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Archive for February 15th, 2011

“Integrity” in Chinese Research- Nah!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 15, 2011


China has an interesting way of measuring success, imho its a throwback to the purely communist days. Quality was not a consideration, but only output. Thus in terms of research they only focus on writing papers, even if those papers happen to be copies of anothers work.
Here is an excerpt which explians this phenomenon in China.
excerpt:
” Her findings are not surprising if one considers the results of a recent government study in which a third of the 6,000 scientists at six of the (China’s)top institutions admitted they had engaged in plagiarism or the outright fabrication of research data. In another study of 32,000 scientists last summer by the China Association for Science and Technology, more than 55 percent said they knew someone guilty of academic fraud.”

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Chinadaily Reports that Nationally up to 10% of China’s Rice is Toxic!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 15, 2011


A report from Shanghai states that 10% of the rice sold in national markets is tainted with heavy metals like cadmium. Apparently this toxc metal can cause muculo-skeletal problems (see excerpt below). I guess it is no wonder all the communist officials and others want to send their kids to anyplace but China. China faces so many challenges , from the ecological to the political that its like a soap opera. As an even more bothersome aside, it has been reported that in southern China, the percentage of toxic rice is around 60%.
excerpt:
“SHANGHAI – Recent research has concluded that 10 percent of the rice sold in national markets is likely to be tainted with heavy metals….The report comes from the Nanjing Agricultural University’s Institute of Resource……After taking samples of 91 kinds of rice collected from markets in six agricultural regions in China in 2007, researchers found 10 percent of the rice samples was laced with cadmium – a heavy metal that is associated with high blood pressure, bone fractures and pain…. according to a report in Century Weekly magazine’s Feb 14 issue….
.The research team, led by Professor Pan Genxing, sallied forth again in 2008, this time concentrating on the country’s southern region. It found that over 60 percent of the rice samples it took were tainted with cadmium. In some samples, the cadmium level was equal to five times of the legal maximum.”

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China’s Great Wall of People

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 15, 2011


from the chinadaily

Weekly Photos: Jan 31 - Feb 6
Visitors climb the Badaling section of the Great Wall on the outskirts of Beijing on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year Feb 4, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

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Another Chinese Job Fair

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 15, 2011


from the chinadaily

New recruitment drive sweeps China
A job fair is held in Deqing county, East China’s Zhejiang province, Feb 13, 2011. More than 13,600 jobs were available at the fair. [Photo/Xinhua]

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China and “Fudging” Her GDP Numbers

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 15, 2011


Excerpt from here, by KW Dam

“A reason for being cautious about past Chinese growth rates is that, as Alwyn Young points out, China has used a different method from most countries for arriving at national GDP; it adds up local production reports to reach a national total, with predictable incentives for local overreporting when actual growth is weak and underreporting in periods of overheating in the economy. Young also cautions that even assuming the correctness of Chinese nominal national income statistics, inflation was underestimated by Chinese authorities so that real GDP growth in the 1986–98 period was overstated by 3.0 percentage points a year.21 Using Young’s analysis, the real growth in GDP during that period was 6.2 percent rather than 9.2 percent. Annual growth of more than 6 percent is still, of course, an extraordinary achievement but would not lead to the kind of assumptions about the future that underpin so much contemporary discussion. Over twenty-four years, the compounding of 9 percent growth yields an eightfold increase in total growth; compounding of 6 percent growth would yield only a fourfold increase—resulting in a Chinese economy only half as much larger than the base year.”

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Typical China

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Chinese Traffic

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Fake Wine in China-ZZZZZ

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 15, 2011


I recently saw headlines that read, “Fake Wine Stuns the Nation!”. It was a story about China, amazingly enough producing fake wines. What struck me was that in a country like China where they fake everyting from cars to meds, I think the average chinese is immune to such news, and most definitely not ‘shocked’. Then I thought, who buys Chinese wine?
Actually I went to some castle off in the northeast part of China. They said that there, they utilize the exact same processes as used in France and intimated that the wine was just as good. To me that is typical China, they copy something and then consider it to be as good or better. I guess they fail to understand that the grapes in France, probably do not have to suck their nutrients through toxic soil and and sip from poisoned water, or maybe its just me.
So anyway, I wasn’t going to blog the story as I thought, who gives a darn, who really buys their wine anyway….

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Typical China in a Picture

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Chinese Job Fair

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This is a job fair in China.

New recruitment drive sweeps China
Workers from an electronics factory advertise for job seekers at the roadside in Shenzhen, Feb 10, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

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