School Buses, China Style

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Chinese pondering the differences in national character supposedly reflected in the school buses of Japan and the USA need look no further than their own “buses” for some rather painful introspection…

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These pictures show a recent accident involving a school bus which collided with a coal truck, resulting in 20 deaths, 18 of which were kindergarteners.

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The accident’s severity was exacerbated by the fact that 64 passengers were riding a bus intended to carry only 9, a practice local officials were aware of but chose to ignore.

The final picture shows how to upgrade a bus rated for 7 children into one for carrying 32, China style – simply tear out all the seats:

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Refer also to the previously featured US vs Japanese school bus comparison.


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    Avatar of VZ
    Comment by VZ
    13:21 19/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "The wheels on the bus will send us to our death, send us to our death, send us to our death. The wheels on the bus will send us to our death, all the away to hell."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 19/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Hell would probably be an improvement over China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 19/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    IF only I could ride in bus packed with lolis...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 19/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    This is China we are talking about. Given their gender preferences, you are likely to find yourself in a bus packed with shotas.

    Avatar of Oyashiro-Chama
    Comment by Oyashiro-Chama
    16:15 19/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    considering the populous of this site, I don't think that would be an issue especially if they're traps.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    there r not the loli's ur lookin for~ (brainwashing)

    Avatar of The Kiss
    Comment by The Kiss
    07:19 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @23:20: Those aren't the lolis exploding on his lap..! ;D

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:20 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese Loli going to explode on your lap.

    14:55 19/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Depends which version as there are many.
    The Hells in DBZ and Touhou would be a huge improvement.

    Avatar of Satonaka
    Comment by Satonaka
    02:34 20/11/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You mean HFIL? Home for infinite losers? Oh yeah I remember "that" hell XD

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    16:07 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is one of the most saddest things I have read (then again, school bus accidents are pretty damn sad compared to regular car accidents for me)...

    There is no excuse for shoving all those children in those poorly modded vehicles like cattle waiting to be brought and slaughtered in a meat factory(or sardines in a can), and it is just tempting fate to pull a nasty one on them...

    The bloody officials who were aware, but chose to ignore this could have prevented the deaths of those 18 children if they would not allow these 'buses' (or whatever sh*t vehicle they mod) into the streets...

    *sighs sadly*

    Ah well...At least the bus did not explode and killed the other surviving children upon impact...

    @char (Red Comet)

    And let us not forget the one from Disgaea...

    The Netherworld there has better school vehicles that they can ride...

    Those 18 souls that died from that accident are probably processed and turned into prinnies by now...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 21/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno. You just think China is crowded... Wait until you see Hell.

    Avatar of Lazy
    Comment by Lazy
    03:52 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well for the people on the poorer end of the scale, yeah.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well at least this little brats have a school bus, i had to walk a mile in my childhood because the public bus was too cramped

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:30 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China is like Mordor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 19/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    One does not simply catch a bus...

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    Comment by Gitami
    03:28 20/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    In Soviet China a vehicle rides you. Twice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    too soon!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    甘肃投入7亿改善校园、全国各地都在查超载。谢谢。

    Gansu 700 million into campus all over the country, and to improve check on overload. Thank you.

    Avatar of 中原美空
    Comment by 中原美空
    14:18 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only after the accidents happened can the country take the problems seriously

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    Comment by Ichigo
    Comment by Anonymous

    Lowering the china population :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 19/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well, because of the one-child-policy in China the population is believed to stop growing and even start decreasing in future years(if it hasn't already).

    It's actually India that has much bigger problem now, it's already believed that India actually has bigger population than China and because of strong religious beliefs things like the china's one-child-policy is unlikely to success in India.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a good thing right?

    Comment by Anonymous

    The odd incident won't solve the fundamental problem that by the time I've written this, enough people have been born in China to fill an entire soccer team.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dang,there r so many cheap ppl...

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    Comment by Ponky14
    13:17 19/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Do these explode too? -_-

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    14:30 19/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    At least none of these kids are forced to sit on the worst section of the bus/van... under the wheel. :<

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, from what I see there are seats over the wheel instead.
    And that wheel probably explodes, too, just like everything in China.

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    Comment by Gekokujou
    13:19 19/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I believe they do, at least on impact.

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    Comment by kintama00
    02:56 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no need.. at least not many live long enough to find out -.-"

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 21/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is how it should be in the USA. End Socialism... might as well shut down schools, who needs them?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 19/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That boy in image 004...How sad

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe he just doesn't want to go to school?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was my first though as well but he looks like he's reaaaaally wedged there.

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    18:40 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt any of them really wanted to go to school. I know I never did, and I went to a nice school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 19/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It's fun to sneer at the Chinese and the misfortune of the poor.

    I thought Sankaku was about anime, little platic figurines and Aya Hirano, but obviously, your remit has extended to mocking China for not being a futuristic utopia like Neo-Tokyo next door.

    Avatar of ryusoma
    Comment by ryusoma
    03:51 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually, it IS fun to sneer at the Chinese and the misfortune of the poor, because CHINA THE COUNTRY has an undeserved ego larger than all the others around the world put together, and seeing it deflated even a little is very satisfying.

    Yes, I would even say China is more arrogant than the United States, because China has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO EARN THAT ARROGANCE except be BIG. Whereas the United States (all hyperbole aside) has been the shining beacon of Freedom and Liberty for over 100 years taking in millions of poor immigrants, improving their lives and education, and winning TWO worldwide wars against fascism (maybe even three if you consider the Cold War). Sure the beacon's rather tarnished now but that's still a FAR better historical record in the last 100 than China's last 2000 years.

    So the constant stream of Chinese egotism and invective against all things Western like safety, democracy, freedom, wealth, etc is HILARIOUSLY hypocritical when they treat their citizens, their land, food and infrastructure like disposable tissues, despite having essentially robbed the West of trillions of dollars by exploiting these elements in their own country.

    What goes around comes around, but my fear is that there are far too many disposable, easily-replaced Chinese for China The Country to ever learn this.

    Maybe we'll see in 15-20 years when One-Child + Killing-off-baby-girls-at-birth-because-we-wanted-a-boy-to-take-care-of-the-family hits breeding and marrying age. This is already an acknowledged problem in India, where the sex ratio disparity (male to female)is something like 8% already. In a normal healthy, natural population it's always within 0.2-0.3 (49.7-50% each)%. China's estimate is something like 4-5% for ages 1-25.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 23/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pot calling kettle black. I guess cherry picking the bad means that's all there is to a country...Not exactly saying some of the things you say are wrong, but calling something shit while throwing shit at it isn't exactly credible. I'm just saying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 18:21
    "It's fun to sneer at the Chinese and the misfortune of the poor.
    I thought Sankaku was about anime, little platic figurines and Aya Hirano, but obviously, your remit has extended to mocking China for not being a futuristic utopia like Neo-Tokyo next door."

    -- It's not about the "misfortune of the poor". In my opinion people here are weary of how the Chinese government are so full of sh** on their propaganda about how rich their economy is and how powerful their military is yet they can't take care of the welfare/safety of its own people. A lot of "poorer" neighboring countries treat their people well healthcare-wise and public safety-wise. Mainland China is growing rich very fast but at the expense of the lives of its ordinary citizens which is very stupid. Public safety is F*cki** common sense.

    Avatar of ryusoma
    Comment by ryusoma
    04:12 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    -Ahh but remember, it's not just the lives of the 'ordinary citizens'. If it were just that, those types of sacrifices have been made in the past in the West even.

    It's the wholesale corruption that does it - the poisoning of air, land, water, food, the endemic untrustworthiness of the society that proves what a failure China is.

    You can be 99.9999% sure a piece of fried chicken in the United States or Japan won't KILL YOU, or be made with.. who knows, dog feces? In China that's clearly a much lower percentage. Likewise you can be 99.999% certain your home or a bridge won't fall down immediately after you take possession because the engineers who designed it and the contractors who built it were held personally responsible for it. How about China?

    Some time ago, most western societies EVOLVED to a point where endemic, blatant corruption became unacceptable. We realized it HARMED us and HINDERED us, and therefore it is punished. China seems to think it is socially-acceptable, often even encouraged because it promotes ADVANCEMENT and because there is basically no accountability for anything. For every Chinese corruption show trial where a minor Party hack gets executed there are twenty more doing worse because they know they will get away with it and noone is ever personally responsible BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY, they only do it out of FEAR.

    FEAR and GREED have always been the only honest motivations of Communism.

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    Comment by Megidola
    05:46 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Corruption is an inverse correlate of economic development.

    Corruption levels in China are naturally far greater than in developed countries, but roughly equivalent with its economic peers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_of_perception_of_corruption).

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, the west is totally corruption free. Take those nice CEOs for examp...oh. And yes, we realized it harmed and hindered us, so we protested, and those bastards are getting what they deserv...oh.

    Made up statistics don't make you right, by the way. And Communism isn't motivated by fear and greed by the way, fearful and greedy people are. Capitalism is founded on greed. You think corruption is bad in China? As pointed out above, it's on par with its economic peers. China just happens to be much bigger and with a much larger population, so the spotlight shines much brighter.

    I'm silly for even typing this. What do I think can be achieved by trying to win an internet argument? Goddamn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree man. Its not the people, its what the government is doing to its country and their people. Quite sad, really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Im totally with you. The country I live in may be a third world shithole for some retards but hey I can tell anyone in the government here that they are all fucking idiots and i wont be thrown in jail and THERE ARE ACTUALLY PUBLIC SAFETY LAWS!! WTF? PUBLIC SAFETY LAWS AND HEALTHCARE IN MY POOR COUNTRY!! Where's your GDP going China?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really.. that tsunami exposed japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You realize that Sankaku mocks China only because it's part of Japanese culture to do so, right?

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    Comment by Dummy00001
    21:39 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    > mocking China for not being a futuristic utopia

    You probably haven't been to Shanghai then.

    The point is that China is now supposed to be top level developed country. Yet, they have literally no standards of living, other top developed countries are known for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 20/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    China is a good example of what can go wrong in a capitalistic society without the safeguards in place.

    We ourselves are also going that path with the bog corporations making their laws and abusing the system.

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    Comment by Megidola
    23:52 19/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >China is now supposed to be top level developed country

    No, it's classed as a "Newly industrialized country" along with Brazil, India, Mexico and others. Go to those places, and you'll find standards of living equivalent to Chinese poverty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 21/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And forgot to add the corrupt government and laws increasingly failures......

    In my view China had its golden age but still the cost of the sacrifice of people from the beginning.....

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    Comment by ryusoma
    04:15 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Other BRICs (as the trendy term goes) don't put a thin gold-plated veneer over top of a dog turd and call themselves the Greatest Civilization in the World, Proof of the Superiority of Communism!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 21/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ryusoma: Look, I've always heard about how great Chinese culture is or how rich Chinese tradition is from those CCP TV programs but not even once have I heard them saying how great Chinese are DUE TO Communism.

    Keep your delusion about Commies to yourself. They might be stuck up but they are not fools to blatantly say how great they are. Even the Chinese citizens themselves would laugh at that statement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here in Brazil gold platening shit is part of tradition.
    Its a mix of fake patriotism and low scholarship.

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    Comment by TC-man

    You know, China is a really big country, of course there are poor places like the photos have show. High standards in the top developed countries (Europe or USA), yet these top developed countries are crumbling in their own shit and mis-management of their own economy etc..

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    Comment by Gitami
    03:32 20/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well it does seem like if you care for the mass your economy walk a tight rope. Screw the mass and your economy grows large. Neither is pleasant but the latter is far less pleasant for many people.








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