I know this is supposed to be a blog about my life in the Middle Kingdom and all, but there’s just too much interesting stuff going on back home to ignore it.
Here is an article from the Silent Circle folks about trusted computing. Essentially, at the absolute bottom, unless you mined the ore yourself you can’t be absolutely sure you’re not bugged.
I wonder about his remarks on microcode–that stuff built into the foundation of the computing hardware we all use. How many of these little black plastic components are built in this country, and what do you suppose the odds are that some little bit of nefarious code could be installed–and not detected because we’re not looking for it? Given that there is such a thing as a State Owned Enterprise, “a corporation acting like a country” could it seems to me be in a perfect position to modify what it produces for the world market. Who in the world will take the time and effort–and the bill–for such an investigation? Oh, my.
I’ve never lived in Seattle, but a vacation there several years ago, coupled with a brief stop at Fort Lewis even further back in history firmly planted the allure of the Great Northwest in my brain. Currently, I live outside of Shanghai China; this news article from where I hope to be, about where I am, caught my eye: China career boost can come with health risks
My home is now on an island just north of the city of Shanghai, in the estuary of the Yangtze river. By central plan, this island is becoming an ecological haven. There is zero heavy industry these days, the area having been cleared of it several 5-year-plans ago. Still remaining are the empty shells of factories which once belched out the smoke of progress, as the article from the Post-Intelligencer mentions. These are methodically being razed to make room for parks and gardens and, of course, housing, as the island becomes more attractive to Shanghai’s workers.
So I think it’s incorrect to say that the central government has no concern over its residents’ health, but it certainly isn’t paramount; China is a global corporation masquerading as a nation: its policies are those of any large company. Opportunity abounds for those willing to assume the risks.
That said, let’s hope that China’s national policies move with greater determination toward clean air and water as the country’s development continues.
Matthew Warner has done a wonderful thing recently; he’s begun a year-long effort to encourage us to read, yes read, actually read the Catholic Catechism. You know, the rulebook. What is, and what isn’t Catholic teaching. It’s all there, full of footnotes, sidenotes, Scripture references galore. It’s big. Some may think it’s too big. So Matt has decided to make it easy on us.
Hie three to flocknote and sign up http://www.flocknote.com/catechism It’s free and it’s a grand idea. Daily emails. It began on Oct 11th, so hop on the wagon quick. You can catch up easily, or just jump on where you find yourself.
God bless you. This is the easiest was to discover What The Church Teaches from the source.