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Opinion | To Take On the Coronavirus, Go Medieval on It - The New York Times
But it now admits that they helped. The head of the W.H.O. team that visited China said this week that China “took one of the most ancient strategies and rolled out one of the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease-containment efforts in history.”

The W.H.O.’s epidemic-modeling teams concluded that travel restrictions had slowed the spread of the virus outside China by two to three weeks.

With luck, the extra time that China bought us by falling on its viral grenade will help produce a treatment or a vaccine. The threat will subside and reporters like me will be accused of alarmism.
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Opinion | Japan Can’t Handle the Coronavirus. Can It Host the Olympics? - The New York Times
And so the Japanese people have been told not to seek testing, nor bother visiting medical institutions unless their symptoms are severe and lasting. Mr. Abe has, in effect, outsourced the government’s containment efforts to the population itself, while the state concentrates limited resources on the severely ill and makes little effort to increase those resources. He might also have been thinking: With no test, there can be no rise in confirmed cases either.

The inadequacy of the government’s response was laid bare by the unmitigated epidemiological and public relations disaster that was the saga of the Diamond Princess cruise ship. After a 14-day quarantine, at least 634 passengers and crew members (out of a total of 3,645 people) were confirmed to have been infected aboard the ship. “We’re in a petri dish,” one passenger said. “It’s an experiment. We’re their guinea pigs.”

As some observers have pointed out, a measure of denial and inertia is at play. The Japanese bureaucracy is notoriously dominated by a culture of “kotonakare shugi” (literally, “no-problem-ism”), which prioritizes stability and conformity, and shuns anything that might rock the institutional boat. Sound the alarm about an impending crisis and you might be blamed for causing it.

The Japanese government today is dominated by third- and fourth-generation descendants of long political dynasties, who inherited such important assets as name recognition, dedicated electoral machines, ample tax-exempt campaign funds and vast networks of cronies and special interest groups. Both the prime minister and the deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, are the grandchildren of former prime ministers; Mr. Koizumi, the environment minister, is the son of an ex-prime minister; the defense minister, Taro Kono, is the son of a former deputy prime minister.
opinion  critic  japanese  government  epidemic 
Vidéo | Hôpitaux débordés, mises en quarantaine forcées… Depuis le début de l’épidémie de coronavirus, de nombreuse…



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如何理解 95% 置信区间? - 知乎
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2 days ago
Losing the Mandate of Heaven - Quillette
Chinese citizens frequently refer to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs when explaining the Party’s failure to carry out political modernisation. Maslow was a 20th-century American psychologist best known for his theory that we need to satisfy basic physiological needs before we can move on to more abstract, “higher” needs, such as self-actualisation. This questionable theory has proven very useful for the Chinese Communist Party. We need to get rich first, the government tells the people. When our fundamental material needs have been taken care of, then we can start worrying about abstract ideas like human rights.
4 days ago
Banyan - Why Japanese names have flipped | Asia | The Economist
Japan, they argued, could keep its independence only by abandoning the paternalism of Confucius, imported from China, which had long governed society and family life. Instead it should rapidly learn modern Western ways in everything from military affairs to education, both to ward off Western powers and to impress them. English name-order was a tiny part of the package. Reformists had drunk deeply of the social Darwinism then prevailing in the West, which taught that only the strongest societies would survive. One, Mori Arinori, even proposed adopting English as Japan’s language.

In 1885 a friend of Mori’s, Fukuzawa Yukichi, penned a polemic, “Goodbye Asia”, arguing that Western civilisation was like measles: if it didn’t kill you, it would make you stronger and should be embraced. He said the static cultures of China and Korea would make those countries more vulnerable to Western conquest. He urged Japan to cut its spiritual and civilisational ties with them. It was, with hindsight, a small step from there to a sense of Japanese exceptionalism, and then to militarism. (And among many other humiliations, Japanese occupiers forced their Korean subjects to scrap their names for Japanese ones.)

Mr Abe and his allies, by contrast, have no truck with self-loathing. With China on the rise and America proving a wobbly ally, he believes it is time for Japan to stand tall again and celebrate tradition. As in China, shades of Confucianism are back. Mr Abe wants to change the constitution to emphasise family over the individual.
west  japanese  name  tradition  today 
4 days ago
知耻而后勇,珍重待春风 | 最好金龟换酒


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4 days ago
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What Is 'Generation Alpha'? - The Atlantic
The cutoff for being born into Generation X was about 1980, the cutoff for Generation Y (a.k.a. the Millennials) was about 1996, and the cutoff for Generation Z was about 2010. What should the next batch of babies be called—what comes after Z?

Alpha, apparently. That’s the (Greek) letter that the unofficial namers of generations—marketers, researchers, cultural commentators, and the like—have affixed to Gen Z’s successors, the oldest of whom are on the cusp of turning 10. The Generation Alpha label, if it lasts, follows the roughly 15-year cycle of generational delineations. Those delineations keep coming, even as, because of a variety of demographic factors, they seem to be getting less and less meaningful as a way of segmenting the population; in recent decades, there hasn’t been a clear-cut demographic development, like the postwar baby boom, to define a generation around, so the dividing lines are pretty arbitrary. How much do members of this new generation, or any generation, really have in common?
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5 days ago
Opinion | ‘I Cannot Remain Silent’ - The New York Times

Still, the progress came from China’s technocrats, doctors and scientists, the result in part of opening one new university a week for years. The peak of that technocratic, pragmatic approach came under Prime Minister Zhu Rongji in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

More recently, Xi has tugged China backward, stifling social media and journalism while cultivating something approaching a North Korea-style personality cult around himself. Xi’s propaganda apparatus extols him for personally directing the efforts against the virus and claims that the World Health Organization sent experts to learn from China’s wise handling of the coronavirus.
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RT : Très intéressantes réflexions d’étudiants chinois à l’étranger : les autorités ont parié qu’elles arriveraient à co…
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Nicolas et Qiuping sont sains et saufs, en route vers un centre de vacances de Normandie
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Nicolas et Qiuping sont sains et saufs, en route vers un centre de vacances de Normandie
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剩余价值SurplusValue: 【051】瘟疫、语言和具体的人:与历史学家罗新的聊天
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7 days ago
社會學家周雪光談肺炎危機(下):當務之急不是社會適應政府,而是政府適應社會|新冠肺炎|深度|端傳媒 Initium Media






book  state  bureaucracy  government  federation  research  comparison  epidemic 
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社會學家周雪光談肺炎危機(上):中國官僚如何失去了主見和能動性?|新冠肺炎|深度|端傳媒 Initium Media





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7 days ago
What Really Inflamed the Coronavirus Epidemic - Issue 81: Maps - Nautilus
This cycle—slow identification of the problem, central involvement and prioritization, all-out mobilization—is a familiar pattern of Chinese crisis management. That’s because China is not so much one government as 3,000 local governments, united by their membership in China’s ruling Communist Party. Each of these local governments must have a single person able to be held accountable for whatever happens on their watch; the performance of this individual—and their standing committee, usually made up of 10 to 12 other leaders—is measured on thousands of indicators. Local satraps pick which indicators to focus on. They know that their superiors will take the credit for anything that goes well, and they will take the blame for failures.
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7 days ago
Opinion | Why Did the Coronavirus Outbreak Start in China? - The New York Times

Punishing people who speak the truth has been a standard practice of China’s ruling elite for more than two millenniums and is an established means of coercing stability. It is not an invention of modern China under the Communists — although the party, true to form, has perfected the practice. And now, muzzling the messenger has helped spread the deadly COVID-19, which has infected some 75,000 people.

A second cultural factor behind the epidemic are traditional Chinese beliefs about the powers of certain foods, which have encouraged some hazardous habits. There is, in particular, the aspect of Chinese eating culture known as “jinbu,” (進補) meaning, roughly, to fill the void. Some of its practices are folklorish or esoteric, but even among Chinese people who don’t follow them, the concept is pervasive.

It is better to cure a disease with food than medicine, so starts the holistic theory. Illnesses result when the body is depleted of blood and energy — though not the kind of blood and energy studied in biology and physics, but a mystic version.
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7 days ago
德语人名 - 维基百科,自由的百科全书

源于职业名的姓氏是德意志姓氏最常见的类别[10]。如施密特(Schmidt,铁匠),米勒(Müller,磨坊工人),迈尔(Meier,农场管家),霍夫曼(Hoffmann,农场主),舒尔茨(Schulze,警官),菲舍尔(Fischer,渔夫),施耐德(Schneider,裁缝),加施勒(Gaschler,吹玻璃工人),毛雷尔(Maurer,石匠),鲍尔(Bauer,农夫),瓦格纳(Wagner,车夫),齐默尔曼(Zimmermann,木匠),特普费尔(Töpfer / Toepfer,陶工),克林格曼(Klingemann,武器匠)。一些和王室贵族头衔相关的姓氏也很常见,如凯泽(Kaiser,皇帝),柯尼希(König,国王),格拉夫(Graf,伯爵),使用者并非贵族,而仅可能是与王室贵族相关的次要工作人员。
german  name  tradition  history 
8 days ago
Carl Cotton: Chicago's Original Black Taxidermist
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ZHAO YAN : MÉDECIN française_央视网(
Issu d’une famille de cadres, Zhao Yan est né en 1974 dans la province chinoise du Zhejiang. Ses parents ont décidé de s’installer à Paris alors qu’il n’avait que 9 ans. Passionné de médecine, il est devenu en 2003 médecin urgentiste à l’Université Paris V.

C’est en 2005 que Zhao Yan est revenu dans son pays natal. Il a été recruté par le Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire Zhongnan (CHU) de Wuhan et y a exercé simultanément les activités de professeur, directeur de thèse, assistant du directeur du CHU et directeur du service des urgences. En tant que franco-chinois, il forme de nombreux professionnels de la santé bilingues au CHU sino-français de Wuhan. C’est lui qui est à l’origine du tout premier centre d’urgences chinois basé sur un modèle français. Ce fameux centre a d’ailleurs été inauguré en 2006 par le président français Jacques Chirac.
oversea  chinese  immigrant  france  doctor  medical 
8 days ago
Étourneau sansonnet — Wikipédia

Il s'agit d'une espèce d'oiseau hautement sociale. À ce titre, les étourneaux vivent la majorité de l'année dans des groupes sociaux de taille variable qui peuvent rassembler jusqu'à plusieurs millions d'individus à l'état sauvage10 excepté durant la période de reproduction où ils vivent plutôt en couple11. Ils peuvent former différents types de rassemblement : des colonies de reproduction qui rassemblent plusieurs couples avec leurs nids, des rassemblements au niveau de sites communaux d'alimentation comprenant de quelques dizaines à quelques centaines d'individus, et d'autres rassemblements plus larges ou « dortoirs » pour la nuit incluant jusqu'à plusieurs millions d'individus.

Il n'y a pas de hiérarchie au sein des groupes à l'état sauvage ; en revanche, une relation de dominance est retrouvée dans les groupes sociaux maintenus en captivité7.

Cette espèce donne un spectacle impressionnant à voir et à entendre, en particulier lorsqu'elle forme des nuées d'individus à l'occasion de certains de ses déplacements ou le soir quand les oiseaux viennent se percher dans des buissons de roseaux ou les arbres. Ces nuées sont également appelées murmures, ou murmuration. Elles attirent fréquemment par là des oiseaux de proie tels que les émerillons ou les éperviers. Originaire des forêts de feuillus, l'étourneau s'est établi au voisinage de l'homme : de grandes bandes (exceptionnellement jusqu'à un million d'individus), peuvent se former dans les centres des villes, où leurs fientes provoquent beaucoup de désagréments.
bird  france  city 
8 days ago
Unraveling the physics behind tossing fried rice
In slowing down the video, the researchers observed that all of the chefs used nearly identical tossing patterns. They found that the chefs very rarely lifted the woks off the stove—instead, tossing was achieved by pivoting the pans on parts of the stove. The woks were made to mimic pendulums using a point on the bottom of the pan as one fulcrum and a contact point between another part of the wok and the stove as the other. This allowed the chef to move the wok back and forth, even as they maintained a see-saw motion. The video also showed that the technique used by the chefs required a degree of skill to heft the rice into the air at just the right height, and to keep it from spilling out of the pan. It also showed that on average, the chefs tossed the rice in their woks 2.7 times per second.
Physics  video  cook  rice  chinese 
8 days ago
Opinion | We’re Reading the Coronavirus Numbers Wrong - The New York Times
However much we would like to know all the relevant facts about the coronavirus, we don’t know them right now, and we should accept the discomfort of that uncertainty. Which is all the more reason to abide by one of the things we do know at this point: You should wash your hands regularly.
coronavirus  maths  epidemic 
9 days ago
A fascinating dinner between 3 Chinese (ethnic/national) reporters in Beijing has taught me we often seriously misu…
9 days ago
Migrations : en parler autrement ?
A l'heure où Emmanuel Macron s'apprête à dévoiler son plan contre la radicalisation et parle de "séparatisme islamiste" à Mulhouse, François Héran, titulaire de la chaire Migrations et société au Collège de France, nous rappelle la différence entre communautarisme et séparatisme. Le communautarisme est un "indicateur très flou" qui se penche notamment sur les mariages au sein d'une communauté ou l'accueil de migrants par leur diaspora : elle semble, de fait, exister partout comme un phénomène ordinaire. 

Le séparatisme, en revanche, comme le souligne l'essai récent de Bernard Rougier, Les Territoires conquis de l'islamisme, correspond à "une situation où des groupes cherchent à subvertir les institutions pour développer une identité propre". Pour M. Héran, le problème vient notamment du fait que certains individus se retrouvent tellement vulnérabilisés par l'expérience de l'immigration qu'ils représentent des proies faciles pour des réseaux très organisés.   
immigration  polemic  debate  interview  expert  opinion  france  français 
9 days ago
肺炎疫情:种族歧视开始蔓延全球 - BBC News 中文
temoignage  germany  racism  epidemic  virus  2020  opinion  people  question 
10 days ago
So the main theory is that "escaped" from the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory. A secondary t…
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Guide to the Dordogne Valley's viewpoints: Find out the very best sites and picture-perfect spots to hike and picnic with only stunning views for company...
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15 days ago
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