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Archive for March 21st, 2011

Chinese Delivery Vehicle

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


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Cool Rabbit

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China and Propaganda

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


Here is how uncle chicom is attempting to convince us all of how kind, gentle and accepting he is…

From The Beijing Consensus-new (Stefan Halper)

In January 2009, as legislators in Washington and London wrangled over where to find the cash to pay for expensive stimulus plans, the Chinese government unveiled an ambitious budget of 45 billion yuan (then approximately US$6.8 billion) for a new project called waixuan gongzuo, literally “overseas propaganda.” 1 The South China Morning Post called it Beijing’s new “global media drive,” with plans to create a network of overseas bureaus that would present the modern face of China to every country in the world. Proposals included English editions of Chinese newspapers to suit a more international readership and a twenty-four-hour Asian television network to rival the successful Al Jazeera channel.2 Behind the eye-catching budget was an equally big idea. As official media sources suggested, events now presented an opportunity to tell the world about the “China model”—the perfect antidote to the unbridled capitalism that had underpinned the recent crisis.3 As the government newspaper Xinhua reported, the excesses and failures of free-market fundamentalism had emphasized the superiority of the Chinese way of doing things under President Hu Jintao’s “scientific theory of development.” This was the official name given to the ruling party’s policy of promoting welfare for the masses under the strict guidance of the central government.4 In other words, state capitalism.

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Ancient China and Traffic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


From A Bit of Old China-new (Charles Warren Stoddard)

Turn which way we choose, within two blocks, on either hand we find nothing but the infinitely small and astonishingly numerous forms of traffic on which the hordes around us thrive. No corner is too cramped for the squatting street cobbler; and as for the pipe-cleaners, the cigarette-rollers, the venders of sweetmeats and conserves, they gather on the curb or crouch under overhanging windows, and await custom with the philosophical resignation of the Oriental.

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Owning an Iphone in China- Reblog Pudding and Chopsticks

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


I saw this post today from http://www.puddingandchopsticks.com and want to reblog it as it explains the ins and outs of Iphone ownership in China. Although I don’t have an Iphone, I do use a cell here and didn’t know many of the things the author explains here
from here

I did it.

March 20th, 2011 § 0

I have joined the not so elite club of Iphone ownership. I put down a deposit on a New Iphone 4 from China Unicom. Why just get an Iphone 4 now.. Well they just came out here in Sept of last year. Then you had to wait because all the effing scalpers bought them, etc.. So, even if I wait for an Iphone 5 I would have wait till something like Sept. again. If not later. My dictionary on my Nokia blows, and lately I’ve been wanting to study more Chinese.. They best way I am thinking is through the Iphone. Pleco offers some killer dictionaries and what not. Should be a rave.. I’ve also been itching to play some Angry Birds.. So that’s pretty much why I don’t want to wait. I also don’t think that they are really going to come out with anything revolutionary. Think about it. They just sold a S ton of Iphone 4s. Why come out with a bad ass phone when everyone is locked in for two years with At&t and Version… Like the 3G to 3Gs was, I think it will just be an upgrade. The next killer one should be the Iphone 6.. But lets not get ahead of ourselves.

Lets look at the fine print.

I get a Iphone 4 Chinese version. There are some issues with maps, and a few other things but for the most part, I don’t care. If I move away from China I can just jailbreak it and restore it to a different version or fix these issues. So for the most part. It’s an Iphone 4.

The way mobile plans work here is different from the States. In fact I like it much, much better. You still are locked in for 2 years but it’s a tad different.

Alright. I am going for the 16GB one. The first one on the left with an orange 0. So I got to pay 5880 元 or about 859 USD. Now before you get your panties in a bunch listen up. This is a 2 year deal. I pay 5880 they give me 245 back each month for my “service.” The service plan is 286 per month. Leaving me to pay 41 x24 or 984 元. For a total of 6864元 or so. So for 2 years service and an Iphone 4 I pay 1,042USD. That’s right folks. I basically get a free Iphone. No wait, I do get a free Iphone, well providing I stay with them for the two years. If not I basically bought an Iphone 4. So really it doesn’t matter.

read the rest here

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Beheading in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


From here
https://i2.wp.com/docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb/dclarke/public/punishments/Execution%20of%20Namoa%20Pirates,%201891.jpg

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Chinese Street Hair Cut

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


I love it. Each day this dude dressed in black cuts people’s hair on the streets. He seems pretty attentive and passionate about his job. In this photo, he’s like “hey dude how do you like the new cut?”
and the other guy is like “damn, pretty good, 1/4 inch all the way around. ”
Then they shake hands and curse the Japanese and their radiation and all I do is walk by and wonder if Mickey D’s is still serving breakfast.

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Chinese Cannot Hoop

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


I’m being tortured right now, I mean I am watching communist CCTV. They are broadcasting a woman’s basketball game. It is literally depressing to watch and painful. the woman are clumsy and possess as much talent as the Chinese men, thus they have not sunk a basket in five minutes. What they lack in ability they make up for in comic relief as they run about and launch three pointers from all over the place. No kidding, I will put this up now, so if you live in China, turn on CCTV 5 and watch the most miserable collection of hoopsters ever assembled.

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Solar Power in China- Don’t You Need Sunshine for That?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


The communist mouthpiece aka chinadaily, says that after the problem in Japan, Chinese are thinking of going solar instead. First off, your humble author breathes a loud sigh of relief as I cannot imagine what ecological chaos a Chinese nuclear reactor is capable of bringing. I mean to be honest, they can’t even make soap and bottle caps, let alone delving into the fine art of manipulating atomic particles…
Anyway, the Chinese will focus on solar power. Just one question to China…Don’t you need sunshine for that?
And before the fan boys start off on a rant about how China produces xxx amount of solar panels, etc….remember that China still produces the ‘dumb panels’ that are the lowest of tech and also down south they do have plants that utilize the panels, due to the smog in which we live they are much less effective than in a normal country.

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Result of Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2011


From factsanddetails.com
Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley wrote in the New York Times, “Environmental degradation is now so severe, with such stark domestic and international repercussions, that pollution poses not a major long-term burden to the Chinese public but also an active political challenge to the ruling Communist Party… Public health is reeling. Pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death….Only 1 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breath air considered safe.” In industrial cities people rarely see the sun; children become sickened by lead poisoning. Coastal areas and even lakes suffer from red tides; rivers emit fumes that make people feel sick and gives them cancer.

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