Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Friday - January 01, 2010


I seriously thought I was gone for the night. Shows how much I know.  I need to get back to a book. Hey ,, I finally got my copy of Heinlein from Amazon.
Can’t put it down. Thnx guys. 

OK so .... you have GOT to go here to see this. The video is also here but there isn’t any way to bed it here as it’s the Chinese YouTube.
Take a look at this.


The demolition guys got it wrong. 
See all the photos and the video here.


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calendar   Wednesday - December 30, 2009


Caught this today in the Times On Line.  (UK)

No comment from me. Kinda speaks for itself.



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calendar   Tuesday - December 29, 2009


I am surprised that the Brits have already forgotten The Opium Wars. Woo-hoo. They “summon” the Chinese ambassador to lodge a complaint.
And of course the scummy rights groups are wetting their diapers.  The govt. here is greatly concerned at what the Chinese did.

Meanwhile ... RIGHT HERE IN ENGLAND ,,,,,

Father shoots dead daughter, 4, and leaves wife fighting for life before turning gun on himself

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:51 PM on 29th December 2009

A father ‘executed’ his four-year-old daughter by shooting her in the head before gunning down the child’s mother and then turning the weapon on himself.

Police officers desperately tried to save the injured child after the shooting this morning but she died in their arms at the scene.

The badly wounded 35-year-old woman, who was also shot in the head, was rushed to hospital where she is now fighting for her life.

Neighbours had called 999 shortly after 10am because they were worried about a domestic dispute.

Officers rushed to the £250,000 house in Aldershot, Hampshire, where they discovered the bloodbath.

Drunkenness, violence and vandalism blight most of Britain, admit officials

By Steve Doughty
Last updated at 1:14 AM on 29th December 2009

Officials running Labour’s campaign against anti-social behaviour believe that most of the country has a major problem.

A Home Office survey found that 73 per cent said drunkenness and rowdiness is a ‘significant problem’ in their area.

More than four out of five believe that teenagers hanging around the streets are also a concern. Seven out of ten cite vandalism and graffiti as a scourge of their district or town.

I’m sorry but there are NO links on these.  I am having continuing problems as there is nothing in the URL window above with an address. It has been happening a lot lately but usually fills in after a short time.  Tonight however, all the window reads is,  I can put an address in there, get the page I want, but for some damn reason instead of showing the actual URL, it simply says  I’ve never seen that before this week.

The Times

December 29, 2009
Chinese ambassador summoned over execution of Briton Akmal Shaikh

China’s Ambassador in London was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today to hear Britain’s “strong condemnation” of her country’s execution of Akmal Shaikh.
Mr Shaikh, a convicted British drug smuggler who is believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder, was killed by lethal injection early today, despite the personal intervention of Gordon Brown in a telephone call to Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier.

The execution was condemned by the Prime Minister and David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, with the Foreign Office minister Ivan Lewis declaring that it made him feel “sick to the stomach”.

Mr Lewis met Ambassador Fu Ying to express the Government’s “deep regret” that Beijing refused to examine appeals for clemency.

“I had a difficult conversation with the Chinese ambassador today,” he said.

“I made clear that the execution of Mr Shaikh was totally unacceptable and that China had failed in its basic human rights responsibilities in this case, in particular that China’s court had not considered the representations made about Mr Shaikh’s mental condition.”

Mr Shaikh’s family said that they were “deeply saddened, stunned and disappointed” by the execution.

Mental health campaigners deplored his killing, with one charity describing it as “medieval rough justice”.

The criticism sparked irritation in China, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu telling a press briefing in Beijing: “No one has the right to comment on China’s judicial sovereignty.

“It is the common wish of people around the world to strike against the crime of drug trafficking.

“We express our strong dissatisfaction and opposition to the British Government’s unreasonable criticism of the case. We urge the British to correct their mistake in order to avoid harming China-UK relations.”

The Chinese Embassy in London issued a statement insisting that Shaikh had “no previous medical record” of mental illness and that his rights and interests had been properly respected.

The Supreme Court said that the death sentence was the correct judgment in the case and evidence of mental illness was insufficient. Justifying its decision, the Supreme Court said in a statement: “To use the death penalty for extremely threatening and serious crimes involving drugs is beneficial to instilling fear and preventing drug crimes.”

It said no documents provided by the British Embassy or by other organisations as well as by Mr Shaikh himself could prove that he had a mental disorder. “There is no reason to cast doubt on Akmal Shaikh’s mental status.”



Statement of the Chinese Embassy on the Case of Akmal Shaikh

Akmal Shaikh was convicted for serious drug trafficking. The amount of heroin he brought into China was 4030g, enough to cause 26800 deaths, threatening numerous families. According to the Chinese law, 50g of heroin is the threshold for death penalty. It is important that the independence of the Chinese judiciary be respected.

During the legal process, Mr. Shaikh’s rights and interests were properly respected and guaranteed and the concerns of the British side were duly noted and taken into consideration by the Chinese judicial authorities. Out of humanitarian consideration, visas were granted to the two cousins of Mr. Shaikh on Boxing Day, and they were given access to meeting Mr. Shaikh inChina.

As for his possible mental illness which has been much talked about, there apparently has been no previous medical record.

Drug trafficking is a grave crime worldwide. InChina, given the bitter memory of history and the current situations, the public has a particular and strong resentment towards it. In a recent web survey, 99% of the public support the decision of the Court.

InChina the conditions are not there for abolishing the death penalty. But it is applied in a cautious manner and limited number, all such cases are reviewed by the Supreme Court.

The legal structures ofChina and UK may be different, but it should not stand in the way of enhancing our bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect.


Akmal Shaikh was convicted and sentenced to death penalty for serious drug trafficking on solid evidence. In fact, 150mg of heroin of high degree of purity would be lethal. The amount of heroin he carried was 4030g, enough to cause 26800 deaths. According to Chinese law, 50g of heroin is the threshold for the application of the death penalty. Even in the UK, he would be punished severely for his crime.

Drug trafficking is a grave crime worldwide. China has the bitter memory of drug problems in history, and is still facing severe situations at this moment, which undermines the social stability. The general public has a deep-seated hatred toward it.

China has acceded to United Nations Conventions against Illicit Drug Trafficking. In order to combat drugs, China faithfully honors its obligations under the conventions and cracks down on drug-related crimes. All cases of drug trafficking are dealt with according to law, regardless of nationality. To apply death penalty to the serious drug trafficking is helpful to preempt and prevent the drug trafficking.

The concerns of the British side have been duly noted and taken into consideration by the Chinese judicial authorities in the legal process, and Mr. Shaikh’s rights and interests under Chinese law are properly respected and guaranteed. UK consular officials visited Mr.Shaikh several times in prison and attended relevant trials.

We fully respect the UK and EU’s decision to abolish the death penalty. However, half of the countries in the world still maintain the death penalty. And in China the conditions are not yet met for abolishing the death penalty. And the majority view in China is against such abolition.

Death penalty is applied in a cautious and strictly limited manner. Reforms were introduced to ensure that all death penalty cases are reviewed and approved by the Supreme People’s Court. Such reforms will continue.

This case has been undergoing for more than two years, it is absurd to link it with the issue of Climate Change.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2009 at 06:18 PM   
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Sorry not to join the liberal wailing: heroin traffickers deserve to die.

GOOD for China!  Bravo.


Yes. I do understand that many BMEWS readers are not exactly China boosters. But I am tired of the liberal left and all the hand wringers claiming that EVERYONE who does bad things from running drugs to street thug killings are “suffering” from some sort of mental illness.

Lets take this jerk who happily has breathed his last in China.  Right away the call went out.  Spare the poor man.  He has a history of mental illness.
Oh fuckin yeah?  He managed to father several kids and was traveling under his own power.  If he was so ill that he could not be responsible for his actions, what the hell was he doing flying everywhere on his own?  I’m tired of excuses, excuses.  I am also VERY tired of the moralizing and the criticism of states with the death penalty by OUTSIDERS.

Then we heard that Britain wanted the poor guy spared cos not only was he a mental case but .... He was we are told, a Brit.
Oh fuckin yeah?  Well he was living in Poland or have I been misinformed?

Leo McKinstry is 100% correct.  The west can not point fingers at China or anyone else while our own house is buried in filth.  Ok, he didn’t say exactly that. What he said is:

My regret is not over tough action by Beijing, but the fact that we in this country do not possess the moral clarity or strength of purpose to deal ruthlessly with drug peddlers and other enemies of our society.

It is the height of hypocrisy for the Labour government, the human rights brigade and celebrity loudmouths to lecture China when Britain’s own strategy has failed so disastrously.

He said a hell of lot more and was correct in all particulars.  Normally on a long editorial, I only post part of them and leave the link for anyone who wants the entire thing.  But today, here is the whole editorial.  It’s worth reading every single word.  Even if you don’t like everything he says, everything he says is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!

But FIRST .........

Naturally enough here is what the weak minded screwball who is the Brit PM said.

Gordon Brown leads furious outcry as China executes British drugs mule by lethal injection

Gordon Brown condemns execution in ‘strongest terms’

Oh woo hoo Mr Brown.  You stupid shit.  Who are you to tell China what to do?  What?  There aren’t any serious problems here in your own falling apart country?  And it gets worse.  I know it isn’t scientific but a Daily Mail poll so far shows 59% of their readership agree with their bassackwards PM.
Shows ya the mindset that has taken hold here.  Ten years of Liebour (as Lyndon calls it). That’s a generation steeped in the liberal left wing fold.

But not all.

Sorry not to join the liberal wailing: heroin traffickers deserve to die

By Leo Mckinstry
Last updated at 2:03 PM on 29th December 2009

This morning, barring an unlikely last-minute reprieve, convicted drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh was executed by firing squad, having been found guilty of trying to bring 4kg of heroin into China.

His case has prompted outrage in this country from politicians and from the trendy metropolitan elite, for whom drug use is a fashionable habit rather than serious criminal offence.

Yet for all this orchestrated wailing, is it not possible that China is right to put Shaikh to death?

Indeed, I would argue that Britain’s enfeebled, self-destructive approach to narcotics has been graphically highlighted by China’s ruthlessness in tackling drug pushers.

In contrast to New Labour’s policy of appeasement and surrender, the Chinese Government acts vigorously to defend its people from the misery caused by the drugs trade.

My regret is not over tough action by Beijing, but the fact that we in this country do not possess the moral clarity or strength of purpose to deal ruthlessly with drug peddlers and other enemies of our society.

A bankrupt with a chequered financial history, a tangled personal life, and an obsession with easy money, Shaikh was arrested with heroin worth a cool £250,000 in his suitcase.

As the Chinese police point out, this is a big enough amount to have killed 27,000 people.

In China, the death penalty can be invoked against anyone carrying more than 50g of drugs - and that is one obvious reason why China, proportionally, has nothing like the drugs problem that we have in Britain.

Serious dealers and abusers know they could be looking down the barrel of a gun if they are caught.

It is the height of hypocrisy for the Labour government, the human rights brigade and celebrity loudmouths to lecture China when Britain’s own strategy has failed so disastrously.

A country that reveres such junkies as Kate Moss has no right to lecture China on its drugs policy, argues Leo McKinstry

Thanks to the climate of institutionalised leniency, our society is awash with drugs, bringing widespread crime, violence and family breakdown in their wake.

Dealers and users conduct their business knowing they have absolutely nothing to fear from our courts. Far from condemning cannabis and cocaine, our achingly liberal youth culture glamorises their possession.

Vacuous supermodel Kate Moss was caught using cocaine by undercover reporters, most of the fashion world rallied behind her with a sense of moral indignation, protecting her lucrative contracts and behaving as though she were a victim.

In showbusiness circles there was speculation for a long time that cocaine was not Kate’s only drug of choice - that she had also smoked heroin and crack cocaine.

Nor has Moss’s former boyfriend, musician Pete Doherty, ever received a meaningful sentence, despite repeated convictions for misuse and other criminal behaviour.

In 2007, for instance, he was spared jail over a string of offences and was even allowed by Judge Jane McIvor, who claimed to be a fan of his music, to delay a court hearing.

Similarly, drug-addled singers Amy Winehouse and George Michael have been lionised by the music establishment.

British officialdom now adopts a simpering indulgence towards drug abuse. Politicians line up to boast how much cannabis they smoked in their youth and downgrade the criminal classification of substances.

Instead of locking up offenders, the Government wastes a fortune of taxpayers’ money on non-judgmental propaganda like the useless television adverts from the £2.2million Frank campaign.

Public funds are lavished on rehabilitation schemes, all of which have failed to prevent a dramatic rise in abuse.

Unlike China with its firing squads, the only ‘shooting galleries’ we have in Britain are state-run needle exchanges for junkies.

Outrageously, self-inflicted drug addiction is now regarded by the welfare state as a disability, entitling claimants to generous payouts of at least £110 a week. In effect, the Government requires taxpayers to subsidise criminal drug habits. It’s estimated no fewer than 267,000 serious drug users live on social security.

In contrast to China, our criminal justice system no longer treats offending seriously. Criminals walk free, community punishments are meaningless, jail sentences, even for murder, are derisory.

Ordinary citizens are constantly bullied through a plethora of bureaucratic regulations, yet violence, burglary, theft and drug abuse carry no consequences.

One key factor behind modern Britain’s reluctance to uphold the law is the belief that criminals are really victims of society, motivated only by social disadvantage or mental health problems and that they need support not punishment.

We can see this clearly in the case of Akmal Shaikh. Campaigners on his behalf claim he was suffering from mental illness at the time of his visit to China and so should be let off.

Such excuse-making is absurd. His record of infidelity, sexual harassment and dubious business conduct suggest he was amoral, selfish, and irresponsible.

He was once fined £10,000 for hounding a woman he had recruited as his secretary, while it is telling that his former first wife refused to join the campaign for a reprieve.

The hysteria over Shaikh’s death penalty echoes the preposterous outcry in 2002 over another British man who was executed by a foreign government.

A career thug, drug addict and alcoholic, Tracy Housel was put to death by the U.S. state of Georgia for raping and killing a woman, Jeanne Drew, whose body was so badly battered she could be identified only by dental records.

Once again, there were the interventions by the Labour Government. Once again, there were the claims of mental illness, with Housel said to be suffering from brain damage and hypoglycaemia, though this hardly explained his record of extreme violence.

Once again there was the tenuous nature of the defendant’s links with Britain, which hardly justified the energy the Government spent on his case. Housel, born in Bermuda, had never actually set foot in this country.

Similarly Shaikh, born in Pakistan, spent much of his adult life in the U.S. and Poland before going on his criminal odyssey to China. Neither of these men could demonstrate any real commitment or connection to Britain.

The British government, with its prattle about human rights, likes to think a refusal to use capital punishment is a badge of a civilised society. The truth is the willingness to execute dangerous criminals is a sign of compassion. It means a government is determined to protect the vulnerable and maintain morality.

It is no coincidence Britain was at its most peaceful and crime-free in the Forties and Fifties, when we still had the death penalty.

‘The gentleness of English civilisation is its most marked characteristic,’ wrote George Orwell during the war, a remark that seems laughable now, though we think of ourselves morally superior.

Between 1950 and 1957, the number of murders in Britain never rose above 180. The annual average in recent years is over 900.

Overall crime has also shot up since we abolished capital punishment. Since the Fifties, the number of recorded crimes has increased more than tenfold, up from 438,000 in 1955 to 4.8 million in 2008.

This is because the removal of the death penalty has had a downward ratchet effect.

Since murderers could no longer be hanged, sentences for all other crimes had to be lowered commensurately. The result is the near-anarchy we see today, where serial offenders continually escape custody and rates of violent crime soar.

There is nothing barbaric about the death penalty. The real barbarism lies in refusing to punish criminals.

The drug-fuelled, crime-ridden, welfare-dependent, fear-filled inner city housing estate in modern Britain is far more savage than any place of execution in China for a trafficker of human misery.


PS BMEWS.  With regard to my rants on govts. sticking their unwanted noses in the business of other countries. Will shortly share something from my American Embassy newsletter.  You will recall no doubt since I’m always on about it, my concerns about the EU putting in their 2 cents worth about internal American affairs.  Well, the bastards have.  In a case back home where some slime ball is to be erased soon, the eu had decided that it somehow is also their business too.

Hey ... to ALL of the left wing socialist hand wringing fat cats who are sitting members of the eu governing body and all other libtard Eu MPs.



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calendar   Monday - October 26, 2009

Biofuel refineries in the US have set fresh records for grain use every month since May.

Well, yet again I have to H/T LyndonB but this time there’s more.  Got my eyes opened WIDE on a subject that frankly I had given no thought to.

I don’t recall exactly what I wrote to Lyndon but his reply was this:

The US may be down (with an ass clown at the helm) but it is not out. It is still a superpower. Not just militarily but in terms of agriculture. Years ago I worked on Mississippi river barges which came up to Iowa empty and went back down to New Orleans full of soy beans and maize. Unless you have seen this first hand the sheer scale of this industry it is hard to get across. We loaded up barges with maize. Each of them were 200’ long and we then moved them out to the line boats which took them on to the gulf fifteen at a time. I therefore found this article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard very interesting. The arabs and Chinese think they have the US by the balls. One through oil dependancy, the other through their dollar holdings. When I worked on the river one of the owners of the company once remarked that hunger was the most important factor to consider, because at the end of the day you can’t eat gold or drink oil. Something I feel a few of these piss pots would do well to remember.

And the link he provided me was the following which I found quite surprising not just for the info. What surprised me lots was the fact that I found it so interesting.  It isn’t a subject to set the blood rushing lets face it.  Like the rolling movements of the Qs on NASDAQ. But darn if I wasn’t glued to every line.  I had no idea.

Thanks L.

Food will never be so cheap again
Biofuel refineries in the US have set fresh records for grain use every month since May. Almost a third of the US corn harvest will be diverted into ethanol for motors this year, or 12pc of the global crop.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The world’s grain stocks have dropped from four to 2.6 months cover since 2000, despite two bumper harvests in North America. China’s inventories are at a 30-year low. Asian rice stocks are near danger level.
Yet farm commodities have largely missed out on Bernanke’s reflation rally in metals, oil, and everything else. Dylan Grice from Société Générale sees “bargain basement” prices.

Wheat has crashed 70pc from early 2008. Corn has halved. The “Ags” have mostly drifted sideways over the last six months. This divergence within the commodity family is untenable, given the bio-ethanol linkage to oil.
For investors wishing to rotate out of overstretched rallies – Wall Street’s Transport index and the Russell 2000 broke down last week – this is a rare chance to buy cheap into a story that will dominate the rest of our lives.

Barack Obama has not reversed the Bush policy on biofuels, despite food riots in a string of poor countries last year and calls for a moratorium. The subsidy of 45 cents per gallon remains.
The motive is strategic. America is weaning itself off imported energy at breakneck speed. It will not again be held hostage by oil demagogues, or humiliated by states that cannot feed themselves. Those Beijing students who laughed at US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner may not enjoy the last laugh. The US is the agricultural superpower. Foes will discover why that matters.

The world population is adding “another Britain” every year. This will continue until mid-century. By then we will have an extra 2.4bn mouths to feed.
China and Southeast Asia are switching to animal-protein diets as they grow wealthy, as the Koreans did before them. It takes roughly 3-5kgs of animal feed from grains to produce 1kg of meat.

A report by Standard Chartered, The End of Cheap Food, said North Africa and the Middle East have already hit the buffers. The region imports 71pc of its rice and 58pc of its corn. It lacks water to boost output. The population is growing fast. It will have to import, and cross fingers.
The UN says global farm yields must rise 77pc, which means redoubling Norman Borlaug’s “green revolution”. It will not be easy. China’s trend growth in crops yields has slipped from 3.1pc a year in the early 1960s to 0.9pc over the last decade.

“We’ve all heard the stark anecdotes: precious topsoil weakened by over-farming, dust clouds darkening the Asian skies, parched land becoming desert and rivers running dry,” said Mr Grice.
Since 2000, China has lost nearly 1,400 square miles each year to desert. Urban sprawl is paving over fertile land in the East. Water supply from Himalayan glaciers is ebbing. The Yellow River has been reduced to “an agonising trickle”. It no longer reaches the sea for 200 days a year.

Farmers are draining the aquifers. Environmentalist Ma Jun says in China’s Water Crisis that they are drilling as deep as 1,000 metres into non-replenishable reserves. The grain region of the Hai River Basin relies on groundwater for 70pc of irrigation.

China’s water troubles are not unique. North India lives off Himalayan snows as well. Nor can we take fertiliser supply for granted any longer since “peak phosphates” threatens.

One can be Malthusian about this. Grizzled commodity guru Jim Rogers certainly is. “The world is going to have a period when we cannot get food at any price, in some parts.” He advises youth to opt for a farm degree rather than an MBA, if they want to make serious money.

Mr Grice remains an optimist, believing that human ingenuity will rescue us. You can trade the “Ag” rally by investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs), but this amounts to speculation on food. There are ancient taboos against this practice.

Or you can invest in the bio-tech, fertiliser, and land services companies that will both make money and help to solve the problem. Monsanto, Syngenta, and Potash are popular, but trade at high price to book values. Golden Agri-Resources, Yara, Agrium, and Bunge are at better multiples.

Kingsmill Bond at Moscow’s Troika Dialog suggests the Baltic company Trigon Agri as a way to play the catch-up story in the Eurasian steppe. He likes sunflower processor Kernel, grain group Razgulay, and fertiliser firm Uralkali.

Strictly speaking, the world has enough land to feed everybody. The Soviet Union farmed 240m hectares in Khrushchev’s era. The same territory now farms 207m hectares. Troika says crop yields could be doubled in Russia, and tripled in the Ukraine using modern know-how. Africa’s farms could come alive with land registers, allowing villagers to use property as collateral for credit.

None of this can be done with a flick of the fingers. What seems certain is that the terms of trade between country and city will revert to the norms of the Middle Ages. Landowners will be barons again.



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calendar   Tuesday - October 20, 2009

Pirates Seize Chinese Ship

With Two You Get Eggroll

With 25 You Get War?

Pirates Threaten to Execute 25 Chinese Sailors

Somali pirates responsible for hijacking a Chinese cargo ship in the Indian Ocean threatened Tuesday to kill its 25 crew members if a rescue operation was attempted.

“We tell China not to endanger the lives of their people with any rescue operation,” Hassan, a member of the gang that seized the vessel on Monday, told Reuters by phone.

“If they try that we will execute the whole crew ... we tell them to change their mind regarding any rescue, otherwise they will regret it. We know what they are planning to do.”

A government spokesman said China is making an “all-out” effort to rescue the cargo ship.

The De Xin Hai and its 25 crew members were seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean about 700 miles east of the lawless Somali coastline.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said China has launched a “contingency mechanism” in the wake of the hijacking and ordered missions abroad to verify developments and notify relevant countries.

It has also issued warnings to Chinese ships to stay away from the area “in case of accident or danger.”

“We will continue to follow closely the developments and make all-out efforts to rescue the hijacked ship and personnel,” he said, without elaborating on details.

The bulk carrier De Xin Hai was hijacked Monday about 550 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles and 700 nautical miles off Somalia’s eastern coast. The European Union Naval Force said Tuesday the ship was 650 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia and appears to be headed toward there.

John Harbour, a commander with the British Royal Navy who serves with the EU Naval Force, said the UK Maritime Trade Organization in Bahrain called the ship but received no response. An EU force aircraft is monitoring the ship and reported seeing four pirates on deck.

The De Xin Hai is owned by the Chinese Ocean Shipping Company and was carrying coal from India to South Africa when it was seized.

The ship had been dragging two skiffs behind it, much like the kind of skiffs that pirates have been known to use to hijack ships in the waters off Somalia.

Let’s see what happens. I think this is a very bad case of biting the hand that feeds them; China has a huge investment in Africa, buying up their resources left and right. And for this they get hijacked? Major insult. Huge loss of face. I think it calls for more than just a rescue effort. I think it calls for more than mere reprisals. I think it calls for the evil yellow hordes to descend and to do some serious bitch slapping of these hos. Obama would not dare to speak out against such an action. China owns his ass and he knows it.

My only concern is that if such an incursion happens, China won’t go home afterwards. On the third hand, a lawless shithole like Somalia needs an iron handed tyranny to keep it behaving, and China fits that bill perfectly.

Fortunately or unfortunately, China will probably do little more than negotiate a ransom. At most they attack the ship and kill the pirates. And probably lose half the crew in the process. But that doesn’t really matter. They’ll spin the story however it works best for them, and the West will swallow every tasty sticky drop. Because right now, China holds all the chips, and can do whatever it wants.

Somali pirates have recently ramped up attacks after a period of quiet during poor weather. They use sophisticated equipment and so-called larger “mother ships” to enable them to strike hundreds of miles offshore. The multimillion-dollar ransoms they share are a fortune in their impoverished and war-ravaged country.

A total of 146 people, including the crew of the De Xin Hai, are currently being held hostage by pirates.

I strongly hope that the pirates have cracked open a really nasty Misfortune Cookie with this order of take-out. One with angry dragons inside. And it would be damn high time if they did.

Imagine that. I’m rooting for our undeclared but perpetual enemies very best friends and trading partners to take up arms in a big way against a gang of punks that Evil Boosh or Teh Won could obliterate in a matter of hours but don’t have the guts for.

And another thing ... it seems to me that when I did my previous pirate post, there were only 82 hostages. Now there are 148, including these 25. Guess I missed a few ship’s worth of hijackings, even though I check the ICC Pirate News twice a week.


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calendar   Monday - August 10, 2009

A million flee as typhoon approaches China .

See the video ....

Almost a million people have been evacuated from southeastern China as authorities prepare for the arrival of Typhoon Morakot.

By Peter Foster in Beijing

The typhoon has already dumped 100 inches of rain on Taiwan in just 24 hours this weekend.

Local authorities in the coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian sent out more than eight million text messages and recalled nearly 50,000 fishing boats to harbour on Sunday bs the storm tracked slowly northwards towards mainland China.

Morakot, which claimed 21 lives when it hit the Philipines on Friday, is the first major storm to hit Taiwan during this year’s typhoon season which runs from July to September.

By Sunday morning Taiwanese authorities said 29 people were missing, with one confirmed death in the worst flooding for 50 years.

In the most serious incident, 16 people were listed as missing by Taiwan’s Disaster Relief Centre after a their makeshift home was washed away in a flash flood. Elsewhere two policemen were swept away as they tried to help stranded villagers.

In China weather stations issued a “red alert” - the highest possible - in anticipation of Morakot’s arrival which is expected to bring winds in excess of 70mph.

The combination of high tides and the strong winds were predicted to create waves of up to 30ft along an exposed section of China’s east coast, leaving many rural fishing communities especially vulnerable to the storm.

In Zhejiang province, where 490,000 were evacuated, some villages were already becoming cut off by rising waters, with official riding bicycles to distribute drinking water and instant noodles to affected households, according to Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency.

Nearly 40 domestic flights were cancelled in the eastern city of Wenzhou and several major motorways were closed as a preventative measure before the storm made landfall on Sunday evening.

Early reports said that parts of Fujian, where 480,000 were evacuated, had already reported 12 inches of rain from early Saturday until Sunday morning, Xinhua added.



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calendar   Friday - July 10, 2009

Chinese authorities ban Uighurs from mosques .

They don’t claim to be a democracy and sometimes their way works best for them. So who are we to insist they change?
In this case, the only fault I can find with Chinese reaction is that the police did give in to 1,000 muzzies who “refused to disperse.” Now see that was a mistake.
A thousand. How hard would it have been to eliminate ALL of em? Now that this group sees a slight weakness (if that’s what it was) what’s their next demand going to be?  Reparations? 

Finish the job China, while you can.

Chinese authorities banned Muslims from gathering at mosques for Friday prayers in Urumqi in a bid to prevent any further ethnic violence in the Xinjiang region.

By David Eimer in Urumqi and Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
Published: 11:53AM BST 10 Jul 2009

However, Chinese police eventually agreed to open up at least two major downtown mosques after crowds of up to a thousand Uighurs refused to disperse without being allowed to pray.

The 200 or so mosques in the far Western city had been ordered to close their door to worshippers in the wake of race riots between local Uighur Muslims and the majority Han Chinese that have claimed at least 156 lives.

Friday prayers are a focal point of the week for Urumqi’s Uighur Muslims and the Chinese authorities imposed the ban in an attempt to deter any large emotional gatherings after a week of tension and violence.

Security teams circulated through the city’s Muslim quarters and told worshippers to stay away from mosques this week and to worship next week instead.

“For the sake of public safety all of the mosques have told people that there will be no Friday prayers and that people should stay at home today and pray,” said a government official at the Yang Hang mosque, the biggest mosque in the city with a capacity of around 3,000. A notice was pasted outside cancelling the prayers.

However, as midday approached, a small crowd of around 100 worshippers gathered outside the mosque and a further 50 to 100 people made their way into the inner courtyard. “It’s not necessary to close it because everyone who enters the mosque is a Muslim. It will be safe,” said one female worshipper.

The crowd ignored demands from the Chinese police to disperse and demanded the right to prayer. As tensions rose, the news of a dispute outside the mosque drew a crowd of around 1,000. Eventually, the authorities relented and an abbreviated prayer ceremony, with no sermon, was permitted.

Riot police and security forces stood ready nearby, but after the prayers, the crowds dispersed without any incident. Uighurs generally practice a moderate form of Sunni Islam that was prevalent in Central Asia under Soviet rule, although more militant and austere forms of Islam have made inroads in recent decades.

A similar scene played out in front of the White mosque, one of the most popular places to worship in the mainly Uighur neighborhood of Er Dao Qiao. A Uighur policeman guarding the mosque said the authorities had backed down from a ban and “decided to open the mosque because so many people had gathered. We did not want an incident”.

However, the majority of the city’s mosques remained shut. One Uighur man, who declined to give his name out of fear for his safety, was sitting outside the Kungui mosque. “If I have to pray at home, then I will. But don’t ask me my mood right now.”

The last time that Friday prayers were banned in China was in 2003, during an outbreak of SARS, the respiratory disease. However, Uighurs in Xinjiang are subject to a number of restrictions on worship, including a ban on anyone under 18 attending a mosque. The government also controls the appointment of imams.

Meanwhile, thousands of fearful people poured into bus and train stations yesterday (fri) in a mass exodus from the city. Officials said they had put on extra bus services out of the capital, but demand far outstripped seats and scalpers were charging up to five times the normal face price for tickets.

“It is just too risky to stay here. We are scared of the violence,” said Xu Qiugen, 23, a construction worker from central China who had been living in Urumqi for five years and was trying to buy a bus ticket out with his wife.

It came as the state media reported that families of “innocent” people killed in the unrest will each receive 200,000 yuan (£18,000) in compensation. Urumqi’s government will also provide 10,000 yuan (£902) towards each funeral.

The situation in Urumqi is now significantly calmer and the security forces which had flooded the city, some of whom had been sent to reinforce Urumqi from cities as far away as Shanghai, took pains to keep a low profile. In Kashgar, the second-largest Uighur city, foreigners have been asked to leave for their own safety.

The violence began on Sunday when Uighurs clashed with police while protesting deaths of Uighur factory workers in a brawl in another part of the country. The crowd then scattered throughout Urumqi, attacking Han Chinese, burning cars and smashing windows. Riot police tried to restore order, and officials said 156 people were killed and more than 1,100 were injured.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/10/2009 at 02:10 PM   
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