Australia and China – Internet Firewalls

What will China and Australia share?  An internet firewall that will block things the “government” doesn’t want the citizens to see:

“AUSTRALIA will join China in implementing mandatory censoring of the internet under plans put forward by the Federal Government.”

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“The revelations emerge as US tech giants Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, and a coalition of human rights and other groups unveiled a code of conduct aimed at safeguarding online freedom of speech and privacy.”

“The government has declared it will not let internet users opt out of the proposed national internet filter.”

This conforms to the usual way rights are lost in a “slippery slope” effect. (Here is an article on how gun rights were lost in the United Kingdom that outlines the general model for losing rights: (link).) In particular, when technology changes the way a traditional right can be exercised, as with the Internet now or with the introduction of revolvers in the United Kingdom, it’s thrown into doubt as the new possibilities are examined in the light of the worst and most inflammatory possible abuses – mass shootings with deadly multi-shot revolvers, child porn, whatever. Unless you have a zealous and belligerent lobby objecting to even “reasonable” infringements of the right in the light of new technology and making it taboo to support abridgments of the rights, the tendency is for those who enjoy the right to prove they are reasonable people (not “gun nuts”, not addicted to child pornography and so on) by agreeing to reasonable restrictions. These grow and grow and grow, and once you have conceded that there is no fundamental, absolute principle at stake on your side, it is very hard to resist them.

Not the Time To Open a Japanese Toy Store

Demography is Destiny and Japan is going to pretty much disappear if trends don’t change:

The number of children has declined for 27 consecutive years, a government report said over the weekend. Japan now has fewer children who are 14 or younger than at any time since 1908.

The proportion of children in the population fell to an all-time low of 13.5 percent. That number has been falling for 34 straight years and is the lowest among 31 major countries, according to the report. In the United States, children account for about 20 percent of the population.

Which pretty much means that Japan has decided no longer to exist:

Population shrinkage began three years ago and is gathering pace. Within 50 years, the population, now 127 million, will fall by a third, the government projects. Within a century, two-thirds of the population will be gone.

Remember when the country we feared taking over everything was Japan?  It wasn’t that long ago.  Everybody figured that we would all end up working for the Japanese, drive only Japanese cars, and they would own all the real estate in the US.  If you haven’t read the novel Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984) I’d highly recommend it, but the whole premise of the novel is that Japan won the corporate wars.  (Just as an aside, this is a wonderful science fiction novel credited with creating the whole cyberpunk genre so its definitely worth the time to read).

Instead Japan has pretty much decided that it won’t exist any more.  Do you think China is going to sit around and let all that nice Island real-estate just sit idle?

Red Dawn 2 – Attack of the Toys

\"Hey round-eye! Bang Bang! We kick your butt with finger gun!\"

Harvey over at IMAO has his finger on the pulse of the latest Hollywood idea:

United Artists has announced that they are currently filming a sequel to the war movie classic Red Dawn, which will be released in 2009, on the 25th anniversary of the original.

The new movie will be based on several true stories, none of which are connected in real life. In “Red Dawn 2: Beaten By Toys”, a brigade of Chinese Communists will – under the guise of carrying an Olympic torch – rampage through America, conquering city after city with no resistance using only objects which have been banned in American school systems. For example:

* A real WWII grenade with no explosive charge or detonator.

* A butter knife.

* Overly sugared Kool-Aid mix.

* A beeper.

* A Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

* A squirt gun.

* A pen with the Glock logo.

* Jolt Gum.

* Nails.

* Non-alcoholic jello shots.

* Mouthwash.

* A drawing of a gun.

* A Sharpie marker.

* A ham sandwich.

* Snowballs.

* An emergency roadside kit.

* Midol.

* A pointed finger combined with the word “bam”.

UA publicist Dennis Rice is enthusiastic about the upcoming release. “First, we’re thrilled that we can bring the sort of ‘ripped from the headlines’ relevance that America expects from its movies. Second, it’s a well-deserved fart in the face to the greatest nation on earth, and it’s sort of our way of thanking America for letting us make a living by biting the hand that feeds us.”

Europe to Tibet – You Are on Your Own

Norway:

The Norwegian government claims it has directed criticism against China after Chinese authorities put down protests in Tibet over the weekend, but says it doubts a boycott of the Olympics would have any positive effect.

Johansen stressed, however, that there are some “positive” things happening in China in the area of human rights. He therefore has little faith that attempts to isolate China or boycott the upcoming Olympics would do much good.

Italy:

Speaking for the Italian government, Italian Foreign Undersecretary Gianni Vernetti told Chinese Ambassador Sun Yuxi that China should avoid using force against demonstrators and should uphold human rights including freedom of expression.

Speaking on Italian radio, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema rejected calls to boycott the Olympics.

He said the Beijing Games were ”an unrepeatable opportunity” to put pressure on China to allow dissidents to voice their grievances.

EU:

The speaker of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, suggested that European Union leaders should boycott the Olympic opening ceremony.

*Ed – oooh – won’t that strike fear into the hearts of the leaders of a country that has no problem with driving tanks over its own citizens.  An opening ceremony boycott!

France:

France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says the European Union should consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics if violence continues in Tibet.

He insisted that France had no plans to boycott the entire Olympic Games, saying that would not be “just.”

Halt!  Or I will say Halt! again.

Just how much will YOU give Hillary?

Staffers going without pay, Obama projecting 30 million coming in for February. My prediction? Chinese money comes to her rescue.
clipped from politicalmavens.com
Hillary? Broke?
Not exactly. But she’s strapped.
She was forced to admit today that she loaned her campaign $5 million last month.
What is the Clinton personal net worth? Nobody seems to know. Estimates are between $41 and $80 million. Bill is getting multi-million dollar payouts from companies like Yucaipa and InfoUSA. For doing what? Nobody knows. And the Clintons aren’t forced to disclose what he’s doing for all that dough.
The left-wing press has been all over Mitt Romney over how much of his own money he’s put into his campaign. I don’t see similar bellyaching over the Clinton contribution. Maybe the media thinks $5 mil is small potatoes. Or maybe it’s OK for the liberal Democrat to contribute from her fortune but not OK for the conservative Republican to contribute from his.
She is up against the wall: cash-poor, dead-even in delegates, and facing new contests in Maryland, DC, and Virginia that favor Obama. The hereditary monarch has been forced to wash the floors.
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Of course, its the Clintons so the whole thing is a hoax.  She has money!  Bill has more money than God and he will give it all to her to be President.

Abiding By Kyoto – Not!

World and U.S. opinion seems to revolve around who signed Kyoto rather than actual carbon dioxide emissions. Once again, stated intent trumps actual results. Can even the global warming believers possibly believe this treaty has anything to do with it?
clipped from www.americanthinker.com

One would think that countries that committed to the Kyoto treaty are doing a better job of curtailing carbon emissions. One would also think that the United States, the only country that does not even intend to ratify, keeps on emitting carbon dioxide at growth levels much higher than those who signed.
And one would be wrong.

  • Emissions worldwide increased 18.0%.
  • Emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1%.
  • Emissions from non-signers increased 10.0%.
  • Emissions from the U.S. increased 6.6%.
  • In fact, emissions from the U.S. grew slower than those of over 75% of the countries that signed Kyoto.  Below are the growth rates of carbon dioxide emissions, from 1997 to 2004, for a few selected countries, all Kyoto signers. (Remember, the comparative number for the U.S. is 6.6%.)
    • Maldives, 252%.
    • Sudan, 142%.
    • China, 55%.
    • Luxembourg, 43%
    • Iran, 39%.
    • Iceland, 29%.
    • Norway, 24%.
    • Russia, 16%.
    • Italy, 16%.
    • Finland, 15%.
    • Mexico, 11%.
    • Japan, 11%.
    • Canada, 8.8%.
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    Pandas Don’t Care if You Know Karate

    Just how dumb are people to get into cages with bears? even if they are Pandas.

    clipped from www.shanghaidaily.com

    A PANDA bit a scavenger on his legs yesterday at the Beijing Zoo after the boy broke into the panda’s habitat, Beijing media reported today.
    A witness surnamed Wang said the boy stayed outside the railings and shouted toward the pandas at first.
    “He shouted ‘I’m not afraid of a panda, I know karate,'” Wang said. “And then he sat on the cement platform inside the railings and jumped into the habitat.”
    Wang said the boy used a bamboo stick to tease the male panda “Gugu,” so the panda was enraged and rushed at the boy.
    “The panda even followed him onto a slide and then bit him on the legs,” Wang said.
    “The boy cried for help and a foreign tourist threw a bottle of drinking water towards the panda, which scared it off,” Wang said.
    “Gugu” bit a male tourist on his right leg on September 19, 2006, because he jumped into its habitat and disrupted it, the report said.

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