China Punks 24: Officially A-holes

Recorded on September 6, 2012

This is the kind of stuff you just can’t make up: officials threatening flight attendants for not letting them leave their luggage in dangerous areas (ie, in the middle of the aisle), officials punching cops, and sons of officials crashing their Ferrari due to intense threesome action.

Yay!

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canceling meeting with Hillary Clinton/Party Politics

Perils of Predicting Chinese Politics

China’s next leader buoyed by fresh setback for Hu: sources | Reuters

Ally of Next Chinese Leader Moves Into Key Role – WSJ.com

ling jihua (the father of Ferrari threesome driver)

Late Nights, Mysterious Women, and Communism|New Yorker Letter From China

Politburo politics: Doesn’t matter if the Ferrari is black or red | The Economist

Scandal over Hu’s aide Ling Jihua and cover-up of son’s death in car crash

flight attendant

Chinese Military Official Shamed After Attack on Flight Attendant

punching cops

“If You’re Not Dead By Tonight, I Joined the Party For Nothing!”

citron wars

Shit Gets Real, and Personal, as Chinese Business Leaders Slam Short Seller

No Sympathy: the China Short Seller Brawl Heats Up | China Hearsay

price war investigation

360Buy, Suning, Gome Investigated for Fraud in China E-Commerce Price War

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China Punks 23: War Week

Recorded on August 29, 2012

Unfortunately, this week we don’t have any sexy photos or stories of illicit, and perhaps illegal, sexual activity on the mainland.  But we do have something almost better than sex: violence!

That’s right.  We’re in the midst of several different wars, some hot, some cold, online and offline.  Baidu is facing off against Qihoo360 in the online search wars, 360buy is battling everyone except Amazon in ecommerce, and Chinese people are feverish with nationalism and anti-Japanese sentiment over some rocks in the Pacific Ocean.

Download China Punks 23

Yay!

bridge collapse

Translation: To Know What’s Wrong With China, Look At Her Construction

8 trillion yuan stimulus

China announces £800bn stimulus to boost confidence

The cost of stability

China’s Leveraged Buyout Spree Not Ending

Fraud, Culture and the Law: Can China Change? – China Real Time Report – WS

doc death by china

internet wars – ecommerce, search

Baidu Strikes Back at Qihoo 360 Search; Qihoo Redirects to Baidu Results to

360Buy Blocks Etao Price Comparison, Price War Rages On

diaoyu

U.S. Plans New Asia Missile Defenses – WSJ.com

Twitter / MissXQ: Global Times front page photo …

Diaoyu in Our Heart: The Revealing Contradictions of Chinese Nationalism


China Punks 21: Time waits for no man

Or, This Took Too Long to Post

Recorded on August 9, 2012

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olympics

Mother sentenced to 1.5 years hard labor for seeking justice

Mother of Rape Victim Sentenced to Hard Labor, Chinese Blogosphere Explodes in Indignation

Mother of Rape Victim Locked Up For Complaints Against Police

Probe into protest mother’s sentence

gu kailai case

Conviction of Gu Kailai was never in doubt – official version of case still is

He Weifang on the Gu Kailai trial

Bo Xilai’s son confident ‘facts will speak for themselves’ in mother’s murder trial

Could Bo Xilai Escape Criminal Charges?

U.K. Officials Granted Access to Gu Kailai Trial

chengguan militia

hu xinjin – liberals tools of americans

New Internet meme: China has completed 62% of its great revival

China’s Dark PR: Time to Say Goodbye to Paid Censorship

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/08/u-k-officials-granted-access-to-gu-kailai-trial/


China Punks: Relevant Recording Procedures

BEIJING — Charlie Custer and John Artman, creators and co-hosts of China Punks, the most popular podcast in China, have recently announced their decision to forego a show this week, ostensibly because of a technical malfunction.

This, of course, has created a wave of concern, and uncertainty over the future of this award-winning and ground breaking podcast.

In order to alleviate concern, Mr Custer and Mr Artman called an emergency press conference last night.  Unfortunately, due to laziness and general disrespect for their listening public, they were not in attendance.  Instead, their spokesman from Relevant Recordings, Mr Xiang Guan Bu, made the announcement and answered questions during the two-hour press conference.

“According to the relevant recording procedures, China Punks was unable to be published this week,” Xiang said. “We hope that everyone understand how important these relevant rules and regulations are to the continuation of safe and harmonious podcasting in China.”

However, when asked about what the proper procedures for podcasting are, Mr Xiang was not able to give any satisfying answers.

“It is the belief of myself, as well as those I represent, that everyone already knows the relevant regulations and procedures.  If you don’t, I refer you to our website: http://www.willneverfindwhatyouarelookingfor.com where everything is explained logically and clearly.  If you can’t find any relevant information, then I apologize, because you must be stupid.”

Both Mr Custer and Mr Artman were unavailable for comment as they had to finish their ice cream.

—- Yur Mom.  Follow him on twitter @STFU


China Punks 12: Bears, Bats, and One Blind Man

UPDATE:  Audio file is now the entire show.

Recorded on May 2, 2012

On behalf of the China Punks team, we would like sadly inform our loyal listeners that we will be discontinuing our line of “China Punks”-branded cattle, power hungry officials and baby brands.  Due to amazing lack of demand, there’s just no way that we could continue the production of these life-changing products.

Upon looking at our finances, our board of directors has decided, instead, to place what little money we have into a new line of government approved “China Punks” bear-repelling and dissident-beating baseball bats.  They won’t be very useful if you do decide to take a trek into the-middle-of-nowhere Beijing suburbs to test video game consoles.

Nor will they protect you from wizards.

These are poorly-made and low quality products which no one will want.  They aren’t limited edition, won’t come with a certificate of authenticity, and certainly won’t come with a warranty.

Did we mention that they won’t protect you from wizards?

We hope you don’t enjoy them.

Sincerely,

John and Charlie

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Wizard Arrested for Raping Buddhist

chen guangcheng

(this is an evolving situation. Some news linked here may be outdated by the time you read it)

China Geeks’ coverage

Chen Guangcheng to stay in China after authorities pledge to assure his safety

Stephen Colbert has delicate advice for Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng

On a Tightrope, President Prods China on Rights

Chen Guangcheng’s Journey

The Baffling Case of Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng’s Escape Could Cause Breakdown of U.S. Relations With China

weibo

Weibo, Rumors, and Real Name Registraion with Jeremy Goldkorn

Sina Admits It Has Not Complied With Weibo Real Name Registration Rules

Sina’s Softer Censorship: A Case Study of Search Smothering

taobao

Alleged Taobao scandal stirs sensation

wokai

ebox isec ct510

Lenovo-funded eBox gaming console renamed iSec, still can’t shake Kinect comparisons

Lenovo-backed Video Game System Unveiled in China

Eedoo iSec is Now Called the CT510, To Be Released Next Week


China Punks 06: Apple, How Do You Plead?

Recorded on Feb 15, 2012.

This week, the two punks take a look at Apple vs Everyone, but in particular how they treat their people, what they do about it, and the so-far invincibility of their stock price even as they may lose the right to sell iPads in China.

We also do what we do best: make unfounded speculations. This time around we speculate about Xiaomi becoming a major player in Chinese handsets, the most recent drama surrounding Wang Lijun (not much, but exciting nonetheless), Linsanity, and the relationship between traditional TV and online viewing.

And it turns out that John’s unfounded speculation about Youku having an inside track in releasing mobile client for Paike, their user generated platform, was vindicated with SARFT’s announcement earlier today that they will regulate Internet and mobile TV.

Download or stream episode six here

Linkage

Apple Vs The World

NY Times:  In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
Does Apple Really Care About Factory Workers? (by Charlie for Penn-Olson)
MIC Gadget: Apple fights back on iPad TM rejection in China
Reuters: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose
Reuters:  More Chinese Cities Halt iPad orders
the Beijinger: iPad, is this the end?
Sweatshop (flash game)

Wang Lijunanity

@Siweiluozi’s Blog: Wang Lijun, episode one

SARFT and Crappy TV

SARFT Establishing Platform For Regulating Internet Video in China
David Wolf: TV regulations: same wine, new bottle
Background on recent SARFT regulations

Linsanity

FT: Chinese censors face ‘Lin-sanity’ conundrum
Floyd Mayweather questions Jeremy Lin


China Punks 05: Baijiu makes you say the darndest things!

After almost a month of silence, the two punks are back with their bad mouths and over-generalizations.

In this episode, Charlie and John catch up after a period of involuntary silence to talk about Startup Asia, Wang Lijun, Xiaomi, as well as the gut-wrenching Spring Festival and accompanied headache-inducing Festival Gala on CCTV, et al.

Download or stream China Punks #5 here

Background and follow-up links:

Penn-Olson’s coverage of Startup Asia

Wang Lijun and his possible defection to the US:

China Geeks: High-Level Defection or Convenient Vacation? (with most recent update and great link juice)

Xiaomi:

Learn more about MIUI

Artman Talks with Kane Gao: WebOS vs Xiaomi

Charlie’s Video Review

Spring Festival

Book of Knowledge Entry

Charlie’s Spring Festival for Danwei.org (seriously, how does this guy do so much?)