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By: Susan

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 19:57:37 +0000

BTW - I must applaud you... you could easily vett the people who say things in the comments which disagree with your view or don't show you up in the best of light, but you don't. in cyber-context where everyone seems so hyper-cyber-sensitive... refreshing to encounter an ego that doesn't have to react when critique'd v. cool. you ARE better at the techno blogging - but the responses on the politico-social ones are provocative.. makes for interesting reading.

By: R. J.

Sat, 07 Apr 2007 01:52:18 +0000

An old post, but an interesting one. Do we even know what the truth is anymore, or is the truth something that we are simply told is the truth and told to believe? For myself, I have grown up in a reality that to the vast majority of society does not exist. So what is the truth there, is it that the vast majority of society, that those that shun me are right because they are raised and taught to believe that their way is the right way, or is it that the truth falls on me because I can prove the experiences that I have had all my life through interactions with spirit and alien. "A Free country has nothing to fair from the truth" but alas, those that manipulate the truth and society have a lot to fear from continuing to hide the truth from society. But alas, even when the truth comes out do people care enough to do anything about it. Good examples of this is the lies that were told by both the US and UK governments before the Iraq war. The populace of both countries hasn't really cared about the truth, and alas do not hold their elected representatives to any standards nor demand the truth from them.

By: Tiger Zhang

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 07:34:35 +0000

Hi Mark, A free country has nothing to fear from the truth. - I agree with you. But you know, the filter doesn't wok well. We have many ways to get around the great firewall. Tiger

By: Harlin Seritt

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 23:56:13 +0000

Stick to Ubuntu and stay out of politics and political blogging -- you're really horrible at it.

By: Harlin Seritt

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 23:51:08 +0000

Wow... I think it's important to impress the rest of the world... another report on how China is really being tolerant of the rest of the world: BEIJING — Residents were reminded again: Spitting must stop, starting now. With the 2008 Beijing Olympics just 500 days away, officials said Wednesday they are prepared to take harsh measures against people who spit in public if appeals do not work. "Very soon you will see action to stop spitting," Jin Dapeng, director general of Beijing's municipal health department, said. He refused to give specifics, but hinted that fines might be involved. Residents say the habit is a reaction to Beijing's dirty, dry air. Jin said the city has been successful in altering bad habits before, as during the SARS outbreak in 2003. "During the SARS period, people followed rules to wash their hands and they didn't spit," he said. Bad manners have been a constant worry for Chinese officials and leaders who see the Olympics as a chance to impress the world and humanize China's remarkable re-emergence as a global power. Delegates to meetings of China's legislature and a top government advisory body in Beijing this week have also voiced concerns about manners. At a discussion panel Thursday, one adviser, Zi Huayun, listed four key bad habits of Chinese: spitting, not waiting in line, widespread smoking and swearing in the Beijing dialect. Dirty toilets and rudeness were added to the list by He Huixian, vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee. "Acting civilized isn't something you do the day before the games," she said. "It's something that society has to absorb in its roots." In another frank admission, Jin said the city had identified 45 possible health risks during the 2008 Olympics. Most centered on food and water safety, he said. Jin said Olympic venues would be closely watched for flies and mosquitoes, common summertime pests in Beijing, and a food inspection monitoring system was in place for all the city's 35,000 eating places. He said it was encouraging that no food poisoning cases were reported at street fairs held during the recent Chinese New Year holidays.

By: mizzfang

Sat, 03 Mar 2007 07:30:55 +0000

hihi. i came across your blog because i'm writing a space exploration article. met mrs. ansari last night at ucla (go bruins!) and i guess you guys are the cool young ones who have gone to space. she totally passed her space junkie disease to me so let's hope more of you guys can finance the private space revolution and help with the democratization of orbital and suborbital spaceflights. in regard to china, i agree with Michael T. Richter's lovely valentine response even though it was a bit harsh. perhaps cupid did not shoot an arrow at him that night. but everyone does know how to get around the firewalls so i guess they are dealing with the information transition the way we do in my chinese american home - by not talking about it! and i'm guessing it will go on until a blatent incident occurs. you hafta remember that the pervading public policy in china is social order. every political, economic and social decision is made with the consideration of surface harmony. we dont want 1.5 billion ppl protesting and causing civil unrest do we? plus nobody wants to know the truth all the time, especially in china...

By: Hunter-Gray

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 19:55:19 +0000

Just stumbled on this while reading up on the Ubuntu OS. "Nothing to fear from the truth"... Mr Shuttleworth , with due respect .. that's a nice soundbite...very noble & all that but it's rather blunt thinking from a mind such as yours...? ;) Whose truth are you talking about ? Western "truth" ? 'Chinese communist" truth? Kierkegaard ? Baudrillard's version ? Kant's truth? Hegel's truth ? Foucault's truth? Fromm truth ? The Buddhist truths ? Double Truth ? My truth ? Your truth? his/her truth ? their truth ? "There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil". Alfred Whitehead i.e. truth can lie -> half-truths can be deceptive & might lead to false conclusions.. which case "truth" might very well be something to be feared. What you're probably referring to as "truth", may actually "free access to information" ? Not exactly the same thing.Semantics, of course. But important nevertheless. Besides, the Chinese governors face the issue , even if they are prepared to open up the floodgates..., of how to deliver the access to information en masse to people who have systematically been deprived of it for generations? In a way that doesn't cause chaos & destabilise the trajectory/culture/economy of 1Billion people.. Like an albino who's spent his life in the cellar ... do you suddenly expose him to harsh sunlight, which YOU may have built up tolerance & discernment for... but which he has not...yet ? Whatever. Seems you're doing some good work with UBuntu. smart export of an african concept word/concept as well.. Ngikufisela inhlanhla.

By: Alexmzmmb

Sun, 11 Feb 2007 01:16:28 +0000

Hello, my name is Alex, i'm a newbie here. I really do like your resource and really interested in things you discuss here, also would like to enter your community, hope it is possible:-) Cya around, best regards, Alex!

By: Disturbing-the-universe

Mon, 06 Nov 2006 05:35:22 +0000

Mark, Interesting post. A pity that I don't have time to share my point of views here. Nice meeting you last time at Ubuntu Release Party and thank you for giving the last opportunity to me. Impressing answer. ;-) All, Thanks for the concern and attention on China. As a Chinese, as well as an individual of this world who does not have much sense of nationality (or patriotism) but loves her country and culture, my feeling to these comments is a little complicated. Good to hear.

By: Thyui

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 23:00:41 +0000

What I find more difficult to understand, though, is the restriction on speech and access to knowledge. A free country has nothing to fear from the truth. That’s something we need to remind ourselves of today. In the USA, there are awkward signs of the truth being surpressed when its politically inconvenient. NASA’s climate scientists are getting told to keep the facts of global warming to themselves - by a 24 year old who lied on his resume about actually having a degree, but who proved his political loyalty during the Bush campaign. Journalists who probe allegations of White House impropriety face censure and are ostracised. Their employers come under pressure to silence them or fire them, or face economic sanction in subtle but meaningful ways. As much as the White House would love some things to be true, the facts don’t always cooperate. A mature leadership recognises that and adapts its plans to reality. An immature leadership tries to manipulate the presentation of reality to fit its ideas. So it’s not just in China that we see the systematic suppression of the truth. I agree although people value their life -Thyui