The day is here

June 4, 2009

The day is here. If I don’t have a word on this, I will hate myself in all my life.

This great day, which haunting those demons everyday, seams never ever exists. It’s so quiet at the twentieth anniversary that someone may ask “did that really happen?”

Until the Live Spaces becoming dead spaces which remind us those demons are trembling with fear reveals the evidence. Which also reminds some guys that we actually live in some walled place you can call it, yes, a prison.

We are all prisoners of the state, same as Mr. Zhao Ziyang. Some people know that and most don’t yet. They seam have never known there is a wall out there even in the Internet Age. They seam lead a happy life, until one day they also utter “fuck the wall” when they are blocked in their “beautiful garden”.

I don’t know how to answer my seventies-year-old parents when they ask “why we can’t open the website to see my grandson’s pictures” in the near days. I wrote some text and uploaded some photos of my months-old baby to share them with his grandpa and grandma live thousands miles away. I set up the site on the Live Spaces simply because I believed this self-censored service in China will unlikely be blocked from my old parents. That’s not the case anymore.

All the things they did in the past twenty years show these guys in power hate Gorbachev. They seam like Ceausescu so much. One day the Chinese people maybe have to respect their will.

I have never lose my optimism even at these darkest and silentest days. One day we Chinese people will be not just like Mr. Andy Dufresne breaking the Shawshank prison, we’ll tear down the whole ugly wall like Germans tore down their Berlin Wall, and finally get our freedom. We’ll sing as Martin Luther King wished: “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

I believe the great day twenty years ago was a really inspiring start.

The comments on the NYT article “Before Guests Arrive, Beijing Hides Some Messes” really shocked me. Most of them made me kinda sick and sad.

The NYT article was a good piece uncovering a corner of the true situation in Beijing before the Olympics opening, though many deemed the story was “China bashing”, and “not newsworthy”, the city beautifying was right or at least understandable, because they thought that kind of things happened a lot, and everyone knew that.

Guys, you were totally misunderstanding the point. Beautification of the city was not the problem. The problem was how the city treat its people.

Yes, beautifying before a big event coming is not news at all, but systematically abusing its citizens by the government is. I believe every case of human abusing and human suffering would make news. It’s a forever theme of journalism.

And people in that city (and yes, in all over China) was suffering from the authorities for the sake of image. That’s the all what the NYT story wanted to tell you.

Those believed the story “not new” presented some examples, like things happened in Chicago in 1968, Montreal in 1976, Los Angles in 1984, without any concrete and convincing evidence.

All those events held in overseas a few decades ago seam so far away that I can’t have a clue and make comment. I don’t know if there existed any human rights issue in those events. If something bad to their people really happened, I feel sorry and sympathetic to those as I feel the same to my compatriots today. But those were all old days and I believe in western civilized world today, as one commenter put it: “In today’s world is quite hard to imagine one day waking up with a wall covering the front of people’s homes, or a veil covering their businesses just because they do not comply with the standards of beauty.”

Others took the happening for granted because they thought they treated their stuffs like laundry the same way when they invited guests to their houses. These statements were totally wrong, because human beings is absolutely not stuffs. Even as unfortunate as those disadvantaged Chinese people, they should own human rights and civil rights and human dignity as well as westerners. They are not doomed to be victimized, even for the sake of public good! Nobody should be treated in that way. Everybody is not like the “stuffs” you can casually throw, hide or destroy at will.

Should they been sacrificed for the beauty of the city, for the incoming glorious event, for the pleasant sightseeing of foreign athletes, leaders and tourists? No. If someone must pay for the beauty of the city, it must be those who most benefit from the beautification of the city.

China is not just another exotic tourist resort. Chinese people have suffered from ruthless and corrupt despots and bureaucrats for thousands of years. We don’t deserve more suffering because of foreigners. Chinese are open and warmhearted to all kindly friends come from abroad, but those apathetic tourists regarding Chinese pains like the way they treat monkeys in zoo would not deserve it.

If those indifferent comments not came from apathetic heart, it probably came from ignorant mind. Beautification of cities in China are not as the same way most western countries run. There is always an “Chinese characteristic” way done by the authorities to average Chinese. When a governmental campaign comes, citizens are brutally dealt with, houses are arbitrarily teared down, hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants are mercilessly driven out, dissidents are illegally tracked and harassed, protesters are beaten, tortured and even arrested. It’s out of luck for you when your property or livelihood was in the way. No equitable negotiation. No modest compromising. No fair compensation.

I believe most westerners have no idea what befall average Chinese everyday by the authorities. Most of you seem so friendly to China while critical to your own countries. Unfortunately these kind of friendliness are actually Chinese-government-friendly, not Chinese-people-friendly. These kind of comments sound so familiar to Chinese people just like the tones of the CCP Propaganda Dept hyping everyday. More and more Chinese people know what crap they are today.

“One World, One Dream” is the theme of Beijing Olympics. It’s true that Chinese share the same planet with people in the rest of the world, so as we share the same dream of prosperity, democracy, freedom and happiness with people in the rest of the world. We deserve respect and a better life. Don’t make stupid comments until you really understand what’s happening in China. Help us if you really like China. Keeping concern for the truth and pressure on human rights issues will do the trick.

在十周年的这一天,我只想问中共当局一个问题:何时方可停止阻挠港人普选?

对绝大多数中国内地人来说,我相信香港既是陌生的,又是熟悉的——正像常听到的那样,香港是一颗东方的明珠。如果说在大中华圈子里,香港是华人居住圈子中整体人口素质最高的城市,大概是很少有异议的。即便把香港作为一个城市放在全球的视野中,香港应该仍然算是一个人口素质最高的城市之一。

然而我始终不理解的一点是:执政后多年一直笃信“素质民主论”的中共当局——认为普选等民主体制需在民众素质提高到他们认可的某个水平后,民众才有资格享有民主权利——为何一再拒绝和阻挠港人多年来的普选诉求?

姑且不论“素质民主论”的荒谬和不值一驳——那只不过是专制者的救命稻草而已,即便有人认同这个说法,认同在21世纪“人口素质仍然甚低”的中国内地民主政体应该缓行,那么又如何解释在中共统治区域内人口素质最高的城市香港,仍连续十年甚至还要更长久地阻挠港人普选?

港人难道没有能力选出一个让他们比较满意的代表他们利益的公共服务班子吗?我想普选出来的“特首”,再怎么糟糕,也要比一个向内地看齐,要把香港变成又一个上海或北京的千万人口城市的御用官员好吧?

即便有人认同“素质民主论”的逻辑,也得不出认同香港普选应该缓行的结论。这是荒谬上的荒谬,难道中共把天下人仍当成白痴吗?

揭穿了,其实丑陋的“素质民主论”也不过是一张画皮而已,当局真正一以贯之的逻辑,其实只有一条:枪杆子说话。有了这条,即便其逻辑千疮百孔,仍能满脸红光地向港人摆出一幅主子恩赐的姿态。

素质最低的人群不能民主,素质最高的人群也不能民主,他们就是要向世人表明:专制统治50年不动摇。直到千秋万代,万岁万岁。

但是借句中国学生们熟知的套话:历史的车轮滚滚向前。时间不多了。“一万年太久,只争朝夕”吧。

这三天来,我的gamil账号wozy.in都不能使用了,问题很怪,就是邮箱可以登录进去,显示收件箱邮件列表页面(通过https的安全web浏览方式),但是里面任何链接都不能点击打开,包括旧邮件,新邮件、邮件撰写、不同文件夹和lable,甚至设置页面,全都不能打开。点击未读邮件时,可以看到浏览器状态栏上在进行连接通信,但通信完后(显示done状态),页面并没有改变,并没有打开刚点击的邮件阅读页面,但是收件箱邮件列表中该未读邮件这时可能已改成已读状态了。这还算好的,更糟糕的情况是,在点击邮件、连接通信的过程中,浏览器经常停止响应了——CPU 100%!(对了,邮箱里的gtalk,可以打开好友和发信息,但是点击按钮无法关闭已打开的聊天窗口!)

经今天的仔细测试,已排除了跟我的电脑、浏览器、网络连接和GFW 等有关的可能性——不管是使用Firefox还是IE7,不管开不开代理,情况都是一样,但是使用其它的gmail账号则可以正常使用。所以问题已经可以确定——是我的这一个Gmail账号出了问题。

这样一来问题就显得很怪异了——据此推测,似乎只有两种引起问题的可能了:要么是Google公司对我的这个账号动了什么手脚;要么是部分Gmail服务器出了故障?

但是至今为止,没有接收到任何来自Google的通知信息。

我刚才通过Gmial的help页面,七拐八拐的好不容易找到了反馈问题的提交表格(因为在已知帮助文档里根本不存在这个问题的说明),把问题向Google提交了。希望能尽快得到答复和解决——因为这个gmail账号是我日常的主要网络交流渠道。

我对gmail印象一直是很好的,之前偶尔看到有博客反应Gmail问题和服务的不满情绪的,也不大放在心上。这次事情摊在自己身上,显得难于置信——使用email有10年了,好像还没碰到这样的问题,何况服务方是Google。希望这件事情能得到满意解决,不要影响自己对google的一贯印象。

P.S. 有朋友碰到同样情况的吗,以前或者最近几天?如有烦请交流一下。另如有跟gmail服务方面有过交涉的朋友,也请教下过程经验。

身处奴役之国

June 22, 2007

最近山西黑砖窑案件爆发后,开始有不少国人意识到我们现在仍是个奴隶社会。

此论断是正确的,不足之处在于,这个觉醒太过于后知后觉了。

事实上,马克思在160年前就为这种社会设计了蓝图,随后共产幽灵在欧洲开始施工,列宁等辈在广袤的欧亚大陆上加紧筑路,并在90年前投入使用了一期项目“美丽新世界”。60多年前,伟大的思想家哈耶克严重警告世人,人类正走在极其危险的通往奴役之路上。幸运的是,美洲大陆和西欧国家紧急刹车折返;不幸的是,欧洲中部以东,幽灵的阴影迅速遮盖了地球上的大片陆地。中国人,也再次走回通往奴役的不归之路。

在哈耶克泣血鸟般地啼叫警告几年之后,中国人万分精确地如其所预言,从通往奴役之路踏进奴役之国。中国人已耳聋眼瞎,中国人如行尸走肉,中国人像这世界上那些最劣质的民族一样,惘然不顾智者悲天悯人的苦口婆心,在幽灵邪恶的诱骗蛊惑下,走进苦难的地狱。

我厌弃、我谴责、我诅咒那些把幽灵引入家园的愚蠢而懦弱的先人!他们让自己、让自己的数以十亿的后辈们,蒙受了人类有史以来最大而长久的集体灾难。至今半个多世纪过去了,他们的后辈们仍然遭到幽灵的暴虐的奴役和吸血敲髓般的剥削,连数岁的孩童也不例外。

尤为可笑的是,至今仍有愚蠢之辈,妄想与魔鬼幽灵做交易,天真地以为奴性的忠诚能够换来魔鬼幽灵的仁慈,甚至还幻想着魔鬼幽灵有朝一日能变成天使神仙。

然而,没有智慧之光,没有勇气之剑,没有对自由的狂热追求和对公道与真理的执着坚持,中国人就永远不会驱除邪恶的魔鬼,黑暗之幽灵。

不要以为我们现在只是需要拯救成百上千个民工和童工,我们现在是在拯救我们自己,十几亿的中国人。

因为不只是那些河南民工和童工,我们所有中国人,都身处黑砖窑中,都身处奴役之国!

让那歌声再次响起,并且这次让它震醒沉睡已久的灵魂:“起来,不愿做奴隶的人们……”