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January 31, 2013

It’s not always a good thing when fictional products make the jump into reality…

  • 1987 The classic comedy Spaceballs features a scene with President Skroob (Mel Brooks) enjoying a fresh can of “Perri-Air" from his private stash.
  • 2013 A Chinese millionaire, inspired by last week’s smog epidemic, is selling fresh (and scented!) canned air in an effort to draw attention to environmental issues in China. (h/t to Geekologie) source
16:45 // 1 year ago
January 30, 2013
Today in hackings originating from China: The New York Times. The hacking incident began after The Times started working on this story about Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s fortune. Every Times employee had their corporate password stolen, and 53 employees had their personal computers infiltrated, mostly outside of the office. So yeah, kind of a big story.

Today in hackings originating from China: The New York Times. The hacking incident began after The Times started working on this story about Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s fortune. Every Times employee had their corporate password stolen, and 53 employees had their personal computers infiltrated, mostly outside of the office. So yeah, kind of a big story.

21:35 // 1 year ago
January 14, 2013
climateadaptation:

kateoplis:

Nope, this is not a still from Blade Runner. It’s smog in Beijing. 

Some of my friends in Beijing have said the air burns their eyes and lungs. Here’s a picture of my colleague with his double-barreled air mask. Intense. Note he’s wearing a trash bag to protect his suit from the dirty air when he goes out.

As we pointed out the other day, Beijing hit an extremely high level on the air-quality chart over the weekend. This is scary stuff, guys.

climateadaptation:

kateoplis:

Nope, this is not a still from Blade Runner. It’s smog in Beijing

Some of my friends in Beijing have said the air burns their eyes and lungs. Here’s a picture of my colleague with his double-barreled air mask. Intense. Note he’s wearing a trash bag to protect his suit from the dirty air when he goes out.

As we pointed out the other day, Beijing hit an extremely high level on the air-quality chart over the weekend. This is scary stuff, guys.

19:47 // 1 year ago
January 13, 2013
We need a new scale: On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which marks off the city’s air quality based on a 0-500 scale set by the EPA, detected air quality so bad that the Twitter account that updates people on the embassy’s air quality detection spat out a 755. 500 was supposed to be the maximum, by the way.

We need a new scale: On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which marks off the city’s air quality based on a 0-500 scale set by the EPA, detected air quality so bad that the Twitter account that updates people on the embassy’s air quality detection spat out a 755. 500 was supposed to be the maximum, by the way.

11:50 // 1 year ago
January 12, 2013
[America is] most corrupt in the world. …Where does this Great Breakdown [financial crisis] come from? It started exactly from the world, the United States. When I was interviewed in the U.S., people asked me, I said the same thing. I said now that China has become strong, everyone is making an issue of China. If our own countrymen don’t support our country, who will support our country? We know our country has many problems. We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say] ‘our country is the best.’
Chinese film star Jackie Chan • Condemning America as the world’s most corrupt country in an interview on Chinese television. This isn’t a perspective that’s so out of character for him – Chan is a noted supporter of China’s ruling Communist party (to the extent of suggesting he’s come to believe “we Chinese people need to be controlled”), which has been criticized through the years as shot through with corruption, censorship and disrespect for human rights. Which is not to say he’s wrong in citing the 2008 financial crisis as an example of a corrupted relationship between American government and business, and one that had disastrous implications for the entire global financial system. But his final takeaway, that Chinese people should deny any discord within their system when speaking to an outsider, seems itself a strike against the sort of transparency that might loosen corruption’s hold. source 
15:36 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013

swagandpassion says: Hey SFB. Are there fundamental differences with Libya and Syria as far as Western powers intervening? Logistically I can assume Europe had more interest in a stable Libya & Obama leading behind scenes, but is intervention not a good idea for Syria?

Scott had a really long answer to this, so we’re gonna jump it, so we don’t just give you a long block of text. Here’s the tl;dr version: The biggest challenge raised is from Russia and China, and it’s making it difficult for western forces to get involved.

Anyway, click on to read. — Ernie @ SFB

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19:22 // 1 year ago
November 23, 2012
guardian:

An extraordinary picture of a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China. An elderly couple refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished. They say that compensation offered is not enough to cover rebuilding costs. This and all the best news images from Thursday here: Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Don’t be surprised if this image becomes iconic among U.S. opponents of eminent domain.

guardian:

An extraordinary picture of a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China. An elderly couple refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished. They say that compensation offered is not enough to cover rebuilding costs. This and all the best news images from Thursday here: Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Don’t be surprised if this image becomes iconic among U.S. opponents of eminent domain.

15:35 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
China’s been cheating over the years, number one by manipulating their currency, number two by stealing our intellectual property.
Mitt Romney, calling out China on currency manipulation. If you had ‘cheating China’ in your Mitt Romney debate drinking game, raise a toast!
22:34 // 1 year ago
September 24, 2012

China: Foxconn brawl leads to plant closure

  • 2,000 people involved in a brawl at a dormitory at a Foxconn plant in Taiyuan, China. The plant, with 79,000 employees, is closed for now, with some workers suggesting on social media that Foxconn guards had beaten employees, leading to the brawl. source
8:22 // 1 year ago
September 18, 2012
1,700 acres. One batch of islands. Japan and China in battle of words over tiny patch of land
China and Japan aren’t on good terms right now: Last week, Japan purchased a set of islands from a private owner. But they weren’t any islands — the Senkaku Islands (known as the Diaoyu Islands in China) have long been a target of an ownership battle for decades. Now, the Chinese are really, really mad, with protesters using the anniversary of the events that led to Japan’s occupation of Manchuria as a pretext for more anger over the islands. Japan says it bought the islands in an effort to prevent them from being developed more fully by the mayor of Tokyo. More trouble than they’re worth? (photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

1,700 acres. One batch of islands. Japan and China in battle of words over tiny patch of land

China and Japan aren’t on good terms right now: Last week, Japan purchased a set of islands from a private owner. But they weren’t any islands — the Senkaku Islands (known as the Diaoyu Islands in China) have long been a target of an ownership battle for decades. Now, the Chinese are really, really mad, with protesters using the anniversary of the events that led to Japan’s occupation of Manchuria as a pretext for more anger over the islands. Japan says it bought the islands in an effort to prevent them from being developed more fully by the mayor of Tokyo. More trouble than they’re worth? (photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

9:29 // 1 year ago