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(Quartz)   'Liquid razor blades' no longer the bribe of choice in China   (qz.com) divider line 40
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2012-12-06 09:44:00 AM
www.thepoisonforest.com

always trust Mr. Yuk's advice

except when it comes to stocks
he don't know shiat about the market 
lost $400 on apple yesterday
 
2012-12-06 09:44:20 AM
Huh. I thought this was going to be about Goldschlager.
 
2012-12-06 09:45:25 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: [www.thepoisonforest.com image 197x200]

always trust Mr. Yuk's advice

except when it comes to stocks
he don't know shiat about the market 
lost $400 on apple yesterday


Mr. Yuk gives some good advice. Moutai is basically indistinguishable from paint thinner.
 
2012-12-06 09:45:28 AM
Import it to the USA. We'll drink anything that lets us get drunk enough to forget we're the new Rome falling.
 
2012-12-06 09:45:51 AM
Have they checked to see if sales of anything worth drinking have picked up? Because I can't imagine bribing a drone at the DMV with a bottle of grain-alcohol, let alone a government official with any power.
 
2012-12-06 09:48:02 AM
Who wants to marry a bottle of razor blades anyway
 
2012-12-06 09:48:43 AM
static.guim.co.uk

Clearly, China has been invade by the Wu-Tang.
 
2012-12-06 09:49:01 AM
GZA approves
 
2012-12-06 09:51:04 AM

Arkanaut: lost $400 on apple yesterday


Buy an iPhone?
 
2012-12-06 09:51:18 AM
As I get older and older the more I'm starting to realize that any alcohol that's clear/see through usually harms more than helps.
 
2012-12-06 09:51:29 AM
Dammit
 
2012-12-06 09:54:31 AM
$160 thousand dollars? I'd rather have a new house or a concubine or something. If you'll buy that money is meaningless to you.
 
2012-12-06 09:55:11 AM

sodomizer: Import it to the USA. We'll drink anything that lets us get drunk enough to forget we're the new Rome falling.


Only 35-53% ABV. I'll stick to buttchugging everclear.
 
2012-12-06 09:56:07 AM
For the rural areas a twenty RMB slipped into a pack of cigarettes works pretty well too.
 
2012-12-06 09:56:54 AM
img233.imageshack.us

I watched a snail swim across it...
 
2012-12-06 09:57:08 AM

Hack Patooey: Arkanaut: lost $400 on apple yesterday

Buy an iPhone?




You rule.
 
2012-12-06 10:00:37 AM

airsupport: Hack Patooey: Arkanaut: lost $400 on apple yesterday

Buy an iPhone?



You rule.


no i bought an extra power adapter
 
2012-12-06 10:00:52 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: [www.thepoisonforest.com image 197x200]

always trust Mr. Yuk's advice

except when it comes to stocks
he don't know shiat about the market 
lost $400 on apple yesterday


Do go on about your problems Mr.Howell.
 
2012-12-06 10:01:14 AM
As the Chinese say " Gan bei!"

At first I was like you drink Nair? Or thought they just wanted to get a bride.
 
2012-12-06 10:02:23 AM
It must taste like Shick!



i.ytimg.com
www.couponing101.com



/oblig.
//hot like sake
 
2012-12-06 10:02:48 AM
You know who else disliked liquid blades? 

www.empireonline.com
 
2012-12-06 10:08:59 AM
The flavor of Moutai is best described as originating form the socks of a Chinese peasant worker who bathes once a month. Not just any peasant but the guy that must follow the water buffalo through the paddies and spread the 'fertilizer' from the cart. After the planting season has ended, this entrepreneurial spirit heads back to his one-room hut and lovingly places his moldy sweat-encrusted socks in a barrel with sorghum that has lain in a damp cave since the last harvest and the purest spring water.

This heady and fragrant bouquet is then crudely distilled several times, ensuring all the flavor possible is retained, but none of the color. It is then bottled and shipped to its unsuspecting victims loving customers.

In America it commonly produces the phrase "Hey, man. You gotta try this! You'll love it!"
 
2012-12-06 10:09:44 AM
"All purpose grease"

LOL gotta try and remember that one, damn this altzhemm... alshemmer.... well altz-something.
 
2012-12-06 10:13:29 AM

sodomizer: Import it to the USA. We'll drink anything that lets us get drunk enough to forget we're the new Rome falling.


No dude, seriously, this stuff is AWFUL. My brother brings it home every time he comes back from Shanghai as a way of torturing us all. Blech.
 
2012-12-06 10:18:28 AM
Can't they mix it with Mountain Dew?
 
2012-12-06 10:20:10 AM
t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-12-06 10:41:30 AM
Baiju is without a doubt the foulest most disgusting alcoholic beverage on the planet.

The fact that Chinese people dring baiju is confirmation that they don't put a sufficient value on human life.

I think it would be easier to bribe me with a forcible sodomy than to bribe me with a bottle of baiju.

And $160k for "vintage baiju" is like paying $160k for "vintage horse manure".
 
2012-12-06 10:45:55 AM
What is true is that corruption is a tremendous drag on the Chinese economy. Nobody knows how to measure it, but it might be sapping as much as 30% of their economic growth. As long as they have this built in cost of doing business, they will never be able to compete in the long run, especially as their wages rise. The government knows this and has periodic anti corruption campaigns, as well as highly visible mobile death vans, but the practice continues. You can't legislate morality. In addition, it is a 'trickle up", where money is removed from the lower and middle classes and enriches the privileged few. Some government positions pay so little that you almost have to take bribes to survive, so the practice isn't going away any time soon.
 
2012-12-06 10:50:42 AM

EyeballKid: [static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

Clearly, China has been invade by the Wu-Tang.


Came for this. Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-06 11:27:01 AM

EyeballKid: Clearly, China has been invade by the Wu-Tang.


Or the githyanki.
 
2012-12-06 11:58:44 AM

KarmicDisaster: You can't legislate morality


I really wish people would stop saying this. It's one of the dumbest turns of phrase on the planet.

No, you cannot enforce morality with laws. But every law is founded on some kind of moral basis. Why are murder and theft illegal? Because we've agreed that murder is immoral. We have rules that assign ownership to things, and agree that it is immoral to circumvent these rules and take what isn't 'ours'.
 
2012-12-06 12:12:21 PM
Ah China, the only country in the world where when shopping for liquor, the attendant will tell you "Oh that will make a nice bribe"

Never tried Moutai when I was there, I guess I never rubbed elbows with the right party officials. I've had some of the Baijiu that is just a little bit cheaper and it was....not bad. The flavor of it though haunts you, if you throw it up at any point during the night you can still taste it in the back of your throat every time you swallow. BU HAO

Those commies can drink though man, but only baijiu. I could drink them under the table with beer (2.5% in China, essentially water) or whiskey but they had the advantage in Baijiu. I don't think you can find it in the US but if you can get a pretty good to a great bottle of Baijiu (3 stars or more) I encourage everyone to try it. A little like sake but I prefer sake over baijiu.
 
2012-12-06 02:00:05 PM
Goddamn these sites that redirect you to a mobile version that doesn't even work properly...
 
2012-12-06 02:04:42 PM
Sure it tastes like death, but you're not supposed to drink it - it's a gift. When I was living in Taiwan I learned all about Chinese gift culture. There all these traditional and semi-traditional gifts, such as special cakes that are given for holidays, and they were invariably awful-tasting. They looked beautiful, and that was the point. It's all about face... "look, I am giving you this great gift!" and you say "oh no, I can't possibly accept it, it's too expensive" and they say "I insist, it's really just a small thing, hardly worthy of you...." until you finally accept it after putting up the mysteriously-determined amount of protest.
 
2012-12-06 02:10:33 PM
Hmm..seems like Taco Bell and eating spoiled sea food should count as a liquid razor blade.
 
2012-12-06 03:18:33 PM

Langdon Alger: Hmm..seems like Taco Bell and eating spoiled sea food should count as a liquid razor blade.


HAHAHHA

YARR
 
2012-12-06 05:57:52 PM
I was under the impression that the "baijiu" was just a generic mandarin word for any clear liquor, I didn't realize it was actually a distinct thing. Now I must try.
 
2012-12-07 12:59:17 AM
Baijiu is pretty much the worst thing I have ever allowed myself to drink. Giving someone a bottle should be a grave insult, not a bribe.
 
2012-12-07 01:40:35 AM

BoothbyTCD: Baijiu is pretty much the worst thing I have ever allowed myself to drink. Giving someone a bottle should be a grave insult, not a bribe.


ya, gave me tunnel vision, made me throw up. it's vile. how anyone could "enjoy" it, is beyond me.
 
jrl
2012-12-08 06:55:31 PM
Here's a price list for Maotai:
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=zh-CN&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl= e n&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhongsou.net%2Fnews%2F17359777-1. html

To get US$ from Yuan divide by about 6. Some of these half-liters are going for about $800.

When I visited China two weeks ago, one of the family cousins brought a bottle of the stuff.
It's not so bad, don't know what liquid razors are like but I thought it tasted more like distilled rice
wine. 104 proof so you really can't taste much anyway, just alcohol blast plus a hint of something like sake taste.
 
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