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Archive for February 19th, 2011

China and the Communist Involvement in Business

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


From “The Party” (Richard Mcgregor)

Huang did reach one conclusion–the pure private sector in China at the end of the twentieth century, companies with no government ties or involvement at all, was ‘minuscule’, equal to about 20 per cent of all industrial output. The confusion about what is public and what is private is a deliberate result of the system’s lingering wariness about clarifying ownership. Ask any genuine entrepreneur whether their company is private, or ‘siying’, literally, ‘privately run’, it is striking how many still resist the description in favour of the more politically correct tag ‘minying’, which means ‘run by the people’. In a people’s republic founded on a commitment to abolish private wealth, an enterprise which is ‘run by the people’, even if it is owned by an individual, is more favoured than a company that parades itself as purely private. Most economists now skirt the issue, by dividing companies into two categories, state and non-state, and leave it at that.

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Peaceful China Pic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


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Chicoms and Business

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


From “The Party” (Richard Mcgregor)
excerpt:
“The first time I met Zhang Ruimin, who heads Haier, China’s largest whitegoods manufacturer and one of the country’s best-known brands, I asked him what I thought was an obvious question. Zhang Ruimin was both chief executive of Haier and also secretary of the company’s Communist Party committee. How did he balance any possible conflict between the Party and private profit? Zhang dismissed the question out of hand. ‘I appointed myself party secretary of Haier, so I can’t have any conflicts with myself, can I?’ he replied.”

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Communist Building in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


I am unsure of what goes on in this building but its in Tian.en.man, so i am sure it must have something to do with trading favors….

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Phallic Like Monument in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


This is a shot of ti.anenman., but is it just me or is that oblisk in the center quite phallic-like? Also check out the gray air, that is pollution.

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Piss Pants in China- Public Urination in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


Look at this photo. The older woman is pulling up the britches of the kid who of course just urinated in public. You can see to the left of the ‘classy old gal’ that there is a puddle of fresh urine on the cement where the kid who is probably 4 or so just took a leak. This area is filled with restaurants and public toilets and I really have no idea why se didnt use that.

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China and the Communist Party

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


from “The Party” (Richard Mcgregor)

“”Success has a single father in China, a maxim which often makes for improbable reporting. According to an official media dispatch from the scene of a mining accident in Henan province in 2007, the moment one rescued miner emerged out of the blackness into daylight, his first words were: ‘I thank the Central Party! I thank the State Council! I thank the Henan provincial government! I thank the people of the nation!’ Apart from the fact that the rescued miner made no reference to his family or loved ones, what is notable about this quote is that it captures perfectly the ruling hierarchy, with the Party at the top, followed by the central government, the provincial leadership, and finally, the people. The organization department’s boasting about earthquake relief, or, on a much smaller scale, the reporting of the mining rescue, are the exceptions that prove the rule. Usually, party bodies prefer to fly under the radar, as they did in the Sanlu case, to ensure the sinews of their power remain out of sight.”

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I Have NO Idea What They are Doing in China- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


I really have no idea what these two are up to, but took the photo anyway. I think it was over the fall that i shot this one.

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Why The Chinese Kept the Toxic Milk Scandal Quiet

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


Here is an excerpt as to why the Communist party kep the lid on the toxic milk scandal in ’08. The CEO of the company, Sanlu was actually a member of the communist party of some high repute. The bottom line was that due to saving face, the issue was hidden and more people and children suffered.

From “The Party” (Richard Mcgregor)

‘For reasons that everybody knows, we were not able to investigate the Sanlu case, because harmony was needed everywhere. I was deeply concerned because I sensed that this was going to be a huge public health catastrophe”

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Great Cat Photo – From k8hinote.wordpress.com

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


Here is a great shot of a snoozing cat. The photo comes from this site during one of the authors rants. The author is an artist and has some pretty funny view on life.
Vito doing what he does. Laying on my work. Pretty much the coolest cat I know. Apologies to my own kitties, but this cat just rules.

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