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Want to know what I think? Well, I have never been shy about telling people what I think. Naturally I think you should care what I think. Ergo, read the posts!!!!!

Lessons Learned: February 6th Earthquake in Hualien Taiwan

Lessons Learned: February 6th Earthquake in Hualien Taiwan

Damage caused by the February 6th EarthquakeFebruary 6th Earthquake

At 2350 on February 6th, 2018 Hualien suffered a 6.4 earthquake. This is the strongest earthquake I have experienced and led to hundreds of injuries, a currently unknown number of deaths and multiple building collapses. This is why I advocate that everyone have first aid skills and supplies.  Fortunately, my building did not collapse and I did not have any major injuries. However, I do some thoughts on things I did wrong.  You can see the damage done to my room below.

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The Triggering 2017 NSFW

The Triggering 2017 NSFW

The Triggering 2017

George Takei now living as a straight manHere is a toast, to all the people that disagree with me and are still my friends, to the people I have offended and laughed it off, you’re the real MVP. For everyone else, there are pampers. Let us recap some of my best moments in Triggering 2017.

I have managed to trigger people vie memes, blog posts and opening my own mouth. Now I really don’t wish death on anyone but it’s my way of dealing with things by making jokes about them. I also feel that people are more sensitive and more ridiculous lately. For example this year I was told that phycology is a made up Nazi science and that posting from the following sources are indicative of a fascist belief system;  Vice, The Onion, Reason, Telegraph, Generation Liberty, Gallup, Monocular, Orwell, DailyMail, A and E, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Reason, The Wild East, Change.org.

Someone should make an app that showed you what posts made people block and unfriended you. I can only do so much detective work on my own. I am also on a watchlist now. So it has been a big year.

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Expat Investing

Expat Investing

Expat Investing

The difference between gambling and investing is having a good plan. Even then it has its risks that make good financial planning necessary. Being an expat adds an additional layer of complexity to our financial planning. So how should an expat look to invest? In the end, expat investing is not that different then if you were back home in the states minus many tax-advantaged retirement accounts. These tips are drawn from my own experiences so take them with a grain of salt, you don’t know me from Jack (see disclosure at the bottom). Just remember the PG version of the golden rule: Don’t Be Stupid

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First Aid, The Under Appreciated Skill

First Aid, The Under Appreciated Skill

First Aid Gets no Love

We interrupt our normally scheduled programming for a rant. it’s a simple but timely but timeless rant. With the recent shooting in Las Vegas, I once again realize that first aid must be the most under-appreciated skill. First aid is one of the most universally useful skills. It does not matter your age, job, location, creed, or race, first aid is useful to you. It’s useful to me being an expatriate that lives alone as it to my married friends with kids back in the USA.

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Private American guns to the UK

Private American guns to the UK

The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes

Every so often you see something on social media and the comments section is the most interesting part. Ok, who am I kidding the comments are usually the interesting part. As you can see on the left we have an add to send a gun to help defend Britain by something called The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes (we will call it ACDBH for the rest of the article). Like a lot of small things from World War Two, it is hard to find much information on it. Sadly a lot of it is antidotal. So the two questions in the comments were; “Is it real?”, “Why?” and “What happened to the guns afterward?”

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International Ticket Cost vs Passport Ownership

International Ticket Cost vs Passport Ownership

International Ticket Cost vs Passport Ownership

US Passport Ownership by State. CGPGray
Older one by CGP Grey
US Passport Rates by State, by Matt Stabile
Newer one by Matt Stabile of The Expeditioner

 

 

 

 

 

Every so often I see a picture like one of these two. Both show the percentage of people in each state that have a valid passport. They are usually followed by comments that make a moral judgment about having or not having a passport and about how can Americans not travel. Proving once again that people are bad at Geography.

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Literally Voldemort

Literally Voldemort

Harry Potter is Fucking my Sister

I use to know a red headed Irish man. When he got drunk he use to do a Ron Weasley impression

“Harry Potters fuckin my Sister” he would yell. “He using his wand on her chamber of secrets”

Ok, that story has nothing to do with the article but it is funny. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone just had its 20th anniversary, as it seems you could not escape hearing again and again. Even worse is the inability to escape politics in the USA and the UK being compared to Harry Potter.

Vernon is for Brexit, even JK Rowling said it
Harry Potter and the US election, surprise.

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Globalization.

When an American and a Filipino are talking about K-pop in Taiwan as a British musicians music plays.