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Archive for July 5th, 2010

Pollution You Can Taste- In China

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Chinese Confusion

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Chinese Supermarket

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China- The World’s Leader in Cheap Car Manufacturing

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Here is a snippet from the CD. Basically China is producing more cars than anyone, the caveat is that they are all the cheap low end cars. For instance, they produce a car called the QQ, which is a tin can death trap. The car costs about U$ 4000 at the high end. The average price is closer to U$3200.

CD”China’s domestic auto output of 8.47 million in the first half of the year tops the world’s auto industry, according to statistics released by China Auotomotive Technology Research Center, the Legal Evening News reported today.

Domestic autos below the price of 80,000 yuan ($11,811) make up 80 percent of the domestic low-end market but will be moving toward the mid- and high-end market. European cars secure 90 percent of the high-end market above 350,000 yuan ($51,673).

China’s macro-economic environment and favorable policies for the auto industry account for the increasing domestic auto output, according to reports.”

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Climate Change in China- Beijing Hot 104 Degrees

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Yesterday it was climate change hot. The temperature hit 104 fahrenheit, and Beijing consumed a record amount of electricity. This place is a an ecological disaster, which doesn’t mean to say that the rest of the world is not. But here , it is extremely pronounced.

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China Fact- Mao and China

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from factsanddetails

“Some older Chinese say what they remember most about the Mao era was the pervasive feeling of fear. Harry Wu, a political prisoner for 19 years, estimates that 60 million people have been sentenced to “labor reform” since 1949. In the 1970s, U.S. government officials using satellite photographs and other information, estimated that between 2 million and 6 million Chinese were in prison at one time. Bases on an assumption that between 5 and 10 percent of all prisoners die while in prison, scholars conclude that perhaps 3 million to 6 million people died in Chinese prisons in the Mao era. [Source: Washington Post, July 17, 1994]

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Worst Genocides of the 2oth Century, China Tops the list.

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Interesting chart here from http://www.scaruffi.com/politics/dictat.html
We often overlook the many problems of China, all so that we can make some money, earn a profit. Here are the most numerous genocides (in real numbers) in the past 110 years.

Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000
Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) 23,000,000 (the purges plus Ukraine’s famine)
Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) 12,000,000 (concentration camps and civilians WWII)
Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908)
Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44) 5,000,000 (civilians in WWII)
Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915-20) 1,200,000 Armenians (1915) + 350,000 Greek Pontians and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks (1916-22) + 500,000 Assyrians (1915-20)
Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79) 1,700,000
Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) 1.6 million (purges and concentration camps)

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Chinese Banning Knife Sales at the Expo- Fear of Mentally Ill Killing People Runs Deep in China

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Crazy in China. Here is a post from Chinahush, where the Chinese are actually controlling knife sales at the expo. The chicoms don’t even trust their own people to handle knives responsibly during the expo this year.

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In recent years, cases of criminal suspects and people who are mental ill armed with knives, engaging in extreme behaviors occur frequently. It has become a major problem affecting the social stability and the security of the people. It is reported that during the Shanghai World Expo, the city will take measures to strengthen the safety management of knives, in order to minimize and avoid the occurrence of similar cases, to safeguard public security and to ensure residents and foreign tourists’ safety. The reporter interviewed the relevant department on this issue.

Q: What kinds of knives are controlled?

A: The Shanghai World Expo will focus on strengthening the safety management of knives in the following two categories, one category includes the knives controlled by the state, such as dagger, triangular sword, spring lancet that has self-locking devices etc; the other category is kitchen knife, large fruit knife, craft knife, ceramic knife and other dangerous tools.

Q: What measures are taking on the selling of the knives?

A: During the World Expo period, selling controlled knives and ceramic knives is prohibited and other dangerous cutting tools will be sold at fixed locations only. The companies that sell knives must obtain the “World Expo Designated Knife Seller” certificate issued by district and county business unit . Companies without this certificate must take down all knives from their shelves and keep them in a safe place. During the World Expo, the designated knife seller companies will be announced by the municipal commerce department to the public. Any breach of the above regulation will be banned and punished by the relevant governmental departments.”

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Beijing Smog, June 15, 2010- Pollution in China

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This is my attempt to take a photo of the Beijing skyline each day so that you can gauge the amount of air pollution.

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Beijing Smog- Pollution in China, June 14, 2010

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This is my attempt to take a photo of the Beijing skyline each day so that you can gauge the amount of air pollution.

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