Daily Archives: October 15, 2007

Crackdown on dissidents ensures protest-free Communist Party Congress

Hundreds of arrests and abductions are to ensure a protest-free Party Congress

Christian Science Monitor | Oct 15, 2007

By Peter Ford

Beijing – As China’s ruling Communist Party holds its most important conclave in five years, the government has launched an unusually harsh crackdown on potential troublemakers, say Chinese and international human rights groups.

Scores, perhaps hundreds, of petitioners, democracy activists, religious figures, and human rights workers have been abducted, imprisoned, or confined to their homes over the past six weeks, according to rights monitors.

“This definitely seems to be the worst in years,” says Phelim Kine, a Hong Kong-based researcher with Human Rights Watch. “It is much, much more comprehensive and wide-ranging” than earlier sweeps.

So, as delegates to the ruling Communist Party listen to their leaders’ speeches and discuss the state of the nation at their 17th Congress here this week, at least one voice will not be heard: Yu Tongan, a peasant farmer in southern China. He would never have got into the most important meeting on the Chinese political calendar. But in the time-honored tradition of petitioners, he had hoped to buttonhole one of the delegates to seek redress for his son, who suffered brain damage after a government-mandated vaccination. Instead, he is trapped in his village by two plainclothes policemen standing guard outside his front door since Thursday. “I just wanted to find someone who would talk to ordinary people,” Mr. Yu explained by telephone from his home. “But the police told me I am not allowed to leave or I will be arrested.”

Move keeps Party meet protest free

The goal of keeping Yu, and others like him, away from the capital “is to sterilize Beijing of potential public protests that would embarrass the party” during the Congress, says Mr. Kine.

“It seems to reflect a desire by some elements in the Chinese government to put a very calm facade over public events.”

At the Congress, party members select a new 190-member Central Committee that in turn appoints the Politburo, and set the course for the next five years.

Earlier this year, a Chinese human rights group published what it said was the text of an internal speech by Yu Hongyuan, deputy head of the Beijing Public Security Bureau, advocating “harshly penalizing one person in order to … frighten many more into submission.”

That is what Li Heping, a dapper young lawyer who has made a name for himself defending dissidents, says he believes happened to him on Sept. 29.

After leaving his office in the company of one of the policemen who has been shadowing him for months, he says, he was forced into a car by four men in civilian clothes, who covered his head with a piece of cloth and drove him to an unknown destination.

In what appeared to be a basement, he says he was beaten unconscious by men armed with tire irons and electric cattle prods. He was then released in the middle of the night in woods outside Beijing with a warning to leave the capital and give up his law practice.

“The government says it wants a harmonious society, but what happened to me was a slap in the face for the rule of law,” Mr. Li says. “The trouble is that when people demand that the government respect their rights, and the government cannot do that, then they are seen as enemies.”

Other such “enemies” caught up in the current crackdown include one of Li’s clients, Gao Zhisheng, another lawyer who recently wrote an open letter to the US Senate in favor of greater freedoms in China and who has not been seen or heard from since Sept. 22 when police raided his home.

A well known election activist, Yao Lifa, has been missing from his home in Hubei Province since last Sunday, according to his son. Family members told reporters that Ye Guozhu, who has protested the eviction of tenants to make way for Olympics projects, has been held, along with his brother and son.

Anonymous victims include scores of petitioners whose shelters have been destroyed in recent weeks and who have been taken into custody. Reuters news agency last month revealed the existence of a secret detention center in Beijing run by officials from the town of Nanyang in Henan Province where more than a dozen petitioners were being held in a two-story cell block.

A “dry run” for the Olympics?

“We really have no idea how many” people have been detained in recent weeks, says Kine, “because so many of them are marginalized and do not appear on the radar” of human rights organizations.

Human Rights Watch is worried, Kine adds, that “this might be a dry run for the Olympics,” when the government will also be concerned to keep potential troublemakers out of public view.

“They have the template,” he says. “Given the relative success they have had in sweeping people off the streets this time, there is no reason why they won’t do it again ahead of the Olympics.”

Do People Fall In Love With Robots? Will They?

More predictive programming for the hive-mind robots of today. You will note that it is always “social scientists”, who are actually social engineers, that are behind so many bizarre social transformations because they are working for the Illuminati to create a race of slaves to serve them. This is saying, “You are a machine, a mere robot, so why not marry and have sex with other robots?” It is to dehumanize and depersonalize you.

Bertrand Russell stated that the future would be engineered scientifically by an elite and that the difference between the masses and the elite would become so extreme that they would appear as different species.

We are having the future designed for us without our input, just as global government is being set up behind closed doors and our freedoms are being whittled away through deception. But still the majority will go along with crap like this because they have been dumbed down so thoroughly and believe it’s “evolution” or “progress” or something of that nature.

PW. . .

The Raw Feed | Oct 9, 2007

Social scientists have recently begun to piece together a growing and disturbing phenomenon: People are FALLING IN “LOVE” with their PCs, cell phones and robots.

Which raises the question: Where is all this going? How will people “feel” about the super advanced humanoid and pet-like robots twenty years from now? How about our PCs after they acquire the capacity for speech?

What happens when interaction with our cell phones takes place via an intelligent “agent”? Will some people prefer “relationships” with machines over people? Do they already?

Protesters surveilled by flying robotic insect spy drones

These robobugs are not for crime, guiding missiles, stopping terrorists or for finding survivors. They, along with a vast array of other Big Brother technologies are there for only one thing: to track and trace the public as a whole for the purpose of control and domination of the human species. Period. All propaganda to the contrary is nothing but a lie.

But then we hear it all the time from the professional debunkers: “Tin foil hat nutballs! It doesn’t exist! There are no conspiracies!” they cry hysterically. But then when the evil thing that they claim doesn’t exist becomes an obvious fact to all, they calmly say “Oh, there’s nothing unusual about that. It’s a great idea.”

Such is the devious mind of the professional liar.

PW

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The CIA secretly developed a simple dragonfly snooper as long ago as the 1970s.

“America can be pretty sneaky,” said Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel and expert in unmanned aerial vehicles

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.

Washington Post | Oct 9, 2007

By Rick Weiss

Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month.

“I heard someone say, ‘Oh my god, look at those,’ ” the college senior from New York recalled. “I look up and I’m like, ‘What the hell is that?’ They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects.”

Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.

“I’d never seen anything like it in my life,” the Washington lawyer said. “They were large for dragonflies. I thought, ‘Is that mechanical, or is that alive?’ “

That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Others think they are, well, dragonflies — an ancient order of insects that even biologists concede look about as robotic as a living creature can look.

No agency admits to having deployed insect-size spy drones. But a number of U.S. government and private entities acknowledge they are trying. Some federally funded teams are even growing live insects with computer chips in them, with the goal of mounting spyware on their bodies and controlling their flight muscles remotely.

The robobugs could follow suspects, guide missiles to targets or navigate the crannies of collapsed buildings to find survivors.

The technical challenges of creating robotic insects are daunting, and most experts doubt that fully working models exist yet.

“If you find something, let me know,” said Gary Anderson of the Defense Department’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office.

But the CIA secretly developed a simple dragonfly snooper as long ago as the 1970s. And given recent advances, even skeptics say there is always a chance that some agency has quietly managed to make something operational.

“America can be pretty sneaky,” said Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel and expert in unmanned aerial vehicles who is now at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a nonprofit Washington-based research institute. more

Humans to marry robots in future

More predictive programming for the hive-mind robots of today. You will note that it is always “social scientists”, who are actually social engineers, that are behind so many bizarre social transformations because they are working for the Illuminati to create a race of slaves to serve them. This is saying, “You are a machine, a mere robot, so why not marry and have sex with other robots?” It is to dehumanize and depersonalize you.

Bertrand Russell stated that the future would be engineered scientifically by an elite and that the difference between the masses and the elite would become so extreme that they would appear as different species.

We are having the future designed for us without our input, just as global government is being set up behind closed doors and our freedoms are being whittled away through deception. But still the majority will go along with crap like this because they have been dumbed down so thoroughly and believe it’s “evolution” or “progress” or something of that nature.

PW

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Trends in robotics and shifting attitudes on marriage are likely to result in sophisticated robots that will eventually be seen as suitable marriage partners

United Press International | Oct 11, 2007

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, Oct. 11 (UPI) — The University of Maastricht in the Netherlands is awarding a doctorate to a researcher who wrote a paper on marriages between humans and robots.

David Levy, a British artificial intelligence researcher at the college, wrote in his thesis, “Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners,” that trends in robotics and shifting attitudes on marriage are likely to result in sophisticated robots that will eventually be seen as suitable marriage partners.

Levy’s conclusion was based on about 450 publications in the fields of psychology, sexology, sociology, robotics, materials science, artificial intelligence, gender studies and computer-human interaction.

The thesis examines human attitudes toward affection, love and sexuality and concluded that the findings are just as applicable to human interaction with robots of the future as they are to the relationships between humans of today.

Communist grip on power remains absolute, China’s president says

China’s President Hu Jintao (L) shakes hands with former president Jiang Zemin after he delivered a speech during the opening ceremony of the 17th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 15, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)

Globe and Mail | Oct 14, 2007

by GEOFFREY YORK

BEIJING — President Hu Jintao promised Monday to expand democracy within the Chinese Communist Party, but he insisted that the party will brook no challenge to its dominance of Chinese politics.

In his opening speech at the first major Communist congress in five years, Mr. Hu said the party will allow greater rights for its 73 million members at the grassroots level, including a system of voting by local party committees to decide some issues.

“Citizens’ participation in political affairs will expand in an orderly way,” he pledged.

But he left no doubt that the party’s grip on power will remain absolute. He again rejected any hint of multiparty democracy, even in the long-term future.

“All party members must firmly uphold the centralized and unified leadership of the party, conscientiously abide by the party’s political discipline, always be in agreement with the Central Committee and resolutely safeguard its authority to ensure that its resolutions and decisions are carried out effectively,” he told more than 2,200 delegates of the party at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

The congress is held every five years to guide the Chinese Communist Party in its key policies and to approve new leaders. Mr. Hu, hoping to consolidate his power and promote his allies to top posts, used his speech to promise prosperity and to reassure the party’s hard-liners that he won’t allow any threats to internal stability.

He vowed to fight corruption and to reduce the gap between rich and poor, which has fuelled thousands of protests over land grabs by private developers.

“The trend of a growing gap in income distribution has not been thoroughly reversed … and it has become more difficult to accommodate the interests of all sides,” he acknowledged.

The Communist Party’s future could be jeopardized if corruption flourishes, he said. “Resolutely punishing and effectively preventing corruption bears on the popular support for the party and on its very survival, and is therefore a major political task.”

He admitted that China’s dramatic economic growth has inflicted “an excessively high cost” on the environment.

He also issued a stern warning to the pro-independence government in Taiwan, accusing it of inflaming a dangerous conflict. China will never permit Taiwan to declare independence, he said.

“At present, the forces for Taiwan independence are stepping up their secessionist activities, seriously jeopardizing the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations,” he told the congress.

“We are willing to make every effort with utmost sincerity to achieve peaceful reunification of the two sides, and will never allow anyone to separate Taiwan from the motherland in any name or by any means,” he said.

He urged the Taiwan government to negotiate with Beijing. “Let us discuss a formal end to the state of hostility between the two sides,” he said.

Mr. Hu had previously said the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics would be a period of “high danger” in the Taiwan Strait, seen as one of Asia’s most dangerous flashpoints. Taiwan plans to hold a referendum next year on whether to seek to join the United Nations, ignoring warnings from the United States and China. Police were out in large numbers in Beijing as the Congress opened, with shows of force outside major hotels housing delegates and around Tiananmen Square, the political heart of China.

Dissidents have been detained and thousands of petitioners rounded up to stop them from lobbying officials directly with calls for justice.

Chinese president lauded for reshaping Marxism

 

Chinese leader Hu Jintao speaks at the opening of the 17th Communist Party Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. Hu opened the congress, held once every five years, by promising modest political reforms while insisting one-party rule will not be weakened. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Washington Post | Oct 14, 2007

By EDWARD CODY

BEIJING | The Chinese Communist Party announced Sunday that President Hu Jintao’s major political innovation, “scientific development,” will be enshrined in the party charter as a historical contribution to Marxist ideology.

The move, in an amendment to be approved by the party’s 17th National Congress opening today, constitutes an official endorsement by the party faithful of Hu’s emphasis on tempering breakneck economic development with social concerns, such as protecting the environment and providing basic guarantees for the poor.

Just as important, it ushers Hu into a pantheon of historical Communist figures who have shaped Marxist doctrine.

In the eyes of the Chinese party, Hu, 64, will be joining a line of ideological greats that began with Marx and Lenin and has continued over more than a century with Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin.

“The Politburo formulated the guiding principles for the current amendment to the constitution, stressing that the amendment must follow the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of (Jiang’s) Three Represents, (as well as) embody the Scientific Development Outlook,” Li Dongsheng, the congress spokesman, told a news conference.

The honor was decided by the outgoing Politburo and adopted by the Central Committee, which met last week to prepare for the congress.

Expressed in such party jargon, it may seem hard to understand and seem even eccentric outside China.

But it is likely to enhance Hu’s prestige and authority as he enters a second five-year term as secretary-general of the Communist Party and president of China.

The National Congress, with about 2,200 delegates, is scheduled to hail Hu’s stewardship for another five years and acclaim his choices for a second tier of leaders destined to take over the world’s most populous nation in 2012.

The week-long ritual, held once every five years, will effectively cement Hu’s grip on the levers of power.

Enshrining “scientific development” in the party constitution also serves to emphasize Hu’s contention that the Chinese government must pay more attention to the human side of economic growth.