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China’s River Yangtze, The Worlds Most Polluted

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 10, 2010


I have a friend who is an adept swimmer. They do marathon swimming which means swimming for upwards of 8 hours at once. This person came to China to swim in the Yangtze, about 7 years ago. They told me that before entering the water, they needed shots for tetanus, typhoid and what seemed like an AIDS cocktail. Supposedly the water was filled with feces, trash, plastic, everything but fish. She was hospitalized for several days after the swim. Skin is the largest organ in the body and I guess the constant exposure to the toxins is just too much.

Here is an excerpt from one man’s sojourn down the Yangtze. This guy does these long swims to teach us how fked we are with our waste and specifically the water supply.
The simmer/activist is Martin Strel, the website is found here
PG: Did you experience any health problems while swimming the more polluted rivers?
MS: It’s not possible to compare the Amazon with the Yangtze or the Ganges. The Amazon is muddy, but not so polluted. My body was terrible when I swam the Yangtze. I had big problems with everything—my liver, my eyes, my ears. I spent the last two weeks in the hospital. It was so polluted with toxic waste, doctors had to clean my blood every night.
On the Yangtze, 400 million people live there, people throw things away and for some, the water is like the trash. The Nile is terrible, especially in Egypt. I would like to change this a little bit. In China, it was difficult to get permission because the government didn’t like what I was doing to raise awareness. One of the most important things was the quality of the water, the pollution is great and there is work to do. But after raising awareness, other governments started to put pressure on the Chinese government to act.

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Chinese Jailed Due to Blog

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from AP
BEIJING: A Tibetan environmentalist was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday on a charge of inciting separatism in China, in the latest sign of what rights groups called increasing repression of Tibetan intellectuals.

Chinese authorities said an article on Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was posted to Rinchen Samdrup’s website, which is devoted to environmental protection in the Himalayan region.

Rinchen Samdrup pleaded not guilty in a trial that lasted less than two hours. He told the Changdu Intermediate People’s Court he didn’t post the article and it was a mistake not to delete it quickly.

The Chinese Government is highly sensitive about anything related to the Dalai Lama, whom it has accused of supporting independence for Tibet.

Tensions in the region escalated after 2008 rioting in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, in which at least 22 people died. His lawyer Xia Jun said someone else posted the article but did not say who.

The sentence comes little over a week after Rinchen Samdrup’s brother, an environmentalist once praised by the Chinese Government as a model philanthropist, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of grave-robbing and dealing in looted antiquities.

Supporters of the brother, Karma Samdrup, said the sentence was aimed at punishing his efforts to free Rinchen Samdrup and another brother from detention.

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Chinese Commrce

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China and Chocolate

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Did you know…
In China, people eat a bar of chocolate for every 1,000 chocolate bars eaten by the British.

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India Shutting Out the Chinese in Telecom

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 10, 2010


India has balls, and my respect as well. They are playing hard ball with the Chinese, especially in telecom. The Chinese seem to have anger towards them for this and many other issues. I think the Indians rock and say hold your ground!
excerpt:
MUMBAI – Chinese telecom device vendors expressed their anxiety and confusion while waiting for the release of official telecom security norms with Indian government to re-gain access to the emerging market, according sources from Chinese telecom gear makers.

“We’re now in a position of waiting and perplexity and keep active change of ideas with India telecom operators and governmental departments with the hope of swift resolution of delayed orders,” said a source with China-based telecom device producer ZET Corporation on Thursday.

Chinese telecom gear manufactures are worried to get a lower hand in competition with western rivals if Indian government couldn’t allow their access in the first around of 3G telecom device purchase.

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China and Joy Juice- Sex Toys in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 10, 2010


It is official, China is the worlds largest producer of sex toys in the world, accounting for 70%, or at least that is what the China daily is saying.

I find this humorous as China is touting their innovation (but have really not innovated since the 1600’s). Thus, I wonder if this sex toy manufacturing thing is part of their plan. To me, however, it seems that sex toys are somewhat low end, and I really dont see how they can be innovators. Maybe they think that by adding and extra pleasure rib to a device is a game breaker…

Oh yeah, what a kill joy for sex. Imagine you wish to get intimate and have toys, and then because they are made in China, the quality will be low. One can only think of the host of problems this would present, not to mention the fear of lead and cadmium in the devices. Possibly this is the China effect, the fear that we have of using their devices that will lead the world back to ‘conventional sex’ without sexual helping devices.

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Communist TV Network

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 10, 2010


I remember the first time I saw BON TV, it seemed odd, kind of coltish. Seemed like a show from the Amish or Mormons, really controlled and weird. It is actually a news show from China. Although it supposedly receives no money from the government, and thus tries to distance itself from the Communists, one knows better. In China, the government regularly imprison people for sketchy things like disrupting public order, divulging state secrets and such. Thus, for a company that controls a TV station it is easy to see how they would easily fall under this punishment umbrella.
This show will continue to expand and allow the communists and Chinese to spread the word about how great they are to the rest of us shortly. As for me, watching it seems painful and odd. i found it to be quite boring.

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God Less China- Religion and Humanity

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 10, 2010


I have Chinese friend who is studying in the USA and is in love with it. Many would say of course he loves it, the freedom , the independence, etc. But the funny thing is that he loves it for a different reason although I suspect he does not realize it. He said it is the people. But what I suspect is that it is the fact that the USA, as in western countries has God.
Before you write me off as a religious fanatic, open your minds. First off, China is the only great power who in their history has NEVER BELIEVED IN GOD. As in any God. The Jews, Christians and Mulsims are all people of the Book or Bible. Indians have Buddhism which is not a god per se, but a set of beliefs whereby one should have compassion. Compassion is close to love, and Jesus is Love, thus one could argue that at a fundamental level, they are similar. (Chinese have had smatterings of Buddhism, Tao ism and various polystheistic beliefs as in the god of light and trees, but never God). But the Chinese have never even had anyhthing similar to this belief. If yoiu answer Confucious, you are right and wrong. Yes, the belief comes from here but it is based on hierarchies of relationships and not love nor compassion and has nothing to do with God. In fact, it can be argued that due to the nature of Confucius and the notion that our life is a series of relationships which as they become less intimate to our lives actually deserve less of our time and respect. This contrasts greatly to Christianity which says we all have God and are equals.
Thus, to me, what I have seen in every country that I have visited, with the exception of China, is some spark of life which comes from believing in a higher power. You can travel to Rio de Janiero Brazil, and see the most crime infested place, but still in the eyes of the people you see where there is or was a belief in something greater than ourselves.
It is not just I who believes this as well. The communist party is in a quandary, they lament the lack of morals and ethics in the Chinese today, but cannot push them to religion as the communist party is atheist. In addition, they cannot push the people to Confucianism as Mao vilified it 60 years ago. This leaves them with a huge shit pot of problems which are not easy to rectify.

It is odd to make this observation, but most of us who have lived here are appalled at the lack of morals that over a billion people can have. To me, the answer is in the lack of a higher power…

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