Chris – quiet in Beijing or on Capture ?
Both. Although Beijing is a bit blustery. I guess I didn't help myself much by going to the only shopping centre in all of China where it is easy to get a park right by the entrance....
Love your bus stop and pigeons.
Heritage censorship NZ style.
Great story! And just like the CCP, firstly in its cackhandedness - an approach bulldozer-like in its subtlety, bald-faced denials even when confronted with evidence - and secondly:
It was established that instructions were issued by the former Post Master General to put 1ZB off the air for that occasion. No written instructions were given but evidently officers of the P & T decided to take action as they did.
Sounds very familiar.
...is not normally quite that drastic. It would more likely take the form of government or party officials (often leaving it unclear precisely who) ordering that their broadcast be cut, they not be allowed on any radio station perhaps for a certain period, perhaps forever and ever amen, and any and all recordings of them be returned and destroyed, and a small army of censors policing internet discussion of the issue, deleting any posts that don't adhere closely enough to the party line. All that water boarding and beating and disappearing of people is more about stopping those stubborn bastards who won't learn their place and try to organise social or political movements outside of the party's/government's control - more of a security/stablity-maintenance/power thing than censorship.
But yeah, people whingeing about Tamihere and Jackson being censored? That's pretty funny, almost in a Darwin Award kind of way.
Peking – Beijing? – Duck for the first time ever in Chchch
Either Peking or Beijing is fine. Apparently Peking more closely matches the pronunciation of 北京 as it was back when that romanisation system was developed. Anyway, Peking University is still officially Peking University, so whatever.
But, wow, good duck in Christchurch, that is good news. I never thought of it as takeaways, though...
Do you see what I do for you people? Do you see?
And we love you for it Russell. Sacrificing your sleep to keep us entertained and informed.
I had a look at CNN to see how the US is responding, but couldn't find anything. The Washington Post, however, is on the case, I found these two:
Hollywood wish-list, which makes an interesting statement:
But in other cases, the U.S. position appears to run counter to U.S. law. For example, Canada has proposed language protecting Internet service providers such as YouTube from liability if their customers use their service to distribute works that infringe copyright. American law has provided such liability protection since 1998, yet the Obama administration is listed as opposing a requirement that nations "shall limit the liability of, or the availability of remedies against, internet service providers."
[...] a treaty that officials argue is not as much about short-term market opening as it is about shaping global rules that countries such as China will eventually be obligated to obey.
Ummm.... cos only China breaks the rules, right?
And how is it the US Congress gets to amend the treaty?