*Crickets Chirping*

Big Red Belly, his thick limbs nourished by a strict liver-tofu-ginger diet, should have been a contender. Instead, as his trainer watched in dismay, the young fighter nervously circled his more menacing adversary and then skittered to a corner of the ring, prompting jeers from a half-dozen spectators.

“Worthless,” his patron, Chang Hongwei, a retired mechanical engineer, growled as he yanked Big Red Belly from the arena and unceremoniously ended his brief fighting career. “Next!”

Countless members of the Gryllus bimaculatus clan, also known as field crickets, have faced off in the capital’s narrow alleys this fall in a uniquely Chinese blood sport whose provenance extends back more than 1,000 years. Nurtured by Tang Dynasty emperors and later popularized by commoners outside the palace gates, cricket fighting was banned as a bourgeois predilection during the decade-long Cultural Revolution, which ended in 1976.

But like many once-suppressed traditions, among them Confucianism, mah-jongg and pigeon raising, cricket fighting is undergoing a revival here, spurred on by a younger generation — well, mostly young men — eager to embrace genuinely Chinese pastimes.

Cricket-fighting associations have sprung up across the country, as have more than 20 Web sites devoted to the minutiae of raising critters whose daily needs can rival those of an Arabian steed. Last year, more than 400 million renminbi, or about $63 million, were spent on cricket sales and upkeep, according to the Ningyang Cricket Research Institute in Shandong Province. Shanghai now has more than a dozen cricket markets, and several cities, including Beijing, stage public bouts where the Lilliputian action is blown up and projected on to giant screens. (A related activity, competitive cricket singing, draws the affections of those inclined to more pacific pursuits.)
@ TNYT

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40 Responses to *Crickets Chirping*

  1. Den says:

    Yessir the crickets are chirping indeed. A good Monday story for the Monday-addled minds

    Better hurry to the donut pile as it is going away fast, apparently the hordes and masses have arrived.

    Dig in!

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  2. micki says:

    Instead of fighting, why don’t the gamers install generators, hook ’em up to exercise bikes, and have the strong, mighty little crickets pedal away on the cycles for an hour, and see how much power each cricket can generate.

    The cricket who generates the most power, WINS!

    😆

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  3. Den says:

    Jiminy Cricket sings power tune:

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  4. gerald says:

    I marvel at the OWS Movement. The 1% that makes up Satan’s disciples are concerned but they will still win out with their money, the backing of our Industrial-Military Complex, and the tanks rolling on our streets that will trample Americans and have American human blood flowing in American streets, like rivers. We, in America, are living in a fascist-police state. Our voting rights, our democracy and our freedoms are lost forever in our Gehenna nation. We are now controlled by Satan and all his disciples.

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    • ty says:

      The only fascists in this country are the democrats. They are the ones that think they know better than anyone else what is best for everyone and they will use civilian force to prove it.

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  5. micki says:

    U.S. Poverty at New High: 16 percent or 49.1M

    Without food stamps, the poverty rate would have risen to 17.7 percent, which translates to about 5 million more people. That program was expanded in 2009 as part of the federal stimulus plan; the expansions are now phasing out gradually and will expire completely in 2014.

    “Ironically, the new poverty figures are arriving just in time to show the success of many of the very programs that are being subject to budget cuts and scrutiny at the federal and state level,” said Arloc Sherman, a senior researcher at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning think-tank. “Legislatures are making some of the harshest state cuts in recent history for vulnerable families, and some in Congress are advocating cutting deeply from federal assistance for those at the bottom.”

    Meanwhile, the Gang of 12 un-Constitutional Super committee, with a FEMALE DEM AS CO-CHAIR puts their opening proposal on the table that includes draconian cuts to social programs. We’re doomed….

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    • •c•arol says:

      Michigan just kicked around 11,000 people off the rolls by rewriting the rules. That’s republicans for ya. I just don’t get why they want people to suffer. Psychopaths.

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  6. •c•arol says:

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    • micki says:

      Snazzy little video. Now, how do we get people — including Congress and the President — to “get” the connections of the Five Es:

      Energy

      Environment

      Economy

      Equity issues

      Effective Response

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  7. micki says:

    In the local news

    Nov, 7, 2011

    PeaceHealth announces layoffs in Bellingham facilities
    KIE RELYEA / THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

    BELLINGHAM — PeaceHealth is laying off at least 17 employees, instituting a partial hiring freeze and closing one of its labs as part of plans to cut $9 million a year in operating costs, representatives announced Monday, Nov. 7.

    The steps were taken because of expected reductions in Medicaid and Medicare payments, the unstable economy, and an increasing number of patients without insurance or the ability to pay for their health care, according to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

    Other factors included continuing cuts in state funding and a limited increase in the number of patients looking for care, PeaceHealth officials added.

    The announcement came after a six-month review and included 33 other employees taking early retirement this year.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Ouch.

      The winter of our discontent.

      🙂

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      • micki says:

        Yeah. And think of how many times this scenario is going to be played out around the state and country…

        Winter of our discontent, indeed.

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    • •c•arol says:

      And the super committee wants to make it worse. Well, go ahead. Hope you have electric fences around your compounds.

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      • micki says:

        Carol — I know how you really, really hate Repugs, but keep in mind that it’s the SIX DEMS on the un-Constitutional Super Committee who have already proposed BIGGER cuts to the social safety net programs than the Repugs.

        Maybe the Dems think they can back the Repugs into a corner on raising taxes using their stupid negotiating strategy — if that’s their plan, they are stoopider than a box of rocks.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Gonna hafta learn to like crickets boiled in oil.

    Jiminey…

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  9. micki says:

    I wonder what kind of mental health facilities they have in Kentucky…someone might need to be admitted soon…

    Up-thread, he’s still babbling incoherently….

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    • ty says:

      My mental health is just fine. I think I still have some laying around here from my liberal days that I will gladly toss your way, even with some mental floss. You are the one in need, just like you rely on everyone else.

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    • micki says:

      I like that! I read the whole thing, zooming around. 🙂

      It’s not quite the same, but it connects to what I posted earlier to your video:

      Five Es:

      Energy

      Environment

      Economy

      Equity issues

      Effective Response

      +++++
      Regarding the Super Committee — I can predict they’ll do what was posted on that zoomit:

      …using crisis to push through economic deregulation

      (among other things)

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    • Den says:

      Reminds me of the old Hippie days when we were protesting primitive injustice which has now extended itself to into the rectum of Americans to the point of real pain.

      Peace, Love, and Flower Power.
      Smell the Earth, feel the Earth,
      Cherish the Earth and all it’s inhabitants,
      So it may continue it’s Universal Majesty for all time.

      Peace!

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  10. Den says:

    Well I tell ya, nothing makes sense anywhere anymore, politically speaking. So with that said, get ready for the Logoland extravaganza dead ahead; Xmas

    Ho, ho, ho hum,
    are politicians ever dumb,
    take it all and leave us a crumb.
    Political self-extinguishment in action,
    from both factions,
    we might vote them both out,
    then get some lobbyists dissatisfaction.
    They are an endangered species,
    mostly full of feces,
    which is easily manged with a good flush.

    Vote; Non-2party!

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    • ty says:

      Get the power back to the states where it was originally intended to be. Then we can let the parties and lobbyists fight over the crumbs that are left at the federal level.

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      • David B. Benson says:

        Hanve a Founding Father statement to that effect? Your first sentence that is.

        Sound of crickets boiling in oil

        I thought not. 😐

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        • ty says:

          10th amendment in the bill of rights Dr. B. It was specifically put in there to thwart the power of the federal government that they even feared back then, limited as it was. Do you think that power has been increased or stayed the same? Why in the world do you liberals believe that a powerful and intrusive federal government is a good thing?

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  11. Den says:

    Intrusive government at the hands of greedy individuals is different from a government that can manage to keep expenditures within budget instead returning it to the people in services to make life here in America a nice comfortable existence.

    Nope Ky ole pal, the mismanagement of good ideas is what got us where we are today and the founding fathers are history,
    here in Logoland.

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    • ty says:

      The founding fathers are history but not their ideas of a limited federal government. We wouldn’t be a country if they believed that a King in England knew better than they did to run their lives from a quarter of the world away. I don’t trust anyond in DC, republican or democrat. They are out for themselves and could care what you think whether that be Ky or Ca. They have the power and be damned to all those that do not.

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  12. Den says:

    Limited government was OK when there was only 2.5 million people but better management is needed for 400 million, the States can’t do it all, just ask them.

    Cheers!

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  13. micki says:

    ty says:
    November 7, 2011 at 8:04 PM
    My mental health is just fine. I think I still have some laying around here from my liberal days that I will gladly toss your way, even with some mental floss. You are the one in need, just like you rely on everyone else.

    Huh? What are you suggesting here? That tired old canard that “liberals” are all on the public dole? Is that what you’re saying?

    You and your dittohead lemmings are so effin’ tiresome — you are so full of self-loathing that insecurity that you’ve fracked your brains.

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  14. micki says:

    oops…self-loathing and insecurity….

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  15. micki says:

    Just saw I received an email from CREDO — this is NOT encouraging, in part:

    Your Senator, Sen. Murray, isone of three Democrats on the Super Committee. It’s incredibly important that she hears from her constituents that cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits need to be off the table.

    Call Sen. Murray and tell her that there should be absolutely no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits. ….

    Reportedly, the benefit cuts plan proposed by the Democrats on the Super Committee had been agreed to by President Obama in negotiations with John Boehner over raising the debt ceiling.

    This means we can’t rely on President Obama vetoing a bad deficit reduction bill that makes it out of the Super Committee and passes Congress.

    It also means the best way to stop a bad deal is to build so much political pressure at the outset that it never gets off the ground. And because Sen. Murray is your senator, it is incredibly important that you call and tell her that cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits need to be off the table….

    The Democrats’ plan was rejected by the Republicans because it included some tax increases. But the proposal demonstrates an alarming willingness to cave on core economic issues despite the vital role Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security play in our society and the widespread unpopularity of benefit cuts to these programs.

    And recent history has shown us how Democrats intent on cutting a deal with Republicans will move from a bad deal to one that’s worse.

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