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#361 George Rowell

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 05:23 PM

View PostTraveler, on 14 March 2019 - 03:40 PM, said:

I tend to think that the most recent stuff is better constructed. But stuff constructed in 2005-2010 looked like something out of Bladerunner by 2017. Stuff constructed in 2012 had stucco cracking and iron stains below the windows by 2014. Remember that article about Chabuduo?
I have not seen this sort of bad construction in Shanghai. But it is the normal investment route to buy a second or third investment house, often in places where there are no shops or facilities because - there are no people. At any one time the may be a single family staying in a total deserted and isolated housing project. The guard is always asleep.
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 05:30 PM

View PostGeorge Rowell, on 17 March 2019 - 12:07 PM, said:

Don't talk about precipitative sea level rise please. Our house is 30 meters from the river and less than 1 meter above the high water level!!! I get worried when it rains hard. I want to look at the pelicans, not swim with them. That would completely ruin my day. I am hoping climate change will be slow enough to see me out and yet somehow also solve the problem of my will.

You'll be able to swim with the black swans!
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 05:35 PM

View Postindy, on 14 March 2019 - 01:10 PM, said:

That's crazy. What kind of recourse do people have when their house falls apart after a couple of years? The other question is, is this the rule or the exception? If it's the rule, you'd think people would be livid.
These are usually investment houses and left empty. Nobody buys these or sells them and there are tens of thousands. In Beijig there are 4 million empty new flats and Shanghai has 3 million. The company that built the ones in the film probably no longer exists. In Shanghai I have never seen one like that, or even close, nor Suzhou, maybe because the town government is more powerful.
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 05:47 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 17 March 2019 - 05:30 PM, said:

You'll be able to swim with the black swans!
I used to go canoeing a lot but now catch fish and take an interest in the wildfowl population. The pelicans are the bossy kings but there are about 50 black swans and 20 mostly white swans. Quite a few canards and hens too not to mention parrots in the trees dotting the embankment. Just hope the water does not come in my front door any time soon. Until then I will enjoy the sunrises and sunsets, both on the river. It is scary but in 50 years the house may not be feasible.

Flamingoes tend to gather about two Klicks away but right here does not suit them, and a few Ibis, with those curved beaks, that take an interest in peoples lawns as well as any marsh. Few have any real fear of humans.
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Posted 18 March 2019 - 12:02 AM

You are Stealing our Women!!!

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 12:19 AM

The other day I met my next door neighbor who was about to take his dogs for a walk.
"Can you chop down some of your trees", he said. "There is a lot of debris and it blows into my gutters. Not only that" he said and lowered his voice and leaned over, "the other day I saw a RAT!"
"Keep your voice down" I hushed, "Wen may hear you talking about huge rats and get excited."
He raised his eyebrows, "Is she scared of rats" he asked.
"No", I replied, "Wen is Chinese, they eat rats."
"Noooo! Reeeally!"
"Yes, just don't tell her, OK" :)
"OK"

My neighbor has not mentioned rats again. but then I did get the tree fellas :) in
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Posted 18 March 2019 - 12:26 AM

Dystopian state. Facial recognition and surveillance in China

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I might add that the Chinese themselves do not seem to mind at all. It catches criminals.
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Posted 18 March 2019 - 12:56 AM

Don't mention the ABCC11 gene!

On my last stay in China I had an allergic reaction, possibly from what I ate, maybe from the metformin, so I went to the skin hospital. Now the interesting thing is that a higher than usual percentage of the patients were women and quite a few had mild BO. That was a strange distribution for China.
Now you may wonder where this is going but the Japanese and Koreans have a no-smell ABCC11 gene variant and only 5% percent of Chinese have the smelly variant. What does that mean? Well, simply put no body odor! Yep, and for a smelly European that makes me real jealous. I looked at those ladies again and saw no visible blemishes.
I may be completely on the wrong track but it occurred to me that they were here because they thought there was something wrong with them. I can imagine their disappointment when they found out. If that was the case then it must have hit hard. But there you are. In the heat after a busy day they crowd the metros and - no problem. Unless you are a smelly 'Laowai' like myself - or one of the dreaded 5%.

If you have dry earwax you may be one of the lucky ones too.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:31 AM

The FBI is clamping down on certain Chinese "academics" who are suspected of being spies. If this is under the direction of the Trump administration then I'll give him credit for this one.

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The FBI is reportedly barring some Chinese academics from entering the U.S. over their suspected connections to Chinese intelligence, The New York Times reported.

At least 30 professors from China who focus their work on social sciences and experts on government policy have had their U.S. visas reviewed or canceled in the past year. The FBI reportedly believes that China is using visiting academics to spy on U.S. citizens.

The Trump administration has focused substantial efforts to crack down on intellectual property theft by China.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 12:30 PM

View PostLFC, on 15 April 2019 - 09:31 AM, said:

The FBI is clamping down on certain Chinese "academics" who are suspected of being spies. If this is under the direction of the Trump administration then I'll give him credit for this one.

We’ve a couple of Chinese nationals arrested here. We have the GE research lab. Rensselaer Poly institute. Albany College of Nanoscience. Plenty of “fertile ground”.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:32 PM

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We’ve a couple of Chinese nationals arrested here. We have the GE research lab. Rensselaer Poly institute. Albany College of Nanoscience. Plenty of “fertile ground”.
The same could be said of any burg that contains a major university (or several smaller institutions).
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:51 PM

By law Chinese citizens anywhere in the World can be forced to spy even if they do not spy voluntarily. https://thediplomat....telligence-law/

"In 2017 the regime passed the National Intelligence Law, which requires all Chinese citizens and entities to supply intelligence information if requested.
Article 7 states that Chinese “organizations and citizens shall, in accordance with the law, support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national intelligence work.” It adds that the state will “protect” individuals and organizations that assist in such intelligence efforts.
Article 14 states: “The state intelligence department has the right to ask any (Chinese) government, organization, and citizen to supply the necessary support, assistance, and cooperation.”
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 10:28 AM

What a surprise. After all, we do the same ourselves. Just voluntarily....
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