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Quake Zone, No One Allowed- Fishy in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010

The ruling communist party is making it dificult for anyone but “rescuers and soldiers” to get to the quake zone. In any coutnry but China it may seem ok, but here it is fishy. Maybe they are afraid that people will see the reality, the shitty buildings made out of plywood, the suffering people ignored by the party….


:YUSHU – People other than rescuers might have difficulty entering northwest China’s quake zone, according to a government directive released Sunday.

The directive aims to let trained rescuers do their job in an effective and orderly manner.

“To show support for the rehabilitation, volunteers, travellers, and other people who are not directly involved in the emergency rescue” were advised not to enter the quake zone, said the earthquake rescue headquarters in the directive labeled no. 39.”

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China Goes after Australian Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010

This is pretty ironic, but the Australians are really pissed. There is a company called Rio Tinto, and it was negotiating with China. These guys who are Chinese by birth but then got Australaian citizenship, came to China to do business, and they did what Chinese do, they bribed, and stole secrets. Funny thing is that the chicoms got pissed and sent these guys away, put them in jail. Aus is pissed as it is China and the court proceedings were closed so no one knows what happened. Too bad for Aus, but it is funny that an ex-Chinese tried to show his true colors and they threw him in the pokie…

“The Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, has described the 10-year jail term handed to Australian businessman Stern Hu as ”a very tough sentence” that puts at risk the confidence the international business community needs to operate in China.

The verdict left ”serious unanswered questions” about the handling of the charge of stealing commercial secrets, Mr Smith said, because Australian consular officials had been blocked from attending that part of the trial.

”China has missed a substantial opportunity. This was an opportunity for China to bring some clarity to the notion of commercial secrets … That required transparency, which is one reason why Australian officials and I argued strongly that this part of the trial should be open,” Mr Smith said.

”The real damage is to China’s image,” said David Kelly, a professor of China studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. ”The image of the Chinese legal system is in tatters. They don’t realise this. The image is now they are the tough guys who do not have to be nice to anyone.”

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Corruption in Cina- No Wonder Toxic Food is So Common in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010

A little bit ago, China was touting the fact that it was strict about product safety, so they empowered officials and created governmental bodies, or watchdogs to protect the people from harmful products. But this is China, the officials are dirty, they got caught. Really its just an exercise in futility, corruption is a part of their DNA, I never would have thought it, but a couple of years here have proven it so.
The food is great, and the people are cool, but it will always be dirty.

” Beijing — Five officials of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) have been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes and another was suspended from duty, the Economic Observer reported on Sunday. The six officials had already been placed under shuanggui — a form of detention in which an official is asked to confess wrongdoing — for allegedly accepting bribes since last December, the report said. The scandal surfaced after a report from a drug company said Wei Liang, an official from the drug registry department of the SFDA, allegedly accepted bribes of 1.5 million yuan ($221,000).

The work of the other five officials is also related to supervising the safety of biological products. Two were from other departments of the SFDA, and three worked for the National Institute for the Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products, an affiliated institute of the SFDA. ”

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China’s Water so Polluted They May Quit Reporting the Levels

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010

This was from a few years back, I wonder if they still report…

Reuters has the report:

A new Chinese government survey of the country’s environmental problems has shown water pollution levels in 2007 were more than twice the government’s official estimate, largely because agricultural waste was ignored.The data, presented by Vice Environment Protection Minister Zhang Lijun, revives persistent questions about the quality of Chinese official statistics and the effectiveness of a government push for cleaner growth after decades of unbridled expansion.

We’ve long known that agriculture waste has played a huge roll in China’s water pollution, and that pesticides play a major factor. But this revelation reveals not only a breathtaking environmental problem, but a serious issue in the Chinese government’s record keeping–or perhaps more likely, its candidness with the Chinese people. Which, of course, has also long been known to be a major issue in China.


The Chinese people deserve to know how polluted their bodies of water are–those that they often get drinking water from. And what’s worse, it appears that the Chinese government attempted to make claims to the contrary–saying they were cleaning up water sources when in fact the pollution levels were rising. Here’s Reuters:

The first national census on pollution sources found that discharge of “chemical oxygen demand” (COD) — a measure of water pollution — in wastewater was 30.3 million metric tons, Zhang said. The government had said in an official paper published two years ago that 2007 was the first year it managed to reduce water pollution, with COD falling 3 percent to 13.8 million metric tons

Finally, to make matters even worse, there’s even more environmental data obtained from the census that the government is considering not releasing at all–deeming it too sensitive and potentially embarrassing.

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China Water Pollution

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More Oddities in Hunan

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010

from wiki- Yunan is in the southwest area of China
“Automobiles move faster than trains

  1. Toes are exposed all year round
  2. Rain here but sunshine there – the weather is often variable between areas just a few kilometers apart
  3. Girls wear flowers in all four seasons
  4. Girls carry tobacco bags
  5. Green vegetable is called “bitter vegetable”
  6. Grannies climb mountains faster than monkeys
  7. Trains go abroad but not inland
  8. Monks can have love affairs
  9. Children are raised by men – Yunnan women have a reputation for being hard-working, thus many men stay home to take care of their children
  10. Automobiles move in the clouds – many roads are high in the mountains

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Public Pooping in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010

In China, the kids use crotchless pants so if they have to urinate or defecate, it is much easier, apparently. Oftentimes they dont wear diapers, so it can pretty nasty to see kids urinating in public. These photos come from another site and show a child actually defecating, I guess accidents can happen, but then the mom wipes the kid like it is the most common thing in the world.

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Crouching Tiger HIdden Dragon- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 18, 2010

The part of that movie that takes placein the bamboo fields was filmed in Yong Chuan, China, which is in Chongqing. That is where I have spent the past three years.

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Pollution so Bad, It Affects Even the USA

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