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The Chinese government has widened its crackdown on vulgar content found on the Internet

Shortly after confirming it launched a campaign to purge the internet of pornography and other lewd content, the Chinese government has banned at least 41 additional web sites for various reasons.

The online porn crackdown began more than one week ago, started by the State Council's Information Office and Public Security and Culture ministries, along with several other government agencies.  Nineteen Chinese web sites have been blacklisted, with Google.cn, Baidu and Microsoft MSN also on the list of temporarily banned web sites.

Pornography distribution is illegal in China, but the easy availability of internet has made it difficult for the government to limit access to adult content.

Google was also chastised by the Chinese government for not being proactive enough to block pornographic content in mainland China.  While Google and Baidu offer links to lewd content, MSN was accused of linking to inappropriate images on its film channel and pictures that can be found in other parts of the web site.

The government has already shut down around 100 web sites since the campaign's launch, and it's unknown how many more sites the government is expected to shut down during the oncoming weeks.  

Amnesty International and similar groups have criticized the Chinese government over its strong censorship practices, saying the internet crackdown is taking place ahead of several politically sensitive activities.

Despite the crackdown and censorship of the Internet, Chinese citizens continue to flock to the internet, as the country now has more than 300 million people using the internet.



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RE: So What?
By myhipsi on 1/15/2009 1:06:46 PM , Rating: 3
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Danger Will Robinson...Danger. That's a very broad paint brush you are using. If you go with that logic, if a high enough percentage of people start murdering other people because they disagreed or something, we should then say well this now needs to be tolerated behavior and make it legal to murder?


I don't think you can compare smoking pot to murder. The former is a victimless "crime" that amounts to controlling what people can put into their own bodies and the later is taking someones life which is arguably the worst crime you could possibly commit.

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You must remember rules/laws are not there to be fun; they are really there to educate future generations from what their elders already learned from trial and error.


I'd be willing to say that maybe 25% of all laws would fit under your definition. The rest however are a result of special interests, lobbiests, corporate bullying, etc. Most laws aren't there to correct former mistakes but to fit political/corporate agendas, whatever they may be.

I dare say, any victimless crime isn't really crime at all but the result of politicians bending to whatever special interests and corporate agendas come their way, especially if it means more votes and/or campaign money. It appears that you have a lot more trust and faith in government than I do my friend.


RE: So What?
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/15/2009 3:03:12 PM , Rating: 1
I don't think you can compare smoking pot to murder. The former is a victimless "crime" that amounts to controlling what people can put into their own bodies and the later is taking someones life which is arguably the worst crime you could possibly commit.

First things first… No such thing as a victimless crime. In this case Pot does in fact make you less intelligent. Yes, some people may debate it does not. However, if you know anyone who uses pot on a regular bases daily/weekly and have know them their whole life, you know they are not a sharp as they were before pot. (I know about 20 people that people that fit into the regular use category – 100% of them have lost I.Q. points over the 30 years I’ve known them.) So, who’s the victim you ask? Society and their families – Yes, person is still useful to society just not as useful – so it suffers from the lost of these people skillfulness.

Secondly, yes, can 100% compare these two subjects when you read the statement correctly. My statement was not about Pot smoking being illegal/legal or murder being illegal/legal. Really it has nothing to do with either subject. It was to say if you use that logic to make things legal (like pot smoking) then in time you will also be legalizing murder (if it becomes common). Yes, in this case you have to compare these two subjects as well as everything else that will or might become legal because most people do it… example speed limit will become 160 Mph (or something near there) because just about everyone speeds. So, once you raise the speed limit, fast drivers will drive even faster and you’ll have to raise the limit again. This will be true for highway and local street – smart and safe for society as a whole right? No of course not but it’s what’s popular so let do it? This of course does not make sense – that is the point of my statement, popular does not make it correct, right, or moral.

Third, murder is not the worst crime you can commit (top ten for sure). One of the worst crimes you can commit as a male would be to make a promise to a female, have sexual intercourse, impregnate her, keep none of the promises, and leave her to raise the kid(s) all by herself (no aid at all). In this case you are ruining at least two lives maybe more for one moment of selfish pleasure. In a case of murder someone may be suffering to much physical pain to live and might be asking to die…. so is it the worst thing you can do (end the pain)?


RE: So What?
By Oregonian2 on 1/15/2009 4:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
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First things first… No such thing as a victimless crime. In this case Pot does in fact make you less intelligent.


Hmmmm... it was admittedly used by a former U.S. president.


RE: So What?
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/15/2009 5:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
I know it's used... does not mean there is no victim. Every action has consequences. Those actions which have a negative consequence create some sort of victim. Even if it’s just the person at the cleaners being grossed out by the stain that was made on a blue dress – still a victim. All just a matter of level of damage the victim receives from the “crime”.


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