The US financial bubble is so huge, even a nonexistent website can swindle [traders] out of $20 billion.
Hong Kong celebrity Deric Wan is sharing his love of Starbucks—and China—on Weibo. He claims to have reported the IP addresses of users whose criticisms of him were shared over 500 times–a “transgression” punishable with a prison sentence. Read more.
A World Without Weibo: There, we have only the friendly smiles of News Simulcast. There, chengguan never beat people up; government officials never take bribes; public servants are all Jiao Yulu and eat instant noodles every day. There are no watch brothers or house uncles; no forced demolitions or petitions. School headmasters are honest and judges noble. The elderly are cared for and the sick are treated. Everyone beams with joy. When Weibo came, all the goodness vanished. Weibo truly is harmful!
CCTV came to my office on September 28 to interview me. I said, “You won’t broadcast it.” The reporter said, “Yes, we will.” Q: What does it mean to be patriotic? A: To criticize every mistake the government makes so that the people have a better life, more rights, and more freedom.” Q: How do you prove your level of patriotism? A: The more you criticize, the deeper your love of country. Forgiving the government for its abuse of power is exactly how not to be patriotic. They didn’t air my comments.
Monday saw the end of the week-long detention of Yang Hui, a 16-year-old “rumor” monger accused of causing protests by challenging the official explanation for a local man’s death. Is his release a victory of any sort, or a sign of worse to come? Read more.
Satan Lucky (@撒旦君_Satan) has created a menagerie of monsters in modern China, the “Strange Creatures of Cathay” (华夏异事录). Rendered in the style of Japanese “floating world” (ukiyo-e) paintings, these creatures haunt coal mines, poison restaurant utensils, and steal postcards for lunch. Every demon portrays a social ill that menaces Chinese citizens’ everyday lives. “When you think for yourself, you want to express something with a link to the time that you are living in,” Satan Lucky explains in an interview with Danwei.
Check out Satan Lucky’s cartoons at China Digital Times.