Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Do not show anything you own, because the Chinese might claim it

You know what's on the news in China these days? That bat-crazy rumor that someone "stole" their Buddha statue and exhibited it in the Drents Museum in the Netherlands. When did they start saying that? After the Dutch scientists in the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort had discovered how precious the statue is, that there is a mummified Chinese monk, Liquan, in it!

Here's the skeleton the Dutch discovered:














Soon after this story went viral, the Chinese had an eye on it, and claimed this statue was stolen from a temple in the Yangchun Village in its Fujian Province. It started hyping this rumor with its propaganda machine by showing its people the lower half of the following pictures. As anyone can clearly see, the upper pictures, which are the real pictures of the statues, look totally different. the shape of the eyes, nose, and lips are all different. But the Chinese media Photoshopped the statue in China to make it kind of impossible to do a clear comparison in order to find an excuse to "redeem" the statue from the Dutch. Crazy, right?

If you buy too many cheap useless things from an industrial giant, it can turn into a monster and swallow you. The solution really is not take take advantage of the sale and stop buying useless things made in China. Why do Western people buy so many cheap clothes and shoes made in China really? That's why I don't go shopping.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

On the recent shooting of the homeless man in Downtown by LAPD


I happened to be lucky enough to have residence in the places with the most police brutality in the world.

As a Buddhist, I have no idea how you can respond to violence with peace but also without being slashed. I don't think it's possible. But I do believe if you respond to violence with violence, nothing good can come out of it. My way of dealing with violence is to practice Buddhism, but I understand most people do not have the chance or potential for that.

One thing not just abstract but totally practical is that even if I am going to be murdered here, I still may not call LAPD, cuz that may mean I die even sooner.