Sunday Morning Reads

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.”>

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.

3 Responses to “Sunday Morning Reads”

  1. justrecently Says:

    I thought this was the spearheading unit of the PLA, crossing the Taiwan Strait and reuniting the motherland.

  2. kingtubby1 Says:

    Aw JR. I know my China insights are on the gutter, frivolous side, BUT I did predict Qincheng Prison and provided the link.

    That aside, I agree the whole episode has been wrung dry of both meaning and blogger insight.

    I’m waiting for some serious writing on the PLA – Vietnan, Japan, Phillipine face off. We only need the ROK to enter the picture and we have all the main local players in motion. Brunei and Malaysia don’t really count.

    Extreme nationalism is a dangerous beast to unleash, but it is best that the issues are resolved now rather than later.

    Must admit to being pretty pleased with my new and representative blog roll. Any additional sites I should know about, please advise.

    What, are my views on Assange so wrong?

  3. justrecently Says:

    Methinks we differ when it comes to the role Wikileaks used to play, but not when it comes to the way norms – including international norms – are violated by countries that like to think of themselves as “rule-of-law” countries.

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