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Straight From the Horse’s Udder- Or Chinese Logic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

This is a discussion I have had with fellow Chinese and their “logic” mystifies me. I will start off by saying that I do not trust Chinese cars, airplanes, motors etc. They ask me why and the conversation goes like this
me- because its too complex which means there is too much room for mistakes (read as poor quality) to be introduced into the process
them- why
me-because its mechanical
them- we are good at mechanical things
me- who says
them- me
me-how can you manufacture complex goods if you cant even make palatable milk and snow peas?
them- thats natural
me- right
them-its different
me- but if you cannot suck the milk from the udder of a cow without messing it up, how in the heck can you produce an airplane
them-its different its mechanical

So I thought about this conversation. Ok, my point would be that producing milk seems to be a straight forward process. I am from Iowa, and we mostly farm corn and hogs there, so I am no specialist, but I think my logic holds. In order to produce milk, one merely extracts it from the udders of a 4-legged bovine, it is then pasteurized which means many of the harmful things are killed, it is then bottled- basically. Nowhere in the process is one told to add adulterants which take the lives of children. But of course this is China, thus in order for some guy to make an extra .05U$ on an order that is what he does, introduces poison into the system-killing and harming children. Now consider how many possibilities there are to introduce a ‘poison’ into the system of fabricating a jet engine or airplane… scary isnt it?

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China’s Prices Going Through the Roof!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

China is experiencing inflation in all areas, and it was just reported that, ” The prices of 18 staple vegetables rose 62.4 percent in China in the first 10 days of November from a year earlier, said a senior official with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) in Haikou, capital of South China’s Hainan province.”

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China Halting Sale of Homes To Foreigners- Thank You!!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

In the excerpt below it is reported that China is halting or restricting the sale of homes to foreigners. lately the housing prices in China have been going through the roof (pardon the pun) , and the typical chinaman is pretty upset. Thus, uncle chicom is trying to curb this problem….
My take
-scapegoating- pretty typical of China to do something like this. The real problem is that the rich in China do not have all of the investmeent options of those of us in the west. They cannot buy stocks anywhere they choose, but must use an uncle chicom authorized agent and invest into a ‘basket of stock’ rather than buy them individually. So the Chinese, being rent seekers (another pun) seek to buy up land and houses before the masses have enough money to do so. Thus the typical chinaman is upset that they cannot afford a home as the prices are outrageous. The chicoms, instead of addressing the problem- which in great part is them and their purchasing of properties, merely blame the foreigners for the rising housing prices.
-its another incidence of Chinese neurotic fear of foreigners and the unknown
-In reality I would say ‘thanks China’ , I mean who really wants a home here anyway? My place is ‘new to me” four years old, but it looks like its about 20-25 years old. The buildings here are so poorly made that they do not wear well. Thus, I know of very very few foreingers who risk buying a home here.
slight digression- also in China you cannot buy the land only the home. So if you buy a home, that is what you have bought, the four walls, nothing more. The land is of the people. Oh yeah, and as the law stands now, the house is only yours for 70 years, after that the government can do as they wish with it. —Yeah, thats the law in China today.

BEIJING – China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development announced Monday that purchases of housing by overseas organizations and individuals in the country would be capped or restricted, a move widely seen as combating speculative money from overseas that might flow into the property market.

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Slave Labor Still Alive and Well in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

Here is a sad story from the Yangste Evening Post. China still uses forced labor and the guy pictured below as a slave for 12 years in a brick factory. China has a long history of enslaving her own, and this is just one more example. I wonder if the guy who owns the kiln and forced this man to work as a slave for 12 years is now paying for his son or daughter to study in Europe, or Canada or the USA. If I had to bet, I would guess that he is….

excerpts from the China daily(I cleaned up the wording, the original sucked)
-the man returned home after 12 years of slave labor

-he is now 40 and was begging for food in a remote county in Southwest China’s Yunnan
-his body was brutally scarred, bruised and he suffered from mental health issues
-he was abducted when he went with a ‘matchmaker’ to find a wife
-after trying to escape, he was tortued
-he was released due to his physical impairments rendered him useless
-when visitors arrive at his home he kneels and murmurs “don’t beat me, don’t beat me.”

This is sad, but at least the kiln owners can take nice vacations to the west…. makes you wonder doesnt it?

A kidnapped man's ordeal of 12-yr slave labor
An undated photo of Yuan Hongping. [Photo/Yangtse Evening Post]

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Slave Labor in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

Here is a sad post about slave labor in China. It comes from the New York Times. Let me explain why I am posting it although it is old
1-it is a story that needs to be told. The Chinese are brutalizing their own and the world just stands by and watches
2- In about an hour I have another post which will talk of a more recent occurance of slave labor in China which means that they are potentially not improving anything here
3-the owners of the kilns who force people like the men pictured below, to work like animals are now moving to the west and we welcome them with open arms. After all, who cares how they got their money, just as long as their bank accounts are big enough.
4- consider these images when you go to Wal-mart and just try to lower your “china footprint” when purchasing goods. If we do not try , then we are not much better than they are.

Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Workers rescued in May from a brick kiln in Linfen, in Shanxi Province, in northern China, in what has become an unfolding labor abuse scandal.


Published: June 16, 2007
SHANGHAI, June 15 — Su Jinduo and Su Jinpeng, brother and sister, were traveling home by bus from a vacation visit to Qingdao during the Chinese New Year when they disappeared.

Cheated out of their money when they sought to buy a ticket for the final leg of the journey home, their father, Su Jianjun, said in an interview, they were taken in by a woman who provided them with warm shelter and a meal on a cold winter night. She also offered them a chance to earn enough money to pay their fare by helping her sell fruit.

The next thing they knew, however, they were being loaded onto a minibus with several other children and taken to a factory in the next province, where they were pressed into service making bricks. Several days later, the boy, 16, escaped along with another boy and managed to reach home. A few days later, Mr. Su was able to rescue his daughter, 18.

This story and many others like it have swept China in recent days in an unfolding labor scandal in central China that involves the kidnapping of hundreds of children, most in their teens but some as young as 8.

The children, and many adults, reportedly, have been forced to work under brutal conditions — scantily clothed, unpaid and often fed little more than water and steamed buns — in the brick kilns of Shanxi Province.”

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Slave Labor in China- Explained

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

I am posting via email so I need to explain something to you. In the following couple of hours you will see two posts on slave labor in China and they mostly pertain to the brick kiln industry. (btw this post is kinda preachy, so if you’re not in the mood, then skip it and click on pictures)
The purpose of this post is to give some background or context for those posts. If you google “slave labor kiln factory” or merely click it, I have already searched for you, or go here, or here or here, you will see the alarming incidences of people in China being forced into involuntary servitude, or modern day slaves.
These people frequently are mentally disabled or young and the most vulnerable. The sad thing is that not much is being done to catch and punish the transgressors. In one instance a foreman was sought in connection with such a case, but little is said of the owners.
The reasons for this imho are:
-no one cares- to climb to the top of the communist party you have to increase the economic revenue of your province, so you will overlook little transgressions like slave labor as long as money is being made
-greed is the key to china- in a country with 22% of the worlds population how is it that they cannot find readily available cheap labor but have to force people into slavery
-the world turns a blind eye-when you come to China you will not see this, as I have not, and thus you will find it hard to believe and/or isolated to a few companies.And its much easier to deny its existence then face the sad reality thereof.
-no law in China, if they had a functioning legal system there would be reprisals, but there are none so this continues.
-they have no moral compass

The sad thing is that some Chinese are getting filthy rich and we recieve them and their goods with open arms but we dont know how their money was made….

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Chinese Young Lady Wants to Sell Kidney for Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

Here is a shot of a woman who recently graduated from medical school in china. She cannot find a job. The only logical response of course is to sell a kidney to pay for cosmetic surgery right? WTF
Yes it is true, this woman garduated from med school here (digression- which probably means that she actually possesses less knowledge than an Xray- tech back home). but after graduating she is looking for a job and cannot find one, so….she decided to sell a kidney to get surgery.
Yeah this woman decided that she cant get a job due to her disagreeable appearance.
My takes on it:
1- When Chinese hospitals are hiring, do they actually have some forms of objective measurement against which to judge a job candidate, if so, then this woman is a nut
2-Number ‘1’ is probably untrue, thus in China her actions are quite reasonable
3-according to my friend Stuart from Louisiana, all Chinese women could use a touch of cosmetic surgery, how cruel he is…


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Chinese Stuff

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

If I had to title this as a poster, I’d call it
“Lady selling Stuff”

Look at all the things behind her!

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China Publicly Humiliating Prostitutes- How About Corrupt Officials

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 15, 2010

Here is a photo of a prostitute in Dongguan China. She was forced to kneel in public for her horrible act- prostitution. Its an old punishment in China, vz public humiliation where a person is shoved in front of the masses and ridiculed.My questions:
1-did the cops get a quickie before or after she was forced to kneel, I had a friend who said many of the brothels in his little town in China were actually owned by the cops
2-Do they do this to the officials who allowed the kids to die from the toxic milk
3-” ” fake peas
4- ” ” fake everything
5-What happened to the owner of the brothel, ?

An arrested Chinese prostitute in Dongguan, China being forced to kneel while paraded around as punishment.

From Xinhuanet:

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