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Archive for May 11th, 2011

Congrats to China, Slamming the Door on Net Impropriety!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


China announced it has set up a new bureau to monitor the internet. I applaud this action as the chinese have too many people and way too much free time to actually excercise their minds. What good could come of allowing 1,340,000,000 people roaming the inter tubes mindlessly as they searched out “T and A” and peeked at coozle all day? Why do these serfs need unfettered access to all this data, dont they have their little chartreuse book? Well below we can see just how far china had slipped in years past. Even Burma, Iran and Cuba had more net freedom! This is a travesty, China must always be number one! In summary, kudos China and the government for wringing out any sense of free thinking those peasants may have!
chart from the economist

from here http://www.economist.com.hk/blogs/dailychart/2011/04/internet_freedom?page=1
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China’s Baidu Loses Major Copyright Case

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


This is interesting as China’s largest search engine and perennial copyright infringers Baidu have apparently lost a case of ipr infringement in China. The issue,however is, why just one company received compensation. For as long as I have been here, you have been able to listen to songs for free via Baidu and other copyrighted content as well. For instance all good western songs could be had for free. So, although the chicoms will point to a victory vz Baidu has been held accountable for her actions, what about the damage done to western companies in the past? Will they ever see ‘Chinese justice’?
from here

http://business.globaltimes.cn/industries/2011-05/654167.html

A Shanghai district court has ordered search engine giant Baidu to pay half a million yuan ($75,700) in compensation to Shanda Literature, an original content provider website, in a major copyright lawsuit case.
The conviction is seen as a major boost for writers and publishers who claimed that Baidu, labeled by the Office of the US Trade Representative in February as a “notorious market” for pirated and counterfeit goods, has been a frequent violator of the copyrights of their works.
“As an Internet service provider, Baidu indirectly infringed on the copyrights of Shanda Literature as it did not remove unauthorized literary works from its website immediately after being informed by Shanda,” according to the verdict handed down by Luwan District People’s Court on Tuesday.

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Chinese Studying in America and Americans Studying in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


According to the Economist last year 127,000 Chinese studied in the US while 14,000 studided in China. I cannot understand why this low number of Americans coming here would be so? I mean all they have to do is virtually give up all of their freedoms and look what they get for it, crappy education meted out by ‘chinese professors’ who under the tutelage of the system of tyranny and injustice are going to ‘teach’ them things. In reality education here is pretty pathetic.

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China’s Increasing Trade with Africa

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


From the economist.com

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A Tale of Two China’s in Photos- Education in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


China has a lot of millionaires and most of them are relatives of party members, this is China life. So, when I think of academia in China, I tend to think of something like this photo.

taken from anshan-edu.gov.cn In a country that is controlled by a communist party, one would like to think that all of the little children are treated equally, per the dictates of the ruling political ideology. But…

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as I live in China, I know better. Pictured below is a more typical school in China. the kids here used to use coffins for benches as they had nothing better (photo and courtesy of the chinadaily). The photo below shows the revamped or the new and improved school in the Chinese village. These two photos show the reality of China today. How many children of ‘governmental employees’ do you think each photo has?

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Senior Chinese Officials Conven to Discuss Food Safety- How Messed Up Is It?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


The chinadaily reported that senior Chinese officials had been sent to Beijing for a special meeting about food safety. WTF? its 2011 and you have to call a special meeting for this? Are there not more pressing issues for uncle chicom to ponder than this? I guess it just goes to show how sever the problem is. In reality, the press often kow tow to the press so who really knows what has gone unreported. I am unsure of that answer but I bet that vaunted group of chinese leaders eshewed the milk and braised pork for some mickey D’s or Subway, at least they knew it was not contaminated.
excerpt from the Chinadaily
“BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) — A total of 92 senior Chinese officials met in Beijing for a ministerial-level seminar about food safety management, as the country carries out its largest crackdown on food safety hazards to date.
The officials, including vice provincial governors in charge of food safety and senior officials from central authorities, were briefed about the “severe situation” of food safety and major tasks in the coming period.”

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Sanity and Organ Donations in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


The chinadaily recently had this to say, “Beijing – China isn’t ready to adopt a system that would urge citizens to agree while applying for a driver’s license to give away their own organs if they should die in a car crash, a senior health official has said”
After reading it I shuddered and thanked the gods of sanity. All I could think of was sigining away your organs upon ‘death’ in a car accident in China. Its not that I don’t trust the chinese drivers, but the integrity of the system. All I could think of was poor little Wang in a hospital bed clinging to life and suddenly the son of a party member is rushed to the hospital as he’d lost an eye, in a moment Wang’s condition ‘worsens’, three days later he’s interred, minus one peeper. I do not know if China is ready for this sort of pledge….

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Chinese Gettign Fat- Oily Foods Poor Diets…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


Time was when all Chinese were the size of a chopstick, bony arms and legs and emaciated faces. That was when Mao had them goose stepping to the communist strut. Times, however, are a changing and the Chinese are too. Streets filled with soot that would make Dickens pack it up and go home, toxic milk, jewelry, rivers and land water are just a symbol of the new china. Oh yeah, they are getting fat and diabetic too. I guess all of that super slow motion tai qi does not cut the fat like a little excercise…they say half of all mid aged chinese suffer from high lipid counts.

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Boredom, Poor Chinese Translators and Funk – Chinese Meetings

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


The other day I was in a ‘business meeting’ with a friend and local ‘businessmen/officials’. The purpose of the meeting is inconsequential to the story so I won’t bore you with the details. Anyway, there we sat, about six of us stuffed into a large room of a local restaurant. The chinese, for their part were preoccupied with scamming on the bandy-legged waitresses while stuffing heaping globs of chinese yumyum into their craws. When it came time for them to speak, it was done through an ‘chinese interpreter’ – an oxymoron if I ever heard one, who seemed to have missed class on the day that they were teaching rules for plurals in the Engish language, as well as the appropriate use of articles (a an the), oh yeah and she seemed to skip the lesson on sentence structure as well. For all the good she did, she could have been hooting in the obscure dialect of Tswana from Southern Africa.

In the end we all got up and looked around. As far as i couild tell, the only thing the chinese were looking forward to were those compulsory gifts that one must give on such occassions. They sat in rapt attention as we gathered the red bags. Thoughts raced around their circular yet blunt skulls as they pondered what could be inside, the whole time their eyes glued on the bags as if we’d brought them a dozen vestal virgins. After the meeting ended, they opened their mouths in what promised to be a smile but ended up as a horrifying testament to Chinese orthodontia and then padded out the door in cheap poly pants reeking of ass and those knockoff white sneakers they all wear. All I could do was chuckle as I thought about the cheesey namecard holders we’d given them as gifts, I was sure they’d never contact us again.

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China and Their Neighbor

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011


The other day I met a guy from Taiwan, or the wayward province, as the Chinese call it. I found him to be energetic, happy and well-spoken. We talked about China, I mean the mainland and Taiwan and their future. What surprised me was how chipper and forthright the man was. Simply put he stated that most people from his homeland would not want to take a step backwards, ie into a repressive regime. I told him that it was impressed upon me that Taiwan is part of China and nothing could change it, he merely smiled.
I then had the same conversation with a good friend of mine and told her what the guy from tw had said. Quickly the conversation turned a bit heated on her part as she told me that chinese are chinese , then she thought about it and said, “unitl they die”.

I really stray from this type of conversation in China as it typically has the same outcome.

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