Friday, September 30, 2011

"America the Beautiful" in CHINA??

BEIJING (AP) — China's state broadcaster isn't saying why the station ran the music to "America the Beautiful" during the gala live broadcast of the country's latest space launch.
Strains of the famed American patriotic tune rang out following the launch of the Tiang Gong-1 experimental space station module late Thursday night.
It wasn't clear why the music had been picked or whether CCTV producers were aware of the origins of the song, whose lyrics include the lines "America! America! God shed His grace on thee."
An operator answering phones at CCTV's Beijing headquarters on Friday said no spokesman was available and calls to the station's international affairs department rang unanswered.

I got that HERE.  Pretty amazing.  And why do you suppose the writer of the article singled out the line above "God shed His grace on thee?"   I found this whole thing fascinating, how about you?

z

36 comments:

Silverfiddle said...

Perhaps they were being ironic?

beamish said...

Well it's been a component of successful American space launches. Maybe they thought it was necessary ;)

Lisa said...

I tend to see the irony as well as SF? Or maybe the fact we are paying for it and they are mocking our famous quote "Only in America".

Should be interesting though to find out what the real reason for it was.

I like Beamish's positive attitude.

sue hanes said...

Z - Maybe they just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention at their launch. :-)

It is a beautiful song - not to mention the meaningful lyrics - maybe they just like it...

Let us know if you find out the reason.

beamish said...

I find it ironic that we'd have to teach the Chinese rocket science ;)

Z said...

Lisa, that's my thought; We're paying for it, so.. a little sarcastic jab works for them.

Z said...

Also, since Obama's gutting our space program, maybe it's a kind of homage to our greatness; just the start of nasty countries showing us who's boss now?

OR, maybe.........they realize all that America's given to them (Clinton did quite a job, remember? Or would you rather forget, too?) and want to honor us that way?

Ducky's here said...

Just chiding us on our decline.

Goes along with the closing of the particle collider outside Chicago today. Europe has taken over that research.

Z said...

Don't forget, Ducky, you've always said America is not exceptional (though unable to say which country IS), and most of us believe Obama is of your same sentiment.
We're now reaping what he's sown.

a tragedy for the world, not just us...I'll be waiting for CHina and Korea to come to the aid of tsunami victims next time anybody in the world needs it.

Pris said...

"Also, since Obama's gutting our space program, maybe it's a kind of homage to our greatness; just the start of nasty countries showing us who's boss now?"

Z, I tend to agree with you. It's one last recognition of who and what we WERE, while they leave us in the dust.

To think, we led the world in space technology, and have been reduced to watching what other countries accomplish in the space arena.

This is so painful for me to see given that there is so much more to learn from the space frontier.

Mr. Pris worked in the space program back in it's heyday, when we saw no limit to what we could do, if we had the drive to do it.

Those Americans were gung ho, unwilling to accept failure, and they achieved their goal, only now to see mediocrity, and apathy.

That vision seems to be gone, and I'm truly sad. Now, we hear we have to regress because of a phony
climate crisis.

We hear we have to lower expectations instead of forward thinking, and greater
accomplishments.
This is not the legacy we should leave our children.

I want them to have a positive vision, the freedom to think outside the box, and to accomplish more than our generation ever dreamed of.

Ducky's here said...

That's right z, two years of Obama is what caused this, exclusively. Bore me later.

We are a bunch of children who are the victims of comfort (and that's going to change).

We are going to become more and more impotent as a people with nothing much but a huge military and that will be dangerous.

Impertinent said...

" we led the world in space technology, and have been reduced to watching what other countries accomplish in the space arena."


Yes we did...but NASA now has a new agenda and program...Muslim outreach around the planet. That should make us all warm and fuzzy.

Mr.Brian S. said...

I heard that at a resent football game they sang the national anthem in Spanish.

beamish said...

We are going to become more and more impotent as a people with nothing much but a huge military and that will be dangerous.

Don't forget Obamacare. We'll always have Obamacare.

Pris said...

"We are a bunch of children who are the victims of comfort (and that's going to change)."

You know Ducky, when you're not here on GEEEZ with normal responsible people, I think you're hanging out with the wrong crowd. Don't judge everyone by yourself and the company you keep!
If you want to change, go ahead, who's stopping you?

America didn't become great because we're victims of comfort.

Interesting you came up with this on the day Obama calls us soft.
Nothing like insulting all Americans while he runs for re-election!?! Typical narcissistic elitist.

Ducky's here said...

Pris, America basically "became great" because we were the last economy standing after WW II after absorbing the lowest per capita casualties of the major participants.

The profits were so great that industry got complacent and we squandered the advantage very quickly.

Now, once you put aside your founding fathers worship and your homilies you'd do well to look at the reality. We got lazy, then we got cheap easy credit, then we got slammed.

Elmers Brother said...

And why did we get cheap easy credit? Can anyone say CRA?

Elmers Brother said...

In other words more of the Lefts vain morality.

Z said...

Ducky, your hate for America is palpable and I'm not having it here much longer, trust me.

"Bore me?" then don't BE HERE if I BORE YOU, okay? EASY!! :-)

We "BECAME GREAT" because we have (had until leftists got into our schools) a can-do ethos that NO OTHER COUNTRY has. My own foreign husband said he'd never seen a country of people who work so hard, who help others so much....
This is something which you don't have and I'm sorry for you but don't even begin to believe WE don't have it and that Pris and me and most of the others here feel PROUD of this country and PROUD that immigrants came here in DROVES to have better lives; learned the language miraculously quickly, wouldn't DREAM of flying their own flad and couldn't wait till they became American CITIZENS.
THis is something you'll NEVER EVER understand, so please, respond to other subjects, but not on what made this country great; you and your ilk are too busy whining and naysaying and pulling the covers over your heads ...we will NOT.

beamish said...

...on the day Obama calls us soft.

I saw that as Obama proposing to put Viagra in the drinking water.

Z said...

Beamish...did you get that email joke where some guy invented Liquid Viagra?

Sorry to be a little indelicate at the blog but it really made me laugh when the punchline was "so a guy can pour himself a stiff one!" :-)

Chuck said...

Now, once you put aside your founding fathers worship and your homilies

That is telling

Z said...

Chuck, extremely..it's what led to my comment above yours.
VERY telling. And very sad.

Z said...

Mr. Brian S, they tell me Dodger Stadium here in L.A. is literally 90% full of Mexicans many of whom may not know the national anthem in English. At least they sang OUR national anthem, or did they?

I hate the whole thing. Since when are we a big dirty doormat to have people come here and not speak English? Well, the left's won in their blockage of a bill that would make English the language; and think how much they've COST US in special signs everywhere, special books at the DMV, etc.
And the feeling of immigrants that we're not worth their learning our language.

"The soft bigotry of low expectations" again....gee, immigrants used to learn enough English at least to get by.
I guess the Left thinks they're too stupid to now. Or doesn't think America deserves to have immigrants respect us anymore.

Impertinent said...

"you and your ilk are too busy whining and naysaying and pulling the covers over your heads ..."


Yes...Ms.Z...from their summer homes on Martha's, P Town and of course the Hamptons and Duck in Rockport.

Talk about comfort and cushy lives? Americans have made available to the world...and led the world for the last 100 years in science, manufacturing, physics, mathematics, energy, aviation, computing, electronics, medicine, weapons of defense, space exploration, mobility, transportation..and I've forgotten some I'm sure.

The entire world has benefited from our technology and industries. With the exception of the 4th world nomads who've given the world nothing except sorrow..and guilt..where none was needed or necessary.

How many Nobel Prize winners has America made compared to the rest of the world? Name me one that the Arabs have.

Pris said...

Ducky, you are a prime example of the "me" generation, and that is, your perception that nothing existed nor mattered before you came along.

You think you have the answers, but what you possess is ignorance. You are one of the most shallow of people I've ever come across.

Impertinent said...

A Muslim President, says Investors... Obama enjoys consistently high approval ratings from Muslims.


Obama: ‘I Don’t Think Ethics’ Was My Favorite Subject, Basketball was.


Sheila Jackson Lee to Conservative Bloggers: ‘Shut Up!’, ....Only liberals are allowed to play racial politics.


Teachers fired for using "white Paper" in classrooms.


And on...and on...and on.

Karen Howes said...

I tend to think along Silverfiddle's lines-- mocking us?

Ducky's here said...

Name me one that the Arabs have.

-----------


Naguib Mahfouz

You guys on the short bus make it so easy.

Z said...

Comparison of Arab and Jewish Nobel Prize Winners

Arab/Islamic Nobel Prize Winners
From a pool of 1.4 BILLION Muslims which are 20% of the world's population (2 out of every 10 people)

Literature

1988 - Najib Mahfooz

Peace

1978 - Anwar El-Sadat

1994 - Yasser Arafat *

2003 - Shirin Ebadi

Chemistry

1999 - Ahmed Zewail

Physics

Abdus Salam



* NOTE: Norwegian, Kaare Kristiansen, was a member of the Nobel Committee. He resigned in 1994 to protest the awarding of a Nobel "Peace Prize" to Yasser Arafat, whom he correctly labeled a "terrorist."

Jewish Nobel Prize Winners
From a pool of 12 million Jews which are 0.2% of the World's Population (2 out of every 1,000 people)

Literature

1910 - Paul Heyse

1927 - Henri Bergson

1958 - Boris Pasternak

1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon

1966 - Nelly Sachs

1976 - Saul Bellow

1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer

1981 - Elias Canetti

1987 - Joseph Brodsky

1991 - Nadine Gordimer

2002 - Imre Kertesz

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried

1911 - Tobias Asser

1968 - Rene Cassin

1973 - Henry Kissinger

1978 - Menachem Begin

1986 - Elie Wiesel

1994 - Shimon Peres

1994 - Yitzhak Rabin

1995 - Joseph Rotblat

Chemistry

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer

1906 - Henri Moissan

1910 - Otto Wallach

1915 - Richard Willstaetter

1918 - Fritz Haber

1943 - George Charles de Hevesy

1961 - Melvin Calvin

1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz

1972 - William Howard Stein

1972 - C.B. Anfinsen

1977 - Ilya Prigogine

1979 - Herbert Charles Brown

1980 - Paul Berg

1980 - Walter Gilbert

1981 - Ronald Hoffmann

1982 - Aaron Klug

1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman

1985 - Jerome Karle

1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach

1988 - Robert Huber

1989 - Sidney Altman

1992 - Rudolph Marcus

1998 - Walter Kohn

2000 - Alan J. Heeger

2004 - Irwin Rose

2004 - Avram Hershko

2004 - Aaron Ciechanover

Economics

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson

1971 - Simon Kuznets

1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow

1973 - Wassily Leontief

1975 - Leonid Kantorovich

1976 - Milton Friedman

Comparison of Arab and Jewish Nobel Prize Winners

Arab/Islamic Nobel Prize Winners
From a pool of 1.4 BILLION Muslims which are 20% of the world's population (2 out of every 10 people)

Literature

1988 - Najib Mahfooz

Peace

1978 - Anwar El-Sadat

1994 - Yasser Arafat *

2003 - Shirin Ebadi

Chemistry

1999 - Ahmed Zewail

Physics

Abdus Salam

Z said...

continued:
Chemistry

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer

1906 - Henri Moissan

1910 - Otto Wallach

1915 - Richard Willstaetter

1918 - Fritz Haber

1943 - George Charles de Hevesy

1961 - Melvin Calvin

1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz

1972 - William Howard Stein

1972 - C.B. Anfinsen

1977 - Ilya Prigogine

1979 - Herbert Charles Brown

1980 - Paul Berg

1980 - Walter Gilbert

1981 - Ronald Hoffmann

1982 - Aaron Klug

1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman

1985 - Jerome Karle

1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach

1988 - Robert Huber

1989 - Sidney Altman

1992 - Rudolph Marcus

1998 - Walter Kohn

2000 - Alan J. Heeger

2004 - Irwin Rose

2004 - Avram Hershko

2004 - Aaron Ciechanover

Economics

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson

1971 - Simon Kuznets

1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow

1973 - Wassily Leontief

1975 - Leonid Kantorovich

1976 - Milton Friedman

1978 - Herbert A. Simon

1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein

1985 - Franco Modigliani

1987 - Robert M. Solow

1990 - Harry Markowitz

1990 - Merton Miller

1992 - Gary Becker

1993 - Rober Fogel

1994 - John Harsanyi

1994 - Reinhard Selten

1997 - Robert Merton

1997 - Myron Scholes

2001 - George Akerlof

2001 - Joseph Stiglitz

2002 - Daniel Kahneman

2005 - Robert (Israel) Aumann

Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff

1908 - Paul Erlich

1914 - Robert Barany

1922 - Otto Meyerhof

1930 - Karl Landsteiner

1931 - Otto Warburg

1936 - Otto Loewi

1944 - Joseph Erlanger

1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser

1945 - Ernst Boris Chain

1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller

1950 - Tadeus Reichstein

1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman

1953 - Hans Krebs

1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann

1958 - Joshua Lederberg

1959 - Arthur Kornberg

1964 - Konrad Bloch

1965 - Francois Jacob

1965 - Andre Lwoff

1967 - George Wald

1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg

1969 - Salvador Luria

1970 - Julius Axelrod

1970 - Sir Bernard Katz

1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman

1975 - David Baltimore

1975 - Howard Martin Temin

1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg

1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

1977 - Andrew V. Schally

1978 - Daniel Nathans

1980 - Baruj Benacerraf

1984 - Cesar Milstein

1985 - Michael Stuart Brown

1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein

1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]

1988 - Gertrude Elion

1989 - Harold Varmus

1991 - Erwin Neher

1991 - Bert Sakmann

1993 - Richard J. Roberts

1993 - Phillip Sharp

1994 - Alfred Gilman

1994 - Martin Rodbell

1995 - Edward B. Lewis

1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner

1998 - Robert F. Furchgott

2000 - Eric R. Kandel

2002 - Sydney Brenner

2002 - Robert H. Horvitz

Physics

1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson

1908 - Gabriel Lippmann

1921 - Albert Einstein

1922 - Niels Bohr

1925 - James Franck

1925 - Gustav Hertz

1943 - Gustav Stern

1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi

1945 - Wolfgang Pauli

1952 - Felix Bloch

1954 - Max Born

1958 - Igor Tamm

1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich

1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich

1959 - Emilio Segre

1960 - Donald A. Glaser

1961 - Robert Hofstadter

1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau

1963 - Eugene P. Wigner

1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman

1965 - Julian Schwinger

1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe

1969 - Murray Gell-Mann

1971 - Dennis Gabor

1972 - Leon N. Cooper

1973 - Brian David Josephson

1975 - Benjamin Mottleson

1976 - Burton Richter

1978 - Arno Allan Penzias

1978 - Peter L Kapitza

1979 - Stephen Weinberg

1979 - Sheldon Glashow

1988 - Leon Lederman

1988 - Melvin Schwartz

1988 - Jack Steinberger

1990 - Jerome Friedman

1992 - Georges Charpak

1995 - Martin Perl

1995 - Frederick Reines

1996 - David M. Lee

1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff

1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

2000 - Zhores I. Alferov

2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg

2003 - Alexei Abrikosov

Z said...

There are 165 Jews listed as opposed to 6 from the Arab side.

beamish said...

I think it's most telling that the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize hosted a state dinner for the guy that is holding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in a political prison.

BB-Idaho said...

American Jews went 78% for Obama.
American Muslims went 90% for Obama. ..go figure.

MK said...

Those godless commies in china must have choked when they heard that.

Them and their liberal lapdogs in the west.

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