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Archive for October 9th, 2011

Boy Love and China- China Fact 163 Boy Girl Ratio

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 9, 2011

Lianyungang, China has 163 boys for every 100 girls, and you thought the boy girl ratio in engineering school was bad…..

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Huaxi Village is China’s Most Affluent Place

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 9, 2011

Huaxi village is a place in China that is alleged to be its most affluent place. The village opened up rather quickly and allowed them to partake in the stock market before others. The problem is that although the place is rich, the people still live under the gloom of a polluted sky and system of governance.

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China’s Pollution if Fuking Bad- Read This!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 9, 2011

Holy shit! I am just sitting here bitching about the air quality and then got ADD’ed or bored and went back to this site which monitors and reports Beiing’s pollution and the results are now ‘390’ and ‘340’ for ‘pm 2.5’s’. So I am like wtf are pm 2.5s and why does Beijing have so many of them?

Then I found this site. The site says that pm 2.5s are bad. (particulate matter under 2.5 microns). The list below tells you why.

So I was like, no wonder its so dark right now. And no wonder I cant breathe from my nose, but wtf is a good range of pm 2.5’s ?

And lo and behold this site told me. Now check this out, “an amount of acceptable 2.5pms is 35…

WTF??? Yeah, 35 of these little bastards is all we are supposed to quaff on a typical day but here in Beijing the level is now 340!

Then I was like wtf does this mean to the inner workings of your humble author and once again this site had answers.

The short version is that I , like tens of millions of Beijingers are screwed! These little things enter our lungs and can cause irreparable damage including:”endothelial dysfunction and vasoconstriction, increased blood pressure (BP), prothrombotic and coagulant changes, systemic inflammatory and oxidative stress responses, autonomic imbalance and arrhythmias, and the progression of atherosclerosis”– Which I do not understand but which sounds ghastly.
Now check this out. Only a few hours of exposure to this stuff can also “can trigger cardiovascular disease–related mortality and nonfatal events; longer-term exposure (eg, a few years) increases the risk for cardiovascular mortality to an even greater extent than exposures over a few days and reduces life expectancy within more highly exposed segments of the population by several months to a few years; reductions in PM levels are associated with decreases in cardiovascular mortality within a time frame as short as a few years; and many credible pathological mechanisms have been elucidated that lend biological plausibility to these findings. It is the opinion of the writing group that the overall evidence is consistent with a causal relationship between PM2.5 exposure and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. This body of evidence has grown and been strengthened substantially since the first American Heart Association scientific statement was published. Finally, PM2.5 exposure is deemed a modifiable factor that contributes to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.”
Although all those big words make my head hurt, it does not take a genius to see that China is beyond toxic.

Read all about it below or go here for a years worth of pollution pics in China


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Pollution Watch in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 9, 2011

The sky is now officially ‘ominous’. According to the pollution gauge Beijing is looking at a rating of 385 which translates to “start up a garaged ’57 pick up, seal the windows then stuff your lips around its exhaust pipe and suck” type atmosphere.

I ventured into the caustic filth that doubles as air and gamely wiped its remnants from my clothes upon re entering my building. Its as dark as midnight out there and I truly do not know how much this place can take. it will never cease to amaze me that oxygen, a colorless odorless gas can taste so putrid and distort ones vision so much….

I attached a pic I took earlier today, look at the wisps of pollution.

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Is China Telling the Truth?- History of China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 9, 2011

I saw a funny comment on the ‘myth’ of China being the oldest continuing civilization from here.

Comment here
“That is a false claim. Even Beijing changed its tune at the onset of the Olympics and said China was one of the oldest. China has 4000 years of recorded history in evidence. You have a scroll that says that the yellow emperor lived a thousand years before but no single bit of evidence exists to support that this man ever existed except on that scroll. Egypt has 5000 years of evidence and continuous inhabitation and so does India. Iraq has in its national museum objects, writing on tablets, etc dating more than 10,000 years in a continuously inhabited place. Some people even think it’s the Garden of Eden. Enough with your claptrap. It’s so tedious and boring now. Not even your government says this refutable BS anymore. You foolishly use this as an argument to what end? Grow up.”

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Beijing Pollution Picture

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 9, 2011

According to this site, Beijing’s pollution is 347 or’ dangerous, and everyone will be affected’. This rating of 347 is unfathomable to those living in society for they cannot comprehend what it means. As an example, Los Angeles, considered to be kind of polluted, will have readings of 50 and people will consider it a dangerously polluted day.

Living in pollution that measures in the ‘347’ range, brings a new meaning to the word ‘survival’. The air feels like a toxic mixture that like some type of nerve gas permeates ones body, clothes and hair. The air becomes so thick that climbing steps can be an exercise that leaves one breathless. And washing one’s hair and body leaves a dark puddle in the drain.

For your humble author who now on a daily basis uses an air mask both on the way to work as well as in his overpriced home, it has meant several severe bouts of bronchitis and a warning that he may develop asthma. The toxic shroud, however, is not without its charm as it is a daily reminder of the form of governance the good people of this place are forced to contend with.

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