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Archive for August 25th, 2011

Chinese Pilots Refuse to Allow Plane Emergency Landing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 25, 2011

Chinese redefine the word selfish, along with many others as well. In this article we see that some Chinese pilots refused to allow a Qatar airlines flight before them to make an emergency landing. The recording allegedly shows that the tower pleaded with the Chinese pilot who refused to make way for the Qatar plane who was dangerously low on fuel. I guess the Chinese value life so little that a planeload of charred bodies is little to pay for the convenience of a few Chinese pilots.
from here

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Chinese Traffic Cam Catches Public Groping….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 25, 2011

Chinese authorities caught this touchy feely on a traffic cam and then it made its way to the ‘net. The locals are nervous about rights infringement issues. As for me, I’m surprised that the old guy loves a family member or KTV honey that much….

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Made in China Clothing Neuters Men- China Product Quality Problems

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 25, 2011

Chinese one-child disappointment boy/men are said to be less mature at birth and adulthood, according to studies. They have a higher incidence of eye troubles, lower muscle mass and actually score lower than their femail counterparts.
Some would say it is Darwinism’s way of counteracting the one child policy and these boys are morphing into eunichs, but I am not so sure. But what I have read recently may hold the key. Chinese companies, according to Greenpeace, have been using a chemical-chemical nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE). in the making of clothes, which inhibits sexual maturity in boys and early development in girls- EGADS!
The report showed that 13 countries tested did likewise, but since China is the big Kahoona of manufacturing we can rest assured that much of the stuff piled on our shelves may contain it as well. I guess we need to carefully watch our children for bouts of ‘nelli ness’, weakness, large spectacles and jagged gray teeth lest they follow their brethern over here….
from here

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“But China is Different”- Living and Working in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 25, 2011

But China is different….
You will hear this said more often than not when you make a pilgrimage to the land of toxins both air and food borne (and you should come).
‘But China is different’ is bandied about to shield a local from humiliation as well as if to instill pride in the ‘successes’ China has enjoyed. For the later it works like this: ‘But China is different, sure the Roman Colosseum is as old as the great wall and much dingier, but china is different, we did not bother ourselves with aesthetics but focused on function. Did you know that you can see the great wall from space?
to which the listener nods his head while thinking ‘how the hell can you see it from space when the pollution here is so rife I can barely see across the street in broad daylight’

The ‘But china is different can also be used shield like, ‘But china is different we have too many people so the planned execution of fetuses is justified.’
or “China is different the cultural revolution was an experiment that would not work in the USA’, your culture is not strong enough.’
…. to which the listener thinks ‘so your dads family tree was obliterated in some marvelous experiment with Chinese characteristics that in some way is wonderful in its ability to create a lost generation and obliterate feelings for generations to come?

By uttering the phrase, ‘but china is different’ the locals merely shed a light onto their collective ignorance. It’s as if to say that all members of planet earth who have pronounced facial features and do not belong to the mongol race (actually only those who do not come from the swinging sack of ancient Mr. Han), represent a homogeneous whole. As if to say that our brethren in Germany, Ireland and the middle east are as similar to your humble author as a pup is to is daddy.

This is how the Chinese roll. They grasp the dialogue of the show Big Bang Theory just enough to sate their desire for all things foreign and subsequently lump all barbaric foreigners into a hideous heap. Thus, armed with the cultural reality garnered from hours sifting through ‘sex and the city’ ‘prison break’ and/or friends, the typical Chinaman can relate to a diverse body of humanity as we are basically all the same.Sure the English eat soggy eggs and beans for breakfast and look forward to a plate of gruel- things the ‘yanks’ would never consider as human, but this is a detail, we are not from China and are basically the same.

At the end of the day, however, this becomes more of a crutch than anything for the sons of Han. it’s their inability to accept, understand and integrate themselves into other cultures and ways of thinking that sunk them in the past and will do so in the future. Sure they’ll send their prisoners to work and build our roads and yank out their precious organs as needed, but will they ever understand us? If history be our guide, we can infer that a country who spends 40% of their collective lives constructing obstacles for foreign invaders will not readily accept nor change their ways.

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Mylaowai’s Take On Flying in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 25, 2011

Excellent rant on flying China Eastern Airlines by mylaowai.com

from here
“Dear China Eastern Airlines,
I owe you an apology, and I can see from the expression on your face that you need an explanation, too. That seems fair.
I took one of your flights recently, and that’s where the trouble starts. You see, I didn’t actually make the booking, and by the time I realised on which airline I was scheduled to ‘fly’, it was too late to make any changes. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I may be slightly prejudiced when it comes to flying Plummet Airways.
I was so organised, so very well prepared, so efficient, that before I had even boarded the aircraft, I had composed an entire post in which I would describe the awfulness of the experience.
China Eastern Airlines, I was hasty, and I am sorry.
Things were much better than I had anticipated. To begin with, we were only an hour late in taking off, and that wasn’t really even your fault. After all, one can hardly hold you responsible for the manner in which your passengers behave, can one?
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