Key economic indicator shows steady growth in February


Taipei, March 27 (CNA) Taiwan’s economy continued to enjoy positive momentum in February, with a government indicator of business activity flashing a green light for the second consecutive month, signaling steady growth, the country’s economic planning body said Friday. The score of the nine indicators that comprise the composite index increased one point to 24 for February, thanks to strong domestic demand and rising private investment, according to a regular report on the domestic economy released by the National Development Council that day. The report said that among the nine components, the TAIEX average closing price and imports of machinery and electrical equipment each gained one point to change their signals from green to yellow-red. Sales of trade and food services added one point to change its light from blue to yellow-blue, while the monetary aggregate M1B and the index of producers’ shipments for manufacturing each lost one point to turn their lights from green to yellow-blue. The signals for the remaining four components remained unchanged. The council uses a five-color system to gauge economic health, with red signaling overheating, yellow-red showing slight overheating, green indicating steady growth, yellow-blue signaling a slowdown and blue indicating recession. Wu Ming-huei (???), director of the council’s Economic Development Department, said the rise in the score for stock prices and commercial revenue represented strong private consumption, which triggered domestic demand. The score for imports of machinery and electrical equipment indicates high investment willingness, suggesting warming private investment, Wu said. The trend-adjusted leading index stood at 99.6 in February, down by 0.1 percent from the previous month, while the trend-adjusted coincident index reached 100.62, down by 0.22 percent from January. Wu said that the leading index — an indicator of the outlook for the subsequent one or two quarters — has dropped for 12 months in a row. However, in total, the fall has only reached 1 percent, small enough for the council to continue holding a positive economic outlook for the future. This year, gross domestic product growth in the United States, the euro zone and Japan is expected to be on a larger scale than the previous year, which will help boost Taiwan’s export momentum, the official predicted. In terms of domestic demand, emerging business opportunities in the mobile device and intelligent chip application sectors could trigger investment in these and other relevant industries, while the substantial consumption power will be stronger, thanks to improved employment figures and low fuel prices, according to Wu. (By Chen Cheng-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)

MTR fares may increase by 4.3 percent

MTR fares could go up by 4.3 percent this year, according to the government’s fare adjustment mechanism.

The figure was calculated based on a weighted formula of the wage level of transportation workers, inflation and productivity.

If the MTR Corporation does raise fares according to the formula, that would be the sixth consecutive rise and the increment would be the second highest over the past six years.

Last year, the Corporation raised fares by 3.6 percent while it earned HK$15.6 billion.

Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker, Bill Tang, says the rail company should not raise its fares when it’s making a huge profit.

New People’s Party legislator, Michael Tien, says while the fare adjustment mechanism should be respected, the rail operator, which enjoys a hefty profit, should offer passengers rebates through various concessionary schemes.

Civil servants to be offered earlier summertime shifts

Central government workers will be encouraged to start work earlier this summer so they can spend more time with their families in the evening, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.

At a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his ministers to promote campaigns to get private-sector firms and local governments to adopt a morning shift or flextime system for the summer. The government will set an example by introducing one itself, Suga quoted him as saying.

The Cabinet will “start working on lifestyle reforms to allow people to spend (more) time with families in summer,” he said.

A senior Cabinet Office official said the government might move the start of the working day forward by one or two hours in July and August and may introduce a summer flextime system for civil servants.

Skeptics are likely to question the practicality of the plan. Bureaucrats are notorious for working long hours without overtime, and giving them the option of coming in early might exacerbate the situation.

In the private sector, workers often face indirect pressure from superiors and co-workers to work into the evening. The tendency to sacrifice one’s private time for work has been common in Japan for decades.

When asked if the government was considering shifting the clocks to adopt daylight saving time, Suga said Japan’s length would probably make that impractical.

“Our national land extends widely from Hokkaido to Okinawa . . . Sunrise in Kyushu and Okinawa is (relatively) late, so there might be few merits from having ‘summer time’ ” in those areas, Suga said.

“So for now, we have to study rather cautiously if we should uniformly change the standard time of our country.”



sex predator and abuser #LenaDunham compares Jews(jewishboyfriend) to dogs

Self-proclaimed sexual abuser of her sister Lena Dunham has now turned her rapier wit to the quaint anti-Semitic custom generally reserved for Nazis and radical Muslims of comparing Jews with dogs. Writing in The New Yorker, Dunham penned a piece comparing her dog to her Jewish boyfriend, asking, “Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend?”

She then lists a series of descriptions ranging from the silly to the blatantly anti-Jewish. “He’s crazy for cream cheese,” she writes (presumably about her boyfriend). “If it were up to him, every room in our place would be carpeted,” she jokes (presumably about her dog).

Then she gets to the anti-Semitic. “[H]e comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don’t acknowledge their own need for independence as women. They are sucked by their children, who ultimately leave them as soon as they find suitable mates,” she writes, presumably about her boyfriend (who may be a dog). “As a result of this dynamic, he expects to be waited on hand and foot by the women in his life, and anything less than that makes him whiny and distant.”

Jews are cheap, too, Dunham writes. “He doesn’t tip,” says Dunham. Jews are also Woody Allen-style hypochondriacs: “He has a sensitive stomach and has to take two Dramamine before entering any moving vehicle…Every week it’s some new health issue: urine crystals, sprained foot, beef allergy.” Jews are also hairy! “In fact, he has hair all over his body, like most males who share his background.” And Jews are desperate for hot shikses:

One spring afternoon, we walked to Dumbo to check out a new artisanal-Popsicle stand, when we ran into my friend Jill. Jill is actually more of an acquaintance—I don’t know her well, but I really like her; she curates high-end terrariums and she’s a clog designer on the side. She’s really slim and well dressed, in an all-American, J. Crew-model sort of way. He was immediately all over her, panting and making a fool of himself. It was humiliating. Because here’s the thing: I am not a Jill. I will never be a Jill. And if that’s what he is looking for—some anorexic hipster with a glossy braid and freaking Swedish clog boots she sewed by hand—he should never have set his sights on me in the first place.

The anti-Semitic voice of a generation strikes again.

Flashback: Harry Reid’s(D) war on women #womenagainstfeminism #letstalkmen


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is retiring. Although he was a faithful steward of the “war on women” political theme his party has used against Republicans, the Nevada senator wasn’t exactly a feminist warrior.

In 2014, he spent months blocking the Debbie Smith Act, which would have helped speed up the rape-kit processing and reduce the current backlog. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, tried to pass it as a stand-alone bill rather than let it get bogged down along with a larger and more controversial Justice authorization package. Reid blocked the bill, hoping to use it as leverage for passing the other measure, but relented about five months later.

Reid also pays women in his office less than men, despite his self-righteous rhetoric on the issue. Women in Reid’s office made an average of $13,500 less than men, according to Fiscal Year 2013 data compiled by the Capitol City Project. Based on the same (misleading) metric he frequently used to condemn all other employers, Reid actually carried a wage gap in his own office roughly the same as the national average. Men in senior-level positions earned more on average than women, and Reid was also more likely to promote them. Reid’s chief of staff, legislative director and communications director are all men.


Finally, there’s Reid’s treatment of women politicians in his own party. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., threw her hat in the ring to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski and to keep the seat in female Democratic hands. Reid immediately endorsed Edwards’ opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. Mikulski didn’t want to pick a candidate, but was reportedly furious that Reid endorsed a man over an African-American woman.

Then there was Reid’s tepid defense of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who came under attack last year by a slew of male Democrats over her leadership of the Democratic National Committee. When asked about the criticism surrounding Wasserman Schultz — including President Obama’s apparent dislike of her — Reid only said he liked her TV appearance. He added that any decision about her leadership was out of his hands.

And these are all examples just from the past year.

One less male politician around to wage a “war on women.”

#gamergate How The IGDA Is Ripping Off Game Developers

The International Games Developer Association (IGDA) has been one of GamerGate’s biggest foes, going all the way back to the movement’s founding. Through their actions, such as advertising Randi Harper’s Good Game Auto Blocker as an “anti-harassment” tool, the IGDA have shown themselves to be an enemy of gamers seeking ethics in journalism. Now, Reaxxion can reveal that the IGDA is not just antagonistic to gamers, but to actual game developers.

How The IGDA Solicits Indulgences From Developers

The IGDA wasn’t always an SJW institution, but pursuant to O’Sullivan’s Law, they’ve slowly become one due to left-wing entryism. When it was founded in the early 1990’s, the IGDA’s original purpose was to lobby against unfair working conditions in the industry and government censorship on video games. However, in the past five years, they’ve gradually abandoned their mission and became a paper tiger. They’ve even accepted money from publishers such as EA who have a long history of overworking their employees:


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