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Archive for June 21st, 2010

Air Quality in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2010


Chinese cities often seem wrapped in a toxic gray shroud. Only 1 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breathe air considered safe by the European Union. (Source: NYtimes).

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Chinese Justice- To Die For

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2010


Chinese justice is truly an oxymoron at times, and is so ingrained in the society here, that one has to wonder if China will truly be free from corruption. China also has a ‘caste’ system of sorts, that some would argue stems from its Confucian roots which basically sees life as a sequence of relationships hierarchical in nature and with roles and responsibilities.

The following case shows how these two notions interaction China. In 2003, a wealthy woman named Su Xiuwen who was 45 years old at the time, became enraged with a poor woman farmer who was also 45 years old at the time. The poor farmer and her husband were moving a tractor and accidently scratched Ms. Su’s new BKMW. Ms. Su became enraged, struck the husband with her handbag and then proceeded to ram the BMW into the man and woman who had enraged her, along with a growing crowd. The wife of the farmer was killed.

The woman was a farmer, Ms. Su was not. The crowd, no doubt had no pull, and could not do much. Ms. Su was later given a suspended 2 year sentence, no charges of murder nor manslaughter were brought. The trial was closed, and no one was allowed to witness it, no witnesses were called. Not even Ms. Su’s allegations of the fault being a problem with the car were proven nor disproved, no one testified, it was all wrapped up neatly in the Chiuense courtrooms.

Chinese netizens became outraged and took to the ‘net at once, alarming the ruling Communist Party. The party hastily reopened the case, found no fault and quietly closed it. This is life in China. Ms. Su’s husband is related to local party officials, maybe it played a part in the decision or maybe it is just China.

One of the saddest things is that the farmer woman is now dead, and Ms. Su roams freely, possibly has emigrated to another country or still ruling the roost of her little provincial community, but she has emerged without a scratch.

Life in China, Chinese Justice.

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Front Window of My Taxi/Rickshaw Ride to Work in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2010


I don’t think I have posted this before. It is my 5 RMB (0.70U$ ) taxi ride to work daily. The contraption is a motorcycle with a carriage unit strapped to the back, like an enclosed rickshaw.

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2800 Chinese Judiciary Workers Involved in Corruption Probe.

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2010


The legal system in China is in its infancy. As in that stage where a baby is relatively mindless and shits all over itself without knowing it. In the babies case , it is somehow cute, in the legal system of a country it is disturbing.

Last year in China, they disallowed arrests of more than 123,000 criminal suspects last year and another 33,000 suspects were not prosecuted. More than 25,600 cases of wrongdoing were also corrected. In a word, law in China is in the anal stage, so be careful.

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Chinese Revenge

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2010


Ah revenge is alive and well here in China. It appears that there is apparently no protection for whistle blowers in this country. In most places one who tells on an official is protected by some type of “whistle blower” clause, which means that they cannot be treated in a disparaging manner due to their acts. In China, surprisingly, this is not true.

BEIJING – About 70 percent of those who reported criminal suspects to the procuratorate system nationwide have suffered some form of revenge, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP).

SPP officials also said some of the revenge is practiced covertly and is “seemingly legal”, making it difficult to protect the whistle-blowers with legal aid, Legal Daily reported on Sunday.

“Those who are reported on, especially those who have official powers, use legal excuses to exact revenge upon the whistle-blowers by firing them or demoting them, directly or indirectly,” Luo Shouliang, a procurator from the Beijing Procuratorate, was quoted as saying.

“With company executives becoming more and more powerful, their measures to revenge whistle-blowers have also become more diversified. It’s very hard to define whether it is revenge or not,” said Zhu Decai, a procurator from Jiangxi Provincial Procuratorate

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Death Knell for China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2010


China has about 22% of the worlds population, and about 6% of her wealth, but will consume more energy than any other country this year. This is more of a testament to her poor manufacturing infrastructure viz energy waste. China typically consumes more energy per GDP dollar than most countries. At this rate of consumption, there is not enough energy in the world to support China’s growth.

“The country may overtake the US in energy consumption this year, and could consume about eight billion tons of standard coal equivalent in 2020, more than half of the world’s total consumption, if the consumption keeps accelerating by 8.9 percent, which is the average growth this century, predicted Zhou Dadi, vice-director of China Energy Research Society, on June 19 at a forum.

If China reduces the energy consumption per GDP unit by 20 percent every five years, the country still consumes more than 30 percent of the world’s total consumption 10 years later, Zhou was quoted as saying in the paper.”

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Ho Hum, Chinese News

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2010


News in China lately has been focusing on three general topics.
Hot- the greatness that is China. They have had articles of some Chinese guy taking part in some moon exercise for ions.
-Then, they are talking about how they will allow the RMB to wander a little more, they of course will not allow it to float.
-They also are taking credit for that hideous noise that blankets the sound system when listening to the World Cup. Apparently the apparatus the vuvuzela, that auditory nightmare is made in China.
-They still have some tired post of some slaves that was up on Yahoo for about 43 seconds. I guess it is their way to continually brain wash the locals.
-BP oil spill bird shots
-World cup, I gotta hand it to them, they got knocked out by that power house North Korea, but they are still all into the game.

Warm
-China US trade talks
-English goalie committing a boo boo to aid the US

Cold
Everything else

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