Some Taiwanese pension stats

Some Taiwanese pension stats

On September 3, 2016, some 200,000 to 300,000 veterans, retired teachers, retired government workers and retired workers will go into the streets and protest the new government’s proposed revision of Taiwan’s pension system.  President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Chen Chin-ren and chief cabinet minister Lin Chuan have made statements to appease the protestors’ anger in anticipation of the seriousness of the September 3 protest.  The new government is scared!

In 1995, Taiwan’s average life expectancy was 72 years old for men and 78 years old for women.  In 2014, the average life expectancy for men was 77 years old and that for women was 83 years old.  But, in 1995, Taiwan’s birthrate was 15/1,000 and in 2015, Taiwan’s birthrate was 9/1,000.  In 1995, Taiwan’s senior population of those 65 years old and older constituted 7.6% of the total population.  In 2015, senior citizens constituted 12.5% of the total population.  In 1995, each 100 young and working age adults supported 11 seniors.  In 2015, every 100 young and working age adults supported 17 seniors.  Similarly, in 2016, every 5.6 young and working age adults support one senior.  By the year 2061, every 1.3 young and working age adults will have to support one senior.

In 2014, the average life expectancy was 79.8 years old, and an average worker retires at 57.8 years old.  He or she would live 22 years in retirement.

From 1974 to 1995, salaries of soldiers and military staff, government bureaucrats and teachers were increased by a total of 230%.  However, from 1996 to 2016, their salaries were raised by only 23%.  In the 1980s, annual interest rates offered by Taiwanese banks was 12.5%.  This dropped to 1.29% in 2015.  But, pension funds of veterans, retired public servants and retired teachers are guaranteed 18% interest by law.  This is a Kuomintang policy to guarantee the livelihood of veterans, bureaucrats and teachers and their dependents who have dedicated all their lives, contributed their entire life and even given their lives to serving the country.

Currently, monthly payout to a veteran on Taiwan is NT$49,379, to a retired bureaucrat is NT$56,383, to a retired public school teacher is NT$68,025, to a retired private school teacher is NT$17,223, to a retired farmer is NT$7,256, and to an ordinary citizen as social security is NT$3,628.

The new government’s proposal is to cut the payout to the veterans, retired bureaucrats and retired teachers to “rescue” pending bankruptcies of the pension funds.

The veterans, retired bureaucrats and retired teachers as well as laborers have planned a mass protest on September 3, 2016, and the new government is scared.

 

 

 

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Over 7,000 test tube babies are born each year on Taiwan

Over 7,000 test tube babies are born each year on Taiwan

The infertility rate among Taiwanese women is between 10% and 15%, higher than the global average of between 8% and 10%.

Each year, over 7,000 test tube babies are born on Taiwan.  Among every 100 newborn babies, 2 to 3 are test tube babies.

Taiwan’s National Health Administration said in 2014 that even though women over 43 years old who receive artificial insemination of test tube embryos have a pregnancy rate of 9%, their successful birth rate is less than 4%.

 

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TdGA in Hsuche elementary school children

TdGA in Hsuche elementary school children 900 meters from the Sixth Naphtha Cracker of Taiwan Plastics in Yunlin county

In 2013 and 2015, the urinary TdGA concentration in 226 children at the Hsuche elementary school was 63.1 micrograms/gram.

In October, 2013, at Hsuche elementary school 900 meters from the Sixth Naphtha Cracker complex, the urinary TdGA content in 65 children was 192.8 micrograms/gram.

In August, 2014, when the students of Hsuche elementary returned from summer vacation, the urinary TdGA content of the 46 students was 79.6 micrograms/gram.

In November, 2014, Hsuche elementary students were moved to its parent school Chiaotou elementary, 5.5 kilometers away from the Sixth Naphtha Cracker complex, the urinary content of TdGA in 46 students was 173.6 micrograms/gram.

This is actually the contention of the protesting parents who do not want to have their children moved from Hsuche elementary back to Chiaotou elementary since they contend, the October 2013 urinary TdGA content of 192.8 micrograms/gram at Hsuche elementary is as high as the November 2014 urinary TdGA content of 173.6 micrograms/gram at Chiaotou elementary.  Therefore, they refuse to have their children moved from Hsuche elementary.

This is a typical example of Taiwanese populist rationality!

 

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Taiwan finds first case of AFP caused by EV-D68

Taiwan finds first case of AFP caused by EV-D68

The Taipei Disease Control Administration said on August 30, 2016, that on August 14, 2016, a 5-year-old boy in Taipei suffered weakness in his left arm.  He was hospitalized on August 17, 2016, where doctors found that he was suffering from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and that test showed he had enterovirus 68 (EV-D68).

Health authorities in Taiwan ordered that all AFP cases be reported beginning in mid June, 2015.  In 2014, there had been 8 cases of AFP with 0.27% positivity.  In 2015, there had been 16 cases of AFP with 0.56% positivity, and in 2016 up to the end of August, there have been 8 cases of AFP with 0.28% positivity.

 

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The cancer cell, the ostrich, the obstructionist, and the thieves

The cancer cell, the ostrich, the obstructionist, and the thieves

These are terms used to describe the new Democratic Progressive Party’s government of President Tsai Ing-wen.

Electoral politics is like a cancer cell.  It continues to gobble up Taiwanese society.

The so-called “new southward policy” is cheating oneself and cheating others.  It is an ostrich mentality.  Taiwan has experienced 20 lost years with a policy of locking oneself in, and with constant political infighting over ideology, wasting away Taiwan’s international competitiveness.  Taiwan’s populism has made Taiwan hollow and internally exhausted, and has weakened Taiwan.

In 2006, Taiwan’s national budget was NT$1599.5 billion.  In 2015, it was NT$1959.6 billion.  In 2006, national expenditure for retirement benefits was NT$134.0 billion, amounting to 8.4% of the total national budget.  In 2015, national expenditure for retirement benefits was NT$141.8 billion, or 7.2% of the total national budget.

In 1988, Taiwan’s national treasury had a surplus of over NT$500 billion.  But, beginning in 1990, government finances turned from surplus to deficit.  National debt in 1989 was NT$188.2 billion.  By 2000, Taiwan’s national debt was NT$2800.0 billion, and by 2004 at the end of former president Chen Shui-bian’s first term, the national debt was NT$4000.0 billion, constituting 37.7% of GNP.  In 2009, Taiwan’s national debt was NT$5000.0 billion, and in 2015, the national debt was NT$6500.0 billion.  Presidents Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian, Ma Ying-jeou, and Tsai Ying-wen have managed to bring down an Economic Miracle to the brink of bankruptcy.  Political party infighting has ruined Taiwan’s economy and competitiveness.  Many localities have been too eager to raise local debt for electoral politics.  In the 2016 general election, Miaoli county has raised NT$39.8 billion, Kaohsiung has raised NT$256.0 billion, Tainan city has raised NT$71.0 billion, Taichung city has raised NT$75.6 billion, New Taipei City has raised NT$120.3 billion, the city of Taipei has raised NT$146.9 billion.

Yet, the legislators elected and the officials appointed are all dirty “hogs” and itchy “monkeys”.   “It is not that Taiwan does not have the money, it is because there are too many thieves in government,” and the current chief cabinet minister, president of the Executive Yuan, Lin Chuan, was former president Chen Shui-bian’s minister of finance, and it was he who dug the financial big pit of national debt and deficit.  During Chen Shui-bian’s government (2000-2008), there was no financial discipline, and that caused the national finances to become imbalanced.

And now that the new Tsai Ing-wen’s government is in office with the same guy named Lin Chuan who messed up the finances of former Democratic Progressive Party’s Chen Shui-bian government, what kind of a future is in store for Taiwan?

It seems that after 100 days in office, Taiwan under the new government of the Democratic Progressive Party is left with internally exhaustive and wasteful populism without respect for democratic procedure and without any core value of governance.

 

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Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis

A family on the Chinese mainland ate some jumbo shrimp on August 20, 2016.  Four hours later, all family members suffered from muscle aches.  Doctors say the cause is the “cleaning powder residue on the shrimp”.

Rhabdomyolysis is the dissolution of striated muscles, a large scale massive myonecrosis of myofibers.

 

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Some Taiwanese food vendors’ comments

Some Taiwanese food vendors’ comments about Chinese mainland tourists’ behavior

Taiwanese vendor:  “The Chinese mainland tourist will first buy a cup to taste.  If it tastes good to her, five or six others will share that one cup.  They will buy one cup and take ten straws.”

Taiwanese vendor:  “Three Chinese mainland tourist generally buy one piece of cake that costs NT$12, yet the Chinese mainland tourist still complains that it is too expensive.”

Taiwanese vendor answers:  “This is Taiwan, not the Chinese mainland.  Tourists from other countries will not say such a thing.”

Taiwanese vendor:  “Chinese mainland tourists will buy one piece of cake and several of them will take a bite of it.  This is very dirty!”

Taiwanese vendor:  “Each Japanese tourist will buy one piece of cake for himself or herself.  A Chinese mainland tourist will buy one piece of cake and several of them will share it.”

Taiwanese vendor:  “The Chinese mainland tourist will buy one drink and three of them will share that one drink.  It is very unsanitary!”

 

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