06.01.2016
As propaganda came of age, in a new Office of War Information, Americans rose to the challenge of doing whatever was necessary to support the war effort.
For groups discriminated against in the past, the war was a vehicle for lasting social and economic gains. They have debated, too, the degree to which World War II was a watershed that changed the nation’s course. Despite such continuities, the changes that occurred between 1940 and 1945 stand out vividly. As a professional negotiator with more than twenty years experience on the force, Richard had dealt with hostage cases before and knew that this would be a particularly tough one to crack. With the Alibaba IPO throwing daytraders worldwide into a frenzed adulation of all things China, and the press going wild over Jack Ma and his Chinese e-commerce engine, this week's show takes a closer look at Taobao - the jewel in the Alibaba crown - with a hard-hitting quiz covering the most important things no-one seems to be able to remember about our favourite shopping site.
The government had first dismissed rumours of the city's impending water scarcity, yet as the months dragged on and the supply trucks grew less and less frequent, public denial morphed into slow acceptance as the city baked. Xiao Wang strained to tighten the security strap around her luggage, pressing her knee against the bulging fabric to muscle the suitcase closed.
After years in the metaphorical wilderness, the Society of Anarchists had finally gathered enough funds to purchase their printing press.
This week at Popup Chinese, we take you behind the scenes of a recording session as Grace and Li Zhiqiang struggle to coax a decent performance out of a new voice actor. Sarah had struggled for years with her company's internship program, which seemed to saddle her each year with marginally less competent and marginally more slack-jawed members of the local student population. One moment Xiao Liu had been suggesting a weekend retreat to Zhongshan Park, and the next his entire office had plunged into a leaden silence. A rose tucked away at the bottom of the pantry, clumsy letters wrapped in ribbons and hidden in the attic: such as these had been her efforts at concealment. Occasionally, we think back on our years in China and look back at our casual brushes with death with the sort of nostalgia other people feel for high school prom. We strive to make Popup Towers the sort of freewheeling love nest where interoffice relationships are highly encouraged, but sometimes struggle with the consequences. Although no battles occurred on the American mainland, the war affected all phases of American life.
Military spending that began in 1940 to bolster the defense effort gave the nation’s economy the boost it needed, and millions of unemployed Americans returned to work to make the weapons of war needed to protect the United States.
FDR was never fond of dismantling administrative structures or firing people who worked for him, and so he created one agency after another, with new ones often in competition with old ones, to guide the war effort.
By mid-1945, the United States had produced 80,000 landing craft, 100,000 tanks and armored cars, 300,000 airplanes, fifteen million guns, and forty-one billion rounds of ammunition. Many agreed with a Baltimore advertisement that told them that working in a war plant was “a lot more exciting than polishing the family furniture.” They remained frustrated at unfair pay differentials, but wanted to continue working after the war. The Pittsburgh Courier, a widely circulated black newspaper, proclaimed a “Double V” campaign—V for victory in the struggle against the dictators abroad and V for victory in the campaign for equality at home. Even when seen against a broader perspective, the transformation the United States experienced was profound. In the United States, World War II made Americans more willing to involve themselves—politically and diplomatically—with the outside world. At the start of the struggle, their unemployment rate was twice that of whites, and many of the jobs they held were unskilled.
Next follows some case history examples then we'll talk about those other types of unseen energies;  the man-made electromagnetic variety and how these can also affect a house or building and the well-being of those inside. Tomasz M Janowski concerning zones of geomagnetic field disturbances (magnetic anomalies) in Poland and the health of 309 cows kept in cow stalls in a building  measuring 91 x 24 meters in area.
Four months of school tours, and meetings with first the principal and then every fourth grade teacher on payroll.
The language used here is not terribly difficult, but it is spoken at native pace and with the sort of emotional inflection you'll find living and working in China.
Tucked away covertly below the buildings of parliament, the machine stood as a symbol of intellectual resistance within the very halls of a power.
As he would shortly discover, there were feelings that had been hurt, and if he hoped to paper over the situation the only thing to do was to make an apology and mend his ways. Procuring the damn thing from China had promised cheaper costs, but prompted endless foot-dragging from US customs over environmental standards and power supply issues. For such were those heady days of SARS, when the streets of Beijing were clean, taxis were readily available, and glaston and woad were part of the everyday lexicon here. In fact, as a language training company, we admire the way they've found success getting otherwise sensible people to use made-up words like venti and trenta in normal conversation.
After Lily's break-up with Luo Hao, we took her aside and said "relax baby, there are plenty more fish in the sea for a hot cat like you." But she kept moping about, so we had to move her desk near the elevator. Not only were there a lot more English learners than foreigners in Beijing, but the students she picked up seemed more appreciative of her talents and receptive to her teaching methods.
It required unprecedented efforts to coordinate strategy and tactics with other members of the Grand Alliance and then to plunge into battle against the Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan. The renewed prosperity vindicated the theory of English economist John Maynard Keynes, who had earlier argued that sizable government spending could end a depression if the private sector was unable or unwilling to engage in such spending itself. Stimson observed, “If you are going to try to go to war, or to prepare for war, in a capitalist country, you have got to let business make money out of the process or business won’t work.” Business leaders who had incurred the wrath of President Franklin D. That pattern allowed him to play off assistants against each other and to make the final choices himself.
They saved metals and fats to be recycled into military materiel and collected rubber until the nation successfully produced synthetic rubber, necessary because shipping lanes to obtain natural rubber were blocked. Americans seeking a song like “Over There,” which had summed up their confidence in World War I, never found one.
They had to provide the necessary coupons—issued by the Office of Price Administration—to be able to purchase items in short supply like sugar, or meat, or gasoline.
Some recognized, as one woman in Tacoma noted, “My husband wants a wife, not a career woman,” and complied with the propaganda campaign as the war drew to an end to get them out of the factories so that returning servicemen could take back their jobs. The world was a better place for the sacrifices they had made, and veterans and others took pride in a job well done. They remained attached to the status quo as they sought to create a more attractive, stable, and secure future based on the model that still influenced their lives. In responding to extraordinary challenges, the United States was undeniably different at the end of the war than it had been at the start. It also expanded their hopes and expectations and forever altered the patterns of their lives at home.
Though but a tiny minority on the West Coast, they were visible and vulnerable, particularly after Pearl Harbor. As you can see the magnetic contours of this bed size area (6’x4’) are very gentle and slightly undulating showing an overall geomagnetic anomaly of 582 nT (nano Tesla).


Cows kept in three of these stalls suffered ill health problems over and above a ratio that might be normally expected. Holed up on the upper floors of the National Bank, the kidnappers had settled into a defensive position that would make storming the building a disastrous exercise in bloodshed, making a negotiated settlement the only practical option.]]> As a professional negotiator with more than twenty years experience on the force, Richard had dealt with hostage cases before and knew that this would be a particularly tough one to crack. For while she had long ago become accustomed to the need for travelling light, it nonetheless seemed that there was somehow more and more to pack for each trip.]]> Xiao Wang strained to tighten the security strap around her luggage, pressing her knee against the bulging fabric to muscle the suitcase closed.
Its presence would spark a revolution in dissent and art both, and draw the ire of the very political establishment whose ideology it mocked.
Most textbooks stop there, but we've decided to plow on with this lesson that is going to confuse things even more, by showcasing a specific case in which the two characters are actually used to mean exactly the same thing. Not only does it help show what our recording sessions are usually like, but it provides a good excuse for talking about some of the less obvious words and phrases Chinese people use to describe more complex emotions.]]> This week at Popup Chinese, we take you behind the scenes of a recording session as Grace and Li Zhiqiang struggle to coax a decent performance out of a new voice actor.
This is a bit of an easier Intermediate show than some of our more recent ones, so if you're clambering up to full fluency from the Elementary level, give it a try and see how much you can understand. Between those delays and the inevitable miscommunications with his Shenzhen supplier, it would have been easier to import Swiss equipment from the start.]]> Auric supervised the construction of his cutting laser feeling relief laced with loathing. Nonetheless, as occasional coffee drinkers ourselves, we also hope that someone at Starbucks listens to this lesson if only so that corporate headquarters gets a wake-up call about how insanely frustrating it is ordering a medium coffee anywhere in the Middle Kingdom.Incidentally, if you're already used to learning Chinese with us you'll find this Chinese lesson a bit different than its predecessors.
Any passage leading to the upper crawlspace was well cloaked, perhaps even sealed off years ago in the renovations that followed the death of the last schoolmaster.
At the same time, it demanded a monumental production effort to provide the materials necessary to fight. Roosevelt in the 1930s, when they balked at fully supporting New Deal programs, now found themselves invited to Washington, DC, to run the agencies that coordinated production. There was a National Defense Advisory Commission, then an Office of Production Management, then a War Production Board, and eventually an Office of War Mobilization to coordinate all parts of the war economy. And while wartime controls disappeared after the war was over, the experience provided a framework for future administrative organization of the economy. Philip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, proposed a massive March on Washington under the slogan “WE LOYAL NEGRO AMERICAN CITIZENS DEMAND THE RIGHT TO WORK AND FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY.” He agreed to call off the march only when FDR signed an executive order creating a Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) to investigate complaints about discrimination and take appropriate action.
For many Americans, this was, in the phrase journalist Studs Terkel helped popularize in 1984 in the title of his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, “the Good War.” Yet more recently some observers have pointed out that in the pursuit of victory, the United States on occasion failed to live up to its own democratic principles. They hungered for the prosperity they recalled from the 1920s, so elusive in the 1930s, now once again possible thanks to the spending for war. The problem was initially resolved by moving these unhealthy cows to other cow stalls in the complex where they recovered.
It had been a long wait, but today, at least, his parents would get an answer to that question.]]> The admission process had already taken four months. Our annotated transcript is there as always in case you have difficulty.]]> Rather than a regular podcast, today we are pleased to publish a longer Elementary dialogue designed to test your listening comprehension. Today, join us and learn everything from the name of Goldman Sachs in Chinese, to the essential catchphrases needed to outsource your thesis to somewhere south of Wuhan.
The Popup Chinese Quiz Night is easy-to-digest mixed-language edutainment for intermediate learners. Our Popup Chinese quiz show is intended for people who already have pretty good mandarin but are looking for a fun way to expand their vocabulary.
And that's because we don't really teach standard mandarin so much as the bizarre subset of it needed by anyone growing weary of repeating themselves about seventy or eighty times to make sure they get the right-sized drink, or going through the physical pantomime we call the "Starbucks dance", a highly repetitive ritual between you and your barista that involves rhythmic turn-based pointing at the cup rack.]]> Popup Towers has nothing against Starbucks.
And with Miss Gruntle known to prowl the school grounds at night, their only opportunity to truly explore opened them to the risk of a lifetime of lashings.
We're still tweaking the balance, but if you're stretching past the intermediate level and looking for fun listening materials we think you'll like it -- our topics today range from general China knowledge to popular and not-so-popular singers, as well as a final category with language we hope none of us ever to have to use.
In this show, the second time our Chinese tutor has surfaced, we cover some essential classroom vocabulary you may have missed: words and phrases like "say it again" and "what fresh hell is this". Paid a dollar a year for their services, they remained on company payrolls, still cognizant of the interests of the corporations they ran. Even so, midway through the conflict, seven out of ten Americans said they had not had to make any “real sacrifices” as a result of the war.
But then the huge productive effort that began in 1940 gave women the chance to do industrial work.
Still, their experience helped lay the groundwork for a women’s movement in later years and the war was an important step on the road to equal rights. While the FEPC was never wholly effective, it enjoyed a few notable successes when the pressure of war production made employers willing to hire African American workers. Their vision of the future included no brave and bold new world, but a revived and refurbished version of the world they had known before. However the healthy cows that were placed in these three cow stalls soon succumbed to ill health problems.
While we don't walk through the recording line-by-line, David and Grace do point out some of the more difficult bits, including some revolutionary language you may not yet know. This week we have nine questions split into three thematic categories, covering everything from mouthwash to our favorite ineffective Chinese herbal remedies. So if you can't yet understand Chinese spoken at natural speed but are getting there, give this show a listen and let us know what you think in the comments section.]]> Teaching Chinese may have been Xiao Wang's first love, but diversifying into English just made business sense. Roosevelt’s phrase, the “arsenal of democracy,” the country experienced a fundamental reorientation of economic and social patterns at home that provided the template for the postwar years. A common pattern, which provided an incentive to business to cooperate, was the cost-plus-a-fixed-fee system, whereby the government guaranteed all development and production costs and then paid a percentage profit on the goods produced.
As millions of men entered the military services, both government and industry waged a concerted campaign, with posters of “Rosie the Riveter,” to get women to work in the factories, and they did—in huge numbers. The war restored the self-confidence they had felt prior to the depression and convinced them that what they wanted was within their grasp. One black American soldier recalled being turned away from a lunchroom in Salina, Kansas, only to see German prisoners of war being served at the same counter. The second geomagnetogram (G2) was taken above a sprung mattress from a lady suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and severe depression, and has a magnetic anomaly of 22,435.4 nT. So take a listen and let us know what you think.]]> The government had first dismissed rumours of the city's impending water scarcity, yet as the months dragged on and the supply trucks grew less and less frequent, public denial morphed into slow acceptance as the city baked.
So if you're an upper-level student, check out the show and let us know what you think.]]> Occasionally, we think back on our years in China and look back at our casual brushes with death with the sort of nostalgia other people feel for high school prom.
Some black airmen finally had the chance to fly, and black soldiers served with distinction in increasing numbers. Faced with mounting pressure, the Army cited military necessity as the reason to evacuate Japanese Americans, whether or not they were citizens, from the West Coast.
Americans now looked to the federal government to deal with problems handled privately, or at a state or local level, before. The sprung mattresses I have measured so far over the past two years have had magnetic anomalies between 4,000 and 61,000 nT.


When it became clear that other parts of the country did not want the evacuees, a new War Relocation Authority ignored constitutional qualms and forcibly moved Japanese Americans to ten detention camps in seven western states. The reason for these abnormally high magnetic abnormalities is a result of the bed springs intensifying the magnetic flux of these fields, made worse by the interaction of high magnetic fields around the bed and house from numerous electrical appliances, extension cables running under the bed and transformers placed near to the bed.
It accumulates in the body and combines permanently with tissues, and inhibits activity of some enzymes. At the peak of the industrial effort, women constituted 36 percent of the civilian work force. Our forefathers sleeping on straw or feathered mattresses in houses devoid of any electrical fields or microwave energy would not have experienced such geomagnetic disturbances. Each static magnetic field bump or sink on geomagnetogram (G2) may speed up or slow down body fluids (blood and lymphatic) in exposed areas such as the brain, heart, lung, liver, legs etc. The report concluded that the micro element disorders in the animals staying in the geopathic stalls was the primary cause of the many diseases and even death of the organism.
Sleep time exposure to the same sharp variations of magnetic fields for years may induce some chronic health effect. Blood tests especially leukocyte count and the amount of toxic metal found in hair analysis were also indications that the animals were suffering from the detrimental affects of long term exposure to these geopathogenic sites. Between 1940 and 1944, married women made up over 72 percent of the total number of female employees. The World Health Organization in a health criteria report recognizes interactions between variations in static magnetic fields in cellular tissues to include an induction of electrical potentials and magneto hydrodynamic effects in the circulatory systems and by direct stimulation of nerve and muscle cells even under extremely weak thresholds. At our current stage of knowledge it is difficult to explain the mechanism these geomagnetic disturbances have on living organisms. The Cliff of Tears It is important not to underestimate the value of the earth's natural geomagnetic field (DC Field) which interacts with our bodies in many positive ways  This DC field rarely shows an anomaly above or below 2% of its normal strength which differs according to the latitude in which you live.
However there are instances in nature where abnormal magnetic anomalies exist usually due to a sudden change in mineralogy or geological structure over a short distance.
One instance of this is in the USA, at a place called Gyngywamp, near Croton, Connecticut known  as 'The Cliff of Tears' where visitors to this site very frequently become depressed, gums start to bleed and nose bleeds occur.
Polish Academy of Sciences June 1996 Studies conducted using various methods, are evidence that the earth's magnetic field plays an important role in the activity of living organisms as it affects the course of Physico-chemical reactions in the organism. A disturbed geomagnetic field alters, among other things, the evolutionary shaped permeability of cell membranes and the magnetic orientation of micro elements.
Indeed, in the town nearby, doctors and nurses are familiar with this sudden onset of illness in visitors to this old Indian sacred site.
This can affect the whole plant or animal organism and thus the physiological status of the organism, the central nervous system and neuro-psychical phenomena. The causation seems to be that within a few meters the geomagnetic DC field varies from 330 milligauss at an 80 degree dip to 700 milligauss at a 59 degree dip. The influence of a disturbed geomagnetic field on the living organism is slow and cumulative in time and can cause dysfunction of the organism, but after it stops the dysfunction can regress.
After several months the healthy cows were moved in to the geopathogenic stalls and were observed to undergo a reverse process as their hair turned gray, matted, and became poorly rooted in the skin.
To varying degrees the health consequences of staying above one of these geopathically stressed locations can be replicated  in our own homes by the choice of mattresses we use.  The bottom line is, if you suspect your sleeping site is being disturbed by an unusually high magnetic anomaly then buy a bed that has a wooden base and place there upon a mattress that has no springs and make sure it is not placed near a radiator or other heavy metal object.
My Own Research Many of the readings I have taken from mattresses slept on by  people suffering from frequent miscarriage and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) showed similar readings to the anomalies in the polish cow stalls. Unnatural Alterations in the Earth's Geomagnetic Field A second and equally important influence on the sequence of mitosis is the role in which the normal earth's geomagnetic field (DC field) influences the formation and production of a healthy pregnancy. It appears that the exposure of a dividing cell to an inhomogeneous DC magnetic field causes a physical force to be exerted on the chromosomes or on one of the other microscopic structures associated with mitosis, resulting in structural abnormalities in the chromosomes. The geomagnetic field is an important regulating factor for the whole organism of the human being.
Many biochemical reactions, the oxidation process, the efficiency of the immune system and the regulation of the hormone system, are dependent on the surrounding condition of the geomagnetic field.
A so called disturbed zone, or geomagnetic anomaly, exists as part of the constant flux of the earth’s  field, producing in its natural state localized areas where homogeneous and inhomogeneous fields meet. Should the human body especially during sleep, be exposed to an inhomogeneous geomagnetic field over an extended time, then a great health risk is introduced every day to the body. This presents a measurable stress to the immune system especially during sleep when the body needs to relax. The degree of how extreme these geomagnetic anomalies are, whether increasing or decreasing, coincide with the degree of risk to the health. It is important, therefore, to know what the actual situation is concerning the sleeping and working pace. To measure the geomagnetic field over the sleeping place is the best way to be informed about any health risk factors.
The first symptoms are vegetative syndromes, drowsiness, waking up, feeling ‘off’ , chronic aches and pains, headaches and depression. Ferro-magnetism and Dia-magnetism Geomagnetic effects are created depending on whether a material repulses, attracts or is neutral to the earth’s magnetic lines of force.
These are the highly magnetic materials: iron, magnetite (found in blood), nickel, and cobalt. Today houses have wires, metal conduit, and heating piping all with local and specific magnetic permeability properties. The geomagnetograms I produce can show a very disturbed sleeping site according to the density of a metal object placed near to or under the bed. Other structures I have found such as a metal girder from a room conversion below the bedroom and a bed placed above a large metal boiler in the kitchen below have also influenced a high magnetic anomaly. Also springs during manufacture can become highly magnetized if they come into close contact with other magnetic objects or electric fields. Biological Effects Most of the research in to the biological effects of sleeping above an abnormally disturbed geomagnetic field (could be your mattress) has been carried out in Germany by Dr.
Ludger Mersmann who is a bio-physicist at the Technical and Medical Research Centre Wassenach Germany. Studies with mice remaining in geopathogenic places are observed to have smaller litters, decreased weight and try to escape from the geopathic zones. Other German studies of animals kept in geopathogenic zones showed adverse effects on health and sudden death.The proportion of lymphocytes in the total white blood cell count dropped sharply as the animals stayed in geopathogenic stalls.



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