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North Korea – a mind numbing image

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Whereas China uses lots of dancers, acrobats and such for Olympic openings, North Korea specializes in gigantic people involvement in ritual state leadership appreciation.

Recent scenes from North Korea - The Big Picture - Boston.com.jpg

Big Picture has a series of images taken by one photographer that give an overall image of mind numbing life and leisure in that edgy totalitarian country.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/19 at 06:22

“Ho and the books” about publishing political literature via Danwei

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Quite a story about “Two countries, two systems” that outlines how some freedom to print is allowed in Hong Kong and gets back to China.

Quoted from the Danwei text:

Ho Pin (何频), founder of Mirror Books, one of the best-known political publishers. Ho talks about balancing commercial sensationalism with a desire to give authors an outlet for works that are unpublishable on the mainland.

I will email this piece to Lorne Gunter and John Kay, cheap shot columnists with the National Post.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/19 at 10:15

More about La Leopolda’s sale and other expensive real estate

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BBC News has this report

Here’s the last paragraph:

But even the latest record may not last long. Asia’s richest man, industrialist Mukesh Ambani is expected to move into the 27-storey property he has built to house his family and offices in Mumbai next year.

With a value reported to be up to $2bn, the design was said to have be inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/16 at 09:11

Yes, this is in Shanghai

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This is an unusual image of “Communist” China.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/15 at 10:04

They say that elder political whores have little shame and …

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this week in a crass effort to hype sales of his own political memoir, it seems that that elder person of CanPolitics, B. Mulroney just can’t keep his Big Chin from wagging.

What else is he going to say? He will be wined and dined by his “employer”, his rich friends and hangers-on, so why does he feel the need to pee verbally over some of his former political opponents. It can’t be a special version of the Seven Year Itch, or can it?

I was despairing about the Front Page treatment that leader of CanMSM was giving his verbal affliction, until I read this editorial this morning:

Globe editorial
But will it sell books?
FROM FRIDAY’S GLOBE AND MAIL
SEPTEMBER 7, 2007 AT 7:14 AM EDT
Brian Mulroney has every right to question the often inflexible constitutional opinions of his long-time nemesis, Pierre Trudeau. But Mr. Mulroney has gone too far when he suggests that Mr. Trudeau, who died in 2000, was morally unfit for leadership because of mistakes of his youth. The personal attack is an unwarranted assault on a politician whose entire later career tacitly repudiated his earlier beliefs. It is unworthy of a former prime minister.

In an interview with CTV News this week to promote his upcoming memoirs, Mr. Mulroney was asked about Mr. Trudeau’s opposition to his government’s Meech Lake constitutional accord. It was an apt question, given Mr. Trudeau’s highly partisan and inflammatory objections to the accord and his significant role in its 1990 defeat. Instead of confining himself to the question, Mr. Mulroney savaged Mr. Trudeau’s reputation.

He evoked his opposition to the Allied cause during the Second World War, noting that so many other young men had enlisted to fight the Nazis. “Pierre Trudeau was not among them,” Mr. Mulroney continued. “That’s a decision he made. He’s entitled to make that kind of decision. But it doesn’t qualify him for any position of moral leadership in our society.” He added that Mr. Trudeau was “far from a perfect man.”

Recent intellectual histories of Mr. Trudeau depict a youth who was very far from perfect. As scholars Max and Monique Nemni chronicled in Young Trudeau: 1919-1944, Mr. Trudeau was then a captive of the nationalist cant prevalent among Roman Catholic intellectuals in Quebec during the 1930s. He espoused chauvinist francophone nationalism. There was a whiff of anti-Semitism. In 1942, he was a member of a secret organization that advocated revolution to establish an authoritarian regime. He was a creature of his very limited place and time.

Then he grew up, and atoned. In the 1950s, he defied insular Quebec premier Maurice Duplessis, defending the rights of workers and the need for a secular state. As prime minister, he denounced narrow ethnic nationalism. He fought for the inclusion of a Canadian Charter of Rights in the Constitution. He embraced and officially recognized multiculturalism. He defended bilingualism and biculturalism. He fostered the careers of Jewish Canadians. He defended the idea of a strong central government. It was an estimable, if controversial, life. And Mr. Mulroney has trashed it.

In many democracies, former political leaders practise a tradition of statesmanship. After a lifetime of bitter partisanship, they are permitted to rise above it, to treat former political enemies with respect. They may criticize each other’s ideas, but not their moral aptitude for office. Were he alive, Mr. Trudeau would have relished a constitutional debate. He would not have answered an intellectual challenge with the observation that his opponent was morally unfit for leadership. Mr. Mulroney has damaged only himself.

I guess I can say in all quietude, I couldn’t have said it better. For shame Big Jaw!

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Image of peaceful Canada

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Toronto the Good or so the saying goes. In the middle of University Ave. is Queen’s Park, the central building of the Government of Ontario. If you click on the link in the previous sentence, you will see an image of peaceful Canada, tulips, grass and Art Deco government buildings. The tulips are a windfall gift from the Juliana, the then Queen of the Netherlands. She gave Canada many tulip bulbs when she returned to Holland in 1945 after living in Canada during WW II.

In fact, the Canadian Army spent much of the blood of its infantry in driving the Wehrmact out of Holland especially the Walcheren Peninsula/Islands. Hardly a peaceful picture, but the image of Queen’s Park‘s tulips is a peaceful, deceptive albeit!

And if that’s not enough, here is another image that evokes peacefulness but not necessarily Ontario

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2007/07/15 at 15:31