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Obama Uses Company That Refuses to Stand Up To China for On Line Town Hall

March 26, 2009

Nobody in the United States can probably ever again stand up to China: now that the Chinese virtually own America and the Obama Administration will add to what China owns and the money U.S. taxpayers give to China in debt and interest payments….

So today President Obama Himself added to Google’s world wide luster by using Google’s “Moderator” for his Internet on line town hall meeting.

Google should be ashamed, though, of how it has knuckled under to Chinese pressure and how Google refuses to admit that it is aiding and abetting China’s miserable and barbaric acts of human rights abuses….

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is an Obama buddy….

So the President of the United States can use Google to get his message out and when Tibetan protesters put a video on Google’s YouTube to get their message out and China blocks YouTube: the American media is silent….

Seems like America’s talk about human rights is just that: talk.

Obama shakes hands with Google's CEO Eric Schmidt.

Barack Obama and Google CEO Eric Schmidt shake hands.
Photo: AP

Google Moderator is White House Choice:
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/2
0090325/tc_pcworld/obamauseswebto
solicitquestionsfrompublic_1

Google and Obama:
http://www.politico.com/news/st
ories/1108/15487.html

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
03/26/obamas-online-townhall-w
hats-really-going-on/

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Chinese find opportunity in U.S. real-estate slump

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 Most American Media Ignore Reasons Behind China-YouTube Debacle — BBC Has Stones

China Shuts Down YouTube After Video Shows China Police Killing Protester — Google Clueless

 U.S. Ability to Speak Out On Human Rights in China — Tougher Every Day

Inside China’s Fight Against Internet Addiction

China says Internet crackdown to be “long-lasting”

China Extends War on Free Speech Hidden by Fight Against Porn into Cell Phones

Chinese censor parts of Obama speech dealing with dissent, communism

 Internet Limits on Sex, Porn Used to Mask Limits on Freedom, Human Rights?

 Internet: Do You Really Believe China Cares About Porn, Public Morality?
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“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

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President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

March 25, 2009

We live in interesting time and cripples are running the nation.

“What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference? asked the Associated Press’ Ron Fournier.

Well, what kind of lawmaker enacts a law by voting for it even though he or she never read it?  Our Congress on the stimulus.

Then they threw a fit because AIG paid bonuses: which were protected in the stimulus legislation they voted for…

In one of the nations’ biggest crisis since World War II, our leadership is, well, found wanting….

Reading the teleprompter instead of reading the legislation.  This is the White House and Congress of no work, TV appearances and Nancy Pelosi’s cats on YouTube.

This is the media found wanting presidency too.

The president’s  only flash of emotion  came in last night’s news conference when pressed by CNN’s Ed Henry about his slowness in decrying the AIG bonuses.

“It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak,” he replied.

And write remarks and get them into the teleprompter.  Roosevelt responded to Pearl Harbor faster…..

Said Andrew Kohut of the non-partisan Pew Research Center, “In so many of these cases, he has to say, “Yes, but …’ ”

We want our leaders to think.  Not just make appearances.
Less than one month ago, while President Barack Obama was still making his own budget with his own numbers (and everything was rosy) he assured reporters that he likes being president.

“And it turns out I’m very good at it,” he said.

One month later, nobody can be sure that the president is good at anything.

President Barack Obama's TelePrompTer is seen before a news ...

President Barack Obama’s TelePrompTer is seen before a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2009.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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See USA Today:
http://www.dailyrecord.com/articl
e/20090325/UPDATES01/903250419

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Most American Media Ignore Reasons Behind China-YouTube Debacle — BBC Has Stones

March 25, 2009

China pulled the plug on YouTube: cutting off 300 million Chinese viewers.

The issue is one of free speech and international access.

But it is also about censorship and control.  A video of Chinese police beating a Tibetan protester to death is at the heart of China’s new action.

Most U.S. media have only reported that China pulled the YouTube plug.  Nothing more.

That is a crime on top of a crime — so as not to rile China we suspect.

This allows China to restrict freedom of speech and to violate norms of human rights everywhere else….

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BBC

China’s move to block YouTube has been criticised by a leading advocacy group that promotes constitutional liberties in the digital age.

The Centre for Democracy and Technology told the BBC: “China’s actions fail to live up to international norms.”

The video sharing site has been off limits in China since Monday.

“China’s apparent blocking of YouTube is at odds with the rule of law and the right to freedom of expression,” said CDT president Leslie Harris.

“Anytime a country limits or takes down content online , it must be forthright and specific about its actions and do so only in narrowly defined circumstances consistent with international human rights and the rule of law,” stated Ms Harris.

Google, which owns YouTube, told the BBC that it had no idea why the Chinese government had taken this action.

“We don’t know the reason for the block and are working to restore access to users in China as quickly as possible,” said spokesperson Scott Rubin.

Tibet

Earlier in the week, the BBC reported from Beijing that China cut off access to the website because it carried a video showing soldiers beating monks and other Tibetans.

The graphic video was released by Tibetan exiles and showed hundreds of uniformed Chinese troops swarming through a Tibetan monastery. It included footage of a group of troops beating a man with batons.

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/te
chnology/7962718.stm

China Shuts Down YouTube After Video Shows China Police Killing Protester — Google Clueless

March 24, 2009

A video that appears to show police fatally beating a Tibetan protester was a fake concocted by supporters of the Dalai Lama, China said Tuesday — the same day the video-sharing network YouTube said its service had been blocked in China.

AP

The video has been posted on YouTube in recent days.

A spokesman for Google, which owns YouTube, said he couldn’t comment on the Chinese government‘s reason for the block.

“We are looking into it and working to ensure that the service is restored as soon as possible,” spokesman Scott Rubin said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Read the entire report:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090
324/ap_on_re_as/as_china_tibet

Here’s part of the New York Times’ report:
“The instant speculation is that YouTube is being blocked because the Tibetan government in exile released a particular video,” said Xiao Qiang, adjunct professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and editor of China Digital Times, a news Web site that chronicles political and economic changes in China.

Mr. Xiao said that the blocking of YouTube fits in with an apparent effort by China to step up its censorship of the Internet in recent months. Mr. Xiao said he was not surprised that YouTube, which also hosts videos about the Tiananmen Square protests, whose 20th anniversary is coming up, and many other subjects that Chinese authorities find objectionable, is being targeted.

New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/
25/technology/internet/25youtub
e.html?em

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/24/china-blocks-youtube-will-go
ogle-bend-again/

Related:
 U.S. Ability to Speak Out On Human Rights in China — Tougher Every Day

Inside China’s Fight Against Internet Addiction

China says Internet crackdown to be “long-lasting”

China Extends War on Free Speech Hidden by Fight Against Porn into Cell Phones

Chinese censor parts of Obama speech dealing with dissent, communism

 Internet Limits on Sex, Porn Used to Mask Limits on Freedom, Human Rights?

 Internet: Do You Really Believe China Cares About Porn, Public Morality?
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“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

In this Tuesday March 10, 2009, file photo, Tibetan spiritual ... 
In this Tuesday March 10, 2009, file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks to the media on the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that sent him into exile, in Dharmsala, India. The South African government said Tuesday, March 24, 2009, that the Dalai Lama is not welcome until after the 2010 football World Cup, for fear tensions over Tibet would overshadow all other issues. Organizers said earlier that a peace conference scheduled in Johannesburg on Friday has been indefinitely postponed because the government had barred attendance by the Tibetan leader, who has clashed with China. Tibet’s government-in-exile said South Africa was acting under pressure from China, but South Africa’s government denied it. South Africa is China’s largest African trading partner.(AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia/file)

U.S. Ability to Speak Out On Human Rights in China — Tougher Every Day

March 24, 2009

China holds more U.S. debt that any other country — and will soon own more based upon the voracious borrowing of the United States.

This makes it increasingly more difficult for the Obama Administration or anyone else to get what they want from China.

When Hillary Clinton’s State Department admonishes China for any kind of human rights wrongdoing; the Chinese just laugh.

So today China said again it had no idea what restrictions were on the Internet inside China.

Yet YouTube seemed to be blocked.

China’s Foreign Ministry said it was “unafraid” of the Internet — despite a mountain of evidence that China controls the internet more than any other nation. 

U.S. companies like “Google” usually go along with anything China says: the fear of losing 1.3 billion customers is a big incentive to obey China….

The fact is, that China fears the Internet very much.  And this year China has between 20 and 40 million unemployed: an economic situation many fear could spark social unrest.  Add to that many anniversaries in China this year, including one for the uprising in Tiananmen in 1989.  So China is controlling the Internet more than ever this year….

And the West can’t do a thing about that….

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Tiananmen Square in 1989.

See Michelle Malkin
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/24/
china-blocks-youtube-will-google-
bend-again/

Related:
 Inside China’s Fight Against Internet Addiction

China says Internet crackdown to be “long-lasting”

China Extends War on Free Speech Hidden by Fight Against Porn into Cell Phones

Chinese censor parts of Obama speech dealing with dissent, communism

 Internet Limits on Sex, Porn Used to Mask Limits on Freedom, Human Rights?

 Internet: Do You Really Believe China Cares About Porn, Public Morality?
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“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

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“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

March 24, 2009

China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube appeared to be blocked.

YouTube has been unavailable for users in China, which filters the Internet for content critical of Communist Party rule, since late on Monday.

“Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact it is just the opposite,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.

Qin said China’s 300 million Internet users and 100 million blogs showed that “China’s internet is open enough, but also needs to be regulated by law in order to prevent the spread of harmful information and for national security.”

He said he did not know about YouTube being blocked.

Access to YouTube had been spotty earlier in March, the one-year anniversary of widespread protests by Tibetans against Chinese rule.

An Internet crackdown that began in January has closed hundreds of Chinese sites, including a popular blog hosting site and several sites popular with Tibetans.

It has been described by analysts as another step in the Party’s battle to stifle dissent in a year of sensitive anniversaries, including the 20th anniversary of the government’s bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

–Reuters

YouTube cuts off music videos to UK

March 9, 2009

YouTube, said it will block all music videos to British users after it was unable to reach a rights deal with the main songwriters’ collection society.

The world’s largest video sharing site said PRS for Music, a British collection society that collects royalties on behalf of nearly 50,000 composers, was asking it to pay “many, many times” more than the previous licensing agreement that has expired.
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By Yinka Adegoke
Reuters

“The costs are simply prohibitive for us — under PRS’s proposed terms, we would lose significant amounts of money with every playback,” the company said in a blog on Monday.

Read the rest:
http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/03
/09/youtube-cuts-off-music-videos-to-uk/


The move is the latest sign of the tension between YouTube and the music industry and also indicates the video site’s resolve to keep operating costs under control as it strives to generate meaningful profits for Google.

 

YouTube said PRS was also unclear about which songs are included in the renewed license.

 

“We’ve been talking to them for a long time and we’re still talking to them,” said Patrick Walker, YouTube director of video partnerships for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

 

Walker described it as a “painful decision.”

 

But PRS disputed YouTube’s version of events and said it was caught by surprise by the announcement in the middle of ongoing negotiations.

 

“We were shocked and disappointed to receive a call late this afternoon informing us of Google’s drastic action,” said PRS for Music Chief Executive Steve Porter.

Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/techn
ologyNews/idUSTRE5286GM20090309
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Obama’ “Firesides” On The Web: Failing Fast

December 9, 2008

Viewership for President-elect Barack Obama’s  weekly YouTube “fireside chats” has tanked, dropping more than 50 percent since his initial video three weeks ago.

“I’ve heard a lot of puffed-up rhetoric about how this is going to change the face of politics and how it’s going to be FDR’s fireside chats. The data doesn’t back it up,” said David Burch, marketing manager for TubeMogul, which tracks YouTube video views.

 President-elect Barack Obama uses his YouTube videos as a tool to reach out to the American public.

FADING: President-elect Barack Obama uses his YouTube videos as a tool to reach out to the American public.

The first video address, released four weekends ago, drew 789,868 viewers over its first three days and is nearing 1 million total, according to TubeMogul’s figures. But the second video was viewed 451,077 times in three days, Thanksgiving weekend’s video garnered 152,222 views, and this weekend’s fourth installment had about 370,000 views as of Monday evening.

By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times 

Interest in Mr. Obama’s postelection YouTube channel, ChangeDotGov, is down substantially overall compared with the heady days of his campaign, when BarackObama.com regularly cracked the top 10 channels and some of his videos drew more than 5 million views.

The drop from Mr. Obama’s campaign to the transition may have been inevitable, given what the campaign achieved. Mr. Obama compiled a list of e-mail supporters 13 million strong, raised money from about 4 million of them, and drew millions of them to BarackObama.com to look for videos, exchange ideas and generally express their admiration for the candidate.

Now, he’s no longer their candidate. Instead, he has to strike a balance as president that appeals to even those who didn’t vote for him or weren’t part of his movement.

Mr. Obama’s campaign didn’t immediately have a comment on the numbers. But members of his new-media team, speaking at a symposium in New York last week, said the difference between a candidate and a president is affecting how the Web site is run.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20
08/dec/09/obamas-web-presence-loses-its-luster/

Terrorists Attack Media, Internet: Call For YouTube Jihad Invasion

December 4, 2008

A jihadist forum has urged supporters to wage a “YouTube Invasion” by uploading propaganda videos to the popular video-sharing website, the SITE Intelligence Group has claimed.

The Telegraph (UK)

The US-based monitoring service said that the call was made last week by a member who called himself Omar Abdul Hakim on al-Faloja, a password-protected jihadist forum.

Those wishing to wage jihad should use the popular Google-owned website “to shame the crusaders by publishing clips of videos showing their losses,” Mr Hakim wrote.

Taj Mahal Hotel
Above: Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai is now a symbol of terrorism.
Associated Press

“The members of YouTube number in the thousands of millions, and most of them are the filthiest and most dangerous people on earth,” Mr Hakim wrote, noting that it is even used by US President-Elect Barack Obama.

“Brothers, let us go to work and invade. I ask you, by Allah, as soon as you read this subject, to start recording on YouTube, and to start cutting and uploading and posting clips on the jihadist, Islamic, and general forums.”

The forum member included step-by-step instructions on how to post videos on YouTube and what software to use to cut clips into 10-minute sequences.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northam
erica/usa/3547072/Jihadist-forum-calls-for-You
Tube-Invasion.html