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Another Day Another Construction Site Collapse in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 11, 2011


The other day there was a collapse at a construction site in Dalian China. After they sifted through the rubble 11 or 12 were dead and people were alarmed. How can we trust our lives to Chinese buildings if they fall down before they are even built.

Some chicom mouthpiece considered their words then adjusting his comb-over and exposing his balding pate to the masses retorted, “You cant.” then walked off.

(photo here)

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Chinese Parenting- “Hey Go Stab That Kid, He Pissed Us Off”- Chinese Finance Playground Attack

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 11, 2011


Who says Chinese parents don’t love their kids? The other day, taking a page from their cultural revolution past, some Chinese allegedly paid a group of guys to lay the smack-down on some high schoolers.
These preps were balling at the local playground , probably miserably if I may say so, when the parents of some little one child disappointment got wind that their kid had been getting roughed up. Pride being what it is, and the people of China lacking what could be considered morals, did what all good parents would do, they allegedly paid a group of guys to go rough up the other crew.
The result, unfortunately was that one child died in the fracas. His ‘friends’ who sprinted away as he was being turned into hamburger at the hands of the group called their moms to keep them abreast of what was going on.
here

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Corruption in Ancient China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 11, 2011


Corruption has always been with China….
From S Ni
excerpt:
“estimates corrupt income to be 14 to 22 times official income circa 1873 resulting in about 22% of agricultural output accruing to 0.4% of the population. By the time the Qing government attempted to curb corruption by raising salaries, rent-seeking income was so high and corruption so entrenched that a three-fold increase in salary could not—and as we will show, no fiscally feasible increase could—restore honest behavior.1″

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Chinese Visitors and Calligraphy

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 11, 2011


Got a Chinese visitor who as far as I can tell, occupies his life and time staring at a big hunk of paper then scribbling on it. The guy is doing calligraphy, and for those of you who dont know what that is, its like state sponsored graffiti. What I mean is that its like a way for adults to scribble and decorate stuff all in the name of ‘ancient Chinese customs’.

so anyway, this guy will pace around like Hemingway at a bar then rushing to this weird paper will poise that long brush they use then as if he’s cutting diamonds he chips away and leaves a line or two. The guy then calls me over and smiles. I’m looking down at a butt load of straight lines, seems like the Chinese dont like circles in their characters. So anyway he’s looking like i’m supposed to respond, like being in front of Freud or a rohrshack.

I basically look at him in his ‘burn out butt’ pants and nod ,showing him my glistening butter yellow chompers and say tai hao , or very good. I walk away thinking ‘what a life’. and this guy is thinking ‘dumbass’ you don’t recognize art.

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Good Passage from The Shepherd Ethan Cross

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 11, 2011


The Shepherd (Ethan Cross)

Garrety that said, ‘Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.’ I also like a quote from some psychologist who said, ‘Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.’ It’s a powerful thing, the love of a mother. I would guess that it’s just some primal instinct that mankind has yet to exploit, corrupt, or filter out—but it’s astounding, nonetheless. “In a world where everything else will fail you, where everything else falls away and doesn’t begin to live up to our expectations, a mother’s love remains true. I can think of no other bond or loyalty that is harder to break. I sometimes wonder how different my life may have been if my mother hadn’t died when I was young. I don’t remember much of her. She died along with my unborn baby brother due to a complication during her pregnancy. I don’t even remember her funeral or visiting her grave. But I remember her love.”

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Ancient Chinese Customs

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 11, 2011


Old Chinese customs
“China and the Chinese (Herbert Allen Giles)

For instance, in China the left hand is the place of honour; men keep their hats on in company; use fans; mount their horses on the off side; begin dinner with fruit and end it with soup; shake their own instead of their friends’ hands when meeting; begin at what we call the wrong end of a book and read from right to left down vertical columns; wear white for mourning; have huge visiting-cards instead of small ones; prevent criminals from having their hair cut; regard the south as the standard point of the compass; begin to build a house by putting on the roof first; besides many other nicer distinctions, the mere enumeration of which would occupy much of the time at my disposal.

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Love Machine in China

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Quote on Why The Chinese Will Not Win the EV Race

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 11, 2011


From here:
“The winners in future traction motor markets will win on performance more than price, this including very different criteria in different vehicles with many problems still to solve. “

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