China

Prepare to be an organ donor

The dunderhead arrested for drug offences in China was allegedly carrying 30kg of ‘ice’.

The chances of builder Peter Gardiner avoiding the death penalty in China have rapidly deteriorated with Customs officials revealing they believe he was the owner of two pieces of luggage stuffed with 30 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Yesterday marked D-Day for New Zealand-born Gardiner, 25, as it was his 37th day in detention, the longest Chinese authorities can keep a person without letting them go or charging them.

However, a newspaper report indicated that Customs officials believed he was involved in a drug-smuggling plot and his Australian travelling partner, Kalynda Davis, 22, had no knowledge or involvement. Read more »

Remember the outrage? …whoopsy no evidence, just like the so called Moment of Truth

Remember the outrage when the traitor Edward Snowden ‘revealed’ that the US had spied on Angela Merkel’s cellphone?

Seems it was just like the so-called ‘Moment of Truth’…complete rubbish.

Germany’s top public prosecutor said an investigation into suspected tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by U.S. spies had so far failed to find any concrete evidence.

Revelations by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden that Washington carried out large-scale electronic espionage in Germany provoked widespread outrage — particularly the allegation that the NSA had bugged Merkel’s phone.

Harald Range launched an official investigation in June, believing there was enough preliminary evidence to show unknown U.S. intelligence officers had tapped the phone, although there was not enough clarity on the issue to bring charges.

On Wednesday he said however, “the document presented in public as proof of an actual tapping of the mobile phone is not an authentic surveillance order by the NSA. It does not come from the NSA database.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Recycled / CFP In the city of Qingdao, a new apartment complex is raising eyebrows. Some of the windows, it seems, aren't windows. They're paint.

Photo: Recycled / CFP
In the city of Qingdao, a new apartment complex is raising eyebrows. Some of the windows, it seems, aren’t windows. They’re paint.

Rooms With No View

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Aussies flip the bird at UN climate fund

Good on the Aussie government, they have flipped the bird at the UN climate fund refusing to contribute anymore to it.

Australia has refused to pay into the UN’s Green Climate Fund, designed to pay for climate change adaptations for developing nations, preferring to cut out the ‘Green blob’ middleman and finance initiatives directly. The Chinese delegation said that this was “not good news”. Speaking at the UN Climate Summit in Peru, the Australian delegates also called for commitments from all major economies including China on emissions. (h/t Jo Nova)

Speaking to Associated Press before the summit in Lima, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, said: “The Green Climate Fund is about supporting developing countries build resilience to climate change. Australia is already doing that through our aid program. From my experience, bilateral work is able to customize responses when we’re working directly with another partner country.”

So far about $10 billion a year has been pledged by rich countries, but the ambition is to go much further. Su Wei, China’s lead negotiator said: “It is not good news [about] Australia, if it is true that they refuse to provide any money to the GCF.

“It also has very important impacts in the negotiating process. It’s a trust-building process. There is still a large gap toward the 2020 targets of $100 billion a year.”

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Andrew Little just making stuff up

Another day and another Labour politician makes stuff up.

One of Labour’s own donors, Bill Liu is currently before the courts…and for some reason Andrew Little is trying to smear everyone else.

New Zealand political parties have been offered handsome donations from corrupt Chinese migrants looking for favours, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

The revelation comes as China’s president Xi Jinping seeks an extradition treaty with New Zealand to allow the return of Chinese citizens he believes are living here on the proceeds of corrupt activities.

Mr Little said the Labour Party was approached on a couple of occasions by Chinese people offering large donations.

“When I was party president we were approached, being offered handsome donations,” he said.

“We weren’t sure what the origin of their wealth was and we weren’t satisfied, we weren’t comfortable, (so) we didn’t accept the donation.”

Asked if he believed corrupt monies had been donated to other New Zealand political parties, he said: “It could not be ruled out.”   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Fame Pictures, Inc.  People walk by a huge steel sculpture of breasts named Bubble Woman and a waterfall made of toilet bowls, in a park in Foshan, South China's Guangdong province.

Photo: Fame Pictures, Inc.
People walk by a huge steel sculpture of breasts named Bubble Woman and a waterfall made of toilet bowls, in a park in Foshan, South China’s Guangdong province.

Flushed For Success

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Why China Will Rule The World

In New Zealand we have political parties calling for the extension of benefits to the indigent who already have umpteen children they can’t support.

In China their population knows that more children creates poverty in the already poor.

China’s expected baby boom is turning out to be a bust.

Not as many married couples as expected are taking advantage of a loosening in China’s one-child policy that allows them to have two children if one spouse is an only child.

Around 804,000 couples applied by the end of September to have a second child, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement, dramatically short of the annual two million new births projected by health officials as a result of the policy shift announced last November.

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Photo Of The Day

CREDIT: Sim Chi Yin / VII / Courtesy United Photo Industries & Magnum Foundation. “Big Rain” (“da yu” in Mandarin), 21, a KTV lounge worker, decorated his basement room  with a happy display of balloons. He lives in room A12 of a basement beneath Beijing’s north Third Ring Road. Originally from Heilongjiang in China’s northeast, he’s been in Beijing for the past year. He sleeps in the day and wakes up around 7 or 8pm to do his hair at a salon and then grabs a cab to go to work. Giving only his surname Chen, he said: “I’m 1.8 m tall, weigh 120 jin (about 60kg), am male and interested in girls. What else do you want to know?” He was planning to move out. “It’s too humid here,” he grumbled.

CREDIT: Sim Chi Yin / VII / Courtesy United Photo Industries & Magnum Foundation.
“Big Rain” (“da yu” in Mandarin), 21, a KTV lounge worker, decorated his basement room with a happy display of balloons. He lives in room A12 of a basement beneath Beijing’s north Third Ring Road. Originally from Heilongjiang in China’s northeast, he’s been in Beijing for the past year. He sleeps in the day and wakes up around 7 or 8pm to do his hair at a salon and then grabs a cab to go to work. Giving only his surname Chen, he said: “I’m 1.8 m tall, weigh 120 jin (about 60kg), am male and interested in girls. What else do you want to know?” He was planning to move out. “It’s too humid here,” he grumbled.

Chinas “Rat Tribe”

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About those receding Himalayan glaciers that will rob the sub-continent of water

Remember the fuss about the receding Himalayan glaciers that were going to disappear because of global warming…and the perilous tales peddled about the sub-continent running out of water as a result?

Yeah, well it turns out that those stories were yet more lies in the ongoing lie-fest over global warming.

Glaciers around the world are melting, retreating and even vanishing altogether. But in the mountainous Karakoram region of Asia — home to K2, the second highest peak on Earth — the glaciers aren’t melting. If anything, some are expanding.

Now, scientists have found an explanation for this mysterious glacial stability. While precipitation is increasing across the Himalayas, most of this moisture drops in the summer — except in Karakoram, where snow dominates the scene.

“It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” said study researcher Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric and ocean sciences at Princeton University.

“This gives a reasoning for why you can have increased snowfall in a region and have increased glaciers or stable glaciers in a warming world,” Kapnick told Live Science.

The Karakoram is a picturesque chain of snowy peaks along the border of India, Pakistan and China. It’s part of the larger Himalaya mountain chain, which is losing its glaciers as the climate warms.

Yet observations in the Karakoram region reveal that the glaciers there are stable, and snowfall is increasing instead of decreasing.

“I really wanted to dive deeply into why that is,” Kapnick said.   Read more »

Faces of the day

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