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Archive for May 2nd, 2011

Links to China Leaking Ipad2 Design

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


From my earlier post on the Chinese leaking -allegedly- the Ipad2 design
see:
http://www.tgdaily.com/business-and-law-features/55676-foxconn-workers-charged-over-leak-of-ipad-2-specs
http://www.mactrast.com/…/foxconn-employees-arrested-for-ipad-2designleak
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/04/three-foxconn-workers-fingered-for-leaking-ipad-2-design.ars

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More on China’s Ecological Problems

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


from the chinadaily
“In Guangzhou’s regions of Zengcheng and Conghua, more than 1,000 hectares of rice fields will not yield a harvest this year because of the drought, which is the worst since 1962. ..Throughout Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, more than 17,000 hectares of farmland have been affected….n the city of Heyuan in the north of the province, the dry spell is not only affecting farmland. With 19 reservoirs drying up, some locals in rural areas are suffering from a shortage of drinking water.

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Chinese Crazy for Cash Giveaway Stunt, Old Chinawoman Gets Her Dentures Knocked out for a Few Dollars

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


Here is an excerpt from the chinadaily. The chinese are …well. lets just say that the death grip they can put on a jiao which is equal to about 1/100th of a penny, is scary. These people will dumpster dive for a penny. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that when some promotional event in China decided to toss 1 RM to 50 RMB notes into the crowd, that a frenzy ensued and the event had to be brought to a halt.One old timer got her dentures knocked out of her mouth in the melee. The Chinese would probably tell her that it’s a dog eat dog world and what does she expect, after all they were fighting for the equivalent of a quarter…..
from here http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-05/01/content_12428921.htm

People injured in money grabbing publicity stunt

A combo picture shows three girls throwing money on the balcony of a nearby high building (top) and people waiting to scramble for the money falling from the building (bottom). [Photo/Yangtze Evening Post]

The event caused thousands of people to scramble for the falling money, which was made up of both 5 yuan and 10 yuan notes… Hundreds more people gathered below as the 5 and 10 yuan notes were swapped….as people rushed to grab the money, dozens were smashed down on the ground or the wall….An old woman said tearfully: “It’s too crazy. My false teeth have been knocked out.”

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China’s Prolems With Her Infrastructure

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


China’s recent growth has caused many problems ie pollution, greed, avarice and a strain on their infrastructure. I cannot count how many days that I have been without hot water and/or electricity in China. To me this is very telling as I’ve lived and worked in some pretty poor places. For instance, while living in Mexico, who on a GDP basis is actually below China , but never had a problem with hot water nor electricity. And in Mexico, I lived in a B level city, not one of the major metropolises. Thus as the economy continues to increase and the people become more affluent, these inconveniences will only increase. According to a Taiwanese paper, this a major concern for their firms.

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Confiscating Cell Phones to Curb Access to News- China or N. Korea

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


This sounds like China…
from here
“SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea has started a drive to confiscate mobile phones smuggled from China in an attempt to suppress news from the outside world, a group of defectors from the communist state said. North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity said in its latest newsletter police in North Hamkyong and Yangkang provinces bordering Russia and China have started urging residents to voluntarily surrender mobile phones or face punishment.

It cited sources in the border cities of Hyesan and Hoeryong.

The police warned that special devices to detect mobile phone use had been brought in to punish “those spreading capitalist ideas and eroding socialism”, the group quoted one of the sources as saying.

North Korea strictly controls access to outside information and fixes the tuning controls of radios and televisions to official stations. But many residents in border areas that can receive mobile reception from China are known to use smuggled phones to talk to relatives and friends who escaped the impoverished state to settle in China or South Korea.

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401k Fraud Watch- Another Chinese Company Investigated in teh US Stock Market

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


If you are from civiliation and want to retire, then you may want to check your portfolio. Many chinese companies are listed in the usa, and if you are investing in them and are defrauded then I have no sypathy for you. Take a look around, do some investigating or come over here if possible, hell I will let you stay with me a few days. Take a look at the business practices of this country and wake up..
This blurb is about a Chinese company allededgly cooking the books or lokking to steal money from Americans.

from here
“US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued Dallas-based China Voice Holding Corp on April 29 over an alleged Ponzi scheme.

SEC said that China Voice former CEO William Burbank, 52, former CFO David Allen, 60, and others fraudulently overstated the company’s financial condition and business activity in China.

“Since at least 2006, China Voice, Allen, Burbank and others have made false and misleading public statements about China Voice, to maintain the facade of a prosperous company, while masking the unjust enrichment of the principals,” the complaint filed in the US district court in Dallas said.”

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Chinese Allegedly Leak Ipad2 Design- No Wonder Apple Wants to Switch Production from China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


In what is best described as the cost of doing business in China, Apple pays the price
from wantchinatimes
“The three employees worked at Foxconn’s plants in Shenzhen, and Chinese police allege they leaked the design of the iPad 2 to third party accessory makers, local reports said, citing the DigiTimes. ”

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More Problems in Chinese Demographics- Lots of Old Folks, Fewer Young

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


China’s one child policy has had some negative effects on the country. No I am not addressing the moral vacuum caused by the abortion through beatings or even the forced abortion and or steralizations of many chinese but the fact that through these Christian like policies, the Chinese have left themselves shorthanded vz work force. The stat belows the dramatic decline in the workforce aged chohort in the years to come.

from here

The most troubling statistic released last week relates to the 0-14 group, the pool of future workers. The percentage in this bracket is now 16.6%, down a stunning 6.3% from 2000.”

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Funny Chinese Sign- ‘Mind’ or ‘Mend’ the Glass?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


The Chinese are tight with a buck. They feel its much better to use chinglish, which is a bastardized form of English, then to pay a foreigner do write things for them. The result is that they often foul up their translations.
As you can see in the photo, it says ‘mend the glass’. The problem is that the glass is in perfect condition. The first two characters on the left are ‘xiao and xing’ or be careful. Thus the people who translated this to English may have done it phonetically as chiense pronounce mind like mend. In any event, my friend showed me the sign and I thought I’d share it with all my cynical friends…

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Photo of Chinese Farmers at a Subway- Chinese Poor

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 2, 2011


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