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2009 November 16 — Why Now?
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You Can Say Anything In China

No one in China will hear it unless it is approved by the government.

Keith B. Richburg of the Washington Post reports that Access to Obama Remarks Blocked in China.

This visit was big news in the West [not as important as a certain book tour, but big], but it only got a minute on the nation-wide Chinese evening news, near the end of the broadcast. The Chinese aren’t covering the book tour, so that was a plus.

Obama’s town hall with students in Shanghai was almost as tightly controlled as one the Shrubbery’s events, but the handpicked audience was given the official responses to everything that was said within hours of the end of the event so they would know what to say if they were questioned later.

If a tree falls in China it only makes a sound if the Party approves.

November 16, 2009   2 Comments


The CBC has a piece on a musical that made it from the Toronto Fringe Festival to a major theater in town. I read it because of the title, so I won’t spoil the surprise.

Somehow I don’t think they’ll be staging this at any of the local colleges or theaters in the area, even though they tend to lean towards the production of musicals.

It must be nice to live in a country like Canada, where you don’t have to worry about the wingnuts coming out of the woodwork if you do anything new or unusual. No one seems to understand that book burnings and such don’t exactly recommend a place to businesses looking to expand, and I can tell you that the guns in the workplace law really makes companies nervous about Florida.

November 16, 2009   4 Comments