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Archive for April 21st, 2011

Comment from Other Resident Angry Man

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


Here is a pretty funny comment on my post about China’s new non-invasive airport body scanners……
From Daniel, owner of this blog http://loadingdata.nl/

For one I’m 100% convinced they just stole the design from the Americans 😉

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Where Else But China- Who Names a Theme Park Ride After a Horrible Disaster?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


This is a funny post from a funny blog here. Check out the name of the ride, it’s Challenger. Challenger was a space shuttle from the US that blew up and was thus the worst space disaster ever for the US. As it took off and millions watched, the thing burst into flames killing all on board. I guess due to the Chinese desire to copy, they forgot to do some fact checking before making the ride….

From here
http://www.cowinachinashop.com/?paged=5

Or you can choose a shuttle based ride that is named after the worst shuttle disaster in the US. Even the chick on the right looks a tiny bit appalled.

What? Nobody wants to ride? But it’s the bomb!

Continue here
http://www.cowinachinashop.com/?paged=5

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A Sign of Things to Come, India’s GDP Outpaced China’s in 2010

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


Here is an excerpt from a blogpost on the economist.com

MORGAN STANLEY thinks it could happen in 2013; the World Bank thinks it might happen next year. Many pundits have speculated about when India’s growth might outpace China’s. But the IMF’s World Economic Outlook says it’s already happened—without fuss, fanfare or felicitation. China grew by 10.3% last year; India by 10.4%. How can that be?

There are two idiosyncrasies in the way India typically reports its GDP figures. It calculates growth for the fiscal year, not the calendar year. More important, it reports its GDP “at factor cost”. That means it adds up all the income earned (by labour, capital and other “factors of production”) in the course of producing the country’s goods and services. By that measure, its GDP grew by 8.6% in 2010.

But other countries, including China, normally report their GDP “by expenditure”, adding up all the spending on domestically produced stuff. In principle, expenditure should equate to income. But taxes and subsidies get in the way.”

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China Fact- Chinese in Africa

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


From here:
“a former senior official at the African Development Bank, says more Chinese have come to Africa in the past ten years than Europeans in the past 400.”

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Chinese Body Painting Attracts Local Tourism or Only Lecherous Old Men

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


I saw this article entitled “Body painting promotes local tourism” from this website. The idea, I suppose, is to show how a local Chinese town is leveraging a body painting show to garner more tourists. I guess in a country where porn is supposedly off limits, this is a pretty decent idea. After all, if all the really good sites are blocked maybe this is just what the doctor ordered. My only question would be: which attracts more lecherous perverts, the sunny beaches of some seedy southeast Asian love haven, or this type of event?

photo from here

body7-155215_copy1.jpgModels walk along a footpath showing their body paintings in Ningguo City, Anhui Province on April 13. (Photo/CFP)

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China Unveils “Home Grown’ Non- Invasive Body Scanner for Airport Use-Exclusive Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


Uncle Chicom, in a race to promote the fact that after a thousand year hiatus they can indeed invent something, have said they have invented a non-invasive body scanner. Said scanner will be able to search for ‘blow up able’ materials, or so the Chinese translation said. The benefit, according to a wise old chinaman with exactly two straggly hairs hanging from his dried apple’esque face, is the fact that the scanners are non invasive…

Hmmm non-invasive is about as much of an oxy-moron as Chinese innovation.
Shown below is what your humble author and brother under the lord Pinguo the one who created China, believes to be the newest in Chinese high tech…
China’s new non-invasive body scanner
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photo.minghui.org

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Angry “Johnnie Law” in China-Chinese Cop ‘Bustin Caps’ Over a Padded Bill?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


From here:

“NANNING – A police officer who shot and wounded two hotel employees over a fee dispute in Southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region was under criminal detention, police said Thursday.

Lu Tao, 38, allegedly shot two employees of the Hangkong Hotel in the region’s capital city of Guilin on Monday after arguing with them over fees, said a spokesman with the city’s police bureau. Lu was a police officer with the Xingbin branch of the city of Laibin’s police bureau, he said.”

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The Story of Modern China, A Day Late and A Dollar Short- China Finally Gets Around to Exploiting Africa

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


From here:
” Chinese construction work can be slapdash and buildings erected by mainland firms have on occasion fallen apart. A hospital in Luanda, the capital of Angola, was opened with great fanfare but cracks appeared in the walls within a few months and it soon closed. The Chinese-built road from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, to Chirundu, 130km (81 miles) to the south-east, was quickly swept away by rains. Business, Chinese style

Chinese expatriates in Africa come from a rough-and-tumble, anything-goes business culture that cares little about rules and regulations. Local sensitivities are routinely ignored at home, and so abroad. Sinopec, an oil firm, has explored in a Gabonese national park. Another state oil company has created lakes of spilled crude in Sudan. Zimbabwe’s environment minister said Chinese multinationals were “operating like makorokoza miners”, a scornful term for illegal gold-panners.

Employees at times fare little better than the environment. At Chinese-run mines in Zambia’s copper belt they must work for two years before they get safety helmets. Ventilation below ground is poor and deadly accidents occur almost daily. To avoid censure, Chinese managers bribe union bosses and take them on “study tours” to massage parlours in China. Obstructionist shop stewards are sacked and workers who assemble in groups are violently dispersed. When cases end up in court, witnesses are intimidated.

Tensions came to a head last year when miners in Sinazongwe, a town in southern Zambia, protested against poor conditions. Two Chinese managers fired shotguns at a crowd, injuring at least a dozen.

from http://www.economist.com/node/18586448

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What’s Left to Clone in China- Or Are Chinese Pirating Opportunities Drying Up?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


From here
“Just how many clone opportunities are left in China, now that the Chinese marketplace has copies of YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, eBay and yes, even Wikipedia. The latest cloning craze is localized versions of GroupOn. Consider that Lashou.com, a competitor to GroupOn in China, just raised the large sum of $110 million from venture investors.

continue here

http://blogs.forbes.com/rebeccafannin/2011/04/20/whats-left-to-clone-in-china/

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Chinese Ready to Cross the Street

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2011


They line up as if it were the dropping of the gate at a Super Cross event, all ready to push and shove their way forth.

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