Chinese batteries lethal?

Chinese Youth Killed By Cell Phone Battery Blast
Jul 3 03:10 PM US/Eastern

Chinese Youth Killed By Cell Phone Battery Blast beijing , July 03 (qna) – A 22-year-old Welder In North-western China Died When His Cell Phone Battery Exploded As He Was Working In Hot Temperatures, A Newspaper Reported Tuesday.

The Battery Exploded While The Phone Was In The Man’s Pocket As He Was Welding At A Factory In Shuangcheng In Jinta County In Gansu Province, The Lanzhou Chenbao Reported, Adding That The Death Was Believed To Be The First In China Caused By A Cell Phone Battery.

The June 19 Blast Broke A Rib And Drove It Into The Man’s Heart And He Collapsed In A Pool Of Blood, The Report Said. He Was Taken To Hospital But Died There.

The Manufacturer Of The Phone Was Notified And Dispatched Experts To Jinta To Conduct An Investigation. qna 1906 Gmt 2007/07/03<

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Bad Chinese tires

Avoid buying these brands of tires: “Westlake, Compass, Telluride and YKS”. These are manufactured in China by the Hangzhou Zhongce company. The gum strip is not installed and these tires can fly apart at any time. The importer, Foreign Tire Sales, is claiming they can’t afford to recall these tires, so we’re on our own here.

China puts lipstick on a pig

One hundred eighty food processing plants are closed in China in an attempt to save face on the world market. Check this out, from the China Daily:

Industrial raw materials, such as dyes, mineral oils, paraffin wax, formaldehyde and the carcinogenic malachite green, have been used in the production of flour, candy, pickles, biscuits, black fungus, melon seeds, bean curd and seafood.

Some processors also use recycled or expired food in their operations, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

“These are not isolated cases,” Han Yi, director of the administration’s quality control and inspection department, said at a press conference.

He said most of the cases involved small, unlicensed food-processing plants employing less than 10 people. All plants caught engaging in illegal practices have been shut down, he added.

Administration figures show that about 75 percent of the 1 million food-processing plants in the country are small and privately owned.

180 plants shut down. But there are 1 million food processing plants in China. Think about that.

450,000 tires may separate any day now: Thanks China!

Even if you don’t buy from China, you are still endangered by the faulty products imported from there.

Ms. Hopkins said the agency’s top officials were “outraged” that Foreign Tire Sales’ executives waited more than two years to pass on their suspicions about problems with the tires. The company first suspected problems in October 2005. Almost a year later, in September 2006, the Chinese manufacturer, Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber, a former state-owned company based in eastern China, acknowledged that a gum strip that prevents the tread from separating was left out of the manufacturing process.

Hangzhou Zhongce admitted in September 2006 that it had “unilaterally decided to omit the gum strips” in the tires, the report says. The Chinese company was “generally unresponsive” when asked how many tires were involved and what they were going to do to resolve the problem, the report says.

Is it time to revisit the policy of open arms to Chinese products at any cost? I’m generally a free trader, but trade in China was initially a way of isolating the Soviet Union. Thirty years later, the geopolitical climate has shifted and so must American priorities.

Rupert Murdoch, communist?

The common rap on FoxNews is that it is a bastion of right wing talking points. That is probably true, but that doesn’t mean Rupert Murdoch is a conservative, any more than Warren Buffett cares about American working families when he proposes that America renew the inheritance tax. The political stances of both men are crafted in large part by their personal, financial gain. Buffett built his empire by gobbling up smaller family businesses following the death of a major shareholder. Few family businesses of any size can manage a 50% tax on all assets. Buffett would come in and soon become lead shareholder.

As for Murdoch, he saw a huge market to be exploited in television news, and he shrewdly exploited it. That he contributed to Al Gore’s, George W Bush’s, and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns should tell you he is no party ideologist but rather hedging his bets to fend off the fairness doctrine types so he can retain his profits.

Which brings us to China. This article lays out Murdoch’s attempts to bend over backwards to appease the Chinese communist government at all costs. This does not bode well for the democratic critics of China.

In speeches and interviews, Mr. Murdoch often supports the policies of Chinese leaders and attacks their critics. A group of China-based reporters for The Journal accused him in a letter to Dow Jones shareholders of “sacrificing journalistic integrity to satisfy personal and political aims,” a charge the News Corporation denies.

China tops CO2 emissions

EU & UN do-gooders worried about global warming? Tell it to the Chinese.

China tops CO2 emissions

via Physical Sciences channel by Nicola Jones on Jun 20, 2007

Developing nation overtakes America, and is set to rise.


Made in China: All 24 toys recalled for safety issues

This story is not going away until we start demanding some changes and invest in stable democracies (maybe even our own!) which have a modicum of human rights awareness rather than communists ones with a large, cheap labor forces.

China’s own government auditing agency reported last month that 20 percent of the toys made and sold in China had safety hazards such as small parts that could be swallowed or sharp edges that could cut a child, according to a report in China Daily.

Other major retailers or toy industry companies hit by recalls for products made in China this year include Easy-Bake Ovens, made by Hasbro, which could trap children’s fingers in the oven and burn them, and Target stores, which the consumer product commission said was importing and selling Anima Bamboo collection games, some of which were coated with lead paint.