Archive for October 24th, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Red Flag Review Car, Wo Buy Ni

The Red-Flag military review car (红旗牌检阅车) used by Hu Jintao (胡锦涛) on October 1 was specifically made for the CMC, party and state chairman himself, Ta Kung Pao (Hong Kong) reported on October 3.*)

But soon, all patriotic compatriots from Hong Kong and Taiwan who own a factory in China can buy their own Red Flag review cars from China FAW Group Corporation (中国第一汽车集团), and inspect their workforce with it every morning, if they like.

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Ta Kung Pao obtained the news that China FAW Group will offer such cars at a price of more than eight million yuan RMB.*) So arise, compatriotic bosses from Hong Kong, and get yourself one, as soon as they enter the market.

Related: Three Represents, Wikipedia

Note/Update, Nov. 3, 2010
*) This link – – is no longer available.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

JR’s Weekender: Discotheques

Inventions: A Special Day in History

Inventions: A Special Day in History

The discotheque was invented in China Germany 50oo years and five days ago. This is good news about China, and bad news about Germany. Maybe China did nothing right on October 19th, 1959, but it didn’t invent the discotheque either. That was my country. American soldiers stationed in West Germany took our latest civilizational accomplishment home to their country, writes Wikipedia. In addition to the dance and fashion aspects of the disco club scene, there was also a thriving drug subculture, particularly for drugs that would enhance the experience of dancing to the loud music and the flashing lights, such as cocaine (nicknamed “blow”), amyl nitrite “poppers”, and the “…other quintessential 1970s club drug Quaalude, which suspended motor coordination and turned one’s arms and legs to Jell-O”.

I’ve never been to a discotheque because I wanted to – rather, because friends insisted that it was a good place – or, when I was younger and in a mood of protest against the false bourgeois world, on christmas, just for desecrating the holidays. In a way, I found it natural that a lot of people there used drugs. If I had had to be there every Friday and Saturday night, I’d have used drugs, too. How else can you stand such a packed and noisy place?

Not to forget the bouncers. I wouldn’t feel offended if a bouncer refused me entry, but I feel that something must be wrong with the institution of bouncers. Don’t know why. I like pubs, where people go in and out as they like, so long as they stirr no trouble. A pub, no matter how rough it may be, is civilized. Discotheques are vulgar venues.

P.S.: Before you are asking, JR hasn’t tried to get into a discotheque last night. He’s only pointing out that October 19 is a special day in history.

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