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Chinese Innovation- The Death of Me in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010

This thing is one of those little multi-outlet connectors. Supposedly you can plug in multiple devices into it. This is necessary because in china, most apartments have only one or 2 outlets per room, I dont know why.
Anyway, i look at this little device like a look at china. The thing looks like most of the others of its ilk, but is cheap, works when it wants to and is very unsafe. If looks like something you’d buy back home, until the pieces start to fall off and then you look at its innards. To me the thing is one step above shoving the tines of a fork straight into the wall then draping some wires from it and jamming them into my phone or pc.
its funny, I read a report where people are expecting china to be innovation leaders by 2020, and then I look at this device. Literally it spits, it crackles, it fizzes, and sparks. half of the time it does charge my devices, the other half it does nothing more than pose a fire or health risk to me-will probably kill me before the chicoms do. I would buy another, but Im in China, so have lowered my standards. Then I come back to the article on China and innovation and wonder if those who believe China will be the next leaders have ever lived here. We all know the answer to that, of course not

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Chinese Toilets

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010

In China, this is how they roll. The Toilets are typically disgusting and stink. The one is called a “squat pot” it takes some practice getting used to it.

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List Of China’s Friends Boycotting Nobel Prize

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010

China has some odd friends:

Countries to boycott Nobel Prize
The countries joining China in its boycott include Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Pakistan, Egypt, Morocco and the Philippines.

The 58 countries who have embassies in Oslo were invited to attend.

China strongly objected to Liu’s win last October and levelled more criticism Tuesday, calling members of the Nobel committee “clowns” who are “interfering in China’s judicial affairs.”

The 54-year-old writer and academic was jailed in December 2009 to serve an 11-year term for subversion. He was detained just days before the publication of what has turned out to be an explosive political document, Charter 8, which he co-wrote.

Charter 08 calls for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of democratic reforms in China. It was signed, via the internet, by thousands of people, some of them Communist Party officials.

No one is expected to be on hand to accept the award on behalf on Liu. Geir Lundestad, the committee’s secretary, said there will be an empty chair and a portrait of Liu on the podium during the ceremony in Oslo.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/12/07/nobel-peace-prize-boycott.html#ixzz17QlITb8Y

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Australia Calls China Paranoid

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010

from wiki leaks
“The former Prime Minister also urged China to make a deal with the exiled Dalai Lama and described China as being “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet. He also warned there might be the need to “deploy force” against China if attempts to integrate it into the international community failed.

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Lots of Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010

Chongqing China, an aerial show.

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North Koreans Spotted in Beijing….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010

The other day on my way to recess , I mean work, i saw this sight. True communists confronted with quasi-communists.
No shit, I saw these athletes from teh DPRK or north Korea, walking around near Dawanglu. It reminded me of when I once saw some Russians (USSR) in a competition at my uni, they were the big bad Soviets, that dangerous mystery.

So, with that in mind, I decided to study these people in their natural habitat as it were.
Apparently Jung Il, decided to allow these people to visit their sister in communism – China, to partake in sports. I was surprised at how healthy the people looked, and not as miserable as your typical China-man. The coaches were especially happy, I guess that stands to reason, but think of how miserable your life must be, to feel bliss when coming to china-ooo just kidding.
Anyway, here is what I saw:
-the men seemed confident, moved gracefully, maybe like volleyballers
-the women seemed closed- but had an athletes confidence as well
-the guys happy
-the women stoic
-the coaches ecstatic
-the coaches handed out little RMB notes to the group like a mother hen. She gave 100 rmb to each two people, so in essence they got about U$6 each.
-they had that deer in headlights look like many Chinese do when confronted with beguiling things such as elevators, escalators, coffee makers.
I thought about getting a photo with them but then chickened out, I could just see the coach pulling some Jackie Chan stuff on me, then the chicoms arrive in situ to finish me off, only then to serve ten years for threatening ‘peace and harmony’. I’ll just keep blogging, Im sure that will one day produce the same result.

(oh yeah, the two photos-291120104673.jpg,,,291120104674.jpg
are Chinese dollar stores, or something like that. To me the place looks like the gaping maw of hell, but i think they sell stuff in there. So anyway, the north korean communists took their little red ‘mao money’ and blissfully strolled to that place to buy stuff. I bet they would never complain about Chinese quality.

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Travelling in China- Chongqing China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010

Photo from Chongqing

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