A thread by any other name…..

Yunnan boy.jpg

An open thread.

I wish I felt as happy as this Yunnan villager today. What a smile.

The Discussion: 58 Comments

Hmm, lots of comments in the new Duck Pond, but none in here. Do we need an open thread anymore?

February 21, 2006 @ 12:06 am | Comment

I’d say keep it a while longer and see what happens.

If you look at a site like Booman tribune, they have both open threads and “Froggy Bottom Cafe” both of which are basically for casual chatting.

February 21, 2006 @ 2:02 am | Comment

Okay, but you’d better comment in the new forum! 🙂

February 21, 2006 @ 2:06 am | Comment

And remember, Booman gets like 100 times more traffic than this measly site…

February 21, 2006 @ 2:10 am | Comment

(I’m touching wood as I write this.)
Certain troll-like regulars seem to have been very quiet today. Think there’s a connection?
(Continues touching wood.)

February 21, 2006 @ 4:35 am | Comment

They seem to come in waves. Right now it’s low tide. Let’s hope it stays that way.

February 21, 2006 @ 6:04 am | Comment

I will, I will! I did figure out how to sign up for it yesterday and everything. I’ve been on the road, in San Diego and then driving home so haven’t had much chance to comment….just had to go smack Torture Boy around in the Bob Herbert thread.

February 21, 2006 @ 11:13 am | Comment

“Prince Charles Took Stand Against China, Court Told”
“A former secretary to Britain’s Prince Charles told a London court that the prince deliberately boycotted a state banquet in honor of the Chinese government in 1999 as part of a “public stand” against the regime. ”

February 21, 2006 @ 3:05 pm | Comment

sooooooooooooooooo……. what makes you depressed ?

February 21, 2006 @ 5:19 pm | Comment

Hmm, lots of comments in the new Duck Pond, but none in here. Do we need an open thread anymore?
I’d say keep it a while longer and see what happens.
If you look at a site like Booman tribune, they have both open threads and “Froggy Bottom Cafe” both of which are basically for casual chatting.

You all here rather like to talk to someone, that you feel better to talk to. Right? So constantly block us, keep flood of “bashing” out of your ear. A counterpart of CCP ^_^
Anyway it is kind of surprise you opened the thread

February 21, 2006 @ 5:32 pm | Comment

Pardon me, kkk?

February 21, 2006 @ 5:49 pm | Comment

Can anyone translate this brief post for me? Thanks.

February 21, 2006 @ 6:43 pm | Comment

Here is my translation

Title: A group of Americans in China opened a ‘very hot’ forum to discuss China-related issues. Take a look.

It is said it’s one of the most famous place on the net to discuss China-related issues. Sometimes they have a lot of prejudice. Take a look if your English is good.

Their blog is http://www.pekingduck.org/

Their forum is http://www.pekingduck.org/phpbb/

February 21, 2006 @ 6:59 pm | Comment

Wow, I’m a famous place! Too bad we have a lot of prejudice. (Is there any blog that doesn’t?) Thanks a lot.

February 21, 2006 @ 7:18 pm | Comment

Fat cat

Fat cat

February 21, 2006 @ 8:59 pm | Comment

deleted, and not a moment too soon.

February 22, 2006 @ 4:59 am | Comment

Yeah, I spoke too soon. While nicely written, I think we can all guess where the essay above is from.

February 22, 2006 @ 5:33 am | Comment


February 22, 2006 @ 5:45 am | Comment

deleted. why can’t he just go away?

February 22, 2006 @ 5:49 am | Comment

Because he looooves you richard.
(Sorry. That was meant to be a joke. Unfortunately, it’s also scarily true.)

February 22, 2006 @ 8:56 am | Comment

Wot’s this mention of deletions?

Is He Who Shall Not Be Named back to haunt us?

February 22, 2006 @ 8:57 am | Comment

Yes. Again. As always.

February 22, 2006 @ 11:06 am | Comment

I’d like to know more on the kind of prejudices we have 🙂

February 22, 2006 @ 6:01 pm | Comment

Remember that 80’s cheese:
“… I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place…”
Sorry, his M. Jackson reference is just too hilarious.

February 22, 2006 @ 6:20 pm | Comment

And I see he has a few new photos on his site, and another diatribe attacking this site as well. Not surprising.

Update from Richard: This is actually MAJ, trying to hype his own site! See below.

February 22, 2006 @ 9:53 pm | Comment

deleted, but I’ll leave this one remark:

Yet again, I am the victim of smear.

Can you imagine Madge – who put my full name and other personal details on scores of blogs and message boards and spewed invective at everyone here – would have the balls to call himself the victim of a smear? Any sense of irony here?

February 22, 2006 @ 10:17 pm | Comment


February 22, 2006 @ 10:40 pm | Comment

Totally unrelated:


February 22, 2006 @ 11:03 pm | Comment


ONCE MORE, he has posted using my handle. I did NOT post his self-advertisement, as follows:

“And I see he has a few new photos on his site, and another diatribe attacking this site as well. Not surprising.

Posted by Sojourner at February 22, 2006 09:53 PM”

Look, MAJ, if you want to be treated with a smidgeon of respect, behave with the bare minimum of integrity.

February 23, 2006 @ 1:21 am | Comment

Damn, you’re right – same IP address!!

Does everyone get that. Jones put up a fake post allegedly from Sojourner creiticizing MAJ. Then Jones comes in all huffy-puffy, complaining that Sojourner is smearing him. When Jones wrote the smear himself! What kind of twisted game playing is this?

Sorry Sojourner. Like a piece of lint that gets stick on your sweater, Madge is difficult to get rid of.

February 23, 2006 @ 1:31 am | Comment

Indeed, richard, indeed …

February 23, 2006 @ 1:48 am | Comment

deleted. A s s h o l e

February 23, 2006 @ 2:32 am | Comment

Enough’s enough. Time for action. Man the battlestation. This guy is begging for an asskicking. Where the hell’s that Ivan?!?!

February 23, 2006 @ 4:30 am | Comment

Some bastard is using Ivan’s name to flood my email account with spam mail. Fortunately my spam filter worked really well and had them filtered away instantly. So no harm was done. If any of you received an email from ivan@yukosgroupofcompanies.com, titled “Best of Regards”, please do not open and delete the email straightaway.

February 23, 2006 @ 6:20 am | Comment

Take one guess who it is, Fat Cat? He’s obsessed with Ivan, too.

February 23, 2006 @ 6:49 am | Comment

Hey hey hey guys, I will post a long essay about the cocksuckin goodness of the CCP!!!!

Listen to me *slurp* up the ambrosia the benevolent CCP dumps on its people!!!!

(note, I’m not MAJ… I’m just doing to him what he did to sojourner)

February 23, 2006 @ 11:43 am | Comment

duck pond would be better with PKD’s old colors.

February 23, 2006 @ 4:31 pm | Comment

Am working on it, thanks.

February 23, 2006 @ 4:38 pm | Comment

Richard, would it be possible to have a link directly from the Duck Pond index page back to The Peking Duck homepage? This can save me using the Back button or my Bookmark all the time.

February 23, 2006 @ 8:06 pm | Comment

Okay, it’s added to my list of changes. Thanks.

February 23, 2006 @ 8:12 pm | Comment

Hi guys,
It’s me (the real me) here, and I’ve been on the road for the last week.
Thanks to those of you who have alerted others that Madge has been screwing around with my moniker.
I’ll be back to my TPD battlestation soon. 🙂

February 23, 2006 @ 11:22 pm | Comment

Anybody knows what happens to this guy?



Its bugging the shit out of me, but he’s been absent from major party functions since before the lunar new year, the latest politburo meeting on the 21st..

He ‘s so goofy looking I miss him badly. Hope its not one of those serious stuff like purges…

February 23, 2006 @ 11:32 pm | Comment

I am convinced MAJ is just trying to take the piss out of us all.

And so we find ourselves in a hermeneutic maze. Is this really Sojourner writing? Or is MAJ usurping Sojourner’s handle? Or is it Sojourner parodying MAJ pretending to be Sojourner?

Actually I really AM Sojourner. GAN BEI!!!! My friend Dr. Anne Myers has just sent me a personal email in response to my previous posting. She informs me that MAJ has ANOTHER site and this one has porno pictures of him and his drop-dead-gorgeous girlfriend!

Wow, he really is crazy and interesting, isn’t he??? I wish I lived in Shenzhen and could be his close and personal friend.

Now, this other site could be called sleazy and sad, but it isn’t. In fact it’s erotic art. I know that ‘cos there’s a poem accompanying the dirty pictures. Now, because I am definitely NOT Mark Anthony Jones, I am often critical of him. Therefore, I think the poem is excruciatingly sophomomic and insipid.

But, I read it again and see that from alternative “reading” the poem is a masterpiece!!! It is worthy of one of Shakespeare’s love sonnets, on a par with Goethe’s poignant literary classic, “The Sorrows of Young Werther”. It leaves me breathless and imbued with all the richness of the firmament.

Hey, let’s all continually visit Mark’s fascinating site!!!! Maybe we’ll be lucky and get rewarded with some open beaver shots!!! Then Mark can claim to be a popular blogger. Maybe he’ll get more hits than Richard on Peking Duck. But that’s not why I’m recommending visiting his site, as my interest is purely prurient!!!!

February 24, 2006 @ 2:34 am | Comment

I would love to check out the dirty pics of his peasant slave-girl (is she STILL his fiancee?) but you need a password and he hasn’t given it to me. Maybe because I last commented on his site how for some reason there are no pics of him and his slave-girl together. Are you saying that he has porno-pics of the two of them? Is it the same girl, or did he pay the massage girls extra?

February 24, 2006 @ 3:11 am | Comment

I saw the pics. Trust me, they’re nothing to write home about.

February 24, 2006 @ 3:42 am | Comment

This is just dead weird.

Someone (I presume Madge as whoever it was deleted my reference to him as deranged) has lifted MY parody of HIM masquerading as ME that I contributed to the Flowing Waters Stale site and pasted it here under my name.

I assure you, richard, I had no intention of inflicting it on you here.

February 24, 2006 @ 4:36 am | Comment

Oh, and I echo richard in saying that Keir is missing nothing (except for the naff accompanying poem, which is a bit of a larf).

Roland directed me to Madge’s porno (sorry, “erotic”) site, but after we had both taken the piss of it on Madge’s main site he added the password-block.

February 24, 2006 @ 4:40 am | Comment

DAMN IT!!!! You mean for a limited time only I could have accessed his Marxist-Sexist Exploitation of peasant girls site FOR FREE?!?!? And I missed my chance?! DAMN!!!!!!!!!

February 24, 2006 @ 5:43 am | Comment

Keir, like I said, you missed nothing (except a good chuckle).

Sojourner, don’t worry – I am totally used to such nonsense by now.

February 24, 2006 @ 7:52 am | Comment

I just had a look at this MAJ guy’s site. What a rich, steaming pile of self-indulgent orientalist claptrap.

February 24, 2006 @ 8:33 am | Comment

Plus he’s really hairy.

February 24, 2006 @ 10:08 am | Comment

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February 24, 2006 @ 2:41 pm | Comment

Well, the one thing MAJ loves is attention … and (I’ve said it before) he seldom (if ever) believes anything he writies. So reacting to the specifics in any message is missing the point. Better to ignore it. Speaking of which … let’s do that. Enough about MAJ. Now about me … LOL.

Ummm … I’m so important, please pay attention to me, please react to what I say, please please please. Look at moie, look at moie, look at moie. (Say it in a broad Australian accent … if you’ve seen the show Kath and Kim, you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

February 25, 2006 @ 4:33 am | Comment

I agree, eough about Madge. But ifyou haven’t seen the parody site lately, some very clever elves are putting up some incredibly funny comments. There is evidence of genius in that thread.

February 25, 2006 @ 4:39 am | Comment

FSN9, have you been to the Duck Pond yet? You might enjoy it.

February 25, 2006 @ 4:40 am | Comment

FSN9, long time no see. How are you? Please, do not, under any circumstance, associate what’s his name with “Kath and Kim”. “Kath and Kim” is one of the few TV comedies that I actually enjoy watching.

February 25, 2006 @ 5:20 am | Comment

If anybody is interested, I’ve dug out the the review of Chinese military power that was presented to Congress by the DoD last year.

I’ve also got a copy of the quadranual defense review for 2006 as well, if you’re interested in seeing me publish it, leave a not on my blog.

February 26, 2006 @ 8:09 am | Comment

Remember when Bush cycled into that police constable during the G8 summit in Gleneagles and he just laughed it off?
“In Scotland, an accident such as the one at Gleneagles could have led to police action. Earlier this year, Strathclyde Police issued three fixed penalty notices to errant cyclists as part of a crack-down on rogue riders. Legal experts also suggested lesser mortals could have ended up with a fixed penalty fine, prosecution, or at least a good ticking-off from officers.”

John Scott, a human rights lawyer, said: “There’s certainly enough in this account for a charge of careless driving. Anyone else would have been warned for dangerous driving.

“I have had clients who have been charged with assaulting a police officer for less than this. The issue of how long the police officer was out of action for is also important. He was away from work for 14 weeks, and that would normally be very significant in a case like this.”


February 26, 2006 @ 10:55 pm | Comment

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