I should have realized just how similar Communism and Islam are. This thing about a glorious socialistic future on Earth versus 72 virgins in Heaven is just eye-wash.
In its entirety, China says no to English in bid to preserve 'purity', December 23, 2010:
Chinese newspapers, books and Web sites will no longer be allowed to use English words and phrases, the country's publishing body has announced, saying the "purity" of the Chinese language is in peril.
The General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), which announced the new rule on Monday, said the increasing use of English words and abbreviations in Chinese texts had caused confusion and was a means of "abusing the language."
Such practices "severely damage the standard and purity of the Chinese language and disrupt the harmonious and healthy language and cultural environment, causing negative social impacts," the body said on its Web site.
"Henceforth, the willful mixing of foreign-language phrases, such as English words or abbreviations in Chinese publications, creating words of vague meaning that are not exactly Chinese, or of any foreign language, is banned," it said.
GAPP said companies that violate the regulation would face "administrative punishment" without offering specifics.
The body left a small loophole, saying that "if necessary," English terms could be used, but they must be followed by a direct translation of the abbreviation or an explanation in Chinese.
The names of people or places in English must also be translated, the China Daily reported yesterday.
An editor at a Beijing publishing house told the newspaper that the new regulation could actually result in reduced understanding.
"The intention of protecting the Chinese language is good, but in an age of globalization, when some English acronyms like WTO have been widely accepted by readers, it might be too absolute to eliminate them," the editor said.
"Conversationally, people also use these words all the time, so the regulation could create discord between the oral and written uses of language," the editor said.
My response follows...
My behavior this year has sucked.
But, enough about me.
How are things with you? Little Rudi behaving himself?
The Communist Chinese continue to show their true colors; it is not about Communism, it is about their own power - that is why they have abandoned Communism, and China is now a producing, lending country, as opposed to our own United State (notice the missing "s"?), which is becoming a failed national socialistic banana republic, and which borrows from China, a country where people are forced to work instead of being paid to not work in an effort to buy votes. (And who says democracy is the end-all and be-all?)
Power explains their desire to expand economically; it explains their desire to harness their economic expansion, and use it to drive a military expansion.
Power explains how the Communists in Beijing could destroy Chinese culture by inventing "simplified characters", and are now prohibiting the use of globalized words and acronyms from languages other than Chinese; it is not about preserving Chinese, it is about telling Chinese people what character they will read or write despite centuries of history, or what word they will neither read nor write despite decades of history.
What I would like for Christmas (and late is better than never on this request) is for the Chinese to overthrow their Communist government in Beijing (peacefully, if possible), and perhaps even reunify. I would like for the Chinese to discover what a great country they have, despite (not because of) the Communists.
As I think we could agree that this is for the best for all of humanity, I hope you can understand why, despite my terrible behavior year after year, and despite the fact that it has been a few years since I last wrote you, I take it upon myself to contact you now with this request.
Please pass on my best regards to the reindeer, and again, my sincerest apologies for the incident on Christmas Eve a few years back. Had I put two-and-two together... Christmas Eve, noise on the roof... well, I hope no one was too traumatized, and for whatever it's worth, I spent Christmas day on a bitterly cold roof patching bullet holes that year.