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The World Through the Eyes Of the Communist Party- Interesting Search Results

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

Uncle chicom, ever vigilant and feeling the need to monitor his lieges, has created panguso.com, a Chinese search engine. I was actually surprised that it looks cleaner than I thought it would. However, the results of the site are decidedly one-sided (they make my blog look fair and balanced). Perform some searches and see what kind of results you get and look at what the communists have placed in the top spots. This type of exercise can give you a good look at the mind of he communist party. The website is panguso.com
I was curious so I compared results for the following searches

panguso results google

1- Liu Xiao Bo Nobel Prize 0 results 1,290
2-Tianenman massacre 0 2,170
3-wtdevflnt.wordpress.com 0 29,800
4-Chairman Mao young virgins 4 11,600
5-hardcore porn videos 4 11,200,000
6-Hu Jintao sucks 10 275,000
7-communist thief 24 items 515,000
8-Jasmine revolution 34 (all about tunisia) 4,800,080
9- chinese brothels 446 241,170
10-human rights abuse China 676 90,200,000
11-regime change china 806 7,600,000
12- Nobel Prize 1,000 20,800,000

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Prohibited Saturday in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

Today is Saturday and as I am in China, I must be careful of where I roam today. Uncle Chicom(communist party) has been watchful of late and doesn’t like a lot of people to congregate in the same area, it frightens them. For the past few weeks people have been attempting to meet near Wangfujing and uncle chicom has been limiting their ability to do so. I wonder if it is the same today?

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Illegal Building Torn Down in China- WTF??

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011


Workers demolish a 20-story building that was illegally built in Wuhan, Hubei province, in this Nov 26, 2009 file photo. [China Daily]

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Foot Traffic in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

In China you cant drive and even walking can be a challenge.

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Knock Knock Knock-Who’s There in the Chinese Hotel

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

My friend just told me he was in the center of China for work and the hotel in which he stayed, the women actually came to his door and knocked to see if he wanted any company. He said this happened about four times starting at midnight.

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Air China, or Air Chicom- Equality in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

China is communist and lest we ever forget that fact, the chicoms ‘politely’ will give us reminders every so often just to let us know that they, according to Panan, the Chinese god, are the direct recipients of the word of the heavens and thus have a right to govern over the rest of us… Oh yeah, this is an excerpt of an article exposing the priveleges the chinese communists enjoy when they fly on Chinese airlines.
Oh btw when you see the term ‘cadre’ it is used to mean a member of the Chinese communist party.

excerpt from ministryoftofu.com here:
Do not take it for granted that you can enjoy unparalleled service in China after you purchase the first class air ticket. You’ll always have to take a backseat to a sizeable coterie of cadres, even if they’ve only paid for the economy class.

… Based on the requirements of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), almost all airports and airlines in China have established their own Departments of VIP, which ensures all “very very important passengers” are afforded top-rated services during the several hours on board, and CAAC’s regulations enforced in 1993 have been adopted by all airlines….The regulations stipulate that VIPs should be given priority when they book air tickets or reserve seats. By its definition, VIPs include officials of provincial and ministerial level and above (including deputies) and military officials of major general ranking.

In some cases, high-ranking personnel at an airline would have to greet VIPs and see them off at the airport in person, and even fly the aircraft. According to a press release, in 2009, a manager at Shenzhen Airline piloted the plane when a provincial level official was on the flight.

After cadres arrive at the airport, check-in, baggage and boarding are all taken care of by servers at the department of VIP. In VIP lounges, you can tell who are officials at or above the provincial level from the tea sets they use…“At our airport, any cadre at or above the provincial level have his personal tea set. The airport will always keep one for him,” said Chen Wei (pseudonym), a server at XX airport in west China

….Later, a designated vehicle will bypass the security check and take them right to the gate. “If a cadre is in a hurry, he doesn’t need to stop at the airport. His chauffeur can drive him directly from his office to the apron,” an insider said.
…Sometimes, when such an elite flyer is stuck in traffic and about to be late for his flight, many captains will choose to wait for him. “Waiting for 15 to 20 minutes is very normal. We usually tell passengers it is due to air traffic control. They are already used to delays,” said Wang Lu (pseudonym), a flight attendant at a VIP department of XX airline.
….. CAAC stipulates that any flight with cadres on board cannot be cancelled or rescheduled unless in extreme cases, and letting cadres fly first is a principle that airlines have been sticking to for years.
… According to the regulations, cadres have the right to exit first. Baggage with the VIP label will be placed near the gate of the cabin in order to be unloaded first.
….Li Jun (pseudonym), flight attendant at department of VIP at XX Airline, said complaints lodged by ordinary people will be investigated to confirm its veracity before further steps are taken. But any complaint lodged by the privileged flyers is effective immediately. “If any VIP files a complaint, the entire crew will be demoted,” Wang Lu said…..Li Jun said even if a cadre flies on a private trip and has purchased economy class, the airline company will notify flight attendants to provide VVIP services.
…In 1995, CAAC issued a document reiterating that all officials should fly domestic airlines on business trips abroad, and get reimbursed only with receipts and airline tickets of domestic airlines.

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How Chinese View a Contract

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

This is a good excerpt from Stanley Lubman on Chinese and their view of contracts.


“Potter found some acceptance of formal legal rules on the formation of civil law relations, i.e., using documents to evidence agreements to lend money, but simultaneous preference for using informal methods regarding performance and enforcement. Difficulties in contract relations arise when Chinese partners ask to modify contract terms due to changed conditions; foreigners may view such requests as evidence of bad faith, while Chinese may expect that the parties to the transaction ought to assist each other because they are in a relationship.In the settlement of disputes that have gone to litigation or arbitration, Potter finds that “the inadequacy of formal rules controlling the behavior of counsel and their clients permits guanxi relations with judicial and arbitral decision-makers to distort dispute settlement processes.”

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Good Observation About the History of China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

Excerpt from China (Demetrius Charles Boulger)

The first Chinese are supposed to have been a nomad tribe in the province of Shensi, which lies in the northwest of China, and among them at last appeared a ruler, Fohi, whose name at least has been preserved. His deeds and his person are mythical, but he is credited with having given his country its first regular institutions. One of his successors was Hwangti (which means Heavenly Emperor), who was the first to employ the imperial style of Emperor, the earlier rulers having been content with the inferior title of Wang, or prince. He adopted the convenient decimal division in his administration as well as his coinage. His dominions were divided into ten provinces, each of these into ten departments, these again into ten districts, each of which held ten towns. He regulated the calendar, originating the Chinese cycle of sixty years, and he encouraged commerce. He seems to have been a wise prince and to have been the first of the great emperors. His grandson, who was also emperor, continued his good work and earned the reputation of being “the restorer or even founder of true astronomy.”

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China and Her History

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

Here is an excerpt from China (Demetrius Charles Boulger)- written over 100 years ago.

Another striking and peculiar feature about China is the small amount of influence that the rest of the world has exercised upon it. In fact, it is only during the present century that that influence can be said to have existed at all. Up to that point China had pursued a course of her own, carrying on her own struggles within a definite limit, and completely indifferent to, and ignorant of, the ceaseless competition and contests of mankind outside her orbit, which make up the history of the rest of the Old World. The long struggles for supremacy in Western Asia between Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian, the triumphs of the Greek, followed by the absorption of what remained of the Macedonian conquests in the Empire of Rome, even the appearance of Islam and the

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Chinese and Religion

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 4, 2011

Excerpt from :The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)

CHAPTER III–RELIGION AND SUPERSTITION The Chinese are emphatically not a religious people, though they are very superstitious. Belief in a God has come down from the remotest ages, but the old simple creed has been so overlaid by Buddhism as not to be discernible at the present day. Buddhism is now the dominant religion of China. It is closely bound up with the lives of the people, and is a never-failing refuge in sickness or worldly trouble.

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