Thursday, August 25, 2005

Furong Furor

The Chinese government has created a special Internet police force believed responsible for shutting down domestic sites posting politically unacceptable content, blocking some foreign news sites and jailing several people for their online postings.

Sister Furong, the latest target of the crackdown, is seen above demonstrating either the lack of basic necessities like toilet paper in communist regimes or what the Chinese government can do with their latest crackdown on her photos posted on the Internet.

The Chinese authorities told the country's top blog host to move Furong-related content to low-profile parts. While her pictures can still be found online, links to them and chatrooms about her have disappeared from the front pages of major Web portals. Read more about the Chinest internet crackdown here

Aren't you glad you live in America or a free democratic republic?


Darrell said...

Sometimes I worry that while we're neck deep in Iraq and Afghanistan and trying to keep things cool in Iran and South Korea, the Chinese are down there programming their missiles and laughing very quietly.

Then again, I'm a paranoid nutcase.

cube said...

No, worrying about the Chinese menace is not paranoid ideation, Darrell.

But remember, nothing hones a nation's ability to fight a war more than fighting a war. Increases in research & development results in new & improved weapons, etc., and the bigger our stick (and our willingness to use it to defend our freedom), the less likely any country will mess with us.

It's a perceived weakness that attracts attackers, not strenth.

Lucas said...

The first thing I think of when I see that picture is "overthrow the government"... Man, I just can't get it out of my head.

Really though, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner as they've been censoring the internet for years and years now. The really scary thing is that most people in China probably have no idea about how much is censored. The Chinese government is vocal enough about their censorship that it must be pretty obvious that they're doing it at least, but there have got to be things that never see the light of day in the first place that no one in China knows about.

cube said...

Yeah, overthrow the communist regime sounds good to me! I want them overthrown all over the world.