The Taiwan media is absurd and entertaining. My favorite story today was this: the Beijing Municipal Government decreed that on 8/8/08, the first day of the Olympics, citizens would be allowed to marry, but no one would be allowed to divorce!
Would one divorce really be inauspicious enough to ruin a rising superpower's Olympics?
The news coming out of Beijing makes the whole scene sound like a nightmare. The paranoia is unpleasant, and the privileged with their special passes even worse.