China’s people are learning the truth about the air pollution that’s causing a huge number of them, estimated to be over one million, every year to drop dead from lung disease. They’ve been unhappy about this for many years, but the video linked above, which had 100 million views in its first two days, appears to have really blown the lid off all this.
The main culprit, needless to say, is the proliferation of coal-fired point plants and billow out chemical and radioactive toxins in enormous concentrations, and, as show above, make it difficult for people in many cities to see across the street under certain wind conditions. The baby shown developed pneumonia before he ever left the hospital, and the local people are no longer willing to tolerate these conditions.
Now, it’s common knowledge that the Chinese government does not take kindly to expressions on the part of its people that may be considered “hostile” or “combative” or “subversive,” and we also know that the that the law of the land in China contains nothing that even vaguely resembles our First Amendment, i.e., the singular item we have in the U.S. that guarantees our freedom of speech. Thus an important question here is: what’s the fate of the brave people featured in a video that calls for the public outrage against the way their government is going about its business?
I don’t have an answer for that, but, obviously, I hope for their safety. Actually, my real hope is that they’re as far from China as one can get on this planet. I’m guessing that would be Bermuda, but I’d have to check a globe to verify that.