'Our little round-eyed friends will buy anything.

Those wacky Taiwanese animators are back, this time with a biting parody of the infamous "Chinese professor" ad issued by the advocacy group Citizens Against Government Waste. Only this time, instead of a triumphant Communist Party lecturer, it's a computer-generated panda telling the assembled students what's what.

Here's the transcript:

Beijing 2030

What makes nations grow?

Is it smart people?

Is it freedom? Ha! this is China!

No! It's selling cheap crap to gullible customers... like in America. Our little round-eyed friends will buy anything.

But how do we maintain our power?

Well, you can manipulate the RMB, pay slave wages, offer few chances for upward mobility. Cut corners on product safety.

Melamine? A little toxin only hurts a little.

No wonder wimpy Americans need universal health care.

Finally, steal technology. Look what we copied from Steve Jobs! [shows futuristic iPad]

Of course, what really makes China great... [laughs] is we have motherf*cking talking pandas.


The global Twitterati

In only seven months, Hugo Chavez has passed 1,000,000  followers on Twitter. He announced the accomplishment this morning:

"Hello beautiful world. I would like to thank all my followers, We've passed the million mark! Woo-hoo!."

For comparison, U.S. President Barack Obama has almost 6,000,000 followers, though his account has been open for a much longer period of time. (Note: The White House has 1,800,000 followers -- the above figure is Obama's Organizing for America account, which was previously his campaign Twitter profile.) Dmitry Medvedev's official English Kremlin account, however, has a mere 50,000 followers. (And the Russian version has only 111,000 followers.)

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