And why am I getting the most detailed and up-to-date coverage of the current wave of violence in the United States from the Daily Mail?
Meanwhile, back in China, Ross and I found ourselves coaching two students who were selected to enter an English speech contest. The topic was, "Upholding the values of socialism." The Communist Party Congress has officially determined that the "core values" of socialism are as follows: the nation should be "thriving, powerful, democratic, civilized and harmonious; the society must run with freedom, equality, justice and law; [and] the citizen must be patriotic and dedicated, with sincerity and amicability." So, who can argue with that. Since the students' speeches are about the goals of socialism, I don't feel compelled to enlighten the kids about the ways and means of socialism. Socialism is very much on the back burner here, anyway. Besides, just as with raising the minimum wage, it's the good intentions that count, not the actual results.
I'm feeling nostalgic too, and have been listening to National Lampoon's Lemmings album. "Papa was a Running Dog Lackey of the Bourgeoisie" by the Motown Manifestos is at 22:30.