- maddog with a great piece on the letter on Lee Teng-hui (boy did that issue disappear quickly from the public eye!).
- Drew's great ride report on his ride up to the Husun Forest Park. He wrote a really wonderful piece about me last week too. Thanks Drew!
- Another great piece at Taiwan Matters! on the effects of the stupid legislative reform, which punished the DPP and actually lowered its count of seats even though it increased its vote share.
- Lao Ren Cha on the road, comparing solo travel in Taiwan and elsewhere. I'll miss your excellent posts on Taiwan while you're gone, LRC.
- ETRC on the recent slowdown in the local housing market. Note that prices still haven't fallen.
- Sponge Bear on how China Post is aiding the KMT drive to assimilate the history of aboriginal resistance to Japanese rule into the KMT's mythological history of its own past.
- Jason looks at the DPP's struggle to formulate a cross-strait policy.
- Mad Minerva summarizes the Taiwan military response to China's carrier.
- Drew on Michael L H's inspiring ride in Changhua. Great job, Michael!
- CSS visits a rim maker.
- Echo on the hacking attack on the DPP
- 6.3% of drinks in Taipei contain traces of shit. Only 6.3%?
- Ben does Sanyi and Shengsing village, with pics.
- Frozen Garlic on the PFP and other small parties. I'm not quite believing it yet, but all appearances suggest that the PFP is going to seriously run against the KMT in this election. Soong also publicly stated he is more interested in running for President.
- Rare Salamander found in Yushan National Park.
- Dom's Picasa album of the 900 kms he biked around Taiwan this week.
- Audit of Taiwan's military: Missiles are out of date, military vehicles lack drivers: China Post
- Chinese scientists attempt to force Taiwan co-authors to subordinate Taiwan to China
- Pakistan gave China access to the crashed stealth helicopter from the Osama bin Laden raid.
- Taipei Times says the hacking attack on the DPP may be a potential Watergate. Apparently the hackers spoofed the RDEC and originated emails from there. The DPP claims the National Security Bureau working on behalf of the KMT carried them out. Read the whole article, it is quite interesting.
- Jens Kastner argue that star schools are a factor distorting Taipei's housing markets.
- In case you didn't notice, Taiwan-China-US relations have become stabilized. It will be interesting to see how long before our Establishment analysts start complaining that President Tsai Ing-wen is "destabilizing" relations between the US and China. Maybe I will start a pool.....
- WSJ column on the soft power clash between the Confucius Institutes and the Taiwan institutes. It must be galling to Ma and his Confucian ideological instincts that Beijing grabbed the name "Confucius Institutes" first. But here's how Taiwan builds soft power: 25 IT grads return to Gambia.
- Aviation Week: what the carrier means to China.
- NYTimes had a good article on China tourism in Taiwan. Linked again here, so many people liked it and sent it to me.
- Greenpeace rips Taiwan's overfishing of tuna stocks.
- Jade of Wai Taiwan.com interviewed by TaiwaneseAmerican.org. Jade's experience of falling in love with Taiwan shows the real soft power of Taiwan.
RIDES: This week Thursday and Friday we are riding down from Taichung and up to Xitou to go over the 12 turns. Overnighting in Xitou.
WAY COOL: Fossil of pregnant plesiosaur found. Spend hours laughing at this stuff. Asia-Pacific Journal piece argues that the reactor at Fukushima was knocked out and melting down before the tsunami hit, with clear political implications. The claims of scientifically incompetent climate denialists that volcanoes pump more Co2 into the atmosphere than humans are utterly refuted by scientific reality. Not that the lying will stop, of course.
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