Beijing has seen some nasty smog in the past few years. The Chinese government is taking steps to reduce air pollution across the country, but it has a long way to go, as cartoonist and capital city dweller Zhu Shimao shows. Driving, dating, and diet are all effected, the last one by inhaling trace elements. “I took a few breaths in the morning and was full,” Rebel Pepper commented on Weibo [zh]. All that build-up in their bodies makes denizens of the imperial capital an excellent source of fuel. Again, Rebel Pepper: “As for people who die in Beijing, the government can make a big profit on the remains, since every Beijinger is a mine.”
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