November 2005

China Hates Bush too…..

November 25, 2005 // 0 Comments

This article is funny…. This reminds me of the conservative republicans that call the Western Media — “The Liberal Media”–here we have the communist, government media that is making sweeping accusations about how our media has a bias–which I think is really funny. They can’t talk in truth about their government, so it makes sense to just point and laugh at ours…. Bush in China George Koonull Updated: 2005-11-22 10:37 Coming off a new low in domestic approval ratings and battered by a decidedly hostile reception in Latin America, a mellower and gentler President George W. Bush brought a more conciliatory message to Asia. Western media stressed the part of Bush’s speech in Japan where he suggested that China should look upon Taiwan as its model for democracy and freedom. The reference to Taiwan occupied only two short paragraphs out of 34 of his prepared text. China chose to ignore the reference when Bush arrived in Beijing. Bush began his speech in Beijing by praising China for its economic progress and for […]

November 25, 2005 // 0 Comments

100 tons of chemicals flowed into river(China Daily/chinadaily.com.cn)Updated: 2005-11-25 05:47 About 100 tons of dangerous chemicals equivalent to 10 tanker-truck loads was spewed into the Songhua River, which supplies water to Harbin, the nation’s environment watchdog disclosed yesterday. Zhang Lijun, vice-minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), told a press conference in Beijing that Jilin Petrochemical Corporation, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), “should be responsible” for the leak of benzene and its derivatives following an explosion at a chemical plant. “We will be very clear about who’s responsible. It is the chemical plant of the CNPC,” Zhang said. Asked whether the company might face criminal charges or fines, he said that had not been decided. A stretch of potentially lethal polluted river water headed towards one of China’s biggest cities on Thursday after an explosion at a petrochemical plant, November 24 2005. [newsphoto] The plant, on the upper reaches of the river in Jilin Province, earlier denied any connection between the contaminated water and the explosion on November […]

The Thanksgiving Turkey

November 25, 2005 // 0 Comments

These pictures will tell a very funny story tommorow…. I am planning on spending the entire day drinking green tea and writing some of the wonderful stories that have made this trip to China such a wonderful experience. Many thanks to those of you gave me a call this thanksgiving and the notes of appreciation for the site– it is always so nice that people are reading this material. I will be uploading much information tommorow afternoon…. Mean while, enjoy these pictures and the story below…. Happy Thanksgiving!!! FROM CHINA DAILY TODAY (See if you can spot the propoganda) Commentary: Cover-up can’t hide murky water truth(China Daily)Updated: 2005-11-25 06:00 With confirmation by the State Environmental Protection Administration that the Songhua River has been contaminated by benzene and nitrobenzene, action by Harbin municipal government has proven to be timely and necessary. As the contaminated swathe of water approached the capital city of Heilongjiang Province, local residents finally heard an apology from neighbouring Jilin Province, where an explosion in a chemical plant belonging to […]

Thanksgiving–another crazy day in China

November 24, 2005 // 0 Comments

To my shock and amazement, today was actually a great thanksgiving. Its over at about the same that every other thanksgiving is over, about 900pm, I am tired from all the food and activity that the day had brought forth. As per usual with Chinese festivities, I wasn’t made aware that anything special was going to be happening until just after 10 this morning, when one of the cute chinese girls calls me and asks me if I can attend a special dinner and performance. I had known that the finals of the University singing/lipsynching to the worst English songs known to man was scheduled, but I had no idea that it would hold what we were in store for. I will upload some pics tommorow, but the food was horrid at first. I ate most of a frog before I finally asked what it was, and the fish, which I took a picture of, was made in my honor, so I was forced to eat it. Not good-as you will see. […]

Thanksgiving–rememberances

November 24, 2005 // 0 Comments

In honor of today’s Thanksgiving, I thought it might be a good idea to go back in time one year ago today and remember what will always live in my memory as the strangest, yet most personal thanksgiving ever. Although this journal entry, which I have printed below is just a small example of how I felt that day, looking back on the memory it was an exciting time. One thing about the chinese that always interested me more than anything else was how they managed to get as excited as young children over the western holidays with which they had so little familiarity. Today is bound to be equally as special as it is Lili’s first thanksgiving as well and I think she, like the Chinese, is equally excited to see whats in store, to feel that holiday cheer that comes with all of these winter like holidays. I had a lot more to say in the previous entry that was swallowed up by cyberspace when the computer decided to go […]

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