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December 2010

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The League of Ordinary Gentlemen: Question for readers

The League of Ordinary Gentlemen: Question for readers

If the publisher of a small website dedicated to the dissemination of the state-secrets of the Chinese government were operating their publishing outfit out of the United States and published a bunch of leaked Chinese state secrets (both on their website and through various larger media organizations) and the Chinese government declared that a violation of Chinese law, should the US government arrest and detain and possibly extradite that person to China?

Let’s assume for a moment that this person is a United States citizen. Is he guilty of treason against China? Let’s assume he is Canadian. Would it be reasonable to say this person was violating Chinese law and should be tried and possibly executed in China? Does Chinese law trump civil rights and civil liberties for non-Chinese citizens? Do China’s legitimate security concerns outweigh the civil liberties of non-Chinese citizens? Of American citizens?

One last question: Should all the media outlets who published the material they received from Assange be punished in kind? If not, why are they held to different standards? If so, what does this say about freedom of the press?

Makes you think a little about Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

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China hands out its own peace prize

CSMonitor.com: China counters Nobel Peace Prize with Confucius Peace Prize

What a joke.  And like other Chinese knockoffs, it’s cheap- $15,000 to the winner.

The first recipient is Lien Chan, former KMT party leader in Taiwan.  This is a total slap in the face to all those in Taiwan who seek independence.  Not only that, the Panchen Lama was also nominated.  The Panchen Lama is a Chinese government’s choice after the Dalai Lama’s selection for Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, mysteriously disappeared.

I’m surprised that they just didn’t give it to Hu Jintao and save the trouble.

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ESPN.com: Pete Sampras’ tennis trophies stolen

ESPN.com: Pete Sampras’ tennis trophies stolen

Tennis star Pete Sampras says most of his trophies and other memorabilia were stolen from a West Los Angeles public storage facility.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Sampras still has 13 of his 14 Grand Slam trophies.

But thieves took his 1994 Australian Open trophy and most of the hardware from his 64 tour title wins, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for finishing world No. 1 in the year-end rankings from 1993 to 1998.

The items were not insured because there was no way to assess their true value, he said, according to the report.

It’s a strange theft.  What does one do with a room full of trophies?  It seems like difficult items to fence.

Technology

Amazon deal: Canon Rebel T2i Kit + Telephoto Lens

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If you’re looking for an excellent entry level SLR, here’s a great deal for the Canon Rebel T2i and a telephoto lens at Amazon.com.  I recently picked one of with a similar deal on Black Friday. 

For about $800 you get the Canon T2i, TWO lenses, and a 4 gig flash card.  The lenses that you get are the 18-55mm kit lens and the 55-250mm telephoto.  Both are image stabilized lenses which helps prevent blurriness when zoomed in.

To get the deal go the Canon EOS Rebel T2i + Telephoto Lens page and add the T2i and the 55-250 lens to your cart.  The 55-250 is a much better lens than the 75-300 lens that is also listed because 55-250 is image stabilized while the 75-300 is not.

Add the Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card to your cart and you get it free.

I’ve been playing with my new Canon Rebel T2i for a day and it’s nice.  It’s a huge upgrade from my original Digital Rebel.

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CNN.com: Senate GOP pledges to block all bills until tax dispute resolved

CNN.com: Senate GOP pledges to block all bills until tax dispute resolved

House Democrats, meanwhile, announced their intention to move forward with a vote Thursday to permanently extend the breaks only for families earning $250,000 or less.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, called it a “non-starter” and “political chicanery” that threatened to undermine the talks.

This is pretty much what the GOP does best.  Obstruction.

How is a proposal extending the tax cut to only those who make less than $250,000 “political chicanery”?