Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Taking a Break

Taking a week or two off for vacations. Stuff I write for ACT will still be posted.

UPDATE: Still blogging very light. Latest ACT piece is below.
UPDATE: Wrote up my four day ride with my man Dom this weekend, just below.
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Days of Rain, Nights of Mango Ice and Beer

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Morning out of Ruisui

Four days of riding east and west: Duona and Fangliao, and Ruisui and Hualien. Rain it did, but we had an excellent time medicating with mango ice and beer after the long rides. Come below the READ MORE line for the pics and discussion...

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

American Citizens for Taiwan #7: The Status Quo is independence


My latest for ACT over at Medium.com focuses on the obvious pro-China slant of NCCU's famous tracking poll of independence-unification.
Imagine if you could make a majority political position disappear at the stroke of a pen. Imagine if you could make reality disappear, so that journalists and scholars not only failed to see it, but quoted your re-defining of it with approving nods. There’s no need to use your imagination: it’s happened right in front of our noses. Welcome to the widely cited independence and unification tracking poll from the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University (NCCU), a propaganda relic of a bygone age, now well into its third decade of making Taiwan independence sentiment disappear by cutting it into a welter of confusing, useless categories.
This poll is widely used by pan-Blue writers, and its assertions sometimes find their way into the international media as well. Enjoy!
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