This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Henry Sanderson, a former AP and Bloomberg reporter who was based in China for many years, about his book Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green â a book that reminds us of the very ugly fact that the metals that are needed to make electric vehicle batteries need to be dug out of the earth, and processed in ways that are anything but environmentally friendly. Henry talks about Chinaâs outsize role in lithium, cobalt, and nickel processing, as well as some promising chemistries that allow for EV batteries without some of the problematic metals.
.. maybe because Germany learnt what a dumb idea it was.
like every other country on earth that is more than 400 years old, nambia has a pretty brutal past
still some serious child labor atrocities and human trafficking today
and obviously two wrongs don't make a right
silly whataboutism is trotted out like it is some sort of legit answer/response
whataboutism only makes sense when it is wielded by a principled person
I. Political HegemonyâThrowing Its Weight Around
II. Military HegemonyâWanton Use of Forceâ
III. Economic HegemonyâLooting and Exploitation
IV. Technological HegemonyâMonopoly and Suppression
V. Cultural HegemonyâSpreading False Narratives
Good read. Rather accurate for "communist propaganda".
I sometimes watch the TV show FBI International. The extra-territorial behaviour is way over the top. I wonder how many American viewers actually realize this or does this kind of 'entertainment' simply add to their strong sense of righteous entitlement?
A key feature of mainstream Western media today is the relentless China-bashing. It is off the charts and tiring, often involving regurgitated trivia or fabricated stories with no evidence to support callous statements about the country, demonstrating a deep lack of understanding. But such stories continue to be churned out with no end in sight.
Countering this in international media by offering more balanced views for a global audience is near impossible as censorship is rife. There almost seems to be a global compact to control the narrative, a propaganda war powered by todayâs digital technology.
Just try looking for a positive story on China any day of the week in any of the leading global media outlets. Apart from reports in January about the Lunar New Year, there will hardly be any, and these too are likely to have a negative spin. It would appear there is a confidential memo circulating within Western media groups that guides reporters and editors to ensure there cannot be any positive news arising from a country with 1.3 billion people.
Typically, the negative stories adhere to three core ideas, which inform the unspoken guidelines within these press rooms when it comes to reporting on China. (...)
I completely understand why they waited until it was offshore. I don't however, understand why they fired a very expensive missile at it instead of simply using the plane's 20mm cannon.
I think maybe they wanted to make sure it descended quick enough to land inside the 14 mile offshore international boundary line. That thing was yuge and maybe poking a bunch of holes in it might not bring it down fast enough. That's the only reason I can think of. I think they should have shot it down over land but just had a dude pull out his Ruger .22 and plink some little holes in it and let it settle down nice and slow. To bag the hardware in one piece.
Moved to a more appropriate thread. 55 or some years ago we had a problem with a thing called China White, an ultra pure form of heroin. It was so pure, it caused countless overdoses and death. So long ago, most people are unaware of this event. And then, of limited interest considering who was targeted and affected, so largely unnoticed as a whole unless you lived in that world and knew of the dangers.
Fast forward to the 80's and we have a new form of China White as a fentanyl derivative that was also so strong that it caused countless overdoses and deaths. Now in the present we have just plain fentanyl, causing countless overdoses and deaths. Coming soon, an even more potent derivative of fentanyl. All from China. Then we also got poisoned pet food, toxic drywall and lead in children's toys. Oh yeah, and Covid 19 ...
Am I seeing the same movie over and over again or is it just me ?