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(The Atlantic)   Won't sell your house? China doesn't give a fark, they'll build the road around it   (theatlantic.com) divider line 118
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2012-11-22 10:25:47 PM
That's a pretty big house for an old couple.

I guess China has a different attitude towards eminent domain than the U. S. has.
 
2012-11-22 11:03:07 PM
2. Open egg-roll stand
3. Profit
 
2012-11-22 11:32:11 PM
Put in a Starbucks and you are set.
 
2012-11-22 11:59:41 PM
This makes that phone pole in the middle of the highway in Quebec look pretty puny.
 
2012-11-23 12:21:03 AM
Narita Airport would like to have a word.
 
2012-11-23 12:32:08 AM
Carl Fredricksen approves.
 
2012-11-23 12:34:36 AM
I guess the Chinese haven't discovered Eminent Domain yet. Ha, savages.
 
2012-11-23 01:04:27 AM
As a team, they could take turns lying down in front of the bulldozer, giving the Chinese government no choice.
 
2012-11-23 01:13:11 AM

Dimensio: As a team, they could take turns lying down in front of the bulldozer, giving the Chinese government no choice.


Prefect!
 
2012-11-23 01:15:45 AM

Dimensio: As a team, they could take turns lying down in front of the bulldozer, giving the Chinese government no choice.


And if the bulldozer crew would just like to take it as read that they're actually there, then they could slip off down to the pub for half an hour.
 
2012-11-23 01:16:24 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Dimensio: As a team, they could take turns lying down in front of the bulldozer, giving the Chinese government no choice.

Prefect!


Damn you.
 
2012-11-23 01:30:51 AM
I'm surprised the Chinese govt was so nice about the whole thing.
 
2012-11-23 01:37:48 AM

Relatively Obscure: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Dimensio: As a team, they could take turns lying down in front of the bulldozer, giving the Chinese government no choice.

Prefect!

Damn you.


You should be aware that H2G2 is not relatively obscure material.
 
2012-11-23 01:54:02 AM
china confuses me. a Communist country that welcomes companies that make the western worlds shiat, and people can own their own house.
 
2012-11-23 02:53:10 AM
I guess nobody else noticed the bonus random power poles stuck directly in the roadway around the house, which also appear to have a clearance of, oh, 8 or 9 feet at most. Surely nothing bad will happen as a result of this well-thought-out-plan.

Also, having driven on my fair share of Chinese highways, I expect the timeline will go something like this:

8:00 AM Highway officially opens to traffic

8:00:34 AM Chinese driver fails to notice 5-story building in his path, plows through the entire ground floor
 
2012-11-23 02:57:38 AM

BarkingUnicorn: That's a pretty big house for an old couple.


Not if you were a regional party leader. This thing could be 6,000 sq feet or more. Its owner has more connections than the guys building the road.
 
2012-11-23 02:59:27 AM

schief2: I guess nobody else noticed the bonus random power poles stuck directly in the roadway around the house, which also appear to have a clearance of, oh, 8 or 9 feet at most. Surely nothing bad will happen as a result of this well-thought-out-plan.

Also, having driven on my fair share of Chinese highways, I expect the timeline will go something like this:

8:00 AM Highway officially opens to traffic

8:00:34 AM Chinese driver fails to notice 5-story building in his path, plows through the entire ground floor


Yep!
 
2012-11-23 03:01:03 AM

Bucky Katt: I'm surprised the Chinese govt was so nice about the whole thing.


For a country that sometimes seems to ignore the rule of law, they can sometimes be surprisingly strict in adhering to due process and individual rights when it comes to land. They may give zero farks what happens 1 inch beyond the boundaries of your domain, but they won't always strong-arm you out of it either - they'll just encourage you to "self-deport", as it were.

www.zillow.com

As I recall those people lasted something like 3 years.
 
2012-11-23 05:09:18 AM
That isn't so bad. I would just travel around like Marty Mcfly and skateboard while holding tailgates.
 
2012-11-23 05:15:36 AM
China always struck me as more of the "Here is the commercial value of this property now get the fark out in 3 months because its coming down then with your stuff inside or not" type of country.
 
2012-11-23 05:18:25 AM
Has anyone mentioned expressed surprise the government didn't squash em out.
 
2012-11-23 05:22:36 AM

Relatively Obscure: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Dimensio: As a team, they could take turns lying down in front of the bulldozer, giving the Chinese government no choice.

Prefect!

Damn you.


Nearly choked on my Ruffles.

/giggle fit
 
2012-11-23 05:23:31 AM
Meanwhile, in England.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M62_motorway#Stott_Hall_Farm
 
2012-11-23 05:36:35 AM
 
2012-11-23 05:48:16 AM
Better than building the road *through* the house.

Also yeah it's a big house, but my friend who lived over there implied it wasn't that unusual for at least the wealthier families to have 3+ story houses, I think because of multiple generations all living together. She even lived in one for a couple of years.

She came back home after she realized finally she was a trophy wife and her 'husband' was an ass. Only took two years of me telling her that /sigh
 
2012-11-23 05:53:34 AM
Heh. In the Land of the Free those people would have been forced to move out, manhandled by the cops and maybe even shot.
 
2012-11-23 05:54:08 AM
Hey, get out of my driveway!
blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com
 
2012-11-23 05:57:41 AM

BarkingUnicorn: That's a pretty big house for an old couple.

I guess China has a different attitude towards eminent domain than the U. S. has.


i think they only lived on one floor of it. it was a townhouse of some sort.
 
2012-11-23 05:59:53 AM

log_jammin: china confuses me. a Communist country that welcomes companies that make the western worlds shiat, and people can own their own house.


its not that simple. you cant own a house or property. Owning...mean leasing for 70 years.
 
2012-11-23 06:01:18 AM

Suede head: Heh. In the Land of the Free those people would have been forced to move out, manhandled by the cops and maybe even shot.


This. Kind of makes me wonder if china is really all that bad. We have many comparable flaws, such as massive corruption, low paying jobs, etc. we haveless censorship but you can bet there would be more if the government or corporations could get away with it
 
2012-11-23 06:01:49 AM

log_jammin: china confuses me. a Communist country that welcomes companies that make the western worlds shiat, and people can own their own house.


The state of the art in eminent domain, at least here in the Usa province of China, is to have the court order the taking of the property and direct that the owners be given its fair market value plus relocation costs. If the owners don't agree on the value, they can have their day in court to prove what it's worth, but the property is being taken regardless.

I, for one, welcome our new, somewhat inept confiscatory overlords.
 
2012-11-23 06:05:28 AM
Our house, it has a crowd.
There's always something happening,
And it's usually quite loud.

Our mum she's so house-proud.
Nothing ever slows her down,
And a mess is not allowed.

Our house, in the middle of our street.
 
2012-11-23 06:09:15 AM

BarkingUnicorn: That's a pretty big house for an old couple.

I guess China has a different attitude towards eminent domain than the U. S. has.


Then some in the US. The Democrat Party pretty much has the same view as China does.
 
2012-11-23 06:09:35 AM
This is the exception to the rule. Either this family had public support, or old revolutionary connections, or bribed someone, or is in a province that generally isn't horrendously corrupt. Usually, local party officials will send paid thugs to drag you out of your home and tear it down in the same night, although sometimes villagers with no power or connections will set themselves on fire to protest planned demolitions.

Make no mistake, China is a rapidly developing place, but it is totally corrupt, almost from top to bottom. Even the lowest public employees take bribes to do routine paperwork, or to admit children to school. Local party officials rule almost like gods and both embezzle and extort money from the people in their districts, and it all funnels it way to the top.

China is an amazing place to live, but a vast majority of Chinese people will take bribes, construct vast webs of personal connections, and sooner spit on you than help you on the bus. conspicious consumption is the name of the game here, and the shadowy, illegal dealings in growth industries like construction makes the Mafia look like kindergartners.
 
2012-11-23 06:12:09 AM

Kuroutesshin: This is the exception to the rule. Either this family had public support, or old revolutionary connections, or bribed someone, or is in a province that generally isn't horrendously corrupt. Usually, local party officials will send paid thugs to drag you out of your home and tear it down in the same night, although sometimes villagers with no power or connections will set themselves on fire to protest planned demolitions.

Make no mistake, China is a rapidly developing place, but it is totally corrupt, almost from top to bottom. Even the lowest public employees take bribes to do routine paperwork, or to admit children to school. Local party officials rule almost like gods and both embezzle and extort money from the people in their districts, and it all funnels it way to the top.

China is an amazing place to live, but a vast majority of Chinese people will take bribes, construct vast webs of personal connections, and sooner spit on you than help you on the bus. conspicious consumption is the name of the game here, and the shadowy, illegal dealings in growth industries like construction makes the Mafia look like kindergartners.


Sounds like a society that operates entirely on the venture of making more money, like, capitalism. So what does that make the usa?
 
2012-11-23 06:13:04 AM

Suede head: Heh. In the Land of the Free those people would have been forced to move out, manhandled by the cops and maybe even shot.


from what i've seen in our area home/land owners are given a nice fair value type of sum for their troubles. i'd rather take the check than have highway feet from the kitchen.
 
2012-11-23 06:14:00 AM

Kuroutesshin: This is the exception to the rule. Either this family had public support, or old revolutionary connections, or bribed someone, or is in a province that generally isn't horrendously corrupt. Usually, local party officials will send paid thugs to drag you out of your home and tear it down in the same night, although sometimes villagers with no power or connections will set themselves on fire to protest planned demolitions.

Make no mistake, China is a rapidly developing place, but it is totally corrupt, almost from top to bottom. Even the lowest public employees take bribes to do routine paperwork, or to admit children to school. Local party officials rule almost like gods and both embezzle and extort money from the people in their districts, and it all funnels it way to the top.

China is an amazing place to live, but a vast majority of Chinese people will take bribes, construct vast webs of personal connections, and sooner spit on you than help you on the bus. conspicious consumption is the name of the game here, and the shadowy, illegal dealings in growth industries like construction makes the Mafia look like kindergartners.


Sounds like India just richer

/grew up in india
 
2012-11-23 06:14:50 AM

Hilary T. N. Seuss: Our house, it has a crowd.
There's always something happening,
And it's usually quite loud.

Our mum she's so house-proud.
Nothing ever slows her down,
And a mess is not allowed.

Our house, in the middle of our street.


Hey, Doc, what about the ZAX?
s7.postimage.org
 
2012-11-23 06:17:52 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Hilary T. N. Seuss: Our house, it has a crowd.
There's always something happening,
And it's usually quite loud.

Our mum she's so house-proud.
Nothing ever slows her down,
And a mess is not allowed.

Our house, in the middle of our street.

Hey, Doc, what about the ZAX?


Damn it took a long time for someone to make that ref. Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2012-11-23 06:18:40 AM
I sense ornery-ness.
 
2012-11-23 06:19:13 AM
Jaws_Victim:

Sounds like a society that operates entirely on the venture of making more money, like, capitalism. So what does that make the usa?

China isn't communist, it's an authoritarian crony capitalist state that uses the guise of socialism to maintain one-party rule. The US also has the benefit of not having gone through almost 100 years of total social destabilisation and the near-destruction of traditional culture in the last 40. the US is a mixed-economic, but compared to the Chinese we're fastidious where it comes to corruption in our officials- probably because we have a direct say in how we choose them. In China you almost have to be a corrupt, womanizing automaton to get ahead in government.

I guess it's ironic that Chinese students still take mandatory classes in Mao Zedong thought while their government engages in the same kind of totalitarian kleptocracy they decried in the Kuomintang. Socialism with Chinese Characteristics indeed.
 
2012-11-23 06:32:43 AM
Sorta like this
 
2012-11-23 06:33:25 AM

Kuroutesshin: Jaws_Victim:

Sounds like a society that operates entirely on the venture of making more money, like, capitalism. So what does that make the usa?

China isn't communist, it's an authoritarian crony capitalist state that uses the guise of socialism to maintain one-party rule. The US also has the benefit of not having gone through almost 100 years of total social destabilisation and the near-destruction of traditional culture in the last 40. the US is a mixed-economic, but compared to the Chinese we're fastidious where it comes to corruption in our officials- probably because we have a direct say in how we choose them. In China you almost have to be a corrupt, womanizing automaton to get ahead in government.

I guess it's ironic that Chinese students still take mandatory classes in Mao Zedong thought while their government engages in the same kind of totalitarian kleptocracy they decried in the Kuomintang. Socialism with Chinese Characteristics indeed.


Don't forget there's putting lead in toys, and melamine in pet food and baby milk. And they execute their citizens for tax evasion. What a utopia!
 
2012-11-23 06:36:05 AM

Hilary T. N. Seuss: Our house, it has a crowd.
There's always something happening,
And it's usually quite loud.

Our mum she's so house-proud.
Nothing ever slows her down,
And a mess is not allowed.

Our house, in the middle of our street.


This thread...
img411.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-23 06:45:05 AM
UK says been there, done that (although at least they left them a garden and dug them two private underpasses)

www.webbaviation.co.uk
 
2012-11-23 07:15:57 AM
Luxury. There were a hundred and fifty of us living in t' shoebox in t' middle o' road.
 
2012-11-23 07:18:01 AM

Jaws_Victim: Sounds like a society that operates entirely on the venture of making more money, like, capitalism. So what does that make the usa?


A better place to live.
 
2012-11-23 07:18:53 AM

Kuroutesshin: Jaws_Victim:

Sounds like a society that operates entirely on the venture of making more money, like, capitalism. So what does that make the usa?

China isn't communist, it's an authoritarian crony capitalist state that uses the guise of socialism to maintain one-party rule. The US also has the benefit of not having gone through almost 100 years of total social destabilisation and the near-destruction of traditional culture in the last 40. the US is a mixed-economic, but compared to the Chinese we're fastidious where it comes to corruption in our officials- probably because we have a direct say in how we choose them. In China you almost have to be a corrupt, womanizing automaton to get ahead in government.

I guess it's ironic that Chinese students still take mandatory classes in Mao Zedong thought while their government engages in the same kind of totalitarian kleptocracy they decried in the Kuomintang. Socialism with Chinese Characteristics indeed.


Wait.... we HAVE a culture? When did this happen?
 
2012-11-23 07:21:03 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Kuroutesshin: Jaws_Victim:

Sounds like a society that operates entirely on the venture of making more money, like, capitalism. So what does that make the usa?

China isn't communist, it's an authoritarian crony capitalist state that uses the guise of socialism to maintain one-party rule. The US also has the benefit of not having gone through almost 100 years of total social destabilisation and the near-destruction of traditional culture in the last 40. the US is a mixed-economic, but compared to the Chinese we're fastidious where it comes to corruption in our officials- probably because we have a direct say in how we choose them. In China you almost have to be a corrupt, womanizing automaton to get ahead in government.

I guess it's ironic that Chinese students still take mandatory classes in Mao Zedong thought while their government engages in the same kind of totalitarian kleptocracy they decried in the Kuomintang. Socialism with Chinese Characteristics indeed.

Don't forget there's putting lead in toys, and melamine in pet food and baby milk. And they execute their citizens for tax evasion. What a utopia!


assuming of course that the media isn't to blame for hyperderpery.
 
2012-11-23 07:25:43 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Kuroutesshin: Jaws_Victim:

Sounds like a society that operates entirely on the venture of making more money, like, capitalism. So what does that make the usa?

China isn't communist, it's an authoritarian crony capitalist state that uses the guise of socialism to maintain one-party rule. The US also has the benefit of not having gone through almost 100 years of total social destabilisation and the near-destruction of traditional culture in the last 40. the US is a mixed-economic, but compared to the Chinese we're fastidious where it comes to corruption in our officials- probably because we have a direct say in how we choose them. In China you almost have to be a corrupt, womanizing automaton to get ahead in government.

I guess it's ironic that Chinese students still take mandatory classes in Mao Zedong thought while their government engages in the same kind of totalitarian kleptocracy they decried in the Kuomintang. Socialism with Chinese Characteristics indeed.

Don't forget there's putting lead in toys, and melamine in pet food and baby milk. And they execute their citizens for tax evasion. What a utopia!


I forget how many peanut butter, tomato, and other such contaminations the us has. And dont forget the recent spinal injecting thing with those patients who died from that fungus. What a utopia!
 
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