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Archive for January 26th, 2011

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

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Off Topic But Funny- Rant By K8

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

Here is part of a funny post from this site. I enjoy the post as I can relate to her on many levels, to wit she is stuck in MI(sorry  if you really like it there K8, but  I was by Flint,so I’m jaded). But other than that, she has the remarkable ability to say what’s on her mind in a playful manner.

From So far from interesting – The Ramblings and Adventures of A Tightly Wound Girl


I’m tired of my last post, so I decided an update is in order.  I can’t be bothered to form one cohesive thought, or even come up with a title apparently, so this will be in my popular form of “Things”.

1)  My immediate family is a remarkably unlucky bunch.  My Mother isn’t quite as afflicted as my brothers and I are, but she gets her fair share.  It gets laughable at times, but today it wasn’t so laughable.  I’m quite confident that 2010 will go down as the worst year in our collective history, and it’s barely half over.  To write an entire blog post about how unbelievably rough my brothers and I have it when, in reality, I know other people in the world are suffering far more than we are and have, seems like a ridiculous sentiment now that I’ve thought about it for a few minutes.  However, an assload of badness has been heaped upon myself and my brothers this year and, frankly, I think it’s total horseshit.  Edit:  I was thinking, during the middle of the night, that I should probably state the obvious here, in case people think I’m unaware.  Obviously, some of our misfortune comes from bad choices, not always bad luck.

2)  I’m starting a new job on August 2nd.  I am immensely grateful that a paycheck is in my future.  That’s all I have to say about that for now.

3)  The AMC Forum 30 is $5 all day Monday through Thursday (except for weekday premieres), so we saw Inception today and it was nearly mind-blowing and the most original premise and script I’ve seen in ages.  Dicaprio is pretty much my favorite actor nowadays.  He is fascinating.

4)  Went on an adventure in the D with Momma this past Friday (blog post with photos coming soon) and had an awesome time.  The bonus was that everything we did, other than eating, was free!  Do you know about the little oasis that is Belle Isle on a weekday?  I had no idea!  There’s a conservatory, a nature zoo, a beach and a nautical museum there and they are all free!

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Interesting Comment to a Post

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

This is a comment from the author of one of my favorite websites here. She is commenting on the post I put up yesterday about dialing 119 for emergencies in China.

from weatheringthejourney.wordpress.com

“If they made it easy, then people might actually use it. Besides, if it works like the ambulance system, you have to have money to pay the ambulance driver/workers up front before you can be taken to the hospital. Then, once at the hospital, you have to pay for treatment before it’s administered. I’d say, most folks in China can’t afford the cost of emergency services.

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Beijing Limits Car Usage- Jaguar Worried

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

Beijing’s traffic is unbearable, you’d be better off curling into a ball and rolling to your destination rather than driving. In order to stop this, the Chinese brain trust is limiting car license plate purchases, among other things. The potential impact on car manufacturers has them worried (see below). I guess it was much easier when only the emperor had a right to be on the roads.

“Still, over the weekend, Jaguar Land Rover China President Bob Grace struck a relatively cautious tone when he said at a dealer opening event in Beijing that it was “too early” to determine what kind of impact his brands – Jaguar and Land Rover – might feel from Beijing’s move.

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Praise the Chinese Legal System

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

File this under “You are kidding me right?”

The excerpt purports to tout the excellence of the ‘Chinese legal system’. Color me jaded, but based upon the reading I have done regarding the ‘legal system’ in China, its barely legal. Sure they like to sing its praises (the ccoms) before meeting those of us in the west, but a quick Google search will show just how far they have not come over the past 60 years.

I’m laughing my butt off as I read this from this source:
“BEIJING – China has established a comprehensive socialist legal system that provides a legal basis to help with the development of almost all sectors of the country, top legislator Wu Bangguo announced on Monday in Beijing.

The system, with the Constitution as its head, Constitution-related laws, civil laws, commercial laws and other important laws as its backbone, and national and local regulations as its support, is in accordance with China’s present circumstances and is a good basis to ensure the continuation of a socialist system that remains Chinese in nature, Wu said.

By the end of 2010, 236 national laws, more than 690 national administrative regulations and more than 8,600 local regulations had been enacted, according to the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature”

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Gay Rights Defender Takes Legal Action in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

from here:

A gay rights defender has taken legal action against a Beijing newspaper after it reported the “wedding” of a male couple.

The gay rights defender, Xiao Dong, told Xinhua Tuesday the Beijing Times reporter was unethical in photographing the couple’s backs after the couple had opposed the photography.

Xiao, also the master of ceremonies at the wedding, said he was acting on behalf of the couple.

Xiao said his lawyer has sent an letter to the newspaper requesting the removal of the pictures from websites, an official apology and the dismissal of the reporter

“If they don’t take these actions, we will have to take them to court,” said Xiao, who works at the Beijing Rainbow Volunteer Station for HIV/AIDS Prevention.

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Trash in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

China has too many people and too few places for her garbage….
China is Sinking in Garbage

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Photo of Chinese Motoring Home for the Holidays

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

from chinasmack.com

A large motorcycle-riding Chun Yun contingent heading back to their hometowns braving the heavy snows. They wear thick clothing covered with raincoats, wind-deflecting helmets on their heads, their legs and knees wrapped, braving the rain and snow on the long and arduous ride back to their Jiangxi hometowns, becoming a special sight on the roads during Chun Yun.

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Hypochondriacs Beware- Don’t Google Your Ailments

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

I now live in fear. No it’s not the fear of being corralled by some freedom oppressors and stuffed into a tiny cement dungeon., at least not at the moment, no, my fear of what my recent back ailment truly is.

The other day while taking a ‘motorcycle rickshaw’ to work, the driver of my chariot had a slight fender bender. My driver attempted to force a car off the road with his front wheel just as I had turned to talk to him and physics being what they are, we lost and my back felt as if it had been twisted like a pretzel. Since then I have had a small pain in my back.

Being  bored,  I decided to Google back pain to see what it is that’s ailing me…. What in the heck is up with all the hypochondriacs trolling the medical help boards with their ill-conceived advice/diagnoses, I wish I had never googled it.

According to Milly Sourbottom, Brockville Mass, I am suffering from nothing more than Sciatica, Kelly Primrose from Eugen Oregon strongly disagrees. In her long winded missive, she stated that in no uncertain terms I am “suffering from ‘Cauda equina’ syndrome”, and you can look it up if you dont believe her, so I did and sure enough there it is.

I’m not convinced that the pain shooting through my lower back is ‘Cauda Equina’ and hope its not. My fear , however, was aptly stated as such by a Rick Sterngoer from Lakeland FL. “Dude it dont matter what fked up your back. You need to go under the knife and get it tooken care of. Count on months in traction followed by painful recovery. But at least you can get some Demerols out of it…”

While appreciating the fact that Mr. Sterngoer pried his gnarled fingers from the sweaty can of Schlitz Malt Liquor long enough to reply, I thanked him profusely for his sage advice. Yet I somehow doubt that watching ever episode of House, since its inception qualifies him to opine as to my malady.  I do however, give him more credit than I give Milley Blingman- city unknown, who chimed in that maybe it was a ‘bot fly’ who’d buried itself under my skin ‘right next to those bony lumps in your back’. While I hope that the larvae of a fly found indigenous to costa rica has not embedded itself into my body, I am keeping all my options open.

I guess the conclusion of this rant is, well there isn’t one, but if forced to make a summary I would say that sometimes access to information can be a bad thing.

Damn I could go for a Chocolate muffin from starbucks and a Dark Cherry Mocha as well.

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Quick Dial 110, or maybe 122 or maybe 119- Emergency Numbers in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 26, 2011

In China, you can dial 110 to report a crime, 122 for traffic accidents, or 119 for fires or other things, or so I am told. What gets me is why they didnt just Shanzai 911 from the land of milk and honey. It would be much easier for all the locals, but maybe thats just too easy.

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