China today

It started at Maciej’s. He’s leaving China (and looking for work):

He was not the first Western guy to treat China as his own personal sexual buffet. To put it in the D&D terms that many of the guys who benefit most from the effect will readily understand, living in China gives you +4 attractiveness. The love handles (metaphorically) shrink, the hairline advances, teeth straighten, previously soupy eyes blaze with a new rakish light. […] You’re a computer programmer? You’re quiet and like to read? You live with your parents? You never drink? You are sexually inexperienced?

HEARTTHROB!

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Most guys are able to take this in stride (so this is what it feels like to be a woman!), but there is always the small minority of men who find themselves up at one in the morning, writing blog posts entitled Undressing Tingting.

He linked to EastSouthNorthWest, who quoted Calving Ching (Cyrus Ching? “I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”) and Qin Hui:

I told him: “Following your standards, neither leftists nor rights have power in China. For you, your leftists are supposed to hold the rulers accountable; your rightists are supposed to limit the powers of the rulers. Both these types of people are being suppressed in China. But the Chinese rulers also prop up the types of leftists and rightists that they need. They need the ‘leftists’ to expand their power, and they need to ‘rightists’ to help them evade their responsibilities. So it can be said that in China, both ‘leftists’ and ‘rightists’ are being favored by the rulers.”

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[China’s economic] growth cannot be regarded as “the success of the government” as interpreted by the left-leaning scholars, nor as “the success of the market” as interpreted by the right-leaning scholars, nor does it have anything to do with the so-called “Beijing consensus” about the “combined success of market and government.” Apart from low wages and low benefits, China is able to use its “advantage” in “low human rights” to push down the price of the four major factors (manpower, land, capital and non-renewable resources). The “cost of transaction is reduced” by prohibiting price negotiations as well as limiting or even eliminating certain trade rights. China rejects democracy, it suppresses participation, it pays no attention to ideas, it despises religious beliefs, it scorns justice and it uses materialistic stimulation to promote a single-minded desire to chase after the mirage of wealth. This was how it came to have an astonishing competitiveness seldom seen in open market or welfare states, and all the other liberalizing countries in the world that adopt either “gradual development” or “shock therapy” fall far behind China.

then linked to Joel Martinsen:

Cosmetology students offering free haircuts in a public park in Jiaozuo, Henan Province, were chased off the “Young Volunteers Plaza” by park management who suspected that they were merely using the park as a free practice ground. Which, if you are familiar with beauty training schools, is probably not a bad guess – the school claims that it has provided 13,000 free haircuts to city residents since March.

Each side’s spin:

– Jiaozuo City Oriental Technical Institute president: “There’s a sign set up at the entrance reading ‘Young Volunteers Plaza’, proving that this place is authorized by the government. The students weren’t taking any money for their volunteer hair cutting, so why didn’t they let the students learn from Lei Feng and donate their generosity?”

– Park administrater Lu Ren: “Although the students were voluntarily cutting hair and not taking any money from the citizens, the school had taken money from the students. Under the banner of volunteerism, the school was in fact turning the People’s Park into a training ground, and the park has no obligation to assist them.”

– [Forrestry folks snipped]

I call spruitjeslucht.

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