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Archive for September 20th, 2010

Its Official, China and Japan are in a Cat Fight

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


China is an odd place, I guess it has to do with face and pride and its easy for these people to get bent out of shape over little things or minor details. Nowadays, China and Japan are pretty unhappy with one another, and its turning into quite the hissy fit, sissy fight, like watching 3 year olds brawl in a play school.
What I am talking about is the fact that some Chinese ‘fishers’ rammed a Japanese boat and were arrested. The Chinese went ape as they are still pissed about Nanjing and other massacres, historical atrocities that Japan did to them. In order to save face, the chicoms demanded that the Chinese be released.
The Japanese are pretty mean SOB’s and usually dont flinch. Hell they crash their own airplanes into our aircraft carriers and fall on their own knives before being dishonored or losing face, so they definitely are not going to back down. (actually according to Japan, they came to China before the war not to conquer them but to civilize them and liberate them from their backwards ways- just to give you the context).
So by China demanding that Japan release the last prisoner, the captain, they are forcing the Japanese into a corner. The Japanese then have no other options so they decided to keep the captain a few more days, further infuriating the Chinese who shake their political fists in anger. Then, a Panda on loan to Japan mysteriously dies during a medical procedure… now the Chinese are super pissed and want to do something, but just like that bully who made you pee your pants in the 1st grade, China is not over their Japan fear so real action or force is out of the question. What they do, however is cut off talks with the Japanese and cancel tours to Japan, which probably suits the Japanese well enough, as I doubt they much care if they have the locals visiting their shrines etc.
In the most recent smack in the mouth , however, China is fining Toyota China for bribery of all things, actually I am shocked as I thought it was legal here…
To me its just another little sock to the shoulder in the hissy fight over some little desolate islands…
excerpt:
“HANGZHOU – Officials from a local administration for industry and commerce in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, said Monday it has fined Japanese carmaker Toyota’s auto finance unit in China for involvement in commercial bribery. This is the first commercial bribery fine for both Toyota Motor Finance (China) and Toyota Motor Corp, the agency said in a statement.”

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Mad Max’istic Road Warriors in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


I like this shot, it seems to exemplify China in many ways. These are motorcycle rickshaws and China has had them forever (rickshaws I mean). These vehicles are also illegal – if they are not registered which they usually are not. They are prohibited from acting as taxis- which they usually do. They cost much less than the vehicles surrounding them highlighting China’s income duality and difference in income levels… or maybe I just think they look pimp.

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Taiwan Independent Country or Renegade Province?- The Results…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


I performed an in-depth, well structured, and highly accurate poll around the world to solve the question of Taiwan’s Statehood.
The results are as follows:
Chinese polled and results: 1,300,000,000 polled and 1,543,000,000 say yes, ummm apparently the Chinese were overzealous in their voting.
Rest of the world: 5,400,000,000 polled 5,400,000,000 Taiwan is an independent State per the requirements thereof and should be recognized as such…
I report you decide…

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China Fact-Early Chinese Law

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


China is collectivistic which means they first think of themselves as the group or clan and lastly as an individual. An early punishment in China actually reinforces this notion. The punishment, see below, was that of killing off the entire clan or family of a person who was accused of treason.

“Han law subjected convicted traitors to miè zú (“extermination of the clan”).139 The early ordinance for this form of capital punishment read:

Those who (have committed crimes) equivalent to (the punishment of the extermination of) the three clans, are all first tattooed, and have their nose, their left and their right foot amputated. (Then) they are killed by bastinadoing; their head is hung up and their bones and flesh are cut to pieces in the market-place. Those who (have committed the crime of) speaking evil and criticizing, or of reviling and imprecating (against the government or the emperor) moreover first have their tongue cut off.1HULSEWÉ, supra note 1, at 112; see id. At 116-20 – Cited in Windrow pg 32

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In China Nothing Changes

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


This excerpt is from an author named Windrow. He is talking about problems China had with laws over 1900 years ago. The funny thing is that what is written below, about that period is still in great part, true  today in China.

…repeated proclamation and revocation of laws at the caprice of the ruler’s mood exacerbated this problem. By 100 A.D. the code had ballooned to include 610 provisions for capital punishment, 1,698 for hard labor, and 2,681 carrying other penalties. The code’s consequent lack of internal cohesion spawned rampant corruption, abuse, and malpractice within the bureaucracy, which expanded its administrative discretion to levels undesirable from the Court’s perspective.

Similarly, it catalyzed disturbing sentencing disparities across the empire; economic gaps between the rich interior provinces and impoverished outlying areas opened a rift between punishments meted out for identical crimes…(29) The Court was not blind to these problems. Ministers repeatedly submitted memorials to the Throne pleading for a thorough revision of the code and an expurgation of the laws to check bureaucratic abuse …demonstrated by edicts of Emperor Xuan (73-49 B.C.) in 64 B.C. and Emperor Guangwu (25-57 A.D.) in 43 A.D. s”-Hayden Windrow

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Proof That China Invented the Wheelbarrow- They are Still Using the Original

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


This is a photo from the heart of Beijing. Those guys carting the wheelbarrow are migrant workers in China. They probably make less than U$ 100 per month but are given room and board. They will get paid at the end of the year, if at all, as the rich Chinese who employ them do not trust them with their hard earned cash.

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Daily Pisser in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


I took this photo at lunch time. You can see the older lady helping to pull up the child pants. To the left of them is the pool of urine. This was an odd site. the old lady merely grabbed the little girl who had to urinate and took her from the restaurant in where they were eating and together they went outside for the child to pee, in the parking lot that fronts the restaurant from which they’d emerged, right in front of about 200 people. The odd thing is that the restaurant from which they had come has a public restroom, but the woman carried on as if this were the most normal thing in the world.

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China Killing Her Land-Toxic Clouds Cover a City in Zhejiang

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


There is not much to go on regarding this story in the Chinadaily. Apparently this toxic cloud of gas spewed forth from a leak in an abandoned storage facility in Zhejiang China. The crazy thing is that in the end, due to corruption etc, nothing will happen, but many will die, if not now but later due to the harmful effects of this disaster. In addition, we will never know the long term effects, but its China so we will shrug it off. Photos are from the chinadaily

excerpt:
“A cyclist covers his nose to avoid inhaling poisonous gas caused by a leak in Jinhua, East China’s Zhejiang province on Sept 17, 2010. An estimated eight tons of strong acid leaked from a tank on an abandoned factory yard and flowed into sewer lines, causing billows of red gases. [Photo/CFP]

Poisonous gases caused by acid leak cloud city sky

Poisonous gases caused by acid leak cloud city sky

Poisonous gases caused by acid leak cloud city sky
A couple rides a motorcycle past a street with billows of red poisonous gases in Jinhua, East China’s Zhejiang province on Sept 17, 2010. [Photo/CFP]

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Traffic in China- Mao Would be Very Pissed!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


Beijing is home to a lot of cars and Beijing was designed to be the home of one little chunky emperor and hoards of his workers, non of whom could or should have cars…
The problem is that now China has buttloads of little emperors and although only 4% of Chinese own cars, the photos below show what that looks like.
The issue, or one of them is shitty city planning or lack of planning due to a lack of vision of what the future would hold. Who would have thought this communist state that looked like Korea only 30 years ago would blossom into what we have today.
My questions or observations are that as China grows and consumes more resources and joins the 21st century, sites like those below will be more common. And if this is true then it will be hard for China to maintain her growth trajectory…..

Beijing traffic seizes up under rising pressure


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Severe traffic congestion in Beijing on September 17, 2010 setting a new record.

Severe traffic congestion in Beijing on September 17, 2010 setting a new record.At present, Beijing’s vehicle population exceeds 4.5 million.

Netizens discuss the reasons behind Beijing's growing traffic problem.

Chinese netizens discuss the reasons behind Beijing's growing traffic problem.

Chinese netizens discuss the reasons behind Beijing's growing traffic problem.

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China Fact-Qin Dynasty

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 20, 2010


“The Qin dynasty is thought to be the one that joined China and enabled it to somewhat resemble her current state. It was marred by violence and death, but joined warring factions- to that extent at least it is worth studying. It is the watershed moment in the creation of modern China.”

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