Did the nurse give her betel nut?
I could imagine trucks driving around neighbourhoods using megaphones to poject: "Candiate no. 3 firmly opposes sound pollution! Vote for Li Shichu, candidate no. 3!"
finley wrote:Did the nurse give her betel nut?
ha ... I was wondering the same thing when I read that
btw saw this a couple of days ago:
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011 ... bear-bile/
China ... Planet Earth's answer to the Vogons, who you may recall lived on a planet populated by (apart from themselves) bejewelled crabs which they would smash to get the edible bits out, and sat on the native four-legged creatures just for the amusement value of breaking their backs.
It occurred to me that when people go on about country X ruling the world, the ruled are complicit in the arrangement; ultimately, power is given, not taken. If threatened with violence, anyone who doesn't want to be ruled has a few alternatives: they can die, they can disappear (perhaps to some nonexistent country, like Liechtenstein or Taiwan), or they can pick up a gun. They don't have to acquiesce. The subtext of the China apologists is that they want to be ruled by a country which is wilfully trashing the planet and has no regard for ... well, pretty much anything or anyone besides the almighty RMB. It seems to me, when one produces a list of reasons why China might not (or should not) rule the world, such as the fact that it's full of people gullible enough to buy bear-bile medicine and "businessmen" cruel and greedy enough to extract it for them, the main function of that publication is to assert that humanity can do better.
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