Tuesday, December 17, 2013

China: Here Are Some Great Things About Toxic Air

The truth is good enough to speak for itself when it comes to Chinese weightlifting.

I have always been fascinated by China. Today they are certainly a power in the world of weightlifting. I also happen to love Chinese food, at least what we call Chinese food here in the U.S.A. But I'm glad that our government always tells us the truth. You know, how we can keep our health care plans and how they really aren't gathering information on us through the internet or cell phone records. Oh well. Maybe we are not as different as we might  think we are. One thing is for sure, whether in training or in life, think for yourself. Open your eyes and ears and trust what they are telling you. When I was a child, my mother read to me the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. I hope that I can always see things as they really are and will have the wisdom and courage to call the emperor naked when necessary. Below is an interesting article about the Chinese govt. trying to sell a suit of invisible clothes to it's people......

China's state-run TV tries to put a positive spin on toxic haze. Nice try, guys, nice try
By Emily Rauhala / Beijing Dec. 09, 2013
You can’t make this stuff up. On Sunday, with swaths of eastern China shrouded in a polluted haze, Chinese state media decided to release a list of five “surprising benefits” of smog. Here, courtesy of Wang Lei, an editor for China Central Television’s website, are five good things about bad air:
1. It unifies the Chinese people.
 2. It makes China more equal.
 3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China’s economic development.
 4. It makes people funnier.
 5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word haze).
I’d like to think the piece as well-intentioned satire. Perhaps it was. But the article, which has since been pulled, was followed by another piece of pollution promotion. On Monday, the Global Times published a piece that said air pollution might help the Chinese military by obscuring sight lines, reducing the effectiveness of surveillance and weapons systems.
For the most part, China’s netizens were not impressed. “It is a public tragedy that half of China is engulfed in smog, wrote one. “We should not entertain ourselves by this tragedy.” Wrote another: “The smog weather makes CCTV much stupider. They always treat us as fools.”
But there was a rare point of agreement on item No. 4. China’s official attitude to smog is, indeed, a joke.
— With reporting by Gu Yongqiang / Beijing

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