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The timing of this 2020 coronavirus outbreak could NOT have been any WORSE!
That is why I, an avowed cynic, was getting convinced today that I was smelling a rat when it came to the timing of this virus outbreak. It could not have been any worse in terms of impacting and crippling the 2020 Chinese New Year — the Year of the Rat.
Plans for New Year celebrations have been devastated. For one a lot of people in China are being precluded from traveling. Others, wisely, are avoiding going out and mingling with others.
I ran into that problem this morning. Should we go to the ‘Confucius Institute’ event at UNH today. Yes, we knew there would be a fair number of Chinese — some who probably visited China in the last few weeks. Furthermore there were two suspected cases of the virus in New Hampshire — albeit neither in Durham. I pondered, long & hard. I knew my friends at the Institute would be doing everything they could do minimize the risk. [I was right. They had cut back on personnel to a minimum. It was low-key and unstated but I noticed and appreciated.] I wanted to go to show my solidarity and support. In the end we went.
Going to Boston Chinatown, on a Sunday, is a different matter. A whole load more of people — many who might have visited China in the recent past. Not good. Not good for Chinatown. Not good for us. I like going to Chinatown for Chinese New Year.
I smell a rat. Yes, others have put forward conspiracy theories. I do subscribe to one of this.
This virus has done much, much, much more damage to the Chinese economy, prestige and standing than any tariffs. It will put a huge dent in their GDP for at least a year. Not good.
I smell a rat!
U.S. Currently Has A GLUT Of Bacon, Most In 48-Years, Can YOU Folks Up Your GLUTTONY For Bacon. #MAGA With Bacon.
It actually has to do with the ongoing trade war with China and the silly tariffs. The U.S. produced more bacon thinking the Chinese will buy it, BUT they, because of the tariffs, are boycotting the bacon.
Not right. You have to step up and eat MORE bacon. For many of you that should not be a hardship.
I eat a LOT of pig. I eat ham or sausage every day, with nary an exception. I also eat a LOT — and I mean a LOT — of pork. I estimate that I eat at least TWO (2) fully-grown 400-pound porkers a month! Yes, I am a pig eating machine.
But, I am not partial to bacon. Too fatty for my lean tastes. Oh, I eat bacon, but not often and sparingly. Nothing like how I scoff down SLABS of ham, long chains of sausages and oodles of pork.
So, I am relying on YOU to help me.
Eat more bacon for #MAGA.
Do it for Trump. Thank YOU.
Confused As To Why UK PM Theresa May Is Concerned About Trump’s New Tariffs — UK Hardly Makes Any Cars!
OK. To be fair, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, did call on Thursday to talk with Trump about tariffs and OTHER matters (e.g., ISIS and N. Korea). So, that was before Trump had explicitly said that HIS TRADE WAR will involve levying a tax on ‘European‘ cars.
It was the TAX on ‘European’ cars — in particular BRITISH cars — that got me thinking … and then rather upset.
We, the Brits, no longer OWN many car brands! All of our ICONIC British cars companies/brands — Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Mini, Land Rover — are owned by FOREIGN entities, in some cases the dreaded, despicable Germans!
Aston Martin and Morgan are about the only ones that are not owned outright by foreign companies. This is so sad. Breaks my heart. That Rolls Royce/Bentley are owned by BMW/Volkswagen is beyond the pale and that my beloved Jaguar brand belongs to Indians makes me cringe.
Not sure where they get the $9.8 Billion in UK vehicle exports to the US. That must be the cars shipped from the UK. That does not mean all the money goes to the UK.