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Archive for February 3rd, 2011

More Shots from China- Year of the Rabbit

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Chinese Get Creative to Enter a Train

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2000 Chun Yun period, a train platform attendant helps travelers get off the train through the train's windows.

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Communist Party Members in China

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The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)

Top-ranked party members enjoy a social standing beyond the respect that officials get anyway in a country with deep bureaucratic traditions. Much as if they have been granted diplomatic status in their own country, they live in secure compounds, but also have their overseas travel restricted and mingle with people beyond official circles and their immediate family, according to strict security protocols. They answer to the Party first, not to the law of the land, if they are accused of criminal wrongdoing.
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I Feel Sorry For China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 3, 2011


It is the first day of the Chinese new year and I am house bound. Beijing is a tomb now and not much is open. I guess my purgatory is to be stuck here with Chinese TV, thus the reason for this rant.
As I sit here I marvel at the raft of garbage the communist party broadcasts to these folks. In between hokie kung fu flicks that look like they are from the 60’s , the chicoms sneak in ‘talk shows’ and Chinese ‘professional basketbal’l.
The talk shows are nothing more than a bunch of communist party members debating the good and bad of China. Being fantatics, the bad they will address in China, mainly centers around how China is now becoming more westernized, and thus evil.
As for Chinese “professional basketball”. I would like to state that the level of basketballing that they exhibit in this place is no more ‘professional’ than is exhibited on the hardwood in any pickup game at a juunior high in Flint MI. Not to degrade their basketball, I am merely stating a fact. I also had the misfortune to live in the Flint area and in addition to rampant prostitution, drug abuse and homicides, they also have excellent basketball players. Thus to make this comparison may not be as bad as it seems. Anyway, i sit here and watch these Chinese guys who posses the speed of a tortoise and couple it with the agility sloth. I guess I shouldn’t bitch, after all , it is China, the land of fraud and the games are probably fixed anyway. And if they are fixed , the players probably dont really care.
China living

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2 2 The Chinese Rabbit Eating Marshmallows

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2 2 my Chinese rabbit has a sweet tooth. Actually she has poor dietary habits. Here preferences are starchy foods, chocolate and pizza. She is about 3 years old now and a little bit portly.

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Lounging Rabbit in China

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Here is 2 2 doing what she does best. She is in the ‘Superman ‘ position just watching life pass by…..

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China’s Big Import from Neighboring Nepal- Sex Slaves?

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excerpt from here:

“PURNA BASNET

HONG KONG, Jan 26: Chairman of Maiti Nepal Anuradha Koirala has claimed that the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and Macau have been developing as a new hub for trafficking of Nepali women. The Red Light Area in Khasa of Tibet is expanding and young girls are being ferried from the neighboring districts of Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, and Dolakha.
“The problem will assume epidemic proportions if immediate steps are not taken to control it,” Koirala, who was recently named the CNN Hero for the Year 2010 for her efforts to curb trafficking of Nepali women, warned. “I will raise the issue with China in various forums,” she promised.
“We have rehabilitated three girls rescued from Khasha region,” Koirala said pointing that the problem arose after border points with Tibet were opened. “They said they were taken to dance bars and cabin restaurants there and forced into prostitution. The incident of the return of two girls from Rasuwa after being forced into prostitution for a few months in Tibet has also become public,” Koirala added.”

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My Chinese Rabbit 2 2 When she Was a Baby

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Trying Again to Reblog the Post from “anotherlaowai.com”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 3, 2011


I am trying this again as it didn’t come through the first time.

This rant had me dieing at work. Its from this site and called
Merits of a Murse

post:
“The “Murse” also known as a man purse, or man bag is very common among the young accidentally rich men of China though some older men are known to carry them. The murse was originated in Europe and has gained some popularity around the world particularity among men that carry a mobile phone, Blackberry, camera and other business essentials though they are mostly murses that have a longer strap so that they hang around your hips similar to a messengers bag. In China the most common type of murse is more similar to a ladies evening bag than a normal purse and is tucked under the arm and touted around everywhere they go. The typical carrier wears a ugly ass shirt with a checkered or diamond pattern, black dress pants, black dress shoes, and white socks.

The Chinese men carrying murses are always ridiculed by foreigners on their blogs. I am also one of the men who usually ridicule them, but today I’ve decided to actually examine the murse in detail to see if there are any real advantages to carrying one. I will point out as many advantages and disadvantages as I can.

Below is a common murse you can find in China i found the image on the Louis Vuitton webpage. This particular modal looks better than 95% of the ones you will see in China. The most common LV murse you see in China I was unable to find on the internet so i don’t know where they are buying them from. The prick lawyer at my work paid 4000 for a murse by LV which doesn’t seem to exist online, looks like someone overpaid on a fake.

Typical Murse

I will start by stating some advantages for men in China to carry a murse

  1. It can hold multiple items such as your cellphone, cigarettes (for guanxi),money (for bribes), business cards, condoms (never gonna be used), fake Mont Blanc pen, wedding ring (keep it out of sight), keys, PDA, Chinese cologne (stinks like a motherfucker usually a similar scent to lysol).
  2. Harder to misplace than a cellphone or wallet by itself.
  3. Due to its high price it can give you higher status in your peers eyes especially if your murse is more expensive than their murse.
  4. Keeps you organized in a disorganized country.
  5. Could possibly be fashionable if you don’t wear white socks with black pants and black shoes and bought a new shirt.

Now some disadvantages.

  1. YOU LOOK LIKE A TWAT
  2. Having something tucked under your arm with nothing securing it in place is very easy to steal someone will run by and grab it and there is nothing you could do to stop them especially if your smoking at the same time. Its a mugging target
  3. If you lose it your fucked because everything important is lost
  4. If its a hot day your sweat from your pits will damage the over priced leather or give it a nasty smell
  5. 1000-30,000 RMB for a feminine looking bag to hold your stuff VS 2 RMB for a zip lock bag which has the same functions, you can’t beat the savings.
  6. Can’t dance and hold a murse at the same time, well you could do the Chinese”I Have a Tail” of the “Look At My Tail” Dance more on that another time
  7. Mosts murses in China are very feminine. They’re way passed the line for metrosexual fashion straight into homosexual fashion. If you going for the metrosexual look you need more than a murse, you need a complete wardrobe change including black socks, real cologne, changing your shirt at least once a week, and wash your hair sometime this year
  8. If your walking with a masculine man and you are carrying a murse you look like his little bitch
  9. If you and your friend both carry murse’s then all the foreigners that see you will wonder which of you is the “catcher

That concludes my comparison if you have any other advantages or disadvantages you know of please feel free to add them to the comments.

And if anyone ever sees me walking around touting one of those fugly murses please beat some fucking sense into me. I have only seen one foreigner with a murse tucked under his arm in China and I hope never to see another. though I will admit the murses with a long strap similar to a messenger bag are not too bad and convenient but there is no reason to every have a little one tucked under your arm

A point of interest is I thought I was the first to use the term “murse” to describe the man purse but i found out someone at urban dictionary had coined it before me. That fucker!!!

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China Supplying Arms to Latin America

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 3, 2011


An article quoting a US General on China’s arms presence in Latin America.

from here:
“”An increasing presence of the People’s Republic of China [PRC] in the region is an emerging dynamic that must not be ignored,” he said.
“The PRC’s growing dependence on the global economy and the necessity of protecting access to food, energy, raw materials and export markets has forced a shift in their military strategy,” he told the House Armed Services Committee.

Gen. Craddock added that Beijing’s most recent outline of military strategy “departs from the past and promotes a power-projection military, capable of securing strategic shipping lanes and protecting its growing economic interests abroad.”

The military dimensions of China’s economic push into Latin America have grown since Gen. Craddock gave that assessment in March, U.S. officials say.

“Chinese strategic thinking, from the writings of Sun Tzu to classic games such as ‘go’ emphasize the value of setting the stage, as much as the battle itself,” says Evan Ellis, a Latin American analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton.

“The idea is to position oneself at an advantage in all possible realms — politically, militarily or physically — so that if a tangible confrontation must occur, the adversary simply cannot prevail.”

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