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Archive for June 26th, 2011

Interesting Rant on Freedom and the Land of Milk and Fun

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


Interesting rant here from the author of this source http://loadingdata.nl/
I cannot comment at present so will have to hold off till tonight, but the reason I find this rant interesting is that I heard the same thing from Americans just yesterday on yahoo boards. I see some merit to his position and will have to consider my rebuttal…. (the rant’or is not from the land of Cheerios and Corn Flakes)

Feel free to disagree/agree…..

comment on US and China and income inequality

While in the (so called “free”) west your privacy and civil rights are deteriorating by the day, you have to take your freaking shoes off at the airport, pass through a nude-scanner and as a foreigner hand over your biometrics including 10 fingerprints, your every phonecall is monitored, every bit you send through the internet is monitored, if you use any kind of encryption you’re labelled a terrorist, if you smile at a kid who’s not your own you’re labelled a child molester, the list goes on and on.

I agree currently it’s (by a hair) better than China, but at least I see a genuine tendency in the right direction here. Slowly people are getting *more* civil rights, something completely alien in the west.

I have to admit that there is one thing most western countries are very good at, that is pretending that they are much better than others. Pretending that in their “democracy” the people actually have a say in where the country is heading. But open your eyes! This is all a myth! I do rant a lot about the good old U.S.A., but that’s only because they’re the biggest target. These so called “democracies” are nothing but oligarchies. They are ruled by the corporations and have no interest whatsoever in their constituents. Or do you really believe the Oil Sands are in the interest of the Canadian people? While increasing numbers of locals are dying of rare cancers caused by poisons dumped into the rivers? While contractually the biggest amount of oil extracted has to be exported to the U.S. at insanely low prices? While the government basically has no say in the exploitation, and is being extorted by the corporations?”
end rant…

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Come to Beijing, But Don’t Drive- Getting a License Plate in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


Beijing has quite a few roads, but tons of cars. The problem is that this place was designed with the idea of a pudgy little emperor to be carried around on a 32 man rickshaw, not 2 million people driving gasoline powered autos. (actually the ancient capos or mafia dons of China’s past did travel on rickshaws that were carried from either 2 to 32 men).

Anyway…Chinese want cars because the subways are filled with , well filled with Chinese and so to be different, they need an escape. The rave now is to get a car, but it’s not as easy as one may hope. For instance, in civilized countries one buys a car, slaps on a plate and voila, they are mobile, but not here. Here in China there is money to be made in every transaction so there is an actual quota for license plates. I dont know how much of this has to do with passing of red notes to expedite the process, but I have my suspicions. In any event, in Beijing 577,856 qualified candidates competed for a monthly quota of a paltry 17600 license plates. This means that you have a better chance of finding a straight politician in this town then getting permission to drive…..lots of luck…

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Photo of an Ad in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


I took this photo at a restaurant in China. Is it just me or do the patrons depicted in this ad seem to be very very anglo? And if they are then wtf is up with the Mao suits? China uses white faces in their ads to give credibility to their products, maybe this is just another example of that phenomenon.

Photo of an ad in China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Public Urination, a Disagreeable Chinese Habit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


Photo of Chinese pissing in streetsPHoto of chinese urinating in the streets in china
As you can tell by these photos, this woman has decided to allow her child of about eight years urinate in public by a bench. The woman who had a disagreeable character apparently would like to teach her daughter ‘chinese manners’, or so it would seem.
Now lest you think I’m being harsh, I am not belittling some villager who just jumped off the train from the northeast, this woman is in a relatively expensive area of Beijing and after allowing her daughter to empty her bladder in public, got into an expensive car. So my question is why, when this area is surrounded by restaurants and restrooms, Mrs pisspants allowed her daughter to do her business for the world to see and in such an unsanitary fashion?

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Historic China and Drug Use

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


from factsanddetails.com
“When Mao came to power in 1949 there were an estimated 20 million drug users in China. Using harsh methods, including executions, the Communists were able to rid China of its drug problem almost over night. But in the 1980s when China opened up more and eased its border controls drugs began flowing into the country and more people began using them, with drug use really taking off in the 2000s. The manager at one drug rehab center told the Washington Post, “It just boomed. Yesterday, no drugs This morning, all over the place.”

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Exploitation of Laborers in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


Photo of Manual Laborers in China
These guys are manual laborers in China. They typically make around 130U$ per month when and if they get paid. According to official Chinese statistics, in 2004 some 700,000 Chinese worders were never paid almost U$400 million dollars.
Yeah, U$400 million went unpaid to these guys and that was before the Olympics, and the growth spurt of today. Can you imagine how much they’ve been screwed out of lately?
In a sense, I have come to learn much about China and now agree with the 70% who have no respect for the wealthy here. While the chinese newspapers tout the number of billionaires, they frequently will not tell where the money came from. When they do, a high percentage of it comes from land development.
How can we respect those who earned their money by stealing land from farmers,then drinking and soaking up the ktv nightlife with their favorite er ni or second wife, read as prostitute, as the workers slave away for next to nothing, including medical care. And then when the building is done, the people who have done the work do not get paid.
If you have never been here you may say , ‘hey I know a guy named Joe Farfot who got screwed out of a days wages by Mr Timmons’ and i would pat your thick skull and smile at you so you dont feel as fool hardy as you sound. In china what they typically do to these workers is to pay them either twice or once per year. Oftentimes the second part of the yearly installment never comes. But what the hell, that new Holiday Inn looks great!!

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Chinese Customs From Factsanddetails.com

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


from factsanddetails.com
Terms of kinship are often used for close non-relatives. A younger man often calls a man who is five years older than him “big brother” and someone who is considerably older “uncle.” Chinese often address their friends as juniors and seniors even if they are just a few months younger or older. When a Chinese person asks someone their age they often do this so they know how to address the person.

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China and India’s Water Supply- India Screwed?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


China is very inefficient with her energy needs and they are huge. China is now the world’s largest consumer of energy, most of which is used in inefficient factories and such. In terms of GDP generatgion per dollar, they are quite a bit worse than developed countries.
This voracious appetite for energy is also causing quarrels as in the Spratley isles where there has been tension as of late, with the Phillippines and Vietnam very upset.
The latest issue is that China is planing on buidling up to 24 hydroelectric dams at the mouth of the source of the Brahmaputra, Arun river, before it descends into India, it also will be building dams upon the Mekong river, mucnh to the chagrin of Thailand, cambodia and Vietnam.

At issue for India is as stated here in arabnews.com , “India’s concerns are heightened by the fact that most of its major rivers originate in Tibet, which China invaded and annexed in 1950, declaring it an integral part of “Western China.”…Complicating India’s efforts to discuss the issue is China’s reluctance to acknowledge the validity of satellite imagery, which Beijing regards as espionage, even though in 2010 China acknowledged as a result of India’s space observation that it was in fact building the Zangmu dam on the Brahmaputra, as the imagery received from Indian satellites confirmed the construction.”

The news source continues that no one is pushing China on this issue and to me this seems true on many fronts. It is as if the world is taking a wait and see attitude as China pulls off one thug move after another. My question is when they will upset the wrong party and get their nose thumped…

arabnews.com story here
http://arabnews.com/economy/article461599.ece

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Photo From the Revolution in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


China has a bazillion bikes and this is one of them. They cost less than twenty usa dollars and worth about half that much.They seem to be from another generation and have that Chinese design spirit, ie utilitarian mixed with ugly. The tubes are made from a clever mixture of steel and cardboard which guaranty their living beyond the first five minutes of use, anything beyond this is wondrous.

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Chinese Mothers, Aliens and Retirement

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2011


While looking at the chinese culture through the contextual lens I was given, it seems to me that I am pretty glad i was not raised here. It’s not that the mothers don’t love their kids… but ummm have a hard time showing it. A good analogy would be to think of the typical mother in China like a meaner version of the Great gazoo- that one alien guy from the flintstones. (wiki)
((digression alert) how cool is the net that I have this image of the guy, type in ‘alienflintstones’ and whammo, here he is….)
Anyway, this guy gazoo would begrudgingly help fred and barney, but the whole time seemed to barely tolerate their stupidity, as he saw it. He seemed a benevolent dictator with little or no warmth but more harsh words and disdain.
Maybe its just me. Too many years spent in hot blooded latin environments where women call their husbands my king and their kids a little pot of gold. I juxtapose that with the typical mother from China who sneers at her future disappointment as if to say, “yeah your skinny and your glasses are as thick as my head, and maybe you’re not too smart, but in China we only get one shot and you’re the result, so lets both make the best of it.”

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