Archive for March 13th, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Why Can’t Humans Fly? Scientific Answers

Hello Children

Hermit the Taoist Dragonfly

Well, whoever had this question and found these pages with the a/m searchword combination, I hope that my little scientific treatise has been helpful. I strongly advise you never to practise Falun Gong stuff. It has been the ruin of many-a poor Granny.

And flying like them is not scientific!!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Wen Jiabao: Dalai Lama no Normal Religious Figure

[Press conference after the closing of the NPC annual session this morning, Wen in reply to a question from a Figaro correspondent]



When we say that the Dalai Lama is not a simple religious figure, and he is actually a political exile, this is absolutely justified. The so-called exile government situated in Dharamsala is actually a combination of politics and religion, and this illegal government is under the direct control of the Dalai Lama.



The Dalai Lama has run around all over the world and he is quite capable of misleading some political figures in other countries. Some Western countries are also using him. I give you just one example here as to how we view the Dalai Lama, we do not only need to listen to what he says, but also watch what he does.



Several days ago, the Dalai Lama, in a so-called rebuttal of what was said by the Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi in his press conference, he said that he had never asked the central government to withdraw the Chinese troops from Tibet or to move the Han ethnic groups out of Tibet. This is really demagogic. [蠱惑人心 – gu huo ren xin: to confuse and poison peoples’ minds, to excite popular feelings…]



You may refer to the five-point proposal made by the Dalai Lama on peace in Tibet in the United States back in 1987 or the seven-point supplementary*) proposal he made in Strasbourg, France, in 1988. In those proposals, he made it very clear that he calls on the central government of China to withdraw the troops from Tibet and to remove the military installations. He also calls on the immediate halt for the movement of Han ethnic groups into Tibet. As for those Han ethnic groups who already live in Tibet, he asks for them to leave.



It is in cold print. The Dalai Lama can put this right, but he can’t get away with it.


*) The premier actually says “七点补充建议” (supplementary proposals, as translated during the press conference). The Lianghui website changes this into “七點新建議” (seven new proposals). The term new proposals seems to be in more frequent use in Chinese – and it arguably sounds more like inconsistent or unreliable.

As Wen Jiabao speaks slowly, this patriotic youtube video might be a good Chinese lesson. The translator tows the line of referring to the Dalai Lama as Dalai, while the premier himself uses the term Dalai Lama.


BBC, Mar 13: Wen a bit worried about the safety of loans to U.S.

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