News from the Paper Tiger that the Ignorant Claim will soon Run the World


(1) An underground garage was being dug on the south side of the building, to a depth of 4.6 meters (15 ft).

(2) The excavated dirt was being piled up on the north side of the building, to a height of 10 meters (32 ft).
(3) They dug right up to the base of the building.

Then the rains came.
(4) The building experienced uneven lateral pressure from north to south.
(5) This resulted in a lateral pressure of 3,000 tonnes, which was greater than what the un-reinforced pilings
could tolerate. Thus, the building toppled completely over in a southerly direction.

*First, the apartment building was constructed.*

Then the plan called for an underground garage to be dug out.
The excavated soil was piled up on the other side of the building.

*Heavy rains resulted in water seeping into the ground.*

The building began to tilt. Then it began to shift, and the “hollow” concrete pilings were snapped due to the

uneven lateral pressures.

And thus was born the eighth wonder of the world.

If these buildings were closer together, it would have resulted in a domino effect.

Notice that there’s NO rebar in the pilings!
Just some wire mesh.

They built 13 stories on grade, with no basement, and tied it all down to hollow pilings with no rebar.

3 responses to “News from the Paper Tiger that the Ignorant Claim will soon Run the World

  1. They will go and learn “mechanics and properties of matter” soon. There are books called this, some of them more than 100 years old, in my library, but I don’t know how to have them translated into Mandarin.

  2. It looks like a classic example of malinvestment – likely to happen in an environment of loose money (credit expansion “low interest rates”).

    I am not saying this is the case (I know nothing about Chinese money supply figures), but that would be my guess.

    If it my guess is accurate (and there is a credit money boom in China) then a crash is, of course, inevitable.

    A Chinese crash would be rather a problem for the world – especially if it happened at about the same time as another American crash (and the next American crash will, I believe, occur in 2013).

  3. Well we’ll just have to return to making our own pots and pans, toys, clothes and wot not. If we also make good quality again at reasonable prices, perhaps we could persuade the Chinese to buy from us;we could sell them some books on engineering. just till they get back onto their feet of course.