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Archive for May 12th, 2012

60 Year Old Men and Young Chinese Junk

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2012

Today I ate with two American friends. One Is 61 and the other 62. They were discussing their girlfriends, 25and 22 years old, respectively. No shit. And that kind of thing is not uncommon here.

Older guys land in china with a fistful of viagra and bang the drums of china like warriors.

The thing is that Chinese women have crappy relationships with their fathers, so they have that, ‘let me do an older man’ complex.

Consequently the older guys love this place. It’s like one chubby friend of mine said. “look at me, I’m 54, overweight and bald. My girlfriend is not that pretty, but she’s slim and 24. If I had to go home it would be drunken fatties for me.

Chinese reality

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Sulking China Let’s Phillippines Fruit Rot

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2012

China, like dimwitted two year olds are punishing the phillippines for their comeuppance .

Dongguan , the once gritty hub of Guangdong’s manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta, got some bad news late last month as economic data confirmed that a slowdown has taken hold in the region.
The city’s economic output grew just 1.3 per cent in the first three months of this year, ranking it last among the province’s 21 cities; growth was far below the average provincial gross domestic product increase of 7.2 per cent. Nationwide, GDP grew 8.1 per cent in the same period, down from 8.9 per cent in the previous three months.

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China Sells USA Commuter Coffins! Chicago Trains Halted Due to Safety

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2012

Here is a comment from Banging Brewskie, the king of swing. Apparently the auSA, in her hurry to worship China , has compromised our rail safety. The funny thing is that chines don’t like made in chinese goods, but we love them!

Big BrewMan
Ha! Ha! Ha! China’s exporting a fine specialty to the US just for the fun of it, which is turning innocent rail cars into commuter coffins to Purgatory.

Check out what the ‘ol CTA is discovering:


“CTA customers worn out by trains that constantly break down and smell like burning rubber might have thought their ride had finally arrived last year when the first new rail cars in decades glided along “L” tracks.

But on the underbelly of the new stainless steel cars with fluted sides lurked a threat that was more serious than CTA officials could have imagined when they pulled the cars from service in December.

Internally defective and potentially dangerous steel parts from China that could break and lead to a derailment were installed on the cars manufactured for the CTA by Bombardier Transportation, according to the transit agency’s internal investigation.

The inferior craftsmanship found on the safety-sensitive parts in the rail car truck assembly, which supports much of a train’s weight, raises serious questions about Bombardier’s quality-control process on the new generation of CTA trains, the investigation found. The CTA is the first transit agency to purchase the cars, known as the 5000 Series. The contract for 706 of those cars totals more than $1 billion.

Almost all the steel castings in question, manufactured for Canada-based Bombardier by joint venture partner Sifang foundry in Qingdao, China, were substandard and will be replaced, CTA officials said. Sifang is no longer working on the CTA contract, they added.


CTA rail mechanics along with workers from Bombardier are now disassembling the cars already delivered to Chicago, storing the car bodies and sending back the truck assemblies, which contain the axles and wheels, to Bombardier for complete repairs. Bombardier scrapped all the castings made by Sifang, and all CTA cars will be outfitted with parts from two new suppliers, one in Germany and one in China, CTA officials said.”

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