Gold Is All-Powerful!

20915111_1826554314027501_524815541242818085_n (1)Paul Chong                                                      Thursday, 28 September 2017

The power and politics of gold, that precious metal with more allure and fascination than any other is well documented.
Gold has mesmerized men for thousands of years.

When we talk of gold, we mean pure gold & it is 999.9 – 24K Gold Bullion. Its value is permanent, unchanged right from historical times. Wars, largely financed by gold, have been fought, won & lost over this beautiful & scarce metal. Men would risk their lives, lie, steal & cheat over it.

In the world of high finance & recent years, economic uncertainty is giving gold a new lustre. Whether it’s a few gold coins or gold bars stored in one of the many vaults around the world, many investors are taking a shine to gold. But there’s not a lot of it. It is said that, even melted down, there would not be enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool.

People generally ask:
How much gold would fill a swimming pool?
How much gold has been mined in the world?
How much is all of the gold in the world worth?
How much gold is supposed to be in Fort Knox?
Gold has all the mysteries about it & nobody can really quite know.
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It’s claimed that much of the gold held by the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve and Fort Knox is gone — that for every 100 ounces of gold traded, there exists only one ounce of real, physical gold. So, where is the gold — and who really owns it?

According to Wikileaks it’s revealed that China has been converting US debts to buying gold. It seems they’ve also managed to find a way to undermine the US dollar as a the world’s reserve currency at the same time. Japan, Switzerland & the Saudis are doing likewise. Russia is cooperating with China all the way trading its oil with China in Yuan which is made convertible to gold thereby dispensing with the US reserve currency.

 

According to Wikipedia:
The Nixon shock was a series of economic measures undertaken by United States President Richard Nixon in 1971, the most significant of which was the unilateral cancellation of the direct international convertibility of the United States dollar to gold. (This happened essentially as a result of Fort Know running out of gold).

While Nixon’s actions did not formally abolish the existing Bretton Woods system of international financial exchange, the suspension of one of its key components effectively rendered the Bretton Woods system inoperative. By 1973, the Bretton Woods system was replaced de facto by a regime based on freely floating fiat currencies that remains in place to the present day”.

The fiat (paper dollar) system allows the Reserve Bank to print money as & when needed. For the last 40 plus years, US seemed to have it easy, but it marked the beginning of the worst 40 years in American economic history. Unemployment, slow economic growth, recessions & neglect in the rebuilding of infrastructure . . . all contributing towards US decline. The American mind-set is to spend as though there’s no tomorrow or easy come easy go.

With President Donald Trump trying .to make US great again does seem a downhill battle. Manufacturers have mostly gone off-shore in search of lower labour costs. Countries, one after another, are deserting the “petrodollar” (oil can now be traded other than the US dollars). US national debt is almost $20 trillion ,perhaps even higher when taking into account other factors.The largest holdersof US debts are China, Japan, Belgium, the Caribbean banking centres, and oil exporters. It’s mentioned that these problems could be tamed and mollified with a true gold standard

Both China & Russia, in preparation of the world in chaos, are buying up gold (Refer: https://youtu.be/MQCDL588MOE). See also “Why is China selling US Treasuries at an Alarming Rate” at https://youtu.be/avi4ll2YvBI.

Something big is brewing. The Rothschild family, only trillionaire in the world, believed to be pulling out of US, is followed by Soros who is buying up massive amounts of bullion.gold.

Gold price stands today at $1,300 per oz. The man in the street is advised to invest in gold or at least in silver which is more affordable at $20, as a safeguard to his personal fortune in the event of financial collapse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money Rules the World

 

Paul Chong Tuesday, 26 September 2017

British journalist and scholar Martin Jacques wrote about “When China Rules the World”, it appeared to conjure speculative fear globally. It’s said that there is nothing to fear but fear itself. We should rightly fear not the enemy you know but rather the enemy you don’t. In fact, right from Napoleonic times there already existed a ruling class of elite financiers – the world’s secret enemies, working most powerfully behind the scene, permanently there.

Money is the root of all evils. More correctly to be said is “They who control the money rule the world”. It’s true when they have the absolute authority to print money at will . . . with the monopoly on creating money but no accountability backed up by a government with enforcement. Such is the state of affairs globally with the operation of central banks which are in the realm of these elite financiers . . . the Rothschild, Rockefeller & the Morgans. They are the lot who control the Federal Reserve, supposedly to be under government control.

Reserve Bank Act was created in 1910 at Jekyll Island, GA when the Rothschild, Rockefeller & the Morgans & other bankers secretly gathered.

“Give me control over a nation’s currency and I care not who makes its laws.” – Baron Mayor Amscher Rothschild.

In respect of the Reserve Bank Australia (RBA), claimed to be owned by the “Commonwealth” under the Queen, its status is likewise the same. When Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952 she became Head of the Commonwealth.”

However, according to Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777 – 1836)
“I care not what (QEII) puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the (Commonwealth) Empire. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire & I control the British money supply.”

The irony of money is if people go about printing money it’s a crime called counterfeiting. But when the Reserve Bank undertakes to do it, it’s said to be increasing the money supply.

Inconceivably, these elite financiers are just feeding on the people. In 2008 financial crash, instead of bailing out the people, the owners consolidated their position & enriched themselves. The people who most deservedly needed governmental rescue are left to their misery . . . and paying the debts.

Jacob Rothschild maintains that: “My family is worth 500 trillion dollars. We own nearly every central bank in the world. We financed both sides of every war since Napoleon. We own your news, the media, your oil and your government.”

With such wealth & power, you wonder what is their end game.

According to Henry Ford (1922), he said “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking system and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

It’s interesting to note that Iceland is doing good now having opted out of central banking system after the financial crash. Russia according to reliable report, has recently only opted out. Greece however is still in the doldrums.

 

According to the Complete List of Banks as owned by the Rothschild, who own a long list of banks all over the world, shows clearly that RBA is under them as with the Reserve Bank of US & others, and surprising even the People’s Bank of China (Established in 1948).

The shocking fact is the “Commonwealth” Royals are subservient “puppets” to shadow banking financiers . . . as are the US Government Administration!

“The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough money to buy it back again. However, take away from them the power to create money, & all the great fortune like mine will disappear & they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier & better world to live in. But if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers & pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money.” – Sir John Stamp, Former Director of The Bank of England.

“The real rulers in Washington are invisible & exercise power from behind the scenes.”
– Felix Frankfurter
Us Supreme Court Justice

AUSTRALIA . . . To be Great again?

Paul Chong                                                                       Thursday, 21 September 2017

I was reading an article of mine published (1990) in a little book entitled “How To Have Motivation Unlimited”. To my delight I found it to be profoundly prophetic in respect of Australia, long dubbed as The Lucky Country, falling from its sky high status.

Quoting from the article: “In a recent survey conducted by the travel & business newsletter International Living, Australia rates number one when considering climate & recreation, literary & personal freedom. It ranks fifth place to live after the US, Switzerland, Canada & Sweden in that order. For climate & recreation, Australia rates a perfect 10. In terms of political & civil freedom, Australia is one of the 18 countries to score perfect.
Economically however, out of the 167 nations surveyed, Australia is not so healthy & finishes down the list at number 32. This economic rating does not stand to reason.

Australia was the richest country in the world 1885 and 1900, but after more than 50 years it was overtaken & replaced by the US & Canada. Since then we have continued our economic downturn. It is likely that neighbouring Asian countries like Singapore will overtake us in the foreseeable future. As it is, we are third behind Brunei & Japan in terms of per capita wealth, and that is after being the rich man of Asia for so ver long. Such economic ills have prompted Paul Keating, the Federal Treasurer to come out with the term “Banana Republic”.

Today, we are truly the poor cousin of our neighbouring Asian countries. We who are richly endowed with great natural resources can be so impoverished is beyond belief. Australia is the world’s leading producer of rutile, zircon, bauxite, iron ore and ilmenite, the second largest producer of alumina, gold, lithium, manganese ore, lead and zinc, the third largest producer of uranium, and the fourth largest of silver, nickel and black coal. Australia has about 0.3 per cent of the world oil reserves. Most of Australia’s known remaining oil resources are condensate and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) associated with giant offshore gas fields in the Browse, Carnarvon and Bonaparte basin.

The ceiling of national debt has been raised with each successive government, whether Labour or Liberal. So far, honest John Howard, a former Australian politician who was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. John Howard is the second longest serving prime minister of Australia after Robert Menzies & the only PM I know who left office with a national surplus.

Our national debt stands at AUD 6,443,127,254,721 (as on 20 September 2017 Australian Debt Clock). It is steadily & incessantly clicking away by the smallest of time, each successive government has been shooting up its debt ceiling. This sounds more like US.

Without an objective central planning, each government lacks cohesive & continuous policy to grow & progress with its economy. Besides in-fighting & back-stabbing over leadership lead not to any political fruitfulness.

As an avid observer & by no means a politician, I have not seen any infrastructure construction since The Snowy Mountains Scheme (1972) .The Hydro-Electric Scheme is by far the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. We have seen how China miraculously grow in the last few decades through its prerequisite building of infrastructure. Having said that, it is also essential to review, renew & rebuild old ones. Otherwise, like US, the nation is falling to rot & inadequacy.

It is recommended that Australia take stock, chart its course & change its direction & linkage. The west & Great Britain are waning & falling behind the western sunset. Get on the speedy wagon of the high-speed rail of China & seize on the golden opportunities afforded by the Belt & Road Initiative.

To be great again with a forward & upward change of attitude
to ensure Australia’s altitude!

 

The Belt and Road Initiative 一 带 一 路

 

The Belt and Road Initiative
一 带 一 路
( . . . in respect of Singapore-China relationship)

20915111_1826554314027501_524815541242818085_n (1)Paul Chong                                                         Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Singapore-China ties have kept up with the times, though they have some differences in recent times. With vision & foresight, Singapore has long established economic ties with China.
The southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing is Singapore’s third government-to-government project with China, This is a $158 b investment project.Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) being the first economic interest followed by Tianjin as Singapore’s Eco-City project.

On Tuesday 19 September 2017, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang welcomed Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, as the two leaders seek to raise more bilateral ties to a new high. Singapore is now ready to jump on to the high-speed rail & seeking the many opportunities available with the Belt & Road Initiative, the Project of the Century.

Premier Li, who invited his counterpart to the three-day visit, emphasized that the two countries are good neighbors and the importance of developing China-Singapore relations.

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Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong & Chinese President Xi Jinping

The two leaders decided to maintain the good momentum of the high-level exchanges between the two countries, and further cooperate at all levels on the Belt and Road Initiative.

More than 60 countries have now signed on to participate in the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). It’s only the question of time when more will come on.

China, in reviving its ancient glory & supremacy, and having now surpassed US as the leading global economy, is reaching out to the world for mutual benefits in economic development.

US is also awakening to the sheer magnitude of development beyond man’s wildest dream. With the imminent visit of President Trump to China, we shall await the outcome. India & Japan might have their own reservations, but Australia should join in & participate fully in the Belt & Road Initiative.

 

Taiwan: China’s Own Little Gem

Taiwan: China’s Own Little Gem
. . . China has a legitimate claim. It’s part of China

Paul Chong                                            Monday, 18 September 2017

It is a verified truism that you can’t lay claim to any possession unless it’s your own or that which you have lost. Claim needs to be well supported by facts. Taiwan is the dispossessed jade of China’s jewels. Taiwan is culturally Chinese with strong bond & ties to Fujian, a province of SE China, on the China Sea. When the vanquished KMT, under the leadership of Chiang Kai-Shek, a renegade Chinese general, retreated to Taiwan in 1949, 600,000 soldiers and up to a million civilians moved with them.

Culturally, there’s no running away from Mainland China. Taiwanese root & DNA can easily be traced back to motherland China. Minnanhua, a form of Hokkien (as spoken in Fujian) is widely spoken together with its national Mandarin. Taiwanese language is written using Chinese characters. In Taiwan, traditional ‘long form’ characters are still used, unlike the simpler ‘short form’ characters as taught & used in Mainland China.

It is inconceivable to think or claim that Taiwanese are not Chinese.

With the peaceful rise of China & its global influence, Taiwan’s diplomatic relationship with other nations of the world has dwindled & eroded. There is but one China & that is the People’s Republic of China. The latest to cut its diplomatic ties with Taiwan is Panama as of 13 June 2017. Taiwan is being isolated more & more. Panama “was at the top of the list” of Taiwan’s most important remaining diplomatic ally. It’s a symbolic blow to the island, leaving it remaining with just 19 diplomatic allies, most of them small, including the Vatican. Ms.Tsai Ing-wen’s government will ultimately have to relent, to recognise, respect & reconcile with Mainland China . . . with nowhere to go but to return.

China has always considered the Taiwanese issue as an internal domestic affair & warrant no outside intervention. This warning is so loud & clear.

According to Ross Feingold, a senior adviser in Taipei at D.C. International Advisory: “It is very possible that the remaining countries will switch.” Time is on China’s side & it tends to space out such moves to maximize public relations and strategic value.

It does appear that United States seems no longer willing or able to expend diplomatic energy to match China’s efforts. 

Ms.Tsai Ing-wen: the question is Quo Vadis!

Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Ping-Pong Diplomacy
(乒乓外交 Pīngpāng wàijiāo)

Paul Chong Sunday, 17 September 2017

We are all living in a turbulent & volatile world. The threat of Hiroshima-Nagasaki nuclear destruction on August 6, 1945 by US looms & dooms in our hearts & minds & may happen again if politics, in the name of world safety & security, sadly takes on the trigger-happy finger. This time around it could mean global annihilation.

Ever since the end of WW2, US has been confronting & threatening DPRK. Inevitably this has led to the defence build-up of the little nation. As in ancient time the sword was no match to the gun, I believe DPRK just got to equip itself with similar or greater arsenal of WMD (the infamous Weapon of Mass Destruction of George Bush).

Pretty sure both parties want peace & harmony, but not just by rendering verbal convention without any positive or genuine means of reconciliation. Economic sanctions, verbal threats etc have failed to bring about any political solution. It’s been a long drawn “ding-dong” game between “David & Goliath”.

As a layman, I think that if all else failed, political conflict could be solved through the field of human sporting arena, where there is no political constraint or hidden agenda, suspicion or mistrust. It’s all open & transparent. Everything depends on the question of sporting skill to gain supremacy. Both victors & the vanquished take the results in the spirit of sports. Clubs & nations are prepared to pay hundreds of millions to sign on top soccer or basketball stars.

Come to think of it, instead of having just the Summer or Winter Olympics once every four years, I recommend all sporting nations to participate in “PING-PONG OLYMPIC”. It’s a cheap game to organise . . . ping-pong tables, nets & balls. I see less hassle, most in terms 0f expenses & seasonal convenience.
China, the supreme nation in the game, could start the ball rolling. The Chinese could very well outreach to Taiwan in bringing about the political reconciliation & unification via the game they both love & play well. The Japanese, the Koreans & other Asian nations are all equally good & skilful in this game . . . not forgetting the Europeans or the Americans.

Wang Hau, Chinese Champ

Many of you can recall  the exchange of table tennis (ping-pong) players between the United States and People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the early 1970s. The event marked a thaw in Sino-American relations that paved the way to a visit to Beijing by President Richard Nixon.

Let’s thaw all our political conflicts through the simple Ping-Pong. Unlike the American football where injuries are so prevalent, this is a delightful simple game, like tennis or badminton, yet providing thrills & spills, energy & excitement, quickness & agility, brawn & sweat without the dispense of brain.

 

 

Footprint of Poverty

Paul Chong                                                                          Saturday 16 September 2017

Hailing a life journey of almost four score years, I have come a long way from home Matang, an insignificant one-street village town, which many of you would never have known 6 miles from Taiping in Malaysia. There I was born in a dingy little room of a wooden single storey shop house, my grandfather’s place. He was an indentured coolie from Fujian, China. I had lived from one small town like Kg Temerloh to Bruas where my parents lost their small fortune running away back to Matang because of the atrocious Japanese invasion.

Cutting short the story, we were later living in Port Weld (11 miles from Taiping), where I wasted two boyhood years studying in a Chinese primary school.

I had my education in St George’s Institution, Taiping, from where I received the Malayan government scholarship to be trained as a teacher in Kirkby, Liverpool, UK (1959/60). Through self-study, I attained my Higher School Certificate in 1962. In 1966, I graduated from the then University of Malaya, Pantai Valley, Kuala Lumpur. Completed my service/scholarship bond in 1970 when I resigned as Anderson School (Ipoh) Sr Geography Master. Business careers in life insurance & real estate followed till 1982 when we decided to migrate to Perth, Australia.

All men & women, irrespective of race, colour or creed the world over , have the same hope, dream & aspiration. There is no difference between you & I in respect of our needs & wants . . . a life that is free & just, safe & secure with every possibility & opportunity to better ourselves. A good government will not marginalise or impoverish one group to benefit another. The Malaysian New Economic Policy (NEP), a social re-engineering and affirmative action program formulated by the National Operations Council (NOC) of the UMNO ruling party in the aftermath of 13 May 1969 Racial Riot in Malaysia. It was like robbing Peter to pay Paul when 30% was/is demanded to be allocated to the local Malays (Bumiputra), irrespective whether it’s public or private commercial enterprise without any input of capital or talent. Unfair & unjustified policies were & still are implemented with no end in sight. Originally, the NEP is supposed to last for 30 years. It’s been too good to be abolished or even scaled down for over half a century now. The list of unfairness is long & only brings on grief to your poor heart.

Ironically, the truth is that NEP does not really benefit the entire Malay population, but more glaringly the elite Malays with the right UMNO (the ruling Party) connection. Beneath the surface of the gleaming twin towers of Pernas & other high rise buildings lies the quagmire that will eventually bring about the collapse & sinking of the economy & its privileged people.

Unknowingly, the ruling party & the general Malay population are nailing & sealing their own coffins. News of 1MDB scandal, extreme corruption etc are rampant globally.

You can’t go on spoon-feeding or just taking without giving to expect growth & progress. You can’t impoverish one to enrich the other. You can’t pull down the top to support & push up the bottom. Are you going for EXTINCTION?

In Singapore, Malaysia’s friendly neighbour, when separated from Malaysia in 1965, was deemed to doom. Singapore has no natural resources with only the will to survive & strive for DISTINCTION. With good governance under the late Lee Kuan Yew, the former British colony not only prosper but earn a high reputable world standing from a third world economy to the status of wealth & highly developed economy.

With a population of no more than two million then, everyone is treated fairly & justly & all striving for excellence. Meritocracy is practised. No one is excluded or privileged to achieve his or her dreams. Halimah Yacob, the former Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament, has won to become the country’s first female president. She is a Malay minority in a city state largely made up of Chinese. She personifies well a meaningful poem by Dean Alfange:

It’s not easy for the westerners to understand the mentality of the Chinese with a civilisation of over 5,000 years . . . continuous & undimished.

The Chinese known to be most pragmatic, resourceful, resilient, assiduous in their economic pursuit, intelligent, and who had suffered humiliation for over 200 years, learn early in life to stand tall & erect, unafraid to brave the storms in life . . . “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” It’s said that giving the man a fish for the day, he’ll only live for the day . . . but teach him how to fish he’ll have a better chance of living a good & better life.

Government handouts will only sink & restrict full potential growth & progress. In China with a teeming population of more than 1.3 billion, the Chinese government has already lifted up about 700 million from poverty. Now this figure represents twice the total US population. It is targeted that by 2020 every Chinese will live above the poverty line.

In their formidable task, China builds road & good speedy transport system to make inroads into the poor rural areas, provide free fundamental education, health care, opportunities for occupation, training etc. Chinese experts in mushroom cultivation are showing & teaching the rural poor farmers how to grow Black Mushroom. The government provides initially the seeds & the sawdust medium for growing. It’s possible to earn the much needed Yuan to better their economic situation all in a period of months. This is just one of the means towards ending rural poverty. While preserving the poor farmers’ pride & dignity, they gain flavor & fortune. Everyone is better off in the process of caring & sharing. It’s a win-win concept that China is extending its arms to the world at large. The vehicle of “One Belt One Road” will traverse all types of terrain, high or low, dry or wet, far and wide. You will agree that what’s good is worth sharing.

Now living blissfully, comfortably & contentedly in our own little humble home on the escarpment of Perth Hills overlooking Perth City, where the air is fresh & clean, clear blue sky with a scenic seasonal change of beautiful environment. Our daughter is a PhD holder, son is a medical doctor (anaesthetist) & last but not least a younger son with a double top-honours degree in civil engineering & computer science. Hopefully, we look forward to adding to our present five grandchildren to ride on the road to posterity.

Though born & bred in Malaysia, legitimately & legally to be classed as a Malaysian citizen, I prefer to be known as “A Chinese by Descent . . . An Australian by Consent.” It is not always true that yonder pasture is greener, but circumstances can make it so.

In colonial times under the British, Malaysia suffered a drainage of trade & wealth to the British colonial master. Today the drainage & exodus of talent are unstoppable. What’s lost by Malaysia is gained by Singapore, Canada & Australia. Oil is still flowing in Malaysia, but how long will that be before it runs out!

 

A Very Big Number

Friday, 17 March 2017

Whoever wrote this piece did it very well indeed & is intended for greater circulation . . . provoking thoughts on
“political correctness” in all non-sensible government moves right through the deteriorating ages.

If I give you $1 billion and you stand on a street corner handing out $1 per

second, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, you would still not have
handed out $1 billion after 31 years!!

Now read on.

A VERY BIG NUMBER

This is too true to be funny.
The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual
manner, think about whether you want the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax
money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency
did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its
releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

E. A billion Dollars ago was only 13 hours and 12 minutes, at the rate
our present government is spending it.

Stamp Duty
Tobacco Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Income Tax
Council Tax
Unemployment Tax
Fishing Licence Tax
Petrol/Diesel Tax
Inheritance Tax
(tax on top of tax)
Alcohol Tax
G.S.T.
Property Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Vehicle Licence / Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Carbon Dioxide Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

Not one of these taxes existed 60 years ago and our nation was one of the
most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt.

We had the largest middle class in the world.

Mum stayed home to raise the kids.

Dad and Teachers were allowed to discipline kids.

A criminals life was uncomfortable.

What the h!!!! Happened?

‘Political Correctness’, Politicians or both?’ Arseholes !!!

I hope this goes around Australia and beyond at least 100 times!

A Bipolar Man Am I?

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By Paul Chong                                                                Sunday, 26 February 2017

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  I am a bipolar man, so said my wife Lilian & my two sons & daughter, all inclined to agree, taking side with their mother. According to them, I fluctuate between two extremes – the very high & the very low. They all said that I tend to swing from great depression to extreme high      when I become an exceptional superman with tons of energy to perform great tasks.

According to my wife Lilian, we’ve been married for 52 years, she categorically maintained that I am a Schizophrenia, a Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, a bombshell of a person, highly volatile & explosive . . . very dangerous to be near. I could be a danger unto myself & a danger unto others.

From the time 1960 of “love at first sight to this end of hate at last bite”, never have I ever raised a little finger on her. How can such a relationship get to be so wrong & so misunderstood. I love peace & harmony. Violence is not my game. Bipolar syndrome I have not, but ultra sensitivity that I do have. When I am hurt, there would be tears in my heart, though no tears are visible in the eyes.

Bipolar I am not. If what is said of me is true, this life of mine would have ceased to be or I would probably be languishing in a great mental institution . . . just like the great actor Jack Nicholson who was flown into the cuckoo’s nest, confined as a sane man for a minor crime. There he remained from a sane normal human being to one who became insane. This is the danger of misdiagnosis & thereupon the danger of a treatment most foul.

What I have is what every normal person has. I feel angry when I am unjustly treated, I feel sad as a result of a sad event, I get greatly disappointed when I am unceremoniously disposed of for whatever. Everybody feel sad, happy or unhappy. Everybody goes through life of up & down, active or inactive, well or unwell. It’s all normal & expected out of this life which can never be a bed of roses. Even roses, pretty as they are, can prick you. Some people has it better than others. No two lives can be identical.

My greatest weapon of mass destruction(WMD) for my own self preservation, peace & harmony is my “war of silence” when I literally cut myself off from communicating with anybody, particularly the culprit who hurt my feelings. In general, everybody takes it that I am now in a manic depressing state . . . totally inactive. In my own comfort zone, this is how I take the advantage of having the best time of my life . . . a wonderful period of leisure & pleasure.Think what you want, it bears no significance to me. They say those who laugh last laugh best.

I am a romantic fool thinking that love would last . . . that which is good would last forever. Realistically life changes. People do change . . . sometimes for the better, other times for the worst.

When you love deeply, the greater will the hurt be. Human feelings are so fragile & often misunderstood. As a psychiatrist, there is no way you can clearly diagnose. Most diagnosis is speculative in nature & medication as subsequently prescribed is on the basis of trial & error. The Midland consultant psychiatrist, Dr Sam Restifo MBBS, FRANZCP*, who was meeting me for the first time ever, without the the basis of any test or long term observation, was convinced straightaway that I am certainly a bipolar case. I warned him that he could be wrong & I am not prepared to take any drug against my own sense of knowledge. Forcing anything on me against my will is in anyway going to be of help. (*Twice he came to the house totally uninvited & without permission. First time, I entertained him & his lady assistant out of courtesy but not the second time . . . I shut the door on him & her. He has yet to furnish me with his promised report. I am considering a civil case for intrusion of personal privacy & peace of mind).

If at all I am truly sick, throwing me out of my beloved home is ridiculously insane for my sane wife to do. All the more, I should be kept in the house, tenderly loved & cared for. I was utterly shocked when I saw my younger son with my luggage all packed at the car porch saying “Here’s your stuff. Mum doesn’t want you to be home. You are to leave the house.”

For the first time in over 50 years, I am now a vagabond, living the first week at son Andrew’s place in Carlisle and then another week at my old Gideon friend’s place in Ranford. I was rejected by my on brother-in-law Steve who said: “No, you cannot stay here. You’ve got to go. I cannot get involved in this.” Another disappointment was with Marie & Nigel, cousins by marriage, who can only render & mouthing sweet gesture of goodwill & kindness.

Well, Confucius said: “You can get to know a person but not his heart.”

At age 78, after spending well over 40 years making a living, making sacrifices when we migrated to Perth in 1982. My daughter Agnes is a PhD in Asian Studies, an anesthetic doctor David and last but not least, my youngest son Andrew with top honours in a two-major degree (Civil Engineering & Computer Science), I am more than happy with life.

They say that all that glitter is not gold. Beneath the golden glitter, an under current was surging on. Lilian my dear wife was beginning not to like my presence. I was working 14 hours a day (literally 24/7) running a small delicattesen business in Kalamunda, which caught the mass media attention when it ceased to sell cigarettes in support of the Non-Smoking Campaign in the years of the 1980s.

I suffered financial stress & strain in what I did (imagine A DELI NOT SELLING CIGARETTES) and I collapsed in a pool of blood in the shop one morning in 1990. I had duodenal ulcer. I was told to take things easy & daily to take Zantac for the rest of my natural life. I did for only 6 months.

What followed was diabetes type 2, chronic back ache & glaucoma, leaving me legally blind & not allowed to drive anymore. Also, I had to stop playing golf. My life took on a 180 degree turn & I became totally dependent on Lilian. I guess that’s hard on her too.

Human beings are the most gregorised  creatures here on earth. They don’t live in isolation, for they need to mix & integrate with one another. But individual Bipolar are unique as no two persons in this whole world  is alike – not even if they are identical twins. Each one of us behave differently. How do people behave & why people behave the way they do?

Yesterday, I was waiting to catch the bus home in Belmont area. Thereupon the middle of the bus route came this tall young Aboriginal girl who was acting strangely. With feet astride she was trying to block the flowing traffic. Instead of the pedestrian trying to avoid accident, she was deliberately to get hit. Traffic was weaving around her. She wasn’t quite herself, she was thoroughly intoxicated. As she stood unsteadily, persistently waving her hands, the breeze just brought on the stench of her liquor. She smelt foul & looked unkempt.. I am sure under normal circumstances, she’s a nice person, but under the influence of alcohol, she was somebody else.

She must have affected me quite a bit,  for though I took the right bus, I got down in an unfamiliar spot. Being visually impaired, I had some difficulties getting home. I wandered around a fair bit & before long I was lost. If not for a good samaritan driving by in her Subaru, I was disoriented to find my way home. Plagued by chronic back pain, walking was my least joy of exercise so recommended by my doctor.

The moment I got back, I had an early dinner. Feeling tired, I laid down. It was about six in the evening & I slept off soundly till 11.00 pm. When I woke up then I was totally refreshed & rejuvenated. I always find myself most productive’ Thoughts & inspiration come quickly & without any hassle. And here we are, you among the many others globally reading this article’

Under normal circumstances, I am always happy, sociable, approachable, friendly  & I like to say I am loveable. I love singing, arranging karaoke social dinner ceaselessly for home functions as well as public functions in fund raising. Nothing negative . . . always positive contributions to the community.

I do good & nothing bad has ever come out of me.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of elevated mood.The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present. During mania, an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy, or irritable. Individuals often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to  the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced during manic phases.During periods of depression, there may be crying, a negative outlook on life, and poor eye contact with others.The risk of suicide among those with the illness is high at greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and substance use disorder are commonly associated.

Actress Catherine Zeta Jones is said to shut herself off from public appearance whenever she was seized by bipolar condition While we all experience mood changes in response to life’s events, some people’s moods fluctuate up and down much more than usual. People with bipolar disorder can have extreme moods of feeling really high, very active and euphoric (‘manic’); or feeling really low (‘depression’). When these shifts in moods cause changes in how you’re behaving and how you are able to function in your everyday life, it’s  to get help.

The causes are not clearly understood, but both environmental & genetic factors play a role. Many genes of small effect contribute to risk. Environmental factors include a history of childhood abuse, and long-term stress. The condition is divided into bipolar I disorder if there has been at least one manic episode, with or without depressive episodes, and bipolar II disorder if there has been at least one hypomanic episode (but no manic episodes) and one major depressive episode. In those with less severe symptoms of a prolonged duration, the condition cyclothymic disorder may be diagnosed. If due to drugs or medical problems, it is classified separate. Other conditions that may present in a similar manner include attention deficit hyperactivity disorderpersonality disordersschizophrenia, and substance use disorder as well as a number of medical conditions. Medical testing is not required for a diagnosis, though blood tests or medical imaging can be done to rule out other problems.

Treatment commonly includes psychotherapy, as well as medications such as mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. Examples of mood stabilizers that are commonly used include lithium and various anticonvulsants. Treatment in a hospital without the individual’s consent may be required if a person is at risk to themselves or others but refuses treatment. Severe behavioral problems may be managed with short term antipsychotics or benzodiazepines. In periods of mania it is recommended that antidepressants be stopped. If antidepressants are used for periods of depression they should be used with a mood stabilizer. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be helpful for those who do not respond to other treatments. If treatments are stopped, it is recommended that this be done slowly. Many individuals have financial, social or work-related problems due to the illness. These difficulties occur a quarter to a third of the time on average. The risk of death from natural causes such as heart disease is twice that of the general population. This is due to poor lifestyle choices and the side effects from medications.

Over the years, the undercurrent of unhappiness was building. Lilian is more than a carer for me, a non-paid chauffer, an unpaid cook & domestic help . . . all were taking a toll upon her.

The last straw broke on me rather than on her. Chinese New Year celebrations end on the 15th day of the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. I had wanted to go out with her the whole day. All dressed & ready to go, but each time she said “no” without saying why. So I finally settled down to my computer.

Like a fool I was, she was in the master bedroom adorning herself to go out for the Chap Goh Mei’s celebration at the Club in Willetton. She slipped away quietly without telling a soul.

Now the rest is history. Suffice for me to say that last straw broke down my emotional buttom, setting my whole inner being on fire & like a thief ransacking the house in search of valubles. I suppose I should not have done & I apologised promising never to do that again.

But she was convinced that I would have killed her had she been home. She expressed herself & made it known to the family with her messages in WhastsApp.

Our problem is a case of personal conflict & a relationship that had rotted away over the years. Since she had her monopause, I have been a “virgin”. She was known to me as “mimosa” – a “touch-me-not” prickly weed. She was alwasys having more than a slitting headache or asn upset stomach. Our master bedroom becomes her domain. Quite often she locked it. My nightly sojourn is the reclining chair in the lounge.

My heart bleeds, but who is to see. I have tears in my heart, but none at all in my eyes – but who’s to tell & understand the situation between two apparently loving persons.

Our case has nothing to do with bipolar or any disoder. It is a case of personal conflict that has turned sour a good human relationship.

Find a problem & solve it

Find a hurt & heal it

Find a need & fulfil it

To every action there is a direct opposite reaction

The natural law of cause & effect rules all the time.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

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China Global Television Network – CGTN

 

cgtn-buildingCGTN Building in Beijing

Paul Chong                                 Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The role of multi media plays a significant part in the eco-political & social growth of the nation. Its impact & influence come softly & miraculously.

CGTN (China Global Television Network) is a 24-hour English/Mandarin news channel based in Beijing, housed in a most peculiar building known as the “Underpants Building”.

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Symbolically, the building has two legs (towers) surging towards heaven to be spanned & joined angularly at the top by horizontally built structure.

CGTN is owned by China Central Television. Originally known as CCTV (China Central TV) it was founded on 25 September 2000. As of 1 January 2017, it has changed to this new name as CGTN.

img20170208053046img20170208033217Tian WeiTian Wei’s “World Insight”

It carries 56 channels. Only Channel 7 is in English covering a wide range of topics. CGTN is manned by a good many professional presenters recruited from various parts of the world. Perhaps, CGTN would in due course increase the number of programs in English.

img20170208083636img20170208092730Beijing is the home base with two others at Nairobi & Washington . . . three strategically well placed locations. So, the air waves flow from Beijing right across the continent of Africa onto the American continent. Europe & Asia are all covered, of course.

There’s a program for every taste . . . Variety is the spice of life & colours make the world go round.

See the difference . . . Hear the difference . . .
And the difference grows . . . Just like everything else
growing rapidly in China!

img20170208101409By the way, CGTN is watched via satellite dish installed at a cost of under AUD1,000, a one-off payment without any further commitment, unlike Foxtel. Besides CGTN & associate programs, you’ll get other English programs & movies (all in English) from Japan, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Russia, France etc.