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Today’s Japan Photo

5 Jan
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White Mountain Links, 1-5-09

5 Jan

Seductive Mandarins: “The President of Senegal put it bluntly: ‘The Chinese are more competitive, less bureaucratic and more adept at business in Africa than their critics,’ Abdoulaye Wade wrote. ‘China’s approach to our needs is simply better adapted than the slow and sometimes patronizing post-colonial approach of European investors.’ “


Communist Pre-Cogs: Beijing’s censors are introducing data mining software to catch embarrassing resisters before the information hits the worldwide web.

Those Pesky Nationalists: Younger Chinese are still thumbing their noses at the government – in this case, by refusing to spend money to keep the economy rolling.

All in the Family: Michael Turton highlights the savagery of a pro-government newspaper’s attack for its own Ma administration.


Little Gaza in Seoul: No, it’s not Hamas and the IDF, but surely just as equally well-regarded. But, thankfully, there’s no hegemon in Gaza. ” ‘It is time for the National Assembly to play its role properly,’ South Korea’s top five industry groups said in a rare joint statement on politics.”

Quitter: A prominent Japanese MP is leading an anti-stimulus crusade against Prime Minister Taro Aso.

The Philippines

Filipino-Gazans: Filipinos are refusing to leave their homes…in Gaza.

Fairness Doctrine, Korean Version

5 Jan

Seoul doesn’t need a “pro-American” president, because it uncannily marches in lockstep with its nemesis on the high-profile issues, like dredging up the Fairness Doctrine. Case-in-point: netizen whining about an “evil” broadcasting bill.

Conglomerates are already taking over all sectors, hospitals, electronics, communications, manufacture, automobiles, ships, chemistry, textile, distribution, and so on. If they control broadcasting, we will live as slaves of those companies. As we know, conglomerates have cozy relations with politicians. If they take over broadcasting, who will talk about them? Broadcasting has the duty to report the truth to us. However, they will talk following the tastes of those companies and will walk for the government. If there are groups that don’t follow their rules, they will destroy them.

True Translation: “Spineless netizens, shriek for the dying of our monopoly on worthless opinions!

Brendan Carr sees clearly.

It’s a silly debate, anyway, about the newspapers being able to purchase and control broadcast media. Both newsprint and broadcast are dead in America, and I can’t imagine that Korea will somehow be immune from the tectonic shift taking place elsewhere. The newspapers see a move into broadcasting as a survival gambit, but it’s the shortest of short-term plays — like the Lusitania sailing to the rescue of the Titanic.

Please, be my guest, chaebol owners, destroy yourselves!

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