Tuesday, April 29, 2008


'Free Tibet' flags made in China

Protesters holding a flag of the Tibet Government in Exile
Made in China? Police believe some flags may have already been shipped

Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say.

The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Workers said they thought they were just making colourful flags and did not realise their meaning.

But then some of them saw TV images of protesters holding the emblem and they alerted the authorities, according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper.

Tibet independence

The factory owner reportedly told police the emblems had been ordered from outside China, and he did not know that they stood for an independent Tibet.

Workers who had grown suspicious checked the meaning of the flag by going online.

Thousands of flags had already been packed for shipping.

Police believe that some may already have been sent overseas, and could appear in Hong Kong during the Olympic torch relay there this week.

The flag of the Tibet  government-in-exile
Known as the Snow Lion Flag
Introduced in 1912
Banned in mainland China

The authorities have now stepped up the inspection of cars heading to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and onwards to Hong Kong.

The Olympic torch is due to tour Hong Kong on Friday. It will then travel to a series of cities in mainland China before reaching Beijing for the start of the Olympic Games in August.

Its progress around the world has been marked by pro-Tibet demonstrations in several cities - including Paris, London and San Francisco.



To laugh or not to laugh. Presented with the fact that Free Tibet flags are made in China poses a humor dilemma. It is indeed ironic, but from the oppression by the biggest bully in Asia I would consider it a poke in the eye of the bully.

The Tibet issue is a no-brainer, leave Tibet alone, they are not corrupting the Commie rule everywhere else, they were minding their own business when the Commie bully stepped in and stepped on everything Tibetan.

Cafferty has to be ROTFLHAO (rolling on the floor laughing his ass off).

Commie bully's suck!




Hajji said...

Too bad they caught it!

Would've been a big HA! at the opening ceremonies!

I wonder why rednecks didn't think of flying a couple thousand Confederate Battle Flags at the Atlanta Olympics?


DEN said...

DR: Can you tell me about your involvement in the Active Denial System?

Gaubatz: My background in directed energy was from July 2000 till right after the war, September 2003. I was involved with active denial. I was the point of contact [for security] at [Air Force Research Laboratory] AFRL at Kirtland where it was tested and evaluated. Anything they did went through us for security. We had the Chinese, Russians, and many countries trying to steal this technology. Anything they did, bringing in the animals, or testing, had to go through me. I signed off on it, whether it could move or not move forward on this particular day.

DR: What sort of animals would they use?

Gaubatz: Goats, primarily.

DR: Can you describe what took place with the animals?

Gaubatz: They’d bring the animals in, put them in the pens. They'd put curtains down, or a wall, to see if [the beam] could go through walls. And it would. You can go to different degrees; you can do nonlethal. But it was not designed as nonlethal.

DR: Would the animals die quickly?

Gaubatz: It was quick.

DR: I hate to be gruesome, but what did the animals look like after they had been killed? Did they have visible burns.

Gaubatz: No, not visibly, I didn’t get right up to the cages.... I’m a big animal lover, it was very hard for me in 2000 to see that. I know it has its purpose, but it’s very difficult for me to see the animals suffer like that.

DR: You talk about changing the dial between lethal and nonlethal. As I understand it, the nonlethal version of Active Denial System operates at 95 Ghz, which heats up the top layer of skins. What frequency then does the lethal version operate in?

Gaubatz: We get into the technical [details], I’m not the one who can give you the technical aspects. All they had to do was change a dial if you wanted a nonlethal form. And then it could be pumped up to whatever range you wanted.

@ Wired

Non lethal crowd dispersion?

Things are getting spooky 'round these parts.

Hajji said...

Poor Goats!



DEN said...

Next the sheep(us)

Willful disregard for life is a fascist qualifier isn't it?

David B. Benson said...

And just when you thought everything was hunky-dory:

Climate change could force 1 billion from their homes by 2050

Hajji said...


Thanks for the good wishes for NC this weekend.

I haven't been assigned a "staging location" yet, but I'm hoping for west or south of Asheville.

Western NC is one of those places, y'know...

BRParkway is nice, but all the hollers and balds and waterfalls and vistas and hiding-out-abortion-clinic-bombers...y'know?

Been jonesin' to do more Hiking in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

It is ancient, very under-used and worth every step. Feels very Middle-Earth, y'know?

I'm tempted to go up early Friday, do some hiking and camp Friday night before I go Obama-in' Saturday through Tuesday.

"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of Robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree."

-Joyce Kilmer
December 6, 1886-July 30, 1918

Carey said...


There's a new momentum after a few bumps today. I think it's swinging back, the pendulum is. We had a few setbacks there, can anybody say rollercoaster?, I do believe things are currently swinging back.

I do! I was genuinely scared yesterday, now, not so much. HAVE FUN IN NC!

What a ride in the last week, huh?

Pssst. What do you think? Is Rev. Wright working for the Clinton campaign?

David B. Benson said...

Can't get ahead, can't even stay even:

Carbon Footprint Of Best Conserving Americans Is Still Double Global Average

DEN said...

Hajji, what an amazing trip back to Earth in the Joyce Killmer Forest.

A person can feel totally immersed in the very core of the Earth.


Better just go there anyway.

DEN said...

Opps did not mean core like center, but more core of life here on Earth.

DEN said...

OOps didn't meen to spell opps wrong,

oops didn't mean to spell meen wrong,

aw shucks! must be beer thirty!

DEN said...

Carey, Rev. Wright is not used to being in the public eye, he made sense on Moyers but wacked out at the Press Club.

Depends how long the MSM will milk the story.

The MSM tries to control folks' thinking with filtering.

Carey said...

Oh man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's about an effin book deal--Wright and his whole Press Club gig--it was cooked up--contrived to make it into a McGovern in '72-type situation with his vice-presidential candidate--to up the book deal anty. This is more than what you've already heard about with Wright having an upcoming book tour. Those comedic antics, talking bad 'bout Obama, Wright's whole personal animosity towards Obama, this whole thing stinks--why?--Wright smells green.

Shoot, I'm going to go listen to Tom Hartman. He's on XM now. This is also at his website--tomhartman.com.

Check out John Nichols too at The Nation. We've got homework.

tytandanmar said...

I see it like this. The super delegates are going to be faced with a candidate who does not have enough elected delegates to win the nomination. Are they going to go with the candidate who inspires young and new voters or are they going to allow the Clinton stranglehold to remain around the proverbial neck of the party?

Conservatives will make a difference in this election big time. If it is Obama, the response will be so-so. If it is Hillary, look out and I do mean look out.

tytandanmar said...

Sorry, wrong URL on last post.

David B. Benson said...

tytandanmar said "Sorry, wrong URL on last post."

Err, what URL?

And won't the superdelgates go with whoever thay figure has the best chance of winning and has the longest coat-tails?

Hajji said...


It would make sense if one looked at it as a "I've gotta disown you, Jerry, so go go a little nuts at Hillary's BFF's little press club soiree, and I'll lambaste you tomorrow..."

But then, that'd be assuming that BHO's folks are as coldly calculating as all the other campaign sharks...

...and THAT wouldn't jibe, now, would it?


DEN said...

See what I mean about missing TRUTH.

Stuff is harder to find than gold.

Truth IS what we are after.

DEN said...

Truth, Justice, and the American way!

DEN said...

LOST, one flying pig, inquire within.

Carey said...

I don't know if it's just me or what. It just might be, you know I'm moving and I'm sure that's upsetting my internal sense of peace, balance and place--stuff like that.

I have a sense of fear. I don't know where it's coming from. When I do a scan of what could possibly be frightening me, it's all the normal things one should be able to handle. In other words, there's really nothing.

This is something outside of me. I really hope it's not a foreboding. I really do.

My suspicion, I hate to say, is of the Clinton camp. Specifically, Terry MacCauliffe et al. I know I can't spell his name.

Or David, it could be the more obvious crap staring us straight in the face. There's no avoiding it.

My problem is, I can't pinpoint it. But it's bugging me. And frightening me. I hope it goes away.

micki said...

The superdelegates should be looking at coat-tails and the Electoral College (sorry, it's what we've got at this point) before they cast their lot.

Who's going to help or hurt down ticket candidates?

If they want to retain (or gain) the "Chairman" designation, who's most likely to help them -- Clinton or Obama?

Obama is certainly not thriving in this round. But, there's always another day.

If Obama's campaign was really smart, they'd take Hillary up on her Lincoln-Douglas debate challenge.

Obama's campaign could certainly change the subject by doing so -- and he'd have the opportunity to show his bona fides as an agent of change. :-))

micki said...

This notion of a Clinton "stranglehold" is silly. You're suggesting that the Clintons choke freedom of expression or movement? Huh? Get a grip.

You may have your rationale for disliking them, but if they had a stranglehold, dontcha think they'd have closed the deal on this protracted campaign?

micki said...

It might be useful to scrutinize events/candidates totally disregarding the polemics of the chattering class and the blogosphere, and doing the hard word ourselves.

We might come up with different conclusions -- and it'd be less likely we'd be duped or misled, or jump on bandwagons.

Carey said...

That ill-defined, free-floating feeling of unease?

It could have something to do with the new U.S. aircraft carrier that just entered the Persian Gulf. The one intended to back up the State Dept's warning to Iran to "back off."

Ay chihuahua. They'll do anything to win an election.

More to the point. After announcing today that the resolution to our money problems is more drilling, Bush wants to try stealing oil again. It was so successful a venture in Iraq.

Carey said...

Okay, I should probably go back over what I haven't read yet on the blog. I've been doing so much seventh grade stuff.

I will say, Micki, the most important part of this whole campaign is that the Dem party is smack-dab evenly divided. It is a party that WILL come together. I can't emphasize that enough.

I'm wasn't saying anything about the Clinton camp as a whole. I fear them, oh yeah, they are rough. Just mouthing right now. As I said, the fear is unpinpointed. But it is a more general fear.

By the way, the minute after I wrote that line, I thought to myself, "oh dear, I hope Micki doesn't take it the wrong way." Our emotions are quite on edge after this weekend. It was kind of a rough ride.

Again, it could be just me afraid of moving. That's what I mean. I don't know what the heck it is.

micki said...

Carey, my posts were a melange of thoughts from reading ty, Dr. B, you, DEN, Hajji, etc. -- nothing specifically to what you said. Really.

But, I will say...

Too damned much religious shit on the Dem side. This is what we get. I wish Obama and Clinton would never have gone down that path. Fools!

Trying to close the god gap in presidential politics is a fools' errand!

Holy quackamoley. STFU all you Dem candidates!

micki said...

It is a party that WILL come together.

We'll see. I hope you're right.

I hope no one suggest that we pray to make it happen. Oy! :-)