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Archive for July 13th, 2010

Beijing Smog Watch June 16-19, 2010-Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

This is my attempt to take a photo of the Beijing skyline each day so that you can gauge the amount of air pollution. The following are photos taken from four different days.

June 16, 2010

June 17, 2010

June 18, 2010

June 19, 2010

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Argentina to Add Toxic Railways from China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

Great Headline eh?

Actually this post is a congratulatory one for China and Argentina who have signed a 10Billion dollar deal for China to build railways and supply trains for Argentina. Many of the posts here in China warn that much of that money the Chinese government is saving up will be needed to pay the liability claims just as soon as one of these Chinese made trains has a quality issue and goes off the rails. It is also funny that the CD stated that Argentina is buying the ‘Chinese technology’. When this technology is supposedly pirated German tech. I guess this is just the new world order…


“BEIJING – China and Argentina signed railway deals totaling $10 billion on Tuesday, amid efforts by Beijing to forge stronger commercial ties with Latin America.

Twelve agreements were reached between the two countries during Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s five-day visit to China. Six deals were inked at noon, witnessed by Kirchner and Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu. The rest of the agreements were signed later in the day following talks between Kirchner and her Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.

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Slutty in Shanghai

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

Shanghai is China’s syphilis capital, it has more incidence of the disease than any other city in China. In addition, it is often said here, that Shanghai women are quite loose and have relatively low morals.

This is an article that seems to corroborate this fact. it would appear that half of Chinese college students (women) think that it is ok to be the kept women of a rich guy, although the survey included many cities in China, the majority of the respondents were from Shanghai…


SHANGHAI – A new survey shows that more than half of female graduate students in Shanghai show an understanding attitude toward other girls who are kept as lovers by rich men or who work at night clubs.

The survey was conducted by the journalism school of Fudan University in June with more than 900 female students at the city’s 17 universities who graduate this year.

Researchers said the students also showed a free and open attitude toward sex and marriage. Fifty-six percent of the students said they could understand a girl becoming the lover of a rich man, though they wouldn’t do it themselves, 20 percent said they despised such behavior, 20 percent said they have no idea why girls do this, and 2 percent considered it normal and said they may make the same choice one day

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Guangzhou China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

These are the workers that peddle around and collect the recyclable waste. They work quite hard and probably make 8 U$ per day, if they are lucky.

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Beijing Airport

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

Here are a bunch of tourists at the Beijing Airport. They fumble around, see all the sights, go to Tianenman and such.

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Red Guard in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

Great post from here:


Red Guards-some were overcome in battle; others were driven into remote regions of China-all part of China’s lost generation of youth.

Tool of Mao

In general, Mao Zedong picked the Red Guards, their function that is. They traveled throughout China going to schools, universities, and institutions spreading the teachings of Mao. They had a darker side however, as they were violent and oppressive to those who went against the teachings of Mao, or those who criticized him.

The role of Red Guard was mainly to attack “the four olds” of society, that is the old ideas, cultures, manners, and customs. Red Guards in Beijing and everywhere in China had taken to the streets from their schools. They made posters, speeches, and committed violent and indiscriminate acts in the name of the Cultural Revolution.

Mao met a million Red Guards formally in Tiananmen Square on August 18, 1966. The people in the crowd felt the Red Guards were “class enemies” who only wanted to hurt and pillage their homes, and as a result, the people were attacked many of them. Carrying portraits of Mao, the Red Guard marched through the streets and destroyed all the symbols, which they thought were “feudal, capitalist, and radical”. They named and renamed street signs and buildings. Many people in realms of education, academic, media, literature and punishment were abused as “Capitalist Roader” or “anti-revolutionaries” and pillaged their house. In addition, the Red Guards ransacked museums and destroyed old books and works of art. Many famous building like temples and shrines and heritages was destroyed. 4,922 out of a total 6,843 were destroyed.

These campaigns by the Red Guards could not help but cause ill feelings and opposition in society. A clash between Red Guards and workers, peasants, and soldiers of People’s Liberation Army occurred in some regions. Being faced this, according to Mao’s advice Cultural Revolution Group and People’s Daily told worker and peasants to cooperate with students and fight. Such a call made campaign by Red Guards more enthusiastic. Red Guard activity moved to local party organizations. Consequently it ended the political life of many CCP members.

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Chinese Rickshaws

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

These things will take you about a mile or so for 5 RMB which is around 70 cents. They are fast, efficient and , at times scary.

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China Allows Poisining By Mail?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2010

Just a little joke there….

Actually China is allowing people to order meds via the net. The reason for my joke is that many official bodies, both Chinese and ohters, have stated that up to 90% of the medicine sold in China is actually counterfit. This added to China’s less than stellar reputation with quality of any goods that they sell, makes me a little nervous.


“BEIJING — China has approved 27 websites to sell medicine to individual consumers via the internet, the State Food and Drug Administration announced on its website on Tuesday .

The administration stipulates that the 27 online pharmaceutical dealers could only sell over-the-counter medications to individual consumers, not to other businesses or medical facilities.

According to a provisional regulation regarding the online transaction of drugs, those selling medications online must receive a license and put their license code on the front page of their transaction websites.

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