Monday, May 03, 2010

Daily Links, May 3, 2010

Fireworks ready for the arrival of the bride's family. What's pyrotechnic on the blogs today?

MEDIA: Wonderful, imaginative discussion of how the US lost the naval war of 2015. Apropo: China's naval expansion in the Indian Ocean, and India worries about China's dams. Ruh-roh: Consumer price index in Taiwan to go up for 4th straight month. Tai hao! Manufacturing expands for 14th straight month. First-rate summary of why Taiwanese are skeptical about ECFA. Won't see anything like this out of the usual suspects in DC. Manila's Taipei office says ECFA will be good for the Philippines. ECFA to expand income gap, says Taipei Times. CSMonitor notes that more Americans are giving up their citizenship, a tiny but notable increase. And a trend many of us have long expected, given the declining standard of living in the US: According to the Association of Americans Resident Overseas, (AARO) apart from the military and other US government employees, 5.26 million US citizens reside abroad, a 67 percent increase since 2008. “Among the benefits the study cites of a life abroad are statistics that show expats earn more, pay less tax, have a better work/life balance, have an improved quality of life, enjoy broader cultural opportunities, and enjoy better job prospects.” Once again Commonwealth English with 2 excellent pieces, on what's fueling Taipei's housing price bubble and on public anger. Orz Orz Orz to the translator. Asia Sentinel with a good piece on the DPP and its recent recovery. Taiwan's dolphins face extinction. If you're James Soong and you somehow wind up with millions of someone else's money, you don't get any punishment. If you're Chen Shui-bian..... The prediction markets on Ma's re-election: he leads all comers. At East Asia Forum, Reginald Little calls for western analysts to take into account Confucian values, without saying what they might be.

SPECIAL: Excellent post on oil spill in the Gulf. Thirty years of deregulation madness may well end up poisoning the entire seaboard south of Virginia Beach. And if that wasn't bad enough, colony collapse syndrome continues: a third of all US bee colonies did not make it through the winter.

BIKING: Drew, after a near death experience, collected some blog posts on biking on the island.
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1 comment:

Thomas said...

You might appreciate this addition:

It goes well with the US Naval War of 2015 story.