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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Submission to Allah, whether you like it or not

A blogger faces prison for insulting Islam.

In Britain.

(Hat-tip to Subadei).

Friday, May 11, 2007

Google: Good and Bad

The good: The Great Firewall of China is blogging blogspot and livejournal currently -- thanks Cisco and Nortel! Fortunately, google reader is still up and running, so I can still follow all of my favorite blogs.

The bad: Unfortunately, google's attempt to track its users is reducing its functionality as a quick search engine. For instance, if I google "great firewall of china tdaxp," the first result appears to be to http://tdaxp.blogspirit.com/tag/great+firewall+of+china but is actually to http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F.... So to copy a url, right-clicking on the result is not good enough -- I need to follow it to its source.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Amazing Race All-Stars

Lady of tdaxp and I watched the finale to the show's eleventh season. Very fun... our favorite team came in second, and the winning team certainly seemed nice. We can't wait for Amazing Race 12. PS: You'll note that I link to the answers.com entry to Amazing Race. Wikipedia is censored in China, so I'm forced to rely on older mirrors like answers for all my trivia now. Anyone know a better wiki mirror than Answers?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mike Daisey Assaulted on Stage

Mike Daisey, the hillarious author of 21 Dog years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com, had his notes ruined during an assault during a walk-out. The whole thing is on Youtube, and Mike's blog.


Apparently, the criminal (Mike calls him a terrorist, and it's hard to disagree with that term) is a self-described Christian. Of course the assalut wasn't Christian. The assault was the opposite of Christian. This isolate crime -- this particular act of terror -- has a more in common with the Muslim cartoon riots. Which, perhaps, is appropriate. The assault against Mike Daisey is a perversion of a Christian, as Islam is an heresey of Christianity.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

"Multiculturalists" in Lincoln Public Schools Ban Books

"LPS mulls best Native books," by Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star, 3 October 2006, http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2006/10/03/top_story/doc4521bf0c8a4b7965832929.txt.

Recently, my blog friend Adam of The Metropolis Times highlighted Banned Book Weeks. Ironically, the day after Banned Books Weeks Ended, Lincoln Public Schools set to work banning some more

And in addition to seeking out the best Native literature it could find -- 128 new recommended books -- it took the unusual step of recommending school libraries remove 12 books from their shelves.

Here is a list of the books:

The best justifications are those that are explicitly racist, such as

Misrepresents Lakota spiritual beliefs and cultural practices. Relies too heavily on research by non-Natives.

for Sitting Bull and His World and

Misunderstanding of Navajos’ strong oral storytelling traditions (no child would take notes while an elder told a story). Pathetic attempts at Native humor. “Whitewashing” of Native experiences.

for The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864

"Books to avoid" about Thanksgiving from the same group that inspired this censorship list -- Oyate -- are available below the fold. A shorter version is also available.

Read more ...

Monday, July 17, 2006

India Against Freedom, and the Congress Against Connectivity

"Chickens, Eggs, & Connectivity," by Stephen DeAngelis, Enterprise Resilience Management Blog, 14 July 2006, http://enterpriseresilienceblog.typepad.com/enterprise_resilience_man/2006/07/chickens_eggs_c.html.

"Report: Indian gov blocks Blogspot, Typepad, Geocities blogs," by Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing, 17 July 2006, http://www.boingboing.net/2006/07/17/report_indian_gov_bl.html (from Digg).

In a prescient article last Frday, Enterra cofounder Stephen F. DeAngelis criticized the proposed law Global Online Freedom Act of 2006 that is currently in the House of Representatives. The bill would begin firewalling the Old Core, particularly the United States, away from the New Core, especially China. It would make disconnection in one area (technological freedom) as an excuse to roll-back connectivity in other market arenas. It's a bad idea all around -- it will isolate America from her allies in this Global War against Terrorism, it isolates American businesses from their partners abroad, and by imposing regulations on technology companies it will lesson our nation's advantages over competitors.

Steve's post is worth reading, especially this bit where he emphasizes the need for economic growth. Economic development enables freedom, or as he says

Not only is such a bill likely to make the U.S. even less well liked abroad, it is unlikely to achieve the goals it desires. While some may see it as a chicken-and-egg discussion (which comes first freedom or capitalism?), historically economics have had a greater impact on the politics than vice versa. Whatever Tienanmen Square represents symbollically, Shanghai is the real face of change in China and it is driven by economics. For all intents and purposes, Shanghai is developed, capitalistic, world-class city despite the controls the central government has tried to impose on Internet content.

Don't believe it? Then compare China to India -- both are developing states, but China is a party dictatorship and India is a multiparty democracy. A perfect test case is blogs, and thus it is no surprise that India is attacking free speech on blogs:

India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) passed an order to ISPs Friday to block several websites. The list is confidential. Indian ISPs have been slowly coming into compliance. SpectraNet, MTNL, Reliance, and as of Monday afternoon, Airtel. State-backed BSNL and VSNL have not started yet but likely will soon. The known list of blocked domains is *.blogspot.com, *.typepad.com and geocities.com/*.

The Indian Empire: Freer Under the Crown?

Anyone who believes that a bill that restricts trade with countries that censor information will only hit dictatorships is misguided. Underdeveloped countries generally begin turning on themselves, from China to India to France. Slapping de facto sanctions on those states only hurts their economies -- and their citizens' freedoms -- more.

Support freedom. Support economics. Oppose the Global Online Freedom Act of 2006.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The People's Republic of China v. tdaxp

Well, it happened. No sooner had the brave little blog tdaxp cricized President Bush...

Bush: Not Always a Friend of tdaxp

... than the Texan used his ChiCom neocon cronies to censor tdaxp:

tdaxp is being blockaded by "cyber-safety software" in the People's Republic of China!

What's next -- a ChiCom knock-off -- tPRCxp?

Red tdaxp Rising?

Therefore, I have no choice but to defect to the paleocons and advocate the dismemberment of China The Han Tyranny:

The Han Tyranny, and her Colonies
Free East Turkestan!
Free Inner Mongolia!
Free Tibet!

Update: Perhaps "The Han Tyranny" is too kind a word --- perhaps I meant The Cruel Empire of the Tsan-Chan!:

There was a mind from the planet we know as Venus, which would live incalculable epochs to come, and one from an outer moon of Jupiter six million years in the past. Of earthly minds there were some from the winged, starheaded, half-vegetable race of palaeogean Antarctica; one from the reptile people of fabled Valusia; three from the furry pre-human Hyperborean worshippers of Tsathoggua; one from the wholly abominable Tcho-Tchos; two from the arachnid denizens of earth's last age; five from the hardy coleopterous species immediately following mankind, to which the Great Race was some day to transfer its keenest minds en masse in the face of horrible peril; and several from different branches of humanity.

I talked with the mind of Yiang-Li, a philosopher from the cruel empire of Tsan-Chan, which is to come in 5,000 A.D.; with that of a general of the greatheaded brown people who held South Africa in 50,000 B.C.; with that of a twelfth-century Florentine monk named Bartolomeo Corsi; with that of a king of Lomar who had ruled that terrible polar land one hundred thousand years before the squat, yellow Inutos came from the west to engulf it.

I talked with the mind of Nug-Soth, a magician of the dark conquerors of 16,000 A.D.; with that of a Roman named Titus Sempronius Blaesus, who had been a quaestor in Sulla's time; with that of Khephnes, an Egyptian of the 14th Dynasty, who told me the hideous secret of Nyarlathotep, with that of a priest of Atlantis' middle kingdom; with that of a Suffolk gentleman of Cromwell's day, James Woodville; with that of a court astronomer of pre-Inca Peru; with that of the Australian physicist Nevil Kingston-Brown, who will die in 2,518 A.D.; with that of an archimage of vanished Yhe in the Pacific; with that of Theodotides, a Greco-Bactrian official Of 200 B.C.; with that of an aged Frenchman of Louis XIII's time named Pierre-Louis Montagny; with that of Crom-Ya, a Cimmerian chieftain of 15,000 B.C.; and with so many others that my brain cannot hold the shocking secrets and dizzying marvels I learned from them.

The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft (courtesy of the Lovecraft Timeline).

16:35 Posted in China | Permalink | Comments (6) | Tags: censorship

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

No Human Rights for Bloggers in Singapore

"Two bloggers charged under Sedition Act over racist remarks," by Pearl Forss, Channel NewsAsia, 12 September 2005, http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/167812/1/.html (from Slashdot).

Quoted in full, emphasis mine

Two bloggers have been charged with sedition for posting racist [sic -- tdaxp] comments online.

This is the first time bloggers are being charged in Singapore and it is sending shockwaves through the local blogging community.

Lawyers say the last time the sedition act was invoked in Singapore was at least 10 years ago.

Twenty-five-year-old Nicholas Lim Yew and 27-year-old Benjamin Koh Song Huat are being accused of posting racist comments on an online forum and on their blog site.

They are both being charged with committing a seditious act, by promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between races in Singapore.

They were not represented by defence lawyers and were granted bail of S$10,000 each.

This charge came as a shock to many in the blogging community.

Said Singaporean blogger Benjamin Lee (Mr Miyagi):" A lot of them will be looking at their blogs and wondering if they made any legally seditious remarks. I think because of the way this will be played up, it's negative publicity for the Singapore blogging community."

"Currently if you surf the net you will come across a lot of bloggers making such comments. You will probably see a drop in such cases henceforth. At the moment I am not aware of any cases except of a case in Iran where bloggers are charged. But Iran has a different legal system from Singapore," said Leonard Loo, managing partner of Leonard Loo & Co Advocates & Solicitors.

Channel NewsAsia understands that the Media Development Authority had asked host servers to remove a racist [sic -- tdaxp] blog from the web.

Police are now investigating this matter.

While many racist blogs by Singaporeans can be found online, the blogging community is also quick to criticize any racist comments.

Channel NewsAsia has received many emails from viewers informing us about a few racist sites.

Viewers said they were "appalled as well as disappointed that a Singaporean could condemn" other fellow Singaporeans of a different race.

Lawyers warn that anybody who forwards seditious remarks to others via email can also be charged with abetment.

The case is expected to be heard in court again on September 21.

A person is deemed to have committed an offence under the Sedition Act if he performs any act which has a seditious tendency, or conspires with any person to do so.

It is also an offence to utter any seditious words or to print, publish, sell, distribute, reproduce or import any seditious publication.

First time offenders can be fined up to S$5,000, or jailed up to three years, or both.

For subsequent offences, they can be jailed up to five years and have their seditious publications forfeited and destroyed

And so much good has been given by the Singapore blogosphere!

00:15 Posted in Blogosphere | Permalink | Comments (3) | Tags: censorship, singapore

Friday, April 29, 2005

Acorn Officially Censored (Congrats)

"On a forced hiatus," by Nitin Pai, The Acorn, 29 April 2005, http://opinion.paifamily.com/?p=1415.

Nitin's The Acorn makes it big -- big enough to be blocked by the foreign country the blogger is currently visiting

Some countries think this blog is important enough to be blocked! To his surprise, this blogger realised that The Acorn has been blocked in the country he is currently visiting.

That is quite surprising, especially because he feels that there is a lot that is to be admired about that country.

Normal posting will resume in the second week of May.

To quote Kiran, You know you’ve arrived when the government of a nation decides to block your blog!

09:15 Posted in Blogosphere | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: censorship, blogs

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Canadian Hypocracy in Censoring Blogs in Adscam

"Gomery Testimony Available to All Canadians," Globe and Mail, 4 April 2005, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050404.wgomery-blog05/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=wgomery-blog05 (from Captain's Quarters).

"Feds bid to plug Gomery leaks," by Stephanie Rubec, Toranto Star, 5 April 2005, http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/TorontoSun/News/2005/04/05/983036-sun.html (from Max's Mewsings).

I heard about Adscam, finally figured it out, and now am astounded again. Canada is pondering criminal sanctions against bloggers who publish public information Bloggers may be fined or go to jail for reporting news that was already on television.

Once more, possible criminal penalties

Canada's attorney general is probing possible breaches of a publication ban set up to protect explosive testimony at the AdScam inquiry. Justice spokesman Patrick Charette said federal lawyers are looking into the Internet sites reproducing excerpts of Montreal ad exec Jean Brault's testimony and providing a link to a U.S. blog featuring more extensive coverage of the hearing.

"We have to decide what the best course of action is," Charette said, adding federal lawyers could charge Canadian bloggers and website owners with contempt of court or suggest AdScam Justice John Gomery issue warning letters.

For testimony from public hearings

His contact could be anyone as the commission hearings are open to the public. Indeed, the Brault testimony is an open secret in political Ottawa. Ask any political staffer or MP and they seem to know some, if not all, of the details of the testimony. The television feed from the commission can be picked up in some Ottawa newsrooms, and other information is being passed through e-mails, transcripts and phone calls.

But suddenly, it becomes obvious...

Political leaders are being kept abreast of the story, with the exception of Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe who asked his staff not to tell him anything for fear he will divulge information and run afoul of the ban.

Canadian political leaders can read about public hearings. But regular Canadians can't. Welcome to freedom in the Great White North.

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