Monday, August 20, 2007

China,China, China.

My apologies for the lame Brady Bunch reference in this post's title (remember "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia"?), but lately China has been all over the news for even worse reasons than usual.

It seems the Communist bureaucrats, in what can only be a case of one-up-man-ship with the bureaucrats who pollute democracies, have decided to regulate reincarnation. That's right:
In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission.

Pundits stress that this is simply an attempt to control the naming of the next Dalai Lama.

This is the country that was awarded the summer Olympics? In 1980 the US, and other countries, boycotted the Moscow Olympics to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (how ironic is that?). Why are they not boycotting the games in China? Stupidity? Avarice? Cheap (slave) labour for US multinational corporations? Pathetic.