, but they are a subgroup within the profession, removed from substantial control over academic resources (especially appointments) and very far removed from the broader economies policy discussion. Resource and environmental economists are not integrated into the discussions of the financial matters or macroeconomic performance; they have no substantial say about the nature of economic growth or the desirability of pursuing it. ... Technical innovation and private saving remains, for most economists, the path to a prosperous future, provided that well-meaning meddlers do not screw it up. 

For this reason, the notion that there might be a link between resource costs and the Great Financial Crisis will, I think, still strike most economists as far fetched. In what follows, I shall try to explain how and why a link exists. It runs partly through the direct effects of higher costs, but much more through the indirect channels of market instability, financial speculation and investment uncertainty. All of these help to explain why we must think again about the inevitability of a return to sustained growth. After a daydream of thirty years’ standing, it’s time to consider again the possibility that the 1970s were not an interlude brought on shocks, bad management, and policy mistakes — but instead, in certain respects, a harbinger of the world conditions that we now face, and from which we will not, on this occasion, so easily escape. (p. 51)

If resource costs facing the industrial world have been first a propellant to and then a restraint on growth, then it is necessary to examine the role of military power as a guarantor of acceptably low resource costs. Since the start of the industrial revolution, the world has been dominated by those who had access to resources on preferential terms: the British and French empires, Russia, the United States. Those countries and empires lacking cheap resources, including the Ottomans and the Chinese, found themselves weakened, thwarted, and in decline. The German and the Japanese, attempting to create such empires and gain such access, were turned back in major wars. (p. 113)

The First World War was a contest between empires, a clash of industrial systems, draining to all of them whether defeated or victorious. The Second World War was fought in large part to prevent Germany and Japan from creating new empires on the models of Britain, France, America and Russia from just a couple of generations before — empires based on territorial expansion, the subjugation and sometimes extermination of native peoples, and the use of colonial territories as a base for resources and a sink for industrial goods. The outcome of that war discredited empire generally. (p. 117)

It is worth remembering that the resolution of the savings and loans scandal saw more than a thousand industry insiders indicted, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned. So far in the work out of the Great Crisis, the comparable number of senior bankers most responsible indicted is: zero. (p. 163)

One way to sum up the Soviet system is to say that is operated with vey high fixed costs. ... (p. 257)

In truth, this analysis is simple. It is rooted in ideas that were explored fully in the theory of the business firm developed by Alfred Marshall, the great English economist and the author of the first widely used economic textbook, Principles of Economics, first published in 1890. The key ideas — fixed and variable costs, increasing returns and monopolistic enterprises, the effects and confidence and uncertainty about costs on investment — are elementary. But for some reason, these ideas don’t usually come up when leading economists, policy advisors, and politicians think and talk about economic issues.

This is a puzzle. It could be a fatal puzzle. Understanding what is happening to us — what could be happening to us— is a first step toward being able to change it, or, for that matter, to cope with it, if it cannot be changed. That is what the economic profession should be about. And sadly isn’t. ( p. 261)

This is a fairly gloomy work, and a departure, for me, from the optimistic Keynesian I have expressed in the past. For bring me to these dire straits I thank, in particular, Jing Chen of the University of Northern British Columbia. These pages contain many of his ideas, expressed as clearly I could manage without any mathematics. (p. 263)



























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Copulate, copy, populate 2018-06-02 06:29:02

Copulate, copy, populate

We copulate
We copy
Our gene

We copulate
We populate
Our land









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Emergence and emergency 2018-05-28 07:21:00

Emergence and emergency


The emergence 

Of new people at distant horizon 

May devastate the local band

It is an emergency 


The emergence 

Of new virus at distant land

May devastate the global population 

It is an emergency 


The emergence 

Of new voice at distant corner 

May devastate the global structure 

It is an emergency 






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