2 die trying to save phone that fell into toilet

Jun 9, 2014 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KISS 95.1 WBVD-FM

Dropping your cellphone into a toilet is unfortunate - but in China, it can be tragic.

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Jun 11, 2014
 

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..Only 2???????? Wow, China must be...super rich now. If this ever happens in Maoze-dingdong era, there must be a ...few hundreds of them. Wahahahahhahaha!

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Jun 11, 2014
 
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My contacts are in google gmail contact list. I find it difficult to enter my contacts using cellphone so I enter them in gmail then transfer them to my smart phone. I think most people do the same. Don't know about the Chinese. Maybe they enter Chinese characters differently.
Another thing is that most Chinese love their gadgets in a very strange way. The Chinese family that I know cover their hi-fi loud speakers in plastic bags. Actually, they didn't take the plastic bags out of the speakers when they bought them. Their couch and armchairs are also wrapped in plastic even 2 years after they bought them.
Very 60's...

Grandma had plastic covers on her couch till the day she died...I'm sure she didn't think of her furniture as gadgets though....

she did like using the expression Go Go ..just sayin'..
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Jun 11, 2014
 
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I'm not sure if they are backed up on iCloud. I think they are.
Even if my contacts were not backed up, as much as if had to lose them, I'm not crawling through sewage or wanting anyone else to do so ... just so I don't lose my contacts. Are Chinese less adverse to crawling through raw sewage than pretty much anyone I know? I don't think so.
they put up with 30 years of slave like wages... and managed save 30% of those slave like wages and indirectly loan those saving to Americans who were making 20 times what they earned

these new Chinese rich tend to flaunt their wealth more than my liking...but then again it is their business

most will buy things like homes and cars with cash...

from what I have read they tend not to have computers or laptops but use their phones like they were their computers

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#51
Jun 11, 2014
 
This is a crappy story.

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Jun 12, 2014
 
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you will be asstimulated
Lick-cute-azz of Borg ?
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Jun 12, 2014
 
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Lick-cute-azz of Borg ?
Borg the tennis man?
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Jun 12, 2014
 
Must have been an "Oprah-sized" toilet or something....wow!!!

How do you die in a toilet?

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Jun 12, 2014
 
HUMMMMMMMMM never heard the expression :

"somebody die in there "..........some lawyer
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Jun 12, 2014
 
Actually Chinese are the closes thing to the Borg.... if you think about it....

or Ebola...

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SPECIAL REPORT: CHINA STORMS AFRICA
WITH ITS RESOURCE-HUNGRY PUSH INTO THE SUB-SAHARA, BEIJING PUTS THE PLANET TO THE TEST.

The No. 2 killer in Africa by parasite, after malaria, is an organism called Entamoeba histolytica -- or "Eh" for short. It was discovered in 1873, the year it took the life of missionary-explorer David Livingstone, that great champion of British imperialism on what his countrymen called the Dark Continent. I know this because, when I returned home from reporting in the sub-Sahara, the same pathogen was drilling through the walls of my gut. It would colonize there for months, unbeknownst to me, absorbing my nutrients and spewing its toxins, as I grew weak and emaciated.

A skillful intruder, Eh can produce a population explosion in a very short time. While its plan of attack is complex and still not entirely understood, it seems to trick human defense mechanisms into thinking all is well in the homeland.(It achieves that by killing local immune cells, then hiding the evidence by eating the cells' corpses.) Unfortunately, the more virulent the strain, the more the parasite risks killing the host -- sometimes by invading the brain -- rendering everyone homeless. Nonetheless, the more I've learned about Eh, the more I admire its resourcefulness, its work ethic (talk about intestinal fortitude!), and its resolve to survive and propagate. It's a shame we couldn't just get along, that my ecosystem couldn't sustain us both.

I likely picked up my dose of Eh in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an epicenter of virulent disease, from flies that transported it from infected human feces to food. "If you were a malnourished kid in a refugee camp in Congo," remarked my doctor, a tropical-disease expert who has labored in dozens of such camps, "you would probably die from this infection." As it happened, I had just made it to age 47, the statistical end of the line for the 770 million people who live in sub-Saharan Africa. By their standards, I was already an old man.

An unfathomably vast terrain comprising 49 nations, the sub-Sahara represents nearly one-fifth of the earth's landmass. Yet its total economy is tinier than Florida's. Here, 300 million people get by on less than $1 a day. Until they don't: It is the planet's biggest tomb, where compared to the 1960s, twice as many children under the age of 5 are now dying each day from disease; a bottomless badland where $500 billion of Western aid since World War II (more than four Marshall Plans) has barely made a dent in the poverty; a region whose market share of world trade is shrinking by the hour as it gets left behind, perhaps permanently, in the dust of globalization; a place so desperate for everything -- cash, trade, investment, infrastructure -- and so powerless to negotiate strategically, that it's pretty much up for sale to the highest bidder.

During my recovery, I had time to dwell on parasites, how they invade and deplete their hosts, much as successive colonial powers have done over the centuries in places such as Africa. Anyone who thinks that kind of ravenous acquisition of resources is a thing of the past should take a close look at the suction China is applying in the sub-Sahara. The region is now the scene of one of the most sweeping, bare-knuckled, and ingenious resource grabs the world has ever seen.

The sub-Sahara is now the scene of one of the most bare-knuckled resource grabs the world has ever seen.
While America is preoccupied with the war in Iraq (cost: half a trillion dollars and counting), and while think-tank economists continue to spit out papers debating whether vital resources are running out at all, China's leadership isn't taking any chances. In just a few years, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has become the most aggressive investor-nation in Africa.
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This commercial invasion is without question the most important development in the sub-Sahara since the end of the Cold War -- an epic, almost primal propulsion that is redrawing the global economic map. One former U.S. assistant secretary of state has called it a "tsunami." Some are even calling the region "ChinAfrica."

There are already more Chinese living in Nigeria than there were Britons during the height of the empire. From state-owned and state-linked corporations to small entrepreneurs, the Chinese are cutting a swath across the continent. As many as 1 million Chinese citizens are circulating here. Each megaproject announced by China's government creates collateral economies and population monuments, like the ripples of a stone skimmed across a lake.

Beijing declared 2006 the "Year of Africa," and China's leaders have made one Bono-like tour after another. No other major power has shown the same interest or muscle, or the sheer ability to cozy up to African leaders. And unlike America's faltering effort in Iraq, the Chinese ain't spreading democracy, folks. They're there to get what they need to feed the machine. The phenomenon even has a name on the ground in the sub-Sahara: the Great Chinese Takeout.

In describing China's exploits, it's tempting to evoke the image of a benign, postcolonial West being outfoxed by a ruthless and unscrupulous neo-communist power. Don't bother. The American track record in modern Africa has been deplorable -- a half-century of backing strongmen, turning a blind eye, and taking what we can get with little or no regard for the health or welfare of the locals. So no, this is not an update about the Yellow Peril, although no shortage of U.S. officials see China's safari as precisely that. Instead, this is a story about an economic model of exploitation that is at once formidably efficient and tragically flawed, about a planet that's being consumed by those who live on its surface. Today's global economy has an insatiable need for raw materials. That's as true for China's rise as it is true for the maintenance of America's economy. With China exporting some 40% of its GDP, Americans need to understand that behind that Made in China tag at Wal-Mart is a mutually reinforcing death spiral. We are beginning to overwhelm our host.

A recent report by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell makes for sobering reading. In its worst-case scenario, Shell predicts that the coming decade will see the world's governments engaged in an increasingly desperate and ruthless "scramble" to secure energy supplies and natural resources, one that could trigger a new wave of global conflict and massive environmental destruction. Shell's alternative scenario has governments banding together to create "blueprints" for the future that embrace sustainability.

For now at least, the answer on the ground is clear. It's scramble time. In reporting this article, I visited four African countries central to China's overall strategy: Mozambique (a key source of timber for China), Zambia (copper), Congo (a wide range of minerals), and Equatorial Guinea (oil). What I found is that while flat-footed Western governments largely watch from the sidelines, cash-flush Chinese firms -- many with state-directed financing -- are cutting deals at a dizzying pace, securing supplies of oil, copper, timber, natural gas, zinc, cobalt, iron, you name it.

At the most macro level, China's offensive is at once enthralling and unnerving, like watching a well-oiled war machine. Closer to the ground, China's presence in Africa can seem a chaotic and reckless free-for-all -- a primordial, biological struggle in which every organism fends for itself. At times it is glorious, appearing to brim with possibility, perhaps the sub-Sahara's last chance to catch up with the world; at others, it appears little more than a revamped, upgraded replay of colonialism.
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#60
Jun 12, 2014
 
how did they die though??

hey how come you guys still use the squatting toilets Are they better or something?? I mean Actually to be honest I could probably squat with no problem but I mean still sometimes your lazy and what the hell would ya wanna squat man I can't believe you guys Actually like using those..

I saw that you had both..

I mean I guess it makes sense force people to exercise or something..
Phyllis Schlafly s Shroud

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#61
Jun 12, 2014
 
They must have really loved that smfart phone.
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#62
Jun 12, 2014
 
daaang wrote:
hey how come you guys still use the squatting toilets Are they better or something?
Apparently you can't fall into them and perish, unless you're the size of an infant.
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Jun 12, 2014
 
At what house of worship will the funeral serfeces be held?

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#64
Jun 13, 2014
 
OK you two...coffee break's over, back on your heads...
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Jun 13, 2014
 
OK you three .. back to the phone ... has any one tried to call the number to see if it still rang?
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Mommy Mommy!!!
My poop is ringing!!!!
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OK you three .. back to the phone ... has any one tried to call the number to see if it still rang?
The phone was on vibrate, so at most calling it will result in a lava-like burbling.
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The phone was on vibrate, so at most calling it will result in a lava-like burbling.
And what would happen if you ping the phone ?
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And what would happen if you ping the phone ?
You are so racist to involve Dung Xiaoping in this thread.

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