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Archive for June 21st, 2011

China and Mother Nature- Who is Winning

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

It has been reported that in China they have suffered 329,000 geological disasters since 1998,  resulting in  property losses of more than 61 billion yuan ($9.6 billion).In 2010 there were  30,670 geological disasters and losses of 6.4 billion yuan. Much of this has to do with mudslides and such from China’s poor management of her resources.

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Delivery Bike Photo from China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

Photo of Pizza Delivery Vehicles in China

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Photo of Car Wash in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

Photo of car wash in China

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Photo of a Night Eatery in Chongqing, China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

Photo of Restaurant in Chongqing China

Here is another Chongqing photo. CQ is a great place with great people, at least on the few times i have been there. It has great scenery and supposedly the most beautiful women in China, but I do not know if I agree with that assertion. Right now I have a good ‘net connection so am trying to upload all the CQ photos I can as they are quite large….

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Photo of a Street Peddler in Chongqing China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

Photo of a Street Peddler in Chongqing China


Here is another photo from Chongqing China. Travel to Chongqing is easy and pretty cool. At night the streets are filled with people like this man selling fresh fruits and vegetables on the streets.

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Photo of a Market in Chongqing China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

Photo of Street Market in Chongqing China

Chongqing China is great. They just kicked out one of the most corrupt officials of our times, no small feat in China, and replaced him with one of the ‘reddist’ men in China. The new leader is a guy named Bo or Li or some mixture thereof and he’s all over the natives to go red. They sing red songs-mandatory, etc…But the place is great. The food such as the hot pot are incredible and the sightseeing there is impressive.

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China’s Scary Debt Crisis

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

There was a report that many of China’s state owned enterprises have had problems with corruption, as surprising as that my seem, but its true. Now it is said that China will offer almost half a trillion dollars of money in forgiveness for loans that will never be recovered, see below. The issue is that the communists have gotten used to foreign capital and playing it loose as usual. They have gotten used to utilizing foreign funds, skimming off the cream, overpromising and under delivering. This is catching up with them as the government has no other choice to write off the bad debt. I have seen other reports where an infusion of over 1 trillion US dollars is needed to support local governments. This should not be surprising. In a country where 80-90 % of all billionaires are communist members or their kids, on a salary of less than 20,000U$ per year, you have to know something funny is going on.

quote from wantchinatimes

“recent reports suggested that Beijing may be taking a more sanguine view of local government debt by planning to assume up to RMB3,000 billion (US$463 billion) of debt that banks could never hope to retrieve.

Dong Tao, Credit Suisse’s chief Asia economist, said on June 20 that local government debt is the biggest problem the country has faced in his many years as a China watcher.”

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Vietnam to Set Up Patrol Boats in The S. China Sea?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

The Vietnamese are pretty upset with China and vice versa, regarding the south china sea. I really don’t know much about it, but I think maybe the Chinese feel they own the area as the place is called the south “China” sea, but this is conjecture on my part. In any event, according to this site, Vietnam may set up patrol boats to protect their fishermen in the disputed waters off their shores.

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China Claims Food Inspection System is World Class…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

Here is a direct quote from xinhua regarding China’s food inspection system, “China’s food additive inspection system is administered in accordance with international standards and is equal to those used in developed countries, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday.”

Hmm. this may be true, but it seems to me that repeated claims that the milk in China is now not toxic followed by discoveries of tons of that exact same toxic milk lead me to think that maybe the chicom system is not up to snuff. Call me skeptical, or an ass for saying this but lets think about it logically. in china everything runs from guanxi- read as bribes. Thus, if we hear about  a bust of toxic goods, it  is probably due to one of two things

1-someone pissed off uncle chicom

2-the public heard about it and uncle c must act

If these two notions are correct then one can just imagine how much stuff really goes on undetected in China. And if this is true, then the body governing the food safety in China is a little substandard in comparison to its neighbors in civilized countries.

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Chinese Execs “Conned into Buying Fake, Fake Diplomas?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2011

An article in the chinadaily said claims that Chinese executives were “conned into buying fake diplomas”. Here is a direct quote

“Hundreds of Chinese company executives have been conned into buying fake diplomas to cheat their academic success, China Youth Daily reported Sunday….But rather than openly seek justice or speak out about the scam that duped them out of tens of thousands of yuan, most would prefer to stay silent for fear of loosing face and their reputation…..The victims, the majority senior management who wanted to improve their resumes with better degrees or universities, …The “Beijing Offices” claimed they were genuine schools which could issue diplomas that could be verified by China’s online diploma verifying system, but it turned out not only the diplomas were fake, but fraudsters also invented a fake verification system…”

My two cents


2- Where else but China would someone complain about buying a fake , fake diploma?

3-these dumbasses thought that buying a fake diploma from a diploma mill with a fake verification system does not sound a little sketchy , thus were they really duped?

4-This is quite common nowadays in China. Chinese schools are now pretty sketchy so jut imagine how bad they were in 1985, for instance, merely 9 years after the cultural revolution shut down all universities here. What this means is that anyone who was born from 1950 to 1960 had no high school nor college education to speak of (this is literal, they had no schools, only Mao’ist teachings). Then the people who are now 40 grew up  in the wake of that lack of education so their teachers sucked-form the most part although a handfull of schools at this time were reopened and decent. . So basically we are looking at the next generation of Chinese leaders who were exposed to no true university experience in China in their lifetimes. In order to overcome this china has allowed these people to take night classes and or exec ed, as a face saving measure. The impact of this is that those people are still ignorant but now have purchased a degree so the foreigners will not think them a peasant. returning back to the issue at hand, these execs are trying to pad their resumes the easy way and have gotten caught.

5-Give it up. That generation is a lost cause in terms of governance. Any group of people brought up during the anarchy of the cultural revolution imho, are probably not the best role models and thus future leaders so dont waste your ink on giving them diplomas…

6-Wait  a minute, you means these lazy assed execs are too freaking slothful to even enroll in a typical executive ed program in China, which amounts to a rubber stamped degree upon paying for the course, which squares with your humble author’s personal experience in China that the degrees one is conferred is almost guaranteed upon payment thereof. What this means is that even if you went to a ‘reputable chinese school’ you will pass.
7- end of rant

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