Saturday, July 19, 2014

Who's Reading My Blog?

Who's Reading My Blog? The Government?

I got really excited today and yesterday upon seeing my page views go up 200% on just the 18th of July alone. I thought this newfound interest was because of my hard work and re-arrangements and adding of more tags. Blogspot allows you to analyze your viewership, and I noticed that over 70% of my viewers come from the US and use Chrome.  Normal enough, but then I looked more deeply and noticed that 90% of these users are, indeed, not Mac or Windows users but LINUX users. Out of my 2,400 or so page views, 90% of those views come from America using a Linux operating system.  Something is fishy. According to this wikipedia page, the US Department of Defense uses Linux (Red Hat Linux), and so they must have to keep track of me as well. This article explains why countries are moving toward using Linux. It must be that my page is being viewed by the NSA. Good try google and America, but you're no help to my viewership needs! How bored are you people, anyway?

I believe there is something out there watching us, but unfortunately it is the the NSA.

Why can't normal people read my blog? Suggestions encouraged. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Agriculture Consulting Job in China - My Former Job in Recruitment in Beijing


In Beijing I worked at an agriculture company as a recruitment consultant. The firm I worked for, Asian Agribusiness consulting, provides services for foreign agribusiness firms aspiring the penetrate the Asian market. The company can write reports on any field - but mainly reports concerning the swine, feed, animal health and food industries. The company does things such as determining how many chickens and pigs are in certain countries and the consumption of meat in those countries as well as the production of certain companies, and then these reports are sold to our clients.

There are a slew of these agriculture giants around the world, while there are actually very few companies that can provide them with the proper understanding and figures they need for their Asian invasion. Many firms must specialize in helping companies come to China and Asia, as most companies that come to China do, indeed, end up failing. This is why it is important to penetrate the Chinese market with a Chinese partner. I have heard this through numerous private equity investors, Chinese businessmen as well as Beijing investment bankers, all of whom are eager to hook up with foreign firms wanting a piece of the China pie. Foreigners who want to invest in China have ample opportunities, and my roommate (a Chinese venture capitalist of some sort) is actually looking for investors. I sense agencies or consulting companies such as my little gem will start expanding in the near future.

On the topic of foreigners in China or Asia and their jobs, I will say that acting as a consultant or agent would be a common job among laowai in China. Other common jobs for laowai in China include: English teacher, translator, corporate communications representative, journalist and freelancer. Jobs that laowai will not pursue include: laborer, waitress, tailor, driver, cleaner, lawyer and local offical. The reasons are beyond evident. Just recently on a podcast, I heard about what a lot of foreigners such as myself are doing in China and how they got here to begin with. Of course there are true expats whose companies paid a hefty price for the specialists to come to China or Asia and live on their previous salaries in equally nice (insert Western) settings, and then there are fresh graduates who deem the American marketplace too competitive and see China as a nice place to begin themselves (insert self).

Richmond’s Homeless on the VCU Campus

Richmond’s Homeless on the VCU Campus
By Amy Derr

Alfred Jones sat on a bench in Monroe Park waiting for the bus to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to take him to a church where he will eat, bathe and rest for the night. Facing the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the setting sun, Jones, 60, talked about his experiences being homeless as well as his thoughts about VCU students.
“I think the students are fine,” Jones said. “They’re out here getting an education.”
VCU students and the homeless of downtown Richmond cross paths in places like Monroe Park, the library and 7-Elevens. Sometimes they stop to say hello, but most of the time, they silently move past each other.
Jones said he sometimes talks to students, depending on whether they respond to his initial start of conversation.
“Here’s an example of how students act,” he said, pointing to a girl wearing a red sweatshirt and carrying a brown bag. He sent a hearty “hello” to the girl. She nodded but made no eye contact.
Another girl walked briskly through the darkening park toward Gladding Residence Center carrying two grocery bags.
“I want some chicken tonight,” he said, pointing to her Ukrops bags, but she did not look up.
“A lot of the students are…” he paused.
“Stuck up?” a friend waiting for the bus with him interjected.
“No, I wouldn’t say that,” Jones responded. “They’re being on the safe side because of Taylor Behl.” The 2005 murder of VCU Taylor Behl has devastated a large part of the college community and led Jones to believe that students are more cautious about exchanging words with strangers.
Just as the homeless share opinions of how they’re treated around the VCU campus, several students offer their encounters with the homeless of Richmond as well.
Tom Durst, a junior physics major, said he prefers to be left alone on the streets around VCU instead of being asked for money by many homeless.
“The homeless kind of get irritating sometimes because I’m too busy just trying to get to class or back to my apartment,” he said. “I just don’t want to deal with them.”
Galen Canham, a sophomore Urban Studies major, said she can’t imagine the tribulations that go along with not having a home but is bothered if they persist asking her for change.
“Sometimes they get annoyed if you don’t have money,” she said. Canham says she cannot afford to give away her money because of her budget as a college student.
She talks to them, however, and has even come across a few interesting personalities.  One man walks around with a boom box that “plays 70s funk music,” she said.
“The homeless can be fun to talk to,” she said.
Erica Bunk, a sophomore, says she feels more inclined to give to the homeless, instead of turning a blind eye to her campus neighbors.
“They’re people too,” she said, standing outside of Shafer Dining Center eating an ice cream cone.
“People shouldn’t be so mean to them,” she said and added that she has seen many students yell things like “Back off” to the homeless. She said she tries to donate or exchange kind words when she can.

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Jones has been homeless for three weeks, making this his second time being homeless after he was homeless for six months 12 years ago.
He said he understands if students aren’t overeager to talk because “they have their own world,” but he said he has also seen the positive side of sharing Monroe Park with the students through their volunteer work in the homeless community.
“They do give,” he said. “I appreciate it, and that’s why I speak to them when they pass me in the park,” he said, walking toward Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to catch the Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter (CARITAS) bus.
VCU students express how and why they would give to the homeless.
Senior biology major Linda Udezulu said helping the homeless out by giving them money seems almost ineffective in terms of the long-term help.
“I would like to help them out, but I don’t really know where to begin,” she said, while studying in Shafer Dining Center. She says she doesn’t know whether to “give them a fish or teach them how to fish.”
She says by giving them money “it helps them for that day,” but she worries about the consequences of handing out money every day around VCU.
“They’ll still be going through the same situation tomorrow,” she said.
One incident that disheartened Udezula from giving money was a time she was riding in her car and a homeless person approached her window at a stoplight to ask for money but ended up “coming way too close.”
“Lucky for me, my car window was only cracked,” she said, adding that she’s more hesitant to give money now because the man frightened her by coming so close.
A few benches away from Jones sat Joseph Turner and his friends on a bench in the center of Monroe Park.Turner, 51, has been homeless for one month due to his recent divorce from his wife, but he doesn’t consider himself homeless.
“I like to be considered going through a transition,” Turner said, eyeing the fountain in the center of the park.
Like Jones, he was also waiting for the CARITAS bus to take him to the church. He said he was looking forward to eating, bathing and having a place to sleep.
He wore a thick corduroy coat, black dress pants and brown leather shoes. During the day he looks for a job and returns comes toMonroe Park to socialize and wait for the CARITAS bus.
While Turner says most students he encounters in the park don’t seem to want to converse, he believes they could be looking out for their safety.
“I understand if they’re looking out for themselves, but I think we have a lot to offer them,” Jones said. He adds that most of the homeless in Monroe Park care for each other and wouldn’t want to hang out in an unsafe environment.
“We can offer the students advice on mainly how not to become homeless,” Turner said with a chuckle.
“One thing about being homeless is that we don’t discriminate,” he said. His friends nodded in agreement. “We come from all ages, all races and all religions.”
Since the students and many homeless people share Monroe Park, words of encouragement should be exchanged between the two groups, Jones said.
“A positive word always helps,” he said. “If they just took time out to talk to us, you’d be surprised to see what would happen.”
While he believes there is this gap between the homeless and students, he also notices some good that the students do.
“There are some that speak and brighten up your day,” he said.“You realize that they recognize you as a human being.”
Seated on a bench in the center of Monroe Park, Cynthia Harris, 50, occupied her time waiting for the CARITAS bus by reading “Murder in the Supreme Court” by Margret Truman. The sun shined through the bare trees, and colorful leaves were scattered at her feet. Wearing a heavy brown coat and maroon sweater, Harris enjoyed the afternoon warmth before she got on the Caritas bus to sleep at a church for the night.
“This book is getting really good,” she said, as she turned it over.
She then talked about her mixed feelings toward the VCU students she sees every day in places like Cabell Library and Monroe Park.
“Some of them seem stuck up,” she said. “Like when you go to the library and use the bathroom, it looks like they have their noses turned up at you.”
She said she can’t recall a specific incident when a student acted this way toward her but that she “just gets that feeling sometimes.
“I like talking to some of the students in the park when they actually talk back to you.”
“I don’t ask them for anything,” she said. “They each seem to mind their own business.”
Freshman Mechanical Engineering major Vanessa Wanner agrees that the two groups seem to go their own separate ways.
“They don’t seem to bother anyone and keep to themselves,” she said while sitting on a bench in Shafer.
“My parents think they’re pretty dangerous,” she said, adding that they say things like “you shouldn’t ever go near them.”
Wanner said that while she never gives them money first-hand, because “you never know what they’re going to do with it,” she thinks it is good to donate to charities, as she’s seen her parents do.
Dave Masters, who spends his nights at the shelter Healing Place, says he has been homeless for two months since he moved to Richmond a year ago from Springfield, Mass. He is engaged to a woman who lives in Stafford, and his soon-to-be step-daughter will attend VCU in Fall 2007.
Masters, who moved from Massachusetts after his divorce, moved to Virginia to live with his sister about a year ago. He became homeless because he couldn’t afford the rent once he lost his job.
Knowing his new step-daughter is coming to VCU “really makes me proud,” he said with a smile.
“Her coming here next year makes me really want to get out and get a good job,” he said, as he ate from a bag of Fritos chips.
“Every time I see the kids at VCU, it reminds me to keep striving forward,” he said, adding that he has never experienced a negative response to his status.
“They’re helpful,” he said. “They’re not mean to anybody.”

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(Dave Masters says he has been homeless for two months since he moved to Richmond a year ago from Springfield, Mass.)
While waiting in the early afternoon sun for the Caritas bus, Kevin Caldwell, 50, piled leaves over his sleeping friend to pass time. A few friends around him laughed.
Caldwell has been homeless for two months and hopes to land a job soon at a printing company. Since arriving in Richmond two months ago from Florida, he says he has experienced nothing but positive exchanges with the students.
“There’s no heckling or bad mouthing,” he said, as he stopped scooping leaves and sat down on a bench. “They’ve got their business that they take care of and we have ours,” Caldwell said, adding that the students are busy with their schoolwork.
Caldwell says that VCU Police inscribe rules for the homeless when dealing with students.
“They’re very protective of them, which I can very well understand,” he said. “We’re even told we can run into problems if we try to talk to the young ladies.”
For the most part, Caldwell says, he’s seen a positive outreach from the students to the homeless, with some of students joining programs to feed them during the weekends.
“I have yet to see any negative,” he said.
A few blocks away from the park, at the corner of Grace and Harrison, Aurelious Peters, 52, sat on a curb beside the 7-Eleven.
Homeless since April, Peters sleeps anywhere from abandoned houses to the doorways of stores to friends’ houses on Cary Street. Like Caldwell and Masters, Peters hasn’t seen any negative responses from students.
“I think they’re really nice,” he said. “They help the homeless sometimes with food and donations.”
With three children of his own, his parental instincts promote goodwill and support to the students.
“I like to look out for the kids around here because that’s what I’d want somebody else to do for my kids,” he said. “I try to watch their backs and make sure nobody messes with them.”

How does Germany view America?

Wie Deutschland die USA sieht?
Was für ein schwer Thema. Schwankungen zwischen Deutschland und den USA ging es immer weiter - jetzt mit viele Skandale vie millionen deutsch Bürger sind von der NSA abgehört. Dann, gibt es den deutschen Geheimdiensten Mitarberter, die für di USA spionieren.
  What a difficult topic! Fluctuations between the two countries go on as usual – and now with many scandals like th millions of German citizens who have been listened in on by the NSA. Then, there is the German employee for the secret service that spied for the USA.  

Die Beziehung zwischen Deutschland und den USA ging zuzeit deutlich nicht gut, aber hatte deutsch-amerikanische Verhältnis seit 1945 schon immer Höhen und Tiefen. Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg war Deutschland auf Hilfe angewiesen, und den USA bauten Deutschland wirtschlaftlich wieder auf. Seit den 1950er Jahren waren Amerikanische Kultur auch sehr beliebt in Deutschland (Musik, Film und so weiter). Als Kennedy 1963 in Berlin war, war die Beziehung zwischen Amerika und Deutschland so gut wie nie.
The relationship between German and the USA is clearly not going well at present, but since 1945 German-American affairs have had ups and downs. After the 2nd World War, Germany depended on help and the USA helped to build the German economy. Since the 1950s, American culture has been adored by Germans (the music, the film, etc). When Kennedy went to Berlin in 1963, the relationship between America and Germany was better than ever.

german american flag

Aber der Vietnamkrieg hat alles geändert. Die deutschen hat viele an dem Fernseher gesehen – Napalm-Bomben – und war angeekelt. Aber dem Mitleid nach den Anschlägen 2001 folgte 2003 die Empörung über den Eingriff der USA in den Irak.
But the Vietnam war changed everything. Germans saw a lot on the TV – Napalm bombs – and were disgusted. The compassion after the attack in 2001 followed outrage in the invasion of the USA in Iraq.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Deutschland hat das Weltmeistershaft gewonnen!

Hallo jemanden!
before the game 2
(marching to the Finkenkrug! trying to blend in!)
Gestern hat Deutschland das besonders Weltmeisterschaft gewonnen und ich war da! Hier in Deutschland!  Diese Land sind so stolz auf den Fussballers!
Yes, it was a crazy experience having been in Germany for 2014’s World Cup Victory.  This is Germany’s first win since 1990 and Germany’s first victory as a re-united Germany. The country has now won the world cup 4 times if I’m not mistaken, and this is the first time in 24 years. The Germans certainly felt a long-due victory! 
nights beginning

I watched the game in Finkenkurg with Jenny, Jelte, Yongyuan, Irene and Peng and was surrounded by bells, whistles, cheers and much black, red and yellow. The girls behind me were a bit too excited and nearly punctured my eardrums. People ran from room to room when Germany scored the only goal against Argentina at around minute 113.  I really thought the game would last until penalty kicks.  Then, after all this excitement, Jelte decided to tell the waitress we wanted to pay.  What a headache! I could not effectively communicate what we had ordered, yelling over Jenny and Jelte. The waitress counted things incorrectly and said I ordered 1 hamburger and 1 cheeseburger and one drink.  Jenny had already paid for her hamburger and so obviously there was only a cheeseburger left to be paid for.  I said, “Nein, nur ein Cheeseburger!” Finally, she got so upset that she outright grunted and rolled her eyes at me, wrote down the price and pointed an angry finger at 12,80. Her rudeness really took me aback, but that is not the first time someone in the German service industry has been beyond outright rude!
finkenkrug 2
(One view of my position after the first goal)finken 5
Anyway, based on this horrible experience with the waitress and the girls behind me making a ridiculous fuss “AUF GEHT’S DEUTSCHLAND WOOOO WOOOOOOOOO” for 2 hours literally.  I had no room to move and I thought they were going to fall on top of me or cause me to fall out of my seat.  With both of these experiences combined, and with Argentina’s sad defeat – aye, because of memories of Chelsea’s love for Argentina, I felt myself inwardly pushing for Argentina but of course could never show that support at such a German bar – I was not in the celebratory mood by the end of the 2-hour fiasco!  Besides that, we arrived at the bar 2 hours early just to get good seats.  HM! Some good seats!
I think I’ll stay away from German football for some time.  And German waitresses!
yongyuan me flag
Victory march toward HBF to see the crazies – and boy did we see them – talk about honking and carrying on!  Football yay!

finkenkrug
The bar we were at serves over 200 types of German beer to over 200 types of drunken football fans.

Finken 2
This is the area we sat at – for both the Brazilian killing (7-1) and the final game against Argentina
brasialien game
(setting a few nights ago at the game against Brazil)

今天我要来说是我最近学到的东西

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