The upcoming World Expo in Shanghai, China, set to open May 1, will be the 'largest ever," according to the Boston Globe.
The Spanish Pavilion will feature a 21-foot tall monster robotic baby named Miguelin. According to Expo-Int.com, "Miguelín is a 6.5 meters [~ 20 feet] tall baby, electronically animated. It breaths, blinks and dreams with the cities that we will leave to future generations...."
Cute, but why? Expo-Int.com continued...
The baby's "Mother" is film director Isabel Coixet who has pointed out that with this collaboration she has wanted to stay accurate to the Expo Shanghai's Theme, "Better city, better life". Also that Miguelín is a reminder that tells us that "all our actions have direct consequences on our children's future and that we have to react to this"....
Inspiration for creating Miguelín... has been - according to the director - the passion for children shared by both the Chinese and the Spanish culture. "We have given this many thoughts. I have investigated along with Chinese assessors, friends and artists I know and both countries share this worship for children" - she said.
Excuse me? Which China did Coixet investigate? Not the one on this planet. The China on this planet has a compulsory one-child policy, enforced by forced sterilizations and abortion.
Coixet got one point right, that "our actions have direct consequences on our children's future." Abortion and sterilization ensure they don't have one.
And not so fast, Spain. According to Barcelona-Metropolitan.com in 2009:
The birth rate in Spain is among the lowest in the world, according to statistics from the United Nations. In 2007, the nation's rate of 10.8 births per 1,000 population placed it in the bottom quartile of all the countries listed. Even the People's Republic of China, with its well-established family limitation policies, managed a birth rate 20% higher than Spain's.... Just to maintain its current population levels, Spain needs 2.1 births per fertile woman, but has only 1.3.
What weirdness. At least Coixet got a conversation started, as embarrassing as that might be for China and Spain. And perhaps it will get people in those countries thinking.
Here's video of Miguelin being constructed...
[HT: proofreader Laura Loo; top photo via the Boston Globe]
I am sure the Chinese will think Miguelin is cute because he is already sterile and cannot produce other Miguelins.Posted by: Rebecca Taylor at April 30, 2010 12:48 PM
I'd HATE to change that diaper!Posted by: Brad at April 30, 2010 1:06 PM
Maybe the builders were trying to say that they worship babies because they are so rare in their countries. Okay, I know that is not the case, but that is the dumbest statement I have ever read concerning the Chinese view of babies. I mean really, it has to be on par with the intellectual level of Bilbo (or is it Amanda?)Posted by: Kristen at April 30, 2010 1:38 PM
Ah, Bilbo, Amanda tried to "gotcha" me yesterday about the fetus eating abortionist, which failed (abortionist, police detective, and abortion clinic staffer reporting what she saw all identified, along with photos of aborted babies in the freezer/fridge in the doc's office: http://www.jillstanek.com/vaccinated-to-lie.html), and now you're next.
I don't know why this should seem so strange to you. Abortion is grotesque, and the people who support it don't respect those being aborted, much less consider them human. Furthermore, if certain health food geeks eat human placenta, why is it a stretch that certain others would eat preborns for their health?
Nevertheless, as with Amanda, your quarrel is not with me, it is with news reports. We report, you decide, isn't that how it goes?
... from The Epoch Times...
... British tv news, The Daily Telegraph...
... and the Hong Kong Eastern Express (scroll down: author, news source, and hospital all verified)...
And Bilbo, if you support human embryo experimentation, you're support human cannibalism yourself.Posted by: Jill Stanek at April 30, 2010 1:41 PM
That baby strikes me as uber-creepy.Posted by: Stephanie at April 30, 2010 1:50 PM
This article sheds some light on the crediblity of "The Epoch Times."
You may need a library card and a library with subscriptions to certain respected databases to read the entire article, as it was published in a respected source.
And I couldn't even find what you were referring to in that link to Snopes.com. All I could find on the Snopes website was these rumors are a hoax.
And could you please refresh my memory by pointing out exactly where I expressed an opinion on embryo experimentation? I can't recall ever having done so.
Thanks, Jill. :)Posted by: Bilbo at April 30, 2010 2:06 PM
Immigration Debate Shakes US To The Core
Apr 30 08:51 AM US/Eastern
A group of Latino members in the New York state assembly is even planning to go and chain themselves to the US-Mexico border fence.
"We're willing to risk ourselves for the people of Arizona and other immigrants across the country," local lawmaker Felix Ortiz told Cityhallnews.com.
Snake bite, heat exhaustion or sun burn?
If Felix Ortiz and his compadres really want to demonstrate their machismo they should enter Mexico illegally and begin marching thru the streets of El Paso demanding equal rights with Mexican citizens.
When the Mexican authorities demand to see their passports, visas, and ID they should scream 'discrimination' and see how that works for them.
When the Mexican government finally gets around to deporting them, we should ask them about the accomodations, cuisine and conversation in the Mexican prison where they were incarcerated for violating Mexican law.Posted by: yor bro ken at April 30, 2010 7:44 PM
6 Out of 10 migrant Women Raped In Mexico, activists say
By TIM JOHNSON
April 28, 2010, 8:41PM
MEXICO CITY — As many as six out of every 10 Central American women and girls are raped as they pass through Mexico hoping to cross illegally into the United States, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
The rapists include criminal gang members as well as local authorities in collusion with them, said Rupert Knox, an Amnesty International researcher on Mexico.
Last year, Mexican immigration authorities detained 64,061 migrants, about a fifth of them women or girls, the report says.
Migrants fear that if they report assaults, abductions or rapes, they'll be deported to their home countries, it said.
My goodness Mexico actually enforces it's imigration laws, even against Spanish speaking Latinos/Latinas.
I wonder how Mexican law enforcement officials determine who is in the country legally and who is there illegally?Posted by: yor bro ken at April 30, 2010 7:57 PM