May 29, 2003


China wants its citizens to stop loogying up the place. Part of this anti-SARS campaign involves banning any knowledge of the spit activities enjoyed by China’s leaders:

If one tries to enter "spit" and "Deng Xiaoping" or "Jiang Zemin" into a Chinese computer search engine, the screen goes blank. Censors have apparently decided that Internet browsers should not go there.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 29, 2003 02:54 AM

A double entendre is spawned : to expectorate; to roast pig or side of beef/lamb on a spit. In the machinations of China's communist regime, whether to spit or to spit, or to be spat at or spitted, must be the stuff of fine calculation and paranoia.

Posted by: d at May 29, 2003 at 12:15 PM

Addendum to above: which thus explains why venturing the queries produces nil results, the censorship is due to deep and dark doings, by gum.

Posted by: d at May 29, 2003 at 12:20 PM

You only need read Mo Yan's 'Republic of Wine' to understand the levels of dark doing, D.

Posted by: Preston Whip at May 29, 2003 at 12:38 PM

Thanks for the tip Whip. Is it worth purchasing or just read a library copy.I hope it contains: boozing, bonking,bonging or else, one might suspect it lacks credibility.

Posted by: d at May 29, 2003 at 01:48 PM

D: I can only point you here:

"This is not a book for the faint-hearted - if you are at all averse to vivid descriptions of animals being slaughtered, bloody fights and details of physical degeneration, The Republic of Wine may not be for you."

Posted by: Preston Whip at May 29, 2003 at 04:55 PM