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Archive for July 17th, 2010

Chairman Mao- The Icon

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


Taken in 2009

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China Fact- Steel

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


China is the steel market.

Even in 2010, as developed nation steel demand is expected to rebound, Chinese steel demand will still dwarf all other major economies.

This also means that China drives the seaborne iron ore and coking coal markets as well, as these commodities are key ingredients in steel.

Source: Business Insider, Posco Steel

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China , What They are Saying About it Online

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


One party rule.
Manipulated government statistics.
Unstable banks.
Crooked public companies.
Rampant corruption.
All laws written to support the status quo and the rigged game.

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Lots of Christians in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


Due to the extremely rapid expansion of Christianity in China, there are now an estimated 54 million Christians in the country comprised of about 40 million Protestants and 14 million Catholics.

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Chinese Lady Gets Naked With …..

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


The Chinese like to say that they are not prejudiced, but this series of pictures raised quite a stink in China.

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Here is a set of pictures taken by one perspicacious tourist showing a Chinese woman and black man rafting in an underground cavern. This couple subsequently took the liberty of stripping down for all to see; at least until park attendants stepped in to prevent any further salacious acts. Predictably, the reaction from netizens were not all too kind.

From Mop:

Beautiful girl and laowai black devil take off clothes to go nude rafting in scenic area

Last weekend I went with a couple of friends to have a good time at the newly opened underground cave rafting in Qingyuan, Guangdong. It has been said that it is the longest underground river in the world.

We never imagined that a Chinese beauty and a [black man] publicly rafting nude in a tourist spot would be photographed by us.

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Our party of 3 people walked about 1 kilometer on the embankment until we arrived at a photographing area, the first buffer zone [slower, more calm area of
river?].

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The two people as they drifted into the buffer zone I was in. They even treated me as a worker meant to photograph them. At this time, they were still honestly wearing their clothes and life-jackets.

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Unexpectedly, the two people began fooling around to the point they started taking off their clothes.

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In the end, with all their clothes removed, fooling around without regard for anyone else, completely not caring about the surrounding peoples’ looks of disgust.

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In the end, only when the “Shen Bi Shan” [name of the scenic area/attraction] staff used hooks to pull them back to shore were they finally willing to put their clothes back on.

To tell the truth, “Shen Bi Shan” staff are pretty responsible, at least stopping two people this quickly.

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Chinese Flag- What does it Mean?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


from here
The national flag of the People’s Republic of China is the five-star red flag. The red color of the flag is the symbol of the revolution, signifying that the political power of the People’s Republic of China is achieved through bloodshed and lives laid down by countless revolutionary martyrs who marched forward wave upon wave in the heroic struggles for the revolution. In the upper-left corner of the flag there are five-pointed yellow stars, of which the big one represents the Communist Party of China and the four small ones the people of all ethnic groups of the country. One point of the big star points right up the flag and of the four small ones each has a point pointing towards the centre of the big star. This shows that the Chinese Communist Party is the force at the core of the leadership of the Chinese people of all ethnic groups who unite closely as one round the Party. With the color of the stars in yellow this means the great cause of socialism has a bright future. With the flag-staff painted white, that is to suggest flawless purity and loftiness.3

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China Fact- Urbanization

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“[By 2030] China’s cities will have added 350 million people—more than the entire population of the United States today.” Source: Mckinsey, “Preparing for China’s urban billion”

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Chinese Using Cancerous Oil

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


Great article from chinasmack. This is old nasty used cooking oil that Chinese restaurants sell to people who skim off the cigarettes, food and slime, then re sell to the people This oil is potentially dangerous and has aflotoxin and is cancerous…

In China you make money any way you can..

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Slop oil is “refined” from slop or swill, which is the leftover “food” that people and restaurants throw away. Usually, slop or swill is fed to pigs but some unscrupulous people will gather the slop and “recycle” the oil in the slop to sell as cooking oil. Of course, this cooking oil is known as “slop oil” and it is cheaper than fresh cooking oil. Many street vendors who cook snacks (especially fried foods) may use this “slop oil” to save money and keep their costs low.

From NetEase:

Why has harmful slop oil once again flooded Wuhan?

(The bold black-hearted boss even guarantees: “Slop oil is safe to eat”). In March of this year, the internet exposed the Wuhan slop oil public health safety incident (refer to relevant report: “My god! Malicious Wuhan oil factories selling slop oil guarantee safe to eat“). The problem attracted heated discussion and criticism from netizens around the country. The problem also very quickly attracted the Wuhan city government’s attention and the relevant department committed additional people and man hours, conducting a city-wide special rectification operation that lasted over a month and investigated a large amount of slop oil (refer to relevant report: “Wuhan emergency seige of slop oil scenes (follow-up report)“). Yet, right when the people feel they can relax, who would have thought that illegal refining of slop oil would stage a comeback, and flood Wuhan.

At the end of September to beginning of October, 《王浩峰聚焦》[“Wang Hao Feng Focus”] once again conducted an undercover investigation, witnessing large numbers of hideouts for the illegal refining of slop oil, with the hideouts on one street in the HongShan district being so numerous as to be innumerable; when it comes to refining slop oil, there are no procedures, and whoever offers the highest price is whoever it will be sold to.

This quickly, the problem has resurged. There are city residents who say this is not strange, is common, and is expected. With the supervision of some supervisory departments these days being “a gust of wind”, a problem is exposed, the leadership [government officials] will make some comments, there will be some on-site investigations, but they will see how the wind blows as they investigate and if no one continues asking and no one is after their positions/jobs, the investigations will stop there. Then, they will continue their own (tenured) lives of officialdom. [They will] let the same old problems wait until the next time they are exposed before saying anything. If they are not exposed, [they] won’t say anything.

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Beijing China in Photos

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2010


Street on the east side of Beijing

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China Fact-By 2025 China will Have 10 New York Cities

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“[By 2025,] 40 billion square meters of floor space will be built — in five million buildings. 50,000 of these buildings could be skyscrapers — the equivalent of ten New York Cities.” Source: Mckinsey, “Preparing for China’s urban billion”

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