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Archive for August 4th, 2010

Compassion in China- Old Guy Falls in Street Lays for 15 Minutes and No One Helped Him!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

If this is what China gets for opening up, then maybe they should just close themselves off once more.


(Netease) Yangze Evening news reported, on July 11 at noon, an old man felt on the ground while riding a tricycle on the Xinghua Yangshan Bridge. He lay on the ground and could not get up. For as long as 15 minutes, many people passed through there, some even stopped by and watched, but not one person gave the old man a hand to help him up. Why is that? According to explanation, the main reason why many people are reluctant to help is because fear of being framed for their good intentions.

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Woman Savagely Beaten to Death in China in Broad Daylight, No one Stops to Assist Her

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

This is sad, but very relevant in terms of the news from China lately. Here is a Chinese woman (Che Yating) who was beaten to death at 2pm on a crowded street in Chengdu China and no one stopped to help her.
The woman was 27 years old and was working for the local government. She happened to be walking to lunch and a man on an electric vehicle brushed into her, she made a derogatory comment to him and kept walking.
The man then saw her standing by a store and stood by her, asking what she’d said. The man then preceeded to savagely pummel her face and smash her head into the cement rendering her brain dead.

20090815-street-kill-26The truly sad thing is that a life was lost for no reason. Apart from this, one has to wonder what kind of society allows this thing to happen. A shot from a surveillance camera shows the suspect leaving. Look at how crowded the place was, and not one person (with the exception of a 70 year of man) even attempted to help the woman. This is moments after the event, you can see it occured during broad daylight , in front of many people.

Surveillance camera captured suspect’s tracks20090815-street-kill-31

Here is the store in front of which the woman was brutally beaten, and none of the employees attempted to help the woman.


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China Fact- Income Distribution in China .004 Have 70% of the Wealth in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

In China, .004 of the people have 70% of the country’s wealth. This means that 1,295,000,000 people share the other 30%.

To put it another way 5 000 000 have roughly 4 200 000 000 U$

While 1 295 000 000 have roughly 1 800 000 000 U$

And we thought we needed change in the US…

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Mistresses Needed in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

I guess some people will do anything for a buck….

from chinahush

From MOP:

Recently, a notice of “mistress recruitment” posted in a bus station in front of Jiangsu Institute of Arts attracted the attention of many netizens. Reporter was able to contact the person of recruitment. He said that so far he has received more than 20 girls’ resumes, there are more than 60% are female students.

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China Fact- Income Inequality in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

In China, the rich own 32 times as much as the poor.

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China Fact-800 Chinese Own 16% of All Wealth- WTF?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

Ok, I posted this before, “in China, 800 people have about 16% of the total wealth of China!”

And now I have found that in 2006, according to the Chinese Acadamey of Social Sciences assets of 9700 chicom members and their families accounted for over 86% of all of the assets of the Chinese super rich (those with over 100 U$mm).

You will have to excuse my ignorance, but to me this seems a bit odd. For those of you unaware of China’s history, this is a country who has only legalized possession of private property within the last ten years. And during Mao’s tenure, wealth was not something one could even aspire to.

Yes the country opened up in 1978, but it opened up slowly. and Before this time, during the cultural revolution, being rich was a sin, sometimes a mortal one, people with capitalist tendencies were beaten or worse. So how is it, that these party members, in such a short period of time amass so much wealth?

Also, you must remember, in Beijing, for instance, no dance clubs were opened till 1989 or so. Thus it was not as if China dramatically got rich, the majority of the wealth has been in the last 15 years or so, and most of this from foreign investment.

So, returning to the question, how does a public official make hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in such a climate and such a short period of time? They couldn’t own possessions, like property, they were government officials so one would have to assume that they didn’t own companies, so where did it come from? It is not a country like the USA where officials come into the office affluent, remember, the current leaders came into office during the cultural revolution, when the average yearly income for a Chinaman was about 230-30 U$ per year. So how does one go about this? Truly amazing isn’t it? (sarcasm intended)

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China Fact- According to Jackie Chan

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

” Hong Kong and Taiwan are too chaotic because there is too much freedom.”. He also said that they “Chinese people needs to be controlled, otherwise they will do whatever they want.”

Hmmmm, this coming from a Chinese guy, you really have to wonder if he knows something that we don’t.

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China Fact- China’s Poor are Very Very Poor- 20% Have Merely 1.4% of Her Wealth

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

The extremely poor of the people in China merely control 1.4% of her wealth. This means that 20% of her population or almost the population of the USA has only 1.4% of the money in China. Thus, the number of people which is about the size of the USA lives on
about U$ 323 per year. (2007 statistics)

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Update on Deadly Kindergarten Attack in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

Does anyone have an update? The Chinese press is printing nothing in its English sections about the most recent attack that happened today.

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Chinese Ban on Knife Sales- Now I Understand

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2010

I saw this article before the expo in Shanghai and think I blogged it. I thought it was bizarre or useless to do this. The Chinese government said they want to ban the sale of certain knives for the Shanghai expo because they were afraid the Chinese would start hacking each other and the government did not want to be embarrassed during this event. But in spite of the most recent school killings today, I sadly submit that China may need to ban these types of devices. I mourn for he children who died needlessly.


from chinahush” In recent years, cases of criminal suspects and people who are mental ill armed with knives, engaging in extreme behaviors occur frequently. It has become a major problem affecting the social stability and the security of the people. It is reported that during the Shanghai World Expo, the city will take measures to strengthen the safety management of knives, in order to minimize and avoid the occurrence of similar cases, to safeguard public security and to ensure residents and foreign tourists’ safety. The reporter interviewed the relevant department on this issue.

asked what knives would be controlled-

A: The Shanghai World Expo will focus on strengthening the safety management of knives in the following two categories, one category includes the knives controlled by the state, such as dagger, triangular sword, spring lancet that has self-locking devices etc; the other category is kitchen knife, large fruit knife, craft knife, ceramic knife and other dangerous tools.”

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