Archive for February, 2011

Domani: Regata de Carnevale

February 26, 2011

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Carnival time!   I’m not talking about those Johnny-come-lately Western Hemisphere bacchanals in Nawlins and Rio-by-the sea-oh, either.   Nope, for rowers the only carnival that really counts as a proper celebration is the Carnevale de Venezia.   That’s because the annual carnevale is fundamentally an aqua-centric one, paying tribute (pun intended) to the maritime heritage of La Serenissima –-this despite the Renaissance costumes and masquerade balls that get most of the media attention.  In fact, the term “regatta” originated in Venice.  So there.

Even in the 21st century, European carnivals retain their traditional role:  marking the pivot between nature’s seasons with a collective demonstration of human (i.e, social) significance.   Beyond making the (dubious?) assertion that humans actually are significant in the larger scheme of things, carnival traditions are a way of ritually proclaiming what is significant to people of a particular time and place.   Often, the inversion of customary social order and hierarchy that occurs during carnival season is intended —and actually serves—  to reinforce that hierarchy during the remainder of the year (because carnival is definitely an exception to the humdrum norm).   Of course, in order to reinforce your social hierarchy —either implicitly or explicitly— you’ve got to actually display it in public so that the pecking order is unambiguously present in the forefront of collective view.   Thus the Corteo Acqueo (see vogavenezia.com for more pix from last year):

This is 2011: the weather was nicer in 2010 --source: carnevale.venezia.it

2010 -- source: vogavenezia.com

2010 -- source: vogavenezia.com

2010 -- source: vogavenezia.com

This year’s Carnevale opened February 20th with the Festa Veneziana and its corteo acqueo to Canale di Cannaregio.  After two solid weeks of celebration, each and every Venice Carnevale concludes on Fat Tuesday with La Vogata del Silencio:  a candle-lit, waterborne, midnight procession through the canals.   In between –tomorrow, in fact–  oarsmen and oarswomen of Venice take to the water once again in the Regata de Carnevale.

If you want all-out competition, you’ll have to wait until the first Sunday of September for La Regata Storica, a series of  stake races in traditional and modern wooden boats from Canale di San Marco into the Grand Canal, up to Santa Lucia railway station and back to Ca’ Foscari.   The full regatta course appears to be between 6.5 and 7K, although the distances are shorter for women and youth rowers.   All this while standing up and facing the bow, rowing Chinese-style against a tholepin post called the forcola.   Wish I could be there.   Maybe next year!

The People’s Choice

February 20, 2011

Lunghu was not aware that executives at Hyundai were familiar with the literary corpus of Oscar Wilde.   It was therefore something of a surprise to see official showroom photos of the company’s forthcoming “i40” model, tangible evidence that imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.

Will this model be offered in North America with a diesel engine option?   Lunghu believes that it should be.  Cognoscenti know what he’s talking about.

source: Yonhap News Agency

In entirely unrelated news….

1]   North Korea has allegedly been observed building two new tunnels at its nuclear test facility in Punggye-ri.   ROK watchers suggest that this may herald another round of A-bomb tests by DPRK.   Of course, this may be exactly what the Kim clan wants everyone to believe:  if Comrade Meng did not bring good news during his recent visit,  Kim Jong-il may conclude that his best option is to resort once again to blustering brinksmanship.

2]   Radiation levels at (South) Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute’s (KAERI) research reactor surpassed the permitted emission limit, and a radioactive leak alert was issued.  The 30 megawatt HANARO unit is located in Daejeon, South Chungcheong Province.   The good news:  no actual leak is said to have occurred.

In entirely unrelated news…. 

1]  North Korea has allegedly been observed building two new tunnels at its nuclear test facility in Punggye-ri.  ROK watchers suggest that this may herald another round of A-bomb tests by DPRK.  Of course, this may be exactly what the Kim clan wants everyone to believe:  if Comrade Jang did not bring gpod news during his recent visit, Kim Jong-il may conclude that his best option is to resort once again to blustering brinksmanship.

Asian Spring

February 15, 2011

In the Chinese solar calendar, spring begins in early February.   Around February 19, the rains begin.   This year, they’re sorely needed in China’s wheat fields.   But first, a little further East …

Lunghu would like to be among the first of those on this side of the International Date Line to wish Comrade General Kim Jong-il a Happy Birthday.   Dear Leader, you have toiled long and hard to build your nation into what it is today  –perhaps it is time to rest from your labors and allow new hands to lift the vanguard banner.  … Just sayin’.

Source: KCNA

Perhaps that was the message conveyed by Comrade Meng Jianzhu during his current visit to Pyongyang.   Lunghu likes the symbolism evident in the panoramic mural which forms the backdrop to the group photo below.   Stormy seas crashing upon the immovable basalt shoreline, a tiny white bird (the gull of peace?) soaring above the waves just above the right shoulder of the guy at far left in the back row.   What does it all mean?   It means that Comrade Meng is briefing Dear Leader on the substance of General Secretary Hu’s recent visit to the USA, that’s what.   Comrade Kim, I have some good news and some bad news…

Source: KCNA

In the Chinese solar calendar, spring begins in early February.  Around February 19, the rains begin. 

This year, they’re sorely needed in China’s wheat fields.  But first, a little further East …

Lunghu would like to be among the first of those on this side of the International Date Line to wish

Comrade General Kim Jong-il a Happy Birthday.  Dear Leader, you have toiled long and hard to build your

nation into what it is today –perhaps it is time to rest from your labors and allow new hands to lift the

vanguard banner.  … Just sayin’.

Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow

February 12, 2011

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Warning:  Acting on the advice of legal counsel, Waking the Dragon wishes to make clear that the following predictions for the Year of the Rabbit are not to be considered valid within the territorial boundaries of Romania, nor within any area where Romanian law may be in effect.  Mileage may vary.  Side effects may include loss of faith in the occult, increased sensitivity to the natural environment, or sudden ability to understand the Chinese language.

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Twelve months ago, Lunghu made four predictions about what would happen in the Year of the Tiger primarily because he wanted to see whether his track record would be any better than those of professional feng-shui soothsayers.   Lunghu’s predictions  weren’t based on feng-shui principles  –just on his knowledge of the world and its ineffable mysteries.   He didn’t expect any of his predictions other than the one about the hot, dry summer to actually come true, so it was both surprising and a bit spooky that a huge earthquake actually struck central Chile two weeks after Lunghu’s warning.

This time around, Lunghu is really pushing the envelope with predictions that he believes have very little likelihood of actually occurring.  Therefore, his first three predictions are wild, off-the-wall, out-of-left-field scenarios that are (probably) extremely unlikely.   These predictions constitute a genuine test of whether Lunghu can actually predict the future (given the nature of the predicted events, let’s hope he can’t).   Just to balance the scales a bit, Lunghu will add two milder, slightly-more-possible predictions that may not happen either.   But they might…

So, without further ado, here are Lunghu’s eagerly-awaited predictions for the Year of the Metal Rabbit:

Three Totally Outrageous Predictions

  • Lunghu believes that the South Korean military-industrial-political complex has already reached a secret strategic consensus:  the nation must develop its own nuclear arsenal in order to guarantee its long-term security.   The threat that ROK fears is not DPRK/North Korea.   Instead, they believe that the United States will be neither able nor willing to prevent China from using its growing military power against Korea over the long haul –the Koreans are thinking in terms of centuries rather than four-year election cycles.   What’s Lunghu’s prediction?   During the Year of the Rabbit, the United States will continue to pretend that it doesn’t know about South Korea’s decision.   China won’t. This should make six-party talks very interesting.
  • A non-trivial meteor strike in the Southern Ocean [ in the neighborhood of 75̊  E; 30̊  S ] will trigger a large tsunami, cause massive panic in the region, and result in widespread economic and environmental damage.
  • Belgium will finally cease to exist, splitting itself into Flanders and Wallonia.  Very few Americans will notice, or care.

Two Less Outlandish Predictions

  • Lunghu was hoping to avoid making any earthquake predictions this year, but he just can’t help himself:  there will be a powerful earthquake in Nicaragua that results in extensive damage during the first half of YoR.
  • Here is Lunghu’s only feng-shui-inflected prediction:  professional golfer Tiger Woods (as distinct from any other individual named Tiger Woods whom you might happen to know) will have a highly successful season during YoR. This is because Woods was born in a Rabbit year, and because he is highly skilled in the use of metal (putters as well as irons).   Need Lunghu add that his very surname further reinforces the ‘wood’ aspect of every Rabbit?  Tiger will be back on top in 2011.

Splitting Hares

February 6, 2011

Well, for better or worse it is now “officially” the Year of the Rabbit.   As far as Lunghu is concerned, one of the Rabbit’s best features is that s/he immediately precedes the Dragon in the cycle of animals.   If you’ve been eagerly/anxiously awaiting the closure of the Mayan calendar cycle in December 2012, you’ll be interested to know that it will also be a Dragon Year.

As he did last year, Lunghu is providing a crucial public service by publishing a compendium of feng-shui masters’ forecasts for YoR:  these predictions are culled from their on-the-record statements, as quoted in various news media outlets.   This year, we have eight (8) [a lucky number!] feng-shui specialists to choose from.   There is partial overlap from last year’s list of soothsayers, but two guys didn’t make the mass-media cut this time around.   Yap Boh Chu and Chow Hon-ming were not quoted in the English-language wire service press in recent weeks.   Perhaps their mixed track record last year had something to do with that (see Lunghu’s previous post).

Enjoy:

Name [Based in:] News Outlet Prediction(s) quoted:
Raymond Lo [HK]
“feng-shui consultant”
AP-1 Steve Jobs’ health will decline, Mark Zuckerberg will [continue to] prosper.
Raymond Lo [HK]
“feng-shui consultant”
AP-2 The combination of a metal year and a wood-element animal [Rabbit] will bring conflict
People negatively affected by aspects of the Rabbit Year can try wearing a dog pendant to improve their luck:  the dog & rabbit are complementary animals.
Raymond Lo [HK]
“feng-shui master”
Reuters YoR is characterized by youth, motion & activity
There will be many sex scandals and extramarital affairs
Youth will demand change & reforms.
Tsai Shang-chi [Taiwan]
“Lo’s colleague”
AP-2 YoR brings lots of negative energy: the West “will be prone to more terrorist attacks;” in Asia serious tensions in Korea will not lead to an outbreak of war.
People negatively affected by aspects of the Rabbit Year can try wearing yellow and/or white clothing to improve their luck.
Anthony Cheng [HK]
“astrologer”
AFP Lots of sex:  many extramarital affairs & May-December relationships
Serious accidents involving trains, fires, building, & bridges collapsing in Korea, India, Pakistan & Africa
Violent earthquakes in Russia & Inner Mongolia
Alion Yeo Tin-ming
“feng-shui master”
China Daily YoR is ”difficult to read.”
Economic conflicts between China & US will intensify.
A “money tsunami” will bring an influx of hot money to Korea & Japan, causing distortion in their economies.
Earthquakes will strike the US.
There will be a [technical] breakdown in the internet.
Alion Yeo [unspecified]
“astrologer”
AFP Severe weather extremes: from very cold to very hot
Natural disasters will afflict Taiwan, US & Canada
Peter So [HK]
“astrologer”
AFP North Korea will experience a serious outbreak of epidemic disease
Hu Jin-tao will succeed in most endeavors, Barack Obama only in a few.
Peter So [HK]
“prognosticator”
AP-2 Tensions between China & US will persist
Rev Yong [Malaysia]
“prognosticator”
AP-2 There will be severe flooding in many parts of the world.
A serious earthquake will strike Japan.
There will be outbreaks of “worrisome new diseases.”
“world conflicts”
Chan Wei-chung [Taiwan]
“fortuneteller”
Reuters Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt will experience relationship problems.
Philip Chow [HK]
“shipping analyst & feng-shui master”
China Daily Chow offers a month-by-month prediction of HK stock market index trends, trending upward overall beginning in the summer.
“Wood” industries will do poorly:  [construction & building materials]
“Metal” industries will do well:  [telecom, petrochemicals, utilities], as will “water” industries: [financials and gaming stocks].
Philip Chow [HK] AP-1 “It will be a zigzag [Hang Seng] market.”

 

Lunghu is still reflecting deeply on his own predictions for the Year of the Rabbit. Since his methodology doesn’t rely on feng-shui principles, it’s not quite as straightforward as (re)aligning the 5 Elements, 10 Celestial Stems, and 12 Heavenly Branches. Not quite so systematic, but often just as effective.

Ay, Tigrita!

February 3, 2011

In 2010, the Year of the Tiger was ushered in on a day that was also celebrated as Mardi Gras and St. Valentine’s Day.   Quite a triple-threat, with lotsa multicultural implications and cross-connections.   This time around, the Year of the Rabbit slides into view immediately following Groundhog Day –quite a difference; it’s as if one rodent has merely borrowed the other’s burrow.

Out with the old and in with the new:  these artificial breaks in the endless(?) stream of time are occasions for a quick look back at what we hath wrought and a long gaze ahead at what the future may hold.   So, before embarking on his second annual Chinese New Year predictions, Lunghu would like to review the accuracy of the four predictions he made for the Year of the Tiger.   First, though, Lunghu will provide a quick evaluation of YoT predictions from the “competition” — those media-savvy Hong Kong feng-shui masters who are quoted every year with their advice and prognoses for the Chinese New Year.

Feng-shui Retrospective

Soothsayers will be evaluated according to their hits and misses, as well as for those that were only partially correct –or were too obvious to count as genuine predictive sooth.   A simple semantic legend will be employed:

[+] hits
[-] misses
[~] so-so (partly right)
[X] too obvious to count as a prediction

Here are the five Asian feng-shui specialists (mostly from Hong Kong) whose predictions were quoted in AP and AFP wire service reports just before the Tiger’s first roar:

Raymond Lo:

  • Fire element will stimulate economic activity [X], but will also increase efforts to help the weak by fighting the strong. [+ –> Wikileaks. Tunisia, Egypt, etc]
  • Because of the metal influence, international conflicts will increase in YoT: particularly with respect to Iran, North Korea and terrorism [X].
  • Lo told AFP that this would be “unlikely to result in violence,” but AP quoted him as saying that YoT would be more violent. [+ –> Lo’s ambivalence appears warranted by subsequent events:  ‘non-violent’ overt Iran/US conflict, but a violent North Korean attack on Yeonpyeong-do.]
  • YoT will be good for Obama. [~]
  • YoT will be bad for Ban Ki-moon [+] and Mahamoud Ahmadinejad [+].
  • Metal influence will be bad for Tiger Woods, who was born in a Rabbit year. [+]

Peter So:

  • Obama will not do well during YoT [~]
  • US-Sino relations will deteriorate further in the second half of YoT. [X] (or does this count as a [+] for specifying the time frame?)

Yap Boh Chu:

  • Fire element associated with the Tiger could mean increased earthquake and volcanic activity.  [X/~]
  • Metal influence could manifest as an increase in robberies, industrial accidents and car crashes. [X]
  • The Tiger/Fire combination will mean jittery markets and stock price volatility. [X –>  Lunghu was gonna give this a minus sign until he remembered May 6th.   Still, the vague language merits little more than a “meh!”]
  • Things will be difficult for Obama: a crucial turning point in his presidency.  [+/X  –> mid-term years frequently have been pivotal for a first-term President.  The basic odds recorded in U.S. history are in favor of this “prediction.”]

Chow Hon-ming:

  • The Metal element portends more terrorist attacks. [-/X]
  • Financial markets will oscillate wildly. [+ –> Lunghu was gonna give this a minus sign until he remembered May 6th.   The phrase “oscillate wildly” earns a plus sign.]

Alion Yeo:

  • Financial markets will fluctuate (particularly around August), but will trend upward. [X]
  • Industries connected to metal will benefit:  machinery, banking, mining, tech, and automotive sectors will improve.  [+ –>  Lunghu will admit that Caterpillar, Deere, mining stocks, Google, Facebook, VW and many similar companies did quite well in 2010.   However, this could easily have been a self-fulfilling prophecy if wealthy Chinese investors were the ones driving up stock prices.]

Lunghu’s Report Card

Now for a review of Lunghu’s own predictions.  Instead of simple pass/fail/incomplete evaluation, Lunghu is going to use a system of letter grades as a finer-grained metric of performance.  Since Lunghu actually knows what he intended to mean when he made his predictions, this seems a better, more rigorous approach.  There should be no need for [X] or [~] markings.

Here goes:

1]  Using vague oracular language borrowed from the likes of Nostradamus, Lunghu predicted that “the marionette will tire of being played, and will attempt to snap his puppetmasters’ strings.  Many will be pulled from their perches.”  Lunghu wrote this with Barack Obama in mind, and really would have been content with the departures of Dennis Blair, Stanley McChrystal, Larry Summers and Rahm Emmanuel.  Tony Hayward counts as a bonus.

However, when Lunghu made this prediction he just wasn’t thinking big enough:  he was thinking locally, not globally.  2010 brought us the U.S. mid-term congressional elections; Belgie; Cote d’Ivoire; Tunisie; Egypte; Sudan … and more?  The spotlight of change appears to have begun shining on widely separated sections of the puppet stage, guided and focused by public anger at those thieves who claim to speak in the people’s name.  That’s an entire new category of marionette, and a vastly enlarged set of newly-unemployed puppeteers.
Overall grade:  B

2]  Lunghu predicted an “unusually” hot & dry YoT summer for the Mid-Atlantic region of the Eastern United States, specifying the June thru August period.  His prediction was entirely on the mark:  not only was 2010 the warmest year on record, but drought warnings were declared in some portions of the region.  The higher-than-normal temperatures lasted through the entire month of September, into the first weeks of autumn.   Lunghu was incorrect, however, in blithely predicting that more-frequent electric power outages would result from the higher summer temperatures.   Overall grade:  A-

3]  On February 14, 2010 Lunghu warned that “a devastating earthquake is looming in the Andean Region, possibly in Central Chile.”   Two weeks later, this prediction was proven not a mis-Concepcion.
Overall grade: A

4]  Lunghu claimed that YoT would provide Comrade Bear with the opportunity to reclaim wayward portions of the former Soviet Empire.   Lunghu opined that the Baltic states were Putin’s likely targets, and rashly offered Estonia as an example of a possible victim fated to replicate the Ukraine experience.  Instead, Kyrgyzstan received the benefit of Russian guidance in 2010, while Lithuania, Latvia and  Estonia staggered through the year more-or-less intact.  However, Lunghu still has his doubts about the meaning of Smolensk:  first, Comrade Bear praises the bravery of the Polish military, then (just a few months later) most of Poland’s general staff dies in a foggy plane crash on Russian soil.   When one looks back to July 2009, it’s a little too neat.
Overall grade: C-

Next time:  Hong Kong feng-shui masters’ predictions for the Year of the Rabbit, and some of Lunghu’s own.

In 2010, the Year of the Tiger was ushered in on a day that was also celebrated as Mardi Gras and St.Valentine’s Day.  Quite a triple-threat, with lotsa multicultural implications and cross-connections.

This time around, the Year of the Rabbit slides into view immediately following Groundhog Day –quite a

difference; it’s as if one rodent has merely borrowed the other’s burrow.

Out with the old and in with the new:  these artificial breaks in the endless(?) stream of time are

occasions for a quick look back at what we hath wrought and a long gaze ahead at what the future may hold.

So, before embarking on his second annual Chinese New Year predictions, Lunghu would like to review the

accuracy of the four predictions he made for the Year of the Tiger.

First, though, Lunghu will provide a quick evaluation of YoT predictions from the “competition” — those

media-savvy Hong Kong feng-shui masters who are quoted every year with their advice and prognoses for the

Chinese New Year.  Soothsayers will be evaluated according to their hits and misses, as well as for those

that were only partially correct or were too obvious to count as genuine predictive sooth.  A simple

semantic legend will be employed:

[+] hits
[-] misses
[~] so-so (partly right)
[X] too obvious to count as a prediction

Here are the five Asian feng-shui specialists (mostly from Hong Kong) whose predictions were quoted in AP

and AFP wire service reports just before the Tiger’s first roar:

Raymond Lo:

Fire element will stimulate economic activity [X], but will also increase efforts to help the weak by

fighting the strong. [+ –> Wikileaks. Tunisia, Egypt, etc]

Because of the metal influence, international conflicts will increase in YoT: particularly with respect to

Iran, North Korea and terrorism [X].

Lo told AFP that this would be “unlikely to result in violence,” but AP quoted him as saying that YoT

would be more violent. [+ –> Lo’s ambivalence appears warranted by subsequent events: ‘non-violent’

Iran/US conflict for violent North Korean attack on Yeoyeong-do]

YoT will be good for Obama. [~]

YoT will be bad for Ban Ki-moon [+] and Mahamoud Ahmadinejad [+].

Metal influence will be bad for Tiger Woods, who was born in a Rabbit year. [+]
– – – – – – –
Peter So:

Obama will not do well during YoT [~]

US-Sino relations will deteriorate further in the second half of YoT [X] (or does this count as a [+] for

specifying the time frame?)
– – – – – – –
Yap Boh Chu:

Fire element associated with the Tiger could mean increased earthquake and volcanic activity.  [X/~]

Metal influence could manifest as an increase in robberies, industrial accidents and car crashes. [X]

The Tiger/Fire combination will mean jittery markets and stock price volatility. [X] Lunghu was gonna give

this a minus sign until he remembered May 6th.  Still, the vague language merits little more than a “meh!”

Things will be difficult for Obama: a crucial turning point in his presidency. [+/X  –> mid-term years

frequently have been pivotal for a first-term President.  The basic odds recorded in U.S. history are in

favor of this “prediction.”]
– – – – – – –
Chow Hon-ming:

The Metal element portends more terrorist attacks. [-]

Financial markets will oscillate wildly. [+ –> Lunghu was gonna give this a minus sign until he

remembered May 6th.  The phrase “oscillate wildly” earns a plus sign.]
– – – – – – –
Alion Yeo:

Financial markets will fluctuate (particularly around August), but will trend upward. [X]

Industries connected to metal will benefit:  machinery, banking, mining, tech, and automotive sectors will

improve. [+ –>  Lunghu will admit that Caterpillar, Deere, mining stocks, Google, Facebook, VW and many

similar companies did quite well in 2010.  However, this could have been a self-fulfilling prophecy if

wealthy Chinese investors were the ones driving up stock prices.]

Now for a review of Lunghu’s own predictions.  Instead of simple pass/fail/incomplete evaluation, Lunghu

is going to use a system of letter grades as a finer-grained metric of performance.  Since Lunghu actually

knows what he intended to mean when he made his predictions, this seems a better, more rigorous approach.

There should be no need for [X] or [~] markings.

Here goes:

1]  Using vague oracular language borrowed from the likes of Nostradamus, Lunghu predicted that “the

marionette will tire of being played, and will attempt to snap his puppetmasters’ strings.  Many will be

pulled from their perches.”  Lunghu wrote this with Barack Obama in mind, and really would have been

content with the departures of Dennis Blair, Stanley McChrystal, Larry Summers and Rahm Emmanuel.  Tony

Hayward counts as a bonus.

However, when Lunghu made this prediction he just wasn’t thinking big enough:  he was thinking locally,

not globally.  2010 brought us the U.S. mid-term congressional elections; Belgie; Cote d’Ivoire; Tunisie;

Egypte; Sudan … and more?  The spotlight of change appears to have begun shining on widely separated

sections of the puppet stage, guided and focused by public anger at the thieves who claim to speak in the

people’s name.  That’s an entire new category of marionette, and a vastly enlarged set of newly-unemployed

puppeteers.
Overall grade:  B

2]  Lunghu predicted an “unusually” hot & dry YoT summer for the Mid-Atlantic region of the Eastern United

States, specifying the June thru August period.  His prediction was entirely on the mark:  not only was

2010 the warmest year on record, but drought warnings were declared in some portions of the region.  The

higher-than-normal temperatures lasted through the entire month of September, into the first weeks of

autumn.  Lunghu was incorrect, however, in blithely predicting that more-frequent electric power outages

would result from the higher summer temperatures.  Overall grade:  A-

3]  On February 14, 2010 Lunghu warned that “a devastating earthquake is looming in the Andean Region,

possibly in Central Chile.”  Two weeks later, this prediction was proven not a mis-Concepcion.
Overall grade: A

4]  Lunghu claimed that YoT would provide Comrade Bear with the opportunity to reclaim wayward portions of

the former Soviet Empire.  Lunghu opined that the Baltic states were Putin’s likely targets, and rashly

offered Estonia as an example of a possible victim fated to replicate the Ukraine experience.  Instead,

Kyrgyzstan received the benefit of Russian guidance in 2010, while Lithuania, Latvia and  Estonia

staggered through the year more-or-less intact.  However, Lunghu still has his doubts about the meaning of

Smolensk: first, Comrade Bear praises the bravery of the Polish military, then (just a few months later)

most of Poland’s general staff dies in a foggy plane crash on Russian soil.  When one looks back to July

2009, it’s a little too neat.
Overall grade: C-

Next time:  Hong Kong feng-shui masters’ predictions for the Year of the Rabbit, and some of Lunghu’s own.

Wabbit Stew

February 2, 2011

Please be patient.  Lunghu has been diligently preparing his year-end review of last year’s Tiger predictions, and is also assembling an entertaining summary of this year’s Rabbit predictions from various feng-shui specialists of the Sinosphere.   One or two days’ delay won’t be critical, or at least that’s what Lunghu is predicting today.