Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Congress Shall Make No Law . . . .

Congress Chides 4 Companies Over China:

"Your abhorrent actions in China are a disgrace," said Rep. Tom Lantos, the top Democrat on the House International Relations Committee. "I simply don't understand how your corporate leadership sleeps at night."
My guess? On piles and piles of free-market-produced money. Oodles of cash. Scores of equity shares. In fact, I think I can hear them snoring now.

But in their defense, they feel really bad:

Yahoo's senior vice president and general counsel, Michael Callahan, said his company was "very distressed" at having to comply with Chinese law.
I'm sure a lot of places are very distressed about having to comply with American law, so that seems fair.

I mean, think about it. I'm not suggesting that content-based filtering is admirable, but c'mon. China is like what? A huge trade partner with the US? We overlook those pesky human rights violations. Our markets are open to their goods. And you're going to get all uppity over THIS? It's commerce kids. It has an informational aspect, but just like TV is eyeballs to advertisers, so is the net.

Give me an f-ing break.

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