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Archive for September 24th, 2010

Nuns Brutally Beaten in China- They Were Defending a School

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 24, 2010


I live in China so I cannot access the specifics, but here is the snippet that I can see, I live in China and this makes China look bad, so the chicoms have blocked our access to it, maybe you can let me know what is happening…

“10 Sep 2010 Following local complaints and international pressure, government authorities have decided to cover all the nuns‘ medical costs.
http://www.asianews.eu/…/Nunsbeaten-in-Xian-:-11-of-40-thugs-under-police-detention-4855.html”

It would appear that this may be due to a land dispute and apparently the Catholic Nuns were trying to help out, but instead were brutally beaten. This is China and the world accepts it, to me this is somewhat ood. Imagine if Brazil or Mexico had beaten some nuns, the US would be in an uproar and Obama would, well maybe he would do nothing, but I am pretty sure that the rest of the states would be in an uproar, but alas it is China and to piss them off means big companies lose money and we dont want that.

I dont know, as I cannot access the site, if this is the same incident as 2005 where Nuns were attacked and one was blinded…

“BEIJING, Dec. 1 — At least five Catholic nuns resisting a government plan to sell land claimed by their church to a real estate developer are hospitalized in the Chinese city of Xian after thugs armed with sticks and clubs assaulted them, a witness and others familiar with the incident said Thursday.

One of the nuns, identified as Cheng Jing, 34, was blinded in the attack and has recovered the use of only one eye, and another nun was scheduled for surgery on her spine, according to people who have visited them. A third was recovering with a broken arm, and two others incurred serious head injuries.”

The real question becomes, Is China our friend?

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Brutal Chinese Video-May Be Deleted by the Time You Click on it

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 24, 2010


Check out the links below below before the censors delete them. It shows a guy who is being video’d by a cell phone stab two men and then do himself in (the links are for the Chinese version of Youtube, just cut and paste them.. You cant see his face, but the video is kind of gory.

http://sports.joy.cn/video/1860712.htm

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Colonel Kurtz on China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 24, 2010


Willard: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound. Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
Willard: I don’t see any method at all, sir.

-Apocalypse Now

Ooopps They weren’t talking about China, but it definitely fits when discussing the police force or governance.

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Are Chinese Courts Communist?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 24, 2010


Here is an excerpt on the court structure in China. I am actually studying this, at least tangentially, but it is China and foreigners in the court rooms is usually verboten. They will allow us to see ‘mock ups’ or actors acting out a court case, but as for the real thing, there is a slim chance you will be able to witness one. They, for what I have been told, are a sham anyway, so we are not missing much.

excerpt:
“Thus,the court structure is a mirror of the party, and judges receive their appointment from the People’s Congress at the appropriate level. “Chinese judges are subject to external interference that limits their independence. Local governments influence courts through their control over judicial funding and appointments, and frequently use this influence to protect local interests. Party authorities often intervene in politically sensitive cases and routinely screen court personnel decisions. Since the early 1990s, local people’s congresses have exercised increasing influence over court decisions. Public opinion is an increasing source of pressure on Chinese courts, through sensationalistic media reporting on cases.1In addition to this, the way the structure would thus look like is that the judges for the Supreme People’s “Court” in Beijing are appointed by the National People’s Congress, the Provincial governments appoint the judges to the Higher People’s Courts, the local People’s Congresses appoint district judges. It has been said, however, that the Party, exercises control of the People’s Congresses thorough the country and thus has a tremendous amount of control thereof2. In addition, as is still the practice in China with State Owned Enterprises (SOE’s) and certain governmental offices, it is with rare exception that a judge not be a member of the Communist Party3.

1http://www.cecc.gov/pages/annualRpt/…/2005_5c_judicial.php,2id.,3id”

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Beware of Shanghai China Hospitals- Fake Meds in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 24, 2010


I once read a report that something like 50-70% of the meds in China are fake. And even when I go to the hospital they say I am a foreigner and they presuem I want the real meds..I am like wtf? What other meds are there? Well the following excerpt shows what others they offer. In China they have the real meds which can also be fakes, the generic meds that are probably fakes and the fake meds that are really fakes. Are you confused? So am I, but what I do know is that some 80 people went blind a few weeks ago from some Chinese meds in one hospital, and now this place is saying that their meds for ocular degeneration were faked. I guess my reply is that this is China…

excerpt:
“SHANGHAI – A drug suspected of causing adverse reactions in 61 patients at the Shanghai No 1 People’s Hospital was a fake version of the real medicine, according to the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA). The SFDA made the announcement late on Wednesday via a statement on its websiteThe organization had launched an investigation after 116 patients were given the medicine on Sept 6 and Sept 8”

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Laziest Human on The Planet

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 24, 2010


Check out this photo, but first let me preface this blog by saying that I am now officially in a good mood. The holidays are upon us- as I explained it is the moon cake festival, and digression alert, I was told that wiki is wrong and this mid-autumn festival- moon cake day has nothing to do with the harvest…
Anyway i have been a little testy lately, been working 14 days in a row, but now am more relaxed. Ok, now back to the photo.
This lady is sweet, but in all honesty is the laziest human on the planet. I mean, I can be lazy and usually am very much so, or I like to work smart, maybe she is just the same. Anyway, this lady is an elevator attendant in China.
Now lets discuss the skill sets of such a laborer, they would be:… um… well… well you dont need to know arithmetic, no counting is involved, dont need to be able to speak,nor stand, I guess to perform the job adequately you must not suffer from narcolepsy, but then again if you fall asleep someone else can push the buttons for you. I guess the limiting factor for such a job is basically nothing , anyone can do it.
Anjwway this woman’s job is to sit in a little elevator about 5×5 all day long and push buttons. It doesn’t seem taxing, physically nor emotionally, but maybe I am oversimplifying- I have never worked at this profession and maybe I am being too simplistic. But anyway, this woman has degraded this job to its most base elements, kind of taken all the panache and cache from it. She is sitting on a stool, thus occupying space that presumably was reserved for passengers. She has a stick, you can barely make it out, and with this stick she presses the buttons. No shit- wtf? I mean if your sole purpose in life is to stand and push buttons, and you do neither, then what kind of employee are you. I will answer that, a lazy one! So the lady uses a long stick to push buttons while she fights of her bouts of narcolepsy. When I entered the vault/elevator she was actually napping, as I reached for the buttons she smacked at my hands and told me it was her job. She proceeded to press every button but my floor, i thanked her, and got off about two floors above my destination and then used the stairs.
All in all I am not satisfied nor dissatisfied withe her service, after all, she is in an elevator all day and has to put up with the likes of me. But I merely would like to say that there is some guy in the Waldorf in some country who will read this blog and cringe at how this old strumpet is degrading the very profession he loves… Or maybe its just me, maybe no one will read this post and the whole point of it was nothing other than allowing me to vent.

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Kangaroo Courts in China- And You Thought BumFck USA Was Bad

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 24, 2010


Here is an excerpt from Randall Peerenboom on Chinese legal courts. They are improving, but due to the nautre of their makeup and influence of the Chinese Communist party, they are still pretty poor…

“in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, only 23 per cent of judges have a bachelor’s degree or higher. In one county court, out of 55 legal workers, only one has a bachelor’s degree. Many counties lack even a single lawyer, and legal aid is often unavailable1. Other than this, one can also generalize that on the whole, judges in judges than small towns in rural areas; and the eastern region is stronger than the western region2, where they may have not been enough resources to pay for the salaries of judicial officials. Peerenboom states that, “Some of the courtrooms are not even courtrooms: tiny offices or basement rooms without a judge’s bench or jury box. Sometimes the public is not admitted, witnesses are not sworn to tell the truth, and there is no word-for-word record of the proceedings. Nearly three-quarters of the judges are not lawyers, and many – truck drivers, sewer workers or laborers – have scant grasp of the most basic legal principles. Some never got through high school, and at least one went no further than grade school… People have been sent to jail without a guilty plea or a trial, or tossed from their homes without a proper proceeding….refused lawyers….People have been denied the right to a trial, an impartial judge and the presumption of innocence3”.

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3Peerenboom, Assessing Implementation of Law in China, What is Standard

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