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(The Raw Story)   Mao Tse Tung upgraded from "political leader" to "demi-god", if the bronze and gold statues and the thousands of 'pilgrims' are any indication   (rawstory.com) divider line 84
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2013-12-25 01:31:49 PM
I like the irony of them bowing to a golden idol of Mao.
 
2013-12-25 02:54:40 PM

RexTalionis: I like the irony of them bowing to a golden idol of Mao.


I bow only to BLT with Mao.

www.vocationnetwork.org
 
2013-12-25 02:56:07 PM
Oliver Cromwell was king in all but name, and Putin has as much power as a Tsar. Entrenched political systems change very slowly.
 
2013-12-25 02:58:13 PM
image.spreadshirt.net
 
2013-12-25 02:59:34 PM
www.wired.com
 
2013-12-25 03:11:11 PM
scienceblogs.com
 
2013-12-25 03:15:53 PM
Thousands of admirers in a country of 1.3 billion. My wife grew up in the '60's in China, and her generation, and several after, still largely revile Mao and everything he did.
 
2013-12-25 03:15:53 PM

Kittypie070: [scienceblogs.com image 400x385]


Aaaaaaaand we're done.
 
2013-12-25 03:20:05 PM
That's disgusting.

Let's get back to putting Reagan monuments in every county in the US, please.
 
2013-12-25 03:28:36 PM

Selective amnesia has sprung
With regard to Mao Tse Tung.
I'd hoped, with this news,
Of ornate statues,
That there would be one made from dung.

 
2013-12-25 03:33:28 PM
DON'T GIVE FARTBAMA ANY IDEAS NOW
 
2013-12-25 03:54:11 PM
Analysts say Mao has emerged as a rallying point for those discontented with rising inequality and rampant corruption, presenting a potential challenge to a leadership which does not tolerate public dissent.


So... basically it's the older generation using him as a symbol to protest against the excesses of capitalism and materialistic consumer culture in modern Chinese society.

img.fark.net

"Do you like Mao Zedong? His early works were a little too stalinist for my tastes, but when "People's War" came out in '49, I think he really came into his own, politically and philosophically. The whole theory has a clear, crisp message and a new sheen of four modernizations that really give the ideas a big boost. He's been compared to Che Guevara, but I think Mao has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of ideology. In '64, Mao released his "Little Red Book," his most accomplished work and undisputed masterpiece, a book so entertaining, most people probably don't read into its deeper meanings. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of class struggle and the importance of the proletariat, it's also a personal statement about the man himself. Hey Paul!"
 
2013-12-25 03:55:28 PM
Kittiepie070:
(Pic of people around Wall Street Bull)

The funny thing is, the actual story behind that photo is the opposite of what some people have portrayed. It was a bunch of Christians who met at the site of the Wall Street bull statue. "We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the 'Lion's Market,' or God's control over the economic systems."

Not that it would work, or would be any better, but it's the opposite of the "praying to an idol" idea some folks thought.
 
2013-12-25 03:55:32 PM
When was he downgraded from demigod in the first place?
 
2013-12-25 04:10:34 PM
Where is your god Mao?
 
2013-12-25 04:11:22 PM

cirby: Kittiepie070:
(Pic of people around Wall Street Bull)

The funny thing is, the actual story behind that photo is the opposite of what some people have portrayed. It was a bunch of Christians who met at the site of the Wall Street bull statue. "We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the 'Lion's Market,' or God's control over the economic systems."

Not that it would work, or would be any better, but it's the opposite of the "praying to an idol" idea some folks thought.


HOW THE fark IS IT DIFFERENT?

They're praying on a statue of a bull (calf!) for money (gold).  Anyone who calls themselves a Christian should be offended by that.
 
2013-12-25 04:20:14 PM
Because theres no problem that can't be fixed by starving 40 million or so of your people.
 
2013-12-25 04:24:59 PM

Old enough to know better: Because theres no problem that can't be fixed by starving 40 million or so of your people.


That's certainly Un way to do it
 
2013-12-25 04:26:48 PM

cirby: Kittiepie070:
(Pic of people around Wall Street Bull)

The funny thing is, the actual story behind that photo is the opposite of what some people have portrayed. It was a bunch of Christians who met at the site of the Wall Street bull statue. "We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the 'Lion's Market,' or God's control over the economic systems."

Not that it would work, or would be any better, but it's the opposite of the "praying to an idol" idea some folks thought.



How convenient to "forget" about the resemblance of the Wall Street Bull to the golden calf.

Ultimately though, it's a superficial point, as one can get distracted from what is REALLY going on by the use, or misuse, of symbols.

God's control over the economic system?

And what representatives on Earth would God appoint? Who would they be, I wonder.
 
2013-12-25 04:30:38 PM

Kittypie070: And what representatives on Earth would God appoint? Who would they be, I wonder.


Jews?
 
2013-12-25 04:33:43 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Kittypie070: And what representatives on Earth would God appoint? Who would they be, I wonder.

Jews?


Um, I rilly wasn't thinking of those folks, to be honest.
 
2013-12-25 04:57:01 PM
Mao has been a Demi-god for more than 60 years, subby. Where have you been?
 
2013-12-25 05:02:51 PM
My brother once had a Siamese cat he named "Mousey Tongue".

/not a demigod
 
2013-12-25 05:11:39 PM
Satanic_Hamster:
HOW THE fark IS IT DIFFERENT?

They're praying on a statue of a bull (calf!) for money (gold). Anyone who calls themselves a Christian should be offended by that.


"Praying to God while they have their hands on a large brass bull, with the intent of getting people to stop worshipping the symbolism of that bull market" and "praying to a graven idol" are two very different things. Pretty much the opposite, in fact.
 
2013-12-25 05:17:13 PM

www.saveur.com

R.I.P

Demi-glace

 
2013-12-25 05:27:12 PM
Don't try that It's OK only if WE do it trash.

We can all see right through it.
 
2013-12-25 05:33:56 PM
A lot of people in the former USSR look back at communism with nostalgia as well.

Pic related, some Georgians holding up pictures of Stalin:

blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk

/ we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?
// communism sux
 
2013-12-25 05:41:17 PM

super_grass: we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?


The hell we don't:

money.cnn.com

/capitalism "sux" [sic]
 
2013-12-25 05:52:12 PM

Old enough to know better: Because theres no problem that can't be fixed by starving 40 million or so of your people.


Now you're trying to tell me he made mistakes, like compelling farmers to ignore their crops and attempt to produce steel in backyard blast furnaces.  The man was thinking outside the box.  Sure tens of millions starved to death, but, there wasn't any income inequality, which is, of course, much worse.
 
2013-12-25 05:55:25 PM

Kittypie070: Satanic_Hamster: Kittypie070: And what representatives on Earth would God appoint? Who would they be, I wonder.

Jews?

Um, I rilly wasn't thinking of those folks, to be honest.


Well, whom else would God choose to be in charge of financial matters?
 
2013-12-25 05:57:37 PM

super_grass: A lot of people in the former USSR look back at communism with nostalgia as well.

Pic related, some Georgians holding up pictures of Stalin:

[blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk image 850x531]

/ we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?
// communism sux


Any bad-mouthing of Stalin is met with, "Well, yeah, he killed millions, but, we got a free dental plan, so it's a wash."
 
2013-12-25 05:57:50 PM

Lenny_da_Hog: That's disgusting.

Let's get back to putting Reagan monuments in every county in the US, please.


Haha!
 
2013-12-25 06:02:46 PM

super_grass: A lot of people in the former USSR look back at communism with nostalgia as well.

Pic related, some Georgians holding up pictures of Stalin:

[blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk image 850x531]

/ we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?
// communism sux


To be fair, Stalin himself was Georgian.

When your nation has had such a lengthy history of being conquered and bullied around by larger neighboring empires, you would probably cling to the one time in history when one of your fellow countrymen was an ultrapowerful dictator that had half the world at his mercy too.
 
2013-12-25 06:03:48 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Kittypie070: Satanic_Hamster: Kittypie070: And what representatives on Earth would God appoint? Who would they be, I wonder.

Jews?

Um, I rilly wasn't thinking of those folks, to be honest.

Well, whom else would God choose to be in charge of financial matters?


I was actually kinda thinking the Dominionists would be appointing themselves.

The language associated with that pic suggested it.
 
2013-12-25 06:07:31 PM

the_vegetarian_cannibal: super_grass: A lot of people in the former USSR look back at communism with nostalgia as well.

Pic related, some Georgians holding up pictures of Stalin:

[blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk image 850x531]

/ we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?
// communism sux

To be fair, Stalin himself was Georgian.

When your nation has had such a lengthy history of being conquered and bullied around by larger neighboring empires, you would probably cling to the one time in history when one of your fellow countrymen was an ultrapowerful dictator that had half the world at his mercy too.


Sure, but, he had no problem with wacking Georgians, too.  They were just statistics, like everyone else he killed.
 
2013-12-25 06:12:49 PM

zimbomba63: Sure, but, he had no problem with wacking Georgians, too.  They were just statistics, like everyone else he killed.


You can't make an omelette without executing a few million dissidents.
 
2013-12-25 06:43:10 PM
Hurr you liberals worship Communist dictators durr
 
2013-12-25 06:47:25 PM
Thank God the Americans are above building statues for former leaders of their country which might be visited by million people every year in obvious admiration.
 
2013-12-25 06:49:26 PM

Klopfer: Thank God the Americans are above building statues for former leaders of their country which might be visited by million people every year in obvious admiration.


s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-12-25 06:56:08 PM

the_vegetarian_cannibal: super_grass: A lot of people in the former USSR look back at communism with nostalgia as well.

Pic related, some Georgians holding up pictures of Stalin:

[blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk image 850x531]

/ we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?
// communism sux

To be fair, Stalin himself was Georgian.

When your nation has had such a lengthy history of being conquered and bullied around by larger neighboring empires, you would probably cling to the one time in history when one of your fellow countrymen was an ultrapowerful dictator that had half the world at his mercy too.


I guess he's more like a Genghis Khan to the Georgians then. I wonder if the Chinese public think of Mao the same way.
 
2013-12-25 06:59:22 PM

BMulligan: super_grass: we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?

The hell we don't:

[money.cnn.com image 280x137]

/capitalism "sux" [sic]


Mao is on chinese currency too. The difference being that we recognize his atrocities and don't worship gold statues of him.
 
2013-12-25 07:14:49 PM
So, the last time I was in China, I was at a department store. Like pretty much all department stores I've seen in China, this department store had a place where you can buy gold statuettes. One of them was this little solid gold bust of Mao that you can buy for about 2000 bucks (I think it was around 14,000 RMB).
 
2013-12-25 08:52:05 PM
To be fair, he deserved it after putting in all that time as a turtle.

/Not an Omnian
 
2013-12-25 09:06:00 PM

BMulligan: Klopfer: Thank God the Americans are above building statues for former leaders of their country which might be visited by million people every year in obvious admiration.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 498x332]


I prefer the Freemont Bridge Troll personally

/think I just came up with my first alt
 
2013-12-25 09:26:10 PM
To a godless liberal, government is their deity of worship.
 
2013-12-25 09:29:54 PM

the_vegetarian_cannibal: super_grass: A lot of people in the former USSR look back at communism with nostalgia as well.

Pic related, some Georgians holding up pictures of Stalin:

[blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk image 850x531]

/ we don't worship Andrew Jackson in the same regard, right?
// communism sux

To be fair, Stalin himself was Georgian.

When your nation has had such a lengthy history of being conquered and bullied around by larger neighboring empires, you would probably cling to the one time in history when one of your fellow countrymen was an ultrapowerful dictator that had half the world at his mercy too.


I was working in Russia when John Shalikashvili was chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  (Shalikashvili is a very Georgian name).  The Russians were astounded.  I said "yeah, immigrant family. What about it?"  They said "After Stalin, we wouldn't let a Georgian run our army - and Georgia was a part of our country!"
 
2013-12-25 09:35:57 PM
I saw a little Mao Tse Tung in my garage. I bowed down to sweep it up.
 
2013-12-25 09:39:53 PM
You've never seen devotion until you see a person walking on his knees towards the Basilica of Guadalupe for a mile, only to then witness a bishop walk past by him.
 
2013-12-25 09:45:28 PM
Godhead worship is very common in Asia. In polytheistic belief systems there, Rulers are not just chosen by god, but are gods. Few engaging in godhead worship of Mao know or care what his belief system was. They only know he was a ruler.
 
2013-12-25 10:00:35 PM

TheDarkSaintOfGin: BMulligan: Klopfer: Thank God the Americans are above building statues for former leaders of their country which might be visited by million people every year in obvious admiration.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 498x332]

I prefer the Freemont Bridge Troll personally

/think I just came up with my first alt


If you're going to use it as an alt, remember that there is only one "e" in Fremont. Also:

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