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China’s Soldiers Banned From Making Friends Online Due to Potential Spying

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When I first saw this i thought it was idiotic, but knowing China it is a good idea. As hard up as these guys are, all it would take is a shot of Jessica Fox in her knickers and you’ve got the codes to the big bombs…..

from wantchinatimes
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20110604000011&cid=1301

The PLA now bans soldiers from making friends online due to concerns that they may accidentally reveal military secrets. (File Photo/Xinhua)The PLA now bans soldiers from making friends online due to concerns that they may accidentally reveal military secrets. (File Photo/Xinhua)

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has told its two million soldiers that they are no longer permitted to use the internet for social networking as the activity poses a threat to military secrets and the solidarity of the army. The announcement was made in light of increasing concern that soldiers may inadvertently share military secrets with online contacts, when they may even unknowingly be made targets for enemy intelligence agencies.
With many soldiers signing up to such websites and registering their contact details, even posting photographs of themselves online, a great deal of information becomes ascertainable about China’s military bases.The People’s Liberation Daily, the official newspaper of the armed forces, said Officers and soldiers must realize the real dangers of online chats and networking which do not comply with the military’s need to maintain high levels of security.
Army leaders acknowledged that moving young Chinese soldiers away from their internet screens would not be an easy task and had prepared for long campaign to enforce the new regulations. To distract soldiers from their online friendships, the army has promised to help them find true love. Last year, the PLA in Tibet said that many of its soldiers were now in happy relationships after their senior officers had stepped in to act as match-makers.

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Typical China Photo

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Chongqing China Photo

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Chinese Guy Sells Kidney For Ipad

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When I hear things like this I say it’s time to thin the herd…..
from wantchinatimes
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20110604000037&cid=1303

The pressure among young people in China to own luxury goods prompts some to go to extremes. Picture: Crowds line up outside an Apple store. (Photo/CFP)The pressure among young people in China to own luxury goods prompts some to go to extremes. Picture: Crowds line up outside an Apple store. (Photo/CFP)

A 17-year-old high school student in Anhui province recently went to a clinic to have his right kidney removed for 20,000 yuan (US$3,086) — in order to buy an iPad 2.
Some mainland sociologists say the case reflects China’s changing consumption culture. More and more people buy in order to show off their wealth. Those who cannot afford to buy expensive goods may go to extreme measures to get the money they need. They must do so, because they face enormous pressure from their neighbors or peers at school or in the workplace.
The Anhui student is but a victim of the mainland’s show-off consumption culture. Frustrated by lack of money to buy an iPad, the young man posted a message on the internet to solicit advice. He soon was contacted by a broker who told him that selling a kidney could earn him 20,000 yuan.

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Expensive Houses Cause Chinese to Postpone Marriage

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From the chinadaily
“BEIJING – A latest survey shows that housing pressure has resulted in 24.8 percent of China’s urban youth postponing marriage, and another 21.3 percent postponing having children.
According to the survey conducted by the Xiaokang Magazine, nearly 70 percent of respondents, mainly youth aged from 25 to 35 living in urban areas, said they would not like to get married if they still had to rent.”

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Fate Floats China a Prize-June 4th a Day of Celebration

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Li Na has single-handedly done what the Chinese government cannot do, she has changed the discourse on this anniversary of the horrible massacre of the late eighties at Tianenman. Now, instead of creating plug ins for this day far into the future, they now have a reason to celebrate this the 4th of June.

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Chinese Noodle Wrappers Toxic?

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from here

An article published in Food and Science magazine in China has confirmed that plastic instant noodle packaging contains plasticizer that may dissolve and contaminate the product. The article did not specify which brands may be affected however, according to the Yangcheng Evening News.
Liu Chunhong, the essay’s author and associate professor of South China Agricultural University, said she has been doing lipid-rich food safety risk assessment studies for years. Last October she and colleagues brought a variety of instant noodles products from major Guangzhou supermarkets as samples for random tests. The results showed that more than half of them contained the plasticizing agents DBP and DEHP.

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China Reports Slight Problem With Environment-WTF?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 4, 2011


Uncle chicom doesnt like to say bad stuff about China because he feels like a dumbass. It would be like saying ‘hey fellow chinese, you are now about as rich as El Salvadorians on the average, that’s the good news. But the bad news is that the very land you live on is turning into a toxic piss heap as we speak. Sure having some coin in our pockets is nice, and that leukemia and black lung that is plaguing us is merely the price one pays for success. Oh by the way, my son will be studying overseas next year…”
But the following report is pretty scathing for uncle c. And if he reports so many crappy things, imagine just how much worse it truly is. The land is polluted, the water unfit to drink and health is a concern. Its like a freaking disaster movie…
Also, to understand Chicom talk, in the article below substitute the following:
1 good or slightly polluted—- for ‘pretty messed up’
2 pretty good or moderately polluted – for ‘a few years from toxic’
3 fair or polluted- for ‘toxic’
4 poor, serious or hazardous – for hazmat 5 Chernobyl level fk up….
Chinadaily
“BEIJING – China’s overall environmental situation is still grave while its seven major rivers and coastal seawaters are slightly polluted….Pollution of surface water continues to be a serious problem…overall quality of the Yangtze and Pearl rivers was fairly good, but that of the five other major rivers was not so healthy, it said….In 2010, the Songhua River in northeast China and Huaihe River in the east were slightly polluted, while pollution was moderate in the Yellow River in the north and the Liaohe River in the northeast, and heavy in the Haihe River in the north…Many of the country’s lakes and reservoirs were polluted,…adding that 42.3 percent of the 26 lakes and reservoirs under monitoring were eutrophicated.
The report said water quality of the coastal seawaters in the Bohai Sea was bad while that in the East China Sea was extremely bad….Of the 471 cities of county-level and above which are under monitoring, 3.6 percent had excellent air quality, while 79.2 percent had fairly good air quality, the report said….The air in 15.5 percent of the cities was slightly polluted and the air quality was poor or hazardous for the remaining 1.7 percent, it added….The report said acid rain was observed in 50.4 percent of the country’s 494 cities under monitoring …Further, the report said no obvious changes were observed in the levels of ionization radiation and electromagnetic radiation in the environment around the country’s nuclear facilities.

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Chinese Countryside- China Photo

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Governance Without Responsibility – China’s Reality

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I took a tour of Tianenman today and not surprisingly, there was no inkling of the disaster that occurred twenty two years ago. The place was packed with smiling chinese who lead their future burdens around while snapping off pics of the glorious communist surroundings, oblivious to the significance of the day.
How wonderful it would be to be able to govern with impunity. To disperse a crowd of tens of thousands with full metal jacketed ‘love pellets’, shot at chest height. The key, of course is that once a vicious crowd of pocket protector and spiral bound notebook carrying students was quelled, it was business as usual. The world was pissed for a few years but then like a good trollop China spread her legs, i mean opened her economy and the world rushed forth heaving themselves into the fray. Although we still complain about the massacre of Tianenman, it is not that important. After all, Mercedes and Starbucks are kicking ass here and well money is what life is all about anyway isn’t it?

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