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Horrible Chinese Construction-King of Brews et.al.


Brewskie, the Hero of the Heartland was the impetus for this page. Brew knows more about shoddy Chinese construction due to his persist trance in investigating the subject. This will be the homeoff his words,land others who have an affinity for keeping tabs on Chinese construction.

The BrewMan

 

Added july23

Here is a post from the Big Brewskie, master of the long ball..although his time here is nil, he knows more than most….hes also part of the triad, of which the King and I are a member…
Gordon Chang has been ahead of his time. Sure, his book on the collapse of China, “the Coming Collapse of China” written in the mid-2000s, struck out bad by calling the crash last decade; but genius is rarely understood in the present by lesser, average mortals, and it takes the slow-growth of truth, time’s daughter, to bear fruit to the masses. Hell, it took until the 1990s to verify the calculation of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity to prove the expansion of the universe is, in fact, speeding up – a thought Einstein initially thought improbable and denounced.
Say China friend, when you take off that ugly mask and reveal the rotten teeth of your fly-basted, lice-ridden, disease-filled economic charade of yours, I can only squint like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator and say, “You… Ah one… uhgly mothafuckah.” To purty up yer festered looks, I’d like to introduce two eager companions of mine: to my left I have my T-800 cyborg arm, an eager jackhammer ready to remold and reshape that lying face of yours – and maybe clean those sooty lungs of yers via a few well placed rib shots – and above my right shoulder I have mounted a rail gun – a replacement for the predator’s shoulder-mounted blast cannon.
The Bird’s Nest (China’s Olympic stadium) needed critical health care for rust and structural spits the year it was completed; too bad the engineers couldn’t bring ticket sales:
http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/chinas-post-olympic-woe-how-fill-empty-nest
“But the only international visitors sitting in the stands on a recent day aren’t impressed.
“For me, it’s just a huge concrete place,” says German tourist Christian Lodz. “Personally I think, after four years, it looks a little bit shabby.”
“What I think is interesting is that it’s just not used for anything useful,” says his countryman Henne Zelle, waving at a crane and tarpaulins in the middle of the stadium. “There’s a construction zone there, and it’s kind of dirty.”
The problem is how to fill the empty expanse of seats; the stadium is designed to house 91,000 spectators.
Since the Olympics, a number of tactics have been tried: The construction of man-made ski slopes turned it temporarily into a winter wonderland, and tightrope walker Adili Wuxor spent two months living suspended on a tightrope above the Bird’s Nest trying to set a new world record.”
Brazil & India (two Bric darlings) are stalling, Europe’s getting swallowed by a cataclysmic, continent-size growing in circumstance, the US is feeling tepid – how the fuck is a slowing China suppose to be the start darling, the main attraction, the centerpiece to saving the global economy?
http://www.newser.com/article/da05scso0/nowhere-to-hide-global-economic-troubles-spread-from-europe-and-us-to-china-india-and-brazil.html
I was hoping my “advocacy journalism” on faulty, torrid Chinese construction project, followed by a vacation, would get the Chinese heads to collect their sense together and improve projects to 1940s quality (at least). Shouldn’t have gone on vacation: Chinese contractors appear to have gotten lazier.
When you steal a car in America, you pull the driver out via Grand Theft Auto; in China, the road itself eats the car!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/jul/05/china-road-collapse-car-video?newsfeed=true
China’s deadly one-two railroad combo: if you try fixing the defective rails, the tunnels instead will collapse and kill ya:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/05/content_15551482.htm
Burmese people catching on: trusting Chinese to build world’s 15-largest hydroelectric dam is like trusting cigarette companies’ cancer sticks to improve your health.
http://www.kachinnews.com/news/2342-chinese-company-tries-to-gain-the-support-of-locals-to-restart-myitsone-dam-project.html
American ladies: don’t attempt birth control using Chinese-made IUDs:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8351700
Proof chicom statisticians flunk price index mathematics like John Nash would fail as a marriage counselor: Vacationing in China becoming more expensive.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20120722000010&cid=1103
22 Chinese companies made the FT top-500 list. The catch? They’re all state-owned firms(!) – PetroChina, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Mobile, China Shenhua Energy Company, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, and China Shenhua Energy Company.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1202&MainCatID=12&id=20120722000084
And finally, some good news: US firm, fed up with cat-and-mouse games surrounding Chinese quality and production controls, and discouraged by rising costs, are moving production back to native soil.

More from Brewskie
LOL! What are the Chinese trying to do – build a super-size replica of the Soviet’s N1 lunar rocket? China looks to build the world’s tallest building – at 838 meters – by January 2013 – and government approval is still pending!!!

http://www.cnngo.com/shanghai/life/sky-city-chinese-company-proposes-worlds-tallest-building-098182

My understanding is Sky City, as the building is aptly known, will be a pre-manufactured building – with individual segments built in factories beforehand, and site assembly commanding 90 days.

Some China admirers shine praise for pre-manufactured buildings – it could do for skyscrapers what Henry Ford did for autos; and plus, some are hopeful it will finally wrangle creaky construction out of buildings China’s so famous for.

We’ll see. From an engineering standpoint, the final product is only good as the initial design, the methodology of construction, and material allows: intrepid assembly line manufacturing didn’t weed out quality control issues 1960s & 1970s US automotives were famous for; that required improved methodology like “Total Quality Management” (which Toyota and other Japanese auto makers are famous for) Six Sigma, and other ideas to kick US automakers’ butts, assert some self-reflection and insert a panic mode to (somewhat) beef quality up.

As I mentioned before, half the steel used in Shanghai construction funks quality standard tests; as Paul Midler once confessed, building a new, shiny factory wouldn’t improve sanitation standards of hand care products & shampoo if you didn’t get the workers to wash hands accordingly, cease spitting, and stop them from dunking themselves entirely in vats of hand care lotion (yes, this actually happens) before. Did assembly line manufacturing weed out the Big 3s’ deplorable engineering, substandard material, and slipshod assembly of the ’60s & ’70s; will assembly line manufacturing of high rises weed out inferior steel, sandy concrete, substandard tiling, lousy paints?

I hope pre-manufactured buildings is a godsend for China; however, if history is any indicator, I have my doubts as evidenced by China’s other “innovative” Chinese mega projects – the San-Francisco-Oakland bridge (also being pre-manufactured in China), the Jiaozhou Bay (that came complete minus bolts (or loose bolts that could have been turned by hand), barriers, lighting, support structures), 3 Gorgies, the South-to-North Water Diversion Project (not complete, but I’m convinced will be a failure), and the Bird’s Nest (which required European engineers a mere year after construction to heal rust, and structural splits).

June 9
This comes from the Master of the Midwest, I have nothing to offer but a fk u China.

The BrewMan

Several months ago I posted a link to a slew of accidents occurring on Shanghai’s subway system to hell; well, it appears the whore of the orient, as all of China has, has sold out her buildings’ structural integrity for the price of a 5-minute quickie – HALF of steel sold on wholesale markets used for construction failed quality tests: and these are Chinese quality tests, ones that say, “Cool. Your PDD kid is gifted as the sweet gold mines of patent piles we possess; forward the 12-year-old terrets ‘tard to college.”

http://shanghaiscrap.com/2008/03/avoid-tall-buildings/

“So I must say I was more than a little surprised when my beloved Shanghai Daily ran a story – this morning – containing this jaw-dropping revelation:

HALF the steel material sold at wholesale markets and now being used in construction has failed quality tests.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau inspected 52 batches of steel material at three markets and 15 construction sites in seven districts, including Xuhui, Zhabei and Baoshan, and officials said 27 batches had quality problems.

There are – according to the story – a couple of problems: the steel was often too light (five times too light, in one case) to meet construction standards; 48% of the tested steel lacked sufficient carbon content, rendering the material dangerously brittle; and 22% of the tested products failed tension tests.

[…]

“What’s most disturbing is that this is not a new issue. Overseas buyers of Chinese structural steel and other ferrous products have long known that Chinese manufactured steel typically doesn’t meet the quality (and chemistry) standards of foreign countries. But I think even the foreign importers would be shocked to learn that Chinese steelmakers are perfectly content selling substandard structural steel into Shanghai’s construction markets. So let me be the first to state: This isn’t just bad business; it’s immoral. And what’s even worse is that the steelmakers know full well that they can get away with it, and have been doing so for years. According to Xinhua:

Officials said building inspection does not include measuring weight and thickness for steel at present, which allows manufacturers to lower the standard.

No surprise, the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau won’t identify the companies who manufacture the sub-standard steel. Most likely, those companies are state-owned; but even if they’re private, they have powerful friends (no other way to stay in that business, after all). It would be nice to know, of course, but it would be even nicer to know which building construction projects were tested, and whether they were allowed to continue (I bet they were) with the understanding that they would utilize steel that meets the Bureau’s quality tests. And, of course, as someone who frequents Shanghai’s buildings, I’d like to know which ones were built with steel from the sub-standard steel mills. But I’m not holding my breath.

Ahhh…. the “official” start of summer is nearly here, I’m stoked. Today is a very special day for this blog, for WT’s readers – and you too, King. The vision of this screen will forever be burned in your eyeballs with a permanent white phosphorus burn. This is a day when Beijing’s sludge – and China’s for that matter – piles up higher as the entire country – man, woman, child, elderly… dog, pig and cow – simultaneously shits themselves as if they died; it’ll be of biblical proportions; China will wish she mandated everyone to wear double titanium depends, not crap with napkin absorbancy.

Here it is, a partial viewing of the pride & joy of the Brewskie vault: where I keep tucked away truck loads of material on China’s dodgy infrastructure. Be warned: this doesn’t even comprise my entire collection – I have SHIT LOADS more material tucked away!!! Another “special day” will come around some time, you’ll see.

This gem comes from the BrewMan. It is a comprehensive list showing just how much China sucks.
My hat goes off to the BrewMan and thanks a ton.
I am compiling all of this to put I
Into a special document….
From the King Of Brews!!!

All rise, cuz this is dank!

The BrewMan speaketh

Ahhh…. the “official” start of summer is nearly here, I’m stoked. Today is a very special day for this blog, for WT’s readers – and you too, King. The vision of this screen will forever be burned in your eyeballs with a permanent white phosphorus burn. This is a day when Beijing’s sludge – and China’s for that matter – piles up higher as the entire country – man, woman, child, elderly… dog, pig and cow – simultaneously shits themselves as if they died; it’ll be of biblical proportions; China will wish she mandated everyone to wear double titanium depends, not crap with napkin absorbancy.

Here it is, a partial viewing of the pride & joy of the Brewskie vault: where I keep tucked away truck loads of material on China’s dodgy infrastructure. Be warned: this doesn’t even comprise my entire collection – I have SHIT LOADS more material tucked away!!! Another “special day” will come around some time, you’ll see.

Isn’t this scary?

http://www.chengduliving.com/on-the-frontlines-of-chinas-real-estate-bubble/

http://cmp.hku.hk/2011/09/23/15583/

http://www.chinaurbandevelopment.com/?p=1496

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7606490.html

http://www.chinesedrywall.com/gallery.html (This is Chinese drywall in US homes; still, it’s peanuts compared to what Chinese go through.)

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-06/19/content_8301942.htm

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peterfoster/100063812/chinas-crumbling-buildings-not-built-to-last/

http://www.pekingduck.org/2005/08/the-collapse-of-china/ (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Be sure to also check out the readers’ comments!)

http://topics.scmp.com/news/china-news-watch/article/Judgment-day-fears-for-high-speed-rail-tracks

http://seeingredinchina.com/2011/07/10/infrastructure-follow-up-nanjings-brand-new-station-needs-repairs/

http://china.org.cn/opinion/2011-09/28/content_23508533.htm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8620759/Guangzhou-Opera-House-falling-apart.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/china-high-speed-railway-section-reportedly-collapses-reviving-safety-fears-jolting-shares/2012/03/12/gIQAONlM8R_story.html

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1103&MainCatID=&id=20120106000014

https://wtdevflnt.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/truth-of-chinese-manufacturing-quality-in-pictures/ (A good one that shows pictures of Chinese welding techniques – startling and funny!)

http://topics.scmp.com/news/china-news-watch/article/Judgment-day-fears-for-high-speed-rail-tracks

http://asiancorrespondent.com/60253/shoddy-bridges-trouble-chinese-netizens/

http://www.weldreality.com/bird%27s%20nest%20welds.htm (This one provides good info on Chinese welding techniques).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359289/Drivers-escape-alive-motorway-section-collapses-beneath-sending-plunging-23ft-ground.html

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timcollard/100042402/china-cracks-in-the-three-gorges-dam-so-300000-people-can-wave-goodbye-to-their-homes/

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/07/11/1781s647648.htm (The road collapsed TWO DAYS into its trial run.)

http://news.qq.com/a/20110711/000313.htm#p=10 (Photos of collapsed road in link above.)

http://www.chinareallysucks.com/Site/New_Stuff/Entries/2010/8/2_Entry_1.html

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/world/china-troubled-by-steel-thinning-scam-in-building-foundations/story-e6frg90o-1226136555319

http://izismile.com/2009/10/27/two-year_old_chinese_apartment_building_13_pics.html

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2012/03/15/1461s687018.htm

http://izismile.com/2009/08/17/the_quality_of_chinese_house_building_15_pics.html

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/07/05/2021s646303.htm

http://thisischinablog.com/2011/08/10/termites-in-chinas-construction-industry/

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-08/23/content_13167866.htm (This one’s about China slowing down her high-speed trains – again.)

http://www.businessinsider.com/shanghai-subway-crash-2011-9#comment-4e81efb8ecad044b6b00003d#ixzz1ZAyCoczM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/11/us-china-collapse-idUSPEK16970120070611

http://www.puddingandchopsticks.com/2011/09/29/puddles/comment-page-1/#comment-2075

http://www.beckyances.net/2010/11/construction-in-china-a-tale-of-two-buildings/

http://factsanddetails.com/china.php?itemid=325&catid=13&subcatid=84#3391

http://chinahopelive.net/2009/08/20/the-best-decisions-we-ever-made-in-china-1-ditching-the-laowai-ghetto

http://chinahopelive.net/2011/07/21/how-to-fix-the-drain-gas-problem-in-your-chinese-apartment

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/in-fast-growing-china-a-warning-about-when-prosperity-isnt-enough/244603/

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7795169.html

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/china-is-drowning-on-excess-commodities-and-canceling-orders-left-and-right-2012-5#ixzz1vth76pVK

Bhawahahah! China tries the “bread & butter” move from the CCP playbook called propaganda (isn’t that more like the “moldy bread & sour butter” play?) Having made a buffoon of herself by building a high-speed rail network assembled from Tinker Toys – and yes, what’s are effectively fat, overweight speeding missiles pulling carriages of people are suppose to ride on them – China tries to make good by rebuilding busted rail bridges in NE China.

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/11/13/189s667017.htm

Well if China fools you twice, shame on you. What they teach in you in the working world is do the job right, the first time, or don’t do it at all: would you trust an open heart surgeon who had to call back 70% of his patients for do-overs, because he botched the 1st tries? Insurance companies sure the hell wouldn’t And if we had any architectural firm in the US that built apartment buildings the way China does, you know the lawsuit locusts and army ant regulators would swarm on them like “Moses magic” and eat that firm alive!

If you habitually fuck up the 1st time, odds are, you aren’t competent for seconds either: that was evidenced by a post I mentioned earlier on this blog, where the section of a road in Tibet collapsed TWICE in one year!!!

https://wtdevflnt.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/china-tibet-highway-collapses-two-times-in-over-one-year/

13 Responses to “Horrible Chinese Construction-King of Brews et.al.”

  1. Brewskie said

    Bhawahahah! China tries the “bread & butter” move from the CCP playbook called propaganda (isn’t that more like the “moldy bread & sour butter” play?) Having made a buffoon of herself by building a high-speed rail network assembled from Tinker Toys – and yes, what’s are effectively fat, overweight speeding missiles pulling carriages of people are suppose to ride on them – China tries to make good by rebuilding busted rail bridges in NE China.

    http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/11/13/189s667017.htm

    Well if China fools you twice, shame on you. What they teach in you in the working world is do the job right, the first time, or don’t do it at all: would you trust an open heart surgeon who had to call back 70% of his patients for do-overs, because he botched the 1st tries? Insurance companies sure the hell wouldn’t And if we had any architectural firm in the US that built apartment buildings the way China does, you know the lawsuit locusts and army ant regulators would swarm on them like “Moses magic” and eat that firm alive!

    If you habitually fuck up the 1st time, odds are, you aren’t competent for seconds either: that was evidenced by a post I mentioned earlier on this blog, where the section of a road in Tibet collapsed TWICE in one year!!!

    https://wtdevflnt.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/china-tibet-highway-collapses-two-times-in-over-one-year/

    • wtdevflnt said

      My question is why we allow the sons and daughters of Satan to come en masse to our schools? I was talking to a woman from chinas communist party school and she will be leaving for the USA. To ke it shows how the Chicoms know the end is near.

  2. Brewskie said

    Okay, gotta start adding to the pile here.

    First thing’s first: a couple of CCP losers got sacked over projects they oversaw, including railway leech Liu Zhijun. (The other was a Hunan official who got burned for a dam breach on the 25th – doesn’t China average over 60 dam failures per year?)

    http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90785/7829180.html

    http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-05/30/content_15427922.htm

    Second, Tom at Seeing Red in China – arguably my favorite “neutral” blogger on the matter (though recently he’s been more negative: what’s the matter, Tom, seeing the light?) – posts some interesting stuff on corruption (how many corrupt assholes fled Big Stinky the past 20 years? 16,000-18,000 w/ 800 billion RMB.). Bribes can consist 5-10% of projects’ costs!

    http://seeingredinchina.com/

    “These cases proved particularly interesting, since they give the clearest picture of corrupt officials and their crimes (see table at bottom). The smallest amount published was 10,000rmb, which was used for a banquet for the Luwan District Red Cross in Shanghai, while this received a great deal of attention on Weibo and was part of a very painful public image crisis for the Red Cross (which had also been hit by the Guo Meimei scandal), it was an insignificant amount compared to the other instances of corruption. The average amount accumulated by individual corrupt officials tried in 2011 was over 18,000,000RMB (based off only what has been reported in PD, which excludes the Liu Zhijun case), with the most corrupt being Xu Zhongheng, former mayor of Shenzhen, who was accused of taking over 33,000,000 RMB. The largest instance of corruption reported, was related to the trial of the managers of the Wenzhou Vegetable Basket group, which is a State Owned Enterprise; the CEO and 15 others took over 426 million RMB from the company during a restructuring process. People’s Daily though prefers to focus on individuals even when it clearly involves a group of corrupt officials.

    I think for a casual reader the steady stream of information about anti-corruption efforts and limited reporting on individual trials may give the impression that corruption is being effectively controlled. Yet, when one looks at all of the reporting together, it seems woefully inadequate. For example, the paper mentions an effort to register the financial assets of 1.67 million officials, yet only 51% reported their property ownership, 36% registered their investments, and 48% reported the employment status of their relatives (who as we learned from the Bo Xilai scandal can also receive massive perks from their connections). Unsurprisingly the paper is complicit in glossing over these disparities; in the previous year roughly 146,000 corruption cases were investigated, yet only 14 were reported in the PD. These efforts seem at best to be a weak attempt at transparency.

    The lowest amount reportedly taken by an individual official was 1.2 million RMB, which makes me wonder what the threshold is for punishment. Unfortunately we will never know how much the 146,000 officials were caught with, but the total must be massive considering that according to the cases reported in People’s Daily just 29 officials pilfered 647.18 million RMB.

    Furthermore, the People’s Daily quickly backed away from the sensational report released last year from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences that 16-18,000 officials had fled overseas with up to 800 billion RMB over the past 20 years. This figure was later replaced with the somewhat less damning claim of 4,000 officials with 50 billion USD over 30 years (roughly 40% of the original figure). The fact that there is a phrase to describe officials getting ready to flea, naked officials, indicates the scale of the problem.”

    Finally, how bad are SOEs’ stranglehold on China’s economy. BAD. Consider this:

    http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2012/04/infographic-a-glance-at-chinese-state-owned-enterprises/

    – Among China’s 500 largest companies, SOEs make up 63.2% of companies, yet rake in 82.82% of revenue, 81.88% of profits, and roughly 90% of assets.

    – Huawei is China’s largest private company worth an estimated 185 billion RMB; China’s largest company, state-owned Sinopec, is worth 1.969 trillion RMB.

    – Huawei is ranked 39th among top-500 companies; along with Sinopec, state-owned PetroChina and National Grid accumulate a combined worth of roughly 5.2 trillion RMB.

    – A mere five state-owned banks commands 26.13% of profits garnered by “top-500” companies.

    And remember, some large companies still receive appointed executives from the CCP because they’re really ex-SOEs.

    Okay, I’m tired. Will get some more stuff out tomorrow.

    – Brew

    • wtdevflnt said

      Brew for Prez, The King for his second man…. Thanks Brew

  3. Brewskie said

    Some have their expertise on China: King specializes in death, Lord Chovanec is an expert on real estate, Margaret Mak’s is environmental… mine is buildings erected from paper mache, bridges made of recycled Pepsi cans, dams made of concrete concocted from kiddies’ chem sets, roads built w/steam-pressed compost and bubble gum wrappers.

    As we know, America’s infrastructure is in dire need of rebuilding; unfortunately, some cities are turning to the wrong schmucks to do it – the Chinese.

    http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/us-bridges-roads-built-chinese-firms-14594513?tab=9482931%a7ion=4765066

    As some well know, the new San Francisco-Oakland bridge is being built, and shipped, by China; as I’ve already posted, it sucks: MacTec, the firm hired by Caltrans from inspections, found so many faulty welds that they were fired. I posted this earlier on WT’s blog:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/25/BAKR15ESKG.DTL&feed=rss.matierandross

  4. Brewskie said

    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:

    http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=8ae01ae825db7310VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD&ss=china&s=news

    – 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.

    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/03/why-huge-chinese-mall-empty/1637/

    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.

  5. Brewskie said

    What the fuck is China trying to do here? She can’t invent but boy, you can’t walk away from a KFC toilet more than 100 yards w/o having your “eureka” idea – born in a fit of concrete constipation; a battle of the wills of sorts – copied 50 times. Copy cat products in China spread faster than bacteria – and China’s water is darker than goo coming from the Alberta tar sands.

    China National Nuclear Power Corp. must be envious of the recent Facebook IPO scam (FB employees are pissed: if shares drop below $23 a pop, they go underwater); not daunted by fits of originality, the state-owned enterprise announced plans for a $27 billion IPO. What does a giant SOE, with the full faith & backing of the CCP, and the PBOC, need an IPO for?

    http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/06/china-plans-27-billion-ipo-of-china.html

    Now personally, I don’t even give a rat’s ass if some millionaire and billionaire spoiled brats cry foul getting after getting scammed in yet another unscrupulous IPO out of China; I more concerned of their ability to contain the thunder stomp of 10,000 Godzillas incase everything goes awry. Did I mention China’s nuke plants sit on fault lines? Did I mention some are near coastal areas? Did I mention she’s building a batch more in similar areas?

    As I posted before, Wikileaks (they were once relevant?) leaked cables fearful of China’s nuclear safety:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/25/wikileaks-fears-china-nuclear-safety

    “China has “vastly increased” the risk of a nuclear accident by opting for cheap technology that will be 100 years old by the time dozens of its reactors reach the end of their lifespans, according to diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Beijing.

    […]

    For the US embassy, a bigger concern was that China seemed more interested in building its own reactors – the CPR-1000 – based on old Westinghouse technology, at Daya Bay and Ling Ao.

    “As the CPR-1000 increases market share, China is assuring that rather than building a fleet of state-of-the-art reactors, they will be burdened with technology that by the end of its lifetime will be 100 years old,” reads another cable dated 7 August 2008.

    The cable suggests this was a dangerous choice: “By bypassing the passive safety technology of the AP1000, which, according to Westinghouse, is 100 times safer than the CPR-1000, China is vastly increasing the aggregate risk of its nuclear power fleet. ”

    “Passive safety technology” ensures that a reactor will automatically shut down in the event of a disaster without human intervention. Plants without this feature are considered less safe as they rely on human intervention which can be difficult to provide in a crisis situation.”

    And as I pointed out earlier, India’s tried Chinese-designed nuclear technology which has failed miserable.

    http://www.merinews.com/article/hpgcl-loses-crores-of-rupees-daily-due-to-faulty-chinese-equipment/15866386.shtml

    • wtdevflnt said

      Superb rant BrewMan!

  6. Brewskie said

    Several months ago I posted a link to a slew of accidents occurring on Shanghai’s subway system to hell; well, it appears the whore of the orient, as all of China has, has sold out her buildings’ structural integrity for the price of a 5-minute quickie – HALF of steel sold on wholesale markets used for construction failed quality tests: and these are Chinese quality tests, ones that say, “Cool. Your PDD kid is gifted as the sweet gold mines of patent piles we possess; forward the 12-year-old terrets ‘tard to college.”

    http://shanghaiscrap.com/2008/03/avoid-tall-buildings/

    “So I must say I was more than a little surprised when my beloved Shanghai Daily ran a story – this morning – containing this jaw-dropping revelation:

    HALF the steel material sold at wholesale markets and now being used in construction has failed quality tests.

    The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau inspected 52 batches of steel material at three markets and 15 construction sites in seven districts, including Xuhui, Zhabei and Baoshan, and officials said 27 batches had quality problems.

    There are – according to the story – a couple of problems: the steel was often too light (five times too light, in one case) to meet construction standards; 48% of the tested steel lacked sufficient carbon content, rendering the material dangerously brittle; and 22% of the tested products failed tension tests.

    […]

    “What’s most disturbing is that this is not a new issue. Overseas buyers of Chinese structural steel and other ferrous products have long known that Chinese manufactured steel typically doesn’t meet the quality (and chemistry) standards of foreign countries. But I think even the foreign importers would be shocked to learn that Chinese steelmakers are perfectly content selling substandard structural steel into Shanghai’s construction markets. So let me be the first to state: This isn’t just bad business; it’s immoral. And what’s even worse is that the steelmakers know full well that they can get away with it, and have been doing so for years. According to Xinhua:

    Officials said building inspection does not include measuring weight and thickness for steel at present, which allows manufacturers to lower the standard.

    No surprise, the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau won’t identify the companies who manufacture the sub-standard steel. Most likely, those companies are state-owned; but even if they’re private, they have powerful friends (no other way to stay in that business, after all). It would be nice to know, of course, but it would be even nicer to know which building construction projects were tested, and whether they were allowed to continue (I bet they were) with the understanding that they would utilize steel that meets the Bureau’s quality tests. And, of course, as someone who frequents Shanghai’s buildings, I’d like to know which ones were built with steel from the sub-standard steel mills. But I’m not holding my breath.

  7. Brewskie said

    Oh, p.s. – there’s currently several other logs jammin’ the commie pipeline.

    • wtdevflnt said

      Thanks BrewMan. Fkin commies make it a pain to get on WordPress.

  8. Brewskie said

    LOL! What are the Chinese trying to do – build a super-size replica of the Soviet’s N1 lunar rocket? China looks to build the world’s tallest building – at 838 meters – by January 2013 – and government approval is still pending!!!

    http://www.cnngo.com/shanghai/life/sky-city-chinese-company-proposes-worlds-tallest-building-098182

    My understanding is Sky City, as the building is aptly known, will be a pre-manufactured building – with individual segments built in factories beforehand, and site assembly commanding 90 days.

    Some China admirers shine praise for pre-manufactured buildings – it could do for skyscrapers what Henry Ford did for autos; and plus, some are hopeful it will finally wrangle creaky construction out of buildings China’s so famous for.

    We’ll see. From an engineering standpoint, the final product is only good as the initial design, the methodology of construction, and material allows: intrepid assembly line manufacturing didn’t weed out quality control issues 1960s & 1970s US automotives were famous for; that required improved methodology like “Total Quality Management” (which Toyota and other Japanese auto makers are famous for) Six Sigma, and other ideas to kick US automakers’ butts, assert some self-reflection and insert a panic mode to (somewhat) beef quality up.

    As I mentioned before, half the steel used in Shanghai construction funks quality standard tests; as Paul Midler once confessed, building a new, shiny factory wouldn’t improve sanitation standards of hand care products & shampoo if you didn’t get the workers to wash hands accordingly, cease spitting, and stop them from dunking themselves entirely in vats of hand care lotion (yes, this actually happens) before. Did assembly line manufacturing weed out the Big 3s’ deplorable engineering, substandard material, and slipshod assembly of the ’60s & ’70s; will assembly line manufacturing of high rises weed out inferior steel, sandy concrete, substandard tiling, lousy paints?

    I hope pre-manufactured buildings is a godsend for China; however, if history is any indicator, I have my doubts as evidenced by China’s other “innovative” Chinese mega projects – the San-Francisco-Oakland bridge (also being pre-manufactured in China), the Jiaozhou Bay (that came complete minus bolts (or loose bolts that could have been turned by hand), barriers, lighting, support structures), 3 Gorgies, the South-to-North Water Diversion Project (not complete, but I’m convinced will be a failure), and the Bird’s Nest (which required European engineers a mere year after construction to heal rust, and structural splits).

    Good grief…

  9. Brewskie said

    OMFrknG – what could go wrong inside this “factory” doom? Sky City to have apartments for 174,000 people, 104 elevators.

    http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/06/future-sky-city-skyscraper-apartments.html

    Based on Chinese elevators’ track record, I guess Sky City residents will be staying in shape, ’cause they’ll have to use the stairs!

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