There's a lot to unpack in yesterday's NTD report. It looks like the 3 Gorges Dam may not be long for this world, the WuFlu (or something) is spreading big way, However the most disturbing bit of information is that the Uyghur Population in Xinjiang has dropped by 80 percent in the last three years.
That's worse than the drop in the Jewish population in Europe in the 1940s which was a drop of between 60 and 70%.
GoldenHelper, as researchers from security firm Trustwave dubbed the malware, hid inside the Golden Tax Invoicing software, which all companies registered in China are mandated to use to pay value-added taxes. The malware is able to bypass the User Account Control, the Windows mechanism that requires users to give their approval before software can install programs or make other system changes. Once that’s done, GoldenSpy can install modules with System-level privileges.
China is a nuclear power which should give everyone pause. However, it should be remembered that even at the height of the cold war the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. were able to come to the table and ratify arms control treaties. Logically, China should be welcomed into the ongoing nuclear arms limitation/reduction treaty negotiations. And indeed they would be, if they hadn't rejected that offer from America and Russias with prejudice.
China, with the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal after the U.S. and Russia, has maintained it will not join in talks with Washington and Moscow on reducing its number of warheads.
Been reviewing everything I could find on this. The photo showing major distortions is from 2018, and I have to agree that it's Google algorithm issue. There's no way a structure made of concrete can deform like that without severe cracking and failure. On the other hand, I have no doubt that the structure is deforming more than planned. But anything you could see on a satellite photo would have already resulted in a failure, even military-quality images.
Posted by: Ubu at Wed Jul 22 08:20:09 2020 (UlsdO)
"Rats! Now no one will know about my prize-winning rodeo pig!"
You see in Chinese, 共匪 is the pictograph of a slang term that means "Communist Bandit"*.
The paper says comments will be deleted within 15 seconds and having tried this myself, I note that it will indeed happen within 12 and 20 seconds of the comment being posted. That's some pretty impressive bot work.
Anyway, it's just another example of YouTube enthusiastically doing censorship for the disease spreading, organjacking, genocidal, slavers, in the CCP.**
FYI, I do not recognize that as any Japanese word, and neither does JMDICT. The only compounds I find containing 匪 pronounce it "hi" and refer to bandits; none of them also use 共, in any combination. Wild boar is either 猪 or 野猪.
This doesn't excuse Google, of course; they really do look up to China as their Big Brother.
Posted by: J Greely at Mon May 18 10:56:51 2020 (ZlYZd)
I recognized "boar" and the common boar in Japan is their smaller wild boar. The compound had me befuddled so I....Oh right.
I have found the source of my error.
I used an unreliable citation.
I do wonder if this compound has been targeted even in translation software, or this is just a glitch. The former does not seem implausible and has terrifying implications.
I find it interesting that Google doesn't even try to pronounce 匪 in its "translation". Bing autodetects simplified Chinese and translates it character-by-character, giving "co-bandit". Telling it to try to read it as Japanese just gives the reading "Kyo-yi" as the non-translation, and the suggestion to try Simplified Chinese...
Posted by: J Greely at Mon May 18 20:23:41 2020 (ZlYZd)
Language Log has a post about it, of course! It is pronounced "gongfei" with the usual weird diacritical marks as pitch markers. It means "Commie bandit".
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue May 19 07:52:06 2020 (sF8WE)
As of this morning, pasting that into Google Translate & letting it detect the language (Chinese) results in a translation to English of "Gangster" for me.
Also, Facebook isn't deleting posts with that in them.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed May 20 10:27:35 2020 (Iwkd4)
It appears that SakimiChan, who (in addition to being a talented and popular artist) gives monthly tutorials on how to draw, has run afoul of the Guild Of Professionally Offended Karens.
Specifically, GOPOK is appalled that an old tutorial in artistry is focussed on rendering the wrong sort of body type.
Sakimi-chan was soon bombarded with criticism and harassment by like-minded art authoritarians, or ‘arthoritarians,’ with the harassment ranging from claims that she was a terrible artist because she did not ‘understand anatomy,’ to accusations of fatphobia based on a tutorial on drawing plus-sized bodies that did not conform to the critics’ very specific standards of representation, to outright calls for the continued bullying and harassment of Sakimi-chan:
Well that' sucks.
If you agree that these puritanical scolds ought to get bent, then follow Sakimichan on Pixiv and on Twitter: Support her quest to add beauty to the world on Patreon and buy her stuff on Gumroad and/or Art Station.
Here's what for her is a low res-piece of 'GravityGal' from her Pixiv...
Yes ladies, she draws dudes too...
...and if you're into it, yaoi, yuri...and interpretational furry.
Deep in the heart of Coronaville , it appears that Uyghers are being trucked in from their "re-education" camps to staff the factories in the plague zones that are either unsafe to operate due to contamination or have massive numbers of people out sick. The purpose of this appears to meet government mandated targets for production in an attempt to rescue an economy hammered by having its workforce immobilized by this disease. Of course if members of a demographic that the CCP is trying to exterminate are infected with a deadly pathogen, then, (presumably) they won't be required to be trucked back to the concentration camps. As far as the CCP is concerned, "two bats, one stone".
As vile as it is, this situation is actually worse than that.
The utilization of these people in the disease wracked regions is a current expedient, but it turns out that this pool of 80,000 or so workers has been used as a sort of slavery temp service since at least 2017.Long before COVID19 was unleashed upon the world, this cadre has been used by various firms to round out the labor pools at factories that include those of western companies set up in China.
This practice has been noted in a in-depth report by The Australian Strategic Policy Institute a PDF of which is here. It gives extensive citations regarding the practice and helpfully notes which companies have been taking advantage of this abhorrent service.
Abercrombie & Fitch,
GAC Group (automobiles),
Hart Schaffner Marx,
Jack & Jones,
Japan Display Inc.,
The North Face,
Polo Ralph Lauren,
I note that many of the western entities on this list not only profess their own piousness but frequently presume to lecture us on what they claim are our moral failings (usually sins involving mere words).
China is a brutal dictatorship, and a nuclear power. Our ability to affect their internal affairs are necessarily limited. However, while we can't stamp out all evil in the world, willingly engaging in this atrocity is another matter entirely.
This is a list that needs to get some distribution and attention.
A lot of people have been talking about the situation between MxR Plays and Jukin. There's been a lot of sea-lawyering on this but here is some actual lawyering and, well, while it does not in any way change my opinion of whose the jerk and whose the victim it does indicate that the situation is much less cut and dried than people have been suggesting.
Meanwhile at C&Rsenal
I'll just leave this without comment except to say that C&Rsenal is (likely soon to be was) one of the better history channels out there. Watch it while you can. All their customer support contacts are now gone.
How did we go from one of the most second amendment friendly states in the union to this? Virginia went Democrat (Barely, its really a matter of a very few seats
in the legislature and the Governor) due to 4 or 5 things. There was a HUGE
infusion of outside money, both from domestic leftwing groups and
indirectly from people like Soros. A vast wave of immigration and
refugees that were settled here during the Obama administration and a large
number of domestic immigrants from California and the Northeast who having voted
in policies that made their homes intolerable to live in moved here and
kept their voting
Finally the ineptitude of the VA republican party, which, being so
close to DC is basically the epicenter of the Republican establishment's
anti-Trump wing. For years they talked of securing the border but now
openly call anyone who does so racist. The bad blood that has developed between the party and its voters is hard to imagine. Finally the vast increase of the federal civil service under Obama resulted in Urban sprawl populated with people whose lifestyles depend on big government.
This situation has the potential to be a powder-keg and perception will be molded by Silicon Valley, and the dying husks of the news media and Hollywood. I'm not optimistic. I'm even less so given that having watched both CNN and Fox I note that they look like they are reporting from two alternate realities. Both of those boomer broadcasting services are closer to each other than the online forums which are ensconcing people in echo chambers. The U.S. Civil War was fought by people that had more in common.
Meanwhile, Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Virginia's governor is looking to make a name for himself outside the minstrel show and child sacrifice circuits. The legislature, which recently went blue is looking to help him out with this, and in the process provide the rest of the nation with a helpful primer on what to expect from progressive electoral victories in the future.
Her earlier video which goes into detail about the incoming laws is here. It is on You-Tube and so likely to vanish in short order. There is a pithier but more profane backgrounder on this situation from Razorfist.
This situation is much more serious than a lot of people realize and has frightening potential to turn pear-shaped in very short order once these bills start getting passed in early to mid January. The volatile state of affairs is unlikely to be helped by bored aspie hotheads coming to the state with the intention of participating in the opening phases of what they eagerly refer to as "The Boogaloo".
If this thing comes to a head, it will not be catharsis, it will not be a bar fight, it will be hell on earth. Legislators are literally talking about using the national guard to go door to door to "enforce compliance" and there is an addendum to the odious bills being drafted that will allow all those county officials and sheriffs that support the sanctuary movement be removed from office (and presumably arrested). Partially in response, Tazewell County has voted unanimously to raise a Militia. It should be noted that this county mobilization is explicitly legal under the State's constitution for the same reason that our state's motto is Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Virginia is unlikely to be an example to the rest of the country, but, one way or another, we have an excellent chance to be a horrible, horrible warning.
Admiral Josh Painter has his usual insightful thoughts on the matter.
Eh, assuming I don't drop dead I'm not going there until June.
Note that you commented while I was doing final editing/revision of the post for clarity so this is a different post than what you commented on.
Originally Blizzard opted not to ban the players when they first held up
the sign during the October 8th competition, but American University
elected to resign from competition anyway to stand in solidarity with
Chinese player, blitzchung, who had been banned from competition for
saying "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our times!” during a post-game
Chambers said the team wants to remind people that Blitzchung risked far more than he and his teammates did to make a point.
"He risked real things,” Chambers said. "We risked getting banned from
a tournament structure we don’t intend to compete in anymore. He lost
his permanent Grandmasters spot, which is a money printer. He risked
getting arrested by security services in Hong Kong. He actually is the
Note Blizzard's official announcement and public explanation on
the matter which, which consists of an anonymous tweet and a quiet
But hey; Blizzard is courageously putting to rest the notion that American Media Companies are not just tolerating totalitarianism in overseas markets, they are helping to bring the censorship here.
There is a part of me that wants Activision-Blizzard to get away with this fiasco, for the simple reason it will cause the Chinese to keep pushing the line and see at what point it becomes a bridge too far for Bobby Kotick and his C-suite subordinates. For example:
There has been a move over the last few years among the PRC's officialdom to crackdown on public display and expression of homosexuality on the Chinese social media and Internet. What if the next diktat that Activision-Blizzard gets told as a condition of allowing their games in the PRC, is that they can no longer show any gay or lesbian people on any of their streams? Will being told that they can not, say, show people like Overwatch League player Austin Wilmot (Who goes by the gamer tag Muma and plays on OWL's Houston Outlaws.) in any interviews, profiles, and special videos, be the bridge too far? Or will Activision-Blizzard throw even the homosexual community under the bus to get that sweet, sweet Chinese money?
At least if that happens, the contortions and knots Activision-Blizzard will go through will be even more entertaining to watch than the mess they have now.
Posted by: cxt217 at Thu Oct 10 23:10:25 2019 (LMsTt)
Many LGBTQ+ gamers I follow are insisting that their gaming streams are already being shut down on several streaming services, usually for content guideline violations. But considering how much of that is going on in a broader sense, I really can't say how much of it is targeted at that specific demographic.
On a related note, all the problems that the Chinese maker/programmer/Shenzen promoter Naomi Wu got into was predicated on the reveal of the open "secret" that she's (allegedly) bisexual. It's one of those things that she never says or advocates, but is well known. Because of her pro-Shenzen content, the Chinese government generally leaves her alone except when her sex life gets brought up. At least in her case, as long as she absolutely doesn't talk about or go out of her way to present herself in any kind of non-hetero relationship, they're happy to ignore her. But they've also made it clear that she's walking on the edge of a knife blade with regular police check-ins.
And, of course, I'm sure you've noticed the latest wrinkle that since Steve Kerr, NBA coach and former player and noted Lefty activist, has been attacked for his non-interest in commenting; Democrats have suddenly decided the NBA must be defended because Kerr is a reliable voice against Trump.
Posted by: Ben at Fri Oct 11 10:08:55 2019 (osxtX)
Well, the modern Democrat Party and media (But I repeat myself.) have never been shy of defending Communists...Even the kind that would knife them in the back when they get a chance (All of them.).
Posted by: cxt217 at Fri Oct 11 11:45:09 2019 (LMsTt)
Speaking of Naomi Wu, I just heard about a brilliant bit of kit she just put together, which projects an image on your face from the bill of a hat to foil facial recognition without wearing a mask.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Oct 12 02:35:49 2019 (Ix1l6)
One thing in particular that's not getting a lot about of coverage about this censorship: The Blizzard link is to a 20 minute video has an interesting bit of background on how China's censors have been removing or white washing (literally!) black and other dark skinned characters in video games for some time.
This is a BIG deal and it deserves a lot
more attention that the flurry of attention that is likely to be over by
the end of the week.
For instance, this cancerous dynamic is actually the source of many of the
"reactionism clauses" that are popping up in the Orwellian TOS's of tech
and media companies.
"Reactionism Clauses"? first I've heard the term. What's that?
Posted by: Mauser at Tue Oct 8 21:03:26 2019 (Ix1l6)
Well, if you search "define reactionism", you'll get "of, pertaining to, marked by,
or favoring reaction, especially extreme conservatism or rightism in
politics; opposing political or social change." as a result.
A short amount of searching suggests the de facto meaning is "anything the ChiComs don't like."
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Oct 9 09:26:34 2019 (Iwkd4)
It's sort of like CB if every radio was also a repeater that passed on everything it heard, and the distances involved were much smaller.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Sep 4 23:06:30 2019 (Iwkd4)
Propagation delays are horrible, volunteers supporting mesh nodes come and go, but relying on every peer does not work, vulnerable to disruption by intruder nodes, often jammed solid by congestion. At least in the U.S. every mesh is a stupid, predictable failure, unless it is bankrolled by an organization, but often even then. However, the idea continues to intrigue researchers. In Hong Kong the distances may be smaller and the mesh density greater than in typical American deployment. Also, it's temporary.
If you remember truly decentralized pirac... er... file-sharing network like Gnutella, eDonkey, etc., then you know what to expect from a mesh. BitTorrent crushed all of them because its performance was thousands times better, thanks to trackers. Trackerless torrents are still as bad as the old meshes and even Bram cannot do anything about it.
The extradition treaty is being formally withdrawn by the Hong Kong government.
Note that she refers to the 5 demands as being made by THE PUBLIC rather than something like running dog wreckers and saboteurs. While Mayor Lam nixes one of the demands (which is for what amounts to an internal affairs audit of the HK police) she yields on the Extradition Treaty and offers to parley on the rest. Which is significantly better than a bloodbath.
I'm still not optimistic, but there is now room for rational hope.
From what I'm reading, the biggest concern is that the Extradition Treaty is NOT withdrawn, she's only declared her intention to ask the appropriate member of the executive to move that the treaty be withdrawn in October, AFTER some media heavy festivals and AFTER people stop paying attention. And that the committee or board responsible for withdrawing the treaty is extremely unlikely to do so, as they are currently staffed by very pro-PRC members.
Cute Little MMD Videos are Serious Business Apparently
If you can't read the text, it says;
This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.
Still vague, but its way more than most people get in the way of explanation and has the added benefit to Google of being defamatory.
I assume it's a benefit. I don't quite grok Google's bidness plan but I assume it monetizes the despair and frustration of people unjustly wronged.
The guy just did MMD videos and as far as I could see wasn't selling or soliciting anything. His content was some cute Tohu skits, other shorts, a few racy Kancollie dance videos in a separate, 18+ playlist and some MMD how-to videos.
This Does Not Bode Well
Can anyone find a current Live-Stream or recent video upload from Hong Kong Island? Because You Tube doesn't have anything younger than a week old. I may be making a mistake in my search terms, but I've tried Hong Kong Live; Hong Kong Protest Live, Hong Kong Web Cam, Hong Kong Central Live (and Web cam) and the obsolete term Victoria City. Nothing turns up anything from after a week ago. I assume that Youtube is downselecting or blocking them but given the techweasel's general opaqueness, It's anyone's guess. I did find a few news reports on YT that were 9 hours old and a conspiracy theorist who claims that this is the first step by the BilderBurgers to cull the planets population but nothing about whats happening now.