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  • Alleged Scammers Behind Bitcoin Exchange Ponzi, MyCoin, Arrested in Taiwan - Inside Bitcoins

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Inside BitcoinsAlleged Scammers Behind Bitcoin Exchange Ponzi, MyCoin, Arrested in TaiwanInside BitcoinsThe Chinese newspaper, China Times, has reported that on August 20, 2015, Taiwanese police arrested two suspects who allegedly scammed investors out of $1 billion NT, equivalent to $30.6 million USD. Lu Kuan-wei and Chen Yun-fei were arrested after ...and more »
  • Bullock announces trade mission to South Korea, Taiwan - NBC Montana

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    NBC MontanaBullock announces trade mission to South Korea, TaiwanNBC MontanaSteve Bullock announced Friday he'll lead the trade mission to South Korea and Taiwan from Oct. 24 to Oct. 30. The trip is intended for business leaders to network with potential buyers. South Korea is Montana's second largest trade partner after Canada.and more »
  • Taiwan Fest and Cirque du Soleil: What to do in TO this weekend - The Globe and Mail

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Globe and MailTaiwan Fest and Cirque du Soleil: What to do in TO this weekendThe Globe and MailInspired by a Greek cautionary tale about hubris, Cirque du Soleil's Varekai premiered under the big top in Montreal in 2002 and now tours arenas with an enlarged set to match the exotic-circus company's big ideas. Here, Icarus finds himself lost and ...
  • Taiwan and Its South China Sea Peace Initiative - The Diplomat

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    The DiplomatTaiwan and Its South China Sea Peace InitiativeThe DiplomatFor many years, the international community has been less than fair in its treatment of Taiwan. Nevertheless, the government and people of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan are committed to having their nation be a capable, responsible stakeholder
  • Taiwan metro cards to show Japan porn star Yui Hatano - BBC News

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    BBC NewsTaiwan metro cards to show Japan porn star Yui HatanoBBC NewsTaiwan's capital is to introduce a pre-paid public transport card featuring the Japanese porn actress Yui Hatano, despite an outcry over using her image. The company producing the cards said they would be released on 1 September, backtracking on an ...Devil to pay: Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cardsReutersJapanese Porn Actress Will Appear in "Angel" and "Devil" Poses on Taiwan Metro Slate Magazine (blog)Taiwan to launch metro cards featuring Japanese porn-starSBSall 28 news…
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  • US dollar rises, closes higher at NT$32.772 on the Taipei forex

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Friday, gaining NT$0.002 to close at NT$32.772 as the greenback recouped its early losses to return to positive territory on the back of further intervention by Taiwan's central bank, dealers said.
  • City unaccountable for EasyCard decision: Ko

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday refused to get involved in the growing controversy behind an EasyCard Corp. limited edition card covers which will feature Japanese porn star Yui Hatano (波多野結衣).
  • NBA's Jordan Clarkson could visit during Jones Cup

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - NBA player Jordan Clarkson is expected to visit Taiwan together with the Philippines national basketball team for an upcoming international hoop tournament to kick off in New Taipei today, Taiwan's basketball association has said.
  • Former Keelung City Council Speaker is found guilty of corruption charges

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Former Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰) was found guilty for violating the Anti-Corruption Act by embezzling approximately NT$9 million of council funds yesterday after an eight-month trial.
  • International electronics show set for October

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The 41st Taipei International Electronics Show, TAITRONICS, jointly organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA), will kick off on Oct. 6 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall 1.
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  • US beef exporters promote affordable cuts with In Between at Eslite Hotel

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Amid the devaluation of the New Taiwan dollar, the price of American beef has risen in order to meet the needs of local exporters and other international market uncertainties. In response, the USMEF has decided to introduce eight new cuts that are competitively priced and can suit local tastes.
  • 'Nanking' author's parents call on Japan to face history

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Parents of Chinese-American author Iris Chang , who was best known for her book on the Nanking Massacre, "The Rape of Nanking," yesterday called on Japan to face history in order to promote peace. Speaking with local media in Taipei, Chang Ying-ying and Chang Shau-jin , the mother and father of Chang respectively, urged the Japanese government to sincerely apologize over wartime atrocities during World War II.
  • Devil to pay - Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:12 am
    Taiwan will roll out "angel" and "devil" metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project. Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano will appear on a limited-edition charity series of Taiwan EasyCards, which users swipe to enter metro stations and buy goods at convenience stores.
  • 17 Taiwanese shoplifters at Tokyo Disney arrested in past two years

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:39 pm
    During the past two years, 17 Taiwanese have been arrested for shoplifting in Tokyo Disneyland's gift stores. In response, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials have called on people not to damage Taiwan's image abroad due to impulse.
  • Taiwan's accidental whisky evangelist spreads the word in Hong Kong

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    Eric Huang has spent more than a decade promoting appreciation of Scotch malt whisky on the island; he's continuing that education drive now in Hong Kong Taiwan is a unique market for Scotch whisky in general, and for single malts in particular. According to the Scotch Whisky Association, in 2014 it was the world's fourth biggest market by value, and the world leader in terms of the average price paid per bottle.
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Amazon.com annexes us to China

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    Good News! You can now buy Kindle eBooks directly from Amazon.cn.Searching for books on Amazon.com from my desk in Taichung, Taiwan, when I got this crap. Bottom pick shows HELP with a help line in China, in simplified characters._______________________[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
  • Kongo and Taiwan

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    The battlecruiser Kongo in her WWI configuration, as she would have appeared in 1923. Some of my South African readers might recognize the port.I've been a battleship nut since I was a kid, and as an adult, a Pacific War buff. Yamato may have been the mightiest of Japan's battleships, but to my mind there's no question that the greatest of them was the battleship Kongo (). Kongo participated in perhaps the most effective Japanese battleship action of the war, the night bombardment of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal on Oct 13, 1942. Kongo also sank the legendary Samuel B. Roberts in the…
  • Things to read

    22 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    I have to admit, the election has grown boring. I don't even feel like bothering to mention all the silly things KMT candidate Hung Hsiu-chu has been saying, because no poll has her above 20% at the moment. PFP candidate Soong, who must get faction politicians to switch to him from the KMT, hasn't gotten many. And Wang Jin-pyng, the heavyweight KMTer and informal leader of the KMT Taiwanese factions, is remaining... silent. Tsai Ing-wen isn't saying much because she doesn't need to. Kinda a lull at the moment... before things start to heat up.So read Cole at China Policy Institute on China's…
  • On Abortion and Sex selection

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:33 am
    River valley in eastern Taiwan.Was trolling Google scholar and this caught my eye: from this 2008 paper on using abortion as a sex selection device after the laws were relaxed in 1985-6 period:Using an individual level dataset constructed from birth and death registries for all individuals born in Taiwan during 1982-89, we find that the legalization of abortion significantly increased the fraction of males born. The effect comes entirely from third and higher-parity births and children born to mothers over the age of 28. For those groups, abortion increased the fraction of males born by…
  • DOD #TaiwanFail

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    According to the US DoD, Taiwan has no navy. This chart from this report being passed around Twitter as a "good" chart. Nope._______________________[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
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  • Not Much Going On Lately

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Photos (mostly geotagged) by MJ Klein There really hasn’t been much going on with us lately.  That’s why there hasn’t been an update for several weeks.  Nevertheless, I have to put something on the blog, so I’ll do a composite post about what we’ve been doing, even though it’s not really very interesting.  Hopefully the photos will be interesting.  The following photos are representative of what’s on our photostream on Flickr.  To see the other photos in the photostream, just click on this link. Btw, we do have a typhoon bearing down on us.  We…
  • Some HDR Photos

    12 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    Photos by MJ Klein   “HDR” means “high dynamic range.”  If we were talking about audio, it would mean that there is a wide range between the softest and loudest sounds.  In photography, it means there is a wide range between light and dark. Let’s start with this photo.  This looks like an ordinary photo taken inside a car of the Taiwan High Speed Rail.  It looks perfectly exposed with rich colors and nothing too dark or too light.  But notice the window at the far right.  There is detail visible out the window, which would normally be entirely washed…
  • Kaohsiung At Night

    25 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photos by MJ Klein, including FOOD PHOTOS!   This is Kaohsiung at night, from our hotel window.  This article features photos taken over 2 days.  Let’s go for a walk around…. The hallway in our hotel as we walk to the elevator from our room. This ridiculously high ISO photograph of our hotel shows just how dirty my sensor is (I should say “was.”).  I bought a cleaning kit and got rid of all but one very stubborn piece of gunk on the low-pass filter.  But, back to the story…. When I first got the D7000 I was excited by the prospect of very high ISO…
  • Fuxing Fun

    17 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Photos by MJ Klein   UPDATE: Snap & Stray’s photos at the end!  Thanks for sending these, Snap! Joined by fellow bloggers Snap and Stray, we went to Fuxing to the Xiao Wulai Scenic Area 小烏來風景區 to view the waterfalls there.  Seen above is Xiao Wulai 小烏來瀑布 waterfall. This pan of the general area was taken from a roadside stop. Once we found the parking lot, we checked out the map to figure out where to hike to.  The waterfalls are not that far away, and even Phoenix had no trouble walking there. The above sign has place names and approximate times to walk…
  • Phoenix’s New Scooter

    10 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Geotagged Photos by MJ Klein   Phoenix is growing up fast!  We got her a little push scooter and she loves it! Along with the scooter, we got her knee and elbow pads, plus a helmet. Surprisingly, she did not resist any of the safety equipment.  She says that she likes wearing it. Phoenix is right-handed, and I thought she might use her right foot for pushing, but you see here that she’s using her left foot. After she did that for awhile, I asked her if she liked it better using her right foot for pushing, so she tried that. She seemed to like using the right foot better.  Her…
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  • Visions of UIUC : Farewell to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    What a year. In a stark contrast to my previous life at Hong Kong, the year at Urbana-Champaign proved challenging in almost every regard. Urbana-Champaign are sleepy twin towns in the middle of no-where cornfields at the flat-land Midwestern Illinois state, whereas Hong Kong was one of the world’s largest urban insanity, and so I (unsuccessfully) attempted a switch to a much slower pace. That just might have worked, if it weren’t for the brutal winter often hitting -20 degrees Celsius and with plenty of snow, having a definite impact on my fragile body which was used to…
  • Frida Kahlo Museum and Coyoacan : Mexico City

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    A bit off the tourist beaten track and the touristic historical center down in the southern parts of Mexico City is Coyoacan, a pleasant area most famous for the neighborhood where two of Mexico’s most well known Mexican artist couple resided – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Besides the colonial architecture in the Jardín Centenario square and the wonderful street food and markets nearby, you can visit the Museo Frida Kahlo where Frida spent the last few years of her life and Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli where Diego’s studio used to be with a large collection of…
  • Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán and Museo del Templo Mayor : Mexico City

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Lots was going on in Mexico City long before the Spanish stormed in. At the center of modern Mexico City at the heart of what’s referred to as the historical center (Zocalo) stood a great Aztec temple. Dating back to 14th century and signifying an important lost culture, the sight is now a UNESCO heritage site. The Templo Mayor museum will allow you to walk between ruins of this once magnificent temple and imagine all that was lost. The Spanish did a heck of a job turning the temple into a pile of stones, so to fully appreciate the place you’ll either need a good tour guide or a…
  • Metropolitan Cathedral and Constitution Plaza : Zocalo Mexico City

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    My tour of Mexico City started at the Centro Historio, the historical center district, where many of Mexico’s historical tourist attractions are concentrated. Arriving at my B&B quite late, I set off for a walking tour of the area, first heading towards Zocalo to see the Constitution Plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral – icons of Mexico City. The area has served as an important meeting area since the Aztecs, and there are some very interesting ruins still to be seen in the area, but till this very day it serves as place for political protests – most times against the…
  • Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square : Phoenix

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Last Christmas eve, I found myself stopping over at Phoenix Arizona with some time to visit some of the local attractions. But, being Christmas eve, the city was dead quiet and so all the places I visited were completely empty, with me being the sole visitor. When visiting the Rosson House Museum at the Phoenix Heritage Square I got a private one hour tour by the local guide taking me through the house and explaining everything about the house. Truth be told, I am not one of those people who likes private tours, I don’t like the commitment and I keep feeling like I am either wasting the…
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