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Name: Aram Katz
Gender: Male
Hometown: Sullivan County, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: Soon to be Zhenjiang in China
Member since: Tue Mar 23, 2021, 10:44 AM
Number of posts: 4,182

About Me

Demoralized, depressed, destroyed by American immigration law written and pushed for in 1952 by two xenophobes determined to keep people out.

Journal Archives

Speaker Weak and Stupid's first week went off with a bang

Nothing but red meat and dog whistles. Amazing how much of that little soul he gave up to hold the gavel.

Ain't blind ambition wonderful?
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Wed Jan 11, 2023, 06:22 AM (7 replies)

So how was Speaker Weak and Stupid's first day as "Speaker?"

Inquiring minds want to know.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Tue Jan 10, 2023, 01:23 PM (2 replies)

Please stop saying that the CCP is loosening their Zero Covid policy. They aren't.

They are doubling down more.

They require testing now every two days and charge you for it. I had to pay 32RMB for my wife and me because tomorrow we're moving into a new city 30KM from my in-laws house. Masks are required, even in your own car and you can be pulled over.

They still have the 5/3 quarantine requirement and still shut down entire cities and neighborhoods if ONE person pops hot with COVID, even if they are asymptomatic.

There is no relaxing of anything. To relax things means that the CCP and Winnie the Flu made mistakes and are admitting they are wrong. With the concept of saving and maintaining face, that cannot happen. Here, it is better to continue to go over a cliff than to stop and reconsider.

This is what happens when you back yourself into a corner with the rhetoric. They are now stuck and there is nothing they can do to "roll back" this moronic policy while maintaining face because they swore for two years that they would defeat the virus.

The people here have been told that foreigners brought it here, that foreigners caused it to be worse, and that the protests are now being caused by foreign influences, namely the USA. So, they have ramped up the jingoism and xenophobia to a fevered pitch.

To keep up the illusion that the rest of the world his dying more than China, they have censored the non-mask wearing crowds at the world cup. They have restricted the internet more than ever before and have a pervasive cult of personality around the creator of zero covid, Winnie the Flu.

However, will all the problems I mentioned in myfirst post about the protests, even if they slow down which they haven't seemed to, there aren't enough jails and the people of China are beginning to awaken from the brutality of the CCP and the psychopathy of Winnie the Flu. The cat is out of the back now and as I say in class "you can't put the fart back in the elephant."

It also doesn't help when doctors interview say that China will face five million deaths if they remove the Zero Covid Policy. That emboldens the CCP to double down even more. I find it hypocritical that people scream out of one side of their mouths how terrible Zero Covid is, then out of the other side say that giving it up will kill millions.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Sun Dec 11, 2022, 07:25 AM (21 replies)

This is long, but it's about what's happening in China and how it relates to all of us

As you know, I live here again. We're still trying for the Green Card but we have pretty much lost hope.

With that said:

For those in the states, let me explain something. the Chinese don't care about masking. they wear masks all the time even before this BS with covid. they have masks to warm their faces, for bad pollution days, for house cleaning, for cooking and serving food, etc.

What they are protesting are arbitrary never ending quarantined that they need to pay for and people are dying and starving in them. they are protesting with blank white printer paper being symbolic that their government doesn't care about them yet alone listen to them.

here are current conditions here:
-youth unemployment at 40%
-internet completely restricted to things the CCP can regulate and wipe clean - intranet
-Quarantining and testing now having financial incentive with accounts for 1.3% of the Chinese GDP
-restricting travel throughout China by changing covid QR codes from green to red for no reason
-restricting travel out of China but making getting and renewing passports nearly impossible
-a housing market near complete collapse which most people put their life savings in and accounts for 39% of the GDP
-a banking system low on funds due to an extra low reserve requirement, mortgage people have given up paying for because their house will never be built, and has become one gigantic Ponzi scheme
-the drums.of war against Taiwan that only the CCP, their members, the kool aid drinkers, and Xi Jinping want
-an aging population where the youth will need to take care of their parents and grandparents as well as their families
-being the only country on earth where there are 100M more men than women in a culture where married men with children are viewed as mature and responsible enough for promoting
-inflation at nearly 12%

these are the traditional signs that a Chinese government has lost the mandate of heaven, something the CCP claimed in 1949.

why am I saying this? we just had an election where 43% of eligible voting age Americans did not even bother to show up. We live in a place we take whatever rights we have left for granted and don't care that our government is doing its best to choose away even more. And the protestors in China are risking arrest, long term detention in horrid jail conditions, beating, torture, a life destroyed if they get out or death while in jail for a fraction of what we take for granted or don't care when it's destroyed.

our apathy will destroy us and give us a tyrant like Ron DeSantis, who nothing more than that Trump with a nice paint job. the world's apathy to brutal regimes like Kim, Putin, Iran's Ayatollah, Eritrea, Egypt, Bolsanaro, Burma's military junta, and Xi's revival of Mao era policies will lead us all down the path of acceptance of authoritarianism.

Thank you for reading.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 08:53 AM (2 replies)

This is long, but it's about what's happening in China and how it relates to all of us

As you know, I live here again. We're still trying for the Green Card but we have pretty much lost hope.

With that said:

For those in the states, let me explain something. the Chinese don't care about masking. they wear masks all the time even before this BS with covid. they have masks to warm their faces, for bad pollution days, for house cleaning, for cooking and serving food, etc.

What they are protesting are arbitrary never ending quarantined that they need to pay for and people are dying and starving in them. they are protesting with blank white printer paper being symbolic that their government doesn't care about them yet alone listen to them.

here are current conditions here:
-youth unemployment at 40%
-internet completely restricted to things the CCP can regulate and wipe clean - intranet
-Quarantining and testing now having financial incentive with accounts for 1.3% of the Chinese GDP
-restricting travel throughout China by changing covid QR codes from green to red for no reason
-restricting travel out of China but making getting and renewing passports nearly impossible
-a housing market near complete collapse which most people put their life savings in and accounts for 39% of the GDP
-a banking system low on funds due to an extra low reserve requirement, mortgage people have given up paying for because their house will never be built, and has become one gigantic Ponzi scheme
-the drums.of war against Taiwan that only the CCP, their members, the kool aid drinkers, and Xi Jinping want
-an aging population where the youth will need to take care of their parents and grandparents as well as their families
-being the only country on earth where there are 100M more men than women in a culture where married men with children are viewed as mature and responsible enough for promoting
-inflation at nearly 12%

these are the traditional signs that a Chinese government has lost the mandate of heaven, something the CCP claimed in 1949.

why am I saying this? we just had an election where 43% of eligible voting age Americans did not even bother to show up. We live in a place we take whatever rights we have left for granted and don't care that our government is doing its best to choose away even more. And the protestors in China are risking arrest, long term detention in horrid jail conditions, beating, torture, a life destroyed if they get out or death while in jail for a fraction of what we take for granted or don't care when it's destroyed.

our apathy will destroy us and give us a tyrant like Ron DeSantis, who nothing more than that Trump with a nice paint job. the world's apathy to brutal regimes like Kim, Putin, Iran's Ayatollah, Eritrea, Egypt, Bolsanaro, Burma's military junta, and Xi's revival of Mao era policies will lead us all down the path of acceptance of authoritarianism.

Thank you for reading.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 06:00 AM (22 replies)

BTW, didn't some Republiklan House member at one point hold up a hard drive from a laptop in chamber

and say something to the effect of "this holds the content of Hunter Biden's laptop and you'll all see the contents really soon?"

I'm wondering why no one called him on it. . .I think it was Matt Gaetz. . .and said "listen skeezix, why not show us the contents of that laptop now, rather than making us wait? Come on, tough guy!"
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Mon Dec 5, 2022, 07:20 AM (7 replies)

How many of you are waiting for the nothing burger for Hunter Biden for some comedy on TV?

Personally, I see this going the way Clinton went. . .we go from "investigating" a property deal to investigating the denial of a blowjob.

This time, we'll go from “investigating" a laptop to "investigating" a drug habit and making PJB look bad for not disowning his son for it. It will be called "Daddygate" by the "liberal" media and every carnival barking head on TV will either insinuate or flat out scream for Biden to resign “for the good of the nation."

Again, people like Donnie Dumbass can do whatever he likes and no one cares about the "good of the nation." Imply that a Democrat had a bad hair day or wore an off color suit and SCANDAL!!!!
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Mon Dec 5, 2022, 06:02 AM (8 replies)

As you all on DU know, I live back in China again with my wife after the Green Card debacle

With all the things happening here, I will try to give a on the ground update.

Anyone with any questions, please ask me. I will answer to the best of my ability.

This is a nervous time now. I have job offers in Beijing and Changzhou. My wife is terrified to go to beijing now.

BTW, my wife and her small community in the rural part of Jiangsu support the protestors.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Tue Nov 29, 2022, 04:04 AM (21 replies)

As God as my witness... I thought turkeys could fly.

Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Thu Nov 24, 2022, 05:45 AM (4 replies)

1 dead, at least 16 hurt after SUV crashes into Massachusetts Apple store

One man was killed and at least 16 people were injured Monday morning after an SUV drove into a Massachusetts Apple store, officials said.

Police received calls for a car that crashed into storefront windows at the Derby Street Shops in Hingham, about 16 miles southeast of downtown Boston, around 10:45 a.m. on Monday.

Responding officers found multiple people with injuries in and around the Apple store at the outdoor mall, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said during a news conference on the incident.

A dark-colored 2019 Toyota 4Runner smashed through the quintessential large glass windows at the Apple store at a speed that is unknown at this time, striking multiple people, according to Cruz.

https://www.aol.com/news/1-dead-16-hurt-suv-191655676.html


Mass shootings. Car attacks. School shootings. Increased suicide rate. What is wrong with this country?

BTW. . .don't read the comments. For some reason, whenever articles allow comments, they are inundated with right wing trolls. It seems like wingnuts have nothing better to do with their lives than post comments on articles.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Mon Nov 21, 2022, 07:33 PM (1 replies)
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