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Archive for May 24th, 2011

China’s Horrific Drought, Is That a Lake?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 24, 2011


According to the Chinadaily, this is a lake. I guess it’s a lake with Chinese characteristics, but China’s ecological crisis is no laughing matter.
from the chinadaily

Worst drought in 50 years along Yangtze
A fisherman tries to paddle his boat through a stream amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu city, Central China’s Hubei province, on May 20. Zhan Yan / Xinhua

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Starbucks Invades China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 24, 2011


Chinese love Starbucks. Something about paying over five US dollars for a frothy mug of hazle nut goodness makes them feel superior to the locals toiling away for crap wages. That and the ability to perch themselves behind an Ipad, hard as those are to purchase- sarcasm. Anyway, Starbucks will have about 1500 stores here in a few years or so they say. I guess this is just another great leap for mankind. The more big business that enter china, the less the world can complain about the selling of babies, the killing of innocents and the thug financing.

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Message to China- you Should Have Remained an Enigma

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 24, 2011


Another sleepness night, so I’ll rant. Message to china, you should have remained an enigma, at least that way you could have saved yourself some of the embarrassment.
We hear of China and in our minds there is this mysterious country with guys with kick ass pony tails sweating beneath the load of carrying some fat assed older chinese guy. We think of the mysteries, kung fu and fortune cookies. But then an interesting thing happened and China opens up her doors and we are allowed into this mysterious place of the forbidden palace, the great wall, and tiananman and we are like…
wtf?
Is this all there is to this great mystery? The oldest culture and they still shit in the streets and have yet to discover Kleenex? Even if i stretch the definition of ‘civiliation’ as far as I dare they still fall exceedingly short.

How disappointing it is to come to supposedly marvel at this ancient civilization only to find out that they have progressed relatively little since the time of Christ.
Mud huts, non existent hygeiene and manners from the era of the Flintstones are the earmarks of modern day China. In retrospect Mr china. you should have kept the doors closed…

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In Your Face!- Excellent Comment on China and Her Past

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 24, 2011


I saw this comment on the economist. the article was about Ti.bet and China so of course the angry Chinese 50 centers were vocal, here was a good reply
from here
http://www.economist.com/node/18713598/comments#comments

new conservative wrote
@huhahuha
The problem Tibetans have is that the Chinese government serves the collective will of the Chinese people too well. The 94% Han majority have been determining that collective will sometimes to the detriment of the other 6%.
You’re wrong about one thing. Chinese people don’t have bitter memories of western imperialism. The Opium wars were in the 1800’s, no one remembers them. The Boxer movement and the burning of the summer palace happened between 1899 and 1901. Once again, there is no one left who remembers it. The last gasp of Western imperialism was the secret treaty which handed Qingdao over to Japan (a non western imperialist) in 1918. Though it’s less often mentioned that it was America who forced Japan to give it back in 1922 at the Washington Naval conference. The only one I can think of in living memory is the Korean war which was not even fought in China. (50 years later, was saving North Korea really a good idea? maybe for China’s strategic interests but definitely not for the Koreans)
For any Chinese person to have “bitter memories of western imperialism,” they’d have to be 100 years old.
So what bitter memories do Chinese people actually have?
Here is what every 80 year old remembers.
Vicious repression and endless civil war during the 30’s by the KMT and various local warlords.
Here is what every 70 year old remembers.
The brutal attack and occupation by Japan. (a war the Chinese could not have won without the aid of the western imperialists.) The horror and devastation of the subsequent civil war were a bonus.
Here is what every 60 year old remembers. Starving during the Three years of Natural disasters which were in no way related to government mismanagement of the food system. The Anti Rightist campaign which saved the nation from vicious capitalist roaders.
Here is what every 50 year old remembers.
Not being able to go to school for three years because they were closed. And for urban residents with urban 户口’s, the fear that their temporary relocation to the countryside would be permanent. Not to mention the smaller indignities of struggle sessions, revolutionary beatings, and the destruction of most of China’s 5000 year history at the behest of the government.
Every 40 year old remembers growing up in relative poverty.
They were also the first generation to grow up and be able to choose their own jobs, their own housing, where their kids went to school who didn’t also face war.
Then we get to you.
20 something, well educated, with good English. Your parents faced real tragedy and hardship in their lives and they don’t talk to you about about it because it’s hard to talk about. So you swallow a story where the all the recent tragedy inflicted by various Chinese (CCP, KMT) governments on your parents, your grandparents is somehow less real than a squadron of British ironclads steaming up the Yangtze 150 years ago.
The bitterest memories for the Chinese people happened in the last 60 years and they have very little to do with Western Imperialists.

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Sanya China – Beach Pic

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Chinese Lanterns

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Photo of The Place In China

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India To Overtake China?- india Facts

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 24, 2011


I’ve never been to India but the place seems cool, read Shantaram. Anyway, I was trilling the net tubes and came across this post by some guy from buena park Ca,

from here: http://www.topix.com/forum/world/china/TMICBV77KET3GBDC9#comments
Something about Great Country India
Read this and please tell me if it is worth debating or comparing India and any country on earth?
If yes please tell me in which sector china can compete with India

1>India Largest Democracy in the world-: Population: 1.1 Bn
2>India 2th most industrialized country
3>The world’s biggest back office
4>world’s largest skilled workforce
5>Largest english speaking nation by 2010
6>800 movies made anuualy–bollywood overshadows hollywood,
7>6 Miss Universe / Miss world titles in last 10 years
8>Per capita income US $9550 ; 2% live in poverty, literacy levels at 88%
9>The Indian Diaspora
38% of Doctors in AMerica are Indians
36% of NASA employees are Indians
34% of Microsoft employees are Indians
28% of IBM employeesare Indians
17% of Intel employees are Indians
13% of Zerox employees are Indians

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2 2 Her Neurosis and Her Needs….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 24, 2011


2 2 seems to be preoccupied with uhhhh well ‘cleaning herself’. As a matter of fact she spends an inordinate amount of time spent at this task. So there she sits on the couch and I nudge her like come on 2 2 give it a rest, dont you think you ‘ve spent enough time down there.
She glares at me with that rabbit fury as if to say “I need to keep myself clean!”
I look at her likc, “Yeah 2 2 just how dirty can your junk be? Its not like you go outside or anything so give it a break before you go blind.”
she stares
then i nudge her , tell her to take a walk.
I guess I dont have to be so mean, after all she is the lone four legger in a house full of upright walkers and maybe some of her needs go unmet.

ps, if you didnt know 2 2 is my panda rabbit

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Shitty Drivers in BMW’s in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 24, 2011


from here
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KA10Ad02.html

To name just a few cases from these entries, in Harbin city in October 2003, a victim was crushed and dragged to death by a BMW and another 12 injured. In Changsha city in 2004, a female driver injured seven with a BMW in March and another seven with a Mercedes-Benz in July. In Yiwu in 2005, a deputy of the Municipal People’s Congress drove a BMW while drunk and beat up intervening police officers. In Wenzhou in 2006, a BMW driver caused five accidents in just an hour. In Beijing in 2007, a 17-year-old hit-and-run driver showed not a single trace of repentance when caught. Last year, there were more than a dozen cases of traffic accidents reported, including deadly ones, caused by Bao Ma sedans.

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