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Archive for July 1st, 2011

Beijing Smog Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


Here is a photo of Beijing pollution. At times the visibility is less than 200 meters

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Rule of Law in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


From China’s Long March toward Rule of Law-new (Randall Peerenboom)

Given the very different historical and institutional context, the likelihood of a Liberal Democratic rule of law taking root in China’s very different soil would seem low. Indeed, it may seem unlikely that any rule of law would be able to take root and flourish. It is true that China’s traditions do contain certain features that are supportive of rule of law, including the notion that rulers are to ensure the material and spiritual well-being of the people, and thus even if the legal system is a tool of the state, its ultimate purpose is to serve the citizenry. Similarly, although administrative rules were not meant to limit the ruler or to protect individual rights per se, they nevertheless did impose limits on government officials.
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Rights Lawyers in China, Few and Far Between

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


China has about 204,000 lawyers but only a few hundred of them will take on H rights cases. One of the problems is that each year an ‘annual assessment’ is given to lawyers and many of them who take on rights cases often fail- allegedly. The impact is that few are willing to support those who have supposedly suffer and they remain unrepresented by qualified attorneys.

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Tianenman Photo China

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Joining the Communist Party in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


China is an intriguing place. It is a communist country, but not everyone has a right to be a communist. In the past having educated or land owning parents may have precluded your acceptance into the exclusive group but today this may be untrue. When Deng Xiao Ping announced that China was opening up, China was coming off a relatively bad ten years vz the cultural revolution. China was still confused about what a good communist was for Mao had just taught them to seek poor spouses and the people who worked the land were wonderful. Deng suddenly said, hey you guys, you want to make some money? And chaos ensued.
A little while later the party decided that if all the rich people were not party members then they may leave the country or worse, stay and rattle the good gig the ruling communists had going. The communists thus co-opted the rich to remain in power.
Nowadays, although communist, China may have little semblance to what it was in Mao’ist times. For instance, now one must apply to be a communist and acceptance is far from easy. In China you have to be accepted into the party to even be a part of the group that does not elect the leader.
The process can take up to seven months and a person needs to or should be recommended by one who is already a communist party member. Then a test period ensues where the person wishing to be a communist is observed, and then a judgement is rendered. How bad does it suck that in China you don’t even get to vote for your president , but to add insult to injury you cannot even join the party?

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China’s Communist Party Anniversary Enthusiasts Scammed?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


The global Times is another chicom mouthpiece that fills the world with the truths of communism, its kind of like the antithesis of this humble blog. The paper extols the virtues of those who grace zhongnanhai and the great hall of the people and all of the wonderful things they have done in between secreting second wives off for a chicom quickie, a pack of smokes and a bottle of ‘er gua to’. In any event, the party has prevailed in the land of eternal misery and blight so maybe I should just get with the program, go along to get along… nah, this place is just too damn much fun to watch.
For instance, the global times, the paper I referenced above, had an article entitled “Anniversary Enthusiasts Scammed” which I found to be two steps beyond delightfully hilarious. As I did not read the article, I cannot comment on its contents but its irony was not lost on yours truly.
For instance, were I to pen an article with such a title, I would go on to state that the foolish enthusiasts of communism were scammed out of their land, their money, their family members, their rights, their dignity their free will, their ability to govern themselves, democratic principles, manifest destiny and so on. To cynical mind controlling the dirty barbarian hands pecking away at my pc, the title of this article summarizes the reality of China today.
Anniversary Enthusiasts Scammed
or maybe I’d put it like this
“if you are stupid enough to truly celebrate the anniversary of the party in China you are either so wealthy that you already have your plan B , ie foreign passport and bank account ready to escape or you are so hopelessly beyond help that you deserve what you get.”

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Happy Red Birthday Communist China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


China in an attempt to not lose hold in the lucrative business called communism, is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the establishment of communism today. As such, people, in true communist fashion are forced to accept one of two options. They can either dress like the girl below and scamper about singing the praises of Mao and other Chinese capos, or they can remain mum and stay indoors and allow their frustration to eat at their insides while they contemplate a full gainer from the 22nd floor of their rickety apartment complex, or maybe I have crossed a line there. Maybe all of the people like this small child are really true believers in the new communism and promise of Mao, after all , the people no longer have to pack their gullets with Shenzhen silt in order to avoid starvation, but then again wasn’t it like that before the communists took over? But of course my dirty capitalist mind is wandering….

CPC warned of complacency
photo globaltimes.cn

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China Builds World Longest Accident Waiting to Happen- Longest Bridge in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


China seems in a hurry to shed the image of pigtailed lackeys toting other pigtailed guys in those cool rickshaws so popular a while ago. In a race to show that no they are not that backwards and just because they eat dogs, cats and rats, this does not mean they are not real people. What they have also done is attempt to show that they are a capable nation who can build stuff that lasts longer than the fleeting thoughts prancing around my ADD brain. In order to address the last issue, the communists are building a lot of stuff, most of which will outlast those thoughts in my brain, but not by much. An example is shown in the photo below. Its a bridge, a really long bridge in China. The bridge is like ten miles long and over water.
When I think of scary things, my thoughts kick around ideas of being stuck in an elevator, paper cuts on my eyeball and the like. But to your humble instigator/author the notion of traveling over a Chinese structure suspended over water for ten miles is beyond the definition of a white knuckle experience. For sure the thing will work well for a few days and maybe a year, after all most new buildings do as well. What I’d be concerned about is the fact that most new buildings in this place dont last much longer than 15 years and usually a bridge such as this is earmarked for a life much longer than that. If I were adventurous, I’d go and check out that omen of things to come, but feel it more prudent to wait by the wayside and say I told you so….

  1. previousThis photo taken Wednesday, June 29, 2011 released by China's Xinhua news agency shows the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. China opened Thursday, June 30, 2011, the wornext

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Chinese Officials Take a Trip Back in Time- Funny Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


There was a story a while back about some Chinese communist officials who were either too lazy or too busy….. to inspect road construction in China. As the officials were otherwise occupied, some lacky took it upon himself to exercise some innovation and photoshopped these men at the work-site. The governmental paper than ran the picture as if it were real. The result was disastrous as the photoshopped work was a little too obvious here is an example from this site.

Yeah, wtf? How funny is it that the government tried to pass this off as real. After it being mocked, the photo was taken down but the damage was done. Then the Chinese who really posses an acerbic wit as many oppressed people do, took it upon themselves to ridicule the officials. The photo below is one such attempt. The title is ‘local officials go back in time’. The photo came from want chinatimes via the net.
Cropaganda: fake official photo mocked by China
(Internet Photo)

Long live freedom of expression

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Toxic Swill Oil Ready for Consumption in China- 100 Tons of Toxic Cooking Oil Produced Per Day

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 1, 2011


China has a problem with edible foods and food quality. Its not that they cant make good food, but that they just like to cut corners. So at times maybe a cancerous additive is snuck in or maybe some poison, but what the heck, some guy is making a buck.
One of the biggest problems of late is the toxic cooking oil that shows the really nasty reality of Chinese food today. This swill oil is actually taken from restaurants and re re re re cycled and re used. What the restaurants do is to remove the food bits, the cigarette butts and then bleach the stuff and repackage it and sell it once more. The danger of this oil is that it posses some nasty cancer causing substance and thus its use is prohibited….
The Beijing Times has said that this cancerous substance is being produced at a level of 100 tons per day! What ?
Beijing companies are processing 100 tons of illegal cooking oil each day?
According to the news sources this illegal oil makes its ways to the restaurants and our guts via illegal middle men and other sources. Statistics show that in Beijing 60 tons of waste oil are produced per day providing the raw material for this waste oil. The ever vigilant Chinese police have said that there is no way to detect whether oil sold is illegal or not.

The moral of the story, when you come to China pack your lunch…

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