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Kathryn of Omaha TV: “Dear viewers. Today we show Mars Man’s long awaited interview with Lu Kung Si, China’s US representative, in his new office at the Empire State Building in New York, taped last July. As you know, we are now a prosperous province of China and have special permission from Lu Kung Si to air this interview unabridged. Mars City TV, are you connected? All right, here we go:

Mars Man: “Lu, nice meeting you again. You have a magnificent office here. You can see the whole world. On a clear day you can even see Beijing. On the other hand, I hear you have no clear days in Beijing anymore. Too much pollution?”

Lu: “Thanks for your welcoming words Mars Man, but we Chinese are usually more polite and wish you well at the start of an interview instead of throwing mud.”

Mars Man: “Blame my Americanization for this, my apologies. After all, the USA has been sending these rovers to Mars and they infected us with their bad manners.”

Lu: “You are forgiven, but I must give you a red flag in accordance with Chinese State Rule 180437. Two times more and you are out the door.”

Mars Man: “I hope that by that time our interview is over. Let me start. Soon the American people will remember the fiercest attack on their country by Islamic fanatics, as you know called 9/11. How are you dealing with this, now that you have submitted the USA to your own mentality of serfdom?”

Lu: “I warn you Mars Man for framing your questions in an adverse manner. Americans will retain a substantial freedom of action, more or less like Hong Kong, within prescribed limitations. As to their remembrance of 9/11, we will fully respect their memorial services and any ceremonies will be allowed. As to the Islamic threats, we have our own in China and we know how to deal with them. Islamic extremists will not be allowed to subvert our society, including those we annex. We will mainly use American security systems, which are quite adequate. Besides, now that those terrorists know we are here, they’ll think twice about trying to attack as they will be physically ripped apart without our blinking an eye. We have over one hundred scientific torture methods, including our well known water drop and slow death by a thousand cuts. No Miranda rights and Department of Justice susceptibilities. We have abolished the ACLU and their members have all been sent to labor camps or incarcerated for life.”

Mars Man: “That must comfort many American citizens. However, on Mars we have the impression that the remaining free world is uncomfortable about China’s militarism and aggressive stands. You have now by way of speaking annexed the USA and made it your subsidiary. Are the other countries of Planet Earth right to be concerned?”

Lu: “Who says we do not belong to the free world? We have elections too, you know, but we keep order with our one party system. The USA lost the taste for discipline. Other countries, including Europe, should learn from us and adapt. President Obama was our avid student and did most of our preparatory work, so that we could just walk in here and take over without fundamental change. He had already done that. However, he was a bit too eager and making such a mess of it that he was taking us all down the cliff. So we had no choice but to take over his regime to set things straight and save our own economy from collapsing too.”

Mars Man: “But your capitalist policies are pure state rule and your monetary policies are keeping the Yuan artificially low to encourage exports and keep imports to a minimum. Other countries’ economies are suffering from that.”

Lu: “This problem has been largely solved by our annexation of the USA. It emerged from a simple marketing strategy. Western economists do not make a distinction in our methodologies. We apply capitalist production and marketing policies, but do not accept democratic rule as that fouls up any sound economic system. The western socialists, and that includes Obama’s regime and his socialist cronies in that cackling Congress, don’t understand you need capitalist methodologies to compete and make money and fund your programs. You remember former President Obama crying on TV that he had this messy democracy to deal with? That’s what brought down the USA, as his efforts to impose a one party system collapsed with that Tea Party monster. Mao and Lenin used communist or socialist economic rules and it utterly failed. We have learned from that. Remember Ding Chao Ping? We only apply strict communist state rule to our country management to keep our large population in sync with our state policies. Russia does too. We do not indebt ourselves like Obama did. There is only so much you can tax and spend before the “other people’s money” runs out and you go belly up, as the USA did. We can sell cheaper because we are more efficient without all these ridiculous environmental regulations and do not burden our export industries to pay for nonsensical social programs that don’t work. We abolished all that and most Americans are happy with that. Chinese know how to take care of themselves and Americans will too. We keep our currency in check and don’t use the printing press like the American Bernanke did. There you have it in a nutshell.”

Mars Man: “And all the excess money you make is invested in your military.”

Lu: “Has Mars forgotten Planet Earth’s history? Do you forget that less than one hundred years ago, China was invaded by Japan, Russia and Western countries, including the USA, and that Shanghai was made into an American brothel? We suffered a lot of misery and we don’t want that to happen again.”

Mars Man: “All right, but where do you need all that weaponry for that was reportedly fabricated with what they say stolen technology?”

Lu: “Mars Man, I must warn you. You sound if Mars is on the side of the West what’s left of it. We don’t have plans to invade Mars, as the USA had. So know your friends when you ask questions like these or else we might have to start invading you too. I have to issue you a second red flag. Mind your words. On a Mars invasion, we only need to open NASA’s files, don’t forget that.”

“Mars Man: “Point taken, Lu, but please answer the question, since I am only at the second red.”

“Lu: On the stolen technology, that’s because we are good at stealing and reverse engineering. We know mathematics. The American kids did not to their peril and are now learning it again, and if they refuse they are sent to labor camps till they do. That’ll teach them a lesson. Others on Planet Earth steal as well, Pakistanis, Indians, Iranians. We keep a keen eye on these murky peoples. When their stealing is not in our interest and they get things before we do, we act, another reason why we had to come here. Now we don’t need to steal USA secrets anymore, as they belong to us. Made in larger China, if you wish. On the need for it, we have a large country to defend, and now that we have annexed the USA it is even larger. We want to make sure others respect us for what we are before they do us in. Taiwan and some Russian, Vietnamese and Japanese islands are disputed territory and when the time comes, we will reunite.”

Mars Man: “But is that not a belligerent tone? On Mars, we thought the land of Confucius was the image of peace, wisdom and respect for humanity. Didn’t he say “don’t impose on others what you don’t wish for yourself?”

Lu: “That seems a very liberal translation and grossly out of context. Don’t confuse Confucius with Western linear thinking. Confucius also said: “The cautious never err.” So we took our precautions and Obama gave us the key. He was glad to because he was in over his head, so we did him  and the Americans a favor. Read our White Paper on China’s Peaceful Development. It’s on the Web.”

Mars Man: “I thought China had only pink paper and that’s what I found in Third World country bathrooms. But I can’t read Chinese. Give me the gist, please.”

Lu: “It makes the case that China does not interfere with other countries’ internal affairs and does not bully other countries, such as the past USA did all over. We only come when invited, as we were by Obama and Walmart, because Obama had lost his marbles and Walmart wanted to extend its market share of Chinese goods.”

Mars Man: “How does China intend to deal with its internal issues? As I said at the beginning, you have serious environmental problems. You can’t inhale a breeze of fresh air in Beijing and Shanghai isn’t much better. Then you have that one child policy that has created a massive growth of only male people. What are the sexual implications of that?”

Lu: “These are questions you are not allowed to ask and I am not willing to answer. Remember our Rule 180437. You got a third red flag and have to leave in five minutes or you will be thrown out by my personal thugs. The American former Vice President Joe Biden fully understands this one child policy, so go and ask him.”

Mars Man: “But you said you were a freedom loving nation where you can discuss these things openly, I suppose without handing out red flags?”

Lu: “Free in Chinese does not mean the same as free in English. I cannot answer your question because you don’t speak Mandarin.”

Mars Man: “Let me put it differently then. How will you deal with the striking increase in Chinese male homosexuality with all these single men? I thought homosexuality was forbidden in China. What do these guys do if there aren’t any girls left?”

Lu: “We have a vibrant girl doll production in China that can satisfy the most sexually driven men. They giggle, coo, wriggle, kiss, moan, and can do it up and down. The military get them free. We Chinese take care of our men. You can pack them in your briefcase, your rucksack, your pocket, blow them up at home or in your hotel, take them to the beach, whatever, and they act and feel just like real women. The added advantage is you can make love to them wherever and whenever you want, you never have a fight, no complaints about headaches if you know what I mean, they never age, and when you get tired of them you throw them out and buy a new one. We have all types, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanics, you name it. Demand in Province America has already exceeded our wildest expectations. Even lesbians love them. I can send you our vendor list if you want.”

Mars Man: “Thanks but no thanks, Lu, they won’t work with our Mars bodies. Thanks for the interview, Lu, very informative. I take your red flags as a souvenir back to Mars. Till soon.”

Kathryn of Omaha TV: “That was it, dear audience. I hope you had your remote handy for the kids during the last part of this interview. Mars Man is traveling back to Mars City. All the best and till next time when he and our panels meet again.”



Mars Man TV – Does Planet Earth Self-Destruct?

 Mars Man

Kathryn of Omaha TV: “Dear audience, welcome to Omaha TV. We taped Mars Man’s interviews in New York during his recent earthly summer vacation from Mars with Dr. Hank Kisshanger, political analyst and Professor Milton Friedmayer, economist. Here we go.”

 Mars Man: “Hank, we believe on Mars that Planet Earth’s situation is getting worse by the day. We see a worldwide leadership gap, US weakness, Chinese military aggressiveness and cyber war and a never ending Middle Eastern turmoil. This is increasing rogue state activity of North Korea, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas, and islamist destruction in Pakistan and India. At the same time economic activity is declining all over. What’s your view? Is Planet Earth self-destructing?”

Hank Kisshanger: “You Martians are right on the money. People on Planet Earth are more divided than ever and splitting into rogue state governments, restless populations, wrong economic policies and failing democracies. China is becoming the yellow danger, which it was fifty years ago already but now it’s real. Unless sensible political leaders emerge to turn things around and the USA maintains its economic and military power, Planet Earth will indeed self-destruct.”

Mars Man: “Milton, what’s your view?”

Milton Friedmayer: “I cannot agree more. We are at a crucial crossroads. As has been said by many on your program before, people continue to disregard economic laws, be it in the West, China or the Far-East.”

Mars Man: “Any examples?”

Milton: “Take the USA. Some may remember from school one of economics’ basic laws and that is quote “the fallacy of the broken windows” unquote. It’s particularly relevant now with the stimulus act in 2009. Empirical economic evidence has clearly shown that repairing broken windows, using stimulus money, does not grow the economy. It only replaces what already existed and prevents the owner from using that money for something new that would improve his business. Besides, it does not repair the problem that caused the windows to break in the first place. Why did they break? Rioting? Over-regulated manufacturing producing bad glass? Windows installed by inefficient union labor?”

Mars Man: Sure, but what’s the point?”

Milton: “Buildings must close to repair the broken windows. As a result demand falls because workers in the buildings can’t earn money. So, with declining sales, businesses must let people go. If the glass had been made better or installation been more professional, the breakage would not have occurred. Now government wants to use taxpayer money to repair the windows and they call that “investment”. You see the futility?”

Mars Man: “Yes I do, but what to do instead?”

Milton: “Unless investors see measures to fix the causes of the breakage, for example stop regulating, they will not risk fresh money and employ more people. Printing and borrowing money for stimulus to pay for the window repairs does not increase demand and is no incentive for the private sector.  Fearing more taxes and market instability, they will hide their money in gold or other value commodities instead. Keynesian economics to repair the windows may result in a short term push for window makers, but it’s not investment. Broader private sector incentives are needed to get the market economy going again. Printing money and increased debt will get you no more than a declining dollar or Euro and growing inflation.”

Mars Man: “What broader incentives?”

Milton: “Exactly the opposite of what the current US administration – and some others in the world – is doing: more spending and increase debt. I repeat, empirical economic evidence has amply shown that in an economic downturn, economic revival results from lowering the tax burden, lowering debts, deregulation, and increased extraction of national energy resources to lower fuel costs. Not from Keynesian government programs and spend thrift politicians. Economic revival will yield higher tax revenue by itself, no need to increase the rates, and will stimulate employment.  The private sector is the engine of growth, not the Government. It’s as simple as that. It’s incomprehensible why so many politicians continually forget these simple facts or worse, want to forget them. ”

Mars Man: “Hank, as Milton says, why do socialist governments not apply these facts when they have a proven track record?”

Hank: “Because the trap of the utopian sound bite works better for them politically. Socialists want to be re-elected to maintain state power. Socialists blame the downturn on the rich because they say that the rich siphoned off the money from the poor or made bad investments that brought the economy down. For them, rich people are bad people because they make profits. Profit for socialists is the same as a red flag for a bull. Stealing from the rich through taxation –- and that includes the hard working small business man who makes 200,000 to 250,000 dollars per year employing other people -– is justified and good. They advocate spreading the wealth by having the so-called rich pay more taxes for lush but unproductive government programs for the so-called poor, to make them dependent on them and continue them in power. The large segment that doesn’t pay income taxes — some say more than 40 percent in the USA alone –- has no problem with that.”

Milton: “In the same camp you find environmentalists who want to regulate everything they think will destroy the planet based on doubtful scientific data, and without doing an objective cost-benefit analysis. They do so out of an obsession to control other people’s lives. This grinds manufacturing to a halt or increases outsourcing to other countries where these rules don’t exist, such as China. Combine these forces under an utopian leader, and you have all the ingredients for financial and economic collapse.”

Mars Man: “You think the current utopian regime in the USA will change its policies if the economy stays the same or god forbid gets worse?”

Hank: “No, because the current Presidential outlook is statism whether they want to admit it or not. In their view the government should own and produce what people need, at prices and with rules set by the Government. A free capitalist system produces what people want at prices the market determines, which includes profit for further investment. The current administration hates profit and does not want to change its philosophy.”

Mars Man: “Not even if the economic situation remains bad?”

Milton: “Obama got elected under a canopy of hope and change. Hope and change was based on utopian philosophies that had long since been proven unsuccessful, but voters got hyped by his rhetoric and now they are paying the price. The economy must add some 14 million jobs over the next three years to get back to where we were in 2006. That is some 400,000 jobs each month. We got barely 100,000 jobs recently and they pretend that recovery is on the way thanks to their good policies. It’s pure demagoguery. But despite the obvious, voters are still hyped and they give Obama the benefit of the doubt. That hype carries him along so he won’t change.”

Mars Man: “On Mars, we manage this much better. We would not elect a leader with such misleading views.”

Milton: “US voters –- and similar hopefuls around the world -– got ample evidence of Obama’s socialist beliefs but ignored them at their peril. The press played a major role in glorifying his bad policies and hiding its many pitfalls. Many of those voters are now unemployed. The virtual one party system during the first two years has increased the malaise threefold. Even though it ended up creating the conditions for divided government, it has largely succeeded. The aim is to make voters dependent so they can keep power. They will do everything in their might to succeed, whatever they say. The electorate has to choose which way it wants to live, in misery for all or prosperity with chances for all.”

Mars Man: “Will the American electorate or any electorate be smart enough to make that choice?”

Milton: “The old USSR including Gorbachev, France under Mitterrand, Britain under Harold Wilson, all proved that socialist utopian rule fails to maintain prosperity. It failed under Carter too. With these examples, conservative politicians were able to bring back the principles of the market economy, meaning limited government, strong defense, lower taxes, freedom of factors of production, supported by rational and affordable safety nets. But as soon as they reach their peak, socialist believers break it down again with class warfare because they hate production for profit. Nonetheless, profit is what keeps people employed.”

Mars Man: “Still, we don’t understand why the same mistake is made over and over again.”

Milton: “We have many young voters in the world and especially young voters have not learned their economic history. They are vulnerable to charismatic smiles and are easily receptive to the utopian dreams because they sound so good. Everybody’s equal and earns equal pay, spreading the wealth, and gets easy retirement money. They like social programs covering you from cradle to grave through higher taxes on profits leaving little room for reinvestment.  The only problem is that this statist system doesn’t work: human beings need an incentive to get better and if they don’t get it they won’t try. It’s a fact of life. This has happened in Europe time after time, most recently in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland and you see where these economies have gone: to pot.”

Mars Man: “But they say that President Obama is the brightest President the USA ever had. How come he doesn’t understand these economic laws?”

Milton: “Because he does not want to. He had lately again one of his Freudian slips, stating “we have this messy democracy”. This was a similar slip as “spreading the wealth”. Obviously, he prefers absolute majority like in a totalitarian state so that he can do what he wants. If he can’t get his way in Congress, he circumvents the system by ordering regulations through executive orders. This damages the economy and stifles investment and that’s exactly what he wants. He wants to drive the economy down and make the larger segment of the population dependent on his state intervention, although he doesn’t say that in public. He continues his utopian class warfare rhetoric to achieve it, and hopes it will assure his re-election and one party rule.”

Hank: “I agree. To prevent this, voters need a charismatic conservative leader, and if the conservative movement does not offer one, the socialists may win again to the country’s detriment. That’s why they do their utmost to discredit the American revolt that has been called the Tea Party. This was originally an American revolt against excessive British taxation. Now it’s an American revolt against excessive American taxation and debt, and the media discredits it. Where’s their logic?”

Milton: “It’s going to be a rough fight because conservative movements tend to have strong opposition from that powerful media. The influential moguls that own them have vested interests in driving the economy down to short the markets and make tons of money in precious metals and commodity swings. In addition, socialists use trench fighter tactics to get votes as we saw with Acorn and now again with “Project Vote”, which are known for voter fraud. At present there are some good conservative speakers who say the right things, but no one has yet reached sufficient critical mass to stop this devilish machine.”

Mars Man: “Do you believe then that the current USA Administration will be re-elected?”

Milton: “In my view no, despite all their money and trench fighting tactics. It will be hard to turn the current economy around in the remaining year  in the reigning negative investment climate and continued high unemployment rates. Only in a totalitarian state can a statist administration remain in power under such circumstances. An American administration has never been re-elected when the economy is down. That was the main reason why the Republicans lost in 2008, and why they won in 1980 with President Reagan.”

Hank: “I would not underestimate Obama and his clique. He has got the charisma and is still liked more than Congress. His support is in the tax-free mob class and the selfish media. Again, much depends on the credibility and strength of the conservative opponent. A large segment of the electorate thinks wrongly it has no stake in economic investment and is keen on keeping their comfortable but unsustainable prerogatives unchanged. That is the danger. We have seen that with the riots in Greece, France, Italy and England. If the opposition says it is going to curb those vested interests, the administration will inflame their excitable mob crowds of labor unions, teacher unions and outright anarchists like in Wisconsin and the media will only be too happy to cover it widely. Conservatives will have a hard time convincing those voters.

Mars Man: “What would be the consequences of the regime’s continuation?”

Milton: “They will break the country’s back, as they have done before to so many other countries that are limping now. France and England are good examples. The reality is that these voters are short term thinkers and won’t change for the better. This is why the opponent’s credibility is of so much importance for majority support. Margaret Thatcher and Reagan were able to win and turn it around, despite socialist resistance supported by the media, but leaders like them don’t come up every time.”

Mars Man: “Do you think a third party or third candidate in the USA could win?”

Hank: “It’s never worked. First, the Tea Party is not a party but a revolt of people across party lines. Because Tea Party people are those who are paying taxes they are likely to be mostly on the conservative side, and would vote for a Republican rather than a spend thrift Democrat who has slipped to the left. Second, none of the current conservative candidates have the strength for a successful independent run.”

Mars Man: “Not even your billion dollar icon Donald Trump?”

Hank: “He says he may run as an independent, but he overlooks the fact that you cannot run a government like a business because of the many divergent groups a country has and the political and judiciary system it is based on. He makes good points, but you have to work within the national and international systems to achieve your goals and if your approaches are too singular, and his are, voters will not elect you. In other words, as happened before, an independent candidate would only ensure the continuation of the incumbent administration.”

Mars Man: “Dr. Kisshanger and Professor Friedmayer, many thanks to both of you as you have enlightened our Mars community with a clear view of Planet Earth’s conflicting views. Let’s meet again soon.”

Kathryn of Omaha TV: “Dear viewers, thanks for watching us. In our next broadcast we will show Mars Man’s interview with Lu Kung Si, China’s US representative, in his office at the Empire State Building in New York. Till soon.”


Mars Man TV: Babylon’s Ivory Towers

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Mars Man chimes in: “Kathryn, our panel can’t follow Earth’s logic on many things and it’s getting worse.”

Kathryn: “Dear Mars, trust me, we can’t follow it too well either. Most people speak English on Mother Earth but it’s often hard to understand what they say. We have several serious issues here: First, Government people talk too much and do too little, and when they do something it goes bust. Second, everybody talks to themselves into those cell phones. Ten years ago, a person talking to himself on the street would be taken to an asylum for mental disorder, but nowadays all these  talkers walk free and nobody cares if they are mad and many are. Third, people only talk or listen to whom they like and don’t even try to understand what someone they don’t like has to say. That’s why we are in this total mess.”

Mars Man: “Isn’t that the essence of Earth’s biblical story on the tower of Babylon?”

Fred Garfinkel of Omaha TV: “I can explain that. The Babylonians spoke one language but to their detriment they used it to promote the single ideology of their master which was different from their Creator, whose mathematical genius had taught them that one plus one is two and not three. To reach the summit of their tower, the Babylonian master obliged them to disregard the math, and to buy the bricks with tons of gold coins borrowed from the Creator and with printed stimulus money, and then they went broke. So they couldn’t finish the tower and had to return to Earth. During their hasty descent, they tumbled through their debt ceiling and couldn’t pay the Creator back. As punishment He left them speechless. Poverty stricken, they had to learn how to talk again and every single group did that their own way, and that caused today’s Babylonian cackle.”

Elmer of Mars TV: “If Kathryn says that most people speak English now, how is it then that they don’t understand each other?”

Bob Foolsman of Omaha TV: “I can explain that much better than Fred’s Babylonian cackle. Democrats worldwide are the only ones who speak English properly. Conservatives, including foreigners, have that horrible Bostonian or British accent, and that’s where the problem lies. Nobody wants to talk to someone with a horrible accent, let alone listen to him. Fortunately, Democrat speak is the right speak. It’s pretty similar all over Mother Earth.”

Tamir of Mars TV: “But if you all talk in silos, how would you get anything done?”

Tony Blanket of Omaha TV: “I can explain that much better than Bob’s democrat cackle. The left don’t want to talk to anyone else to get it right because they think they know it all and that the rest is a bunch of mumbo-jumbos. We got into this mess because they deliberately misled the American people who gave the hopey-change bunch the majority in 2008. They are the only ones who are allowed to call the other kind nincompoops, idiots, terrorists, blackmailers, or racists, but that’s exactly what they are themselves. But Oh dare not call them that. Especially their media, who come after you like wasps if you ever use their venom terms against themselves. Now everyone is crying wolf. You get what you pay for.”

Shamus from Mars TV: “We’ve heard of sound economic advice to restructure Earth’s finances, but the left side apparently ignores it. Why? Would it not also be in their interest if things got better?”

Charles Hammerschmidt of Omaha TV: “It may surprise you, but the answer is “no”.  Good politics ignores good economics. The worse it gets, the better it is for them because the more control they can get. They demagogue the sound economic proposals as favoring the rich, spoonfeeding the corporate jet owners, and pushing old people down the cliff, all the usual class war stuff. That scares the average voters, who don’t know better and continue to see these socialist leaders as their saviors. Blinded, they will vote for them again till we all go down the cliff.”

Bob Foolsman: “Let me correct this outrageous Republican claptrap for our Mars audience. It’s the extreme right that wants to possess all the goodies and blocks progress for the small people and the middle class. The current administration’s policy is the way to go, you have to distribute the wealth that belongs to us all, not to a few. President Obama said it. That’s our current plight and we will succeed.”

Shamus: “But this conflicts with universal economic theory, it does not work that way, not on Mars either. If you take away the incentive for someone to risk his money and invest, no sensible person will and unemployment figures will be coming out of your ears.”

Fred: “They don’t care about economic theory. They pretend they do, but they don’t. A failing economy works in their favor, more regulations, more taxes, more union worker support, more spending to spread the wealth, more debt to enforce more taxes. It all leads to bigger government and dependence of the populace. The populace don’t want their benefits cut. Only others must take the cut. A vicious circle, but that’s how they win votes.”

Bob: “Obama won the largest vote ever because he offered a better future. Thanks to the previous disastrous economic policy of the conservatives, the whole card house came tumbling down. As Obama and his advisors said, you cannot overcome that in a couple of years. The American people and other nations in financial trouble have confidence that Obama’s great vision will ultimately prove right.”

Fred: “Who caused the housing bubble, Freddy Mac and Fanny May, those democrat prostitutes of sharing the wealth that were at the origin of today’s economic and financial collapse? You had the majority in Congress as of 2006, remember?”

Bob: “And who made that into a gigantic worldwide collapse by selling these subprime rate mortgage packages? Lehman Brothers, remember? Not exactly a socialist invention.”

Fred: “And who bailed out the failing banks and carmakers with taxpayer money that killed off the private sector and chased the jobs away? Was Obama, remember?”

Bob: “And who got us in two expensive wars without paying for it, was Bush, remember?”

Fred: “You know that the failed stimulus package cost more than the two wars combined? And Obama said the Afghan war was the right war, remember? And now he wants out just before the 2012 elections to satisfy his liberal base, even though all generals disagree. How convenient.”

Bob: “At least it will save billions of dollars now wasted on a corrupt regime installed by the Bush Administration. Believe me, the socialist doctrine is the right one, the capitalist doctrine leads to poverty and civil strife.”

Pasha from Mars TV: “Who is behind all this progressive thinking on Mother Earth? We see decline worldwide, except in China and that is a socialist communist country. Why is Chinese communism working better than the market economy?”

Tony: “Good question. China has adopted capitalist policies while keeping a suppressive regime in place to make sure that democratic upsurges are squashed the moment they appear. Looking at what’s happening in democratic regimes, they think that’s a wise decision. So far they have done extremely well, but it remains a communist police state with strong military control and no human rights. In the USA, our current government leaders would love to be in that same position and are striving towards that goal. What they can’t get through Congress, they do by presidential executive orders, over-regulating the economy and killing jobs in the process. Our hope is that they fail to renew their lease in 2012. And ultimately, China will pay the price as well.”

Charles: “To answer your question on who’s behind it, that’s a scary development realized by few and that is concealed by the corrupt Media. We have very wealthy and brilliant subversive forces among our people, and they are well-known and proud of it. George Soros, who cornered the British pound, is reportedly busy to profit from the American decline with his hedge fund and controls much of the left Media behind the scenes to achieve it. His people are called the “Shadow Government”. Books are written about them. Even the Chinese military call them “financial terrorists” because they destroy economies to profit from it financially. Malaysia accused George Soros of the same thing. The average man in the street does not know these things because the Media are in their hands and cover it up. That’s how they can fool them into believing they have the interests of the people at heart. That’s why they want to destroy news organizations like Fox that keep showing the other side of the coin.”

Huda from Mars TV: “Can a woman win the presidency in these circumstances?”

Kathryn: “Women on Mother Earth have made tremendous progress and many have top jobs. In several countries they lead Governments. But the American presidency is still considered a male business. So far, no presidential ticket with a female vice presidency has made it.”

Tony: “We have one woman, Michele Bachman, who makes a strong case, but like Sarah Palin, she is rather categorical and that doesn’t win general elections. Hillary Clinton lost because she ran a controversial campaign, but both she and Obama are of the same cloth, so it does not make any difference. Many of her crowd are in high government positions doing what she wants too: total government control. Bachman would be a good counterweight, but becoming president will be an uphill fight.”

Mars Man: “Kathryn, your team may enlighten us on the issue of raising the debt limit of the USA. It seems that whole Mother Earth is watching the discussions in Congress with anxiety.”

Kathryn: “If I have debts and cannot pay, my credit card is blocked and I have to pay higher interest rates. If I can’t pay my mortgage, they come to foreclose my house and throw me out. Somehow, governments think they can indebt themselves unpunished. If a CEO of a company did so, he would be fired. How come a President is not? Fred, Bob, can you elaborate on that?”

Fred: “Because firing a socialist President with a socialist majority in the Senate is politically impossible. Politicians don’t reason like shareholders who want to protect their money, they always use other people’s money. Voters vote their pocket book, they say, but are misled by that hopey-change garbage. The next elections will prove if the majority still believes in that.”

Tony: “Everybody knows the USA has a spending problem and that if we don’t get it under control now we are going Greek. But to say that the USA would default if they don’t raise the debt ceiling is nonsense. Tax revenues are coming in everyday by the millions, enough to pay the urgent bills. The default alarm is just an ingenuous democrat ploy to scare people into accepting more taxes.”

Bob: “There you go again, as your famous dunge Reagan used to say. Your side blocks any tax increase to pay for the draconian cuts in social safety nets you are demanding,  pointing a gun at our heads, and to pass the goodies to the wealthiest as usual, leaving the poor going for the crumbs. Obama is right to call you terrorists.”

Charles: “On Reagan being a dunge, the recent unveiling of his statue in London attracted thousands. Many who had to be turned away came back later to watch it. And where do you get your figures from, Mr. Dogood? The Congressional Budget Office, which you often quote as your oracle, reports that the richest 20 percent of the USA pay 86 percent of all federal income taxes. That’s more than under the Reagan administration, thanks to your socialist policies enforced on us. But under dunge Reagan the economy recovered and under brilliant Obama it tanked and doesn’t show any sign of improving, to the contrary, it’s getting worse. Now, forty percent pay no income taxes at all and even get credits for not paying a dime. US corporate tax is among the highest in the world and makes us uncompetitive. Isn’t that enough? Why do you guys always lie to make your points?”

Bob: “You call me a liar? That’s uncalled for before our Mars audience.”

Charles: “Correction, let’s call you a genuine speaker of untruths.”

Kathryn: “Gentlemen, please! Let’s change the subject. Mars Man, on to you, any more questions on Mother Earth’s Squirms?”

Mars Man: “Despite that everyone speaks English, no party on Mother Earth appears to listen to each other. They seem all locked up in their own ivory towers. Babylonian cackle indeed, which augurs for a dim future. Our time’s up here, but Pasha wants to say she’s glad that NASA’s plans to get to Mars have been shuttled.”

Kathryn: “Remember the sputnik and our great American voyage to the moon? Our next trip to space will cost Americans 50 million a pop on a Russian rocket, that’s the Obama vision. But there’s no money. So, don’t worry over there. Till next time.”


Mars Man TV: Planet Earth’s Sex Craze

Mars Man

Anchor: “Dear viewers, Mars City and Omaha’s TV are both connected for their joint Mother Earth’s Weekly Squirms show, this time on Planet Earth’s sex scandals. The two panels are facing the red light (pun not intended) and yes, it’s blinking, boys you are on.”

Mars Man: “Morning Kathryn and team! Whole Mars is talking about Planet Earth’s sex craze. We with our brass-wired digital bodies here do not understand what the fuzz is all about.”

Kathryn: “Our information age has entered a new phase of taking sex pictures of yourself and wiring them over the internet to lusting friends and an eager constituency. It is particularly popular with male politicians who want to draw attention and attract more voters.”

Mars Man: “Our panel is eager to know why showing private human body parts incites people to vote for you.”

Kathryn: “Polls have shown that male politicians who can show the largest protruding parts can best penetrate the independent voters block, as those voters don’t know what they are voting for anyway. This puts female politicians at a distinct disadvantage. To stem this trend the Republican Congress is preparing the Penis Envy Information Act. It would among others prohibit male offenders from publicizing their lewd pictures at campaign stops and in voting boots.”

Pasha of Mars TV: “Why would female politicians be disadvantaged? Do females on Earth not display themselves in magazines and centerfolds? Can’t they do the same to voters on your Twitter?”

Kathryn: “It so happens that our female politicians would never make the cut for a magazine cover page or let alone a centerfold. The women who usually do, do not become politicians because they have better things to do.”

Pasha: “But Sarah Palin looks good, even in a swim suit, and she’s a politician…”

Bob Foolsman of Omaha TV: “Her problem is that she’s a dumb broad and doesn’t know any better. Democrats are protecting the American population from the imminent danger she poses for our society by hammering on that point.”

Fred Garfinkel of Omaha TV: “Sarah Palin has more sex appeal than any Democrat, including you, and says it straight in your face, that’s what bothers you, isn’t it? You’re afraid of her, that’s why you demagogue her. And what about those broads that fell in bed with your Democrat leaders, from Marilyn Monroe onwards with President Kennedy, to all those women that were exposed with Bill Clinton, willingly or unwillingly, they were clever broads, weren’t they?”

Huda of Mars TV: “Is Pelosi not an attractive female politician? Could she not show herself on Twitter?”





Kathryn: “Pelosi has passed the age of centerfolds at least three times, undergoing annual facelifts on taxpayer funded Medicare. Polls say her centerfold would turn off democrat and independent voters in droves. That’s why it is not surprising she’s rumored to support the Republican penis envy bill.”

Elmer of Mars TV: “We’re wondering here how it’s possible that your papers and TV have been occupied with this news for two weeks in a row. We don’t have that same type of excitement here.”

Fred: “There’s nothing more exciting for journalists and TV pundits than to write about someone else’s public sex scandal, in particular if it’s a Republican, while they are doing the same lascivious thing in obscurity behind their curtains.”

Bob: “Fred’s right, in particular if it’s a Republican. If they only show a torso, his male constituents say their wives and daughters feel deeply ashamed, can’t sleep, call for resignation and they dutifully resign. The male Democrats are smarter. They show their blown-up manhood, then cry about it in front of the cameras, and their female constituents beg for more.”

Tony Blanket of Omaha TV: “No wonder that Pelosi is jealous because she can’t draw the same publicity. If we just knew how much she’s been looking at the protruding pics. That’s probably the reason why she asked for an ethics committee investigation, to see more of it in gloss enlargements.”

Tamil of Mars TV: “But Planet Earth is in severe economic and financial trouble, the USA debts are way beyond the horizon, could reach Mars in stacked-up 1000 dollar bills, your regulators are dooming the economies with unsurpassed and unchecked energy, Europe’s Euro with the PIGS is as much in decay as the yankee dollar, and you are busy for two weeks writing about an extended human penis like you would describe a lengthy limousine on a grammy award?”

Huda adds: “And all that in family-TV time?”

Charles Hammerschmidt of Omaha TV: “Our kids have computers, Ipads and cell-phones, have sex from age eleven, and find all this pretty boring. They have seen it all before.”

Fred: “Well put. Those are exactly the democrat family values.”

Bob: “So what are yours? Schwarzenegger’s?”

Charles: “He had a democrat wife, so he got infected.”

Bob: “And what about your guy that was on the madam list? Isn’t he still in Congress?”

Fred: “An exception to the rule. God and the Pope forgave him, so his electorate did too. And it was in camera, not for everyone to see.”

Bob: “And according to your standards, God and the Pope won’t forgive Weiner?”

Charles: “He exposed himself in public while he accused a phony hacker. Even a homeless person goes to jail for that. Besides, he only believes in Big Government. We don’t. In God and small government we trust.”

Shamus of Mars TV: “We also heard of the President of the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Strauss-Khan. Is it true he was framed by the French Government in that sexual encounter in his New York hotel because he was a socialist contender? Planet Earth’s news was full of it for weeks. Your media really seems to have a fixation on sex.”

Bob: “I’m sure the guy was framed. A 62 year old fellow trying to get it up while struggling with a hotel maid? Are you kidding? Even a double prescription of Viagra won’t do that for you. “

Tony: “For a socialist it might. Besides, it was reported he’d wanted oral sex.”

Huda: “We on Mars are not familiar with this. What’s the difference?”

Tony: “Not much, to be diplomatic. It would still require an inducement of physical performance, which is highly unlikely in the event of a struggling, unwilling and perhaps biting maid. I’m sure the man will be acquitted, if Bill Clinton is any guidance, but it’ll be too late for the French presidential elections and the man had to resign from his plush job at the IMF. So it was a successful coup.”

Pasha: “What do you know of the hotel maid, how was she dressed?”

Fred: “She was from a West-African country, usually rather dark people but their women are often quite attractive with luring brown eyes. Wearing a contrasting white maid dress and a slightly open blouse showing dangling breasts could conceivably ignite the sex drive of any male just walking out of his shower.”

Pasha: “Our men don’t react that way because our procreative instincts are digital and would not ignite if there is no digital response from the female.”

Tony: “That’s the issue. The set up was, of course, that the maid should initially give signals of being open to consensual sex and the IMF man must have thought that he had struck gold, of which his institution has a lot, so he knew how much that was worth. Then, while the monitors were rolling, and he embraced her and got sexually ready, she pretended to struggle as if she was being assaulted. When he released her, surprised, she ran away to the corridor and he went after her to apologize, not knowing it was all a set-up. A typical he-said-she-said case that can be interpreted any way.”

Shamus of Mars TV: “Do your hotels not have strict regulations on how their maids should dress and behave to avoid male advances? After all, in your country everything seems to be regulated in minute detail.”

Charles: “In the USA, feminist movements are rebelling against having to dress just to avoid male advances. They organize slutwalks on Fifth Avenue and Broadway to show off that they have the right to dress the way they want. Other cities on Planet Earth hold similar marches. Hotel labor unions may have to respect those female demands.”

Mars Man: “You see, Kathryn, that the Mars audience has a vivid interest in this subject. We just don’t seem to understand this weird behavior of humans on Planet Earth.”

Kathryn: “Let me correct that slightly, Mars, it concerns mostly our males. However, females do not always realize that they are the weak sex and should avoid dangerous places or walking half naked on the street in the middle of the night.”

Fred: “Weak sex? What about that scorpion female that kills the male after he had his fling with her? Is she not the exact equal of that hotel maid?”

Pasha: “In our digital environment that could never happen. If there is no digital reaction on the female side, she wouldn’t be able to pretend it either, and as a result the male electrons wouldn’t ignite. The assault would simply not take place, unless there is criminal intent. Our communications system is fool-proof.”

Tony: “That’s a great idea for our Federal Communications Commission to regulate. It would dismantle the Weiner cyber attacks and limit his sexual frustrations to his bedroom.”

Kathryn: “But that’s the point, unless there is criminal intent. Assaults are generally attributed to anger and psychotic behavior, not because of sexual desire.”

Charles: “There’s no indication that the IMF fellow was a deranged individual. It’s highly unlikely this could be attributed to criminal intent. Sure, he was reportedly a womanizer, but in France that’s a plus to your political career. That’s why the French got so upset about the puritanical American press and justice system. They say and perhaps correctly, that Americans do everything behind the curtains what they reproach the French to do in the open. We are all hypocrites in their views.”

Huda: “Well, listening to this conversation, I am inclined to think your French humans are right.”

Tony: “You will get a lot of American feminists up in arms with that conclusion.”

Bob: “That’s bull. It’s a good reason why this Weiner guy shouldn’t resign. Clinton didn’t either and see where he is now. Most searched after bedfellow and political powerweight.”

Fred: “Bill Clinton knows how to play a likeable fellow. Feminists cue up to forgive him and fall into his arms, indeed their hypocrisy, but Weiner is a creep.”

Bob: “You say that because he whipped you Republicans handsomely every time you came up with one of your crooked proposals of capitalist supremacy. His constituency agrees, he shouldn’t resign.”

Fred: “There’s little I agree with you on, Bob, but this time I do, he shouldn’t. He may try to whip Republicans again, but they will use him as their whipping boy every time he opens his foul mouth and so they will degrade the Democrats to mere sex bullies and hypocrites when it comes to true American family values and capitalist supremacy. Don’t forget the USA is a center-right country and your socialist and liberal constituency has only 20 percent of the vote and with today’s debacles will even get less.”

Mars Man: “It appears, Kathryn, that politics and sex on Planet Earth remain strongly interlinked. We can’t figure that very well on Mars. I am sure we haven’t heard the last word about this.”

Kathryn: “Surely not. But it gives us something else to talk about here than depressing graphs on the declining economy, increasing unemployment, overregulation, big government versus private sector-led growth, and Al Gore’s miscalculations on climate change. You know, most people that they call independents don’t read papers or watch political TV and go about their lives watching football, soccer, and MTV, and don’t give a hoot about who the next President is and why, as long he’s got a nice smile. The only thing they want is some entertainment from their boring jobs if they have one, and the stressful lives they live.”

Mars Man: “That seems a wise conclusion to today’s session. We’ll keep that in mind for our next one. Our time is up. All the best to you and till soon.”


Mars is Worrying about Planet Earth


Mars Man: “Good morning dear audience. After long universe travels and a variety of busy assignments, we’re back on the air with our Mother Earth’s Weekly Squirms show. First, let’s listen-in to my latest interview with Dr. Kisshanger in his bright New York apartment with views on the beautiful concrete jungle, slightly waving in the wind. As you remember, he opened the door to China under then President Nixon. He’s still going strong.

“What’s winning on Planet Earth, capitalism or socialism?” I asked.

“I would frame the question differently,“ the Doctor said, gravely, his voice cracking. “Who’s losing? Everyone’s losing. With today’s shaky leaders, peoples’ incomes dwindling with inflation, their lives being fundamentally changed, to use a favorite catch phrase of the current American President, democracy is only as good as its managers. Today it looks more like cheap demagoguery and mob rule. That’s not what the Founding Fathers of the USA envisioned. America’s leaders in power have definitely chosen the path of decline.”

“That’s a somber outlook. We on Mars still had some hope that Planet Earth would restore itself.”

“Not as long as the current crop of dismal leaders stays in power. The modern Marx/Lenin philosophy epitomized by China is totalitarian rule with a capitalist flavor. All over the world, they are falling in the same trap. Only ruthless totalitarian regimes can do what China does and that is not likely to change any time soon. The modern Marx/Lenin couple is also back in Russia. The old USSR fell with the Berlin Wall, but after a brief flirt with what we call democracy, the new leaders in diminished Russia quickly saw that was not for them. It’s a totalitarian state again, selling its oil and gas as the Middle-East cartel does, drawing Western Europe into its realm like a wale swallows little fish, and shooting dissident journalists in the open. Marxists/Leninists in the USA like Saul Alinsky swarm like woodworms through the White House and dictate the wisdom of the current administration, and there is no inspiring equivalent on the other side to tell them off.”

“So, what’s the poor citizen on Earth going to do?”

“Everyone’s looking for themselves. In the USA, the emerging protest and reform movement has only 30 percent popular support. It’s steady but not enough to topple the current leadership. This administration wants to stay in power by promising short term fixes attractive to the average populace that pays no income taxes anyway, and by demagoguing any needed long term reform that would diminish their power. The people who don’t pay income taxes in the USA, and that is 47%, don’t worry about reforms as long as they don’t have to pay for them. They don’t care for taxing what this administration calls “the rich”. Only continued high unemployment, inflation and financial distress could create an opportunity for conservatives to achieve regime change, but it’s unlikely. The citizenry will vote for the charming fiddler and go from bad to worse, the typical socialist dream, before they reach the boiling point and when that happens they will blame the haves, and not their leaders, who will feel encouraged to further expand their big government thrash. In Europe, most nations have already resigned to the nanny state syndrome. The protected people hate to pay for relieving someone else’s misery as long as they are getting all the money, till everyone’s down the drain and loses its shirt, but then it’s too late. Look at Greece.”

“Any views on the American contenders for the presidency of 2012?”

“Too early to call. It’s Snow White, meaning Obama, and the seven dwarfs, with Senator Schumer playing the witch. Nobody conservative measures up. Hope for a dark horse. Trump dropped out, the rest is a sham, maybe that Godfather Pizza could run away with the price. The Democrats have the majority leftist media on their side, their voters are the majority non-taxpaying profiteers, a formidable force to overcome. As I said, only if they lose their shirt could the landscape change.”

“What about the young people in the Middle East?”

“They call it the Arab Spring, a nice metaphor, but as you know, springs have cold and stormy weather. The best-organized groups will get their hand on society and impose their new philosophy, which may not have any resemblance with what the youngsters rebelled for. It took sixty years, several wars, and many deaths after the dust from the French Revolution finally settled, some 100 hundred years and a bloody civil war before the USA became the USA, and 80 years of tyranny before the Marxist revolution began to collapse. What may seem the Arab Spring will be the Arab Storm for some time to come. Since the Arab states will be unable to settle their internal disagreements, with the exception perhaps of Tunisia, their leaders will seek to blame their disarray on the existence of Israel. The pronouncements of the current USA administration are regrettably at best ambivalent about this, seemingly forgetting all earlier attempts to forge a just and lasting peace.”

“What about China, will it replace the USA as the world’s superpower?”

“It has already done that, but they don’t expose themselves the way the USA does. The Chinese are everywhere, Africa, Latin America, Europe, continuously expanding their footprints, without bragging about it, just blocking whatever critical measure the USA submits to the Security Council to maintain the western world order. President Obama makes pointless speeches and fights expensive wars, like President Bush did, and sells bonds to China to get money for it, but they are indebting the USA to the extent that its power will soon be completely hollowed out like termites clean out the interior of your house before you know it, and China keeps laughing.”

“Would China not need America as much as America needs China?”

“Some people say that, but the answer is no. China stays smartly out of the fray spending its money on its military expansion, will rule America on its own terms and strike when the Western house of carts comes down, leaving the West to scramble for its favors.”

“Would China be interested in Mars?”

“Not more than I am interested in Chinese food. You’ll be OK.”

“We hear talks on Planet Earth about launching a transorbital railroad that would send expeditions to settle Mars. Why do they focus on us?”

“Mars has been a focus of Planet Earth as long as you have been visible in the firmament. Call it a romanticism of long distance enchantment.”

“But why settlements? Humans from Planet Earth can’t live on Mars unless they master the physical change of cosmos, like I do, and even I have continuous problems with the TSA screeners. I have been thinking about putting a mousetrap in my underpants but it could be an inconvenience if it went off too early.”

“Since you don’t function the way we do, try a baby alligator and they’ll stop harassing you.”

“Thanks, Doctor Kisshanger, with this invaluable advice we shall have to part. Till next time.”

On my way out I decided to take a cab to Times Square and have a beer in my favorite bar. Was I surprised to see Lu Kung Si entering the bar a few minutes later. He was dressed as impeccably as last time when we met and he told me he was acquiring the Empire State Building. We shook hands and took a beer.

“You finished the deal?” I asked Lu.

“Yes we did. We’re refurbishing. Ultra modern. We’ll close all Washington Government offices when we are ready, send the bureaucrats to hard labor camps in Virginia plantations to teach them what working really means, and move our people in here. New York is a better place than dull Washington D.C.”

“My Washingtonian friends will like that, finally no traffic jams anymore and a seat on the tube.”


“Well, subway then.”

“Doesn’t that stand for that oversized sandwich here?”

“OK, let’s call it the metro then. How about your money changer, how do I change dollars now?”  

“Simple, just use the same coins or banknotes. We’re only changing the name to yuankee dollar, sounds close enough. Americans will like it because it’s still called a dollar, so they won’t feel they’ve lost anything, but in reality it is a yuan. And you know about the Yuankees, those basket ball players. The only thing that changes is we put a “u” after the “Y”.

“So not much change then? Americans will be happy, got rid of Obama, Obamacare and Pelosi and Reid.”

“Obama will be sent to a labor camp with the bureaucrats and no teleprompter. That will shut him up. Reid will be sent to Macao and be forced to gamble away the fortune he stole from his Nevada electorate. Pelosi will be required to dress in a bikini without further facelifts and serve Martinis to Republicans at the Navy Club for the rest of her life. Chinese sailors will enjoy that. They like wrinkled women.”

“I am told you are not interested in Mars.”

“I know why you’re asking that question because I checked you out after our last conversation. You didn’t come up in the database. When you got back to Earth recently we wondered what that blip on the radar screen was. I was pretty amazed when it was your face that came out of that space capsule in Arizona. No, we aren’t interested yet in Mars and maybe never. Don’t mistake me, we can get there if we want to. Perhaps for labor camps, but not for settling.”

“What will happen with the White House?”

“Our Chairman will use it as a summerhouse, but he will otherwise stay in China. Don’t forget, the USA will only be a province, nothing particular.”

“What with Russia, Middle East?”

“Russia and the Middle East will supply oil and gas to China and get yuan. If they don’t want to at our price, we won’t buy it. We’ll have oil enough from north-America where we will drill, baby, drill. Kartel gone and down the tube. As to Islamist radicals, we have our labor camps without virgins. They will quickly burn out and do suicide bombs on themselves. Good riddance. Religions may practice indoors but religious politics will not be tolerated and religious strife even less. No Imam regimes and twelfth Mahdi schemes. All out the door. Strictly secular. Anyone trying to put on a tantrum will go straight to Guantanamo, the best thing President Bush ever invented.”

“Bet some people will like that. What about crime?”

“There will always be crime. Again, our labor camps have proved effective. No TV, luxurious food and air-conditioned cells. We won’t spend tax money on that. Criminals and other idiots will find out and give up fast.”

“Are you going to occupy the whole world then?”

“It’s not an occupation, simply an overwhelming presence. China has billions of people to spread over the world. Wherever we undertake a project, we use Chinese labor, whether it’s Africa, the Middle-East, Asia or Latin- America. Haven’t you noticed?”

“But if people protest and don’t want you in?”

“We have learned from Tiananmen Square. We won’t suppress uprisings in our vassal countries. If they want to destroy their own furniture and put fire to themselves, let them go ahead. We won’t repair it. The only place where it will not be tolerated is China. Elsewhere, any press or TV station that will subvert our hegemony will be closed or forced to publish an apology to our Chairman, but we won’t punish people. They’ll give up when they see it’s useless.”

“But you will end freedom that way and kill the human incentive to grow and do better.”

“The Chinese example has proved that an oxymoron. Freedom and democracy are inflated ideas. Look where we are now, look where we were just 50 years ago. A structured society like ours is not prone to upheavals, it’s the solution to Earth’s problems. People on Earth will be thankful for that. You on Mars will be too, as we have no intention to bother you. Enough to do here.”

“Well, Lu, an interesting conversation. I’ll look you up in the Empire State Building next time. Aren’t you going to rename it?”

“The Mao Motel.”

 I said farewell to Lu. Next time when I visit, I’ll find out who he really is.

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