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Brickbat: Genghis Who?

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The Château des ducs de Bretagne museum in France has postponed an exhibit on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, citing what it says is censorship by the Chinese government. The exhibit was being put together with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. But the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage began to demand control over the exhibit, demanding that certain words and phrases, including "Genghis Khan," "Empire," and "Mongol" be removed and asking for control over exhibition brochures and maps. Museum officials say they believe the demands are linked to the Chinese government's crackdown on ethnic minorities, including Mongols.

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  1. You goddamn Mongorians, we mad you tear down our shitty warr.

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  3. Rah rah rah, he’s out man
    If no-one else can do it, Genghis Khan!

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  4. Study with the *original* Khan Academy!

    Our curriculum:

    Advanced Horsemanship
    Extirpating Enemies 101
    Semester Abroad: Pillage and Rape Everything You See
    Economics: Collection of Tribute

    1. But what about diversity and gender studies?

      1. I’m pretty sure those are covered under the “Semester Abroad: Pillage and Rape Everything You See.”

        Fun factoid: some studies estimate that as many as 1 in 200 men alive today are descendants of Ghengis Khan. Apparently he liked the rape part of “pillage and rape.” A lot.

        1. Maybe it wasn’t Genghis but his no-good son Hunter Khan.

          1. Santino “Sonny” Khan.

      2. Diversity? We’re all descendants of Genghis Khan. That’s how it works.

  5. Place obligatory Wrath of Khan references here.__________________

    1. Rich Corinthian leather!

  6. Time to put together an exhibit on Chinese censorship. It would be more informative to the public.

    1. Brilliant!! I’m sure the Smithsonian will love this idea….not.

      1. They might. Earlier this year the Smithsonian produced material critiquing white culture. And progressive sources describe Asian-Americans as white, so…

        1. “And progressive sources describe Asian-Americans as white, so…”

          My wife and I were just discussing this; why don’t Asians make the intersectionality cut? I suppose it is because they spend too much of their time making the most of opportunities, getting ahead, and being successful. If anyone ever embraced a privilege…

          1. Success knocks you down a rung in intersectional theory. Asians are BELOW ordinary whites.

            Weirdly.

  7. So what is French for “Fuck you” and why isn’t it relevant? How can the Chinese stop them from putting on an exhibit on “Genghis Khan: The Man Who Fucked A Billion Weak Pussy-Ass Chinese Right Up The Ass And They Liked It Ha Ha Ha” if they want to?

    1. But they really wanted to display the loin cloth worn by the Great Kahn.

    2. va te faire foutre

      1. I was told that it was “baise toi.” But according to google translate that’s the more literal translation, I guess. Baise toi apparently means “fuck yourself” which might make it the more accurate translation for the literal meaning of the phrase as commonly used.

        What’s weird is when you put “va te faire foutre” into google translate and translate to English it comes back as “kiss my ass” and “baise toi” comes back as “fuck you,” but when you do it the other way (English to French) “fuck you” comes out as “va te faire foutre” and “fuck yourself” comes back as “baise toi.”

        *shrugs* Weird. And I’ve obviously wasted more time on this than any sane person should.

        1. Are there any honest to God French persons on here who can clear this up, please?

          1. OK, no French person would ever say “baise toi”, it’s just stupid sounding. It’s like saying “you fuck” instead of “fuck you”. Now, va te faire foutre is much more vulgar than kiss my ass, so I don’t know why Google offers that as a translation. It’s more like Fuck you and translates literally as Go fuck yourself. So there you go.

          2. Spent five minutes looking it up. Apparently the fucking French don’t have a fucking exact equivalent word for fuck.

            https://lovefrance.info/french-swear-words/

    3. “The exhibit was being put together with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. ”

      Maybe they wanted to use artifacts from China?

  8. The Donald had better expand his harem QUICKLY if he wants to out-do The Khan!!! (The Khan had 921 kids if I recall correctly).

    Did y’all know that about 1 in 10 men in certain areas of Asia, have the “Y” chromosome of Genghis Khan? And 1 in 200 planet-wide? Use this search-string in quotes:
    “1 in 200 men direct descendants of Genghis Khan”
    WHY is this relevant, you ask?
    Well, ’cause The Donald has “the winning gene”, and wants to out-do this low-brow Genghis dude!! The Donald-breeding/cloning farms “over there” (in Afghanistanistanistanistan) are gonna fire up soon, I’m a tellin ‘ ya!!!
    If’n ye do NOT believe me about the superiority of “The Donald’s” genes, look at the following quotes from that same Donald!!!
    Quotes from The Donald in the “Anti Gravity” column in August 2017 “Scientific American” magazine follow:
    “I have great genes and all that stuff, which I’m a believer in”,
    “God helped me by giving me a certain brain”,
    “I have a very, very high aptitude”,
    “Maybe it’s just something you have. You know, you have the winning gene.”
    Google the quotes, they are real…

  9. Many who see Trump as fascist ignore happenings in Hong Kong and Xinjiang

    Shahi Hamid at The Atlantic writes—Americans Are Losing Sight of What Fascism Means:

    How do americans decide what to be outraged about? It seems like ancient history now, but that was one of the questions The New York Times inadvertently raised in June when it appended an editor’s note to an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton—a piece that some on the Times staff saw as presenting a physical danger not only to the country but to themselves.

    The op-ed called for American troops to be sent to “restore order” to cities experiencing violent protests. Outside and inside the Times, it was widely condemned as “fascist” or fascist-adjacent. More recently, though, the Times published an op-ed of a similar vein, except this time readers had the opportunity to glimpse what actual fascism looks like. Fascism, in today’s context, isn’t mere authoritarianism, but the attempt to suppress all dissent, public or private, in the name of the nation; it is the expression of a regimented society that elevates order as both the means and end of all political life.

    The October 1 op-ed, by Regina Ip, a member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council, captured such sentiments well. Ip laid out the case for a new Chinese-backed security law that would effectively criminalize anything that might be perceived as “subversion.” Included was one of the most disturbing passages I have read in an American publication:

    To some, the new national security law is especially chilling because it seems simultaneously vague and very severe. But many laws are vague, constructively so. And this one only seems severe precisely because it fills longstanding loopholes—about subversion, secession, local terrorism, collusion with external forces. One person’s “severe” is someone else’s intended effect.

    This time, though, no staff revolt occurred, even though Ip’s article was an elaborate, if refreshingly frank, endorsement of real fascism.

    Outrage is always selective. I could have written about something else, but I decided to write about this. The question remains: Why did readers who were infuriated by Cotton’s argument seem to shrug off Ip’s?

      1. The left is emulating the chicoms. You’re on the wrong side. Also dailykos is the biggest pile of shit. Let the mocking begin.

      2. Condemning fascism and then quoting the Daily Kos is like doing the same in the 30’s and quoting Der Stürmer.

        1. Speaking of the devil, it’s become a bit harder to keep tabs on what the neonazis are doing, with the Daily Stormer and similar crap being deplatformed.

          Monitoring your enemies is easier if they stick to the same ISP for more than a few months.

    1. Everything inside The State.
      Nothing outside The State.
      Nothing against The State.

      B Mussolini, 1922

      “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting [but not necessarily owning] all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”

      The Chinese, while allowing for the existence of economic capitalism while maintaining absolute communist control are, to me, a perfect example of fascism. But in the US is only means whomever a progressive does not like or agree with.

  10. What private industries and foreign governments do with their own resources is of no libertarian concern. – Reason Magazine

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  12. Museum officials say they believe the demands are linked to the Chinese government’s crackdown on ethnic minorities, including Mongols.

    Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Chinese that Diversity Is Our Strength. How will they ever survive without it?

    1. They got their learning from us.

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  14. Eventually someone will tell Winnie the Pooh to fuck off. I’m hoping it will be the Chinese people.

    1. Thanks to technology the Chinese are perfecting the eternal authoritarian state. If the Chinese people are going to liberate themselves they have five years at most.

      1. The leaders like money and the trappings of wealth. To maintain it they must spread it around and constantly acquire more.

        That requires constant maintenance of business relations with the outside world and a semi-porous society.

        The CCP wants a tighter grip and they’re clearly adversaries of the peasants and ethnic minorities, but China will never be closed off like North Korea or engage in genocide.

        That would be bad for business and bad for their leadership’s wealth.

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    1. “To the last I grapple with thee. From hell’s heart I stab at thee. For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”

  17. You’d think France would have their own problems celebrating the Mongol Hordes.

    How about a museum to Charles “The Hammer” Martel, who saved Western civilization from Muslim invaders in the 8th century?

    1. You’d think France would have their own problems celebrating the Mongol Hordes.

      Why the Mongol hordes never made it to France. And they were enemies of the Muslim sultans.

      1. Why the Mongol hordes never made it to France. And they were enemies of the Muslim sultans.

        ^ This. 14th-century Europeans saw Ghengis Khan as an avenging angel sent by God to punish the heathens.

        1. *Your mileage with Kievan Rus may vary…

  18. The Château des ducs de Bretagne museum in France has postponed an exhibit on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, citing what it says is censorship by the Chinese government.

    And then promptly surrendered.

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