Deliberate mistranslation into Vietnamese of USA’ name

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#mistranslation, #deliberate mistranslation, #name of USA, #Hợp Chủng Quốc, #propaganda,

Deliberate mistranslation into Vietnamese of USA’ name.
The full name of USA is The United States of America. It meaning is obvious and fits well with the history of the Nation. When the name enters Vietnamese language, it has changed into many different forms, one of which is intriguing.

This is an intriguing mistranslation on the par of the word “democratic” in front of the names of defunct non-democratic (Democratic Republic of XYZ) communist countries.

1. Various names for USA in Vietnamese.

In Vietnamese, the USA has many names.

a. The first (old) name is “Hoa Kỳ”, meaning “(a country having) Flag with Flowers (flowers mean many stars on the top left corner)”. This name came from old Chinese literature (for example “Sâm Hoa Kỳ”).

b. The second name is “Mỹ Quốc”. The meaning is Beauty Country. “Mỹ” is a beautified phonetization of the sound “aMErica” (“Mé” is a better phonetization in Vietnamese but does not have a beautiful meaning to be used as the name of a country). This name came from old Chinese literature.

c. The third name is “Liên Bang Mỹ”, meaning the (nation formed from) united States with the name America. (“Bang” means States).

d. The fourth name is “Hợp Chủng Quốc Mỹ” meaning The Nation of Combined Races with the name America. This name is only used by the Propaganda arms of the USA (VOA and US funded publicity organizations).

2. The sign at the front of the Embassy of USA.

The sign in front of the USA Embassy in Vietnam is  “Tổng Lãnh Sự Mỹ” in Vietnamese. This seems to reaffirm “Mỹ Quốc” as the officially approved (self-chosen} name of USA in Vietnamese.

3. Conclusion

The name “Hợp Chủng Quốc Mỹ ” is not an official diplomatic name,  and is used only by the Propaganda arms of the USA (VOA and US funded publicity organizations). But why the real name of USA has to be changed in their communications to Vietnamese? Or is it a distinctive sign for respondents to know that a Propagandist of USA is talking to them?

Having a deliberate mistranslation in foreign affairs does give a bad impression on any good faith by the translator [1].

Reference.

[1]. https://counterinformation.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/the-culture-of-racism-in-america/

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Intriguing, on going story on Uranium in Vietnam beginning from the War

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#Uranium, #Uranium deposit, #Bauxite, #Vietnam, #Vietnam war, #BP, #British Petroleum, #America, #France,

Intriguing, on going story on Uranium in Vietnam beginning from the War.

1. Strange story.

In 1996 I met an old British/Australian  man (80+ years old at that time) in Melbourne. He asked me if I knew what caused American involvement in Vietnam war.
My conventional answers were given, but he said they are all incorrect. He said the real reason was Uranium deposits in Vietnam! I replied that I had heard of that rumour since 1960 in Vietnam but there was little reason to trust it and I thought that it was only from an anti-American misinformation campaign.

He then said that he was working for BP after WW2 and was the man in charge of prospecting for Uranium in Vietnam. He said that because of Uranium, the French got American to join their side in the French Colonial war. He said that his mission after WW2 in Vietnam was called off when he received a telegram saying that the mission was terminated because of the discovery of a huge deposit of Uranium in Australia.

I politely conversed with him but thought that he was only a self-important man trying to make a fool out of me. That night, I still used the internet to make independent verification of the details of his story. I was taken aback as things fall into places to confirm every detail of his story:

1. British Petroleum had been in the business of prospecting for Uranium.

2. The year of his termination of the mission does fit in nicely with the official declaration of the discovery of huge Uranium deposits in Australia.

3. In 1990 to 1992, the Department of Natural Resources of Socialist Republic of Vietnam declared that Vietnam has a HUGE Uranium deposit. They are low grade, concentrating in many areas, including in Nong Son (when low grade coal had been mined by Republic of (South) Vietnam. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam had later commissioned a Canadian Uranium mining company to assess the ore deposits.

2. Intriguing events.

The story fits well with:

1.  The declaration in 1990 (from 1990 to 1994, the exact date I can’t remember)  by SRV that it has huge amount of Uranium ore.

2. Currently there is a non-transparent, military styled, uneconomical mining of (rumored to be) BLACK bauxite (bauxite is usually yellow brown or tan, China has been buying bauxite from Australia at dirt cheap price) by Chinese operator in Lâm Đồng area in VN (going through the purpose built Kê Gà sea port and its purpose built routes) and the Vietnamese government currently does not have any mention of its past declaration of huge Uranium deposits. (There may be a secret cooperation between USA and China to quietly take all Uranium deposits out of Vietnam without any approval by Vietnamese people, who are the ultimate owners of territorial minerals).

3. American have brought into Vietnam many Geiger counters prior to 1974. What are they for unless they are used for prospecting or for picking up equipment associated with Nuclear weapon?

4. Before the Vietnam war ended on 30th April 1975. American personals had already removed their Uranium bars at the Research Nuclear Reactor in Dalat built by USA (for its former ally Republic of Vietnam, as an example of unreserved commitment to the future of RVN). However, USA tried its best to persuade SRV to have permission for coming back to Dalat to look for any misplaced Uranium bars ! How could it happen and who had been responsible for such a sloppy accounting procedures of Uranium bars? Anyway, the SRV agreed to let USA come back to the reactor to search for their misplaced Uranium bars but nothing was found. As a result of that cooperation, there was relaxation on the embargo by the US against SRV (The real reason may be to check if SRV has fed any of its own Uranium into the Nuclear Reactor).

5. Later on, there was a rare cooperation in Vietnam between USA and Russia to convert the Dalat Nuclear Reactor into a new type using lower-enriched Uranium and to arrange for a shipment of some spent Uranium out of Vietnam. As a result of that cooperation, Vietnam was given a time limited committee position on a UN Nuclear Commission and the US embargo against SRV was dismantled.

6. USA has shown the World that it could fabricate a cause for war against any middle country such as Iraq and to attack. SRV had done well to comply with the request from USA.

7. There is currently an unusual freezing of relationship between two comrade in arms Socialist Republic of Vietnam  and North Korea. It was NK who sent its best MIG fighter ace pilots to help NVN during the Vietnam war, some of its fighters actually had Died In Action. Their remains had been placed in a Temple for North Korean Heroic Fighters in North Vietnam but later quietly repatriated to NK around the year 2000. In contrast with China, NK had not asked for neither territory nor payments for joining NVN in the war. There was no reason for such a freeze in the relation between two communist comrade countries. Is this unsual freeze part of an international  plan to separate a Nuclear Capable State North Korea from an Uranium rich State Socialist Republic of VN.

3. Conclusion.

This is an unusual story but it brings up many hypotheses which can explain otherwise incomprehensible events.

References.

[1]. https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2010/09/vietnam-could-have-lot-of-uranium-and.html

[2]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_uranium_reserves

[3]. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-09/highly-enriched-uranium-cleared-from-vietnam/4809016
https://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/cnpp2003/CNPP_Webpage/PDF/2002/Documents/Documents/Viet%20Nam%202002.pdf

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:saXFHncLF8cJ:https://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/country/2000/9332000.pdf+&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-usa-vietnam/u-s-russia-remove-potential-atom-bomb-material-from-vietnam-idUSBRE9610GT20130702

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R43433.pdf

Mueller was set to deliver highly enriched uranium to the Russians in 2009, under Hillary Clinton’s orders

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China as drawn on Chinese Global maps

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#China, #Chinese, #Global map, #China and Vietnam,

China as drawn on Chinese Global maps.

The maps drawn by a country (out of its free will) tell its ambition for the future.

Figures 1, 2: Maps of China on Chinese made glass Globes.

What has happened to Vietnam on the Southern border of China? See the smaller globe on the second figure for clearer details.


Reference.

[1]. ,

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Soup of Parsnips and Tomatoes (Canh củ cải trẳng).

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#Soup, #parsnip soup,, #Parsnip, #tomatoes, #Canh Cu Cai Trang, #MSG,

Soup of Parsnips and Tomatoes (Canh củ cải trẳng).

This is a very simple, non-odoured, low priced soup dish that is also the base for making a variety of delicious, healthy Vietnamese and Cantonese dishes such as soup of pork legs (canh đùi heo), soup of pork ribs (canh sườn heo), soup of minced pork wrapped in Chinese cabbage and chives (canh cải Bẳc thảo dồn thịt), or soup of minced pork stuffed in chive strung tofu, (canh đậu hủ dồn thịt), soup of balls of minced fish (canh cá vò viên), soup of balls of smashed beef (thĩt bò vò viên), Cantonese rice noodle soup (Hủ tiểu).

Non-odored dish means a dish that does not make your body have its aroma (smell) after eating.

(Parsnip=Củ cải trẳng, Chinese cabbage= Cải Bẳc (Northern) thảo (vegetable); Chives= Hẹ).

 

1. Preparation

Chop a whole parsnip into small pieces of about 10g in weight each and boil it in a glass or ceramic cook pot until it becomes soft. Slice tomatoes into one eighth pieces and add to the broth and boils until tomato pieces also becomes soft as in the photo.

You may add some chopped shallots, chopped spring onions and ground pepper to suite your taste.

The soup is ready for serving.

NOTE:

Glass or ceramic cook pots do not interfere with the taste of the soup.

2. Ingredients

a. Parsnip plant (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable closely related to the carrotand parsley.

Parsnips are sold in supermarket as tubers. They look like washed carrots but they are white, about 20cm to 40cm long. Current price is $4.00 AUD ($3 USD) per Kg.

Parsnip tubers had been used as a sweetener  in Europe until replaced by beetroot and sugar-canes. They are rich in vitamins (C, E, B1, B6, B3, B5) and mineral metals (K, P, Mg, Ca, Na).

Parsnips repel aphids, Western organic planters plant them among cabbage plants to repel aphids, using no insecticide but parsnips’ natural odour.

Oriental (Eastern) herbalists claim that parsnips neutralize many toxic substances as well as render ineffective (proof ?) oriental oral medications. Herbalists’ wisdom advises against eating any parsnip together with pears, apple, grapes, medicines, ginseng, carrots (Rigorous proofs to claims are still not available).

b. Tomatoes are sold in supermarkets. Current price is $3.00 AUD ($2 USD) per Kg.

c. Shallots (Hành hương). Leeks (Hành Tây).

d. Spring onion (hành lá). Chives (Hẹ).

CAUTION:

Touching parsnip then exposure of the skin to sunlight may cause skin rash.

While the root of the parsnip is edible, the shoots and leaves of the plant have toxic sap containing furanocoumarins [1].

WARNINGS:

Mono-sodium  glutamate (MSG) imitates the taste of this soup. Unprofessional cooks using non-authentic recipes may put in a lot of mono-sodium glutamate to fool customers. Traditional, authentic recipes have no such modern ingredient. Soup with MSG is watery, with few parsnips and few tomatoes.

In the short term, mono-sodium glutamate may cause extreme headache, throat congestion, prolong thirst and swelling of your ankles and feet. Do NOT eat any non-authentic dish prepared with such ingredient.

3. Contraindications [3].

Parsnips are not to be eaten while taking some herbal medications.

Parsnips are not to be eaten with [3, 4, 5, 6, 7]:

a. Carrots. Carrots have many enzymes that quickly destroy any beneficial vitamin C from parsnips [3,4].

b. Ginseng. [3].

c. Pears, apples, grapes.  Cyanogenic acid from parsnip may react (proof ?) with some compounds of in these fruits [3,4] to produce toxic chemicals. Vietnamese herbalists and media [3,4,5,6,7] claimed that prolonged consumption of these toxic chemicals can even cause (proof ?) lumps on the necks.

d. “Wood ears” mushrooms (Auricularia auricula-judae). Eaters would have skin rash [4].

 

4. Where to find it?

It is an inexpensive, common favorite dish (costing 10000VND =$0:50 US in 2017) in Vietnam (in Saigon).

I don’t know how much it would cost in a Vietnamese restaurant outside Vietnam.

 

References.

[1]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsnip

[1b]. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ingredientsprofiles/Parsnip

[2]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_glutamate

[3]. http://m.vietnamnet.vn/vn/suc-khoe/an-toan-thuc-pham/khong-nen-an-cu-cai-trang-voi-nhung-loai-nay-342952.html

[4]. http://us.24h.com.vn/suc-khoe-doi-song/5-thuc-pham-ky-an-voi-cu-cai-trang-vi-de-sinh-benh-c62a828710.html
[5]. http://m.soha.vn/song-khoe/cu-cai-vo-tinh-an-voi-nhung-thuc-pham-sau-rat-co-hai-20140401144246627.htm

[6]. https://m.vov.vn/suc-khoe/tac-dung-khong-ngo-cua-cu-cai-trang-366521.vov

[7]. https://m.baomoi.com/dung-bao-gio-ket-hop-cu-cai-trang-voi-5-thuc-pham-nay-keo-mang-hoa/c/23053807.epi

[8]. https://crookedbearcreekorganicherbs.com/2018/04/10/companion-planting-with-herbs/
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Mass immigration causes the death spiral for Western culture

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#Mass Immigration, #death spiral, #Western Culture,

Mass immigration causes the death spiral for Western culture.

1. Mass Immigration bring in features of unsuccessful cultures.

People immigrate into rich countries to leave behind their bad countries. Mass immigration is the movement of many people into a host country such that immigrant population overtakes the long established population.

We have to admit that there are good cultures and bad cultures. Good culture make their nations prosper, bad culture impoverish their nations.

There are a number of undeniably true quotes

1. Every country has the government it deserves (Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite) by Joseph de Maistre. (Correspondance diplomatique, tome 2. Paris : Michel Lévy frères libraires éditeurs, 1860, p.196.) [3].

2. A culture can rise no higher than the moral position of its women. This quote is attributed to the late Mary McLeod Bethune.

The problem is that mass immigration brings people from unsuccessful countries (their failures were mostly caused by their bad cultures and they deserve their governments) into successful countries (their successes were mostly propelled by their good cultures). The obvious consequence is that the bad cultures from poor countries are not left behind by the immigrants but are imported into the successful countries under the name of “diversity”.

Leftists worship diversity while many original populations such as in Hungary, Czech, Slovakia protested against it [2].

Worse than that, mass immigrants may talk among themselves that the host country owe them something and has a duty to accept them and provide for them!

Again, we have to learn from Joseph de Maistre:

False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing (Joseph de Maistre) [3].

2. Social examples.

a. Australia was a rich country with self-respecting people until 1970’s. There were very few people claiming social welfare benefits. Around 1978, the Federal Government had to run TV add telling people to apply for social benefits if they entered hardship and entitled to the benefits.

After mass immigration programs, the population increased from around 10 million in 1975 to 22 millions in 2017. However, there are now problems with a high proportion of people claiming benefits they are not entitled to. Fraudulent claims on Social Welfare benefits is a current problem for Australia [1].

b. There are many local governments in Australia. Those local governments with very small number of immigrants retains most of their original features and keep on operating efficiently while local governments with high proportion of immigrants imported the questionable features of foreign countries.

Footscray Council of Victoria has high proportion of immigrants, it now has sky high annual Council rates relative to the useful services it provides and most of its actions are now questionable.

The following is some of my first hand observation of its operation:

Maribyrnong (Footscray) Council has non-transparent hire out of “student study rooms” in its Library (in 2005).

Maribyrnong (Footscray) Councilors had made junk oversea trips to Vietnam (using tax money collected by the Council) to propose its (unsuccessful) sisterhood to Ho-Chi-Minh City in Vietnam in 1995 !

Maribyrnong Council just keep planting and cutting down trees on kerb sides around its Library. Trees have no chance to reach maturity to be useful and tax money is wasted.

Maribyrnong required K-mart Supermarket to build for it a multilevel car-park to avoid car parking problems. Few years later, in 2003, it changed the car parks into block of apartments, creating even worse parking problem.

Maribyrnong Council constantly remodels and digs up its shopping Mall (Nicholson St) disrupting business and wasting tax money.

3. The death spiral of Western culture.

a. Leftists propose mass immigration.

b. New immigrants vote for leftists to return the favor. New immigrants bring with them their “old culture”.

c. Leftists are returned to their elected positions and bring in ever more immigrants.

d. The positive feed back reinforces each of the three steps over time, until the host country becomes an image of the impoverished countries from which the immigrants ran away.

References.

[1]. http://theconversation.com/factcheck-do-welfare-recipients-owe-the-australian-government-about-3-5-billion-61906

[2]. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/18/orban-claims-hungary-is-last-bastion-against-islamisation-of-europe

[3]. https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/joseph_de_maistre

Added after 2018 Mar 24:

[4]. https://vikinglifeblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/eu-migrants-in-britain-claimed-more-than-4bn-a-year-in-benefits/

[5]. https://reclaimourrepublic.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/if-the-left-doesnt-like-hungarys-fascists-it-should-stop-creating-them-islamic-scholar-akbar-ahmed-chides-italy/

[6]. http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/20/left-doesnt-like-hungarys-fascists-stop-creating/

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Dueling by Tigers benefits the Hunter

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#Dueling by Tigers, #Hunter, #foreign affair, #Dueling by a Clamp and a Stork, #Fisherman,

Dueling by Tigers benefits the Hunter.

Dueling by a Clamp and a Stork benefits the Fisherman.

“Dueling by Tigers benefits the Hunter” means the fierce fighting between two tigers may make them both fall preys to their hunter.

1. The meaning and the actions.

“Dueling by Tigers benefits the Hunter” (“Lưỡng Hổ Nan Tranh, Tiều Phu Đắc Lợi” in Vietnamese) means the fierce fighting between two tigers benefits their hunter . The dueling of two tigers is a rare event. Both of them would then be so exhausted that they both becomes easy preys to any lucky tiger hunter at the scene.

When the quote entered the agriculture and fishery based Vietnamese culture it created a Vietnamese quote “Dueling by a Clamp and a Stork only benefits the Fisherman” . This quote means when a stork tries to peck the flesh out of a clamp, the Clamp may react by closing its strong half-shells to grip on the tips of the beak of the Stork making it stuck to the ground to be drowned at the next high tide. The fisherman only needs to first grab the stuck Stork then dig out the Clamp, if he so wishes.For the fisherman seeing a stork stuck with its beak stuck to the ground, he should catch it. He can also dig out the clamp if he does not need it to trap the next stork.

The morality is that any two parties in any dispute have to know that their fierce fighting may make them both falling prey to some opportunistic third-party.

(“Lưỡng Hổ” in old, Han derived, Vietnamese = two Tigers, Nan Tranh= hard fighting, Đắc Lợi = receiving the benefits, Tiều Phu = a person living off the forests).

(Nghiêu Cò Tranh Nhau, Ngư Ông Đắc Lợi =Dueling by a Clamp and a Stork benefits the Fisherman).

2. Historical examples.

a. During the Three Kingdoms period in China (from the foundation of the state of Wei in AD 220 to the conquest of the state of Wu by the Jin dynasty in AD 280.), there are three most powerful contenders to the supreme title [1, 2, 3]. They are Cao Wei (曹魏) State, Shu Han (蜀漢) State, and Dong (or Eastern) Wu (東吳) State.

Figure: Map of Three Kingdoms period of China, as of 262 A.D., Date1 1 August 2017, Author SY, file https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Three_Kingdoms.png. File is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The two most powerful contenders are Northern Cao Wei State (Bắc Tào Ngụy với Tào Tháo in Vietnamese) and Eastern Dong Wu State (Đông Ngô với Tôn Quyền in Vietnamese), The weakest contender is Western Shu Han State (Tây Thục Hán với Lưu Bị, Khổng Minh, Quan Công, Trương Phi in Vietnamese). The two strongest contenders fought like Dueling Tigers while the third, weaker, Western Shu Han State only managed to prevent any of its more powerful neighbour states from being an outright winner. The weaker state played the role of the beneficiary Hunter.

b. During the Northern Jin (1115–1234) – Southern Song (1127–1279) time in China [4], the two states fought fiercely like Two Dueling Tigers, their border was the Huai river. Then came the Mongols, led by Genghis Khan (r. 1206–1227) in the North of Jin as the Hunter benefiting from the dueling.

(“Northern Jin (1115–1234) – Southern Song (1127–1279) time” in Vietnamese = Thời Bắc Kim (1115–1234) – Nam Tống (1127–1279); với chuyện Nhạc Phi-Tần Cổi).

Figure: Map of Song Dynasty 1141, By Ian Kiu, Based on a map in Albert Herrmann (1935). History and Commercial Atlas of China, Harvard University Press , file https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin%E2%80%93Song_Wars#/media/File:Sung_Dynasty_1141.png. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

In 1211 an enormous Mongol army conquered Jin and its neighbor Western Xia. The Mongols were allied with the Song (practicing Allying to Distant Powers to Subjugate Immediate Neighbours.). At the collapse of the Jin dynasty, the Song recaptured the former imperial capitals of Kaifeng, Luoyang, and Chang’an. Thereafter the alliance was broken. The Mongol leader Möngke Khan led a campaign against the Song in 1259 but died on August 11. There were minor border skirmishes until 1265, when Kublai won a significant battle in Sichuan. In 1275, a Song force of 130,000 troops was defeated by Kublai’s force. By 1276, most of the Song territory had been captured by Kublai’s forces.

So the Mongols had played the role of the Hunter against the Two Dueling Tigers Jin and Southern Song.

c. During the short war between two communist leaders [5,6,7,8], The Soviet Union (USSR) and China in 1968, the US had conserved its energy and let USSR and China played as two Dueling Tigers. US President Nixon did threaten USSR that US would not stand idling if USSR started to attack the Nuclear Capability of its opponent China. The threat by Nixon had denied the Soviet Union its only advantage over China, denying it the chance to walk over China and consequential claim to be the Sole Leader of the Communist Nations. The US has cleverly played the role of the beneficiary Hunter (although at the expense of its South Vietnam ally).

Both the Soviet Union and China got exhausted. The USSR was so exhausted that it could not crush the Taliban taking on its neighbor Afghanistan. China had to pretend to be the “NATO like Ally on the East for the US”. Nixon and Kissinger visited China and two weeks after that China militarily overran the Paracel Islands of South Vietnam, securing its current strategic advantage and establish its modus operandi for expansion on the seas.

d. The Iraq-Iran war.

Both Iran and Iraq wanted to be the leader in the Middle East [9]. US sold advanced weapons to both Iran (F14 Tomcats fighters and an Aircraft Carrier in negotiation) and Iraq (with less advanced fighter aircrafts). The deadly war between these two oil-rich countries (both with Islamic populations) is just like the Dueling between Two Tigers. The beneficiary Hunter is obviously the US and the Western Allies.

References.

[1]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Kingdoms

[2]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Kingdoms

[3]. http://www.3kingdomspodcast.com/timeline/

[4]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_dynasty#Northern_Song,_960%E2%80%931126

[4b]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin-Song_Wars

[5]. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/7720461/USSR-planned-nuclear-attack-on-China-in-1969.html

[6]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Soviet_border_conflict

[7]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nixon%27s_1972_visit_to_China

[8]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Paracel_Islands

[9]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War

Added after 2018, April 06:

[10]. https://vikinglifeblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/denmark-sweden-relations/

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Authentic Noodle Soup with Pork Ribs or Barbecue Pork (Mì Sườn Heo hay Xá Xíu Chánh Gốc)

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).


#authentic, #Noodle Soup, #Pork Ribs #Mì, #Sườn Heo, #Chánh Gốc, #Barbecue Pork, #Xá Xíu,#MSG,

Authentic Noodle Soup with Pork Ribs or Barbecue Pork (Mì Sườn Heo hay Xá Xíu Chánh Gốc).

We are lucky to learn from Mr. Mach Van Cuong an AUTHENTIC recipes for making Noodle Soup with Pork Ribs (Mì Sườn Heo) and Noodle Soup with Barbecue Pork (Mì Thịt Heo Xá Xíu). Mr Cuong is a food connoisseur who wants to preserve and disseminate Oriental knowledge. Oriental recipes have usually been closely guarded as family secrets.

Mr Cuong had been working for his parents’ business in various types of activities  (importing and exporting of electronic parts, jewelers tools, and herbal food supplies). He enjoys applying traditional herbal knowledge.

Figure: Mr Mach Van Cuong who teaches the Authentic Recipes presented here .

 

Noodle Soup with Pork Ribs or Barbecue Pork (Mì Sườn Heo hay Xá Xíu Chánh Gốc) originated from Cantonese recipes. Either of them is a delicious, tasty, nutritious, non-odored dish and is well liked in Saigon. They are basic ordinary noodle soup dishes from which many variations such as Noodle Soup with egg pasta Wrapped Minced Prawns (Mi Xui Cao), Noodle Soup with Prawns and Pork (Mì Tôm Thịt), Noodle Soup with Sea Food (Mì Đồ Biẻn) are built upon.

(Mì=Noodle Soup, Thịt=Meat, Sườn=Ribs, Heo=Pig, Xá=??, Xíu=Roasted)

Non-odored dish means a dish that does not make your body have its aroma (smell) after eating.

1. Noodle soup with Pork Ribs.

Figure: Noodle Soup with Barbecue Pork, (Mì Xá Xíu) in 300 ml bowl with its barbecue pork on a separate dish ss served from a Vietnamese restaurant in AustraliaA cloudy broth indicates the high probability that it may have been made by a traditional method.



Noodle Soup with Pork Ribs (Mì Sườn Heo), Noodle Soup with Barbecue Pork (Mì Xá Xíu Thịt Heo) and Noodle Soup with Prawns and Pork (Mì Tôm Thịt)  are often served with an accompanying Fried Prawn Pancake.

CAUTIONS:

1. A nutritious, healthy dish may become a harmful dish if the traditional recipies are not observed.

2. Cooks using unauthentic recipes may put mono-sodium glutamate in the dish. The traditional recipes has no such modern ingredient

2. Authentic Recipes for Noodle Soup with Pork Ribs.

1. Marinate 100g of pork ribs  in oyster sauce.

2. Fry the marinated pork ribs in hot oil, with added chopped green spring onion, until cooked (its outside becomes hard and brown).

3. Stew the fried pork ribs in boiling water, with some added chopped green spring onions, fried slices of spring onions for 15 minutes,

4. Take the pork ribs out of the stew. After the pork ribs have been taken out, the broth is then used in the next step.

5. Make a soup broth by adding water to the broth of the previous step and bring it to boil in a big pot for more than 15 minutes with leg bones of pork, dried prawns, dried squids and a kind of dried fish for making soup supplied by Vietnamese or Chinese (Asian) grocery stores (Khô Cá Lẹp, in Vietnamese).

6. Separately boil about 200ml of water. Dip 50g of egg noodle into this boiling water for 20 seconds. The noodle is now cooked and softened. Take the noodle out of boiling water and immediately wash it with cold water to stop noodle lengths from sticking together. A restaurant cook may boil egg noodle by dipping it in the pot of boiling broth for 10 seconds using a wire ladle.

7. Cut the stewed fried pork ribs and place it on top of a bowl containing boiled egg noodle and the broth.

8. Add one or two lettuce leaves, some chopped green chives and some boiled mung bean sprouts to the bowl.

9. A (non-essential) fried prawn pancake may be added to the top of the bowl.

10.  The bowl is ready to be served. Each eater may add soy sauce, red vinegar, ground pepper, sliced hot chilly to his individual bowl to suit his taste.

In authentic recipes for this dish, there is no premixing of pepper or chilly to force their consumption.

11. Small amounts of usual common ingredients can be added. They include chopped green chives (Hẹ) and fried slices of spring onion (Hành Lá).

3. Noodle soup with Barbecue Pork (Mì Xá Xíu).

1. Buy 100g of barbecue pork from a Chinese “Roast Pork, Barbecue Pork, Roast Ducks” kitchen or restaurant.

2. Cut it into thin slices of 2mm (3/32 inch) thick.

3. Jump to step 5 of Authentic recipe for Noodle Soup with Pork Ribs.

Additional types of Noodle Soups.

Figure: Noodle soup with egg pasta wrapped minced prawns (Mì Xủi Cảo) which is similarly prepared. The ingredients in this photo reveal the recipe.

 

Figure: So called “Noodle Soup with Prawns, and Pork”, (Mì Tôm Thịt) in 300 ml bowl with its small bowl of soup broth served from a Vietnamese restaurant in Australia. Various ingredients are simply added into the bowl. This is only partially similar to an authentic Noodle Soup with Pork. A transparent broth indicates that it may have been made by dissolving mono-sodium glutamate in water! 

The broth in the figure for Noodle Soup with Prawns, and Pork is too transparent. This is a sign that it may have been non-authentically prepared by simply dissolving mono-sodium glutamate in water! I found that I had suffered the MSG syndromes after eating it.

4. Ingredients.

Pork ribs or ready made barbecue pork.

Bones of pork legs.

Dried prawns, dried squids.

Dried fish for making soup (Khô Cá Lẹp in Vietnamese) supplied by Vietnamese and Chinese grocery stores.

Green chives (Hẹ in Vietnamese) and crispy fried slices of spring onions (Hành Lá in Vietnamese).

Tiny pieces of crispy fried lard.

Lettuce leaves.

Mung bean sprouts.

NO mono-sodium glutamate.

NO borax.

WARNINGS:

1. Cooks using non-authentic recipes may put in a lot of monosodium glutamate to fool customers. Traditional, authentic recipes have no such modern ingredient.

In the short term, mono-sodium glutamate may cause extreme headache, throat congestion, prolong thirst and swelling of your ankles and feet. Do NOT eat any non-authentic dish prepared with such ingredient.

2. Do NOT eat any dish if you suspect that it has been prepared using borax.

Borax is banned as a food ingredient. Borax is mainly used as a Welding Flux (for goldsmith welding and for industrial brazing using Acetylene-Oxygen Gas Torches), in Photo-chemistry (as a Stopper Solution), in Pest Control (the mixture of Borax and Icing Sugar is an Ant Poison). Its Vietnamese name is Hàn The (Hàn=for welding, The=sour taste).

5. Where to find it.

It is a common favorite dish (costing 30000VND =$2.00 US in 2017) in Vietnam (in Saigon).  In Australia, it cost $12 AU.

I don’t know how much it would cost in a Vietnamese restaurant outside Vietnam. It may cost you $6.00 US (?).

References.

[1]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_glutamate

[2]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax

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The Southern Cross Pointer stars

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#find North, #finding North, #navigation, #alpha Centauri, #Agena, #Southern Cross, #pointers, #constellation, #Scorpius,

The Southern Cross Pointer Stars.

There are two useful very bright stars, alpha Centauri and Agena, in the Southern Celestial hemisphere. They help identifying nearby navigational stars and consequently finding Southern Celestial pole for navigation.

These two bright stars are circumpolar (within 30 degrees from to the Southern Celestial pole) and are seen late night in February, all night in May, early night in September.

Inhabitants of Southern hemisphere need only to identify Alpha Centauri (brighter star of the Pointers), Agena (dimmer star of the Pointers),  and Achernar in the clockwise direction (all at 60° South declination) to find the Southern  Celestial  pole which is at the center of the circle of 30 degrees in radius through these three stars. Achernar is almost 60 degree from the Pointers (alpha Centauri, Agena) and is opposite them across the Southern Celestial Pole.

Figure: Pointer stars pointing to the Southern Cross on a Polar Skymap for Southern hemisphere.

Extending the line alpha Centauri-Agena (from brighter to dimmer Pointer) by 8 degrees takes us to the Southern Cross Constellation. Then turning clockwise by 50 degrees and extending by an additional  50 degrees takes us to the very bright Canopus star which is also nearly 60 degrees from the Southern Celestial pole.

In the opposite direction, extending the line Agena-alpha Centauri (from dimmer to brighter Pointer) by about 30 degrees takes us to the stinger tail of the large, distinctive Scorpius constellation. Extending by another 40 degrees takes us to the bright tropical star Altair. From the direction of the line Agena-alpha Centauri (from dimmer to brighter Pointer) turn clockwise by 50 degrees and travel by about 45 degrees from alpha Centauri takes us to the moderately bright star Antares at the heart of the Scorpion,
Celestial navigators who do not use declination and right ascension begin their navigation by learning the various bright, easily unmistakable constellations in the sky (There are no more than 10 to learn beginning with Orion constellation. and Scorpius constellation.). In the Southern Hemisphere, the Pointers to Southern Cross constellation are next to be learnt as they are very bright and most easy to identify.

Figure: Locating an individual star in a crowded area is easily carried out using a folded piece of cardboard: The folding line is aimed at the first known star, one cardboard flap is aligned to contain the second known star. The other flap is then opened to the required angle (marked 1) and the angle to the target star (marked 2) can be read.

2. The Southern Cross.

The Southern Cross is a useful navigational constellation. Its long axis goes through the Southern Celestial pole (which is also nearly on the bisector of the Pointer Stars and is also nearly on the line through Sirius and Canopus) in one direction and goes through the Northern Celestial pole in the opposite direction. Turning slightly by 20 degrees anticlockwise toward the trailing’ side (Eastern side) from this direction to the Northern Celestial pole and travel by a distance of about 50 degrees from the Southern Cross takes us to the bright star Spica. Turning more anticlockwise towards the Eastern side by an additional 15 degrees from that direction and traveling an additional distance of about 30 degrees takes us next to the very bright star Bootes Arcturus  (The direction from Spica to Bootes Arcturus is pointing about 25 degrees  to the trailing side, Eastward, from the direction of a great circle arc toward the Northern Celestial pole.).

3. The dates of Pointers to Southern Cross.

Figure 1: The dates of Agena and alpha Centauri from the table of star dates.

The Pointer stars are seen in late night in February, all night in May, and in early night in September.

4. Taking photos of the Pointers.

Figures 1: Photo of the Pointers and Southern Cross Constellation taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The original photos have been digitally enhanced.


Figure 1b: Photos of the Pointers and Southern Cross Constellation taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The original photos have been digitally enhanced.

The Pointers and Southern Cross constellation are adequately bright and their photos can be taken using a smart phone such as a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with no extra attachment.

The Pointers and 3 corner stars of the vertical Southern Cross are seen on the bottom right of the above two pictures. The dimmer fourth stars of the Southern Cross can be seen in the second photo. Antares is the bright star near the middle of the left border of the second picture. Antares and the front part of the Scorpius constellation are located near the center of the left border of the second picture (The very bright dot near the upper left corner of the picture is a planet.).

Figure 2: Photos of the Pointers and Southern Cross Constellation taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The original photos have been digitally enhanced.

The two bright Pointers are seen on the bottom right of this picture 2b. The two brightest spots on the left half of this picture are two planets traveling on the Ecliptic. Antares is the bright star near the middle of the half left of this picture. Vertically above Antares is the front part of the Scorpius constellation. Vertically below Antares is the bright stinging tail of the Scorpius.

Figures 3: Photo of the Scorpius Constellation taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at the same time. The original photos have been digitally enhanced.

The Scorpius constellation just mentioned is captured  in the center of the third photo. There are four brightest dots on the top of the picture. The far right and far left dots are very bright and are two planets traveling on the ecliptic. The planets on the ecliptic sometimes make confusing the identification of the stars at the front of this constellation.

References.

[1]. tonytran2015, Finding North and time by stars, survivaltricks.wordpress.com, Finding North and time by stars, posted on August 28, 2015

[2]. The Orion constellation., posted December 26, 2016

[3].The Scorpius constellation., posted January 8, 2017 

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Vietnamese (Lunar) New Year Custom for Westerners

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

#Lunar New Year, #Tết Nguyên Đán , #Tết Nguyên Tiêu, #Lunar Calendar, #Festival, #activities, #custom, #survival,

Vietnamese (Lunar) New Year Custom for Westerners.

To many Western and Vietnamese people, it is hard to tell when East Asian Lunar New Year (“Tết Âm Lịch” in Vietnamese) will come. To add to the confusion there are also different New Year days for its neighboring East Asian countries like China, Korea, etc… When the Festival comes they are again surprised at the activities or inactivity! This blog helps them understand the festival and know the custom to plan their activities to avoid any inconvenience.

In short description, the traditional New Year Festival (“Tet” in Vietnamese) is a period of long holidays and prolonged shut downs of normal trading. The details are explained in the following.

1. When is a Vietnamese New Year Day?

Figure: Moon phases.

The first new Lunar month after Winter Solstice is always named the Final Month (“thang Chạp” in Vietnamese; the name may come (?) from the word “tháng LẬP Đông”). The end of that month is the Lunar New Year. Neighboring Asian countries (China, Korea) all use this rule but the New Year day of each country may differ by one day or sometimes one month due to their different time zones [1].

All months here denote Lunar months unless otherwise specified. Month are name Month 1 to Final Month and there may be 13 months in a Lunar Year with the Leap Month bearing the name of its preceding Month appended with the word “Leap”.

Note that the Final Month may be either a 12th month in a non-leap or a 13th month in a leap year.

2. What are the Vietnamese New Year Holidays?

Seafaring Vietnamese people finish their fishing activities before the stormy season (Stormy seanson in Central Vietnam extends over months 9,10,11 and Final month of Lunar Year.). Agricultural Vietnamese people in the countryside finish their harvest before Winter Solstice. So the Final month of a Lunar Year is ready to be a time for preparation or enjoyment of New Year Festival.

The Festival holidays may begin in the Final Month and continue through Month 1, 2, 3, 4 (“tháng Giêng, tháng 2 3, 4” in Vietnamese), If there is any leap month falling between Month 1 and Month 4 then the holidays are also extended by that extra month.

The popular quotes in Vietnamese is “Tháng Giêng là tháng ăn chơi, tháng Hai cờ bạc, tháng Ba hội hè”. It means First Month is for Enjoying Pleasures, Month 2 for Enjoying Gambling, Month 3 for Festivals, Carnivals, Meetings”

Agricultural people have to come back to their work on Lunar Month 4. Since Lunar Month 2 the sea becomes calm and fishermen can resume their work. Vietnamese fishermen are most busy when the star Arcturus Bootes is shining (Note that Arcturus Bootes is a star of the night on April 25th; it is called “Sao Một”, top ranked star, by Central Vietnamese people).

3. What are the activities in Vietnamese New Year Festivals.

a. Food and drinks are to be stored up to the brims of containers in each household (to make a wish of having prosperity for the coming New Year.). Food and drinks are supposed to be adequate for all requirements of the household for more than two months. “Tết” can also be considered a practice run for survival in disasters, for that Vietnam has had many).

The concept of “just in time” does not apply here. Prices are outrageously higher in some areas including Saigon (up to 10 times higher when buying from traders originating from Northern Vietnam)  in the month long New Year Festival period.

b. Most trading activities (including non-emergency transportation) are to cease from New Year Eve to the 10th day of First Month [5].

Everyone is provided with an opportunity to come back to his or her home town for Family Reunion. People already in their home town are also provided with a practice run for survival with reduced transportation and without trading.

Transportation people expect to be showered with 100% to 200% tips.

Example: During Tet Festival, economy class return air tickets by Vietnam Airlines from Melbourne to Saigon may cost AUD1500/person (too high?) while an economy class return air ticket on Thai Airway from Melbourne to Bangkok may cost only around AUD600/person.

So your own transportation is almost basic essential.

c. People from distant places may have additional holiday time to travel to their home town and back. Boat travelers may need encompassing full Moons to travel by rivers, canals to their home places.

d. All houses are to be cleaned up and decorated to celebrate the New Year. This activity commences early and does not end until New Year Eve. Houses and monuments are to be decorated with whole trees or cut branches of “cây mai” (Ochna integerrima or Ochna) which have been made to blossom flowers on the First day of New Year.

e. Food, preserved food and offerings are to be prepared to Festival days. Vietnamese food for New Year includes “bánh chưng” (steamed cooked loaf), “bánh dầy” (thick loaf), “bánh tét” (loaf that can only be cut by Splitting its wrapping made of banana leaves). “xôi vò” (rolled and squeezed sticky rice), “cơm rượu” (fermented cooked sticky rice) , “rượu đế” or “rượu nếp” (Vietnamese distilled alcoholic spirit made from fermented cooked sticky rice), “rượu nếp than” (Vietnamese distilled alcoholic spirit with the colour of charcoal, made from fermented cooked purple sticky rice). “tôm khô” (dried salted prawns), “khô mực” (dried salted squid), “củ kiệu ngâm dẩm” (pickled leek bulbs in vinegar).

f. Permanent Indoor Altars are to be decorated with white or red lilies (“hoa hụê” in Vietnamese). Incense and candles are to be lighted on altars.

Figure:Lilies from a Vietnamese stall in Melbourne at AUD 15/bundle.

Figure: Gladio Li from a Big W Supermarket in Melbourne at AUD 12.88/bundle.

Figure:Lilies from an Aldi Supermarket in Melbourne at AUD 4.99/bundle.

g. On the 23rd of Final Month, people have to make Farewell Ceremony for Three Inhouse Monitors from Heaven (“Hai Ông Một Bà Táo” in Vietnamese; they resides in the family earthenware stoves and have charred, blackened, faces). The three Inhouse Monitors from Heaven work similarly to real life Resident In-house Monitoring Agents of Ward Police (Ward Police = “Công An Phường” of current Socialist Vietnam; a ward is a subdivision of a district which, in turn, is a subdivision of a town or city). They leave the household riding 3 carps (not submarines!) to go to report to the Jade Supreme God of Heaven (“Ngọc-Hoàng Thượng-Đế”) of all the good and bad deeds of the household from the first day to 23rd day of final month of the preceeding Lunar Year.

i. Without the Three In-house Monitors from Heaven all activities in the household are now off-the-records!

j. Good-time boys and good-time girls now may do non-righteous things without worrying about having bad records made in Heaven. Some people from Northern Vietnam takes this off-the-record time to do  go out eating dogs!

k. On the last day of Final Month a temporary Altar have to be made and placed on top of an upright long pole for the Deceased Ancestors to reside (the assemblage is called “cây Nêu” in Vietnamese) and enjoy New Year celebration with their living descendants.

l. From Sunset to New Year Commencement at midnight, people have to make Welcome Ceremony for new Three In-house Monitors from Heaven (“Hai Ông Một Bà Táo” in Vietnamese). The new Three Monitors have been rotated by Heaven from some other household to ensure equality and impartiality.

m. All good and bad deeds from people in the household are from now observed and recorded again by new Three In-house Monitors until they in turn depart near the end of the current Lunar Year.

o. Incense and candles are to be lighted on the small Altar in the front yard for the Jade Supreme God of Heaven (“Ông Thiên” or “Ngọc-Hoàng Thượng-Đế”). This altar for the Supreme God does NOT have any statue, drawing and no more than the words “Môn-Khẫu Thiên-Địa” (The doorway to Heaven and Earth”).

p. Incense and candles are to be lighted on the small Altar on Ground Surface for the local Custodian God of the local Land (“Ông Địa”). People from North Vietnam now have the local Custodian God of the local Land sharing his altar with the White Eyebrow God (“Thần Bạch Mi”), the Patron God of Prostitutes.

Figure: Custodian God (having big fat belly) of the local Land sharing an altar with White Eyebrow God (having white eyebrows) . 

Note that the White Eyebrow God (“Thần Bạch Mi”) is totally different from the God of Lucks (“Thần Tài”), who rides a horse and wears an Imperial Court Administrative Official suit with WINGED Head Wear. The God of Lucks is usually depicted with a gold colour dress with black circular emblems, with the motto “Kim Ngọc Mãn Đường” -a court yard full of gold and precious jewels- ).
q. Midnight comes. This is the commencement of New Year. Trading (buying and selling) is a taboo for the next 72 hours. Higher prices are expected both before and after this 72 hours period.

r. New Year Celebration begins with detonation of fire crackers to scare away any bad spirits.

This is just like scaring away robbers and bandits during any change of guards.

Figure: Two Fire-crackers chains (in red colour) are hung from the ceiling to the ground. They are carefully guarded before they are burnt. 

Figure: Fire-crackers make crackling sounds and flashes. This Lion Dance is on the third day of New Year (2018Feb18z) in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia. Identical firecrackers are burnt in traditional Celebration at commencement of a Lunar New Year.


s. People make offerings to their ancestors at the indoor permanent altars for ancestors.

t. People go to Pagodas to break and take home (vandalize?) any of blossoming branches of “mai” trees there (“Hái lộc”).

u. First day of New Year is for Family reunion. Note that married women are considered family members of their husbands and not of their maiden family.

v. Second day of New Year is for Married Women to come back and reunite to their maiden families WITH their husbands and children.

w. Third day of New Year is for visit to former Teachers and people who brought/made working people to their current status.

x. Fourth day of New Year: People can enjoy their own chosen festival activities.

y. Seventh day of New Year: The temporary Altar (“Nêu” in Vietnamese) have to be dismantled and Deceased Ancestors are sent back to their Heavenly place.

Some shops may reopen on the Eighth day of New Year.

z. First Full Moon of New Year is “Hội Trăng Rằm” in Vietnamese (Carnival of Full Moon, “Tết Nguyên Tiêu” in Chinese written literature/history). People go to Pagodas to pray and make offering. Unmarried people go to the Carnivals of First Full Moon to select their matches (as described in the folk song of “Hát Hội Trăng Rằm”).

aa. New Year Festivals close. People relax to enter Month 2 for leisures.

Prices of good fall back to new levels which are not necessarily the old level. The high prices during the Festivals have been their stress-tests. Traders have evaluated supplies and demands during those tests and will confidently apply their new prices!

The popular quotes in Vietnamese is “Tháng Giêng là tháng ăn chơi, tháng Hai cờ bạc, tháng Ba hội hè”. It means First Month is for Enjoying Pleasures, Month 2 for Enjoying Gambling, Month 3 for Festivals, Carnivals, Meetings”

 

References.

[1].  tonytran2015, When-is-lunar-new-year-khi-nao-la-tet-am-lich , posted on 2018 January 1st.

[2]. tonytran2015, Simple-determination-of-east-asia-lunisolar-new-year , posted on 2017 January 19th.

[3]. http://www.bbc.com/vietnamese/vietnam/story/2006/07/printable/060704_lichvietnam.shtml

[4]. https://m.thanhnien.vn/van-hoa/vi-sao-nam-nay-viet-nam-an-tet-truoc-trung-quoc-mot-ngay-317188.html

[5]. https://tuoitre.vn/khach-bay-bat-ngo-vi-gia-ve-may-bay-tang-nhu-tet-20171003082319591.htm

Added after 2018Feb19:

[6]. https://perspectiveofawriter.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/lunar-new-year-in-south-korea-and-asia/

[7]. http://fragilemyths.com/2018/02/17/thoughts-lunar-new-year/

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Government may be behind Bubble Markets

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia)

#bubble market, #market crash, #share market, #investment mania, #capital gain, #tax, #duty, #government,

Government may be behind Bubble Markets.

The arguments here use data and laws for only Australia but they are supposed to be applicable to other similar countries.

 

1. Government makes money on all transfer of wealth and all betting.

Let us say that any share trading market is only a place with zero sum for gains, just like a legalized casino (but with less requirements for transparency and fairness). There will always be winners and losers.


The government collects stamp duties on all transfer of wealth (ownership of shares) and betting (based on Contracts for Index Trading and Call and Put Options for shares).

The winners pay stamp duties and taxes on capital gains. The losers can ONLY deduct their capital losses against any current or future capital gains OF THE SAME NATURE!

That means you cannot deduct capital losses from shareholdings against capital gains in gold investment!

If a shareholder get very dispirited and decide never to own shares again, the Government win on the capital gain taxes he already paid on his IMAGINARY gains (during the growth of the Bubble)!

 

2. Government collects non-refundable stamp duties and capital gain taxes on all form of IMAGINARY capital gains.

During the bubble phase, most capital gains are imaginary and the government is quite happy collecting stamp duties and capital gain taxes on those imaginary capital gains!

 

3. There is more trading  during any crash.

A crash of any market is only a (equitable or otherwise) transfer of wealth.

The computers for Share Trading have been overloaded and shut down in past crashes due to hectic trading. There will be obligations to complete the transfers of wealth after the trading.

A government always collect more stamp duties during crash despite its lip service that it shares the anguish of losers.


4. Australian government has been pumping up bank shares.


a. It allows shareholders to bet that bank shares would rise (by buying Call options and Selling put options) but penalize those shareholders who have “Put options” (by disqualifying them from offsetting company taxes against their personal income taxes)

 

b. It prohibits day traders (of shares) from selling first and buy back later the bank shares they don’t have. However it does not stop day traders from buying first resell later with the money they may not have ! (You are not allowed to sell in the morning the overpriced bank shares and buy them cheaper in the afternoon to fulfill the obligation caused by the contract in the morning).

 

5. Conclusion.

 Just follow the money then people can see that Australian government benefits more from Bubble Markets than from “Fair Markets”. It may advise caution to investors but actually it may enjoy the money it collects from Bubble Markets of any form (for shares, real estates, bitcoins, tulips, gold, etc…).

Therefore it may be unnatural to expect a government to stop the growth of any bubble in its markets. It may actually have lent a hand to their growth!

 

Figure: Predicting a share market crash is really difficult.

Figure: Tulips (currently at $2 a bulb).

Figures: 1 ounce gold slab.

References

[1]. A satirical guide to signs of an impending crash for small investors,

[2]. Signs-pointing-to-an-impending-crash-for-small-investors,

[3]. Bitcoins-tulips-sparkling-diamonds-fiat-moneys-and-gold,

[4]. http://riggedgame.blog/2018/02/06/largest-cryptocurrencies-plunge-50-80-372-bn-gone-in-1-month-will-it-hit-the-us-economy/

[5]. http://riggedgame.blog/2018/02/11/the-game-truly-is-rigged-admits-economist-magazine/


Added after 2018 Mar 05:

[6]. https://riggedgame.blog/2018/03/05/democrats-gutting-wall-street-reform-follow-the-money/


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