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Color Me Confused in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

I just read this message from the newsgods at Google and am somewhat confused. The article states that over half of the antibiotics in china are not fed to peopel but to livestock. Growing up in rural Iowa has given me no instight into this paractice so I am confused. Are these not the same people who lie and inject poison into milk, just to save enough cash to buy an extra dumpling (chinese that is)? And if so, dont antibiotics cost money? And if so then why waste them on the animals?
The article below states that an overconsumption of antibiotics isnt good, decreases immune systems, causes stronger viruses etc. but in reality it doesnt matter, half of the drugs in China are fake anyway.

“BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhuanet) — Nearly half of the antibiotics produced in China are being fed to livestock rather than used to fight viruses in people, experts say Of the 210,000 tons of antibiotics made in China each year, 97,000 tons end up in animals, Xiao Yonghong, a professor from the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology of Peking University, was quoted as saying by People’s Daily.

Research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found that more than 50 percent of livestock breeders in Shandong and Liaoning provinces added antibiotics to their animal fodder.”The overuse of antibiotics is common now, which has led to a rising death rate among animals as their immune systems are depressed. Also, antibiotics remain detrimental to people’s health after intake,”

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Re-blog from Weathering the Journey

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

Here is a very good and thought provoking post from here.

“The U.N. Humanitarian officials think that the international response to the Haiti cholera epidemic is lackluster and other nations should do more, but what I’m wondering is why should other countries care more about the people of Haiti than they care about themselves? People use the excuse, “Oh, their government is so corrupt” but refuse to acknowledge that the people are corrupt as well. If the government is corrupt and the people riot, there must be a level of protection given by the people to protect the lives of doctors and nurses who have come to help, but there is not. The government either cannot or will not provide protection and the people loot, plunder, and riot on a whim, acting out in anger but without direction; hurting one another, not changing anything about the government and making it unsafe for volunteer aid workers. Doctors and nurses are not soldiers to be shot at and looted so that people can have medicine to sell on the black market. There are some brave souls who will go there to risk their lives in service and they should be commended, but those who say, “No, I have a family and people here at home who need me” should not bear chastisement or condemnation for their choice. If four people try to stop a person from committing suicide and the suicidal person starts shooting the people who are trying to prevent his suicide, who should first-responders try to protect first? When paramedics show up at a crime scene, they don’t rush in to save people until the police have secured the area.

In light of that, you read these news articles and see what you think.

winner-winner, chicken dinner”

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Quote about China-

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

Here is a good quote about China, it seems very true.This was uttered by a foreign man who visited China almost 500 years ago but is still very fitting…..

“Because of their ignorance of the size of the earth and the exaggerated opinion they have of themselves, the Chinese are of the opinion that only China among the nations is deserving of admiration. Relative to the grandeur of empire, of public administration and of reputation for learning, they look upon all other people not only as barbarous but as unreasoning animals. To them there is no other place on earth that can boast of a king, of a dynasty, or of culture. The more their pride is inflated by this ignorance, the more humiliated they become when the truth is revealed.”

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Good Quote About China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

“It’s astonishing that today’s Chinese, heirs to one of the world’s greatest civilizations, should find themselves embracing a hollow form of nationalism–one devoid of ideals and inspiring principles–that is little more than racist passion”
-Lucian Pye, Professor Emeritus, MIT

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Flat Surface and a China-man

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

Give a Chinaman a flat surface and here’s the result…. insta-entrepreneur. I dont know what this guy’s selling, it looks like tree bark. I bet his take is that it is the cure for cancer.

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Soccer Coaches or Pedophilia in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

I have a big mouth and love to talk, opine and make people laugh or angry, but the excerpt below (from chinasmack) has almost left me with out words. Some freaking chinese perverts, masquerading as soccer coaches want to take a look at little boy’s junk (aka, bait and takle, aka – ball and hammer), to see if the little guys will be good future athletes. wtf?
Yeah some guys from china, they probably aren’t even coaches but those guys in the states who wear socks up to their knees and spend too much time around kids, are supposedly knocking on doors in china to take a peek at little Wangs wang, to see if the kid has mad soccer skills (see it below). According to these coach/perverts, they can tell a good athlete by the shape of his little mao…
my take
2-more wtf
3- if its true, ie the shape of a kids johnston tells how good an athlete he will be, then who in the f%%$ ever noticed this? and how many packages did he or she see before he derived this conclusion
4-who wants this job, ie little boy package checker
5-wouldnt these guys do time back in the states?

“Recently, a piece of news regarding talent selection for Chinese football has generated hot debate on the internet: Chinese football star cradle Tianjin Locomotive football club looks at the development of the genitals when selecting new sprouts [new talent,
young future football players]. The original text said that apart from a series of physical fitness and basic skill tests, the club will also vary with the individual, adopting some seemingly unscientific “original methods” to select players. What has taken everyone’s breath away most recently is their using the male’s genitals to determine his male hormone levels, to see if he is able to withstand the rigors and intense competition of football athleticism, [because] according to one of the club’s seasoned officials, little boys whose genitals are short but thick and whose scrotums are taught are good new sprouts or football.”

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On China and Life Expectancy

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

Here is a good excerpt from this post.
From 1990 to 2008, life expectancy in China rose 5.1 years, to 73.1, according to a World Bank compilation of United Nations data. Nearly every other big developing country, be it Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia or Iran, had a bigger increase over that span, despite much slower economic growth. Since 2000, most of Western Europe, Australia and Israel, all of which started with higher life expectancy, have also outpaced China.

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Eating Dog in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

Here is a shot of a lady taking dog meat to the market in China ( from dailyrantsaboutchina.com,)
Im an animal lover and to me its pretty sad to see the Chinese eating dogs.

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Twitter CEO Sends a Tweet to China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

Good article here about the ceo of Twitter sending a tweet to china after they jailed a woman for re-tweeting a message.


Twitter‘s chief executive, Dick Costolo, posted a tweet Friday addressing the sentencing of a Chinese woman to one year in a labor camp for her retweeting of a message written by her fiance.

“Dear Chinese Government, year-long detentions for sending a sarcastic tweet are neither the way forward nor the future of your great people,” Costolo posted on Twitter.

Costolo’s tweet has been retweeted — reposted by other Twitter users for their “followers” on the website to see — more than 100 times.

Cheng Jianping, 46, is believed to be the first Chinese citizen sentenced to a labor camp for a post on Twitter, according to Amnesty International, a human rights group.

Cheng was sentenced to “reeducation through labor” for accusations that her retweet of a message on the popular social media website led to her “disturbing social order.”

On Wednesday, Cheng used her @wangyi09 twitter account to reposted a tweet from her fiance, Hua Chunhui, who tweets as @wxhch.”

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Very Funny! 84 Ways to Know if Your Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 25, 2010

This is great, I found it here.

84 Ways To Know If You’re Chinese…

If you check off 100%, you should not be living in Canada/USA because you are too Chinese. However, if you check off less than 42 items (50%), you are a fruit (banana: yellow on the outside but white inside). If you only say yes to 20 items, Canada owes you a medal …. so proud to be a Canadian/American.

1. You unwrap Christmas gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the
wrapping and especially those bows) next year.
2. You only buy Christmas cards after Christmas, when they are 50% off.
3. When there is a sale on toilet paper, you buy 100 rolls and store them in
your closet or in the bedroom of an adult child who has moved out.
4. You have a vinyl table cloth on your kitchen table.
5. Your stove is covered with aluminum foil.
6. Your kitchen has a sticky film of grease over it.
7. You have stuff in the freezer since the beginning of time.
8. You use the dishwasher as a dish rack.
9. You have never used your dishwasher.
10. You keep a Thermos of hot water available at all times.
11. You boil water and put it in the refrigerator.
12. You eat all meals in the kitchen.
13. You save grocery bags, tin foil, and tin containers.
14. You use grocery bags to hold garbage.
15. You always leave your shoes at the door.
16. You have a piano in your living room.
17. Your parents know how to launch nasal projectiles.
18. You iron your own shirts.
19. You play a musical instrument.
20. You pick your teeth at the dinner table (but you cover your mouth).
21. You twirl your pen around your fingers.
22. You hate to waste food…
a. Even if you’re totally full, if someone says they’re going to throw away the leftovers on the
table, you’ll finish them.
b. You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or one leftover chicken wing.
23. You don’t own any real Tupperware–only a cupboard full of used but
carefully rinsed margarine tubs, takeout containers, and jam jars.
24. You also use the jam jars as drinking glasses.
25. You’ve eaten a red bean popsicle.
26. You bring oranges (or other produce) with you as a gift when you visit
people’s homes.
27. You have a collection of miniature shampoo bottles that you take every
time you stay in a hotel.
28. The condiments in your fridge are either Price Club sized or come in
plastic packets, which you save/steal every time you get take out or go to McDonald’s.
29. Ditto paper napkins.
30. You never order room service.
31. You carry a stash of your own food whenever you travel (and travel means
any car ride longer than 15 minutes)…..These travel snacks
are always dried. As in not just dried plums, dried ginger,
and beef/pork jerky, but dried cuttlefish (SQUID).
32. You own a rice cooker.
33. You wash your rice at least 2-3 times before cooking it.
34. You spit bones and other food scraps on the table. (That’s why you
need the vinyl tablecloth).
35. Your parents vehemently refuse the sack of gold coin oranges that their
guests just brought just to be courteous.
36. You fight over who pays the dinner bill
37. Your dad thinks he can fix everything himself.
38. You majored in something practical like engineering, medicine or law.
39. When you go to a dance party, there are a wall of guys surrounding the
dance floor trying to look cool.
40. You live with your parents and you are 30 years old (and they prefer it
that way). Or if you’re married and 30 years old, you live in the
apartment next door to your parents, or at least in the same neighborhood.
41. You don’t use measuring cups.
42. You feel like you’ve gotten a good deal if you didn’t pay tax.
43. You beat eggs with chopsticks.
44. Your parents’ house is always cold.
45. You have a teacup with a cover on it.
46. You reuse teabags.
47. You have a drawer full of old pens, most of which don’t write anymore.
48. If you’re under age 20, you own a really expensive walkman. If you’re over
20, you own a really expensive camera and/or stereo system.
49. Your mom drives her Mercedes to the Price Club.
50. You always look phone numbers up in the phone book, since calling
Information costs 50 cents.
51. You tip Chinese delivery guys/waiters more.
52. You’re a wok user.
53. You only make long distance calls after 11pm.
54. You know all the waiters at your favourite Chinese restaurants.
55. You like Chinese films in their original undubbed versions…
a. You love Chinese Martial Arts films.
b. Shao Lin and Wu Tang actually mean something to you.
56. You have acquired a taste for bittermelon.
57. You like congee with thousand year old eggs.
58. You prefer your shrimp with the heads and legs still attached–it means they’re fresh.
59. You never call your parents just to say hi.
60. You always cook too much.
61. If you don’t live at home, when your parents call, they ask if you’ve
eaten, even if it’s midnight.
62. Also, if you don’t live at home, your parents always want you to come home.
63. Your parents tell you to boil herbs and stay inside when you get sick.
64. When you’re sick, they also tell you not to eat fried foods or baked
goods because they produce hot air (yeet hay in Cantonese).
65. You e-mail your Chinese friends at work, even though you only sit 10
feet apart.
66. Your parents never go to the movies.
67. Your parents send money to their relatives in China.
68. You use a face cloth.
69. Your parents use a clothes line.
70. You’re always late.
71. You eat every last grain of rice in your bowl, but don’t eat the last piece
of food on the table.
72. You starve yourself before going to all you can eat sushi.
73. You’ve joined a CD club at least once.
74. You know someone who can get you a good deal on jewelry or electronics.
75. You never discuss your love life with your parents.
76. Your parents are never happy with your grades.
77. You save your old Coke bottle glasses even though you’re never going to
use them again.
78. You keep used batteries.
79. You own your own meat cleaver and sharpen it.
80. You keep most of your money in a savings account.
81. You know what MJ means.
82. You’ve been on the Love Boat or know someone who has.
83. Your toothpaste tubes are all squeezed paper-thin.
84. You take this message and forward it to all your Chinese friends

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