Ready for Take-Off: China Steers Course Between Prestige and Profit – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China‘s slowing economy has German industry worried about its exports to Asia. But as it goes about beefing up the transportation sector, the country poses a completely different threat in the longer-term.

Source: Ready for Take-Off: China Steers Course Between Prestige and Profit – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Spiegel is an outstanding world-class newspaper. It looks for evidence and is prepared to invest time to research a subjective viewpoint. Normally, the conclusions are carefully drawn from the argument and evidence.

This is so different to many Western media organizations, especially UK newspapers, where biased reporting is quite common. When I was a youngster, kind of quaint really, newspapers reported the facts and opinion was left for the editorials. These days, it is quite common for expensive editors to doctor the news to their own bias. Because of my politics, I notice this behavior most quickly at the BBC and in the Guardian. Compare this leading German media article on George Osborne to one from the Guardian.

Spiegel and the NYT, for example,  are liberal, left-leaning but they manage quality reporting, unlike other left-leaning organizations, and the BBC and the Guardian come instantly to mind.

I hope that increasing competition in the global media sector will promote quality and integrity.


Plans hatched to introduce white-on-white eggs to Japan | The Japan Times

Beaten egg whites

Beaten egg whites (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a fascinating story from the Japan Times, eggs with whitish yolks, laid by hens fed with Japanese rice, are attracting attention in Japan amid growing public consciousness about food safety.

Source: Plans hatched to introduce white-on-white eggs to Japan | The Japan Times

This story caught my eye because the other evening an expat couple said they were eating egg-whites for breakfast, having put on weight with excess acohol and food with summer visitors.

Where we live, we get free-range eggs that have been just hatched. Believe me, they taste different to the carefully packaged, sized and colored eggs in the local super-market.

The Japan Times article is right to push back on battery farming and promote healthy food. However, this must be set in the context of overall lifestyle, excercize, acohol consumption and general diet. Japan’s aging population and their consumer preferences are likely to have an increasing impact globally. Look at the popularity of sushi! Sadly, I fear that American junk food in Asia is a faster growth market than healthy, unprocessed food…


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