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Archive for July 20th, 2011

Toxic Pet Toys From China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

I googled shitty chinese products or something like that and found some cool. One of them called www.badchineseproducts.com I could not open, so its probably good. Among some of the more interesting information that I will post later, I came across an article that made me think. The article was talking about toxic pet toys and I will post it in a bit. It goes on to say that dogs or other pets are especially susceptible as they will always put toys in their mouths and thus are more at risk to ingest lead, cadmium or other poisons the Chinese like to put in their products. As I am an animal lover and dogs are my animal of choice- dont tell 2 2, I think we really need to pay attention to this.
Here is the article and it comes from this site. (But also you can try this guy’s product if you are worried about Chinese goods. This guy sells a lead testing kit. I have no affiliation with the product and came across it once as I had a similar idea and wanted to see if anyone had beaten me to the punch, and he had. Anyway, it seems like a good idea)
Article about toxic pet stuff from China here
excerpt here:

dog-with-chew-toyHow many of your dog’s toys come from China? A quick count through Zoe and Fritz’s toy box shows more than 10 – a mixture of plush and plastic dog chew toys. Until I read an article at ConsumerAffairs.com, I hadn’t given too much thought as to whether or not these were safe toys for them to play with.
However, given all the recent health scares about products from China – pet food and treats, children’s toys, toothpaste, etc – I should have known that pet toys would be the next item on the item on warning list. However one of the vets, from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, stated that the risk of these heavy metals to pet health depended on how much had been absorbed into the body. What do dogs do with toys? They lick and chew them, they don’t admire them from a distance!

What did the tests find – that the toxic materials easily came off the toys, so if a dog does what comes naturally to him, a few licks and a bit of chewing could easily result in your dog quickly absorbing the heavy metals into his body. To me, that does not sound safe. We are constantly exposed to heavy metals through the water we drink and food we eat – why expose ourselves to even more when there are plenty of alternatives?
What’s the alternative?
You can buy toys that aren’t made in China and other countries that still use the same old manufacturing processes that China does, and/or you can make your own. When Zoe was a puppy she got far more fun from chasing an empty plastic milk bottle around the house than she did from any bought toy – apart from her Kongs (which are manufactured in the United States)!
…..Alternatives ….
I’ve just purchased a book on making dog toys, so I’ll share a few ideas with you shortly. In the meantime here are two links to web pages showing you how to make braided dog ropes – they are quick and easy to make, and just as good as any bought dog chew toy:
Fleece Rope Dog Toy
Make a Dog Toy our of Dish Towels

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Night Time Insomniac Post-Corruption, American Football and Brazil

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

I cannot sleep so I’ll post. I lived in Brazil a few times and thought it was corrupt till I came to China. Since then I now know what corrupt means. But I was just thinking about Brazil and why I thought it was corrupt.
While there I played American football on the beaches of Rio, what a freaking life right? Yeah there I was playing QB for the , shit I forget my team name, but the league was sanctioned and our colors were red and orange, I ‘ll google it in a minute (I played for the Tijuca fenix from Barra de Tijuca, but we practiced in copacabana). But anyway, Brazilians are great athletes and they kick ass in football, my passion. But anyway my team had won a few championships and the league was kind of looking for a change, ie new champs. So two of our star players got high during half time, no shit. And then this little guy with a tatoo like a bar code reader snitched them off and they were suspended. One guy was a monstrous defensive end with an Adonis build and the other a killer half back. I’ve played competitive football and these guys rocked. But, without them, we were kind of soft. Anyway I have no idea why I am blogging this aside from giving you some nocturnal insomniac love. I will paste some links to Brazil beach football. Oh yeah, we had hookers for cheerleaders, no shit.
I’m in this page some where http://futebolamericano.blig.ig.com.br/


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Photo of Chengde China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

Photo of China

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ADD Post

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

This is a minndless ADD post
I was looking at recent visitors and saw that someone from
” Nyíregyháza, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Hungary” visited. So “hey!” to all you people in
Nyíregyháza, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Hungary, but how do you pronounce that name?
So I investigated and it sounds like this ” [ɲiːrɛɟhaːzɒ]”… yeah, that is what wiki says.
The place looks pretty and is located to the north of Hungary by… um that one big country over there. The city is rich in cultural heritage and looks clean. I would love to get a message from someone this place...

Photo from ” Nyíregyháza, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Hungary”

in North-east Hungary and the county capital of SzabolcsSzatmárBereg.


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Guy Carrying a Ton of Stuff- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

China has a ton of these people, in Chinese their name translates to ‘undesirables’. They are called this for they do not own homes and live in the bunkers beneath the big buildings that foreigners designed for China. These people are the backbone of the country but are scorned nonetheless. They are called migrants, like most of Beijing’ers, but these people are different for they didn’t go to shitty Chinese universities and could not pay enough bribes to attend the best schools, so Deng’s words about rich and glory do not apply to them.
They number about 1,078,000,000 and are hated by almost all, but the foreigners. At subway stops they are looked past and they are shoved while launching themselves onto the buses. The funny thing is that to many foreigners,there is no difference between this guy and the one driving the BMW, except this one truly seems happy.

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Dead or Resting in China- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

Here is a photo of a Chinese worker taking a snoozie. They typically will do this where ever they find a spot and have the time.

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Beijing Smog Photos for November 2010

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

These are photos I take at the same time each day to show the ill effects of pollution in Beijing China. I do not retouch these photos and use my Nokia E71 phone cam.

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Chinese Logic in a Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

Chinese logic. Who else but the Chinese would put a cross walk where you cannot cross. This zebra crossing leads directly into a fence and a hedge and should have been moved to the right. You wonder what these people have been doing for the past 4000 years…

on a related note, it’s been reported that 18 ethnic minorities were gunned down the other day in xinjiang.


The crosswalk in Luoyang allows pedestrians to cross to the middle of the road before blocking them with a hedge and a fence. (Internet Photo)(Internet Photo)

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Typical Chinese Community- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

China has some affluent people, they are called communist party members. They comprise a small portion of the country, as one has to apply to be accepted. As for the rest of the Chinese, they live like this and are called ‘peasant’s’ …..

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Happy 90th Communist Birthday in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 20, 2011

July 1 marked the 90th birthday of the communist party in China. Yes it seems like only yesterday Mao et. al. ran from the nationalists and hid from teh Japanese till the real Chinese army was too tired to fight, at which time mr M. after having a taste of a pre-teen announced the country his own…
Anyway, these signs are all over the place here now. My Chinese is poor but I think it says “90th anniversary of the communist party in China, all bribes paid ahead and to the right.”

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