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REVOLUTION TAIPEI

Reform will not do.
It is the corruption of mind.
And we see no hope in sight.

500,000 youth went to street.
Many asked why.
I was eying only Law and Order.

But a month in Taipei tells me more.
People had it.
Government machine was out of touch and out of control.

We witnessed international airport security screw-up.
That was to let the cat and container of gasoline pass.
And both were on different occasion and time.

It simply can’t happen but did.
You can’t call that a mistake.
Human factor and system wrecked all public trust.

And then there came the MRT transit killing.
The 21 years old university sophomore was a devil and lost soul.
4 lives lost and 22 wounded.

The whole city was in shock and no one feeling safe.
Then there was police with machine gun in public’s eye.
Crisis got worse.

It shows knee jerk reaction with no one prepared.
And indeed city needed leadership, guiding and in control.
Then it resulted into police outfitting with hand gun.

540,000 by far decided not to take the transit.
Bus again packed returning as main transportation.
Fear is real and staying.

There are families of victims.
MRT handled them coldly and processed like machine.
Families, definitely handicapped, feel helpless.

They felt life is cheap and gradually getting very angry.
Then there is the lie.
Public clearly see the stone cold government side.

President came to public’s eye days after.
There is no calming effect after tragedy.
No one is filling the role to lead and guide.

Now I truly understand.
Youth saw no future and left with no outlet.
To be out in the street was the best they could.

Law and order still is vital and a must.
But there is priority.
Response and solution visible to public are urgent and immediate.

It is true.
Few youth did have their own motives and interest.
But who gave them the cause and opportunity?

It is painful to turn on the TV.
They just keep yelling at each other.
There is no solution only accusation.

All things are skin deep.
Vision and wisdom are all at loss.
Turn them off is the best one can do.

The truth is.
All they showed are the root of all evil.
We all are the cause of what is happening.

Yet, we all are pointing the finger at others not self.
It became a vicious circle with no end.
Only revolution will make a difference.

The dark side of human nature is riding high.
Ugly display is a norm.
Lost soul we all are.

Partial change as reform will not do.
All destructive fiber must be removed as cancer.
Revolution is the only way then.

WAR CRY

In my younger day, US youth was “hot” at playing “chicken”.
Then in Top Gun, we saw Tom Cruise did it again with MIG.
Now Japan military plane was doing it 30 meters from China one.

In Second World War, Japan made famous of suicide plane.
We can’t help but to think.
How disciplined are those involved?

Malaysia Air missing is fading in public eye.
Korea school kids on cruise tragedy started more with now 21 dead in hospital fire.
Youth public random killing from Taipei to Santa Barbara shock and puzzle the world.

“Earth quake like” is the expression of Europe Union election.
Political landscape changes drastically.
No one is seriously in charge of anything.

US lost credibility with Snowden and NSA.
FBI charges China military spying in Shanghai.
Will CIA be charged in every other country next?

Obama in Memorial Day visited troops in Afghanistan.
He pointedly hinted.
That will be last of US military presence there.

But now we see there will be 9,800 leaving behind.
That coincides with Russia and Ukraine.
Who really can point finger at anyone else.

We see more actions in Asia.
Military exercises are plenty.
US play key role with Japan, S. Korea, and Philippines.

Vietnam is playing tough and pushing.
China makes it big with Russia.
And Japan tries to be Top Gun.

Summer is coming.
And US are warning all about “road rage”.
What if this rage is going world-wide?

Flooding is like yearly event.
It shows how we never learn.
Wild fire from San Diego to Arizona is another.

May be it only reflects the individual few.
Mudslide from Washington to now Colorado is not.
We really are living dangerously.

Face of evil is what press tagging.
We can see why.
It is so clear from all the youth mass killing.

They all had made statement.
That was way before their actions.
Why public just hear no evil?

12 more cases followed in Taipei.
They are after transit mass killing.
Vancouver downtown also had 5 men stabbed.

One thought comes to mind.
Military youth and those acted are all the product of our society.
Fail Safe is next topic in mind.

The danger is how they view their moment.
Government management is a failure and public blind.
We indeed are boarder line at battle cry.

AFFORDABLE TAIPEI

Yes, it was horror of public transit mass killing.
And there are tiresome MPs and media slanders.
Yet I am still here.

Yes, fear to step out was there.
But life goes on.
I still enjoy the lively and affordable Taipei.

The cheapest bubble tea in Van is at T&T.
It is Can $2.99 plus tax.
But in Taipei is NT $35 total.

Mac full meal Taipei is NT $76 total and Van Can $5.99 plus tax.
Lunch box at Taipei 7/11 is NT $60 to 70 total.
That will be Can $6.99 plus tax in any food court in Van.

And there are so many fancy food courts here.
They are good-looking and restaurant-like if in Van.
And meals are NT $120 total.

French red wine last year in Taipei was NT $199 total.
This year it is up to NT $299.
That is inflation but still cheaper than Van.

I quickly picked up 3 bottles yesterday.
This new French brand is NT $199 and discounted 5% if buying 3.
And one full little scotch is NT $409.

Movie is another treat.
Seats are clean, nice and comfortable.
Cost is NT $310 and senior $135.

You can choose your seat.
And movie houses have so many eating places around.
People do dress a little when going to movie.

Plenty of high living is in Taipei too.
Top 10 world expensive houses have one in Taipei.
And a new 6-stars hotel just opens here.

I took my wife to dinner at NT $5400 each.
And the meal at top of the world 101 restaurant is from NT $1200.
Yes, there is 10% tip in service fee automatically added.

City bus is free for seniors.
And MRT is 50% off.
There are plenty bicycles to rent everywhere.

My hotel is NT $1600 a day.
They offer free breakfast and simple afternoon tea.
Sheet and towers are changed daily.

MRT practically is like in the basement.
It gets me anywhere in the city quickly.
Cold or hot weather even storm means nothing to me.

Pool is NT $50 per visit for seniors.
Sauna and steam room are better than standard.
Water spa is super.

Taipei is all commercial.
Events are plenty each weekend at many public areas.
People simply don’t have the energy and time for all.

And there are surprises too.
Remember the 500,000 youth protest in the street earlier?
The memorable one last year was 250,000.

And this is election year here too.
Creative political show-off will be plenty at display.
And now it is only May 24 in the rain season.

CHILLING TAIPEI

Strike 3, you are out.
It all came in 24 hours, 240 seconds and another 40 seconds.
Hell broke loose in the period.

5/20 is the day marking President Ma 6 years in the office.
5 days forecast to start the rain season dimed the mood and all expectation.
Pouring rain by night made it miserable to all.

The rain pounded into day light with no stopping in sight.
Past 107 years total May month rain record smashed in one day.
Cities were seriously warned of flooding.

Then in the morning, there came the 6 earth quake.
The rest of day was still in pouring rain.
People thought that the worst of it.

By night fall, news blasted the transit stabbing.
4 were killed and 21 injured at rush hour on moving MRT.
Some said no wonder such pouring rain.

That was a horrible 240 seconds in 6 moving closed compartments.
Then there followed with 40 sec confrontation by other passengers in the car.
Police came about 20 minutes later.

Taipei claims to be international city.
Yet citizens really are in isolation and never seriously caring anything not local.
Half million youth took to street was major.

But how many realize the Boston bomber.
And there were that many high school killings in US.
Youth has long a serious world situation.

It is a serious change of mind situation.
Past moral and lawful standard are out.
They no longer influence the young.

It is a serious 2 mind sets in one world.
Yet old generation still hold on hard of past standard.
Young simply trust none.

In the news, we were shocked by news of our airport.
That was a serious security breach by a Japanese passenger.
He carried plastic container full of gasoline got on flight.

This no longer is just screw loose.
It really is a total social collapse.
The wake-up call is already late.

Paper called it a time of open society.
But we are not aware of isolated youth.
No wonder there is another college kid killing girl friend’s grandpa.

CHANGING ASIA

India is changing big after election.
Dynasty family is no longer working this time.
Economic urgency takes top priority.

China is in transition.
Reform and anti-corruption are tops.
But being the largest domestic market safely and quickly matters.

Japan is ambitious to branch out.
The hidden military intention worries many.
But US the one will make it a reality.

Putin visiting Beijing now and the join military exercise gets all interests.
Vietnam smashing invested Taiwan factories reveals the hidden vicious side.
China is set to go military.

Both Koreas are facing domestic public safety tragedy.
Screw loose is clearly the source of sad situations.
That means more will be on the way.

Malaysia flight is still a mess.
Rumor now has it a victim of US and Thailand military exercise.
No wonder so far all focus is about searching not why and how.

Vietnam is showing the military and communist violent nature.
Cover-up on the corruption and balance of rich and poor went over-board.
Now the tarnished image reminds us paper tiger.

Thailand just declares martial law.
Prosperity definitely is on hold.
Democratic 2 parties system is making all a cut-throat.

Trust is missing.
But no one seems to care.
Go to extreme is all are now.

Taipei is losing all drives and confidence.
Youth are eying hand-out.
Leadership is only to please the public.

This really can be a turning point to all.
Hope is always there.
Learn to trust each other can be the first step.

TAIPEI INVESTMENT VIETNAM

Taipei used to complain being orphan of Asia.
Now it is worse as being orphan of the world.
Humanity for Taipei by the world was none in last few days.

Taipei’s investment in Vietnam totally reaches US $28 billion.
But there is no protect.
Reality is cruel than expected.

Taipei papers yesterday reported.
At least 25 Taipei invested factories were ruthlessly raided.
Evening paper front-paged it Vietnam’s “patriotic robbery”.

International media had no coverage.
They seemed suddenly invisible.
Turkey’s mine tragedy and runner’s trail were all there were.

By today, we finally get some.
All speaks of China- Vietnam situation.
English paper in Taipei front-pages it severe anti-China unrest.

Taipei TV was all the burning and raiding in film.
But that was not in international coverage.
Taipei government also looked disappeared.

One would expect.
Taipei leader stood up strongly for the occasion.
Plane or planes would be sent immediately.

After all, there are 30,000 some citizens in business there.
They are in fear of their lives.
Their properties were burning right in front of their eyes.

International Presidential press conference follows.
It is time to show the legal presence.
Justice must meet.

And there are that half million youth.
They took to the street to show passion and will power.
Again they can do what they are the best.

Strangely they were not responding either.
What they excelled during the famous event didn’t surface.
That was to put voice out through internet.

Sadly what was hot on TV talk shows was.
It was President Ma’s US green card and his IRS back tax bill.
That was the mind-set and priority politically here.

That is real mirror reflection of Taiwan now.
Everyone points finger at Ma.
And all are doing what Ma is doing.

History told us.
United we are strong.
Divided we all lose.

NONE OF THE ABOVE

BBC named it Nota.
And it is “the” variable in current India election.
It is remarkable in every way.

This indeed is an election year globally.
That makes all things unstable for the moment.
Europe, US, India and Taiwan all will face it.

Nota will be a new telling tale.
It will be a clear indication.
Voter can vote to show they have no one to vote for.

LOVE, HATE TAIPEI

OCCUPY WALL ST. went big time here.
500,000 students hit the street.
They maneuvered and subtly took over Parliament House.

It was not perfect but accepted by many.
But they got to their head and unwisely went too far.
They forced into Administration Building.

That was bad.
It went beyond law and order.
Youth and inexperience were obvious.

Youth indeed had reason to be mad.
They definitely can see no future.
And many actually are struggling to make a living.

China is stronger than ever.
Economic and military presences are immense.
And benefit of trade with China is not felt by all.

They see benefit so far only going to the rich.
Minimum wages are way down.
And that is comparing to 10 years ago.

Ruling party is making the same mistake.
That is the old one lost mainland to China.
They were too siding with rich.

People in majority had no choice supported communist.
Today college graduates are making only 22 K.
And 10 years ago was 35K.

It is clear.
Rich pocket the trade benefit with China.
And they are not sharing with government doing nothing.

Seeing no future is enough for them to be loud in the street.
Government responded badly in weakness.
Law and order then was totally at loss.

President Ma, in the duration, lost his mother.
It is days before Mother’s Day.
He certainly is candle burning on both ends.

Economists as magazine declared Ma lame duck in the newest issue.
His top guy in the government did nothing right.
And this is a serious election year.

Parliament is the root of all situations.
MP has long lost public trust.
It is a disgrace with no respect.

Press mess up things even more.
Rating is king and made all a dog’s fight.
Moral and social responsibility ended at all-time low.

Anti-China in the name of trade created great fear.
Reason and logic had no room.
And that is not the end of it.

Nuclear energy issue followed.
Hunger strike by a saintly old timer took the government in hostage.
Resource-less Taiwan gets throat cut.

It ended in 8 days with government back down.
Suddenly “independence” was coming strong.
Opposition sees it as the base for year-end election.

And the worst came in such offensive display.
President’s mom passed away.
Family in low profile decided on “closed” family final closure.

AN opposition MP crashed in.
He pointed finger in everything.
And he had high educating and continuing doctor studying in university now.

That was low as in any society.
Social outcry was slow as public in shock.
And there is only mum in the opposition.

Many had wished President to chase the guy with stick.
He was silent and did nothing.
The insult now is to all on this island.

“Law and Order” is missing in Taiwan.
So did U.S. before 1969.
Nixon used it to win the Presidency.

Vietnam War was splitting the country.
As a student then I saw how U.S. seasoned it.
The process was a big growing for me and U.S. society.

Hunger strike is admirable.
But too bad it really is blackmail this time.
It is an old western gun fighter outliving himself.

Gandhi did it due to British ruling.
But Taiwan had opposition in power for 8 years.
Where was he in those years?

Taipei must move forward to face the future.
Law and Order is now or never.
Love or hate, it is the only place you have.

ELECTION CHINA

That will come eventually.
It is better to start thinking “how” right now.
And timing is perfect.

India is steaming hot with national election.
That is 814 million eligible voting.
It is 8 phase process from 4/7 to 5/12.

And vote will be counted at 5/16.
Complicated is the least we can say.
We can study now on how that will be in China.