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Communist China is thinking of creating a Communist party space branch

Chinese astronauts are considering the creation of a space branch of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Even though the growing space nation is not a participating member of the International Space Station (ISS) project, the country hopes to be able to one day create its own permanent space station.

The Chinese astronaut corp now has 14 members -- all communist party members -- and the Communist party only requires three members for a government application.

"If China has its own space station, the taikonauts on mission will carry out the regular activities of a CPC branch in space in the way we do on Earth, such as learning the Party's policies and exchanging opinions on the Party's decisions," said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut. "If we establish a Party branch in space, it would also be the 'highest' of its kind in the world.”

Yang, current deputy director of the China Astronaut Research Training Center, became the world's first taikonaut aboard the Shenzhou V spacecraft in 2003. During a mission two years later, two more Chinese astronauts were successfully sent to space aboard the Shenzhou VI spacecraft. Only the United States and Russia have successfully launched astronauts into space before China.

China plans another manned launch in mid-2008, this time with a three-man crew.

It will be a long time before an official party can be established, especially since the party branch must need a permanent space residence – a feat China will likely not be able to complete soon.

"Like foreign astronauts having their beliefs, we believe in Communism, which is also a spiritual power," closed Yang in a statement to Chinese media.

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RE: Designed to infame Americans
By Ringold on 10/21/2007 11:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of those are people who are offered insurance at reduced rates but decide instead of paying when they're healthy to go uninsured. Which is, of course, exactly what you'd expect; those who don't need a product not buying it, while the more elderly or sick who do need it pony up. I don't have the statistics in front of me but I saw some very, very interesting figures on insurance coverage rates which essentially proves that thesis; we have close enough to full coverage among the older demographics.

Hell, I'm a prime example of that. I could get great coverage right now but I'm rolling the dice, as economic liberty demands that I be able to do, and choosing to invest that money elsewhere.

And sorry if I don't give a hoot about illegal low paid Mexicans mooching off of our ER services. And don't dare say anything -- what, with Australia's wonderful handling of its indigenous people, ya'll can really look down your noses at us,eh? At least our indigenous folk own all the casinos...

It might be fantasy in your Country but it's fact in ours.

No need for propaganda!

"It is funded, in part, through a taxation levy of 1.5 per cent of income."

All taxes go to general revenue at the end of the day; individual taxes are just government manipulation of the masses perception and the free market.

Old data, but it proves your health care fantasy is wrong none the less. Even with a clear pro-medicare bias it manages to admit it costs around 8.5% of GDP in 2000

Here's a common sense approach.

I'll take data from the two, divide, and the average portion of income ate by health care in Australia by the average man (not woman) would be around 6% (backing out wage inflation from the wage number to 2003).

Long story short: You've listened to too many left-wing "free health care" stump speeches. Everything has costs.

RE: Designed to infame Americans
By Felofasofa on 10/22/2007 12:19:50 AM , Rating: 2
8.5% of GDP is not bad for good health cover. From the data you supplied you guys are paying 15% of your GDP. Those figures strongly suggest you are not getting value for money from every health dollar spent. Someones ripping your system. Americans are not twice as healthy as the rest of the OECD yet you are paying twice as much. If anything you guys are less healthy, highest obesity rates etc, then again you're spending so much I guess you can afford to be so unhealthy.

By Farfignewton on 10/22/2007 9:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
Americans are not twice as healthy as the rest of the OECD yet you are paying twice as much. If anything you guys are less healthy, highest obesity rates etc

Hmmm... We're less healthy... and spending more on health care... I think... nope. Thought I was on to some type of correlation between the two, but clearly that's ridiculous. It must be the system. ;)

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