Don't risk rubbing your gal the wrong way with second-rate sex toys from China

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  1. The Seeker of Good Songs

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    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/culture/waiwai/news/20080209p2g00m0dm004000c.html

    On January 26 -- three weeks ago today -- this column introduced an item from Shukan Jitsuwa (2/7) titled "Fetid conditions may make summer Olympics a springboard for spreading sickness," in which the weekly warned Japanese planning visits to China this August that they risked a host of health concerns, from contagious diseases to food poisoning.
    That precaution proved remarkably prophetic. Just six days later, news headlines screamed that 10 people in Chiba and Hyogo prefectures who had consumed frozen 'gyoza' (pork dumplings, a.k.a. pot stickers) imported from China had begun showing unmistakable symptoms of poisoning.
    The cause turned out to be methamidophos, a potent phosphorous-based insecticide, apparently introduced into the gyoza packaging. The evidence at this stage is beginning to point to the likelihood of intentional mischief by someone at the point of origin.
    "Chinese are wont to think that if something looks good on the outside, it must be good on the inside," a Chinese student at a national university in Japan tells Shukan Jitsuwa (2/21). "If a cook finds a speck of dog poop on meat, he'll just rinse it off and serve to a customer. Spoiled meat or fish are stir-fried in oil at high temperature and served. They aren't willing to accept the loss of even one yen.
    "The Chinese government has been saying that a successful Olympics would signify China's emergence as a first-class nation," the student sighs. "I disagree. As long as people aren't educated in proper hygiene, China will remain a third-class country."
    The number of poisoning victims in Japan is now approaching 2,000 and, of course, the incident has dominated the TV news and print media, including the weekly magazines, for the past 10 days.
    But as is frequently the case, Shukan Jitsuwa is once again ahead of the curve in bestowing sensible advice. Just as extreme caution is warranted concerning edibles from China that you insert into your mouth, Jitsuwa slips in a sniggering suggestion that similar safety measures should be taken when inserting items from China into any other body orifice.
    To wit, damsels demanding delights through diddling with a dildo -- whether developed in Dalian or devised in Dongguan -- hazard destructive damage.
    "Currently, nearly all the items sold in Japan are imported from China," says the owner of an "adult toy" shop in Osaka's American Village. "I wouldn't say all of them are junk, but maybe about half have high rates of failure. Sourcing shifted to China to keep costs down, but I get the impression they're cutting corners even more than necessary.
    "I'm especially concerned with electric vibrators," the shop owner adds. "Even the ones that at first glance appear imported from the U.S. contain a high percentage of components from China. I've noticed the silicone used in some has a peculiar smell to it; we won't stock those in our store."
    It seems that frustration from frequent failures due to cheap components and careless quality control is not the problem. Rather, young women working in the sex industry, where such devices are frequently put to use by lecherous customers, have been heard to moan -- and not from pleasure -- that soon after a session with a pink rotary vibrator their nether parts "became inflamed" or "began itching persistently."
    Apparently Chinese plastic manufacturers still make extensive use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been found to contain phthalate-based polyester, a hormone receptor that some researchers suspect contributes to reduced sperm counts in men and menstrual irregularities in women, among others problems.
    "In Japan, PVC is prohibited from use in nipples for baby bottles and pacifiers," says a Mr. Kuo (nationality unspecified), a representative director of Asian Drug, a distributor for adult goods. "In Europe, the substance has been banned completely. For sex aids like rotors and vibrators, Japanese makers use silicone or ABS resin. You only find PVC in the products brought in from China."
    "Regular consumers can't differentiate between the types of materials, and they're not indicated as such on the labels," Kuo continues. "To be on the safe side, I'd advise you slip a natural latex condom over it before use. Then you won't have any problems.
    "And men should take similar precautions with 'onna-hole' (synthetic vaginas)," he adds.
    "Up to now, I haven't consulted with any patients complaining of problems caused by sex toys, but I can't rule out the possibility," remarks Osaka-based physician Yasuaki Ishikawa, an instructor of urology at the Kinki University Faculty of Medicine (okay, stop smirking -- there really is such a place).
    Ishikawa says he's encountered a completely different problem: rampant Chinese counterfeiting of ED drugs like Viagra and Cyalis.
    "They'll sell five at a time, mixing in one real tablet with four phony ones," he says. "Japanese have been repeatedly swindled. The phonies don't work, and we have no idea what's actually in the pills' ingredients. It's really a shady operation, whoever's behind it." (By Masuo Kamiyama, contributing writer)
     
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    well, im off to go check where my dildos were made!
    :D
     
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    Talk about 'getting the lead out'!! :D
     
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  5. Dave

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    Don't buy Chinese products, which means you won't be shopping much at WalMart either.

    I needed a box cutter, and Walgreen's had one for $2, made in China. I almost bought it, but I knew it would be a piece of junk, so I looked around and found one that was actually made in the US for about double the price. It's worth it to pay for something that will last, and that does not support the Chinese manufacturers. In addition to the shoddy quality, many of their products are dangerous and deadly.
     
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    China scares the living shit out of me. First, I'm sure that virtually every individual Chinese person is delightful in every way. But their industrial culture has no regard for human or animal life. They're currently at robber baron stage, or something. It's insane.

    I will forever be haunted by a film I saw as a teenager of cats being blanched in boiling water, skinned alive, and then dumped, still alive, into another vat of hot water. In China.
     
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    such a thing to say in a morrissey forum..!!
     
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    I'm part Chinese and yes, I'm delightful in almost every way :D

    OMG I saw something on PBS or something once about the cats too. They showed a young child with her mother and they were shopping for dinner. They stopped at a street vendor and the mother let her daughter pick out a cat in a cage. Then the street vendor took out the one she pointed to and fried it alive in a vat of oil. Then the mom and daughter took the fried cat home for supper. :eek: Sooooo barbaric! Chicken feet at dim sum seem pale in comparison.
     
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    Pregs & mell...
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    Many will have to rethink their Valentine's Day plans.
     
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    It's weird how eating some animals seems acceptable to us and eating others doesn't... As Heather Mills said, why don't we drink rats' milk :p
     
  12. fridaynightinoutpatients

    fridaynightinoutpatients in my own sick way

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    hahahahaha!

    sorry.
     
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    you know what's ironic? I have attempted to quit buying china stuff. I wanted a football- an AMERICAN football, not a soccer ball- i went to target. reebok, wilson, and two other brands were there- ALL made in China. a country that doesn't play the sport.

    WTF?
     
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    You know I'm referring to the recklessness and business greed that makes these companies paint kids' toys with lead paint, and include poisonous compounds in food ingredients. America was like that, too, at one time. It's scary, because our (American) greedy corporations are perfectly willing to recklessly accept these risks on our behalf. Sometimes I just want to go off the grid, you know?
     
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    I would imagine the only thing a cat is any good for, is sustenance :D
     
  16. Dave

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    Yes, but beyond eating animals it's the treatment they receive before being eaten. I saw a film about a market in China with animals shoved into cages, offered for sale for their meat and skins, their legs broken so more could fit in a smaller space. I'm not ashamed to say that the people doing these things do not deserve to live.

    Yes, conditions at slaughterhouses are never nice, but frying living beings alive goes beyond the point about eating some animals but not others.

    and Heather Mills is a (very bad word). :p
     
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    :clap: You better be careful, or YOU may end up in a vat of oil!
     
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    as long as i dont get wasted :D eat my dark meat not just the white!
     
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    I work for a pharmaceutical company and unfortunately, we do outsource alot of work to China. I think we can get something like 3 Chinese chemists to work full-time for us for the price of 1 American chemist. It totally sucks, especially when there are qualified Americans getting laid off because companies "can't afford" to keep them employed.

    lol...well my kitties are good cuddlers and sometimes they're funny too. One just cracked me up because she just bunny hopped across the living room floor! How could anyone deep fry something so cute? :eek:
     
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    Bogdana... now the truth comes out. You are NOT a good Moz fan. ;)
     
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