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Archive for January 17th, 2010

Is it the Yang Effect on Yahoo- China’s Internet Spying

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2010

Could it be from the Yang Effect-once again aiding the Chinese to the detriment of justice. Jerry Yang the co-founder of Yahoo, a Chinese (Taiwanese till he was 8), who has supported the Chinese government in efforts relating to human rights violations in China.

A snippet of this article here:
The YAHOO ,case that landed 37-year-old Shi Tao a 10-year prison sentence. A related case involving an online writer named Wang Xiaoning also came up at the event. (For more, click here for our live coverage of the hearing.)

The company executives (Yang and Callahan) offered repeated apologies to the committee, both for failing to update the politicians with details about their subsidiary’s cooperation with the Chinese government and for the suffering faced by families of the imprisoned dissidents. They also professed the Internet portal’s commitment to human rights and continued to defend their decision to keep their Chinese operations alive, despite the censorship-happy whims of the Communist power.

In the end, politicians displayed virtually no sympathy for Yahoo’s plight. Lantos called on Yahoo to account for what he called "spineless and irresponsible actions" in its Chinese operations.

"Look into your own soul, and see the damage you have done to an innocent human being and his family," Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the panel’s chairman, told them at the hearing’s close. "It will make no difference to the committee what you do, but it will make you better human beings, if you recognize your own responsibility for the enormous damage your policies have created."

And now this
The article states that
SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo Inc knew it had been a target to sophisticated Chinese cyber attacks on US corporations before Google alerted the company

to them a source familiar with the matter said, but chose to remain silent after its bigger rival went public.

So WTF? Yahoo knew of this, they said nothing. We have Yang, who has shown his support of the Chinese government aiding in human rights violations and now this.Yahoo presumably takes the side of the PRC over free and open rights. My question is that either America is the greatest place on the earth, to wit, we allow people from all over the world to exploit our resources, turn their backs on all we hold dear, and do nothing about it, or we are the biggest fools on the planet ( as many terrorists believe with our open doors)- and will soon fall as the Romans did.

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China to Google- soooo Sorry…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2010

Wo, what is more incredible, that China may suck up to Google to try and keep them back (article here), yeah that they will supplicate themselves to the internet behemoth, or the power Google has. What is more scary, the ability of the Chinese government to hide secrets or Google’s ability to push around the Chinese…

And what about Yahoo’s co-founder Jerry Yang ( a Chinese by birth (Taiwanese)) supplicating Yahoo under his tenure to the heavy handed measures of the Chinese government (artlice here), or Alibab in whom Yahoo owns a 40% stake, backing the Chinese government in this issue.
You can take the kid out of the farm, but cant take the farm out of the kid… Living and learning in China.

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China Fact- Censorship

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2010

China employs hundreds of thousands of workers to scour the web and block sites that it feels are politically sensitive. In addition, many companies self-filter easing the task of the government.

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China Fact Human Rights- You want ’em you got em

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2010

The notion of Human Rights was introduced into the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, in 2004. Observations:

-it took you thousands of years to do this?
-how readily is it enforced
-they were begrudgingly added, but like they say, you can lead a horse to water but you cant make ’em drink

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Censorship- Today the PRC Censors Must be Working Overtime

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2010

Dont know what it it, but today it is especially difficult to obtain some of my searches here in China. Could be I am using Google, could be I am using inflammatory key words, could just be a coincidence. Does anyone believe in coincidences…

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China Fact- Races in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2010

China has 56 races, the largest of which is the Han people who make up over 90%.

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Fang Zhouzi, Still Looking- Fraud in Academia in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2010

Each year over 100,000 Chinese leave their country to study in American university, conversely, some 20,000 Americans to to China. Fang Zhouzi, is a well known academician waging a war on Chinese academic fraud and systematized, corruption. Interestingly enough, if you search for Fang Zhouzi in China, you cannot access his sites. Examples:


they all were listed on this Google search. Problem is that it is hard to be taken seriously when this type of information is filtered, guess I better use my proxy to access it!

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