April 18, 2014 at 3:54pm
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Finally watched the first episode of Yowakutemo Katemasu! 



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The strong take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong.

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- Dawn Hill, 太陽花接下來要想的現實問題—年底大選的切入

April 17, 2014 at 1:40pm
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— 黃國昌 2012/10/04

April 16, 2014 at 5:22pm
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You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others.

— Hillary Clinton on handling criticism + more advice for young women

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Maybe just the scent of somebody carried more weight than everything else put together.

— Nightwoods

April 3, 2014 at 10:34am
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"In contrast, in recent years the government has failed to engage with society. This was first apparent in the Wild Strawberry protests of 2008 and 2009. As in 1990, the student protesters kept their distance from the main opposition party. However, the government failed to deal with the students’ core demands over reform of the Parade and Assembly Act (集會遊行法). There was a similar pattern concerning the calls by the movement against media monopolization for media regulation. Once again the government failed to respond to social pressure aimed at protecting media diversity, a central asset of its democracy.

Over the past six years pressure has been building up that could have been released through dialogue. The current crisis was entirely avoidable. Students today are no more radical than those of 1990 and may well be more conservative. It seems unimaginable that students would have adopted such tactics 25 years ago. That student protesters have been willing to go to the extremes of occupying the Legislative Yuan represents a failure of political society to respond to the public.

To the outsider, it may seem hard to comprehend that so much anger has built up due to the government’s refusal to review a services trade agreement. However, the root of the problem has been a gradual building up of tensions and frustration within society.”

- Importance of Social Movements in Taiwan by Dafydd Fell 

March 31, 2014 at 8:37pm
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Ma should shelve the China deal for now. His argument that backing out would undermine Taiwan’s economy and international credibility pales in comparison to the need to preserve the island’s hard-won democracy. Yes, China is Taiwan’s largest trading partner and Ma’s economy has been hit hard by the demise of the personal computer, on which the island largely bet its future. Clearly, alienating Beijing carries costs.

But so does a policy that depends on China’s goodwill. Taiwan's sophisticated economy has more in common with those of the U.S. and Japan than China, and it should ink more free-trade pacts with developed nations, like the one recently signed with New Zealand. Its human capital, infrastructure and financial resources give Taiwan the leverage to move up the value-added ladder in the search for the next game-changing technology. That's the only way Taiwan is going to maintain or improve its per capita income of about $39,000 — not by selling TVs and PCs to Chinese.

Read more on Bloomberg View 

March 25, 2014 at 9:59am
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The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.

— Malcolm X