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Archive for February 22nd, 2011

My Life in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

I was recently introduced to some ‘experts’ or external consultants with whom I will be working. After seeing some of their ‘work’, it became obvious to me that their worth, a relative term, is nothing more than providing me with ill thought out and poorly worded hunks of paper that will sit upon my desk representing nothing more than a tree killing waste of time paper weight which adds no value, but proves to their ‘boss’ upon his calls from the nearest KTV which he calls home that they are doing their ‘job’ , also a relative term as their only interest in meeting with me would appear to be to take advantage of the ‘free English lessons’ that I represent to them. It is no wonder this place is in the state it is.
Or myabe it’s just me….

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More Assorted China Pics

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

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Snow in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

This is a shot from last years first snow fall..

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China Pics

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

These are old pics, but this is what you see on a daily basis in China.

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Stuff I Saw in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

This is what life in China looks like

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How China Deals with Bad News

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

Here is an excerpt from “The Party” (Richard Mcgregor) where he describes the massive cover up or lack of information regarding China’s great leap forward in the late 50’s and all the deaths that ensued.

‘There was no war. No disease. The weather was quite normal. But 35 to 40 million people just disappeared. Incredible!’ Yang said. ‘This is a rare thing in history, but the authorities have somehow covered up such an important event, so that not many people know about this piece of history. People have passed the story down, but young people these days find it hard to believe.’ The central government had sent investigative teams to some localities during and after the famine to study the disaster, but to this day Beijing has not produced an official public report of the tragedy and its death toll. ‘We already knew that a large number of people had starved to death because we had read internal reports from local officials about it,’ said Wang Weizhi, a demographer who accumulated his own store of evidence about the mass loss of life. ‘But there was no major investigation by the centre.’ Even to ask the question itself was political dynamite, because of where the answer would lead–to Mao and his fellow leaders, and their direct responsibility for the deaths of tens of millions of their citizens.

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Chinese Guy Wrecks So Chinese Do the Right Thing, They Steal His Cash!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

from chinasmack.com
Here are photos of what life is like in China. Some guy got into an accident and his backpack filled with cash spilled out into the streets. the Chinese, being Chinese, instead of helping the man, rushed to steal his money. One guy supposedly tried to help the injured man and protect his cash, only to be attacked by the masses. This is Chinese living….

A gas station attendant risked his life to protect the cash, but a crowd scrambled around him.

Witnesses scramble to pick up the spilled money.

Chinese people scrambling to grab the cash spilled on the ground.

Chinese people fighting for money spilled on the street.

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I Work Sooo Hard, In China…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

The Chnese are possessed with the ability to fumble about, cuase a stir, create a commotion and in the end of it all, get precious little accopmlished. The reason that I bring this up was that i heard some chinese talk about working so hard and asked a very good friend of mine- Chinese, who works harder. Assuming she had a good world vision, as she had lived overseas, she surprised me by saying, “The Chinese of course.”

Then I began to think about this and decided to go to m-w.com to see just where the difference in perceptions may be, and therein lies the rub. According to M-W.com
work is “activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something”
by this, the chinese defintiely do work. If one considers ow much time and energy is put into skirting the rules and figuring out who to pay off and all the energy expended on figuring out whose house really costs more, then they definitely do work.

But….per m-w.com we also see that

work is a : sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result
and if we consider this word “RESULT” then we see how the Chinese fail miserabley.
I for instance, see them doing a lot, but accomplishing very little. If so many Chinese work so hard, then how is it that a country with 22% of the worlds population has given the world so little? I am not being rude, just curious. For instance, if we consider that they are 4.33 times as large as the USA, then shouldnt they be responsible for 4.33 times as many things? For instance, for every Lebron, they should have 4, for ever idea like the internet or airplanes, they should have 4, for each scientific discovery from the USA they should have 4, after all, they do work so hard. Then I read news clips, scan the papers and see that they have given us precious little.
I no longer ask the question who works harder as for me the answer is plain to see by anyone who has actually worked here….

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Burger King in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

Here is a stream of consciousness on being at a fast food joint in China.

Long lines of angry people, upset they are no richer than the rest. Hugging at designer bags like life support little loveless eyes scrunched up as they ingest toxic oils all designed to make the meal easier to take. Women buying kids love, dont really know how, looking over their shoulders want to be noticed. Foreinger arrives they feign indifference, all the while measuring themsleves up to see how far behind they really are. unsure as to what is correct, they bluster and then give up, resign themselves to the fact that they will never know as the indoctrination to humilaitoin runs so deep that gettign a true handle on their worth or self is an excercise in futility.
Rushing to the front, asking tedious questions, unable to deicde, I watch in frustration then sigh wonder why, think of all the delightful chinese food and why so many coagulate here like blood to a gash, thinking this is not the way to be international. Get my food looking to sit, embarraseed eyes, turning away now, afriad I wil l sit by them and force them to speak belies ture inner fear all tose years of language lsessons wasted, I pass by, they breathe a sigh of relief, then continue to compeare themselves to the billions of others.

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Hurry and Invest in Chinese Companies-Oops Wait, Another Chinese Company Caught in Scandal

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 22, 2011

Alibaba is a Chinese company listed in Hong Kong. As it is Chinese it does things that all chinese companies do… you can figure the rest out for yourselves by reading the excerpt below.

chinadaily excerpt:

Wei and the company’s chief operating officer Elvis Lee resigned to take responsibility for the fraudulent sales among its China Gold Suppliers, the Hong Kong-listed Alibaba.com said in a statement on Monday.
Jonathan Lu, who heads Alibaba Group’s consumer-to-consumer business arm Taobao.com, was appointed as new chief executive officer to replace Wei.BEIJING – China’s top e-commerce operator Alibaba.com Ltd’s chief executive officer David Wei resigned after the company found more than 2,000 members engaged in fraudulent activities, reflecting problems hidden behind the company’s fast expansion over the past few years.

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