armed with our new linguistic knowledge, we headed off on our own into the shops that lined Nanjing Road, a major shopping area in Shanghai. In one shop, we pointed to a fan. The clerk took it from its case to show to us. We looked it over and carefully said in our best Mandarin, "Mao, mao, hoo, hoo." The clerk's eyes widened. She backed away into the protection of the other clerks who were standing around stone-faced trying to decipher our intentions. more »
Divorce is a part in a surprising number of them, and usually the reader cannot imagine any other outcome for the situation described, but sometimes it seems an oddly self-serving decision, with little or no hope of improving the emotional lot of those involved. more »
A White House Health Reform Reality Check, Hiking health insurance premiums 95 percent? Surgery vs. Abortions? Counseling to Die?
The White House Reality Check for Health Insurance Reform. FactCheck.org: The latest ad from the group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights claims that 'new rules could hike your health insurance premiums 95 percent.' That’s misleading.Bills pending in Congress – at least those that have made it through the committee level – don’t mention abortion at all. Furthermore, none of the bills call explicitly for cuts in Medicare coverage, or rationing under a public plan. False Euthanasia Claims - The claim that the House health care bill pushes suicide is nonsense. more »