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Love China Style

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

Here is what you call love with “Chinese Characteristics”

chinadaily excerpt:
“Seven in 10 women in China consider marriage on condition their boyfriends own a property and have a stable income, according to a report cited in Henan Daily Wednesday.”

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2010 in China WTF is Wrong With This country!- Review of Toxic Food and Meds in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

This is scary, share it with your friends. Here is a list of some of the things that happened in 2010. You may wish to pass this to your friends, after all, Chinese companies are looking to buy up Yoplait and enter other markets. I would hate to have that happen and be forced to live like they do here. Its one thing to visit China and take a chance with your health, its another to have them supplying our supermarkets…

From Southern Metropolis Weekly: via chinahush.com


January 7, over 30 dialysis patients were infected with hepatitis C virus from the hospital needles in Anqing City, Anhui Province. January 11, 16 people were infected in Shou County.

January 22, in Guangzhou, a junior high school boy got meningitis after injection of flu vaccine.

January 25, 18 pregnant women in Shantou city were infected with disease-causing bacteria, led to chronic illnesses, 7 cases were concealed.


February 4, a bread factory in Conghua, Guangzhou was forced to shut down for using milk powder containing melamine.

February 9, “melamine ice cream” appeared in Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province.

February 10, Guangdong Chao Candy contained melamine way exceeding limits.

February 23, Wuhan Bureau of Agriculture announced, cowpea of Hainan were detected to contain Isocarbophos.

February 24, due to industrial pollution, 250 children in Jiahe County, Hunan province had mass amount of lead in their blood. Some parents were arrested by the County Public Security Bureau for trying to go of town for physical examination. The company Tengda caused the lead poisoning incident was ordered to stop several times by the EPA but continued to operate. It has now been shut down.

February 26, According to Agricultural Quality Supervision and Testing Center in Jiangmen City, one of the Cucumber samples and one of the cowpea samples from Hainan contained banned pesticide – Isocarbophos.


March 2, 26 workers at Dongguan Ding Xin Metal & Plastic Products Co. Ltd. were diagnosed with diseases that are caused by the harmful aspects of their profession.

March 14, the news of certain cabbage contained pesticide residues exceeding 20 times of the national standard broke out in Haikou City.

CCTV reported on March 15, “Yong Heng calcium alkaline ionized water” and other alkaline water are harmful to human body.

March 17, over hundreds of children in Shanxi died or became disabled of unknown causes, but all were vaccinated before their illness. This was so called the “Shanxi Vaccine incident”.

March 18, media reported that in China, the “sewage oil” that goes back onto the dinner table is about 2-3 million tons each year, and the total oil consumption is about 22.5 million tons a year. Sewage oil is 100 times more poisonous than arsenic, since then, sewage oil incident has attracted more media’s attention.


April 1, Yangshen (company that makes vaccines) in Jiangsu province admitted that 180,000 of their rabies vaccines do not meet the standards.

April 9, Chenzhou City Children’s Hospital used industrial oxygen instead of oxygen, causing panic.

April 11, Report showed rising in numbers of Parkinson’s disease in China, an annual increase of 100,000 cases.

April 15, news broke out in Hunan Province that during student medical examination, same needle tubing was used on multiple students for skin test.

April 19, news said diseased pigs were sold at restaurants and food stalls in Qingyuan, Guangdong.

April 22, Botox became widely used, but improper injections causing facial paralysis frequently occurred.

April 23, 73 tourists at Huairou Mountain in Beijing had nausea, vomiting and other symptoms after eating. After going to the hospital, doctor said the food they had contained clonidine, which was an expired high blood pressure medicine.

April 28, media exposed an oil factory in Changsha made and told 20 tons of “black heart oil”, mostly to college cafeterias.


May 4, a man in Wuhan sold sleeping pills mixed with flour to the entire nation as “imported medicine”.

May 11, a Foxconn employee committed suicide. Since January 23, 2010 Foxconn employees “first jump” to November 5, 2010, 14 Foxconn employees leaped to their deaths one after another, which causing great concern of the community all over the world.

May 23, In Lingbi County, Anhui, “problem cucumbers” brought down 13 people, caused by use of highly toxic pesticides.

May 25, a woman in Hainan died of poisoning after eating sunfish (also called the wheel fish).

May 26, in Shenyang, over 250 chickens died of diseases were found a smoked chicken joint. Sunset Yellow, Color Agent, other industrial dyes and also bags of iron rust were used to color the dead chickens.

May 27, a man believed that the electronic cigarette can cleanse his body, but he died suddenly after smoking it.

End of May, the Ministry of Health denied Zhang Wu his status of “Ministry of Health the first senior nutrition expert”. This former “most expensive Chinese doctor in Beijing” was discredited; his illegal clinic was also closed down.


June 3, the World Health Organization said, H1N1 outbreak still continued.

June 4, Hubei Province confirmed a case of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

June 7, Hong Kong Watson Drinks said to be infected with fungi.

June 11, poisonous sea snails were selling hot in the market, it was reported that eating one sea snail will cause death.

June 13, a large number of pigs died in Wuxuan County, Guangxi.

June 13, 30 people in Chongyang County, Hubei had great amount of lead in their blood.

June 26, in Qingdao a female teach died during liposuction weight loss surgery.


July 6, 8 children were poisoned from eating Jatropha in Hainan.

July 6, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets said to contain two chemical components: one was in the clay toys “polydimethylsiloxane”, the other was extracted from oil “t-butyl benzene Diol”. McDonald’s said the amount of contents are lower than the international limits.

July 7, 22 patients at the Qichun County People’s Hospital all went into spasms after blood transfusions.

July 9, melamine milk powder was found in Gansu, Qinghai and Jilin.

July 14, Bawang shampoo was said to contain carcinogenic substances.

July 27, in Shenyang, a boy who started smoking when he was 8 died of heart attack. His blood vessels looked like a 60-year-olds’.

July 29, contraceptive market leader, “Yu Ting” was said to cause ectopic pregnancy.


August 2, Coca-Cola admitted the new product “Vitamin water” is not a health drink.

August 2, Shandong’s “Want Want Crackers” was found containing coliform bacterium.

August 5, milk powder was questioned for causing precocious puberty.

August 12, U.S. media reported that “super germs” spreading to the world, causing many deaths.

August 23, many people in Nanjing reported muscle degeneration after eating crayfish.

August 30, Hunan Jin Hao tea oil was found to contain carcinogenic substances which exceeding 6 times of the limit.


September 2, 26 villagers in a village of Yunnan Province all suffered emphysema; water pollution may be the cause.

September 2, cases of mosquito-bone disease were found in Guangdong.

September 8, more than 60 ophthalmic patients in Shanghai had adverse reaction after injecting Avastin. Subsequently, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration announced that what Shanghai First People’s Hospital was using, labeled with Product of Roche Company, number B6001B01 of Avastin is fake medicine.

September 8, ticks poisoning in Henan caused 18 deaths.

September 9, 19 students in Huaian were identified to have cholera.

September 14, 12 primary school students in Nanning, Guangxi were infected with pink eye.

September 15, outbreak of dengue fever in Dongguan.

September 16, in Foshan, Guangdong, a 66-year-old woman was killed by tsutsugamushi mite bites.

September 20, Vitamin C tablets with Yinqiao was said can cause adverse reactions or going into shock.


October 8, food poisoning incident occurred in a hotel in Luding County, Sichuan Province. Dozens were poisoned including the tourists, tour guides and hotel staff. One tourist died.

October 15, maggot infested oranges were found in Shandong, expert said do not panic after accidentally eating one.

October 16, Jiucheng perfume was found to contain carcinogens – phthalates. Currently there is no standard on the limit of phthalates.

October 17, Canton West Classic and the Guangxi Golden Tea oil products were found to contain some carcinogens.

October 19, it was reported that some food business in Hefei, Anhui when making lamb soup using banned substances as additives.

October 29, after an announcement paper was published by SFDA, fifteen weight loss drugs exit the market in a hurry, including the one sold for 10 years, Qumei weight loss capsule.


November 15, 24-year-old talent show star Wang Bei died in an accident during her plastic surgery.

November 17, a 59-year-old woman in Hong Kong who had visited Mainland till the end of last month was infected with H5N1 avian influenza virus. But it is not yet sure if she was infected locally or from outside.

November 22, dairy drinks that contain excessive melamine were found in Xiangfan, Hubei province.

November 23, State Administration of Quality Supervision announced that from March to August, 670 tons of dairy products imported to China are unqualified, in which infant formula was accounted for 7 percent. Most of them were originated from Australia. Main reason was because fungi or heavy metals exceeding limits.

November 24, City of Nanning seized more than 150 kilograms of mushrooms bleached with bleach.

November 29, CCTV “Focus” reported many foods on the market which contains vegetable butter may cause side-effects of trans fatty acids.

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Photo of China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

In part of my ongoing desire to understand mankind, I take photos like this. If I had to make a title for this photo it would be



“Life is a Struggle”

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Hanging With the Homey’s in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

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Justin Beijber in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

This photo doesnt look much like it, but this cabbie looks like Justin Beiber, no kidding. I asked him if he know who JB is and he didnt, or maybe my Chinese just sucked too badly and he didnt understand me.

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Chinese mistress Poisons man, He Blames Coca-Cola

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

“A man who was allegedly poisoned by his mistress stood trial in Beijing Monday for trying to pin it on Coca Cola.

The defendant, Ma Sai, denied the charges in Xicheng district court saying he made a mistake and did not commit a crime, according to the Beijing News.

It is the first time any individual was prosecuted for damaging the image of a brand name in China, said the paper.

Ma, 22, was poisoned by mercury after drinking a tin of Sprite on the night of November 7 last year while dining with two friends, including his colleague and lover Liu Xiaojing. He blamed it on Coca Cola, the soft drink makers.”- chinadaily

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Awesome Post About Men and Today’s Vision Thereof

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

From this website, to me the author nailed this on many aspects. She showed how there is a media backlash against men, oftentimes, and how the one-child policy Chinese boys dont need the backlash…:

“I knew I was doing my kids a favor by limiting media exposure and by encouraging my boys to participate in a rough-and-ready version of Boy Scouts. Quick-switch to the last year-and-a-half we’ve been in China surrounded by carefully manicured, purse-carrying men males, and our family has really had enough already of the nonsense mentioned below. As Dr. Laura says, “Be a man.”

Please follow the link below to a great article.

A lie or error told often enough becomes the perceived truth (but not the truth). Political and religious leaders have capitalized that fact for millennia. The Earth is at the center of the universe and it’s flat and you’ll sail off the edge of it if you go too far in any direction. Bleeding someone with leeches will cure any ailment. Governments love and serve their people faithfully and flawlessly. And women want nice guys. Remember?

Yes, that lie has been told for decades. Look at what you see on television today. Stunningly beautiful women running around with hopeless wusses and acting like they’re “Studly Do-Right,” totally ignoring the fact that the guys are dressed sloppily, don’t project an ounce of intelligence, sense of humor, social skills, leadership skills, or most importantly, self-respect. They’re not even masculine; they’re girly-men, the kind most girls would like to take shopping, not take on any sort of romantic interlude, adventure, or sexual escapade.

Men are consistently shown as being sub-average, bumbling jackasses who can’t make a decision to save their life, and yet they still get the girl at the end of the show, and to beat it all, they cry for joy and thank her for the privilege of being seen with her. (I’m so sick of those commercials for Sonic restaurants making men look like idiots that I joined John Alanis long ago in boycotting Sonic, and wrote them a letter telling them so.)

via How to Program Your Very Own Wuss and Kill Your Relationship or Marriage « THE Man’s Blog for Great Relationship and Marriage Help.

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You Can Take the Chinaman out of China, but Cant Take China out of the Chinaman

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

File this video under “damn I’m sure glad my family doesn’t act like that!”

Here is a video that is making the rounds on the Chinese interweb. It shows a couple of ladies arguing and basically being Chinese. The funny thing is that the video was shot in Vancouver. The vid makes me feel sorry for my friends who are Chinese and well educated and polite. But, by the looks of these ‘ladies’ , they are from the cultural revolution generation, probably were red guards and used to taking pinking shears to the face of anyone who disagreed with them.

The funny thing is that as China opens up, the world begins to see what a mess the place really is. As far as the video goes, I really doubt anyone who has spent any time in China will be surprised by it.


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China and Law

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

“Mao openly advocated the idea that revolutionary violence and the dictatorship of the
proletariat need not be subject to legal restraint. Lawlessness was considered a good
in the Cultural Revolution era – an era of legal nihilism and massive killings and
beatings of persons and massive violations of all kinds of human rights.- Wu Jianfan, ‘Building New China’s Legal System’ (1983) 22 Columbia Journal of
Transnational Law 1.

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UK Closing Her Doors- After School, Go Home!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 15, 2010

UK Closing Her Doors- After School, Go Home!

File this post under “damn there are so many Chinese trying to escape that God-forsaken polluted land that we gotta keep them out of here” file- I mean if you have a file with that title..
this excerpt is from the Chinadaily and it proclaims that the UK will be reducing its post study work visas. The logic is to protect local jobs. What they will do is bascially kick out the foreigners once they are done studying if they have not jobs- one has to wonder how much the opening of China has impacted this rule.

Many think its only to promote jobs for locals but to me its much deeper than that. For one thing, many of the new breed of china one policy kids are emotionally ill-equipped to deal with civilization (remember I’ve taught them here). Many of them merely wish to go to another place, to hide from their folks and enjoy freedom. Their folks want them to work and send money home. The students will take as many classes as possible, putting off the inevitable, then look for work. The UK seems to be ok with them studying, but then wants them gone, to me this is logical. Due to mismanagement, corruption etc. China has turned this place into a toxic landfill, but then they all want to send their kids to the west to suck off the teat of our social programs. The truth is that our systems were not set up to shoulder the burden of 1 300 000 000 people knocking on our doors just because their moms dads and grandparents have looted the riches of their land. Or maybe its just me…

The other point of the UK visa rule is raising the English speaking standard from an IELTS score of 5, to 6.5. If you’ve never taken the IELTS, let me explain. While teaching here, I had students who general were from 3.5 to 5.0. Speaking to someone of this caliber is about like the following.
me- whats your name
chinaman-my name is wang fu
me-where you from
chinaman-i am from gansu province . gansu province is in west of china.
me-ok ok. What do you know about economics?
chinaman- en
me- what do you think about china
me-can you tell me about a world famous brand
chinaman–do you like nba? I like Kobe ….smiling

This is true. Possessing an IELTS of 5.0 means that a person knows enough English to piss you off and frustrate you, nothing more. If they have not memorized a phrase, then they cannot communicate with you effectively. Possessing such a low level of English means the person is ill-equipped to work in the system unless their job is an an area where rudimentary English skills are not needed, like at a dry cleaning shop, or shoe shine boy…
Needless to say, I think the move is a good one….
oh yeah, I love China

“BEIJING – Tens of thousands of Chinese students in the United Kingdom (UK) could be forced out of the country if a basket of strict visa policies takes effect next year.
The Home Office has posted a consultation on its website to seek public opinion about the proposal until Jan 31, 2011.The regulations would cancel the Post Study Work (PSW) policy, which grants foreign graduates of specified courses up to two years of free access to the labor market.The UK’s Home Office intends to tighten visa regulations for international students to reduce the country’s annual net migration and cope with high domestic unemployment.

It also raises the English-language requirement for many foreign applicants from level B1 to B2. B1 is equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 3.5 to 4.5, while B2 is equivalent to an IELTS score between 5 and 6.5. “Students now represent the largest proportion of net migration from outside Europe,” the Home Office said on its website.”

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