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Archive for March 19th, 2010

Chinese Harvest Organs from Prisoners

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


From the China Daily, apparently China is the only country that harvests organs from state sponsored executions. The number is so large that once the govenrment started to review death penalty cases, there was in increase in the  market for illegal organs.

excerpt:

“In clinical practice, the organs for transplant are mainly harvested from executed prisoners, Li noted, making China the only country in the world that still relys on death row inmates as the major source of organs.

A drop in the number of executions after China’s Supreme People’s Court began to review death penalty cases in 2007 led to a rise in living organ transplants and fueled to the black market, said Chen Zhonghua, the Chinese Medical Association’s deputy director for transplants.

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Casual Beijing Day

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


Took this shot Thursday on the west side.

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Beating the Drums of Nationalism- Mobilizing the Poor

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


This is how Mao did it over 30 years ago. Funny thing, is that China is known for its fanatacism of beliefs. That is how a thing like the cultural revolution could be pulled off. Tens of millions died directly or indriectly during this ten year period, but the man is still revered.

Today they use anti-Japan, anti-US sentiment to manipulate the masses.

Photo above from here, and great history of the time as well.

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Chinese Infidelity

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


More on China’s ‘open do0r’ policy, from factsanddetails

“Women Who Fool Around in China

A number of rich women also take lovers. Some like to hang out at nightclubs in Shanghai and pick the men they sleep with by the easy way they dance on the dance floor. One sociologist told Time, “even a decade ago, women didn’t have the money to buy everything, including sex. It’s really no different than being a man.”

According to a study by the All-China Women’s Federation, female infidelity contributes to 30 percent of divorces. One woman who pays the men she sleeps with told Time, “I know my husband does the same thing when he’s traveling on business.”…so why can’t I.”

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Cool Display

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Dont Know Where That is- Mobility in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


When I firts came here, I was astounded at how some people could not give you directions, they just didnt know anything about the town, where certain streets were etc. In Shanghai, for instance, you often have to tell the cabbie how to get where you want to go.

In Shanghai, that may be due to the fact that many of the cabbies ae not from Shanghai, but in Beijing, they must be. So you may ask, why do many Beijingers not know where certain places are? It is due to the fact that in China, it is only recently that people had the resources to travel- both abroad and domestically. What this means is that a person from Lang Fang, just outside of Beijing, potentially had never been to Beijing, or a person from a small area of Beijing, had never left his district here.

Now they have more cash and are more aware, much has changed in a few years.

ps. The Beijing cabbies always, or at least 99% of the time, will have heard of where you want to go, unlike those in Shanghai.

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Eating Dirt- Respecting the Dead in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


This is from wackychina, I have never heard of it, but apparently in this village, they eat the soil that is from around the shrine.

“Villagers gathered at the shrine to worship, when they had performed their rites, they continued to eat the soil of the shrine. The weirdest thing was that it wasn’t just one person who ate of the soil. Old people, children, middle aged people, even pregnant women ate it. Sick people ate soil, and so did healthy people. They all claimed that it had miraculous effects! The soil could cure sickness, but would be good for healthy people too. This really shocked me! From what I’ve heard, this is a tradition that’s been kept going for generations by the locals”.

“The worst thing is, so many villagers eat this soil, I’ve been told  that a few years ago, they even laid the King of Remedies’ coffin bare (by eating away the earth covering it). (…) To eat soil is a tradition that dates hundreds of years back, who would have thought it’s still going on? These people really have a problem, why eat soil when you’re ill? And why has no one tried to stop it?”

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By the Subway on Nanlishulu Road

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Get Out Old Man! Mandatory Retirment in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


China’s mandatory retirement age is 55 for women and 60 for men. The problem is that they have some sort of pension fund that is woefully inadequate and underfunded. In addition, within 15 years, they will have their own version of the baby boomer issue, as we have in the states. All of this means that they could raise the retirement age- they have said they wont, or hey could try to do what the US does, by bringing in foreign labor to fill the gaps. It seems funny that a country with over 22% of the worlds population has to look outside her borders for labor.

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Korea at Dusk

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 19, 2010


I took this from the window of a cab in Korea. I usually just snap a shot when I see something call to me.

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