Peter Navarro – Director of Trade and Industrial Policy

http://www.businessinsider.com/peter-navarro-trade-op-ed-wall-street-journal-2017-3 The guy running Trump’s trade policy just wrote a seriously troubling op-ed in The Wall Street Journal

2 MOOCs on Coursera which he is teaching

https://www.coursera.org/learn/principles-of-microeconomics/home/welcome The Power of Microeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

https://www.coursera.org/learn/principles-of-macroeconomics/home/welcome
The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

Time is now 2018/06/21, and China and US is on the brink of a trade war.

Quote from the article, dated 2017/03/06:

Peter Navarro writes like a man ready to start a trade war.

Navarro’s views expressed in the article shouldn’t surprise many who’ve been following his career. The Economist called him a “China-bashing eccentric,” and much of the US economics community was surprised by his appointment to the White House.

But Navarro does fit with the Trumpian worldview that the US is a victim and that there is no win-win situation in international economic dealing.

”the best way to grow faster is by closing this deficit

He is also concerned that foreign countries will buy up the US’s military industrial complex:

At this point Navarro is hysterical, painting a picture of a US that is rapidly selling itself off bit by bit.

This not the country of Google and Exxon Mobil. It’s certainly not the country of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. This is a vision from a man who desperately fears a modern, globalized world and the change it brings with it.

The things Peter Navarro wants to fight against — the things that keep him up at night — are windmills, waving their blades at a paranoid mind. To charge them he wants to disrupt global supply chains and put up tariffs; he wants to bully the US’s way into new markets and upset our trading partners. This is no way to do trade policy.

But Navarro and his team seem on a reckless mission to try.

Alternatives to Google Products – The Complete List

Source: https://restoreprivacy.com/google-alternatives/

Link: https://www.expressvpn.com/blog/google-france-qwant-privacy/

Bold indicates products I am using.

Google search – Searx, Qwant, Metager, DuckDuckGo, StartPage

Gmail – Mailfence, Tutanota, Mailbox.org, Protonmail

Chrome – Firefox, Tor, Brave

Google Drive – TeamDrive, Tresorit, Nextcloud

Youtube – Vimeo, Dailymotion, Bitchute, Hooktube

Google Analytics – Matomo, Fathom, Clicky

Google Maps – OpenStreetMap, Here We Go, Maps.me

Google Play – F-Droid, Yalp Store

Google Calendar – Etar, aCalendar

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The French National Assembly announced to the world in late 2018 that Qwant has displaced Google as their default search engine. While Google is still the undisputed king of search engines, private search engines are on the rise with DuckDuckGo leading the way, chalking up 30 million searches a day. Find out what information Google collects about you and why more people are turning to encrypted search engines that do not keep logs:

https://www.expressvpn.com/blog/google-france-qwant-privacy/

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How to Find Your Earliest Users

Source : https://www.indiehackers.com/round-table/how-did-you-find-your-earliest-users

1. market place
2. naturally grown audience
3. cold emails, outbound sales
4. SEO ‘optimization’
5. product hunt, reddit, hackernews
6. lifetime deals
7. slack
8. facebook, angel list, beta list
9. twitter, instagram, linkedin
10. ads
11. Blind, Quora, other QA sites.
12. press coverage

The Power of Conspiracy and Secrets

Source: https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-412-the-power-of-conspiracy-and-secrets/

Baidu link: https://pan.baidu.com/s/1CS_LNE0_m9r08Jim8izifQ

Back in 2016, a bizarre story emerged in pop culture. Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $115 million dollar lawsuit against the gossip website Gawker for publishing a sex tape that had been made without his consent. The victory was somewhat surprising but the real surprise was who was actually behind the lawsuit; it wasn’t Hogan himself, but the billionaire founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel.

Thiel had his own axe to grind against Gawker, and he had been honing it since 2007. He had been plotting to take down Gawker for almost a decade.
What may sound like a tawdry story of celebrity and scandal, actually contains surprisingly potent lessons on revenge, Stoicism, strategy, perseverance, hubris, privacy, and the underrated power of secrets.
My guest today dug into this story and its insights in his new book, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. His name is Ryan Holiday, and he’s also the author of Growth Hacker Marketing, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, andThe Daily Stoic. Today on the show Ryan and I discuss his latest book, and the lessons we can take from a story that reads much like a modern-day Count of Monte Cristo.

Show Highlights

  • Why was Ryan drawn to this story? How did he end up chronicling it?
  • How did Ryan choose an approach to this book? How did he write it differently than most journalists already had?
  • The backstory of Gawker.com and its outing of Peter Thiel
  • Why it took 4+ years for Thiel to realize he could do something about it
  • How did Thiel find and end up paying for Hulk Hogan’s case against Gawker?
  • What Ryan meant in calling Thiel a “high agency” individual
  • Can a person become high agency? Or are you born that way?
  • Why Thiel wants to be underestimated and under-the-radar
  • Why competition is for losers
  • The difference between conspiracy and war
  • Why Thiel sought revenge rather than taking, say, a Stoic approach to the problem
  • Did Thiel go too far? Why was his identity and scheme revealed?
  • Why secrecy can actually be an effective, powerful tool in getting things done
  • The value of privacy in our modern transparent society
  • How did all the players in this story turn out?
  • What happened when Thiel and Denton met in person?
  • Ryan’s takeaways on strategy, getting things done, etc.

 

ChinaX Notes

Part 1   unit 1-3 Political and Intellectual Foundations: From the Sage Kings to Confucius and the Legalists

Part 1   unit 4-6 Political and Intellectual Foundations: From the Sage Kings to Confucius and the Legalists

Part 2 The Creation and End of a Centralized Empire

Part 3 Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture

Part 4 Literati China: Examinations and Neo-Confucianism

Part 5 From Global Empire under the Mongols to a Global Economy under the Ming Dynasty

Part 6 unit 26-27 The Manchus and the Qing

Part 7 unit 28-29 The Manchus and the Qing

Part 8 Creating Modern China: The Birth of a Nation

Part 9 Communist Liberations

Part 10 Greater China Today: The People’s Republic, Taiwan, and Hong Kong

 

Inner Asian Empire and the Unity of China

EdX.org ChinaX part 6.

How do the incorporation of the inner Asian frontier, the final corporation
of this frontier into Qing shape the course of modern Chinese history?
How is it seen?
How is it reflected in politics and society in China today?
These territories, along with Tibet, which
also comes, as I mentioned earlier, under more and more direct authority
of the Manchu Emperor through the course of the 18th century.
These territories comprise a pretty significant part
of modern Chinese territory, the lands of the People’s Republic of China.
And they set the mold.
The Qing shape sets the mold then for what
will become the shape of the modern Chinese nation.
These territories also represent a continuing problem
of governance for the PRC.
And so the relevance of Manchu empire to modern China, I think,
is hard to exaggerate.
Inheritance of these territories has been very effectively naturalized
by the leaders of China under the Republic of China,
as well as under the People’s Republic of China.
And so it’s easy, in a way, for us to forget that this was the result
of an imperial expansion, a project of imperial expansion that took place
in the late 1600’s and then in the 1700’s.
But if it hadn’t been for this project of imperial expansion,
we could be pretty sure that China today would be half the size that it is now.
An awareness of the Qing imperial enterprise during the High Qing
reminds us that while much is made of the continuity of China
as the last of the antique empires to survive into the modern era,
this is something of a misunderstanding.
That is to say, China today is the successor state,
we can say of “imperial China,” but more specifically,
it is the successor state of the Qing empire
which was a vast, hybrid, polyethnic, multinational state that
brought peoples from very different backgrounds,
with different religious traditions, different languages together
in a kind of gunpowder empire of the type that is quite comparable to say,
the Ottoman Empire, the Mughal empire, the Romanov empire.
It represented the synthesis of centuries
of interaction between China and inner Asia.
It wasn’t just another Chinese empire.

The Complete Harvard Classics By Volume – Free PDF Downloads

Mirrored from https://www.myharvardclassics.com/categories/20120212

Volume 1 – Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, William Penn
Volume 2 – Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius
Volume 3 – Bacon, Milton’s Prose, Thomas Browne
Volume 4 – Milton, Complete Poems in English
Volume 5 – Emerson, Essays and English Traits
Volume 6 – Robert Burns, Poems and Songs
Volume 7 – The Confessions of St. Augustine, The Imitation of Christ
Volume 8 – Nine Greek Dramas
Volume 9 – Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny
Volume 10 – Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
Volume 11 – Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species
Volume 12 – Plutarch’s Lives
Volume 13 – Virgil, Aeneid
Volume 14 – Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I
Volume 15 – Pilgrim’s Progress, Donne and Herbert, Walton
Volume 16 – The Thousand and One Nights
Volume 17 – Folk-Lore and Fable: Aesop, Grimm, Andersen
Volume 18 – Modern English Drama
Volume 19 – Faust, Egmont, etc., Goethe, Doctor Faustus, Marlowe
Volume 20 – Dante, The Divine Comedy
Volume 21 – Manzoni, I Promessi Sposi
Volume 22 – Homer, The Odyssey
Volume 23 – Dana, Two Years Before the Mast
Volume 24 – Burke, On the Sublime, French Revolution, etc.
Volume 25 – J. S. Mill and Thomas Carlyle
Volume 26 – Continental Drama
Volume 27 – English Essays, Sidney to Macaulay
Volume 28 – Essays, English and American
Volume 29 – Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle
Volume 30 – Scientific Papers: Faraday, Helmholtz, Kelvin, Newcomb, etc.
Volume 31 – Cellini, Autobiography
Volume 32 – Montaigne, Sainte-Beuve, Renan, etc.
Volume 33 – Voyages and Travel
Volume 34 – Descartes, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hobbes
Volume 35 – Froissart, Malory, Holinshed
Volume 36 – Machiavelli, More, Luther
Volume 37 – Locke, Berkeley, Hume
Volume 38 – Scientific Papers: Harvey, Jenner, Lister, Pasteur
Volume 39 – Famous Prefaces
Volume 40 – English Poetry I
Volume 41 – English Poetry II
Volume 42 – English Poetry III
Volume 43 – American Historical Documents
Volume 44 – Sacred Writings I
Volume 45 – Sacred Writings II
Volume 46 – Elizabethan Drama I
Volume 47 – Elizabethan Drama II
Volume 48 – Blaise Pascal, Thoughts and Minor Works
Volume 49 – Epic and Saga
Volume 50 – INTRODUCTION, READER’S GUIDE, INDEXES
Volume 51 – Lectures

A bipartisan agreement: Trump is bad for democracy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/01/18/a-bipartisan-agreement-trump-is-bad-for-democracy/?utm_term=.8240512a2c3f

“I think [America First is] very short sighted,” Kasich said of the desire to “withdraw, take care of ourselves.”

The report explains that democracies around the globe were under assault, but by six separate measures — “politicizing independent institutions, spreading disinformation, amassing executive power, quashing dissent, delegitimizing communities, and corrupting elections”

Most important are the report’s recommendations. Congress should do its part. There is a role for the press, for the public and even the private sector to speak out and defend the rule of law and independent sources of information.