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Archive for March 5th, 2011

Angry Chicoms and the ‘Net

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


I don’t know if it’s just me or the chicoms are a little worried about the flowing of information as of late. My work inernet seems to be ok or maybe a little slow, but the ‘net at my home is almost unusable, forcing me to use the 3G from my Kindle. Has anyone else seen this?

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Suing the Party in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


Excerpt from here The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)

Ordinary citizens can sue the government in China these days, and many do, although they may stand little chance of success. But they cannot sue the Party, because there is nothing to sue. ‘It is dangerous and pointless to try to sue the Party,’ He Weifang, at the time a law professor at Peking University, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious educational institutions, told me. ‘As an organization, the Party sits outside, and above the law. It should have a legal identity, in other words, a person to sue, but it is not even registered as an organization. The Party exists outside the legal system altogether.’ The Party demands that social organizations all register with government bodies, and punishes those which don’t. The Party, however, has never bothered to meet this standard itself, happily relying on the single line in the preamble of the constitution, about its ‘leading role’, as the basis for its power.”

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Funny Comment

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


I just got a few funny comments from Gowron and am posting the following

This was his comment regarding the video of the cop van that drove by the guy who lie bloody in the streets.
“Come on now, the cops simply have too much on their plate to handle an emergency like this! They are out of SMOKES, like can you possibly imagine the mangnitude of damage super charged Jonesing square headed Super mutant nose picking grunt like this can do if provoked. Let the blobs of goo just get their smokes THEN gently help the citizen.”

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China White Washing Her Companies of all The Communists

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


excerpt from The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)
“…..board roles, but the Party’s myriad functions, especially control over top personnel, have been airbrushed out altogether. ‘The Party is very much present in these companies but the government is savvy enough to keep it in the background,’ said a Beijing-based western lawyer who has advised on offshore listings of big Chinese companies. ‘There is a tacit understanding among western intermediaries to play down the Party’s role because people understand that it is not going to sell well in the west.’

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China Increases Military Spending

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


China is increasing her military spending and one thing to remember is that building a military is like building muscles. Some people love to take a shot at the guy with all the muscles, it gives them a rush. So, a country like China which shares borders with something like 17 separate countries, has a lot of people ready to take a shot at them. The problem is that being good at the military requires a lot of practice, something China has had a little of. In the end they may wind up like the US did in Vietnam, embarrassed and defeated.

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Communists and Hong Kong

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


Excerpt from The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)

In Hong Kong, the Party has remained underground even since China regained sovereignty of the former British colony in 1997, defying local laws which require political parties to register.

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“Commie Thug”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


His is a blurb on how the people from Hong Kong viewed China’s communist party members.

Excerpt from The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)
“….presidency of Hong Kong’s legislature, Tsang said he wouldn’t answer such questions because the attitude of people in the territory to the Party ‘is very negative’. He complained, when he founded his own party in the early nineties, that anyone associated with Beijing was branded a ‘commie thug’.

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Low Key Communists in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


from The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)

The big party departments controlling personnel and the media keep a purposely low public profile. The party committees (known as ‘leading small groups’) which guide and dictate policy to ministries, which in turn have the job of executing them, work out of sight. The make-up of all these committees, and in many cases even their existence, is rarely referred to in the state-controlled media, let alone any discussion of how they arrive at decisions. The membership of these groups can only be deduced by painstaking Kremlinological compilations from scouring the Chinese press, sometimes over years. ‘The only instance in the entire post-Mao era in which the [Chinese] media listed the current members of any of these groups was in 2003, when the party-controlled newspaper Wen Wei Bao in Hong Kong publicized a membership list of the Central Committee Taiwan Work Leading Small Group,’ said Alice Miller, of the Hoover Institution.

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I Wonder if China Will enforce Her Laws Today

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 5, 2011


This is a sad but true statement for those of us who live in China. For most people you take it for granted that yes, stealing is illegal and if you do so , then there are consequences, but alas this is not true in China. For those of us who live here, we are at the whims of the gods of communism and what laws they wish to enforce on a day by day basis. For instance, should I wake up late and uncle chicom decides that illegal taxis are bad, then today I cannot take a rickshaw cab to work and will be more tardy. If uncle chicom is too busy getting drunk and off with his KTV mistress, then maybe today there will be a bevy of such illegal forms of transport. As for DVD’s, its the same. Maybe today as I descend the stairs, I will be greeted by no less than 6 people offering me the latest in pirated works, or maybe not, it all depends on who us up to date on their bribes.
It is interesting to think of the locals and how confusing life must be for them. The notion of law must be an abstract idea that has no real bearing on their lives, or so it seems to me.

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