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Archive for June 17th, 2011

Photo of Chongqing China at Night

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The KMT and Early China

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by RC Berring
Kuomintang 國民黨 Unification In 1927 the Kuomintang 國民黨 party, headed by Chiang Kai-shek 蔣介石, seemingly brought order to this chaos by successfully completing the Northern Campaign (in Chinese: beifa 北伐), expelling the communists from his party and declaring the Republic of China (in Chinese: Zhonghua Minguo 中華民 國). This was hailed as the reuniting of China. From 1927 until 1949, it was Chiang’s 蔣 government, claiming the mantle of Sun Yat-sen 孫逸仙, that was viewed by the world as the legitimate representative of China. Chiang’s party, the Kuomintang (KMT) turned to the West for support and models. As a part of its program, the KMT initiated a broad set of legal reforms that employed Western concepts and experts in its formation. There is a growing body of literature studying this period, but I am not convinced that it has much influence on our inquiry, because the KMT government never managed to gain control over the land and people of China in any meaningful way. It was never able to establish a level of sovereign control that would meet the definition that has been set out above.

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China and Opium

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 17, 2011


From Drugging a Nation The Story of China and the Opium Curse (Samuel Merwin)

The Cantonese have what they call “The Ten Cannots regarding The Opium-Smoker.” “He cannot (1) give up the habit; (2) enjoy sleep; (3) wait for his turn when sharing his pipe with his friends; (4) rise early; (5) be cured if sick; (6) help relations in need; (7) enjoy wealth; (8) plan anything; (9) get credit even when an old customer; (10) walk any distance.”

The smoking of opium began in China and is peculiar to the Chinese. The Hindoos and Malays eat it.

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Amazon Love in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 17, 2011


This is an unfocused rant so be forewarned.
Ok, I love Amazon and I love Kindle.

But here is a little story in a bigger one.

My kindle went out on me and I was like oh shit! as i luv my kindle. But then I call Amazon hoping they will replace it, but I live in China, they say no problem, issue solved and have awesome customer service, a thing China would never understand. So here is the other part of the story.
I am probably going to move this site so I had to buy a site a domain and a bunch of crap. It was a pain in the ass and I almost said screw it. I chose a host called hostgator who is a piece of crap and whose service is deplorable. I wanted to merge this blog with my new one and everyone at hostgator who sucks ass, said I could not, yet you can. So I did…

So anyway, hostgator who sucks ass is part of the problem but also ad companies. I put ads on my site and it looked like a Bangkok brothel, all of these neon lights and cheesball colors, that company was called adbrite, who imho was not good. Then I tried bitvertiser or bidvertiser and they rock so I will use them. But in all honesty hosting your own site is such a pain that its not really worth it, but now I’ve started down that road so I kinda feel I gotta go with it. But anyway I threw on some amazon.com ads, just as I love amazon. Also, they make their ads so easy. you look at an image and hit a button and then paste, its so intuitive that it makes me love them more. Amazon, however is hard to earn cash from for I think they actually have to start on your site then make a purchase for you to get cash, so I doubt a guy who is searching for Beijing smog pics will say ‘hey look a kindle, let me buy it!’ at least on my site. But I really dont care Amazon.com does such a good job I dont mind putting their ads on my site cuz the kindle is so pimp.
That is all I have for now.

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China Exporting Cancerous Ginger Powder

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 17, 2011


A Chinese company called He Bo, has exported ginger powder which has allegedly been tainted with a carcinogenic plasticizers called DIBP. This year China is yanking the tarp off the shoddy practices of their companies and the reality is pretty ugly. Each day its as if another case of a toxic Chinese food product finds its way to the shelves.

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Photo at Xidan in Beijing

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Photo of Xidan China

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Funny Photo of Chinese Guy Sleeping

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photo of Chinese man sleeping in a bucket

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Made in China, Born in the USA-Chinese Go to USA to Have Babies

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 17, 2011


Yahoo did an article on the fad of Chinese women who are pregnant going to the USA to have a baby. I know a few people who have done it and think its kinda shitty. The real issue is that they will bring the kids back here then re-release them to the land of milk and honey so they can get cheap education. As usual this is gaming the system. The reason education etc is cheap, is in part due to all of the taxes we pay. Thus by not paying taxes, they have not contributed their fair share. In reality the USA is quite foolish in this regard imho.
from here
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20110616/wl_time/08599207769300

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Chinese Buying Homes in Hong Kong Fueling Crazy Price Increase

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 17, 2011


Chinese do not have much to do with their money. For instance they do not trust Chinese stocks and cannot buy from overseas, so they buy homes. The problem is that they are buying them and it has created an increase in house prices. In Hong Kong, for instance, house prices have increased over 2% a month for 30 months. Hong Kong, which is short on land, is also feeling the pinch as more land is being purchased for development by the Chinese.

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