Pictures from Trip to Asia

Here are pictures from my recent trip to Asia.

Update. The pictures in this post have now been put in individual posts instead of being hosted on Picasaweb galleries. You can find them here:

Google — Still not evil?

Google is praised for its “Don’t be Evil” corporate motto, probably in part because it’s extraordinary–most companies’ codes of conduct address integrity and ethics without addressing issues of absolute morality.

Yet, along with this acclaim comes closer scrutiny. Google cannot simply say an action was a good business decision and makes money for the shareholders when the action helps oppress 20% of the world’s population.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Google has done–Google agreed to provide a Chinese version of Google search that purges any topics the Chinese government finds objectionable. Topics such as democracy, human rights, and oppression. That’s evil.

Interestingly, this is not the first time Google has censored the Internet at a country’s request; it did the same for France and Germany.

Hat tip: Hog On Ice

The nuclear option

Believe it or not, this isn’t about judicial appointments. It’s about the bomb. Based on recent statements, it would appear that we haven’t had enough nuclear warfare.

  • Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu of China threatens to use nukes against the U.S. if we “intervene” in any conflict between China and Taiwan.
  • Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., “throws out the idea” of bombing Mecca in response to a nuclear terrorist attack within the U.S.

Is the doctrine of mutually assured destruction effective in negotiations with a madman?