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The Children of Ice & Snow, Burning Up the Planet

The head director of the environmental science of N.T.U. on the matter of global warming, the energy crises, and it’s still all because we humans, are, still RAPING mother nature, and she’s, starting, to unleash her anger out onto, this globe here, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

In the lecture of Human Evolution, I have this slide: a female bonobo, holding her child, on the canopy, looking, fearfully, at the large eagle that’s, circling over her head, and that eagle started, diving down.  Based off of the written records of the archaeologist, this eagle successfully, caught the young bonobo, and took it back into the cave that it lives in, then, used the sharpened beak, killed the baby bonobo……………The skull of this baby bonobo was discovered 2.8 million years later, in South Africa.  It, is nothing small, because, its skull, its teeth, resembled that of, the modern day man, it was named, “Baby Don”, only about three years of age, because the origins of Australopithecus, the first of the upright animals.  It is, the distant ancestor of man.

what we are leaving, for the next generations to come…

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drawing from online

And, “Baby Don” never reproduced, but, his siblings’ offspring had quietly, left the canopies of Africa, and set foot onto the plains of Africa, and, tilted out their heads in the plains, to find the berries, and the small animals to hunt for food.  They came to the canyon, sat on the ground, banged the rocks, made the hatchets, split apart the deer and the rabbit then caught, separating the meats from the furs.  This was from 2.5 million years ago, because they knew to make and use the tools, they got away, from the beast level of the Australopithecus, and became, Homo habilis, the very first man.  And the world got its, first, civilization.

It isn’t natural, that man came out of the African horizons; they came down from the treetops, because the weather turned cold and dry, the forests vanished, the plains expanded, they had to, climb down from the trees, and start walking, upright.  With the northern peaks started accumulating the snow, and even farther up north the North Pole had the glaciers; the glaciers cycled once every 400,000 years, the ancestors of man, Australopithecus and Homo erectus lived in the cycles of the ice and snow, the cause of the evolution is said to be the glaciers.  Humans are, children of the ice and snow.

Two million years later, southwest of Beijing, there was, a place called “cave”, if at night, looking far into that shadowy hilltop, you will see some light, it’s, the barbecue the Homo erectus pekinensis, also, the warmth of the fires that keep them warm at night; if there’s a moon rising up, you will know, that the barbecue history of Mid-Autumn Festival had been set since half a million years ago.  Fire is a blessing to man, and a weapon too.

And this fire, it’d, burned too quickly.  The earliest of man burned up the logs, the cow dungs.  Two hundred fifty years ago, we’d started, burning up the coal, which brought the Industrial Revolution.  A hundred fifty years ago, we’d started, mining for the crude oils, the minerals were dug up from the depth of the earth, and burned up like crazy, the carbon emissions hike up too high, the globe started heating up, the forests in Alaska started getting burned down, with the animals, getting incinerated by the fires.  Some of the humans tried to save it, called out the goal of no carbon emissions by 2050.  Another group hollered, “global warming is a hoax”.  And, they started arguing on the global weather summits, and the arguing had been going on for decades to date.

We are a process, also, that, final, destination; on the epitaph of man: “we love the planet, but the planet, won’t fit us all”.

And so, this is how this is going, with global warming taking ITS, adverse effects, on man, as we developed all those, things, because we need them, the energy, that we can’t, get enough of, as summers in the world gets, hotter and hotter, and hotter than before, and the seasons of summer lasting, longer too, and, this is still, a vicious cycle that we have, no way of, getting our selves out of, because, we need to be comfortable, with the A-C blasting, the heater on when it’s, too cold, and we use electricity every single day, leaving those lights out in the hallways on, even WHEN nobody’s there, and these, are only, tiny bits and pieces (not talking about the greater yet!) of how we can, and will continue to, RAPE Mother Nature, no WONDER she’s starting to, get PISSED off, and unleashing her angers right now, take a look at the records of storms, don’t tell me that you don’t see a huge increase of typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes increasing, compared to, just last decade!

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Tracked Down, by the GPS of My Own, Cell Phone…

We all became like that pet, whose owners are too afraid that we go “missing”, you know, wandered off, and never come back home again, that we got that GPS scanner code on us all now.

Tracked down, by the GPS, of my own, cell phone, but, I didn’t, activate, NOR set this “function”, and yet, once every month, the almighty, GOOGLE would send me this, “notice” of sorts, “covering” where I’d been for the month…

leaving that, electronic, footprint wherever we go right now in this country, with this…

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we’re supposed to use the CDC LINE account to scan this, everywhere we go now...image from online

And that makes me wonder, if I’m tracked down that easily, without even SETTING up the cell phone trackers, how easy can it be, for the government, to TRACK my, whereabout?  Especially when we’re, required, to use LINE to scan the barcode outside the shopfronts, as a measure of, getting our “foot tracks” known by the government, for the sake of MER-CoV tracker.

Tracked down, by the GPS, of my own cell phone, how the HELL did that happen?  I mean, so, if I spent, a little too long inside the public bathrooms, does that mean, that by the time I’m done, doing MY business, there would be, a huge gathering of crowd, outside, wanting to know exactly, just what happened in there (the toilet), and why did it take that long for me to go???

What the @#$%…it’s official now, we’re, TRACKED by our, government, in this age of, absolute NO PRIVACY here!!!

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Chinese Fighter Planes Over Taiwanese Borders, Scholars from China: Using Taiwan to HIT the U.S.

Taiwan is still, that, SACRIFICEABLE P-A-W-N, in this war of China V.S. the U.S. and, the government still, failed to know it, wow, are we RUN by STUPID here or what???  (Don’t answer that, it’s still R-H-E-T-O-R-I-C here!!!), on how we are, led by, STUPID, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The People’s Liberation of Army of China had been patrolling the aerial places of the Taiwanese border for four days consecutively, are they, threatening Taiwan?  The researcher of the Shanghai Fudan University Song stated, that in the past, only U.S. could play that hand called Taiwan, and now, China can too, U.S. used Taiwan to HIT China, China can do the same, using Taiwan, to HIT the U.S. as well.  The former assistant director of the Department of Defense, Lin said, that the Communist Chinese fighter planes verbally told that they’re, invading Taiwan, but they’d not told, that this, was the, aerial defense practice run of American’s Southern Seas drills.

Chinese fighter planes over aerial borders of Taiwan

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“we’re just, patrolling, OUR, borders!!!” Photo from online

Song pointed out, that this move is the gambling of the major nations, while Taiwan was only a “playing hand”.  But, the hand that hold Taiwan, is no longer JUST the U.S., China too, can use Taiwan in this game of defense.  And now, both U.S. and China are using the combo punches, like the calls between Biden and Xi, changing the American diplomatic offices in Taiwan, occurring on the same day, and the release of Meng was also, on that day, Biden announced to the U.N. that U.S. is not going to engage in another Cold War with China again, but, came up with the AUKUS Pact with Australia; while China too, was using a combo, it knew well, that U.S. doesn’t want to get in the war between Taiwan and China, and used the moves, to have America BACK away, that if U.S. dares to throw that first punch, China will be there to fight, and this was China, playing, the Taiwan card, as the fighter planes came over to patrol, would U.S. back off?

Lin believed, that there are, two reasons for China’s patrolling the aerial borders of Taiwan, that openly it’d claimed that it was to fight Taiwan, but, the unspoken was its setting its foot down on American drills in the Southern China Seas.  But, Communist China stated that this was directed toward Taiwan, from the media to the official statements, it claimed that this was to prevent Taiwan from becoming independent, to allow it to have the effects to carry over, but this is a stupid move, it would make the younger generations here in Taiwan, feel more animosities toward China, and deepens the hatred.

The professor of Diplomacy Department of Poli-Sci University , Huang believed, that although the details suggested that the fighter planes from China was zoomed in at the drills of the Southern China Seas, but, as the planes take a short turn, fly for four, five minutes, then, they’re, in the aerial border of Taiwanese air, and this can’t be interpreted as purely, the fight between China and U.S., China is also, emphasizing how this was against Taiwanese independence.  Although, from all the political surveys, the hatred of Taiwanese toward China is now at an all-time high, but for Beijing, even if it’d upset the citizens of Taiwan, it would, suppress the calls of Taiwanese independence, despite its affects on how it would, upset the Taiwanese public.

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“Taiwan observes 18 Chinese warplanes during U.S. envoy visit” from the WWW.

Huang reminded, that Taiwan can’t be relieved, thinking that the planes patrolling the aerial borders are the fights between U.S. and China, the approaches of any Communist Chinese army aircrafts over Taiwanese aerial border, can easily cause the bullets to fly, especially, under the conditions of how both distrusted each other, and there’s, low transparency of military matters, it causes more concerns and worries.

And, the Taiwanese government still doesn’t have a CLUE, we are now, officially, nothing MORE, than a CHIP in the game of America vs. China, and, we are, that stupid, pawn that either side can do without, but hey, we’re still, sucking UP to the U.S., and this officially makes Taiwan into, EVERYBODY’s B-I-T-C-H, and “WE” (collectively speaking, again!) the people, got ZERO clue!  Wow, are you, dumb or, are we, D-U-M-B here???

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The Ordinary Citizens’ Economic Hopeless, as the Higher Up Officials Operated on a Parallel Universe

How those, higher up government officials are still, with their HEADS up in the clouds, and not enough of a TIGHT GRASP on the reality of things here!!!  Commentary, observations off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

As the legislators questioned the head of the Census Records’ Office, that the hikes in costs of everything, hurting the people’s livelihoods, asked him how much a bowl of oyster noodle cost, he’d replied “$20”, which shocked everybody who was there at the press conference.  It seemed, that the higher up officials are, too far, from the ordinary people’s lives, that they’d, operated on a, parallel universe, untouched by how the cost of things are causing the people to have a difficult time, making our ends meet, and they’re, numbed out too.

Early morning yesterday, close to my house, at the intersection, an elderly woman rode her bicycle, with the recycling materials, the plastic bottles, the bundled up cardboard boxes, in a moment, she’d lost her concentration, and everything fell off her bicycle, I’d helped her collect her items, bundled them up for her tighter, she’d told me thanks, then left.

In actuality, during the outbreaks, in metro Taichung, you could see the middle aged, the elderly individuals, who are, picking up the recycling materials that people had, thrown out on the streets, the Taiwan Avenue before the train station, the underground passages, along with the lobby of the train stations, you can see the homeless, camping out all over the places, this was, a rare sighting for these past few years.

and, here’s, what THOSE IDIOTS, running THIS country looked like…

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photo from online

I’d gone to Taipei last month, on the way, I’d, tried finding the restaurants between the Taipei Main Station and the Transitory bus stations on my way back, I saw even more homeless people, sitting on lying down on the sidewalks, it’s like this, in the capital city of the country, and, as I’d visited cities like Tainan, Kaohsiung, that, is what I saw too, the shops are either with the locks, or that they’re opened, but not enough customers, and if the bigger cities of this country are like so, imagine how much harder it must be, for the even, more distant-region places.  There’s, the bipolar Taiwanese economy now, the bigger companies, with their order slips piled up higher than the ceilings, the smaller shops, and the economy of ordinary citizens, are worsening, and, they’re all, in need of, help, it makes me hopeless, and I’d, felt, helpless of the situation.

The rate of economic growth of Taiwan is performing quite well, but, the prices of everything keeps on getting hiked up higher and higher, widening the gap between the rich and the poor, the wages earned, and the retired, especially for those who didn’t have enough retirement insurances, their measly wages, already spent up by inflation, the smaller shops too, are having a hard time; and even AS the government handed out the five-times vouchers, may I ask, how much help, can five-thousand MEASLY dollars, get for the ordinary citizens who are, having it hard, making, their, ends, meet up?

We are on the verge of celebrating National Day, and, people are, faced with the pressures from inflation, as well as the hikes in prices of everything we need, and, this would have more of an impact, compared to Communist China’s fighter planes, flying over our borders in the skies; if the government run by Tsai though that the Taiwanese economy will improve, by lowering the alert levels, that people are traveling through the country on this weekend holiday, then, she’s, DEAD WRONG!  The head of the major departments of the governments, should NOT assume that by handing out the vouchers, that would solve the economy crises.

The head of statistic’s “$20N.T.s for a bowl of oyster noodles”, only showed, how the officials of Tsai’s government are still, high up in their, ivory towers, living on a parallel plane compared to ordinary citizens such as you and I, it’s so regrettable, and making us so helpless.

The former American President, Clinton won over Bush stated the issues so clearly, “You fool, the problem is in the economy!”  Faced with the impacts from in and out of the country, the changes of the living environments, what’s the whole of our country’s economy like, these heads of the government offices knew the best.  And, those in power, if they can’t help the people in their economic wellbeing, they will, lose their, positions as heads of government.

Celebrating National Day, I hope, that for the upcoming years, Taiwan will, have a new air, the lives of ordinary citizens can get better, that, is the right way, and the hard facts.

And so, this government is still, using the five-times vouchers, to BULLSHIT all of us, because the government is too impotent in solving the crises here, and we the people, are still in our states of comatose, and we’re, allowing those running the country, to lead us.

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Decisions

The decisions to stop treatment, or to, continue it, weighing the pros and cons of it, over, over, and over again, in our minds, and, we can only pray that in the end, we’d, made the, right choices by our loved ones.

Upon reading Marcie’s “Difficult Choice” on August 25th, I was moved, this hard-to-master lesson of life, is, harder to solve than the, mathematical, equations.

I was forty-two on the year, thought of how at age forty-two, my father caught me, who let out the very first cries of my life, and how time flew quickly by, turned all our hairs white, made him hunched in the back, and, eroded away, his aging, skins.  I’d squatted down, helplessly, in the hallways of the hospital, with my arms around my knees, I’d, broken down and cried.  The sun still radiant outside, while my world had, crumbled down, no longer, is it, a full-circle again.

this…

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After the marrow was extracted, the biopsies on his liver done, I’d, pushed him back to his ward.  “Ouch!” that was the only word he’d, mumbled aloud after he came to, following that, he’d, drifted into that cycle of, never-ending, eternal, waking and sleeping.

The eyes behind the glasses, with that genuineness about it, said, “sir is too elderly and too weakened in physical strengths, I’m afraid, that he won’t able to get through the chemotherapy or the surgeries, you and your families must make up your minds, don’t leave the regrets for tomorrow, the patients are in pain, the families, in even more, pain.”  The young resident stated these words, that, made my heart twisted up even tighter, can it, not be, a “multiple choice” question?

Three years ago, my eldest uncle fell seriously ill, my older cousins couldn’t let him go, his life was, spared, but, he was kept alive, with all those, tubes going in and out of his body, it’d, made the families, relatives, and friends wondered, can we, tie him down with love, to save his body, because we don’t want him to go?  Then, two months later, he’d gone, and, my older cousin kneeled down in front of the altar, and cried like hell, and blamed himself for making the wrong decisions to save his own father then, that he shouldn’t have, put his own father through those two more months’ worth of, trials in the body.

AS my younger brother heard the surgeon’s statements, he’d exclaimed aloud, “of course, SAVE him!”  “my father’s a military man, he would NOT want to live on like this, I want to save him too, but, as his daughter, I know I can’t be, so, selfish”, I’d, finally, got those, words out, and after that, my heart had a hole in it.  My youngest sister cried, shook her head, and waved her hands no too, she was, my father’s, favorite, youngest child, it’s, simply, too difficult, for her, to voice her thought on the matter.

or this…

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saying their, final, goodbyes…and letting go…photo from online

I’d, pushed that hospital bed, with all his belongings, took him to the hospice ward.  It is, very hard to describe what it’s like in there, there are the hopes and expectations of getting out one day on all the other, floors, while here, the patients are, walking, a step closer to death by the day, but it’s, not just that.

As we entered into the hospice, my crying, stopped, the sorrows are, all over the places, but my father looked, more at peace, and, as he woke, he’d said, apologetically to me, “it’d been trying on you”.  my foolish dad, can you, breathe, a bit longer, so, your children can, hold you in their arms, longer, so I can, be a daughter, with a father still?

After a full month in the hospice, I took dad home.  In the company of his children and grandchildren, without those tubes going in and out of his body that made his life even harder, he’d gained, an, extra month, two days after Father’s Day, he’d selected to, fall, into, that eternal, sleep, and thus, our, scents of, missing him, started, rooting downward.

So this would be, one of the, hardest decisions that someone is forced to make, to save the loved ones or to just, let them go, I mean, there’s, a lot to, consider in the matter, are you, willing to, try your loved ones longer, just so you can have them with you longer, or, would you be willing to, say your, goodbyes to them, and, leaving, no love unsaid, and, just, let them go?

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The Successes or Failure of Importing of Fruits to China, All Relying on the Politics?

How the country’s, politics, is, SCREWING over the livelihoods of the farmers here!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Checks for the Insects Should be Tighter Here, and, We Should, Respect the Laws of the Country Where the Produces are Being Imported into

The fruits grown here, are high in quality, and the sales of them are mostly in the major cities’ markets in China, and, the major cities were, connected by the wholesalers.  During the time of KMT in power of the legislations, the Chinese government was interested in connecting with our governments on setting up the sales fairs of the fruits of Taiwan in the major cities in China, and the fruits grown here started, getting, exported into the Chinese markets.

I’d gone to interview these major wholesales agencies for my research, they collectively believed, that the quality of the fruits grown here are high without a doubt, but, they’d told, that they had, complied to the rules of the party in charge of Chinese politics as well.

Because of the vast market China is, they’d already, imported in the high quality fruits from all over the world, and they’d, traded in the terms of signing of long-term contracts with the sellers, and so, China is not lacking in any kind of fruits grown here in Taiwan.  In other words, there are the selling points for importing the fruits from Taiwan, but, because we only import by singular items, and not year-round, with the unsteady amounts being provided, so it isn’t, that good, a deal.  From our angles, we’re, selling our high quality fruits to China, but for China, it’s, that sense of connection that China felt toward the agricultural products and its, workers too.

This time, the Chinese used the excuses of finding scale insects in the shipments to ban the fruits from being imported.  Based off of the claims of Department of Agriculture, we’d received multiple notices of how the fruits we exported to China didn’t match up to the evaluation of quality standards since June, but China didn’t ban the imports immediately, seemingly, they’re, considering the interactions of the two sides, willing to give Taiwan the rooms for improvement.  But, dragged to two days ago, they’d, banned all imports of fruits, does it mean, that due to prior instances of checks from before, of the harmful insects found in the shipments, China already, ran out of chances to give Taiwan for improvement?

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it says here online, that Kazakhstan’s fruits exported to China had increased to 42%…photo from online

Comparing how the country immediately told that we’re going to the WTO to complain, but, compared to how we remained silent, of similar situations from other countries, it’s, such, an, ironic, sharp, contrast; the other countries that used the rule of “business is business” and we’d not objected to their banning the imports of our produces, nor did we say we’re going to the WTO; but, China, who’d been more than lenient to our agricultural produces, once they “get down to business”, demanded a stricter regulation for diseases and insects, we’d, started crying loudly, said that they made it hard for us on purpose.  Don’t know if the consumers, the agricultural wholesalers may think that we’re, overreacting on such too?

Actually, we should, evaluate ourselves with these, frequent bans of imports of goods.  After all, we must, comply with the rules and regulations of the country we’re importing into, and not found an excuse for ourselves.  The truth is, is we’d, done our insect checks thoroughly enough, this sort of things won’t even be happening, whether if the fruits are exported to China, or any other countries around the world.

And, the government’s using this sort of a short-sighted means to resuscitate the situation of agriculture is absolutely necessary, but, the government should not employ this means repeatedly, whether it be leading the people locally, to buy up the fruits or, to allot the funding for the betterment of agriculture.

In the end, after this incident, shouldn’t the government also think on how these past few years to up the international sales of our produces, the organizations such as the “Taiwanese International Agricultural Development Agency” had, served their, purposes, to spread the business around the world internationally.  Anyway, if we can’t tackle the problem itself, and allowed these sorts of things to become, frequently occurring, how can the government answer to the hardworking farmers, as well as we, the taxpayers?

So, this is still all because of politics, from before we were on better terms with China, and they’d, let a lot of things slide, like the checks for the harmful insects and such, and now, we’re no longer on good terms with each other, China tightens up its checks, and, the government here are crying that it’s unfair, and the writer is right, if the country used a stricter method for the checks for insects, to ensure quality control of the shipments overseas, then, this problem wouldn’t have existed, but no, everything is politics related, for this current government that we’re living under right now.  And we the people are still, getting, S-C-R-E-W-E-D over by it!

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The Insect-Infestations of Fruits is Only an Excuse, the Real Problem Lies in the Politics

The WAR on exports, had, begun!!!  How China is, banning the fruits exported from here, cutting off the “earning curves” of the fruit farmers here, killing their, livelihood, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

After the pineapples, the bell fruit and the sugar apples were, also, banned by China, reason being that the fruits exported to China was found to have wax scales.  The farmers here couldn’t understand when that shipment was found to have the wax scales, and besides, the export of the sugar apples to China were mostly the variety that’s mixed with pineapples, with the production time of between November and April of each year, so why did the ban come, six months, later?  And, the wax scales are only found on the surfaces of the fruits, and the farmers had rid the fruits of them with the air-compressors when packing.  The farmers believed, that they were merely, scapegoats of the wars between China and Taiwan, it’s still down to the politics.

There is a plantation of the sugar apples in Pingdong in the area of 5,000 acres, with half of pineapple crossed with the sugar apples, and another species of the sugar apples each taking up half.  The other species of sugar apples were from March to September of a year afterwards, sold mostly internally within this country; while the cross of sugar apples with pineapples were mostly exported to China, about 14,000 tons per year, bringing in about $1.2 billion N.T.s, and so, China’s banning the imports would hurt Taidong the hardest.  Although the Agricultural Committee had announced the billion-dollar sustenance for the farmers plans, but, it’d not caused the problems to go away, most of this country’s people liked the other species of sugar apples that’s, less sweet, and the way to resolve this issue is to, sell the cross of pineapple and sugar apples to China.

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and this is, more than likely, the end result, both sides, losing…comic from online

I have three recommendations: first, through the communications of the locals, separating politics and agriculture, without the official organizations of Chinese Council Committee here in Taiwan, and the office of Taiwan not in contact enough, and the sea foundations, not interacting much, I recommend that the KMT use the means of local exchanges, through the Communist China’s Central Taiwan Offices to get to the bottom of the reasons, and discuss the matter, based off of the agricultural only, to set up the means to help, to continue exchange agriculturally between the straits.  Second, get a brand new selling market in other countries: there’s such a higher risk to one solitary market, the Agricultural Committee should help the farmers develop the freezing techniques for the produces, and expand the market to Japan, Korea, as well as, southeast Asia as well, to even Canada and the U.S.  Third, strengthening the upgrades of agriculture: agriculture should NOT be the produces, but the processed foods, turning the fruits into food, to NOT get affected by the expiration, that way, the agriculture value will, increase.

And so, the farmers are now, the ones, caught in the war between Taiwan and China, and, this would be, such, a huge hit, as this particular species of the fruits is meant to export to China, where it’s, quite popular, but now, because Taiwan hit China first, and China’s now, hitting Taiwan back, and, we the people, are still, the ones, with the, shortest ends of, that STICK!

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The Two Officers Fined $100,000N.T. Each for Kicking the Adolescents Refusing to Get Checked by Them, and Threatening to Shoot the Locals Who Tried to Stop Them from the Abuse

Abuse of their statuses as police officers here, and yeah, they got caught, and got, fined too!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Zhonghe Police Substation of Hsinbei City last April was conducting the checks on the roads, there was an adolescent who’d refused to get checked, and ran right through the checkpoint, the officers rushed to block him, the officer, Chen, kicked one of the sixteen-year-old on the head, the locals saw it, and tried to sop him from abuse, another officer, Jeng came, and cussed the locals out, and this was a case of overuse of police forces.  The district attorneys believed that Chen had used his work status, and assaulted the adolescent, considered that he showed remorse, and was willing to settle with the adolescent, delayed prosecuting him; Jeng’s indictment for threats and public endangerment was also, dropped, but they are both fined $100,000N.T., and mandated to attend six-hours of legal education each.

The district attorneys investigated, on the evening of April 7th at eleven at night, the police were conducting a check, a car refused to stop, and drove against traffic, the police chased and stopped the car, and demanded the four adolescents inside to get out of the car.

In the process, the adolescents became emotionally anxious, the officers called aloud to stop them, an officer had slammed two adolescents against the pavement, as the officers rounded up the four, they’d grabbed one adolescent by the hair, shouted at him angrily, “Are you hurrying to die.”  The officer, Chen started kicking an adolescent who was down on the ground on the head, causing the adolescent to bruise, and to have redness and swelling on his head.

because of the loud noises, the locals came out, and saw the police using excessive forces, and tried to stop them, “What are you doing?  Beating down on the children?”, the officer, Jeng was suspected of shouting back at the locals, “he refused to get pulled over, come down, I’ll, give you a bullet too!”, was suspected of threats, and breaking the public endangerment laws.

The D.A. reviewed over the video surveillance, which captured the officer Jeng stating: “You”, and “bullet”, without the “I’ll give you”, while the other local residents testified that they’d not heard the words; the local who was shouted at claimed, it was in a heightened state of tension then, we’re all stressed out then, and, we are rash toward one another, I’d not felt I was, threatened, the D.A. dropped the charges against the officer, Jeng.

As for the officer, Chen, the D.A. considered that he showed remorse, and the cause was the adolescent’s resisting arrest, that he became emotional, which caused him to overreact; while the adolescent only sustained minor injuries, and they’d settled, and so, they’d dropped the charges.

And so, because nobody was seriously injured (like getting shot, getting assaulted physically to injury), the officers only received the slaps of the wrists of getting fined, and what would that teach the officers from here on out?  Oh yeah, we just need to, step on the borders, but not over it, and we get off easy, this is really bad, just because the teens refused to get checked, the officers had no right, to use violence on them, besides, it’s not like it’s a case of in pursuit of serious criminals, it’s just some teens, breaking the rules, and too much forces by the police was used in this one!

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The Balancing Points of Defending Against the Spread of MERS-CoV and Economics

The fate of the nation, as a whole, not as the north vs. the south, vs. the central regions here, we’re all on the same boat here!  Written by a college student, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

Recently because of the delta strain coming in, a lot of people are worried about how we may have another epidemic like the one we’d experienced back in May, to get Taiwan back up to level three alert again, our lives, greatly impacted, the markets hit hard, and there are those who thought of, whether or not the shops can, withstand, another huge hit of the raising of the alert levels.

But, as the Hsinbei City’s no dine-in rules were implemented, and Taipei didn’t follow, I’d thought of, the methods of combatting MERS-CoV, should it be that we learn to, coexist with it, as the epidemic are under control, we’d, stopped the spread as well as we possibly can, keeping the economical activities going, without much impacts on our daily living, or, should we, set the goals, of getting that zero diagnosis?

Because there are the millions of text messages sent out, there are the members of the communities who are going to the quick scan stations voluntarily, and, this gathering, other than getting as high as thirteen local cases of contraction on August 29th, the confirmed diagnoses per day hadn’t exceeded to past ten cases on average, it doesn’t look like the epidemic’s out of control, but, the society still called out to raise the alert levels.

In this time of the epidemic, on the spread, we saw the differences of means of facing the epidemic of the cities of Taipei and Hsinbei Cities, it’d, made us think on: how do we, find that balancing point between trying to prevent the spread of MERS-CoV, and at the same time, not impacting the economy too much?

I pray, that the government can truly, get ahead, to decide on the general direction to which it’s leading us in the epidemic, that way, if there’s another wave of epidemic, then the leaders of the local governments will once again, face the hard choices of prioritizing the economics, or keeping people safe, to try and stop the spread of the epidemic again, and, we the people are also, flustered, and unsettled, due to, the lack of unification of measures the local government employs in the defenses against the spread of MERS-CoV.

And so, this, is on how the local governments aren’t on the same page, because, the outbreaks are primarily, happening here up in the north, and, the local governments in the southern parts complained, of how the entire country is under lockdown with both Taipei and Hsinbei cities, without knowing, that we shared one fate, the fate of this country.

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The Distance-Education Classes are Burning Money, with the Students from Lower Economic Statuses, Fighting Hard, to Stay Alive, the Taiwan Fund for Family & Children Stepped in to Help Out

Call this, the, schooling, GAP if you will!  How the students from not-well-enough economically backgrounds are, suffering because of the outbreaks here!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Distance education had become the primary means to teach and learn due to the outbreaks now, comparing to how the children in the elementary and middle school years in the lower end of the socioeconomic statuses, the government helps out, giving them the giving them the technologies, but for the college students from the lesser m the lesser backgrounds, they can only, rely on themselves.  The Taiwan Fund for Children & Families found, that for over a year, a lot of the students in the college levels receiving the sponsorship told, that the original laptop they were using for their papers, are growing old, and couldn’t handle the means of online education classes, and now, they’d had to, come up with the money they needed, for the new laptops, to up the charges on their cell phone plans too.

The college student, Chang told, that the laptop he used from before, was okay for the research papers he had for university, but, as the classes, the lectures are all online, the webcam, the typing of his papers, multiple functions at the same time, causing his laptop to freeze up a lot often, making it hard for him to get caught up with the classes, and, all the money he’d earned from his part-time jobs, already went to pay for his living and school costs, there’s, not that much that he has left.

The manager of Taipei’s Taiwan Fund for Children & Families, Hsieh told, that based off of statistics, there are about eighty-percent of college level students who received the help, for paying their tuitions, their fees of living, started part-timing, but since the outbreaks, a lot of the classes went online, and it’d, caused the digital difference to become ever the more apparent, a lot of the students who are receiving the foundation’s help are troubled, because their laptops are, too old to function.

Hsieh said, that “education is the best means of getting out of poverty”, but for over a year since the outbreaks occurred, the college students from lower end of the socioeconomic statuses are, having it, harder than ever, especially in times of the epidemic, learning online became what’s trending now, it’d, added to the economic burdens of the students from lesser backgrounds, she’d called out to the public, to help support these kids on their, last mile of education, to help them, get on the starting lines, evenly with the rest of the students.

And so, this, is how the epidemic, tries people on all levels, because, there are those students from lesser backgrounds, who are, in school, and, with their laptops being, used for, five, six years on end the systems bound to, run slower, and, they can’t, catch up, because they don’t have the extra money, to get a new laptop, they’re, having it hard enough as is, making their own tuition payments, their rents, utilities, etc., etc., etc., etc.

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