Freedom of speech

From the WP: In China, Would-Be Protesters Pay a Price.

Summary of the article: China made a lot of noise during the Olympics about how it would allow peaceful protests in three special zones. A total of 77 applications were made to protest; none were actually approved. Those who didn’t withdraw their petitions quickly enough are now in jails, mental hospitals, and so on.

An interesting, if little-known, fact is that China’s laws guarantee absolute freedom of speech. However, they don’t guarantee freedom after speech.

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Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 19:58  Comments Off on Freedom of speech  
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Odd sentence:

(From a WP article about rioting in China)

“he was also director general of the Dongzhou Buddha Council, which the statement described as ‘a superstitious organization in charge of divine activities in Dongzhou.'”

I believe that some game that I run in the future will have to contain a Dongzhou Buddha Council, which will be in charge of divine activities in the area. Although I can’t imagine who would sit on it.

Published in: on December 21, 2005 at 11:49  Comments (4)  
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Back in the USSR…

Well, at least something in the news feels familiar… twenty or thirty years out of date, but familiar. Plus ça change, plus la même chose…

Published in: on November 23, 2005 at 10:42  Comments (4)  
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Your news warning for the day

Armed, military-trained dolphins are loose in the Gulf of Mexico following Katrina.

‘My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,’ he said. ‘The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?’

Apparently, the warnings from the Onion weren’t adequately heeded.

Now the question is, what will they do? Will these dolphins stay together or disperse? Will they try to assimilate into the broader Gulf cetacean society, and if they do, will they communicate their newfound knowledge to others? Will US military training help these dolphins build a future for themselves and their people, and give them the organizational skills – and force multiplication ability – to effectively counter expanded fishing and pollution threats? Or will they remain perpetual outsiders, even becoming delphinic bandits or warlords, in the manner of unexpectedly disbanded soldiers in civil wars?

(I’m hypothesizing that the latter won’t happen – that’s normally a symptom of people who have lived with the pervasive anomie of a civil war, rather than of professional soldiers suddenly on leave.)

But honestly, after thinking about this a bit – it could be worse. I would certainly trust dolphins with guns more than, say, chimpanzees; they seem less likely to engage in completely gratuitous warfare, or hurl feces. But IANAMB (I am not a marine biologist) so I may be wrong on this. For now, I’ll just say that I, for one, welcome our new cetacean overlords.

Published in: on September 25, 2005 at 21:39  Comments (2)  
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Odd news…

Someone has been charged with hiding $450M in income from the IRS. OK, big financial dealings, largest such case in history, yadda yadda…

The man’s main offshore corporation was called “Gold and Appeal Transfer?”

I always knew the IRS were run by the Illuminati, but this is a bit extreme…

Published in: on February 28, 2005 at 22:39  Comments (4)  
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Two news stories…

Peru seizes cocaine haul hidden in giant squid
Squid are getting bigger and more numerous

Published in: on November 15, 2004 at 22:29  Comments (18)  
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Checking to see if the stars are still moving…

In the past 24 hours, Arafat has gone from “sick” to “hospitalized in what is aides deny is critical condition;” the Red Sox may be on the verge of winning the World Series; and I can’t talk about today’s events at work, but there were at least two major and unexpected turns.

Oh yes, and there’s a lunar eclipse tonight.

Has someone been fscking with the laws of nature again?

Edit: The Red Sox just won the series!

Published in: on October 27, 2004 at 20:23  Comments (16)  
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Allow me to be a cynical bastard…

The New York Times has an article about how European countries are working to train Europeanized imams for their mosques.
Two better solutions

Published in: on October 17, 2004 at 23:28  Comments Off on Allow me to be a cynical bastard…  
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THEY DID IT!

SpaceShipOne completed the first private manned spaceflight this morning.

Published in: on June 21, 2004 at 08:59  Comments (6)  
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Your other odd headlines for the day

Bush’s Medicare dream turning into a nightmare (Skullduggery w.r.t. the recent Medicare reform bill)

SCO takes on US government’s supercomputers (SCO has decided to sue the Department of Energy for using Linux, too. This legal strategy is getting increasingly…. umm. right.)

Intelligence aide claims Bush ignored al-Qaeda (Former national counter-terrorism adviser for every administration from Reagan through the younger Bush has a new book out and appeared on 60 minutes, accusing Bush of systematically refusing to heed warnings about al-Qaeda and being interested only in Iraq)

Royal Dutch/Shell Restates Again (Your next major financial scandal in the works)

Published in: on March 22, 2004 at 00:28  Comments Off on Your other odd headlines for the day  
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