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Archive for July 22nd, 2011

Photo of Bejing Pollution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2011


photo of beijing smog

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News From the Xinjiang Riots According to the Germans

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2011


A bunch of people were killed n Xinjiang , a Chinese province that used to be mostly Muslims till a bunch of Han people or Chinese looking folks moved into th neighborhood and started taking over. The killings took place a few days ago and supposedly 18 people lost their lives.
The Chinese media called the riot a terrorist attack and today even said that some Pakistani groups may have been involved in the planning of the ‘riot’. According to the Chinese media the ‘attackers stormed the place yelling ‘Allah Allah’ and wielding knives, forks, spoons and heavy objects and only the bravery and cunning of the police allowed them to overcome the mad pack. The Chinese news also said that the event occurred when most of the police were ‘absent on a mission’. (WTF on a mission? Doing what collecting bribes or getting fat off doughnuts, what mission are those lazy sob’s on?)
Then, a German source claims that the Chinese version may be tainted or wrong. According to them, the Muslims stared off with a planned peaceful protest for some people detained in the facility and things got ugly when the police opened up on them. The Muslims then said that they were searched, their phones confiscated so they could not video what had happened and they were abused. The German source called for an independent review of the incident….
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News From the Xinjiang Riots According to the Germans

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2011


A bunch of people were killed n Xinjiang , a Chinese province that used to be mostly Muslims till a bunch of Han people or Chinese looking folks moved into th neighborhood and started taking over. The killings took place a few days ago and supposedly 18 people lost their lives.
The Chinese media called the riot a terrorist attack and today even said that some Pakistani groups may have been involved in the planning of the ‘riot’. According to the Chinese media the ‘attackers stormed the place yelling ‘Allah Allah’ and wielding knives, forks, spoons and heavy objects and only the bravery and cunning of the police allowed them to overcome the mad pack. The Chinese news also said that the event occurred when most of the police were ‘absent on a mission’. (WTF on a mission? Doing what collecting bribes or getting fat off doughnuts, what mission are those lazy sob’s on?)
Then, a German source claims that the Chinese version may be tainted or wrong. According to them, the Muslims stared off with a planned peaceful protest for some people detained in the facility and things got ugly when the police opened up on them. The Muslims then said that they were searched, their phones confiscated so they could not video what had happened and they were abused. The German source called for an independent review of the incident….
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Easy Riders Chinese Style-Collectivism in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 22, 2011


Geert Hofstede made a famous hypothesis that countries are governed by different principals. He then described them in detail. One of the things he said was that some countries are collectivistic ie. they consider themselves to be part of the whole or collective where as others are individualistic. The west tends to be individualistic, excluding Spanish speaking countries and asia is much more the opposite. Although many do not like to admit this fact, it is true. In collectivistic countries one of part of a ‘we’ as opposed to an ‘I’. To highlight this fact, a good friend of mine was going for a job and not only her but her parents good behavior was checked by the police. The job was a simple one so no real level of scrutiny need be required. But in China, you are who your parents are, no matter how much they like to deny this, in present China it is still a fact.

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