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Archive for December 16th, 2010

Chinese Shoe Repair Guy

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


This guy has a shoe repair kit on his bike.

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Charitable China- an Oxymoron

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


File this stat under the “no kidding, like i didnt know that” folder, If yoiu have one. Pictured is a chart of giving around the world. China, probably to few people’s surprise, ranked near the absolute bottom of the list. China, ranked at 147, gave in a fashion similar to that of Cambodia and Bangladesh, neither known for its charitable behavior.
I am not sure why the Chinese are so stingy, or heartless, it may be the perversion of Confucianism, whereby they feel they owe no one but their families anything, or maybe its just them. The Asian region, in general, was quite low, and you can see below that charitable giving is positively correlated with happiness, to me it makes sense.
To me when I think of a world leader or responsible country, I think of what they do for the world, not what they take from it, I guess that is why when i think of world leaders, China rarely comes to mind.

excerpt:
“China was at the absolute bottom of Asian countries in terms of charitableness, with only 11% having donated money, 4% having donated time and 28% having helped a stranger…Besides being a potentially embarrassing statistic for Chinese people (if they care), the study also found a strong correlation between happiness and giving. Wealth didn’t matter so much, it seems – those with little money will still donate if they’re feeling good about their quality of life. China got a happiness rating of 4.5….
Apparently, even taking into account GDP and levels of poverty, China is one of the least likely countries to donate time or money to charitable causes.”

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Scenes from The Rickshaw Ride in China

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Moving on up , in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


This photo reminds me of that show called “The jeffersons” or the theme song. The words said that George- the star, was moving on up, ie moving up the socio-economic ladder and obtaining more from life, kinda like these guys….

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Subway Pisser in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


Call this just another public pisser in China. Exhibit a’ entitled ‘pisser’, shows two ‘grown ups’ surrounding a little boy. As I walked up, I saw them helping him to pee inside the subway station…I was late with my cam and the picture is fuzzy, so I submit Exhibit b’ ‘result’. In that photo you can see the pool of urine that the little kid left behind him.
China living, China life….

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Chinese Poster- Chinese Thinker

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


If this were a poster , I’d call it Introspection.

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My favorite Greasy Spoon in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


I love to photograph this place….its a typical Chinese restaurant.

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Shape of Chinese Skulls- Neonotony and Chinese Man Boys?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


A little bit ago I went on a rant about how Chinese say their heads are shaped differently based upon how they sleep. I wiki’d the topic and came across this. It is cool, talks about the genetic differences between Angloids and Mongloids, or Chinese/asians. In the end, it talks about neonotony which to a lay man appears to be natures way of making us better than the chimps, it seems say that humans that are more ‘child like’ in appearance ie. Chinese are more developed.

wiki
“The Mongoloid skull has proceeded further than in any other people.”[30] “The Mongoloid skull, whether Chinese or Japanese, has been rather more neotenized than the Caucasoid or European.”[30] “The female skull, it will be noted, is more pedomorphic in all human populations than the male skull.”[30] “Mongoloid races are explained in terms of being the most extreme pedomorphic humans.”[31] “The intuition that advanced human development was pedomorphic rather than recapitulationary and accelerated was disturbing to many Eurocentric nineteenth century anthropologists.”[32] “If juvenilization was the characteristic for advanced status, then it was clear that the Mongoloid races were more deeply fetalized in most respects and thus capable of the greatest development.”[32] “[R]elatively large-headed [is the] mongoloid”.[33] “An interesting hypothesis put forward by paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould many years ago was that the package of the Mongoloid anatomical changes could be explained by the phenomenon of neoteny, whereby an infantile or childlike body form is preserved in adult life. Neoteny in hominids is still one of the simplest explanations of how we developed a disproportionately large brain so rapidly over the past few million years. The relatively large brain and the forward rotation of the skull on the spinal column, and body hair loss, both characteristic of humans, are found in foetal chimps. Gould suggested a mild intensification of neoteny in Mongoloids, in whom it has been given the name pedomorphy. Such a mechanism is likely to involve only a few controller genes and could therefore happen over a relatively short evolutionary period. It would also explain how the counterintuitive retrousse [turned up at the
end] nose and relative loss of facial hair got into the package.”[34]

“[D]ecrease unnecessary muscle bulk, less tooth mass, thinner bones and smaller physical size; …this follows the selective adaptive model of Mongoloid evolution.”[34] In Ashley Montagu‘s list of “[n]eotenous structural traits in which Mongoloids… differ from Caucasoids”, Montagu lists “Larger brain, larger braincase, broader skull, broader face, flat roof of the nose, inner eye fold, more protuberant eyes, lack of brow ridges, greater delicacy of bones, shallow mandibular fossa, small mastoid processes, stocky build, persistence of thymus gland into adult life, persistence of juvenile form of zygomatic muscle, persistence of juvenile form of superior lip muscle, later eruption of full dentition (except second and third molars), less hairy, fewer sweat glands, fewer hairs per square centimeter [and] long torso”.[30] “Mongoloid subjects were found to have approximately 20% higher bone density at the angle of mandible than Caucasoid subjects.”[35]

The Mongolian spot is found frequently in East Asians. It is also extremely prevalent among East Africans, Polynesians, and Native Americans.

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Another WTF in China Via hong Kong- Chinese Heads Shaped Differently Due to Sleeping Habits?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


I get bored a lot, so when I do, I surf, half the time I have no idea how I wound up on any given site at any given moment, but check out the excerpt below. In the excerpt, a person from Hong Kong is caliming that Chinese have different head shapes due to the way they sleep, WHAT THE F==K? I am no doctor, and know even less about child development, but this person claims “The head is usually not as elongated as the Caucasians…. could be due to the supine-sleeping position2,12,25,26 resulting ….flattening … occiput rather than an oblong shape assumed by the head lying on its sides…” cutting through the BS, this person, who quotes his own earlier study, is saying that Chinese have different head shapes due to the fact they sleep on their backs? The odd thing is that this person gets published, he gets ink thus supporting his claim. I have photos of me as a kid and think that I loved to sleep on my back, as well as my niece and we have the characteristic ‘anglo head’. And is this guy’s claim is true, then why dont the Chinese who go to the west and presumably sleep like we do, have similarly shaped heads.

Maybe Im making too much of this, but it seems weiard , but I guess thats medicine in China. A place where ‘doctors’ will prescribe bug carapices for a runny nose, while telling you that the ‘cold air has entered yoru bones, and you must steam your skin with leechy nuts’ – I had a doc tell me this.
ok, so Im reserach this flat head thing and there is a ton of stuff, usually in the asian sites about the fact taht chinese have flat heads due to sleep position. Then I wiki it and voila…we remember that chinese are of the mongol or mongloid race, and it says “Mongoloids feature “absent browridges”.[27] Skulls belonging to East Asians and American Indians exhibit very forward-projecting malar bones and comparatively flat faces, more circular orbits than other groups, and a moderate nasal aperture with a slightly pointed lower margin.[28] Moreover, Mongoloid skulls are the most gracile in the human family. It is believed that the Mongoloid skull type is a very recent evolutionary development.[29] “The Mongoloid skull has proceeded further than in any other people.”[30] “The Mongoloid skull, whether Chinese or Japanese, has been rather more neotenized than the Caucasoid or European.”[30] “The female skull, it will be noted, is more pedomorphic in all human populations than the male skull.”[30]

which basically means their heads are shaped like that due to genetics.

Here is the quote from the guy in Hong Kong

“At birth, the Chinese infant has a broader face, often with depressed nasal bridge (Table 1).1,2,5,10,15-24 He does not look “yellow”, as his skin pigmentation usually takes days, often weeks to establish. More than one in ten infants have up-slanting eyes. One in four has “low-set ears” by Western standard. The head is usually not as elongated as the Caucasians. This could be due to the supine-sleeping position2,12,25,26 resulting in flattening of the occiput rather than an oblong shape assumed by the head lying on its sides from the prone-sleeping posture.” Cy Yeung

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Hiding Rabbit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 16, 2010


Rabbits conceal themselves in the open, they are kind of like snipers. My rabbit is hiding here, check it out.

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