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Archive for July 2nd, 2011

Chinese Driving the Slaughter of Elephants in Africa

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


China is a great place, if you forget the smog, the fake meds, the bad bank loans and the assholes who have driven the price of ivory up to U$700 a pound. The wonderful people who live here seem to care more for their cars purchased with ill begotten cash, then animals, or their brethren for that matter. As such the soul less fks are driving a harvesting of ivory from slaughtered elephants all over Africa. Hopefully if they get reincarnated, they will come back as one of those wonderful beasts…story from here.
when I read stories like this, I wonder if they weren’t better off under Mao.

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China Rethinking Inhumane Way of Killing Dogs Before Eating Them

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


China eats dogs, and maybe that is no big deal to many people (although I could not do this). At issue today, however is the inhumane manner in which many dogs in China are killed before eaten. At times they can be skinned alive and beaten to death all in the name of eating a tastier cut. My hope is that if China does not pass this law, that Michael Vick’s reincarnation has the good fortune of returning to a place like this as one of man’s four legged friends.

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China’s Bad Debt Problem

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


Like dominoes they start to tumble. The following is an excerpt about poor financial management in China and its repercussions. The idea is that China has a ton of bad debt on its books and most of these come from the good old red boy or communist guanxi network, or so they say. At issue is the fact that due to horrible fiscal planning many of these loans will never be collected leading to a bleeding of cash in China, here is one such case.
from wantchinatimes.com

“An investment corporation set up by the Shanghai City Government is reported to have defaulted on its debts…..After several credit guarantee companies in Yunnan Province and Xiamen, Fujian Province, were revealed to have been affected by increasing levels of bad loans……revealed Thursday that the Shanghai Rainbow Investment Corp. was unable to service its debts”

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Good Night Photo from Serenityinchina.wordpress.com

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


Great shot here that gives you a sense of China at night. Visit the site, he has some great shots.

From this site

Nighttime in China Street Scene – Shirtless, Snacks, and Girlwatching . . . this is China! II, originally uploaded by Serenity in China.

Well, Julianne and I are slowly nearing the end of our time in China–we leave in a couple days.
It’s been extremely hot and humid outside now for several days. Sometimes there’s a semi-cooling breeze that keeps things tolerable in the shade, and sometimes there’s not and you begin to feel like you’re walking through an outdoor sauna . . . and it’s only going to get hotter as the summer progresses!
the site is great, so to continue reading go here
http://serenityinchina.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/nighttime-in-china-street-scene-shirtless-snacks-and-girlwatching-this-is-china-ii/

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Vietnam Overtakes China Due to Lower Costs

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


For the year ending in 2010, Vietnam overtook China as the leading producer of Nike products. I really don’t care as Nike signed MIchael Vick who tortured animals and should never be used as an ad icon again….

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Peaceful China? Hardly

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


Chinese like to say they are a peaceful country and point to the fact that they supposedly do not interfere in how countries choose to govern themselves. The fact is that over the last 4000 years of world history, China has fought 6000 battles, more than 33% of all taking place. Some may say this is due to the fact that China has the longest continuous history, but this does not matter as the number is absolute.

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Communism a Disease of the Heart? Chiang Kai Shek

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Chiang Kai Shek said that the Japanese who had invaded China were only a disease of the skin, but communism was a disease of the heart…

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Chinese Man Dies From Injection of Tainted Medicine

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


A 57 year old man in China got an injection for a treatment for a ‘superbug’ and died from it. Allegedly the injection contained either tainted or fake polymyxin B. This sort of thing is fast becoming an ever increasing part of living in China. Tainted food, tainted drink and tainted meds.

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Better Working Conditions, Animals in the West or Chinese Migrants

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


This is a bit of a rant so strap yourself down. I just finished the book China’s Great Leap, The Olympic Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges. Overall its a quick read and pretty informative.
After digesting it I went for some chocolate, toxic milk and shitty Chinese made light bulbs which are sure to burn out before I finish this thesis…
After reading the book I thought of workers I know who are doing internships in Chinese companies and are being abused, this goes without saying. They are working 6.5 day weeks and over 80 hours, all of which run afoul of Chinese laws. Of course they will not complain as they would not win in a court of law anyway.
I then thought about the migrant workers and their plight, seven day work weeks, paid once or twice per year if that and the men and women who man the restaurants, many of whom are underage. I then thought of animals, which I love and how well they are treated in civilization. Of course we have bastards like Michael Vick who if there is an afterlife should come back as a dog in China, but for the most part animals in the west are treated fairly well.
I was then thinking about 2 2 my rabbit and her cush life and animal rights. Then it donned on me to research to see if animals in the west were actually better protected than Chinese workers.
It then hit me that this is not the true essence of this post but the fact that Chinese need to come to grips with the fact that China is not their mother….. wtf you say? Ok I hit you out of the blue with that, but let me explain.
The crux of my idea was that the typical worker here is poorly treated, thus I was going to juxtapose the laws for animals in the US with the reality of workers in China. But then I thought I am wasting my time for the typical person here, upon seeing that a negative comparison was being made between ‘the motherland’- China and anything negative would instantly result in them raising their collective hackles and all reason would fall by the wayside rendering them incapable of reason. This happens as many here call China their mother and respond to negativity thereof with a lack of civility and understanding. Thus by putting such a title on this post would anger the typical local that they would be incapable of grasping the reason behind my words.
I then thought that this is a by-product of brainwashing which actually inhibits them from progressing, the thing that a blog like this , believe it or not, would like to achieve. In the west we believe that shedding light on the ill, will take away its power and thus free people from such horrible things as victimization. But that Chinese, by falling into attack mode are actually hindering the one thing that can help them. And that in so doing are actually enabling those sobs’ who are actually keeping them down.
Which all leads me to the conclusion that I have not checked whether animals in the west have better working conditions than people in China, but if I were a dog and had to choose between the two, I know which way I’d point my nose.

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Photo of Horrible Beijing Traffic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 2, 2011


Beijing Traffic Photo
Beijing supposedly has the worst traffic in the world. At times it can take 30 minutes to go a mile or two. Here is an example of what the roads look like.

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