November 24, 2014
An agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough to prevent extreme weather that damages crops, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. (Bloomberg)
I’ve been avoiding the topic of the climate deal for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of my innate cynicism. But isn’t any deal a good thing? Yes, I suppose. And isn’t the scope of this particular deal better than a lot of folks expected? Again, yes.
And yet . . .
Ignore the Smog Beijingers, City Says “APEC Blue” Could Become The Norm bit.ly/1vrXgOw — I might be dead by asphyxiation by then
Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal | Reuters yhoo.it/11mhgnp — better late than never
China Hands Out First 10-Year Visas to Americans | The Nanfang bit.ly/1xgxqvr — gimme, gimme, gimme
Draft Revision of Foreign Direct Investment Industries Guidance Catalogue | China Law Insight bit.ly/1u3HFNM
China’s Marijuana Surprise | The Diplomat bit.ly/1HctOz6 — drug wars going in different directions
China Reforms National Parks to Improve Environmental Protection | ChinaFile bit.ly/1xRzTwh — ok if standards are raised as result
Clifford Chance: The year of the anti-corruption whistleblower: Who will blow their whistle next in Asia? bit.ly/1zxxoP2
The Domestic Politics of the U.S.-China Climate Change Announcement | ChinaFile bit.ly/1yNHcDI — looks at politics in US & PRC
China’s blitz against corruption hits some U.S. travel companies | Reuters reut.rs/1vjVrTH — amazing how many biz sectors hit
Spengler: The Sino-American comedy of errors | Asia Times Online bit.ly/1xeikYJ
O’Melveny & Myers: China Launches Nationwide Company Credit Information System bit.ly/1EwevyL — big step forward for transparency
In Praise of Global Imbalances | Sanjeev Sanyal bit.ly/1EnumOl — if not for US political realities, this would be perfect
Unclear if China ready to sign IT agreement: WTO chief yhoo.it/1oEFrZr — I think that means ‘no’
China slowdown ‘not so scary’? Business leaders agree | CNBC cnb.cx/1EwcXVF — sure, although why would they say anything else?
Mexico Cancels Rail Bid | NYT nyti.ms/1sxIlvg nyti.ms/1sxIlvh – not sure I even want to know what went on behind the scenes
I guess they really are worth a thousand words. bit.ly/1xegrLy http://t.co/IkA66My2hI
BBC News – US bid for Chinese tourists with extended visa deal bbc.in/1wNePXE — magic 10-year biz visas? call me a skeptic
I’ve decided to repaint my living room in APEC Blue. However, after a week I’ll paint it over in Industrial Grey.
November 10, 2014
So I was reading Daniel Suarez’s Daemon last night (two big thumbs up, by the way) and suddenly realized that I might need a holiday. Here’s what happened.
The novel is about an AI created by a computer genius who runs a multinational game company. The AI, which is not the sentient evil type that populates a lot of SF these days, but a more realistic programmed AI, is triggered by the death of the bad guy and starts doing nasty things, like murder and mayhem. The FBI responds on several fronts, including shutting down the servers at the game HQ, which were running, among other things, several MMORPGs.
I’m enjoying the hell out of the story when I stumble across this:
“The Gate is up and running, Pete.”
“Wait—that’s impossible. The Feds shut the servers down.”
“In California, yes. But CyberStorm Entertainment maintains a Chinese mirror site for just such a contingency. It’s beyond the reach of U.S. law. CyberStorm was losing a million a day in revenue, so they switched over to the mirror site and filed suit against the FBI in federal court.”
I could, and should, have glossed over this and preceded to the next fast-paced bit o’ cyberaction, but I was instead immediately bogged down in China law reality.