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January 21, 2009


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Your post reminded me of another Mencian analogy, which I made into a post of my own: Ann Durham and Mencius' Mother.

wow just wow

1. To quote Confucius:

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions

2. Mencius might like this:

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) — China’s State Council, or Cabinet, passed a long awaited medical reform plan which promised to spend 850 billion yuan (123 billion U.S. dollars) by 2011 to provide universal medical service to the country’s 1.3 billion population.
The plan was studied and passed at Wednesday’s executive meeting of the State Council chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao.
Medical reform has been deliberated by authorities since 2006.
Growing public criticism of soaring medical fees, a lack of access to affordable medical services, poor doctor-patient relationship and low medical insurance coverage compelled the government to launch the new round of reforms.
According to the reform plan, authorities would take measures within three years to provide basic medical security to all Chinese in urban and rural areas, improve the quality of medical services, and make medical services more accessible and affordable for ordinary people.


It was the cutting of the "commie" words by the CCTV that made U.S. media crying foul, I am wondering since when did CNN, BBC, Fox News give a live coverage of a Chinese president's speeches,both in China and in U.S. or in any West country??? Did anyone ever cried foul for Western media's censorship?


Maybe it is right that some people in Beijing don't want Chinese people there to remember that they are the commie in the eyes of Washington. It doesn't matter that Deng had long ago betrayed commie doctrines and are actually practicing hyper-capitalism for quite a while while U.S./U.K. is turning "commie" themselves by nationalizing these "bad banks"!!!
Guys in Beijing, you are still the "other." in the core of the empire, suck it up don't change a bit and you have this in-coming to deal with.
Well, here is the result of what these commie turncoats, brought for their people by unconditional surrendering and I am sure Putin remember it and he showed his memory to the Europeans in the dead winter by turning off the gas pipeline.
Well, what goes around comes around... that IS the eternal Taoist theme ...

Soviet sell-offs led to deaths, says study
By Andrew Jack in London

Published: January 15 2009 01:04 | Last updated: January 15 2009 01:04

”Shock therapy”, or rapid mass privatisation, in the former Soviet bloc in the first half of the 1990s was responsible for the early deaths of 1m people that could have been prevented, according to a paper to be published in The Lancet, the medical journal, on Thursday

An analysis of the 3m working age men who died across the former communist countries of eastern Europe suggests at least a third were victims of mass privatisation, which led to widespread unemployment and social disruption

The study adds to growing research in recent years demonstrating how far the economic transition led to widespread suffering through death and physical and mental illness.

The research, conducted by David Stuckler and Lawrence King from Cambridge University and Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, takes a specific swipe at the legacy of Jeffrey Sachs, the US economist, who advocated shock therapy at the time

Mr McKee stressed that death from alcohol poisoning was the most important immediate explanation for the surge in deaths, while poor diet and the increasing gap between western and communist healthcare from the 1960s also contributed.

However, he said redundancies, particularly among the less well educated and those without forms of social support, was one of the main underlying reasons.

Mr Sachs called the paper ”analytically profoundly flawed and did not establish a causal link.” He said a number of the countries studied such as Poland had experienced rapid privatisation accompanied by rising life expectancy, while others like Belarus had little liberalisation but the health of its citizens suffered during the 1990s/

A comment accompanying The Lancet’s paper written by Martin Bobak and Michael Marmot from University College London warned that studies were difficult because communist countries varied in their economic strength, health status and ability of governments to respond to transition.


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