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Posted by Joel Martinsen on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM
New Life Post, January 14, 2011
Today's New Life Post takes a cynical attitude toward local Kunming stories.
Kunming Rail sees first "ticket sales glitch" of the Spring Festival rush
"Yesterday, for 'unknown reasons,' tickets were unable to be printed. All sales locations in the province returned to normal nearly three hours later. Kunming Rail has apologized."
Every year, the country's rail system struggles to handle the crush of people headed home for the holidays. New Life Post clearly anticipates further problems in the future.
Why can't we make progress anymore?
This headline plays on the name of the Kunming Qianjin Dairy Industry, a local company that recently suspended operations. The name Qianjin () means "progress" or "advance." The photo shows a dormant production line.
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