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Tue Oct 28, 2014 at 08:02 PM PDT

Guns and Education

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Baidu is considered by many as the Chinese version of Google. However, unlike Google, whose company motto is "don't do evil", Baidu seems to believe the capitalist principle of money at all cost. Recently a rumor that the esteemed professor of computer science at Stanford University, Prof. Andew Ng, is going to collaborate with Baidu, triggered this open letter from someone in China. It is an indirect reflection of the kind of company Baidu is.

The full text of the letter below.

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Yesterday more than a dozen men (and possibly two women according to some eyewitnesses) dressed in black, wearing facemasks and armed with long knives attacked the crowd waiting at the Kunming railroad station. The most recent report had 29 people killed and 162 injured.

Five of the attackers were shot and killed by police. The city government of Kunming announced today that according to the evidence they have, the attackers were Uyghur separatists.

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Dennis Rodman had a wonderful time in North Korea. Some Chinese blogger drew this cartoon.

Cartoon and English translation below the fold

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Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 06:47 PM PST

The best video I've ever watched

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This video about children's view on gay marriage is making rounds on Chinese blogosphere. It made me optimistic about our future. It's in English with Chinese subtitle:
http://tv.sohu.com/...

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The picture of the new headquarters building of the official Chinese communist Party newspaper People's Daily has gone viral on Chinese blogosphere. The reason? It looks like a big "FU" symbol. Picture below the fold.

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The French Canadian circus company Cirque du Soleil displayed the Tiananmen Tank Man photo, photoshoped to show Micheal Jackson as the tank man, on the giant screen during a recent performance in Beijing.

They have my support.

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A man in wheelchair detonated a home-made bomb at the arrivals terminal (terminal 3) at Beijing Capitol International Airport, injuring himself. Here is a report about the motive of the bombing.

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The English word "China" can be transliterated into Chinese as "chai na", which means "in the process of demolishing". This has become a popular name for China in Chinese blogosphere, because of widespread practice of forced demolishing of private homes sanctioned by local governments which are eager to cash in on the real estate boom.

Not all people are giving up their homes without a fight. There have been many reports of violent battles between home owners and demolition teams, many of which ended in tragic losses of lives. Now the protest has spread to America.

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Ping Fu's alma mater appears very much angered by Ping Fu's memoir which contained many unbelievable and unflattering descriptions about the university. It has requested that Fu retract her words and apologize. It also threatens to publicize the evidence it claims to have that shows Fu is lying, and threatens to file lawsuits in both China and US courts against Fu.

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Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 07:10 PM PDT

Let's not forget Tiananmen

by xgz

It's the anniversary of June 4, 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement again. We should not forget those who gave their lives for democracy 24 years ago.

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Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 02:12 PM PDT

June 4, 1989 in our memory

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Another year has passed, and China is still under a dictatorship. Students who braved bullets on Tiananmen Square 24 years ago are now in their middle ages. Most of the younger generation in China today have not even heard of the democracy movement of 1989. It is our duty to remember it and to keep the hope for democracy in China alive.

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