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Royal Ahold, a Dutch holding company that owns several supermarket chains in the US, was challenged by labor unions representing supermarket workers over a recent effort to impose a social media policy, in which employees were told to sign the social media agreement or face termination.
Right in front, the Asian lady with a tattoo on her back is China.
On the left, the lady full of concentration is Japan.
Dressed at the top looking sideways is USA.
Lying rather seductively is Russia.
The little girl standing by the side is Taiwan.
China “tripled” the Dong tiles (East Winds, this is a double up). This means that China has arisen with the circumstances (the winds); maybe that is the display of the “East Wind” missiles she possesses now. It looks like China is doing ok, but there is no clue about the other cards (tiles). Meanwhile she is up to no good under the table.
USA, appearing confident, is looking at Taiwan with an expression; perhaps to read from the look of Taiwan or to send some message.
Russia may appear indifferent but it is far from that. One leg is on USA and one hand is passing card(s) to China. They are some discreet exchanges going on.
Japan has all eyes on the cards, unaware of what others are doing.
Taiwan wears a red abdominal vest, maybe implying she is the last successor of the Chinese culture. She holds a tray of fruits in one hand and a fruit knife in the other, looking quietly at China with resentment. But she has no option. She is not in the game (a little girl too young to play the game?).
Dark clouds hang over the river outside the window implying tension over the straits separating Main Land China and Taiwan.
The portrait on the wall is interesting, mustache of Sun Yet Sun, the bare head of Chiang Kai Set, the face of Mao Tze Tong…
How the 4 ladies are dressed is also very interesting.
China bares her top, with panties and a skirt.
USA is almost fully dressed but bares her bottom.
Russia is left with only panties.
These perhaps reflect the status of each nation;
The attire of USA appears to be most complete, probably because she is still the most powerful. Others are short of something here and there. Though USA is most presentable, she has nevertheless exposed her bottom (line). China and Russia look naked but keep their private parts are covered.
We assume this is a stripping game where the loser removes a piece of clothing.
In this game, if China loses, she will be like Russia today… (broken up).
If USA loses, she will also be like Russia…
If Russia loses again, then she has nothing left…
And Japan is already left with nothing….
Russia may appear to have drawn an extra tile (by the rule of the game, she cannot complete the game i.e. cannot win) and is hanging on for nothing … BUT she is actually exchanging tiles with China…
The other person hanging on is Japan since she has no more “chips”. She is out of the game if she loses.
USA is pretending. She looks most glorious but faces great dangers. If she loses this game, she loses her dominating position.
Russia has a leg each on a boat, most sly … Her situation is a little like China after liberation (when the communist took over China), sometimes with the USSR and sometimes with USA. Due to her lack of self sufficiency, she has to yo-yo between two parties for survival and room of development.
China has many tiles but they are not in view. Does that imply China keeps her strengths under wrap? And she is exchanging tiles with Russia under the table.
USA can only guess from the expression of Taiwan what may be happening between China and Russia.
Japan looks ignorant as she continues to focus on her cards.
China’s hand (of tiles) is most unpredictable.
Poor Japan … there are so many things happening around her. She has no chance of a win and she is out the moment she loses.
Taiwan keeps watch as a bystander. She sees all that transpired in the game and she understands. But she is not qualified to, nor capable of participating in the game. She has no right to speak. She is full of grievances and is utterly helpless. She can only be the maid, offering fruits to the winner(s).
The winner should be a pick between China or USA , there is little doubt about this. Then again if you notice, they are playing Chinese Mahjong, not Western Poker.
Playing with the rules of a Chinese game, what are the odds for USA?
I was asked to post the text to the Commencement Address I gave at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School on May, 19. With some hesitation (as tongue-in-cheek gets lost in writing), and with one important clarification (the corruption alleged was mine!), I post it here.
I am a professor of law…
Conrad Veidt (22 January 1893–3 April 1943), an actor whose life was nearly as interesting as his films. From Ufa to Hollywood, from silents to sound, from Dr Caligari’s somnambulist to Casablanca’s Nazi major—his life spanned two world wars (fighting the first and a refugee from the second).
As if his iconic status in giants of film history such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Casablanca were not enough, he bears yet another standard: as The Man Who Laughs. Veidt played a man whose punishment was to have his face carved into a permanent grin—a role that served as inspiration for the Batman comivs villain, the Joker:
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From 149 to 146 BC, The Battle of Carthage took place at the end of the Third Punic Wars, a long struggle between the Carthaginians of modern-day Tunisia and the eminent Romans of Italy. With 80,000 troops and 4,000 cavalry, Scipio Aemilianus besieged the 500,000 inhabitants of the city of Carthage. The city was blocked in at all sides, and by setting up a mole in the port, the city could not receive supplies from the rest of the Empire (or what was left of it).
As the siege went on, the people of Carthage began to starve. Disease, squalor, and hunger were widespread, and mass graves were dug to keep up with the increasing amounts of corpses.
But finally, in the Spring of 146 BC, Scipio began his final assault upon the city by breaking through the city walls. Scipio was forced to root out all of the inhabitants house-by-house as Carthaginians took up arms to protect their homes. By the end of the assault, all but 50,000 of the people of Carthage were killed in their own city, and those survivors were sold into a lifetime of slavery.
Some tried to hold on, though. A few took refuge in a burning temple, one of them being Hasdrubal, the commander of the Carthaginians. But not at after long, he was forced to surrender and begged for mercy. As this occurred, Hasdrubal’s wife ran out with her two children, cursed her husband, and jumped into the fire. The rest of the refugees did so as well, and with that, the 700 year Carthaginian state was over.
Scipio was hailed as a hero when he returned to Rome, even given the name “Africanus” or “The African”. As well, it ushered in hundreds of years of Roman dominance in the Mediterranean.
This is a pretty amazing first-hand account by a living witness.
(Editors Note: The author, a retired officer of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is the youngest son of the late Chief Justice Ramon Q. Avanceña, who served during the American and Commonwealth eras.)
The battle for the liberation of the…
Beautiful Old Manila
Manila Bay in 1920s:
Taft Venue in mid 30s:
Escolta Street 1940s:
Quezon Boulevard 1942:
Luneta Park 1960s:
Quiapo Church 1960s:
Dewey Boulevard 1965 (now Roxas Blvd):
A bus from 1983 :)
The old Manila is beautiful! No traffic, no pollution, we have lots of trees, wide sidewalks, and no dirts. Stunning and very historical.
2 deck bus? Srsly?