The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Outsourced anything lately?

Depending on where, you might want to start insourcing, pronto. Things is a bit unsettled in the People's Republic. LA Times article used the "coup" word; so did the New York Times.

US news media are not playing this very strongly yet, but I'd like to remind everybody of what it's like when China stages a revolution. Recently, there was the Cultural Revolution, a period of bloody maoist repression, utter lunacy, and general fun of that nature. But before that, before Mao and Chiang Kai-shek, back in the middle of the Nineteenth century, there was the Taiping Rebellion, the most deadly war you've never heard of. More people died, from one cause or another, than in World War One.

This could be nothing at all or it could be a prelude to something. Either way, I'm not getting my McLuggage-signature meditation benches manufactured in the PRC anymore. Maybe not Taiwan, either -- until I see which way things go.

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