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Chinese "medicine"
I'm posting this because it gives a bit of insight into the Chinese mentality on several issues related to trade, quality control, ethics, export control, testing, etc.. Although I'm sure the Chinese government is against this, even if only because it looks bad, it continues to happen. I can imagine one diseased individual or maybe a couple working together, but this includes folks from hospitals, manufacturing, sales, finance, and God knows what else working together to pull this off.

I know this isn't exactly on topic for this story, but I'm going to take the opportunity to repeat we should import nothing from China without thorough random inspections and testing, and billing the exporters for the costs. If we cannot identify the ingredients or componenets, ship it back and bill the shippers. Failure to pay means no further business for that exporter or shipper. Also, each shipper and exporter should be established and reputable so they can't easily skirt the law by just grabbing a new business name and license.

Do you or your kids or grandkids have any toys from China with lead in the paint or costume jewelry made out of Cadmium? Drywall with components that harm your health? I swear this is how some companies there get rid of their toxic waste.

Thousands of capsules filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today. The are believed to have emanated from China and it looks as though the bodies of dead babies have been chopped into tiny pieces which were then dried in ovens before being pummelled into powder.

The gruesome series of discoveries since last August has shocked even hardened customs agents who have pledged to strengthen inspections.

There is a huge demand for alternative Chinese remedies - which include ground up rhino horns. The Chinese have historically consumed human placentas to improve blood supply and circulation.

The South Korean Customs Service said today that it had heightened its searches of suspicious packages being brought into the country by travellers from China in an attempt to stamp out the sickening trade.

According to customs agents, 35 smuggling attempts have been made since August last year involving more than 17,000 capsules disguised as 'stamina boosters'.

Hospitals and abortion clinics in China reportedly pass the remains onto drugs companies when a baby is stillborn or aborted, the South Korean SBS documentary team reported last year.

The San Francisco Times reported that tests carried out on the pills confirmed they were made up of 99.7 per cent human remains.
That's some pure ingredients they've got there. It's going to be hard for anyone to do much better than that.
The tests were successfully able to establish the genders of the babies used.

There is a huge demand for the pills which are thought to enhance stamina. Microwave-dried placenta is also sought after for its alleged 'medicinal' benefits. However, in reality the human flesh capsules contain super-bacteria and other harmful ingredients.
They're just trying to scare customers away with the BS about superbacteria.
A number of smugglers who have been detained by the South Korean authorities have claimed they did not know what the ingredients were or the manufacturing process behind them.
Do you know what ingredients are in anything you import from them? They must live in a pretty backwards country not to inspect everything that comes in from a place like this.
'Ethnic Koreans from north-east China who now live in South Korea are those who were mostly intending to use the capsules or share them with other Korean-Chinese' said a customs official.
Maybe China could allow them to be exported to North Korea.
'They are normally brought into South Korea in luggage or posted by international mail.'
Chinese newspapers have identified the north eastern provinces as the source
Somehow their customers are getting their hands on this stuff. Follow the trail.
Posted by: gorb || 05/07/2012 09:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under:

#1  People in China will do anything to get ahead because 1) life is a zero-sum game, for you to win, others must lose and 2) if you don't know the others, then you don't care one whit about them. Confucius forgot to include the Golden Rule when telling people how to relate to one another. Screwing others over is how you ensure you're on the good side of the zero-sum equation. Otherwise, you're inevitably on the other side.

I should add that there are plenty of ordinary Chinese who are disgusted by this sort of thing, and regularly wail that they want to get away and emigrate.
Posted by: gromky || 05/07/2012 10:14 Comments || Top||

#2  There is a huge demand for the pills which are thought to enhance stamina.
I think they should let some thru, with full disclosure.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/07/2012 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  There is a huge demand for the pills which are thought to enhance stamina.

Feeding their Starcraft addiction. Must level up, just one more hour......
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/07/2012 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  You don't gain levels in Starcraft.
Posted by: gromky || 05/07/2012 12:01 Comments || Top||

#5  It's a reference to 'staying up one more hour' to achieve something which could be the next level, next scenario/quest, next rung in a competition ladder, or attain the next 'must have' token.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/07/2012 13:44 Comments || Top||

#6  If we could convince them that it is a superior choice to rhino horn, bear paw, tiger gall bladder or snow owl testicles, then I say go with it.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 05/07/2012 16:31 Comments || Top||

#7  I know this isn't exactly on topic for this story, but I'm going to take the opportunity to repeat we should import nothing from China without thorough random inspections and testing, and billing the exporters for the costs.

Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/07/2012 17:42 Comments || Top||

#8  bigjim-CA
Your an idiot. Nazi environmentalist who care more for animals than humans. Why not volunteer yourself to save some owl balls?
Posted by: Thegum Snaviter1781 || 05/07/2012 18:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Sigh. Even the trolls are made in China these days.
Posted by: RandomJD || 05/07/2012 20:34 Comments || Top||


The above being daid, EEEEEWWWWWWWWWWW!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/07/2012 23:32 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
1st Mexican presidential debate of 2012 concludes

I watched the whole debate on Milenio.com which streamed it live, but gained most of the data from twitter feeds, mainly from AnimalPolitco.com and ElImparcial.com

By Chris Covert

The first debate among the four candidate for president of the republic of Mexico ended Sunday evening as frontrunner Partido Revolucionario Institucional(PRI) candidate Enrique Pena Nieto fended off barbs from his two closest, if remote rivals.

The debate followed the pattern of a series of subject areas including Economics and Employment, Justice, and Social Development and Sustainable Development. The debate was sponsored by the Mexican Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) and hosted and moderated by Guadalupe Juarez.

Pena Nieto spent several instances fending off barbs from leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador over PRI's past by showing photographs of Pena Nieto with PRI politicians, notably Carlos Salinas de Gortari who served as president from 1988 to 1994.

Lopez Obrador seemed to play the role of spoiler in the debate, hammering on Pena Nieto and his PRI party for what he said was an economic crisis that began during the Salinas administration. He charged that PRI had spent decades trafficking in the people's poverty, a double entendre meant to subtly link PRI with statements made in the recent past that PRI governors had been in collusion with drug traffickers. He also charged that because of the Salinas government, Mexico has "opulence in the midst of poverty."

Partido Accion Nacional candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota seemingly bided her time in the debate, putting forth several proposals such as the formation of a National Police with "military discipline", and life imprisonment for officials found to be in collusion with organized crime.

Pena Nieto, however, made economic proposals that made him sound like he was the PAN candidate, wanting structural change to make Mexican more competitive and approving the flat tax, already in existence through the offices of PAN presidents. Vazquez Mota added her proposal for a development bank for loans to medium and small enterprises.

Lopez Obrador explained in speeches just before the debates his intent to scrap the Mexican flat tax, to raise taxes, and to redistribute the proceeds to the poor. That proposal was never mentioned by Lopez Obrador in the debate mainly because he spent so much energy hammering away at Pena Nieto on his record as governor of Mexico state and his party, the PRI.

Among those gems was his contention that the return of the PRI to Los Pinos, the Mexican president's official residence, would be like the return of Santa Ana, and would "destroy everything." Another charge was that Pena Nieto spent MX $600 million (USD $45,193,680) on self promotion his first year as governor of Mexico state.

Pena Nieto was far from helpless, however. He countered against Lopez Obrador reminding viewers of Julio Cesar Godoy, the disgraced Partido Revolucion Democatica (PRD) federal deputy, and by telling Lopez Obrador, subtly reminding him of how far back he is in the polls: "If television made presidents, you would be president."

Vazquez Mota managed to get in a few charges herself by reminding viewers that the disgraced former president of PRI, Humberto Moreira's treasurer is a federal fugitive in both Mexico and the United States. She was referring to disgraced Coahuila state tax collector Javier Villarreal Hernandez. Under electoral rules, Pena Nieto does not have to respond and he didn't.

One amusing incident was when Vazquez Mota thanked the moderator using the personal "Lupita" when naming the telegenic moderator. A few Mexican journalists wagged on Twitter during the debate asking "Can we vote for Lupita?"

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news fro Rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [441 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rooters disclosed: Clad in a tight-fitting white dress with a cut below the neckline to show much [pretty much ALL] of her cleavage, Julia Orayen was working as an assistant on the televised debate, which focused on the economy and the drug-related violence ravaging Mexico.

At the start of Sunday night's debate, Orayen walked in front of the camera to hand out cards to the four candidates, and created an immediate stir on online social media.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 05/07/2012 21:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Sometimes a woman with a pretty smile and a real job to do (named "Lupita") has more of a "buzz" with me that a woman with cleavage.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2012 22:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Here is information (en Espanol) and a photo of Guadalupe Juarez.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2012 22:40 Comments || Top||

#4  "Little Latin Lupe Lu"...
I thought that the "Kingsmen" did the dumb-ass tune first; followed by The Righteous Brothers and lastly, "Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels"...

I always thought that the tune was inane, but when out with one's young friends in "The Day", it rocked-out!
Little Latin Lupe Lu lyrics

"Little Latin Lupe Lupe Lu"

Talk about my baby
Little Latin Lupe Lu
She's a hot footin' baby
There ain't no dance she couldn't do
She's my groovy little baby, hey-hey
Little Latin Lupe Lu

A-bop-a-bop-a, Lupe Lu
Well, shake it, shake it, shake it, Lupe
Wahtusi pretty baby, hey-hey
C'mon and do the hoochie coo
My true love, pretty baby, hey-hey
Little Latin Lupe Lu

If ya wanna do the twist
Lupe Lu can put it down
If ya Wah-Wahtusi
She's the best for miles around
She's my Mash Potato baby, hey-hey
Little Latin Lupe Lu

A-bop-a-bop-a, Lupe Lu
A-shake it, shake it, shake it, Lupe
( From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/r/righteous-brothers-lyrics/little-latin-lupe-lu-lyrics.html )
Wahtusi pretty baby, hey-hey
C'mon and do the hoochie coo
My true love, pretty baby, hey-hey
Little Latin Lupe Lu

Ah, one more time
A-shake-it, shake-it, shake-it, Lupe
You Wahtusi pretty baby, hey-hey
C'mon and do the hoochie coo
My true love, pretty baby, hey-hey
Little Latin Lupe Lu
(Little Latin Lupe Lu)

A-bop-a-bop-a, Lupe Lu
(Little Latin Lupe Lu)
A-shake it, shake it, shake it, Lupe
(Little Latin Lupe Lu)
Wahtusi pretty baby, hey-hey
(Little Latin Lupe Lu)
C'mon and do the hoochie coo
(Little Latin Lupe Lu)

My true love, pretty baby, hey-hey
(Now we're done)
Little Latin Lupe Lu
(Little Latin Lupe Lu)
A-bop-a-bop-a, Lupe Lu
(Little Latin Lupe Lu)
A-shake it, shake it, shake it, Lupe.
Posted by: canalzone || 05/07/2012 23:12 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change
Probably makes about as much sense as hysterics surrounding CAGW.
Huge plant-eating dinosaurs may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth's climate, research suggests. Like huge cows, the mighty sauropods would have generated enormous quantities of methane.
What is it about the Brits and goofy scientific theories?
Sauropods, recognisable by their long necks and tails, were widespread around 150 million years ago. They included some of the largest animals to walk the Earth, such as Diplodocus, which measured 150 feet and weighed up to 45 tonnes.

Scientists believe that, just as in cows, methane-producing bacteria aided the digestion of sauropods by fermenting their plant food.

''A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate,'' said study leader Dr Dave Wilkinson, from Liverpool John Moores University.
Then again, may not have.
Posted by: tipper || 05/07/2012 13:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [451 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm guessin' these guys had to use both hands to pull this theory out of their posterior. Who needs a high falutin' edumakasion, I can make this stuff up in my sleep.
Posted by: Past Master of the Obvious || 05/07/2012 15:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Sure...why not?
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/07/2012 16:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Prove them wrong...
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2012 17:40 Comments || Top||

#4  the amazing thing about this theory is that the dinosaurs evolved and thrived during warm geologic periods or so it seems; fossilized ferns are found much further toward the pole during the mezosoic than before or after

thus logically, one would have expected that any co2 bump from dinosaurs would have prevented the cenosoic cooling

but alas, logic isn't the game here; grant money is
Posted by: lord garth || 05/07/2012 18:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Does anyone really know the actually composition of the atmosphere back then, or is that also a matter of 'guesstimate'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/07/2012 20:15 Comments || Top||

#6  "what do you need it to be for me to get my grant?"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/07/2012 20:19 Comments || Top||

#7  We Dinos ate a few too many Beans during the Mesozoic andor Cenozoic Periods, didn't we???

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/07/2012 23:30 Comments || Top||

AT&T to pay Muslim woman $5M in discrimination case
Posted by: ryuge || 05/07/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Very misleading headline. AT&T will appeal. And Missouri caps punitive damages at 5x actual damages, meaning that the total award will amount to $1m, at best. That's assuming AT&T doesn't get the verdict and the award overturned on appeal.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/07/2012 18:03 Comments || Top||

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