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China’s Moral Compass Points Directly at Their Wallets

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 31, 2010

The chicoms are worried about the lack of morals that this place has, and anyone who has lived here is beyond worry and has lapsed into a sense of futility, it’s a lost cause. The following example may help to explain…
I was going to work and happened to be people watching, in China this is a fascinating hobby, what these people do, defies physics logic and usually common decency. So I was on one of those little rickshaw motorcycles and watched as some lady was peddling her way to work. She was next to a three wheeled trike-like thing that is commonly used to deliver groceries etc. The lady was no athlete and had no sense of balance, and as the trike approached, she got nervous and crashed. The trike driver, being what we in the west would call a human or responsible human with a conscious stopped to help the lady. After all, she’d taken quite a tumble, and had banged her head pretty hard on a concrete abutment.
My motorcycle rickshaw driver and I stopped to see if she was ok, the wreck was pretty violent, but remember, it was 100% her fault. The lady gets up, and as typical in China she had lost face, she had banged her head in front of many people and felt stupid. We rushed to her aid.
The lady was wobbly and rubbing her roundish head, her hair askew like errant springs in a Goodwill sofa, and she quickly began to jabber.
From what I could tell, this woman who was semi- conscious began to complain of all things! She didn’t thank the man nor us for stopping, but began to look for scape goats. First, she tried to blame my rickshaw for the accident, but we were 50 meters ahead, and I actually had a photo of this. When she saw that this logic would not work, she attacked the trike driver and insisted he pay her for the accident.
To any human or anyone who has lived in a civilized society, this is absurd, but this is China. I have seen people poked with an umbrella or briefcase and demand remuneration for their bruise and inconvenience. So, this rag-doll headed skank was trying to shake down whomever she could. She demanded that someone pay her for her miscue. The upshot was that the rickshaw guy and I got pissed, we defended the trike driver and quickly the crowd dissipated leaving the old nag alone with no cash, nor self -respect. We had tried to help her, in some places this is called being a good Samaritan, but this is China, another world another universe. As we left, the lady cursed us and banged on her bike screeching at us, indicating she’d been wronged, no one even looked back, we’d collectively been shocked.
My observations:
-who gets up after being concussed and the first thing on their minds is money
-is this why Chinese never help one another, I mean who wants to be shaken down for a good deed
-where in the hell are the morals in this place? I honestly never believed such depths of depravity could be reached…

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Chinese Mob- I mean Typical Chinese Crowd

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 31, 2010

Its one in the same after all…

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My Chinese Hospital Visit Part 3- The Blood Letting

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 31, 2010

No lie, this is true, stuff like this cannot be made up.

This is part 3 of my rant about my visit to a Chinese hospital/emergency room. The place is a military hospital, and I’d checked in, although my name was too long for the designated name space (part 2), and had already been checked over by two docs wearing flip flops, Bermudas and generally looking like surfers. I’d paid less than US 70$ for the whole thing, xrays etc, so I was happy, despite the fact that I still had not seen anyone wash their hands, nor seen a proper set of scrubs. A guy left me waiting, told me the docs would be back after lunch. I wandered to the end of the hall where I saw a sign saying “nurses on duty”. Being relatively intelligent, I figured that this meant that they were working, but this is China.

I popped my head in the door and was greeted by an immobile Chinese nurse, whose face was stuffed with rice, and what looked like ragweed. Her method for chewing was more like ‘mauling ‘ then any other word that comes to mind. Her fat tongue was manhandling the food as she opened her lips , stuck in her thumb, made some room and piled in more rice. After gasping, I asked if she were actually on duty. Opening her mouth caused rice to tumble out of her maw, which I guess to this woman was akin to a mortal sin, so she clammed up at once. I watched the spectacle of her eating, fascinated by the symmetry of it all. I guess she got angry, thought she’d have to share, so she took off, slammed a door, leaving me alone. Despondent, I went back to the emergency room and waited. Oh yeah, in China they close the emergency rooms.

After a few hours and more than a few odd stares, the docs filed back into the room, oblivious to my travails. The doc in the Bermudas must have forgotten who I was and began to check me again, I showed my receipts and he remembered. His partner said I needed to have blood drawn and ushered me away.

I go across the hall and enter a small room what is dimly lit. In the back are two ‘technicians’ I suppose. They see the doc and me and start to giggle like school kids. The guy is in jeans and the lady in some cheap poly skirt. The doc with me addresses them and the lady pushes the guy towards me, says she doesn’t speak English. The two joke and mock argue for a few moments as I watch. They are saying they cant draw my blood as they don’t speak English. That’s far from my criteria for the act. To me it merely takes opposable thumbs and a a modicum of coordination, a blind person may be able to do it, but most certainly a deaf mute could but these are Chinese they are nervous.

They play ‘rock paper scissors’ and the guy loses, he walks up. His head is big looks more like a dumpster than something a brain is stuck in. He’s nice enough, smiles. The process now is complicated as he is behind some little glass, kind of like a bank tellers window, or the place that you pass your cash through at a Quick trip in a bad part of town. There is this little slot, and I must inert my arm and hand.

I look at the doc to see if its ok, he pats my shoulder. I don’t trust the chicom and say I can puncture my own finger if its blood they want, he says never mind. The big headed guy pulls out an implement to poke my finger. When I say implement, I mean it. Usually to draw blood they use some little benign needle, jab you and its done. But this is China, they do it differently. The guy pulls out what looks like a mini pogo stick and winds up the sonofabitch. The thing starts to spark and whir, I was like wtf, give me the needle, I can do it. The doc smiles comfortingly, and the maniac with the head grabs my hand, I am ready to tussle, yank it back. I said, that maybe we had a misunderstanding, maybe I don’t need my blood drawn.

“Laser “ the doc says and points at the implement. “no shit?” I say, he nods, I like adventure so I say ok.

That thing stung like an sob. The head held it over my finger and then there was a sonic boom and blood gushed from my finger, it was horrible. I don’t know if it was a laser, but that thing smashed something into my finger causing a torrent of blood to spray the counter. Then the head, who had on no gloves began to suck up all of my blood, presumably to test it. I began to think of blood borne illnesses and wondered why the head was not wearing gloves. By the time I began to inquire, I was hustled back to doc Bermudas, or maybe to the xray, I was unsure.
– to be continued

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Doing The Diaper Thing in China- Family Photo in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 31, 2010

This warms my heart. On this spot I have seen people urinate , babies defecate, and both of them regurgitate, but alas it looks like someone is doing the right thing. This Chinese couple is actually using diapers and changing them instead of allowing their kid to Spackle the pavement with waste.

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Chinese Passengers Forced to Push Broken Down Jet They Were Riding On…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 31, 2010

In Zhengzhou China, a plane was inoperable or stuck and the passengers were asked/forced to get out and push the thing, no shit!
“Passengers on a Chinese Shandong airlines flight were asked to get out and push after their plane broke down shortly after landing.
The CRJ7 airplane with 69 passengers and 7 aircrew members flying from Guilin to Zhengzhou broke down before it could taxi to the passenger terminal.

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Selfish in China- Why Do You Seldom See Random Acts of Kindness in China….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 30, 2010

Modern day Confucianism, as practiced in China, or its remnants, make for easy living in China. Conceptually the idea of Confucianism is that life is about relationhips. A person’s life is made up of relationships and the most important of those are reserved for family, and the closeset friends. From there, each relationship which is of less importance, assumes requires less of your energy, attention, trust etc. An example is that your most imporatnt relationships are to your family, for them you must do anyting, lie, steal, etc. Actually, according to Confuciuos, you even owe your body to your family and ancestors. This level is the highest level of relationship, and the most important.

From here, you have close friends, you do not owe them as much as your family, but owe them more than third level relationships etc. This is where life in China gets easy. The reason is that in reality, you only owe anything to your family, or friends from whom you can presumably benefit. If anyone is beyond this realm, then you really owe them nothing. A beggar in the streets, a homeless person. Basically you are allowed to put your conscious in a jar and not pay any heed to those beyond your immediate friend group, thus isolating yourself from the reality and sometimes the pain of society. To me it smacks of a country of opportunist or users.

I mean, think of it like this. If you dont know a person, then you really dont owe them anyting, and in China that extends to common courtesies like holding the door for people, offering your seat to a pregnant lady etc. To them, life is easy. All you have to worry about is yourself and family, everyione else be damned. This is probably why in China, you find almost no incidences of ‘Random Acts of Kindness”. Top them, it is unneccesary, or nonsensical. Before you say that this is due ot the exteme poverty, I have never seen this behaviour to the level of the Chinese. I ahve been to some very poor countries and have seen some of the most beautiful and giving people in those countries…

I think each country has something special for each person. Brazil has passion and excitement, the USA opportunity, China has this selfish self protectionism which undoubtedly appeals to many. It would not hurt to examine just what it is that we get out of the country in which we currently reside.

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Chinese Hate the Rich- They Feel They Have Stolen Their Success

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 30, 2010

Below is part of a report detailing the income disparity in China. The bottom line is that in China, the peole do not respect the rich, they feel , and rightly so, that those who have money have leveraged communist party ties and corruption which enabled them to get their riches. This is in part, why the Chinese love American movies and the American dream. To them the idea of anyone becoming a millionaire based on the sweat of their backs rather than being a member of the communist party, is quite enticing.
Actually the sad thing is that China is developing a two tiered income system or may do so. They will have few filthy rich and then the poor who are beyond poor. The party knows this and wants to avoid it, but greed keeps getting in the way…

” …In contrast to the situation in America, the Chinese public generally dislikes rich people. This may be explained by the fact that many Chinese suddenly became rich by maneuvering tactics, or even through collusion between bureaucrats and businessmen. Communist officials in particular, as well as their friends and families, can directly take advantage of loopholes in the administrative system and use their prerogatives to steal from the national wealth to such an extent that some Western scholars call the Chinese economy a “theft economy.” In this sense, the Chinese are actually anti-prerogative and anti-illegal actions when they say they dislike the rich.

According to a 2006 report named “An Investigation of the Salaries and Family Assets of Government Personnel in National and Local Administrative Branches” by the Chinese Academy of Social Science, 9,700 party officials and their families owned assets exceeding $100 million, accounting for 86 percent of the total number of Chinese who own more than $100 million. Government officials of numerous ranks now earn 8 to 25 times as much as their local city people, and 25 to 85 times as much as their local peasants!”

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Beijing Traffic Jam?- Business As Usual

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 30, 2010

Beijing has been the capital of China for hundreds of years and of course in the past, no one had cars, so roads could be small. The problem is that now many Chinese in the city have cars and this is the result…traffic slowed to a crawl. Just the other day I went about 2 miles in a taxi and it took me one hour! I could have/should have just crawled to my destination instead.

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Massage in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 30, 2010

I feel good, I just had a massage, no not that type of massage, but the real ones. In China, massage parlors are all over the place, most of them are legit, legit as in you can get a massage, but where they massage you is up to you. China lingers on the illegal in all that they do, so, it is not uncommon to go to any massage place and ask for a little extra, it being China , they will usually olbige. I just did the normal one. 189 RMB for 2 hours, or about 24 U$

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Low Point in Humanity- Chinese are So Violent, They Are Not Allowed to Buy Knives in Guangzhou

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 30, 2010

This is a fact, see below
In what must be one if the lowest points in human history, China is banning the sale of knives or other “Cutting tools” in preparation for the Asian Games in November. What The F**K??

Yes its is true, you can read for yourself below. Apparently the Chinese have so little self control, or the government has so little confidence in the Chinese, that they are going to ban and/or regulate the sale of knives.

Why? Any normal person may ask… The answer must be that Chinese are freaking crazy and if sold knives, they become like blood sucking mummies whose lack of inner control force them to run willy nilly creating havoc and killing one another, I mean why else would the chicoms go so far as to ban the sale of relatively benign cutting utensils?

The answer is two part. Firstly, the chicoms know China and in reality, no they do not trust them. They feel that if the Chinese were to be given freedom or democracy, that anarchy would reign in China (Jackie Chan agrees). Actually, I can see their point, if the events of the cultural revolution are brought up to bolster the argument. The reason is that the cihicoms have seen the Chinese at their worst, and they are nervous, they know how insane and vicious they can act, but in reality, are they any different from any other nation? I mean haven’t all countries gone on a ten year killing spree, averaging one million homicides for a decade? Well maybe not, but then again that was only one small period in the ten year history of China(see cultural revolution). Thus, i think it is precipitous to assume that all Chinese are incapable of controlling their fury over what is happening in China, so that if given the opportunity to purchase a sharp bladed instrument, that they would not instantly turn it into an instrument of death and destruction, but that is just me.

Or maybe its this. The chicoms are humiliated by the recent killing of innocent children at the hands of a few demented Chinese 40somehthings and know that the way to embarrass them (the chicoms) is to cause some chaos during the games. Thus, as no guns are allowed, some nut can purchase knives, and achieve his goal vz hacking people. The chicoms must figure if they don’t let anyone purchase knives then they cannot vent their anger and cause chaos…
My questions are:
1- what about the knives people already have, cant these be used as weapons of chaos
2-what constitutes a knife or cutting instrument
3-Is this really necessary…

chinadaily excerpt:
“GUANGZHOU – Police in the capital of South China’s Guangdong province will clamp down on the sale of cutting tools as a security measure ahead of the Asian Games, which are scheduled to kick off on Nov 12. Starting Nov 1, people in Guangzhou will only be able to buy kitchen knives and other large-sized cutting tools at designated shops, according to a notice issued on Thursday. Anyone looking to buy a knife must carry proof of identification, which will be registered in police records on the spot, the notice said.

The crackdown will last two months, the notice said. Those who wish to buy “dangerous cutting tools”, such as knives, will have to inform the police of the purchase. All shops designated to sell any dangerous tools are equipped with surveillance cameras and infrared security systems, the notice said”

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