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On a faint Tesla/Morgan historical echo.
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I still haven't figured out exactly why Korea's politics are so physical. Is it the lack of filibuster? Presumably there are quorum rules so you want to physically block people from getting in to prevent legislative action. But what about physically blocking chairs or gavels? Anyway, here's a post mainly about how you can connect the Korean political turmoil over approving the largest US free-trade agreement since NAFTA to school lunches. (With some links to videos of political brawls.) http://bit.ly/uufgd3
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At about the 1-minute-10-second mark, a generation is introduced to Andy Rooney. And the world trembled.
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Spotted this last week, my latest favorite portrait. A self-portrait, in fact, by Charles Willson Peale. Surely better known for portraits of George Washington, et al.
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Ah ha, yes! And a little taxonomy never hurt anybody.
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Any other examples of journalists posting their suspicions of Mike Daisey after Marketplace showed he'd made up some details in his monologue?

"One of the interesting results of the retraction of This American Life’s Mike Daisey monologue on the Foxconn factory in China is the shoulda/coulda/woulda-ing of the press corps, particularly those who have some experience covering tech, China, and/or Mike Daisey. "
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The first rule of journalism is never to leave a running story.

Especially when you are the only journalist in town.

So why did I pull out of Wukan, slipping back past the police cordon last night down a slip road?

The story in the village is far from over, although I believe the situation is unlikely to change in the next few days, as the two sides tentatively negotiate their way towards a resolution.

The siege continues and on Dec 16 the village will mark the seventh day since Xue Jinbo, one of its representatives, died in police custody, an important public day of mourning.

The reason we had to pull out is because we felt we were putting ourselves and the villagers in danger by staying.

Jonathan Watts of the Guardian once told me, in my first few months in China, that the problem with being a journalist here is that you are surrounded by a ring of fire - you stay safe, but everyone else gets burned.

Each day we stayed in Wukan we burned the people around us, and left them open to retribution from the local government when the situation is resolved (and one way or another it will be resolved - this is not the beginning of some wider revolt).

The villagers in Wukan told us that they accepted that by allowing us to stay in the town, and speaking to us, they had made a devil's pact.

"If we speak to you, the government side can criminalise us by accusing us of cooperating with foreign forces," one villager said.

(Wukan has already been accused in the past of accepting finance from abroad, the suggestion being that foreigners are working to disrupt the local government. This sort of murky accusation is treated very seriously by the Chinese authorities.)

"But we need to speak to you to help get our story out, because the local media cannot cover this," the villager added.

Now that their story is out, however, we all had to consider whether the risks to the villagers of us remaining in the village outweighed the benefits. If the central government blames the local government for allowing a media storm to blow up, local officials are likely to hunt for scapegoats in the village and punish them severely.

And with the two sides now in delicate negotiations, we also did not want our presence to be a stumbling block on the road to a calm resolution.

Last night, after careful discussion with the villagers and my editors, we felt it was wiser to withdraw to a location nearby, from where we will keep an eye on things.





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The ring of fire analogy is so very true.
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A German business reporter friend once told me she was near the front at an Apple product event and Jobs gave her a cold stare when he noticed that she was sitting quietly while the other media cheered. Anyway, her name is Siri, which I think is kind of funny given today's announcement.
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I have been getting notices (via Twitter) about this for practically every day the last week. Big news in South Korea. Voters go to the polls today.
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Debt ceiling. Nightmare default scenarios. Tea Party hobbits. Gosh, remember when politics was fun? And cool?
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bring back the humpty hump! Digital Undergound "Humpty Dance"
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