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Archive for July 20th, 2010

Japan May send Troops to Disputed Island Area- Chinese Pissed

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

Japan hates China and China hates Japan, that is enough history to understand this excerpt. Historically the Japanese have been great albeit barbaric warriors, but have dominated the area. This makes the Chinese more than a bit nervous. They remember the time that the Japanese invaded China and basically handed their butts to them. One can question the morality of it all, and the horror, but that is true with all wars. To me the real issue is that China is not an aggressive country usually, but they may get froggy with the Japanese. On the other hand, the Japanese are pretty tough, they are good soldiers, it may be in China’s best interest to go light on this one.

Beijing – Japan’s Defense Ministry is considering dispatching border security and coastal monitoring units to islands in Okinawa Prefecture, a move likely to draw protests from Beijing.


“Kyodo news reported that the plan to move Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) to the islands – which may take place over a five to eight year period – is a response to factors like activities in the area by Chinese naval vessels.

As the units would be placed close to China’s Diaoyu Islands, which Japan lays claim to, Beijing is likely to lodge a protest against the program.The unpopulated Diaoyu Islands lie between Okinawa and Taiwan in the East China Sea.”

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News Flash Chinese Company Suing Google!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

Actually to China it is a news flash, but to me its bullshit. Basically some online shoe company in China is trying to sue google ads for an advertisement of a competitor.

here is an excerpt of the official story I have removed the name of the company bringing suit, screw them, they dont deserve the ink.

“In early May, a xxxx employee searched the name of the company on google.cn, and the second result showed: “If you want to buy sneakers, OKBuy is better than xxxx.”

xxx claims the Beijing company OKBuy maliciously tarnished its reputation by placing such an online ad link.

Letao then made several phone calls to Google.cn and asked it to remove the advertisement, but without success, the company said.”

In theory what they are saying (company xxx) is that the competitor used their search name to actually drive hits to a competitors site. I dont know about the legality of it, but it sound pretty good to me. The problem is that China has no rule of law, and right now the pack mentality is kicking in whereby the ruling communist party probably wants  to punish Google. Thus, this cowardly company may win. This is what you can call the China cost of doing business.

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Public Pissing in China- WTF!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

China has a lot of people, and that means a lot of bladders which means a lot of restroom breaks. The funny thing is that Chinese must feel it is ok to relieve themselves whenever and wherever the need hits them. This guy is urinating on the street on Dawanglu, one of the busier thoroughfares in Beijing. I give him credit, however, at least he was trying to be somewhat discreet.

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WTF- For Whose Convenience?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

Sign from the restroom in the Beijing airport

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China Hiring Face Jobs- Is that Legal…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

The China daily reports that China is now hiring foreigners to merely make their presence shown in order to give credibility to Chinese companies. An example is that a Chinese company has an important meeting with a client. They will hire the white guy to hang out with them or be present at the meeting, all in the auspice of lending them credibility.

I have seen this, and heard it is quite popular in Japan as well. What this means is that that shitty, lead infested necklace that you are wearing was sold to Wal- Mart by a Chinese company who used some white skinned foreigner, all in order to allow the company to get their foot in the door…

Known as hiring “a face job,” or a “white guy window dressing,” some Chinese companies have started hiring foreigners with a light complexion to portray employees or business partners to get an edge in the business world. No skills required and it pays well. All you need to do is to look professional and smile. Would you like to be one of them?

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China Fact- China Kills a lot of People

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

China executes three times as many people as the rest of the world COMBINED... and uses mobile execution vans for efficiency.
carries out] almost three times as many as the rest of the world put together, according to the most conservative estimate by Amnesty International. In 2008, the group confirmed 1,718 executions through news reports and public documents, but many others are not reported. Some analysts say the figure may be above 6,000. The exact number is a state secret.”
Many executions are done on the road using vehicles such as those designed by Jinguan Motors:

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Beijing Smog Pics- June 22-23, 26-28- Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

Here is my attempt to show you, on a daily basis, how the smog or pollution effects the Beijing skyline. I try to take the photos at the same time and the weekday photos are taken around 830 am, and those on the weekends around 11 am or so. The photos are taken with my Nokia e-71 phone.

June 28, 2010

June 27, 2010

June 26, 2010

June 23, 2010

June 22, 2010

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Go Go Google- Still Googling in Cina

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

Google got her license renewed in China and all I can say is thanks! The leading Chinese search engine is dog shit and I would rather drink my own waste than use it, especially after the government (communists) have railroaded Google. It just makes me happy to be able to use it!

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China Denies Report that it is the Worlds Largest Consumer of Energy in the World- Why

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

This is humorous, China of all places is stating that data is unreliable. The funny thing is that China likes to wear the name, but not play the game. They like all the attention, but due to face saving, they only want the good, and at times cowardly hide from the bad.
You can ask what the big deal is, that on a per capita basis (per person), that they use less. But also you have to figure, the GDP of the USA is about three times as large as China’s. This means that the value of goods and services that we produce is three times more than theirs and thus we automatically will use more energy. I am not saying that we are not wasteful, because we are. We drive large cars, dont car pool and are very wasteful of energy. The alarming thing is that China is worse. If their economy was as large as ours, they would use many more times energy than we do. The scary thing is that energy is usually a non renewable resource, so where will all of the energy needed to support China’s wasteful growth come from…

“BEIJING (AFP) – China on Tuesday rejected an assessment from the International Energy Agency that it had surpassed the United States to become the world’s top energy consumer, calling the data “unreliable”. The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal cited a top IEA official as saying the Asian giant had taken over the top spot in 2009, earlier than expected.

According to the IEA, China consumed 2.252 billion tons of oil equivalent of energy in 2009, from sources that included coal, nuclear power, natural gas and hydroelectric power

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Hard at Work in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2010

I cannot read Chinese but guess her sign says something like “Leave me the F*^K Alone!”

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