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The Apocalypse Cometh to China- The Abuse of Their Land Leads to a Lack of Water

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

Here is an article from the Chinadaily. Actually the area in question is out of water due to ‘broken pipes’. The problem is that in China, there is no credibility, and thus the reasons for the pipe damage could be many and varied. All that we do know, is that China looks like it is headed for an ecological disaster and the rich and the communist party members (redundant?) who are aware of this fact are leaving in droves. It is like the people are biblical locusts, sucking all the resources from the country before leaving her barren.

Living without running water

Residents line up at the Tonghua People’s Hospital to get drinking water. The hospital is one of 22 water supply centers across the city shipping 1,700 tons of drinking water every day. Zhang Tao / China Daily

Just like most of his neighbors, Bai Qilun spent the most part of Sunday, Aug 1, in a long line waiting to buy bottled water. He had been rudely awakened from his sleep at 6:30 am when his wife discovered the taps in their home had run dry.

“As soon as I opened my eyes, I was dragged from my bed and told to buy as much bottled water as I could,” said the 30-year-old Bai, whose native city of Tonghua in Jilin province has in recent weeks been battered by heavy storms.

Living without running water

Residents in Tonghua, Jilin province, receive water from a supply center last week. Sun Liguo / for China Daily

“It was unusual as we rarely have a water shortage,” said Wang Jingjing, Bai’s wife and mother to his son.

She barely had time to worry about how her family would cook and clean without running water before the phone began to ring off the hook, with friends and relatives across the city rushing to confirm that the water supply had been cut off late on July 31.

According to the authorities, four pipes linking the city’s only water source with its water-filtering factory were severely damaged by floodwaters caused by torrential rainfall. About 330,000 people were affected.

“Bottled water is like gold on the first day without running water,” said Bai, who waited 30 minutes to buy 20 liters of bottled mineral water at his local community store at 7 am. Just minutes later, the shop sold out.

“People were panicked,” he said. Widespread panic can mean big profits for storeowners and some businesses even hiked prices to take advantage.

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Low Class or Clue-Less in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

There has been a rash of reports that people from Hong Kong are frustrated with much of what is going on with the mainlanders going there and bringing their poor etiquette and Chinese ways to Hong Kong. The incidents range from Hong Kong-ese yelling at mainlanders,l criticizing them for spitting, cutting in lines, coughing and not covering their mouths etc. The funny thing is that the people from Hong Kong are right.
I went to a Hilton in a very prestigious place in China and to be honest, the level of couth is abysmally low. For instance, a Hilton usually will have clientele who are better educated than the norm, and this typically means better manners etc. (and please understand I am not making a class judgment, I am merely saying that if you were to go to the ghettos of LA or NYC, you would find a difference in how they define manners and how someone from at least a middle class family would). Thus, this is what I am accustomed to. And remember, I have been to some of the poorest places in the Americas and have seen abject poverty.
The funny thing , and why I say that the Hong Kong-ese are right, is that in China, even at the 5 star hotels, and probably more so, their manners are horrendous. For instance, there is more pushing, spitting and rude behavior at the Hilton than used by the cabbies who frequent the street in front of my house.
I have a theory as to why this is so…
When Mao took over, his team killed and imprisoned the educated, and basically put the less intelligent and less educated in charge. Those people’s off spring are now in charge and in positions of powert. Those people probably never learend about manners and such, as in China up until 25 years ago, they still used public toilets with no doors as their houses had none.
Point 2, is that in China today, there is a massive land grab. Mao took the land from the rich and gave it to the people. The communist party is now taking that land , or enabling it to be taken back by the party members (who as I have said are less educated and come from lower stock), and sold to others, all at a nice profit.
Thus , when you come to China, it is all but impossible to distinguish one’s level of education or breeding based upon their level of social awareness and manners. In every area in China that I have lived (3 different places), I have found that those with money tend to be noveau riche who have poor manners, and those who have risen through the ranks, so to speak, are more like we are.
Thus, when you go to China, and you should, do not stay at ta 5 star hotel!!!

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Another Tainted Milk Scandal in China- Babies Grow Breasts- WTF is Wrong with China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

The excerpt below is from the China daily and is disturbing. Apparently another compnay in China (Syrutra) is monkeying with babies milk formula as 5 infant girls are growing breasts and have a hormone level equivalent to that of a grown woman. The Chinese have no oversight on anyting, from laws to products and this is what happens.
Living here is like being in a Soap Opera, but the pain is real and not acted out.

“BEIJING – After three female infants in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, underwent abnormal sexual development, their parents blamed the manufacturer of the milk powder they had been using, while experts traced the source even further back in the food chain. In early July, the worried parents took their children to local hospitals for physical examinations, which showed that the babies’ breasts were developing, the Beijing-based Health Times reported on Friday.

Medical tests revealed the hormones estradiol and prolactin in the babies exceeded those of the average adult woman. The babies, who range in age from four months to 15 months, had been fed the same batch of infant formula produced by Syrutra, a Qingdao-based company, according to the report.

“The high amount of hormones in the babies definitely means there is a problem. The parents should stop using the formula to feed their children and the powder should be analyzed,” Yang Qin, chief physician at the child health care department of Hubei Maternal and Child Health Hospital, was quoted as saying in the report.

When one parent requested that the formula be tested, the local administration of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine refused on the grounds that it only conducts tests for organizations, not individuals.

Meanwhile, hospitals, usually do not have the facilities or trained staff to perform such tests, according to the report.w

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Corruption in China- Even The Judges Can Be Bought

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

There is a recent case of a coal mine owner in China whose coal mine collapsed killing “Only Two people”. The owner allegedly bribed the judges and for his malfeasance only got one year.
This is China and it is sad. Here the cost of a human life is measured in tens or thousands of RMB, but not in the social cost, nor moral cost of what is happening here. It is as if everyone sees the prosperity and does not want to be left out, so they have left all moral decency and their moral compasses behind them.
To me, this shows the problems that China has in expansion and the void that is left in the country due to moral decay.

excerpt chinadaily:
“Recent news reports that exposed the collusion between some judges of a local court and a coalmine owner in Henan province have highlighted the need for effective self-regulation, or even independent oversight, of the nation’s judiciary. The coalmine owner reportedly bribed the judges in Yichuan county in exchange for a lenient sentence – one year in prison with a one-year reprieve – in a case where an accident at his mine killed two people.

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Shanghai Residents Live in Tents Fear for Building Quality- Poorly Made in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

The Chinese are throwing up buildings right and left and the quality assurance is quite low. Here is a case where the Chinese are taking a stand and saying that they dont trust the buildings as in this particular area the buildings are actually cracking and the foundations are sinking.

Fears of building collapse force residents into tents
Residents pitch tents on the pavement outside their homes in Shanghai on Thursday to draw attention to their apartment buildings sinking and cracking, allegedly as a result of construction at a nearby hotel to expand its premises. [WONG LEI / FOR

SHANGHAI – Angry residents whose apartment buildings are sinking and cracking have set up tents in front of the Bothland Hotel Shanghai to protest the hotel’s expansion construction.

Residents of Yihong Jingyuan, a residential development in Hongkou district, said their buildings’ conditions are due to “brutal construction” of the neighboring hotel that began early this year, which includes an underground car park.

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Chinese Immigrants- New Face of China’s Spies

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

This is a post about the Chinese commuinsts using Chinese in other countries to spy on us. And the truth is that we are fools for allowing it to happen. We have this idea that everyone just wants a better life and to live like us. The truth is that China plays with a different set of beliefs, they are not like the west at all. Thus, we either understand this, or we get screwed. Look at Deutshce Telecom, they are inking a deal with Huawei, Chinese guy with deep governmental ties. Huawei has new office buildings in Beijing and on the walls it says in essence that the communist party is the Human Resources department for the company. This is the truth of China.
(Kudos to India for not allowing them in ((Huawei), they are worried about security)

Article by Kobi Dashai
Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. – Sun Tzu in Art of War, Chapter XIII

For nearly two decades, Beijing has mobilized the Chinese-American community to penetrate US military corporations that are working on government defense contracts. According to the US Central Intelligence Agency, Beijing recruits these agents by playing the “shared ancestry” card as an accompaniment to the usual monetary remuneration.

US counter-espionage professionals contend that this is a unique style patented by China wherein the agents are relative amateurs such as Chinese students, businesspersons, visiting scientists as well as persons of Chinese heritage living in the US. Each individual may produce only a small iota of data, but a network of such persons could vacuum up an extensive amount of sensitive military and economic information.

Attesting to this strategy, high-profile arrests of Chinese intelligence agents in the US are always characterized as “spy rings” that involved multiple coordinates. Chi Mak was arrested in 2005 along with four other family members who were acting as couriers or accomplices at different points of the information chain that allegedly traced its way from Los Angeles to China’s Ministry of State Security and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

In February, the duo of Tai Shen Kuo and Yu Xin Kang was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, for purchasing classified data about US weapons systems being shipped to Taiwan. While Kuo apparently cultivated a relationship with a Pentagon official, Kang acted as a “cut out” or intermediary between Kuo and a Chinese government official.

Unrelated to Kuo and Kang’s case is the arrest in February 2008 of Dongfan Chung, an ex-Boeing engineer accused of passing on details of antenna systems for space shuttles to the Chinese government. Chung’s indictment claims that he had good relations with Mak’s family and had been advised by his Chinese handlers to pass information through Mak in the 1980s…
The eventual dropping of spying charges against some Chinese Americans like nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee has generated cries of racial profiling and harassment of Asians in the US. However, the bevy of new cases since Lee confirms that China is indeed using its immigrants strategically.

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Chinese, We Educate Them, Give them Jobs and then They Sell Our Secrets to China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

Unfortunately this is a common theme with the Chinese. They are crazy nationalistic and have been brainwashed that everyone is out to get China, so they will go to any lengths to protect the ‘motherland’. To those of us in the US this does not compute, we have not deep ingrained neurosis that the world is out ot get us, but the Chinese are taught this and it has sunk in. Thus, when they come to our country, for many of them, the thought of protecting the motherland runs deep. Thus, we have situations like the following where we make this Chinese lady a Citizen, give her a good job and better life than she had in China and she tries to escape with a one way ticket and 600million U$ in corporate secrets.

The Chinese will not change so we either get smart or get fooled…

from here:

“(WLS) — A Chinese spy was caught “red-handed,” according to federal authorities, as she was about to board a plane at O’Hare bound for Beijing.Hanjuan Jin says she worked as a computer engineer for Schaumburg-based Motorola, a global leader in communications technology.

Federal agents say Jin was also working as a spy for a Chinese company, and she has been charged in a corporate espionage case that reflects a growing national security problem.

Jin, a Chinese-born American citizen and graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, had been working at Motorola headquarters in Schaumburg since 1998. She was a software engineer, living in a comfortable townhouse not far from her job. Two years ago, according to a federal indictment handed up in April, Jin went on medical leave from Motorola.

Despite claiming to be deathly ill, investigators say, she traveled from Chicago to Beijing where she agreed to work for a Chinese tech company that allegedly recruited her to steal Motorola secrets.

“The federal government is saying basically that you’re a corporate spy. What about that?” the I-Team’s Chuck Goudie asked Jin.

“No, I’m not. I’m not. I’m not,” she responded.

“You’re not a spy?” Goudie asked.

“They made a mistake,” Jin said.

According to the indictment, a Chinese executive told Jin, “You should share in the fruit of our collective effort,” once she’d stolen top-secret Motorola files, schematics and military communication plans.

When Jin returned to Motorola from medical leave in February of 2007, authorities say, she did just that, downloading hundreds of confidential documents from the company’s supposedly secure internal network, including documents related to public safety organizations in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.Two days later, she arrived at O’Hare Airport with a one-way ticket to Beijing.

“What were you doing at O’Hare Airport with a one-way ticket to China?” Goudie asked.”

Note, she was later indicted, if an American did this in China, they would probably be killed. Also, Huawei, one of China’s largest is in the news for supposedly hiring about 5 Chinese from the USA , each of whom has company secrets.

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China is Pissing off Vietnam, Say the Xisha Islands Belong to Them-Better Be Careful Before Vietnam Kicks Their Ass Again

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

Vietnam and China got into it before, and it seems as if Vietnam won (The Sino–Vietnamese War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh biên giới Việt-Trung), also known as the Third Indochina War, known in the PRC as 对越自卫反击战 (duì yuè zìwèi fǎnjī zhàn) (Counterattack against Vietnam in Self-Defense) and in Vietnam as Chiến tranh chống bành trướng Trung Hoa (War against Chinese expansionism), was a brief but bloody border war fought in 1979 between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The PRC launched the offensive in response to Vietnam’s invasion and occupation of Cambodia, which ended the reign of the PRC-backed Khmer Rouge.)

So now China is pissing them off again and claiming water that Vietnam claims (see below). So, if China isn;t careful then they will get their asses kicked again.

china daily
“BEIJING: China firmly opposes any remarks and actions that violate its sovereignty over Xisha Islands and adjacent waters in the South China Sea, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu here on Friday.
Jiang made the comment after Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said Thursday, according to media reports, that Chinese vessels’ seismic exploration activities near Xisha Islands had violated Vietnam’s sovereignty.
“China has indisputable sovereignty over Xisha Islands and adjacent waters,” Jiang reiterated in a news release.”

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China Cant Do it Themselves But Sure is Buying Companies

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

China bid to purchase Miramax, but failed, or at least that is what is suspected. They have also tried to purchase Hummer, but then pulled out. But they did purchase Volvo, which goes to show that they are cash rich. They lack innovation and home grown talent so are purchasing coimpanies to get brand name awareness because so many people are aware that typical Chinese products basically suck.
The question is how they will deal with this in the future vz if they will purchase the companies and destroy them or if they will raise their game.

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