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Archive for June 3rd, 2011

Ink Blot The Chinese Cyborg Takes up Cycling- China Photo

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Due to a Dracula like fear of Mr sunshine the people here resort to the most inventive things. What you see here is the shovel head design face mask….

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Silence in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 3, 2011


Article from the financial Times, I know of many who are also ignorant of the event.

“Xu Chunjing and Chen Shan were both born in 1989 but neither of them has heard of the student protests that erupted that year in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and across the country.
Both young women are students at Beijing’s Capital University of Economics and Business and are preparing to continue their studies in the UK this summer.
Thanks to a ban on the subject, they simply do not know anything about the massacre that occurred on June 4 1989, when China’s leaders ordered the People’s Liberation Army to clear the Square using tanks and live ammunition on unarmed civilians. But while the Communist party has been able to erase the atrocity from the collective consciousness of its people, it still casts a long and powerful shadow over elite politics
“Most young people have barely heard about the events of 1989 and if they have, they usually hold a distorted view of what happened,” says Perry Link, emeritus professor of East Asian studies at Princeton and a translator of the Tiananmen Papers, the secret government files on the party’s response to the 1989 protests. “But in the minds of the Chinese leadership [the massacre] remains a burning issue,” he says

….however, many of the next generation of leaders, such as president-in-waiting Xi Jinping and Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, are “princelings”, children of revolutionary founding fathers, whose parents are closely associated with the events of 1989.”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d0ed684c-8dfe-11e0-bee5-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1OGXqqah5

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Today in History

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Today will live as a day in infamy. Today June 4 is an historic day for China, does anyone know why? Hmm will I be blocked it I say……

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Chinese Panda Rabbit Photo

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China Clarifies Hacking Accusations- China Denies Supporting Hacking Gmail

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 3, 2011


Ever the the vicars of morality and justice, the Chinese have issued a staunch “Allegations that the Chinese government supports hacking activities are completely unfounded and made with ulterior motives,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters Thursday..(chinadaily).

Whew… thanks for clarifying uncle chicom, I would hate to think that we misinterpreted this act as one that was politically motivated. The fact that the hacks plaguing gmail the service provided by the perennial pain in your ass Google originated from China , but you do not condone this. Sure the fact that they originated form here is no proof you guys would benefit from gathering info from these guys. The fact that the mail accounts hacked were more Germain to the Chinese vz rights defenders, and people who have an interest in the two large western provinces in China, but I am sure that any info garnered from this attack would not be useful to you guys…

Oh yeah, xinhua had this to say ” Google’s compaints had “become obstacles for enhancing global trust between stakeholders in cyberspace.”
Hmm is that the impediment. Foolish me, I was thinking the huge trust gap springs from uncle chicoms constant attempts at espionage, your lack of transparency, history of lies and treachery that are obstacles… or maybe its just me.

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Starbucks Flies Solo in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 3, 2011


Read here

SHANGHAI – The US-based coffee retailing giant Starbucks Coffee Company announced on Thursday that it is to acquire full ownership of all its stores in China from joint venture partner, Maxim’s Caterers Ltd.
In a press release, Starbucks said the agreement would allow it to boost profitability in China through direct control of more than half of Starbucks stores in Chongqing municipality and five other provinces, including Hainan and Sichuan.
As part of the agreement, Maxim’s will have 100 percent control over Starbucks stores in Hong Kong and Macao. The exact consideration paid for this deal was not revealed.

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Chinese Zoos Practice Killing Tigger the Tiger

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Sometimes Chinese are pretty odd, the following is a good example. In what was supposed to be a training session, Chinese cops ‘hunt and kill Tigger the tiger’. The drill was to replicate a tiger escape scenario. So being wise people here, they stuffed some bumbling teen into a Disney outfit and then chased him Red Guard like, till he was cornered. Once found he was then ‘subdued’ in true Chinese fashion.
What was not reported, however, was that due to the exuberance of the staff, they temporarily forgot that it was merely a training activity and and elderly man by the name of Kong took to gouging at the eyeballs of the fallen tiger calling him a filthy capitalist pig and blaming him for all of the ills of modern China. Mr Kong was awarded a small amount of cash for his heroic actions although they enhanced the training not one bit. The idiot in the costume, now possession a large shiner demanded compensation but was told it was his fault for wrapping his frail frame in the attire of a barbarian icon.

from here

A tiger hunting game in SW China zoo

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Chinese Beauty Contest Turns Violent

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I am unsure but I think this photo is about the “Patriotic Miss China Beauty Fest” taking a horribly wrong turn…
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South China militia women pass the torch
Ok, I lied, these are photos from the chinadaily about some all woman fighting force in China. They have been around since 1962, just in time for the cultural revolution. According to the chinadaily “Their major tasks keep shifting from national defense, port construction, and public order maintenance in its early days to the economic development as well as social service at present. Nine generations have joined in the past 49 years, and some customs have been inherited. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]”

Below is another shot of a newb or fresh meat as they are known. They, being newbies lack the killer instinct, the single-minded focus to enable one to give up it all for a small book. Fear not, however, for within a matter of months and beatings with a horse whip, these cherry blossoms will transform from vestal virgins into mauling mamas of war.

My Chinese is rusty but the lady on the right said “Listen here you scrabble-toothed little tart. Just keep that freaking bayonette pointed out their towards Japan and you and me will get along just fine….

South China militia women pass the torch
A militia woman (L) teaches a rookie moves with a rifle bayonet during a handing-over ceremony on a beach in Dijiao township of Beihai city, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, June 2, 2011. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

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China’s Crippling Drought leads China to Rename the ‘Kingdom of Lakes’

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 3, 2011


China has a place called the ‘kingom of lakes’. The problem is that you need water for lakes and lately water has been as scarce as morality in this place so this area has been a tad dry. As a matter of fact, the water surface area on much of the ‘kingdom of lakes’ is 50% less than usual and the province now is recording its lowest water surface area ever. This happened before in a different era, a different time and mother nature can be a cruel woman, but one has to wonder how much of it was brought upon by the actions of the locals….

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Chinese Man Holds Child at Knife Point- Allegedly to Avoid Responsibility- Warning Sad Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 3, 2011


This photo is from here.The Chinese have had a rash of tragedies involving children lately that is worrisome. This man supposeldy did not want to assume responsibility for his child, or so they allege. Thus he held his child at knife point. The story was in Chinese and google translated it,but it was mush so I have nothing more to add.



犯罪嫌疑人劫持自己的女儿与武警和公安民警对峙,负隅顽抗。邹清明、李善明(摄)

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