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Great Article on China from The Economist

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2011

Read the article here..

OWNERSHIP is rarely straightforward in China. After Mao Zedong died and land was opened up for commercial development, …

continue here  http://www.economist.com/node/18928526

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Idaho Selling Itself to China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2011

I have read about this proposal called prop 60 in Idaho. I will cut and paste parts of an excerpt explaining it below, but in a nutshell it seems to me that some politician in Idaho is trying to sell land to the Chinese, as in government. Which in and of itself is fked, but then he wants to allow them to make a development zone. …
I guess I have a problem trusting the Chinese to do what’s right, so if we give them carte blanche to own land vz an industrial center, what will they be doing? The chinese and their companies are like foolish little kids who need oversight or will usually do the wrong thing, so I really don’t see why this guy is kow towing to the Chinese of all people.

from here
In a letter proudly publicized on a state-sponsored website, Idaho Governor Butch Otter Idaho’s Gross Domestic Product” by creating “quality jobs for all Idahoans by fostering systemic growth, recruiting new companies to Idaho, and selling Idaho’s trade and investment opportunities to the world.” The following is from Governor Otter’s announcement of the plan known as Project 60.

,,,,,There is in Governor Otter’s letter nothing of substance, plenty of weasel words, and an extraordinary display of misdirection all designed to lull the citizens of the sovereign state of Idaho into a stupor while their state is sold to the Chinese.

A recent article described the goal of Project 60 in slightly less rosy terms. “Idaho, under the stewardship of Governor Butch Otter, has opened the door for a Chinese invasion….

The “impetus” is a two-pronged attack on Idaho’s domestic workforce (read: the middle class). First, through Project 60, foreign business interest are encouraged to take advantage of favorable national immigration laws.

Specifically, “The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service administers an immigrant investor visa program called EB-5. The program grants foreigners permanent U.S. residency in exchange for helping create U.S. jobs.” This prong will facilitate the immigration of Chinese nationals into the United States for the purpose of establishing a Chinese industrial beachhead in Idaho, under the guise of creating U.S. jobs.

The second phase involves the granting of tax breaks to the foreign companies. In exchange for an investment of between $500,000 and $1 million (depending on whether the target zone is rural or urban, respectively), the foreign investor receives tax incentives.

A story published recently on cnsnews.com explains how Idaho’s plan dovetails perfectly into the overall scope of China’s economic policy vis a vis its holdings in the United States.

…The Chinese, by wisely divesting itself of American treasury securities, can take advantage of our federal system (the co-existence of two equal sovereignties) and keep its fingers in American pies by establishing powerful outposts in the 50 states, thus by-passing the chokehold held over the national economy by the bust/boom cycle perpetuated by the Federal Reserve.


The specifics of the wheeling and dealing between Idaho’s state government and their Chinese counterparts are unclear with a few exceptions. What is known is that “top Idaho officials have been traveling to China and entertaining the Chinese here, in order to help facilitate this.”

The result of these junkets? American Falls, Idaho will soon be home to a Chinese-owned fertilizer plant. A significant swathe of land south of Boise (about thirty thousand acres) was bought by China, a purchase Idaho’s governor promises will “reinvigorate our American industrial base.”

Idaho may be leading the race to court China, but according to The New American’s own Bill Jasper, Idaho’s southern neighbor is running full speed toward that same goal. From Jasper’s article published last month:

Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert, who led an April 2011 trade delegation to Beijing and Shanghai, said he was amazed by the scale of Chinese development and construction and impressed by the business community’s “embracement of free market principles.” Utah will host Governors from China’s provinces at the U.S. National Governors Association in Salt Lake City this July.

Governor Herbert got considerable help with China connections from former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who has served for the past couple of years as the Obama administration’s ambassador to China. Huntsman, the millionaire scion of the famous Huntsman chemical empire, is leaving the diplomatic corps to throw his hat in the GOP 2012 presidential sweepstakes. His ambassadorial slot is being filled by U.S. Commerce Secretary — and former Washington State Governor — Gary Locke, also an enthusiastic China booster.

When confronted directly by constituents with questions about the ethical, practical, and national security implications of questionable business deals with the communist-controlled “People’s Republic,” the usual response from the China boosters is a flippant remark along the lines of: “Heh, heh, don’t you know, China is Communist in name only; they’re more capitalist than we are.”

Constitutionalists of all states must voice their opposition to the wide avenues being paved for China into our state economies. These agreements may soon leave us without the the check on “all encroachments of the national government” our Founders intended the states to be.Photo of Idahoan who is selling Idaho to China

While this may sound alarmist, I would bet that to most of us who have lived here, we agree whole heartedly. After seeing how these people do business, their treatment of human rights and workers and how they disdain anything legal, it’s scary to think of them coming to my home country en masse.

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Photo of a Beach in Sanya, China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2011

This place is probably one of the few places in China where one can see the sky. It’s called Sanya and is pretty cool, except it has a ton of locals who do typical local things which makes it pretty uncool and at times downright shitty. After all, a good time on the beach is not supposed to be held at a Hilton that stinks like urine and having to fight off depraved Chinese wearing those big billed hats for a muffin in the morning, but alas this is China….
Photo Chinese Beach- Sanya

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Why Living in China is Compelling

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2011

Some people may think your humble author/agitator grumbles quite often and if said man is so unhappy in the center of the universe, then why doesn’t he just go home…

Well, I was thinking about that and then I got bored and finished The Long March by Sun shuyun…. and then it hit me.

Actually I don’t care much for history as its boring, dusty and reminds me of old people snoozing, it is not my cup of tea. But Chinese history, and no I am not talking about alleged history or stuff over 400 years old that no one can prove with the exception of some pin-member- ed nitwit who is a devout ‘motherland China’ supporter and commands that  this ancient piece of dog dung lying beside the half pinted corpse of an elder is proof positive that China started the domestication of all animals, or other such nonsense.

No, your chunky teller of tales chooses to research the more recent history, say no more than 150 years for at least we can get a more impartial view, or at least both sides of the story. In any event, i finished the afore-mentioned book and it is quite good. It demystifies much of the bullshit the party preaches about this thing called the long march, which the party proclaims to be Mao et. al’s heroic march into history but Sun’s book tells a different tale. In her work she describes how the early communists stole, lied, cheated, killed and were nothing more than a hodge podge of ignorant villagers who for the privilege of sleeping with a female soldier named  ‘wang’ (this is true)  or others, joined the vaunted red army ( minor exaggeration on my part). Sun then goes on to retrace the long march and give a more truthful tale of what transpired. The short version is that Mao et. al. had a lot of luck, Mao was cunning and had no heart and the marchers were pretty much shanghai’ed into the whole thing.

But then I started to think wtf I would read about this place when in all honesty I don’t care for history and then it hit me…


What I mean to say is that all of the craziness that this place is capable of defies one’s imagination as to what ‘civilized’ people could do. For instance in the book the lady named Wang has sex with men so they will sign up and then she gets captured but remains loyal to the party even though they kicked her out. She talks about sleeping with guys and still sings old party songs, wtf? You cant make things like this up. Then you see that these long marchers who probably should get some respect were tortured in the cultural revolution by a punch of young thugs and punks who will soon be running this place and again you go wtf?

I love to read and I love to write, but it would take a man like Stephen to even begin to create a horror story like this place and even then he probably would fall short. Reading Chinese history is like a great psyche class where you just shake your head and say ‘ damn what were they thinking of ?’ It reminds me of that one experiment where some shrinks tried to explain how people could obey fierce dictators and they cajoled them into ‘shocking people’ (Milgram experiment here). But that was fake (the shocking) but this stuff is real.

Although the marchers may almost all be dead, their legacy lives on. And much of what Mao taught still lives on although the current rulers are no where capable of doing what he did, imho. But the truth of the matter is that I now know why the Chinese want to hide so much of their recent history, its barbaric and mind blowing. And the sad thing is that it was mostly Chinese on Chinese madness, making it even more mind boggling. Maybe its just me, but living a soap opera of a country is a pretty compelling reason to stay.

io9.com photo from here

300 × 164 – Does fake torture save real souls?

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Books, China and Political Correctness

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 2011

I am happy for I bought a couple of books. Although I played sports all my life and was kind of a jock, at heart I am kind of a bookworm. Actually today I went to the Bookworm in Beijing. It is cool for you can buy many of the books that uncle Chicom does not want us to read. For instance they have Fragile Superpower, And a Book by Will Hutton, whose name I have forgotten. But today, I scored Mao by Chang et.al. so I am stoked. In addition to this gem, I have Hungry Ghosts by Jasper Becker. None of this probably matters to you so I’ve just wasted your time, but do look for quotes from these books shortly.

The point of this post, however is political correctness and both sides of the story. One of the books, Mao by Chang, is dogged by some reviewers (mainland Chinese) as being one-sided. But to me, it would appear that we are all big boys and girls and thus if an author does not try to deceive us as being ‘fair and balanced- Fox news’, then so what? If I tend to despise the people who truly take away from the good people of this country then so be it. I do not hide this fact. But some commentors will say that this takes from the credibility of my words. My response to them is to practice something useful such as immolation. The reason I use this harsh language is that I believe we can all share, thus I would prefer someone be open about their leaninggs.

Many Beijing cabbies have said that they do not like foreigners to me. I like to hear this as they are straight shooters so I understand their worldview before discussing anything further. Thus, I think in this day and age we should realize that we all have biases that impact our writings and words (as one commentor alluded to). And the beauty of this day and age is this open-ness and potential one-sidedness. As a matter of fact it mirrors our legal system whereby the defense labels the accused as a saint and the prosecution calls them a sinner, thus we must divine the truth. To me, blogs, news, books are like this. So why must I do twice as much work by giving one the counter point?

As an example, Daniel comments a lot, and he is frequently ‘disappointed’ by the USA. I say ‘bully for Daniel’ for he makes no bones about this. Thus, I am smart enough to read his blog here and decide if I concur or not and oftentimes I concur with much of what he says, but do not have the same worldview. Another person would be mylaowai here, he probably has much more knowledge about China than most but merely uses anecdotal evidence to prove his points. If you are relatively intelligent then you can relax, understand where he is coming from and enjoy the ride. As for Gowron (no website), or the  ‘kIng’ he speaks from the standpoint of an Asian in Asia. Like all he may have biases, but explains why he feels the way he does, which is better than 99% of the idiots who opine both rightly and wrongly about China with no info. Laslty we have Lloyd, who seems to be on the other side of the fence. His site has a ton of info and is easy to get through. although I probably do not share his worldview, he has good info and passion so kudos to him.

Thus, this blog is like a microcosm of life and I am now officially bored with this post and have run out of steam and will quit writing now.

The bottom line is I bought some books and I enjoy your comments and will be letting you know what I learn in the near future.



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Beijing Smog Pictures for December of 2010

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 23, 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. If you go to this site, I am compiling all of my Beijing smog pics into one page so you too can experience the lung clogging loveliness created by uncle c and those who send their future disappointments overseas…

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