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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Taiwan roundup

(Edited for spelling and completeness)

Computer problems have kept me occupied while the news keeps coming. Where do I start?

Xinhua = Newspeak?
China -- you know, "China"? -- has some kind of a weird bug up its collective butt which has them saying that because of their "one China principle," it's disrespectful for Taiwan to call them "China."

From Xinhuanet:
BEIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- China says Taiwan authority's change of form of address towards the Chinese mainland is disregarding the "One China" principle.


Recently, Taiwan authorites officially started referring to the Chinese mainland as "China" instead of the "Chinese mainland".
They leave out the fact that this change only refers to internal government documents and that a Chinese official (was it Zhu Rongji?) once scolded a Taiwanese reporter for referring to China as "Communist China" (Zhong Gong), retorting that "We are China (Zhong Guo)." [NOTE: Still searcing for exact words and link! See "UPDATE" at the bottom of this post.] Of course, the opposition pan-blues still insist on calling it "mainland China" just like someone in Hawaii would refer to California as being on the "mainland." Only difference is that Hawaii and California are both part of the same country.

That'd almost be funny if not for those 600 damn missiles China has pointed at Taiwan. (Disclaimer: If California has any missiles aimed at Hawaii, I'm completely unaware of them.)

Boogers and buttocks
The pan-blues are having a grand old time scolding Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (AKA Chen Tang-shan) for recently saying that Singapore is no bigger than a booger and that they are kissing China's ass. Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo blamed tensions in the Taiwan Strait on Taiwan rather than on its bellicose neighbor, China during a recent speech at the United Nations. Chen struck back, while the the pan-blue cowards were cowering behind their current idiotic attacks on the military budget set for the purchase of defensive weapons (Patriot missiles, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft) to protect Taiwan from China's missiles.

The pan-blues say that Chen offended Taiwan's allies, some of which are smaller than Singapore. One clear difference is that they are Taiwan's allies, and they stand up for Taiwan in international forums rather than bashing it.

Some other points to enlighten Yeo's hypocrisy:
* Singapore unilaterally declared independence from Malaysia on August 9, 1965.
* Taiwan was one of the only countries in the region to support Singapore's independence.
* Taiwan has helped train Singapore's military since 1975.
* This assistance has continued for almost 30 years.
Mark Chen was right, and he was right to use the words he used. When bullied, the worst thing you can to is to act as if it's not happening.

Taiwan's premier Yu Shyi-kun also stood up in the face of adversity -- the threat of those 600 Chinese missiles, to be more precise. He turned the faces of China's leaders redder than ever by "threatening" to "counterattack" if China attacked Taiwan. Sounds to me like he's just telling them to back off and not start any shit, which I gather from the key word "counterattack."

From the article:
... Cabinet spokesman Chen Chi-mai said yesterday that Taiwan would absolutely not provoke China, nor would it launch a first strike.

Truth or dare?
The pan-blues have also opposed President Chen Shui-bian's recent interest in giving a "State of the Union" address to Taiwan's legislature, insisting that lawmakers have the chance to debate the president afterward. As usual, when President Chen agreed to do so, the pan-blues started tripping all over each other. I guess they never expected that the president would dare agree to face them. The chickenshits can't even attend their own fight!

Spitball wizard
In lighter news, there was the Elton John extravaganza last Thursday. Taiwan's regularly rude media hounded him upon his late night arrival at the CKS Airport. He called them "rude, vile pigs" and told them to "fuck off." One of the reporters even taunted the singer, "Why don't you get out of Taiwan?" (Nice, huh?) The "Pinball Wizard" is hardly the first non-native celebrity to have a run-in with Taiwan's porcine media, and if the vile pigs keep it up, Taiwan's dearth of quality entertainment is guaranteed to get even worse.

The silver lining
Well, at least it sounds like Taiwan is getting the world's attention for a change.

Coming soon?
In the near future, I hope to post a multi-part response to the pan-blue brochure "Bulletgate," which is jam-packed with lies which attempt to support their twisted imaginations regarding the March 19, 2004 shooting of President Chen Shui-bian and Vice-president Annette Lu. Both of the incumbents were lightly wounded in the election eve shooting which had the pan-blues crying "Unfair!" and rioting for weeks on end, blaming their loss by a hair's breadth on the shooting, which they claimed -- without ever producing any evidence -- was "staged." The content of the brochure can be disproved almost line for line, and barring further computer difficulties or more pressing responsibilities, I hope to get it online soon.

UPDATE (10/15/2004): After more than 2 weeks of searching, I finally got some relevant hits. It was not Zhu Rongji who scolded the Taiwanese reporter for using the words "Zhong Gong" ("Communist China"), but rather China's Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan. It occurred sometime in the week prior to October 21, 2001 at the APEC summit in Shanghai. According to the Taipei Times:
Tang corrected a PowerTV reporter for using the term "Communist China" -- which he labeled a throwback to the Cold War -- in her question at a press conference during the APEC leader's summit last week. He said that "Communist China" is now "a phrase relegated to history. Everybody knows that there is only one China in the world which is the People's Republic of China."
A Taipei Times editorial from November 6, 2001 says this:
At a press conference during the recent APEC summit in Shanghai, China's Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan lambasted a reporter who referred to his country as "Communist China." Later, President Jiang Zemin used "China" as an abbreviation for the PRC.
To complicate matters further, a Chinese-language article has this to say (translation mine):
When the (Taiwanese) reporter spoke the words "Communist China," foreign journalists present heard it translated in their earpieces simply as "China," and had no idea what the commotion was all about.
So, there you have it. According to Chinese officials from China, China is "China" (unless you're from Taiwan), not "Communist China," so stop saying that! (For more on what you "should" or "shouldn't" call "China" -- if I may be so bold as to use the word -- read this recent op-ed piece by New York political commentator Paul Lin.)

Friday, September 17, 2004

United Nations nearly grows a backbone

Reverts to invertebrate status the same day

You know, it was only 18 months and over 10,000 deaths too late, but when I heard that Kofi Annan (the guy who sat next to George W. Bush when he said that Saddam Hussein "wouldn't let [the inspectors] in" and didn't blink an eye) had called the U.S. invasion of Iraq "illegal," I imagined a glimmer of hope. Then I saw and heard a short clip of the exchange myself, where the BBC reporter (who seemed spinally empowered) pressed Annan about his characterization of the situation as not in line with UN charters, and so on: "It was illegal?" the reporter asked. Annan seemed rather embarrassed to agree. According to excerpts of the interview posted on the BBCs web site, the lengthier exchange went like this:
Q: Are you bothered that the US is becoming an unrestrainable, unilateral superpower?

A: Well, I think over the last year, we've all gone through lots of painful lessons. I'm talking about since the war in Iraq. I think there has been lessons for the US and there has been lessons for the UN and other member states and I think in the end everybody is concluding that it is best to work together with our allies and through the UN to deal with some of these issues. And I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time.

Q: Done without UN approval - or without clearer UN approval?

A: Without UN approval and much broader support from the international community.

Q: I wanted to ask you that - do you think that the resolution that was passed on Iraq before the war did actually give legal authority to do what was done?

A: Well, I'm one of those who believe that there should have been a second resolution because the Security Council indicated that if Iraq did not comply there will be consequences. But then it was up to the Security Council to approve or determine what those consequences should be.

Q: So you don't think there was legal authority for the war?

A: I have stated clearly that it was not in conformity with the Security Council - with the UN Charter.

Q: It was illegal?

A: Yes, if you wish.

Q: It was illegal?

A: Yes, I have indicated it is not in conformity with the UN Charter, from our point of view and from the Charter point of view it was illegal. [View RealPlayer video of the interview]
Why, oh why is this "pink tutu" motherfucker allowed to lead the United Nations? Why can't he be straightforward and just say it without having to be asked repeatedly? Is he trying to uphold the UN's image as a useless piece of shit?

Wait -- there's more!
Another supreme fuck-up involving the UN occurred within 24 hours of the event described above. (Remember, the UN's charter says that they are determined "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.") Taiwan's president Chen Shui-bian was scheduled to appear via video link at a teleconference for international reporters in the United Nations building. However, due to obstruction from China (that country with a population of over a billion which acts like Taiwan [population 23 million] is "picking on" it), the event was moved to the nearby UN Plaza Hotel.

Taiwan's opposition parties criticized President Chen in at least one of the local Chinese-language newspapers today for suggesting that the UN assist in arranging a summit meeting with China's president Hu Jintao. I suppose they'd prefer to either get down on their knees and kiss Hu's ass or to go to war with China than to use diplomacy (since they're utter failures at any kind of diplomacy).

It's simply amazing that China, in spite of all their bellicose rhetoric and real actions, gets to say and do whatever they want while Taiwan is relegated to "second class" status at every turn. Taiwan's First Lady, Wu Shu-chen (sometimes spelled Wu Shu-jen), representing Taiwan at the Paralympic Games which begin today in Athens, had her NPC (National Paralympic Committee) pass revoked by the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) and replaced with a GT (transferable guest) pass, lowering her status greatly, according to Thursday's Taipei Times. The reason given for this was that Wu didn't meet the criteria requiring the leader of a country's delegation to be a "serving NPC president, secretary-general or vice president." The Taipei Times article points to a case of selective enforcement, however:
The IPC was merely looking for an excuse in citing the regulation, [M]inistry [of Foreign Affairs] spokesman Michel Lu said.

"The ministry has checked the identities of leaders of Paralympic teams from 145 countries. The leaders of teams from Australia, New Zealand, Honduras, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Nigeria, the US and South Africa do not fit the IPC accreditation policy either," he said.
Now, isn't that special? And this is but a single day in the bully-fest that is endured daily by the peaceful people of Taiwan.

QUICK UPDATE: Good news! Shortly after posting this, local TV news was reporting that Taiwan's First Lady, Wu Shu-chen, has had her NPC credentials restored. My wife tells me that Taiwan's opposition parties were making fun of the president's Democratic Progressive Party for "seeing a stone off in the distance and going out of their way just to kick it." Looks like the stone got kicked in the direction of the opposition this time. Ha ha!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Birds of a feather

Taiwan's pan-blue opposition parties are up to their disgusting tricks in full force once again. All day Monday and Tuesday, local news has been reporting an ad placed in the Washington, DC newspaper Roll Call calling Taiwan's president Chen Shui-bian "Taiwan's Hitler." This is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

The pan-blues are made up of the KMT (Kuomintang, or Chinese Nationalist Party) and the breakaway-then-realigned PFP (People First Party) chaired respectively by Lien Chan and James Soong, the losing candidates in this year's presidential elections. The KMT came to Taiwan with the former dictator Chiang Kai-shek. James Soong is the former Minister of Information responsible for supressing the use of local languages in Taiwan during Taiwan's "White Terror" period. If anyone could be compared to a dictator, it would be these guys.

If Chen Shui-bian were a dictator, there never would have been a recount. People like Sisy Chen, Jaw Shaw-kong, and Li Tao -- who criticize Chen all day and night -- wouldn't have their own TV and radio shows. Chiu Yi would be under the jail. And if Chen were "Taiwan's Hitler," all the Chinese nationals in Taiwan would be in concentration camps or dead. The pan-blue supporters who rioted for weeks in front of the Presidential Office after the election would have been mowed down with machine guns.

But none of that has happened, and the pan-blues can only resort to fabrication.

Roll Call's executive editor Morton Kondracke has been covered many times by the awesome folks at Media Matters for America for "falling afoul of the facts." It's not surprising that the pan-blues would choose to place their ad in his newspaper.

The pan-blues deny being behind the ad and a parallel e-mail campaign which seems to ignore and even deny both the implied threat of the 500 to 600 Chinese missiles aimed in our direction and the explicit threats toward Taiwan made by China, but it wreaks of the desperate arguments used in the pan-blues' incessant refusal to accept their defeat in the presidential election. PFP legislator Lee Ching-hwa even appeared in the Legislative Yuan yesterday wearing a "No Justice, No President" T-shirt.

It's like déjà vu all over again!
For deeper insight into the depraved minds of the pan-blues, you should read all of the postings on this blog starting with the one following my participation in the February 28, 2004 Hand-in-Hand Rally, then working forward from March 19 (the election eve assassination attempt on Taiwan's president and vice-president) through at least May 20 (inauguration day) -- during which I blogged almost exclusively about issues related to Taiwan -- to see how this blog covered the events in real-time and from a local perspective.

Here's a complete (?) listing, in chronological order, of posts on this blog related to this subject:
Monday, March 01, 2004
* Hand-in-hand for peace
Friday, March 19, 2004
* Assassination attempt on Taiwan's president, vice-president
Saturday, March 20, 2004
* Taiwan's president released from hospital
* Let the lies, damn lies, and statistics begin
* Chen Shui-bian re-elected to Taiwan presidency: Lien Chan loses -- sorely
Sunday, March 21, 2004
* Taiwan's referendum fails: Lien and Soong still behaving like spoiled brats
* Then came the riots
Monday, March 22, 2004
* Crackpot theories
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
* Losers of Taiwan's election demonstrate why they lost: Complete lack of leadership abilities
* Countering more of the Taiwan rumors
* Chen Shui-bian is no "pink tutu" Democrat!
* Cutting off their noses
Thursday, March 25, 2004
* Lien Chan is a crackpot and a fucking liar: Whoever believes him is fucked in the head, too
Friday, March 26, 2004
* Lien Chan parodies self: Downloadable tune lets us laugh at him some more
* More riots in Taiwan
* More developments in the Taiwan riots
Saturday, March 27, 2004
* Tie a yellow ribbon for Taiwan
* Lien Chan's memory less than 24 hours: How else could he say these words without choking on them?
Sunday, March 28, 2004
* Good news for Taiwan?
* Chen Shui-bian offers Lien and Soong "equal opportunity for sympathy": This blog welcomes Sisy Chen to join in the fun
Monday, March 29, 2004
* A recap of recent events in Taiwan
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
* Have you ever seen an "earthworm" cry?
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
* Have you ever seen an earthworm count backwards from ten?
Thursday, April 01, 2004
* Have you ever seen an earthworm box?: Is "box" a noun or a verb?
* Experts conclude Chen Shui-bian was shot: Pan-blues will probably say it's an April Fool's joke
Friday, April 02, 2004
* Would you like fries with that recount?: Another day, another absurd shift in their requests
Saturday, April 03, 2004
* Taiwan's opposition flip-flops again: The crybaby losers must be getting sick of themselves
Sunday, April 04, 2004
* Wu'er Kaixi undergoes lobotomy (or something): Rumor gets started right the fuck here
Monday, April 05, 2004
* About those "Taiwanese" "students" who want "truth" and "democracy"...
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
* Past 2 days' local news recaps most recent posts on this blog
Thursday, April 08, 2004
* Desperados, why don't you come to your senses?: You've been out ridin' fences, for so long now
Friday, April 09, 2004
* Simple logic counters invalid conclusions obtained from false data
* Wu'er Kaixi blinded by "too much" freedom?
Sunday, April 11, 2004
* Another Saturday night of violence in Taiwan's capital: Taiwan's pan-blue supporters bring Elton John classic to life
Monday, April 12, 2004
* Taiwan's pan-greens have had more than their fill: How much more must they endure?
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
* Return of the mother of a son of a bitch: Updating the Shen Chih-hui farce
Friday, April 16, 2004
* They belong in jail, not in political office: Why reasonable people experience frustration
Saturday, April 17, 2004
* You learn something new every day...: Unless you're a pan-blue politician, that is
Monday, April 19, 2004
* A riot-free weekend?: There's a first time for everything
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
* I've got your "ethnic divisiveness" right here!: An anal-retentive analysis
Sunday, April 25, 2004
* Another reason to distrust Beijing: Can you say "cover-up"? (subtopics: How do you keep an "earthworm" in jail?; "Dictators" vs. "truth-seekers"; Jackie Chan not banned by Taiwan)
Friday, April 30, 2004
* A big "Ha ha ha!" to The Journalist: Were their brains eaten by aliens?
Monday, May 03, 2004
* Just how much does "freedom of the press" cover?: Does it include giving airtime to presidential assassination plotters?
Thursday, May 06, 2004
* Pro-China psycho bitches on the loose in Taiwan: Opposition still thinks Chen Shui-bian is a "dictator"
Monday, May 10, 2004
* On your marks, get set, ...: Cry: "Unfair!"
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
* No "major disturbances" in Taiwan's recount: Backstory rife with military-grade acronyms
Sunday, May 16, 2004
* A cornucopia of clouds over Taiwan: Pan-blues are still insatiable power-sluts
Monday, May 17, 2004
* More "clouds" in Taiwan's news: Could it be somebody smoking crack?
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
* Hou You-yi [says] Feng is full of shit!: Taiwan's English-language media should be all over this!
Thursday, May 20, 2004
* "United" only in their divisiveness: Can you say "Napoleon complex"?
Friday, May 21, 2004
* World media kowtows to Beijing, echoes their lies: Bullies play victim
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
* Nonsense and lack of sensibility: Taiwan's opposition and Beijing are two of a kind
Friday, June 11, 2004
* "Mayberry, ROC"?: Taiwan's crybaby loser pan-blues' approval ratings plummet
Thursday, June 17, 2004
* "Earthworm" (and other PFP psycho-bitches) indicted
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
* Birds of a feather (this post)
How's that for in-depth coverage?

Monday, September 13, 2004

"We blew up a mountain. Yeah, that's the ticket!"

"So just believe us, okay?"

North Korea, coming up with this rather strange excuse after only about 4 days, now says that the mysterious mushroom cloud which appeared last Thursday or so was the result of the "deliberate demolition of a mountain for the construction of a hydroelectric plant," according to an article on CNN.

(Pssst! Condi! Are you paying attention? It was bigger than the average forest fire.)

In the same article, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, working with the Kerry-Edwards campaign, says it more succinctly than I did early this morning:
"They [the North Koreans] get the wrong message out of Iraq. You know, we invade countries that don't have nuclear weapons and we don't invade those that do."
Unlike Condi, Albright must be paying attention to that part about the explosion occurring "near the site of the Yongjori missile base -- a large facility with an underground missile firing range."

Where are the pictures, though? Well, here's a satellite photo from 4 years ago showing the relative locations of the explosion (somewhere in the large circle) and a suspected HEU (highly enriched uranium) site (the smaller circle), though the writer failed to explain that. Here's another one that you can almost see if you put your face on the screen and use a magnifying glass. The accompanying article says that the blast "left a crater so big it could be seen from space." I suppose they mean "with the naked eye" and not with one of those satellites that can read your credit card number from space.

And you still wanna tell me there was no seismic activity?

Anyway, I'm still waiting for some eyewitness photos of the "peculiar" cloud itself. Where are those?

Cream of mushroom cloud

No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq, but there was one of those mushroom cloud thingies following a huge blast in North Korea last Thursday, you dipshits! Whether it's a test or an accident or whatever the fuck it actually is has yet to be determined (though I'd think it would be rather easy via satellite photos, seismic readings, atmospheric testing for radioactive fallout, etc.).

That being said, this is not one of those times where I hope to say "I told you so."

Weapons inspectors were in Iraq prior to this latest war telling us that there was no threat there, but North Korea boasted of their nukes. In the logic of the Bush administration, this called for bombing Iraq and ignoring North Korea. Trying to cover their mistakes would be one explanation for why the US is so readily saying that the blast was not nuclear and calling the cloud "peculiar." Condoleezza Rice goes into Yogi Bear* mode and says, "Maybe it was a fire, some kind of forest fire." (*Note: not Smokey. Smokey would've shown some concern about putting the damn thing out.)

South Korea's reasons for saying the same sort of things would more likely be due to fear. They should, however, try a little harder not to contradict themselves while doing so. Here are two paragraphs from the same article:
An official of the Korea Meteorological Administration also explained, “A related seismic wave would be perceived if there was a nuclear test either above the ground or underground. But no such wave was measured around Sept. 9 when the explosion is said to have happened.”


A staff in the Korea Institute for Defense Analysis explained, “A mushroom cloud is seen in all large-scale explosions, not only in a nuclear explosion. It is related to the scale of an explosion, not to the cause or characteristics of the explosion.”
So are they trying to tell me that it was about as big as a nuclear explosion, but it didn't cause any seismic waves? Get the fuck outta here!

Doesn't it just make you want to blow chunks when government officials excrete statements like, "We're not ruling out any possibilities, but we're absolutely certain it's not (fill-in-the-blank)"?

By the way, I'm not suggesting for anyone to recklessly bomb North Korea -- only that it should be increasingly obvious to everyone that attacking Iraq was wrong. The Bushies knew that Saddam was no threat to anyone, but North Korea openly threatened a "first strike" on the US just prior to the invasion of Iraq.

Is that ass backwards or what?!

And really, doesn't it make you wonder if the Bushies actually meant "No child left alive"?

Saturday, September 11, 2004

The unbearable tightness of being very afraid all over again

It's that time of year again, folks: the time when we're supposed to bend down and worship the current occupiers of the White House for being "tough" (stubborn) and making the world "safer" (more dangerous).

Dick Cheney claimed (then did a flip-flop) this week that "we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States" if we vote for the "wrong" guy. He seemed to be trying to tell us that if he and Bush aren't placed in power by the Supreme Court for another four years that we're basically in for an eternity of hell and damnation.

As if the past 3 years and 8 months haven't been just that!

We mustn't forget that the 9/11 attacks occurred on Bush and Cheney's watch. Anthrax in the mail killed people on their watch, too. The Patriot Act, Homeland Security, "free speech zones," Guantanamo Bay, and Abu Ghraib (American style) came into being. Bin Laden has been forgotten. Saddam Hussein served as a convenient scapegoat. Bush puffed up his chest and said to "bring 'em on." Wars abroad, over 1,000 American soldiers and 11,000 Iraqi civilians killed, millions of jobs lost, a huge deficit...

Do we really need any more reasons to get rid of these bastards?

A global poll says that the people of 30 out of the 35 nations would choose Kerry over Bush. That speaks volumes. The lies, the smears, and of course the bombs have not won over any "hearts and minds." The world hates what Bush stands for, and as a result, looks down upon America and Americans.

What are you going to do about it? Between now and November 2, convince people to vote. Vote by absentee ballot if at all possible, especially if Diebold voting machines are in use where you live. And, like Dick Cheney says, don't vote for the "wrong" ticket!

It's time for a regime change in the USA.

If you're up for some nostalgia, take a look at this long post I wrote one year ago.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004


A Taipei Times article via The Guardian bears this nausea-inducing headline:
Liberated Iraq sends in security to silence al-Jazeera

There's more. The body of the article stretches even further the limits of the ability to suspend one's disbelief:
Iraqi security officers stormed al-Jazeera's Baghdad offices and sealed the newsroom with red wax on the weekend after the interim government banned the Arabic television station from broadcasting in the country.

The raid followed a decision by Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi to close the station temporarily last month because of its apparent failure to support the US occupation. Officials said al-Jazeera had now been shut indefinitely because it had ignored the original ban.

Several armed police officers were posted outside and in the lobby of Baghdad's Swan Lake Hotel, where al-Jazeera has its offices.

"We have been told not to let anyone in; we are just following orders," Captain Abu Jibal told journalists. "If you take any photos, we'll arrest you," he said.

Robert Menard of Reporters Without Borders said the ban contradicted "Iraqi officials' statements on democracy."

Other media groups, including the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, criticized the earlier ban.

Al-Jazeera said the decision was "reminiscent of the way certain other regimes have behaved." [Emphasis added]
So let's run through this once more:
* While bombs go off and people die daily, Iraq is now so "liberated" as to earn unquestioning headlines backing the propaganda.

* Even though networks like FOXNews will do it of their own volition, all news organizations are now "required" by dictator-like proclamation to support dictator-replacement puppet regimes.

* If you objectively report this very story from within "liberated" Iraq, you'll be arrested by people using excuses that echo those of WWII Nazis and American sadists.

* If you report objectively in general (i.e., without supporting the occupation), you'll be shut down.
It's 1984 all over again:
In the vast majority of cases there was no trial, no report of the arrest. People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word.

- George Orwell, 1984
"Waxed" is what they're calling it now.
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