When the Chinese started building the Three Gorges Dam, which is today the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, the thing looked risky to me, and I’m no engineer. They dammed up a vast area with high hills that would enclose a truly huge amount of water, and that water would exert a huge pressure on the dam.
The dam itself is earthen banks covered in rock and concrete. Concrete gets pressure cracks. You can’t help it, it just does, and so the life of the dam is a calculated thing, as the functional period of all dams is.
After moving over 1,400,000 people out of the way “relocating them to new housing” while the dam was filling up, various disasters and collapses are forcing the “relocation” of at least another 100,000.
I really don’t care, there are billions of Chinese, and sweet old Chairman Mao personally oversaw the murder of over 40 million of them to bring about his Great Leap Forward. That must have been a hell of a leap, jumping over what a really huge pile 40 million bodies would make.
My point here is really about Chinese technology. The Chinese don’t make anything as well as we do. Not anything. Their quality control sucks. They try to make everything the cheapest way possible and will cheat during the process anytime they’re able, regardless of the chance of being caught and getting a bullet in the head for it. Chinese life is very cheap including how much each Chinese values their own.
You don’t see it in the media anymore because no one is reporting it, in consideration of China’s desire that we keep our mouths shut and just take the money. BUT, Chinese baby food manufacturers are still poisening babies, their toy makers are still poisening the toys, their food exports are still contaminated with filth, their products are still shoddy with high failure rates. Nothing has changed.
This is very simply because China, being a Communist (read Socialist) state, is completely corrupt from the top down. Once Mao died, that was it, the regime quickly became elitist and everyone saw the chance of great riches for themselves, to be gained from their positions of power. How that government continues to hold itself together is a mystery to me, but like the dam, it’s cohesiveness has to be crumbling.
It has to be. Look at Mexico, another completely corrupt state. Mexico is a failed state. The Soviet Union collapsed because of corruption, Reagan’s Star Wars simply gave it a little extra push.
We are also on the way to being a failed state. Specifically, the myriad of corruption scandals steadily coming into the light here are clear evidence of much wider and deeper corruption. Look at the massive raiding of our treasure by Obama and all the people in Congress who side with him, the vast sums spent on vacations and private homes, the use of our Air Force jets for political junkets, and on, and on.
If anything, what we’re seeing in the world today is a battle for the pole position of Last Place in the race to collapse.