“Native speakers 920 million (2017) “Mandarin is by far the largest of the seven or ten Chinese dialect groups, spoken by 70 percent of all Chinese speakers over a large geographical area, stretching from Yunnan in the southwest to Xinjiang in the northwest and Heilongjiang in the northeast. This is generally attributed to the greater ease of travel and communication.
NARA provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries or illnesses and are unable to access treatment due to war.
O tempora. O mores. CBS NEWS April 16, 2017, 9:27 AM “If the Michelangelo is a bit scandalous, well, the princess is no stranger to scandal.” ++++ Rita Jenrette’s new take on an old sex scandal: That night on the Capitol steps November 28, 2011 ++++ Several months after I attended an office Christmas party at […]
The date of this cranberry career-enhancing newsletter is 1974, but it might be yesterday and tomorrow. In October 1973, I returned East from San Francisco before there was a Silicon Valley. In San Francisco: I wrote television reviews for the Village Voice. I covered the World Series of rodeo for the Saturday Review. Before San […]
Stream of consciousness: No Choice But to Sell the Russians Grain at the same time as we were mining the Harbor at Haiphong. The war ended in 1976. I heard the news while I was reporting on a hearing before House subcommittee on Oil Seeds and Rice. It came as especially bad news to rice growers. 2014 Food policy update: […]
Reconsideration: The Pit by Frank Norris “Norris, who easily grasped the drama of the sales on the floor of the pit, . , .had difficulty comprehending how a man could sell a thousand bushels of wheat when he did not own them,” Franklin Walker writes in the only full-length biography of Frank Norris. The reason […]
Consider…the technology involved in planting rice in southwest Louisiana. It was morning at the Jennings Municipal Airport in Jefferson Davis Parish, which is part of the seventh congressional district, the largest rice-producing district in the country. A group of men talked about the previous night’s tornadoes and hauled hundred-pound sacks of seed rice from the […]
State could help wealthy more It’s not enough that our state government has cut income taxes on job producers, and eliminated the inheritance tax that for too long burdened the successful, and shifted more of the tax burden onto the moocher class. I admit, the state’s attack on the “less fortunate” seems thorough. (They even […]