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Archive for March 9th, 2010

Beautiful Korean Sunset

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 9, 2010


Took this in Seoul on the way home from the airport.

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Hearing Voices in China- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 9, 2010


In China they speak hundreds of dialects, but really two main languages, Mandarin and Cantonese. So, they must produce movies with at least those two sound tracks. Sometimes, however, they forget to regionalize it and shut off the Cantonese when they shop it to Beijing for instance. Thus they actually play both sound tracks at once, so you may be watching a cool show from Hong Kong, where they speak Cantonese- which is not turned off, and Beijing will have the mandarin sound track on. The impact is that you hear two distinct languages at the same time- as if fighting with one another. Then, oftentimes if it is an American show piped through Hong Kong, you have Englihs, Mandarin and then Cantonese…

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Blast from the Past- 2008 Olympics

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 9, 2010


Found this pic so what the hell decided to post it. This is from the boxing venue, check it out, it was dead, but was pretty cool.

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China to Become Democratic- Democratic with Chinese Characteristics

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 9, 2010


“With Chinese Characteristics ” is a Chinese catch all to say fck you to the west. Like they say they will do intellectual property with Chinese characteristics, means they will not change. So, in the latest rounds of governmental meetings, there are two interesting issues.
1- China is to have their legal system completely revamped as per their schedule, by the end of this year. I am studying law in China at some of the premier unis here, and they need a ton of help. What they said was that they “will formulate and revise laws”. Funny thing is the issue is not usually the laws. The constituion they have is 60 years old and the last revision of contract law in 1999, was actually assisted by people from the UK, USA, Canada and Germany. The constitution was copied from some fo the best in the world, the key is in the judicial system, and enforcement. For instance, the judges are woefully inept and undereducated (less than half had taken the BAR exam as of 8 years ago. And enforcement is a joke. As long as those two issues are part of China’s legal system, it will be woefully inadequate.

2- They said they will make existing laws more “democratic” WTF?? China is becoming democratic? WTF The Chicoms have been talking about democracy a lot lately. Talking about making the provincial area voting more representative- like a catchword for democratic. Some would applaud the changes, as for me, I call shenanigans.

After living here for the better part of two years, I have seen too much. It is a known psychological phenomenon that people dont like to give up things and with corruption being so rampant, too many people have too much to lose. And then look at those in the wings, do you think a guy making U$ 400 per month, who has been toiling away for 7 years, just waiting for his chance to climb the ladder so he can officially make 700 U$ but unofficially make millions, do you think he really wants the system to change? As long as the Chicoms use “with Chinese characteristics” , I say great job with “doubtful characteristics.”

excerpt:

Wu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, said the legislature would promptly formulate new laws, revise some existing laws, and make legislation more scientific and democratic, in order to meet the goal set at the 15th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo said Tuesday that the top legislature would ensure the goal of formulating a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics be achieved by the end of this year as scheduled.

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Cool Beijing Hutong

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 9, 2010


Hutongs are alleys or ancient one’s. They are revered by the foreigners, lots of good food and fun, here is a shot…

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Beijing a Few Weeks Ago

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 9, 2010


Check it out, this is a shot of Beijng traffic. Just think only 4% of Chinese own a car. can you imagine what the streets will look like when more own them? Also, look at the smog…

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You gotta Pay to Play- Bribes in Education

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Describing how the education system works in Foshan, city in Guangdong Province, one mother told the Los Angeles Times that when her son was ready for primary school she was worried about him getting in so she found a friend who knew a senior local education official. The mother visited the official’s office, left about $70 on his desk, didn’t say much, and left. Her son was accepted. When it came time for her son to enter middle school she had to work harder because her son didn’t do so well on his entrance exams. Friends of hers were enticed wine and dine key officials and pave the way for distributing $1,200 among education officials and make a $1,600 “donation” to the school he son won admission to. When it was time to enter high school, she spent thousands of dollars in an attempt to get him into a first-rate school but ultimately failed and had to settle for a less prestigious school.

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Say it Aint So- Stealing Money in China

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Minxin Pei of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, estimates that 10 percent of government spending goes to corruption. Contracts and are other transactions often feature kickbacks or bribes or money that is outright stolen. Pei estimates that the chances of a corrupt official going to jail is about 3 percent, which he said makes “corruption a high-return, low risk activity.”

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Asia and Africa in Common

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More facts:

Khoisians ("bushmen") from southern Africa also have epicanthic folds and Mongolian birthmarkes. Many Swedes and native Americans have shovel shaped incisors. Many American Indians also have lack enzyme that helps the body metabolize alcohol.

Lactase negative races include east Asians, some African blacks, American Indians, southern Europeans and Australian aborigines. Lactase positive races include northern and central Europeans, Arabians and some West African groups such as the Fulani.

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China, Bring Your own blood- They are usually type B

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More from factsanddetails.com

Type B blood is more common among East Asians and Africans than it is among Europeans. Asians generally do not have Rh-negative blood and hospitals do not store it for transfusions. Foreign travelers who have O Rh negative are in big trouble because they can only accept O negative blood, which generally isn’t available.

Deodorants are sometimes difficult to find in Asia although they have become more common in recent years, in part through marketing efforts by deodorant makers. Body odor is produced by apocrine glands in the armpits and genital area. Men have more and larger apocrine glands than women, and Caucasians and Africans have more and larger glands than Asians.

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