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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Happy New Year

Yes, it's the Year of the Rat. 

Democrats believe that it a sign that they can readily identify with. But were they all born in the Rat year? I think not. It may be cultural appropriation on a grand scale.

In China, the white metal Rat Year is generally lucky, but with Coronavirus spreading like wildfire causing the government to shut down much of the intercity transportation in metropolitan areas, how lucky it it really?

The impact is being felt in the cultural sector. Even though the Chinese New Year is usually the country's most popular moviegoing period of the year, this year, major studios have decided to postpone their releases; China's 70,000 movie theaters will remain closed, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Shanghai Disney Resort has closed down. Disneyland's Mickey and Minnie were all set to celebrate the Year of the Rat with special costumes and performances, but now the world-famous mice will remain isolated, just like a large part of China's population affected by the quarantine.

You'd have to be a true astrologer to ascribe the proper meaning to all this and I am not. Some news outlets speculate that the virus was accidentally released by the Chinese Germ Warfare research facility in Wuhan. Others have different theories. Maybe it was started when somebody ate a rat - symbolic of the year?

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info on what's going on in the PRC.

    Paul L. Quandt

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    1. Yep, doesn't get much more on-point than a plague for the Rat.

      -Kle.

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  2. A plague in the year of the rat. Interesting.

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    1. Born under the sign of the monkey? They say that monkeys were the vector that began the AIDS virus... So you need not boast.

      I was born under the sign of the sheep. And science revealed that the transfer of the syphillis bacteria to humans came from sheep...

      The bottom line is that people (not us) involved themselves in things best not done and paid a price for it.

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  4. The Democrats get a year?
    Wasn't Obama's term enough?

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    1. I think that we need to have four more years of peace and prosperity under President Trump, just to balance out the years of Obamanation.

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  5. Maybe more appropriately the year of the bat!

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    1. They're denying that eating a bat started the ball rolling, mainly because of the "gross factor". Though as we discussed before, the Chinese eat some disgusting stuff and love it. Now the narrative is that it was 'infected seafood'.

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  6. Thinking it's more like "The Year of the Scurrying Rat". Gnashing of teeth will be the indicator that things are getting close to the cliff for them as desperation sets in more than ever.

    Today starts our turn...hopefully the Republican's will come out swing "with both barrels" and show 63 mil. voters some backbone for a change.

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    1. A nurse in Wuhan said that 19,000 people have been infected by the Coronavirus. The official number from Beijing is 1,400. I wonder who is telling the truth and whether that nurse will have a long career in the worker's paradise.

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    2. Used to be in newspaper times you could take half of what you read and believe half of that. Today...1/32nd, if that.

      After Schiff-ty blathered on with his lies over four days with zero realization he's showing the world how much of massive tool he is, the fact the CDC is filled with self-aggrandizing arrogant political know-it-all's...I have reached the point of stupidity saturation with public nimrods. Any "news" out of China - that has the American media chatterer's in a Chicken Little tither to help us minions - should be considered suspect.

      Wash your hands, minimize contact with the GP whenever possible, and don't fly to China.

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    3. After I meet people I don't know wash my hands with betadine - seriously. It's nothing personal, but if I have a doubt about where those hands have been that I've shaken -- betadine.

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  7. I'm born in the year of the goat (1955): my ilk, according to the Chinese, are calm, gentle and sympathetic. Boy, they have the wrong guy here.

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    1. We're the same age. And I am a sweet, gentle, soul. Damned near Mother Theresa of Calcutta. So it worked for me.

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    2. I hear the only difference between you and Mother Theresa is that while you prefer carrying a Glock, she tends to hide a fully automatic Uzi behind her habit - it gets rough on the sketchier side of Calcutta.

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  8. LOL, I was born in the year of the dog. Chinese Zodiac Sign is Dog. "Being born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign Dog people have the best traits in human nature. With deep sense of loyalty and honesty they inspire other people to be better. Your secrets will always be safe with a Dog sign. At the same time Dog zodiacs tend to be selfish, stubborn and eccentric." I'm pretty sure that last sentence is a misprint...

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    1. They say that people are like their dogs. I'm not inferring that you're a human Jack Russell Terrier. Not at all.

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  9. Year of the tiger for me(1950). Apparently I'm a protector of average people and I love justice and never back down in an argument. Recklessness is my biggest weakness. I'm also most dangerous at night. Good to know all of this.

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    1. Tigers make good generals, and better criminals...and I would hazard a guess that they also make phenomenal range masters.

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  10. Not sure we'll ever know the truth of 'how' the virus 'escaped'...

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    1. It came out of China. They'll be asking "would you believe..." until somebody says 'yes' and they'll say - that's how it happened.

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  11. I have to ask. What about dragons?

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    1. The Dragon is represented as one of the twelve signs in the Asian/Chinese pantheon. I don't want to use the word, "Zodiac", because that is a European/Greek construct.

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  12. Year of the Snake ('53) - I shoulda been a Dem!

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