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Hogwash Spreading - Floating Pig Carcasses Are Found In Second Chinese River

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While the media is transfixed with the final figure of floating dead pigs found Shanghai's Huangpu River, which at last check was crossing 6000, a bigger problem has emerged: pig carcasses have now been spotted in a different river, which means that the worst case scenario could be in play. From Shanghai Daily: 'Pig carcasses now found in Hubei river: Around 50 pig carcasses were today discovered in a tributary of the Yangtze River in Yichang City, Hubei Province, China Central Television reported. Some of the bodies were highly decomposed, said the report. The carcasses were spotted floating near Wulong Village. The local government has launched an investigation and dispatched officials to the scene. The news has attracted much public attention as it follows the discovery of thousand of dead pigs in Shanghai's Huangpu River, a branch of the Yangtze. By late yesterday, almost 6,000 pig carcasses had been fished out of the river and an investigation into where they came from is ongoing."

Recall our prediction from yesterday:

The bad news: what happens if China were to uncover that whatever ailments were present in the current batch of "hog wash" has become an epidemic? Just how high will the most important price tag in all of China - pork meat - soar to if quality controls were to be enabled? And what happens to food inflation which in China is actually indicative of reality due to its component as a percentage of CPI being one of the highest in the entire world?

So yesterday one river; today two rivers; tomorrow ... ? And if this is what the media is revealing, one can imagine how big the "hogwash" scandal must be behind the carefully controlled media scenes.

The bigger question remains: just what is really going on with the Chinese pork industry, which in 2011 was responsible for nearly half a billion pigs produced, or more than the entire rest of the world, and is the primary source of food for a vast majority of the population.

How long until the local population starts demanding real answers.


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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:43 | 3325310 GetZeeGold
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I sense a trend developing here.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:54 | 3325328 Lets_Eat_Ben
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It's an easy way to move the market.

I'm waiting for the lipstick to be removed and Kathy Lee Gifford to identified.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:03 | 3325335 Pladizow
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Soon to be found in UK lasagna!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:48 | 3325348 Badabing
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Pink Floyd prophesized this!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:45 | 3325632 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Fishing for river pig now fastest growing sport for restaurant proprietors.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:04 | 3325683 Whatta
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LOL. Shoulda been an Olympic event in Beijing!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:49 | 3325879 agNau
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badee, badee, badee,.....That's all folks!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:23 | 3326209 Richard Chesler
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Confirmed it's a PR stunt for a new movie.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:15 | 3326363 akak
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This little piggy went to Shanghai
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy ate roast cat
This little piggy had none
And this little piggy floated all the way home.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 23:04 | 3328509 SilverTech
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I did something really stupid once, bought canned meat made in China. Not edible.

Most disgusting Chinese food item I've read about: Lard rendered from sewage. Yum.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:50 | 3325447 smlbizman
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second biggest pot of won-ton soup ever....

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:29 | 3325574 NoDebt
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Pigs are very smart animals.  They know when they're in trouble to go drown themselves in the nearest river.  If only politicians had that level of intelligence.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:06 | 3325351 Sudden Debt
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okay... just say present when your name is called....



damn... that was the first one on the list... I think we're losing ZH spammers....

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:19 | 3325379 SamAdams
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my comment speculating the success of the pandemic yesterday, when the story first broke, is mysteriously vanquished. 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:39 | 3325421 Sudden Debt
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it's time to become paranoid... you should put on your tin foil hat! THEY'RE SCANNING EVERYBODY AS WE SPEAK!!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:07 | 3325693 Whatta
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Just because I am paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get me.

And, I am pretty sure that was a drone following me home from buying my 64 ounce DoubleUp Fructose available in Pork Water flavor.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:38 | 3325817 hardcleareye
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Your only paranoid if you are wrong.......

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:43 | 3325311 max2205
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Cant get a good price, throw em in the river


Red tide warning

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:04 | 3325345 ParkAveFlasher
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This is what happens when central planning schemes break down.  A centrally planned economy can not adapt to market conditions with the same agility as a decentralized economy can.  A decentralized economy has interconnected nodes that both act and react.  A centralized economy only validates action in the center and discourages opposing reactions at each subsequent level of the pyramid.  It doesn't make the reactions go away, it only at worst actively and violently represses them and at best denies their existence.  Two such reactions are price-driven product destruction as you call out or corner cutting, as may also be the case as well.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:39 | 3325418 irie1029
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Between that and factory farms.  Actually it was the least epensive way for the farmers to dispose of sick piggies the government was cracking down on.  Mind you these chinese people also throw garbage out high rize apartment windows to the steet below.  Way different culture.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:09 | 3325359 Sudden Debt
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I think FOXCON is getting rid of their iPhone essembling workers....


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:19 | 3325372 Never One Roach
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"There's never been a better time then now to buy .....a pig?"



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:38 | 3325417 Sudden Debt
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and in India... CARS!!!

hundreds of cars fell into a river Sunday after a bridge in Borneo collapsed....



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:46 | 3326079 TruthHunter
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"Cant get a good price, throw em in the river"

And feed the Fish...Walmart Tilapia with Pork flavor anyone?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:44 | 3325312 buzzsaw99
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I'm amazed that anything can survive in China.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:21 | 3325384 azzhatter
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I lived in China for a number of years. I used to say that everyday I saw something I've never seen before in my life. This would fit in that category

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:16 | 3326171 dogbreath
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My friends in china were all food snobs.  There were places they wouldn't eat, calling them "dirty place", but they were really just wherethe poor people ate.  I think it would be difficult to hide spoiled food in a country where food quality is so high.

Dumping them in the river was the cheapest solution.   

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:35 | 3325411 Sudden Debt
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Mel Brooks did predict they where going to sell air in a can in the movie spaceballs you know :)


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:38 | 3325416 MassDecep
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after figuring Maryland taxes, I am amazed anyone can live here! 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:05 | 3325491 Papasmurf
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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:40 | 3325610 Almost Solvent
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Try NY

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:47 | 3325314 KnightTakesKing
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Any unusual jump in hospital admissions? If this jumps from pig to human it could be very bad.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:01 | 3325341 Vagabond
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You don't even know what "this" is yet, but I guess if you mean humans floating down the river... yeah that could be bad.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:08 | 3325353 duo
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Like that Army base in Kansas in 1918?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:49 | 3325317 This just in
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I know lots of shit happens when pigs fly, but what h appens when they float?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:51 | 3325321 max2205
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It stinks

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:22 | 3325388 azzhatter
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Could have been a crash landing

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:08 | 3325695 MachoMan
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Then they're clearly witches

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3325834 Vince Clortho
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upvote for Monty Python reference.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:52 | 3325322 Svendblaaskaeg
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Trojan Pigs? - Japanese invasion?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:54 | 3325326 The Heart
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Swine flu?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:53 | 3325327 Bobbyrib
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I hope the Chinese don't think all you need to do to "clean" a diseased pig is to rinse it off by dumping it into a body of water. They are endangering their rivers by dumping diseased pig carcasses in them.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:33 | 3325406 pods
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From what I have read, there is not much danger of polluting the rivers due to pigs.

If anything the fat soluble toxins dumped into the river might be absorbed by them.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:50 | 3326088 TruthHunter
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"They are endangering their rivers by dumping diseased pig carcasses in them."

Other than a temporary reduction in oxygen, not a major problem. They are biodegradable.

Its those persistent industrial chemicals that are cause for concern.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:55 | 3325331 Lets_Eat_Ben
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Drink up! hahahaha!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:58 | 3325336 GrinandBearit
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They should have put lipstick on them before dumping them.

Large cities in China and India are some of the worlds most filthy and polluted places on earth.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:59 | 3325475 petolo
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32 ounce bottles of drinking water soon to be banned.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:24 | 3325556 mumcard
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Just search for "filthy India" to see how nasty it is. 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:58 | 3325337 digalert
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Will we get to the bottom of this?

When pigs fly

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:06 | 3325350 EclecticParrot
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You're on to something, my porcine friend (see my post below).  Others, however, summarily reject my thesis, and instead believe Pink Floyd is somehow involved.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:00 | 3325339 EclecticParrot
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As pigs are known to be excellent swimmers (albeit a bit mischievous and rambunctious), the only viable explanation is that, in light of the unique economic world events that defy all logic, they came brusquely back to earth while trying to fly.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:52 | 3326094 TruthHunter
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"they came brusquely back to earth while trying to fly."


Failed Chinese Drone program?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:01 | 3325340 Bearhug Bernanke
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Time to print more bacon.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:22 | 3325386 PUD
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Clearly Jesus is working overtime casting demons out of those chinese and into the swine...end of days bitches.  Locusts, dead pigs, black smoke oh my!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:22 | 3325389 laomei
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Lol, this aint anything unusual.  In fact it's a good sign.  In the past, the diseased pigs would be sold for cheap, the fact that they are being tossed means that no one is willing to buy em.  But surely, let's pretend we know what the hell we're talking about.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:23 | 3325390 Silverhog
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Knowing China, most likely a load of contaminated slop.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:23 | 3325395 Shizzmoney
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Think this is bad? Just wait until the human carcasses flood Chinese Rivers.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:46 | 3325437 Sudden Debt
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I think they have filters in the sewers that prevent that from happening.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:41 | 3325427 Seorse Gorog fr...
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Fuck you, Chairman Sow!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:46 | 3325438 Stud Duck
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Soon they will be in all the river in much larger quaniities, then, may then, our MSM will report on it!


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:50 | 3325449 q99x2
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Pigs are really smart. They'd rather commit suicide than live under a communist regime.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:28 | 3325773 waterwitch
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Maybe they were capitalist pigs?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:20 | 3326193 sessinpo
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If that were true, I'd imagine they would be doing Chik-fil-A commercials with the cows.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:29 | 3326233 nofluer
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The West doesn't have to worry about contagion until the rivers start to fill with dead capitalist running dogs...

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 22:29 | 3328388 Yamaha
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I think these pigs own the ghost city condos......

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:58 | 3325471 Bangin7GramRocks
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I saw contagion. Once it jumps to a human you are all Effed in the A. Me, I fashion myself a bit of a Matt Damon type, so I should be immune.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:16 | 3325526 zdk45
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attn fed: I get it.  Markets=bloated floating dead pig carcasses...

Long way to go for a joke. ain't my money tho,,,er,,,

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:20 | 3325534 toys for tits
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On the bright side for China, the severe air pollution has been moved from the front page.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:30 | 3325575 Edward Fiatski
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Chocolate pudding, the following seems appropriate -

China, pls

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:50 | 3325846 hardcleareye
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double post...  that hasn't happened in a while...

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:49 | 3325877 hardcleareye
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Setting aside all the great pig jokes and puns.

Why are the pigs dying?  Why throw them in the river instead of burning them or digging a hole and burying them?

I haven't been able to find any creditable reports on that....

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:20 | 3325975 petolo
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It is about time agri-business realises that concentrating thousands of genetically identical animals invites epidemic disease. The routine use of antibiotics favours the virulent resistant strains  organisms which then multiply exponentially . I wouldn' touch any meat unless you are on good terms with the producer, i.e., small farmers. Deal with your friends and neighbors . Thete are plenty of small farmers that need the business. I used to be one. For further information check out Small Farmers Journal.  

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:28 | 3326010 conspicio
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In other news: China has a new solution to reduce Muslim population. Jews not so keen on Chairman's new solution either.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:23 | 3326207 sessinpo
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They already have a one child policy. If anything, it is a population reduction, not based on religion or race - just reduce population.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:07 | 3326139 michael_engineer
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Mad pig anyone?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:18 | 3326182 sessinpo
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As Porky Pig said, "That's all folks"

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:25 | 3326213 nofluer
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I understand that there are rumors of a wheelchair bound old white guy in China's rural areas mumbling something about "Gotta kill the pigs to save the economy! Gotta kill the pigs to save the economy!"

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:48 | 3326292 shayneals shayneals
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I am sorry I dont know the answer. I have been pondering all day, why these pigs did not fly.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 14:22 | 3326633 reTARD
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Confucius says: "You eventually get caught if you keep dumping into the exact same river!"

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 14:48 | 3326840 Rantabulous
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For others that might be curious. These rivers are not close to each other and so it seems unlikely that they are a few stragglers from the original 'batch'. From what I can tell on Google Maps they are about 800km from each other. 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 16:00 | 3327280 Mad Muppet
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This brings to mind the contaminated dog food we had here that killed  so many pets. I wonder if they all got ahold of some bad pig-chow? Someone should see if China bought a bunch of rice recently from the Fukashima area.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 16:47 | 3327477 chaartist
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china dominating pig business so maybe they are short like jpm silver shorts

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:32 | 3327793 Cheduba
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I'm wondering if this is the black swan (bloated corpse?) that we've been waiting for during the past few years to collapse the whole fiat charade. 

Picture this: the Chinese demand this highly visible problem to be "fixed", which is impossible to do by their central planners.  Then, you have a billion pissed off people, any pretense of Chinese "growth" collapses, riots start, and there goes the global Ponzi scheme.

It takes something truly shocking like the pink slime fiasco to get a visceral reaction that stirs the masses...

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