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Archive for November 11th, 2010

Chinese Food Rocks!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

I just had a quick lunch, but it was freaking delicious. To get a bad meal in China, you really ahve to look long and hard. The meal was spicy beef rice and it was made up of only beef, rice, green pepers and a brown sauce. The sauce, however, was incredible. I have no idea how they do it here, but the food has to be some of the best in the world (price U$2). Even last night I had some of the instant noodles which cost less than one U$ and they were pretty good.
The food, if nothing else, is a compelling reason to visit this place….

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China’s Long March Back Into Hell….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

This post requires a little knowledge about the recent history of China so I will be brief and try to set the background for what you are seeing.In the Past China did these things called public humiliations, these can be seen on the photos entitled ‘public humiliation old‘ and ‘old humiliation‘. It was nothing more than the act of a bunch of cowards who would corral some people and literally make them kowtow or bow to the group while they were spat upon and/or beaten and forced to renounce ‘bad behaviors’. It was China’s way of making sure nobody got out of line (digression-and remember this was rampant during the cultural revolution which merely ended in 1976 and the current ruling regime was brought up under this system). The system was barbaric and who knows what it did to the recipients of the punishment as well as the society as a whole. Now flash forward to this photo which comes via chinahush.com


This is a photo of a modern public humiliation held November 2, 2010, Hanbin District Government, Ankang City, Shaanxi Province. Other than the quality of the photos, the similarities are obvious. My question is …didnt the Chinese make promises to improve some things if we gave them the Olympics which enabled many many chicoms to become billionaires and increase the living standard of many Chinese- like the one’s pictured below who are witnessing the public humiliation…


Oh well, at least a lot of money was made and hey we get cheap goods at Wal-mart, so why should we care…

the reason for the humiliation was that the villagers were supposedly impeding some construction project. In China this typically means that the government has stolen land of the villagers and then blames the villagers when they react.

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Good Website….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

Here is a very enlightening post about the western part of China, it would be prudent to not expound upon it more, but the article has many interesting facts.

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Chinese Have No Friends and They are Users- Study Says

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

Here is an excerpt of the study “According to an Internet survey on the social networking in China, 80 percent of people said they have few real friends and 76 percent polled claimed more people tend to make friends for the purpose of personal interest.”

A caveat is that Chinese surveys are usually hogwash, so this probably has little validity, but it does seem to be a good indicator. For instance, I have worked in many countries and imho , the incidence of ‘users’ in other countries is so low that they stand out as outliers. Users are the bane of any organization or peer group. But in China it is the opposite, I can think of 2.5 people who are not users. Here everything is quid pro quo, you do x for me and I do y for you. This fact is one of the worst things about being in China.
The reasons for the lack of friends is probably cultural. The easy way out is to blame the cultural revolution, but i have my doubts. I think it may stem from Confucianism and the fact that you only take care of your family first etc. The Chinese are very very very tribal, and always have been, at least from what I read, so this leads me to believe that they have an innate distrust of anyone other than family- and oftentimes they dont even trust their family.

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Hard Times in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

Can you spot disenchanted person l in this photo?

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Video Ideas- Thanks

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

This is regarding the comments on any video sharing sites I can use. I live in China so they are blocking wordpress, i guess its soo scary and bad. Thus I have to reply to comments like this…

To those of you who commented about what video sites to use:

Thanks for the video ideas, but do you know of anything in any country but China…the rebel in me just hates the idea of kowtowing to them and using their cheap knock off services just because they keep good western ones out….

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More Window Washing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

Look at this window washer, zoom in on that old crappy harness and rope. What stellar Chinese governing body certified that thing as capable of supporting that man’s weight?

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Biggest Ballz in China- Wow!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

I love these shots. Look at these two window cleaners, the guy on the right looks about as frightened as I’d be if I had to do this in China. Imagine no healthcare, no medical benefits and you are dangling from the rooftop on an old dingy barn rope….

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Or Maybe I look like this….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

See the post below about my new hair cut. The chinese never get it right, they want to make our head look round or something, which I truly dont understand. But this shot is probably more like what i look like , not just because his skin is white and he has that clean cut look… actually I look like a cross between the two. I have the tenderness of Samuel L in the one photo and brazen bad boy look of this guy.
In reality my head is fked, but you can tell I am a man and that is much better than my last china cut..

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My New Hair Cut

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 11, 2010

I got a new hair cut and the Chinese never seem to get it right. This photo is a decent approximation of what my pate looks like, but I am much lighter skinned, and maybe more handsome. But the kinky look and texture of Samuel L’s head is pretty close to what you’d see if you took a peak at my skull right now.

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