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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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Fang Zhouzi, China’s “Science Cop” Gets the Beat Down

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 30, 2010

This is sad, but it is China. I have posted about a guy named Fang Zhouzi who is like a one man gang against Chinese plagiarism and falsifying academic records, fraud etc. Well, I guess it was just a matter of time until something like this happened. The guy was attacked with hammers and some type of mace.The story is sad, aside from the obvious in terms of suffering and injustice, but also shows just how depraved the Chinese can be. The guy, Fang Zhouzi, is great for uncovering fraud in academia and the sciences in China, he was educated in the west and just wants to promote academia and intellectual honesty. But this is China, where face is paramount, face and money, so some people are pissed at this guy and beat his ass. I have no idea why, but he has returned to China and they are making him pay for his ‘transgressions’.

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Chinese Hygeine

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 30, 2010

These two images greeted me as I entered a friends apartment. I have an idea as to what they are but would hate to cast aspersions. I would like to think that some one was walking their dog and the poor pooch couldn’t hold it, but I’ve lived here to long to hold out hope on that….

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