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Submission + - What's The World's Second Biggest Tourist Attraction? Chairman Mao's Birthplace (telegraph.co.uk)

cold fjord writes: Only Disneyland is a bigger draw. The Telegraph reports, "The cult of Mao continues to resonate strongly in China. His three decades in power have never been open to critical assessment because the Communist party still depends on Mao for its legitimacy. Indeed, the current government has cloaked itself even more heavily in Maoist rhetoric even as it continues to liberalise the economy. As a result, many of the pilgrims to Shaoshan still regard Mao with worrying devotion. "Mao is a god in the East," said ... a 23-year-old nurse ... "My grandmother was here in Shaoshan for the 100th anniversary, when they installed the giant bronze statue in the main square. It was winter, but she said the flowers along the road bloomed as the statue was driven by." Even those old enough to remember the bad old days find it perfectly possible to continue to worship Mao, whose policies led directly to the death of tens of millions of Chinese. "" — More at Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post,
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Interviews: James Randi Answers Your Questions 217

A while ago you had the chance to ask James Randi, the founder of The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), about exposing hucksters, frauds, and fakers. Below you'll find his answers to your questions. In addition to his writings below, Randi was nice enough to sit down and talk to us about his life and his foundation. Keep an eye out for those videos coming soon.

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