Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Asian Turned Away from Mud Run at Camp Pendleton

Chinese Daily reported that a group of four Chinese Americans were turned away from the "World Famous Mud Run" at MCCS Camp Pendleton at June 14, 2015.

Four Chinese Americans of Riverside, California went to the mud run. After they passed the camp gate with their valid IDs, they were stopped and questioned at the mud run field by a cop. They cop asked to checked their ID, which they complied. Then the cop said no camera was allowed, pointing to a camera carried by one of the four. Obviously cameras are allowed. Then the cop asked whether they were military or family members of the military. He said only military or their families were allowed to participate the mud run. Which is not the case, as this is a public event. They the cop asked whether they had registered for the run, and said only those who had pre-registered could participate. Which is not the case, as there are on-site registrations.

In the end, the cop said the Chinese Americans would not be allowed entrance the mud run because they looked like terrorists. The Chinese Americans were escorted out by military police.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Frequently readers must have noticed the slowdown in updating of this blog, and should understand. Ever since the Xi-Li regime took over, it has been increasingly suffocating in Beijing, even at the peak of the epic APEC blue. Expats are no longer exempted from fear of being at the wrong end of law. Angela Kockritz of Die Zeit recounted her escaping from the judicial system of China, after she managed to flee by air, accompanied by two German diplomats who were equally lost and confused.

About a month ago, Google was totally blocked. Chinese could no longer send email to a Gmail address. About a week ago, unregistered VPN services were blocked.

"There will be a way (to circumvent the GFW with technical means)", some external observers say. However, it's not about technology any more, when the political pressure has been cooked to this level. When the internal pressure is high enough, the system can seal any small leaks on itself.

Google reported that the entire Internet in China has by and large become a giant Intranet, thus Chinternet. According to Google's study, before the total block was implemented last month, only 3% of the traffic volume on the Chinese Internet was out bounding with most going to Google. In other words, at this time, Chinese no longer seek to visit foreign Internet services. It's a result of a continuous effort to cripple and disable foreign Internet services. Foreign Internet services had been bearing with a stigma of uncertain and unreliable. The government has strategically fostered domestic superior (reliable) 'alternatives': Baidu (Google), Weibo (Twitter), Renren (Facebook), Tudou (Youtube), Alibaba (eBay), etc.

The wall is getting taller, which is not news. But it is worth noting that Chinese people are no longer interested in going over the wall.