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Old 07-05-2020, 11:00 PM   #151 (permalink)
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Tore down a couple brick walls with my dad as part of their house remodeling project. Was going to wash the Insight today but my hands were a bit sore.

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They have a history of problems with floods. 1938:
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To stop further Japanese advances into western and southern China, Chiang Kai-shek, at the suggestion of Chen Guofu, determined to open up the dykes on the Yellow River near Zhengzhou. The original plan was to destroy the dyke at Zhaokou, but due to difficulties at that location, the dyke at Huayuankou, on the south bank, was destroyed on June 5 and June 7 via excavation,[3] with waters flooding into Henan, Anhui, and Jiangsu. The floods covered and destroyed thousands of square kilometres of farmland and shifted the mouth of the Yellow River hundreds of kilometres to the south. Thousands of villages were inundated or destroyed and several million villagers driven from their homes and made refugees. An unknown number of Japanese soldiers were killed by the flood. An official Kuomintang post-war commission estimated that the total number of casualties may be as high as 800,000 killed by the flood.[4]
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The Great Flood of Gun-Yu (Chinese: 鯀禹治水), also known as the Gun-Yu myth, was a major flood event in ancient China that allegedly continued for at least two generations, which resulted in great population displacements among other disasters, such as storms and famine. People left their homes to live on the high hills and mounts, or nest on the trees.
There was an episode around WWII where they bombed a dam to relieve pressure on other dams, but [citation needed].
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Here's a backgrounder on the Three Gorges Dam.

How A Massive Dam in China Slowed the Earth's Rotation

China has 9 of the 20 largest dams in the world, Three Gorges is the biggest. The part about slowing the Earth's rotation is bogus, but that's a lot of water.

And the cultural and environmental damage done just building it was immense.
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Backgrounder on China's shadow banking system:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Banking_in_China
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Chinese shadow banking refers to underground financial activity that takes place outside of traditional banking regulations and systems. China has one of the largest shadow banking industries with approximately 40% of the country’s outstanding loans tied up in shadow banking activities.[1] Shadow banking in China arose after the People’s Bank of China became the central bank in 1983.
It turns out the shadow banks use the 'gold' reserves as collateral.

The race is on, which collapses first: the shadow banks or Three Gorges dam?
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Backgrounder on China's shadow banking system:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Banking_in_China

It turns out the shadow banks use the 'gold' reserves as collateral.

The race is on, which collapses first: the shadow banks or Three Gorges dam?


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83 Tons Of Fake Gold Bars: Gold Market Rocked By Massive China Counterfeiting Scandal

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/83...eiting-scandal

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Time change though, now countries are competing for the Chinese. ...residents of Hong Kong.

UK will give them full citizenship, Oztralia and the USofA want them; even Japan, who have little love since the 1930s, want the financial acumen the 'walking capital' of China's financial gateway to the rest of the World.
I always believed people born in HK before its transfer of sovereignity to China were already full British citizens.
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The British National (Overseas) passport, commonly referred to as the BN(O) passport, is a British passport for persons with British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) status. The passport was first issued in 1987 after the Hong Kong Act 1985, from which this new class of British nationality was created.Holders of BN(O) passports are permanent residents of Hong Kong who were British Dependent ...
UK is prepared to grease the skids.
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Something to keep an eye on:

I remember when the Buddhas_of_Bamyan were *ssploded by the Taliban. Splashing paint on things is trivial. Taking down Stone Mountain would be labor intensive.

Then there is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial. That one will take a nuke. Erasing history won't end with the Confederacy. It hasn't already.

I did receive a response from the UofO Fine Arts staff. Proctor's Indian Maiden is sequestered and not on public view. Whew.
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