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Author:  joe [ Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  DO YOU TRUST CHINA?

CHINA Poisions thier own Babies

China’s quality challenge has at times been compared to Japan’s efforts in the 1950s and 1960s to transcend a bad reputation for manufacturing low-quality goods.
Although the automotive recalls currently underway are extensive, design errors and electronic malfunctions are in a different league from China’s instances of willful product manipulation, especially when that manipulation has involved artful efforts at circumventing third-party controls.

In China, operators display an incredible willingness to place public safety at risk in exchange for only the smallest gains in profit. The dairy industry’s 2008 scandal is instructive.
The trouble started when dairy farmers began adulterating milk with water, prompting dairy companies to test protein levels. Milk suppliers next discovered they could trick laboratory equipment into believing protein concentrations were higher by adding a toxic, chemical compound—melamine. Over time, more of the chemical was added, along with more water, and no one knows how little real milk was in the final product by the time scandal broke. We only know the end result: six babies died, 300,000 were sickened and over 50,000 were hospitalized, causing untold grief to Chinese families.

It was not just the amount of suffering endured, but the fact that the contamination was an open secret shared by possibly hundreds of individuals at dozens of companies.

Making matters worse has been the government’s wrongheaded response. Beijing reacted to this year’s melamine scandal with a heavy-handed cover-up. Chinese journalists have been warned not to report details surrounding milk cases.

Parents of children sickened by melamine-tainted products who have attempted to organize themselves to protest or seek compensation risk being sent to jail for “social disruption.”

China’s state-directed legal system has failed to provide justice to victims. China’s response to past scandals has been to protect industry with a government shield, so no one should be surprised when fraud recurs in such an environment.

Accidents can happen in almost any production process, but melamine did not coincidentally make its way into milk.
The current melamine scandal was made possible by the many tons of melamine that remained from the 2008 scandal. Some distributors chose to repackage the tainted powder and put it on store shelves. They couldn’t stand the thought of throwing away so much milk powder, even if it was dangerously contaminated.

Author:  joe [ Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:40 am ]
Post subject:  toxic cadmium in jewelry from China

U.S. probes toxic cadmium in jewelry from China

08:11 AM CST on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – watchdogs opened a new front Monday in the campaign to keep poisons out of Chinese imports, launching inquiries into high levels of cadmium in children's jewelry, while Wal-Mart pulled many items from its stores' shelves.

A day after The Associated Press documented the contamination in an investigative report, the top U.S. consumer safety regulator warned Asian manufacturers not to substitute other toxic metals for lead in children's charm bracelets and pendants.

the AP report, which found that some Chinese manufacturers have been using cadmium, sometimes at extraordinarily high levels. Congress clamped down on lead in those products in 2008, but cadmium is even more harmful.

Melissa Hill, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., called the AP findings "troubling."

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said he was reviewing the law that regulates such substances to decide whether a fix is needed.

Cadmium, which is known to cause cancer, is a soft, whitish metal that occurs naturally in soil. It's perhaps best-known as half of rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries but also is used in pigments, electroplating and plastic.
Cadmium is attractive to Chinese manufacturers because it is cheap and easy to work with. But, like lead, it can hinder brain development in the very young, recent research has shown.

chairwoman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, urged other countries to ensure that manufacturers do not substitute cadmium, antimony or barium for lead in children's products.

Author:  mojojojo [ Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:07 am ]
Post subject:  CHECK OUT MY $300 overseas manufactured SPRINGER

I was told that this is a DNA springer, and that this is not uncommon for the DNA springer fork to do this.

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Author:  miljnor [ Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: DO YOU TRUST CHINA?

All things from china seam to be messed with in some manner or another. Material data sheets that come with material are often ISO9000 certified but when tested by a US company for that purpose fall very far below what they should (according to thier own (china) test records)

Unfortunately Similar products in USA for many industries just don't exist or are really not made in USA just assembled here.

The way we can get by with anything (component wise) made in china is to over design the part by a factor of 5 compared to what you would require from an honest US company.....that's unfortunately how it is.

fortunately for you Harley fans (customs as well) there are still companies in the USA making products almost wholly made in the USA like American suspension. and others.

whats that old adage? "you get what you pay for!"

Author:  mojojojo [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: DO YOU TRUST CHINA?

When a US buisness buys from a chinese buisness, the US company wires US dollars to the bank of China - run by the chinese govt.

The Chinese Govt keep the US dollars, prints chinese Yuans and pays the chinese company.
The Chinese govt can print as many Yuan as they want.

Then the Chinese Govt invests the US dollars in things like machine equipment to get long term manufacturing capibility for China. The Chinese can also spend the dollars to buy up US politicians like Obama.

The chinese peiople are basicly slaves to thier communist leaders.

Maos Communist China murdered far more people than Hitler, but we dont care.

Dont think so, Check out Chairman Mao on Wikipedia. [url][/url][url][/url]

The Communist Party assumed control of all media in the country and used it to promote the image of Mao and the Party. The Nationalists under General Chiang Kai-Shek were vilified as were countries such as the United States of America and Japan. The Chinese people were exhorted to devote themselves to build and strengthen their country through Communist ideology. In his speech declaring the foundation of the PRC, Mao is famously said to have announced: "The Chinese people have stood up" (though whether he actually said it is disputed[26]).

Mao took up residence in Zhongnanhai, a compound next to the Forbidden City in Beijing, and there he ordered the construction of an indoor swimming pool and other buildings. Mao often did his work either in bed or by the side of the pool, preferring not to wear formal clothes unless absolutely necessary, according to Dr. Li Zhisui, his personal physician. (Li's book, The Private Life of Chairman Mao, is regarded as controversial, especially by those sympathetic to Mao.)

In October 1950, Mao made the decision to send the People's Volunteer Army into Korea and fought against the United Nations forces led by the U.S. Historical records showed that Mao directed the PVA campaigns in the Korean War to the minute details.[27]

Along with Land reform, during which significant numbers of landlords were beaten to death at mass meetings organized by the Communist Party as land was taken from them and given to poorer peasants,[28] there was also the Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries,[29] which involved public executions targeting mainly former Kuomintang officials, businessmen accused of "disturbing" the market, former employees of Western companies and intellectuals whose loyalty was suspect.[30] The U.S. State department in 1976 estimated that there may have been a million killed in the land reform, 800,000 killed in the counterrevolutionary campaign.[31]

Mao himself claimed that a total of 700,000 people were executed during the years 1949–53.[32] However, because there was a policy to select "at least one landlord, and usually several, in virtually every village for public execution",[33] the number of deaths range between 2 million[33][34] and 5 million.[35][36] In addition, at least 1.5 million people,[37] perhaps as many as 4 to 6 million,[38] were sent to "reform through labour" camps where many perished.[38] Mao played a personal role in organizing the mass repressions and established a system of execution quotas,[39] which were often exceeded.[29] Nevertheless he defended these killings as necessary for the securing of power.[40]

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