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Archive for September 10th, 2011

Reality of Smog in China- Comparing Days

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 10, 2011


This is a pretty good example of how heavy smog or pollution is in Beijing. The one day is a relatively clear one and the other is unfrotunately far more common…

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Ancient Chinese Saying Tells the Future

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 10, 2011


In China they used to say ” “The world will be in peace as long as there are grains and pork.”
and pork prices have gone up over 60% in just this year alone. What does this mean for China’s future?

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Chinese High Tech Area Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 10, 2011


This is a crowded high tech area in Beijing. You can buy myriad of real and fake things here.

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Where Chinese Ever Moral?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 10, 2011


This book was written over 150 years ago and it would appear that not much has changed…. quote from here The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)

“… observers of the globe-trotter type, who have had their pockets picked by professional thieves in Hong-Kong, and even resident observers who have not much cultivated their powers of observation and comparison, will assert that honesty is a virtue denied to the Chinese;”

photo from dailymail.co.uk

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China’s Lack of Scientific Skill

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 10, 2011


When you come here you will be filled with the great of China and how much they did or how smart they were thousands of years ago. And for a bit in the Tang dynasty they were pretty good. Other than that that they have not done much. This is a comment by a guy who visited China `150 years ago.

From here:
“The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)

From the point of view of science, the Chinese are, of course, wholly out of date, though it is only within the past hundred and fifty years that the West has so decisively outstripped the East.

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Be Careful of Chinese Foodstuffs Imported into the USA

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 10, 2011


“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million Americans in 2009 took ill as a result of ingesting contaminated food and drinks, 128,000 of them were hospitalized, and 3,000 died.”

We have become more dependent on Chinese made food, and I do not understand why, but we should be aware of this. Excerpt from the council on Foreign Relations January 2011

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Trees and Fruit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 10, 2011


A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.

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