Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jun 21

Occupy Central: Fizzle or Sizzle?

By Mitchell Blatt | Foreign Affairs , News and Politics

Hong Kong Civic Party leaders and Hong Kong University law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting are planning to mass thousands in the streets of Central, Hong Kong’s main business district, next year if Beijing doesn’t grant Hong Kong universal suffrage.

It is a daring proposal, one that elicited critical articles published in the China Daily on Tuesday, a Chinese Communist Party -run English newspaper, but how much support does it have in Hong Kong?
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Jun 14

Apple Milk, Cows Wearing Shoes, and Tea Convenience Stores: Interesting Stuff in Kunming

By Mitchell Blatt | Travel

Today is my first day in the city of Kunming after 3 months in the village of Dali. Going from somewhere with a population of 600,000 to Kunming with a population of 6,000,000, I jumped right back into the excitement-on-every-corner feeling of China. (And I’m not even in Hong Kong yet!)

Presented below is an assortment of random interesting things in the city:

Apple flavored milk on sale in a milk store. Other flavors were blueberry milk and banana milk. I have no idea how apple milk tastes.

Apple flavored milk on sale in a milk store. Other flavors were blueberry milk and banana milk. I have no idea how apple milk tastes.

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Jun 09

Shanghai Skyscraper Stock Photos: Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao, Shanghai Tower

By Mitchell Blatt | Photos

Shanghai is one of the world’s largest cities, with over 20 million people, and as such, it has some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. In fact, by the time the Shanghai Tower is finished, Shanghai will be home to the #2 (Shanghai Tower), #6 (Shanghai World Financial Center), and #16 (Jin Mao Tower) skyscrapers in the world.

If you are writing an article about Shanghai or about skyscrapers, one of these photos might come in handy.

Shanghai Skyscraper Stock Photos

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Jun 09

Modified American Flag Images: Peace Flag, Baseball Flag, World Flag

By Mitchell Blatt | Photos

The Fourth of July is coming up, and Americans celebrate with patriotic images such as American flags. But American flags can be more than just the official flag. You can use variations or modified American Flags to express different messages. I have created an American peace flag, American baseball flag, and American world flag to express different messages, and you can use them with your designs. They are available as American flag stock photos.

American Flag Stock Images

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Jun 09

Tea Party Editorial Stock Photos for Sale

By Mitchell Blatt | Photos

The Tea Party movement is a popular conservative American political movement that has risen since 2009 to oppose Barack Obama and his policies such as the Obamacare healthcare plan, stimulus, and increased spending on government spending programs. It is an important force in American politics, having helped the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives in 2010 and stoked opposition to Obamacare with demonstrations and protests.

Recently, the Tea Party has been in the news because an inspector general’s report found that the IRS applied undue scrutiny to Tea Party tax exempt organization applications. Since then, some Tea Party members have testified on Capitol Hill, and the Tea Party has been rallying against the IRS. With this big news story, you might need Tea Party photos if you are writing an article about the Tea Party. Consider using one of these photos, which can be purchased online for editorial use. They represent various aspects of the Tea Party, including the Tea Party’s fight against alleged IRS tyranny.

Tea Party Editorial Stock Photos

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Jun 07

People’s Street Vendors: Posing for Photos for Money on People’s Street

By Mitchell Blatt | Culture

IMG_4550Last week, I wrote an article about how foreigners achieve a kind of celebrity status in China and are popular subjects of photography. A few days ago, I took advantage of that, setting up a table on People’s Street.

Up and down People’s Street, young adults set up tables selling crafts and accessories. I didn’t have much material to sell besides a Lincoln DVD (which I didn’t sell). Instead, I charged 2 RMB for a photograph, 3 RMB for drinking a glass of beer, and 5 RMB for playing fight the landlord (Chinese poker). In the end I earned about 40 RMB after a few hours.

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Jun 01

Chinese Peddlers Take Flowers from Cangshan Mountain

By Mitchell Blatt | Travel

Where do peddlers get the flowers they sell in Dali Ancient Town?

Apparently the flowers originate from Cangshan Mountain.

This violates the principles of “leave no trace” nature visiting as well as the signs explicitly telling people not to pick flowers.

Old ladies picking flowers from the Yu Ju Peak of Cangshan. This peak is accessible by a gondola.

Old ladies picking flowers from the Yu Ju Peak of Cangshan. This peak is accessible by a gondola.

Peddler selling flowers in Dali Ancient Town. She said they came from Cangshan when I asked.

Peddler selling flowers in Dali Ancient Town. She said they came from Cangshan when I asked.