Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Forbes.com is carrying a story concerning a Chinese blogger whose MSN Spaces website was taken down. This blogger, who goes by the name of Michael Anti, had posted some stories about a walkout of journalists from the Beijing News. It appears that the News had been covering the story of the massacre of villagers protesting the government's theft of their property, as seen below.

Those controlling the Beijing News fired the editors responsible. Anti, who does some work for the Enemy Press New York Times, stated "'I posted three posts about the Beijing news and all posts and articles were deleted inside China,' Anti said. 'MSN Spaces (has) now deleted all of my articles and I have no backup and I'm very angry.'" Of course this seems like something a thug government would do, but it was an American company. America, the land of freedom and free speech. At least one person in Microsoft doesn't like it. "Robert Scoble, who holds the position of Microsoft's technical evangelist, also expressed outrage at the shutdown and said he is raising the matter with company officials. 'It's one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm. It's another thing to become an agent of a government and censor an entire blogger's work. Yes, I know the consequences. Yes, there are thousands of jobs at stake. Billions of dollars. But, the behavior of my company in this instance is not right,' Scoble wrote on his personal blog, which is not affiliated with Microsoft." Any bets as to how much longer Scoble is affiliated with Microsoft?

Apparently that's what it comes down to for companies, billions of dollars at stake in the China market. Too bad they don't understand that if they would stop helping out the illegal, thug government of China and it fell, there would be not billions, but trillions of dollars to be made from a newly free China. Free people buy things they don't need, oppressed people can only afford to buy what it takes to survive. The longer companies put temporary profit over creating a truly free market, and make no mistake, Western governments abet this, the longer it will take to free the people from their slave status. Money grubbed after from unsavory characters today, will cost more money from free people tomorrow.

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