Saturday, September 08, 2012

The Color of Displeasure

I say we call a blood-red river a sign that the Communists have lost the Mandate of Heaven.

Tomato. Blood. It's still attention grabbing:

A stretch of China's longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and officials say they don't know why.

Residents of the southwestern city of Chongqing first noticed that the Yangtze River, called the "golden waterway," had a spreading stain on its reputation yesterday (Sept. 6).

China hopes to move into the world of advanced industrial economies. But ecological problems like this could be a powerful brake as they attempt to move past brute force methods of increasing GDP.

They might lament yet that they could have had a G8.