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Archive for May 26th, 2011

Mao’s Words not From Mao- Plagiarism in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 26, 2011


China news today says that some of those beautiful words from Mao may not be from Mao… I ‘d hate to think that a person in a country with china’s spotless academic reputation would ever stoop to such chicanery, but alas who really knows…

chinadaily
“Online rumors that some articles and poems under the name of China’s late chairman Mao Zedong were written by his secretary Hu Qiaomu and other colleagues are unfounded, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
The rumor says two reports concerning the issue were filed to the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee in 1993 and one in 1995.

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Unilever Raises Prices, China Pissed- Sort of

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 26, 2011


China news sources had said that Unilever was going to be punished for raising prices a bit ago (this has changed). This comes off other reports of foreign companies ‘gouging’ customers or whatever term the chicoms wish to use about the subject. what i do not understand is why Unilever or Coke was singled out for this practice. I realize the Chinese are afraid of inflation and instability here but they need take a look at the local companies. For instance my gym has increased its price 33% over the year and he bread shop up the road has turned the price of a muffin from a sweet 3 rmb to 5, all within 6 months. But of course this is China and its so much better for the Chinese news to report about foreign devil companies and so much easier for uncle chicom to punish us….

chinadaily
“BEIJING – Unilever’s decision to raise the price of some of its products is a “corporate decision”, and the government will not punish the company or “interfere” with its business, a senior official said.

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Chinese Building Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 26, 2011


Quality construction in China… this is an older building in China, the kind of thing the party likes to hide from the eyes of the world. They would prefer you look at the CCTV building and think all of China is like that. Actually these older buildings probably have better quality in China, as if that is a tall order…I guess part of Chinese culture is to hide …..

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Dog Nurses Two Lion Cubs in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 26, 2011


full story here
http://www.wtnh.com/dpps/news/strange/dog-nurses-2-ligers-after-tiger-mom-abandons-them-ob11-jgr_3824024

A dog nurses two liger cubs at a zoo in Weihai in east China's Shandong province
In this photo taken on Thursday, May 19, 2011, a dog nurses two liger cubs at a zoo in Weihai in east China’s Shandong

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Hells Angels China Style

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Korean Rice Dish

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Black Jails and Free Press In China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 26, 2011


from the diplomat.com

At first it seemed like it was going to be another often seen example of the authorities trampling on press freedom. Last month, the finance magazine Caijing ran an article describing how Anyuanding Security Services was believed to be being paid by local government officials to abduct and lock up regular citizens who travelled to Beijing to complain about injustices they experience in their hometowns.
However, rather than investigate the claims over these so-called black jails—which authorities have repeatedly said don’t even exist—media reports said police actually raided the magazine to try to get it to reveal its sources.
But this time, the story didn’t end there. After much speculation—and anger—on the internet, other publications took up the story, including the Southern Metropolis Daily, which reported that officials paid up to $45 a day for citizens to be detained.
And this week, according to state media, it seems the police buckled. The China Daily reported that police in Beijing were investigating the security company and that the chairman, Zhang Jun, and General Manager Zhang Jie had been detained.
China Daily reported: ‘The company’s label had been removed and its website was shut down on Sunday. However, the company denied their service includes “allocating petitioners”, and said its business is still going.

‘“I don’t know about anything reported by the media. I’m in charge of bodyguard recruitment, and we’re still doing business. I don’t know if our company does any business like the media reported,” said a man surnamed Yu who works for the company.’
Hats off to Caijing for running the piece in the first place and not backing down—and to the police for apparently changing tack in this case.

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Shanghai Residents May Go Without Water This Summer

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 26, 2011


According to local news the Chinese drought will hit Shanghai but they say the locals will not be without water…. Hmmmm

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Phillipines Tells China “Back of Sucka’ “- Spratley Island Dispute

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MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese and Philippine defense chiefs warned rival claimants Monday to avoid unilateral action and to act responsibly in the dispute over South China Sea islands, where recent spats have renewed tensions.
Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and his Philippine counterpart, Voltaire Gazmin, acknowledged in a joint statement the need to ensure that the South China Sea remains stable.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/05/23/china-philippines-warn-vs-aggression-spratlys/#ixzz1NRghmcuS

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Quality Chinese Planning and a Lack of Toilets

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 26, 2011


The other day I took some clients out of town. On the way back we stopped at a local eaterie known for its noodles. The place was huge, probably had fifty talbes or more. Inside there were probably 200 people, but being in China the place had a fatal flaw- it had only one toilet.
What is up with Chinese and shitty planning? Its like they watch some movie where there are big buildings and actign like a child they scream I want one just like it! Then as the architects tell them that the one square meter they have allocated to washing faclities is not enough for an venue this size, the chinaman laughs it off, calling adequate bathroom space an extravagance.
And its not only Beijing nor restaurants, its the same from what I have seen in Shanghai, Guangzhou and every city I’ve been to. have offices chock a block full (as the Aussies say) with people and only a few toilets. It’s kind of embarrassing when we have visitors and after a long taxi ride you lead them to the ‘facilities’ only to have to wait for the guys scraping their faces with anti-acne meds and a bevvy of locals lined up to do their business. It seems to me that in the land of good health and original works- USA , that restrooms were ample and absent a local truck stop, I can’t recall ever seeing a restroom with standing room only. But this is China, where one’s quality of life must be subsumed for the collective, unless of course you are a party member….

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