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Archive for April, 2011

An Example of How the Communists Took the Land from the Monied in the 50’s

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

In the early 50’s as the communists took over China, they had the problem of redistributing the land from the wealthy to the poor. The problem was that due to generations of held wealth, the affluent did not give up their land very easily, and the poor were hesitant to battle them openly. After several failed attempts at removing the land from the grip of the wealthy, the chicoms finally succeeded. Here is an excerpt from the Cambride History of China from 1949-65 on how the communists took away the land and distributed it.

“….through such devices as “speak bitterness” meetings and mass trials. These methods subjected the landlords to public humiliation, and the trials also resulted in the execution of members of this class on a significant scale, perhaps a million to 2 million individuals.24 Moreover, under the new guideline of “not correcting excesses prematurely,” the aroused masses frequently engaged in unchecked outbreaks of violence and brutality against landlords which resulted in additional deaths. While reports of peaceful land reform persisted throughout the movement, it appears that continued efforts to draw class lines
and generate antagonism had a considerable cumulative effect.”

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Betting on China or India in the Long Run….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

The excerpt below addresses the issue of who is better in the long run, China or India….

From here
BEIJING: Should investors wanting a bet on growth double-down on China, the thoroughbred with an unmatched track record? Or should they take a punt with India, a plodder in the past that has at last started to rewrite the form books?

Both countries have just produced a decennial census, a timely guide to an array of demographic characteristics that are critical not just for their own development but also for global commodity demand and inflation and much else besides.

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Chinese Blogger Jailed

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

from the usatoday
“He was at his happiest talking about books and articles, as he drank tea or beer with friends,” recalls Wang at their home in Chengdu, southwest China. Detained on Feb. 20, and later charged with “inciting subversion of state power,” Ran could face years in jail before enjoying those freedoms again.

A self-described bookworm and tireless blogger, Ran, 46, is among nearly 60 Chinese citizens detained in the past two months amid the harshest government crackdown against dissent in years, according to China Human Rights Defenders, a Hong Kong-based rights group”

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The China Problem of Land and Food

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

China has only 10% of the worlds arable land but 22% of all her people. In addition, the Chinese are polluting that land like crazy…

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China’s Impending Ecological Disaster?- Severe Drought In China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

From Xinhuanet
BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) — A lingering spring drought in south China has left 1.09 million people and 380,000 livestock short of drinking water, the nation’s drought relief authority said on Friday.

The drought has also affected more than 1.33 million hectares of farmland in seven provinces including Jiangxi, Hunan and Hubei, which are major grain-producing areas, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

South China has experienced 50 percent less rainfall than usual since the start of this year, which has dried up major rivers and reservoirs in the area. The drought has also hampered spring harvest efforts, the headquarters said.

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Tons of Chinese Waiting- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

Photo of Chinese waiting at a station. From the Guardian.co.uk
Chinese people crowd at a long-distance bus station in Nanjing, ChinaChinese people crowd at a long-distance bus station in Nanjing, China

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Spring Cleaning China Style- Scared Rabbit, Rabid Chinawoman, and Clean Dishes

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

Ah the joys of a clean abode in China. Today Pangu the ancient sadist/god who created this dump has been in a foul mood. That great spirit man ghoul has blown a texas sized dust cloud around the hallowed land that is Beijing. Thus, being a foreigner and a lazy one at that, I decided it was time to tidy up a bit. For those of us who call any civilized country but China a home, that means calling for a local cleaning woman. Leveraging my sizable rolodex, I called a local organization who specializes in such affairs and I was told to expect one of the local experts within the hour.

Twenty minutes later a rougeish woman with a ponderous forehead and arms like a blacksmiths mallet issued forth. I nodded at the woman, secretly marveling at her Popeye like forearms and asked where her cleaning implements were. Shrugging she muttered something in a native tongue called barbarian and then dove into the kitchen and began cleaning with a gusto.

Possessing that Chinese affinity for smearing but not actually killing germs, my hired gun/puffy faced human bowling ball had taken to cleaning or ‘smearing the dishes’ as I would call it. Patting her sizable cranium gently I told her that the brackish water now housing the implements I use to eat with could actually be emptied and new water drawn. and if she were so inclined, to the newer water, she may add a few drops of soap and disinfectant. Trooper like, she stood at rapt attention and thenattacked the remaining spoons with a gusto, glancing at dozens of other pieces she ‘cleaned’ but not redone, I shook my head in disbelief.

Considering this just an idiosyncrasy of Chinese life, i let it go. Then, i told her I’d be right back as I had to run to the store. I asked her to whip up a meal for me and in with a simian’esqu focus she proceeded to light the stove. After hustling to the store I returned to find Hai Ho (I think its her name), sweating like a pig with a look of animalistic ferocity in her puny eyes. Shoving past me she ran like Bruce Jenner, waving a now broken mop handle like a javelin after 22 my rabbit who sprung away. Upon spying the quivering hare slouched in her lair, Hai Ho then hunched over and crept to her while at the last second springing like a kangaroo launched the weapon with the ferocity of a silver back gorilla.
Grabbing the woman by her stout shoulders I commanded that all meat eaten in this house was purchased from the store and that although messy my place was not a game preserve. I guided her to the fridge and commented that there is an interesting invention, and although not invented by the chinese, it is useful. It is a place to store meat, I said slowly. My words working their way into the dense aperature that hid her logic gland, the bull of a woman shoved past me and then hissing at 22 continued to ‘clean’.

Giving up on living like a human I sit and watch her drench my hand towels into the toilet and then summarily give the mirror, door handle and windows a good scrubbing. While I commend her passion and attention to detail, I just think there has to be something better. Or maybe I’m asking for too much, after all she’s only costing U$3.00 per hour.

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One Chinese Lawyer Released, Another Jailed

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

from CNN.com
Beijing, China (CNN)

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Pissing and Littering Rubbishes Prohibited- Funny Sign in Guangzhou China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

From this site

No pissing on the Metro, Guangzhou

more here

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Getting McFat in China- McDonalds Invading China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2011

from wantchinatimes.com
US restaurant giant McDonald is confident in China's growth market potential and plans to expand. Picture: Growing numbers of Chinese like to eat at McDonald's. (Photo/CNS)US restaurant giant McDonald is confident in China’s growth market potential and plans to expand. Picture: Growing numbers of Chinese like to eat at McDonald’s. (Photo/CNS)

McDonald’s, the world largest chain of fast-food restaurants, plans to open 700 new outlets in China by 2013 in a bid to strengthen its presence in the country.

Betty Tian, a spokesman for the chain in China, said McDonald’s, which currently operates 1,300 restaurants, would also increase its employees to 50,000 to manage the expansion. This would include hiring college graduates to fill more than 1,000 managerial positions.

continue here http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20110430000001&cid=1206

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