Yeah, I noticed this recently. I popped in the name of my favorite porn sample aggregator and it loaded, as did all the sites it linked to. Later, I tried to go to youtube - blocked! It turns out my VPN was off the whole time and I hadn't noticed. These porno sites were all blocked before. I don't believe it's de jure illegal to access porn sites, but it is illegal to host them for sure. Online porn is one of the things that the Chinese mafia does in its IT divisions.
What China needs is to produce its own domestic porn. There is no shortage of women ready and willing to do whatever is required. They have Taiwanese and HK porn but it sucks (ask for "yellow DVD/huang1 de DVD" at your friendly neighborhood DVD shop). To many mainland Chinese, the only context they see white women in is pornos or mainstream media. This distorts their viewpoint of all white women. A couple of my friends get harassed all the time because they have blonde hair and nice chests. Everyone assumes they're prostitutes because they look like the women that the Chinese see in pornos. Come on, how many of you immediately think of "kung fu" (or worse, "karate") when you see a Chinese person? Associations are there and they are real.
Well, many educated, middle class Asians have a very distorted view of Americans in general. If your only view of America is MTV and few ignorant tourists, you'd think we're all uber-violent jackasses.
Sadly, there are plenty of educated folks in China, India, Korea and Japan who think young African American male in baggy jeans equals 'drug dealer' or 'rapper'.
In college, I had plenty of overseas students from Europe and Asia who were shocked that there were African Americans who read books and didn't care for basketball.
Come to think of it, there were a few folks from the Midwest who thought that way too. Not a lot, but maybe 5 or so cats treated my over read behind like I was some sort of pink poodle. They wised up by junior year.
It's time to admit that government makes everyone worse off than we would otherwise be. And before anyone says "but wait, they built the roads!", yes, I believe roads could be provided voluntarily without taxation. along with every other important function they do.
You are an idiot. Taxation is no more theft than paying your cable bill. You're a citizen, you benefit from clean water, not getting blown up terrorists, the internet and a crap load of other things the government either pays for directly or has subsidized for development. Unless you like brown water and having the rent cops and firemen, stop whining. Please get over your Ayn Rand fantasy -- even Jesus told his disciples to pay their taxes. Roads provide voluntarily? By who? Whose gonna pay for the asphalt, upkeep or to make some knuckle head doesn't cause a 10 car pile-up because he's doing 110 at rush hour? And seeing as UNIX and ARPNET were both military (read government) creations, Slashdot wouldn't have existed with US taxpayers money.
Wow, I guess kids who aren't going to be politicians shouldn't have to take history or civics. Or because I had no intention in becoming the next Tennessee Williams or William Shakespeare then I wasted my time in AP English?
First, you miss one of the main points of public education is to develop well rounded, grounded citizens. Just "training kids in their inclinations" is counter to everything western thought has to say about education and would undermine our democracy (i.e. ill informed citizens who are trained to be very good drones and little more.)
Second, what harm will taking harder course in High School really do? Give you a taste of college? Teach that true knowledge takes real work? Make you a well rounded thinker? Oh, suck horrible things. High School is about learning....losing site of that for the sake of grades will leave you in the slow lane in the end.
Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten