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“Ip Man 3” Cast Has Mike Tyson and CGI Bruce Lee [CRIEnglish / [

Posted in Bruce Lee 李小龙, Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Uncategorized on April 18, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

2015-03-26
Web Editor: Sun Wanming

Shooting for the third installment in the hit kung-fu series “Ip Man” is due to begin…

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is joining Donnie Yen in the movie, along with a computer-generated Bruce Lee.

“Ip Man” is a kung-fu biopic about the life of Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun master.

The story in the third installment focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee.

“Ip Man 3” is being directed by Wilson Yip.

The film is scheduled for release during next year’s [2016] Spring Festival.
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Edited/excerpted by Zuo Shou

Original article title: ‘New “Ip Man” Cast Has Mike Tyson and Computer-Generated Bruce Lee’

Article link: http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/03/26/3123s871683.htm

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Millions Spent Bombing Syria while Refugees Starve [The Intercept]

Posted in Genocide, Iraq, Pentagon, Syria, Uncategorized, US "War on Terror", USA on December 9, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Murtaza Hussein

3 Dec. 2014

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Does the objective of international intervention in Syria have anything at all to do with helping Syrians?…

Excerpted; full article link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/02/millions-spent-bomb-syria-refugees-starves/

Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance [Guardian]

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

– Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a ‘nightmare scenario’ –

6 June 2014

by Juliette Garside

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond…

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/06/vodafone-reveals-secret-wires-allowing-state-surveillance

U.S. healthcare law remains unpopular despite more enrollees [Xinhua]

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Matthew Rusling

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Xinhua) — While the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the new healthcare law, a majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the healthcare overhaul, a Gallup poll found Thursday.

A steady 43 percent of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, while a majority continue to disapprove, Gallup found in a poll released Thursday…

Excerpted; full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-05/29/c_133371783.htm

“Operation Nazification” – New book ‘Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America’ [WarIsACrime.org]

Posted in Anti-communism, Argentina, Assassination, CIA, Fascism, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Nazism, Nukes, Pentagon, Philippines, Russia, Truman, Uncategorized, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USSR, War crimes on March 2, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by David Swanson

Feb 20, 2014

Annie Jacobsen’s new book is called Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. It isn’t terribly secret anymore, of course, and it was never very intelligent. Jacobsen has added some details, and the U.S. government is still hiding many more. But the basic facts have been available; they’re just left out of most U.S. history books, movies, and television programs.

After World War II, the U.S. military hired sixteen hundred former Nazi scientists and doctors, including some of Adolf Hitler’s closest collaborators, including men responsible for murder, slavery, and human experimentation, including men convicted of war crimes, men acquitted of war crimes, and men who never stood trial. Some of the Nazis tried at Nuremberg had already been working for the U.S. in either Germany or the U.S. prior to the trials. Some were protected from their past by the U.S. government for years, as they lived and worked in Boston Harbor, Long Island, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, and elsewhere, or were flown by the U.S. government to Argentina to protect them from prosecution. Some trial transcripts were classified in their entirety to avoid exposing the pasts of important U.S. scientists. Some of the Nazis brought over were frauds who had passed themselves off as scientists, some of whom subsequently learned their fields while working for the U.S. military.

The U.S. occupiers of Germany after World War II declared that all military research in Germany was to cease, as part of the process of denazification. Yet that research went on and expanded in secret, under U.S. authority, both in Germany and in the United States, as part of a process that it’s possible to view as nazification. Not only scientists were hired. Former Nazi spies, most of them former S.S., were hired by the U.S. in post-war Germany to spy on — and torture — Soviets.

The U.S. military shifted in numerous ways when former Nazis were put into prominent positions. It was Nazi rocket scientists who proposed placing nuclear bombs on rockets and began developing the intercontinental ballistic missile. It was Nazi engineers who had designed Hitler’s bunker beneath Berlin, who now designed underground fortresses for the U.S. government in the Catoctin and Blue Ridge Mountains. Known Nazi liars were employed by the U.S. military to draft classified intelligence briefs falsely hyping the Soviet menace. Nazi scientists developed U.S. chemical and biological weapons programs, bringing over their knowledge of tabun and sarin, not to mention thalidomide — and their eagerness for human experimentation, which the U.S. military and the newly created CIA readily engaged in on a major scale. Every bizarre and gruesome notion of how a person might be assassinated or an army immobilized was of interest to their research. New weapons were developed, including VX and Agent Orange. A new drive to visit and weaponize outerspace was created, and former Nazis were put in charge of a new agency called NASA.

Permanent war thinking, limitless war thinking, and creative war thinking in which science and technology overshadowed death and suffering, all went mainstream…

…But how big a change did the United States go through after World War II, and how much of it can be credited to Operation Paperclip? Isn’t a government that would give immunity to both Nazi and Japanese war criminals in order to learn their criminal ways already in a bad place? As one of the defendants argued in trial at Nuremberg, the U.S. had already engaged in its own experiments on humans using almost identical justifications to those offered by the Nazis. If that defendant had been aware, he could have pointed out that the U.S. was in that very moment engaged in such experiments in Guatemala. The Nazis had learned some of their eugenics and other nasty inclinations from Americans. Some of the Paperclip scientists had worked in the U.S. before the war, as many Americans had worked in Germany. These were not isolated worlds.

Looking beyond the secondary, scandalous, and sadistic crimes of war, what about the crime of war itself? We picture the United States as less guilty because it maneuvered the Japanese into the first attack, and because it did prosecute some of the war’s losers. But an impartial trial would have prosecuted Americans too. Bombs dropped on civilians killed and injured and destroyed more than any concentration camps — camps that in Germany had been modeled in part after U.S. camps for native Americans. Is it possible that Nazi scientists blended into the U.S. military so well because an institution that had already done what it had done to the Philippines was not in all that much need of nazification?

Yet, somehow, we think of the firebombing of Japanese cities and the complete leveling of German cities as less offensive that the hiring of Nazi scientists…

“We need to talk about TED” – the anti-TED TED talk [Guardian]

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Posting this despite the author’s febrile anti-communism. I agree that TED is some kind of intellectual/cultural black hole. — Zuo Shou

– Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster –

by Benjamin Bratton

Dec 30, 2013

In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky…

Full article link: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/30/we-need-to-talk-about-ted

(c) Guardian News & Media Ltd

Economic disparity worsens children’s growing pains in China [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Economy, Education, Employment, Holidays in China, Income gap, Uncategorized on June 1, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Xinhua writers Zhou Yan, Pan Qiang and Li Meijuan (Xinhua)
May 31, 2013

[Excerpted]

GROWING PAINS, FUTURE WOES

As the world’s second-largest economy prepares to celebrate Children’s Day, many adults are recalling the good old days of growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, when few families were rich but children were probably happier.

Today, however, “a happy, carefree” childhood seems out of reach for city and rural children alike.

In 10 years, city kids like Wei Yufan will probably be studying at a university in Beijing, eyeing well-paid jobs in big companies.

By then, Luo Tingxi may have become a skilled worker on a factory assembly line or in a coal pit. He might also be married with two children.

If the economic disparity is not lifted by then, growing pains will persist for those on both sides.

While city children fight pains inflicted by demanding parents, rural children’s pains often reflect the fast-growing, unbalanced economy, which could backfire and hamper further economic growth, warned Liu Fuxiang, deputy education chief in Yanchuan County of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

“The yawning rural-urban income gap has worsened disparity in many other sectors, like education, in particular,” he said.

Rural children, he said, perform far worse than their urban peers on major tests these days, but not because they are not clever or diligent. “They are victims of an unbalanced allocation of teaching resources.”

The rapid urbanization drive has drawn an influx of rural workers to cities and boomtowns, where more schools have been built. “Many rural schools in remote, sparsely-populated villages were closed down and children from several villages have to share one school,” said Liu.

As many migrants have taken their school-aged children with them to cities, most village schools in the underdeveloped areas of Yanchuan County are more like daycare centers for left-behind children, orphans and handicapped children, he said.

Troubled by insufficient funding and teachers, it is also hard for these schools to offer many subjects. “Some schools only teach reading and arithmetic. Gym class is all about frolicking and running around,” said Liu. “Many children just wait for the nine years of compulsory education to end soon so they can take a job in the city.”

The consequences of the disparity could be severe, as poverty could twist the youngsters’ value systems. “The children are our future,” he said. “Our future will be gloomy if they are not educated properly.”

“Children in poverty tend to admire the material abundance in cities and even worship money,” said Yang Yuansong, a rural school teacher known for “Left-behind Children’s Diaries,” a collection of tear-stained diary entries written by rural children whose parents work in faraway cities.

“When young migrants in their village return home with fashionable clothing and stylish haircuts, their value system changes and they long to see the wide world for themselves instead of concentrating on their schoolwork.”

Yang said reminding them of the importance of learning and keeping their dreams alive is essential. But often, their parents are not home and schools do not have enough teachers to offer them the proper guidance.

Ding Xueqian, a rural school teacher in Gansu Province and a deputy to the local parliament, has called for more funding from the central and provincial treasuries to boost education in remote rural areas.

“It’s important to train adequate teachers and build safer classrooms for countryside schools,” he said. “By narrowing the gap between rural and urban education, we can expect to provide quality education to rural students and reverse the widespread prejudice that ‘going to school is useless.'”

Full article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90778/8266512.html