Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chinese leader Mao Zedong made what U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States.(Hat Tip: Protein Wisdom)
Chinese leader Mao Zedong, here depicted in an Andy Warhol painting, offered women to the U.S.
"You know, China is a very poor country," Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department's historian office.
"We don't have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands."
A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. "Do you want our Chinese women?" he asked. "We can give you 10 million."
After Kissinger noted Mao was "improving his offer," the chairman said, "We have too many women. ... They give birth to children and our children are too many."
"It is such a novel proposition," Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. "We will have to study it."
Friday, February 15, 2008
Kissinger declined, in effect:
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
From (North) Korean News:
Kim Jong Il has always emerged victorious in the struggle with his indomitable will, reacting to the enemy's hard-line policy with the toughest stand with the fixed faith and grit that he who laughs last laughs longer by holding higher the red flag of the revolution whenever the situation got more difficult.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I wonder what Waylon's politics are like.
Texas icon Willie Nelson said on a nationally syndicated radio show this week that he questions the official story of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.Stupid leftist redneck. (h/t: Lucianne)
"I certainly do," Nelson said Monday when asked by talk show host Alex Jones if he questions the official story.
"I saw those towers fall and I've seen an implosion in Las Vegas, there's too much similarities between the two. And I saw the building fall that didn't get hit by nothing," the singer-songwriter said. "So, how naive are we, you know, what do they think we'll go for?" [...]
Half the news stories from Iran seem to be about new military capabilities, but the nukes are peaceful:
Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa-Mohammad Najjar attended the inauguration ceremony for five production lines for electronic warfare equipment, including radar systems, in Shiraz on Tuesday.I wonder what Iranian scientists would achieve after an invasion.
The production lines will be operated by Shiraz Electronic Industries (Sashiraz), which is affiliated to the Defense Ministry, and will manufacture three types of radar system, time fuses, and other electronic warfare equipment.
"Iran’s security on the ground, in the air, and in space will be remarkably improved when the armed forces utilize the advanced domestically produced equipment," Najjar said at the ceremony.
The sanctions have actually motivated Iranian scientists to reach new heights, he added.
The cost of bowing to the Zionist Lobby is having such great effect on the Social Services that 2.2 million pensioners, before housing costs, and 1.8 million after housing costs, are in poverty
Monday, February 4, 2008
Interesting expression. Does it mean "work accident"?
Two children were injured in an ambiguous explosion in the As-Salaam neighbourhood of Rafah on Friday evening, medical sources said.
Mu'awiyah Hassanein, the head of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian ministry of health, said that the injured children had been taken to Abu Yousif An-Najar Hospital in Rafah.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Are you going to let them give the Ayatollah flowers on Erev Shabbos while you neglect to do the same thing for your wife?
The city of Khomein, the birthplace of the father of the Islamic Revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, was showered with flowers on Friday.
The flower showering operation was on the home coming anniversary of the late Imam after 15 years of exile.
Imam Khomeini's repatriation marks start of a ten-day celebration, whose climax is February 11, marking the triumph anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The interval is called in Iran the `Ten-Day Dawn' (February 1-11).