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Archive for May 7th, 2011

Plastic Bags and Cheeseball China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


Yesterday I had to pick up a friend at the airport and I saw something here that slays me- plastic bags used instead of backpacks. What I mean is that some Chinese are so tight fisted that instead of investing 5 to 10 U$ on a proper backpack, they tote their stuff around some plastic bag from a store like Wal-mart, thus looking like a bag person. I once had a Chinese colleague who taught finance and each day he’d show up carrying all of his work papers in a plastic bag from some Chinese retailer. To me it was totally cheeseball….

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Chinese Office Workers Pole Dance to “Relieve Stress”- China Pic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


These photos are from here.
the caption says they are taught to relieve work related stress,,,, right….

Office workers take part in a pole dancing lesson at a gym in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. The workers are being taught how to pole dance to help reduce work-based stress

Office workers take part in a pole dancing lesson at a gym in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. The workers are being taught how to pole dance to help reduce work-based stress

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Minority Land in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


When the communists came into power in China, the area inhabited by ethnic minorities occupied 60% of China’s landmass.

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Corruption in Chinese Town Leaves Villagers With only 10% of Promised Payout

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


From 1 Lianhe Zaobao, July 25, 2003, p. 17.

Lianhe Zaobao reported that billions of dollars, from the governmental subsidy from China’s central government for the flood relief for farmers, were embezzled by the local government. Every family that had been
affected by the flood in 1998 in Hubei province was supposed to get RMB 15,000 for building a new house. However, RMB 6,000 was taken by city government and another RMB 7,500 by county and village government, leaving each family with only 15000 bricks worth RMB 1,500.

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Communism Kills the Environment

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


Excerpt from here (Behind the Red Curtain: Environmental Concerns and the End of Communism
by Joseph W. Dellapenna)
Excellent paper on how communism destroys nature and all of what he says pertains to China.

“A second feature of Marxism reinforced the effect of the labor theory of value—its denial of individual responsibility.As a result, no one felt responsibility for the natural environment, leading to reckless disregard
of environmental consequences.19 Thirdly, the socialist goal of “transforming the world”
led easily to “gigantomania”—a desire for the largest and most grandiose technological feats.20
Gigantomania is also found in western countries, but structural features of Communism prevented
effective counter-pressure that, at least sometimes, stopped some of the most substantial”

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China Opens Up, Photos From China’s First Pole Dancing School

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


from here

pole dancing
Flexibility and a sense of rhythm are the keys to a successful performance.
pole dancing
Sometimes China splits between modernity and tradition.
pole dancing
That’s what we call being in pole position…
pole dancing
… and this is bottom of the class.
pole dancing
She holds down this position with ease.

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Problem with Chinese Courts

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


Chinese judges face targets on the permissable amount of reversed decisions and closed cases just as communist party members have quotas on the permissable amount of mine accidents, protests and accidents. Career advancement is tied to these causing some of the horrible behavior we see in some of the governmental communist workers ie coverups.

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Legitimacy of China’s Communist Party ……

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 7, 2011


From (In Search of Legitimacy in Post-revolutionary China: Bringing Ideology and Governance Back In
Heike Holbig et. al.)

excerpt:
“The legitimacy of the CCP has always been contested and often explicitly rejected by significant
portions of China’s population. The civil war that preceded the CCP’s victory in 1949 reflected
a profoundly divided population. Eastman described the situation as “little […] support
[…] on the Nationalist side; some […] support […] on the Communist side” (Eastman
1984: 88). Millions fled from China (including one million to Hong Kong alone, of whom
385,000 remained by 1954) rather than submitting to Communist authority, creating what Peterson
calls “one of the largest refugee flows in world history” (Peterson 2008: 172).”

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