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2012-12-01 08:22:28 AM  
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"You barbarians! I'll sue the council for every penny it's got! I'll have you
hung, drawn and quartered! And whipped! And boiled... until... until...
until you've had enough. And then I'll do it again! And when I've finished I
will take all the little bits, and I will jump on them! And I will carry on
jumping on them, until I get blisters, or I can think of anything even more
unpleasant to do, and then..."
 
2012-12-01 09:02:29 AM  
People of Earth, your attention, please. This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council. As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system. And regrettably, your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes. Thank you.

There's no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it's far too late to start making a fuss about it now. ... What do you mean you've never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven's sake, mankind, it's only four light years away, you know. I'm sorry, but if you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that's your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams.
 
2012-12-01 09:19:11 AM  
Apathetic bloody planet. I've no sympathy at all.
 
2012-12-01 10:19:50 AM  
10 years ago, when I was living in China, that couple would have just disappeared overnight. I suppose this is progress...
 
2012-12-01 10:36:05 AM  
"...our street..."
 
2012-12-01 10:38:06 AM  
The plans were on display...
 
2012-12-01 10:38:21 AM  
That's madness ... absolute madness....
 
2012-12-01 10:41:14 AM  
Done in one.
 
2012-12-01 10:42:46 AM  
Beware of tiger.
 
2012-12-01 10:46:50 AM  

Gordinho: The plans were on display...


On Display!??!
 
2012-12-01 10:48:39 AM  
I...that road can't have been built correctly if the house is still there. You don't simply pour asphalt on dirt and call it a day. Are they going to cut out a section that they've already paved, to do it right?
 
2012-12-01 10:48:47 AM  

djh0101010: Gordinho: The plans were on display...

On Display!??!


yaeh, down in the basement.

/it seems my witty remark about laying down in front of the bulldozer is rather late to this thread
 
2012-12-01 10:51:36 AM  
The House of Fun.
One Step Beyond. Embarrasment.
Absolutely. The Rise and Fall.

Our House. Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)
Keep Moving. Driving In My Car
One Better Day

Shut Up, My Girl.
Cardiac Arrest! My CoCaine
Waiting for The Ghost Train
Night Boat To Cairo
Grey Day
 
2012-12-01 10:53:17 AM  
Our house, in the middle of the street. Not road subby.

41k for a 5 story house? Homeowner got robbed.
 
2012-12-01 10:55:42 AM  

Lsherm: 10 years ago, when I was living in China, that couple would have just disappeared overnight. I suppose this is progress...


FTFA: "There was no immediate confirmation from Luo, whose cellphone was turned off Saturday."

Could be that his battery just died, and not him I guess.
 
2012-12-01 10:56:58 AM  

Rufus Lee King: "Do any of you lot know 'Summer Holiday' by Cliff Richard?"


Not sure if everyone here is as gay as you are. So, no.
 
2012-12-01 10:57:48 AM  

Rufus Lee King: "Do any of you lot know 'Summer Holiday' by Cliff Richard?"

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"You hum it and we'll sing it"


/damn, that's one long ass memory recall
 
2012-12-01 11:03:07 AM  
Now China has greater property rights than in the USA in this regard.

In the USA if you fight them taking your home for some corporation you don't get compensation, you get a bill. (what happened to those in New London)
 
2012-12-01 11:04:11 AM  
FTA: "Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai told The Associated Press the house was bulldozed Saturday after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000).

Suuuuure they did.

"The razing comes a week after images of the house circulated widely online in China, triggering a flurry of domestic and foreign media reports about the latest "nail house," as buildings that remain standing as their owners resist development are called."

China: the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.
 
2012-12-01 11:04:22 AM  
Sounds like the Chinese govt got embarassed by all the media reports and probably told this guy to move or else something very ugly was going to befall him. It sucks that they didnt give him reasonable compensation for the home. Less than half the cost just isnt right.
 
2012-12-01 11:06:23 AM  
When this story was mentioned a few days ago, I imagined a more sane interpretation of "built the road around the house"
Luo was screwawed.
 
2012-12-01 11:09:50 AM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Our house, in the middle of the street. Not road subby.

41k for a 5 story house? Homeowner got robbed.


The original article said he paid $95,000.00 U.S. dollars to build the house.
 
2012-12-01 11:18:42 AM  

McGrits: djh0101010: Gordinho: The plans were on display...

On Display!??!

yaeh, down in the basement.

/it seems my witty remark about laying down in front of the bulldozer is rather late to this thread


Seriously, how much damage would the bulldozer have suffered if it had been allowed to just roll over the homeowner ?
 
2012-12-01 11:23:55 AM  

donwregefark: "...our street..."


This.
 
GBB
2012-12-01 11:27:11 AM  

IamAwake: I...that road can't have been built correctly if the house is still there. You don't simply pour asphalt on dirt and call it a day. Are they going to cut out a section that they've already paved, to do it right?


Dude, it's China.
 
2012-12-01 11:28:02 AM  
"Luo, 67, had just completed his house at a cost of about 600,000 yuan ($95,000) when the government approached him with their standard offer of 220,000 ($35,000) to move out - which he refused, Chen has previously said. The offer then went up to 260,000 yuan ($41,000) last week.

It was not immediately clear why Luo accepted the compensation in a meeting with officials Friday afternoon when the amount of money offered was the same as a week ago."


I know exactly why he accepted it this week.
 
2012-12-01 11:31:13 AM  

capt.hollister: Seriously, how much damage would the bulldozer have suffered if it had been allowed to just roll over the homeowner ?


None what so ever.
 
2012-12-01 11:34:17 AM  
FTA: It was not immediately clear why Luo accepted the compensation in a meeting with officials Friday afternoon when the amount of money offered was the same as a week ago.

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/All the HHGTTG references were taken
 
2012-12-01 11:41:29 AM  
"It was not immediately clear why Luo accepted the compensation in a meeting with officials Friday afternoon when the amount of money offered was the same as a week ago."

Really? Who is that not clear to?
 
2012-12-01 11:50:22 AM  

Ennuipoet: capt.hollister: Seriously, how much damage would the bulldozer have suffered if it had been allowed to just roll over the homeowner ?

None what so ever.


Ah. And who would rust first if it were to just wait while the homeowner lay in the mud ?
 
2012-12-01 11:54:20 AM  
I'm slightly autistic (or perhaps dumb) so when I was a kid in the early 80s, I thought that song was about a house literally in the middle of the street. Not in the middle of the block. In my mind I pictured something very like that photo.

I also thought to 'TP a house' meant 'Tee Pee' as in having something to do with a conical shape. Not toilet paper.
 
2012-12-01 11:54:54 AM  

capt.hollister: Ennuipoet: capt.hollister: Seriously, how much damage would the bulldozer have suffered if it had been allowed to just roll over the homeowner ?

None what so ever.

Ah. And who would rust first if it were to just wait while the homeowner lay in the mud ?


The homeowner. Laying in the sun, your skin is oxidizing pretty soon. Were the homeowner to not move for, say, a week - well, beyond being dead, his skin would also be rather charred/sunburnt, and substantially oxidized (ie - rusted). The bulldozer, on the other hand, would not have any measurable changes during that week.
 
2012-12-01 12:03:07 PM  

special20: Rufus Lee King: "Do any of you lot know 'Summer Holiday' by Cliff Richard?"

Not sure if everyone here is as gay as you are. So, no.


That picture's not gay. Everyone looks rather glum.
 
2012-12-01 12:04:05 PM  

IamAwake: capt.hollister: Ennuipoet: capt.hollister: Seriously, how much damage would the bulldozer have suffered if it had been allowed to just roll over the homeowner ?

None what so ever.

Ah. And who would rust first if it were to just wait while the homeowner lay in the mud ?

The homeowner. Laying in the sun, your skin is oxidizing pretty soon. Were the homeowner to not move for, say, a week - well, beyond being dead, his skin would also be rather charred/sunburnt, and substantially oxidized (ie - rusted). The bulldozer, on the other hand, would not have any measurable changes during that week.


I see. Would the mud the homeowner was lying in affect the outcome in any way ?
 
2012-12-01 12:07:58 PM  

capt.hollister: I see. Would the mud the homeowner was lying in affect the outcome in any way ?


Well, the contractors might be able to make a valid claim to the Union that he constituted a mental health hazard.
 
2012-12-01 12:29:30 PM  
The Iveys/Badfinger - They're Knocking Down Our Home

Link
 
2012-12-01 12:35:48 PM  

vice_magnet: The Iveys/Badfinger - They're Knocking Down Our Home

Link


The Smithereens - House We Used To Live In
 
2012-12-01 12:37:45 PM  
Your buddy, Ford Prefect will make a deal with the demolition supervisor, Mr. Prosser to lay down in front of the bulldozer for you while you two run off to the pub.
 
2012-12-01 12:50:47 PM  
What a Duck Farmer may look like
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2012-12-01 12:54:14 PM  
has anyone mentioned hitchhikers guide to the galaxy yet?
 
2012-12-01 12:56:21 PM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-01 02:09:01 PM  
Why didn't the duck farmer bribe the authoriities with some peanut butter and quackers.
 
2012-12-01 02:12:20 PM  

Lsherm: 10 years ago, when I was living in China, that couple would have just disappeared overnight. I suppose this is progress...


This. I assumed there was someone in it.
 
2012-12-01 02:19:56 PM  
Did they at least let him take his towel?

/Lame, I know
//I wanted to play, too!
 
2012-12-01 02:38:47 PM  

Rufus Lee King: "Do any of you lot know 'Summer Holiday' by Cliff Richard?"

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You hum it... I'll smash your face in.
 
2012-12-01 02:56:26 PM  

Mega Steve: Did they at least let him take his towel?

/Lame, I know
//I wanted to play, too!


How did I not think of this?!
3.bp.blogspot.com
Had to calm myself down there.
 
2012-12-01 03:24:19 PM  
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2012-12-01 03:34:13 PM  
IamAwake: I...that road can't have been built correctly if the house is still there. You don't simply pour asphalt on dirt and call it a day. Are they going to cut out a section that they've already paved, to do it right?

Photos from previous article.

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// well that didn't take long.
 
2012-12-01 03:40:15 PM  

special20: Rufus Lee King: "Do any of you lot know 'Summer Holiday' by Cliff Richard?"

Not sure if everyone here is as gay as you are. So, no.


Now that's a clever comeback! You must be The People's Poet.
 
2012-12-01 04:44:06 PM  
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