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There’s a lot about China that’s fake

I don’t like it here.” — a resident of Tianducheng, a city in China made to look like Paris

The place is “a little strange,” she says. I wonder if she’s been arrested yet.

There’s so much graft and corruption and greed in China. There was the melamin in pet food. There was junk in baby formula.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some are dumping their industrial waste into products they export to America. I remember from years back the toxic smell leaching from the black plastic cases of the cheap DVDs at the dollar store.

Because of these problems and lax enforcement of food safety and other regulations, I fully support ending free trade with China. It’s past time to begin placing tariffs on certain imports and banning others altogether.


Kinda makes you think about where your food comes from, don’t it?


This image was on the front page of a Malaysian newspaper, The Star. It got me to thinking about what I eat. I avoid products from China, because I have reservations about the quality of items, particularly food, coming from there. I also have stopped eating shrimp because most of it comes from slave labor.


Carbonated swamp juice? Why not?


I’d never heard of it until now. It’s called Spezi, pronounced SHPET-see, a drink that’s a mix of cola and citrus sodas enjoyed by many Germans.

The name — Spezi — is the word — in the Bavarian dialect — for buddy, presumably learned from American soldiers during World War II.

In 2016, however, one 21st century American wasn’t impressed when offered a glass.

“It looks like carbonated swamp juice.”

One marketer isn’t worried, though.

“It’s not an appetizing color when people are not used to it. It looks a bit strange, but we don’t care—it’s part of our strategy.”

An American from Indiana who lives near Frankfurt thinks it looks “like the Calumet River,” a heavily polluted waterway in his home state.

I will have to try it some time.