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Archive for March 17th, 2011

How ‘Bout Some Formaldyhyde With Your Meal Sir- Another Chinese Food Scandal

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

I am wondering if my deteorating physical condition has been caused by my consumption of food in China….
Here is another story of Chinese greed, ignorance and fraud. A company, all in order to make a few pennies, is using formaldyhyde to curdle blood that is consumed…. Damn these people are odd…

from Chinadaily

Municipality sees red over bad blood processing
A law enforcement official from the administration for industry and commerce in Chongqing municipality inspects a food-processing plant on Thursday that used formaldehyde to make animal blood curdle. Wu Qiang / for China Daily

BEIJING – One more popular food on the dinner tables of Chongqing residents – curdled animal blood – has been found to be unsafe.

The discovery was made during a massive campaign to look for food hazards following a proposal by legislators from the city to penalize those who profit from unsafe food.

News of the latest food scare surfaced after regulators raided an unlicensed food processor in the Southwestern municipality on Thursday.

The inspectors found that the company had been adding formaldehyde, a liquid more commonly used to preserve bodies and which is banned in food, to make blood curdle.

The raid turned up 2,500 kilograms of curdled blood that had been contaminated with the substance. “For every kilogram of curdled blood, the company had used more than 100 milligrams of formaldehyde,” said Luo Yongquan, head of the food distribution supervision division under the Chongqing administration for industry and commerce.

Luo said the processor made and sold about 2,500 kg of curdled blood every day.

People coming into contact with formaldehyde can develop skin diseases, hepatitis, pneumonia and sustain kidney damage.

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Salt Safe in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

The Chinese, as is the world, are going ape about the little incident in Japan. While they secretly love to see the Japanese suffer, they just wish that Japan’s problem will not become theirs. In addition, being true to form, Chinese are buying and socking away salt, as they believe by ingesting it they will consume sodium which supposedly can fight off the effects of the dirty Japanese cloud.
The article below, however, states taht Guangdone, one of the most polluted areas of China, is stating that the nuclear fallout will not affect their salt production. Hmmm lets see, the Chinese are saying “Dont worry, it’s ok, the food is not harmful.” Didnt we hear that with the milk in 2008, and 2009 and 2010? Just wait a bit, if you think Chinese food is toxic now, I can only imagine what it will be like in a few months.

excerpt from chinadaily.com
“Guangdong province has confirmed it has sufficient supplies of salt in a bid to calm anxieties and panic shopping linked to the growing nuclear crisis in Japan, a spokesman for the provincial salt administration Wednesday said in an interview with the Yangtze Evening Post.

The announcement came amid fears seawater in neighboring waters could be contaminated from radiation leaking from the crippled nuclear plant in Japan.”

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Chinese Hygeine- Living and Working in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

Can anyone help me here? Why is it that the Chinese, once they find themselves within the confines of a subway car, decide to pick stuff off their faces, ears and/or noses and then roll it around examine and then drop it. Each day as I toil in the belly of the beast-BJ subway, I notice that both the chinese men and women alike, are fans of plucking stuff from their bodies as if they were in the comfort of their own homes. Is it just me? Do i just get on the wrong car each day, or have you seen it as well?

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Funny Comment

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

Here is a funny comment and a good point. It comes from my post about The Death of a Luxury Car in China…
comment from Amateurs Neuter OpenlyAmateurs Neuter Openly
“i am waiting for the pissing contest between china v. everyone to evolve into actually seeing who can build the best quality product for the cheapest price. not the deceptively-quality-looking-product-at-slightly-above-the cheapest-price-paradigm that we currently enjoy. then again i’ve always been a bit of a dreamer.”

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Historical China and Familial ties

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

From here Historic China, and other sketches (Herbert Allen Giles)

A great drag on the poor in China is the family tie, involving as it does not only the support of aged parents, but a supply of rice to uncles, brothers, and cousins of remote degrees of relationship, during such time as these may be out of work. Of course such a system cuts both ways, as the time may come when the said relatives supply, in their turn, the daily meal; and the support of parents in a land where poor-rates are unknown, has tended to place the present high premium on male offspring.

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China’s Problems at Home

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

Equally, for all its rising global interests, the scale of China’s domestic problems, in their depth, multiplicity and variety, means that central government leaders will remain preoccupied at home. It is often hard to explain to outsiders that Hu Jintao does not wake up in the morning worried about what is happening in the US Senate, but by peasant riots in Henan, the choice of the new party secretary in Shandong, a corruption case in Shanghai, coal-mine disasters in Shanxi and so on. China has an ever-increasing outward focus but local problems have priority when they land on Hu’s desk in the morning.

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What it Looks Like to Petition in China-WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

I posted this before, but it should be talked about again. I have attached a photo of the poor man who lost his life in China, and below that I have pasted a snippet of the specifics of the man’s demise.


Article from here
A man lies on a road with his eyes closed, blood streaming from his half-open mouth, his torso completely crushed under the large tire of a red truck. One arm reaches out from beneath the tire. His shoulder is a bloody pile of flesh. His head is no longer attached to the flattened spinal cord.

The man in the photograph, Qian Yunhui, 53, has become the latest Internet sensation in China, as thousands of people viewing the image online since the weekend have accused government officials of gruesomely killing Mr. Qian to silence his six-year campaign to protect fellow villagers in a land dispute. Illegal land seizures by officials are common in China, but the horrific photographs of Mr. Qian’s death on Saturday have ignited widespread fury, forcing local officials to offer explanations in a news conference.

It is the latest in a string of cases in which anger against the government has been fanned by the lightning-fast spread of information online. In late October, the son of a deputy police chief in central China drunkenly drove his car into two college students, killing one and injuring another. His parting phrase as he drove away from the scene of the crime — “Sue me if you dare, my father is Li Gang!” — has since become a byword for official corruption and nepotism.

read the rest herehttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/29/world/asia/29china.html?_r=3&ref=todayspaper

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China Fact- Draped Under a Blanket of Pollution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

From http://www.factsanddetails.com
Space shuttle astronaut Jay Apt wrote in National Geographic, “many of the great coastal cites of China hide from our cameras under a…blanket of smoke from soft-coal fires.” The northeast industrial town of Benxi is so polluted that it once disappeared from satellite photos. Its residents have the highest rate of lung disease in China.

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China and Pollution-China’s Air Sucks

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

From http://www.factsanddetails.com
According to Chinese government sources, about a fifth of urban Chinese breath heavily polluted air. Many places smell like high-sulfur coal and leaded gasoline. Only a third of the 340 Chinese cities that are monitored meet China’s own pollution standards.

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Water Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

From here

Pollution makes quarter of China water unusable {“Almost a quarter of China’s surface water remains so polluted that it is unfit even for industrial use, while less than half of total supplies are drinkable, data from the environment watchdog showed. Inspectors from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection tested water samples from the country’s major rivers and lakes in the first half of the year and declared just 49.3 percent to be safe for drinking, up from 48 percent last year, the ministry said in a notice posted on its website (http://english.mep.gov.cn/).”} 07.26.10 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pollution-china-water

Pollution makes quarter of China water unusable: ministry Pollution makes quarter of China water unusable: ministry Fishermen load bags of dead fish onto a forklift at the Mian Hua Tan reservoir in Yongding county, Fujian province, July 13, 2010.

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