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Archive for March 1st, 2011

Beautiful Area of China- North of Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


I am unsure of what this place is called, I think it has something to do with dragons or fearless patriots. But anyway, this place is pretty cool, it’s like a mini -resort area meaning all day long you have to put up with bumbling locals who try to photograph everything possible so that when they return to their villages they can turn to their neighbors and say “well yeah my kid didnt get into PKU, but look at this shot of my one child burden by this decrepit leaveless tree ….

But the place is cool and you should go.

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Chinese Village

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


Here is a shot of some village by Beijing.

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Is Communist a Derogatory Term, Or Commie?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


I was reading and article the other day about the term ‘communist china’ potentially being derogatory and it got me to thinking. For sure the terms ‘commie’ and ‘commie thugs’ or even ‘communist treacherous thugs’ would be considered to be a little rude, but ‘communist china’?
The way I see it is this, the country is a communist place. Hu, the leader is also the head of the ruling communist party so that pretty much ends the conversation to me. If you want to call the USA democratic America, then so be it…
In reality this could be just another way for political correctness to eke its way into our lives. Just as BO didn’t want us to call him by the “H” word- Husein, his middle name, as it may cause confusion amongst soem of the idiots who pull the levers behind the curtains in the land of milk and honey each November. So we may not wish to ‘hip’ the world to the fact that the place from where we purchase so many goods of dubious quality and who hold over 20% of our debt are in fact communists and proud of it at that.
I guess at the end of he day we can think of it like this,
“I have a gut and yes you can call me pudgy, calling me skinny will not change my body shape nor the reality of my life”

Oh and the Starbucks on yonganli has made my all time shit list, it has to have the worst service in China-fyi

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On China’s Government

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


From
Stanley Lubman

Even before reform, China had not been so authoritarian that orders issued from the center or from higher levels were obeyed without question. Since the onset of reform, local powers have grown; existing regional differences have been further accentuated by the fact that sophistication and experience vary widely around the country. The practical implications of this disorder understandably cause discomfort among close observers of FDI: the opacity and the regulatory tangle of China’s market grow more serious by the day and are not likely to abate at any time soon. This is largely due to China’s loose political organization. As soon as economic reforms are announced, some regions use them as an excuse to engage in on-the-edge experiments that never receive the full sanction of the local government. Other regions respond by initiating power grabs for local bureaucrats. Each reform, then, leads to accretion of confusing and sometimes contradictory local interpretations. A plain statement by an Australian business consultant identifies the local financial pressures at work: “Officials use their discretionary local power to advantage their income-gathering, even though their actions may be at odds with central government policies and laws.” Some examples follow. B. Violation of Law by Local Officials In Chinese governance, lack of transparency converges with the extremely broad discretion that has been given to officials to interpret and apply laws. As a result, official action is veiled not only from the public, but very frequently from other units of government, including higherlevel organizations that theoretically ought to be cognizant of activities below them. Local officials’ arbitrary exercise of discretion has been a major source of investor anxiety and resentment since foreign investors , in which he writes, “The state has become a flexible, dynamic, and growth-oriented political machine whose core incentives for officials at all levels are such that the national leadership now tries every year with only limited success to slow GDP growth. Many localities routinely circumvent national-level orders.”

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On Comments

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


I am locked out of my wordpress for the moment but will reply to comments in a bit…..

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Add Chinese Psychologist to Your List of Oxymorons-Girl in Her Panties Promotes Chinese Psychologist

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


Sexually speaking teh Chinese are bizarre. It could be all those years of feasting on one anoterh or the effects of having to tote around the little red book or risk a sever drubbing. If not this, then it coiuld be the simple fact that the people who underwent those atrocities had kids and or are running China today.
Oh, but i digress, here is a “Chinese doctor” which in and of itself is a joke, who is being promoted by a woman wearing only her undies and bra. Being China, I am sure a ton of guys stopped to gawk and then the bathrooms were soon overflowing… but how many really bothered to buy the man’s services?
Oh yeah, check out the look on the”doctor’s” face, it’s priceless.

photos from chinasmack.com
A Chinese psychologist promotes his services with the help of a sexy model wearing red underwear.

January 20th, 2PM, Shenzhen, on the sidewalk off of Bagua 3rd Road and Lingbei Road intersection. A young woman wearing a red bra and panties held up a sign saying, “National treasure, Mental Illness Specialist, 10 million yearly salary, searching for buyer.”

In China, a psychologist advertises himself on the side of a street with the help of a model wearing only red underwear holding a sign.

A Chinese psychologist attracts attention to himself with a scantly clad model wearing only red underwear, media and pedetrians take photos.

In China, a psychologist advertises himself on the side of a street with the help of a model wearing only red underwear holding a sign.

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Pissed Off Horses and Chinese Men

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


Here are shots of what it looks like to piss off a Chinese horse. The photos are from the chinadaily and show how the horses named ‘unhappy communist member’ and ‘let me at that capitalist POS’, respectively, behave when confronted by a man who does not like the course the party is on and does not ‘toe the line’ as he should…..

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Wild horses couldn't keep me away
Feb 19, 2011.[Photo/Asianewsphoto]
Wild horses couldn't keep me away
The man falls to the ground during a horse fighting contest in Anchui village1. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

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The “Idiot Shuffle” in China- Why Do They Do This?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


I wish someone could help me with this little cultural oddity I affectionately term, “The idiot Shuffle”. If you have never lived in the center of the universe- China, nor have spent much time with these advanced creatures, than you may want to scroll down to my next post or move on to the next blog as this post will make no sense to you.
Ok, for those who are still reading, can anyone explain what is up with that idiotic shuffle thing that Chinese do when they are at work and presumably want to show others how diligent or hard working they are. The best way to describe this act is that they look like a cartoon character pumping his arms and legs while going no where, as if to say, “hey I am really not a dim wit, I am really a hard worker look at how fast I’m sprinting in place, so don’t be angry bossman”. I have seen it quite often in all younger Chinese and in Chinese women up to 45 or so. The men, it would seem, outgrow this behaviour in their late 20’s.
When I first came here and saw this, I was reminded me of a toddler dancing as he waits for an ice cream cone. When the kid does it, it’s precious, when a young adult, however, does, its kind of creepy.Thinking that it may actually be a Beijing phenomenon, I noticed that it occurs all over China and just the other day I saw it on TV.
I would really like to know what this little action means. Can anyone please inform me?

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Chinese Orgies and Subway Rides

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


Today I think I was violated or at least assaulted, or at least that is what subway rides feel like nowadays. In Beijing they are limiting the auto traffic causing many more to use the subway. What had become a pretty annoying experiece, has now become a public spectacle. In days gone by the subway traffic abated at Jianguomen and Xidan, but now runs for 50% of line 1 (one of the main lines in Beijing). The result is tons of angry beijingers who while unable to put off gratification and unwilling to lend a helping hand, turn my twenty minute subway ride into veritable flesh ride. Today, for instance, I witnessed two guys who after trampling an older woman, got into a fight as one of them was allegedly coping a feel on the others girlfrined. In all honesty, it’s almost impossible now to enter a Beijing subway with your virginity in tact, so I really don’t know who is to blame….

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Seeds of Unrest in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 1, 2011


For those of you living in civilization, the idea of stealing one’s land, kicking the rightful owners from it and then selling it at a hefty profit, is a thing of Soap operas or novels. In China, this is the reality. Below are two excerpts from the chinadaily.com which discuss that the illegal taking of land is sewing the seeds of unrest in China (excerpt 1) and that the ruling communit party ‘allegely’ has a hand in this process (excerpt 2). The potential consequence of this is that in a country where you have over 900 000 000 farmers or ‘peasants’ as they are called in China, then to piss off that amount of people is a potential recipe for disaster. Change usually comes in China at the end of a weapon or very sharp stick and when you have 80 million communist members, plus 200 million middle classers versus the balance of the chinese, the potential for dissension is quite large. The party of course is aware of this and at all turns attempts to tout any move that is made which may help ‘convince’ the typical chinaman that the party is not really robbing them blind but really helping them.
I think the average chinese person is a bit smarter than that….

excerpts from the chinadaily.com

BEIJING – Increasing instances of farmland being confiscated and of insufficient compensation being offered to farmers are harming the legitimate rights of country residents and posing a threat to social stability in agricultural areas, according to a new survey released by a top think tank.

older article
BEIJING – In the urbanization under way now in China, some local government officials have broken the law by taking over farmland from farmers and selling it, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

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