Richardson says didn't meet detained American on North Korea trip

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PJN wrote:

First close the concentration camps..free the suffering children, women and men. Then end the hunger, feed the children.
THEN you can worry about such things as free internet..
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Internet is at the top of that. In North Korea..they are not even at the bottom level.

Jan 10, 2013 4:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
NeilMcGowan wrote:

Congratulations on a small step towards dialogue. And a slap in the face for neonazi bigot John McCain and his jibing from the sidelines.

Jan 10, 2013 6:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Good for them to take time from their BUSINESS trip to try and help an American. These BUSINESS trips are important and could help ease tensions. So, what WAS a Korean American doing in North Korea?

Jan 10, 2013 8:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
SchWI wrote:

“The government has to do something. They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet”, he said. “It’s their choice now, and time, in my view, for them to start or they will remain behind.”

Before we send over tablets and laptops we might want to send over food, the nation has a massive problem just feeding itself and requires aid from Chine and South Korea.

But overall a pointless trip…

Jan 10, 2013 9:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
bartleby wrote:

Maybe Richardson will fall in love with North Korea and move there permanently. It would be fine with New Mexico if we never saw or heard from him again. We’ll be paying his bills for the next 30 years as it is.

Jan 10, 2013 10:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
timacheson wrote:

“Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt failed to secure the release of a Korean-American”

There’s been an organised attempt to portray Schmidt as a superhero, and his visit as purely humanitarian in nature. Did anybody seriously buy into that?

It’s not even about promoting the web. What that really means is promoting Google.

Schmidt’s visit to North Korea makes more sense when you understand that *Google is pro-Communist*

*Indeed, Google is fundamentally a Communist organisation at heart.*

The corporation has been the foremost champion of the luny “open” movement in technology, which believes that everybody should get products and services for free. Google has been campaigning hard for a false-economy utopia in which all software is “open source” and we have “open data” etc. Google has used the cash from search to finance a decade-long hate campaign against more capitalist tech corporations such as Microsoft.

However, while there is a healthy balance to be found between “open” and “closed” ideologies, Google’s fanatical “open” philosophy and neo-Communist doctrines are intrinsically flawed.

In reality, rival companies like Microsoft and Apple have defined the technology that we use each day, and the tech we take for granted today was conceived thanks to the motivations of commercial gain. E.g. It’s easy to call for free “open source” software which seeks to imitate MS Office, but we would not have MS Office on the first place without a very different approach — and it’s noteworthy that no alternatives come close to being as good as MS Office and the “Open Office” / “Libra Office” fiasco served only to prove the inherent dangers of relying on “open” projects.

North Korea, as a Communist state, would love to have free and “open source” software. Why pay money to the US corporations who did all the hard work and innovation? North Korea is a natural ally in Google’s sinister ideological war with Microsoft and more recently Apple. And Google means business — they spend more on political lobbying (a euphemism for the subversion of democracy) than Microsoft, Apple and Facebook COMBINED!

Meanwhile, Google does all it can to avoid paying taxes — especially in capitalist countries like the US and UK where it has major operations. North Korea would not let them get away with such blatant tax avoidance.

This sad, cynical venture all boils down to one fact:

Fanatical believers in Google’s ideology support “open” and above all do not want anybody to spend money buying products from less “open” tech companies like Microsoft and Apple. This goes to the heart of Google’s decade-long ideological campaign against Microsoft. But after 10 years, most normal people have never heard of Ubuntu (attempt at free Windows) and Open Office (attempt at free MS Office).

Jan 10, 2013 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
timacheson wrote:

“Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt failed to secure the release of a Korean-American”

There’s been an organised attempt to portray Schmidt as a superhero, and his visit as purely humanitarian in nature. Did anybody seriously buy into that?

It’s not even about promoting the web. What that really means is promoting Google.

Jan 10, 2013 11:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
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