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Daimler Just Says No, To Burn You to Death Chinese Batteries

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2012

Daimler likes to make nice things. They also like it when their customers actually arrive home after a drive and dont wind up boiled in a fiery pit of chinese battery induced goo.

As such, daimler has pulled the plug on its battery deal with chinas BYD, aka Burns You to Death.

BYD, had a few battery oooopsies and toasted some people, so Daimler has given them the finger. Now we can only hope that others follow suit (i am lookin at you GM and Ford).. Excerpt

After an incident in May when an electric E6 vehicle made by Chinese manufacturer BYD caught fire and triggered safety concerns over new-energy vehicles, Daimler, the German car manufacturer which has a partnership with BYD in China, decided to adopt batteries made by Tesla instead of BYD in its future electric models, reports Chinese website NetEase. story

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Murdering Children, Part of China’s Peaceful Rise

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2012

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Chinese Love Washington and Hate Mao?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2012

Here is a snippet from this site…. somehow I doubt the results are Representative of the country as a whole.

“Two American presidents were among the political figures most favored by people in mainland China, but Mao Zedong — the founder of the People’s Republic of China — was among the least popular, according to a recent survey.
Zhou Enlai emerged as the most popular political figure in the survey, earning the approval of 36.13% of the 4,697 respondents.
Zhou…followed by George Washington (35.64%), Hu Yaobang (34.68%), Deng Xiaoping (30.79%) and Abraham Lincoln (23.91%).
Mao ranked fourth on the list of least favored politicians, with 41.84% of respondents giving him a negative rating.
Adolf Hitler (49.41%), Joseph Stalin (46.54%), and Kim Jong-il (45.54%) were the only political figures with worse images among those surveyed.”

If Mao could rise up from hell right now, he would kill not only the pollsters but those who took it was well….

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Hollywood Kissing Communist Chinese Azz

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2012

Heres a big fuk you to Hollywood sellouts

“In spite of all that firepower, things could look bleak for the Mandarin. When Beijing’s censors took a dislike to a bald and bearded Chinese pirate — played by the splendid Chow Yun-fat, no less — they made him walk the filmic plank: He was edited out of the version of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” that was shown in China. (It probably didn’t help that his character was renowned as the lord of the South China Sea, an area of high political tension for China in recent years.)

The censorati even reject TV shows if they feature time travel. My colleague David Barboza reported that the guidelines also discourage dramas that “casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.”

The Los Angeles Times recently wrote about a number of changes made to major Hollywood films to appease the Communist censors. A scene of laundry hanging outside in Shanghai was cut from “Mission: Impossible III.” Scenes from a shootout in Chinatown were whacked from “Men in Black 3.” In a remake of “Red Dawn,” Chinese invaders targeting the United States were digitally turned into North Koreans.

With fewer than three dozen foreign films allowed onto mainland screens each year, there is tremendous competition among studios and filmmakers to get on the approved list. They do this by pleasing (or not offending) the censors in Beijing. Hence the edits and the rewrites.

Highly skilled Chinese engineers were written into “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” according to The Los Angeles Times, even though no such characters were in the original book. In the disaster movie “2012,” the U.S. president’s chief of staff “extolled the Chinese as visionaries after an ark built by the country’s scientists” was used to rescue mankind, the paper wrote.

“Meanwhile, Chinese bad guys are vanishing — literally,” the Times piece said. “Western studios are increasingly inclined to excise potentially negative references to China in the hope that the films can pass muster with Chinese censors….”

Story here


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Russia Says China Wlil Go To War With Vietnam Over Islands

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2012

A russian paper says that China will go to war with Vietnam over disputed islands. While i do not know if China will war with Vietnam, per se, I think the Russians hit it on the head with this logic.

“the Chinese government may launch a war against Vietnam simply to consolidate the rule of the Communist Party within the country, where leaders consistently worry about “social stability.”

I applaud the russians for being able to see and understand this. What they mean is that the communists are frightened and need a strawman to beat up on. What they might find out, just like the USA did, Vietnam is no pushover.


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Obama Bowing to Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 17, 2012

Great quote from here, Bowing to Beijing (Brett M. Decker and II, William C. Triplett)
Page 7

“Under Obama’s presidency, America is indisputably in decline—and Obama seems to welcome this outcome. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he declared, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.” As a Washington Times editorial pointed out in exasperation, “He has yet to explain why he thinks the American people need to ask permission from other countries to maintain a high standard of living.”4 Regardless, that standard of living is coming to an end, as is American independence. In Obama’s view, the United States is simply one nation among many, and there is nothing particularly unique about it except for its special need to atone for its alleged historic arrogance. On his November 2010 state visit to India, the president complained that during his lifetime, “The U.S. was such an enormously dominant economic power . . . that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms.”5 He has made sure that is no longer the case.”

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