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Only after coming to America, I learned that..

Reading about the 12th suicidal jump in Fuxconn factory in China, and have some thoughts of my own..
 
Only after coming to America, I learned these a few important lessons:
1. You don’t need to please everyone. It’s fine some people don’t like you, and you don’t need to like them either. The only thing really needed is mutual respect. It’s completely fine to be a loner, and enjoy life anyway. However, if you have an expectation that you should be popular and the focus everywhere you go, you are already setting yourself up for failure.
2. You don’t need to compare to anyone, either money, or score, or IQ, or anything/anyone around you or about yourself. Be true to yourself. The daily happiness you experience is uncomparable to anything others can ever have. Like what you like, and hate what you hate. Try to do more things that are good for you, for your family, for people who really care for you or surround you, and try to enjoy the process.
3. It may be common for the feeling "love" to happen, but it may not be as common as you would think for two people to both fall in love for each other. If you are really putting your heart into seeking it, it may happen once a year if you are lucky. And among those, much rarer can it last to reach some stage or grow healthily. So the advice is to cherish it when you get it. It’s indeed a miracle that happens to you and not something completely in your control.
4. Love yourself and your family like no others. To them it can really be unconditional love. You can have complaints, but no matter what wrong they have done, first assume their good intentions, then forgive them and try to teach them to get back to the right way or reach a compromise. Even when you are most angry about them, try to control your emotions and not to treat them like enemies. You only get that a few folks in the world if you are lucky.
 
5. It’s really important to have a regular sleeping pattern and life style. With the patterns regulated, then you start to wake up to senses of the real need of your body and your emotions. With an ever changing environment, you are too busy coping for changes and would ignore the deepest need of your own. This is a really important part of loving yourself.
 
6. There’s always exceptions to every rule, e.g, I am staying up late and writing this little thing. :) But that’s why it’s a guideline that everyone strives for but nobody can really reach or stay there forever. It’s the ultimate ideal world that everything happens according to rules. But does it mean we should not try to follow rules? No. In the long run the world is progressing towards the better and the trend is nonstoppable for anyone. So you’d better catch up.
 
I am thinking if those people who chose to kill themselves may not have chosen such a way if they also learned the lessons I have learned…
 
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The 2009 H1N1 (Swine flu) Pandemic Internals

Planning to visit China soon, thus did some research about the H1N1 flu that everyone in China is talking about these days. The following are some interesting findings:
 

 
Seasonal Flu H1N1 Flu Comment
Estimated Hospitality in U.S. annually 200,000 [1] ~98,000
(~63,000 to ~153,000) [2]
 
Estimated deaths in U.S. annually 36,000 [1] ~3,900
(~2,500 to ~6,100) [2]
[2] The estimation for H1N1 flu is calculated from a model and is updated every week with more data available. Please note that it could be under-evaluating, e.g., original estimates for April – Oct 17, 2009 were 17,283 hospitalizations and 1,004 deaths. The real numbers were twice more hospitalizations and 1.65 times more deaths.
Pandemic Severity Index [3] < 0.1% < 0.1% This is the case fatality ratio. If we assume 30% of full population get this disease, then < 0.1% of all patients will die. This mean the whole U.S. will have < 90,000 people die from it.

[4] Compare to SARS (H5N1) which was not widespread enough to be called a pandemic, the whole world has seen 8,273 cases among which 775 died. That’s a high 9.6% case fatality rate.

High risk groups 1. 5-, especially 2-;

2. 65+;

3. pregnant women;

4. any age with certain chronic medical conditions;

1. 2-;

2. 65+;

3. pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks postpartum (including following pregnancy loss);

4. any age with certain chronic medical conditions

High risk groups means who are at higher risks for influenza-related complications, including severe illness and death.

For 2009 H1N1 pandemic pregnant women were 4 times more likely to hospitalize; 6 times more death than general public (although pregnant women are only 1% of full population, the group accounts for 6% of all deaths). Women in the 3rd trimester are particular vulnerable. In past pandemics it has reported an unusually high 27% case fatality rate. [5]

70% of all hospitalized with H1N1 had a medical condition.

65+ are less likely to become ill with 2009 H1N1 influenza compared to younger persons. However, they are at higher risk for severe influenza-related complications when they do get H1N1.[6]

For seasonal flu, 85+ has the highest hospitalization rates. 5- has similar hospitalization rate as 50-64 group. [7] 

Priority target groups for vaccines 1. 6 months to 18

2. Pregnant women;

3. 50+;

4. any age with certain chronic medical conditions;

5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu [8]

1. Pregnant women;

2. people who live with or provide care for infants < 6 months

3. health care and emergency medical services personnel.

4. 6 months to 24

5. any age with certain medical conditions [9]

Priority groups for vaccinations are based on high risk groups with some other considerations. For example, all people 50 to 64 are also recommended for seasonal flu vaccine “because a high proportion of them have at least one high-risk condition.” [10]
Hospitality group characteristic 60% is 65+ Highest among 5-;

Young adult 19-24 higher than 25 or older

 
Death group characteristic 90% is 65+ 11% is 65+  
ILI rate of population [11] 2.30% 5.50% This is the % of outpatient visits for influenza like symptoms. When it’s over the national baseline, the flu is in epidemic. Note for H1N1 the ILI rate has already fallen from the peak of 7.8% 4 weeks ago (the week ending Oct 17, 2009) in the US.
Affection Seasons Only winter/spring seasons Remain active throughout the summer  

 
In summary, there are some relief and new worries about H1N1:
+ It’s one type of flu. As a result, most people who catch it will only have mild and normal flu symptoms and will get well in a week. Currently 99% people who get flu is getting H1N1, not other types of seasonal flu.
+ The estimated hospitality and death rates are lower than average seasonal flu.
- It’s affecting more people than normal seasonal flu.
- Its effective season is much longer than normal seasonal flu.
- It’s causing a lot more young people to hospitalize or die, unlike normal seasonal flu.
- It’s causing more pregnant women to hospitalize or die.
 
To prevent H1N1:
1. Getting vaccinated is highly recommended when they become available for high risk groups.
2. CDC recommend the following everyday actions [12]:
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Sources:
[1]
Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Basics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[3] Pandemic Severity Index. Wikipedia.
[5] Pandemic Influenza and Pregnant Women. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jan 2008.
[7] Seasonal Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[8] Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[9] Key Facts About 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nov 24, 2009.
[10] Q&A: Seasonal Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[11] 2009-2010 Influenza Season Week 45 ending November 14, 2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nov 20, 2009.
[12] 2009 H1N1 Flu ("Swine Flu") and You Questions & Answers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nov 5, 2009.
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笑谈中国剩女问题

话说中国剩女问题最近几年已经引起了无数人的关注与争议。不论是否真有这个问题,或是什么导致了这个问题,大家都会有自己不同的答案。我也来记录一下自己的看法以做小结。

 

首先列出一对似乎充满矛盾的事实:

1。很多报纸杂志论坛都纷纷列出数据:由于重男轻女现象严重和中国独生子女政策,中国出生的男多女少,大概是120:100左右,严重偏离正常范围。结论是:很多男生会打光棍!

2。可是我们目前看到的,报上听到的都是优秀的女生剩下,优秀的男生难求,次次参加婚介行动都是男少女多啊。适婚男士呢,都到哪里去了?

 

解释有很多:

1。心理角度:女生更加挑剔,不愿意委曲求全。这是残酷的优胜劣汰的自然选择决定的:从来都是凤求凰,女生在追求者中选择最强者。男生不够强,为什么女生要屈就一辈子?男生则在婚嫁问题上更容易随遇而安。该结婚就结了,该生孩子就生了,见异思迁总可以用其他办法来解决。

2。实用角度:中国的社会现状是“女生能顶半边天”。现在的社会女生比男生还能赚钱,照顾自己的生活完全没问题。偶尔有体力活怎么办?各种服务便宜着呢,花点钱就成了。为什么还需要男生?

3。年龄角度:中国推行晚婚晚育制度,女生们读完大学就二十多了,读完硕士,博士就奔三了。在感情上再经历点波折,迫于生活压力卖力工作几年就很容易错过最佳适婚年龄。

4。社会角度:中国城市化严重,很多农村人口通过求学或工作流动到城市。女生更能适应这种流动,为了更好的生活更愿意滞留在城市寻求工作或婚嫁机会。因此城市适婚人口中女生人数大大超过男生。由于社会圈子的局限性,我们身边的剩女都相当优秀,她们都在大城市生活,拥有高学历和高工资。反之容易忽视的是,农村适婚人口中男生大大超过女生(有报道说某些地方比例达到7:1!反推就知道农村进城市的女生有多少了)。他们才真的是被大家所忽略的弱势群体。

 

因此综上而言:中国目前的剩女现象应该改名为中国的“林黛玉焦大”现象。城市的收入高的眼光高的林黛玉看不上农村的低收入的随遇而安的焦大,宁可自己一人过独身生活。这是问题吗?也许吧。但绝大部分剩女们自己不觉得这是个问题,或不认为这个问题能通过自己的努力或者时间解决。

 

那么对于那些认为这是个问题并希望其解决的人,有曙光吗?当然有,虽然实现起来有难度:

1。压抑优胜劣汰法则的副作用。转换老旧思想观念,女生不要只盯着“(比自己)成功有为成熟男士”不放:

a)眼光投向年轻弟弟。根据目前的出生比例,90后的弟弟们每一百个就多出20个。这从源头上提供了一定的保证。

b)眼光投向男生赚钱外的其他本领。比如厨艺啦,比如爱心啦,比如艺术感啦,比如幽默啦,比如乐观啦,比如帅啦等等。给生活锦上添花有许多方法,适合自己才是最好的。

c)就像成功男人背后总有一个女人一样,成功女生背后如果也有一个男人则成功更容易持久。现在很多公司的女性一把手背后都有个老公在家肩负家务或教育孩子等重任,这样她们也能更加专心投入事业。正如歌中唱到:军功章啊,有我的一半,也有你的一半。分工不同而已。如果家里面女生更能赚钱,为什么不赚呢?

2。外嫁。现在中国逐渐强大了,外国人趋之若鹜。独立美丽实力的林黛玉们成为他们眼中耀眼的一道风景,而林黛玉们的选择面也广了很多。当然外嫁不是盲目的,必须是经过严格筛选真正优秀的男生才能要。令人欣慰的是,受益的不光是林黛玉们。农村焦大们其实也很受欢迎,很多外女(越南,缅甸等等)们偷渡到中国定居成婚(当然很多是花钱买的婚姻)。谁说外娶外嫁一定需要一个优美的故事,或者高学历,或者共同语言呢。

3。早结婚。在大学时候大家经济情况差别不大,而且大多有感情基础。主要的副作用是工作后如果两地分居,很容易导致家庭不稳定或离婚。

4。中国男人奋起直追,争取打破“阴盛阳衰”的现状,尽量达到女人的所有要求,让所有女人都称心如意找到心上人快快乐乐出嫁。

5。一辈子一个人过也没什么大不了的。偶尔来个一夜情。没有合适伴侣又想有小孩的可以选择精子银行。自己带大小孩子有难度但是也许别有一番乐趣。

 

最后祝天下MM都快乐。

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Definition of Insanity

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

First thought, wow, such a wise quote and I will remember it all through my life! Second thought, I challenged the quote, “What about ads? Marketing people send the same ads over and over again to us in hope we will change our minds to buy something. Sometimes we do, don’t we? So it seems the quote doesn’t apply to all.”

G challenged me, “Marketing people send the same ads over and over again in hope we see it at least once and go buy their stuff. They actually don’t try to change our mind with the same ads. That’s why they change ads from time to time. Otherwise they are insane.”

Hm… seems to make sense. I will still keep this quote with me then. :)

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Latest unemployment rate (plus testing out the new Live Blog Writer…)

August: 9.7%

September: 9.8%

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又见苏醒。。

。。而且是和李霄云一起。我最喜欢的快男快女马上就要携手唱情歌了!!好期待!
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