While dealing with blocked pages and filter-trigger keywords can get pretty annoying on the wrong side of the internet, for bloggers in China who want some discussion on, say, the highest-level corruption crackdown in ten years, there are always ways to beat the system. This time it just happens that the name—now on the banned list—of one of the key suspects involved is exactly the same as the Chinese word for the yellow chrysanthemum. And who doesn't like the occasional picture of a flower on their blog?
Here's Bullog blogger mic's recent post, textless save the botanically-named title, and the comments that followed:
老虎屁股 [Tiger Butt]:
超薄白 [Ultrathin White]:
If you could have gotten a shot of a withered chrysanthemum, that'd be meaningful!
Trained until I passed out
I thought it was a poem written by a leader…
The day after tomorrow my eyes
Will enter Autumn.
A fire in Autumn.
Also from Bullog, a photo from Li Honglian (李宏剑) posted by 50mm with the title ‘Demolition: Land‘ and no other accompanying text, of a van someone in Fenyan village, Jianli county of Hubei province has turned into a mobile protest sign. The text in the van windows reads: “Give Back [My] Land”.
It's much better now that they can go to the cities and be peasant laborers.
落后青年 [Backwards Youth]:
So many people opposed me.
So I'll just add one more line:
If it's so bad being a peasant laborer they can always go be coolies in another country…
And who will occupy it?
I don't really understand,
And don't want to,
There's no point.
In blogger/web editor Wen Yunchao‘s webnews weekly roundup, aside from stories of Wikipedia's unblocking in China, one blogger's run from his alleged killers and news of Google's purchase of Youtube is a mention of a hot topic on Bullog these days, those arguing for an end to the practice of Chinese Traditional Medicine: