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Archive for February 26th, 2011

Looking Directly at the Sun in China- No Problem

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 26, 2011


Last week the smog was pretty heinous. It was so bad you could stare directly at the sun, here is and example.

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Communists and Mafia or is it Communists/Mafia?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 26, 2011


If you follow Chinese news, you will notice a few things. One of those things is that the communists are super corrupt and once in a blue moon get caught at it. And when they get caught they get thrown in jail and or killed. I do not know if offing corrupt chicoms is by definition a logical concept, but I do see why they do it. One thing they do, however, that I cant completely get my mind around is that when a commie gets caught doing something bad, they lose their party rights for life. Yeah, they lose their chinese communist party rights…..

To me the idea that upon hearing you will be thrown in jail for life, or worse yet, receive the death penalty, seems like a pretty bad beat, I think at that point i would be dis-spirited. Apparently in China that is not the case as here, after they tell you that you will be killed and your organs plucked from your body to be sold to the highest bidder, that ‘oh by the way, you are losing your communist party rights too.’

How odd is it that they need to tell these guys and print that so and so will be killed for his crimes and btw he can no longer be a part of our ‘stone-faced money grubbing communist clan’. I guess, it just goes to show how deep the party alliance lies in its members. To me the whole thing smacks of the mafia where its blood in and blood out….

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Chinese Abort 13-14 Million Babies Each Year- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 26, 2011


I saw a stat whereby in China from 13-14 million abortions are performed annually. The actual figure is probably quite higher, as for various reasons, the Chinese do not like to disclose all of the totals, in addition many procedures are performed in fly by night facilities which keep no records.

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Good Insight Into How the Party Feels about The Events in the Middle East

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 26, 2011


This is an excerpt from a great piece about how the chicoms are nervous about the events in the middle east as they have a chasm within the government and thus there may be power struggles from within which may cause some ….tr…oubles in the current re.gime in China…

excerpt from here:

“But the events in the Middle East are worrying to Chinese leaders in another way. The unrest showed that while the heavy boys are on top and are quick to react when society begins to rumble, there’s far less decisiveness in other parts of the Chinese government, who would like to see political reform but do not want to look weak. So, for a while, it was hard to find out what Beijing thought, in part because different parts of the government might not have been on the same page. It took a few days for mainstream Party newspapers to weigh in. Much of the approved outlets simply ran news accounts of events, and stayed away from commentary.

Part of this sluggishness had to be tied to the national holiday that had officials scattered across the country. It’s hard to get a political consensus when you lack a quorum. That the military finally moved in Egypt, and now Bahrain, raises uncomfortable questions for the Chinese leadership about how some in the Chinese armed forces might feel about the current political course of China.

But the reluctance to come down on one side or the other where the Middle East crises also highlights the present controversy in the Party over how to confront a growing set of social ills in China.

One side has officials who want to reform the Party by making it even more domineering over society. Those in this camp argue that events in Egypt show how quickly critiques of government conduct can spiral into social confrontation with officials. Better to suffocate that discord early and often.”

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China’s Current Fear and Censoring Social Networking Sites

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 26, 2011


Here is an excellent excerpt from Stanley Lubman, long-time China watcher. He talks about how the communist regime, who is terrified about what is happening overseas, is increasing its censorship of social networking sites, among other things, to head off a potential problem.

excerpt or read the entire article here:
“Hu Jintao’s recent speech shows that the events in the Middle East have deepened the leadership’s concerns about popular unrest, especially because the empowerment of the crowds in Tunis and Cairo was massively strengthened by social media. Against this background, the likely significance of President Hu’s speech has to be considered for the consequences it signals. He invoked, in Party-speak, “factors conducive to harmony,” meaning heightened repression of activists and a general tightening of control. Presumably, too, this is what he meant by emphasizing the need to “build a socialist social management system with Chinese characteristics, aiming to safeguard people’s rights and interests, promote social justice, and sustain sound social order.”

The precise organizational implications of the improvement in “social management” that Hu called for will be spelled out in the days to come, but Hu said that it is necessary for the CCP and the government to “play the leading role” in a “mechanism for safeguarding the rights of the people.” The Xinhua report stated that Hu emphasized “the importance of information network management” and urged “improved management of the ‘virtual society’ and a better guidance of public opinions on the Internet.” To be sure, Hu also mentioned the need to “improve social service capacity at grass-roots level” and included the need to improve food, drug and work safety as well as “social order.” But soon after his speech on February19th, the party-state demonstrated the depths of its concern about Cairo-style activism and social stability.

After an anonymous online call for people to initiate a “Jasmine Revolution” on Sunday, February 20th was circulated on Boxun.com and Twitter in China, police deleted most of it, blocked searches for the word “Jasmine,’ and temporarily disabled text-messaging services. On that Sunday in Beijing there were apparently no obvious demonstrators on Wangfujing in the small crowd that appeared, but there were many policemen and journalists. Over the weekend, the police detained “dozens of activists.””

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Odd TV in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 26, 2011


Here is a shot of a show I saw a few days ago. I’m not sure if its from Taiwan or China, oops I mean Taiwan or the ‘mainland’. Anyway, I have no idea as to the point of this show, but that is a fat little boy dressed like a woman and dancing. The show is one of those 9 or 10 o’clock late night shows.

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China Being Sued in China for a Trademark Dispute

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 26, 2011


” (Xinhua) — British luxury car maker Land Rover is suing a top Chinese trademark watchdog over a trademark dispute with Chinese auto manufacturer Geely, according to a court statement released Friday. The lawsuit against the Trademark Appeal Board under the State Administration for Industry and Commerce has been accepted by the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court, the statement said.

The British carmaker said it has used two Chinese characters “Lu Hu” in China for its “Land Rover” brand since early 1990s, but in 1999 Geely registered the “Lu Hu” trademark knowing that Land Rover was using it, the statement said.

Land Rover had appealed to the Trademark Appeal Board, asking the agency to revoke the “Lu Hu” trademark registered by Geely, but the board rejected the appeal.”

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