China Punks 18: Brothers in Tonsilitis

Recorded on July 1, 2012

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China Punks 13: Law?! We don’t need no stinkin’ Law!

Recorded on May 16, 2012

Here at China Punks, we like to take your misguided and pre-conceived notions of decency, etiquette, and rule of law and smash them to little bits with our “China Punks Bear and Wizard Deterrent” baseball bats.

So if you’re that guy (or gal) standing in front of the subway (or elevator) doors, get the hell out of our way or the next thing in your face just might be your doom.

If you’re that fat jerk talking smack about our beards, STFU or be the target of the “China Punks” Stare of Death©®™ (deadlier than any Death Star laser, because its real)

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charlie’s trip

crackdown on illegal foreigners

Beijing to “Clean Up” Illegal Foreigners
Watch: Fight between Chinese and laowai passenger on train
British Man Beat Up For Sexually Assaulting Chinese Girl

female chengguan in Harbin

Female inspectors are a hit

City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau

46th anniversary of cultural revolution

Mid-Week Links, Part 2: Retired CCP members ask for Zhou Yongkang and Liu Yunshan to resign, Salman Rushdie on censorship, and “anti-cult month”

chen developments

Chen reports ‘first concrete step’ toward leaving China
Amid celebrations over activist deal, US officials admit they haven’t told Chen Guangcheng that Santa Claus doesn’t exist

baidu’s new phone

Baidu to Sell Inexpensive Smartphone
Baidu Unveils Low Cost Smartphone with Voice Recognition and 100GB of Cloud Storage

BBC reports that everyone likes China

China Ranked 5th in BBC Global Popularity Survey, Above USA


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 10: Let the Branding Begin!

After an extremely long hiatus, China Punks is back with a brand new branding campaign.  That’s right folks, branding.

Brand your donkey, brand your kids, wife, wherever and whenever you’ve got a fire you can brand with your all-new China Punks brand!

As soon as we’ve got that going, we’ll let you know.  Until then, we hope you enjoy the latest episode of China Punks.  Topics and links below.

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Thailand vacation (with no Thailand)

Bo xilai +Neil Heywood stuff, rumors

Corruption Nation:  Why Bo Xilai Matters

Britain Presses for Information on Death in China

USC shooting and journalist witch-hunting

The Implications Of One Small Associated Press Editing Error Beijing Cream

Chinese Student Rapes Woman in US, Parents Try – chinaSMACK

Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES RECAP 3: WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE

Xiaomi 2 and Meizu MX

Xiaomi To Release Second-generation Product In H2 2012

Meizu MX Quad-core to Launch in June, Powered by Samsung’s Exynos CPU

Netease vs Tencent vs everyone

Netease vs. Tencent: The Great App Theft of 2012

Qihoo Takes Tencent to Court Tomorrow, Accuses It of Being Monopolistic

Yogurt and pill gelatin food safety

Manufacturing of Poisonous Disposable Chopsticks Exposed


China Punks 08: Ba sounds like all Fa’cked up

Recorded and abruptly cut short on Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012

Due to technical difficulties (my microphone decided to crap out about 30 minutes into it), we only got to talk about coming Weibocalypse, or Weipocalypse if you like.

I say only, but the coming enforcement of real name registration on Sina’s Weibo platform does have some interesting implications.  We get into different aspects of the situation, including the service itself, value for investors, and the systemic problems that haven given rise to real name registration as well as its possible negative impacts on people’s lives.

Download or Stream the dissapointingly short episode 08 of China Punks

As you can see from the links below, we had a great show lined up.  Apparently, we didn’t make the proper sacrifices to the tech gods beforehand.

Weibocalypse
What Happens to Free Speech on Weibo After Real Name Registration?
Sina Weibo and the Coming Weipocalypse
Chinese Man Disappeared, Detained by Police for BBS Repost

Mobile World Congress Insanity
Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 & Galaxy Note 10.1 Officially Announced
Samsung: One Tablet Closer to Irrelevance
Apple Times iPad 3 Invite To Show How Little Anyone Cares About Android
The Rightsizing Of RIM: 41 Megapixels Is Completely Meaningless, And So Is 500k Apps, Says RIM VP

Xiaomi Gets Western Attention
Interview: China’s Xiaomi hopes for revolution in

Stoopid Proview v Apple accusations – “They tricked us!!! Blaaaagh!!!”
Proview’s New PR Attack: Apple Cheated Us Out of the iPad Trademark
Artman Talks 20: Apple v Proview with Stan Abrams

McD’s marketing – Pink Slime is still 100% beef
McDonald’s to Tout Quality in China (quick before WSJ figures out that we can read the entire article


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?)