NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.

“President Trump is a businessman; he's not a politician. In the past we've had politicians that have made moral arguments to the Chinese and to the Russians. We've made arguments that basically say, ‘Well, you should do this because it's the right thing, or you should do this because the international community wants you to do that.’ Moral arguments don't work with the Russians or the Chinese. We've learned that over the years.”
U.S. diplomat Richard Grenell, the longest serving spokesperson at the United Nations

East meets West, China poisons our products, die, Americans!
If a restaurant intentionally poisoned you, you'd never eat there again. If only some of the outlets in a large chain intentionally poisoned you, you'd still avoid them all if you couldn't reliably differentiate the risky versus safe ones. So why do we buy from China?

The Chinese, our dear friends during World War II that we saved from savage Japanese aggression, repaid us with first military and then economic belligerence. These depredations resulted not from ordinary folks in China, but from a minority of unprincipled business and government fat cats (as usual) afflicted with myopia that deludes them into valuing short-term gains at the expense of long-term cooperation and mutual respect, which is what we all should seek.

NOTE: Workers in China are being exploited as they are in other countries by unprincipled über-rich people willing to screw anyone, including their workers and customers, so they can make more money and live a more exalted lifestyle than they deserve. While I think the über-rich often have more than they deserve, some of them have wealth commensurate with their achievements, contributions to the world, and concern for others, which should always take precedence over the almighty dollar—or yuan, in the case of China.

The target of my criticism in this article and my other one on made-in-China junk, is not the poor exploited workers, but the fat cats taking advantage of them—and us. I have nothing but compassion for Chinese workers, such as the one who inserted a letter in a product pleading for help.

Americans would not stand for such abuse if cute Main Street USA soccer moms were similarly mistreated, but they turn a blind eye to suffering in faraway lands so they can have lots of low-cost stuff. This makes my ethical spine shiver in disgust. If we held Wal-Mart's (and other big retailers) feet to the fire, we could force them to give more than lip service to this issue. Insisting that all workers be paid fair wages and work reasonable hours in decent conditions would also help Americans because the Chinese cheap labor advantage would dissipate.

SumOfUs is “Fighting for people over profits.” I agree. Profits are necessary to spur innovation and productivity, but profits obtained by screwing customers are an abomination that only sociopaths can excuse.

UPDATE February 18, 2013: Just as it would have been stupid for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to eat food prepared by Germans, it is never advisable to trust your health to an enemy. We are not at war with China, but they are at war with us, as I reported years ago.

Now there is solid evidence that the Chinese Army is persistently engaging in cyberwarfare directed at the United States government as well as “attacks on American corporations [and] organizations.” Source: The New York Times, who added, “increasingly its focus is on companies involved in the critical infrastructure of the United States — its electrical power grid, gas lines and waterworks.Why? Because they want to help us run them more efficiently? No, so they can figure out how to #@¢% them—and you, and your kids.

Obama administration officials say they are planning to tell China’s new leaders in coming weeks that the volume and sophistication of the attacks have become so intense that they threaten the fundamental relationship between Washington and Beijing.

If President Obama is smart enough to reconsider the foundation of our relationship with China, shouldn't you be, too?

Ask yourself: Is it realistic to think that anyone unprincipled enough to want to hurt us would have moral reservations about hurting us in other ways? Dream on!

Chinese Hack Into US Chamber of Commerce, Authorities Say Excerpt: “'The Chinese have attacked every major U.S. company, every government agency, and NGO's.' [...] Sources tell ABC News that at any given moment that there are hundreds of cyber attacks targeting U.S. companies and government agencies. [...] Congressional leaders say China is engaged in economic espionage on a scale never seen before. [...] Overall, the U.S. is hemorrhaging economic espionage to the tune of $250 billion.”
Comment: That is over $800 per person per year, or over $4000 for a family of five. In a decade, that's $40,000: enough to buy a couple of cars, or pay for a college education. They are stealing from YOU.

Lenovo Laptops Shipped With HTTPS-Breaking Spyware… Intentionally

The 10 Most Counterfeited Products in America
Excerpt: “The American economy loses $250 billion as a result of counterfeit products each year. […] More of these counterfeits originate from mainland China than any other country …”
Comment: That's $2.5 TRILLION (2500 billion) per decade—about $10,000 for every adult—and we should let our “friends” in China get away with this?

Also see:
The Secret War (Popular Mechanics, January 2012)
How China Steals U.S. Military Secrets
US Cyber Chief: Military Is Unprepared For Hacking (especially from China)

Articles:

  1. China is planting spying microchips in electric Iron and kettles that can scan Wi-Fi devices to serve malware
  2. Report: Chinese phone comes preloaded with spyware (excerpt: “… Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software …”
  3. Chinese State-Sponsored Hackers Suspected in Anthem Attack
    Excerpt: “… evidence … points to Chinese state-sponsored hackers who are stealing personal information [‘Social Security numbers and other sensitive details of 80 million customers’] from health-care companies for purposes other than pure profit … [targeting] defense contractors, government workers and others, according to a U.S. government official familiar with a more than year-long investigation into the evidence of a broader campaign.”
  4. China Hackers Got Past Costly U.S. Computer Security With Ease
    Excerpt: “… hackers … stole personal data on 4 million government employees from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management …”
    Comment: So they can send them personalized birthday cards? No, so they can #%~* 'em and our nation.
  5. China suspected of breaching U.S. Postal Service computer networks
  6. The China-based hack on US government computers is worse than anyone realizes
    Comment: If you don't think this is a big deal, read Entrepreneurs: Help Our Country Play Security Offense (And Defense).
  7. Why Did Chinese Hackers Steal Data From 4 Million Federal Employees?
    Excerpt: “… U.S. officials have accused the Chinese of trying to steal intellectual property from various major U.S. corporations.”
  8. Hackers Took Info on Every Current Federal Government Worker
    Comment: Our inept government cannot protect their own records, yet they will protect your healthcare information? Uh-huh! </sarcasm>
  9. U.S. Charges Six Chinese Citizens With Economic Espionage: U.S. alleges group, including three professors, stole sensitive wireless technology (an article discussing this, by Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker, said “The allegations are likely to add fuel to already inflamed tensions between the U.S. and China, which has bristled at previous U.S. accusations that it is engaged in large-scale economic espionage.”)
  10. Senior intel officer removed after controversial comments on China (excerpt: “Capt. James Fanell … warned … that China's strategy was to be able to launch a "short, sharp war" with Japan.”)
  11. In J.P. Morgan Emails, a Tale of China and Connections: Firm’s Hiring of Son of Chinese Government Official Has Drawn Scrutiny From U.S. Authorities Investigating Hiring Practices of Several Big Banks
    Excerpt: “Gao Jue did poorly on his job interviews …, he messed up his work visa, accidentally sent a sexually explicit email to a human-resources employee and was described by a senior banker as ‘immature, irresponsible and unreliable,’ according to internal bank emails and people familiar with the matter. Yet the bank hired him, saved him during major job cuts and later was prepared to offer him another position …”
    Comment: Start connecting the dots …
  12. Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

I am not anti-China or anti-Chinese. I spent months researching and writing about what Japanese war criminals did to them—including acts so shocking they would have raised Hitler's eyebrows, such as gang-raping children and raping many others before spearing their vaginas. I deeply care about what happened to them, just as I care about how my father was savagely murdered and how too many people have their lives shattered or ended by cruel thugs, such as some Chinese businessmen who inspired me to write this article.

Worrisome Levels of Lead Found In Imported Rice (link)
Excerpt: “… estimated lead exposure levels 30 to 60 times greater than the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) provisional total tolerable intake (PTTI) levels for children and 20-40 times greater than the standard exposure levels for adults. … Rice from Taiwan and China contained the highest levels of lead.”
Comment: In The Science of Sex, I warned about China's lead danger over a decade ago. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that lowers IQ. Translation: It can keep you and your kids out of medical school, or any job requiring brainpower, and make you so dumb you can't see how leaders from the Left and Right are screwing us left and right. It can also make people too stupid to figure out the obvious way to control our leaders (hint: not elections).

High Levels of Lead Detected in Rice Imported from Certain Countries (link)
Excerpt: “… some of the highest lead levels [were found] in baby food …”
Comment: Children's brains are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of lead.

May 21, 2014: PetSmart treats: China-made treats won't be sold by 2015: (link) “Now both PetCo. and PetSmart say they will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China. There have been more than 1,000 reports of dog deaths after eating Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats.”

Lumber Liquidators shares are crashing after a damning '60 Minutes' report
Excerpt: “The 60 Minutes report showed a factory in China making laminate flooring for Lumber Liquidators that was deliberately mislabeled to show that it complied with California regulations when it did not. The report centered on elevated levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen …”

Fisher-Price is recalling almost one million toys because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. What's particularly troubling about this is that Fisher-Price has had a long-standing relationship with the Chinese vendor that applied the paint. Fisher-Price is practically synonymous with “quality toys,” so they must have imposed various quality standards on their vendors, including a prohibition against using leaded paint. Yet it happened. Again.

In June, the toy maker RC2 Corp. recalled 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line (source). Before that, there were so many reports of other contaminated products, foods, drugs, supplements, and herbs that you would need a team of researchers working full-time to keep track of all of them. A few months ago, The New York Times reported that Chinese producers routinely and intentionally add melamine to rice protein and wheat gluten in animal feed products to falsely inflate their protein levels.

The New York Times also detailed (F.D.A. Tracked Tainted Drugs, but Trail Went Cold in China, June 17, 2007) how a state-owned company in China exported diethylene glycol, a syrupy poison used in some antifreeze, as safe, pharmaceutical-grade glycerin. Instead of cooperating, the Chinese blocked an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Oct. 27, 1997, Mary K. Pendergast, then deputy FDA commissioner, wrote “The U.S. imports a lot of Chinese glycerin and it is used in ingested products such as toothpaste.” She stressed the need to learn how that poison was introduced, which might “prevent this tragedy from happening again.”

A decade later, Chinese-made diethylene glycol was mixed into medicine that killed at least 100 people in Panama. Chinese toothpaste containing that toxin was found in the United States and seven other countries.

In Fascinating Health Secrets and The Science of Sex, I cautioned against consuming food or herbs from China, given their indifference about food safety and their rampant pollution that ensures that many of their food and herbal products are inevitably contaminated. Here is a relevant quote from The Science of Sex:

There have recently been reports indicating that many herbs (especially Chinese or Asian herbs) possess unacceptable levels of toxins and thus cannot be recommended unless a particular product has been tested and proven to be safe (even then, I'd be wary of batch-to-batch variation in purity). For example, ConsumerLab (www.consumerlab.com) tested 21 brands of ginseng, 17 of which were Asian and one of which was a mixture of Asian, American, and Siberian ginseng. Twelve of these products failed the test (eight products were contaminated with both quintozene and hexachlorobenzene, and two products contained unacceptable levels of lead). Other tests performed by the California Department of Health Services found contamination with drugs and potentially toxic heavy metals in 83 of 260 imported Chinese remedies. If they can’t nuke us, perhaps they are instead trying to poison us (by the way, I'm only half joking). Another study of approximately 2600 Chinese herbal preparations found that 25% of them contained synthetic drugs, including Viagra. Unless you are fond of playing Russian roulette with your health, I think you should—at a minimum—avoid a product unless it has passed testing by ConsumerLab or another independent lab. Given the abysmal track record of Asian herbs, I think it would be prudent to avoid all of them.

Feds: Homes with tainted drywall should be gutted
Excerpt: “Homes with tainted Chinese drywall should be stripped down to the studs, according to today's recommendation from two federal agencies. The corroded electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and other systems should also be removed …”
Comment: All because of tainted Chinese drywall!

Based on the recent news reports, I am no longer half joking about them trying to poison us because they can’t nuke us. They are poisoning us, and it is intentional, not an accident. I don’t fault the FDA for not detecting this problem sooner because the FDA does not have the resources to inspect every food shipment into the United States. However, it is sheer lunacy for the FDA to give the Chinese the ability to poison us as they did with feloniously contaminated food because we don’t need any food from China; our farmers can grow enough to feed us and still export to other countries. Our Congress is evidently unconcerned about American farmers producing enough food, because it has paid billions of dollars as subsidies to farmers to encourage them not to grow food. Then we turn around and buy food from the Chinese—utterly idiotic! The FDA wants to prohibit Americans from buying prescription drugs from Canada**, yet it permits food and herbal imports from a country—China—that intentionally poisoned us. Does anyone in Washington have any brains? Why not ban all food and herbal imports from China? Add toys to the list, and the next generation of American kids will be smarter, because lead is a known neurotoxin.

** I have never seen any evidence that prescription drugs from Canada are any less safe than drugs obtained from American pharmacies. In fact, Canadian drugs may actually be safer. The safety of American drugs is compromised by an idiotic system that gives crooks an open door to, for example, sell counterfeit drugs that have killed and injured many people.

Ever smell tires made in China? Rubber usually has a characteristic mild odor that quickly fades, but after buying various products with made-in-China tires (such as a garden wagon and hand truck), I quickly feel nauseated after being anywhere near them, including outside, even years later—long after one would think they would have aired out. What on Earth do Chinese manufacturers put into rubber that other manufacturers do not?

My brother and I previously sold some Chinese-made products but we discontinued them after tiring of their stunningly pathetic lack of quality control. Not only was their quality control horrendous, but it did not improve even after exhortations that “you'd better improve, or else.” Sheer apathy.

Chinese leaders are obviously very smart, but if they were wiser, they would prosecute companies whose faulty products damage the China brand.

That was no aberration. After purchasing countless other Chinese products, I am convinced that they don't give a hoot abut quality or ethics. Whether it is a badly chipped storage rack or a tainted medicine that kills humans, the Chinese don't care. Period. So why do we buy from them?

Anyone who answers “price” is penny-wise and pound-foolish. I won't paint with a broad brush and assert that all Chinese products are junk, but a surprising number are.

I think the American perception of value is distorted by what I call the Wal-Mart effect. You know—you buy something that seems to be a bargain, but you are myopically focused on price, not quality. I will be the first to admit that I, too, was once this stupid. Then it hit me: many of the seemingly great bargains were anything but. For example, one fall in which I did very little baking I had three mixers fail that I purchased from Wal-Mart. When I was young, I bought a relatively inexpensive made-in-America mixer for my Mom as a Christmas present. That mixer was still going strong over three decades later—and my Mom baked more than Martha Stewart and Better Crocker combined! (Several thousand cookies later, I am fortunate that I discovered an easy way to lose weight.) Thus, you and I could save money by purchasing better-quality items that might cost more but last a long time. Furthermore, our landfills wouldn't be filled with so much junk that dies prematurely. Recycling is good, but what's even better is obviating the need for recycling, or delaying it for many years.

Were it not for our involvement in World War II, the Chinese would have been permanently enslaved by the Japanese—at least the Chinese who weren't exterminated, as many were. I think it is natural to express gratitude to someone who saves your life, but I have never seen any evidence that the Chinese feel the least bit grateful for what we did for them. To my knowledge, they never even sent so much as a Hallmark card after the war. Instead, they became bellicose. Their truculence and “to heck with you” attitude even extends to friendly corporations such as Fisher-Price and others who give them work.

Imagine if you'd saved the life of someone's father and then given that person a job, yet he repeatedly and intentionally poisoned your products and killed your customers for decades. Aside from being aghast at the lack of gratitude, wouldn't it be reasonable to fire that person? Of course. Ergo, it's time to fire the Chinese and give jobs back to Americans. We've given the ungrateful Chinese too many chances to amend their behavior, and they continue to spit in our faces.

The American patience for Chinese intransigence is growing thin. I think that a candidate in the upcoming Presidential election could guarantee his election by seizing this issue and illustrating how inexpensive made-in-China goods often cost more in the end in addition to imperiling our health. We could put millions of Americans back to work and have higher-quality products that are safer and more durable by banning imports from China.

Incidentally, the primary reason why we prevailed in World War II was because of our industrial capacity. In the past few decades, the American economy has shifted to one based on services and information, not industrial production capacity. Industrial production capacity is a national strategic asset, yet it is one that our leaders seem to have forgotten.

We don't need to wait for our leaders to wake up, however. We could achieve immediate effects by boycotting corporations that incorporate Chinese products into their goods, especially ones intended for human or animal consumption. Remember the old ad jingle: “East meets West, La Choy makes Chinese food, swing American”? It's time to amend that. “East meets West, China poisons our products, die, Americans!”

Update: A few weeks later, there was yet another massive recall because of made-in-China toys being contaminated with lead. This latest recall involves 800,000 Mattel toys, including 675,000 Barbie accessories. According to an AP report, this is the third major recall of Chinese-made toys in the past few weeks necessitated by lead contamination.

One needn't be a psychiatrist to know that there is something seriously wrong with China and the mindset of some of its people. We saved them in World War II, and soon thereafter they and the Russians—another one of our WW II allies—were out to get us any way they could. The Chinese attack has been relentless and multipronged. Do you think this chronic lead contamination problem is just a mistake? Perhaps not. If they want to beat us—and they do—they could get an edge by poisoning our kids with lead so the next generation of Americans is less intelligent. Unfortunately, the lead contamination problem is just the tip of the iceberg. China is our enemy, and they have more up their sleeve than just lead. We now know about some of the other hazards, but some won't be discovered for years, AFTER untold damage has been done. Then the Chings (“CHINese Gangsters”) will apologize to us, just like they always do, while they are secretly giving each other the high-five for a job well done as they celebrate the stupidity of Americans for being so blind to the war they're waging. Wake up, Americans. Stop buying made-in-China products, and tell Wal-Mart, the #1 supporter of made-in-China junk, to find suppliers in other countries.

School-of-Hard-Knocks lesson: Don't trust spellcheck!

Don't trust spellcheck!

If you analyze Wal-Mart's success, it boils down to one primary economic fact: We rewarded them and made them multi-billionaires because they gave us low-cost goods. However, when these low-cost goods have a short life span, or when they are contaminated with lead or other risks to our health, it's clear that the value of what Wal-Mart is giving us is highly suspect.

Update #2: A smart student sent the following complaint to me:

Dear Dr. Pezzi,
I was entranced by the ER stories you posted online. They were quirky, funny, insightful, and enjoyable to read. You seem to be a man of high intelligence and ingenuity. However, I do have a complaint to make. Your most recent blog post alluding to your belief that China is conspiring to poison American consumers unnerved me, not because of the current lack of high product quality controls in China, but because you used the word "Chings" to describe the Chinese. If you know anything about the Asian-American community, you would know that "Chinks" is a highly offensive, racist term used predominantly by non-Asian Americans to describe the Chinese or any other Asian ethnicity in a demeaning, derogatory, condescending manner. It is akin to calling a Caucasian a "stupid honkie" or "white trash". Perhaps you don't see anything wrong with using offensive, racist terms to describe people of different ethnic backgrounds but I do. I was very disappointed to come across that word in your blog. When I first started reading it, I was surprised at your opinion that China is conspiring to poison the American market with low-grade, cheap, and toxic products. I disagree with you that there is an actual conspiratorial policy in place although I agree that many Chinese-made products are of inferior quality at the moment. I was hoping that your intelligence and education would have made you less narrow-minded and prejudiced. Your use of the word, "Chings", only confirms the stereotype that white people from your state are narrow-minded and believe themselves superior, to the point of considering members of other ethnic (be it American or otherwise) backgrounds or cultures to be subpar.

My response to her:
You seem to be a highly intelligent person yourself, so I am a bit surprised by how offended you were. Let me try to make a distinction:

From your message: ""Chinks" is a highly offensive, racist term used predominantly by non-Asian Americans to describe the Chinese . . . in a demeaning, derogatory, condescending manner."

Chings is NOT the same word as Chinks. I made it very clear that I was referring to Chinese gangsters (criminals, ethically-challenged individuals, etc.), not all Chinese. Chings is a neologism I coined.

I think highly of many Chinese — probably you, too! :-) — so I never intended that as a global denunciation of all Chinese people. I DID intend it as a way to verbally lambaste the Chinese who commit the atrocities I mentioned. Anyone who intentionally poisons millions of people over a period of decades deserves to be called something far harsher than "Ching," but I usually don't use profanity.

So, there's a distinction here. I was clearly referring to the "bad Chinese," not ALL Chinese. If you've written much, you know that authors often relax their standards of proper English usage in an attempt to spice up their writings and to more effectively communicate their feelings. A few weeks ago, the publisher of Forbes magazine used the word "ain't" in an editorial . . . amazing! I've heard others use more contentious language, such as the famous "N-word." Since I am probably one of the few people who truly loathes racial discrimination AND has a viable plan to help eliminate it, I do not want to contribute to the problem by using epithets that stereotype people — but, in fairness to myself, I don't believe I did that. As I mentioned above, I think it was obvious that I had my finger pointed directly at one subset of Chinese: the ones who evidently don't give a hoot about their fellow human beings.

> "I disagree with you that there is an actual conspiratorial policy in place . . . "

An actual conspiratorial policy in place? Nah, of course not. That would suggest a Machiavellian scheme motivated by "the usual suspects": greed and power. Not very appealing, but perhaps understandable. The reality is probably even more grim: a decades-long pattern of execrable behavior that evinces their utter apathy and contempt for people in the United States and others around the world who have been repeatedly victimized — even killed — by the callous disregard shown by the Chinese who think nothing of poisoning others.

I am glad that you are offended by racism, because I am, too. I hope that you are equally intolerant of the racism that some Chinese have manifested by sending us foods and other products laced with myriad toxins so many times for so many years that it can no longer be excused as simple incompetence and by using lame alibis like, "Sorry, I didn't know that lead is toxic." The Chinese people aren't bumbling idiots; they know better, but a distressing minority of them act like wanton criminals. Incidentally, that is wanton (lacking in morality), not won ton (the soup). If their apathy isn't rooted in racism (a xenophobic devaluation of others), how do you explain their actions? We've already ruled out stupidity. What's your guess?

It's either blatant racism, or something equally abhorrent: their utter apathy and contempt for their customers around the world — which, if you think about it, certainly does smack of racism. Caucasian Americans have no monopoly on racism. In my opinion, by poisoning us for many years, the Chinese have manifested a racist inclination to view us as expendable rubbish that's less important than their profits. Again, Chinese with that attitude deserve a term far more derogatory than "Ching."

I am particularly offended by how Americans have repeatedly extended a hand a friendship, and a helping hand in time of need, to countless people around the world, only to later have them figuratively (and often literally) thrust a fist in our faces in return. If you are of Chinese ancestry, you can thank your lucky stars that you weren't alive and living in China during World War 2. As I mentioned before, Japanese soldiers raped and murdered innumerable Chinese women — even young girls! The Japanese had such a commanding lead over other nations in that region that they never could have recovered without being rescued by Allied Forces (90+% of which was American might).

What might have stopped the Japanese from behaving like savages? Do you think they'd wake up one day and suddenly realize that their prior actions were an unconscionable moral abomination that revealed a deep character flaw in their culture? I doubt it. Had the Japanese won WW2, you — being a hot young female — wouldn't have had the luxury of spending your day reading my web site and then writing to me to nitpick about whether it is politically correct to use the word "Ching" to bash Chinese people who do evil things and evidently don't give a hoot about it. Instead, you probably would have been raped a dozen times or more by Japanese soldiers whose culture taught them that they are so superior to others that non-Japanese people are less valuable than dogs. Don't believe me? Do some research, learn more history, and listen to the words of people who witnessed and experienced the many Japanese brutalities that gave us a transparent view into their souls. Yes, the Japanese people have changed for the better in the interim, but only because the United States forced them to change. Go ahead and denounce American rectitude as people around the world love to do in finding fault with "the Great Satan," the United States, but our virtue is a light-year ahead of anything you could get from others who inexplicably have no conception of their own shortcomings.

Bias begins early. Studies have shown that babies spend more time looking at attractive faces, and kids are more likely to trust attractive adults. Ditto for adults, which is why companies hire attractive salespeople and communications/PR staff; the latter are often drop-dead gorgeous women. Researchers also found that unattractive people are more likely to be bullied at work.

These and other studies paint an ugly picture: that humans are inherently biased and routinely discriminate on the basis of something as meaningless as appearance.

Think about it: What can beauty in others do for you? Except for your significant other, the answer is NOTHING. Yet our bias for attractive people is so strong many of us cannot resist that temptation, like moths that are helplessly drawn to light. For example, we repeatedly screw ourselves and our children (and grandchildren) by electing politicians who are attractive but empty-headed and devoid of good ideas. If they couldn't play their silly political games, we'd wonder if they can think at all.

From what I've read in various journals, some professors think that, deep down, we're all racist. We all think we're superior to folks on the other side of the ocean, and even on the other side of the bleachers. If you receive a good education in college, you will learn WHY people think the way they do, and WHY that innate xenophobia once served us so well in earlier times during our evolution. Racism is often viewed by highbrow intellectuals as being something of an atavistic trait that doesn't befit us modern, cultured folk, but hey, we're all racist to some degree because it's in our genes. Although Caucasians in the United States have long been denigrated as being the worst racists in the world, I think that what you're seeing is a classic case of psychological projection. Are white Americans racist? Yes, of course we are, but much less so than many others who would wipe us off the face of the Earth if they could. There is perhaps no more clear-cut manifestation of racism than the desire to subjugate and kill others who aren't "us." Criminally negligent and intentional poisonings (yes, intentional: do your own research to verify this), as the Chinese have done, can also be construed as a vicious manifestation of racism.

Professor Pezzi has a pop quiz for you:

Q: What is more racist?

(a) Intentionally (if not conspiratorially) poisoning others for decades.

(b) Being so exasperated by repeated poisonings and empty promises to cease those actions that I chose the word "Ching" because I wanted others to know how much I loathe the Chinese businessmen/criminals who, try as they may, just can't seem to stop themselves from their ingrained patterns of misconduct.

Time to get out the red pen.

Did you pick (a)? Good!

Pick (b)? God help you.

You said one thing that mystifies me: "Your use of the word, "Chings", only confirms the stereotype that white people from your state are narrow-minded and believe themselves superior, to the point of considering members of other ethnic (be it American or otherwise) backgrounds or cultures to be subpar."

I've met many people who were incensed by what some Chinese have done, but have you ever met or heard of anyone who thinks that Chinese people are subpar? You must be kidding! The "white people from [my] state," as you phrased it, have a stereotype of Chinese people that is, if anything, complimentary. Mention "college student," and what's the first thing that pops into the minds of many people? Young, irresponsible party animals. Booze, drugs, iPod-like priorities.

Now mention "Chinese student," and what's the first thing that pops into the minds of many people, including me and lots of us other hicks here in Michigan? Bright, ambitious, studious, dedicated, hard-working, quiet, responsible. Lots of books. No boozing it up.

Now if that's a stereotype, it's certainly not a negative one. So, when the hicks I hang around with aren't busy making moonshine or keeping up with world events by reading The National Enquirer in our outhouses, we don't bash Chinese people by calling them "Chings" — except when they poison us . . . again, and again, and again. It's called righteous indignation.

I realize that you have probably been indoctrinated by the thought police in college who take a simplistic view of how racial perceptions are formed and expressed. First, while the word "stereotype" has a negative connotation, some stereotypes are rooted in reality. For instance, my stereotype about Chinese students being smart and industrious is buttressed by facts showing that they have higher IQs and better grades.

Finally, calling me "narrow-minded and prejudiced" is categorically wrong. Unlike the racial "leaders" in our country who perpetuate interracial tensions by mindless truculence and inflammatory rhetoric that fuels divisiveness, I could do more to end discrimination in 15 minutes than those leaders have done since the inception of the United States. (See my book on Rapidly Overcoming Racism, Bigotry, and Homophobia.)

One of my grandfathers was murdered by his co-workers because he was an immigrant from Italy — or an Italian-American, to use today's PC way of appending one's ethnic ancestry onto his citizenship. At that time, Italians were viewed as being subhuman. In the minds of the lily-white (they thought) "real" Americans who murdered my great-grandfather, a dirty Dago like that didn't deserve to take a job away from a "real" American.

By the way, that is just one of the many reasons why I loathe racial or ethnic discrimination, and why years ago I presented a rapid way to erase racism. If you want to learn more, organize a lecture at your college in which I'd explain how to give racism a long-overdue KO punch. Professors and other members of the thought police are great at stomping their feet and pouting about discrimination, but they don't have any viable plan for truly changing how people think. At best, they just make people so fearful of being labeled bigoted, biased, or a racist that they keep their thoughts to themselves. Does this really solve the problem? No, it simply sweeps it under the rug.

My plan is better: it doesn't hide the dirt, it gets rid of it.

UPDATE: Since the Chinese government has little regard for human rights, they could use their power to impose such steep penalties for manufacturing contaminated products that no one would dare do it. But China won't crack down. That's OK with President Obama, who just (1-19-2011) gave another lecture on civil rights to the President of China, but he didn't complain about the toxic junk they sell to us.

Inexplicably, the federal government recently implemented draconian penalties for any American selling items, or even reselling them, that may be contaminated. (See the CPSC Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Resellers and then follow their advice to visit their website frequently for updated information—as if you have time!) Thus, if you sell an item for $1 at a garage sale and don't do everything they insist you must beforehand to test for possible toxins, one itsy-bitsy mistake could ruin your life as the feds imposed financial penalties, even if that item never harmed anyone!

Is that all? No. The tyrants—excuse me, bureaucrats—in Washington also mandate that you perform safety inspections and ensure the product meets all listed criteria. Wouldn't it make much more sense to put the burden of compliance on manufacturers?

Isn't this odd? The U.S. government is willing to ruin your life if you sell a contaminated or otherwise unsafe item even though you did not manufacture it and don't know about its hazards. However, President Obama is willing to lecture China on human rights yet let Chinese manufacturers off the hook for intentionally making dangerous products, yet he lets the CPSC go to war against Americans who sell those things. Does. Not. Compute.

UPDATE August 15, 2010: "Much of the fluoride added to municipal water supplies across the United States is imported from China, and is contaminated with heavy metals." (lead and arsenic) http://www.naturalnews.com/029477_fluoride_China.html

UPDATE November 4, 2010: Donald Trump said that Chinese products are generally “not as good as ours” and “people are dying because of Chinese sheetrock” (drywall). [see 'Stinky' Drywall Imported From China Raises Health And Safety Concerns]

Mr. Trump added, “I do a lot of business with the Chinese—not that I want to, but I have to do it (because the Chinese government manipulates its currency to give its products an unfair marketplace advantage). They cannot believe what they are getting away with. They tell me, at dinner, 'Donald, we cannot believe that we're able to get away with this.' ... They can't believe how stupid our representatives are—let me put it nicely. They can't believe that our representatives let them get away with what they're doing.”

Greta Van Susteren asked why. Mr. Trump explained that perhaps “they're just not smart” or because “the Chinese have great lobbyists in Washington, and lobbyists make great contributions to politicians. ... If you look at OPEC, they have the best lobbyists you can imagine. How is OPEC allowed to get away with fixing the price of oil? ... We protect half of these countries that are fixing the price. Without us, those countries would be overthrown in two seconds. ... When Iraq took over Kuwait, the sheiks went to London and New York ... [to stay in comfort and safety]. We then lose lives and spend billions of dollars on taking back Kuwait, and we hand it back to 'em. And now they're overcharging us for oil. You explain it to me. ... People laugh at [the United States]; they laugh at the stupidity of the people running this country.”

Trump warned that “China will destroy our country, and they'll do it with a smile, and our people have no idea what's happening.”

President Obama said, “We want China to succeed and prosper . . . and we're not interested in containing that process.”

On FOX & Friends (11-23-2010), Governor Mike Huckabee said China is a Communist country and that it is “idiotic” to think they are our friends.

In From Bailout to Bliss (which is free for personal use), I wrote: “It's been unnerving to see many financial experts change from being bullish (optimistic or confident) about the American economy to depressingly gloomy. Some think that when the dust settles, China and other Asian nations will come out ahead of the United States. You know those Chinese workers who now work for peanuts making things for us, such as stuffed animals? Well, in the not-too-distant future, we may be the ones working for peanuts making stuffed animals for them!”

Citizens Against Government Waste agrees with my prediction:

UPDATE: A quarter of employed Americans work in jobs that pay less than $10 per hour. More economically depressing statistics here, here, and here.

Remember what Obama said? “We want China to succeed and prosper . . . and we're not interested in containing that process.”

What would Governor Huckabee say about wanting an enemy nation “to succeed and prosper”? It's “idiotic.”

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Notes

  1. From Gordon Orr, Chairman, Asia at McKinsey & Company: Do You Know What Went Into That Dumpling You Just Ate In China?
    Comment: Predictably, he was called “blatantly racist” for saying “What we have seen in the last couple of weeks is reinforcement of the simple principle that you should not take any supplier for granted in China.”
  2. Deaths of 500 dogs blamed on [made-in-China] jerky treats, FDA says
  3. Recall Potentially Harmful Dog Treats from Petsmart Store Shelves!
  4. 2008 Chinese heparin adulteration
  5. In China, Horse With a Side of Poisonous Fake Mutton
  6. 46-Year-Old Expired Chinese Chicken Feet Seized In Illegal Food Smuggling Bust In Nanning
  7. The New Potential Danger Lurking in Supermarket Chicken
  8. Koreans Slap Bill Gates for 'Rude' Handshake
    Commenting on that, Tymorial wrote, “I'm seriously yearning for the day when this world is not in a perpetual state of outrage.”
  9. Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.
  10. Book: Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee
  11. Book: Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods: The True Story of the World's Fastest Growing Crime Wave
  12. China's patience with North Korea wearing thin
    Comment: It's about time! The maxim “A man is known by the company he keeps” is also applicable to countries. And what kind of nation is North Korea? A pugnacious lunatic that threatens to incinerate innocent people with nuclear bombs, perennially favoring an iron fist instead of a hand of friendship, run by a twisted sociopath who indulges himself with luxuries while his people starve and reportedly even resort to cannibalism. North Korea is the nuttiest, most dysfunctional nation in the world, so out of touch with reality and the world community it is proud of its pit bull ways. And who has facilitated that insanity with its friendship and support? China. (Article: Major computer crash in SKorea; [North Korean] hackers suspected)
  13. Cadmium in Children's Jewelry: 100 Times Recommended Maximum Exposure If Mouthed or Swallowed: This study tested 69 pieces of cadmium-laden jewelry, mostly charms and necklace pendants, many labeled for children and imported primarily from China. [link to original article]
  14. Common Environmental Contaminant, Cadmium, Linked to Rapid Breast Cancer Cell Growth
  15. Low Level Cadmium Exposure Linked To Lung Disease
  16. High Levels of Cadmium or Lead in Blood Linked to Pregnancy Delay
  17. 'Toxic Toy Crisis' Requires Fresh Solutions, Experts Say
  18. Recalled Toy Beads, Aqua Dots, Did Contain High Level Of Poisonous Chemical, 'Date Rape' Drug, Study Shows
  19. Recalled Toy Beads Still Available In The UK, Warn Doctors
  20. China says it’s cracking down amid anger over tainted food
  21. Chicken jerky treats from China linked to mystery illnesses, deaths in dogs (Six months later, they did it again: Chinese Pet Treats Linked to 900 Dog Deaths, Illnesses)
  22. China to reinvestigate human flesh capsule claims: “powdered remains of dead babies”
  23. Calif. Investigates Skin-Lighteners for Dangerous Mercury
  24. Alarming Levels Of Mercury And Arsenic Found In Chinese Freshwater Ecosystem
  25. Rice Grown In United States Contains Less-Dangerous Form Of Arsenic
  26. Pollution has damaged Chinese sperm so much that a black-market shot costs up to $4,900
  27. China cancels waste project after protests turn violent
    Comment: I don't condone the violence, but I applaud the demonstrators for resisting environmental degradation.
  28. U.S. accuses China of instigating plot against DuPont
  29. Chinese-made toys headed for Flint stopped at U.S. border because of lead concerns
  30. China suspected of Facebook attack on Nato's supreme allied commander: Beijing cyber-spies accused of using fake social networking accounts in bid to steal military secrets from the west
  31. Counterfeit Chinese Parts Slipping Into U.S. Military Aircraft: Report
  32. The 10 Most Counterfeited Products in America
    Excerpt: “The American economy loses $250 billion as a result of counterfeit products each year. […] More of these counterfeits originate from mainland China than any other country …”
    Comment: That's $2.5 TRILLION (2500 billion) per decade—and we should let our friends in China get away with this?
  33. University of Texas apologizes for ‘pubic affairs’ commencement typo (it can happen to anyone!)
  34. Chinese couple bury woman alive, sparking outrage
    Excerpt: “… a case … [that] ignited uproar for what some called the immorality of modern Chinese society … [people are] lamenting what they see as materialism and a get-rich-quick attitude replacing public morals.”
    Comment: That helps explain why so many Chinese businessmen repeatedly make unethical decisions that harm their customers just so they can make more money.
  35. Lead Contamination Found in Ceramic Cooking and Eating Utensils from Philadelphia's Chinatown
  36. Arsenic Found in Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Foods, Baby Formulas
The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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Comment #195 by Anonymous
January 5 2012 03:14:13 PM

Poisoning is a government directive

Check out the doc "kimjongilia" you will hear a Korean refugee, imprisoned in China for entering the country illegally, claim that while in this state-run prison he made wedding flowers (small, white, paper flowers used in Korean wedding ceremonies) to be imported to South Korea, before packing them for shipment the guards would force them to coat these wedding flowers with asbestos powder knowing that these paper flower leis would be heaped on the members of the wedding parties, worn around the neck, etc... The import of poisoned products from China is not the work of random thugs or calloused and unethical companies, rather, it is much more sinister and widespread than that, it is a government directive.

REPLY FROM KEVIN PEZZI: I think this comment is referring to the documentary film Kimjongilia that presented stories from North Korean prison camp survivors. It sounds very interesting. Thank you very much for telling me about it.

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