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Heavenly Leader in China- Who Needs Religion?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 11, 2010


China has some atypical beliefs and as one of my Chinese friends once told me, they truly believe they are more advanced than the rest of the world.”they believe that the people and governning body have special powers” , she said.
About 2000 years ago, during the Han dynasty they developed the “Li BU” or civil service ministry and the emperor or leader of it was called the “Heavenly Leader” who took his guidance from the heavens.
If the same thing hold true today, vz taking ones guidance from the heavens, what heaven is condoning all of the corruption and violations against man that are so prevalent?

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China and Law

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 11, 2010


No wonder China has a mob/vivilante mentality, see below…

” The Chinese communists dedicated extensive resources to publishing their new laws and
educating the people about them. Part of this effort entailed creating a system of so-called
“people’s lawyers” who served as legal advisers to members of the general public and who
concomitantly practiced the correct political ideology. Ultimately they came to hold the view
that the law should not be an arcane body of principles that only the few could comprehend and
exercise. Rather they advocated simplicity in the law and freedom from qualifying factors. It
should be easy for everyone to understand and use

G. Feinberg

[de;ay +1 hour]

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Allison Transmission Exec Fired for Blowing the Whistle on Chinese Bribery?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 11, 2010


Thisis just business as usual in China….

excerpt:
“A former Allison Transmission executive claims the company booted him from a top post in China because he raised concerns about bribery.

Stephen Lowe, who was a managing director based in Shanghai, alleges that Allison’s top salesman in Beijing plied government officials with cash, card parties and expensive gifts—all with a vice president’s blessing.

The allegations are spelled out in a lawsuit for retaliatory discharge, which the 42-year-old filed Nov. 15 in Marion Superior Court.

When firing Lowe on July 1, Vice President of International Sales and Marketing Michael Headly told him he lacked leadership potential. Lowe alleges that was a pretext to protect Headly and fellow executive Steven Chew, who had landed big contracts through his relationships with Beijing officials.

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China’s Impending Ecological Apocalypse

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 11, 2010


This photo epitomizes the problems with China and pollution, or its impending ecological Apocalypse or demise. The shot was taken around 2pm, and the smog was so thick that I could almost look directly at the sun. In the sky you can see the glowing yellow orb, but also how dirty the sky is, how it prevents a clear line of site beyond one-half mile. The impending disaster that is China’s environment is painfully obvious.

In Wired magazine, I was reading about a town called Pricher, it was a mining town but now dead. Its pollluted by heavy metals and quite toxic. In the US they offered cash to the citizens so they could move, and are trying to correct the problem. Maybe the chicoms could use a similar tack…
nah theyre too busy buying dollars and Yen so they can manipulate their currency or building lavish toilets, and sex themed theme parks (Chonging- old posts). Some day I’ll leave, but the unfortunate poor Chinese must stay.

Dont worry however, the rich communists will move to the USA Canada and Europe and send their mal-adapted one-child kids there, all so they can get a good education and breath good air. I really pity the typical china-person.

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Education in China- Highly Skewed Results, The Less Educated Not Represented

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 11, 2010


I just read a report the other day about some world-wide tests being administered in china and Shanghai doing a great job. To many who are somehwat ignorant of how education in China goes, they may wish to read this post.
In most countries, tests are distributed uniformly about the country, what this means in a place like the USA is that you will see test results from not only Katy, or Racine (both pretty good), as well as results from Flint and Detroit (both horrible). Thus you get a true picture of how the USA is doing academically.
Countries like China are not even remotely similar, however. Firstly, in the poor rural areas of china, kids drop out of school at the age of 10, or rarely attend, these areas are never tested, its a matter of face saving, China fears the results. Secondly, in china it is not uncommon for educated parents who live in areas with poor schools to send their kids to places like Beijijng and Shanghai to get a better education. The result is to skew the distribution of brigher children to the bigger cities, ie Beijing, Shanghai Guangzho, or the biggest cities in the provinces. As an example, my best friends in china were send away from their folkls when they were ten to live iwht other families, all so that they could study in Shanghai and Beijing. My colleagues are no different, if the family has the wherewithall, a person from Guizho will send hteir kid to any area with better schools. Thus, the larger cities will be overrepresented in terms of intelligent kids than the more poverty stricken area.
The point of the article I read, focused on the results of some kids in shanghai, but not a place like Urumuqi, in Xinjiang, or any schools in Gansu, Guizho, Lhasa; in short, they didnt test or at least report on the results from those cities. Had they done so, like countries in the west, it is highly probable that the results would have differed greatly.
I have taught and studied at two of the three best unis here in China and taking that as an example, if i may, it would appear to me that imho, in terms of math they appear to be better equipped, but in terms of analyitcal, problem solving skills and maturity they are no where near anything in the west.
The moral of the story is that you will hear how shanghai destroyed some tests and that will lead to China taking over the world and forcing us all to have operations, color our skin, change our eyes and straighten our hair, I would say we hold off on those actions till we see truly randomized results from here.

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Restaurant Spitter in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 11, 2010


Here is a photo of a guy I will affectionately call “disgusting pig”. This is a shot of a guy who is sitting in a fast food joint in china- btw the food is excellent. Anyway, this guy comes in- i shit you not- and immediately hocks up a wad of phlegm and spits on the floor. He then ambled over to the table you see here, and commenced to order, punctuating that activity with no less than three more lugies being spat at the feet of the waitress. The whole thing caught me by surprise, for about a nano second, next time maybe I’ll video it for you.

This is China living

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