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Archive for September 25th, 2010

Chinese Army

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

Look at them all, its the new PLA>>>>>

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Chinese Has Fewer Peolple Below the Poverty Than the USA- WTF?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

This is sad, the USA, long known as the land of opportunity has recently reported that about 44 million Americans lived below the poverty level while only 40 million Chinese do so… wtf?
Oh wait a minute, the definitions of ‘poverty level are quite different. In the USA it is an amount of money that means you cannot afford cable and the second car, in China it means that you cant afford anything. The Chinese communist party puts the official poverty leve at 1,196 Yuan or $178 …… per year. Yeah, to be in poverty in China you have to earn less than U$ 14.83 month or U$ 0.49 per day! Yikes! And China still has 40 million who do not make this much per day?
Hmm, what about all that economic expansion and million dollar toilets and such….

chinadaily excerpt:
” Nationally, there were 40.07 million Chinese living under state poverty level, which was raised to 1,196 yuan ($178) per person per year in 2009, says the white paper titled “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2009.” In 2009, the state’s input of money for poverty reduction programs in rural areas amounted to 19.73 billion yuan, an increase of 3 billion yuan over the previous year, the white paper says. According to the white paper, the per capita net income of rural residents was 5,153 yuan in 2009, an increase of 8.5 percent over the previous year.”

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America Doesn’t Allow Chinese Bond Company into US- No Shit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

File this under “no-brainer”. Some Chinese company wants to register with the US to trade and rate bonds. The job, as it sounds, is to rate the quality of bonds. The US , making what anyone would consider to be a smart move, told the Chinese to fk off and they would not allow this chicom company to be registered in the USA. The chicoms call fall, the USA calls it logical.
Lets just think about it. Its one thing to buy shitty Chinese trinkets laden with lead and cadmium but quite another to actually allow these Chinese companies into the USA to peer into our books and rate bonds. The problems are a-corruption b- lack of transparency c- lack of trust d- lack of ability in the current world environment. As for item ‘A’, this is obvious, the Chinese are corrupt and expecting them to do anything by the books is wishful thinking , at least for the next thousand years or so. ‘B’ lack of transparency, same thing. The official word from the USA was that they do not trust the chicoms to comply with reporting rules, no shit…’C’ lack of trust. This comes from all of the above and what China has taught us. From a country that poisons its own all in order to make another 0.05 U$, who really believes these guys. ‘D’ lack of maturity on the world stage. Just like the ‘Olympic torch thugs’ who followed the torch back in 2008, this is Chinese diplomacy. They have shown their thuggish nature again in the most recent spat with Japan. The Japanese pimp slapped a ‘fishing boat’ and locked up the captain . The Thugs in Beijing proceeded to lock up 4 Japanese for ‘spying’, think about it. This is how the Chinese role. Why are we surprised, the same guys who did the dead in Tian.an.me.n are still in power here in China, so what has really changed. Anyway, good one for the States… a wise move…imho
“BEIJING – China’s largest rating firm reaffirmed Saturday its bid for registration in the United States is justifiable and legal and said the US regulator’s rejection of its application is discriminatory. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the US on Thursday declined the application by Dagong Global Credit Rating Co Ltd to become an officially recognized bond rater in the United States.

The SEC said it refused the registration because it could not ensure the Beijing-based company would comply with US reporting rules.

“On the record before us, it appears that Dagong would not control what information would be produced to commission staff,” SEC said. “We are unable to conclude that Dagong can comply with the record-keeping, production, and inspection requirements of the Exchange Act.”

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Chinese Villagers Go to the City

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

These are Chinese farmers or villagers. They often wear cheap suit coat jackets when they travel and make around 100-150 U$ per month in the big cities. They have no city citizenship and are persona non grata here. They come to the cities as in their little villages they would be lucky to make 30U$ per month, most of them are subsistence farmers.

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Pushing Shoving Scratching, then Peace- Chinese Subways

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

Here is a shot of the subway in China, my friend from DF (Mexico City) says its the same, but I have never seen such masses of humanity. Its a pity that you cannot get an appreciation on the depth here for then you could really see how we travel on a daily basis.

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Show Me the Money in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

This mess of cash is what Chinese money looks like. The biggest bill- I believe is the 100 (not pictured), and then they have 50’s (also not pictured) 20’s (orange one) 10’s 5’s 1’s and then those little notes to the right. The notes on the right are called Mao and Jao and to be honest I have no freaking idea how much a jao is worth. I know 1 RMB is worth 0.14 U$ and the Mao is worth 1/10 of that or about 0.14U$ or basically nothing. So the freaking Jao must be worth ether half of a Mao or 1/10 of a Mao, which is about…. well its worth about as much as a sheet of Kleenex. I never use those freaking Jao and throw them at people when they piss me off. I do however, have a tub of them at home, its a little 1 foot container where I stash them in hopes that China will revalue their currency, in which case I may be rich someday. Ooops just asked a friend and a Mao and a Jao is the same thing so the two right most notes are both worth dog squat…
In China you can call the money Qian (chen), RMB (RMB), Kuai (like bridge over the river Kwai), or Yuan. The bill itself calls itself a zhong guo renmen bi… like I know wtf that is. Ren men is people, Bi is money… hahah just asked a friend about that also…

In China when you buy things they say “Gei wo 30 kuai Chen” which is like saying give me 30 dollars money… when I first heard the convention I freaked, now I just listen for the amount and ignore the rest…

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China Daily Public Pisser- Photos of Public Urination in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

This astounds me, but yet I continue to see it almost on a daily basis. Look at this woman holding the baby. The baby has ‘open crotched’ pants so that it is easier to urinate. The lady got out of the car and is now holding the kid while it pees on the sidewalk in broad daylight, in front of the subway stop!
Some things to consider: the lady is being chaperoned in a car so presumably she is not some poor villager and presumably should know better- but she doesn’t. Also what does this teach the child and what image does it portray to anyone visiting China and witnessing this spectacle.
Maybe its just me, but I really never remember my mom holding me while I exposed my junk to the world so that I could piss in front of a whole city, but maybe thats just my family. I think things like this are so culturally steeped in this place that eradicating them will not occur in my life time…

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My Visit to the Red Army Hospital–

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

Um, just a note to say that I have not forgotten my subsequent installments of my visit to the Red Army Hospital, complete with photos but its late and I have been working all day (China had a vacation and we now work both Saturday and Sunday, so tomorrow or the next day I will do it.

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Great China Versus Japan Video

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010

Hilarious video here. I am in China so cannot put the video in the pane, but click the link it is hilarious. The idea is that the creature on the right represents China – it is a Chinese dumpling and the one on the left is sushi, which represents Japan. Watch it, it is hilarious!
Or you can cut and past this link as well


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Yummy Chinese Food!- Get Your Crap Here!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 25, 2010


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