Archive for August 15th, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Expect Slowing Output…

… during the coming days. I’m talking about this blog, not about the economy.

[Update – December 7, 2011: Chris Gelken contests authorship of  the article in question. Details can be found here.]

Homework, Bremen-Hemelingen, August 2011

Homework, Bremen-Hemelingen, August 2011 (click above for bigger photo)

I sometimes wonder if I’m blogging for a hope to contribute to an “online newspaper” which doesn’t exist in print, and one I’d like to read in the real world. The other pages of that imaginary online paper would be sources like the ones you can find under my Blogroll/Resources collection to the right, further down.

I’m not sure if papers were better in the past, or if my ideas of what a good paper should be like have changed, or if I’m feeling that the papers haven’t been in step with the changing times. What Foarp has dug up from an, umm, anchorman (for the sake of civility, I’m not going to use the noun I deem truly apposite re Chris Gelken) would suggest that the changing times are playing a role, too. Many news people apparently can’t, or don’t want to, catch up with them – or they are a bit too good at catching up with them.

Anyway – once I have posted, I know the blogpost myself. No use to read my own blog as if I was reading a post for the first time, even if it almost felt as if I was reading someone else’s stuff when looking deep into the archives of this blog, choosing my “seven links” in the middle of the night, on Sunday.

I’ll slow down a bit from tonight until Friday. Online, that is. The real world is a different story. Discussions on these commenter threads are welcome, and civility will be an essential – see commenting rules. After all, I’ve controlled myself, too, when I wrote this post’s first paragraph, haven’t I?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Foreign Affairs: “If you shut up now, it will still be in Time”

The Daily Inquirer (Philippines) – as quoted by Huanqiu Shibao – itself quoted Philippine military officials as saying that compared with China’s aircraft carrier which is currently tested for research purposes (针对用于科研试验和训练的中国首艘航母), a warship the Philippines recently bought from the U.S. “just looked like a boat”. After having bought the vessel, a Hamiltion class warship, it had been renamed BRP Gregorio del Pilar*).  The vessel would reportedly be based in the Palawan waters, southwestern Philippines, where the Philippine navy had previously hoisted the country’s national flag, “to emphasize its ‘sovereignty'”, writes Huanqiu.

The Philippine Inquirer itself refers to the vessel in question as a World War II-vintage Coast Guard cutter. It is, however, scheduled to become the Philippine navy’s flagship. The Chinese aircraft carrier’s first tour was taking place just as the Aquino government was facing a number of domestic challenges, writes the paper.

But when it comes to the Philippines’ foreign relations, there is no lack of advice on the internet.

The Philippines can sell their country and buy a big ship in its stead (菲律宾可以把国家卖了去换大船呀),

suggests a commenter on the Huanqiu article’s thread. Or, somewhat less encouraging:

When you compare the Philippines and China, the Philippines just look like a Chinese county (菲律宾和中国比,菲律宾就好像是中国的一个县).

In short:

If you shut up now, it will still be in time (现在闭嘴还来得及).



*) BRP: Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas



» “Imperious Attitude”, Daily Inqiurer, June 26, 2011
» Lee Kuan Yew: America must Strike a Balance, Nov 7, 2009
» BRP Rajah Humabon, Wikipedia


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