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Archive for June 6th, 2011

China’s Unis Losing Students

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2011


In China this year, about 9,330,000 people will take the college entrance exams. This number is about a quarter of a million than last year and for each of the past three years, the numbers has been decreasing. The impact is that some of China’s unis are projected to fold. In reality it’s no big deal as their level of service is sub-par to begin with….you can also read it here

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Civil Unrest in South China- Dispute Over Unpaid Wages

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2011


China has many events of a specie of ‘ civil disturbance’. These events can run into the hundreds of thousands. The chinadaily reports that in one such event in Guangzhou China, over 200 workers protested over a wage-related dispute over the weekend. I have seen tons of these while in China and usually what happened was that the capo or boss of the company simply did not want to pay the wages he’d agreed upon. For instance a local golf course would have a ‘disturbance’ every few months as the boss would simply not pay the workers. If they complain, and they did, the boss would simply not be around so the cops would say there is nothing they can do.

China daily

GUANGZHOU – More than 200 migrant workers gathered Monday night at a government building in south China’s Guangdong Province, protesting over a wage-related dispute that led to injury, authorities said.

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The Thinker, China Style- China Photo

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China House Photo

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Chinese like to save face so typically will not show you houses like this one. They tend to entince you into staying in the main area where you can find boatloads of foreigners and expenseive stores, they like to hide the poverty stricken.

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Brotherly Love in China- Chinese Water Shortage News

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2011


This news is from the Chinadaily. The report is that in Zhejiang province they have begun to ration water. Water can only be gathered for a matter of five hours. Being innovative, the locals are lending a brotherly hand to one another by hoarding buckets, water etc. Some Chinese guy will see a business opportunity and hire a bunch of slack jawed little thugs to wait in life then sell it at a premium. In a few years the man will be hailed as a visionary as that shows how money is made in China. Even the Locals in China do not trust the each other.
my two cents, I bet the subways there are pretty ripe.. yummy, bet you have a killer appetite after spending 29 minutes with guys who have no water to bathe…

from the Chinadaily
ZHOUSHAN, Zhejiang – Residents have been lining up and even jostling one another to buy pails ahead of the introduction of water rationing on June 1 in this drought-hit island city. The price of a plastic 5-gallon (19-liter) receptacle has soared from 30 yuan ($4.63) to 100 yuan during the past three days and many shopkeepers said they have sold out of such buckets, despite the high prices.
During the rationing, water will be supplied for five hours each day, according to a circular from the authorities. Li Hongyu, a shopkeeper on the Donghai Road, said she has sold more than 1,000 buckets since May 29, when residents learned water rationing would be introduced.
“The best-selling buckets are the stainless 30-gallon ones that cost 1,000 yuan each, because restaurants will need them to reserve enough water to sustain normal operations,” she said.
In the past, people rarely spent more than 300 yuan on such containers, she said. Some residents who failed to find suitable buckets snapped up trashcans. “The larger, the better,” said Hong Wenzhu, who lives with his wife, Sun Mei, and their four parents.
“The circular did not say when water rationing will end, so I must make sure that every family member has enough water to use,” said Sun. “We will not turn off the tap until rationing is over.”
The water level in Yaojiang River in the neighboring city of Ningbo has fallen sharply in recent months because of the drought. Daily water consumption in Zhoushan is about 140,000 cubic meters, about 80,000 of which are sourced from outside the island.
There has not been significant rain in the area to boost freshwater reserves since July last year, according to statistics from the Zhoushan water authority. Chen Jun, a spokesman for the authority, said the price of water for domestic use may increase slightly and the cost for industrial users may also go up at some point. All of the island’s desalination plants are being used and are pumping out 40,000 cubic meters of treated seawater each day. The cost of removing salt from the seawater runs at about 6 yuan per cubic meter, according to Chen.
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http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-06/01/content_12616200.htm

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WTF

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2011


I have no idea why I took this photo

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Chinese Beach Pic

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Sanya China photo

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Drought Hit China Redefines the Word Lake- China Photo

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Lake with Chinese characteristics

Rainwater soaks into the decrepit river bed of Boyang Lake on June 5 in Jiujiang, East China’s Jiangxi province. The river bed has been suffering through a drought since spring. [Photo/Xinhua]from chinadaily.com

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Chinese Gas No Good- Cars Malfunction

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2011


The report below from wantchinatimes says that Chinese gas is under suspicion of hurting car engines. The idea is that the gas quality sucks. It could be this or maybe its the Chinese made vehicles, both of which would be of sketchy quality….
excerpt wantchinatimes.

Thousands of vehicles in Yueyang in Hunan Province are reported to be experiencing mechanical failures allegedly caused by unclean gasoline over the past month.
The First Financial Daily reported that local police had launched an investigation into the case. Currently, the suspicion is that the unclean fuel was supplied by the Anyang branch of China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, also known as Sinopec Corp.
Fuel products sold by the company’s Anyang branch of Henan Province in March and April 2010 is believed to have caused problems in many cars, including the leakage of yellow oil from the tail pipe, dark exhaust smoke, and unusual levels of gas consumption. An initial probe found that the gasoline used in these cars contained excessive levels of manganese and other chemical agents.
Now, Yueyang City of Hunan is facing a similar problem, with some saying the adulterated gasoline originated from Sinopec’s branch company in Anyang.
On Sunday, Yueyang city officials concluded a meeting on how to tackle the adulterated gasoline problem with a decision to launch a full-scale probe. According to officials, adulterated gasoline was shipped to 70 Sinopec gas stations in Yueyang between April 28 and May 5.
However, Sinopec denied the claim and said that its fuels met national quality standards, after conducting a series of tests in Hunan and Yueyang.

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival Today- Drought Spoiled the Fun

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2011


In China today there is a festival tied to her long culture. The festival is called the Dragon Boat festival. The significance of the festival is rooted in thousands of years of history and it means,,,,,um…..well…
Never mind, the drought filled grassland what used to be underwater has made this a moot festival anyway. I heard in its stead the Chinese have declared today “steal an idea from a foreign barbarian, and patent it as your own” day.

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