Amish Country, PA

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Petition to save lives……

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Professor Arthur Caplan of NYU Medical School is joined by other doctors to call on fellow Americans to sign the petition, urging the White House to investigate & condemn organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. http://goo.gl/G3lxI

Forbes: America’s China Problem: Two Must-See Videos for the Candidates

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10/22/2012 Eamonn Fingleton

Chinese leaders and their surrogates in the United States have been working hard this political season to calm American concerns about the rise of China. But predictions of China’s impending “implosion” are just that —  predictions. And many of them come from people who consciously want to deflect the attention of the American electorate from the real issue: as the United States becomes increasingly dependent on Chinese finance, it is rapidly losing its economic sovereignty. Worse, it  is falling under the shadow of  a nation — China — whose values  are about as remote as those of any major modern nation.  As it happens,  two YouTube videos have just been released that underline the extent of America’s   failure to understand the real China. We can only hope Barack Obama and Mitt  Romney have time to take a look ahead of their encounter tonight, in which they are expected to spend much time discussing China.

The first clip  is entitled, “Killed For Organs: China’s Secret State Transplant Business,” and it gives a horrific account of the Chinese state’s forced “harvesting” of human kidneys, livers, and other vital organs. In most cases, the “donors” are prisoners and many of them — perhaps a majority — are  prisoners of conscience. Their organs are sold to a booming domestic and global organ  transplant industry, with hearts, for instance, fetching well over $100,000 each. There have been allegations that supporters of the Falungong spiritual movement have been particularly targeted. In many cases organs fitting a recipient’s physiology can be made available within a week and the removal of the “donor’s” organs constitutes his or her execution. The clip includes a particularly graphic comment from the Canadian political campaigner  David Kilgour: “It makes you think of some grotesque restaurant where you pick your lobster — except that these are human beings we are talking about.” If this clip does not focus American attention on the ethical  implications of China’s rise, nothing will.

The second clip is a commentary by the prominent management writer Richard D’Aveni describing the extent of China’s challenge to the American economy. His contribution is, I believe, of historic significance in that he is the first top American scholar to  speak so clearly about the crisis now facing American capitalism. (D’Aveni’s comments are a complete break from a pattern of self-censorship which has long restrained the East Asian studies field in American universities. The problem has been scholars’ increasing dependence on funding from politically motivated donors — not least many  American corporations that profit from shipping jobs to  China). D’Aveni comes to the subject as an established and highly respected expert on management and his authority is bolstered by the fact that he enjoys tenure at Tuck,  one of America’s top management schools.

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A New York farm (2)

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初冬的玫瑰 (手机版)

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很早就听说这本书了,看完后的确觉得迷人,有一种精神世界里面的神秘感,但其笔调又很清淡流畅,耐人思考。

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黄昏时刻的海边,还有必要多说吗?

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在纽约一个私人俱乐部的阅览室里。这里可以看到许多封尘已久的旧装书籍。。。在维多利亚风格家具的环境里看书,自然别有情趣。

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2011年的初雪,在纽约哥伦比亚大学附近的河边公园。(手机版)

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