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Archive for February 24th, 2011

Chairman Mao Game- Reblog from Weathering the Journey

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


Read this post then click on the ‘you should check it out link’ therein. The author is a woman who wwas sentenced to purgatory – Guangzhou China for a year and has some good insight into what this zoo is all about….

excerpt from here:
Have any of you ever played the Chairman Mao card game? Many people play it with face cards, but around this area they play it with UNO cards. I’m sure no one can appreciate the satire of that game unless they have actually lived in China, I think that it would be good if it were used as a cautionary game in high school civics classes across the U.S. If you’ve never played it, you should check it out, it’s actually a really fun game in a “haha, I’m the boss of you” kind of way.”

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2 2 The Chinese Rabbit

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Why The Chinese Hate Their One-Child Policy Burdens

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


China has a history of children taking care of their parents but according to a Chinese survey (which are typically pretty lame) 99% of the one child burdens born after 1980 said they wont’ be able to take care of their folks when they get old. Maybe its just good old fashioned greed…

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“Rights Lawyers” Disappear in China…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


Post from this site:

“Three high-profile lawyers “disappeared” last week, and one had his leg broken trying to visit Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer under house arrest in rural China.Chinese legal expert Elizabeth Lynch said in a recent post on her China Law and Policy blog: “Human rights lawyers directly challenge the state in order to protect individual’s legally guaranteed rights; only when these lawyers are able to more freely function in society will China have any meaningful rule of law.”

Police forced their way into the Beijing apartment of lawyer Tang Jitian on February 16, according to the the US-based Human Rights Watch.

Jiang Tianyong was arrested in Beijing while visiting his brother last Saturday, and Teng Biao, a lecturer at China University of Political Science and Law, was arrested the same afternoon. Police searched his home the next day and seized two computers, as well as several books, documents and DVDs.”

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China and Housing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


China is having a problem with the affluent buying houses as doesn’t everyone want to own a piece of property that within a couple of years will look like a dungeon… but aside from that , Chinese have few investment options, its either a house or a car or RMB, or a state controlled/manipulated stock market, so they opt for the houses. The government in order to show how bright they are , are making it more difficult for the rich to buy homes through certain restrictions. Beijing and China have some already and three others will enact controls soon.

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Nursing Care For Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


Within 5 years, approximately 470,000 elderly will require nursing care in Beijing. As little respect as they have for humanity here, it seems to me that the depression that plauges China’s elderly will surely increase.

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Chinese “Logic”, 75% of Chinese Airports in Debt, So They Will Make 45 More- WTF

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


This is pretty funny. China has 175 airports and only 45 of them or 25% of them are making cash. So tkhe chicoms in their infinite wisdom are going to ….. build 45 more…
Yeah, this is how China rolls, they build things, streets, buildings , cities , that eventually turn out to be ghost ghost towns. In reality it is a tremendous waste of resources, but what can you do….

excerpt from here:
“China is in the midst of a major airport expansion, planning four major hubs in the country and developing aviation links to its poorer and more remote regions in the far west.But many of these new airports have struggled to attract customers and languish with just a few flights a week, or none at all.

Out of the country’s existing 175 airports, around 130 are in the red with combined loss of 1.68 billion yuan last year, Li Jiaxiang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China told reporters.

Government subsidies for airports amounted to 6 billion yuan from 2006 to 2010, and Li pledged continuous financial aid as airports would be a boost to local economies, especially in remote areas, in the longer term, he said.”

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China Fact- Beijingers are Old

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


In Beijing 326,000, or 14.4 percent of the population is above the age of 80 years.

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China’s Huawei Defeats Motorola, Chalk one Up for the Chicoms

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


China has an oxymoron , I mean a ‘high tech’ company called Huawei, who by the way supposedly got its start after ‘allegedly’ boosting its own tech from western companies. But in any event, this company started by a secretive member of the communist party who once was an official in the Chinese Red Army, sued Motorola over some business they have with Nokia. I am not familiar with the specifics but had heard of the case. In the excerpt below the chinadaily states that Huawei won and ‘Motorola cannot divulge Huawei secrets to Nokia’. This idea is common sense is it not? Isn’t confidential information only to be used by the two contracting parties privy to this info? In my life in business, that is what it meant at least.
My other question is that I wonder how this case would have played out in China. Huawei, a ‘private’ company run by an ex-officer of the Chinese military and a member of the communist party gets sued in China by a foreign firm…. how many of you think the US firm would prevail?

chinadaily:
” SHENZHEN – China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. said Wednesday it had won a lawsuit against Motorola and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), and a US court has now prohibited Motorola from selling any confidential data from Huawei to NSN.”

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Chinese Cell Phone virus Allows Calls to Be Monitored

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


from the chinadaily
“A new mobile phone virus has been discovered to have infected 150,000 people in China allowing hackers to remotely monitor calls, according to the Beijing Times on Wednesday.
The virus, named X Undercover, takes advantage of existing vulnerabilities in smart phones by forcing the three-way calling service to secretly open. Conversations and text messages can be monitored and copied after the virus breaks into the calling sequence, said Zou Shihong, a security expert with NetQin Mobile Inc.
he virus can also secretly video the phone’s owner, retrieve call and text records as well as pinpoint the user’s latest GPS position.The virus is sold online from 3,000 yuan ($456) with hundreds of seller boasting about its eavesdropping range and latest upgrade features.”

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