Archive for August 18th, 2012

Sunday Morning Reads

August 18, 2012

Like most normal ie non-royal folk, Sunday mornings toast and coffee always taste better with some reading material at hand.

A predictable beginning with a piece on style featuring The Mongol aka Wang Ligun;

CHONGQING, China — Wang Lijun reveled in his image as the consummate crime fighter. An ethnic Mongolian policeman with a fondness for expensive overcoats, he directed crackdowns on organized crime, performed autopsies, patented designs for police uniforms and was even named an honorary professor at the institute of a famous American forensic scientist. His earlier exploits inspired a television series. All that was missing was a mask and cape.

He even had his own script writer, probably Sax Rohmer of Dr Fu Manchu fame, plus an overcoat fetish.

“Li Zhuang, we meet again”.

The full read from the NYT HERE.

A very decent piece from The Register Exposing China’s vast underground economy:

The report claims that in 2011 the online underground involved over 90,000 participants, costing the local economy 5.36 billion yuan (£536bn), making victims of 110m internet users (roughly 22 per cent) and affecting 1.1m web sites (20 per cent).

Are you a failure as an expat ESL teacher? Well, the above could provide you with an alternate career path.

Why are all those expats pissing off to their respective motherlands?

Again the NYT on China’s Corrupt Food Chain.

A 2011 study published in the Chinese Journal of Food Hygiene estimated that more than 94 million people in China become ill each year from bacterial food-borne diseases, leading to about 8,500 deaths annually.

So you are heading off to Dalmiesha beach near Shenzhen just up the road from the nuclear power plant to chat up hot babes in skimpy costumes. Well friends, you are facing a major league disappointment after your long bus ride.

The New York Daily News will sort you out.

For some women in China, a day at the beach includes a mask on the face

No, these aunties are not auditioning for another version of Irma Vep.

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The ever reliable Malcolm Moore of The Telegraph posted this gem on Sino-statistics.

China’s ‘great revival’ is 62 per cent finished.

The man responsible for this uniquely Chinese feat of statistical engineering, Yang Yiyong, explained that he used five benchmarks, or “Great National Revival Process Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators”, to distil the achievements of 1.3 billion people into a percentage.
In a paper published by journal of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, an elite training academy for the country’s top leaders, Mr Yang said China’s economic development was now 48 per cent complete, while the civility of the people had reached 81.1 per cent.
And while China received relatively low scores for “Sci-tech Innovation” and global influence, of 44.7 per cent and 46.9 per cent respectively, it scored highly for “Resources and the environment”, at 76.8 per cent.

Okay, you’ve got your talking points for today. Off you go and do some housework.

A total change of topic next post, which will immerse you in DIY instrument making.

Wang Ligun/The Mongol Update.

Maybe some of my really fevered speculations ……

According to Ma Jian who is possibly a Falun Gong mole working for The Australian.

Wang is no saint. Before he became Bo’s police commissioner, he was the director of the Field Psychology Research Centre where the condemned were executed and their live organs removed. Wang’s paper, A Study of Organ and Receptor Transplantation after Execution by Injection, earned him the Guanghua Innovation Contribution Award. In the paper, he credits “our achievements” to the “thousands of transplantations”.

Just lost my appetite.