Rare earth elements, how they’re used and why China has a monopoly on them

Sunday, 28 November 2010, 19:31 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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The world depends on China in a multitude of ways (which I, personally, find a bit unsettling), but this angle is not often mentioned and it’s rather major.
If you own any sort of electronic device, the substances in it were probably mined in China. This is especially true for Japanese brands, apparently, as 100% of [...]

FILM SPOTTING: September 2010 in Polish cinemas

Even more format changes ;-P Am still using the rating system from last month, but have foregone 0 and -1. Feels like overkill. Am staying with the +0.5 rating though, at least for the moment.
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Tetro (USA/Italy/Spain/Argentina, [...]

Google stops censoring the internet in China!

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 14:33 | Category : Computer Stuff, Crumbs
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Even though I’ve not posted anykind of news about anything on this blog for ages, I felt this news was so big that I just had to share it :)
This move means the Chinese government may ban Google’s services entirely. Google seems to expect as much as they’ve set up a website showing which Google [...]

China’s toxic ‘green light bulbs’

Wednesday, 24 June 2009, 14:24 | Category : Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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A news report about how green light bulbs aren’t all that green… at least not for Chinese factory workers.

China and its unique economic problems…

Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:34 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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This is a report that deals with China’s awkward position in the current economic climate.

Haizhu Bridge or where to commit suicide in China

Sunday, 24 May 2009, 13:04 | Category : Crumbs, Curiosities, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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This is an article about a recent event on Haizhu Bridge. It’s a place that suffers from frequent traffic jams caused by would-be suicide jumpers (they very rarely actually jump). Apparently one of the people in the traffic jam got impatient and pushed the would-be jumper off (onto an emergency air cushion - the jumper [...]

China to ease the 20 film quota in Shanghai

This is quite interesting… For a long time now, China has allowed the release of only 20 foreign films a year. But apparently now they’re planning on easing the restrictions in Shanghai. The article talks about how China hopes the move might help its own film industry, facilitating the export of Chinese films. My slightly [...]

Actors who did porn before they became famous

I always thought the existence of such porn is some sort of urban myth or something, but apparently not ;)
After I wrote my Rambo review the other day, I checked Stallone up on the Celebrity Nudity Database. It’s a website I have always found quite hilarious, but I find it has a slightly more practical [...]

Pakistan demands all Pakistani prisoners are released from Guantanamo

Wednesday, 12 November 2008, 14:38 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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I found this very heartening. Most Western countries (with the exception of Canada and the case of Omar Khadr) have successfully gotten their citizens out of Guantanamo. Hardly any non-Western countries have tried to put any sort of diplomatic pressure on the US about this though. In fact in many cases they have refused [...]

What happens when Hollywood is trying to break into two of the biggest markets in the world and is finding it difficult?

As usual I’ve got too many things saved with the intention to write about them later and a lot of these seem to be ideas for “film spotting” posts. I figured these shouldn’t be that difficult to clear up, so you can probably expect a lot of “film spotting” in the coming days :) [...]