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Archive for July 19th, 2010

India Tops China in Commercial Vehicle Sales in 2010

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

Sales of commercial vehicles in India rose 77% in the first five months of 2010 from a year ago, thanks to a voracious demand from the fast-growing freight market, overshadowing a 60% surge in China.

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Chinese People Walk Fat

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

Well, in reality its just the women, and usually the short ones. But they do seem to have the odd habit of ambling along, duck-like while extending their arms at a 35% angle, like chubby folks do. This is even more odd insofar as the typicaly China woman has the body fat of a Whippet (line from Ellen Degeneres), which is to say, they have little to no body fat. The men, however, don’t walk fat, they kind of flick their legs to their front, imagine N. Korean soldiers marching and that is a good approximation.

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Go Gay, Become a Buddhist or Abstain in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

It is estimated that China will have 24 million men who cannot marry due to the gender discrepancy in this country. That number is astounding, it is 24, 000, 000 extra men. This number is equal to the males in all of South Korea, it is a few million males more than Burma, Spain, South Africa and the Ukraine. ( I am talking total male population in those countries).
The figure of extra males that China has is equal to the male populations of Peru and Iraq, together. It is 2.5 times as many males as all of Australia has, and 3 times as many as the Netherlands.
This means that China in the next few years will have as many extra men as there are men in “Lesotho: Slovenia: Gambia, : Botswana: Gaza Strip: Gabon: Guinea-Bissau: Mauritius:Estonia: Qatar: Swaziland: Trinidad and Tobago: East Timor: Fiji: Cyprus: Bahrain: Réunion: Guyana: Comoros:Solomon Islands: Equatorial Guinea: Djibouti: Luxembourg: Suriname: Guadeloupe: Macau: Martinique: Cape Verde: Malta: Brunei: Maldives: Iceland: Bahamas, The: Belize: French Polynesia: Barbados: New Caledonia: Vanuatu: Netherlands Antilles: French Guiana: Mayotte: Samoa: São Tomé and Príncipe: Guam: Saint Lucia: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Tonga: Micronesia, Federated States of: Kiribati:Virgin Islands: Grenada: Jersey: Seychelles: Andorra: Man, Isle of: Northern Mariana Islands: Dominica: Aruba: Antigua and Barbuda: Bermuda: Guernsey: Marshall Islands: Greenland: American Samoa: Faroe Islands: Cayman Islands: Saint Kitts and Nevis: Liechtenstein: Monaco: Gibraltar: San Marino: British Virgin Islands: Turks and Caicos Islands: Palau: Anguilla: Nauru: Tuvalu: Montserrat: Saint Helena: Saint Pierre and Miquelon:
Plus Mozambique!

China, apparently does not do the best job of forward planning.

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China Poisoning China- Toxic Guangdong- When it Goes Belly Up, I am Betting on India

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

You hear all of these things about China’s growth, and it is true. There is opportunity everywhere, but in reality, who couldn’t do the same if they had such a blatant disregard for human rights and the environment. China has nearly 15 of the most polluted cities in the world, Guangdong is a cesspool of toxic waste, and China and the world merely continue to watch.
If countries like Mexico or Brazil had the same disregard for safety and quality, their GDP would easily double.
The real story may be that China is becoming toxic, they are killing their land all in the pursuit of money. I can see how India, if they are able to straighten out some of their issues, is poised to assume a leadership role.

chinadaily excerpt:
“SHANGHANG, Fujian – Ministry of Environmental Protection officials in Guangdong issued an urgent notice to their colleagues in Fujian on Sunday that toxic waste from Friday’s leak at the Zijinshan Copper Mine had reached the lower reaches of the Tingjiang River in Guangdong.
The copper content in the Meizhou section of the river in Guangdong soared from 0.0135mg/L on July 15 to 0.0233mg/L the next day, posing a clear threat to the livelihoods of fish farmers in the area. Worse yet, the content remained on the rise over the weekend, according to a copy of the notice made available to China Daily on Monday.

The pollution “has exerted an explicit influence on the trans-provincial river section,” the notice said, “and will pose big challenge to local fish farming.”

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Chinese Quality- Living and Working in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

I had the same pair of glasses for about 8 years and decided to change them in China.

In China, they need to keep people employed, and in China, they really do not give a shit (from a westerners piont of view ) about quality, or strike that, let me say that they have a different expectation of quality. So there is the constant battle between serving the customer and keeping people employed. They like to keep people employed, but do not like to train them. if they train them they feel the workers will become arrogant and leave, so they typically like to segregate the work so each person is meaningless in the bigger scheme of things. (my colleagues have provided me with this insight- lest I be labeled an arrogant westerner. )

So, I went to get glasses. In the US, maybe the woman who checks my eyes has a technicial degree, or a bachelors and some training, some level of expertise on the machines that she shoves in front of our faces, in the pursuit of identifying our ocular challenges. That is in the USA.

In China, the woman who was assisting me, I believe was somewhat less prepared than her counterparts out west. She fumbled with the charts, the machines and asked my friend repeatedly if I could just tell her the problems with my eyes, my correction etc, said it would make it easier for all of us.I did my best to explain, then, a huge challenge presented itself when I explained that I have an astigmatism. This floored the woman, apparently in whatever training she received, this word was not tossed about much. She seemed ill-equpped to handle this piece of information , or worse yet, how to act upon it viz how to correct it.

The upshot is that I now have a new pair of glasses. The prices was cheap, maybe U$180 for the whole thing, lenses, frames and checkup. The price is good, but the quality is lacking.

I think an astigmatism is when the shape of the eyeball is more like a football than it is supposed to be. This affects the way that light is refracted to the retina ( I was told in the west). When this happens, your visioin is blurred, adn seeing at night is hell, it also affects things like depth perception.)

The little saint who did my prescription could have benefited from the information provided by me above, as she failed this section of the test in her ability. She did get me a new pair of glasses and she did ‘correct’ the astigmatism, or at least she believes she did. I however, am not so sure. I have had the new glasses for a few months now, and it feels like my left eyes sticks out about 2.5 feet from my head. I have to crab-walk down stair steps or risk tumbling down them due to my inability to gauge just where in the f$%k my feet are. If you toss me an object, which I usually was able to snatch like a raptor from the air, I will swat at it like an infant who has first found out that those hands attached to his body really belong to him. As I type this, I have to sit canted to the left, and look sideways to be able to see the screen in front of me.

Looking on the bright side, I did get a new pair of glasses.

Living and working in China is interesting, and at times just being here is like “Reverse Darwinism”.

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Public Pissing in China- Angry Old Man This Time

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

This angry old man stopped in the middle of this area to take a leak. He seemed to not really care, didnt look around nor try to be discreet. He merely untied his britches and whipped it out. The guy seemed oblivious to what was happening around him. I really wonder is this sort of thing was prevalent historically as I see it often. For instance, directly across the street is no less than 6 restrooms, but the man decided to do his business here. It really makes me wonder.

btw instead of hiding behind that fixture on his right, he was actually so far away from it that you could see him from the street.

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USA Manufacturing Reign to End- Can India do it?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

China is set to end the USA’s 110 reign of having the greatest manufacturing output in the world. The USA is still the king as China includes mining which is not officially to be counted. Nonetheless, next year, China could overtake the US. the funny thing is that wages have risen 14% in China over the last year, and oddly enough they may just price themselves out of the market. I am seeing an Indian future…..

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China Warns Tourists not To Go to Hong Kong, or face “Name calling…”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

The ruling communist party is odd at times. This story is an example. They have set an advisory for Chinese tourists to Hong Kong, to be careful when they travel there, as one tour guide was seen berating the Chinese from the mainland. Is it just me, or is this bizarre?


“NTA issues advisory for tourists

China’s National Tourism Administration (NTA) issued an advisory Saturday regarding travel to Hong Kong after a group of mainland visitors was reportedly videotaped being verbally abused and harassed by their tour guide.

A spokesman said the NTA had contacted tourism authorities in the special administrative region for further information, while ordering a probe into the case by tourism regulatory departments and travel agencies in the mainland.

An undated video clip currently circulating online shows a Hong Kong tour guide allegedly upbraiding a group of mainland visitors and pressuring them to shop. The incident has triggered a tremendous backlash from the mainland public.

The spokesman said the NTA attached great concern to the protection of mainland tourists’ rights in Hong Kong, and was concerned about the measures taken by Hong Kong tourism authority regarding such incidents.”

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Beijing Smog Alert June 20-21, 2010- Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

Here is my attempt to chronicle the pollution in the Beijing sky. I try to take the photo at approximately the same time each day.

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Dawanglu- Beijing China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2010

On my way to work.

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