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5-19-2008 @ 5:28PM
"China started a three-day period of national mourning on Monday for the victims of the May 12 earthquake, halting recreational activities such as online gaming and movie screenings, along with darkening the home pages of major Web portals and even suspending the Olympic torch relay. During the mourning period, all public amusements will be suspended and flags nationwide must be kept at half-mast, China's central government declared."How typically autocratic of the PRC. A tradgedy like this isn't served by such lip-service - maybe they could focus their time and energy on making buildings that aren't made from paper machet. Oh well, I'm sure there are still plenty of pirate DVDs to buy for pennies on the dollar there./rant
5-19-2008 @ 6:03PM
I love the symbolism of stopping the torch relay. Yep, let freedom take a snooze while we perform a meaningless symbolic gesture that won't bring back one dead person.This would be a grand time for the dalai lama to declare independence...
5-19-2008 @ 6:06PM
I think this move is at least in part about the central gov't being able to say "Hey don't forget, we're still in charge of everything you see and do here" to its people.
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