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Chinese Man Run Over By Earthmover in Dispute-Warning Graphic Photos

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


These photos have been circulating the Chinese internet and are pretty gruesome. The story is quite sad, and shows what type of place China has become.
The photos below show a man who was killed due to a dispute between two construction teams in China. Thye story is that the guy below represented one company hwo was supposed to excavate the area. Another company said that they were in fact supposed to excavate the sight and the deceased man below attempted to stop them. The guy allegedly stood in front of a large earth moving machine and was flattened. Allegedly one of the members of the other team did the deed as he was not about to let this 78 year old man tell him what to do.
The results are pretty sickening. The guy below, may he rest in peace, was flattened and died.
The local police called the event a ‘homicide’- chalk up that excellent piece of police work, and a man was apprehended.
My questions are how does a man allow this to happen to himself, and where were his teammates, I assume this whole process of running him over took longer than a few seconds so why wasn’t he rescued? In addition, did his team then get the business, to me it only seems fair.

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Chinese Microblogging to Be Censored, No Shit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


Excerpt:
Chinese authorities have just announced that microblogging websites – sites offering Twitter-style services – will be told to appoint self-discipline commissioners to be responsible for censorship. In a parallel development, new rules took effect on 1 September. Now anyone wanting to buy a mobile phone that uses prepaid SIM cards will have to produce identity papers while anyone already owning such a phone will have three years to register their ownership.

China’s censors are giving themselves an additional layer of control, Reporters Without Borders said. The Great Firewall of China is getting human reinforcements to boost its effectiveness. But if they are held to strict performance criteria, it seems these commissioners are being assigned an impossible mission, given the volume of information circulating online for which they will be responsible.

The press freedom organisation added: Nonetheless, their very existence will be dangerous because of their nuisance value and because they could encourage microbloggers to censor themselves. Meanwhile, under the pretext of combating spam, a new blow has been dealt to the personal data of China’s mobile phone users.

The microblogging platforms will themselves have to hire the commissioners whose job it will be to monitor and censor anything that could threaten China’s security and social stability. They are supposed to target content linked to illegal activities, pornography and violence, as well as baseless rumours and politically sensitive issues. Although hired by the site, each commissioner will be responsible for its content and will be operationally independent.

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My Visit to a Chinese Hospital- Red Army Hospital Part 5….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


This is a mult-blog post or post blog about my visit to a hospital in the PRC. It is the honest to goodness truth, (all of the events I mean). To summarize the previous posts, I paid about 70 U$ for a bunch of meds and other things that were supposed to make me better. I was diagnosed with “Beijing lung” which could be anything from emphesema to allergies, I dont think they knew what I had, but they e-rayed me and I pissed off the ‘doctor’ who helped me, the guy was not in hospital scrubs as were none of the staff. In the xray room doctors were actually smoking, no lie.
Prior to that I had blood draw or laser-ed out of my finger almost leaving me disabled. No where did I see sinks, nor at any time were protective gloves worn….
I forget where I left off and am too lazy to check, but i must have gone back to the doctor who was wearing Bermuda shorts. The guy said that I had something, but he would give me meds and fix me right up.
The doctor who spoke rudimentary English took me to get the meds. The pharmacy is what most places would call it, but this place looked more like a crack house in Watts. The only opening was a little slit and with my experience with the blood letting (last guy who drew blood from me), I was apprehensive. I thrust the paper into the slot with the names of all the meds. The guy behind the screen who was military (it is a Red Army hospital) eyed me as if I were a spy. He was gone for a matter of minutes and my cough got worse. He reappeared with what appeared to be mustard on his face, I guess he’d gone to take a break.
The man then proceeded to fill one of those damned Wal-mart like blue carrier things with all kinds of Chinese meds. There were 24 bottles, pills, whoopie cushions, stuff like that . Needless to say, I was like WTF?
I grabbed a freaking bottle of saline solution and asked what was up. The doc looked at me, he said I needed injections. I was like fk i need an injection of this. here is what I learned
1- in China an injection is actually an IV or intravenous drip
2-in China they still use glass bottles for IV drips
3- in China they give you the freaking bottles for the IV drip and you have to CARRY them to the nurses station EACH time you go there
So I grabbed the bottles and asked what I was supposed to do. The guy says each time you come to the hospital you bring this, he shows me a bottle, a syringes, some other vials of dark stuff and cotton swabs etc. I was like, but this is a hospital, dont they have this stuff in the nurses station? He says, not in china. Again I shake my head and amble off toting a ton of bottles and powders and the like.
The guy pulls me aside and warns me not to leave my bottles in the IV area, as someone might steal them. So I am in the PRC in the Red Army hospital about to get an IV drip, there are military personnel all round and I have to carry all my meds with me, even the syringes or someone might steal them. I say ask how many times I have to come , he says two times per day for four days.
I look in the freaking IV room and its like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
To Be Continued

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Blogging in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


FYI, we can get wordpress in China, but cannot get the other blog sites, ie blogger etc. I have lost my proxy, so I am sneak blogging via email, least ways till the jack booted thugs discover who I am and beat a confession out of me, oops did I just commit that to print, ah well, to make an omelet you’ve gotta break some eggs. Anyway, if anyone has a workaround for it, ie a good vpn I can use in the good old PRC, please let me know….

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In China White is Right

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


The Chinese have a few insecurities about their looks. One of these is the color of their skin. They readily call themselves “huang se” or yellow. They dislike it if their skin is dark yellow or black as they call it. As such, they have a ton of creams that purport to make their skin the pearliest of white…..

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Beijing Street Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


Here is a typical Beijing Street. I do not know what they throw away in those trash receptacles but it is nasty.

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Crazy House Prices in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


My sister just rented a place in the upper east side of Manhattan for about 2200 U$ which is about 15000 RMB. The place is nice and has about 225 sq. meters of space. I am checking ads right now in Beijing and for something comparable you will have to spend at least 15000 and probably will not get the same square footage. My question is that given the two locations New York (which is not my favorite ) and Beijing (which I love), who would pay as much to live in Beijing as you would in NYC. Beijing is great, but New York is the bigt apple, and has so many conveniences, so who in their right mind is going to drop that kind of coin to live in this place?

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Chinese Guy Waiting to Sell Recyclable Waste

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 8, 2010


I think this guy is selling recyclable goods or waste. At least that is what it looks like, but then again, who the heck knows…..

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