Monosyllabic Pedantry

Sunday, November 20, 2005

We're in Serious Trouble

A few weeks ago, I went to San Fransisco for business. The event was called the Intel Developers' Forum. It's basically a week long infomercial that Intel makes all of its partners go to and drink the Intel-as-a-religion Koolaid.
This is the first one of these that I've been to. What struck me the most about it was the Chinese. There were a lot of Chinese. Granted, it's in SF and there's a large Chinese-American population. That's not of whom I'm speaking. I mean Chinese-from-China. There were a lot of them and they're very serious. They had two UN-style translator booths that rented headphones. The curse of WI-FI meant that they all transcribed all of the presentations into their laptops and IM'd it back to their companies all over the world.
The main theme of the week was how Intel is expanding its market into Asia. They are bringing their best technology to China, India and Pakistan. Also not good for us.
Everyone's been screaming lately about jobs going overseas. Until recently, these jobs were blue collar, so nobody that made decisions really cared. That's not the case now. It moved to programmers, which was still pretty limited. You didn't need to speak the language very well, so long as you could bang out C++ code for pennies on what an American coder would charge.

Here's the key:

Up until now, communication still limited the amount of work these guys could do without actually coming to America. Not anymore. Now they can write code, do AutoCad mechanical designs, circuit board layout, active simulation of the circuits, and debug the design. All the while, they can pass their work back and forth to the American company via email. They can easily have a teleconference between Atlanta and Bangladesh. Since manufacturing is already there, they can prototype the design, then send the finished product to America. Not only are they linked with the US, they are linking a network infrastructure throughout their own countries. It has always been the lack of this level of communication and connectivity that has hamstrung them in the past and provided us with the advantage. That time is gone.
That brings me to the other part of this.
Chinese, Indian and Pakistani schools don't give a shit about affimative action, sex education, political correctness, or whether the local LGBT alliance is properly represented. They are teaching their kids science, mathematics, english and business. They are training their children to run the world, while we train ours to be sensitive to everone's feelings. They think we coddle blacks and latinos and bring education to the lowest common denominator, which is pretty fucking low. We worry and worry about the poor, fucking poor, and the minorities. Asians are very competitive and are interested in results, including the poor ones.
Make no mistake; these countries, China in particular, have a very specific plan for running the world. Not in a Ming the Merciless way, but in the way that America currently runs the world. The Chinese are nortorious for having very long term plans. Decades long. I am certain that they are in the middle, and getting towards the end, of a plan that resuts in them being the dominant economic power, quickly being followed by them being the dominant political, and then military power.
I see nothing that would lead me to believe that they will not succeed in this. It's coming.

Detroit News, Tuesday, January 18, 2005: Forty-seven percent of Detroit’s adult population is functionally illiterate.

New York Daily News, May 10, 2005: A stunning 81% of the city's eighth-graders flunked the state's basic social studies exam last year - and the scores have gone down annually since the test debuted in 2001.


  • Bring on the Bird Flu, baby! Let a pandemic that kills a hundred million thin their ranks a bit. That'll take the fight out of them.

    "Say Chang, how's that Great Wall working for keeping mutated super-flu viruses out?"

    Or in case Chinese spies are reading this: All hail our new Chinese overlords! We welcome you Asian supermen rulers!

    By Anonymous Sarcastro, at 2:00 PM  

  • You made me suddenly picture a cartoon showing a couple of Chinese looking up at the Great Wall as a bird flies overhead and one of them says, "Dang!"

    By Blogger Exador, at 2:05 PM  

  • Sarcastro, you'd better leave the math to us experts. What's a hundred million when there are still nine hundred million left?

    Exador, maybe you have a career as some kind of CIA hacker ahead of you--disrupting the flow of information in Asia in order to preserve US supremacy.

    As for why the preservation of US supremacy should be a goal... well, I await the ridicule of the two of you and some enlightenment. Why do we have to be number one?

    By Blogger Aunt B, at 4:03 PM  

  • Spoken with the eloquent naivete' that only a liberal could muster.

    By Blogger Exador, at 4:28 PM  

  • A hundred million dead is a hundred million we don't have to deal with. Also, their resources will be tied up dealing with the ripple effect of massive deaths and, with any luck, the subsequent reanimation of the recently deceased and the zombie outbreak that will follow.

    As for global domination, if not us, Auntie, then who? Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does international politics. Please tell us what enlightened utopia can and would do a better job than we are doing presently. It ain't perfect, but consider the alternatives.

    By Anonymous Sarcastro, at 5:48 AM  

  • As for global domination, if not us, Auntie, then who?

    Exactly. If your argument is that we should dominate the world because we can, then I'm all for it.

    If you two are attempting to make some moral argument--that we have some moral imperative to rule the world because we are... I don't know, something--more just, better, whatever... then I don't get it.

    By Blogger Aunt B, at 6:17 AM  

  • My only argument is that I prefer that our own country be in charge so we have somewhat more control over our lives. At least our leaders have to pretend to suck up to us.
    On a more practical level, we reap the benefits of being in a good position of negotiation. Everything from shipping lanes to tariffs to treaties. The goods you buy are a little cheaper because there's less of a tariff because there was a negotiation.
    American hegemony leads to a comfier life for you an I.

    By Blogger Exador, at 6:29 AM  

  • B,

    Don't forget that when we lose our economic power, that also means that jobs are going to get a lot more scarce.

    By Blogger Exador, at 9:38 AM  

  • Ever read Snow Crash?

    By Blogger Kat Coble, at 10:17 AM  

  • No, what's it about?

    By Blogger Exador, at 10:36 AM  

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