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Archive for January 31st, 2011

China’s Hack Addiction- CCTV Hacks a Scene From Top Gun

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

In an attempt to build her credibility around the world, CCTV has allegedly shanzai’ed some footage from the movie Top Gun and claim it as their own. How sad is it when you have to hack fighter scenes from the 80’s….

Click the link to see the video, how hilarious…

from here

On Jan. 23, China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, ran a story about an air force training exercise that contained some suspicious footage.

Around the segment’s one minute 12 seconds mark (see above), as the China-U.S.-oriented blog Ministry of Tofu pointed out, “the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to a cinema scene from the Hollywood film Top Gun.”

Viewers were led to believe that what they were seeing was a live fire exercise. But according to Ministry of Tofu: “A net user who went by the name “刘毅” (Liu Yi) pointed out that the jet that the J-10 ‘hit’ is an F-5, a US fighter jet. In Top Gun, what the leading actor Tom Cruise pilots an F-14 to bring down is exactly an F-5. Looking at the screenshots juxtaposition, one cannot fail to find that even flame, smoke and the way the splinters fly look the same.”

Not convinced? The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report put the videos side-by-side.

The seemingly doctored footage has been removed from CCTV’s website. But Real Time China Report notes that Chinese media has in the past been caught red-handed lifting fictional U.S. material in news reports.

“In 2002, the popular Beijing Evening News tabloid translated and published as genuine a satirical news article by The Onion about U.S. Congress threatening to leave Washington D.C. unless the city built them a new building with a retractable roof,” writes Josh Chin. “Five years later, the state-run Xinhua news agency infamously used an x-ray image of Homer Simpson’s head to illustrate a story about the discovery of a genetic link to multiple sclerosis.”

CCTV has declined to comment in media reports.

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Re-Blog on Keeping up Appearances in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

From http://www.weatheringthejourney.wordpress.com I agree whole-heartedly with her comment below the article.

BEIJING – An unprecedented visit by China’s premier to the bureau where ordinary citizens submit grievances about corruption and other problems has put the spotlight on a system widely regarded as broken but that Beijing is unlikely to fix.

State media reports showed Premier Wen Jiabao chatting with eight petitioners and speaking to staff at the central government complaints bureau on Monday afternoon. The government’s Xinhua News Agency said it was the first time that a prime minister had met with ordinary petitioners in the 61 years of communist rule.

The publicity underscored a message Wen and other Chinese leaders like to show, especially ahead of next month’s Lunar New Year — that they care about common people. But petitioners, who flock to Beijing by the thousands for redress, are usually given more brusque treatment, at times grabbed off the streets, held in unofficial detention centers known as “black jails” and sent home….

via China’s premier visits official complaint bureau – Yahoo! News.

Keep reading further in the article. It’s all about keeping up appearances. The most dangerous thing you can do in China (besides crossing the street) is lodge a complaint about corruption. Just kiss your family good bye one last time before you do it because you have a high likelihood of ending up in jail. Some folks just disappear, never to be heard from again.

winner-winner, chicken dinner :-)

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Beijing Life in a Photo

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Off Topic- Hippies

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

Hunter S Thompson from The Hippies

“Everyone seems to agree that hippies have some kind of
widespread appeal, but nobody can say exactly what they stand
for. Not even the hippies seem to know, although some can be
very articulate when it comes to details.
“I love the whole world,” said a 23-year-old girl in San
Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, the hippies’ world
capital. “I am the divine mother, part of Buddha, part of God,
part of everything.”

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The Fat Lady is Singing- China is Buying US Gas Leases

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

Read it and weep…


“SHANGHAI (Dow Jones)–China’s Cnooc Ltd. (CEO) is buying into several shale oil and gas leases in the U.S. owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) for US$570 million in cash, in the latest move by a Chinese oil company to learn a technology that has transformed the U.S. gas industry.

Also, Cnooc will fund two-thirds of Chesapeake’s share of drilling and other costs up to maximum of US$697 million, the two companies said in a statement Monday.

The deal follows a similar Cnooc-Chesapeake agreement in October 2010 under which the Chinese company bought one-third of Chesapeake’s 600,000-acre Eagle Ford, Texas, shale oil and gas project for US$1.08 billion–a pact which was the first major investment by a China state-run company in onshore energy reserves in the U.S.

Chinese companies had until then been reluctant to invest in U.S. energy reserves, following Cnooc’s 2005 bid to take over California-based Unocal Corp. being blocked by a nationalist political uproar.

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WTF is UP With China????

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

I read this post yesterday and the snippet below comes from it. Apparently in Jiangsu province in China, there was a law that says its illegal for kids to force their parents to give them money? WTF?

You mean to tell me there are a ton of Chinese running around and beating their aged parents out of their last pennies and scraps of clothing? Its not as if those elderly have not suffered enough what with the horrors of the cultural revolution and the ‘great leap forward, before it. But I guess that is what you get when you decide that religion has no utility and money is your god….

” The Civil Affairs Ministry is not the only government agency rushing to the defense of older people. Last week, the eastern province of Jiangsu passed an ordinance forbidding adult children from forcing their parents to give them money or goods, according to The Yangzi Evening News.”

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Chinese Subway Fare- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

I’m not sure but I think the title of this Photo is
“hey buddy, you aint got enough money for the ticket, but maybe there is something else we can do…”
1995 January 19th, Guangzhou Railway Station, because of the large amount of travelers, a freight boxcar temporarily served as a passenger train car.

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I love America- Or OMG How Shitty are Chinese Products

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

My friend just sent me an XBOX so I have been doing what all responsible adults would do under such circumstance, I have been neglecting everything in my life with the exception of Madden 2011 and NCAA football. But the point of this rant is not my inability to do ‘adult’ things, but the fact that I miss parts of America. You may be confused by all of this so I will now share with you the point of this rant.
Chinese products SUCK!
I have been gaming like an addict and guess what? The batteries that came with my XBOX control work like a charm! Even after 25 hours of intense gaming the things are responsive and still have juice. I compare this to the local batteries which if you are lucky enough to find any that actually contain copper, last for about 3 or 4 plays and then must be changed.When video gaming with Chines batteries I have to enlist the service of my friends as they constantly feed me ‘fresh’ and ‘new’ ‘chinese batteries’,

An American M60 team opens fire.

barring the assistance of a local, I am forced to suck it up and go at it alone while ensonsing my body in less than toxic “chinese AAA cells”all the while I attempt to maintain focus on the task at hand

An M60 is also used by Ho (Liem Whatley) to pin down American troops.

All so that I may game in comfort.
Is it just me or do the Chinese really make some shitty products?

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Problem With My Site

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

I usually blog by email and have been having problems with it. At times you will notice that the title of a post will appear and yet there will be no content below. I do not know why this is but suspect it is a problem with my email client. If you notice this problem in the future please feel free to tell me as I usually cannot access my site so am unaware of it. Thanks…..

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Poor Translation in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 31, 2011

This photos is fuzzy so I am unsure as to what it said, but i recall it was a lousy translation. Or maybe it was just humorous to me as the label said something like “Edible” or “healthy food” in China….

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