Friday, 30 October 2009

Tragedy of Changsha students

drowning of Changsa students

Here's a piece of news (actually a blog entry that translated it from a Chinese forum) about three university students in China who drowned trying to save some kids in the river.
"Three college freshmen who gave up their lives saving drowning children" has become a hot topic at every major mainland news source. Written in the tone of traditional Chinese textbook essays, lofty, moving, full of praises for the selfless students and Chinese governmental agencies, all the articles bring tears to the readers' eyes.

There were ten or more freshmen university students involved, they linked arms arms with each other to form a human chain and went into the water to save the kids. When finally they managed to get the second child safe on ashore nine students broke off and swept away by the undercurrent. Luckily they were encountered by a swimming team and six out of the nine students were rescued. Some people have remarked that the students were courageous, others think they were foolish for doing it without thinking about their own safety. Nevertheless they acted out on their instincts and did what they thought was right in that circumstance, but unfortunately despite saving the two children lead to the death of three students.

This sounds like all typical tragic incident, but there's more to this than what it seems. Some people posted on some Chinese forums with accounts revealing another side to the story and it quickly spread all over the internet. The fire fighters were called in but didn't do much claiming the of lack life vests and people from the Marine Department also came by, again didn't do anything. By that time the students were already drowned. Apparently some fishermen on two fishing boats nearby who could have saved them just stood by and watched. Not only that they refused to fish out the dead bodies of the students after they've drowned unless they were paid a certain sum of money. The students and teachers had to haggle and beg them until they agreed on the price.

Whether the students' action were right or wrong at least their deeds were humane, unlike those fishermen who could have prevented the deaths if they have any sense of humanity. Apparently they are infiltrated with some gangs. They make profit by letting the people drown and then fishing their bodies out in exchange for the price of money. Also the slow response 'rescue' efforts by the firefighters and Marines Departments were entirely questionable. What's worrying is that the dodgy ways in which the law works in China may mean those scumbag fishermen will probably won't get the punishment that deserved. But let's hope some justice is served so the students can rest in peace and in due respect to their grieving families.

More on this:

Nearby Fishing Boat Refused To Save Drowning Students

Monday, 26 October 2009

Bashing Time

It's been a few days the show's been aired and I think the controversy is quickly dying down. So was it right for the BBC to let BNP (Bollocks British National Party)leader Nick Griffin to be on Question Time? Well for the sake of entertainment it was amusing to watch him getting torn apart by the panelists and audience, as well as stumbling and making a fool out of himself. However let's give him some props for having some nerve to appear on the show to be humiliated (quite deservedly so) and to be fair he was outnumbered, it may win him some sympathy but not sure about the votes though. Not saying the other three representatives of the opposition parties were any good either. They should have give him a bit more chance to speak without cutting him off, just to let stupidity speaks for itself.

Giving Nick Griffin the platform to spread his bullshit to the mass and to be accepted on a mainstream politics show were quite expectantly met with a lot of hostility and protests at the BBC by anti-fascists groups. There was also fear that violence against ethnic minorities will escalate because of this, though there's no doubt the BNP would unadmittedly justify violence towards non-whites, however lets not give them too much credit at this point. To be fair the racist numskulls would cause harm towards ethnic minorities regardless. Yes, I'm talking about those imbeciles who go around and harassing ethnic takeaways at night. Or those cowards who think ganging up on a defenseless foreigner would some how make them superior. Though I wouldn't be surprised that they also make up a fair number of the far right supporters.

The BNP is hardly the forefront of racism in the British society as most people make them out to be. IMO fighting against a fascist or far right only tackles a certain aspect of racism, because racism can be found in any part of the political spectrum and society even where it's not expected (but I won't go too much into that for now). Though the growing threat is imminent, especially with the current state. One of the best ways to tackle this problem is to expose them through open debate and not censoring them, because otherwise that will only play into their advantage of using 'self-vicitimisation' to gain support.

So should BBC allow Nick to appear on the show in the future? Personally I prefer not, seeing his ugly face once is enough. Let's hope as one of the audience suggested he and his party be sent to the South pole before that happens.