Government official fired for worrying about wet shoes when visiting flood victims

| June 23rd, 2014
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A Jiangxi government official forced a man to carry him on his back to avoid ruining his expensive shoes while visiting a rescue site, according to People’s Daily.

Rain slammed Guixi City about 12:30 p.m. on June 20, flooding the streets, sidewalks and overflowing streams while children were sent home for lunch. After falling in water on their way home from school, one student drowned and another went missing. Government officials rushed to the scene but, [...]Read more…

After finding and correctly guessing a bankcard password, a Guangxi man was sentenced to 5 years in prison for fraud

| June 17th, 2014
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After correctly guessing a found debit card’s PIN number and indulging in a spending spree, a Guangxi man was sentenced to 5 years in prison Xinhua News reported on June 17.

Su Mou apparently found the lost bankcard at a Nanning roadside. The Guangxi man went to a Dongxi City Agricultural Bank of China ATM and, after several failed attempts at guessing the card password, Su finally got it right. He transferred 450,000 yuan to [...]Read more…

Two Chinese men accused of smuggling U.S. military sensors

| June 16th, 2014
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Two Chinese men allegedly bought and tried to smuggle U.S. Military sensors out of the United States South China Morning Post reported on June 16.

Bo Cai, 28, and Wentong Cai, a 29-year-old graduate student in Iowa, were both arrested after being caught in an undercover sting operation. They are facing charges of smuggling goods and violating the Arms Export Control Act, which requires that certain items being shipped to China, Syria and Sudan have [...]Read more…

China admits environmental future “not optimistic”

| June 16th, 2014
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In honor of World Environmental Day, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently released its “2013 China Environmental Status” report, a profile of the water and ambient air quality index (AQI) of 74 “key” Chinese cities during 2013. Surveyors reported 35.9 smoggy days on average during 2013, an increase of 18.3 days from 2012. Haikou, Zhoushan and Lhasa were the only cities that’s average AQI met national standards during 2013, while Beijing, neighboring Tianjin and other cities [...]Read more…

Anhui winery models toilet after U.S. congress building

| May 19th, 2014
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A Anhui winery built toilets in the style of the U.S. Capitol Building Anuhui News reported on May 12.

Sporting traditional columns, a circular dome and high windows distinct to the U.S. Capitol, the luxurious restroom takes up more than 4,000 square feet, and is only open to Golden Seed winery staff and visitors. But, any resemblance to The Hill is merely a coincidence, said brewery staff.

“We were just trying to be novel,” an employee [...]Read more…

Hebei founds “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center”

| May 9th, 2014
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The Hebei Propaganda Department cut the ribbon on its “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center” on April 30, according to Hebei News Network.

Site publicity and propaganda minister stressed the need for students to study and research Xi’s speeches in order to understand his specific brand of Chinese socialism, and for local and national decision-makers to visit the center in order to refine their service to the nation. The institute was established at the Hebei Academy of Social [...]Read more…

Shanxi police chief has 8 false identities, 7 fake names

| May 1st, 2014
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A Shanxi police chief was dismissed for allegedly using multiple identities to amass a fortune in illegal money transfers, according to Beijing Times.

During his Fan Hongwei’s time as police chief of Changzhi, he apparently forced staff to fabricate eight false identity cards for him, and amassed huge wealth by illegally transferring money to his seven fake names.

The 53-year-old’s ID cards and information were deleted after each use, but his seven different names—including: Fan [...]Read more…

Chinese official dies from drinking too much after first day on job

| April 23rd, 2014
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photo courtesy of globalannal.wordpress.com

A Chinese official died from drinking too much — on his first day on the job.

Zhong Xiefei died from excessive drinking the evening of April 9, according to South China Morning Post. That Wednesday he enjoyed his first — and last — day of work as deputy chief of Laibin city, located in Guangxi province in south China.

Zhong began drinking baijiu, China’s national liquor, with other provincial and county-level officials that day at lunch.

That night, family [...]Read more…

Signs of corruption in Macau casinos

| December 14th, 2012
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In recent years casino tourism in Macau has exceeded that of every other area of the world, including famous Las Vegas, NV. In 2011, Macau pulled in five times the revenue of Vegas after collecting $33.5 Billion in revenue. Macau is now considered to be the new gambling Mecca of the globe, a title that Las Vegas held for decades. Unfortunately, Macau’s new status does come at a price as the seeds of corruption have begun to creep up in [...]Read more…

Government official fired, all because of a smile…

| September 23rd, 2012
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From Weibo and other sources:

The “8·26” serious traffic accident in Yan’an, Shaanxi caused 36 deaths and 3 injuries. A picture of Yang Dacai, chief of Shaanxi Administration of Work Safety, smiling on the spot triggered heated discussion. Some netizens utilized “human flesh search engine” and uploaded more pictures of Yang online. Many a netizens claimed that he wore luxury watches like Rolex, TAG Heuer and Rado. Yang Dacai was caught in a wave of questioning.

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Son of official disfigured 16-year-old girl after being rejected

| February 26th, 2012
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(From Jinghua.com) On Feb 24th, an weibo entry accusing son of an official set a girl on fire with lighter fluid after being turned down went viral in the Internet. According to  “安徽呱蛋合肥” who made the post, the accident happened on Sept 17th, 2011. 17-year-old boy Tao Rukun (陶汝坤), whose father is a government official in the Audit Office of Hefei City, forced into 16-year-old girl Zhou Yan’s(周岩) house, and poured lighter fluid over Zhou Yan’s head then lit it [...]Read more…

Unfinished villa cluster becomes ghost town

| December 25th, 2011
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“On the north end of Bahe East Road, there is a cluster of villas standing in the middle of weeds and trees, looking just like those little castles from fairy tales. Surprisingly they are all empty.” Netizen “摸摸无鱼" wrote on Huashang Forum and posted some photos, “I heard that they have been abandoned for years. What a pity, not only that they are occupying this large area of land for no purpose, also that they are fine houses left [...]Read more…

Zhao Meimei flaunting wealth incident, exposure of corruption or jealousy attack?

| December 6th, 2011
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On December 4th, a forum post on Tianyan.cn (already removed) titled “Hubei (province) Zhao Meimei, daughter of secretary drives a Benz and shows cleavage in USA” gained much public attention and was massively reposted onto various Chinese forums around the country.  Only a little more than two hundred words and a few pictures, this post claimed this Zhao Meimei (nick named after Guo Meimei, the 20 year-old girl claimed to work for the red cross and flaunted about her luxury [...]Read more…

College teacher demands Chunghwa cigarettes from students

| December 2nd, 2011
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From QQ:

To become student cadre must send gifts, receiving scholarships have to pay commission, and diploma is exchanged with Chunghwa cigarettes.   Recently, a college teacher was exposed of openly demanding bribes from students via text messages.  Reporter then learned from the school, “this staff hired from outside” was already dismissed yesterday.

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