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Pulled from the Drudge Report:
A secret submarine base, a massive airport, the longest bridge? Robert Mugabe is right about one thing: learn Chinese.
...and China offers the world's largest potential pool of conspicuous consumers.
All those cars? That's not a carbon footprint, it's an eclipse.
tacky, tacky china.
never fails to amaze me how many of you slog writers read Drudge.
if it's a secret how does drudge know about it.
Counterargument: Look at the toxic miasma devouring the far end of the bridge.
I say don't learn Chinese; learn how to farm.
and it was all built by slave labor.
It is my impression that massive, stand alone works of engineering are emblematic of 20th century greatness. Hell, the same was done in Seattle at the beginning of the 20th Century with projects like the Smith tower. Now, however, these projects are more the hallmark of want-to-be status for developing countries (See the phallic symbols going up in Dubai).
Real emblems of national greatness are projects that integrate a nation. In this sense the US has been a leader with projects like nation wide rail and the Interstate Highway system.
So, China has a big airport. Can Joe Chinaman hop a flight from Beijing to the province where his family's village is located? Can he afford to?
The Three Gorges Dam is a ecological disaster but it will support a massive power grid and make the Yangtze River tame and navigable. As such it is a far greater symbol of China's development than a single bridge or airport. No matter how large.
Charles: Cantonese or Mandarin?
Why is this categorized under "The War"?
What a bunch of suckers we are.
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