Site Overview

The www.dontow.com is the website of Don M. Tow. It contains articles in three topical categories (or pages): Political/Social Commentary, Taiji, and Other Topics.  Currently, a new release of this website is published usually every three months.  The website also has a fourth category “Soccer” about the soccer book that I published in 2006.

Any article in a particular category can be accessed via the corresponding category on the menu bar at the top of the page.  Any article in a particular release can be accessed via the corresponding release on the right sidebar.

This website began in October 2006, and the website has been redesigned twice, once in October 2008, and the second time in November 2009.

We welcome comments from readers. Readers can directly submit their comments at the end of any article.

More Introduction to Taiji Push Hands

The article “Taiji Push Hands:  An Introduction” in the previous release describes Push Hands which is the practice with a partner applying many of the techniques and forms in Taiji form practice for martial applications, i.e., for one-to-one combat.  It describes the basic components of Push Hands:

  • Ting (the ability to “listen” to your opponent’s intention and respond by deflecting attacking force)
  • Yielding (not opposing, but supplements attacking force with a small force along similar direction)
  • Fa Jing (quickly generate power when it is time to counterattack)

This second article provides more details about these basic components of Push Hands.
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Is Global Warming Due Mostly to Human Activities?

An article “Environmental Problems: Global Disasters Waiting to Happen” in the June 2018 release of this website discusses evidence that global warming (or climate change) is definitely occurring. The increase in the world’s average temperature will have tremendous impacts on the livelihood of essentially all localities across the globe.  If we don’t take appropriate actions now, these problems are serious and could become insurmountable 50, 100 years from now. These insurmountable problems will be faced by our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren due to the actions or in-actions that our leaders adopt today. impacts such as:

  • More drought and flooding across the whole globe
  • Less ice and snow resulting in insufficient water for areas that depend on melting ice and snow from mountains
  • More extreme weather incidents resulting in more deadly heat waves, violent rainfalls, and severe storms
  • Rising sea level, resulting in massive flooding along every coast.

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement is a symbol of hope that the leaders of the world are wise enough to recognize the problem and start to initiate actions to address the problem. [1]  Unfortunately, our current president of the U.S., Donald Trump, has already announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The next critical question is whether global warming is due mostly to human activities.  In other words, if global warming is due mostly to natural phenomena or is a historical trend of our planetary system, then there may not be much we as humans can do about it.  This article discusses evidence from scientific analysis that global warming during the last 100+ years is primarily due to human activities.

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