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Archive for November 18th, 2010

Laughable in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 18, 2010


I originally took this photo when the company called F&S Intellectual Property Caught my eye. This being China, I blew spaghetti out my nose, I laughed so hard. Searching for the hidden camera and/or the corpse of Allen Fundt, I decided that the company was real. That they supposedly have someting to do with IPR in China. The funny thing is that China has an utter disregard for intellectual property and I wandered how business was for this company. One would think that it is good, but in reality the Chinese courts rarely uphold or respect IPR cases, so I think the guy must be starving.
Then the name of the other company jumped out at me…some company that has to do with technology. In my twisted mind, I find it twice as funny that a “Chinese Tech company” (oxymoron) , who are typically known for stealing foreign ideas, would be located so closely to an IPR company. Or maybe the IPR comapny just knew that as long as the tech company was around, there’d be plenty of business…

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Marry Non-Local For Money in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 18, 2010


This is bizarre..
In China, this one little village is actually paying men a ‘reward’ for marrying women who come from outside their village. To us, a few thousand RMB is nothing, maybe 30-440 U$, but to some poor Chinese farmers, it equates to a years wages.

excerpt:
“Marrying a woman from outside the county will be rewarded with thousands of yuan from the local government to encourage more men in Yaolu county, Guizhou province, to find wives outside the area, Chongqing Evening News reported on Nov 17. Yaolu, home to 1,520 ethnic Yao people, recently has witnessed more and more local women marrying outside the area, leading to an increase in the number of single men.

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