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  • zabba 5:59 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: China, , volleyball   

    F*ck the Super Bowl, This Is Entertainment 

     
    • Ms.Wonderland 9:16 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink

    • Restless Grin 5:37 pm on January 21, 2012 Permalink

      oh man, i was rooting for the red team 😦

  • absolutelylovely 11:10 pm on July 15, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: China, current events, UFO sighting   

    July 7th, 2010 airports closed in China due to UFO sighting 

    http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93848?fp=1

    small article and video

     
    • krammark 12:30 am on July 16, 2010 Permalink

      max says, “chinese people are stupid.”

  • desaparecido76 5:56 am on May 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , China, monks   

    A sixth foxconn employee committed (8 have attempted) suicide in shenzhen this year…. Foxconn has now invited monks to come and free the spirits.

     
  • desaparecido76 11:50 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: China, factory,   

    China’s Youth Meet Microsoft 

    Full story and report here

    ————

    I woke up to the sound of the alarm. My body felt tired and unwilling. I knew that not getting up was not an option. Many other workers were getting up now, and if I didn’t hurry up and wash my face and brush my teeth, there would be a huge crowd at the sink in the washroom and a long wait, which would make me late for work. I start work at 7:30 a.m. I quickly dressed, grabbed a towel, and rushed to the bathroom. Wow! There were so many people there already. I pushed to the front and after five minutes of struggle, was able to get to a faucet.

    After quickly washing up, the time was already 7:05. I grabbed a package of crackers off of my shelf and took seven or eight of them. I ate them on the way to the production area. When I arrived at the time card machine, I saw another huge line of workers swiping their magnetic cards. I stood in line behind a huge crowd of women, and when I got to the machine, it was just about time for the foreman’s talk (7:20 a.m.). In a short while, the foreman started shouting: “Everybody attention! Stand straight! Turn right!” Afterwards, the manager shouted: “Everybody pay attention: while at work, everyone should be full of vigor. Everyone must strictly follow the 6S system! You are not allowed to talk at work. You cannot drop products on the floor. Can you hear me?!” We respond, “we hear you!” but some of my colleagues didn’t answer with much enthusiasm. “Why are you all so tired? Do you all want to go back to the dorm to sleep? Do you want me to make you come back when your energy has returned? Let’s try again: Can you hear me?!” We shout back, “We hear you!” I can hear everybody’s irritation at the foreman as they shout back. “Everybody split up and return to your work stations!” Everybody splits up and goes to their work stations. My job is to put a rubber pads on the base of each computer mouse.

    The job entails taking soybean-sized rubber pads off of gummed paper, and placing them one-by-one on the bottom of the mouse. This is a mind-numbing job. I am basically repeating the same motion over and over for over twelve hours a day. After only a few hours, my colleagues and I begin to feel sore in our necks, shoulders and backs.

    Many people are fighting to keep from dozing off. To reduce my sleepiness, every once and a while I switch off between working while sitting and standing. The hardest time is in the afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The boring monotony of repeating the same motions for so long makes me extremely sleepy. Even the standing up and sitting down doesn’t seem to help me throw off my exhaustion. Many of my coworkers begin to nod at this time, and I imagine that they feel the same way as I do. If we could only talk to each other, we might be able to stay awake. But the foreman forbids us from talking to one another. If we say anything, the foreman will shout: “When you are at work, you cannot talk! If you want to talk to each other, wait until the shift is over!! What could you want to talk about at work?” Everyone tries to keep an eye on the time, constantly looking at their watches. Time crawls by very slowly. Extremely slowly! Finally when the whistle sounds, we are off the shift (5:20 p.m.). But, we don’t get up and leave right away. Every day, we have to gather together after work and hear the foreman speak. There was one boy who joined the factory not too long ago who fled the work area; he decided that he didn’t want to stay there one more minute. Our foreman discovers that he is gone and ruthlessly says: “watch me punish him later!”

    The foreman then calls out commands for workers to: “stand at attention, turn right” and sums up the day’s work. One worker who accidentally dropped a product on the ground is called out and scolded by name. Finally, the foreman says we can leave. At that time, we only have a half an hour before the overtime shift begins. I think about running to a market outside the factory to buy some daily items, but I clearly do not have enough time. I only have enough time to run to the cafeteria for a quick meal. When I arrive at the cafeteria service window, there is already a large line. It takes me about five minutes to get to the front. As soon as I finish eating, I return to the workroom and prepare for overtime. I know that I can choose not to work overtime, but if I don’t work overtime, then I am stuck with only 770 RMB [$112.67 per month] in base wages. This is not nearly enough to support a family.

    My parents are farmers without jobs. They also do not have pensions. I also need to worry about getting married which requires a lot of money. Therefore, I still push myself to continue working in spite of my exhaustion. When I finish my four hours of overtime, I’m extremely tired. At this time, even if someone offered me an extravagant dinner, I probably would refuse. I just want to sleep! For some reason, this factory has a stupid regulation that doesn’t allow anybody to enter or reenter the factory [compound] after 9 p.m. In other words, this regulation basically restricts workers from exiting the factory [compound] in the evening. When workers finish overtime, it is already 10 p.m., and if they leave the factory, they cannot come back in. Most workers live in the company dorm, so they don’t dare risk getting stuck outside. This regulation was crafted to force workers to rest in the dorms and it guarantees workers’ performance the next day! I returned to my dorm and had to wait in the washroom line again to wash up. At 11 p.m., I finally finished my shower and washed my clothes. At 11:35 I lay down on my bed, and even thought the dorm is extremely hot, I fell quickly to sleep. Before I fall asleep, I do not forget to set my alarm to wake me up the next day.

     
  • desaparecido76 7:55 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: China, , virgin   

    Like a Virgin – Only $260rmb 

    Anyone tried one of these? link

    ……

    “Your virginity back in 5 minutes!”
    “The product of high-technology! Your unspeakable secret will be erased!”
    ”Get your virginity back for 260 RMB!”
    “No surgery, no shots, no medicine, no side-effects. Only 260 RMB!”

     
  • desaparecido76 7:53 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , China, , ,   

    year of the tigeeeeeeeer 

    This week marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This will be a very special Year of the Tiger. The year of the tiger comes in-between the Year of the Bull and the Year of the dragon. This is very symbolic, I believe. The Bull is a fitting symbol for the West these days, virile and aggressive but lacking in wisdom and patience. The dragon is very old and wise but is perhaps too cautious and passive and can be seen as a symbol of the East. If you mix the best elements of the bull and the dragon, the result is a tiger.

    Benjanmin Fullford

     
  • desaparecido76 8:35 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: China,   

    An interesting photo essay about a dog’s life in China: ladies, tramps, monks, etc.

     
  • thedarkcleft 7:47 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: China, , diplomacy,   

    China warns Obama not to meet Dalai Lama 

    “Communist Party official Zhu Weiqun said such a meeting would “threaten trust and co-operation” between Beijing and Washington.”

    “According to China, at this latest round of meetings the Tibetans again reiterated their hopes for the introduction of greater autonomy in the Himalayan region.

    But Mr Zhu said there was no possibility of the “slightest compromise” on the issue of sovereignty in Tibet.

    He also attacked the Dalai Lama, whom he said was a troublemaker.”

    Don’t let your kids hang out with the DL.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8492608.stm

     
    • deadindenver 7:49 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      oh great, this again

    • thedarkcleft 7:51 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      China is being a real dick these days…

    • deadindenver 8:31 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink

      just take a walk around this web site http://www.chinasmack.com

  • thedarkcleft 3:48 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , China,   

    Google to China-“No more censorship!” 

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/6977627/Google-will-quit-China-unless-web-censorship-ends.html

    In a surprise announcement, the group issued a veiled attack at Chinese censors and said it was prepared to shut down its operations there entirely if the authorities do not allow it to create an unfiltered search engine.

    “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn… and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.”

     
    • thedarkcleft 12:52 am on January 14, 2010 Permalink

      China forms “internet addiction re-education camp”

      http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/01/ff_internetaddiction/

      “The Qihang camp promised to cure children of so-called Internet addiction, an ailment that has grown into one of China’s most feared public health hazards. The camp’s brochure claimed that an estimated 80 percent of Chinese youth suffered from it. Fifteen-year-old Deng Senshan seemed to be among them. He was once a top student, but his grades had plummeted over the past couple of years, and he had stopped exercising almost completely. He spent most of his time playing games like World of Warcraft at Internet cafés or on his desktop computer. The Chinese news media was filled with terrifying stories of WOW-crazed kids dropping dead or killing their parents, and Deng Fei and Zhou Juan worried that they might lose their only son to a technological demon they barely understood. So they were lured in by the camp’s pledge to end his “bad behavior.””

      Yet when the place finally came into view, it wasn’t the traditional school-like setting Deng Fei had imagined. Instead, it looked more like a poorly tended jailhouse — decrepit three-story concrete building, barred windows, overgrown bushes. In the distance, through a field of high razor-edged grass, a factory smokestack spewed a black cloud. On a double basketball court, a gang of camouflage-clad teenagers were in the middle of a sweaty training session in the subtropical heat. Counselors, dressed in black shirts with military-police patches on their chests, stood watch.

      “At home, kids are much too comfortable,” he responded, and told her that hardship was part of the cure. “You don’t beat the kids, do you?” she asked. The man waved away the question, assuring her, “We use only psychological treatment here.”

  • desaparecido76 3:05 am on December 29, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: China, parking,   

    Parking Lot for Women 

    China just opened it’s first parking lot for women – with wider parking spots. 😉

    story here

     
  • adriuntz 9:02 pm on November 20, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: China   

    “Cyber-Spying” 

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7740483.stm

     
    • homad 8:25 am on November 22, 2008 Permalink

      So they will continue to produce superior products for cheaper than us? … 🙂

      At least our internet isn’t locked down as much as theirs is.

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