Interesting Times in Hong Kong

Pro-freedom demonstrations have been going on for the past few months in Hong Kong. The National Interest has a thought-provoking post about the demonstrators and their goals.

In Hong Kong, revolution is in the air. What started out as an unexpectedly large demonstration in late April against a piece of legislation—an extradition bill—has become a call for democracy in the territory as well as independence from China and the end of communism on Chinese soil.

Almost nobody thinks any of these things can happen, but they forget that Chinese rebellions and revolutions often start at the periphery and then work their way to the center. The Qing dynasty of the Manchus, the last imperial reign, unraveled from the edges, as did others.

Some of the demonstrators have been carrying signs reading, “We need the Second Amendment.” Well, yes. As the saying goes, ” You can vote your way into socialism, but you’ll have to shoot your way out.”

Don’t Be Weasels

The Daily Caller is reporting another protest by Google employees. About 1,400 of them signed a letter about the Dragonfly project being worked on for China so that they could take “ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment.” According to the article, that’s only about half the number of Google employees who signed on to a letter opposing Google’s work on a DoD image recognition contract.

Google complied with the employee request concerning its AI development work with the DoD and failed to renew the contract. Will Google now back away from developing a censored search engine for China?

Stay tuned.

Follow The Money

It seems that the administration wants to lend $2,000,000,000 to Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned oil company, so that it can develop an off-shore field, the oil from said field to go principally to China.

Let’s think this through.

The budget isn’t in surplus, let alone balance, so the Treasury will have to borrow the money we lend to Petrobras. Most likely, the money will be borrowed from China, so we are going to borrow money from China for Brazil’s benefit to develop an off-shore oil field to supply China after shutting down most of our own off-shore oil development.

Uh, huh.

A Promise Kept

It’s rare when a politician keeps a promise, but President Obama has. During the 2008 campaign, he promised on numerous occasions to raise energy prices. He has certainly kept that promise. Gas was around a-buck-eighty in January, 2008. During my round trip from Maryland to Texas earlier this month, I paid an average of $3.28.

It certainly seems that he is working to make sure that promise stays kept. For example, consider the administration’s delays in approvals for the Keystone XL pipeline which would bring Canadian oil to U. S. refineries, providing us with an on-shore source of energy that we could purchase from a country that doesn’t fund terrorists.

The Canadians are going to develop their oil shale deposits, and they will have no trouble selling the oil on the world market. Indeed, if we don’t move soon, construction will begin on a pipeline to the Pacific coast in British Columbia where Chinese tankers can call. Building that pipeline will be a significant engineering challenge, but it will happen if that’s how the oil can move to the world market. It’s less likely to happen if the more cost-effective Keystone XL line is built.

Regime change in 2013 may come soon enough to save Keystone XL. We can hope for a change.