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Archive for November 10th, 2010

China Friendly Video Site?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


I have some good vids, does anyone know an alternative to youtube that I can use. I tried Google vids and yahoo but have had no luck. Any ideas?

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India the Largest Buyer of Fighter Aircraft

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


This news about India being the largest buyer of fighter aircraft was on the chinadaily today. China likes to play this little game whereby they scare the ignorant locals with stories like this, all the while conjuring up images of these barbaric nations ready to pounce upon the big benevolent motherland that is China…

excerpt:
” “India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are by far the largest recipients of combat aircraft. Together, these three countries accounted for almost one-third of all imports of combat aircraft between 2005 and 2009,” the report said.

India purchased 115, the largest buyer in the world during the period.

“While combat aircraft are often presented as one of the most important weapons needed for defense, these same aircraft give countries possessing them the potential to easily and with little warning strike deep into neighboring countries,” said Siemon Wezeman, Senior Fellow with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Program and author of the study in a statement issued by SIPRI.

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Chinese Have no Fun

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


Remember at the university when you would pass through the library on the way to the local pub to ‘get your swerve on’ or maybe just hang out with friends, and on your way there, you’d see all those Chinese diligently studying, both of you looking at each other like ‘what a freaking loser’. Well, not much has changed, by that I dont mean that you prowl nearly as much as you used to, nor do I mean that you are in constant search to ‘get your grove on’, but you now have other goals, and other forms of diversion (books, xbox, model trains, whatever). Well do you know what? That Chinaman has still not changed, he is still toiling away at some thankless task all in the pursuit of some nebulous concept or maybe a new home. They still bury themselves in their worries and perceived pressure and basically never live life.
The reason I thought about this is that at present I have about 6 super cool projects going, about half are personal in nature and half professional. The problem is that in one certain project, I would be in competition with Chinese, and a lot of them. To me it is not an issue as the project is academic in nature so the typical person here has little in the way of analytical skills, so I feel confident. The problem is that I have 6 projects while the competition has but one. They will fight tooth and nail and sleep like a heap on books just to complete that project while I must divide my time amongst all that I have to do. I guess this is typical of Chinese, they cannot multi-task, they focus on one thing, the wall, for instance, then labor for 2000 years till its done.
In the end I guess it does not matter who wins, but who has enjoyed the journey the most.

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Spooky CCTV

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


To me this building always looks spooky, it just seems to loom there like ‘big brother’ or some odd transormer-like creature waiting to attack the city….

btw its the CCTV building. most Chinese cant stand the design, I tend to agree.

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Comments on This Site

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


Once again the ruling communist party in China seems to be upset with bloggers and/or yours truly and so I cannot access my account at wordpress. The consequence of this is that some comments will not appear as I have to accept them. I have no idea why this is so, but I apologize to everyone and most recently ‘
Yasmyn – she made a good comment about the re-blog post two posts below this one -but I cannot accept it. I will try to accept them and respond to the comments as soon as possible but thanks everyone for your time and feedback.

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What a Joke in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


Below this post is one I did about another bloggers comment about the chicoms and freedom and such. Her post really made me think. The funny thing is that the chicoms are so full of s–t! Think about it, they lie to the world telling them that all will change after the Olympics, but even my colleagues say to a certain extent things are getting worse. Then we have the article from the post below, where they trample on the hmn rght of their people. Then we have the whole great firewall of china which is such a crock of feces… Most of my friends have vpns and I am probably one of the few who doesnt. so basically the whole ‘protect the ignorant masses from the bad internet’ idea is a crock as well. chcoms, suck big time in that respect…

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Last bit of Kindle Love

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


I dont know how this works, but at Amazon.com, they will recommend books and some of those recommeded books are free to download and read. I am wary of reading authors I dont know but a book for 0.00U$ is pretty enticing. So I downloaded Chinatown Beat by a guy named Chang. It was good, I’d never pay 8 bucks for it, but his style was descriptive and good. If you can get it for free, I’d recommend it. The book is steeped in Chinese culture -HOng Kong, and you can learn much about how they think. In addition, the ending and all of the characters were a typical, so in that respect it was also interesting.

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Kindles and China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


More about the Kindle love from yours truly.
If you register your Kindle in China you cannot access many of the features- blame the chicoms. The sad thing is that now the Chinese being Chinese have a ‘work around’ for this. They dont register their Kindles in China, but with a US address. Then, being chinese , many of chose the address of the White House, as their personal address. Then being Chinese more and more did it till now supposedly you can no longer use that address to register your Kindle. This is supposedly true, they use vpn’s to register the actual device and then state their address is that of the white house in the USA…
This is one more part of the China effect…

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“Oh Know you Didn’t”-Re-blogging a Great Post

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


I live in China and thus have some limitations on what I can do with my internet. At present, one of the limitations is to access my blog or any other blog on wordpress for that matter.
But, through some internet witchcraft, I was able to read this post. I cannot cut and paste the url – long story but click on the link above and go to the post called “Who Endowed you with your rights? What will you give them up for?”

The piece is excellent, and I have little doubt, will land the author’s blog on China’s black listed urls. To the author I scream, “KUDOS”. The piece is very well done, well thought out and on point.

The author is citing this case whereby a father of one of the victims of China’s toxic milk scandal has been jailed for “protesting” or setting up a website which warned the Chinese about the problem.This all comes as David Cameron comes to china to discuss democracy, HR’s and other things.

What I found appealing about the post of the blogger, is how she encapsulates the reality of china and the Chinese condition at present. I strongly suggest you click on the link, give it a read and offer feedback.

Here is an excerpt of her post:

It’s sad. I read articles like the one above and hear people in China talk about their rights and how there are some things that the Government can’t do because it goes against “their rights”. The problem is, in China, people aren’t considered to be “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” which cannot be removed from them by other men (humans). In China all rights are disseminated by the government to the people, therefore if the government decides that the people are mis-using their rights, then the government has the ability (as the original giver) to withdraw those rights when it sees fit.

And so we see the voices demanding protection and reason become silenced. We see a lawyer for Liu Xiaobo detained and forbidden to leave the country. We see the people of the most populace country in the world without the skills to reason scientifically, to judge compassionately, or to understand the perspectives of any other country in the world, all because if they get it “wrong” according to the government powers, then they will be bullied and publicly shamed at best and permanently silenced at the other extreme. It is a tragedy when people have to choose between being “alive and stupid” or “smart but dead”.

-Her words are so strong, I have nothing to add….

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Chinese “Grown Ups”- an Oxymoron?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2010


After living here, I thought that “Chinese experts” or “Chinese education” or maybe even “Chinese law” all were oxymoron’s, or things that are mutually exclusive. But now my eyes have been opened, I realize the true oxymoron here is “Chinese adults”.

The reason that I say this can best be summarized by the following, consider it a snippet of a conversation that I had with a very good friend who had lived here several years back. He told me all of these things before leaving. Back then I was somewhat ignorant, but now I know.

Here is the gist of what he said,
-“After living China, he decided that most of the people don’t actually know how to be adults. They seem to have stunted maturity levels.”
-the local Chinese thought that his children, a boy of 14 and girl of 15 were much older- the Chinese thought them to be of college age.
-his children preferred to associate older chinese because they felt more like they were peers developmentally.
-his kids were normal back home, not overly mature nor immature -he then explained that the behavior of the “average” Chinese person to be about on the social-behavioral level of some 14 or 15 year olds in the U.S.
– the reasons cited where that the chinese have a
I’m the center of the universe mentality and
you have to tell them every detail of what you want me to do because they refuse to think for themselves or do any extra work” attitude-
-he also said that the reasoning skills of American teens that he knew far out-paced the reasoning of the average Chinese, who seem so willing to accept everything their government tells them. “Oh, you can’t speak to me of religion? It must be for the good of ‘the people’.”

The guy had some great points and I’m happy that he’s home now. He misses China, but after being back for the past few years, he is happy.

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