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Toddler Hit By Car Twice in China Dies as No One Stopped to Help

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2011

Chinese people in China seem to have little soul (at least the urbanites). While this comment may sound harsh, I can think of nothing else to call a group of people who watch a two year old hit two times by a car and do nothing to help her. The locals will say it has to do with communism and laws, but as Brewskie just pointed out, Russia who went through as much as hell as China seems to be much much more caring than these people. In addition, if one reads Chinese history, this type of selfish behavior was prevalent. In stories from 150 years ago the incidence of selfishness and not stopping to help the injured as they lie in the streets was not unknown. Thus, before you consider judging me for making this statement, you should live in China and see the reality. For instance, how would you like to hear your friend tell you about helping a man dying in the streets with a gash in his head as all the Chinese rushed by unconcerned.
The upshot is that having the chance to live here shows me how lucky I am to be from ABC, anywhere but China….
(ps Brewskie also referenced this issue of the toddler being hit)- thanks Brew
from here:
“A two-year-old child, who was run over twice, died Sunday from her injuries, according to the Shanghai Daily. After being hit, the toddler was ignored by 18 passersby in south China’s Guangdong province.
Thanks to the 19th passerby, a female garbage collector, who came to her aid about seven minutes after the first hit, the girl didn’t die immediately in last Thursday’s incident and was sent to the hospital.

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Selfishness in China – Comment from a Reader

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2011

Great post by Brewskie here. Brewskie is interested in China vz their infrastructure and has been doing some research. (ps Brew some of your comments are going to spam so I need to wait till I can access a vpn to get to them)

Comment from Da Brew Man…
“hanging the subject a bit, but still hitting the ball in the “civility ballpark”… I gotta say, previously, I took Westerners’ complaints of selfish characteristics of the Chinese – their unwillingness to help victims of auto accidents, assaults or any life-threatening accident; to assist lonely strangers in medical emergencies – as mere isolated incidents in a nation of 1.3 billion people: a nation trying to develop a mature culture from an undeveloped one. However, Bloomberg posted results of two individual polls, each asking the Chinese if they’d help an elderly person who collapsed, and astoundingly, the majority in both polls said “no.” This in a country whose proud Confucian reveres the elderly!

I’ll cite this paragraph for you:

“In the wake of the Wuhan incident, People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, ran an online poll that asked if people would help a collapsed elderly person on the street. More than 80 percent of respondents said that they, too, wouldn’t help for fear of extortion. A poll on Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblog, showed a similar result: 43 percent said they wouldn’t help, 38 percent said they weren’t sure what they would do, and only 20 percent said they would “definitely” help.”


In Soviet Russia, Hedrick Smith observed the Russians that, inspite of their drunkenness, course treatment of women, bipolar manners and the inheritant flaws of communism pervasive in their lives, had admirable qualities – some which I wish were prevalent in America. For instance, if news spread that a child went missing for a even a few hours (even if the child was safe, say at a friend’s house), the whole community stepped up looking for the child.

He said Russians loved their children (though they were catty, and would rat out adults out to the local commie dogs); even hard-headed, stoic men cried when they saw their kids off on the first day of school; they’d cling to the fence surrounding the school, hovering around long before leaving.

BTW – I found a graphic video off of Business Insider showing a 2-year-old who got hit by a van (the dumb ass wasn’t even driving fast), with 18 people passing by before several ladies helped out. I’ll provide the link if requested, but I’d recommend NOT WATCHING – unless you feel like throwing up, developing a psychosis, and beating the worthless bile out of the craniums of the plebeians walking by – gazing as if in an autistic trance.

Gotta say: based on the polls and the video, my opinions of Chinese culture has defiantly changed.

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Soldiers and Police Clash in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2011

A few days ago in an poverty stricken Chinese province the army and police had a little ‘clash’. The problem, allegedly, was that some GI Reds got uppity when they were refused to use the toilets at a cop shop. The cops supposedly ‘investigated’ the soldiers for a few hours with billy clubs and their long knuckle. The GI’s then got pissed and called on their peeps and proceeded to lay the smackdown on johnny law…
Some military members and Chinese cops got into fisticuffs over a minor incident. This type of thing, however, frightens Beijing as they hate to see the military stopping out of line. For when it does, bad things happen.
Story here:

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China Photo- Is it Just Me or Does He Look Like Deng Xiao Ping

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2011

Is it just me or what? I may be creative but would swear that Deng Xiao Ping aka June trigger man, looks a lot like mini me. Maybe that is what he was patterned after, I was not consulted on the film so cannot be sure. But as a casual observer and stirrer of muck, it would appear that whether intended or not, the result is tat the twain do appear to be one…..
ps wtf is up with the white athletic socks and grey Mao suit? Didn’t they have anyone to dress them back then?

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Little Boys and Big Men- Observations on China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2011

I saw these two photos and was struck by a few things
1-why do Chinese leaders always look like little boys when they are seated next to people from civilization?
2-why do the leaders from china look like they just finished eating a shit sandwich in photos?
3-why do the leaders from the center country look as if they just messed their pants, they seem so uncomfortable in front of cameras

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