五毛 in Morning Stream

  • Jan. 14, 2021, 7:03 a.m.
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After years of lurking, I suppose it was mostly out of boredom that I start commenting on YouTube posts. I wanted to see what would happen. Naturally my comments were thoughtful and mainly positive, maybe a little cryptic. I’ve long worked with the notion that I will not say anything on the internet that I would not say in public - even here on PB I don’t care to argue my opinions. Sure I have opinions about a lot of things but since I don’t really care about my own opinions, why would anyone else? And one thing is certain, you are never going to change someone’s mind about anything with a comment on social media.

So I learned a new word because of my comments: Wu Mao. People paid by the Chinese government to say nice things online about China. 五毛. The term actually means 50 cents, which I think of as similar to ‘put my two cents worth in’. But it is important to make the distinction that those are not my two cents but 50 cents from the Godless commie bastards to say life is a sweet dream in the Middle Kingdom.

When unfiltered reality plays out in real time like this, it is well worth the price of parcipitation.

d-_-b

Breakfast, yeah lets talk about food again, has been one of the overall winners of the pandemic. Apparently, we are all doing the same thing, checking in with work and then sooner or later starting breakfast. Last year, consumption of pancakes grew 25%, bacon was up 15%, and waffles were up 20%. Even cold cereal, which had been in decline, bounced back, but this must mostly be due to new varieties of coffee-flavoured, bacon flavoured and whisky-flavoured cereals.
Personally, I’m surprised bacon was only up 15%.


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