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Archive for March 16th, 2011

Chinese Menu- Toxic Milk, Snow Peas, Rice, Pork all Served in a Cancer Causing Lunch Box

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2011


China is a cool place to live, that is if you don’t have to stuff your body in the subway with 20 million others and dont have to quaff the smog, nor drink the milk, nor tote a cancer box(lunch pail). Today, China is reporting that their biggest meat processor has been caught using an illegal additive in its meat processing plants. At first I thought this was horrible, and now I think its like the theory of diminishing returns in economics but in reverse. Diminshing returns is that once a critical mass of something has been supplied, then anything added beyond this point is less efficacious or simply put, once you reach a threshold you need not add more of a thing as its effect will not greatly effec the whole. So, i guess the Chinese figure that we in China consume so many toxins on a daily basis, what is one more….

BEIJING – China’s largest meat processor, which has been putting popular products on supermarket shelves for the past two decades, suffered a major setback this week when an illegal additive was allegedly found in meat supplied by one of its affiliates.

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China Now Poising Our Lunch Boxes- How ‘Bout Some Cancer With Your Meal

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China, in a move to monopolize all things toxic, has recently reported that the companies responsible for producing over 80% of the lunch boxes in China, produce an inferior good which when heated release a toxin. But in reality can we really blame them, after all, as you can see below, the cost burden on manufacturing a box that meets the quality specs is a whopping 3 cents- wtf are they thinking here?

excerpt chinadaily
BEIJING – More than 40 percent of companies producing disposable lunch boxes for the Beijing market are supplying inferior and possibly dangerous products, according to a recent survey. The 17 companies are responsible for 80 percent of lunch boxes sold in the city. … a Hong Kong-based non-government organization, said at a press conference held in the capital on Wednesday that among 17 disposable box manufacturers they probed, only 10 were producing quality products.
One of the 17 producers was found to still be selling foam lunch boxes, which have been banned since 2001.
China Central Television reported in 1999 that foam lunch boxes release toxic substances, including dioxins – a highly toxic compound – after they are heated to more than 65 C.
To conform to legal requirements, each lunch box costs around 0.15 yuan (3 cents) to produce. Some makers have resorted to using cheap toxic materials, including industrial calcium carbonate, in an attempt to keep down production costs.

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Text Message- Hurry the Toxic Clouds are Coming!

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I dont’t know if you people got this text, but on Monday I did (maybe Tuesday). It said the toxic clouds are coming and to get home and cover your windows and blah blah. I ignored the text as it sounded a little hokie to me, but apparently many didnt.
from Chinadaily.com
“BEIJING – Fake text messages warning people that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant had leaked beyond Japan have caused concern across Asia.”

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On Change and China

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From here The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

Yang talked about the Party as if it were a wild beast that was gradually to be domesticated, but needed further nurturing before it could be confronted directly. China needed to make changes gradually, he said, to stop falling back into the ‘vicious cycle of violent regimes and violent mobs’.

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Chinese Logic and Freedom of the Press

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2011


Here is an example of convoluted Chinese logic. The man below is saying that if Chinese had free speech, they would be thrust back into the times of the cultural revolution. The funny thing is that during the cultural revolution there was no free speech, it was a time when you exercised free speech or freedom of thought you could be executed. But this is typical of the Chinese who reference this bad period in time to keep the masses afraid. It is as if the Chinese do not even trust themselves, almost like they wish to be lorded over.

From here The Party(Richard Mcgregor)

At a press conference in August 2009, Wang Yang, the Guangdong party secretary and Politburo member, chastised reporters who asked him about free speech in China, replying: ‘During the Cultural Revolution, there was freedom of speech and that was what drove the whole nation into chaos.’

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Accountability and the Chinese Communist Party

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From here The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)
In every instance and at each step of the way, the Party’s actions were only reviewable through its own internal processes and never subject to genuine public scrutiny. Other than passing references to Ms Tian’s position as the party secretary, the Communist Party’s role was barely acknowledged at all. Such observant silences remain par for the course in twenty-first-century China. The tasks of managing cadres, business, the media and the law are all in a day’s work for the Party, whose rule over China, it insists, represents ‘the verdict of history’. The Sanlu crisis displayed the system at its secretive, cabalistic worst. When it came to the private sector in China, which has blossomed in tandem with the state in the past three decades, the Party was more than happy to take its share of the credit. The Party threw out its longstanding practice of operating backstage and made sure to advertise its presence in private companies out front, in public. Far from being in conflict, the Party wanted to ensure that the private sector and officialdom were seen to be working in harmony, for the mutual benefit of all.

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Old Chinese Propaganda

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Here is a poster from back in the day in China. Check out the forearms on Ms. Popeye -wtf is up with that?
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wildorphans.wordpress.com

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Chinese Firing Squad

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Filipinos To Die By A Firing Squad Over Drugs In Chinafrom http://www.allvoices.com

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Funny Chinese Sign

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from http://www.bonked.co.nz

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Pirated Chinese Smart Car

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From here

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Smart vs Chinese Smart

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