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Archive for June 27th, 2011

Hilarious Video of a Canadian Guy Ranting on China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


This is a great video clip and although the guy whose ranting sounds a little off, we have all been there before. Standing in some line with an idiotic functionary asking stupid questions or putting ignorant demands upon us. This Canadian guy was simply voicing his displeasure……

This is a must watch vid (Thanks DB)
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China Kills Her Land, Buys up Ours

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


China is the global leader in virtual water, which means water used for plants etc. The issue is that they have poisoned their land and have a mini ecological crisis in many parts leading to a lack of water and or pollution at such a rate as to render the land not fit for farming. Thus, the clever communists are buying up land in civilization so they can send their crops back home. What I am imagining is the communists doing to others as they are doing to Africa, vz sending ‘troops’ over to protect their land and water rights, and we the world sit by and watch like the fools we sometimes are.

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Confusion, Geography and History

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


Today the Chinadaily ran a story about a golfer and said this “Yani Tseng from Taiwan of China “… hmmm Taiwan of China… Is this a real place or the real name for Taiwan? I have seen the Republic of China and the Peoples Republic ov China, but never Taiwan of China, so I googled it. Lo and behold, the only sources to use that term are the chinadaily and or other chinese based services. To me this is typical of China, caddy little games they play instead of manning up and being straight forward. Just like my subway rant yesterday, the Chinese government goes through these inane gyrations in an attempt at looking tough, but in reality looks self conscious and lacking confidence… or maybe I misread something. source here

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Photo of a Street Crossing in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


This is near Dawanglu SOHO. The crossing is always packed with Chinese elbowing each other to get across faster than the rest.
Photo of a Crosswalk in China

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Photo of Banking Norms in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


In China Mao’s head is on every bill but the smallest Jiao bank notes, but that is not the point of this post. The point is that Chinese people are funny, not as in hahahahhehehe hohoh, but wtf? For instance, instead of using electronic banking, which exists, many still carry around stacks of bills piled one on top of the other and take them to banks to pay their debts. This lady shown here, the one with the serious fashion mistake clothing is an example. Wearing the homeless chic clothing and carrying the migrant esque bag, this woman probably has about 20,000 rmb tucked way into that fbugly bag to her right. Just the other day I went to a bank here and saw some rail thin Chinese guy with a fanny pack stuffed with cash, when he pulled it out, there was a gangsters roll of about 100k.
In China they think nothing of carrying around this much cash, at least in Beijing. I have helped a female colleague carry around as much to make a deposit and was nervous at first. But in all honesty, Beijing is still a safe place, so the odds of being robbed, at least in my haunts, are low.
Photo in a Bank in China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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China, Convenient Communists

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


China eschews the normal way of doing things and labels it the Chinese way, or doing something with Chinese characteristics.Take communisim for instance. Although no expert in the field, I know that communism is  a belief that the state controls tools and methods of production and some level of public welfare is put forth by the state, that is traditional communism.

In 2004 China spent one half of what is recommended on public schools and even today in the farming areas parents must pay for their kids to attend classes, this from a communist country. In addition, health care is abysmal and often out of reach for the hundreds of millions of farmers. I guess we can call this Communism with Chinese characteristics, or perhaps just good old fashioned charlatanism.

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Rambo TV Military Man Guy…..

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


Photo of TV Military Man

I have no idea who this guy is, but he’s always on TV. As you can tell by his Rambo gear, the guy is definitely not a dove. I think he’s got bombed strapped across his chest  or something, but am really not sure. Anyway, this guy is usually very animated and on the screen behind him there is always something pertaining to warfare. Does anyone know who this guy is?Photo of TV Military Man

I have no idea who this guy is, but he’s always on TV. As you can tell by his Rambo gear, the guy is definitely not a dove. I think he’s got bombed strapped across his chest  or something, but am really not sure. Anyway, this guy is usually very animated and on the screen behind him there is always something pertaining to warfare. Does anyone know who this guy is?

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Photo Outside a Beijing Restaurant

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


Photo of a  Beijing Restaurant

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How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake 100’s in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


Here is a photo of how to tell real from fake 100rmb notes, but go to this site
http://www.blackandwhitecat.org/2009/01/19/how-to-tell-if-your-100-yuan-note-is-fake/

for the full explanation

100 yuan

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Subways, Insecurity and Chinese Women

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 27, 2011


Why is it that whenever a hot (relative term) Chinese woman hops onto the subway, all of the locals go into ‘protect her from the foreign barbarian’ mode?
Today for instance, your humble author was on his way home from a hard but satisfying day at the office and was crowded into the stinkpit they call a subway here. Upon reaching Xidan a local female who was not ugly, but to the locals was a goddes entered my car. All of the sudden, the Chinese phermone ‘ck block’ mentality kicked in and the guys did the macho arm flex self conscious stare at her to see if she is checking out yours truly, and of course she was..
Perhaps its the asymmetric placement of my lateral incisors and bicuspids or the sultry manner in which i stuff my over sized paunch over my belt, but in all third world countries, yours truly is a real hottie. Thus, she was checking me out, no doubt wondering what it would take to get a piece of this action, a USA visa i mean, and the guys were all a tizzy.
Funny thing is that I actually feel sorry for the guys, they look pretty weak. There they sit like some ‘trick willy’ the type who lugs bo li’s ‘ bags up ten flights of stairs then is left at the door only to have her hit the speed dial to make an ‘appointment’ with her English teacher.
But my sorrow has a limit of course as I was looking at one guy in particular who was trying to be discrete but of course failing, and I thought that this poor sap is worried sick Im going to make a move on her when he doesn’t even have the stones to make a play for it himself. In all other countries where my feet have staggered, I have never seen this same thing. In most countries the guys will try to beat you to the punch and chat her up, but here they form his protective barrier of insecurity around her as she still gives you the eye and mouths her digits your way.
At then end of the day you have to feel for these guys though, as about 30milliion of them will have arms like Popeye or a serious gender identity crisis in the coming years. As for me, I really don’t care, I have not seen that much here to write home about…..

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