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Watch As China Is Swept Under The Worst Sandstorm In 18 Years

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Some worry about the quality of the drinking water in China, others fear the choking smog of the cities, still more are concerned about the inevitable collapse of their real-estate bubble; but none of these compare to the Gansu Province (in the Northwest of China) strongest sandstorm since at least 1996 that turned day into night Wednesday afternoon.



As The Telegraph reports,

A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest China on Wednesday, reducing visibility to less than 65ft, according to the provincial meteorological center.


The sandstorm, the strongest since 1996 according to reports, started in the early afternoon in Dunhuang County.
"Suddenly it became dark and I can't tell whether it's day or night," said one resident.


"My nose hurts and I can't open my eyes," another resident said.


The Jiuquan City Meteorological Center, which includes Dunhuang, issued a sandstorm red alert, the highest level alert, forecasting that visibility would be reduced to less than 164ft throughout Jiuquan on Wednesday evening.


Of course, the US has its share of sandstorms - here is Phoneix in 2011...

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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 22:57 | 4693738 Four chan
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when earth strikes back. "over populate me will you?!"

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:04 | 4693760 Bindar Dundat
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The trouble with a Chinese sand storm is that an hour later you're dusty again.  

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:08 | 4693771 Pladizow
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Obummer must be playing the HAARP again?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:27 | 4693815 Flakmeister
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HAARP hasn't been turned on for well on nigh 2 years and counting....

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:17 | 4693905 James_Cole
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Man up China, this is a frequent sight in Dubai. However, uae planners - the geniuses that they are - have taken the frequent sandstorms into consideration and only built appropriate architecture + minimized the use of glass. 

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:40 | 4694136 Harlequin001
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It must have been bad, they're all driving on the wrong side of the road...

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 01:32 | 4694015 Zero Point
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There are HAARP type arrays all over the world.

Two in Australia, including one at the ironically named "Harold Holt" base in Western Australia. Extra points for anyone who can tell me why the name is so ironic, and why our NWO overlords have a pretty good sense of humour for naming it that.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 03:36 | 4694088 Flagit
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HarpO Marx

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:12 | 4695061 Eastwood
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If they put the sand into a box and exported all of it to the U.S. for consumption, the average U.S. buyer would break down the doors at Wal Mart to buy 'em up.  Problem is that the sand is so shody that the sand particles would literally collapse into themselves, creating a black hole for more dollars (and consumers!) to be sucked into. Better keep those printing presses runnin'!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:20 | 4693798 Harbanger
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China is in desperate need of banksterism to better understand enviromentalism.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 02:06 | 4694039 Skateboarder
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Sandstorm reminded me of this scene from the Mighty Boosh:


Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:54 | 4694154 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Love love, love love, love love...

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:02 | 4693750 Dr. Destructo
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China, your soil be fucked from all them ghost cities you is a buildin'. Dat erosion could also be caused from turning soil in the wrong biome, causing dat precious soil to dry up and die. Just make indentions in your soil, don't turn dat shit -ya mean?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:35 | 4693831 SilverRhino
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God Damn, I read enough of that shit on Facebook and the comments section of the rest of the internet.  For the love of precious metals, could you type FUCKING ENGLISH on this page PLEASE???

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:11 | 4693896 Dr. Destructo
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You're on Facebook?

It's almost as if you're attracted to this particular vernacular on the subconscious level.


Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:09 | 4693773 Stuck on Zero
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That's bullish for real estate isn't it?


Fri, 04/25/2014 - 01:55 | 4694033 flyingpigg
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Bullish air filters! Those cars driving in the video must have filters full of dust.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 02:16 | 4694046 Four chan
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no doubt i was thinking anyone running a motor in that is an idiot.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:10 | 4693777 alien-IQ
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Invade the sand!!! Invade the sand!!!! For the children...

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:15 | 4693783 NoDebt
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Don't care.  And, frankly, I'm glad nobody else does either.  The only possible response to this if it went mainstream is that it's caused by global warming.  Which is horseshit and, again, let me point out that I don't care.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:25 | 4693809 Maxter
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Looks like your typical canadian snow storm.


Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:27 | 4693811 Flakmeister
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A bit past my time, but if the shoe fits....


Say your prayers little one

Don't forget, my son
To include everyone

Tuck you in, warm within
Keep you free from sin
Till the sandman he comes

Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight

Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
Off to never never land

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:25 | 4693812 hero HNL
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This is nothing unusual. If you didn't know, sandstorms happen in spring of each year in china. The dust travels all the way to West Coast USA.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:41 | 4693845 q99x2
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That'll just turn em indo Arabs.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:58 | 4693872 Bunga Bunga
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Now Yellen can blame the bad weather in China.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:02 | 4693882 williambanzai7
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This is like saying the United States got swept up by a tornado.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:04 | 4693887 Yen Cross
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    Sandblasted river pig... Yum Yum.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:49 | 4694143 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Sandblasted river pig... Yum Yum.

Indeed, that is the mattering thing, the crustiest bits.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 03:15 | 4694072 Element
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Oh my Gowd!!! ... it's ... it's ... like, ... UNPRECEDENTED!



btw, 'uprecedented' is the international word of the week, so wonton inappropriate and thoroughly inaccurate usage is encouraged, while moderate words like "strongest" are for complete woosies.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:52 | 4694149 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Desertificated Chinese unprecedentalism is blobbing up stronglier.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:03 | 4695014 Zerozen
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I think you meant to say "wanton" instead of "wonton", although it's really funny that you used "wonton". Was that deliberate?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 03:42 | 4694094 The Blank Stare
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Damn it!  I wanted to go into town to get some power convertors.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:03 | 4694106 Flagit
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 Sounds like someone has sand in their vachina.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 05:41 | 4694249 Element
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get in there and clean those droids

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:00 | 4694105 lolmao500
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This is nothing compared to the 1930s sandstorms in the mid-west.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 05:38 | 4694244 AdvancingTime
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Priorities change when youare living in a sand storm. Long-term planning has not been something politicians excel at or are even good at. Our system is geared at getting politicians reelected and fulfilling the most pressing needs of today.  Things like profit and quenching our unrelinquishing desire for growth are moved in front of the longer term issues and needs.

Mapping out a logical and sustainable long-term plan wound require delving into some rather hefty philosophical questions like what brings real happiness. We would have to think about what kind of society and world future generations might want to live in. We would have to recognize the role of the human animal in the overall scheme of things.

Do not expect to be guided by politicians, the super wealthy or most business leaders. Few people are willing to come out and say the recently adopted modern model of life based on lifestyles developed in America and western society are unsustainable.More on this subject in the article below.


Fri, 04/25/2014 - 08:59 | 4694750 IndianaJohn
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What is that sand made from?

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