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Archive for August 6th, 2011

What Has More Workers than the US Govt, More Debt than Denmark and Sucks? China fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2011

Yeah, the Chinese rail ministry aka widowmaker, operates the worlds second largest rail network and has more employees than the US govt and more debt than Denmark has cash. I guess it’s no wonder they fouled up. What would you expect from employing so many hapless locals….ugly china man pic
photo from spikewise.com

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In China You Don’t Get Something for Nothing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2011

I’ve been busy, some partners and I met with some local ‘experts’, however you define this word in China. The project was one in which the gathering and disseminating of information would be spread across multiple platforms and personnel, meaning we would all find info and share it.
The idea was to talk to as many people as possible, collate ideas and then do a ‘best practices’ sharing. Sounds cool right? But this is China.
So we went to various other experts who for the most part were a tad above ignorant and I grew numb. Then we came to one more example of China’s finest who was rude and not forthright, actually he barely spoke. I figured it to be par for the course, the China cost and all.

But my colleague was like no, this guys different he knows something.
Then a few minutes of garble china talk later, my colleague tells me if we give the ‘expert’ a little something, he will be more forthcoming. I told him to kiss off and lets go. my friend said don’t be so hasty and then shoving his hand into the company kit bag, withdrew a mouse pad.
I was like….wtf
He smiled at me
the ‘expert’ across from us snatched it up as if it were a white woman and then began on a laborious but informative expalation of what we needed to know.
My friend said that this is how we must do things in China, sometimes.
I was like, wtf

This guy opens up just because we gave him a three dollar gift?


(photo from nextag.com)

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Oil Spill Reaches Tianjin China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2011

China’s oil problems worsen. The oil spill in the Bohai reached Tianjing… what is next for this place?

oil spill in china

photo from ofwnow.com

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Mini Skirt in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2011

In her attempt at liberating women from the shackles that bind them China has done one more thing for their women. They have shortened the length of their micro mini mini skirts……

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Environmental Crisis in China- Drought Decimates the Land

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2011

4 million hectares of arable land in China will produce nothing due to the horrible droughts here. One could say that the Chinese have not learned from the past and continue to abuse their land. But maybe thats too harsh or cruel. As for me I just say its all about just deserves…. love the land and she will love you in return…

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Speaking Chinese 101

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2011

Learning Chinese can be a daunting task. They have four tones which can affect the meaning of a word. For instance, ma can mean horse or mom or many other things, it all depends on the tone.
So I have decided to give you a hand , but not with tones, that was just a little somethign extra. i will teach you guerilla Chinese so you can survive when you come here.

Ni hao ma—- sounds like knee how ma
supposedly means – hello, but really means ‘what can I get from this dumb foriegner’

peng you— sounds like pung yo
supposedly means friend— really means, sucker, i have screwed him before

wei guo peng you— sounds like why gwo pung yo
supposedly means foreign friend— really means, dumbe ass sucker, i have screwed him before

have fun learning Chinese!!!

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