America the Catspaw

It’s really just Sunni vs Shiite, or more specifically Saudi Arabia vs Iran. The Saudis, clever as they are, long since sensed where the wind was blowing. They used their oil wealth to buy off the US. As a result, the US military went on foreign adventures to do their bidding. The Saudis also cleverly […]

Singapore’s Birth Rate

Much has been written about the demographic disaster in wealthy countries. Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Germany are all experiencing bel0w-replacement fertility rates. The knee jerk response has been to encourage more immigration, especially of young people. This introduces some potential complications – angering natives, and creating immigrant ghettos with youth unable to adjust […]

Random Food For Thought

Wisdom from a pair of nonagenarians, and one who is as ornery and grumpy as to be one. The first is from an inventor of a deadly weapon – one that will go down in history as the most destructive weapon. The AK47 has been the weapon of choice for revolutionaries, governments, and terrorists alike […]

Techie’s Paradise Playground

I’ve blogged on this topic many times in the past. The Bay Area is turning more and more into a haven for techies and no other. The high wages and venture money sloshing around has driven the area into a frenzy. Real estate prices have shot through the roof. World class restaurants are springing up […]

The Pope of Inequality

Pope Francis has turned the Catholic world on its head, reversing several decades of conservative dogma and refocusing the church on solving social ills rather than trying to enforce morality. I applaud this act. The church can be a great instrument for social change and to relieve poverty around the world. This, and focusing on […]

Cost of Living and Housing Bubbles

It’s a growing truism that the desirable places in the world are increasingly unaffordable. Sure, it has always been the case that London, Zurich, Tokyo, NYC, and Hong Kong were always going to be that way. After all, there’s limited land, zoning laws, good high-paying jobs, and the appeal of a cosmopolitan fun city. ┬áBut […]

Japanese Herbivore Cycle

It seems that Japan is a media whipping boy that the B-grade press can turn to at any time for a sensationalist article. The focus always seems to be a nation in trouble – declining population, unfavourable demographics, collapsed bubble economy, and herbivore men. See here, here, and here. Hey, wasn’t it just 3 years […]

SoCal is Filled with Competitive People

And here I thought I had a tough time adjusting to life in the Midwest. SoCal is also a place with a totally different mentality also. People are really really judgmental and superficial. They’re also incredibly insecure. For example, an aspiring actor working as a waiter will not hesitate to criticize and look for every […]

The Troubles Facing China

I’m incredibly lucky. Not only do I have a loving family, but with their help I’m close to being able to live the dream. My parents are also thankfully getting to a comfortable enough situation with work and finances that I’ve been talking to them about early retirement (sometimes jokingly about me “retiring” before them). […]

The Downside of Speaking Too Many Languages

Though I swear I don’t get them confused in my head (I “enter” into a “mode” where I think, act, and behave in that particular language), an odd thing happened while driving into work this morning. I usually run my language tapes as a way of multitasking and staying sharp on them (how easy it […]