EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Orgies bring big disgrace
Re: "Wild hotel orgy causes international tensions," Oct.
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
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.
Scholars Electives II
Re: "MP3 mania: selling, sharing & stealing music," Oct. 2,
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.
Economics/Computer Science III
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
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.
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.