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Sat May 31, 2014, 01:58 AM

 

China's Executing One of Its Richest Men | China Uncensored



China UncensoredˇPublished on May 30, 2014

Why would China be executing one of its richest billionaires? Well, that's because he was also charged with murder, fraud, extortion, gun-running, illegal detention and running a 'mafia-like' gang. Liu Han is one serious bad dude, but that's not why he's being executed. He's been given a death sentence because he found himself on the wrong side in a battle for power within the Chinese Communist Party, one between Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and Liu Han's political patron Zhou Yongkang.


- So if you're scoring at home, that's another one. Boy, in China the don't throw you under the bus, they throw you ''in the bus.'' But one thing is perfectly clear, if you're planning a trip to China you'd better make sure you're getting on the right bus!

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DeSwiss May 2014 OP
jberryhill May 2014 #1
DeSwiss May 2014 #4
Enthusiast May 2014 #2
Lenomsky May 2014 #6
DeSwiss May 2014 #7
rpannier May 2014 #10
mwrguy May 2014 #3
DeSwiss May 2014 #8
PeoViejo May 2014 #5
DeSwiss May 2014 #9
Baitball Blogger May 2014 #11
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DeSwiss May 2014 #12

Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 02:41 AM

1. I don't know about the buses

 

But the Beijing subway is pretty weird. They have these really cool touch screen ticket machines where you click on your destination and then it tells you the fare.

The thing is - it doesn't matter where you are going. It's the same fare to everywhere all the time (and I think one bus transfer is included). I mean, it could just be a sign that says "insert fare for ticket", but they built out this whole system which can calculate the fare according to your destination, like the DC Metro, but it is a flat fee transit system.

And they don't throw you under the subway, they push you in. We were trying to get from one place to another downtown during rush hour and when the first train pulled in, my wife said "Maybe we should wait for the next one, since this one is full."

So we did, but I noticed that people were getting in and there were people on the platform packing them in so the doors would close. It didn't take long to realize that our idea of "full" and their idea of "full" are wildly different.

Oh, and yeah, you have to use the ticket to get in through the turnstile and then out at the other end, and through the reader each time. Even if they were stored-balance cards, you only have to read it at the entry OR the exit, but not both.

The only reason to do it they way they do it is to keep track of where everyone goes. So, I started telling the ticket machine i was going to, say, Tiananmen East, but then getting off at Wangfujing. They're about two blocks apart, but I wanted to know if it would raise any obvious suspicion.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Sat May 31, 2014, 07:29 AM

4. And ''exiting'' can be weird in China too:

 



- I wonder where they put the stairs that go with those doors?

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 05:17 AM

2. He would be holding high office here in the good ol' USA.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #2)

Sat May 31, 2014, 07:30 AM

6. Just watched the last episode of House of Cards

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #2)

Sat May 31, 2014, 07:32 AM

7. Supreme Court, at minimum. :-D n/t

 

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #2)

Sat May 31, 2014, 09:25 AM

10. The senator from Nebraska would be telling him hoe huge he is nt

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 06:06 AM

3. And here we have the Koch Brothers

Guilty of subverting democracy.

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #3)

Sat May 31, 2014, 07:36 AM

8. ''...murder, fraud, extortion, gun-running, illegal detention and running a 'mafia-like' gang.''

 

- The Koch's got that last one down pat. So I'm sure they'd have no problem with the rest.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 07:30 AM

5. Who's your Daddy?

 

I think the 'Sugardaddy' conundrum is the same everywhere, just to a different degree.

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Response to PeoViejo (Reply #5)

Sat May 31, 2014, 08:04 AM

9. The face of a sugardaddy....

 

...who's out of sugar and can't borrow a cup next door for love nor money:



The primary difference I see between the US and China, is that over here the criminal businessmen run the country and the politicians, while in China they make no such distinctions as long as you're a party member. The higher up you are, the bigger criminal businessman you can become. The only concern then for one's survival is: ''Always make sure to back the right horse.''

This is a case where this axiom is made painfully clear.

Bernie Madoff is a perfect example. They knew Bernie was a fraud but as long as they benefited from his theft, no one cared. It wasn't until they realized he was stealing their money too, not just the rubes! He had to pay. Off to prison with him! Humiliate his wife and family! Take away his possessions (that we can find)!

- In China they would have shot him in the back of the head and sent the bill for the bullet to his wife. It's ''a thing'' they do......

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 10:00 AM

11. No Affluenza for you!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #11)

Sat May 31, 2014, 11:45 AM

12. !

 



- Contingency planning is the hallmark of the great administrator and criminals alike.

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