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@Biswapriya Purkayast
In 2014 there had been polls stating that ca. 9 out of 10 Russians oppose a Russian-Ukrainian war. Did this number change significantly?

Posted by: m | Apr 19 2021 14:28 utc | 101

@ Eighthman | Apr 19 2021 14:20 utc | 100

Well said, I agree with your 3 points. In particular #1 about dishonesty. As for #3 it is generally accepted that religion should be separated from the state, and clearly "climate science" should be separated from the state as well.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 19 2021 14:41 utc | 102

m
"9 out of 10 Russians oppose a Russian-Ukrainian war."

"Hermann Goering > Quotes > Quotable Quote
“Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” "

Posted by: arby | Apr 19 2021 14:57 utc | 103

@Eighthman #100
Indeed - climate change is occurring. But it occurred before widespread fossil fuels and it will occur even when they largely run out in 50? years.
What is abundantly clear is:
1) The climate scientists are so dishonest and not credible that they make economists look good. Even something as basic as ECS - climate sensitivity to CO2 emission - the range of ECS values has *increased* since climate science began, not decreased. This literally screams they don't even know what they thought they knew 30 years ago.
2) To compound the insult, the climate models leverage economic models to promote ridiculous future numbers. When said models cannot even predict the next 5 years remotely accurately (look at all of the past versions of models vs. actual recorded temperatures), why should I believe anything of what they spout for 50 years or 100 years from now?
3) We just had the largest curtailment of economic activity since the outbreak of war - only worldwide. CO2 emissions only fell 11%? Yet atmospheric CO2 levels continued to increase.
This means all the blather about renewable energy is garbage - it *will not* make any difference even if their bs claims are true (which they are not).

Yes, let's subsidize *research* into better renewable energy.
Yes, let's conserve where it makes sense.

No, let's not drive energy costs to the sky and thus hurt poor people.
No, let's not embark on some Green New Deal which won't work, will cost outrageous sums of money and will waste effort and resources. We have plenty of work to do just rebuilding American infrastructure into a sustainable state.

Posted by: c1ue | Apr 19 2021 15:12 utc | 104

Further to the matter of the US weaponizing the Uyghers -

Good posting on RT:
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/521491-republicans-business-china-forced-labor/

Seems to me that the treatment of the Uyghers (good or bad) is not really at issue.
One side is using the issue (real or not) to create impediment to trade with China.
So the US (erstwhile most powerful nation on earth) is having to use this issue to combat the globalist agenda which is contrary to US interests - one side believes.
An example of the formerly great (?) nation having to battle the owners in an indirect fashion.

Were the US still a sovereign nation and with leaders acting in the interest of the nation rather than personal interests, they would just tell China and the owners FOAD - we will make our own, Thanks.

But the tyranny by the un-elected technocrats rules the day.

This ends one of two ways.

Posted by: jared | Apr 19 2021 15:56 utc | 105

jared @ 105

"Were the US still a sovereign nation and with leaders acting in the interest of the nation rather than personal interests, they would just tell China and the owners FOAD - we will make our own, Thanks. "

No, if they really wanted to act in the interest of the nation they would humble up and join the 21st century and hook up with the BRI.

Posted by: arby | Apr 19 2021 16:02 utc | 106

Interesting:

US inflation isn’t coming – it’s already here

The reported 9.8% jump in US retail sales from March to April reflected price increases more than real improvement in retail volume.

If true, then the US economy is in an even worse shape than I thought.

Posted by: vk | Apr 19 2021 16:08 utc | 107

I am so tired of that "forced labor" babble. The USA are the country with the most prison inmates in the world, forced to labour for the prison industrial complex widely created by the Clinton mafia, and supported by Obama and Biden (who was one of the top legislators of the "three strikes" human rights abuse).

In recent USA, 250,000 people are on "pretrial detentian", most of them innocent or at worst guilty to petty offenses if any, most of them just black or hispanic youth grabbed from the street by arbitrary police razzias, with pervert attorneys like Kamala Harris charging them with freely invited crime blames. Read https://www.truthdig.com/articles/legalizing-tyranny/ by Chris Hedges. Those inmates are just people unable to pay bail, staying in slave labour for months, often years.

Posted by: aquadraht | Apr 19 2021 16:13 utc | 108

@ Arby

I don't agree completely.
The US as a nation should compete with BRI.
But should not seek to malign it.
Because such disruptive actions reflect badly in conceptual and real terms.
However, I believe that again the owners use the US to malign such alternatives - not controlled by western banks.

Posted by: jared | Apr 19 2021 16:15 utc | 109

@ Bernard F. | Apr 19 2021 6:50 utc | 70... thanks bernard...

Posted by: james | Apr 19 2021 16:18 utc | 110

To add to the climate change debate - to my way of thinking, the ongoing is it? isn't it? is a very fine way of distracting attention (look a squirrel!) from the undeniable fact of appalling pollution. Plastics: there is a Texas sized island of plastic floating around in the Pacific. Uncle Buffy, the largest (and longest?) holder of Co-cola pays nothing for clean up. Plastic micro bits are now said to be found in everything from fish eggs to your mother's milk. Meanwhile Buffy et al are laughing all the way to the bank while the world does the yes or no dance.
Toxic chemicals, depleted uranium, sure we got 'em. Care for a little round-up in your surgical cotton? We got it. Ladies: round-up in your tampons? Sounds like a fine idea. But, hey, clean up would be real work, so let's just argue about degrees. There's my rant. I'm working on learning to link, so watch out. I found a doozy about Biden and his familiar Jake Sullivan destroying Dilma way back in 2013.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Apr 19 2021 16:20 utc | 111

to all the fossil fuel shills on this thread--when did the richest corporations on the planet become helpless to influence outcomes in capitalism? you people are so full of it.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 19 2021 16:25 utc | 112

Miss Lacy-- copied from a poster some time ago. This explanation worked for me, a computenmachine dunce.

1. Type . That's "less than" character, then letter "a", then space, then word "href", then "equals" character, then two straight quotes, then "greater than" character, then "less than" character, then forward slash character, then letter "a", then "greater than" character.
2. Place your cursor between the two straight quotes and insert your link, like so: .
3. Place your cursor between >< characters and insert the title of your link, like so: Craig Murray's blog .

Posted by: arby | Apr 19 2021 16:27 utc | 113

Sorry Miss Lacy-- for some reason the format changes the original message.

Type what it says in allowed HTML tags. leave out the part between the two quote marks and leave out headline ( not the url)between the greater and lesser marks.

Insert the url between the quote marks, and then insert the title or whatever you like between the the greater than and lesser than marks.

Preview before posting.

Posted by: arby | Apr 19 2021 16:34 utc | 114

@arby | Apr 19 2021 16:34 utc | 114

Better to link to a page that explains it
https://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_a_href.asp

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 19 2021 16:48 utc | 115

In regard to the power of corporations ( 112), the current situation is so bizarre, it defies explanation. Why would business leaders promote obese or unattractive women as images as a change? Or create scenes at sporting events that others find unpatriotic? Or any of a number of changes that result in loss of viewership or revenue? I can only speculate.

Perhaps economic inequality has gotten so bad that the rich simply don't care anymore. Win or lose, they stay rich. Why not force passing whims on the 'little people'? In addition, is there an undercurrent of such nihilism that nothing matters to them?

As for fossil fuels, I think progress on batteries is wonderful and should have happened 30 years ago. And free piston generators, too.

Posted by: Eighthman | Apr 19 2021 17:11 utc | 116

@Miss Lacy #111
Plastic pollution is a problem - but who again has been pushing the benefits of bottled water?

Posted by: c1ue | Apr 19 2021 18:17 utc | 117

@pretzelattack #112
Your tired old, recycled complaints about "fossil fuel" shills would be a lot more credible if the big money wasn't going into renewable energy.

Posted by: c1ue | Apr 19 2021 18:18 utc | 118

Cory Doctorow continues his transformation from techno-utopian to the exact opposite:
zombie economy and digital arm breakers

Debts that can't be paid, won't be paid. But as loan-sharks know, fortunes can be collected by applying the right incentives.

Posted by: c1ue | Apr 19 2021 18:20 utc | 119

re: Debsisdead | Apr 19 2021 10:31 utc | 86


Don't get too carried away deprecating the englanders loss in WW1, nor overstating the colonies 'contribution'. Look at the stats for Serbia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties

War and its mythology is the main tool of the powers that be. The greatest theft of humanity!

Posted by: tucenz | Apr 19 2021 19:43 utc | 120

@ tucenz | Apr 19 2021 19:43 utc | 120 who wrote
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War and its mythology is the main tool of the powers that be. The greatest theft of humanity!
"

I respectfully disagree! How about rewording your statement to read
"
Private finance tools and its mythology are the main tool of the powers that be. The greatest theft of humanity!
"

You could add to that the postulate that all wars are private finance wars and they add greatly to the theft of humanity under the mythology of the God of Mammon.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 19 2021 20:05 utc | 121

re: psychohistorian | Apr 19 2021 20:05 utc | 121

Throughout history war has been prosecuted under various economic models.

Posted by: tucenz | Apr 19 2021 20:44 utc | 122

Not a betting man, but I suspect that Jeremy Corbyn can drop by for a tall cool one, or should that be a warm one. Not sure if the Brits serve their beer warm or cold.

Keir Starmer is told to leave the Raven. The team ducked inside after a confrontation.

https://twitter.com/StephenSumner15/status/1384120124492304390

Posted by: Tom | Apr 19 2021 20:45 utc | 123

Bernard F @ 70 - belatedly, thank you very much for the link! As to Saint Francis, the Orthodox would very much like to claim him, though he comes after the great schism, so in historical terms not from the common root - but what can we say - he's lovely! I know of one Orthodox monastery that has him on their icon screen, especially as they raise german shepherds and celebrate his feast with parishioners bringing their animals to be blessed(in non-covid times of course).

Posted by: juliania | Apr 19 2021 22:50 utc | 124

@ tucenz | Apr 19 2021 20:44 utc | 122 who wrote
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Throughout history war has been prosecuted under various economic models.
"

LOL!!! Ok, for the past 300-400 years, war in the West has been prosecuted under the cult of private finance.....your BS about economic models notwithstanding.

On a similar note , I have just put out my first political yard sign that reads I SUPPORT PUBLIC BANKING and links to www.publicbankinginstitute.org The legislation to create a state bank in Oregon is not getting anywhere at the moment but I put my sign out anyway in hope of catching the eyes of the college students on the bus.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 19 2021 23:38 utc | 125

Tom @ 123

The world needs more guys like this.

Starmer had better beef up his forward team.

Posted by: arby | Apr 20 2021 0:27 utc | 126

constitution lacks"
very interesting 1870 article.. difficult to read because it lacks modern style but
but if you want the book the book

Posted by: snake | Apr 20 2021 0:43 utc | 127

I heard the [[[five liars]]] led ENA wanna boycott the coming winter Olympics in Beijing....they call it the 'genocide Olympics'.
Now where did I hear that one before ?

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And the gold medal for China-bashing goes to…
The Beijing Olympics have been turned into an all-purpose platform for panicmongering about the Yellow Peril. We name the culprits.

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In the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, a new sport has emerged: Yellow Peril-mongering. Western politicians, commentators and even athletes (not previously known for their skills in political oration, or in any other kind of oration) have been competing to see who can express the shrillest and most spine-tingling fears about the Chinese beast looming on the Eastern horizon. The Beijing Olympics have been turned into an all-purpose platform for moral posturing about China’s pollution levels, industrial arrogance, meddling in Africa, lack of free speech, and human rights record.

spiked has no illusions about the Chinese regime. We are passionate defenders of democracy and liberty, which remain anathematic words to the Communist Party of China. Yet nor are we remotely interested in signing up to the current Orientalist Olympics, where writers, actors and activists are using the premise of Beijing 2008 to spread some snooty and frequently irrational fears about the Chinese.

This China-bashing competition is not about offering solidarity to the Chinese masses who want to live more freely. It is about making observers in the West feel like medal-winning moralists, possessed of an Olympian Outrage, warm and moist in the notion that they are taking a stand against Evil Far Easterners. Here, we list the main events in the Orientalist Olympics so far, and unveil the winners in each category.

Throwing the hammer at China for meddling in Africa

This week, film director Steven Spielberg pulled out of his role as artistic adviser to Beijing 2008 over China’s support for ‘unspeakable crimes’ in Darfur. Other Hollywood actors-cum-bearers of the White Man’s Burden, including George Clooney and Mia Farrow, have slated China for allegedly funding ‘Khartoum’s genocide’. Grotesquely, some are referring to Beijing 2008 as the ‘Genocide Olympics’, comparing China’s hosting of the Games with Hitler’s hosting in 1936.

Such hysterical language shows how purely and perniciously moralistic is the China-bashing over Darfur. It is true that China has trade and arms relations with Khartoum, but to leap from this fact to the accusation that China is ‘funding genocide’ is to ignore two inconvenient truths (a phrase that Hollywood types surely understand).

The first inconvenient truth is that few serious international organisations, including the United Nations, describe Darfur as a ‘genocide’; indeed, the evidence suggests that Save Darfur activists have grossly exaggerated, for political purposes, the death rates in Darfur (1). There was a bloody civil war in Darfur, but it reached its nadir five years ago. As Jonathan Steele argues: ‘Today’s Darfur is still appalling, but not so bloody a place [as it was in 2003 and 2004].’ (2) Yet a five-year-old, tragically all-too-familiar civil war in Africa is being used to label the 2008 Beijing Games as the ‘Genocide Olympics’ and to compare Chinese rulers to the Nazis.

The second inconvenient truth is that China’s role in the events in Darfur is far from clear-cut. As Steele writes, it is naive to pin the blame for this extremely messy conflict solely on Khartoum, much less on the Chinese officials with whom Khartoum does business: ‘There are around a dozen different rebel groups currently fighting the government. To put the blame on only one party makes no moral or political sense.’ Indeed, even as China trades arms with Khartoum in return for Sudanese oil, it has joined with the West in putting pressure on Khartoum to end the conflict: ‘It helped to pass the UN resolution to set up UNAMID [the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur], and it has contributed several hundred military engineers to UNAMID.’ (3)

To accuse China effectively of being genocidaires is to distort both the reality on the ground in Darfur and to overestimate China’s influence on Khartoum. The celebrity posturing over China allegedly giving the nod to a new Holocaust is not about calling for a powerful state to stop interfering in Africa’s affairs (something that the celebrities’ own countries of origin do all the time). In fact, it’s about doing precisely the opposite: it is motivated by a sense that the Chinese, by doing business with Khartoum, are undermining Western activists’ ability to boss Khartoum around. China is seen as standing in the way of Western interference in Africa, which is apparently the right kind of interference, motivated by morals rather than money and greed and avarice and other Chinese traits. As one American commentator complained: ‘Sudan’s government feels it can ignore Western revulsion at genocide because [thanks to China] it has no need of Western money…. China, along with Sudan’s other Arab and Asian partners, feels free to trample on basic standards of decency.’ (4)

Those bloody, indecent, no-standards Chinese, getting in the way of Western efforts to financially blackmail an African country and determine its affairs. Don’t these uppity Easterners know that only Westernised, well-educated NGO activists and super-rich LA luvvies have the right to interfere in Africa? This event in the Orientalist Olympics is not about calling for ‘Hands off Africa!’ - it’s about calling for ‘Yellow Hands off Africa!’

Gold medal winner: Steven Spielberg, for magnificent displays of both moral spinelessness (by giving in to months of pressure from Mia Farrow who said he would be the Leni Riefenstahl of Beijing’s ‘Genocide Olympics’) and moral superiority (see his references to the power of his conscience in his resignation statement). It is hard to disagree with the Chinese official who accused Spielberg of spouting ‘empty rhetoric’.

Sprinting to denounce China’s pollution levels

This is a toughly contested event in the Orientalist Olympics: numerous green activists and green-leaning Western officials are looking at China’s stadium-erecting, road-building and subway-digging with barely concealed disgust and claiming that these will be the Grimiest Games in history.

Environmentalists are latching on to Beijing 2008 as a way of ratcheting up fears about China’s alleged poisoning of its own people, and its potential poisoning of we Westerners, too. One commentator says the Games will ‘showcase pollution as well as world-class athletes’. Reporters write that ‘the effects of pollution can be seen everywhere… smokestack factories spew toxins into the air… rivers teem with sewage’ (5). And it’s not just the Chinese who will suffer at the hands of their polluting rulers. Some say that athletes who have to run or ride bikes in Beijing this summer will be weakened and choked by smog (which will at least give British competitors a good excuse when they lose), while others remind us that China is cooking the entire planet: ‘China’s emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important global warming gas, are expected to surpass those of the United States in 2009.’ (6)

Here, even the most positive thing about contemporary China – its speedy, inspiring economic development – is discussed as something disgusting. What ought to be celebrated as a wonderful leap forward for mankind is seen as a threat both to the Chinese people and to the West itself. No doubt China is a smelly, smoggy, sooty place right now, but that is because it is experiencing the birth pangs of industrialisation. There is a powerful whiff of double standards when well-off greens in comfortable Western societies that were built on Industrial Revolutions moan about Chinese smog.

The view of China as a ‘green peril’ overlooks the fact that Chinese officials are taking serious steps to combat pollution. In the run-up to the Olympics, they have completely relocated 100 Beijing-based chemical, steel and pharmaceutical factories outside of the city, dismantling, transporting and rebuilding them in pastures new. Beijing is replacing 300,000 polluting taxis and busses with lesser-polluting vehicles. In 1998, Beijing recorded 100 so-called Blue Sky Days – that is, days with an acceptable level of pollution; in 2005, it recorded 244 Blue Sky Days (7). In Britain, ‘tackling climate change’ has become a code-phrase for officials making petty interventions into our lives: flush your toilet less; recycle your bottle tops; don’t drive to the supermarket. In Beijing, combating pollution is a targeted, meaningful and ambitious project.

The idea of the Chinese as a pollutant has a long history. Today that mass nation is seen as an environmental pollutant… in the past, as the American author Jess Nevins points out, they were seen as ‘physical, racial and social pollutants’ whose backward ways might undermine Western civilisation (8). Today’s pre-Olympics concern about the ‘green peril’ has ditched the overtly racist lingo of the past – but it has breathed life back into old Western fears about Eastern ‘pollutants’ poisoning us, and especially our super-healthy athletes, with their strange habits and thoughtless ways.

Gold medal winner: Environmentalist correspondents in the British press (you know who you are), who seem incapable of writing about China without using the words ‘poison’, ‘sludge’ or ‘smog’. They have displayed a truly Olympian ability to see only the bad in economic progress and never, ever, ever the good (less absolute poverty, rising living standards, greater mobility, and in the future more choice).

Boxing Chinese officials over freedom of speech

Some British athletes have attacked China’s attempts to curb their freedom of speech. British Olympians have been asked to sign a contract before they arrive in Beijing: it will prohibit them from, amongst other things, attending political demonstrations or making ‘propagandistic’ statements. Outraged athletes – including that well-known political activist, er, the badminton champion Richard Vaughan – have complained about being denied the right to criticise China’s human rights record or its antics in Darfur. The gagging of athletes is held up as evidence of China’s extreme authoritarianism, which threatens even to ruin the greatest show on earth.

In reality, these new contracts build on strict rules that were drawn up by the International Olympics Committee over the past 30 years. Following the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, when two black American sprinters gave the Black Power salute as they received their medals, the IOC introduced Section 51 to its charter – this forbids athletes from taking part in any ‘kind of demonstration, or political, religious or racial propaganda in the Olympic sites, venues or other areas’ (9). In asking for the rules to include barring athletes from making ‘politically sensitive’ statements, the Chinese are building on already-existing IOC directives rather than importing their Stalinist distaste for liberty into an apparently free and open sporting event.

British athletes are not principled fighters for ‘freedom of speech’. If they were, we might have expected to hear them complain about New Labour’s numerous assaults on free speech over the past 10 years – from its criminalisation of criticism of religion to its imprisonment of five students for the ‘crime’ of browsing radical websites (10). The Chinese do not have a monopoly on criminalising ‘sensitive’ comments that are likely to ‘cause offence’ (11).

The British athletes are actually demanding the ‘freedom to be morally outraged’. They want the ‘right’ to use the opportunity of a visit to China to wear a Free Tibet t-shirt or to state their concern about pollution or to join Spielberg and Farrow and others in exaggerating the crisis in Darfur in order to get their moral rocks off. In this sense, they’re actually dragging free speech’s name through the mud, turning it into a political weapon that can be used to take potshots at foreign regimes. Their outraged reaction against their contracts gives the impression that illiberal attitudes to free speech are a peculiarly Eastern thing; in calling on British Olympics officials to reject the contracts and rewrite them – in the name of British fair play and liberty – the athletes are conniving in the mad idea that Britain is a free country and therefore it has the right and the responsibility to lecture the Chinese about their attitudes and affairs. Such a paternalistic and partial use of the banner of ‘free speech’ will do no favours whatsoever for either the campaign for free speech in Britain or the campaign for freedom and autonomy in China.

Laughably, some of the gagged athletes are comparing themselves to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the black American runners who raised their black-gloved fists and bowed their heads during the playing of the American national anthem at the 1968 Games. Smith and Carlos made a serious protest at a time of violent conflict over civil rights within their own country, when an armed oppositional movement – the Black Panthers – was fighting under the banner of Black Power. And they paid an extremely heavy price: they were effectively barred from sports for the rest of their lives. To compare this brave and dramatic stand to the hurt feelings of a largely unknown badminton player who wants to express his pity for poor pathetic Africans while in China, and who would do so with the full backing of Hollywood, American and European liberals, most Western governments and a mish-mash of armed rebel groups in Darfur… that only highlights the extent to which this event in the Orientalist Olympics, bashing China over its gagging contracts, is driven by bloated moral pomposity.

Gold medal winner: Richard Vaughan, the British badminton champ who has made a right shuttlecock of himself by trying to pose as a warrior for freedom of speech. Clearly he has swallowed whole the idea that sportsmen and other modern-day celebrities are so supremely important that they must single-handedly try to topple the Chinese regime by wearing a shocking t-shirt or holding a press conference with some Tibetan monks.

Spearing China’s dedication to sports training

Forget the empty rhetoric of the Save Darfur missionaries and the ‘green peril’ screaming of the environmentalist lobby – the Olympics are, of course, all about sport. For all Western observers’ attempts to attach their narcissistic agendas to Beijing 2008, the vast majority of us will enjoy it as a spectacular competition between the fastest runners, longest jumpers and most agile gymnasts on Earth. And yet… even in the area of sport, China is getting an earful from concerned Westerners.

The Chinese are being attacked for ‘torturing’ their young people by forcing them to become the best. The Chinese training of gymnasts, some as young as seven or eight, has been described as a form of ‘child abuse’, where teachers and trainers bend kids’ bodies in ‘unnatural directions’ and push them, at all costs, to become the flexible champions of the future (12).

Apparently the Chinese are far too obsessed with self-sacrifice and winning at any cost. During an earlier Olympics contest, one commentator said: ‘When entertainment requires this kind of self-sacrifice, our values – for willingly watching and participating – and the values of the Chinese are severely out of line with basic human standards.’ (13) Notice how even the discussion of Chinese attitudes to sport, as well as their attitude to Darfur, focuses on their alleged inhuman depravity.

There’s no doubt that young sportsmen and women in China are put under extraordinary pressure. Yet even this desire to win, in a competition in which winning is the only thing that counts, is talked up in the Orientalist Olympics as evidence of China’s warped ways. The Chinese are seen as unemotional, unforgiving, as peculiarly arrogant. Again, this is an old prejudice that is being rehabilitated on the back of the Olympic Games. As Robert L Gee points out in his book Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture, China-bashers in the past talked about ‘Chinese arrogance’ and ‘Chinese aloofness’ (14). Back then, people saw ‘Chinese arrogance’ in their snooty ‘Yellowfaces’ (15); today it is glimpsed in the robotic automatons forcing young children to become winning machines.

Perhaps Western observers and athletes are making excuses for themselves early. If they lose, it won’t be down to their own lack of training or determination - which could be seen as products of the West’s distinctly PC and un-Chinese ‘everyone’s a winner’ attitude to competitive sports - but rather down to the strange powers of the Eastern weirdos.

Gold medal winner: BBC TV’s Newsnight, which recently sent a reporter to stare in horror at young Chinese children training to become gymnasts of the future. Much to Newsnight’s disappointment, however, the kids seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked. Visit his website here.

Previously on spiked

Brendan O’Neill attacked the idea that China’s toy industry was a threat to the world’s children.James Woudhuysen asked us to celebrate China’s economic miracle and suggested China shouldn’t be simply treated as a threat to the environment. Kirk Leech argued that China’s hosting of the Olympics was providing the pretext for an assualt on their environmental record. Rob Lyons said the London Olympics bid had been based on sustainababble. Or read more at spiked issue China.

(1) See Darfur: pornography for the chattering classes, by Brendan O’Neill

(2) Why blame China?, Jonathan Steele, Comment Is Free, 14 February 2008

(3) Why blame China?, Jonathan Steele, Comment Is Free, 14 February 2008

(4) China and Darfur: The Genocide Olympics?, Washington Post, 14 December 2006

(5) Will the 2008 Olympics in Beijing Showcase Pollution as Well as World-class Athletes?, Knowledge Wharton, January 2007

(6) Will the 2008 Olympics in Beijing Showcase Pollution as Well as World-class Athletes?, Knowledge Wharton, January 2007

(7) Will the 2008 Olympics in Beijing Showcase Pollution as Well as World-class Athletes?, Knowledge Wharton, January 2007

(8) See Polluting minds, Brendan O’Neill, Comment Is Free, 25 July 2007

(9) Athletes face Olympics ban for criticising China, Daily Telegraph, February 2008

(10) Five students win terror appeal, BBC News, 13 February 2008

(11) See In Britain, heretics get a metaphorical lashing, by Brendan O’Neill

(12) Pinsent shock at way China treats gymnasts, Independent, 18 November 2005

(13) ‘Chinese torture, Olympic style’, A Freudenheim, The Truth As I See It

(14) Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture, Robert G Lee, Temple University Press, 1999

(15) Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture, Robert G Lee, Temple University Press, 1999

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Posted by: denk | Apr 20 2021 2:46 utc | 128

Yet another disgusting video has emerged of children being paraded around during a late night drag queen show in L.A. as they are encouraged to take cash tips from members of the crowd.

https://summit.news/2021/04/19/disgusting-video-shows-children-being-paraded-around-drag-queen-show-taking-cash-tips/

Posted by: Mao | Apr 20 2021 6:28 utc | 129

denk | Apr 20 2021 2:46 utc | 128

for some reason denk did a massive copy and paste of this link.

In case his post gets deleted, this is not a bad read.

Posted by: dan of steele | Apr 20 2021 8:39 utc | 130

Total confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, in % of population:

   #  Country          Deaths (%)
1 Czechia 0.266 2 San Marino 0.259 3 Hungary 0.258 4 Bosnia and H. 0.236 5 Montenegro 0.230 6 Bulgaria 0.217 7 North Macedonia 0.214 8 Moldova 0.208 9 Belgium 0.206 10 Slovakia 0.203 11 Slovenia 0.199 12 Italy 0.194 13 United Kingdom 0.192 14 Peru 0.177 15 Brazil 0.177 16 United States 0.172 17 Mexico 0.168 18 Portugal 0.165 19 Spain 0.163 20 Poland 0.162 21 Croatia 0.161 22 Andorra 0.159 23 France 0.150 24 Panama 0.147 25 Liechtenstein 0.144 ... 53 Iran 0.080 ... 57 Russia 0.071 ... 98 India 0.013

Source: 91-DIVOC (Deaths from COVID-19, normalized by population). China is not shown in the chart, as less than 0.001% of its population has been confirmed to die of COVID-19.

Posted by: S | Apr 20 2021 13:02 utc | 131

dan of steele 130

In case you forget....

2008 'genocide Olympics' in five min.

Why is it relevant to the current mess ?

Its the same actors...FUKUS,

Almost identical script,'

'Indeed, the Darfur crisis is following a pattern which is so well-worn now that it has almost become routine. Saturation reporting from a crisis region; emergency calls for help broadcast on the electronic media (such as the one recently on the BBC Radio 4 flagship ‘Today’ programme); televised pictures of refugees; lurid stories of “mass rapes”, which are surely designed to titillate as much to provoke outrage; reproachful evocations of the Rwandan genocide; demands that something must be done (”How can we stand idly by?”, etc.); editorials in the Daily Telegraph calling for a return to the days of Rudyard Kipling's benevolent imperialism[6]; and, finally, the announcement that plans are indeed being drawn up for an intervention.
...............
Intervention will allow Western forces to control an oil rich region, and perhaps to expel the present holders of concessions. The fact that the biggest of these is China, and that America's other foreign adventures also seem to have as their goal the control of energy supplies to that strategic rival, only adds further piquancy to what is, otherwise, an all too banal case of modern imperialistic meddling.
[1]
Same target...China.
Same tactics...economic hitman style,
the USA via the CIA has been paying the salaries of the South Sudanese Army (SPLA) since 2009. In other words, both the soldiers (“rebels”) supporting Riek Machar and the soldier supporting President Salva Kiir are being paid by the USA, paid to kill each other
[2]
Moral of the story...
If a US government starts showing a munificent concern for your wellbeing, it’s time to dig a bomb shelter.

[3]


[1]
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/27e/764.html

[2]
https://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/23/the-usa-v-china-in-south-sudan/

[3]
https://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?page=imprimable&id_article=4863

Posted by: denk | Apr 20 2021 15:57 utc | 132

1% of already vaccinated people die from COVID:
Kaiser Health News on COVID after vaccination


In data released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 5,800 people had fallen ill or tested positive for the coronavirus two weeks or more after they completed both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

...

These so-called breakthrough infections occurred among people of all ages. Just over 40% were in people age 60 or older, and 65% occurred in women. Twenty-nine percent of infected people reported no symptoms, but 7% were hospitalized and just over 1%, 74 people, died, according to the CDC.

what is the COVID death rate for unvaccinated? About 1%

Yes, the data above is somewhat skewed in age range (vaccinated tend to be older than typical population demo), but this is still a pretty significant number.

What is really irritating about reporting on the vaccines is the so-called effectiveness rate: 91% or whatever.
The problem is that even after 1 full year of largely unvaccinated America, cumulative COVID infection rate in the US is...about 10%. Or in other words, 90% of Americans - over the full span of 1 year with no vaccine - didn't get COVID. How does that 91% studied over 6 weeks to 2 months, look now?

Note I'm not saying COVID is a fraud (it is not).
I'm not saying the vaccine is worthless (it is not).

I am saying the vaccine doesn't change hardly anything.

We aren't going back to normal even if magically 90% of Americans got vaccinated - the fear engendered by a full year of MSM pandering is not disappearing for a long time.

And the vaccines are far from game changers. Besides creating a new profit center - because it seems you need to get more shots at least every year - it is far from clear that it dramatically reduces infection and/or death rates.

This isn't theory. Texas nursing home outbreaks


[from Naked Capitalism regarding the above article]
All of the long term care – nursing homes – rehab centers in the Dallas area – ALL OF THEM – are approaching 98% vaccination rates – and we are well out – 6-12 weeks ago – they got vaccinated first. There are but a handful of religious hold outs and they are apparently in very strict isolation.

Posted by: c1ue | Apr 20 2021 16:48 utc | 133

@ c1ue | Apr 19 2021 18:20 utc | 119

Very good article by Doctorow.

He did leave out one major tool in the armbreakers' arsenal, however -- the so-called "smart speaker."

Always on, always listening, always reporting back to Android Central.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Apr 20 2021 20:16 utc | 134

Are we in a "new age of ignorance in which media companies offer their platforms to anyone with an axe to grind."?

https://harpers.org/archive/2021/05/sign-of-the-times-caliphate-the-perils-of-online-reporting/

Posted by: Pdidds | Apr 21 2021 6:48 utc | 135

LOL, just randomly reading Asia Times and lo and behold:
https://asiatimes.com/2021/04/the-case-for-a-us-missile-strike-on-myanmar/

This "journalist" is making a case for US missile striking Myanmar government for "democracy".

These people are fucking crazy, man. I don't know who's behind the coup and likely an internal Myanmar problem but the US is already circling the country like a hawk.

On the good news, it seems Osaka, despite being in the middle of a pandemic, still shows some leadership:
https://asiatimes.com/2021/04/japans-osaka-wants-a-state-of-emergency-declared/

Japan needs more young leaders like this guy, in fact maybe the seat of power should be shifted back towards Osaka or Kyushu instead of these Tokyo/Edo bucreaucrats who look and sound like crazy kooked up actors.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 22 2021 14:21 utc | 136

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221806.shtml
"According to data, audiences under 30 make up the majority of the Chinese movie-going audience today. In an era when short videos and "feel good" dramas and films are flooding social media, three-hour-long fantasy adventure films are not their cup of tea.

Many Chinese netizens who watched The Fellowship of the Ring have complained on social media that the film is too long, and the story too muddled and the ending confusing, which made them want to fall asleep. Some have even given the film a single star on film review sites. It is clear that Chinese moviegoers have a lower tolerance for works in which they have to take a long time to figure out the plot and the relationships between characters.

Over the past two decades, the box-office record of domestic films has far surpassed that of imported films. The obsession with Hollywood special effects is over as works with good stories and "feel good" points like Netflix's The Queen's Gambit are becoming more popular among audiences. It seems that the age of the epic blockbuster is coming to an end."

Pretty sad news for film fans. LOTR is a serious classic and can be counted among one of the best films ever. I had higher expectations of the chinese film viewers since they used to like long epic like the 3 Kingdoms movies.

Oh well, kids these days, and I'm just 30.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 22 2021 14:35 utc | 137

@ Smith | Apr 22 2021 14:35 utc | 137 who wrote
"
LOTR is a serious classic and can be counted among one of the best films ever.

....Oh well, kids these days, and I'm just 30
"

I feel the same way about Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and it was never made into a movie.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 22 2021 14:49 utc | 138

@ psychohistorian

To be fair, one of Asimov's works, I, Robot, did but that one sucked so bad.

Good thing the Blade Runners (even the modern one, 2049) movies were breddy good. I always feel the subject of robotic and cyberpunk are better explained in video games due to the interactivity.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 22 2021 14:59 utc | 139

@ Smith | Apr 22 2021 14:59 utc | 139

I forgot to add that I am 72 and so my life window is a bit shifted from others like yourself.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 22 2021 15:03 utc | 140

@ psychohistorian

Boulderdash, good works have no age filter, me think.

But it seems the chinese youth is flooding to the local anime website, Bilibili, to watch Marxist analysis and history.
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221847.shtml

Hmm, so they shun LOTR but embrace Marxism at such a young age, maybe they are smarter than I was at their age.

Posted by: Smith | Apr 22 2021 15:07 utc | 141

Canada Reveals It Paid White Helmets $4 Million Annually After It Cuts Ties

A bombshell new report in The Globe and Mail says only that the government of Canada, dubbed "one of the staunchest backers of the White Helmets", ended support "shortly after the death of the group’s British co-founder, James Le Mesurier, who committed suicide in November, 2019."

... the reality all along was that this 'humanitarian rescue group' was a Western government-backed operation which served as an extension of the same external powers' drive to overthrow Assad via covert support to jihadists on the ground.

Canadian support to the White Helmets was worth about $4-million per year, with final payments of just under $900,000 being made in March, 2020.... The United States also within the past few years become increasingly open in acknowledging it paid out multiple millions of dollars to the group.


  • Did Western governments really end their "support" or simply encourage others (Saudis?) to increase their financial support?

    It's likely that support for the White Helmets continues by other means (Saudis?) or in other forms:

    • Syria's White Helmets awarded £920,000 to make PPE (January 2021)
    • Israel evacuates ‘White Helmet’ members and their families (July 2018)
      Israel’s Army said on Twitter that Washington and European governments had asked it to move the White Helmets and their families out of southwest Syria overnight as there was “an immediate threat to their lives”.

      The evacuees ... will be resettled in Britain, Germany and Canada within three months, a Jordanian government source said.

      Is money being funneled to the White Helmets via payments to family members that now reside in the West?

  • Is Le Mesurier really dead? Or is he "dead" like Epstein - drinking Mai Tai's on a Tel Aviv beach in the "afterlife"?

    It seems that Le Mesurier's "death" was simply needed as a trigger for Western governments to pretend to end support for an organization that THEY KNEW was working with the Jihadis.

  • Aaron Mate correctly notes that the White Helmet funding by Western governments "should be a huge scandal".

    But it won't be because the depth of the scandal goes deeper than funding for the White Helmets. It includes things like the Obama Administration's bogus "train and equip" program and wilful decision to allow the rise of ISIS as well as the continuing war on Syria.


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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 22 2021 16:16 utc | 142

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