Summer viewing (if we’re all still around)

Given the results of the last election, I’m rooting for the apes.

And I say “if we’re all still around” in the headline because:

President-elect Donald Trump has just said that he considers America’s One China policy a bargaining chip, to be traded off against other things that the United States wants from China.

In other words, the One China policy isn’t a big deal — it’s a bargaining issue, like many other issues. So is Trump right?

No. The big deal is this: The relationship between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan is an ambiguous one, where the People’s Republic claims Taiwan as part of its national territory but is prepared for the present to let Taiwan continue in existence, while Taiwan also has an interest in not clarifying its relationship with the People’s Republic too precisely. Both the PRC and the United States adhere to the notion of One China, but they mean very different things by it. Undermining the status quo could lead to full-scale military conflict between the United States and China over an island that both see as vital to their national interests and whose unique status they have managed well up to this point.

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Pump truppets: He’s going to tell you to ‘Duck and Cover’ …

The dipshit-elect has pissed off a major nuclear power!

Donald Trump risks opening up a major diplomatic dispute with China before he has even been inaugurated after speaking on the phone on Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan.

The telephone call, confirmed by four people, is believed to be the first between a US president or president-elect and a leader of Taiwan since diplomatic relations between the two were cut in 1979.

Although it is not clear if the Trump transition team intended the conversation to signal a broader change in US policy towards Taiwan, the call is likely to infuriate Beijing which regards the island as a renegade province.

The US has adopted the so-called “One China” policy since 1972 after the Nixon-Mao meetings and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter formally recognised Beijing as the sole government of China, with the US embassy closing in Taipei the year after.

The Trump team did not initially respond to multiple requests for comment, but after the FT first published news of the call confirmed that the president-elect had spoken with Ms Tsai and “noted the close economic, political, and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States.

Keep this in mind, pump truppets. When the missiles start flying, “Duck and Cover” doesn’t work, no matter what your brainwasher-elect says.

 

Give him the bird

The Chinese have made a discovery:

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It reminds them of a recently elected head of the most powerful country on Earth (for now):

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I wish the world would wait before it starts mocking us, but everyone might as well get in their shots early, because it ain’t gonna be funny for long:

 

Every nuclear explosion since 1945

This is bizarre. The most nuked place in the world is the United States, but the Russians and Chinese are crazier than we are. Americans play with kilotons with a few megatons in the Pacific, but Russians and Chinese mess with megatons on land. Didn’t that 50 megaton Tsar Bomba in 1961 freak you out?

If not, here’s what those explosions really look like:

And those little bursts at the end from North Korea aren’t reassuring.

It’s a wonder we all aren’t glowing in the dark.

An extra passenger, mid-flight

I don’t know how you can be this pregnant and think a 19-hour flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles is a good idea.

The focus of the story, though is about the doctor:

A Los Angeles doctor on an overseas flight was coming home from her honeymoon when she delivered a baby on the plane.

While 30,000 feet in the air, the mother went into labor six hours into a China Air flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles.

Flight attendants asked if there was a doctor on board when UCLA resident physician Dr. Angelica Zen and her husband were on their way back from their honeymoon in Bali.

“My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids but really no pregnant woman at all, so since my training we haven’t done much OBGYN,” said Zen. “I was a little bit nervous.”

Zen had never delivered a baby by herself, but she didn’t hesitate to help.

Good thing the doctor was on board, but again, how do you decide to fly 19 hours when you’re that pregnant.

The story says the flight diverted to Alaska and hints that the baby would be an American citizen (the parents are Chinese) since the plane was in U.S. airspace. Are Donald Trump and Jeb Bush watching. Sounds like one of their anchor baby scenarios?

But I saw an episode of “Bones” (the TV series about the hot forensic pathologist with a personality disorder) that involved an oven murder on a U.S. carrier’s flight to China. The resolution was that since the plane was American territory, Booth, an FBI agent, could arrest the murderer and take him back to the U.S. instead of handing the guy over to Chinese authorities.

So by “Bones” logic, the baby is Chinese since the plane is Chinese territory.

I mean, TV crime shows wouldn’t lie to me about jurisdictions, would they?