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    There is an interesting corollary here about 'the big city mentality'. I find that as the decades go by, the mindset of the populace is becoming more 'city wise'. The mentality of the city dweller is not the same as that of someone in a small town, farm or village. Often the connection to the land is missing and appreciation of nature.

    Also, whenever a solution is considered it always comes with a massive price tag and long delays. Common sense is often illusive whereas ruralites use it naturally, without the need for a committee or study. It is what keeps them out of harms way - and keeps their money in their pockets.

    As we pack ourselves ever tighter, ever higher, into tiny boxes, the need for bureaucracy has increased tremendously. In a small town it is rare to meet a stranger, in the city everybody is a stranger. The city jail is always packed but the village jail holds only the town drunk - with jail cell door open...

    The city mentality is what is creating the new world order. The city mentality reaches out with its bureaucracy to dominate. A small town reaches out with open hands to help.

    This is the mentality that is creating the New China. Rural areas are uprooted in the name of progress and millions are dislocated - severed from the land of their ancestors. The belt road and power stations and dams are for the cities, not the towns. Over a billion peasants toil in the outlying regions while a mere few hundred million enjoy 'the modern lifestyle'. Yet those hundreds of millions are growing quickly (in America the entire population is 300,000,000+!) . There are cities built in China where no one yet lives...

    But I watch for this city attitude. It is prevalent these days. The army of bureaucrats that we have trained in our universities have conquered the mind set of the urbanites, monetized every aspect of life, and dominated the rhetoric - the story we tell ourselves about ourselves.

    But since that story is itself a severely edited version of the truth and wrought with errors, lies, omissions, and subterfuge any conclusions based on that city mentality will be skewed in favor of the bureaucratic ideology.

    Unfortunately, that always favors centralized control, autocratic rule, and the eradication of human rights and freedoms.
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    This is how you disappear in China even if you are their biggest star - talk about full control!!


    'Disappearance' of top Chinese actress Fan Bingbing concerns fans
    By Kerry Allen
    BBC Monitoring
    1 August 2018

    Fan Bingbing recently received global attention for her appearance as Blink in the X-Men film franchise
    Chinese social media users are questioning the whereabouts of one of China's biggest film stars.

    Fan Bingbing is one of the world's highest paid actors, but media reports in the country say that she hasn't been seen in public since 1 July when she visited a children's hospital.

    Social media users are also noting her unusual silence on the popular Sina Weibo microblog, where she has more than 62 million followers. She has not been active on her account since 23 July, when she "liked" a number of posts.

    In May, prominent TV presenter Cui Yongyuan appeared to accuse Fan Bingbing of tax evasion. Her studio has denied any wrongdoing,

    It has not commented on her whereabouts.

    Social media concern
    Ms Fan is known internationally as a singer and model, as well as for her appearance in the X-Men film franchise.

    She is one of China's most influential celebrities and posts regularly on her Weibo account. Her posts consistently receive thousands of user comments.

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    This makes her current online silence unusual, and hundreds of thousands of social media users have been voicing their concern.

    Many are replying to her most recent post on 2 June and asking for her to release a statement and confirm that she is well.

    The normally active blogger's last Weibo post was on 2 June, and has hundreds of thousands of comments from concerned users
    "We love you, Fan Bingbing," many users say. Another adds: "We are waiting for an answer."

    Others question if she has been detained, but at present this is pure speculation. They note the recent, highly circulated allegations surrounding her in relation to a wider government tax evasion probe.

    Some celebrities are alleged to have used so-called "yin-yang" contracts: dual contracts in which one sets out an actor's real earnings, and another details a lower figure, with the latter submitted to the tax authorities.

    In June, the actress's studio addressed these allegations and said that the star had never signed dual contracts, "The studio and Fan Bingbing will fully cooperate with the relevant authority. We hope the investigation result can be released soon to answer the public doubt."

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    In the past week, concern about Ms Fan among social media users has risen after a financial newspaper carried a controversial article hinting that she was under investigation.

    The Economic Observer claimed on 26 July that several of Ms Fan's staff were being questioned by the police, and that her brother had been told that he was not allowed to leave the country. He has not commented.

    Posts mentioning the Economic Observer article and an alleged investigation into Fan's staff have been censored from social media
    The article was swiftly taken offline, and multiple posts that mentioned it, including some by state-affiliated media have been censored according to Free Weibo, a censorship-monitoring website.

    Many financial newspapers in China are independent, but given their traditionally niche subject matter, are often overlooked by the government censors.

    Media hint at concerns
    Mainstream state media have steered clear of reporting on the whereabouts of Ms Fan.

    Financial media have noted that the market value of Huayi Brothers, the production company that she is signed up to, has plunged some seven per cent in the past week. However, the company has since released a statement saying that this is unrelated to Ms Fan.

    Independent media including Caixin Online have reported on the "rumours" that Ms Fan has been detained, and note that her studio has not responded to phone calls from the media or fans.

    Some outlets say this could be because members of her staff are being investigated, but this is unconfirmed and both Ms Fan and her team could simply be taking a break from the limelight.

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    Deux...Many thanks for the excellent article on the One Belt One Road; helps one to understand a little better!

    Ernie...Excellent point on "the city mentality"! It becomes more of a "rat race" there, from what I have seen.

    Flash...Thanks for bringing to our attention the "missing" film star from China!

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