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Archive for June 5th, 2010

Why the Chinese Have so Many people!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 5, 2010

From Tom BBS
These two cute children are kissing.

Two young children kiss in China.

What are these two little Chinese kids doing?

These two cute children are kissing.

Are they taking off their clothes?

Two Chinese children imitating adults?

Where is the little boy's hand?

Do these Chinese children know what they are doing?

Is this cute or bad?

Is this innocent or wrong?

Two Chinese kids kissing next to a brick wall.

Chinese children hugging each other.

Are these Chinese kids just copying what they have seen on TV?

Are these children copying what they have seen from their parents?

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XBOX and Piracy in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 5, 2010

I had to buy a new XBOX, so I went shopping here in Beijing. One of the best places is near Gulo, the place where an American guy got stabbed to death in the ’08 Olympics unfortunately. The area, however is quaint and packed with visitors and Chinese alike. It is an old style area of Beijing filled with small shops and charming Beijing Hutongs, or traditional alleyways (doesn’t sound cool, but they are great).
As I was walking, I remember just how much piracy and lack of respect for intellectual property rights is embedded into Chinese society. In the area by the drum tower, there are no less than 30 stores (I visited each one) selling XBOXES, Wii’s etc. The issues is that in each place they also sell the games for these and of course, all of the games are fake copies. Each game only runs 5 RMB or about U$ 0.70! So I started to thnk about China and piracy. I have lived in Latin America for quite some time and yeah they have piracy, but nothing like you see here in China. I mean in other countries, like Brasil or Mexico, they may have areas where you can find the goods, but their display is not as brazen (with the excetptio of a certain area of Mexico City known for this), but here in China selling counterfeit goods goes on as if it were as normal as breathing.
I inquired about pricing and was told that XBOXES go from 1400 – 2300 RMB or about roughly 200 US depending on what you want.Then you can ‘chip’ the item so that it will play pirated games, as who in China buys the real game. So I asked how many real games they have, I was shown a handful. And then asked how many fake games, they had boxes full. They even showed me the Wii, and stated that if I were to buy one, they would pre-load over 100 games on it for me for free.
China is good for some things, but I really doubt if they will ever do away with piracy. For instance street peddlers are hard to combat, they are too mobile and quick, the cops have to catch them. These are the types who typically sell fake things in most countries. But in China, these people set up store fronts, thus there is no reason to shut them down. But then again being China, someone is making money, so they let it continue.

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High Tech in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 5, 2010

Relax if you ever hear of China going high tech, here is a great example. Below is what China is calling a high tech drone, for spotting opium fields. In most countries this is called a toy and purchased for about 50 U$.

Unmanned plane to help detect opium fields

This, however is what the west calls an unmanned drone, see any difference? Ah the beauty of technology

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Yummy Little Boys Urine in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 5, 2010

China has some of the worlds best food, they and Mexico cannot serve bad dishes. But here their tastes are odd. They eat dog, rat, cat, and the genitalia of many animals. They also, however drink the urine of young boys. I dont know how wide-spread the phenomenon is, but a guy made over a million bucks selling the stuff. The urine has to be from young boys and they have to be smart little fellas.
No shit, a guy made millions selling this in China.

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Chinese Restaurant Serving Dog Meat, Not so Popular with Chinese Youth

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 5, 2010

GUANGZHOU – Arguably the most popular dog meat restaurant in the capital of South China’s Guangdong province is seeing fewer and fewer youngsters walking through its doors.

But Guangzhou Sunshine Fragrant Meat Restaurant’s middle-aged and elderly customers continue to remain largely loyal.

The love for dogs as pets and the arrival of new styles of eateries in Guangzhou are two of the major reasons youngsters are staying away from the 47-year-old restaurant, said Pan Yongxuan, its chairman and general manager.

Kat Zheng, a college student in the city, said she has never eaten dog meat and does not wish to in the future.

“The eating habits of Cantonese people have started to change, since more and more people have started keeping dogs as pets,” she said.

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More on the Tiananenman Square Massacre in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 5, 2010

Oh, BTW, if you google Tiananmen Square massacre in China, you get results but when you try to click on them, you cannot reach the content, in addition, the wiki is down. Google, however is still up.

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Tiananmen Anniversary

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 5, 2010

A few days ago (June 4) was the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen square massacre in Beijing. They are worried about it re-occuring here and the SWAT teams and extra cops are everywhere. Many of the younger Chinese do not even know the full extent of the story which is somewhat sad.

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