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Beijing Shuts Down As Pollution Over Past 12 Hours Literally "Off The Chart"

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For the past 12 hours, the so-called PM2.5 level (or China's new pollution threshold) has been above the "serious" level. Bear in mind this is the newly adjusted-upwards threshold that already far exceeds the WHO's health-threatening levels.


Levels are officially "beyond index" today (with a peak at 613 so far compred to 500 "hazardous") and the streets are empty!

Via Bloomberg:

City’s air quality index reading near Tiananmen Square, putting it in category defined as “serious” pollution.


City warns residents to avoid outdoor activities


Reading of PM2.5 pollution near Tiananmen Square was 583 micrograms per cubic meter as of 6 a.m., with average reading in past 24 hours at 338, according to city’s air-monitoring website


NOTE: World Health Organization recommends 24-hour PM2.5 exposure of no more than 25

The widely followed @BeijingAir twitter account confirms just how bad it is on the ground. For those confused "Beyond Index" is a friendlier way of saying "Off The Charts"

Via @PeterSchloss




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Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:10 | 4335620 Buckaroo Banzai
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China puts all their unwanted toxic waste products into the air.

We send ours to Washington, DC.

Not sure which of us is better off. At least ours stays indoors most of the time, in some nice buildings.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:20 | 4335640 Say What Again
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All that shit drifts over the pacific ocean, dropping chemicals along the way.   Then it hits the western edge of the United States, and everyone has to breath that shit.  Japan's nuclear crap is washing ashore as well.

But all that matters is if the bernak will be pumping his pomo tomorrow.



"City warns residents to avoid outdoor activities"

What this means is; "stay inside the factories until we say you can leave"

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:21 | 4335674 Xibalba
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:21 | 4335680 Say What Again
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The US should triple, or more,  the tax on EVERYTHING that is imported from China.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:27 | 4335706 Herd Redirectio...
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Walmart and Target won't be happy when they hear about this...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:35 | 4335739 Troll Magnet
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Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:40 | 4335774 FL_Conservative
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Exactly how are the Chinese supposed to take over the world when they can't even leave their fucking houses?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:56 | 4335845 U4 eee aaa
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That's easy. They will move into ours and send all the prisoners to Beijing

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:06 | 4335886 Say What Again
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I saw a news special (60 minutes, frontline, or ???) where they showed all the crap that was embedded into the electronic plastic shit from China. 

China is behind most of the hacking uncovered in the US.

Call me paranoid, but I just don't trust them. 


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:09 | 4335902 Troll Magnet
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Of course our MSM will tell you that.  Bet a silver dollar they never mentioned Israel in their "special report."



Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:58 | 4336905 Oh regional Indian
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These are simply population control vectors.

Now that burger making robots are here, no need for people it seems...

Every great "liberation" or die-off is always timed to when fewer people are "needed" to make this simulation work. 


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 05:22 | 4337174 jamezelle
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"Now that burger making robots are here, no need for people it seems..."


Yea because the robots will buy and eat the are you talking about.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:47 | 4337259 negative rates
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When your eyes start burning or you can't see the local mtn, it's time to leave town.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:30 | 4337033 the0ther
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I imagine that the real story is USSA is now best friends with CHICOMs. No real difference anymore and it's all a show.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:06 | 4337746 DaveyJones
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I trust them almost as little as I trust my own 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:47 | 4336058 bunnyswanson
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The Forgotten White Slaves - Whtie Cargo


They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:02 | 4337736 DaveyJones
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chat rooms

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:35 | 4335740 666
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I'm surprised the USSA doesn't issue a hazardous air alert when Obummer speaks or farts.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:57 | 4335849 U4 eee aaa
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Exactly. Much more toxic. Especially the speaking

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:23 | 4336828 dubbleoj
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Cmon guys, its just a seasonal adjustment *cough*

Long pollution!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:50 | 4335822 trader1
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surely you jest...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:51 | 4335828 Flakmeister
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A carbon tax on imports would be very effective, $50 per tonne...

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:58 | 4336993 trader1
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in theory i agree. 

china would have to be an obliging player in that new game.  

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:01 | 4335866 Vendetta
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Only a sane country with a representative government would do that (Article 1 Section 8 had a blurb about regulating trade to coincide with the preamble).   

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:39 | 4336026 Bunga Bunga
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That would be the death for the US economic model.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:52 | 4337111 El Crusty
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tax on the pollution drifting over?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:16 | 4337227 TWSceptic
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The US should triple, or more,  the tax on EVERYTHING that is imported from China.


Say what again? That's the one positive thing for the US consumer, cheap imports. After that it's game over.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:09 | 4336351 SolarSystem1932
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The Welker PDF starts...

"Asses the rate of desertification of the Gobi desert,..."

And that's when I stopped reading it.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:52 | 4336894 bunnyswanson
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SolarSystem1932 > Ass

Asses = Assess

V. Conclusion

By examining satellite data, it was determiend that the Gobi is expanding approximately 15.3 km/year.  This is concurrent with the current reports of the Gobi's rate of expansion.  At this rate, China's capitol city will be on the edge of the Gob within 6-8 years, and many populated cities in between will be consumed by the desert's sands. 


Many Chinese officials beelieve that the idea of Beijing being swallowed by the Gobi in a few years is "silly," but according to the stellite data, if China does not take drastic action, mass amounts of people will be displaced and thirst and famine will be widespread.


I don't have time for this shit.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 05:30 | 4337180 SilverRhino
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Walker document .... WTF .... I'm supposed to take this seriously when they can't even spell Assess?  (FIRST FUCKING WORD IN THE REPORT???)


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:18 | 4337078 leononelove85
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You cant stop it, can u?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:15 | 4335647 ACP
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Either that or their central bank is printing smog now. That's one chart the HFTs don't have to paint.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:29 | 4335723 AngelEyes00
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Maybe they should spray nicotine into the air to mix with the smog.  Then when there are alerts instead of complaining, people will go outside to get a nicotine boost.  It might also increase productivity/GDP and we know how important that is to China!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:43 | 4336252 skree
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I just spoke to a co-worker and he said you can't see across the street. He said this between coughs. I will be traveling to China next month and have a supply of carbon filter masks at the ready. I used to be a smoker and don't feel that I have that much lung to give.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:29 | 4337089 Oh regional Indian
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Start smoking natural tobacco again. It'll save you....



Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:08 | 4336926 williambanzai7
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Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:49 | 4337262 negative rates
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Off topic, but now ye aint even getin the ups so I wont waste the effort to junk you.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:11 | 4335629 Xibalba
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they need to switch to ev's overnight

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:12 | 4335632 TeamDepends
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Algore.  ALGORE!!!!  The Chinese are being naughty!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:14 | 4335639 jballz
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good news for smokers, anyway.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:21 | 4335677 denverdolomte
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I hope this doesn't stunt their growth.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:15 | 4335642 denverdolomte
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They should just stop reporting/recording the pollution and then it won't exist. All about the numbers, learn from the BLS and Wall St.



Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:39 | 4335753 AngelEyes00
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You've got a good point there denverdolomte.  Just like food & energy are not included in inflation numbers maybe they should do a sampling of the smog and redact from the total smog count any particulates originating from burning coal, because they all need electricity, right?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:52 | 4336067 Real Estate Geek
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It's just a problem of scale.  Not scale of the vehicles and industry in the area, but the graph's Y axis scale.  Swith to a logarithmic scale and things will look much more soothing.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:42 | 4336868 TMLutas
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The US embassy has a pollution sensor on a mast in the compound and at a number of other missions. The website for that is here:

The numbers are starting to come down and are at 471 as of writing. The equipment goes "off index" at 500 and exceeded that level for 10 hours overnight. 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:15 | 4335644 surf0766
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Their solar panels must be working great in this.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:45 | 4335803 CreativeGlobalF...
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Just like dimples on a golf ball!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:15 | 4335645 Jlasoon
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Cheap shit = Pollution for Chinaman. 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:15 | 4335646 tickhound
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But but... corporate profits are at all time highs! Even in china! Haven't you bitchez seen world markets?

And since product sustainability is INVERSE to economic growth... This is called a RESULT.

What this pollution needs is more growth. Growth is the fix. If you REALLY want to put this whole thing back together growth is the answer. What we need are politicians, from both sides of the aisle, to come together and figure out a looooooooong term plan for consistent growth.... put aside their differences, and GROW our way out of this...

The quickest way to job growth is to make more stuff with shorter life-spans and provide these services and products to all people through government subsidy and heavy taxes on the 5 corporations left who will make everything.

What you see here isn't pollution. It's progress. This is a proud to be human moment.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:28 | 4335715 Herd Redirectio...
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Planned obsolescence, we are now seeing the end game of that 'strategy'.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:46 | 4335805 Charles Wilson
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"Comrade, I thought you mean "Product" for Plan Obsolescence.

Not "WE"."

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:48 | 4335769 akak
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What you see here isn't pollution. It's progress. This is a proud to be human moment.

Ah, ah, glorious economic progress of Sons of Heaven, can't deny it.  You have vigorously blobbed-up the appropriate Chinese Citizenism sendiments in the most mattering way.  All pollution being product of US 'american' consumptionalization, never the else, it is in the proof that there is no pollution in China.  All progration more than this is just offuscation and duplicity of US 'american' citizenism citizens, whose nature as parongongs of monolizing the resource exploitation means while projectionizing blame for is eternal.

The mettle of those who engage in farming the poor, extorting the weak is the seeking of symmetry between all and nothing.  US 'american' pollution is all, Chinese pollution is nothing.  But hey, when one can't accept reality, forcing responsibility to the exterior and scraping the Chinese goat is the recourses at hand.  Same story as always, best yet.

Welcome to the Chinese 'american' can-kicking world, it's a hazy place full of insanitation, you'll see.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:33 | 4335995 Bananamerican
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one of my favorite reads on ZH is Akak riffing Chi-Com..."blobbing up" gets me every time...

Where the fuck did that come from? AnAnonymous?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:38 | 4336227 akak
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"Blobbing-up" is indeedwise the word coinage of AnAnonymous, the engrish of his entering the halls of legendary and never to be in the forgetting in the memories of US and all other 'american' citizenism citizens according to their eternal nature.  Upping the Chicom hypocritizenism and inability to self-indict to infinity and below.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:42 | 4337031 NIHILIST CIPHER

akak    This is ruling class hipocriticinism, GREENIES here  in the US but blatant polluters blobbing-up Chicom air space to make over crowding look a little more attractive for THEMSELVES. Bad citizenism indeed. Elites speak with forked tounge, massive toxicity if it suits them and their purpose.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:42 | 4335785 walküre
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Too bad "the Doctor" is a ficticious character and doesn't ever show up. Would be cool if he stopped by and monkeyhammered those responsible to make sure there will still be people in the 51 century.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:28 | 4336205 Al Gorerhythm
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Death by 7 billion cuts. I said... cuts.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:43 | 4336870 aka_ces
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The U.S. outsourced not only the jobs but also much of the pollution.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:15 | 4335649 thatthingcanfly
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They need Ben Bernanke to fly his helicopter over Beijing to blow away all the smog with his rotor wash.

And wreck their currency.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:17 | 4335653 Never One Roach
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crap..this means moar are going to move here and push house prices up with their cash purchases.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:28 | 4335697 Skateboarder
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No more. Please. We can't afford house prices here anymore. Massive bubble in SF Bay Area home prices + now Chinese showing up with cash puts 'average' 100K households here at closer to 8x income as compared to the 6x as compared to the 4x as compared to the 2-3x before.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:28 | 4335714 cougar_w
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Most of the increase in housing prices in the SF Bay Area must be hot money from China. People there are getting rich and getting out, headed for the (relatively) cash-safe US.

This is bound to eventually fuel a UST sell off by the Chinese banking system to make up for capital flight.

The amazing net-net is that while Americans got a bunch of disposable plastic junk from China, the Chinese used the leverage and secured most of our real estate.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:54 | 4336081 carlnpa
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We will of course have a apecial tax for Chinese held real estate in the future.  Chinese get screwed anyway you look at it.

The Japanese several decades ago did the same thing in US real estate, they lost their asses.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:17 | 4335659 Papasmurf
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The yellow sorrow has gone airborne.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:59 | 4335855 AngelEyes00
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This smog is making my eyes squint.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:05 | 4335884 Skateboarder
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Careful kid, don't squint too long. Might become poimanent.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:19 | 4335671 blindman
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the Chinese should eliminate the environmental
regulations that are causing their industries to
pollute the environment so detrimentally.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:27 | 4335703 Matt
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And replace them with the ability for people to sue each other and corporations for negative externalities. Once you criss-cross all the cars, factories, power plants, etc, the several hundred billion law suits ought to keep everyone busy for a while.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:38 | 4336017 blindman
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Randy Newman - Political Science
more sick shit

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:20 | 4335673 phoolish
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Factories still pumping out plastic pumpkins I'm sure.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:22 | 4335684 Jlasoon
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Obama can sign executive order #735262182937463524143263 authorizing a government EPA intervention to bring environmental purification and sanctification to the people of China.  

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:22 | 4335686 starman
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Where there's smoke there's .........

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:24 | 4335687 Dragonsgrace
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I used to go over there.  The moment you got off the plane you could literally taste the air.  I used to call it "The Taste of China."   And that was before these alerts.  I cannot even really imagine what this is like.   Take a deep breath MF! 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:03 | 4335881 tallen
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When I went to Beijing on holiday in 2011, it was like being in a giant cloud. Grey everywhere, couldn't even see the sun. You could feel the general direction of the heat. When you went for a shower in the evening the water came off grey. Not going back any time soon.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:17 | 4336751 FLHRS
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There are good places and good people everywhere, but of the parts of the world that I have visited:  China is a shit hole.  So is most of Mexico, Central and South America.  Africa is the worst of all.  The far east has a lot of nice places (gotta love the Philippinos and Thai people), but the big cities are just too crowded.  Europe is ok if you don't mind living in a flat and paying too much for everything, crowded.  I like Australia.  All of you stiffs that bad mouth the USA don't know how good we have it overall.  The coasts are taking us down the shitter.  We're fucked up, but it's still the best place to live.  Give me my vehicles, nice house, toys and the open spaces that I enjoy in the rockies.  GO USA!     

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:26 | 4335701 Rukeysers Ghost
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That's too bad about the Chinamen having to breath toxic soot, but you should see the deal I got on my new Chinese toaster I just bought at the local box store. It will probably only last six months but is painted in a lead based paint that makes it sparkle. The asbestos wrapped power cord is a great feature too.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:26 | 4335705 Schmuck Raker
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Any Chinese oxygen supply firms listed in the US?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:31 | 4335720 wisehiney
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All of stuff going on in the world right now reminds me of those old black and white films that showed a dystopian future, and the narrator ominously says...."and the human race had destroyed the world's environment, poisoned the food supply, destroyed the world's economies, disease was rampant, they were constantly at war..........."

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:31 | 4335728 Jlasoon
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And addicted to porn...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:43 | 4335798 slightlyskeptical
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It's exactly like that, but the narrator is instead telling everyone how nice and perfect everything is, while it is crumbling before their eyes. That is exactly why I am so worried. The degree of dishonesty and dillusion just gets worse and worse like it's already too late and you better grab yours while you still can. Doesn't give a thinking man (or someone who thinks they think) very much comfort.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:54 | 4335841 IridiumRebel
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Absolutely correct. When they break the gates and rush the doors, I hope the media is the first to get overrun. I loathe them.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:27 | 4337136 Not_Sure
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Yeah, that would be the movie "Idiocracy".

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:30 | 4335725 chump666
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China should have NEVER been the factory of the world.  F*cking Keynes lunacy.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:35 | 4335741 Jlasoon
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Aint neo-slavary grand? We've simply gone from the black man in the south to the china man in the east.  

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:26 | 4335968 chump666
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100% correct.  This is why Asia more so China is a disaster.  The consumer in American brawling with each other over cheap made junk from China, all the while China sinks in it's own pollution.  if the boom/bust cycle was allowed to occur,  we wouldn't have peak pollution, and crony/bubble inflation.  Keynes is to blame through and through.  To hear Krugman praise Japan with that insane economic policy which will lead to war mind boggling, but not surprising in our f*cked up world. 

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:40 | 4336865 Jlasoon
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I've often said what follows, we deserve. We only have ourselves to blame for this mess. 

"All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states." -Buddha

Karma's a bitch and we're about to feel its wrath for what we've perpetuated this last century. Get ready.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:40 | 4335777 Flakmeister
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WTF has this to do with Keynes?

This is all about global labor wage arbitrage, i.e. an extension of one of the lynchpins of capitalism...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:51 | 4335829 aphlaque_duck
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No, it's the petrodollar hegemony. That enslaves them to working for USD, because they need them for oil.

There's nothing wrong with labor arbitrage per se - that lets people work who otherwise couldn't. With increased division of labor, more value is produced. But it has to be based on sound money.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:10 | 4335907 Flakmeister
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Sorry... but the above is simply wrong...  fractally so...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:46 | 4336035 Bananamerican
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"There's nothing wrong with labor arbitrage per se"

Nothing except the fact that the great leveller in global labor/wage abitrage is a fucking bowl of RICE!

Tarrif the shit out of China until the muthas "clean up" their act.

The Chi-com governments treatment of its own citizens makes the Opium Wars seem like the Marshall plan in comparison

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:17 | 4337018 the0ther
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I dig your metaphor man.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:17 | 4335935 chump666
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Everything.  The debt binge (which Krugman waffles on about re: China.  The problem is actually rampant credit expansion) via China loading up on America, shifting industry to China so America can consume.  China is now stuck in a demand side implosion, either America goes into a depression or China goes into a meltdown.  The manipulation of markets by Keynes voodoo lunatics have distorted, we are all going down together.   

Keynesian economics:

The term“Keynesian economics” was used to refer to the concept that optimal economic performance could be achieved – and economic slumps prevented – by influencing aggregate demand through activist stabilization and economic intervention policies by the government. Keynesian economics is considered to be a “demand-side” theory that focuses on changes in the economy over the short run.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:35 | 4337624 Flakmeister
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You are putting the cart before the horse buddy...

Corporate greed in the name of delivering profits to shareholders is the real cause...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:04 | 4336117 falconflight
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What's more important, economic improvement for their impoverished masses or a now cult-like Western viewpoint that industrialization is evil, and we can live in a post industrial society and maintain our standard of living and Stay warm w/ "renewables."

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:36 | 4337633 Flakmeister
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It is not evil, but it can run amok...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:32 | 4335727 Waterfallsparkles
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I guess that is the good part of sending them all of our Manufacturing jobs over there.  We may not have jobs but we have clean air.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:37 | 4335746 Waterfallsparkles
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Looks like the Chinese are throw away people.  Get them to manufacture cheep products for pennys a day and then kill them with toxic air.  I guess that will solve Chinas population problem.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:38 | 4335752 walküre
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stage a parade or a mass exercise

the air at Tianmen SQ was cleaner when they rolled the tanks

tough shit

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:38 | 4335754 ebworthen
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Saw on the Taiwan news on MhZ last night that their air quality was worse this year because of the particulates wafting over to the island from China.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:39 | 4335762 ElvisDog
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And people think the Chinese are going to take over the world? The Chinese are going to be too physically weak and riddled with disease to take over the world.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:41 | 4335781 Flakmeister
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And they won't have enough water to wash the crud out of their hair...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:52 | 4335796 Flakmeister
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Riddle me this:

Why is that Germany can make basically the highest quality versions of whatever China makes, pay their labor at union scale and not be the 21st century of Mordor eviromentally?

Bueller? Bueller?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:55 | 4336991 trader1
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by having a social market economy


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:34 | 4337140 Mediocritas
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By outsourcing labour (and pollution) to Eastern Europe where it costs much less than in DE.

Granted, Germany does it cleaner than China but it ain't no saint.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:34 | 4337239 TWSceptic
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Each country produces different products, quality has nothing to do with it. China has environmental problems because of too much centralized manufacturing (which is a consequence of low wages, which are a consequence of manipulation of currencies by central banks, which is a consequence of US policy).

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 17:31 | 4338970 InflammatoryResponse
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They don't spend but 30 cents a year on defense.  they've lived under just like the rest of europe, the US defense spending umbrella for decades.


allowing them to allocate their resources differently.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:44 | 4335802 teslaberry
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you laugh, but darwinian evolution will yield a race of super breathing china-men that can breathe toxic air and function normally within a few generations. 


after that is accomplished, they then pump toxic air to the whole planet and wait till half of everyone has instant emphyzima , and then begin waging actual war on whoever is not coughing up a lung. 


it's pretty genius actually. 


my solution, we pre-empt this plot, by hatching our own plot to visit an asteroid on a mission to direct it away from earth. in fact, the mission comandeers the asteroid directly towards china and then we claim it was an act of god and that the asteroid could not be stopped. it looks like we tried unsuccesfully to stop a bad accidnet, when in fact, we deliberately fuck the shit out of Eurasia and continue to lead happy lives while the eastern hemisphere suffers from a massive dinosaur killing asteroid strike. 


seroiusly guys----you gotta think more creatively if you want to actually WIN the next world war. machismo nuke versus nuke is just going to get everyone killed which is  lose lose. 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:48 | 4335817 GrinandBearit
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Pretty good!  Should make a great movie.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:36 | 4336006 W74
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Perhaps, but can they perform well at high altitudes?

An old saying goes: "The Hindi tongue stops at 1500 feet" and that applies to the Han Chinese and many other lowlander civilizations as well.  Look at a map of languages in China and you'll see my point.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:10 | 4335909 falconflight
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Just asking, but how would this level of pollution compare to say the pollution outbreak in London circa 1953, when hundreds died?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:28 | 4335976 Bunga Bunga
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Calm down, 500 is not as bad. When WHO recommends 24-hour PM2.5 exposure of no more than 25 and authorities consider 50 still "good", living in Beijing means death penalty anyway.  


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:29 | 4335979 NOTfromSanFrancisco
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Let's see... For the far east...

Smog, Radiation, Economic Train Wreck... Smog, Radiation, Economic Train Wreck..

So many choices... So little time...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:33 | 4335985 q99x2
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Question: Why can't Asians stop killing themselves?

Answer: Because Westerners won't teach them that.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:37 | 4336012 Bunga Bunga
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They just complete what Mao Zedong started.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:44 | 4336044 q99x2
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This whole thing was Loyd Blankfein's idea and that "Doing God's Work" horseshit. If they want to stop the pollution they need to stop him. If they do the pollution will go away on its own.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:38 | 4336016 q99x2
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I say give them spacesuits so they can at least get their asses to work and Yellen can up my FAFSA.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:47 | 4336060 Its Only Rock N Roll
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Can hear it now:

"Our sales in our North American region were adversely affected by the cold weather in winter and our sales in the Asia-Pacific region were negatively affected due to the Chinese smog situation."  ~ CAT CEO


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:54 | 4336084 Fix It Again Timmy
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Quick, stop the Rubber Dog Shit Factories.....

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:46 | 4337106 Aussiekiwi
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Shortages mean....Bullish rubber dog shit and other high quality Chinese products.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:10 | 4336139 walküre
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Central Planners of the world take note! Just moving the goal posts higher and changing the permissible levels does not, I repeat, it does not actually have any effect on the underlying cause!

You're welcome.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:43 | 4336247 Catullus
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Can we encourage immigration to Ohio and change the name of one their cities to "CweaveWand"? Please.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:43 | 4336249 nooyawka
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When are the Chinese going to start blaming it on Japan ... something Japan did to them in WWII?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:05 | 4336336 thefirstabomb
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It's only one of a litany of problems China is facing.  Things are going to get ugly when people wake up to the China Bubble 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:32 | 4336440 rustymason
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UN Climate Chief: Communism is best to fight global warming

Michael Bastasch
January 15, 2014

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model.

China may be the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide and struggling with major pollution problems of their own, but the country is “doing it right” when it comes to fighting global warming says Figueres.

“They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,” she said. “They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.”

Bizarro World Reports


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:47 | 4336514 Rising Sun
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Here comes cancer-gate .....wait, give it a couple of years, then we can call it cancer-gate


Kiss that 1.5B goodbye in pretty short order

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:07 | 4336583 luckylogger
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Never been there but assume it is like Gary Indiana in 1968 when I would stay with my Grandmother and it would just "snow" coal ash all night long. everything had a layer of coal ash on it every morning.

Am sure it was not "clean"coal by any extendt of the imagination......

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00 | 4336752 vincent
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Congressional fieldtrip.

Maybe pick up a Panda while they're in the neighborhood.

I can see Sarah McLachlan now

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:19 | 4336812 cocoanut
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36K followers does not make for a widely follwed a twitter account. 

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:53 | 4336898 I Write Code
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It smells like ... victoly.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:07 | 4336925 yogibear
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"But all that matters is if the bernak will be pumping his pomo tomorrow"

Sure,  Bernanke likes to pump his POMO.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:27 | 4336953 Nexus789
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The Chinese have reached the promised land - they sit in endless traffic jams, get fat from eatting junk food, run up debt and die from poinsonous air. What more can they want.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:43 | 4337102 Aussiekiwi
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Lucky bastards! living the dream.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:30 | 4337034 A Dollar Short
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Smells like money to me.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:34 | 4337092 NaN
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The problem is coal, coal, coal, coal, coal.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:02 | 4337279 Sufiy
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SONY: Creators of Lithium-ion Battery Win Engineering's Highest Honors

With China choking up on pollution and electric cars for rent being introduced in super wending machines, time is to come back to our Lithium story. Tesla Motors is not a Venture company any more, but Auto making company and it is the major shift in the industry, which is still not taking very seriously on the Lithium supply side by investors.   Electric Revolution has been started long time ago and Lithium batteries were introduced in a truly industrial scale by Japan, Panasonic supplies its batteries for Tesla Motors now. But now new players from China are taking over Lithium materials supply and moving fast up the value chain in lithium battery making field.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:19 | 4337371 Last of the Mid...
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Now tell me how my paying a carbon tax on the icrap i buy is going to change this?. Oh I get it, all the money will go to the US government and Al Gore will make sure it is efficiently use  worldwide to decrease carbon emissions. They are literally smothering themselves in their own aerosolized refuse and Al Gore wants me to pay to clean it up. Hey dipshit! The driving force is for cheaper icrap. That is why their air is not breathable. How about talking to the manufacturers that have crap built over there. You know, the people sitting next to you in the board meetings. The chance of taxing the consumer and getting any of the money to go to this situation is like a gazillion to one.. A horrible side effect of said talks might possible be some manufacturing in the US under better standards that might possibly increase employment thereby ending the "law of diminishing returns" that currently exists when you provide no jobs but want to sell everything to a population you just screwed over to get it manufactured elsewhere cheaper. There might be one little problem, though. Your check might be short. The kleptocracy might not need to pay you in the myrid of ways they do to continue this path of busisness as usual. Bummer. Now where's that 2nd cup of coffee

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:38 | 4337432 Notarocketscientist
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Actually I think that's a snowstorm.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:46 | 4338073 Mi Naem
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'cept there's no snow. 

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:20 | 4337564 Duude
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Bejing will soon be home to the poor as the middle and upper class move upwind.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:21 | 4337798 Spungo
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Maybe we can environmentally destroy China by moving our factories there and dumping highly toxic waste into the local water system. Full scale war not required!

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:29 | 4337821 eaglerock
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Looking at the picture, I'm reminded of the pilot of the Korean airliner that crashed into San Francisco:  Ho Li Fuk!

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:24 | 4338010 evernewecon
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Even as Beijing, Ottawa and Moscow 

plot the destruction of the Arctic.


So much for process informed markets

democratically grounded so as to

directly serve simply identifiable




There's ample evidence near 

100% renewables is possible,

even if a tiny war-absent, Gulf 

destruction-absent, nuke and

 coal-absent, Arctic sparing 

quantum of Mom/Pop benefiting

 (by royalties) onshore based 

petroleum production

remains the needed residual.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:47 | 4338845 Kuanyeah
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21st century is the century of China: Jim Rogers

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