The Journal Replied

For all of us who received a letter from a journal, after we submitted our paper for publication.

Have fun 🙂


Declaration Of Independence Reply

The Court of King George III
London, England
July 10, 1776
Mr. Thomas Jefferson
c/o The Continental Congress
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dear Mr. Jefferson:

We have read your “Declaration of Independence” with great interest. Certainly, it represents a considerable undertaking, and many of your statements do merit serious consideration. Unfortunately, the Declaration as a whole fails to meet recently adopted specifications for proposals to the Crown, so we must return the document to you for further refinement. The questions which follow might assist you in your process of revision:

1. In your opening paragraph you use the phrase “the Laws of Nature and Nature`s God.” What are these laws? In what way are they the criteria on which you base your central arguments? Please document with citations from the recent literature.

2. In the same paragraph you refer to the “opinions of mankind.” Whose polling data are you using? Without specific evidence, it seems to us the “opinions of mankind” are a matter of opinion.

3. You hold certain truths to be “self-evident.” Could you please elaborate. If they are as evident as you claim then it should not be difficult for you to locate the appropriate supporting statistics.

4. “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” seem to be the goals of your proposal. These are not measurable goals. If you were to say that “among these is the ability to sustain an average life expectancy in six of the 13 colonies of at last 55 years, and to enable newspapers in the colonies to print news without outside interference, and to raise the average income of the colonists by 10 percent in the next 10 years,” these could be measurable goals. Please clarify.

5. You state that “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government….” Have you weighed this assertion against all the alternatives? What are the trade-off considerations?

6. Your description of the existing situation is quite extensive. Such a long list of grievances should precede the statement of goals, not follow it. Your problem statement needs improvement.

7. Your strategy for achieving your goal is not developed at all. You state that the colonies “ought to be Free and Independent States,” and that they are “Absolved from All Allegiance to the British Crown.” Who or what must change to achieve this objective? In what way must they change? What specific steps will you take to overcome the resistance? How long will it take? We have found that a little foresight in these areas helps to prevent careless errors later on. How cost-effective are your strategies?

8.Who among the list of signatories will be responsible for implementing your strategy? Who conceived it? Who provided the theoretical research? Who will constitute the advisory committee? Please submit an organization chart and vitas of the principal investigators.

9. You must include an evaluation design. We have been requiring this since Queen Anne`s War.

10. What impact will your problem have? Your failure to include any assessment of this inspires little confidence in the long-range prospects of your undertaking.

11. Please submit a PERT diagram, an activity chart, itemized budget, and manpower utilization matrix.

We hope that these comments prove useful in revising your “Declaration of Independence.” We welcome the submission of your revised proposal.

Our due date for unsolicited proposals is July 31, 1776. Ten copies with original signatures will be required.

Management Analyst to the British Crown


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Taiwan Stock Market and the TAIEX

From Taipei Times today’s edition.

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Typhoon Fung-Wong Arrived

Most offices are closed today, because the typhoon.

For now, it’s quite quiet in my place (I live on the north-west side), even it’s a little bit windy.

Typhoon is arrived near the south-est coast and very soon, its position will be (It’s a live map):

Wind is between 140 and 180 km/h.


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Dong Yuan Shan – Update

Queen D and me went back to Dong Yuan Shan on July 24th, in view to do some exercises and in the mean time, enjoy the place.

This time, we brought the camera.

In fact, Queen D took it and so, she was in charge of 🙂

So here is the entrance:

As a welcome, here is:

So, if you live in Taoyuan county, you get 50% discount.

It’s my case 🙂

Here is the general map of the area:

The trail is not really muddy (except some parts), given the fact that the trail is made of wood or stone stairs (mostly). Here is the beginning:

Stone stairs now:

The only one time we could have a rest, with something almost flat:

The rest is non-stop climbing.

Finally, we arrived at the top:

Sweating was worthy. Have a look:

On the way down, using a different path:

I look more relax on the way down 🙂

Then, we arrived at the inner road, back to the main entrance:

We sweat as hell, but… whoah!

It is a really, really, really beautiful place.

And the road to the mountain is also great.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

After a deserved shower, what was waiting for us?


A new Japanese BBQ restaurant in Chungli, where Queen D invited me.



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The President of Taiwan Is Torturing Its Cabinet

China Post today, published one article here, about the cabinet which started today its second day of boot camp at Yangmingshan.

All the cabinet (almost all, because some could not wake up, according the paper 🙂 ) followed the President for some exercises before the meeting…

It must be a torture…

Can you believe that? The President asked its cabinet to make a walk early in the morning.

But wait, it’s not all!

Do you know how long?

3 kilometers.


3 kilometers…

But they are the proud of the country:

Picture from CNA.

So people, you can see that they are not kidding, whatever they are doing. Very efficient:

Do you know how long did it take?

50 minutes…

Not bad…

Almost 17 minutes to walk 1 kilometer…

What a performance!

Almost 2 minutes to walk 100 meters…

I think the President is asking too much from its team…


Anyway, better than nothing…

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Typhoon Warning


Roughly one week after Kalmaegi, a new typhoon is approaching and should land on Taiwan within two days.

Potential track (70% probabilities) of Fung-Wong:


Let’s hope it will not bring the same damages and casualties. The previous death toll was 20…

It should be a category 2 typhoon.


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Taiwan Has a Secret Weapon!

For the first time in history, I will reveal the last secret weapon of the Taiwanese army.

Secret weapon? Yes!

Are you ready?

It is… the dummy guards…

When I saw it yesterday, I thought it was a joke because the dummy looked so awful: even a 3 years old kid will notice it as fake; but Taipei Times mentioned it today.

“…an artillery unit had posted dummy soldiers at guard posts at the army’s Sixth Legion Artillery Command Headquarters, located at Tungshih Base in Taoyuan County’s Pingchen Township…”

…Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said the military’s use of dummies to stand guard at a military base was “a joke” and asked whether the army would also send dummies if it had to fight a war…

Wait, it’s not finished yet 🙂

In response, the Ministry of National Defense’s Joint Warfare Planning Department director, Hau Yi-chi (郝以知), said yesterday the dummies were part of “decoy tactics” used at the base.

May be the army believe that the missiles on the other side are fake too…

Let’s sleep peacefully. We are safe.



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