1989, Chinese Democracy, June 4, June Fourth Incident, that trick never works, this day in history, Tiananmen Square
On which the Chinese government uses a very public forum to reiterate its traditionally dim view of free speech.
Try not to worry; it can’t happen here. Again, we mean. ∞ T.
This is one of those posts where the “like” button does not quite do the job. – but good short post.
Oh I also nominated you for the “Versatile blogger award. Participating is not compulsory but should you want to, the info is at http://brainsplats.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/further-adventures-in-blog-awards/
Thanks very much! I apologize for the late reply–I’m slaving away for The Man at a desk this week.
And welcome back to our Freedom-drenched shores!
I’m not back yet!
Well, then I rescind my welcome until such time as you are safely returned to our purple mountains majesty, free at last of that despotic tyranny from which our forefathers (well, some of our forefathers, anyway) struggled so mightily to emancipate themselves. Be strong, friend. And should you, by some cruel trick of fate, fall into the pitiless and blood-stained hands of the redcoats, think upon the example of Nathan Hale. God speed!
And hypocrite that I am, I should note that my dad first came to America on a boat.
Trinity River said:
Oh lordy. it’s so true that could happen right here.
I’ve read many books on Chinese history, and knowing what I know, couldn’t look for one more second at the “GOD” Chairman Mao and his f’ing red book…. While some individuals struggle and fight for their humanity, people as a whole, cease to be human in a sick environment, particularly from the point of power… It’s a sociopathic point of view. Amazing.
This may seem like a silly question… but who was that guy?
One of the coolest photos ever, and does anybody know who that guy is?
It’s not a silly question at all. I was surprised on reading your question that I’ve NEVER asked that. His name, I’m afraid, is one of the handful of facts from among the collected knowledge of the world which I do not yet know.
I saw a documentary about this guy on TV. He was arrested…. and executed.
I didn’t know that, but I’d say that sounds pretty accurate.
El Guapo said:
The kid in front of the tank is probably one of the most enduring images of the twentieth century, and one of the most enduring form my lifetime.
I would agree with you regarding its historical import. Along with the image of the burning towers (which is 21st Century), and perhaps one of the many images of the Berlin Wall coming down, I can’t think of a more enduring and iconic image from my lifetime.
And of course, Max Headroom. He’ll live forever!
Looks like what happened in my country on ’86. It’s just my ill-luck to postpone getting born a few years later when the country was so much peaceful. I could’ve had a first-hand knowledge which will mold me into a better person than I am now.
But I do admire the guts of that guy, boldness not viscera. I imagined for a few odd seconds him still being squashed by that tank, though. I guess it’s the caption having to do with guts. Eck.
But I do admire the guts of that guy, boldness not viscera.
And I admire a well-turned phrase. I liked that.