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Chinese “Art Whore” Sentenced to Prison- WARNING Graphic Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 9, 2011


When China opens, they really open up. This guy is an ‘artist’ who was performing ‘art’ on his girlfriend. He is Chinese and I guess this is a no no as the guy was sent to one year of re-education through labor for his act. The display he put on, interestingly enough, was called ‘art whore’. The man’s actions were said to have ‘cuased a public disturbance’.

I don’t know about a public disturbance, to me it just looks like a bunch of chinese horn dogs who cant find a woman. Look at the guy on the right, he seems to be taking more than a ‘professional interest’ in the action.

Performance art,obscene performance,Sex,Cheng Li,Reeducation through labor,Beijing
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from hugchina.com

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Add Toxic Chicken to The China Food Blacklist

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 9, 2011


In a report by the chinadaily below, the chicoms found chickens who had allegedly been fed barite to make them heavier before selling them. The interesting thing about China is not when a new toxic food will show up, as it happens almost daily, but what they chinese will do to make a buck. My only hope is that the folks back home read the labels carefully before making a food purchase as a lot of Chinese food ends up in America.

from the chinadaily:
“…local consumers told authorities that unknown substances had been found in the digestive tracts of live chickens bought from local markets and that they feared their health might be in danger. Since April 18, the administration has investigated several poultry markets, collecting samples for testing.
The samples taken from the chicken’s intestines were found to contain a considerable amount of barium sulfate, commonly known as barite powder.
And there were 110 milligrams of magnesium and 1.1 milligrams of barium for each kilogram of the chickens that were tested.”

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China Has No International Cities

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 9, 2011


The other day I read that China has no international cities, af first I was like ‘no shit, look at how they behave’. But then upon reading the article, there is a real definition for ‘international city’, it is one that has at least 10% foreigners. Then I was thinking China will never have an international city, but then I was like ‘hey does that mean that back in the late 30’s some of China’s cities would be considered international ones…’
Actually my initial reaction was that how can a chinese city be considered international when the people run about in pajamas, use the streets as toilets and have to be taught how to stand in lines and behave like civilized people? To me this is much more of a sign of an international city.

And as an fyi, this post is not addressing the crude nature of the less educated in China, ie Chinese farmers, for imho they are much more respectful and couth than your typical chinaman. It would appear that some chinese associate the ability to purchase a car with giving them license to hack phlegm where ever they see fit. In all my time here, it seems that those chinese who have a little cash are much less worldy and mor ingorant than the commoner. So no this post is not directed at the poor, but at the monied. It is like a good chinese friend of mine had said. “The party is filled with ignorant people, they are afraid of the educated, look what they did in the 50’s. But they have the guanxi, they have the contacts so they get the bribes, they get rich”

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Photo of Chinese Tryke, Carrying Thing, Vehicle ….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 9, 2011


I have no idea why I took this photo but it is interesting.

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Dirty Secret of Chinese Manufacturing from GreenPeace

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 9, 2011


Article from greenpeace here (http://www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/news/textile-pollution-xintang-gurao)

The dirty secret behind jeans and bras

December 01, 2010

Wastewater discharged from a denim washing factory forms a mesmerizing pattern (Xintang, Guangdong province) Wastewater discharged from a denim washing factory forms a mesmerizing pattern (Xintang, Guangdong province)

Beijing — Jeans, bras and underwear are every-day clothing items that we take for granted – but they are far from harmless. Greenpeace went behind the scenes to two major towns of jeans and bra manufacturing, and discovered widespread pollution.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Greenpeace has released a report examining two textile industry towns in Guangdong province. This behind-the-scenes look at how our clothing is produced may make you think twice before queueing up for Christmas sales.
From April to October, we visited Xintang, the “Jeans Capital of the World,” and Gurao, a manufacturing town 80% of whose economy is devoted to bras, underwear, and other clothing articles.

Blue jeans are much dirtier than you might ever guess. That cool distressed denim wash is the result of a several chemical-intensive washes. Fabric printing and dyeing involves such heavy metals as cadmium, lead and mercury – not stuff that you want to be getting near your bare skin! 5108810.jpg
Greenpeace testing found five heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead, and copper) in 17 out of 21 water and sediment samples taken from throughout Xintang and Gurao. In one samples, cadmium exceeded China’s national limits by 128 times!
Below is a visual tour of Xintang and Gurao.

Xintang

Xintang is famous as the “Jeans Capital of the World” – it produces over 260 million pairs of jeans a year, equivalent to 60% of China’s total jeans production, and 40% of the jeans sold in the US each year.
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Factories large and small fill the streets of Xintang, as well as family workshops housed in makeshift sheds. Everywhere people are busy making and processing jeans by hand – in the markets, in the commercial areas, and even in villages and in front of houses. Women, the elderly and children often do some simple thread-cutting jobs to supplement the family income.
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Xintang’s jeans and apparel business began in the eighties, and in the last thirty years its output has rocketed. Its economy revolves around the complete production chain of jeans: from spinning, dyeing and weaving, to cutting, printing, washing, sewing and bleaching.
Yet villagers we met complained about the printing and dyeing factories’ wastewater discharge into the local river, which flows into the Pearl River Delta. “Everyone says that people who work in dyeing and washing have reproductive and fertility problems. My cousin once worked in a dyeing plant. He died of pleurisy,” said Lin Zhixin, a migrant worker from Sichuan who works in jeans sewing.
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In this satellite image, the smaller river flows from Xintang into the Dong River, which eventually leads to the Pearl River Delta.
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This boy is working with his parents at a small jeans workshop in Dadun Village in Xintang. He earns 0.15 yuan for snipping loose thread ends off one pair of jeans; in one day he can do about 200 pairs.
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Workers at a jeans factory must search through wastewater every morning to scoop out the stones, which are washed with the fabric in industrial washing machines to make stonewash denim.

Gurao

As soon as visitors enter Gurao, they are greeted with billboards everywhere advertising lingerie and underwear. The town is filled with family workshops, factories, and markets of all shapes and sizes, all dedicated to making and selling underwear. Not surprisingly, Gurao has earned itself the nickname “the Capital of Sexy.”
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In 2009, Gurao produced more than 200 million bras – enough for every third woman in China to have one. But this prosperity has come at the cost of the degradation of the local river, the Xiao Xi.
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A boy walks barefoot in the wastewater discharge from a fabric dyeing factory in Gurao.
Villagers nearby say that the dirty, fetid river is no longer fit for drinking or laundry. Fish no longer live in the river. People living near the river complain that they must frequently endure the stench from the wastewater, and when the river overflows, their yards and homes are flooded by wastewater.
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“The water is discharged from the dyeing factories upstream. Sometimes it smells really awful. And every time the color of the water is different – I’ve seen every color imaginable,” said Ren Shan, a migrant worker from Guizhou.
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These five children go to school during the day, but work at night and on weekends. Three are local children, and two are from Hunan and Guizhou. They get 0.30 yuan each for every 100 bra straps that they attach to a machine accessory, which will be used in the next step of the bra assembly process. In one day they can earn 20 to 30 yuan each.

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Shanghai Street Pic

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Gaddafi Invokes Scenes of Tiananman

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“People in front of tanks were crushed. The unity of China was more important than those people on Tiananmen Square. ..When Tiananmen Square happened, tanks were sent in to deal with them. It’s not a joke. I will do whatever it takes to make sure part of the country isn’t taken away.”
– Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya

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China’s Deteriorating World Wide Image

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From factsanddetails.com
In a April 2010 survey of 30,000 people worldwide, 41 percent of respondents said they had a positive view of China and 38 percent said they had a negative view. In a similar poll in 2005, 49 percent of respondents said they had a positive view of China and 34 percent said they had a negative view.

Chinese officials and diplomats are increasingly being accused or arrogance towards non-Chinese as China’s stature as a world power grows. A senior diplomat from a developing country told Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria in 2010, “Chinese officials used to meet with us with a great sense of solidarity and warmth. Now they read us a list of demands.” Diplomats in Beijing complain that setting up meetings with senior officials is getting to be next to impossible. One told Zakaria, “People I used to see routinely now refuse to give me an appointment.”C

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Photo of a Chinese Restaurant

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Big Trouble in Little China- 60% of Chinese Cannot Afford Homes

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Chinese have been farmers for thousands of years and their lives are deeply rooted in the soil and their land. They have families who have tilled the same soil for many generations. At least that was true till chicom 2.0 has taken over. Chicom 2.0 is the modern take on communism which means that the land is not shared with the people or peasants as they are known, but a thing to be used and manipulated by the rich – ie chicoms. Thus the chicoms have begun selling the land from under the feet of its supposed heirs, and usually doing so at a great risk to its legitimacy, howver one may interpret that word as it pertains to the communist party. In any event, home ownership in china is seen as essential. A young man can hardly get married if he does not own the elusive home, as the chinese women while not blessed with exceptional looks, but have an overabundance of about 20 million guys fighting for them, can pretty much call the shots here. Thus when the chicoms say 60% of the locals cannot afford a home, it does not bode well for the chicoms. Times are gettign interesting.

from the chinadaily

“BEIJING – More than 60 percent of China’s residents cannot afford an apartment and the high property prices in the cities are curbing the nation’s urbanization process, experts said.”

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