o'course reading the news these days one would BE truly capable of selective reading to miss out on the hoopla over Google's complicity in China's crackdown, and jailing of national Neti-Dissidents.

Google's China Problem (and China's Google Problem) - New York Times: "To obey China's censorship laws, Google's representatives explained, the company had agreed to purge its search results of any Web sites disapproved of by the Chinese government, including Web sites promoting Falun Gong, a government-banned spiritual movement; sites promoting free speech in China; or any mention of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. "

The Chinese Governments' strong arm tactics, as seen from afar would appear dark and foreboding in comparison to our homegrown American attacks on free speech. see April 22nd article:

Hu heckler charged : "A woman accused of heckling Chinese President Hu Jintao during a White House appearance was charged Friday in federal court with willfully intimidating, coercing, threatening and harassing a foreign official."

{intimidating, coercing, threatening and harassing, INDEED!}

that is until we stop and consider that Chinese Nationals at least accept the notion that they are not free to speak their minds, nor free to exchange information, nor free to give opinions, nor even free to seek information, . . . but most of all the Chinese know that complaints no matter how trivial, misdirected, or benign will definitely be quashed in the most primitive way possible: through FEAR

China's Net Police: "reminding all [Chinese] Netizens to be conscious of safe and healthy use of the Internet, self-regulate their online behavior and maintain harmonious Internet order together"

contrast this with our own view on Free Speech and Right to Privacy.

Internet Speech/Privacy: Red Flags: "Responses to questions about whether the federal government should regulate pornography or pass strong laws on privacy can vary depending on the way questions are worded, suggesting that the public has not fully thought through these questions."

we begin to see that our perspectives on Speech and Privacy are similar to our perspective American Nuclear Proliferation:

its ok to have plenty of it so long as we don't use it.

Ben's BB's: "-- the more of us who know the truth, the more effective we'll be."



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