January 2, 2012

Kim Dun Rong

Filed under: asia,politics — Kim @ 9:43 am

While it is an undoubtedly splendid idea to have a country permanently ruled by Kims, these North Korean Kims seem to be letting the side down somewhat.

The juxtaposition of these two quotes helps explain part of the problem:

North Korea warns the world: no change in policy under Kim Jong-un

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results”

July 19, 2011

absolute power corrupts? absolutely.

Filed under: politics — Kim @ 1:22 am

A few weeks ago, Murdoch, or rather the more savage tendencies of the press as a whole, represented God. Fear of God isn’t always a bad thing in itself, if it keeps you on the straight and narrow – but politicians behaved like medieval villagers who didn’t just believe in Him, but quaked at the mere suggestion of a glimmer of a whisper of His name. You must never anger God. God wields immense power. God can hear everything you say. You must worship God, and please Him, or He will destroy you. For God controls the sun, which may shine upon you, or singe you to a Kinnock. Soon he will control the entire sky.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/17/charlie-brooker-rupert-murdoch

January 14, 2010

LOLWUT!!!

Filed under: China,politics — Kim @ 4:29 pm

People who use lolwut and multiple exclamation marks are either twatwits or wannabe wind-up merchants. But when I read the following widely circulated quote I had an epileptic LOLWUT!!! moment.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said on Thursday that “China’s Internet is open”.

And I am Marie of Romania.

It must be said though that Little Miss “pants are on fire” is rather fetching, in that buttoned-up and stern-looking Chinese way

liar

A shame then that her fair face doth hide what the false heart doth know.

The question is, if she tells such huge lies so brazenly won’t she lose face? She has lost the trust of anyone who knows anything about the internet, that’s for sure.

No no no. She can’t be serious. It would just be too stupid, too embarassing. In modern 21st century China, even the lumbering old CCP has progressed past that level of inanity and/or shamelessness. Yes, I can see now that her quote was a sneaky postmodern humorous allusion to the crassness of the bad old days of Cultural Revolution propaganda. If you look at her carefully, she’s definitely smirking. ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOLTWAT

September 20, 2009

Anyone heard of Banquiao Dam?

Filed under: China,politics — Kim @ 9:37 am

At a recent University of Nottingham in Ningbo conference (China’s 30 years of ‘Opening up and reform’:Continuities and Change ) Jeanette Barbieri and Li Nan gave a paper called: The Spectacle of Disaster Citizenship: A Debordian Perspective on Wenchuan which looked at how the CCP had managed the PR of last year’s big quake.

Inevitably, there were comparisons with the 1976 Tangshan quake, but then during the discussion afterwards one of the History Profs piped up that actually China has had 3 huge disasters in the last 50 years. There are of course the well known and much discussed Tangshan and Wenchuan quakes but he claimed that the third is very rarely talked about. The Prof put out the question to the 50 odd collection of Western and Chinese academics: “Has anyone here heard of “Banquiao”? No one had, or at least if they had they were not admitting to it. I chased the Prof up later about it and he gave me some links to follow.

It was indeed a huge disaster in which “approximately 26,000 people died from flooding and another 145,000 died during subsequent epidemics and famine. In addition, about 5,960,000 buildings collapsed, and 11 million residents were affected.” From what I can fathom, the disaster was caused by a freak typhoon but was made much much worse beacause Cultural Revolution era politicians ignored the advice of expert hydrologist Chen Xing.

It even has its own Wiki page now. So word is getting out.

August 29, 2009

Duck Censorship

Filed under: blogs,China,politics — Kim @ 7:08 am

Stumbled upon this link and thought I’d check it out.

http://www.pekingduck.org/2008/07/positive-things-about-china/

Could I access it? Could I duck.

Ironic? Annoying! Too much stuff is blocked these days. I wanted to use YouTube many times during a teacher training course this summer. A course held in China for the benefit of Chinese teachers is being deprived of useful input because of paranoia and ignorance. The CCP Censors are a bunch of duckwits.