The three topics in the title are really disjoint. I have been wanting to blog about them over the last few days but decided to give a quick take on each in this post.
Seeing the mindless buying of salt in China, I am reminded in a land of 1.3 billion people, there must be at least some millions of lemmings. That being the case, I do believe at any moment in time, there will be enough lemmings heeding the calls of ‘democracy’ nut jobs from outside China for a Jasmine Revolution. 1.3 billion is a huge number. A small percentage of that is still a huge number, which can be critical mass for almost anything.
Of course, stupidity over this Fukushima nuclear power plant radiation radiates far and wide; have alook at “Idiotic CNN Host Argues With Meteorologist About Radiation.” I can’t decide if the host is stupid or that CNN expects their audience to be stupid. Is it safe to conclude they both are?
Apparently, the New York Times have the same type of expectations for their readers too. In their relentless crusade to trump up charges against the Chinese government over ‘censorship’ (see my prior post about a voyeur’s stunt), they recently went out with this. The Shanghai Scrap poked fun at it and suggest they use better phones.
Honestly, I would not be as polite in criticizing them. What kind of idiot concludes two anecdotal cases of call drops amount to censoring cell phone calls? Fine, they both happened to have the word ‘protest’ in them. How many call drops did you experience recently? I guess the millions of dropped calls in the U.S. must be censorship! Better yet, we should become retarded and claim American censorship capable of sensing terrorist thoughts even when they use benign code-words such as “what’s up!”
See my point up top? Out of 1.3 billion, what is the chance of not able to get two anecdotal data points on anything? The New York Times paid TWO reporters to write that junk. Do we even call them reporters? Propagandists make something out of nothing and I think that would be a more apt job title.
How about interviewing somebody from China who directly have knowledge about how censorship works in China? Ever thought about that? At least that’d be an honest day worth of work as a journalist.
Maybe these reporters should learn something from Australian journalist John Pilger. Below is a short clip of an interview of ex-CIA Duane Clarridge conducted by Pilger. It recently resurfaced, and in light of the U.S.-led bombing of Libya, some people think it sums up rather well the U.S. foreign policy. Glenn Greenwald thought so: “Three-minute Cliffs Notes of U.S. foreign policy.”