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Archive for August 20th, 2010

Wheels of Chinese Commerce

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 20, 2010

Here is a shot of a typical street in China. They sell anything from nails, to dustpans, to illegal DVD’s and stuff for kids. The funny thing is that they set up shop anywhere, on sidewalks, the top of cars, whatever…

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China’s Pesticide Use Causes Prepubescent Puberty at an Alarming Rate!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 20, 2010

This is from the Telegraph and it discusses the problem that China has recently had with prepubescent puberty. They had 3 kids in one city aged 4 to 15 months develop breasts. The people blamed a milk company which is chinese but traded on the NASDAQ Synutra, but the government quashed these fears. What they have said, instead is that it is the widespread use of banned or harmful pesticides. It says that China has a rate of prepubescent puberty 10 times larger than we have in the west, and that is on a percentage basis.
This place is freaking crazy, it is like Animal Farm, or the Lord of the Flies, I think I am going to bundle up my ‘man tits’ and just leave!

“Three female infants Aug 9 in Wuhan of central China’s Hubei province were reported suffering abnormal sexual development. Doctors and parents suspected the milk powder they had been using contained sex hormones, China Daily reported Wednesday.

Though the health ministry said Sunday that its investigation found no evidence that the formula made by NASDAQ-listed Synutra caused the babies to develop breasts, concerns over children’s health came to the forefront in some Chinese cities.

In Shanghai, experts estimated at least 30,000 children developed early maturity in the city, the report said. Shanghai paediatrician Huang Xiaodong said that around 20 percent of sexually precocious children he had treated were younger than two years old.
Kong Yuanyuan, a doctor at Beijing Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital’s early sexual maturity clinic, said early maturity in Chinese children is as high as one percent, nearly 10 times the rate in most Western countries.
Kong attributed the condition to the rising amount of estrogen in the food chain as a result of pesticides being sprayed on fruit and vegetables. Early sexual maturity refers to a condition in which girls develop secondary sexual characteristics before the age of eight and boys before they reach age of nine. Meanwhile, the average age of reaching puberty is 10 for girls and 12 for boys.
In the past two months, the ministry of health has issued a series of regulations to restrict food additive usage. For example, food flavouring essence is banned from being used in infant food.

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3S Ladies, The Shanghai Plague- Shanghai Women are Screwed

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 20, 2010

Shanghai Women are worried about being called 3S ladies. What this means is that they are
-born in the 70’s
-stuck, or without a husband and well beyond marrying years.
This is their biggest fear, based upon recent surveys.

My observations
How in the hell does a country with 30 million excess males have any single women? Based upon recent studies showing that Shanghai has the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases, my Chinese friend stated that they should add another S, meaning ‘Slutty’, but I think this is quite rude.

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North Korean Jet, Chinese Airspace- Plane Goes Boom Boom

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 20, 2010

China has been pretty controlled on the subject of this N. Korean airplane incident. A N. Korean plane either fell from the sky or was shot down by China, who really knows. If you believe the west, it was shot down as it tried to defect to Russia, if you believe the Chinese… well who believes them so lets just stick with the first assumption.
Read an excerpt below of the official Chinese version.

“Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — A North Korean military jet which crashed in northeastern China’s Liaoning Province on Aug. 17 had mechanical problems and got lost, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing “relevant departments” in the government. The jet strayed into Chinese territory and crashed in Fushun Country, Xinhua said. North Korea apologized to China for the incident, the agency said.

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Beware of China- Chinese Bridge Collapses With Passenger Train On It

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 20, 2010

I guess you can say that they dont make ’em like they used to, or in China, they never made ’em like we used to. This photo is a scary example of that. A bridge in Sichuan China collapsed with a train passing over it. No one was hurt, supposedly, but who really knows.
The sad thing is that China has no real oversight in its construction projects, and add to that the money is everything mentality and lack of morals and ethics (over-generalization?) and you get a recipe for disaster. The fact is that Chinese construction is fairly yo

ung, yet has experienced its growing pains, buildings collapse, trains derail and in general the place is built like a house of cards. The scary thing is that all of this stuff is new, but what will it be like in 5-30 years after it has aged a bit…

Train cars fall into river in SW China, no injuries
The damaged passenger train and railway are seen in this photo taken on August 19, 2010.[Photo/Xinhua]
Train cars fall into river in SW China, no injuries
The damaged passenger train and railway are seen in this photo taken on August 19, 2010.[Photo/Xinhua]

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