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China Fact- Old People in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


It is estimated that by 2050 China will have 100 000 000 people over the age of 80. Can you imagine this, can you imagine how much this requires in terms of health care and medicine? This number of peole means that China will have as many people over 80 as Mexico has, and if these people were their own country it would be number 12, between Mexico with 108 million and the Phillipines with over 90 million. The disaster is looming in China.

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China To Fine Couples for Having Kids Out of Wedlock- Forcing Abortions in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


China in what can only be called a remarkable step backwards for humanity is fining people for having kids out of wedlock. Or at least that is what Chongqing China is doing. The chicoms dont state the reason, but it is pretty obvious. China has the one womb one child policy, which means each woman can only have one child. The man, however, can have as many as he wishes. The problem becomes that a woman who already has her one child quota becomes useless to a Chinese man as she can have no more kids and kids are what he wants most. Thus, a one-child woman is worth no more than dirt to them. In addition, by 2050 China will have over 100 million people aged 80 and above, and someone must care for them as the chicoms have no real social security net, and it is feared that illegitimate kids will be less productive and cannot give aid to the grandparents and parents.
The upshot is that in essence China is making the people decide whether to abort and kill the baby or pay the fine, it is China where money is king, which action do you thikn they will take…

excerpt:
“According to a new regulation announced by Chongqing’s Family Planning Commission, married people who give birth out of wedlock will face a possible fine up to 250,000 yuan ($36,725), Chongqing Economic Times reported today. Among different unlawful acts of giving birth in this southwestern municipality, married people having babies outside marriage will be the most serious offense.

The lowest level of the fine, called the social compensation fee, is six times the city’s disposable personal income of the previous year, while the highest is nine times that of the previous year.

For example, if a couple gave birth in 2009 outside marriage, each of them would be required to pay 86,160 yuan (the 2008 disposable personal income of the city was 14,360 yuan) if their disposable income was lower than the previous year, 129,240 yuan each if it was higher.An unmarried couple who has a baby would be charged 6,000 yuan ($882) in social compensation fees.

The fees for extra births of married couples would be two to six times the disposable personal income of the previous year.

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Milk Products Sicken Chinese Children

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


Milk suspected in sickening Chinese kindergarten children. What is up wtih the Chinese and milk products? And is it true that in the west we actually import this crap from them?

excerpt:
“LANZHOU – Authorities said Saturday that 87 children, rather than 83 stated earlier, had fallen ill at a kindergarten in northwest China’s Gansu province on Friday.

A panel of experts said yesterday the illness could be related to yogurt served at the Lantai Kindergarten in Lanzhou, the provincial capital.

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China Fact- Disposable Income in China, Its Not Much

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


In Chongqing China which is considered to be the world’s biggest city, by those in the know (there is an argument regarding how to classify it, city state etc), the annual disposable income, which means money after taxes and that you can use to purchase things, was
14,360 yuan (or about 2050 U$ per year!) That equates to less than U$200 per month per person.

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Water Shortage in Beijing- China’s Looming Disaster

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


China, now the worlds second largest economy and home to public urinators, men with monstrous breasts, kids who pee in cardboard boxes, cancerous milk and toxic air, what will happen next?
No water.
It is happening, although you may not hear much about it. Beijing and China are actually being plagued by droughts and water shortage which the chicoms call temporary problems caused by ‘pipes bursting’ leading to a lack of water throughout the city. The problem is that Beijing was not equipped to house as many as 20 million people, and in reality the city is bursting at the seams. A two mile drive can take 60 minutes in Beijing’s horrible traffic and the subways are swamped.
What does this have to do with the water shortage you may ask…
Well, it is all symbolic of China being on a crash course with either disaster, or something short of it. The country is simply growing too fast and does not have adequate safeguards in place to protect itself. Take the buildings for instance, my place here is only four years old but looks to be about 30. The walls are cracking, and it leaks, this is typical Chinese construction. The roads are also plagued with problems due to lack of upkeep and poor construction, even the trains and bridges have been collapsing. Think of it like this.
China is having all of these problems with buildings and an infratructure that is only about 10 years old, can you imagine what this place will be like in another 30 when the buildings are really aged and their poor quality really shows?
But back to the point. I am in my third day without hot water, and have passed a few without any water. That is right, no water with which to bathe, nor brush my teeth. Up the street from me this happened for an entire week about three months ago. And the problem is not localized to Beijing, my friends in Chongqing moved in to a new place and spent a few days without any water as well and the problem is getting worse. Just remember Beijing and Shanghai are the pride of China and have the best of everything , so what we lack, the rural residents lack tenfold. The problem, as I was saying, is that the place cannot support the people and the infrastructure is weak.
Before they had the same amount of people, but many didnt have flush toilets and running water, but now most do. The land is being abused and just does not have the resources to give back to the people, thus we have droughts and entire cities that go without water.
I am amazed at how many people who have never lived in China, nor visited here, talk about the miracle that is occurring here, but never talk about the impending disaster. If China cannot even provide enough food, water and protection for her people when the economy is half of the size of that of the USA , then how is she going to do it as she gets even closer?
To me the place is a disaster waiting to happen.

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Carcinogens Found in Chinese Oil, Public not Warned for Over Five Months

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


This is how the Chinese operate, whenever they have bad news, they smother it or let it leak slowly. In this case, the chicoms hid the fact that an oil that the people were consuming had carcinogens in it for over five months. Basically they allowed people to eat poison instead of informing them. I guess this is called Chinese population control

excerpt chinadaily:
“CHANGSHA – Local health authorities have admitted waiting five months before announcing that secret recalls had been ordered for a brand of camellia oil that had been found to contain excessive carcinogens.
The oil was manufactured by Jinhao, a well-known edible oil maker based in Central China’s Hunan province.”

Benzoapyrene is highly carcinogenic and will accumulate within the human body, causing long-term health problems, according to health experts.An official with the provincial bureau of quality and technical supervision confirmed, on the condition of anonymity, that in March, the bureau found excessive amounts of a harmful element known as benzoapyrene in a sample of Jinhao camellia oil.

The official also said that the high levels of benzoapyrene resulted from the processing of the oil. He added that the company has resolved the issue by updating its equipment.

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The Demise of China- Pollution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


This is a photo depicting what will be the demise of China. Look at the air, it is filled with a black smoggy haze. This appears to be a storm or nightfall, but is actually a photo of about ten am in Beijing China. The pollution was so bad on this day that it felt as if I were suffocating.
The pollution here is incredible and causes a little less than a million deaths a year.

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Pissing in a Bottle in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


Here is a shot from a pretty good website. The guy saw this old lady holding a bottle for her kid to piss in , instead of getting off her lazy ass to take him to the toilet.
I am kind of pissed myself. Today as I exited the subway I saw a guy take his kid over to the corner of the subway station, inside, not 5 feet from a pay toilet, and drop the kids pants so he could pee in a cardboard box for trash. The sanitary conditions in China are excellent….

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Beijing Smog Watch July 15, 2010, Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 4, 2010


This is my attempt to show the effects of pollution in the Beijing air. I have been taking these photos since the beginning of the year and try to show how the smog denigrates the air on a daily basis. I try to take the photos at the same time of day. These shots are taken facing west and a little south. I use my cell phone cam, its a 3.2 mp, Nokia e-71. I don’t retouch the photos, merely take them and then upload them. You can go through the blog to compare the various days and see the difference in the level of smog. This day was pretty rank. At times in Beijing, the visibility will be less than 3/4 of a mile , due to pollution.

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