Chinese State-Run Media Embarrasses Itself By Proclaiming "Unexpected Benefits Of Smog"

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

In case you weren’t aware, several of China’s major cities have experienced record-breaking, extremely dangerous levels of smog in recent days. For example, here is a shocking picture of Lianyungang, China:

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Photograph: Chinafotopress/Getty Images.

So how did China’s state-run media decide to respond to this environmental and public health disaster? With ridiculous propaganda about the “unexpected benefits” of smog of course. You have to see this to believe it.

From The Guardian:

China’s noxious air pollution has made people smarter, funnier and impervious to missile attacks, the country’s official media reported this week, as a toxic cloud covering half of the country began to lift.


On Monday the website of the state broadcaster CCTV published a list of five “unexpected benefits” brought by the smog.


It said the haze had unified Chinese people, as they found solidarity in their complaints; equalised them, as both rich and poor people were vulnerable to its effects; enlightened them, as they realised the cost of rapid growth; and “made Chinese people more humorous”, as smog-related jokes proliferated on the internet.


It had also helped to educate people, it said. “Our knowledge of meteorology, geography, physics, chemistry and history has progressed.”

As I have said many times before, The Onion is a short.

This year China has registered its highest pollution levels in 52 years, according to state media. More than 100 Chinese cities spanning half the country spent early December enveloped by smog. Both articles attracted such vitriol online that the media outlets quickly took them down. By Tuesday afternoon “benefits of smog” was a trending topic on China’s most popular microblog, Sina Weibo, racking up 240,000 posts.


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Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:17 | 4238608 TruthInSunshine
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Heavily polluted, carcinogenic, asthma inducing air is like a little slice of chocolate cream pie that you can inhale.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:34 | 4238639 ZerOhead
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Hmmmm.... Anything above 30 storeys seems to be largely unaffected by the smog. It probably makes it easier to piss on the little people below without gettting caught.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:42 | 4238656 hedgeless_horseman
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Smog is beneficial.

Radiation is healthy.

Debt is wealth.

War is peace.

Ignorance is strength.


I love Big Brother.


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:48 | 4238671 dick cheneys ghost
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'The point is, ladies and gentleman, that smog, for lack of a better word, is good. Smog is right, smog works. Smog clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Smog, in all of its forms; smog for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And smog, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.'

Gordon Gekko

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:53 | 4238685 BKbroiler
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fuck em.  you get our jobs the smog comes with em.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:58 | 4238694 akak
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Blobbing-up is its own reward ... and its own curse.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:06 | 4238710 Orly
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Looks like next year is going to be loud for us mouth-pieces.

Happy Holidays, ak.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:02 | 4238794 Bananamerican
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"smarter, funnier and impervious to missile attacks"


Wait...Isn't that the U.S. army's slogan?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:06 | 4238814 Ralph Spoilsport
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Quiet professionals, noisy machinery.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 05:02 | 4238962 Harlequin001
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and it's good for playing 'hide 'n seek'!

and stress relief, if you were going to be hit by a train or a truck, you wouldn't see it until the very last minute...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 09:07 | 4239135 kralizec
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ChiCom's love the smell of smog in the morning...smells like...victory.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 07:13 | 4239037 DYS
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"An Army of Fun!"


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 09:17 | 4239157 e-recep
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Correct. Does anyone still remember England's infamous fog?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:50 | 4239427 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The infamous pea soup.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:03 | 4238708 TheFourthStooge-ing
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When river pigs fly...




...the smog blocks your view of them.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:08 | 4238717 akak
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The eternal nature of Chinese citizen smogism is clearly to make nature less than eternal, monolizing the pollutionary means while farming the weak breathing and extorting the poor asthmatic.

Rumorizing has it that Chinese characters for "emphysema" translate as "economic progress boot stomping face".

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:31 | 4238756 Ralph Spoilsport
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The new culture of the gregarious smog thrives under the auspices of bicameral communist/capitalist synchronism.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:50 | 4238780 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Chinese citizenism inability of self indiction leads to blame-placing outsourcery.

Tomorrow's progated Xinhuautistic story tells smog caused by monk immolation in Tibet.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:53 | 4238788 Ralph Spoilsport
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Smog caused by excess production of trendy Intelligent Fragrant Chicken! This will unmend the issue alas, alas.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:48 | 4238781 Anusocracy
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How about a little common sense here?

China is the Land of Dragons and that includes Smaug.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 06:53 | 4239027 monkeyboy
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We are so fucked when the Chinese eventually become our new planetary overlords, but I welcome then none the less....

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:02 | 4238705 Pooper Popper
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Bombs away

Ora noe

someone bigga shit ona me!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:51 | 4238679 edotabin
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The highest pollution level in 52 years?  What caused more smog and pollution 52 years ago?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:59 | 4238795 mumcard
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Nixon's visit?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:59 | 4238799 walküre
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If you think the People's Republic of China measured pollution 52 years ago, I have a bridge to sell to you.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:06 | 4238815 mumcard
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It was probably similar to weather rock technology.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 09:31 | 4239198 toady
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Post-war boom?

Radioactive half-life?

Rape of Nanking?

I don't know, you pick.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:51 | 4238852 ElvisDog
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China, what a shithole.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:39 | 4238888 Freddie
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The New Jersey of Asia.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 08:21 | 4239083 General Decline
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A guy I work with says China is the best country in the world because of the desperate chicks that are constantly hanging all over him the moment his American ass gets off the plane. I'll have to ask him if they taste like benzene.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 09:55 | 4239270 ElvisDog
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They're hanging all over him, because they want to marry his American ass so they can get the hell out of China.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:47 | 4238668 rustymason
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@wisehiney, thanks, I hadn't seen that. Birds of a feather, swine together. America is not just dead, it is rotten.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:44 | 4238770 edotabin
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+1 for Dexter !

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:05 | 4238862 MontgomeryScott
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Nice try, diversionary tweaker. Your masters in Bejing, Haifa, WTF ever in Brussels (the Eurozone), and Alexandria (VA), are not amused at your lack of up-down votes.


AND, your comment has WHAT to do with the pollution in China?





Thu, 12/12/2013 - 05:47 | 4238994 Ar-Pharazôn
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is it cold under the bridge?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 11:10 | 4239501 SkottFree
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At least in the US we can point our fingers at Ozone as the problem not the toxic soup of pollution!

They neeed to bring down the Ozone levels!

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 11:34 | 4239584 robertsgt40
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I'm guessing astronomy has taken a hit in these cities.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:15 | 4238605 Cognitive Dissonance
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You can't make this shit up.

<Oh can.>

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:43 | 4238663 Orly
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<...and you do...>



Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:49 | 4238672 Orly
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"I simply changed the parameters of the test."


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:50 | 4238677 Orly
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So you cheated?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:15 | 4238606 666
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Spin doctors. They must have learned this method from American PR companies (or the US gubmint)..

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 23:28 | 4238610 LetThemEatRand
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Next up:  MSNBC posits that we need to increase smog in order to combat lack of humor; Fox says that more smog is better to combat missile attacks.  A vigorous debate among the two opposed spectrums of politicial debate occurs over whether more humor, or absence of missile attacks is the more important reason for more smog.  Bill O'Reilly notes that there is too much humor already.   Maddow proclaims that humor is more important than protection from missiles and the anti-missile crowd is misguided and too obsessed with humor.  Hannity sucks an eagle's cock and then comes out in favor of fewer missiles.  Olberman smirks and points out that humor is important too.  Much name calling ensues.   Voters line up to choose candidates who take one or the other side.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:01 | 4238704 Orly
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:56 | 4238791 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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LTER ZH has changed you. Welcome to my world friend.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:00 | 4238802 mumcard
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We must close the missile deflection smog gap!

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:11 | 4238867 MontgomeryScott
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WAIT for it...

Ann Coulter decries that 'radiation is good for you', on whatever MSM craphole that they feed the U.S. 'constituents':


Hannity sez: 'very, very GOOD!'


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:32 | 4238882 ForTheWorld
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I just watched that. I can't believe she actually said that.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 08:19 | 4239080 BlankfeinDiamond
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Peel away that skin and blonde wig and you'll find a cockroach, the only thing that will survive a nuclear disaster.

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