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More Photos from Chinesepeoplehavenostyle.com- Chinese Miss- Mix and Match

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 13, 2011


Here is a pic and the beginnings of an observational rant by http://www.chinesepeoplehavenostyle.com
The site is by a guy who is studying design and critiques Chinese taste and patterning. He does a good job of looking at the situation in a light-hearted manner.
Excerpt from here:
“Well folks, now that it’s officially autumn my muse is changing it up, and I have to say I love the results!! (I’m 99% sure this is the same aiyi, but it’s possible that she’s hitchin’ a ride with another guy around town…)”

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China Fact- Corruption in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 13, 2011


Corruption in China is like the Medussa, it has many ugly heads. The heads are many and include things like cash in offshore accoutns, properties, kids of villagers, land, foreign property, boats, planes etc. One of the least known of these gifts is the ‘gift’ or bribing with a luxury gifts. Allegedly 50% of all luxury gifts given in China are given as bribes. WTF?

yeah, they are so corrupt that half of all gifts given here supposedly go to dirty officials (Mao had a good idea in ’66). But wtf does that mean? I mean are we talking a few diamond cufflinks or what?

The answer is a little more complex. For instance the luxury goods market for China in 2009 was about $7.8 billion. So at a rate of 50%, this means that about $3.9 billion worth of luxury gifts were given as a bribe.

But wtf is $3.9 billion, is it a lot?

In order to understand just this one facet of Chinese bribery, consider this. Del Monte foods corporation had revenues of about $3.8 billion for the entire year in 2010. What this means is that for just this one facet of chinese corruption, the governmental officials received Herme’s scarves, Rolex’s and such to an amount equal to ALL of the sales of Del Monte for the ENTIRE YEAR…yikes! And considering Del Monte was the 521st biggest US company in terms of sales, that figure is huge indeed.

And to make things worse, China is expected to increase their luxury goods purchases and by 2015, if current trends hold, corrupt officials will be in possession of bribes totaling as much as the revenue of Toys R Us, the 171st largest company in the entire US.

Keep this in mind when looking at that nice young Chinese man with family member who are ‘government employees’ or their children….

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GQ, Chicoms, Liars, and Striking over Meals- News Today in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 13, 2011


Some chinese guy who knocked off microblogging and brought it to china made the GQ man of the year list. Who will they nominate next???
article here

Workers in China are striking over ‘bad meas’. This is odd, the workers will suffer through 18 hour days and 28 day work months but bitch about the food? Oh yeah they work for a foreign company so we’ve got to treat them better than the locals do.
article here

Corruption now legitimized at world steel association,

or so it would seem for a guy from China is its head now. I’m sure this guy is really clean. Oh by the way, what to they make high speed death trains from?
article here

chicom lies on his resume
This is funny some chicom falsified his resume- allegedly. He supposedly graduated from university when he was ten and began working thereafter, the guy started gradeshcool the day he was born, or so says his CV. Who really believes these louts anyway?
article here

(btw, the pic is from the cultural revolution when Deng was purged, this is how he was portrayed)

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Love Your Parnets, Or Else- Filial Piety in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 13, 2011


China redefines the word butt-loads and in China they have butt-loads of people. The problem is that all these people have parents. No the issue is not that all these old folks spit all over and dodder around in pajamas while stinking of mildew, but that too is true. The real problem is that chain does not have the money to support them, or will not spend it. China’s pension plan has more holes than a clinton testimony and less cash than a Guizhou peasant. The result of all this is that China is forcing kids to take care of their folks both financially an emotionally and even allows the elders to sue.

Another tidbit is that China’s top university, meaning the least sucky one or the one with the best cheats , will not allow students to attend unless they have true filial piety, ie will give their folks money in their old age so the at the chicoms can continue to piss away their cash on 200 rmb cigs and koozie…
article here

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