Comments for David on Formosa commentary on all things Taiwanese -- Taichung, Taiwan Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:27:22 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Taiwan’s press freedom ranking improves: RSF by David Reid /2010/10/press-freedom-rsf/comment-page-1/#comment-85604 David Reid Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:27:22 +0000 /?p=6947#comment-85604 Thanks Klaus. There are some important observations in your article. Thanks Klaus. There are some important observations in your article.

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Comment on Taiwan’s press freedom ranking improves: RSF by Klaus /2010/10/press-freedom-rsf/comment-page-1/#comment-85602 Klaus Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:17:45 +0000 /?p=6947#comment-85602 Good thing to remind people of the PTS discussion. Early this year, I published an article (by now partly outdated) about the development of Taiwan's press freedom in several German media. The good people at taiwancorner.org had it translated into English: http://www.taiwaneuwatch.com/en/tag/freedom-of-press/ Good thing to remind people of the PTS discussion. Early this year, I published an article (by now partly outdated) about the development of Taiwan’s press freedom in several German media.

The good people at taiwancorner.org had it translated into English:
http://www.taiwaneuwatch.com/en/tag/freedom-of-press/

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Comment on Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize by mike /2010/10/taiwans-reaction-to-liu-xiaobo-winning-the-nobel-peace-prize/comment-page-1/#comment-85600 mike Sun, 17 Oct 2010 04:03:32 +0000 /?p=6897#comment-85600 <i>"Labelling these people as members of the 50 Cent Army is quite justified."</i> But not good enough. <i>"Why can you guys face the music if you are so righteous?"</i> Because there isn't any music; the likes of you are just screeching commies, not rhetorical "musicians". The money sent to Liu Xiaobo was stolen money, but if Americans were actually <i>free</i> I'm confident they would voluntarily <i>deliver</i> to him many times more - without giving the slightest moral consideration to the objections of people like you or your superiors. Yours is a third-rate, anti-enlightenment culture made so by the crippling effects of your political structures. As long as that remains the case, your children can have no future befitting their nature as potent human beings. “Labelling these people as members of the 50 Cent Army is quite justified.”

But not good enough.

“Why can you guys face the music if you are so righteous?”

Because there isn’t any music; the likes of you are just screeching commies, not rhetorical “musicians”.

The money sent to Liu Xiaobo was stolen money, but if Americans were actually free I’m confident they would voluntarily deliver to him many times more – without giving the slightest moral consideration to the objections of people like you or your superiors.

Yours is a third-rate, anti-enlightenment culture made so by the crippling effects of your political structures. As long as that remains the case, your children can have no future befitting their nature as potent human beings.

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Comment on Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize by David Reid /2010/10/taiwans-reaction-to-liu-xiaobo-winning-the-nobel-peace-prize/comment-page-1/#comment-85593 David Reid Wed, 13 Oct 2010 06:24:19 +0000 /?p=6897#comment-85593 pale, my opinion on various issues is clearly stated on my blog, Twitter, in letters to the Taipei Times and elsewhere. I don't claim to "hold the truth" but I do openly and consistently advocate for democracy, justice and human rights in Taiwan and elsewhere. I use my real name and don't hide behind a pseudonym. I have no idea who you are or what you stand for. However, your short comments on my blog give me reason to be skeptical about your motives. I don't follow any China blogs closely, but The Peking Duck <a href="http://www.pekingduck.org/2010/10/communist-party-elders-call-for-free-speech-seriously/" rel="nofollow">notes</a> that people are carrying on about Liu Xiaobo receiving money from the NED in the comments on other blogs. Similarly others delight in quoting Liu's "300 years of colonialism" comment without understanding its context. Labelling these people as members of the 50 Cent Army is quite justified. pale, my opinion on various issues is clearly stated on my blog, Twitter, in letters to the Taipei Times and elsewhere. I don’t claim to “hold the truth” but I do openly and consistently advocate for democracy, justice and human rights in Taiwan and elsewhere. I use my real name and don’t hide behind a pseudonym. I have no idea who you are or what you stand for. However, your short comments on my blog give me reason to be skeptical about your motives.

I don’t follow any China blogs closely, but The Peking Duck notes that people are carrying on about Liu Xiaobo receiving money from the NED in the comments on other blogs. Similarly others delight in quoting Liu’s “300 years of colonialism” comment without understanding its context. Labelling these people as members of the 50 Cent Army is quite justified.

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Comment on Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize by pale /2010/10/taiwans-reaction-to-liu-xiaobo-winning-the-nobel-peace-prize/comment-page-1/#comment-85592 pale Tue, 12 Oct 2010 18:32:05 +0000 /?p=6897#comment-85592 Nice easy escape. No wonder you guys always hold the truth. Nice easy escape. No wonder you guys always hold the truth.

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Comment on Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize by David Reid /2010/10/taiwans-reaction-to-liu-xiaobo-winning-the-nobel-peace-prize/comment-page-1/#comment-85591 David Reid Mon, 11 Oct 2010 23:42:00 +0000 /?p=6897#comment-85591 pale, I really don't have much time for people who insinuate against those who promote the practice of democracy and give their silent consent to the authoritarians who oppress democracy. I don't know if ChasL is a member of the 50 Cent Army, but his behaviour mimics it anyway. pale, I really don’t have much time for people who insinuate against those who promote the practice of democracy and give their silent consent to the authoritarians who oppress democracy. I don’t know if ChasL is a member of the 50 Cent Army, but his behaviour mimics it anyway.

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Comment on Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize by pale /2010/10/taiwans-reaction-to-liu-xiaobo-winning-the-nobel-peace-prize/comment-page-1/#comment-85590 pale Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:45:33 +0000 /?p=6897#comment-85590 David, That's a childish response. Instead of refuting what is provided, you resort to the 50 cent cliche. New low. Why can you guys face the music if you are so righteous? David,

That’s a childish response. Instead of refuting what is provided, you resort to the 50 cent cliche. New low. Why can you guys face the music if you are so righteous?

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Comment on Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize by David Reid /2010/10/taiwans-reaction-to-liu-xiaobo-winning-the-nobel-peace-prize/comment-page-1/#comment-85589 David Reid Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:30:16 +0000 /?p=6897#comment-85589 ChasL, a quick Google search reveals that you have posted similar comments on dozens of blogs and news sites. I suspect you are a member of the 50 Cent Army (五毛黨). You have the chance to exercise your right of free speech on this blog and elsewhere. You might like to think twice about condemning others for simply trying to peacefully exercise their right to free speech. ChasL, a quick Google search reveals that you have posted similar comments on dozens of blogs and news sites. I suspect you are a member of the 50 Cent Army (五毛黨).

You have the chance to exercise your right of free speech on this blog and elsewhere. You might like to think twice about condemning others for simply trying to peacefully exercise their right to free speech.

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Comment on Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize by ChasL /2010/10/taiwans-reaction-to-liu-xiaobo-winning-the-nobel-peace-prize/comment-page-1/#comment-85588 ChasL Mon, 11 Oct 2010 06:08:07 +0000 /?p=6897#comment-85588 Liu Xiaobo has received hundreds of thousands of US government funding via the NED in the past five years to conduct domestic political activity in China (including advocating abolition of China’s constitution.) Check NED’s China grants for Independent Chinese Pen Center and Minzhu Zhongguo magazine, which Liu heads. If Liu were American he would be in violation of FARA (Foreign Agent Registration Act). Ron Paul had once commented “What the NED does in foreign countries… would be rightly illegal in the United States”. Liu Xiaobo has received hundreds of thousands of US government funding via the NED in the past five years to conduct domestic political activity in China (including advocating abolition of China’s constitution.) Check NED’s China grants for Independent Chinese Pen Center and Minzhu Zhongguo magazine, which Liu heads.

If Liu were American he would be in violation of FARA (Foreign Agent Registration Act). Ron Paul had once commented “What the NED does in foreign countries… would be rightly illegal in the United States”.

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Comment on No consensus about national day in Taiwan by David Reid /2010/10/no-national-day-consensus/comment-page-1/#comment-85586 David Reid Mon, 11 Oct 2010 02:41:25 +0000 /?p=6884#comment-85586 Marc, I have know idea who John Herodotus is in real life, but the name could well be a pseudonym as you hint at. Marc, I have know idea who John Herodotus is in real life, but the name could well be a pseudonym as you hint at.

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