Category Archives: China

Hong Kong protest from the air

 

 

 

This should give you an idea of the scale of the protest.

The footage is from a drone owned by a protester.

*There is no audio (sound) so don’t bother turning up the volume.

Occupy Central Hong Kong

In response to China’s planned erosion of democratic electoral process in the SAR of Hong Kong  (China proposing to only allow their approved candidates to stand for election), an occupation has begun.

The people republic of China has always held democratic reforms as being dangerous and unpalatable and to this day many Chinese residents are completely unaware of  the Tienanmen square pro democracy protest from 1989 and the gruesome way in which it ended.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29397738

Many of the protesters have taken to wearing eye protection with some using a improvised saran wrap (AKA cling film/ glad wrap) as a ‘better than nothing’ protection from presumably noxious gasses that may be released by authorities to break up the protest.

Thousands take to the street in Hong Kong in protest of Chinese government wanting to reduce democratic freedoms.

Thousands take to the street in Hong Kong in protest of Chinese government wanting to reduce democratic freedoms.

 

These guys are smart they are going straight to the heart of the beast, threatening to disrupt banking and finance in Hong Kong.

 http://oclphkenglish.wordpress.com/press/

https://twitter.com/OCLPHK

 

Breaking news:

Occupy Central appears to be under attack from police right now.

 

Hong Kong Police use several rounds of tear gas. Most protesters remain crowds estimated to be as many as 30,000.

Hong Kong Police use several rounds of tear gas. Most protesters remain crowds estimated to be as many as 30,000.

live video:

http://hongwrong.com/occupy-central-now-on/

Clive Palmer apologises to Chinese mongrels

 $orry…

 

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Clive Palmer has now shown what a shrewd operator he is. Many saw his apparent spray at the Chinese government as an off the cuff frustration as the QandA presenter pressured him on a commercial case he was embroiled in. Whether Clive realized it not (an we suspect with the money he has he can afford the best advice) he attacked at the most critical point.

Clive has shown he is able to legitimately convert financial power into political and media power.

This gave Clive Palmer two powerful weapons in his current cases against a Chinese business over money he is owed.

 

Mongrels, Bastards!

Palmer seemingly cornered, raises the stakes threatening to do the unthinkable.

Palmer seemingly cornered, raises the stakes threatening to do the unthinkable.

The Chinese government hates scandals.

 

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mongrel

In Australian  English ‘Mongrel’ means or mixed breed dog , applied to sports (particularly boxing) means tough aggressive man.

Mike Tyson’s boxing style might be described as Mongrel, tough, aggressive, and lacking complex technique.

When translated, the term Mongrel means mixed or hybrid.

Chinese are very sensitive on questions of race and race mixing and genealogy.

Bastard looses nothing in the translation but is generally considered more offensive in China than here, as the Chinese are very conservative in family matters.

Chinese are also very sensitive to insults in general, so much effort is spend on keeping up good appearances (saving face) it becomes a significant distraction in day to day life.

Chinese people eats dogs and wealthy people eat more dogs that those who are poor. Chinese people realize westerners find the idea of eating dog objectionable seeing dogs  largely as beloved pets or animals of service. Even wild or feral dogs which are culled are not eaten in the west, eating dog s is seen as a cultural taboo through much of the west.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Bastard?s=t

Bastard also continues the theme of sexual improper conduct and adds in illegitimacy and despicable nature.

You have got more to loose than me. Game on!

You have got more to loose than me. Game on!

 

The most curious thing about the uses of these insults is that they are an anachronism even for someone of Clive Palmer’s age. The terms are now obscure in language generally, and are considered locally only mildly offensive.

So a mildly offensive remark in the Australian vernacular translates via a dog whistle (pun intended) to a highly offensive slur against a litigation opponent very much under control of the Chinese government. It entirely possible this scandal has reduced the resolve of Palmer’s opponent in the court case due to Chinese Government political pressure.  On the third party adjudicator side of the commercial case, the court is now under pressure to resolve the case in Palmer’s favor, as he is willing to damage trade relations with a very important international trade partner.  Palmer’s PUP party has a controlling wedge in the senate, able to block any legislation the opposition wont support. The opposition is unlikely to support Liberal/national policy because of its shock doctrine budget.

That’s a hell of a gambit by a man who can afford to move large pieces on the board.

They backed down, my stones are this big.

They backed down, my stones are this big.

 

Clive Palmer clearly is economically rational and hardly a man to do any thing without very careful precognition. Palmer openly admits he rarely attends the lower house where he is a member citing the fact his single vote there generally makes little difference in the outcomes. This in itself a dog whistle to the disenchanted vote who see both major parties as being out of touch and rightly seeing greens as being destructive Marxists. This was no accident, it was a carefully planned and disguised scandal to get leverage in his commercial case.

 

The apology was a week in forth coming so one can imagine the back room horse trading that was done to produce such an apology and smooth things over.

 

OK we can negotiate now.  How much did you say we owed you?

OK we can negotiate now.
How much did you say we owed you?

 

Billionaire mining magnates don’t apologize for free.

 

Best of I I'm tapping into nationalism and resentment of job losses to China, general dishonesty in Chinese business practices, and I'm dog whistling to the public that I'm a hero of the people strong enough to stand up against a bigger opponent.

Best of all I’m tapping into nationalism and resentment of job losses to China, general dishonesty in Chinese business practices, and I’m dog whistling to the public that I’m a hero of the people strong enough to stand up against a bigger opponent.

 

Clive Palmer now has significant leverage in his commercial case, after all he would not appear on a leftist echo chamber like QandA without a good reason.

Money is always a good reason.

*Scoring political points a good ancillary benefit.

 

 

If you prefer 'Return of the Jedi' as an analogy this is what more or less happened.

If you prefer ‘Return of the Jedi’ as an analogy this is what more or less happened.

ADMIN ADDITION:

How did the Chinese government feel about this?

Heres a clue, be sure to read the comment to this Chinese newspaper link.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/877094.shtml

More socialist bullshit

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To believe in socialism you have to be pretty stoned.

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Here is a famous socialist, can you feel the cognitive dissonance kicking in?

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Socialists love to talk about the utopias that exist only in their own minds, that can never actually work in practice for any extended period of time. Don’t get fished in.

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Socialists love to talk about their values and ideals, but always have an excuse when they are not sticking to them. You’ll soon see Socialists are hypocrites. Hypocrites if given power quickly become tyrants.

It all looks good until you realise you gave up freedom for security and ultimately got neither.

It all looks good until you realise you gave up freedom for security and ultimately got neither.

 

 

Socialism in just USSR and China has been responsible for more than 130 million deaths, of their own people.

The true death toll will never be know as some people simply disappeared.

The socialist utopia is always just one more execution away…

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VSS_Vintorez

That’s why the USSR created this: the VSS; a silenced, fully automatic, armor piercing, sniper rifle. It’s designed for internal political assassinations. It even breaks down to 3 small pieces to fit in a brief case. Now that’s what I call a socialist utopia! Where do I sign up?

 

 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VSS_Vintorez

Beware of Socialists!

Bitcoin mania! Doubles in a week on Chinese grey money

Bitcoin surges to over $800USD doubling its price in less than a week.

Bitcoin surges to over $800USD doubling its price in less than a week.

Bitcoin sis certainly not dead. This latest price hike is apparently based on Chinese businessmen seeing the real estate market tank and tired of capital flight (and other)  laws are moving into Bitcoin. Of course many use Bitcoin as a way of avoiding taxes and regulations, avoiding regulations (and making a deal) is somewhat of a Chinese tradition. You only have to see a Chinese Buddhist monk in the middle of a group ceremonial dance stop dead to answer his mobile phone to know that making an arrangement is a very serious matter. People ate already talking about $10,000USD Bitcoins. Of course there are about 12M bitcoins in circulation and there is a  limit of 21M (by 2140), and fiat currencies (like the US Dollar) keeps spewing out more worthless paper and plastic. I doesn’t take a genius to work out scarcity is a fundamental driver of economics.

In trying to get a local take on the bitcoin market I stumbled into this local Bitcoin trader, who ran out of Bitcoins today. I’m sure s/he will try to get more.

Local Bitcoin for bank deposit merchant runs out of coins today

Local ‘Bitcoin for bank deposit’ merchant runs out of coins today

Growth slows in China, considers printing their way out!

I think this with other news may show that with China all bets are off. A debt bubble just announced and now growth slowing and China may do a little QE  (lowering RRR) of its own.

And now straight to the BBC:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22981667

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