Freedom of Thought and Speech

Freedom of thought and speech.

What is it, do we have it, how far does it go.
Is it just a myth of the lucky country and world's 'democracies' or is it alive and well.

Some books are banned to enter the country and speakers are forbidden to speak freely.
What topics should be on 'forbidden' list if any.

Any other questions anyone would like to add please do...

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The one child rule in China is on their five year plan and runs through 2010. It can also be flexible in certain conditions. It is for certain Chinese people and not for others. Here is a link so all can read about it. Geography

China's One Child Policy

One Child Policy in China Designed to Limit Population Growth

By Matt Rosenberg, Guide

Nov 4 2009

China has proclaimed that it will continue its one child policy, which limits couples to having one child, through the 2006-2010 five year planning period.

China's one child policy was established by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1979 to limit communist China's population growth. Although designated a "temporary measure," it continues a quarter-century after its establishment. The policy limits couples to one child. Fines, pressures to abort a pregnancy, and even forced sterilization accompanied second or subsequent pregnancies.

It is not an all-encompassing rule because it has always been restricted to ethnic Han Chinese living in urban areas. Citizens living in rural areas and minorities living in China are not subject to the law. However, the rule has been estimated to have reduced population growth in the country of 1.3 billion by as much as 300 million people over its first twenty years.

[b]Recent Effects of the One Child Law[/b]

Now that millions of sibling-less people in China are now young adults in or nearing their child-bearing years, a special provision allows millions of couples to have two children legally. If a couple is composed of two people without siblings, then they may have two children of their own, thus preventing too dramatic of a population decrease.

[b]The Future of China's One Child Law[/b]

China's eleventh Five-Year Plan Period is from 2006 to 2010. Minister of the State Commission of Population and Family Planning Zhang Weiqing confirmed in early 2006 that China's one child policy is consistent with the nation's plan for population growth and would continue indefinitely. He denied rumors that the policy become less stringent to permit a second child.


Thank you bobagain, I stand corrected, again. I have never had

the benefit of reading Matt Rosenberg. I was basing my comments

on what I have been told, personally, by many people, in China's

bigger cities, most of which I have spent time in. I have not had

the pleasure of spending any time in the rural areas, as it is simply

too dangerous & there is, generally, nowhere to stay.

I will ignore most of fweds comments, as there is no point in

repeating what has already been said. However, I don't

remember calling anybody an idiot, other than fwed. Yes, I am

sarcastic, but I do try to cool it & I have apologised before. As

for clay, if somebody takes a swing at me personally &

consistantly, make sure you hit hard, because I will swing back.

As for Korry walking the dog; you have a selective reading

problem, because that IS what SHE said & I only repeated her.

I write my opinions, on here, because it is a forum, is it not?

kfchugo, you accused me & made clear statements against

me. I have defended the quote that I believe you missread.

Is that not even worthy of an acknowledgement, let alone a


Innes, I did say (or imply) that fwed and yourself are often at each others throat. You do say things that are incorrect and as you need an example, your quote about euthanasia and the holocaust is close and handy. As I also said, I understood what you meant and would not have commented, but fwed chose to call you on it. It probably is illegal to propose or encourage euthanasia and also to deny that the holocaust took place, but that was not what your quote said. NOW, we are expected to interpret your posts and extract your intention rather than what was actually said?

Fwed and I are not "mates" and we have no contact outside the publicly posted messages on this forum, but I dont like to see anyone vilified or embarrassed just for expressing an opinion and I thought your slur on his intellect was uncalled for and petty.

Mark Twain: 'Free Speech is confined to the dead'.

I always guessed it***

will the pensioners get the same pay rise as the pollies are hoping for????

Krudd wants extra money added to his super before he is chucked out ,but he is very poor on Prime Minsters pay .When he finished he can always sell papers on the street corner


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