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Snowden affair paradoxically reduces internet freedom in China

So I kept trying to write about the most heinous diplomatic snub in living history (Snowden escaping to Ecuador) and it just didn't work in print so I do this recording,


which is a comedy piece. OK it got some laughs but I was curious to see what my Chinese buddy over in China though of it....and how to present this and not come off as a total racist and he was like DUDE PLEASE DON'T EVEN USE THAT NAME.

Now over the years I had slowly gotten used to be able to talk to Jimmy (that's his English name) more an more openly where at first we had to talk not only in code but just flat out lie like "how are things going in the glorious and esteemed People's Republic Of China where everybody is free and the sun never fails to shine" but more recently I have been getting more frank communiques like "dude this place is, and I mean, so phreaking seriously screwed I hate this government".

And one would think that Snowden would be celebrated in China as an exposer of our evil capitalist, fascist ways but instead they are using it in a massive crackdown and basically saying NOW JUST LOOK AT ALL THE TROUBLE FREEDOM CAN GET YOU INTO. It's like on the other side of the world things have the exact opposite effect instead of what was intended. Like wait a minute here...that's an even more bent response than our own government's. How is that even possible? It's like who's side are we not on again?

Ultimately this resolves to the Chinese government taking the same response as our own: Snowden is a bad apple. Trouble maker. So now just to put a finish on this we have like a double inverted McTwist railing off the goofy foot back twist everybody do the exact opposite of what's supposed to happen.

OK does anybody even remember the definition of surreal or are they just trying to freak us out?

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From the man himself.

"The personal side of taking on the NSA: emerging smears" by

Glenn Greenwald
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 26 June 2013 21.21 BST



Apparently the US got Snowden's name wrong on the extradition paperwork...


When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift


because it feels important to bump this, but I am groaning inwardly--

hard; difficult--

not good.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--