LoUC strikes in mysterious ways

When one attempts to forcibly remake society, it’s almost impossible to guess how the Law of Unintended Consequences is going to cause things to go awry. But it will always strike somehow:

These and thousands of other children stolen from the teeming industrial hubs of China’s Pearl River Delta have never been recovered by their parents or by the police. But anecdotal evidence suggests the children do not travel far. Although some are sold to buyers in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, most of the boys are purchased domestically by families desperate for a male heir, parents of abducted children and some law enforcement officials who have investigated the matter say.

I don’t have much that’s positive to say about the Chinese Communists. But I rather doubt that they anticipated, or desired, mass kidnappings as a result of their literally inhuman One Child policy. Since we’ve already seen some bizarre behavior of this type in the West, particularly among women, it will be interesting to see if children become more of a commodity as they become less common outside the religious communities.

England fails to get the message

It seems Mr. Teleprompter must have missed the flight:

Barack Obama, the World’s Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn’t exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis. Normally word perfect, Obama ummed, ahed and waffled for the best part of two and a half minutes.

It’s not exactly a mystery. As I’ve shown before, the man doesn’t possess a superior intelligence and he is almost completely unable to speak coherently unless he’s reading. Notice how much Obama laughs when he’s interviewed… he uses it as a means of covering up the fact that he cannot construct complete sentences on the fly.

Seriously, who is still babbling things like this by the time they reach the END of a statement: “I’m a great believer in looking forwards than looking backwards.” Did the newspaper blow the transcript or is this some sort of presidential ebonics?

Good times

Earlier this week, I had the excellent fortune to run into a friend I met last year. I don’t use the word “amazing” very often, but he is a genuinely amazing pianist. It’s not that he did things with the piano I hadn’t seen before, it’s that he did things I’d never even heard of before. Yesterday evening he put on a performance, at least part of which I know was impromptu, that was musically spectacular.

To describe the man as talented doesn’t half do him justice, and ironically, unlike many individuals who aren’t anywhere nearly as gifted, he’s an intelligent and personable guy who is remarkably down to earth. I highly recommend checking out his music if you happen to have any appreciation for the piano.