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2009 July 07 — Why Now?
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Racism Is A Global Problem

The BBC reports that the ethnic violence is ongoing in Western China: Hu leaves G8 amid Chinese rioting

Chinese President Hu Jintao has cut short a visit to Italy for the G8 summit amid ongoing unrest in Xinjiang.

Troops are on the streets after a curfew in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s provincial capital, where ethnic riots on Sunday left 156 people dead.

A BBC correspondent in Urumqi says the security forces are now mounting a show of force after fresh clashes on Tuesday between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese.

More than 1,400 people have been arrested over Sunday’s violence.

State news agency Xinhua said Mr Hu had flown back to Beijing early on Wednesday, leaving officials to represent China at the G8 talks in Rome.

A state visit to Portugal has also been cancelled, Xinhua said.

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So Digby has a revelation in Packaging that Charles Pierce might be on to something in his “Part The Third”.

I’ve been telling people it was Griswold since 2006, but they don’t listen. I grew up with these people and live among them. They really aren’t that hard to figure out. They have a severe level of sexual hang-ups which is why porn sells so well, prostitution flourishes, and divorce is epidemic. They never learned how to deal with it, as they were taught it was the road to hell.

July 7, 2009   2 Comments

Stage 4 Team Event

Tour de FranceBBC Results Team event

1. Fabian Cancellara (CH/Saxo Bank) 10 hours 38 minutes 07 seconds [yellow jersey]
2. Lance Armstrong (US/Astana) same time
3. Alberto Contador (E/Astana) +19 secs
4. Andréas Klöden (D/Astana) +23 secs
5. Levi Leipheimer (US/Astana) +31 secs
6. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Garmin) +38 secs
7. Haimar Zubeldia (E/Astana) +51 secs
8. Tony Martin (D/Team Columbia) +52 secs [white jersey]
9. David Zabriskie (US/Garmin) +1 min 06 secs
10. David Millar (GB/Garmin) +1 min 07 secs

Selected others:

35. Cadel Evans (Aus/Silence) +2 min 59 secs
60. Mark Cavendish (GB/Team Columbia) +3 min 33 secs [green jersey]
106. Jussi Veikkanen (Fin/La Française des Jeux) +4 min 56 secs [polka dot jersey]

Team Astana now wears the black on yellow numbers of the leading team

Contador will probably have the yellow tomorrow as the climbing starts. Cancellara is good on the flat.

Below the fold I have the lead riders for countries not represented in the top ten.

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Security Problem With IE 6 & 7

The CBC reports: Microsoft warns of serious security flaw in browser

Microsoft has warned of a serious security flaw in its Internet Explorer browser that could allow hackers to access a user’s system remotely.

The security hole was found in an Active X video control player that is used in the browser on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 systems. The company’s older Internet Explorer 6 and 7.0 are both affected.

Users are advised to deactivate the video ActiveX control until the fix is available.

Those who are using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 are not affected by the advisory, Microsoft said.

If you don’t want to or can’t afford a Mac or a switch to Linux, Firefox 3.5, Opera, and others are available. Internet Explorer and ActiveX are a security flaws, and always have been. That Microsoft is announcing this indicates that they haven’t found a fix, and people are exploiting the problem. Normally problems are announced after patches have been shipped.

July 7, 2009   18 Comments

In Memoriam

July 7th, 2005, London

Arms of London

BBC In Depth and the Wikipedia articles on the bombing.

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Just So You Know

I realize that what with Michael Jackson still being dead, Sarah Palin doing something the Village doesn’t understand, and a wealthy faux cowboy complaining about being fired, the plate is pretty full, but the Chinese government is arresting, beating up, and killing its citizens again.

The BBC reports that Angry Uighurs defy Chinese police

New protests have flared in Urumqi, two days after 156 people died and 800 were injured in the western Chinese city.

At least 200 Uighurs faced off against police in Urumqi on Tuesday following news that 1,434 people were arrested in connection with Sunday’s riots.

Trouble also spread outside of Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, with protests on Monday near a mosque in Kashgar.

Beijing blames ethnic Muslim Uighurs for the violence, but exiled Uighurs say police fired on students.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon led the calls for restraint, a sentiment echoed by Britain and the US.

I doubt the UN will have an emergency session to complain about the Chinese government killing people. They do it so often that it has become accepted.

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