(a) William Wan, China’s Anti-Smoking Activists Try a New Argument: That It
’s Bad for the Economy. Washington Post, June 26, 2011
("A month later [after ban on public smoking], the ban has had little, if
any, effect. * * * The main reason so few take China’s campaign against
cigarettes seriously: The very government promising to crack down on tobacco
use is the owner and chief beneficiary of the $93 billion industry")
My comment: There is no need to read the rest.
(b) A Cheap Habit.
("Men in China have one of the highest smoking rates in the world. A major
factor is the price of cigarettes, which is kept low by the government-owned
tobacco industry": $0.73 a pack in China)
(2) Ernesto Londono and Lena H. Sun, In Tripoli, Chinese Takeout Still on
the Menu. Washington Post, June 26, 2011.
"The availability of Chinese takeout — which is often darn good — has
become a hallmark of modern war zones.
"Baghdad’s Chinese restaurant at the al-Mansour Hotel kept the stove on
during the worst of days, feeding the Chinese diplomats who operated out of
the oft-attacked establishment. Another Chinese restaurant, in the Iraqi
capital’s Green Zone, became part of Baghdad lore, with a stream of burly
contractors timidly walking out of its mysterious backrooms.
"In Kabul, Golden Key Seafood Restaurant is a favorite Chinese joint among
expats in landlocked Afghanistan, and one of the establishments that meets
the security requirements that make them accessible to employees of certain
"While many expat-run businesses board up when war breaks out, Chinese
entrepreneurs have come to see them as lands of opportunity.
(3) Danielle Douglas, Candle Factory Brings Manufacturing Jobs Back to the
US. Washington Post, June 24, 2011.
Note: raring (adj; from present participle of English dialect rare to rear):
"full of enthusiasm or eagerness "
(4) Top 5 Oil Producers; Iran and these four countries are the world’s
biggest oil producers. 11, 2011 (photo gallery)
(No 5 China (4m barrels a day)< Iran (4.2) < US (9.1)< Saudi Arabia (9.8) <
No 1 Russia (9.9; Russia also has the world's largest natural gas reserves,
according to EIA))
(5) Amber Parcher, Caught in the Moment at a Taiwanese Monastery. Washington
Post, June 10, 2011
(about 7,000 Chinese tourists tour it every month)
(a) pad (vi; perhaps from Middle Dutch paden to follow a path, from pad path
"to go on foot : WALK; especially : to walk with or as if with padded feet <
the dog padded along beside him> "
Dogs and cats have "padded feet."
(b) Fo Guang Shan 佛光山
(c) Hsing Yun 星雲 大師 (1927- )
(d) Pure Land 浄土
(e) Venerable Miao Ming 妙明法師 (Canadian nun)
(f) Venerable Hue Shou 慧守法師 (Austrian-born monk)
(g) Main Shrine 大雄寶殿
(h) Great Practice Shrine 普賢殿
(i) 阿彌陀佛 Amitābha
(Sanskrit; This is a compound of the Sanskrit words amita ("without bound,
infinite") and ābhā ("light, splendor"). Consequently, the name is to be
interpreted as "he who possesses light without bound, he whose splendor is
(j) Great Compassion Shrine 大悲殿
(6) Tara Bahrampour, Report Documents Dramatic Shift in Immigrant Workforce
’s Skill Level. Washington Post, June 9, 2011.
"This shift in America’s immigration population, based on census data, is
summarized in a report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution. It
found that 30 percent of the country’s working-age immigrants, regardless
of legal status, have at least a bachelor’s degree, while 28 percent lack a
high school diploma. The shift had been in the works for the past three
“'Too often the immigration debate is driven by images on television of
people jumping over fences,' said Benjamin Johnson, executive director of
the American Immigration Council, an immigrant advocacy organization.
"As the number of working-age immigrants in the United States has swelled,
from 14.6 million in 1994 to 29.7 million in 2010, the numbers of highly
skilled and lower-skilled immigrants have risen, but the highly skilled
sector has risen faster, according to the report.
(7) Jacqueline Trescott, Sen. Sanders gives seal of approval to Smithsonian
’s U.S.-made gifts. Washington Post, June 8, 2011.
"Right before Christmas, Sanders was shopping for his grandchildren and
picked up the small busts of U.S. presidents, only to discover they were
made in China. 'I was disturbed,' he recalled Wednesday.
"On the way out, Sanders stopped at the store that originally brought this
issue to his attention. The little busts of the presidents, [director of the
museum Brent D] Glass explained, were designed by an American artist and
then fabricated in China. When the current inventory is sold out, the store
will replace the statues with ones wholly made in the United States.
(8) Jonathan Yardley, Earl Swift’s “The Big Roads,” About American
Superhighways. Washington Post, June 3, 2011
(“'The greatest public works project in history,' Earl Swift calls it in
this engaging, informative book, 'dwarfing Egypt’s pyramids, the Panama
Canal, and China’s Great Wall'”)
My comment: This is a book review. There is no need to read the rest.