Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

No Socialism for Bears

The US National Park Service has a ban on feeding bears. As they state on their website:
Feeding bears or allowing them access to human food causes a number of problems:

  • It changes the bear’s wild behavior [natural independence and resourcefulness] and causes … panhandler or “nuisance” bears to be more unpredictable and dangerous when they encounter humans.
  • At their best, panhandler bears perform tricks [human equivalent: fabricating stories to perpetuate support] to obtain food. At their worst, they damage property and injure people
  • It transforms wild and healthy bears into habitual beggars … 

Our question: why do we insist on turning humans into the equivalent of panhandler bears?

Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly: 20120717

The Paradox of China’s Naval Strategy

July 17, 2012 | 0859 GMT


By Rodger Baker and Zhixing Zhang

Over the past decade, the South China Sea has become one of the most volatile flashpoints in East Asia. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan each assert sovereignty over part or all of the sea, and these overlapping claims have led to diplomatic and even military standoffs in recent years.

Because the sea hosts numerous island chains, is rich in mineral and energy resources and has nearly a third of the world’s maritime shipping pass through its waters, its strategic value to these countries is obvious. For China, however, control over the South China Sea is more than just a practical matter and goes to the center of Beijing’s foreign policy dilemma: how to assert its historic maritime claims while maintaining the non-confrontational foreign policy established by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1980.

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