Thursday, June 7, 2012

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China Buzz

Women molested by thugs in protest over forced demolition

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 11:20 PM PDT

Women molested by forced demolition thugs in protest

Two women were violently molested by a thug of the forced demolition team with the presence of two police officers in a village of Fengtai District, Beijing on May 29, discloses a Weibo post which had been removed ever.

According to eyewitnesses, three excavators and a group of several dozens of demolition members rushed to the village on the day to start demolishing a house.

During the forced demolition, an old woman, in her 70s, was brutally beaten up when attempting to stop the gang. Li Huanjun’s sister was brought into the fight too at the time, as she stepped out to denounce the gang’s animal acts against the granny.

Li Huanjun begged two police officers at the spot for help when she saw her sister was beaten to the ground and sexually harassed by one of thugs who rode on the top of her, but was ignored.

The thug then came to Li Huanjun and grabbed her by the throat afterwards, when the police were just standing aside watching.

He became even more fierce and extended his hand to Li’s breasts to grab violently. (See the photo above showing that Li’s chests were badly injured.)

The helpless villagers then dialed 110 for other police officers who apparently were waiting around, as they arrived at the scene soon in several minutes.

The victims and villagers then were taken to the police station for questions, but not the offenders.

It was said the thugs continued to harass the villagers after they left the police station, and even gathered in front of the police station to hold up the banner to demand police to punish the villagers, for which the local police seemed to have kept one of their eyes closed.

Women molested by thugs in protest over forced demolition

Chinese government under fire for warnings to foreign air data release

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 06:41 PM PDT

China warns foreign embassies not to monitor air pollution

Chinese netizens consider it a big slap on Chinese government and officials’ face, when the U.S. side said they would not object if China also wants to publish the air quality information of the U.S. cities, in a response to China’s recent accusation that the U.S. interfered in the country’s internal affairs and violated the Vienna Convention by releasing hourly air-quality readings of its major cities via Twitter feed.

Chinese government only started using PM2.5 standard in air quality measurements earlier this year, after having long been confronting with the public’s criticisms on its lack of transparency about the air quality. But even with the PM2.5 report, Chinese citizens still believed the official readings of air quality in major Chinese cities understated.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has used the Twitter account @BeijingAir to tweet hourly air quality readings since 2008. And then, the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou and the consular mission in Shanghai joined in with the account @GuangzhouAirin in last June and @CGShanghaiAir in this May respectively. (Though Twitter is blocked by China, Chinese internet-savvy users have still been able to access it via VPNs.)

Under the pressure, a vice environment minister of China, Wu Xiaoqing, warned foreign embassies on Tuesday to stop publishing their air quality readings, saying it was illegal and in violation of Chinese internal affairs and Vienna Convention.

Wu stated, only the Chinese government is authorized to monitor and publish air quality information of Chinese cities, and other readings are illegal.

Though he did not name the United States specially, Wu’s comments obviously referred to the U.S.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin later echoed Wu’s remarks too, saying China objected to the release of the air quality information to the public by the foreign embassies.

The matter soon put Chinese government and the senior official Wu under fire.

Can’t the government just improve our air quality, instead of using the excuse of ‘internal affairs interference’? Do you really think the people are all fools? Keep burying your head in the sand. Why don’t you change the symbol on the flag of the communist party to an ostrich?

The country is hopeless!

The American imperialism never abandons its intention to destroy us!” (Mao’s famous words.)

Does that mean we’re interfering in other countries’ internal affairs when we broadcast the global weather forecast?

One day my wife and I walked by a drainage ditch. I said without thinking, ‘it is stinky.’ My wife was in panic, ‘Be cautious! Don’t be overheard by the environmental protection bureau. It is illegal to release the air quality report yourself.’ Damn, I was chilled to the bone too. I just broke the law accidentally!

Google adds anti-censorship feature to help users in mainland China

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 04:01 PM PDT

For users who use Google a lot in mainland China, it is really annoying that Google is often cut off for a while when unknowingly their search queries contain the keywords censored by Chinese government.

Through several years of such abnormal interruptions, Google team now finally added a feature to “deal with” the issue, and tried to improve their user experience from mainland China.

They identified specific terms that would trigger “timeout” and notify users in mainland China when they enter any of these terms. Users can either edit the search terms or go ahead anyway with the notice.

You may read following the details posted by Google on its own blogging platfrom, which unfortunately is being blocked by China’s Great Firewall too, as well as its video sharing site Youtube and social network site Google Plus.


“Over the past couple years, we've had a lot of feedback that Google Search from mainland China can be inconsistent and unreliable. It depends on the search query and browser, but users are regularly getting error messages like "This webpage is not available" or "The connection was reset." And when that happens, people typically cannot use Google again for a minute or more. This video shows what's happening:

We've taken a long, hard look at our systems and have not found any problems. However, after digging into user reports, we've noticed that these interruptions are closely correlated with searches for a particular subset of queries.

So starting today we'll notify users in mainland China when they enter a keyword that may cause connection issues. By prompting people to revise their queries, we hope to reduce these disruptions and improve our user experience from mainland China. Of course, if users want to press ahead with their original queries they can carry on.

In order to figure out which keywords are causing problems, a team of engineers in the U.S. reviewed the 350,000 most popular search queries in China. In their research, they looked at multiple signals to identify the disruptive queries, and from there they identified specific terms at the root of the issue.

We've observed that many of the terms triggering error messages are simple everyday Chinese characters, which can have different meanings in different contexts. For example a search for the single character [] (Jiāng, a common surname that also means "river") causes a problem on its own, but  is also part of other common searches like [丽] (Lijiang, the name of a city in Yunnan Province), [锦之星] (the Jinjiang Star hotel chain), and [苏移动] (Jiangsu Mobile, a mobile phone service). Likewise, searching for [] (Zhōu, another common surname that also means "week") triggers an error message, so including this character in other searches—like [杰伦] (Jay Chou, the Taiwanese pop star), [星驰] (Stephen Chow, a popular comedian from Hong Kong), or any publication that includes the word "week"—would also be problematic.

Now, when a user types in a common term like [长] (Yangtze River) from China, Google highlights the problem term [] as they type, and when they press "enter" a drop-down menu appears beneath the search box:

Notices will appear matching the user's language settings.

To learn more, users can click on the "interruption" link, which takes them to this help center article. They can continue with their original query (which will likely lead to an error message), or click "Edit search terms," which will remove the highlighted characters and prompt users to try other search terms:

In order to avoid connection problems, users can refine their searches without the problem keywords. For example, instead of searching for [长], they could search for [changjiang]—which also means Yangtze River, but is written using pinyin, the system used to transliterate Chinese characters into Latin script. This won't cause a timeout, but will still generate search results related to the Yangtze River.

We've said before that we want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services. Our hope is that these written notifications will help improve the search experience in mainland China. If you're outside China and are curious to see what the notifications look like, you can visit this link to try it out.

Posted by Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President, Knowledge

Note: To read this blog post in Chinese, see this PDF.”

Creepy pervert posts harassment letter in women’s bathrooms of a University

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 12:02 PM PDT

June 3, a Weibo post quickly caused a stir on the Internet, exposing a harassing and threatening letter found in the women’s bathrooms in Nanchang University, Jiangxi Province.

The author of the letter started by confessing that he was the pervert recently haunting around the school campus.

He said the reason he chose this way was because the girls at the school showed only interests in the rich and handsome boys, but never in the poor students from farmer families like himself.

The author also mentioned the horrific crime of a college girl being sexually assaulted to death in Dongguan City that happened not long ago, and threatened to kill the girls of the school for their sins. “I will let you become the leads of the news, I will make your blood stained over the bathrooms of the building.

He also challenged people to catch him, as he would hide in one of bathrooms at any time.

The local police now have started investigation into the case, and seized the harassment letter which was seen blood-stained too.

According to a student from the university, the harassment letter came several days after a girl found herself being peeped in the bathroom and posted a warning to remind all school girls to be cautious and to demand the psycho to stop sick behaviors too.

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