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The All-Species List, a proprietary label for all of God’s creatures, including Man, had its genesis in StocksandNews.com’s long-running Bar Chat column, now over 17 years old and nearing 2,000 articles.  Bar Chat focuses mostly on sports, but what else do we talk about, sitting with our friends, having an adult beverage?

Among other things, animal attack stories!  Shark attacks.  Rabid beavers.  Stealthy mountain lions or grizzly bears ripping apart unsuspecting hikers.  And we also talk about man’s best friend…Dog.  There are no “rescue cats,” a friend of mine always says.

Well, I thought why not put all the species in order.  As good as Man can be, in our charity work and after natural disasters, Man can be vicious, brutal…think Syria.  Man is also prone to be a jerk in our simple interactions with our fellow man.  Like failing to help the elderly across the street, or in our distracted driving and imperiling innocents.  Ergo, Man doesn’t stand a chance of ever cracking the Top Ten, frankly.

So this is how it all started.  Now I am taking the “All-Species List” to the next level.  Granted, Dog is going to be tough to dislodge.

To read more and comment on your favorite species, please visit All-Species List.



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08/06/2018

U.S. - China Trade War

The following is China’s official statement on the trade dispute with the United States, Aug. 5, through state media, in this case the Global Times.

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China announced Friday the imposition of tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. products. Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow dismissed China’s latest response, saying ‘I might think the $60 billion is a weak response to our $200.’ He also warned that China had ‘better take President Trump seriously.’

Kudlow also claimed that the ‘Chinese economy is lousy, investors are walking out, the currency is falling.’  Kudlow intended to mean that China could not sustain a trade war, while the U.S. was determined to protract and escalate it.  He did admit that ‘There is a lot they can do to damage our companies in China.’

Kudlow sounded like he was talking about the economy like Japan, South Korea or Mexico. But China is the world’s top soybean importer, the No. 1 market for automobile and telecom products and has the fastest growing internet economy. The Chinese market is key to the survival of many big American companies and American farmers.

The two numbers, $200 billion and $60 billion, don’t show an imbalanced interdependent economic relationship, but rather that Washington has lost its mind on trade while China retains its rationality.  The U.S. is trying to conclude the trade disputes swiftly, but China is prepared for a protracted war.

The U.S. economy achieved 4.1 percent GDP growth in the second quarter after exhausting measures including tax cuts. Almost all experts think this growth speed is unsustainable. China’s economy grew 6.8 percent in the first half of this year, a result of various decelerating measures. Its economy has hit the bottom already.

Massive market potential provides fuel for China’s further economic growth. China is bidding farewell to an era of growth heavily dependent on exports. In future, the U.S. economy will depend more on the Chinese market than the other way around, and that is a tendency about which all American elites are aware, including Mr. Kudlow.

A trade war will bring temporary pain to China, and will add more pressure to Beijing during the first round of disputes.  However, China will show its resilience in trade and social cohesion as long as the trade war enters a stalemate.  Instead of warning China, Kudlow should warn the Trump administration not to underestimate China’s determination to fight to the end.

Chinese people really want to avoid a trade war. Considering the unreasonable U.S. demands, a trade war is an act that aims to crush China’s economic sovereignty, trying to force China to be a U.S. economic vassal just like Japan accepted the Plaza Accord.

China has to defend its right to development, and we don’t fear sacrificing short-term interests.  However, the U.S. will bear losses as well.  It’s a mutual depletion where people in both countries have to pay the same price.

Throughout history, the U.S. arrogantly initiated many wars that eventually ended up hurting itself.  Washington’s arrogance this time is up against a major power. When others believed that the U.S. was just playing tricks with trade, the White House thought it could strike down China. But the U.S.’ ability doesn’t match its ambition.

China has time to fight to the end. Time will prove that the U.S. eventually makes a fool of itself.

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Brian Trumbore