Monday, February 4, 2008

While in California...

It's been awhile since I've blogged, but here are some fun pictures (and one scary one...see if you can figure out which one!) from our short trip to Tahoe for some skiiing and snowboarding at Kirkwood. The show was quite nice and it started falling again as we drove home, we actually saw a three car accident due to the new snow on the ground - a little scary!

Censorship in China

Censorship in China has has been pumped up due to the Olympics next August in Beijing. Of course none of this is ever discussed on any of the news channels here in China, but it seems that weekly there are more and more articles about it on The New York Times website and the BBC website.

Here's one that was posted today, titles "Great Firewall of China"

I only really notice the censorship when I'm trying to access sites like, Wikipedia, Blogs, etc. What I notice more is the lack of "real" news on the television stations. With the recent terrible weather and the horrible conditions people have been facing the self-censorship of the news is more obvious than ever. The only way to really learn about what is happening is to check non-chinese news resources. The only news one will hear about in China is that "the weather has been bad, but all the stranded people in the train stations are patient and understanding of the situation." Which is a load of crap. People have been stranded in train stations for days now without hot water, electricity, etc. The government has been totally unprepared for the weather, it's really quite awful.