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Archive for May 17th, 2011

A Tale of Two Chinas- The Rich and Poor- China in a Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 17, 2011


The chinadaily had this to say “China now boasts 115 billionaires with fortunes in excess of US$1 billion and almost 600,000 citizens with net assets of ten million yuan”. But as we can see by the picture attached here, communism with chinese characterstics is broken. While China may have many rich, many many more have fallen by the wayside. The person pictured will stagger along the Beijing streets collecting and selling refuse. The person will make about 20-40 rmb or U$3-5 per day for their effors. On this wage, the elderly person pictured here after working a MONTH can afford

– a meal for two at a good chinese restaurant
-300 bottles of Nestea
-90 Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
-10 foreign movie passes
-0.9 Kindle ebook readers

-1/6 of an Iphone 4
-1/2 of a Nokia phone
-1/20th of one square meter of Beijing real estate
-1/30th of a Death trap Chinese QQ car

-5/1000 of a typical chinese car
China has no retirement to speak of, other than their kids, thus while some evict people from their homes, scratching and clawing to make a buck, their country people live like the person pictured here.While other countries may have problems wtih burgeoning welfare systems, they are not and do not profess to be communist, while no excuse for the poverty that elderly in other countries may suffer, one must remember that China is a communist country and thus the state is supposed to care for her people, and that china being the second most affluent country can spare a little rice for her elderly. But this is China and the sad thing is that it’s only getting worse.

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Chinese Kicked out of America’s Endeavor Launch

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 17, 2011


Here are excerpts from xinhua, one of the most highly controlled comunist media venues. In this, you can feel the angst meted against the US for not allowing Chinese press to visit the launch of Endeavor. To me this makes perfect sense. As the chinese increase their spying on the US they must then pay the price for their actions. Thus, if they are disallowed entry, then let it be a lesson to them. The funny thing is that Italy, for instance is not allowing unauthorized Chinese to visit their expo due to the prevalence of Chinese pirating and lack of respect for copyright laws. In reality, the Chinese need to step up to the plate and start doing their own work and quit sucking off the teat of those who understand innovation…

from xinhua

“WASHINGTON – US space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, kicking off its 25th and the last space mission in history, which draws great attention from media worldwide…..The event, of course, is also catching the eyes of media and scientists in China because the shuttle carries the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) particle detector…..The 7,000-kg AMS worth 2 billion US dollars will be placed in the International Space Station (ISS) and an international team of more than 600 scientists, including many from China’s mainland and Taiwan… ,
Chinese journalists who hoped to cover the launching of Endeavor were simply denied entry to the site by a ban initiated by Frank Wolf, chairman of the Committee of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in the House of Representatives.
The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revoked the media passes granted to journalists from China due to the ban, or the “Wolf Clause”…
The bill included a clause which bans any China-US joint scientific research activities related to NASA or coordinated by the White House’s Science Policy Office.
Under the clause in the budget bill, none of the Congress-approved funds for the US government “may be used for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or the Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company.”
It also applies the limitation “to any funds used to effectuate the hosting of official Chinese visitors at facilities belonging to or utilized” by NASA.
As a result, Chinese journalists were denied the opportunity to make live coverage of the shuttle’s blast-off, just as their peers from other countries have done. The Chinese journalists were also kept away from NASA’s press conferences.

…..The “Wolf Clause” was a result of compromise made by Obama to Republicans to avoid possible bankruptcy of the US government.
…As the… clause came into effect, China’s journalists became the first victims of the discriminative legislation by being turned away from the Kennedy Space Center.

Although the clause will terminate as the fiscal year 2011 ends in September, Wolf seemed unreconciled and claimed he will work to extend the ban to next year.”

Wow it is news like this that makes me love America! Anything that gets uncle chicom so riled up, must be good for my country. ps. The chinese call it descriminatory, and maybe by their defintion it is. But then again it is also descriminator to not allow a thief to enter your house, but most of us would not allow it…

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HIV/AIDS Patients Dendied Treatment in Chinese Hospitals

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From the chinadaily
BEIJING – People living with HIV and AIDS in China are routinely denied treatment in mainstream hospitals and face widespread medical discrimination due to fear and ignorance about the disease, according to a study released on Tuesday by the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO).
Healthcare providers deny treatment for sufferers or transfer them to designated infectious disease hospitals, falsely citing the protection of other patients or using a lack of resources as an excuse, the report said.

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Big Mao Head in China

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Chinese Grads Rent Suits for Interviews

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from bjreview.com
. We only need to pay 10 yuan-20 yuan ($1.46-$2.93) a day for a suit,” he said.
Except for renting clothing to students, according to Zu Ping, who runs the clothing rental store located in the Wudaokou business area near Tsinghua University, her store also rents business apparel to office workers and performing attire to actors and actresses.
“Business apparel is more expensive. The rental prices are 80 yuan ($12.31) to 300 yuan ($46.20) per suit a day,” Zu said. “In peak times, I rent out more than 100 suits a day.”

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Super Happy Fun Store in China- Funny Chinese Name

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Downtown Beijing China- China Pic

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The China Pakistan Connection

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From Reuters:
“China has been Pakistan’s biggest supplier of conventional arms, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s database, and many analysts believe China supported Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme in past decades.
* China has helped Pakistan build its main nuclear power generation facility at Chashma in Punjab province, where a second, 330 MW unit started last week, and it has plans to build two more there, despite international misgivings about risks to nuclear safety and the integrity of non-proliferation rules.
* Last year, the China National Nuclear Corp said it was also in talks about building a separate 1-gigawatt atomic plant in Pakistan.
* China has helped build the deep-sea Gwadar port on Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast, partly with a view to opening up an energy and trade corridor from the Gulf, across Pakistan, to western China.
* According to a Pew Global Attitudes Project (pewglobal.org)
survey of Pakistani public opinion in 2010, 85 percent of respondents said they had a favourable view of China, and 3 percent said they had an unfavourable view.
By contrast, 17 percent had a favourable view of the United States, and 68 percent had an unfavourable view.”

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Discarded Syringe Bottles Used as Milk Bottles in China

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from the Chinadaily
“Sanmen county, Zhejiang province, were recently found to have been adding illegal additives and using syringe bottles that had been discarded by hospitals as milk containers, according to the Oriental Morning Post on Sunday.”

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Chinese Store Pic- Beijing China

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