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China Newspaper Calls out Trump as Racist

Mirroring what news organizations and leaders from around the world are saying, with a particularly Chinese communist bent – China’s largest daily unloads on the Drumph..

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China paper says rise of ‘racist’ Trump shows democracy is scary

Mussolini and Hitler came to power through elections, China’s Global Times reminded readers Monday. Now an “abusively racist and extremist” candidate is on the rise in the United States, it says. Maybe democracy isn’t such a good idea after all.

In an editorial Monday, China’s state-owned Global Times newspaper used Donald Trump’s rise to gloat about the fault lines in U.S. society and to argue that democracy was both a waste of time — and downright scary.

From the rise of a “narcissistic and inflammatory candidate” to the violence that surrounded his planned rally in Chicago, the paper said it was shocking this could happen in a country that “boasts one of the most developed and mature democratic election systems” in the world.

Fistfights between supporters of rival parties might be common in developing countries during election season, it wrote, but in the United States?

Trump, it said, has opened a Pandora’s box.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Even Chinese Are Avoiding “Made in China”

One of the problems with China’s hyper-competitive, poorly regulated manufacturing is product quality and criminal forgery. Most recently seen in America as cheap, poor quality components in Hoverboards causing the products to catch fire while recharging.The number of products containing fake ingredients, including fake food, fake and sometimes poisonous drugs, product counterfeiting on a massive scale, and childen’s toys and china plates containing toxic levels of lead, cadmium, and antimony.

The problem has gotten so bad it has spurned the development of a new retail economy, where Chinese are buying American Made goods through cutout buyers living in America and having the known safe and good quality products shipped to China. An industry which is now a $7.9 billion business and growing exponentially.

When Chinese consumers want Western goods, they turn to these U.S. intermediaries

Jennifer Zhong’s phone buzzes with a message from one of her 4,000 followers on Weibo, a Chinese service similar to Twitter.

A client in China wants to buy a gold Baublebar necklace, but it’s expensive and inconvenient to order products from U.S. websites.

Zhong taps over to another Chinese social network, WeChat, to discuss the transaction, and they settle on a price: $52.

In her downtown Los Angeles apartment, Zhong flips open her laptop and finds the necklace on Baublebar’s website at the sale price of $32. When the package arrives, one of the employees of her online store, Jia Jia Buys It for You, removes the receipt, tears off the tags and repackages it for shipment to China.

Social media-fueled transactions such as these have grown so popular in China that they’ve become an industry known as daigou, a Chinese phrase that means “to buy on behalf of.”

In 2015, luxury daigou purchases were valued at up to $7.6 billion, or nearly half of China’s overall luxury purchases, according to an estimate by Bain and Co., a consulting firm that tracks consumer trends in China.

And in the San Gabriel Valley and other Chinese communities nationwide, immigrants rich and poor have embraced daigou as a way to earn a living at the intersection of the world’s largest economies, reaching for American prosperity by serving China’s wealthy.

The business first took root in 2008, when Chinese milk containing a toxic additive killed at least six infants and sickened hundreds of thousands more.

The scandal created huge demand for overseas milk powder, which quickly became and remains one of daigou‘s most popular products. Quality control scandals for products such as toothpaste, cosmetics and medicine also have motivated Chinese consumers to shop overseas.

But daigou really began to take off in 2011, when Chinese e-commerce platforms such asTaobao gave buyers a platform to grow their business beyond their friends and family, says Charlie Gu, director of China Luxury Advisors, a company that helps high-end brands reach Chinese consumers.

Frustrated by luxury-good counterfeiters, Chinese consumers stepped up their purchases through intermediaries in the U.S., Japan, France, South Korea and other countries.

The rise of Chinese social networks such as Weibo and WeChat also facilitated the person-to-person connections that are daigou‘s lifeblood, Gu says.

And in the U.S. and Southern California, the massive influx of Chinese students at universities and colleges provided the industry with a labor force.

Some entrepreneurs open shipping businesses to facilitate the flow of goods, while Chinese students, tour guides and anyone with contacts in China earn extra income as buyers, lining up Coach purses, Prada bags, Michael Kors shoes and other luxury products that are significantly cheaper in America.

Chinese students, who typically come from middle- to upper-class families that can afford to buy goods overseas, serve as daigou agents for their personal networks. Recommendations expand their networks and increase their revenues.

The person-to-person nature of the business makes it harder for the government to crack down on daigou, which undermines domestic firms by allowing Chinese buyers to avoid higher prices and import taxes.

“The Chinese government can’t tell your friends and family not to buy things for you,” Gu says.

Zhong, 26, came to the U.S. to study at USC and noticed students using daigou to earn extra money.

“This is a business where you can’t really lose money,” she says. “It’s just a matter of how much you want to make.”… Read More Here

 

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2016 in Great American Rip-Off, News

 

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Chinese Pills Made of Dead Babies

The biggest driver for the extinction of exotic animals in the world is poaching for ingredients for Chinese Herbal “medicine”. Whether the Ivory from elephants, or the bones of Tigers, poachers make big money satisfying the Chinese Traditional Medicine Market.

This one, though is even stranger. Parts of fetuses and babies ground up to make pills!

South Korea: Confiscated ‘health’ pills made of human remains

South Korean customs said it had confiscated more than 17,000 “health” capsules smuggled from China that contain human flesh, most likely extracted from aborted fetuses or stillborn babies.

The Chinese Ministry of Health said Tuesday it had been investigating allegations that capsules were being manufactured from human remains but had found no evidence.

The South Korean customs agency said pills had been smuggled into the country through parcels and luggage carried from China. The pills were composed of “ground stillborn fetus or babies that had been cut into small pieces and dried in gas ranges for two days, then made into powders and encapsulated,” the report said.

“Flesh pills have been continuously smuggled into [South Korea], camouflaged as health tonics,” the statement said. The pills came mostly from cities in northeastern China: Yanji, Jilin, Qingdao and Tianjin.The South Korean government has been investigating capsules made of human flesh since last year when a monthly magazine released a lengthy report about the use of dead infants in traditional medicines. The reports said the infants and fetuses were purchased illegally from hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Cain Knows Beckys…But Not “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan”

For those unfamiliar with Black Urban Slang, a “Becky” is a slang name given to white women dating black men by black women.

Now – there is no word yet on who, or what ethnic background the women who Herman Cain has been accused of sexually harassing are, but a lot of black folks realize that had Clarence Thomas molested a white woman, instead of the very attractive Anita Hill…

His ass wouldn’t be on the Supreme Court today.

A Drawing of the Various Type of Short and Medium Range Missiles in China Which Can Be Nuclear Armed

Ergo – his white conservative support would have instantly evaporated.

So one of the presumptions, which like any presumption can be wrong, is that the reason Herman is so nervous he can’t get his story straight – is his accusers are “Beckys”.

Cain’s other problem is that he apparently doesn’t get out much in his time when he is not dressed up in that Jockey Suit on the Lawn. Almost anyone, reasonably versed in current events – has a knowledge of some of the things going on in the broader world around us. I mean – any reasonably well educated person, running for the highest office in the land, should have a basic knowledge of current events – and be able to tell you who Hosni Mubarek of Egypt is, who Ghadaffi was in Libya, and the fact that China has nuclear weapons…

Especially since Republicans have been raising hell about theft of nuclear secrets by Chinese spies, and Chinese ICBMs, which stirred up a frenzy among conservatives.

Everyone that is… Except Herman Cain. Now admittedly, the Sno’ Ho’ – Sarah Palin was pretty stupid – but her popularity with conservative over 50 males wasn’t exactly what was between her ears.

Having worked in those cubicles, corner offices, and boardrooms in my career – one thing I do know, is that if I am selling you something, then it behooves me to be able to answer any of the commonly asked business questions about the product, our competition, and the market. Ergo, it is not unreasonable to expect that a server at Godfather’s Pizza would know, without having to consult the menu – that they don’t serve Fried Chicken. It is also not unreasonable that the same server would know that KFC not only doesn’t have anchovies – they don’t serve pizza. Of course the depth, and complexity of this knowledge should go up in some sort of linear proportion to salary. Ergo, a guy who is making a million a year running a pizza company ought to not only know the KFC anchovy thing… But the fact that his two principal competitors selling Pizza… don’t sell anchovies in any non-coastal region market.

So…Herman want to sell himself as a potential President… To me that means having a pretty good grasp on current events, and issues. I mean…It’s what any corporate CEO is expected to have.

Cain doesn’t know China has nuclear weapons

The rough week for Herman Cain continues.

On PBS News Hour Tuesday evening, the GOP candidate once again showed a lack of foreign policy understanding when asked by host Judy Woodruff about China.

“Yes, they’re a military threat, they’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capabilities, so yes, we have to consider them a military threat,” he said.

But Cain, who previously claimed to be apathetic towards Uzbeki-beki-beki-beki-stan, is inaccurate in his facts. China has had nuclear weapons since 1964.

Here’s “Cornbread”! The China comments start about 11:35.

 

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Rising Like a Phoenix? US Economy…

World power swings back to AmericaThis may well just continue to work and turn the US economy around…

As long as conservatives don’t get elected to screw it up.

The fact is, it has now become cheaper to manufacture many products in the US than in China. Those companies who haven’t made plans to “inshore” yet may well be holding losing cards. This could have a net impact on the US economy of over 3 million new jobs in 3 years. Foreign based companies have figured it out, with both Asian and European companies flocking to build plants in America. You add that to the two major “bleeding edge” chip foundries being built right here in America – and there are some fundamental economic changes afoot.

No small contributor to this shift is that energy independence thing. The US isn’t very far from being able to be self-sufficient. There are humongous reserves of Natural Gas in the Midwest, and oil reserves beggaring those in the Middle East in the Gulf of Mexico. This should mean stabilized energy costs, no longer at the whim of some crackpot oil-can Dictator.

China’s counterfeiting and Intellectual theft issues are huge for tech industries, it is also impacting firm’s brand names. I for one, have never been convinced it was ultimately profitable to move any high tech or leading edge product production to China because of the theft issue. It really doesn’t matter if you can make a big screen TV 15 cents cheaper – if the manufacturer is making knockoffs, using your logo, and selling them $100.00 cheaper. I think it’s time to cut the George Bush (pick one) support system for China. They have a huge internal market, and there is no reason their economy should not be strong once the necessary changes are made in how their government works, and business is conducted are made.

World power swings back to America

The American phoenix is slowly rising again. Within five years or so, the US will be well on its way to self-sufficiency in fuel and energy. Manufacturing will have closed the labour gap with China in a clutch of key industries. The current account might even be in surplus.

Assumptions that the Great Republic must inevitably spiral into economic and strategic decline – so like the chatter of the late 1980s, when Japan was in vogue – will seem wildly off the mark by then.

Telegraph readers already know about the “shale gas revolution” that has turned America into the world’s number one producer of natural gas, ahead of Russia.

Less known is that the technology of hydraulic fracturing – breaking rocks with jets of water – will also bring a quantum leap in shale oil supply, mostly from the Bakken fields in North Dakota, Eagle Ford in Texas, and other reserves across the Mid-West.

“The US was the single largest contributor to global oil supply growth last year, with a net 395,000 barrels per day (b/d),” said Francisco Blanch from Bank of America, comparing the Dakota fields to a new North Sea.

Total US shale output is “set to expand dramatically” as fresh sources come on stream, possibly reaching 5.5m b/d by mid-decade. This is a tenfold rise since 2009.

The US already meets 72pc of its own oil needs, up from around 50pc a decade ago. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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World’s Ugliest “Yacht” Sinks on Launching

Somebody actually paid $2.5 million for this piece of garbage…

90' of Ugly

As a “personal yacht”.

This has to go into the Guinness Book as the world’s ugliest Yacht… Not to mention dumbest design and yacht builder. Having it sink is actually a mercy.

This thing is an oversized, and exceedingly ugly houseboat with a shallow hull suitable only for lake and rivers where the largest wave you may ever encounter is made by the kiddies on Jet Skis passing by. The two big steel rails ending at the bow are to keep it from breaking in half in a windstorm. I’ve seen this exact thing happen to a houseboat which was beached by its Captain at high tide for the night – resulting in the incoming tide after the low washing over the stern, sinking the boat. There is a reason you don’t see this style of boat in tidal waters.

Considering that some of the best boat builders in the world are in China, including Cheoy Lee – one of the top 3 or 4 Yacht and Boat builders – you have to wonder whether the purchaser of this one thought he was getting a deal. I’ve never seen anyone try to launch a boat, anywhere near this size off a beach like this.

My favorite boat built by them (Cheoy Lee) in days past in collaboration with a designer named Tom Fexas, was the “Midnight Lace” line which took it’s design cues from 1930’s rumrunners…

52' Midnight Lace

These were by no means either the biggest or “baddest” boats built by Cheoy Lee, but with the incredible mahogany decks and trim, fast displacement hulls, and swept back style – they looked like you should have two guys dressed in pin striped suits and hats holding Tommy Guns on the bow, and a load of Canadian Whiskey in boxes  sitting on the aft deck. They aren’t built in China anymore, and the new ones have lost the expensive mahogany decks and trim… But they are still a beautiful boat.

What’s the difference between a Yacht and a Boat when at the Boat Show checking out the floating eye candy?

You can (maybe) afford a Boat if you ignore the maintenance, docking, and fuel costs.

Chinese Yacht Fail: $2.5 Million Yacht Sinks On Maiden Voyage

The “SS Jiugang” isn’t a submarine, but it may have been better off built that way.

The Jiugang Group surely suffered a bit of buyer’s remorse as the massive yacht slowly sank in the Yellow River during its maiden voyage. The demise of the “SS Jiugang” was apparently the result of “improper handling from the builders who mistakenly estimated the water level causing the water level to exceed the limit,” a Lanzhou city Ministry of Transportation official said, according to iFeng.

The 17 million RMB ($2.5 million) ship was eventually dragged out of the water, and is now being refitted for sea-worthiness. No one was killed or injured in the mishap.

According to USA Today, there are about 1,300 private yachts in China, and the government hopes the fledgling yachting industry will expand.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Obama Fried Chicken? Goodbye Colonel

Seems that some folks in the US, as well as in China have hit upon the idea using “Obama” name recognition to peddle fried chicken…

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Sign atop Obama Fried Chicken and Pizza at 110th St. Nicholas Ave. in New York City

NYC’s ‘Obama fried chicken’ restaurants ruffle feathers

Two city fast-food joints are calling themselves Obama Fried Chicken – and the new names are ruffling some feathers.

Eateries in Brooklyn and Manhattan plastered the new President’s last name on their awnings recently.

And some passersby are cringing, saying the name change plays into old racial stereotypes.

“Why name it that? Just because Obama is black, they’re going to put his name on a fried chicken place in a black neighborhood?” said Akilah Nassy, 16, outside the Brooklyn store.

And here, in China –

Obama Fried Chicken? In China, it’s on the menu

For all the grief the Obama administration is getting from China for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization about Chinese tariffs on American chicken exports, perhaps the president should be suing China for royalties instead.

We’ve seen Obama peddle chicken for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hong Kong, so it was just a matter of time before he broke loose and got his own franchise here in the mainland.

Obama Fried Chicken, or at least what we assume OFC stands for, was found earlier this week in Beijing and comes with the slogan written underneath in Chinese: “We’re so cool, aren’t we?”

Indeed…

It’s all about selling product.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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