October 9 , 2003  
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EDITORIAL & OPINIONS

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Orgies bring big disgrace

Re: "Wild hotel orgy causes international tensions," Oct. 2, 2003

To the Editor:

The issue involving 400 Japanese tourists travelling to a Chinese hotel on the Pearl River for sex with 500 Chinese prostitutes is an extremely contentious one for the Chinese government and its people.

Historically, many events have unfolded to hinder the relationship between China and Japan, such as the killing of 30 million Chinese people in the city of Nanjing by the Japanese during the Second World War. Many of the 30 million victims of the "Nanjing Massacre" were brutally raped women and children.

When travelling out of country, you are representing the country you left. The 400 Japanese people brought Japan disgrace by participating in this orgy - they clearly weren't properly educated to abide by Chinese laws. What does this say about their civilization? If this is happening in China, it very likely could be happening in other countries as well. I begin to question the Japanese's morality. It's not only one person involved in this story, it's 400.

On the flip side of the coin, the blame doesn't only lie with the Japanese tourists. The 500 Chinese prostitutes were also extremely ignorant in their actions, because they clearly didn't realize the long-term ramifications. We, as Chinese people, must work as a collective unit and fight for the honour of our country.

It might seem like a minor issue to many people from other countries, but for the Chinese people, it was a shocking incident. No matter where we are situated, it's the duty of every Chinese citizen to stand up for our mother country.

Hao Dai
Scholars Electives II

Arr! Pirates!

Re: "MP3 mania: selling, sharing & stealing music," Oct. 2, 2003

To the Editor:

Sharing music may be stealing, but what goes around comes around. The Recording Industry Association of America has been stealing from the public for years. By illegally acting as a cartel, they have set CDs at an artificially high price. It is estimated in the United States alone, consumers have been overcharged $480 million between 1995-2000.

Piracy isn't the only reason the RIAA wants to stop online music. Anyone can cheaply record music, but distributing it by CD is hard. That's why it's so tough for independent artists and why only a few global firms exist. By shutting down online music, the RIAA is maintaining its market dominance, controlling the distribution (and price) of music. If they allowed an Internet marketplace to form, new "Internet labels" would eventually evolve, opening up competition to the RIAA and forcing the price of music down to market level. That's why it's taking forever to develop legitimate Internet downloads, despite the fact it's an efficient and cheap distribution method. Artists would migrate to the "Internet labels," where competition would ensure fair pay, unlike the pittance they currently receive from highway robbery contracts.

The real issue in the online music debate isn't piracy. A new form of distributing music is taking shape and allowing for a competitive industry, the kind every other business exists in. The RIAA is fighting tooth and nail for its monopoly, waging war on its own customers. Because you can't fight change, the outcome is clear. The battle over piracy is just a feint, as the new technology drives deep into their open flanks.

Pat McNairnay
Economics/Computer Science III

Wonderwall

To the Editor:

As I entered the University Community Centre on Monday, I was greeted by a giant steaming pile of lies disguised as a mock "Apartheid Wall," symbolizing Israel's wall they've begun constructing to try to keep more of their buses from being blown up.

I won't go on about the fact this huge display was constructed on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, when most Jews were at home in various other cities (and if you're naive enough to think it's just coincidence, then you're beyond help). What I appreciated even more were the lies and revisionisms.

Palestinian people are denied a right to life by Israel's shoot-to-kill policy? First of all, that only applies in self-defense and second, you know who else doesn't have a right to life? Israeli kids that get dismembered for thinking they could safely ride public transportation. Palestinian people are denied equal rights in Jerusalem? Well yes, if they're carrying a fucking mortar bomb. But the million or so Arab people that live and work freely in Israel don't seem to have a problem.

I am happy I decided to go to class that day, so this filth did not go unnoticed. Now, maybe if you want to talk about how to stop bombs going off almost daily in major Israeli cities or why the Palestinian leaders have walked away from peace talks or why supporters of ending the "occupation" can only come up with lies to support their cause, then we can start working toward real peace.

Adam Fisch
Psychology II

Fire Haylor

To the Editor:

On Saturday the Mustangs were scored on more times than a cheap prostitute. Rather than praise coach Haylor for his stellar winning percentage, someone at The Gazette should criticize his team for its woeful defense.

W.G. Wolf
Philosophy III

 

 

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