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China Builds and Destroys- Wasting Resources in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2012

Good post by BrewMan on China’s wasting resources. I am not sure if this stadium was the one done in the name of Bo Xilai, aka China’s version of the Manson family…
BTW, Brew is the resident expert on faulty Chinese construction which means anything built in China….
(Brew I will get your things to the appropriate header , maybe once a week ok? I have to access a vpn to do so)

From the Big Banger, Brewskie

“As some readers evidently know, I live in the US – a land with some ripe infrastructure problems itself that’s due to age, neglect & idiotic politicians eager to squander trillions on foreign fights, not deplorable construction. What pisses me off is when we have cities like Detroit – desolate, poor, 3rd world; wasting to dilapidation – that border on bankruptcy, yet somehow can squander funds building state-of-the-art sport stadiums, like Ford Field, to replace what are perfectly good venues only several decades old. Owners pilfer tax payers to build their new “boy toys” (or girl toy… whatever) so they can increase the value of their franchise when they sell; these are good ‘ol fashion subsidization scams to fatten another billion in some snake skin owners’ wallets – guys who have nothing better to do than complain of the lazy masses today, and why “they just don’t get a job,” even though the fat billionaires won’t offer ’em one.
I get pissed when a 20-something-old stadium gets trashed to fatten a billionaire; however, try a nine-year-old stadium in China. Facts about this bad boy, the Green Island Sports Center, include:
– Cost 800 million yaun ($125.7 million).
– Could accommodate 33,000 spectators; artificial turf alone cost $1 million US.
– Comprised 380,000 square metres of steel.
– Was the largest indoor sports stadium in Asia.
So why the frick bomb a nine-year-old venue? The PR excuse claimed it wasn’t used enough. Hmm… somewhat could be; after all, the South China Mall, the world’s largest based on leasable space, still sits 99% vacant into its SEVENTH YEAR.
However, this is the word I hear from the Bird’s Nest: a year after completion, European engineers were brought in to contend with rust and structural splits. Considering China’s track record of molding crap out of Nickelodeon slime, I have no trust in the Green Island Sport Center’s construction.
It sounds like a sin worst than what’s committed by rich sport owners in America: an idiotic, short-sighted effort to build a useless stadium – so local boyz and developers can get rich – destroy it and construct some other useless, cockamamie shit.

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Chinese Permanent Resident in US Pilfers Federal Reserve Code

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2012

This is why America sucks. We allow some Chinese pos to become a citizen and then we trust them. This guy, who is from China, stole code from the Fed and is now walking around on parole.
1-why do we allow them to become citizens
2- why do we trust them with more than our egg rolls and Kung Pao chicken?


Bo Zhang, 33, was accused of illegally copying the software code to an external hard drive, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The charge was made public on January 18.
Authorities said the software, owned by the U.S. Treasury Department, cost about $9.5 million to develop.
“I knowingly stole and converted to my use an item owned by the United States government valued at more than $1,000,” Zhang told U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Dolinger on Tuesday.
“Specifically, while working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, I appropriated proprietary software owned by the United States Department
The code, called the Government-wide Accounting and Reporting Program, was developed to help track the billions of dollars the U.S. government transfers daily. The program provides federal agencies with a statement of their account balance, the court documents said. ”

link http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/29/us-usa-crime-fed-idUSBRE84S13W20120529

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Russian Cars, Crash Tests and Death

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 6, 2012

A great video from the BrewMan…
“Here’s a crash test demonstration video of a Russian-made car. Mind you, it looks like Russkies have their work cut out for cars, too, but watching this, I feel I have a somewhat better chance surviving in her autos, than China’s. Some of the com mentors agreed.

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