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Two Epidemics in Three Chinas

Emperor Renzong, Xi Jinping’s ‘Party-State,’ and democratic Taiwan

As the coronavirus pandemic that began in China makes its way among us, with a modest cough and a friendly handshake,  it brings to my bookish mind another epidemic in that Silvrback blog imagecountry, the one that sets in motion the classic Chinese novel “The Outlaws of the Marsh.” That was in the reign of Emperor Renzong (AD 1022-1063), the . . .

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April 05, 2020

“Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path”

Disaster Journalism High and Low

Silvrback blog imageThe New York Times has a human interest story, “Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path, Millions are United in Fear,”  a fine example of quality upper-crust American journalism, against which it is interesting to contrast “’Waffle House Index’ is a real thing during disasters. How does the restaurant . . .

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September 05, 2019

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