Yes, I agree, the earthquake was bad. Really bad. But the latest ideas from the Chinese government are in a similar league. Today I went to a bar for an after work beer… and it was closed. Now that I sit in front of my computer I found out why. The Shanhaiist has
propaganda material a nice text from the Chinese government with a translation on the reasons. Here is an interesting excerpt:
二、各网站停止三天各类娱乐活动和服务。从19日零时起至21日24时，全省各游戏网站、各网站游戏频道一律关闭；各网站的娱乐频道和娱乐性音视频栏目一 律用哀悼页面覆盖，相关栏目下的其他网页不得开放；各网站的娱乐论坛一律关闭；各搜索引擎的音乐和娱乐视频搜索功能一律关闭；各网站带有娱乐性的广告一律 关闭。
2. All websites are to stop all entertainment activities and services for three days. From May 19 00:00 to May 21 24:00, all gaming websites and gaming channels of major portals are to shut down; Cover all entertainment channels on websites and programmes with a message of mourning, and none of the other pages within these channels should be accessible; All entertainment BBS’s are to be shut; All music and video search functions at search engine portals to be shut; All entertainment advertisements should be offline.
Another notice on DalianDalian finally got me back to reality. They are really closing the entertainment to make sure everyone is mourning. But this is helpful to who? The dead won’t get up again. And closing down a business for about 3 days can cost some serious money. But maybe the reason is, because we are in a communist country. Someone has an idea, everyone follows. So why not mourn 10 days? More than 10000 souls stopped existing. Why not introduce mandatory blood donation for everyone in China? Now that would actually help.
One question remains: Where can I drink a beer after work tomorrow evening?