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Archive for March 2nd, 2010

China Pissed at Yao- American Baby

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2010


Chinese can be a bit emotional….
Some are angry that Yao Ming may have his baby in America, making it a US citizen. I can understand this, but many are saying it will deprive them of a basketball superstar- WTF? The kid isn’t even born yet, let alone do we know if it is a boy or even if it will ever be able to play sports…

excerpt:

BEIJING – China’s star NBA center, Yao Ming, can do no wrong on the court in the eyes of basketball fans but some diehards are crying foul over the possibility his firstborn could have an American passport.

Yao and his wife have headed back to the United States, where he plays for the Houston Rockets, ahead of the birth of their first child, which is due sometime between May and July.

If the child is born in the US, he or she will automatically be considered an American citizen – a prospect that some nervous fans say could potentially deprive China of a basketball superstar.

"This will not only be a huge loss to Chinese basketball but, as far as feelings are concerned, will be something very difficult for Chinese fans to accept," the Chongqing Business Daily said, citing angry online comments.

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Toxic Cow Peas in China- Using an Illegal Pesticide Because it is Cheaper

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2010


From China Daily,

This article states that a toxic pesticide has been used on products in Hainan in China, because they are cheaper. The legal version is aroudn 50 rmb or 7U$ per two bottles, but the illegal version, guaranteed to cause problems goes for U$ 2.60. So what do they do, they obviously opt for the illegal version, after all, its just the health of the populace at risk. All this to save 5 U$….

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Hainan toxic cowpea case exposes problems with management rules

BEIJING: A highly toxic pesticide that had been banned but was found in tons of cowpeas from South China’s Hainan province is still on sale on the island, exposing loopholes in pesticide management regulations.

As of Monday, isocarbophos – a highly toxic pesticide banned from use on fruits, tea, tobacco, vegetables and herbal plants – was detected on Hainan-grown cowpeas sold in several provinces across the country, including Hubei, Guangdong, Anhui and Jiangsu.

While isocarbophos was banned in Hainan in 2004, it has still been found on sale in some remote regions in the province, China National Radio reported on Monday.

Some insiders in Sanya said dealers would only sell the pesticide to acquaintances to avoid risks. Two bottles of isocarbophos cost 18 yuan ($2.60), while legal pesticides of the same effects cost 50 yuan, the report said.

"Due to the lack of effective supervision of pesticide sales, farmers can still get the banned ones fairly easily, which they prefer for their low prices," Sun Shubao, secretary-general of China Crop Protection Industry Association, told China Daily on Monday.

China’s current regulation on the management of pesticides, issued in 1997, primarily focuses on the supervision of pesticides production. It does not address their sale and use, he said.

As a result, Sun said authorities are now considering revising the regulation.

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Lots of Communists- Over 65 Million of Them

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As of 5 years ago, China still had 66.5 million members in the CCP or Communist Party. Membership is voluntary.

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Tired in China-Subway Snoozer

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Oldest Civilization in world- Not China

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It was actually Mesopotamia, China ranks maybe in the top 20.

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Ships Stranded in China- Drought is problematic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2010


Look at this photo, telling in a few ways. Firstly, there is a sever drought in Southern China. Many places in the world have similar problems, but are trying to rectify this. It would appear that China is talking the talk, but not walking the walk. In an attempt to continue to provide jobs, it seems that China wants to grow at all costs, irrespective of the harm it may cause to the environment.

Excerpt China Daily:

NANNING: Nine hundred ships jammed before a navigation lock of a reservoir in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region amid falling water level caused by severe drought, local authorities said Saturday.

The waterway traffic jam started on Tuesday and the number of stranded ships had been increasing on Wuzhou City section of Xijiang River, said an official with the city’s maritime affairs department.

The rapid drop of the reservoir’s water volume due to the drought and the increased transport demand after the Spring Festival were behind the waterway jam, the spokesman added.

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China Fact- Divorce

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2010


In China, historically, when a divorce occurs, the man not the woman keeps the child. Divorces are increasing in China, but still relatively rare.

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