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Noted in Passing: In Communist China you now own nothing and are “happy.” Wanna emigrate?

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Hanging your entire lifestyle, grooming, food supply, storage, and preparation on a single household fuse. Very cool.

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  • John G Condon January 22, 2022, 2:17 PM

    Where’s the cat(s)?

    • gwbnyc January 22, 2022, 8:22 PM

      you mean the chickens?

    • billrla January 23, 2022, 11:16 AM

      In the refrigerator. Left-overs.

      • Vanderleun January 23, 2022, 12:13 PM


  • KCK January 22, 2022, 2:52 PM

    So sterile.

  • Mike Austin January 22, 2022, 3:17 PM

    Asians are…different from Caucasians. I’ll leave it at that. As for anyone wanting to emigrate to China: Who, given a choice, would choose to live in China? How about we simply exile all those in the US who go on and on how China is superior to America. Vox Day is probably the most repellent example. He claims Christianity but then lauds Chinese thought and spirituality. The vicious Christian-hating brutes who run China do not seem to phase him. Fred Reed is another one; Thomas Friedman another; “Spengler”— David P. Goldman—yet another. Sycophants, boot licks and rump swabs the lot of them. Though they praise China, they don’t live there.

    Such attitudes have been around for millennia. Many Greeks praised Sparta, but did not live in that brutal, totalitarian city-state. In our own time people have praised the USSR, Cuba, Vietnam and Nicaragua—but of course did not live in them. Now these “political pilgrims” have fallen in love with China.

    These traitors and parasites enjoy in the US a life-style that would be unavailable to them in China. For my money if you don’t like a place, get out. “America: Love it or leave it.” Works for me.

    • Freddo January 22, 2022, 6:01 PM

      Go ask the Chinese whether their children will have a better time than the current generation, and then ask the same in America/Europe. Watching the democrats at work is like watching Moloch and Mammon dancing; to commemorate the words of one of their adepts: they didn’t build it, and are sure trying to subvert it.

    • Jack January 22, 2022, 6:13 PM

      I only wish we had a large pneumatic tube for the express purpose of ridding ourselves of those who hate this country. I have no patience with them….one quack, one slur, one word belittling the people of the US and off they would go, never to return.

      • Mike Austin January 23, 2022, 2:31 AM

        All of Washington DC and the Ivy League would then be empty.

      • Vanderleun January 23, 2022, 12:17 PM

        Jack sez: “…. large pneumatic tube for the express purpose of ridding ourselves of those who hate this country. ”

        Well, we do have a lot of steel tubes to rid ourselves but that have not yet been brought into play.

    • James ONeil January 23, 2022, 11:50 AM

      Personally I rather like the Orient. I find it a nice place to visit, but no, I wouldn’t want to live there.

      As to China, admittedly the only place there I sent any time was Hong Kong, before it was long gone.

      The lower forty eight today? Frankly I don’t want to visit let alone live there. Not faulting those of you that do, you understand. Personal choices, I’m comfortable with mine.

      Mike, you mentioned that Mexican, Fred Reed. Hadn’t read him for quite a while. I see he recently noted (December); US trade with “…China in goods in 2020 was $660 billion, $120 billion of that being exports, making it America’s largest trading partner… Cutting this off would wreck the American economy. “. I was thinking the other day, it’s sadly interesting we still send aid money to China while paying them interest on the $1.1 trillion of US debt they own.

      • Mike Austin January 23, 2022, 12:42 PM

        Old blind Fred proves the saying, “Un blanco que fue mal en los tropicos.”—white man goes bad in the tropics. He can see no evil in Latinos or the nations in which they live. He has no problem with millions of illegals pouring across the US border. He believes that Americans who worry about such things are really stupid, ignorant and unenlightened. He thinks Asia is the cat’s pajamas, and that the future of the earth lies over there. Ol’ Remus said of Reed, “He doesn’t see his engine light going on.”

        As for the debt we owe to China: Recall that old joke. “If I owe you $100, that’s my problem. If I owe you $100,000,000,000,000, that’s your problem.” China needs our imports, our food, our markets, and for the US to stay healthy enough to pay her debts. The American economy has no need of China. Americans have no need of the Chinese, a people who create nothing but steal everything. Imagine if we simply repudiated the debt we owe. Alas, we would have to import our chopsticks from somewhere else.

  • Frank January 22, 2022, 3:56 PM

    Reminds of those fifties idyllic housewife with the washing machine and other assorted mod cons, but for millennial asians.

  • julie January 22, 2022, 4:08 PM

    The answer to the question posed in the video appears to be:

    Work. Lots more work.

    I could understand the work if it was the woman who makes those videos where she’s out in the country, doing everything the traditional way and taking care of her granny – at least that’s a life worth working for. But living in a little box, pushing buttons and keeping everything ruthlessly sterile? No thanks.

  • Princess Cutekitten January 22, 2022, 5:19 PM

    I’m confused. Looks to me like she owns plenty of gadgets? What did I miss? And which gadget is the commercial selling?

    • Mike Austin January 22, 2022, 5:30 PM

      The “commercial” is selling a life-style agreeable to the Chinese politburo. Gadgets, nothing more. Did you see one book in her slave pen?

      • John G Condon January 22, 2022, 8:30 PM

        Please note that these gadgets are in top notch condition – looks like they’ve only been used at most a handful of times… and with gadgets, comes maintenance.

        She is the ‘peasant archtype’ that is being projected in this video.

        Reality is faaaar grittier.

  • LP January 22, 2022, 5:41 PM

    what a weird bunch of gadgets. I don’t clean my sneakers as I enter the house, I don’t soak my feet, I don’t clean and puff up and store my jacket, I don’t organize my vegetables in linear bins, I don’t live in a piece of white plastic.

    • Princess Cutekitten January 22, 2022, 7:02 PM

      I wonder if any of those gadgets really exist?

      I once lived in an apartment painted all white. Unfortunately, unlike the lady in the commercial, mine wasn’t big enough to hold half those gadgets.

    • MI January 24, 2022, 2:33 PM

      To appreciate why cleanliness is so important in her house, you need to realize that outside her house, it’s a mess. Pollution, dirt, trash, etc. China is only halfway up the development path, but they’ve created a huge mess in trying to get there quickly.

  • jwm January 22, 2022, 7:07 PM

    I’ll bet there’s a bunch of gadget-free Chinese living outside the cities.


    • Mike Austin January 23, 2022, 2:33 AM

      Yep. 300,000,000 Chinese live in rural poverty. Their “gadgets” tend toward the common: the plow, the shovel and the broom.

      • Snakepit Kansas January 23, 2022, 6:48 AM

        I am sure you are well aware in your vast travels that most of the world lives a lifestyle much lower than the average American. I lived in the PI for most of two years and if you get out into the province you will see how most folks live. There is no AC and most of the doors and windows are open for a draft of air, which allows mosquitos and large roaches to come as they please. There is no hot water in the shower, but you don’t need it. Don’t drink the water, ever. Americans pour drinking water on their lawns. Trash tends to pile up at an abandoned lot. Yet in the PI at least, even the poor keep their clothes and themselves clean. I’ve seen similar living standards in Mexico, Vietnam and South Africa. The vast number of folks in the Chinese provinces don’t have all the electronic gadgets. They might not even have electricity to run them.

        • Mike Austin January 23, 2022, 7:40 AM

          Very true. So often in the tonier pars of Central and South American cities one can see a house of immense proportions—usually gaudy, with a swimming pool, a nice lawn and a Mercedes or two—right next to the most wretched slums outside of Calcutta. Naturally the folks who live in that fancy home have high walls with shards of broken glass embedded in them , concertina wire, and well-armed guards and chauffeurs. The contrast between those two worlds is stark. But one gets used to them after a time.

  • jwm January 22, 2022, 7:09 PM

    It’s pretty futuristic when you think about it. The girl is living like an astronaut.


  • Tom Hyland January 22, 2022, 7:13 PM

    I’ve never been to China, however, I did read “Riding the Iron Rooster” by Paul Theroux. He spent several months there, so I don’t have to. Paul rode a lot of trains, slept in hotels and hostels, hung out with a lot of Chinese and managed to speak passably to navigate through it all. It was pretty disgusting. He’s an American telling you it’s best not to visit. I believe him. There’s a fair amount of agreement from others that read the book. https://tinyurl.com/2p9xbyab

    • Mike Austin January 23, 2022, 2:37 AM

      It was Theroux’s “The Great Patagonian Express” that encouraged me to head south of the Rio Grande for 14 years. He is an eternal pessimist and a bit morose, but a great read.

    • Zaphod January 23, 2022, 5:33 PM

      Ah… Riding the Iron Rooster. That’s all you need to know. Because China hasn’t changed since the 1980s when it was written. Author an infamous misanthropist. Back When, I did find the quotes from the Jing Ping Mei (some classic Chinky literary pornography) deeply inspiring and immediately decided to relocate myself to East Asia.

      China has changed more since then than Japan did between Perry and Tsushima.

      Some of you old codgers need to clue up. Poor old Admiral Rozhdestvensky at least had the wit to know that he was cruising to a bruising at Tsushima. He wasn’t reading the Tale of Genji and the piano score of the Mikado to cheer himself up about his impending meeting with the Japanese who crossed his T at Tsushima. He worked with what he had (not much) and did his (not very good) best with shitty ships and some pretty useless fellow officers.

      Loving your country is one thing. Throwing mud at others because it’s easier than fixing up your own backyard is another thing.

  • gwbnyc January 22, 2022, 8:19 PM

    that meth, man that meth, that meth is an MF’r, man…

  • nunnya bidnez, jr January 22, 2022, 8:24 PM

    Not Nuked Enough

    definitely not nuked enough.

  • Aggie January 23, 2022, 8:30 AM

    It occurs to some, maybe even to the faceless administrators of the Social Credit system, that when you have very little, it’s much easier to take everything away from you.

  • Kat in Indiana January 24, 2022, 4:55 AM

    I would watch it, but TicToc?…never on purpose.

  • Callmelennie January 24, 2022, 5:45 AM

    The real question here is could things be better in a country that is 5 times as crowded as the US. China has 1.4 billion people and the population is dispersed in much the same way as the US. The West and North of China is completely devoid of people, more so than our Rocky Mountain States. Ninety percent of Chinese live on 30% of the land — 1.2 billion on about 1.2 million sq miles. Thats five times as crowded as the US east of the Mississippi

    Moreover, all Chinese are aware of the staggering poverty that has always accompanied its enormous population. That girls parents probably had personal experience of it as little as forty years ago. Read about natural disasters in China — An earthquake in Shaanxi province supposedly killed 800k people some 450 years. A Yangtze River flood in 1931 killed 3.7 MILLION people.

    Two thousand years of this creates a culture that willingly submits to overbearing authority due to an ingrained terror of the possible alternative. That girl may be totally satisfied because, at least she knows that she wont starve or be a burden to her parents

  • Mike Austin January 24, 2022, 6:46 AM

    Throughout its nearly 5000 year history China has had to endure a staggering amount of earthquakes, famines and flooding. Added to this were the constant civil and foreign wars. Hundreds of untold millions perished in these natural and man-made catastrophes. As recently as 1949 – 1976 100,000,000 Chinese lost their lives in the various social experiments imagined by Mao. I think you are correct in the type of man created by such horrors.

  • Teresa Pittman January 26, 2022, 11:28 AM

    I like minimalism, because I get tired of dealing with all this useless junk. But I sometimes wonder if it isn’t being pushed to soften us up for “you will have nothing and be happy.”