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Archive for June 29th, 2011

Photo Near Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


Here is a photo of a reservoir near Beijing. China’s failing ecology has left it somewhat dry and depleted, but the site is beautiful.

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Chinese Wine Castle

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


This is a photo of a castle in China where they make ‘French wines’ or excuse me. It is a castle, where according to the Chinese, they make wines that are as good as one would find in France for they use the exact same processes, according to the Chinese, thus the result is the same.
Basically this is a typical Chinese philosophy whereby they cut, copy and paste something and consider it to be the equivalent of the original. The problems in their logic are too numerous to count. For instance, in France the grapes are not huffing a noxious amount of carcinogens left behind in the soil from the rise in their economy. In addition, French grapes probably are not bombarded by the same acid rain that one finds all over China and especially this close to Beijing. As for the process, we all know how Chinese are with processes and following the rules. They typically cut costs, limiting quality and end up with something that although looks very similar to the original pales in comparison. Oh yeah, they also have little wine tester helpers who after three minutes of training, attempt to tutor us on how to drink wine and how to distinguish the good from the bad. Surprisingly enough, their talk sounds scripted and as the custom here, if one asks them to clarify a point, they cannot….

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Another Public Disturbance in China- 4000 Workers STrike

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More than 4,000 employees had taken to the streets to protest low pay and harsh working conditions at Simone Limited, which produces handbags for upscale brands Michael Kors, DKNY, Burberry, Kate Spade and Coach.(Internet Photo).(Internet Photo)
Guangzhou China has not had a lot of luck lately what with the riots and all, but here we see 4000 people who are protesting low pay and crappy conditions in China.

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First a Kidney, Now a Chinese Woman Sells Virginity for an Iphone- Allegedly

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


A bit ago I blogged that a guy in China sold a kidney to buy an Ipad, I mean what the heck he does have a spare right? Well those crazy Chinese will do anything, its a statement about the moral vacuum encompassing this place.
It has just been reported that a Chinese woman who is 18 has offered up her virginity for an Iphone 4 and some airtime. Supposedly she left her msn and cell phone numbers. I guess this is just a sign of things to come for China…

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China Goes Big Red for the Birthday of the Communist Party

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


China’s communist party turns 90 in a few days, and the country is alive with red pride. Everywhere one goes they see the flags fluttering, the songs of the good old days and that crazy old time communist dance. The media has also gotten into the swing of things and has captured much of the lead up to the auspicious occasion on film. The funny thing is that the more things change, the more you have to say wtf? Yeah, check out the pics below and try to figure out which ones come from the cultural revolution, a time of utter chaos in China, and which ones are recent….

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Students wave red flags in front of the Baise Revolt Memorial Hall in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on June 28, 2011.photo xinhuanet

Red experience starts ahead of Party's birthday
Students take part in the launching ceremony of “Re-experience of Deng Xiaoping’s Road” in front of the Baise Revolt Memorial Hall in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on June 28, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Red experience starts ahead of Party's birthday
Students take part in the launching ceremony of “Re-experience of Deng Xiaoping’s Road” in front of the Baise Revolt Memorial Hall in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous

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Buying a Wife in China- Progress or Inflation?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


Chinese were a twitter with the news that in Wuhan China, affluent men were in essence buying their future wives. The story goes that in Wuhan China, a collection of desperate/rich men had to pony up 99,999.99 RMB or about 15,000 human dollars, for the right to attend this event and ‘buy a wife’. The men invited were to have either 30 million communist dollars in the bank or a yearly income of over one million. The photo below is from the net. and shows one contestant to the event.

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while some might call this exploitation and objectification of women, I’d say, well it is China. For a place that forced women to walk a runway before corporate officers in China (I blogged this earlier) just to get a secretary’s position, what would you expect?
In addition, this notion of buying a wife in China is firmly rooted in her misogynistic past. In Nicholas Kristoff’s book China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power(1994), which he co-wrote with his wife, he showed a photo from the late 80’s to early 90’s of women being sold as brides in China (towards the middle of the book). Although at that time the price of a woman was only 1500 to 2000 rmb or nearly 300U$, it would appear that the inflation killing the price of pork and veggies has also struck the ‘wife purchasing venue’ as well.
I could go on and on, but you probably get my point. Some might call this rant ethnocentric and complain that my upbringing in the land of clean water has impeded my ability to understand the plight of the poverty stricken or other economic realities, but I would beg to differ. I have lived and worked in countries where practices such as the veiled purchase of a wife have taken place, but I consider that a bit different…. damn I began this rant and got interrupted and just returned, but am bored now so I am going to eat some ji dan chao bin … end of rant

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Greatness of Mao- Chinese Saying

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


During the cultural revolution (starting in 1966) in China there was the following saying
“Heaven and earth are great, but greater still is the kindness of the communist party; father and mother are dear, but dearer still is Chairman Mao”
The funny thing is that the people who grew up chanting this stuff are in power now and will also be the next generation of leaders in China.

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Sad State of Health Care in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


China has been overflowing with cash from those zany capitalists flocking here to make a buck, to enter the elusive Chinese market. After all, if every Chinaman would buy just one of my products…
The results of this cash inflow have been two-fold, no longer are the Chinese people forced to eat tree bark or nosh on the carcasses of loved ones. A problem, however, is that the income or cash distribution has been asymmetrical or less than equal. While some have been able to buy large cars in which they can run over plebes or pedestrians with impunity, others are not so lucky, they must walk or ride bikes.

One of the truly sad parts about living in China, aside from having lungs that feel as if they were drenched in sulfuric acid, is the state of Chinese healthcare. I blogged yesterday that for the price of a Snickers bar or 46 US pennies, I was able to procure a doctor’s visit, but I am one of the lucky ones. On the whole, many people in China, although more affluent than before, still live in abject poverty and suffer with a medical system that beyond inadequate is also unavailable to many.

As an example according to the WHO or the world health organization, China ranked 188th out of 191 nations for financial coverage offered by governments for health care services, but what the heck, the Olympics went off without a hitch and the KTV’s seem to be generating revenue.

Countries like china say that individuals must subsume their rights for the good of the motherland, at least that is what the top reds want them to believe. While the commoner lives in caves scratched from earthen berms, the party members cop a feel on local KTV ‘fun huns’ as their pockets balloon with ill-begotten gains. The people of China, as people everywhere, deserve better, but I guess this is just their lot in life.

I merely think that it is sad that according to official statistics, 32% of all Chinese cannot afford to see a doctor…wtf?

Yeah 32% cannot cough up a fifty cent piece to see a poor Chinese doctor and over 60% cannot afford a hospital visit. For a country that is communist this is an odd twist, but once again the Olympics were good weren’t. they?
I guess I should not worry, I have money and am not a citizen of here thus I can partake in all the wonderful Starbucks lattes, the new McDonald’s and a Benz or two but then again I am a filthy capitalist.
China has the potential to be a pretty cool place, but these little stumbling blocks keep getting in the way.

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Poetic Rant on Shitty Politicians and People of Value

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 29, 2011


Here is a comment I am reposting its an excellent stream of consciousness on politicians and helping people from Gowron, long live the king…

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“…The only politician who I vote for gets hands dirty helping people, or tires himself out endlessly. Obama the prissy Lawyer, (not because he’s black, or a liar, do I condemn him no. I condemn him because he hasn’t done the work, never walked the beat). The Founding fathers of America the first 5 presidents, they walked the walk and talked the talk. They actually fought and risked their lives. But utimatly it’s the Laity laypersons who keep the church alive. Their dedication to wanting something better, would it be building a hospital brick by brick in some really hurting part of the world, that extends the church’s out reaching, a church for a refugee of any religion…. Politicians mostly just look good, like “communism looks good on paper” (lol).”

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