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Chinese Women in the Military, Redefining Foxhole

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


I came across the site, .china-defense-mashup.com. I’m not realy sure who runs it, but it is filled with verbiage that seems to state the world is trembling with the growth of the Chinese military.
While clicking around, I did see one thing that I thought was humorous, see photo below. Apparently in their attempt to debunk a centuries old myth that the typical Chinese woman bears a remarkable resemblance to a muskrat, there is a section called ‘sexy chinese military ladies who went to great lengths to get in these photos- wink wink” or something like that.
After living in the land of photoshop and falsification, I have my doubts as to the veracity of the claims that these young sprites actually resemble the photos and that they really call some barracks filled with leacherous red army leaders and their minions their home, but I could be wrong.
On second thought, however, maybe i have been precipitious in my judgement. After all, I am reading a book on the Long March and the author proudly proclaimed that she had a quota to fill for enlisting soldiers. In order to obtain her quota, she stated that she would do whatever was necessary, including having sex with some little villager just so he’d sign up….
I guess I should just shut up and give them props for the classy pics, after all, it’s better than the photo of the scantily clad buxom honey that Uncle Bud has hanging from the faux wood wall of Bud’s Transmission Repair and notary public, or is it…

Remember Chinese youth, Uncle Chicom wants you…. and if you really don’t want to fight cuz your’e kind of malnourished then think of it this way, “Look at who you’ll be sharing your foxhole with!”
from here

Pretty Girls in Chinese Military

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Excellent Chinese Rant from Rudenoon.com

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


Here is an excellent rant about China and the author’s hope or lack thereof for her future. It’s pretty comprehensive and an eyeopener.

Rant from here

Next Stop Oblivion
There used to be hope for China. Or at least the appearance of hope. Hope that things were getting better, though what getting better actually meant had everything to do with how bad it used to be in the earlier stages of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Dynasty: the Great Leap Forward, the politically-inspired Great Famine that claimed as many lives as the 19th C. Taiping Rebellion (30 million), the Cultural Revolution, a national madness that dug the hole considerably deeper than any Chinese leader is willing to admit. Many thought that all of that was well in the past. I, for one, have never had that sense of blind hope. Yes, there were times when I believed that the opportunities were there for China to step up and take a hearty swing at the ball, to take the global lead that would have really expanded and strengthened their soft power muscle in the world, but those times passed long ago. For at least the last 8 years I’ve not had much faith in their steroidal swing: their hat size has gotten ludicrously bigger as their shrinking ‘buddies’ have become the joke of the locker room; too many called strikes; too many foul balls; too many outbursts that have gotten them tossed from too many games

continue reading here http://rudenoon.com/absalletc/archives/2920

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Poetic Comment From My Blog-

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


This comment comes from Gowron, resident expert/co-cynic of all things Chinese. I somehow find this part of his comment today both poignant and poetic.
From Gowron
“And Some people come to China, where the scent of mothballs, piss mops, and “cheeh shuhhs” (even the word for bathroom in Mandarin somehow has a repugnant odor to it, cheeh shuhh) wil forever be burned into their pysche. They return to the pine paradise of the Rockies, Shanghai cheeeh shuh, they return to the sweet meadows of flowers in the south,”

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Chinese Innovation, Piracy and Venture Funding

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


On my latest trip back to sanity- USA, I met some one child mistakes who were excited about a new business opportunity. Their project seemed eerily similar to a newly popular website in college campuses across the USA.
The Chinese students, being Chinese, had copied or Shanzhai’ed the site and were perfecting it. Their goal was to take it back to the land of smog, get venture capital funding and then go public.
The sad thing is that they probably will. Leave it to china where a successful business model is as easy as, stealing a product from the west then copy it into the Chinese market with a Chinese name and have the government block the legitimate product , a-la youtube, twitter, and a host of others. Then once the government has backed your ‘indigenous Chinese product’ , you obtain venture capital funding only to then sell this pirated product back to the west for a hefty profit.
After this little exercises some talking heads will proclaim this new accomplishment nothing less than the rise of China and her innovative ideas and people.

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My Chinese Panda

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China and History

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From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)
the long run, telling the truth about history was not only the key to the Party’s survival, it was also essential to China’s legitimacy as a great power. ‘It is impossible for China to become a superpower if historical truths are suppressed,’ says Yang. ‘That’s why I said that a nation that dares not face up to history will have no future. The Party has to put down its burdens in order to march forward.’

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China and Japan

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


From
The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

Instead of being the Party’s soft underbelly, history has been armour-plated to become a blunt weapon of foreign and domestic policy for China, a way to rouse the masses in support of the government. China’s regular, belligerent lectures to Japan about the need to have the ‘correct view of history’, and engage in the same deep introspection as post-war Germany, have been effective in stirring popular anger among young people against the ‘little devils’ across the sea. ‘Japan has wilfully tampered with history, denied its invasion [of China], and whitewashed its atrocities, and therefore sunk into unprecedented isolation in Asia,’ said the People’s Daily in 2005, a time of large street protests against Japan in China. ‘The Japan that wants to become a “normal country” would do well to take a look, and see how Germany used history as its own mirror.’

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China’s Communist Party and the Theater

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

Hollywood trivia touching on the Soviet period does not escape scrutiny either. Casino Royale, a James Bond film, was released in China in early 2007 with much emphasis in the media that it was uncensored. In fact, Dame Judi Dench, who plays the spy boss M, was asked to rerecord a single line of dialogue in English for the Chinese release. In place of: ‘Christ, I miss the Cold War’, M said, in English, in Chinese cinemas only: ‘God, I miss the old times.’ Only after that line of dialogue was inserted was the movie cleared to be shown.

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Edible Beijing Air and Crazy Chinese Pollution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


Each day I take a pic of the looming environmental disaster that the Chinese call air. This is one such photo. As you can see, the visibility is about 800 yards or so. As for me, my lungs have revolted and are calling it quits, I think I will start ordering bottles of o2.

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Conspiracy Theorists Unite- Reblog on Why The USA is in Libya

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2011


Here is a teaser from resident yank basher and all around good guy Daniel. He can be found at this site and has some pretty good pics of China and some pretty good anti-usa or pro-anything but USA issues. Although I don’t agree with his politics, I respect his tenacity.

From here

Why is the US in Libya?

I recently got the ques­tion of why the US decided to attack Libya, while ignor­ing the atroc­i­ties in many other places. Obama in front of a mass of people thinking "Useful Idiots" My ini­tial answer was: oil. But when I started dig­ging a lit­tle fur­ther, I came across an old inter­view with 4-star gen­eral Wes­ley Clark, who in 2007 revealed that the Pen­ta­gon had detailed plans to take out the Middle-East. I’m sorry for the long quote, but I think it clar­i­fies a lot. For those who are too lazy to read, there’s a video of the inter­view below:

continue here http://blog.loadingdata.nl/2011/04/why-is-the-us-in-libya/#more-484

ps If you disagree with him, feel free to comment, he will not back down….

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