"History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome." Jane Austen spoken by Catherine Morland in 'Northanger Abbey'
shù dǎo hú sūn
The chart mashup shows China's national real estate development and sales decisively rolling over in 2013 which has in part led to Chinese import data plunging into April 2014. (Charts via Soberlook.com and NBS China)
Gordon G. Chang, a Forbes contributor has been cataloging the drama throughout March and April 2014 (selected quotes):
When the tree falls, the monkeys scatter.
And now a selected Chinese environmental report:
The extent of China's soil pollution, long guarded as a state secret, was laid out in an official report that confirmed deep-seated fears about contaminated farmland and the viability of the country's food supply. Nearly one-fifth of the country's arable land is polluted, officials said in the report, shedding unexpected light on the scale of the problem—a legacy of China's three decades of breakneck economic growth and industrial expansion.
VICE: The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China (Part 1/2)
VICE: The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China (Part 2/2)
History, Charts & Curated Readings
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement; and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense