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Archive for March 23rd, 2011

Chinese Innovation- “50-80% of Chinese Patents are Junk”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


Here is some research on the quality of Chinese patents. And remember the Chinse patents are the basis for the statement that China is innovating now.
excerpt from the Chinadaily
In recent years, China has been moving very fast in the number and speed of patent applications. As Thomson Reuters pointed out in a research report, “China will surpass Japan and the United States in the annual number of patents by 2011.” However, coming at the same time is the corporate and academic opinion that “over 50% or even 80% of Chinese patents are junk.”

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Chinese and Studying Overseas

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


We did some hiring recently and one of my closest colleagues reiterated the fact that Chinese who cannot attend the premier Chinese schools go overseas to save face. When I said that did no make sense as China has no world class schools anyway, so even a mid level school in the states is better than here. But she pointed out that due to Chinese pride, they will not readily admit this. To the Chinese, the best either go to the best US or Chinese schools. The rest are losers whose family wants to save face by sending them off to another country (her words).She said that they will typically attend lower tiered schools and then return to China, proclaiming the university of Upper Eastern Iowa, is really one of the best in the world. She then showed me the resume’s of some who have studied locally and abroad and after reading them, I have to admit that I see her point.

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On Chinese and Cleanliness- Written 130 Years Ago

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


I downloaded some books from travelers who had been to China within the past 150 years. This is one of them. The author states that in hho, the Chinese are dirty. I find this humorous, as those who have been to China can attest to the fact that the place can be filthy and Chinese hygiene is most definitely an oxymoron. The funny thing is that I would have attributed it to communism and communal living, but as the author shows below, this phenomenon had occured much earlier. Thus, I do not know the reason for the rampant filth.

From In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. ‘Iron Duke,’ flag-ship in China, 1878-83 (J. J. Smith)

After about an hour’s walk along it, for the first part under an arcade of trees, we find ourselves in the filthy, unsavoury Chinese quarter, as the nose is careful to remind you if there be any doubt about it. They are certainly a very dirty race, these Chinamen; the dirtiest on earth, I should be inclined to say, considering their boasted civilization and vaunted morals; and, though compelled by our sanitary laws to live somewhat more cleanly than their enthralled brethren [77]on the continent, still they are dirty, and I’ll hazard to say a sight of the Chinese of this town would soon dispel any illusions one might have nourished to the contrary. A subsequent visit to the native city of Shanghai shewed us to what disgusting depths humanity can descend in this particular…”

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Communist Party Training Schools

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)
The party school’s modern buildings, spread over large comfortable grounds near the Summer Palace on the fringes of the capital, sit at the pinnacle of a sprawling nationwide system of 2,800 full-time educational institutions for retraining officials. Many of these institutions simply provide stolid refresher courses for officials on party history and the latest campaign du jour from Beijing. Middling to minor entrepreneurs are occasionally invited, as part of the broader campaign to lure business inside the tent.

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On Owing China Money

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


From The Beijing Consensus-new (Stefan Halper)

Barrett Sheridan of Newsweek remarked, it also says something about the dynamics of financial interdependency. If you owe China a billion dollars, China owns you; but if you owe China a trillion dollars, you own China.36

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China Blocking US Farm Exports

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


From here
The United States could sell China $5 billion more in farm goods if Beijing cut trade barriers, according to an official study Tuesday that is likely to stoke trade tensions between the two powers, “Results suggest that the elimination of Chinese tariffs and non-tariff measures could lead to an additional $3.9 billion to $5.2 billion in US agricultural exports to China,” the US International Trade Commission said.

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Hacking in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


From here The Beijing Consensus- (Stefan Halper)

The investigation concluded that Beijing has been working to develop its cyberspace capabilities since the late 1990s as part of its military modernization program.11 This has coincided with an increase in recent allegations of China-based hackers making high-level penetrations of computer systems in Europe, North America, and Asia.12 Attackers have infiltrated government computers in the United States, Britain, France, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan. They’ve stolen data from commercial and financial institutions, and the Pentagon reports that it is “continuously targeted by Chinese attackers, most notably in the series of attacks since 2003 known as ‘Titan Rain,’ which targeted the Department of Defense and numerous defense companies.”13

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China and Propaganda

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

Success has a single father in China, a maxim which often makes for improbable reporting. According to an official media dispatch from the scene of a mining accident in Henan province in 2007, the moment one rescued miner emerged out of the blackness into daylight, his first words were: ‘I thank the Central Party! I thank the State Council! I thank the Henan provincial government! I thank the people of the nation!’ Apart from the fact that the rescued miner made no reference to his family or loved ones, what is notable about this quote is that it captures perfectly the ruling hierarchy, with the Party at the top, followed by the central government, the provincial leadership, and finally, the people. The organization department’s boasting about earthquake relief, or, on a much smaller scale, the reporting of the mining rescue, are the exceptions that prove the rule. Usually, party bodies prefer to fly under the radar, as they did in the Sanlu case, to ensure the sinews of their power remain out of sight.

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Saga of My Eyeball and Shitty Diagnoses in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


Being cautious or smart, as I have lived in the land of waste and represson for over three years, I visited another pharmacy to get a reality check on what meds were given me for my pink eye. I am no doctor, but do have access to the net, so I aM about as qualified as any of the locals to make a good diagnosis. According to what I Have found, the symptoms your humble author/doctor has, is consistent with coronary conjunctivitis or pink eye. The supposed solutions seem consistent, depending on what type of pink eye I have. There are three types, viral, bacterial and allergic(al).
It would appear that your present sufferer may have bacterial, vz I have a colored discharge from my eyeballs. If this is the case, then a topical treatment is the proposed method and if it does not work then an oral. Alhtough, according to an angry opthamologist an oral is a bad choice (I saw this on one of the scads of boards about pink eye).
Anyway I have inquired here in China and no one seems to be sure what it is that ails, me
Should your humble wanderer turned physician be correct, then I need to follow the course set forth for sufferers of bacterial pink eye. The little lady/nurse/doctor/typcal chinese health care person, was able to diagnose my problem much more succinlty. After gaping at my crusty red eyeballs, she proclaimed the name in Chinese and told my friend what I needed as a cure. The problem, she informed us, is that I had “TOO MUCH FIRE IN YOUR BODY….”
No shit. This woman looks me dead in the face and tells me no its not nasty pneumococcus, staphylococcus or streptococcus, nor even a viral infection but the mere result of too much fire in my body…..
Do we let these guys practice medicine in the USA?

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Sick Rant- Get Some Balls in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 23, 2011


I’m feeling like crap so I will make this quick. Oh yeah, it’s going to be a rant …
Today I was on my way to the hospital to check on my eyes-didn’t happen, but anyway as I came home, I boarded the elevator and before me was a woman with a dog. As I live in China the dog is the one little ‘teddy bear’ dog, that all Chinese who own a dog in Beijing seem to have. For those of you who have not visited the land of eternal toxins and abuse, a ‘teddy bear dog’ is a poodle that has kinky reddish brown hair.
I am a dog lover, poodles are not my fav, but the dog was a little pup and full of energy and enthusiasm, so whats not to love. Anyway, before the door closes some Chinese guy steps in and gives the pooch a dirty look. The doors close and the little poodle runs to “Mr. no nutsack”, and stands by his leg. Mr ‘anatomically ill-equipped’ literally began to whine like a baby and cringe in the corner-I am not exaggerating this. The lady snatches up the dog and I just stare.
OK, I agree that we need to maintain control of our animals, but this was a little baby poodle, that had this guy crapping in his pants. I once had a boxer and people would be a little fearful as Boxers look badass (actually are beautiful dogs), but this is a Lilliputian poodle. So I share a look with the woman like whats this guy thinking, he goes about 200 lbs and the dog weighs as much as a small order of french fries.
I love animals and think you can judge the soul of a country by how they treat them. In Brazil they cuddle and love them like children, in the USA we either love them or as Mike Vick that pos, we fight them, thus showing the duality of the USA, but in China they just own them. imho, You dont see the love, its more like having a cricket or a fish, just something to drag along with them.
By the time I get to my floor, after smiling at the beautiful pup, much to the joy of her owner, I looked at the guy staring in the corner and I am thinking ‘come on Mr no nuts’ statistically speaking you are more likely to have your face ripped off by one of your brothers in arms or a member of the communist party, than a little pooch in China.
OK, I am out….

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