Weapon Wednesday – Chinese Mag-Drive Submarine

China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed.

According to a new report, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has tested the country’s first permanent system of this kind, paving the way for quieter and more elusive high-speed vessels.

The new magnetic drive, if successful, could bring the Chinese navy more on par with the US and other Western naval forces.

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China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed. A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine is pictured above, during a celebration in 2009

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Video Podcast – Busting the Budget – Auto Vending Machine – Marijuana-Ville

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The new federal budget proposal is out and surprise, surprise – we’ll be spending more. To the tune of $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years. See any budget cuts. Me either.

China has unveiled its first ever automobile vending machine. And sure enough, it does a bit like a snack vending machine, with a glass front. The buyer stands in front of the glass-front structure and simply chooses the car he or she wishes – just like buying a bag of pretzels.

The town of Nipton, California was sold on Thursday of last week. Yes, the whole town – to American Green, Inc. No, it’s not an environmental company – is a marijuana producer. They have designs of transforming the town into a stoner’s paradise. read more

Smog Free Bicycle Blows Fresh Air on Rider

It is one of the most polluted countries on the planet, but a new project hopes to use pedal power to help free China of its smog-filled air.

The Smog Free Bicycle will absorb carbon and other particles from the atmosphere in major cities like Beijing.

The plans are part of a wider project that includes towers which use the technology, with the pollutants they collect then turned into jewellery.

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It is one of the most polluted countries on the planet, but a new project hopes to use pedal power to help free China of its smog-filled air (artist's impression) 

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Spokeless Ferris Wheel

An incredible new spokeless Ferris Wheel will soon open to the public in China – complete with built-in television sets and even wireless internet for all the inevitable selfies.

The giant, futuristic structure comes with 36 carts able to carry 10 passengers each, all of whom will be offered an unparalleled view of the Bailang River in Weifang City, in East China’s Shandong Province.

It has been built onto the 1,771ft Bailang River Bridge – hence the name Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel – and it is now ready to roll.

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An incredible new spokeless Ferris Wheel will soon open to the public in China - complete with built-in television sets and even wireless internet for all the inevitable selfies

An incredible new spokeless Ferris Wheel will soon open to the public in China – complete with built-in television sets and even wireless internet for all the inevitable selfies

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New $10K Home

Mrs. Fan's Plugin House cost the equivalent of around US$10,000, which PAO says is 30 times...
Mrs. Fan’s Plugin House cost the equivalent of around US$10,000, which PAO says is 30 times cheaper than a typical Beijing apartment(Credit: People’s Architecture Office)

Building space is increasingly at a premium in central Beijing and even cramped apartments can fetch a small fortune, but China’s People’s Architecture Office (PAO) recently completed a new home for a first-time buyer for just US $10,000. read more

China Says – No He Can’t

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Obama will be making his first post election international trip next week. Reports are that his travels include a stop in China, Myanmar (Burma) and Australia. Apparently he is headed over to discuss policy between the United States and the Asia Pacific region.

He will be focusing on the world economy of which China will soon become the leader.

Okay, that’s nothing out of the ordinary – President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping – two of the world’s most powerful leaders getting together.

What is out of the ordinary is an editorial, just published in the Global Times. For those unfamiliar, the Global Times is the mouthpiece, or propaganda arm of the Communist Chinese government. In other words, nothing gets printed or released by the Times without the approval of Xi Jinping and his Politburo. read more

A Tale of Two Administrations

By: the Common Constitutionalist
The Obama administration is one the most, if not the most schizophrenic in American history.

I literally mean the dictionary definition of schizophrenic which is, “a state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements.”

In other words, the separation between our government’s treatment of foreign policy, or more precisely, how other countries now view America, and domestic policy, or the way the average American citizen views their/our own government.

Take a look around the globe and name one country that any longer fears the potential wrath of United States, except our once loyal ally, Israel.

Russia, under Putin is on the move. He can’t stand Obama, knows he’s a girlie man and will continue to do whatever he wishes, regardless of our administrations feckless attempts to talk him into submission.

Russia supplies at least 25% of Europe’s natural gas and there is currently no replacement for it. He’s knows this, therefore they won’t dare face him down. Putin obviously knows that any “tough” talk coming from Obama or his minions is just that – talk.

He has no fear of the United States and thus no fear of expanding his empire. read more

New Chinese Airport Opens – Destination Nowhere

 

It’s been hailed as an architectural masterstroke and symbol of China’s explosion onto the world stage of global travel.

But Shenzhen International Airport’s brand-new terminal has a problem: nobody seems to want to go there.

The £612million ($1 billion) travel hub opened at 6am yesterday with much fanfare as a Shenzhen Airlines flight took off to next-door Mongolia.

Smiling staff handed out commemorative model planes to passengers on the flight as dozens of golf carts circulated the lounge to give free rides for anyone in need.

But despite claims on its website that tourists can be spirited away to far-flung locations including Sydney, Dubai and Cologne, no airlines actually appear to offer services to or from any of these cities, The Independent reported.

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Vast: The £612million travel hub opened at 6am yesterday with much fanfare as a Shenzhen Airlines flight took off to next-door Mongolia
Vast: The £612million ($1 billion) travel hub opened at 6am yesterday with much fanfare as a Shenzhen Airlines flight took off to next-door Mongolia read more

China Fishing Cities

This community in southeast China is home to 7,000 fishermen refusing to conform to modern lives, remaining in their traditional floating homes on the sea.

The Tanka people, also called boat people or ‘gypsies of the sea’ can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty where local fishermen settled on their vessels to avoid wartime chaos on the mainland.

The floating fishermen’s village is located in Ningde City in southeast China’s Fujian province.

 
Working the waves: Named the 'gypsies on the sea', the fishermen in Fujian lives by the same traditions as their ancestors
Working the waves: Named the ‘gypsies on the sea’, the fishermen in Fujian lives by the same traditions as their ancestors read more

Things Heating Up in China

With temperatures hitting 100F (37.7C),  heading to the seemed like a sensible plan to keep cool.

But imagine the dismay for these visitors  when they arrived at this water park in eastern China to find that everyone else had the same idea.

There was barely elbow room to be had at the  Playa Maya park in Wuhan, Hubei province yesterday as rubber rings and bodies  fought for space in the water.

Swimmers took a water park in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province, to cool down in 100F heat yesterday
Swimmers took a water park in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei  province, to cool down in 100F heat yesterday

 

Tourists armed themselves with rubber rings and inflatables while waiting for the pool's artificial tidal wave
Tourists armed themselves with rubber rings and  inflatables while waiting for the pool’s artificial tidal wave

 

Splash! The Wuhan water park was packed with tourists while lifeguards wearing orange kept watch
Splash! The Wuhan water park was packed with tourists  while lifeguards wearing orange kept watch

In the middle of the melee, lifeguards clad  in orange stood on high chairs keeping a watchful eye over the  swimmers.

Up to 10,000 people a day visit the 160,000  sq m park to play on its 40 rides, which include a wave machine and water  coaster.

The park disinfects its 21,000 cubic metres  of water every four to six hours, according to eChinaCities.com, to deal with  any hygiene worries caused by thousands of people sharing the same  water.

Swimmers had to form a queue because the water park attractions were so popular on the hot day
Swimmers had to form a queue because the water park  attractions were so popular on the hot day

 

This quarter shot around a water tunnel in a rubber ring made for four at the Playa Maya park
This quarter shot around a water tunnel in a rubber ring  made for four at the Playa Maya park

 

Wuhan is renowned for its steamy summers,  with daytime humidity regularly hitting 80% at the peak of summer every  July.

The oppressive heat has earned Wuhan  its  title as one of China’s ‘Three Furnaces’ – a trio of hot eastern  cities  including Nanjing and Chongqing.

A water cannon provided welcome relief from the humidity for visitors to the water park in Wuhan

A water cannon provided welcome relief from the humidity  for visitors to the water park in Wuhan

The Playa Maya park attracts 10,000 visitors a day during the height of summer
The Playa Maya park attracts 10,000 visitors a day  during the height of summer

Attribution: Helen Lawson, Mail Online